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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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Photo of Heischman
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%

APPEARANCE – Solid Black, A thick cocoa brown head that dissipates to a good ¼ inch head and stays there. Real nice lacing but not the rings around the glass, but a continuous curtain linger on the side of the glass. Beautiful.
AROMA – Strong notes of coffee with a hint of chocolate following behind, subtle hints of alcohol as well.
TASTE – in a nice complementary, the taste of the Mean Joe Bean match the Aroma with a strong blast of coffee and a chaser of Chocolate to mellow it out. Also some good roasted malts linger on the pallet.
MOUTHFEEL – Very smooth and creamy with a nice carbonation on the tongue
CONCLUSION – It saddens me that this beer is no longer available as it was a onetime brew. By far the MEAN JOE BEAN is a superior beer

Heischman, May 14, 2011
Photo of mttdls
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +18%

Comes out of the tap a deep, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves some respectable lacing. Smoky aroma has tones of quality coffee and unsweet chocolate as well as hints of cinnamon and licorice. Rich flavor is mainly good coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, very like a mocha - the way a porter should be - along with undertones of licorice, caramel and molasses. Texture is thick, smooth and fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly sweet mocha finish. I strongly recommend this one - and get an extra bottle since it's a special release!

Cyberkedi, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of matzah
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Very dark but clear. Two finger head. Quickly dissipates into a thin film of bubbles. Coats glass nicely as drunk.

S: Faint notes of chocolate, coffe, and malt.

T: A nice porter. The coffee taste is mild and compliments the malt well. Chocolate comes through as does some milk flavors.

M: Creamy, but not like a milk stout. Very good for a porter. Finishes well.

O: A great porter. This bottle is over a year old and has muted characteristics compared to what I remember when it was fresh, but everything is so well blended that I really enjoyed it.

matzah, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of LadyOfMuchBeer
4.5/5  rDev +16%

LadyOfMuchBeer, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

gratefulbeerhead, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

miga, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

KFrank729, Mar 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

jucifer1818, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of gford217
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%

22oz bottle.

I always like to preface my reviews of coffee beers by saying that I'm a big fan of the "style" and have rarely had one I didn't like. With that said, I really like this beer.

Pours really dark brown, almost black, with a small beige head that recedes slowly to a thin collar and swirl along the top.

Aroma is a mixture of chocolate malts, dry cocoa powder and, of course, coffee beans. I think the coffee sticks out more in the nose for me. There is a noticeable earthy hop aroma as well, though it takes a back seat to the roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste seems to be a more even balance of chocolate malts and coffee. The initial sweetness of the chocolate stands out up front with bitter hops and freshly ground coffee coming on strong in the middle, leaving a lingering bitterness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with strong carbonation with a solid dry bitterness from the coffee.

If you're trying to make a direct comparison to Depth Charge or Wake N Bake, this might be a notch below. But as a porter, this is fantastic. One of the better impy porters I've had recently. If you're going to categorize this one as a regular porter, it's world class. But, again, I love me some coffee beer, so this is right up my alley.

gford217, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

A - A black chocolate color. Very nice head retention and lace on the glass. The head is a coffee/dark color. Impressive.

S - A roasted malty aroma. I am smelling sweet flavors as well.

T - A very smooth, malty backbone. Coffee beans and a nice chocolate aftertaste. Very good! The 8.5abv is hidden from the multitude of coffee beans and chocolate flavors.

M - Smooth throughout. Carbonated perfectly.

O - A very good porter. I dig it...

BeerDawgs, Mar 19, 2011
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
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Surprisingly light-bodied, considering the nearly opaque, chewy look. Taste is big, though. Coffee, a little smoke, caramel taffy...maybe cola, some orange rind. Could have used a bit more carbonation. None of the cloying, heavy alcohol bite at the back of your throat of some of the higher ABVs. A bit on the sweet side, but easy to drink and full of interest.

A good beer to mark my 100th review!

dhd1491, May 02, 2011
Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice, interesting smell of coffee, malt, chocolate, and hops.

T: Tasted of chocolate malt, coffee, and a surprising amount of hops in the finish. Of course, the amount of hops found here will not please everyone, but I think it makes for an interesting beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer does deviate from the style a bit, it is still very drinkable.

avalon07, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Pretty nice beer with an excellent balance between the roasted dry flavor of the porter and the coffee. So often the coffee dominates the beer unless the base beer is a heavier, sweeter, imperial stout. It's nice to see a well defined coffee flavor that's restrained enough to marry well with a slightly lighter base beer than a stout. It's also not too sweet, which means you get a little more of a black coffee profile rather than a coffe with sugar and cream take. There is a nice undercurrent of coffee bitterness throughout the nose and taste that seems well supported by a bit of bitter chocolate and dry roastiness. Very well integrated, and reasonable heft while keeping a balance between bite and smoothness. Quite impressively managed, really. I really enjoyed it.

Georgiabeer, Apr 04, 2011
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
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

dtx00, Nov 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

michaeljstraub, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

sendbeer, Nov 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

DaPan, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Bottle shared by Doug, 22oz into a tulip.

Pours an opaque black, with a dirty brown head. Medium sized bubbles, good lace and retention. Nose has chocolate and big sense of the coffee beans, Some light brown sugar comes in, as well as a pleasant nutmeg/allspice note with warmth. Taste has loads of coffee, brown sugar and a mild creaminess, bot in the feel and flavour. A bit of a sugary sweetness. Great full and warming feel to this, solid mouthfeel and no alcohol is detectable. A nice surprise, and reminiscent of Smuttynose's Baltic Porter I thought in terms of nose and taste somewhat. Thanks Doug.

liamt07, May 06, 2011
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 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
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 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
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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.