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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad AleSweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

84 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%


Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ugaterrapin on 02-20-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours into an oversized wine glass a dark brown, but not quite black, with brilliant ruby red highlights when held up to the light. The head is somewhere between off white and true tan, and only one finger high with a decent amount of lacing. The nose is of dark fruits soaked in alcohol, enticing but there's not really anything else going on, which is a little bit of a letdown. The taste makes up for it though, as it opens with a bit of biscuity malt, before transitioning into the familiar alcohol laced plums and raisins. A quick splash of caramel comes in at the close to round things out. The mouthfeel is the weak link in this beer, though it's not that bad in its own right, but both the carbonation is a tad low and the beer could stand to be a little bit richer. While alcohol is definitely present, it's so well integrated into the beer that it doesn't affect it's drinkability at all. My first Sweetwater experience was a mixed bag (Big Ol' Belgian Blue Balls), but BSP Quad is a great beer and one that I'll be looking to get some more of to add to my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 03:18:20 | More by axeman9182
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jjanega08

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 03:38:20 | More by jjanega08
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber received in a recent trade with GatorBeerNerd. Thanks again man!

Pours a deep, dark chestnut/mahogany/plum color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with estery fruit and yeasty notes along with some dark fruit and peppery spice. Hints of pepper, clove, raisin, fig, plum, chocolate and dark berries.

Spicy medium body that is slightly syrupy with noticeable alcohol heat/warmth. Slightly medicinal with peppery clove spiciness, sweet alcohol and dark fruit notes from the yeast. Hints of raisin, fig, plum and dark berries. Slightly roasty with chocolate notes but a bit too much of an astringent alcohol presence. Solvent and medicinal notes are also a bit too strong.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 07:06:19 | More by corby112
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 06:42:12 | More by AdamGarcia
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jampics2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle courtesy of a kind trader. Thanks for the awesome extra, I enjoyed this and split it with family!

Poured a nice dark brown, touches of cherry in the light. Head receded and left a decent lace. This looks like the real deal, great way to start this beer.

Nose is full of sweet belgian candy, caramelized malt, figs, plums, and other dark fruit goodies. Just a touch subdued, not the complexities of say a Westy, but then again what does have that deep of a nose?

Taste is wonderful. Hands down my favorite American quad, this can hang with the big boys! Sweet caramel and toffee, dark raisins and plums, wonderful depth and spice. Really, really good - a bit more straightforward that say a St Bernardus with it's levels of malt and spice. But equal levels of intense flavor. Really good clean finish, yeast is adding all the right notes. Alcohol is masked in a masterful way.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied and good for the style.

Drinkability was excellent. This was a great beer, my first Dank Tank - would try anything else in the series based on this. A great American beer that honors the traditional style perfectly.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 18:50:46 | More by jampics2
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 00:58:56 | More by beer2day
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see that this Dank Tank release made it up to these parts. Bomber poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark mahogany with a thin tan head resting on top. This head is pretty faint and fleeting. It's gone in about a minute. Leaves little-to-no lace behind. Big sweet candy-like scents coming out. Some strawberry and fig notes. Slightly resiny on the back end. Nice.

The body is thick and smooth, but not filling as much as I thought. This actually is my first Quad, so I'm not sure how the flavors match up to the style. But I for one LOVED the flavor. Great molasses-sweet malts up front, some bready feel in the middle and a nice sweet punch on the end. Some dark fruits noted as well, but not bittering at all. This is sweet and enjoyable. I thought this was going to be a sipper, but it ended up being a 'gulper.' Dangerously drinkable with this ABV. I want more. I'm going to grab a few more of these and set some away. I bet this'll just get better and better with age. Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 19:51:29 | More by Onenote81
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jeddsp

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this beer on Friday night out of the bottle, not as preferable as off tap, but had to do. Pours dark, the head was a little thin, but that to me was the worst part of this beer. For the ABV which is 11% this beer went down very VERY easy. Dangerous, but a great problem to have. Another great offering from the fellas over at Sweet Water.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 19:17:35 | More by jeddsp
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gford217 for this bomber.

A: The quad is dark ruddy hue, equal parts crimson and dark chocolate. The reddish colors become more evident when the glass is held up to light. Despite an audible pssst on opening, here is little indication of any head here.

S: Following first pour there isn't much to remark on. Too cold and the quad has nothin' going on. As it warms, rich grains and coffee ground aromas waft out. I don't pick up much in the way of spices...

T: ...Luckily the first sip rectifies the lack of spiciness. Dark fruits, raisins and figs, run rampant. Candi sugars and syrupy spices follow. The flavor never gets cloying, just rich, VERY RICH. The dark malts, while not at a stout-level, are grainy enough to standout amongst the all the sweetness and keep things in check. Dark sweetness sees each sip away, a candi sugar wonderland.

M: The quad doesn't feel like an 11% whopper. The spices gradually emerge, and when they do they really stand out. The dark grains, surprisingly, are the lingering aspect of each sip.

D: I split the bottle with ksak. While the booze is hidden it does hit hard. Despite that, I like the spice profile, sweeter than it ought to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 02:04:17 | More by akorsak
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billab914

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a thin white lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a big sweet malty flavor to it with some raisins, figs, wheat, and some alcohol coming through as well. The taste is just as sweet and malty as the nose suggests. It has a nice dark fruit sweetness to it, but also a alcohol bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it has some nice malt flavors to it. Would have been nice in a smaller serving size since 22oz was way too much for me to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 02:07:46 | More by billab914
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ksimons

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with a ring of white lace around the top

S-malty, sweet, and boozy

T-rich sweetness and malts dominate the taste, yeast and raisins is also tasted, finishes with some spice to even out the taste

M-rich, full body, moderate carbonation, leaves a sweet syrupy feel

D-pretty good, the alcohol is definitely tasted but not overwhelming, I would get it again

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 23:18:51 | More by ksimons
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urwithdave

Florida

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 05:42:44 | More by urwithdave
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gford217

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shows through as a clear deep copper when held up to light. There is a small, short-lived bubbly beige head that recedes to a collar.

The aroma is very sweet with candi sugar, caramelized fruits and sweet malts. Maybe some light spiciness as well, but the nose was predominantly sweet.

The taste is a bit more complex though it still has the dominant sugar-coated fruit backbone. The spices come out a bit more, especially in the finish where the palate is left tingling with a combination of spices and alcohol.

The mouthfeel is very lively with lots of carbonation which keeps the dominant sweetness from getting out of hand.

This is an excellent beer and I'd put it up there with Sweetwater's best. Plus, any beer that even subtly honors the Brick Store is good in my book. A very sweet but drinkable Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 04:59:25 | More by gford217
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky consistency. There was a somewhat thin, foamy, tan-colored head. Good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Smells as a quad should.

T: Tasted of apples, caramel, malt, and some spices. Much more subtle than I expected, but still enjoyable.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 12:14:19 | More by avalon07
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 18:33:38 | More by Wasatch
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wescj

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Dark brown in color with a touch of red. Head is nice and tan, and lasts for a while.

Aroma is very syrupy.

And so is the taste. I wish this one were a bit dryer. Not bad overall, though. The sweetness is such that you almost don't even notice the hops.

Decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 01:47:15 | More by wescj
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HeyItsChili

China

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:12:03 | More by HeyItsChili
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 00:56:24 | More by DavoleBomb
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jmhart

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 22:42:04 | More by jmhart
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The BSP is a generally well-brewed Belgian Strong Dark Ale. But liken most Amercian brewer takes on the style, the beer is very sweet and strong.

An elegant and masculine look brings a dark mohogany-ruby-amber mildly hazy hue. Lively carbonation forms a very froathy, lightly tanned head that easily lingered the session and lacing very well. A really good looking beer.

Mild aromas of sweet confectionate malt, fruitiness, and spice gives an understated impression but the flavors do no such thing.

A well-melded flavor of syrupy malts give deep toffee, caramel, and confectioner's sugar. Springked with light toast, brown sugars and roasted marshmallows, the sweetness is very bold and varying. A fruity mix of dates, figs, berries, raisons, red grapes, and plumbs show a bit of a nutty taste to compliment the malts well. Spicy and lightly vinous but without pushing the phenolic character too hard. Mild hop bitterness shows a bit of a bite in the finish but hardly puts a dent in the malt profile.

Full and heavy all the way from nose to finish. Though the beer dries out a bit in the end, it's probably more due to the high abv. and not because of the well attenuated malt dryness. Ultimately this keeps the beer sticky sweet and a bit fusal.

I compare this beer to classic Belgian Strong Darks like Gulden Draak. You have got to like the sweeter side of Belgian Ales to enjoy this one best. Though I prefer more dryness and better balance and complexity, I feel that the unresolved sweetness hurts the drinkability just a bit.

Thanks again Ding!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 02:21:38 | More by BEERchitect
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber supplied through a downsouth trader by way of oglmcdgl. Poured into some kitchen glasses with friends. My first from this brewery.

A slight hiss when the cap was pryed, bsp pours a dark brown with mahagony trimmings. Brooklyn tap water. A nice heavy tan foam with some thickness and legs with stringy lace on the way down.

Smells the part with sweetness up front with a lot of sugar and dark fruit, plum comes to mind. A big hit of caramel and toffee from the malt blasting and not a trace of hops. Some nuts in the distance.

This is one of the cleanest tasting quads from america that I've ever had. From the clean ass pour with hardly any sediment I knew this would be sanitary, but damn this is clean. Candi sugar, bubblegum, begian bready yeast is minimal but noted. Dark plum juice and a sense of apple skins. Not a trace of alcohol

While the alcohol is not tasted, there is a certain hotness to this that's not a bother. A sweet pretty full bodied quad that does not cloy, rather bsp sooths the mouth with sugary furity goodness with a malty finish. This does its thing and leaves a sweet finish, carb is felt but its at a point where it's not very crisp.

This is a great quad, and one of the better american versions I've had. It's drinkable but I think a whole bottle to the head would be a bit much. This is a good one to share.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 23:30:57 | More by BARFLYB
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 22:38:37 | More by oglmcdgl
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 04:22:17 | More by silver0rlead
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scottyshades

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Total Wine in Greenville, SC for only $6

A: Ohh yea, this is a good look for a quad! Pours a rich, viscous looking opaque chestnut (almost looks black) color into the snifter. The khaki color head is big, rocky, billowy, dense, and creamy...all of which are highly desirable traits for the style, not to mention the excellent retention to release all of those aromas. I rarely give "5" for appearance, but this is up there with the best. This pour is comparable to that of Westvleteren 12 and Rochefort 10

S: Notes of Belgian spices immediately greet the nose; light clove, spearmint, bubblegum, and banana- the yeast has some nice traits. Next I find some dark fruit; fig, plum/prune, raisin, apple, and date. Light and soft notes of caramel and toffee, and possibly even some faint coffee grounds.

T: Not as complex as the best, but still multi-layered, so I'll break it down.

Front palate- There is an upfront spice that greets the palate with vigor, consisting of clove, spearmint, banana, and cardamom.

Mid palate- Aside from the spices, dark fruits (pear, fig, plum, raisin) lend a nice, sweet flavor to the combination. To compliment, the caramel and dark malts add a new layer to this beer, producing some caramel, toffee, and even a little bittersweet chocolate. Overall, a residual sweetness similar to brown sugar

End palate- Now to the best part, the yeast! I must say that the characteristics that the yeast adds to the complexity of this brew are pretty impressive...the byproducts are rather phenolic, giving it clove, apple, a little butter, slightly smokey, and if you dig down there some band-aid flavors. All of which are positive traits in my opinion (at least in this circumstance) and really add some depth to the beer. Very delicious, and the alcohol is warming, and not very apparent. Slight bitter twang as well.

MF/D: Creamy, viscous, and smooth mouthfeel...pretty big body for the style. Carbonation is spot-on, with only a little prickle in the mouth. There is a long, lingering clove/spicy finish. Drinkability is high despite the abv, but definitely a sipper, and would make a great aperitif alongside some baked apricot brie

*I found it pretty damn important to let this decant well (I decanted for about 25 minutes), and I found a noticeable difference in taste and aroma. Highly recommended, especially with some good appetizers. I can't wait to try the aged version of this!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 20:12:32 | More by scottyshades
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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