Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash - SweetWater Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Try as he might, he couldn't get it right, so he dumped everything he could find from the fridge and cupboard into one giant boiling brew, resulting in this stew of 2-row, black wheat, Munich malt and a 14-hop variety asplifidation of Willamette, Galena, Mt. Hood, Nugget, Perle, Aroma, Bobek, Aurora, Styrian, Golding, Magnum, Columbus, Summit, Millennium, and Crystal." Brewed in the style of a Black IPA (Cascadian Ale). A one time release in SweetWater's Dank Tank series, this beer was released in October 2011.
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a SweetWater snifter. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothy mocha cream head over a very deep, dark brown body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 4.5
(Smell) Strong hop notes still persist, with bold piney, resinous and peppery hop notes up front, and milder notes of grapefruit, pithy citrus and lemongrass linger in the back. There is a perceivable strong bitterness as well. The malt build consists of a roasted black malt accenting a mild caramel body, with lesser notes of dry chocolate and cold coffee. Some perceivable alcohol is also notable. Potency is medium/high. 4
(Taste) The hops don't come through as well in the flavor but present a bouquet of fruity, dry citrus notes and an herbal tea-like spiciness best preserved of all. The malt profile, although pale to compare to the hop arrangement, manages a high drinkability with a mild sweetness and a lighter body than expected. Concludes with a dragging pine bitterness and a note of black patent malt for a sharp, charred finish. It's clear that many of the hop delicates have long since dropped off, but this beer is still altogether enjoyable to drink. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, oily, slick. Carbonation adds a soft creaminess and froth to the texture for a mild mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium/heavy overall. Balance is in favor of bitter over sweet notes, with few imperfections to note. Alcohol presence is mild. 4
(Overall) I felt that this beer would be horrific to drink at its age, but it's managed to age quite gracefully, keeping a lot of the more potent hop notes present, the bitterness mellows out significantly and the malt profile neither runs thin nor wears the palate out. After seeing this beer at SweetWater's brewery as recent as last August (2013-IPA Day), I find that Ghoulash is a testament to how well a Black IPA can maintain its flavor. 3 years may be a stretch, however- so if you've been cradling a bottle like I have, you should really set a date. 4
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Dank Tank: The Ghoulash
Serving type: on-tap
04-06-2014 03:08:56 | More by Jadjunk
3.3/5 rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A: Black body with khaki head. Excellent lacing is left behind on the glass.
S: Nose of coffee, toasted malt and hops.
T: Balanced flavors include bittersweet chocolate, coffee & bitter hoppy finish.
M: Smooth, dry and crisp body. Well-balanced with moderate malt and hop profiles.
O: Good Black DIPA.
Serving type: bottle
02-24-2014 23:21:58 | More by Paincane
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2012 16:53:40 | More by buschbeer
4.03/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to Nashvillain for the bottle.
Appearance: Deep dark brown. Doesn't pretend to be black, but it's dark. Head is a very light khaki. Thin cap. Creamy touches of head. Some lacing. Relatively clear.
Smell: Pine, chocolate, and something earthy. Grass, grapefruit, and more. It's a hop amalgam. Malts run a little sweet with a touch, and the faintest, of burnt malts. Cocoa and some spent coffee grinds. A little resinous and dank in good measure. Very earthy. Almost a touch of liqueur, that is to say sweet booze.
Taste: Burnt sweetness. Layers of chocolate. I'm talking straight bitter cocoa and a nice punch of dark chocolate sweetness. Very subdued. Some notes of char on the back. Hops are in good balance (I'm attributing part of that to the age of the bottle). Nice herbal and pine flavors. Some citrus and that earthy aroma comes through on the taste as well.
Mouthfeel: Smooth with a dry finish. Body comes out a little heavier than expected treading a heavier line of moderate. Carbonation is decent.
Overall: Incredibly drinkable. Lots of flavor in the right places. Nicely complex in that kitchen sink kind of way. Too bad it's not in regular rotation. A great take on the style.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2012 23:30:00 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash from SweetWater Brewing Company
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