Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company
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4.97/5 rDev +21.8%
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!
03-13-2010 00:55:43 | More by Cyberkedi
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Clear, dark brown with light lacing. The taste was sweet as any Quad would have, but with a wild cherry flavor. Very malty aftertaste that will stay in your mouth with a cherry finish. The eleven percent is hidden well, but I couldn't drink more than one glass.
03-12-2010 17:26:04 | More by jbone78
4.28/5 rDev +4.9%
A - Color is a terracotta brown with a beige 1/2 finger width head that fades to a frothy film after a couple of minutes.
S - First a fruity and brown sugar aroma that has a warming quality aobut it. A second whiff offers the characteristic "dark fruits" - dried figs, dried raisin, dates. A third and fourth whiff locates a complex and crisp malty aroma. I just love the aroma of a good dark Belgian style Ale! A whiff after writing my thoughts on "Taste" and "Mouthfeel" renders that sticky caramel with notes of apple, pear, cherry, and clove.
T & M - Full flavored, medium bodied, creamy texture with an emerging warming sensation that begins and lasts long after you swallow this down. The complex malt flavor strikes first. There seems a nice complex blend of the dried fruits and something like an Asian pear. Spicy notes - clove and allspice. I'm also getting a mild but noticeable licorice notes. The finish is like that bitter aftertaste left by dark chocolate. Not a very smooth finish.
D - The creamy texture and the flavor makes this very drinkable but the finish slows things down.
I found limited release quad at my local package store. I bought one last Friday. After trying it, I bought four more on Monday. Today, Wednesday, I bought the last two on the shelf. The price point is awsome - 5.99. It comes close to some of the other Quads and Dubbels. I am so happy I have five more of these in my cupboard.
03-04-2010 02:37:36 | More by AlFromBayShore
4.3/5 rDev +5.4%
Have had this both in 22 oz bottle and at the brewery on tap. Both taste very similar so all the tasting notes apply to both.
Pours a nice deep brown with hints of read. You can get head off the pour but it dissipates almost immediately because of the high ABV. At 11%, this guy is a monster.
Nose is rich. I can't identify any particular fruits, but it's very sweet and caramel, but there are also strong notes of alcohol because of its content. It's a Belgian style, so expect some spices.
Taste is amazing. Brown sugar is very prominent, there are dark fruit notes, and a heaping portion of malt and spices. Normally a beer with this high ABV would be strong tasting, but this one is not at all strong tasting. Spices are wonderful, it's very well balanced. Absolutely a wonderful beer.
It's very drinkable. It's strong, but the flavors make it drinkable. The mouthfeel is part of this: it's so syrupy that you can't help but enjoy it over and over again. I spent 4 tickets on this beer at my last Sweetwater tour and it was absolutely worth it. Definitely one of the best Sweetwater brews that I've had.
02-27-2010 04:18:53 | More by cliffhagner407
4.63/5 rDev +13.5%
Poured this into a Westmalle goblet. It shows as a deep red/brown color with a light creamy head. The head stays around and spreads itself unevenly across the surface of the beer.
Smells particularly strong. However, the booze is offset by a number of fruits - they vie for contention but I am not getting dominant odors from one in particular. Lots of brown sugar and tons of lighter spices to round the beer out.
Fruits and malt disguise whatever alcohol is lurking in this monster. At 11% that is no easy task. The brown sugar and other spices keep it well balanced.
Mouthfeel is great.
Drinkability is exceptional for a beer this high in alcohol. If I had bought more than one bottle, I could see myself losing track of my intake very easily.
02-25-2010 04:36:05 | More by PhillipJFry
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%
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
4.18/5 rDev +2.5%
The deep burgundy color, and the small head looked very nice in the goblet, and the smell of cherry, orange, and banana was a very authentic touch. The taste was sweet and rich, and reminded me of some fruit jam or some type of dessert topping. The sweetness was backed with a spicy yeast note, and followed by drying and warm finish. The heavy sweetness made this quite a sipper. The alcohol was evident but restrained. This was a very authentic take on the style. Maybe a tad sweeter than the real deal, but very close.
02-21-2010 04:06:06 | More by rajendra82
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Update Sept 13, 2010. About 7 months old now and progressing nicely. Very strong aroma with gobs of fruit and diminished alcohol, chocolate also prominent. This gets an easy 8.5 on the nose and almost a 9, a joy to inhale. Flavor stays about the same but the alcohol is noticeably dropping off, still quite sweet though which which contributes to some stickiness on the mouthfeel, although it still remains very creamy and full. Excellent, already getting better (and it was great fresh) and I'm looking forward to following this for a couple of years.
22oz bottle. Served cool room temp into a Duvel glass. Pours somewhat thin dark brown with a one finger beige head that leaves spotty lace and holds a moderate cap.
Aroma is fruity, cherries, sour apple, alcohol prominent, yeast, bread, caramel malts, big & sweet smelling aroma.
Flavor is sweet, cherries, dark fruit, caramel, a little chocolate, brown or candy sugar, bread and yeast really picks up as it warms, some bitterness on the finish, alcohol is there but doesn't burn. Long sweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is full, sticky and sweet.
This is a pretty damned good US-brewed Belgian Quad, pretty young though...I'd like to revisit in a year.
Appearance 4/5, Smell 4.5/5, Taste 4/5, Feel 3.5/5, Drinkability 4/5, Score 4.05
02-20-2010 04:29:43 | More by elgiacomo
3.65/5 rDev -10.5%
It poured a nearly opaque deep dark brown color. About about half finger of light tan head didn't hang around too long. It dissipated to leave a slight amount of lacing. It has a very complex rich smell. There are notes of dark fruit mixed in with some sugary smells. The aroma makes me very intrigued about what is next. The taste steadily increases. It starts out fairly light then grows into taste of dark fruit and malts combined with a warming effect. I am assuming the warmth is from the alcohol, but it masks the alcohol well in terms of flavor. The biggest surprise is how thin the mouthfeel is on this beer. I was expecting a little more body. Overall a decent beer. Not one I am going to run back to, but I love the whole concept of the Dank Tank Series and definitely respect this beer. I am not the biggest Belgian fan so my personal preferences may bring down the score on this one.
02-20-2010 02:00:13 | More by ugaterrapin
Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.