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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean - SweetWater Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 16
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 westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of andrewinski1
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ben for sharing! Poured into a pint glass. The head is about 3/4 of an inch and tan. The body is black.

The aroma is sweet and chocolatey with a touch of bitter roasted aroma.

The taste is heavily malty. The flavors from the roasted malts and coffee are very very subtle; they are mostly evident in the finish.

The body is medium to heavy with plenty of sharp carbonation.

This is pretty meh. Nothing offensive but the beer doesn't showcase it's roasted characteristics enough for my liking.

andrewinski1, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jcone17
3/5  rDev -22.7%

jcone17, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Rhettroactive, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of planbee
3/5  rDev -22.7%

planbee, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -22.7%

jophish17, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Photo of brentk56
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a frothy crown; nice retention and a squiggly pattern of lace

Smell: Sugary mocha, with vanilla undertones

Taste: Mocha flavors dominate, up front, but by mid-palate, there is an artificial sweetener character that seems to be caused by the hops blending in with the coffee and malt; after the swallow, that off-flavor really builds to the detriment of the other flavors; a bit of vanilla lingers in the aftertaste

Taste: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat thin for an imperial

Overall: I really wanted to like this beer as I enjoy coffee flavored beers, by and large, but there is something about that artificial sweetener flavor that is really off-putting in this beer

brentk56, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 Treebs
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a nice black with a big and fluffy light tan head. Leaves a nice sticky lace down the edge of the glass.

S: I'm picking up some light coffee notes with a woody/accent and a slight hoppiness as well. Some light vanilla on the back end.

T: Even more oak-like characters and even more hops on the front end with a light coffee following it up. Very disappointing so far. Some sweet vanilla on the backend with a very distant alcohol. No real big coffee notes I was expecting.

M: Bubbly and sort of thin for the style, but does leave a nice mild chocolate on the palate.

O: I was pretty disappointed with this one. For a beer titled "Mean Joe Bean" and labeled as an Imperial Porter I would have thought it would have held up better. The coffee had faded and the really was taking a back seat to the wood and hops notes. It wasn't bad, but I was looking for some palate destroying coffee notes that just didn't shine through.

Treebs, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from gford217, poured into a tulip.

Inky black with a half-finger head of frothy cocoa powder. It pops away after a while to a large, frothy ring. No lace.

Hoppier than expected in the nose. There’s a good amount of citrus and pine, and it’s slightly smoky.

Not too much coffee in the flavor, though there’s a good amount of porter. Cocoa, vanilla, oats, a light bit of coffee. Gentle roasty flavors linger on the tongue.

Fairly light and drinkable for a coffee porter. Lightly carbonated, medium-light body, very clean finish.

Joe Bean ain’t so mean — the beer’s a little light in flavor, but is a fairly drinkable porter. I could use a bit more coffee, though.

Phelps, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Jadjunk
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Soup or Bowl X, 1976: Rodger the Dodger and his Imperial Porter bone offense didn't stand a bat wing's chance, once we dipped our Nicaraguan bean sack through his face mask! We blindsided his 8.5% Alc/Vol jock strap back to the fields to pick more beans, resulting in this Immaculate con-Catch-tion of intense forearm shivers of chocolate malt, a body like the Bus and blitzes of gridiron hops, all clotheslined by intense coffee overtones. So good that you'll need your terrible towel to wipe the tears." Mean Joe Bean is brewed in the style of an American Imperial Porter with added coffee beans. Released as a one time limited batch in February 2011.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy mocha brown head over a very dark, near black body. Retention is slightly above average with no lacing. Surface cover is thin and patchy. Nice body tone (thoroughly dark), but head quality is not at it's best. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma has soured significantly. Wine-like fruity tartness, very faint traces of black patent malt, chocolate malt and vanilla, although all pale in comparison to the initial yeast character. Not an offensive aroma, but certainly not what the brewery intended the beer to smell like. 3

(Taste) Sweet oatmeal and cream front with a subtle cocoa and faint black malt finish. Balance is sweet over bitter with little hop presence, although some mild tartness keeps the beer from being overly saccharine. Flavor is an improvement over the aroma, with many more "porter-like" qualities retained. Sourness is not nearly as intense at this stage as I anticipated it may be, but is detectable especially up front and a little less throughout. A bit sweet in body and simple for my tastes, the coffee bean presence had expectedly vanished, but it doesn't impact the flavor negatively in any way- it seems to be able to hold up well enough on it's own. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mild silky slickness with a touch of cream and a very low level of carbonation. Sticky, moist finish. Body is medium-high for porters and high overall. Alcohol presence is relatively low, masked by the sweetness. Carbonation is a bit too low resulting in a rather muted mouthfeel for a heavily-bodied beer. A creamier texture would have been ideal at this stage of the beer's life although a coffee-led black coffee with no sugar may have benefited from a crisper texture. Either way, it's in between either value at its current stage and could benefit from activity either way. 3.5

(Overall) This beer has held up relatively well for being nearly two years old, but expectedly has some aging quantities, including an off-putting thin and tart nose, a lack of coffee beans and a simple, heavy body with a very quiet carbonation presence. Altogether it's much better than I thought it may be at it's age, but I expect that it was a much better beer at a younger age. If you should somehow stumble upon this beer in the near future, beware the possibility that you may not enjoy the way this coffee porter has aged. A full, robust body has kept this beer from completely drying out but most of the subtleties have vanished with the time. 3.5

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SweetWater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean
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Jadjunk, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 hyoung41
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

hyoung41, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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

jsanford, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of lwoods7
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

lwoods7, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a one, quick fading brown head. I'd like the head to be a little bigger, but oh well

S- a lot of roast coffee...very strong, very pleasant. Not much complexity though, the coffee aroma is all I'm really getting

T- real nice roast coffee, but it's tasting more like wet grounds than anything else. Eh, at least it's got some flavor

M- it has a nice thickness to it, but there's also a watery quality to it at the same time on the finish. Not really getting a very stout feeling out of this

O- the coffee almost tastes stale, but like I said...at least it has SOME flavor. Better than nothing

bigfnjoe, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of jnjander
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jnjander, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of IrishColonial
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

IrishColonial, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Crimsontider22
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Crimsontider22, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of mikereaser
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown that lets no light through it, there is a nice 2-3 inch cap that is tan and very frothy. Its just sitting there staring at me begging me to be the first one to flinch. Well it wins and its leaving a nice coated lacing down the glass.
S - I'm picking up coffee as expected, but not as strong as I was hoping for. There is also some vanilla and lactose to round it out. There is also some dried fruit along with a bit of burnt quaitly.
T - The taste is a bit weak compared to the aroma. There is some coffee, vanilla and a slight amount of burnt flavor. Its like its a well roasted coffee but not a very drinkable coffee. Its quite enjoyable but not as coffee as I was hoping.
M - smooth and creamy with a slightly higher amount of carbonation that I would hope for.
D - The beer is fairly enjoyable, but if you're looking for a COFFEE coffee beer, then this is not is. The flavors are slightly muted but still very enjoyable.

mikereaser, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kept in my fridge to keep the coffee from fading too much.

Pours pitch black, just a tad thin, with a thick frothy tan head that when it recedes leaves a thin layer of lacing. Smells mostly of rich coffee and deep roasted malts. First sip is coffee heavy but matched nicely with dark malts to give a balance that is much appreciated. A nice chocolate flavor adds and compliments this well rounded beer. It tastes fairly creamy for a beer that falls a tad on the thin side. The 8.5% ABV tastes right on and is extremely sessionable.

ATLbeerDog, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

coreyfmcdonald, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of jriggins6
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jriggins6, Jan 18, 2012
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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean from SweetWater Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.