Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp - SweetWater Brewing Company
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Ratings: 92 | 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
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
"A wide-open Old Ale, The Gimp gags up Alc. 10.3% by Vol. and is bred to be stashed in a Dank dark cellar only to be brought out for your most "special" guests! This full-bodied Gimp gives off sweet scents of caramel and toffee and, as legend has it, warm sensations of malt balanced by low voltage doses of hops delivering a shocker you'll actually want to receive. Don't keep the Gimp's leash too tight, as he will mellow with age and become more experienced the longer he stays locked up in the cellar." Brewed in the style of an Old Ale, this is the October 2012 entry to the SweetWater's Dank Tank reserve series. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a SweetWater snifter. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) An aggressive pour yields a light tan head of a creamy froth consistency over a deep mahogany brown body with scarlet highlights. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75
(Smell) Notes of toffee, licorice and sweet bready caramel malt with an assertive earthy, mildly spicy hop with a subtle bitterness and very faint alcohol. Deep fruit aromas of plum, fig and molasses round this out. Really an invigorating aroma, aging has done wonders for this beer. Potency is medium+. 4
(Taste) Caramel grain with a pinch of toffee sweetness up front, concluding with a spiced licorice, pithy citrus and alcohol finish. Not quite the complex wonder that the aroma predicted, as there just isn't as much malt depth and presence as I had hoped for, and the perky alcohol and graininess are still very dominant flavors. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, chewy. Carbonation adds a moderate crispness for a soft frothiness to the mouthfeel. Body is a medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is in favor of bitterness and alcohol over sweetness, even at a year and a half aged. Alcohol presence is medium/high. 3.25
(Overall) If only The Gimp tasted as good as it smelled, we might have a quality Dank Tank to behold. Unfortunately, aging this bottle to a year and a half doesn't seem to do the trick, as the bitterness is still very strong, and the alcohol presence is incredibly bold. It is questionably an Old Ale. Be wary of this beer, it may not be the most graceful aging beer in the Dank Tank line and may not improve much beyond its current age. 3.25
SweetWater Brewing Company's
Dank Tank The Gimp
Serving type: on-tap
04-10-2014 03:34:20 | More by Jadjunk
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
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