Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 29
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerDawgs on 10-09-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by BeerDawgs:
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Double Black, Double Dry Hopped, Double IPA

A - Dark as night, with 1 finger of head and leaves a touch of sticky lace down the glass

S - Wow, 14 hop varietys and double dry hopped? Sign my nose up! Wow, wonderfully hoppy. The stuff you dream about after a long week at work.

T - Hops, and lots of it. Definitely the hoppiest black IPA I have had. Delicous! Bitter, with a huge hoppy aftertaste as well. I think I will be burping up hops for days!

M - Fairly thin, but well carbonated

O - Another stellar entry in the Dank Tank lineup. I love the experimental brews that Sweetwater crafts. They threw the whole kitchen sink in this one and it worked! Kind of like a west coast hop bomb, black ipa. I dig it

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only my second Dank Tank brew I have tried...I need to get on the ball here.Poured into an imperial nonic deep near black except for some dark brown light when held to the light,a large sticky beige head atop,globs of froth was left behind as it settled into a frothy mass.Leafy and citric hops are the main component aroma wise,light sweet malt came thru as well,not much roast wich surprised me a little.Mellow in the mouth with light carbonation,quite smooth.Dark roast flavors play a big role along with earth and resiny hops in the finish,not much sweetness to be found here.A good ABA,its roasted with big hop presence,not much sweetness here,a little raw but in a good way.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Impressive tan head, black as black.

SMELL: Herbal, grassy hops, charred grain, ripe plums, burnt currants, slight citric tone, faint estery alcohol.

TASTE: Mildly roasted grain, citric rind, peppery alcohol, rose water, burnt fruit cake, minty, warming alcohol, hint of charcoal, drying finish.

Good balance here, easy to drink which is probably not so good for me ;-) being its is 8.5%. Definitely a step above the middle of the pack if you want to talk style. Truthfully, it took several sips and then it started to grow on me.

Photo of KWally
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had tried Goulash at a Taco Mac on draft, and was very please with it. I then tried in at their brewery tour on a Thursday (few pwople, so no lines). I went to a local store and purchased a case of 22 ouncerzs. I absolutely love this beer. It has a chocolate finish with a rich mouth. I have only lived in Georgia for about 4 years, and Sweetwater has surprised me time and time again. I am a beginner, but my palette is dense with flavors from around the world. Goulash is in the top 5 of all time beers in my book.

If you haven't had a chance to get you hands on some, hit me up and I will support you in a chance to taste this mix of chaos called Goulash.

Photo of lnashsig
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ahlthe3rd (Hugh) for the chance to taste this one. A new Sweetwater brew I haven't had or heard of before. And, much needed to soothe the pain of my Texans losing today. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a deep dark pitch black color, no light gets through at all. Medium body pour. A couple fingers of tan head builds on the top. Smell- Dank indeed! Incredible pine, citrus aromas. The roasty malt intertwines nicely. This is normally a confused style that lives somewhere between hoppy stout, to hoppy porter, to a black ale with some hoppy bitterness. This beer stands out with the hops presence through the citrus aromas and stand out pine presence. I likey. Taste- apricot! citrus! pine! my god, where is the cocoa and the roastiness that I would normally get with this style? I feel like this is pretty much a DIPA that is just colored black. The fruitiness on the palate is just awesome and unexpected. This is a juicy, hoppy, awesome IPA in black color. This is a great brew. Really enjoyed it, changes my mind about this muddled style.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich, dark brown with about an inch of creamy, tan head. Leaves thick lacing along the edge of the glass as the head subsides.

The aroma is full of pine and grass clippings. Very fragrant and very appealing.

First sip has just a touch of roast up front, but the tastebuds are bombarded with blast after blast of pine, citrus, herbs and grapefruit pith. The alcohol warmth is present from the get go. As the beer sits on the palate, there's a good dose of green apple and some charcoal as I swallow.

Mouthfeel is like a very crisp, dry IPA. This beer is the epitome of why I love this style. My mind is prepared to drink a stout due to the appearance, but is sent on a total mindfu*k with the blast of hops.

Great beer!! As always, the Sweetwater Dank Tank series pulls off another amazing beer.

Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. The usual black/brownish pour, nice fluffy finger of light tan head. Retained very well.

Aroma, pine/citrus hops, roast coffee/malt.

Taste, Hops more citrus than pine up front, toasted malt and fruitcake. More earthy, herbal spice notes and light chocolate. Finishes with a light anise/coffee bitter. Really nice nothing over the top.

It has a creamy carbonation to it, but lighter side of medium body. Goes down way to easy for the size.
Thought this was really well done.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra from CurtisMcArthur - excellent choice!
22oz into moonlight glass.

Very dark, no light escapes. Very thick billowy head that sticks to the side of the glass.

The aroma out of the bottle is tops, bees knees, cats pajamas. But in the glass this languishes. Mostly malty, richer/resin hops notess while the bottle has a lot of chocolate, floral hops and citrus pith.

Solid body, a touch more of 'something' would be nice but I can't put my finger on what. Still this is a decent brew. 14 hop varieties may be lost in the mash - there is a nice bitterness at the end and the malty component provides a solid backbone here.

(173rd)

Photo of n2185
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with four fingers of billowing khaki head that recedes into a foamy cap with good lacing.

S: Roasted malts up front followed by lots of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple aromas from the hops. There are some creamy chocolate notes mixed in there as well, but the hops dominate.

T: Similar to the aroma, some hop notes at first followed by a big blast of orange, grapefruit, and some piny hop flavors. The finish is citrusy with some char notes and a light bitterness. Slight alcohol burn.

M: The body is on the high side of medium with a good amount of carbonation as well so that this beer feels nice and crisp. The carbonation provides a nice bite for the hops and roasted malts.

O: Definitely a good beer. I'd like a bit more roasted malt presence, but the hop characters are wonderful and the beer manages to avoid being too bitter like many black IPAs.

Photo of abar22
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick review...

Brownish body, big head, solid cap, thick ring.

Dark malty sweetness against bright citrus hops in the nose. Pine at the end. Nice...

Sweet, caramel, citrus, and piney-bitter as hell. This is tasty.

Great beer that doesn't have a category to fall in. Double BIPA maybe? Either way it's a damn good, damn hoppy beer.

Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a lovely dark black with slight brown edges and a creamy mocha-colored head that settles to a thick haze, leaving lots of sticky lacing.
S - Hop-forward, with pungent aromas of grapefruit, peach, orange peel, and grass with a slightly charred dark chocolate and roasted malt backbone. Very clean hop aromas, surprising considering all the different varieties in here.
T - Lots of hops in the front end, with flavors of grass, pine resin, grapefruit and peach dominating, followed by a good amount of chocolate and coffee. Very long-lasting finish that smacks of bitter baking chocolate and grapefruit pith.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full mouthfeel and good, crisp carbonation.
O - Really tasty Black IPA that gives Stone a run for it's money. Nice work!

Photo of buschbeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours very dark, letting no light through. It is topped with three inches of mocha head. It looks like a stout.

S - The aroma is a mixture chocolate and hints of coffee with citrus featuring grapefruit.

T - I get some of that roasted malt up front. The bitterness of the hops creeps in the more I drink. I get a combination of black coffee and grapefruit.

M - Full and creamy

O - This is a very enjoyable beer. Between the wonderful combination of aromas and flavors to the thick and creamy mouthfeel to the ABV, I thoroughly relished this experience.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Very dark with some cola like red highlights if you put it directly in light. Pretty fat tan head with big bubbles.
smell: Wow. Candy and citric hops up front. Smells like a sweetened juice with a buttload of hops.
taste: Very interesting. Much like expected from the nose. Some malts in there too.
mouthfeel: Medium body with pretty high carbonation.
overall: Interesting brew.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from Sherlock's. $6.99. Served in my $2 snifter from Goodwill. 

This style is expanding quickly and has some excellent possibilities but I find the name a bit frustrating. It's past time we found a new/better name for the "black IPA". Anyway...

A- Near opaque deep brown w/ 1.5 finger dissipating frothy tan head. Minimal but occasional lacing.

S- hops. Lots of hops. Sweet & resinous.

T- nice sharp bitter hoppy bite. There's a pleasant sweet maltyness to it but not quite enough to balance the hop onslaught. Pretty long after taste with a little bit of piney boozeyness. It's good but it's missing something.

M- medium to light body. Fairly high carbonation helps the hops tingle on the tongue. I prefer thicker & less carbonated but it works pretty well for this.

O- it's not the best "black IPA" & far from the best IPA. But I've had it before & I'll probably have it again if offered. 3

Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with ruby highlights and a thick tan colored head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A nice crisp sweet pine and citrus hop aroma.

T: The aroma continues into the flavor with pine, floral and citrus hop flavors right up front. These flavors are not too bitter and mellow out to reveal a roasted malt flavor through the finish.

M: A bit light and thin with lower carbonation, very drinkable.

O: A nice release from Sweetwater. I did have this on tap also and enjoyed it. A little different in the bottle, but still a good beer. Can't detect any alcohol in the beer at all.

Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown cola color with a two finger head that fades slowly and leaves lacing with each sip.

The aroma is of chocolate wrapped hops. A bouquet of floral, citrus, and evergreen. Orange zest and tropical notes.

Pineapple, apricot, orange and grapefruit with pine, honey suckle. Great blend of hops with chocolate and roast backing it up.

Nice balance, medium body

Very enjoyable and tasty.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty dark with brown tints when tilted and held to light. Two fingers of khaki head..a bunch of lacing and foamy cap. Looks like a darker twin of Fresh Sticky Nugs that I just drank.

S: Pine, bitter citrus(grapefruit) hops. Chocolate and roasted malts.

T: This isn't bad, but something just doesn't quite click here. Big pine and grapefruit bitterness outmatch its malt counterparts. In fact, the malts are sort of hard to find. Slight chocolate and roasted malts.

M: Medium with good carbonation. Bitter finish.

O: There's just something about this that just doesn't sit right with me. It's not a bad beer, but the taste isn't what I'm looking for in a Black IPA. With this, the hops dominate instead of providing balance to bold, dark malts. I would recommend that folks try this because I can see them liking it, but this isn't for me.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass. Served initially at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appears inky, opaque black, recalling a creepy "true story" horror film from my youth that scared the living crap out of me for years; but when held to the light there are tinges of brown around the fringes. A massive topping of light mocha-hued foam rises tall and settles slowly, grasping firmly to the walls of the vessel and leaving behind fat, splotchy rings and patches of lacing reminiscent of a slimy alien breeding field -- rather fitting, and also rather beautiful.

There's no way to mistake this as being anything other than hop-laden as soon as the beer hits the glass. Huge aromas of citrusy American hops hit the nostrils from two feet away. It's easy to notice that there are more than a few hop varieties utilized here. Fourteen varieties? Well, it's impossible to pick them all out, but the result is herbal, floral, citrusy, minty, and a touch pungent.

While the body and mouthfeel are a bit ghostly (read: light and wispy), the flavor is nothing so faint: the palate opens with citrusy hops and semi-sweet orange, meeting with roasty malts and bitter grapefruit rind; mint joins the game somewhere in the middle along with lime and green tea. More coffee-like roastiness and grapefruit citrus fill in the back, and the finish is dry with a lingering character of bitter orange peel and chalk.

There's something scary about this brew, with its obscene number of hop varieties and bold aroma and flavor, but what's even more spooky is its level of drinkability -- with a light body and full flavor, it goes down way too quickly, allowing the spirit to sneak up in the dark, the 8.5% ABV striking out of nowhere, leaving the drinker feeling faint. This is one frightfully drinkable brew, and one that'll certainly live on in the ethereal realm for quite some time.

Photo of fsvan
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into New Belgium globe.

A- Black, with just tiny, tiny amounts of reddish around the edges. Basically jet black, though. First pour brings 3 fingers of sticky head.

S- Citrus hops backed by the black ale malt. A bit of coffee, as well as some earthy notes in the background.

T- Not what I was expecting...The citrus in the nose is there, but much tamer. The typical black ale malt notes are there as well, bu there, but there is a slight sourness that, while not offputting, is a bit out of place it seems. Finishes with a pretty big bitter end.

M- Heavy side of medium.

O- A pretty good beer, but for the price I won't be buying another, esp. with Stone 15 still on the shelves, which even a couple of months out is likely to still be a superior beer in the style.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours black with a two finger tan head. Gorgeous looking head. Nice looking beer

S- mild piney hop aroma, but there's really not a lot going on here

T- mild citrus and pine flavors in this one...finish is very sweet. Almost tastes more like a stout than an IPA

M- nice thickness to this, not overly syrupy

O- this was probably awesome fresh. It's a shadow of it's former self, but still quite drinkable

Photo of AlCzerik
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drop what you are doing (unless its holding a small child) and go to your local beer store and buy this beer. Just an exceptional beer. Smooth, yet hoppy. It was 5.99 for a 22. But it was worth every penny. Please Sweetwater. Put this into six packs at least on a seasonal basis.

Photo of Swim424
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at proof during a glass giveaway

A- pours a nice black color with a semi brown head that hangs around for a bit. when put up to a light seems to be more of a reddish brown.

S-smells of citrus/pine hops, with some roasted, maybe coffee, malt in there.

T-very smooth. tastes of a bit of hoppy/piney taste up front, finishing with slight roasted coffee hit to the end of it. much smoother than i thought it would be when it was poured.

MF-some carbonation mixed with a very smooth creamy body. very medium body for its appearance.

O-this was a pretty good beer. I would definitely recommend this to someone who was looking for a good flavored, not overpowering beer to get into this style. Very good,well balanced beer.

Photo of PDXHops
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass. Let's see if Ghoulash can avoid the general higher ABV= hop-blunting malty sweetness problem that plagues imperial versions of IPAs and CDAs. Nice and dark with an impressive thick mousselike tan head. Nice retention and a load of lacing that's initially a huge creamy patches, but slowly dries out into an intricate sticky patchwork.

There's certainly no sign of excessive maltiness in the nose. Massive dry hopped aroma that's especially heavy in the pine, dankness and grapefruit zest departments. Sweeter citrus and dry dark roast emerge as it warms.

Bitterness and hop flavor are both cranked to 11 here. Due to the somewhat insane variety of hops used, all sorts of flavors pop in and out: earthy, grassy, pungent, leafy, citric. Pine and a general dankness are definitely in the lead, though. Sweetness is impressively minimal at this ABV; it's darned near dry, especially in the finish. The combo of dry roast and lingering hints of the sticky icky is very pleasant indeed. A touch of booze in the finish is the only thing that keeps me from chugging the hell outta this stuff.

Dear Sweetwater,

Ghoulash is badass and should not be a one-time deal. Please make it at least a regular seasonal release.

Your pal,
PDXHops

Photo of Ryan011235
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter

Many thanks to PDXHops; thanks Jeff (and good call on two bottles)

Medium brown pour that settles darker, but not to the point of looking black. Two fingers of fluffy foam rise quickly and dissipate slowly. Decent layer of retention; thin by the end. Good swaths, streaks and specks of lace at the start, improving over time. The second pour looks even better.

The hops smell very green; lots of pine and a hint or two of leafiness. Citrus tones (grapefruit, lemon and orange) meander subtly about the greenage; this is more of a delicate accompaniment. The malts are well seated under the hops - dark grains and a hint of roastiness. Modest spiciness.

Wow, the hops hit heavy. Green pine needles set to tingling moments before a bitter pine blow is yielded. There is an herbal twinge and peripheral citric qualities. The malts are also more appreciable, but remain comparably proportioned to the hops. More roast than in the aroma, which suits me just fine; a bit chocolatey. Hints of grain and some tangy undercurrents. Strange; the finish seems kind of minty (this subsides over time), with a hint of unsweetened cocoa.

Medium body that plumps up in the middle. Peppy carbonation that constantly keeps the flavors on edge but, if you dig deeper, a smooth feel lives underneath. Actually, the two seem well-proportioned despite the higher carbonation. Finishes with green bitterness and a smattering of roast. Some residual coating picks up halfway through the bottle.

Regardless of style, Ghoulash simply has what I most appreciate in hoppy beer - lots of hop flavor and a bitterness that refuses to cut itself with crushed aspirin. Likewise, the malts are spot-on and know how to stay out of the way. While I recommend this highly, I also recommend you stay the hell away from my second bottle.

Photo of Reaper16
3.14/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I haven't reviewed beer in a looong time. It's time to get back on the horse as I march towards review #500.

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours a porter-dark black color. A very little amount of ruddy brown shows at the edges of the glass. Slightly less than one finger of really creamy looking khaki head yields high arches of lacing. Seriously, this foam is impressively rich.

Maraschino cherry and orange peel are the first things that I smell while the beer is still cold. With warmth the darker malts come out but never quite overtake the green green low notes from the hops. Being double dry-hopped might be diminishing this beer's complexity by causing its primary aromas to be so overbearing.

More intricate is Ghoulash's flavor. It has the same cherry and orange fruit flavors, along with some passionfruit Starburst notes too. There's a lot of malt here, so it tastes distantly stout-like; kind of like a less robust version of Beer Here's Dark Hops or a similar hoppy single-strength stout. The midpalate sees a transition to lots of acerbic green hop flavors. The finish is also aggressive: the hops fade, allowing for a chalky chocolate finish that is reminiscent of Oreo cookies. It's a lot of flavor, and it doesn't really come together to form a cohesive whole.

It's pretty much medium-bodied, perhaps on the thicker side of medium-bodied. It feels sort of OK to me despite my usual preferences, but I think that might be because of the dark malt flavors that my palate has been trained over the years to associate with thicker mouthfeels. You can tell there's some sweet action going on because the beer will stick to your upper lip.

Overall, this feels to me like a great example of the "let's throw more ingredients into it" school of brewing. It tastes fine, but it truly is a "goulash" of malt and hop flavors, never becoming a unified beer.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash from SweetWater Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.