Tank Bender | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
foundersbrewing.com

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 15.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tank Bender is our first foray into the rare style known as Eisbock. This style involves freezing water off the beer, resulting in ultra-concentrated flavor, deeper body and, in our case, a bent tank from collapsing ice. A liberal addition of Munich malt highlights the toasty and dark fruit notes while a stay in bourbon barrels tames those intense flavors.

Added by superspak on 08-28-2017

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Ranking:
#3,953
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
32
pDev:
6%
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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of jvgoor3786
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour produced almost no head and the little fizz that was there was gone almost immediately. The color is a deep ruddy/amber that's crystal clear and one of the more incredibly beautiful I've seen.

The smell screams of bourbon and dark fruits. There's also some sweet caramel malt underneath and even a little some fruit.

The taste is syrup sweet bourbon, caramel, and some candied dark fruits. The bourbon and sweetness lingers on the end and is almost cloying.

The mouthfeel is very thick and coats the whole mouth. The carbonation is minimal. The finish is long and sticky.

This is a seriously sweet beer with nice complexity. It will need to be sipped slowly.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRFounder
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwilcox767
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby/black color, almost opaque. Not much carbonation, and looks syrupy as it really coats the glass.

S: Nice and boozy up front, notes of very dark/candied fruits, and lots of roasted malt.

T: Bourbon barrel to the face, the dark fruits are close behind, followed by charred something. The booze/bourbon is really there the whole time and is well blended with the other flavors.

M: Maybe a little thicker than I'd like, especially for this ABV. Not much carbonation to speak of to excite the mouth.

O: I was very excited to get my hands on this. I haven't had very many Eisbock's in the past, but this was enjoyable. The main turnoff is that it's almost too syrupy/cloying, but manages to prevail. Of course it's very boozy, but I feel like they could have done a better job making sure that all of the other great flavors weren't trampled. Some say this is like a barleywine or a BA barleywine, but I really feel like this is its own distinct monster. It's awesome to say that I had this (and it was quite good), but I think once is enough.

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Photo of jakecattleco
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, served in a snifter glass. Dark caramel body, slight reddish/orange hue, one finger white head. Smell is doppelbock on steroids, crackers and bread with a bit of noble hop bitterness and floral notes, moderate bourbon presence. Still a bit simplistic on the palate, it's essentially a sweeter doppelbock flavour profile with a fair bit of bourbon, not terribly boozy. Sort of like Twizzlers, in a sense, with toasted grains and crackers. Mouthfeel is medium fuller bodied, muted carbonation which seems appropriate for a beer like this. As you'd expect, a heavy super doppelbock with bourbon flavours thrown in there yet still clean and smooth.

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of fern22
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of maximum12
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Rkitchen for answering my desperate plea for this beer; sadly, the first Founders beer in years I’ve been all atwitter for. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

The pour is gorgeous: a clear, dark crimson that shatters the light from my expensive LED spotlights into zillions of pieces. Minimal head, which is to be expected. Smells like sugar-glazed dark fruits, with just a touch of booze & barrel. Nice start.

Tank Bender is loaded with harvest dark fruit. And alcohol. And barrel. And sugar. Initial impression is much like the nose: massive loads of dark red fruit soaked in brown sugar, then stored in a bourbon barrel for good measure. Caramel & booze are less prominent, but wound about the brew like a strangling cord. Thick, boozy, & with my sweet tooth, I could have taken the entire bomber.

The booze has caused me to shed my fleece & slippers. My pants might be next. It’s hard to stand out amidst the static these days, but this beer succeeds & delivers. Simply excellent.

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Photo of Buck_Jones
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevBot89
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adipilla8708
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of loganburgh
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice "Old Ale/Barleywine" with bourbon flavor and called an Eisbock. Great big beer.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beergorrilla
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 10/2017. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/copper/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, maple, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, apricot, apple, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of molasses, chocolate, leather, tobacco, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, maple, raisin, plum, fig, date, pear, apricot, apple, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, and brown bread; with light notes of molasses, chocolate, leather, tobacco, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light bourbon/oak tannin spiciness against sweetness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, maple, dark fruit, pear, apricot, apple, bourbon, coconut, toasted oak, brown bread, molasses, chocolate, leather, tobacco, pepper, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great malt and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bourbon/oak spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, bready, and silky malt mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight slickness, stickiness, and oak tannins. Very clean on lager flavors, not overly fruity/yeasty, Mildly increasing warmth of 15%, with minimal booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this was a fantastic barrel aged eisbock! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt and bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Pretty unique, but has a really outstanding balance between rich Munich malt and bourbon barrel complexity; without being overly fruity/yeasty. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a translucent garnet hue with no head. Nose expresses ethanol, caramelized sugar and medicinal notes. Taste is malty with more ethanol and fruity notes. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a slight oiliness to the texture and an assertive carbonation. A residual alcohol burn lingers at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, this beer is hot an young. Worth a little time in the cellar to allow it to open up.

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Photo of Sparty1224
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 750mL bomber poured into a Founder's taproom snifter. No bottled on date, but this is from the October 2017 Anniversary party.

A: Looks like a brandy in the glass. Basically no carbonation, syrupy consistency. Has a translucent dark amber-ruby color with some gold at the edges.

S: Think cherries jubilee. Very boozy, liquor-forward aroma with a hint of dark fruit beneath. Some oak, maple, fig and raisin in there as well.

T: Huge bourbon barrel up front, followed by a quick rush of maple and dark fruits, and then completely overpowered again by more booze and bourbon. Very boozy finish. Lots of oak, char, molasses.

M: About as thin as you'd expect for this ABV, barely any carbonation. Very boozy throughout. It's like drinking an ice wine or a spirit.

O: First anniversary release for Founder's since Deca, right? Never had that one, but excited to get my hands on this one. Only experience with the Eisbock before this was KRE and BRE, and I wasn't a huge fan of those, even despite being fruited. It's a tough style, it's very boozy and strong, mutes a lot of the flavors. The barrel is nice here, makes it almost like a big BA Barleywine. It's just the concentration of it from freezing it really mutes the flavors for me. It's a really nice beer, and it's done about as well as it could be. It's just not that exciting or flavorful. Also, way too boozy at 15%, hard to finish a whole bomber. Great way to celebrate Founder's 20th birthday though, in a truly unique way. And that's how they roll.

Recommendation: Tough find, unless you live near Founder's. Maybe not trade-worthy, but definitely something to keep your eye out for if you missed the release.

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Photo of Richter525
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Masonz223
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Big Boozy dark fruits, plum fig, candied sugar, brown sugar, Vanilla pear, apple, bubblegum, sweet and boozy. This nose is really strong. Smells like a barrel aged quad.

Taste: Follows the nose right upfront it's brown sugar covered apples, sweat pear, creamy vanilla. That fruitiness carries into the middle of the mouth were you get a more complex dark fruitiness, Plum, figs, more pear and vanilla. Bubble gum. All of this is going on well this this caramelized brown sugar sweetness lingers. The sweetness starts to mix with this warm bourbon booziness. The finish is a mix of of sweet sticky Carmel, apple, a light oakiness and warm
Booze that warms the chest as it goes down and numbs the tongue for a second. The beer is big ,boozy, sweet, and fruity.

Feel: Medium mouth feel, a light creaminess, sticky. It's big and boozy. This needs to be sipped on to enjoy the complexity of this beer.

Overall: I'm really impressed with founders. This is a style that isn't attempted often, and they did a great job. It's a big boozy beer, that represents founders and 20 years perfectly. I would recommend anyone who likes big beers to try this. This is a definite world class offering!

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Photo of tmryan21
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Tank Bender from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 32 ratings