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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad AleSweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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85 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to AleWatcher for sending this as an extra in the Barleywine BIF. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear tawny-copper color with a short off-white head and no real lacing on the way down. The nose carries a bit of caramel and some really light dark fruits. Mild brown sugar and a bit of raisin. The flavor features dark fruits, but not nearly enough of them. It's more toward the malt. Medium body and light carbonation with a light sweetness. Not a terribly interesting quad.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 22:06:59 | More by Thorpe429
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rather dark mahogany with an inch or so of foam; leaves quite a few strands of lace but doesn't have the classic Belgian look

Smell: Dates and figs, with a strong undertone of toffee

Taste: Dates and figs, up front, with almonds and toffee building by mid-palate; brown sugar and cinnamon spices enter, after the swallow, but the flavors fade into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: As a Quad, the beer falls short and will not have the longevity one would expect from the style; it lacks the yeasty Belgian complexity and, in many ways, is more like a Barleywine than a Quad; still, it is an enjoyable brew, just not up there with the best examples of the style

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:35:53 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 16:02:25 | More by mikesgroove
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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served up an opaque, dark brown body with a thin, unassuming layering of ivory-hued foam.

Smell: An aroma that's sweet smelling, full of fruitiness, maltiness and given to some pops of ground spices and fusel alcohol set the stage for a big, punchy beer.

Taste: Presents a vivid dark maltiness that's notably sweet. Liberally toasted bread conspicuously coated with brown sugar, candi sugar, and a glob of dark caramel. Modest pinch of earthy spices and cocoa. Resonant fruitiness displaying tastes of dates, ripe plums, and even a little bit of banana. Small hint of bitterness felt midway. Then, in comes a rush of alcoholic heat as you reach the sweet, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A bold, soundly sweet Belgian-style brew with plenty of warmth from start to finish. A bit more sweetness than desired, but still fairly well done and a nice little tribute to the Brick Store Pub.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2010 23:36:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-25-2011 21:12:14 | More by GRG1313
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

04-30-2014 21:58:46 | More by Kegatron
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

11-26-2011 01:33:41 | More by Rochefort10nh
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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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2010 22 oz bottle.

Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin film of light tan head and a thick ring of small bubbles. Sweet nose of plum, grape, bubblegum, candi sugar and light yeast. Medium thick body with light carbonation and a clean fruity finish. Plum, dark fruit skin, green apple and sweet chocolate dominate flavor. Not quite as complex as the best of the style, and getting a little muddled with age, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 17:51:42 | More by yourefragile
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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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a low ball glass)
A- This beer has a dense opaque brown body wit a glow of warm brown at the base. There is a very thick light tan head that fades after a bit and it is a bit to dense to see any carbonation. S- This beer has an aroma of cream that gives way to a dark fruit aroma with hints of yeasty esters. There is a faint banana hint in there also. The soft dark toffee finish has an almost burnt aroma to it.
T- The taste of raisins and dark roasted malt has a bitter finis with some yeast qualities coming through as the beer warms. The finish has some full bitter hops and char notes lingering. M- The light mouthfeel has a tight fizz finish with no alcohol heat noted.
D- This beer has a big bitter and char flavor with some softer yeast notes that get covered up. It taste like a nice beer underneath the hops and char but that just covers to much.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 14:49:41 | More by rhoadsrage
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap appropriately enough at the Brick Store Pub (BSP), and a lovely beer it was fresh and on draught. Pours a beautiful burnished mahogoney with a very nice head and beautiful lacing. Smells of banana, clove, prunes, and brown sugar as well as some other warm spices. Not too sweet in the nose. Tastes very nice. Deep, slightly woody, with lots of fruit and citrus and some tannins underlying everything and lending structure. Smooth, but with good body, and not too sweet. A great effort.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2010 15:21:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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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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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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glid02

Georgia

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2010 02:25:31 | More by glid02
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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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harpus

Alabama

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

12-09-2010 02:33:14 | More by harpus
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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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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely dark and slightly hazy cinnamon-brown with a decent and not too persistent tan head. Aroma is quite strong, yeasty and fruity, slightly sweet with malty and caramel undertones - seriously tempting. Flavor is lively, yeasty and malty with strong caramel and fruity undertones - WHOA! This has quite a fierce alcohol bite! Texture is rough, tingly and sassy, leaving a lively and fizzy feeling on the tongue and inside the lips. A must!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 00:55:43 | More by Cyberkedi
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

07-21-2013 19:48:52 | More by WOLFGANG
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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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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to both Bhalter8 and KiawahIsland for providing me with a bottle of this beer.

Well, up front I need to admit that I wasn't expecting much from this beer. Not sure why, but I didn't have high expectations. Joke was on me, this beer clearly surpassed all of these expectations and was a very nice quad.

Light tan head sits upon this almost purple/amber colored beer. Not much lacing.

Not much in the way of aroma. This concerned me and I was not hopeful.

Flavor was really nice. Raisins, Figs, cocoa powder and a touch of spice. Very fruity and smooth.

Very smooth and almost creamy. Fairly thick body and velvet like.

Really enjoyed this and found it to be quite intriguing.

Well done Sweetwater.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 00:47:38 | More by Reagan1984
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -2%

11-14-2011 21:27:41 | More by jophish17
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Pencible

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.5%

02-11-2012 19:32:55 | More by Pencible
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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.