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:
-
Reviews:
170
Ratings:
539
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
124
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 539 |  Reviews: 170
Photo of Gkruszewski
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Brianito
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bshefftz
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marlinsrock
2.57/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

An unbalanced mess of hops. This is the rare founders beer I wouldn’t buy again.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flipper2gv
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky brown/amber color with a creme colored head. Head is creamy looking. Retention is just ok but lacing is very good.

S: Caramel, maple syrup and light roasted malts are upfront. There are bourbon notes too with vanilla, oak tannins and some light pepper. Some light floral, slightly citrusy hop notes are in there too. Pretty sweet upfront, with a nice hop twang.

T: Well this is quite interesting. There is a lot of caramel and maple syrup up front with some citrus and floral notes. The bourbon notes are prominent too with strong vanilla and oak tannins while the pepper stays more in the background. Some notes of pears and light artificial banana flavors. Maybe some light cloves and cardamom too. Quite boozy though.

M: This is medium to heavy body, very sticky with a medium to low carbonation. This beer would have benefited from a smoother mouthfeel.

O: Considering the flavors, it's extremely surprising how coherent this beer is. If I read only the flavor notes, I would have expected a mess of a beer like I've seen many of. But, this is really coherent and pleasant. This reminds me a lot at times of drunken pear desserts.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
2.44/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

I am a huge fan of Founders. I like/love most of their offerings. I just could not get into this one. Too boozy and syrupy sweet. I tried but in the end, my drain swallowed more than I did. Oh well, to each his own.

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Photo of Jjmj51
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dbarny76
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Beer! Intense hops hit the palate first followed by a caramel bourbon sweetness! Wow! Different but outstanding. My two favorite taste in a beer, hops and bourbon barrel!

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Photo of Tone
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, strong spicy hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, and liquor. Fits the style of an American Imperial Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of liquor, slight spicy hops, slight citrus hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. Overall, great appearance, decent aroma, and decent body.

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Photo of npolachek
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a murky brown with light brown head. Nose is bourbon, lots of toffee, a pepper-like spice, plums, figs, grapes, and maybe some butterscotch candy. Taste is....wow! Quite a blow of flavors, I am immediately struck by the myriad of notes coming through. To me, these seem a bit out of balance. I'm getting a bitterness mixed with the toffee notes. Lots of nuts, plums, and a sour-funk-bitterness on the back end. The bourbon is apparent. The aftertaste is not my favorites, but I really do like the taste. This seems like a mix of beers - like sometime tried to trick me and mixed a scotch ale and a west coast IPA. I am interested to see how this will age as it might mute some of the bitterness. Will definitely put one away. The alcohol is not really detectable, and the body is fairly medium. Not really syrupy and not too thick and creamy. It tastes a bit dry. Overall, an interesting beer worth a revisit in a year or two.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice creamy head that takes a while to dissipate and actually has some pretty good staying power. The beer itself is a clear brownish red that look really good.

The smell is good. It has a nice, strong pine resin note with a light bourbon and wood note.

The taste is much more interesting and complex than the nose. It has a strong pine resin note with a good sweet malt note that mixes well with the bourbon and slight wood note. There is also a sneaky and subtle vanilla note too.

The feel is good. It's a heavy beer but very smooth and soft with a bit of bitter fire to it in the finish.

Overall, a pretty good beer and one of the best ones this year.

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Photo of DMc8ride
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy red ale color with a 2F head in a Tulip.
Aroma: vanilla, deep oak.
MF: quite smooth and drinkable- dangerous for the ABV.
Taste: deep oak, cherry.
Finish: moderately hoppy at first, then increased bitterness with warming.
Notes: Founders knows how to Bourbon Barrel age beers. One of the best brewers in the country for Bourbon Barrel ageing. Better at 45-50°.

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Photo of grm1007
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This strong ipa is just what you need if you need a hopped bourbon fix.
The toffee notes are great, the resinous and earthy hoppiness is nice and the bourbon presence smoothly warming

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Photo of VaporDome
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakerLou
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bbock13
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samputnam14
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dankwood from Founders Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 539 ratings