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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

112 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mavajo on 03-01-2011)
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Reviews by zhanson88:
Photo of zhanson88
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with about 1/4" of khaki head. Retention is okay. Lacing reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is barely existent.

Smell: Smells of some roast, pretty weak at this point. Maybe a hint of herbal hops. No coffee.

Taste: Some roast is there on the palate, maybe a hint of cocoa powder. Again, no coffee apparent. Overall, pretty weak flavor but not offensive.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is thin. About the right amount of carbonation. Overall, this one is past its prime by a ways and should have been drank long ago. Weak in flavor and in feel.

zhanson88, Nov 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

A serious Steeler fan brewed this beer.Poured into an imperial nonic deep dark brown,nearly black with a one finger creamy toasted almond colored head.Aromas are like a coffee house,deep roast with some vanilla notes,a raw earthines comes thru with even a smoky note noticeable.Dark roast and earthy tones on the palate,light vanilla tinged sweetness along with bitter chocolate and heavy coffee roast, quite earthy in the finish.It seems like alot of the others who reviewed this beer didnt get the coffee presence I got,I think the coffee is spot on and is the main component of the beer,I really like it and will buy more.

oberon, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -18%

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Surpassed the line of being opaque in blackness, nice tan lacing.

SMELL: Used coffee grounds, licorice root, peppercorn, nonpareils, hint of alcohol, dried dark fruit.

TASTE: Burnt coffee, sweet chocolate, warming booze, modest hopping, sweet, burnt finish.

A sweet mess, none of the flavors seem to the meld well. Coffee? It seems to add to the mess rather than rounding out the brew. Not a disaster but something you'd want to share with several friends.

Jason, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.1%

22 oz bottle (2011) served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Black opaque body, with brown highlights at the edges; creamy beige-colored head. Head has decent retention before reducing to a thick and creamy ring. A nice coating slides down the sides with each sip.

S - boozy and moderately complex, with a tendency to reveal different nuances upon repeated sniffing, including coffee, dark malt, brandy, chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste: Roasted malt background with notable sweetness, some bitter [Nicaraguan] coffee, notes of chocolate, hops and caramel. A bit fruity and spicy too. Coffee and bitterness are most apparent in the finish, but even then this beer has a less pronounced coffee flavor than some other coffee beers (e.g., Pisgah Valdez).

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body. Medium carbonation. Near creamy smooth.

O: one of my favorite porters.

chinchill, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malt with good amounts of dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes better and more complex than it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip very faint roasted coffee flavors work their way into things, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was disappointed in how little coffee was in this beer. I've heard varying reports from others about the amount of coffee so I'll have to give it a shot again, hopefully this time with better results. For what it's worth I think the base beer is solid, specifically the mouthfeel, so with a bit more coffee this could be pretty nice.

glid02, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Groucho75
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

22oz bomber poured into a straight-sided pint glass. $5.99 at my local store. I had been waiting to try this one since buying it last week as a coffee porter home brew I tried the other week kind of cooled my heels. While I really like certain attempts, I have to admit it's not the first style that springs to mind when I'm making my mind up on what to drink.

Holy cats. Three fingers of cappuccino-esque foam that took ages to settle. Jet black with maybe a faint port-like sheen when held to the light.

Maybe it's still too cold, or maybe it's my allergies, but I can't nose a lot off this beer right now. I'll see if things improve as it warms up. Since I'm not being bowled over, I'll say "average" for smell. (About an hour later, it has improved some, but it's still that flat neutral aroma I tend to associate with porters.)

Taste wise, this is smooth and rich. Loads of toast, malt, and coffee (natch) but a syrupy toffee on the finish too.

Very easy to drink for the most part. The 8.5 ABV is hidden well, but I suspect that too much of this could sneak up on you in a hurry.

All in all, a great addition to the Dank Tank series. Better than Border Hopper, but I liked their Magnum imperial lager better.

Groucho75, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A coffee and sugar story. A great foamy head. The aroma is you guessed it, very roasty. Above average mouthfeel. Edgey coffee flavours, more coffee than beer flavour, some honey and chocolate.Good for what it is, as I am not a coffee drinker. Doug's bottle.

Sammy, May 06, 2011
Photo of hyoung41
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

hyoung41, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Mavajo
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

This is the latest in the Dank Tank series, and began hitting shelves today, 2/28/11.

Sits nearly black in the glass. Head is a cream color, and not overly voluminous - a fairly brisk pour yielded about a finger's thickness. My first thought was that it looks quite a bit like Guinness. One caveat - MJB has some decent lacing. It doesn't plaster the glass, but definitely leaves some legs behind.

Aroma contains a couple dominant notes - roasty malt and big coffee. Definitely opens up as it warms.

As I take my first sip, I'm a bit surprised. It's definitely loaded with coffee, but doesn't have the coffee profile I was expecting. Even though it's coming from another Georgia brewery, this is no Wake N Bake clone. I find the coffee profile much more similar to Founders FBS or KBS. It really hammers the "bitter" areas of your palate and lingers along the sides near the back of your tongue. I want to say I'm picking up some decent hops, too, but it's hard to tell since the coffee is already overloading those bitter sensors. Overall, this is a top notch taste. Perhaps Happy Ending with coffee? I might have to have a Happy Ending this week to compare.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side, which I tend to expect from porters. Carbonation is fairly crisp, which interacts well with the flavor profile and causes it to dance across youe tongue.

All in all, this is not what I was expecting - but I think it left me more impressed in the end. Don't come here expecting a Wake N Bake or Depth Charge clone, simply due to regional association. No, this bad boy is more similar to some of the heavy hitters they brew up in Michigan.

Definitely a must-try. Wish I could load up, but I don't figure this is one you want to age - it's tasty right now.

Mavajo, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown, almost black, opaque with a thin tan head.

Muted roasted malt on the nose.

Milky taste throughout. Vanilla all over. Light coffee notes. Sweeter than I personally like, but no downgrade for that.

Silky smooth body and low carbonation make for a wonderful feeling.

Better than average but not quite up to great.

Fatehunter, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

thanks Rhettroactive

pours a fairly thick and creamy jet black with a cocoa head. decent retention. very rich looking.

lots of dark bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. very vibrant with a hint of sweetness.

fairly bitter through out. a very dominating chocolate and coffee flavor through out. a nice subtle sweetness to help balance it a bit. you can taste the porter in the background but make no mistake this is very coffee forward.

fairly moderate to thick body with a medium to moderate carbonation. sweetness lingers on the teeth.

this was good, never boring. i drank it quickly and would love to have this again.

hooliganlife, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jmhart
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jmhart, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of silver0rlead
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours an onyx color with a thick and frothy tan head that doesn't retain spectacularly but leaves really nice lacing...imposing looking. The aroma is mostly chocolate and coffee upfront along with some background notes of molasses, char, dark fruits, citrusy hops and alcohol. The flavor is similar with bittersweet chocolate and cafe au lait initially, along with some dark fruits, citrusy hops, molasses, cream and some toasted bread. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, though drinkability is excellent considering the ABV. Pretty tasty Imperial Porter, with admirably restrained bitterness but a disappointing lack of complexity.

silver0rlead, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Kegatron
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a finger of rich and creamy mocha colored head. This maintains a ½ finger of smooth froth, which drenches the sides of the glass with a rich cascade of foamy lacing. The aroma smells of acrid roasted coffee (which does pick up some flavor in the nose as this warms), which mingles with notes of chocolate and green citrus.

The taste has more of that bitter green citrus to it, with a sweet backbone of chocolate and caramel flavors and a roasted coffee flavor that mixes in. The backend on this is burnt feeling with some lingering pithy hops. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a prickly feel on the tongue that then gives way to a firm yet still silky carbonation along the back. There is just a light alcohol presence here that mostly serves to bring that more assertive finish out.

This was a solid take on a bigger sized Coffee Porter, which I thought handled its alcohol well and had just the right blend of chocolate and coffee flavors to keep this enjoyable. I wish I had tried this little fresher, as the hops seemed like they wanted to contribute more but this was overall pretty nice.

Kegatron, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Janderson91
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Yet another Dank Tank! I constantly look forward to the release of these. Not sure when it was bottled, had to be just a few weeks ago. Enjoyed on 03/07/11.

A - Poured into a DFH signature glass. Pitch black with some dark red around the edges. One finger tan colored head that leaves decent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Good natural coffee aroma and a surprising hoppiness. Very roasty as well and some dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt and coffee beans up front. Moves to some dark chocolate and more coffee. Finishes is much of the same with some bittersweet chocolate and yes, more coffee. This thing is very bitter but I love it. Natural coffee flavor and good roasted malts. Well done.

M/D - Nice and full bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable for 8.5% and the thick mouthfeel, alcohol is very well hidden.

The latest Dank Tank did not disappoint. Keep them coming, Sweetwater!

Janderson91, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of dtx00
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

dtx00, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

22 oz bomber at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: The pour is obsidian-dark with a finger of tan head that leaves a full wall of lace that slowly shatters into smaller pieces and falls.

S: Coffee, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, and caramel. I'm liking this already.

T: A beautiful medley of flavors; dark and milk chocolate, smooth-roasted coffee, sweet dark fruits, and mild hoppiness.

M: It has medium body thickness with a very smooth finish.

O: This is like a smoother, more well-rounded version of KBS or Wake-n-Bake. Sweetwater should make it year-round.

bucklemyshoe, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

22 oz.
About black with only a thin layer of cream colored head. Retention and lacing are pretty low.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, lighter vanilla and roast malt. Coffee is not overbearing.

Taste has enough roast for me, malt and more coffee. Gooda amount of dark chocolate, cocoa and vanilla. I didn't find this overly sweet. Finish is a little muddling with and old mocha iced coffee type flavor.

More carbonation than I would care for, which made it a bit "scratchy" down my throat. Just medium bodied. A little warmer than I thought it would be also.

It is pretty mild, or balanced for a coffee brew. Good, just not the best Dank Tank effort from Sweetwater.

Bung, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of aepb1
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

A- dark brown at the edges and a black body. Dark brown head.

S- roasty malts and sugar, sweet chocolate and citrus hops too

T- roasty malts, coffee and sugar. Some bitterness finishes this up.

M- medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O- decent beer, good coffee in this porter too

aepb1, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.5/5  rDev +16%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

A: Pours black with a finger of light tan head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing

S: Roasted malts up front followed by a sweet, creamy coffee aroma. There are some light smoke and char aromas on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some roasted malt flavors up front followed by a sweet, creamy coffee flavor. The finish is lightly bitter with a bit of an alcohol burn. The coffee is not as strong or robust as I was expecting.

M: Medium-thick body and carbonation, this beer avoids being too thick with the carbonation accentuating the coffee flavors.

O: Overall, definitely not a bad beer. In a world full of great coffee stouts, however, this beer doesn't do anything to stand apart from the crowd.

n2185, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Beejay
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Much thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this bottle!!

A: Deep dark black in the glass. The head is soft and looks like a cappuccino foam on top of this oil like body.

S: Nice dark malt aroma. There is a certain huskiness to this as well as a nice sweet touch of molasses. The coffee comes in reserved, but not forgotten.

T: While the coffee aroma may be slightly subdued in the aroma, it certainly hits first in the flavor department. Following the coffee there are some wonderful roasted malt flavors with hints of toffee and chocolate. Quite a well put together brew with no single flavor coming out in front of the others.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is a bit active for me, but there is still a good creamy mouthfeel. I think the carbonation is giving this a little more bite then I would like, but still... Nothing too major.

O: Overall very well balanced and enjoyable. Quite a delicious brew, and just what I wanted after a hard day of work.

Beejay, Aug 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jaydoc, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of jsanford
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jsanford, Mar 10, 2013
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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean from SweetWater Brewing Company
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