Dankwood | Founders Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
What do you get when a big, bold imperial red IPA meets an oak bourbon barrel? A palate stunner that’ll send your senses spinning or, as we like to call it, Dankwood. Rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops.

Added by DISKORD on 01-26-2018

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,817
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
499
pDev:
7.84%
 
 
Wants:
15
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115
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Ratings: 499 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of arizcards
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a four-pack from TW Arrowhead on 5-31-18 for $13.99. Bottled on 4-19-18; reviewed on 9-18-18.

Beer poured reddish brown with a beautiful white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderful, a mix of citrus, vanilla, and a light touch of bourbon.

Taste follows the nose. Huge malt base with citrus and pine followed by vanilla and a kiss of booze. Booze is warming with each sip.

Mouthfeel is very full, smooth, and satisfying.

Overall the barrel aging has enhanced the base beer, adding a unique flavor profile from the barrels. This is definitely aimed at the rare pallette that enjoys a double IPA that is bourbon barrel aged!

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikeg67
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with long lasting foamy white head. Aroma is of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, caramel malt. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of bourbon, vanilla, peppery alcohol, dark fruit, wood, herbal hops. Long dry finish. Great brew.

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Photo of vidisad
3.14/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Knickfan3
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slatetank
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, opaque red-amber. Nice head of khaki suds and a light bit of lace.

Aroma: All bourbon here, with sweet vanilla and maltiness all over.

Taste: Big and rich with a sweet flavor and a huge palate of oak wood, vanilla and a bourbon finish. A tasty sipper.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark reddish brown with a two finger foamy white head. Huge amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, oak and bourbon,

T - The taste is caramel, toffee, grapefruit rind, orange peel, vanilla, oak, bourbon and tons of piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sharp dry finish.

O - This is a big beer. The piney hops and bourbon dominate the flavor. Decent slow sipper.

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Photo of Sellen
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MAB
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There's so much going on here.
You'd think that (Red) IPA should have lots of malt and some heavy-handed hops, but it's the bourbon barrel that takes over.
Delicious caramel and roasted malt flavors temper any hop presence and provide a sweet but smooth experience.
Thick and syrupy, the alcohol level is well disguised.
Spectacular.

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Photo of zknight
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tazzman
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GetTheYayo
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bcsbeer
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Avitra
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird beer. As strange as it gets. It has some IPA base on the aftertaste but the palate is grapes and mollases. Unfortunately the smell reeks and the mouthfeel is just flat. So we have a unique beer with some very bad attributes, but than a unique flavor profile. Won't have again but happy I had it once

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RMW66
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unusual but really enjoyed this. Usually bourbon barrel aged beers are dark and so have more chocolate or licorice type flavors. This has the vanilla and bourbon from the barrel but the hoppy edge from the IPA base beer. Interesting. Will certainly look out for this again.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of murky pondwater, topped by a finger's worth of fine, khaki foam. Aroma smells of caramel, bread, melon, and grassy, slightly citric hops.

The taste features caramel and toffee up front, with a surprisingly fresh, lively barrel presence right off the bat. Hops are primarily herbal and resinous in nature, with notes of grapefruit pith toward the back end. Alcohol is not bashful about flaring its crest amongst its potent flavormates. Warming reveals notes of brown sugar, sweet tea, and vanilla. Medium-heavy body and fine carbonation make for a full, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a characterful IPA with a robust, complex malt profile that goes toe to toe with the intense hops. It's a little heavy-handed, but I admire its boldness.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color with beige head. Aroma has butterscotch, wood, caramelized orange peel and pine resin. Taste has whiskey, butterscotch, toasted malt, some brown sugar. Gets quite bitter and resiny on the finish with alcohol heat in the background. Aftertaste lingers with intense grapefruit pith bitterness. Medium plus body with medium carbonation. A nice experiment but I think the ABV is too high for this kind of beer, making it quite difficult to drink.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Founders Brewing Co snifter

A: Pours deep reddish brown copper with a frothy khaki head that settles to a firm layer and laces quite nicely.

S: Complex, malty to start, toasty, bready, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and molasses, vanilla, oak, smooth bourbon, hops take somewhat of a back seat, though there is some spicy resinous pine, hints of citrus, and some fruity notes. Some alcohol shows up as it warms, which is somewhat to be expected from a 12% beer.

T: Hoppy side comes out first, big resinous pine, earthy spice, citrus, grapefruit and orange, faint dank herbal notes, and touches of tropical fruit, stone fruit, and even berries, all backed with a big malty side that plays well with the barrel character, bready and toasty, lots of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar, vanilla, smooth bourbon, a nice touch of oak. Bitterness hangs a little on the finish, and a little alcohol comes through as it warms, but neither are harsh.

M: On the full end of medium body, moderate carbonation. Once it's warmed up there's a little warmth as it goes down, but not unpleasant.

O: Wasn't sure how this was going to turn out, but it works surprisingly well. Really complex and interesting. Fun one to try.

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Photo of Dougwillhike
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HabaJohn
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Dankwood from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 499 ratings