Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by ksimons:
3.99/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-a slightly hazy amber brown color with about a fingers worth of cream head that
S-lots of malt in this one, raisins, caramel, light dark fruit, and a bit boozey
T-similar to the smell in that it is a malt heavy beer with some spices, but there is also a fair amount of hops in it as well so its not super sweet. Finishes with some peppery alcohol.
M-medium body, medium carbonation, a spicy finish
Overall I agree this probably would be better with age, but it is still drinkable now. Interesting spices and lots of malt make this a good winter beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2013 22:36:03 | More by ksimons
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3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Obviously built for the cellar, The Gimp (as with any Olde Ale) is fit to be tied and only pulled out after it relaxes is strength and succumbs to the smoothness and grace of age. Now approaching a year of age, its maturity is catching up but it still has a raucous side.
Tawny brown and with a cast of haze, the ale pours with a creamy viscosity that soon separates from its tarnish body with an cream-colored blanket of foam that caps the beer through the duration of the session, shedding broken lace as it fades.
Its strong malty aromas are a hearty-sweet tone with molasses, toffee, brown sugar and over-cooked caramel- it tastes much like fruit cake, except for the fruit. But actually as the beer warms a mild and citrusy marmalade aroma comes to life. Lightly of vinous port and sherry wine, the ale goes from grape to hops in a hurry as pine and citrus pith give lasing aromas heading into taste.
Its flavor is sticky-sweet with all those syrupy and emboldened malts. It wraps around the mouth like fortified wines but with grain flavors. Its biscuity undertow gives the ale a pound cake-like bready sweetness but with a glimpse of nuts, chocolate, and coffee the complex masculinity resists any wavering in taste. An eventual transition to dry taste is assisted by the citrus flavors from hop and ester and then the piney resin bitterness to close the gap.
Full, chewy and lush with alcohol sweetness, the beer latches onto the taste buds and is slow to release. Even after the creaminess of carbonation subsides, its residual sweetness continues to saturate the palate for a forced appreciation of all-things-malt. Holding firm across the middle, a late peek at dryness comes as brandy-like heat breaks up the sweetness and the piney hops evaporates off the back of the throat.
The Gimp really lives up to its mischievous ways. Even after nearly a year, I think that extended cellaring will continue to dry the beer, bring about more earthy leather and tobacco, and settle down its alcohol effects in taste and feel. And put a ball in its mouth for extra measure. One more year please!
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2013 17:48:01 | More by BEERchitect
Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.