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Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp - SweetWater Brewing Company

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Kromes on 12-22-2012)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at engine 15. Dark brown with a little floating head. Lacey. Mild hop aroma. Brown style, licorice taste muddled flavours. A little cloying, well more than a little. Assertive carbonation. Not a strong example of what an old ale can be. More like a strong brown ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 04:17:04 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-14-2013 03:16:55 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-26-2013 19:27:35 | More by djrn2
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  rDev -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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark, russet-toned body with a medium-small, brief, off-white head. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Lightly nutty caramel and brown sugar with a edge of burnt grain. Pinch of spiciness. Low fruitiness. Slight leafy hop scent. Punchy booze in the nose.

Taste: Dark caramel, a bit nutty, and brown sugar, not nutty, with a decent amount of sweetness. For me, there's certainly a roasty element present. Just as I'm left wanting some more malt depth, then, in comes some leafy hop character and bitterness along with some peppery alcohol. Noted spicy character. Slight dark fruitiness, but it's a tad obscured by the spicy alcoholic qualities. Spicy, charred nutty finish with a good amount of alcoholic warmth to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Frankly, it didn't strike me as an Old Ale, though, perhaps it could benefit from some aging.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 00:28:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sticks and Stones here in G-boro.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep amber/brown with a thinner off white head atop.Aromas of sweet dark fruit,brown sugar,and a smattering of leafy hops.The hops are a little more assertive on the palate but the big cakey and fruity malt base is the main component,there is a leathery element to the flavor profile that is very true to form,the hops give a big drying leafy sharpness in the finish.I had no idea the ABV was so big while drinking this,a damn good old ale with a bigger hop profile compared to most.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2013 01:36:02 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger thick off white head with nice lacing in a murky brown body. Aroma of sour malt, caramel, some dark fruit mostly plum and raisin, some wood notes. The aroma is a little off putting. Flavor of semisweet caramel, raisin, breads, yeast, nuts and resins. Medium to thick body which coats the palate with moderate carbonation. The booze is well hidden. It's fairly drinkable and I just don't really think its memorable except for the aroma which is sour and almost smells infected.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 23:53:35 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a thin cream colored head on top that seems to struggle due to the thickness of the beer. The retention fades and doesn't have much lacing. The smell of the beer is loaded with malt sweetness, and just a bit of booze on the nose as well. The taste is sweet and earthy all at the same time. There is a subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and sticky, very smooth also. Overall it's a pretty good old ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 20:14:35 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

02-24-2013 02:29:43 | More by GRG1313
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-16-2013 00:31:40 | More by nickfl
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-14-2013 13:59:53 | More by mendvicdog
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-20-2014 01:56:04 | More by Georgiabeer
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-14-2013 19:32:05 | More by duceswild
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

03-24-2013 22:31:53 | More by Gonzoillini
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - dark amber with a thick, brownish head that has great retention

S - cinnamon, caramel, candy sugar

T - cinnamon, nutmeg, candy sugar, bread, sweet, faintly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, warm

This is an intriguing beer. It's complex and is definitely a nice stray from the typical winter warmer type beer. There are some spices that come through, but there is also an Old Ale/Barleywine-like sugary sweetness to the malt character that is actually very nice. The sugar could have been cloying, but the spices actually balance it out. This is definitely a beer that you should try if you're looking for something beyond the mundane this winter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2013 22:53:32 | More by tdm168
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-16-2013 04:49:26 | More by sendbeer
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle to glass, just a few miles from the brewery.
Light tan head over a dark, more-or-less clear, red-amber body.

Aroma: rich with traces of yeast, hints of caramel and faint booze, somehow giving the impression of a literally old ale.

Taste: definitely does NOT "follow the nose". It is interesting but, to me, unappealing and hard to describe. It is lightly spicy and somewhat bitter, with some off-tastes including too much charcoal.

Mouthfeel is good, with a medium+ body and medium carbonation.

O: Not worthy of recommendation, but maybe with some age? Bear in mind that I've never had an unspiced old ale a liked a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 18:53:51 | More by chinchill
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Sparse lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of malt, spices, and a little hops.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops, a light fruitiness, and some spices (cinnamon, e.g.). Definitely a very boozy beer. Not the most focused flavor. A little overdone.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a harsh finish. Full-bodied.

O: Certainly not a session beer. This is a big, powerful beer. It's also very uneven. Not undrinkable, but I doubt I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 14:24:53 | More by avalon07
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%

03-09-2014 15:30:40 | More by ShanePB
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-09-2013 01:10:40 | More by Axnjxn
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

03-28-2013 02:39:41 | More by KevinGordon
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-08-2013 00:14:50 | More by AlexFields
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling date that I can discern.

A: A nice mahogany pour with a big, frothy tan head. Head fades at a decent pace, leaving pretty decent fluffy lines of lacing behind. Good head retention.

S: Significant toffee with decent caramel backing it up. Kind've has a dark breadiness to it too. Very malty in general. No real sign of hops, maybe a little onion/garlic seeping through.

T: Again, loaded with toffee and caramel. Has a spicy element to it, like spicy rye bread or something along those lines. Again, malty from beginning to end. A little bit of onion/garlic in the finish - or is that the spices? Hard to tell.

M: Fairly heavy, smooth.

O: A nice old ale. Interesting complexity and variety of flavors. Not fruity like a lot of old ales. Reminds me more of a barleywine, a slightly hoppy barleywine in fact. Actually, it reminds me of a mellowed out, lighter Bolt Cutter (which I enjoyed). Unique, I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 05:16:53 | More by Dope
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jsanford

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-22-2013 22:49:10 | More by jsanford
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-02-2013 23:23:22 | More by buckyp
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Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp from SweetWater Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.