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Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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85 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 37
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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)
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Photo of jeddsp
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.

jeddsp, May 03, 2010
Photo of reeverbythespeak
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I shared a pint of this with some friends at Stillwater Pub, and it really hit the spot. The head was thin, and the portion was enormous. The rich dark belgian color was true to style, and the sweetness was not over powering. I think it's really cool that the Brick Store Pub can get in on that kind of thing. Community is a great attribute of the beer world. This beer went down a little too easily for it's strength in alcohol. Danger zone. Another achievement for Sweetwater.

reeverbythespeak, May 03, 2010
Photo of akorsak
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.

akorsak, May 02, 2010
Photo of billab914
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.

billab914, May 01, 2010
Photo of ksimons
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

ksimons, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
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.

urwithdave, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of gford217
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.

gford217, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of wescj
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.

wescj, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of HeyItsChili
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.

HeyItsChili, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of jmhart
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.

jmhart, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
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!

BEERchitect, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
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.

BARFLYB, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
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.

oglmcdgl, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
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.

silver0rlead, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
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!

scottyshades, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of chaz410
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer at the amazing Beast of The EAST tasting during the Charlotte Craft Beer Week.
Pours a mild black body with an amber head. Not what I expected for the style
Smell is full of rich belgian sweet malts. Lots of dark caramel, subtle spicey hops and some booze as well.
Taste is bright and rich with crisp belgian malt and balanced hop lacing throughout the taste. A lite chocolate mouth punch, but it's still very light and crisp.
Very easy to drink and great taste for the style

chaz410, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of superdedooperboy
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.

superdedooperboy, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
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.

rhoadsrage, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of gabeerman
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown,almost black with ruby hues across the brew
S: a strong mixture of dark fruits(plums,figs) & alcohol
T: slight chocolate followed by those figs & dates with the warm alcohol following it up
M: feel is exactly what I'm looking for out of a quad. Not to heavy or sweet,just subtle carbonation to compliment the earthy tones of this brew.
D: other than the 11% on the side of this bottle,everything else leads me to believe I could drink 2, maybe 3 of these

gabeerman, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent brew!! The appearance is very dark in which you cant see through with a beautiful head that sticks around almost through the whole beer. The smell is very grabbing with a nice smell of malt and a very fruity hops sent! The taste is great you think a beer of this strength would be a little much but it is suprisingly smooth. The mouthfeel is amazing almost non existant which makes for a 110% drinkability. Way to represent Georgia!!! Please go to your nearest spirit shop and try to find this beer you will not be upset!!

kdawg105, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of mrandypandy
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Hop City in Atlanta.

A- Pours a murky brown/plum. Very hazy. Whispy white head is reduced to a ring as the beer progresses. Good carbonation.
S- Dark belgian fruits, plums, figs, grapes.
T- Nice belgian dark fruit sweetness, but not too sweet. Raisins, plums. Hint of tobacco.
M- Medium to heavy body that seems to increase as the beer warms. The alcohol bite does as well.
D- A sipper, but drinkable. I finished the bottle by myself, but next time would rather split it.

Overall - Surprisingly good, probably my second favorite of the Sweetwater "Dank Tank" series (next to the DP Barleywine). Great, especially for the price. Recommended.

mrandypandy, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Deus1138
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first enjoyed this on tap at The Brick Store Pub. This review is from my 4th bottle at home.

Poured into a snifter. Color is deep brown with a reddish tint. Nice amount of head. Smell is sweet, brown sugary, and yeasty.

Taste is excellent. Dark sweet malts, brown sugar, caramel well proportioned. Nothing too strong. Spicy, dry finish. Alcohol is evident, but not 11% evident. It's pretty well masked. Some quads I have had were too sweet, or too alcoholic, or too fruity for my tastes, but this one has an excellent combination of flavors all kept in check.

Drinkability is very good!

This is my favorite American made Quad. I think it can also hold its own against some of the Belgian/Trappist Quads out there. I hope there's enough distribution available for this one to get the notoriety it deserves! I wouldn't be surprised to see Dank Tank BSP end up on the Top Ten Quads in the World on this site.

This one really deserves to be brewed more than once!

Now, if I could just figure out what local pub the fellas at Sweetwater collaborated with to make "Dank Tank BSP?"

Deus1138, Mar 13, 2010
Sweetwater Dank Tank BSP Quad Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.