Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp - SweetWater Brewing Company
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 22 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by superdedooperboy:
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into an oversized snifter glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F and allowed to warm as consumed.
Pours a deep mahogany hue with an excellent clarity. A thin beige head shows itself for a brief moment before falling away back into the dark recesses from whence it appeared. There's a fairly significant body underneath, as some thick legs peek out of the folds as the beer is swirled in the glass.
Rum-soaked fruitcake shows through heavily on the nose, with a big whiff of dark dried fruits and a slight bit of boozy alcohol. Figs, raisins, and dates are evident, along with a bit of caramelized brown sugar and some faint vinous notes.
The body is indeed full and rich, with just a mild-to-moderate hit of carbonation to wipe the slate clean between sips.
On the palate, things begin sweet up front, with notes reminiscent of those in the nose. The gimp begins to show himself in the middle, where richer dark fruit notes are intertwined with harsher viniferous notes and a bit of herbaceous hoppiness which melds into a dry, slightly astringent bitterness on the back of the palate. Around the edges the sweet malts seem to dance and linger before it all heads into a rather bittersweet finish, with dark fruit and burnt sugar notes that seem to linger on for an eternity.
Overall, this is one of the more straightforward beers to appear in the Dank Tank series, and is really a showcase of malt rather than hops -- something rather surprising coming out of the kettles of SweetWater. This could certainly do with some age to soften it up a bit, but right now it is still a good winter sipper and one that will likely remain so for a few years to come. Grab a few bottles, drink one or two and sit the rest in the cellar for just those right occasions to unleash The Gimp.
Serving type: bottle
01-07-2013 04:47:27 | More by superdedooperboy
More User Reviews:
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.