Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. Served at cellar temperature, 45 degrees F.
Pours a dark ruby-brown with moderate clarity. Gives rise to a smooth and creamy two-fingered head of off-white/very light tan foam, which recedes slowly and settles down to a thick crown that clings easily to the walls of the glass, showing thick, lacy rings as the glass empties.
Sweet malt, raisins, prunes, alcohol and spicy phenolic notes waft into the nose, but overall the aroma is quite restrained.
The palate is a bit less restrained. Sweet malty notes up front, with some caramel, molasses, and a hint of dark chocolate up front; dark fruits follow, with dark cherry, plum, raisin and prune, melding with some sweet bready notes recalling bread pudding. In the middle and heading toward the back, a middling hop bitterness and heavy spiciness combine to dry things immensely, letting a little banana show through as the spiciness fades and finishing very dry and semi-sweet, with a lingering fruity-chocolate fade. Body and mouthfeel are nice, with a soft carbonation and a middling weight.
Alcohol is rather well-hidden on the palate, but it certainly is apparent in the head. Well-balanced, the spicy dryness that accompanies lends itself to lust for more. The combination is a little dangerous. A very nice effort, and one that's even better on-tap at its namesake, the Brick Store Pub.
03-20-2010 02:04:06 | More by superdedooperboy
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Sampled this at Savor 2010. Poured a reddish-brown hue, with a thin sepia-like head, average retention, and decent lacing. Complex mix of dry cocoa powder, earthy tones, peppery spice, and dark fruit in the nose. The taste was a little more chocolatey than expected at first, but then evolved to reveal more earthy, spicy, and dark fruit tones, and then finished on a semi-dry spicy note. Very nice flavor progression paired well with the smooth, non-carbonated body. A little thinner than expected, but still medium-bodied. A nice session Quad, if such a thing exists.
08-03-2010 21:40:39 | More by donniecuffs
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
A- Pours a cloudy dark brown with thin head that quickly recedes. Leaves the tiniest ring of carbonation around the trusty Duck-Rabbit snifter
S- Raisins, cinnamon and pumpkin spice, some fruity alcoholic notes, bready,malty begian-esque notes.
T- Sweet fruity candy and a big malty alcoholic flavor. Hints of charred oak or woody flavor, raisin and dark fruit flavors abound. Bready ending with a somewhat spicy twinge on the
M- Thick and creamy, goes down nicely and can feel the warmth from the akkahol. Maybe a tad bit too much carbonation
D- Pretty drinkable considering I finished the bottle by myself. I wouldn't recommend much in the way of physical activity afterwards though.
07-25-2010 06:23:11 | More by Rbald42
4/5 rDev -2%
I am slugging back this formidable brew as I sit here and take er easy.
A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours smokey garnet with a foamy ecru head that sticks to the glass as it is consumed.
S - Rich malty quadtastic. Sugary and a tad smokey.
T - Roasted malts, bunt wood, tofee. Alcohol burn in the aftertaste
M - Medium bodied, a little sticky.
04-08-2010 03:12:03 | More by HeyItsChili
4/5 rDev -2%
22oz btl courtesy of gford217. Thanks! Poured into Sierra 30th snifter.
A: Cool painted bottle. Pours a murky deep mahogany. Somewhat turbid. Looks near black in one light and closer to crimson in another. Head is not as impressive as it's Belgian counterparts. About 2 fingers worth that dissipates to a thin ring. Laces nicely.
S: Pleasant fruity, estery scents. Banana and clove aromas similar to those found in a hefeweizen. Lots of ripe dark fruit. Cherries, plum, maybe black currant. Overall the aroma is subdued. Sweet with just a hint of alcohol.
T: Much more impressive than smell. Booze soaked fruit. Maraschino cherries. A little bit of cranberry tartness and then a wave of big, bold flavors. Vanilla bean, carmel, and bitter chocolate vie for position. Oak and tobacco make an appearance. Nondescript nuttiness. Maybe a hint of leather. Finishes with a familiar yeasty flavor...reminds me very much of Chimay Grande Reserve, which is high praise. Evolves quite nicely as it warms. Overall I found this to be quite complex and as usual, my palate and vocabulary aren't really up to the task of defining everything that I'm tasting.
M: Carbonation is just about right. Warming from the alcohol. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium to full bodied.
D: For the style this is pretty drinkable. ABV is up there, but nothing else about this beer would prevent me from continuing to drink it.
I'm not really well versed in the Quad style, but I've been trying some here and there so that I have something to compare to when I decide to crack my first Westy 12. I really enjoyed this beer. The only other offering I've had from SweetWater was the Happy Ending and that was very good as well. I wouldn't go to great lengths to track this one down but it is definitely worth a try.
05-28-2010 06:42:12 | More by AdamGarcia
4/5 rDev -2%
Thanks to dmunroe for throwing this in as an extra (1 of many). Poured into my ccb snifter.
A- Pours dark brown in color. A off brown head, 2 inches worth. recedes and leaves crazy lacing.
S- Big malts, cotton candy, apples and dark fruits. Nutmeg and toffee.
T- Sweet malts. It almost tastes kind of like a candied apple. There is a strong presence of plums and spices.Alcohol is presnt, however, not overbearing.
M- Kind of thick in a thin way if that makes any sense. There is a nice sweet finish.
D- Pretty good!! The bomber was split between 2 of us and I easily could've drank the whole thing by myself.
04-19-2010 05:42:44 | More by urwithdave
4/5 rDev -2%
Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.
Poured into a chalice a nice deep brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some dark fruits, and some caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of dark fruits. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well on this brew. Drinkable, enjoying this one this afternoon.
04-11-2010 18:33:38 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev -2%
A= recieved this beer from the generous Mikesgroove. The beer pours a nice brownish color. I expect most quads to be a little darker in color. The beer also is pretty translucent which I don't find a lot of quads to be. Was this filtered? The head is beautiful however a nice two fingers holding steady and leaving some nice lacing.
S= The smell is tantalizing. There is a lot of nice dark fruit smells to it. Prunes and plums dominate the nose and mix nicely with some dark sweet malts in it. Really a nice quad smell to it.
T= Oh wow the taste is great. A lot of nice dark fruit and a little cherry in it I think. There is a good sweetness from the malts that is really impressive. There is an awesome awesome bready malt taste and each sip reveils new complexities in it. A great taste.
M= A nice prickly carbonation to it. Maybe a little more body would do this beer some good.
D= I'm always skeptical of American quads just because the yeast those monks use does really amazing things to beer. This is a great American Quad. Wonderful taste and nose. Worth seeking out.
06-10-2010 03:38:20 | More by jjanega08
4.03/5 rDev -1.2%
22 oz bottle. $6.99 from Total Wine, I think.
Appearance: Sort of a murky, hazy brown color with a smallish head for a quad. The lacing is pretty good and sticky.
Smell: Sweet, rich malty aromas. Dark fruit like dates and raisins. Spicy Belgian yeast. Alcohol and a whiff of solventy fusels. Lots of good smells, but it doesn't meld perfectly or seem as delicious and complex as the best quads.
Taste: Hot with alcohol and slightly solventy. Sweet and spicy dark fruit flavors and a rich, dark maltiness in the middle. Finishes with a heavy, bready yeastiness. If it wasn't so hot tasting, it'd be much better.
Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, not quite syrupy. Well done.
Drinkability: This is not a world class quad, but it is a pretty damn good beer. Cheap by Belgian standards, and holds its own with many.
07-20-2010 01:04:21 | More by rapidsequence
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured into a goblet. Big thanks to jyounger30 for this treat.
4.0 A: Clear dark brown color. Two fingers of frothy head with less than average retention and some lacing.
3.5 S: I tried and tried to pick everything out, but the aroma is simply too weak. It's pleasant, but not packing enough strength to win me over. Peppery Belgian yeastiness. Dark fruitiness including prune, figs, raisins, and black currants.
4.0 T: Taste follows the nose, but is much much stronger. Belgian yeastiness comes back with a vengence, sporting big pepper and tons of clove. Fruitiness follows the nose, but is 10 times stronger. I could be wrong, but I'm detecting some dark candi sugar. There's some alcohol in there, but it doesn't seem anywhere near 11%.
4.5 M: Lighter medium body, but chewy if that makes any sense. Spritzy Belgian yeast carbonation. Creamy and smooth with warming alcohol on finish.
4.5 D: I was very close to giving this a 4.5 for the taste, so I liked this one a lot. I don't know where the aroma was hiding, but if it came out this would be one hell of a brew. Still, very tasty and would like to have this again. I petition SW to make this a yearly seasonal.
04-08-2010 00:56:24 | More by DavoleBomb
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Picked up a bottle from Hop City, chilled, and served in a Chimay glass
A- Subtle head with light pour, full mildly-tan head when poured heavy and settles quickly. A clear, deep, ruby color shines through the deep amber when held up to the light. Much clearer than I've seen in most quads.
S- Strongly arromatic: Dark fruits (figs and prunes), mildy nutty(very mildly). Not too much alcohol on the nose, quite different from the Rochefort 10 I had last night.
T- Enjoyably sweet like a California prune. Malty sugar hits first, followed my a complex, yet not overwhelming, spice
M- Smooth, almost creamy texture. Hit heavy on the tongue, and finishs easy.
D- Drink now! I'm not sure how this one will age. 11% ABV is hardly noticeable and much aging may not improve this one. Just the same, I'll likely stick a few bottles in the cellar just to find out.
Overall: I recommend trying this and will purchase more.
04-06-2010 22:42:04 | More by jmhart
4.08/5 rDev 0%
Hazy amber in color, nice head on top with good retention, left behind a good deal of lacing along the sides and the bottom of the glass. Some light sediment in the final pour.
light fruit notes, grapes, dates, perhaps some prunes at first come through. Lots of grain notes and a touch of alcohol as well. complex and overall a touch light for my tastes, but still had some nice touches especially as it warms up.rich fruit notes and complex taste were not lacking. Lots yeast floavors and an amped up feel to it, probably was stretched to its max, but it works.
08-07-2011 16:02:25 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
22 oz bottle split with friends at the compound spring 10.
A- large billowy tan head builds with a moderate pour. Head settles in time to leave a ring around the glass. Deep reddish brown almost like lancaster birch beer. Quite clear for a quad.
S- nice big nose on this. Lots of malty sweetness and fall spice. Dried fruit, dates, raisins, figs. Its a very clean nose very well done.
T-big candy sugar and maltyness but very well counter played but a beautiful fall spice, cloves, nutmeg cinnamon. Then the fruits again more dates and raisins. A mild yeasty flair shows its head deep in there as it warms but not nearly the bold complexity of some of the finer Belgian versions. Very slight heat begins to show with warming that picks up the flavor nicely.
M- very smooth and with a bigger then expected level of carb add a new perspective on quads for me. I like it a lot.
D- very little showing of the 11 abv just a bit as it comes to room temp. Amazingly drinkable for a big flavorful quad. Great stuff to say the least.
04-01-2010 22:38:37 | More by oglmcdgl
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
On-tap at the brewery.
Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of boozy and sugar-coated medium fruits - plums and figs mostly but with hints of pears. Also present are solid amounts of brown sugar with mild amounts of lighter spices.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined quickly by boozy medium and dark fruit flavors, plums and figs as in the smell but now with more raisin flavors. Mild amounts of brown sugar and an amalgamation of other spices join in midway through the sip and carry through to a mildly dry ending.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with grainy carbonation.
Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and went back for a few more.
Overall I was impressed with this beer. The flavors don't pop enough to make it exceptional however the smoothness and nice melding of the flavors make up for it. Well worth a shot.
02-22-2010 02:25:31 | More by glid02
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Pours a dark brown/mahoganny color with a decent cream head. Light lacing. Nose and taste are sweet with notes of raisin, figs, brown sugar and "winter spices." I also felt like I caught some sort of a cocoa character, but maybe my mind was playing tricks on me. Mouthfeel has appropriate carbonation...maybe just a tad more than I would prefer, but hardly an issue either way. Full bodied and slick.
This is a very tasty brew, and one of the better American imitations of the style that I've had to date. It has an enjoyable sweet taste, but it felt like it's missing a little something in the flavor profile - it's very good, but a little something extra could have made it tremendous.
The alcohol is very well hidden - I didn't find it boozy in the least.
02-23-2010 13:03:06 | More by Mavajo
4.15/5 rDev +1.7%
Nice to finally try one of the Dank Tank series, this pours a really dark brown, with a nice tan head that retains as well as you could expect for a beer of this magnitude. The aroma has a big dark fruit presence upfront (dates, figs, blueberries), along with candy sugar, spicy phenols and some alcohol. The taste is similar to the aroma, with dark fruits dominating initially (plums, blackberries, cherries and blueberries), along with some nice candy sugar sweetness, spicy phenols, and a big alcohol kick. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is good for the style. Overall a pretty solid attempt at a Quad, not mindblowing but more than respectable.
03-23-2010 04:22:17 | More by silver0rlead
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours very dark brown with a nice 1-finger thick deep cream head. Faint retention but very, very nice thick lacing coating the glass.
Sweet caramel malt and syrup all over the nose. Alcohol comes into play, too, in a bananas foster fashion. Just smells thick.
Sweet, fruity hit and middle. Slight spicy twang, but the fruit covers that nicely. Just ripe cherries, touch of fig and raisin. You can feel the alcohol more than you taste it, though a slight burn does develop midway through the glass.
Creamy, syrupy, and very rich texture. Finishes very smooth.
Excellent sipper, though I find I'm downing this faster than I should. Hides the abv extremely well, but you definitely feel it!
05-17-2010 00:58:56 | More by beer2day
Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.