Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine AleSweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by jdubjacket on 07-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 61
Reviews by CoolJosh:
Photo of CoolJosh
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Gford270 for this one. Grant, you are one heck of a trader. This beer was poured from a bomber into a set of pint glasses. Pours a rusty orange nail. A ring of off white head retains around the top, with very little head off of the initial pour. Almost no lacing which comes as a surprise after having tasted this beer.

The smell is really well done. Huge fresh citrus hops ooze out of the glass like it ain't no thang. There is a beautiful malt backing that stands out as well. Both sweet caramel and roasted malts produce an outstanding toffee scent. A grainy bite is apparent as well.

Very drinkable barleywine. I could have sat down and drank the entire bomber had I not split this with a chum. Very heavy mouthfeel. Huge sweet caramel blends perfectly with the citrus hops. Nice and refreshing. The roasted malts play well with everything else that is going on here. Lovely toffee flavor. This beer just makes too much sense, and is very reminiscent of the 2005 Donkeypunch. I plan on laying my other bottle down for a few years.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of marvin213
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A peachy, light-mud color greets me from a snifter. It's the lightest of browns with no disparity anywhere--the color remains exactly the same throughout the liquid. It looks concentrated like a juice or a cider. Not a lot of head on top, but a froth layers the glass sides.

Don't know if it's the look or what, but the brew smells peachy...apricots even. Sweet, sweet malts linger on my nose hairs. It really smells reminiscent of a Sculpin and, ya know, I really wasn't expecting a fruit cornucopia from a barleywine. Sweetwater says they threw the kitchen sink at this one, and the nose suggests that. It's pleasant, though, and, fittingly, punch-like...a concentrated syrup of peachy malt sap.

The taste is solid, and more aligned with a traditional style barleywine. I don't really taste the peach, but I'm reminded of the sugar-syrup in which pears are often served. Though the thought of that stuff fermenting isn't appealing, the DP is. There's nothing--as in the smell--that really pushes it toward greatnesss, but it's certainly good punch. Maybe even a lil' caramel toffee that gives adds a candiness. You could serve this at a dance from a ladle. It's a sweet barleywine, dude.

For 142.0 IBUs, it doesn't really bitter-fy. I mean, this punch is sweet! The warm alcohol contrasts my cold liquid nicely, and there's a coating effect from the concentrated syrup component. Expecting more of a marvelous mouthfeel, this aspect is a relative disappointment.

The seeminly high concentration of stuff they threw into this one provides for a nice taste, but a whole bomber to the dome might prove a bit much. I realize barleywines aren't exactly made for pounding, but this one's syrupy-ness makes it go down average at best. Nevertheless, I'm glad to see Sweetwater step it up a bit and offer a quality big-boy barleywine.

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle pours a hazy orange amber body with a creamy, two finger eggshell head. Good retention and a ton of patchy lace.

Aroma is tangerines, orange marmelade, toasted caramel, and some earthy and grassy hops. Other tropical fruits underneath.

Mouthfeel approaches full bodied, thick and creamy, with a low medium carbonation.

Taste is awash in tropical fruits, with pineapple, Valencia oranges, and mango. Pinecone and earthy hop notes help to balance. Waves of caramel weave in and out. Huge maltiness and big hops are difficult to integrate, but are seamlessly put together in this one. Amazing balance, overall.

If I were tasting this one blind, I don't think I could distinguish whether it was a DIPA or a barleywine. Excellent!

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Brick Store.

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger frothy light tan head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of strong pine hops with mild caramel malt aromas. As it warms the malt aromas come out a bit more, but the hops are front and center throughout.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Caramel malt and pine hop flavors hit the palate almost simultaneously. The malt flavors are a bit stronger than the smell led me to believe, but the hops are still large, it's not a far cry from a DIPA. There's a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall this doesn't fall perfectly into the American Barleywine catagory, rather it's more of an American Barleywine DIPA hybrid. Regardless, it's tasty and worth a shot.

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Photo of pwoods
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hanks to Wespatrick for the nice extra.

22oz. Brown bomber into a snifter.

A: Pours red orange amber nearly opaque. Big strong head with nice retention and lots of lacing.

S: Loads of American hopping. Lots of juicy citrus and fruits as well as some herby pine and oily resin. Loads of sugary malts to back things up as well.

T/M: Decent bitterness level... Less than I was expecting but fitting for the beer. Malts aren't as thick or syrupy or chewy like I thought they might be, which is also a plus. Lots of juicy fruitiness and citrus flavors going on. Malts are a bit sweet and sugary but still controlled. Body is about full with some smooth carbonation.

D: alcohol is well hidden and is reasonably drinkable. Not bad at all but probably not something I'd go after, either.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to csmiley and Rbald42 for the bottles.

The Dank Tank version of Donkey Punch is a nice copper color. It's clouded with a wealth of haze and looks more orange with backlighting. The head is off-white and enormous. It easily tops three and a half fingers. Retention was excellent for such a big abv beer. Lacing was thick and sticky. Very nice.

The nose is interesting. Lots going on in here. Hops strike first and feature a blend of floral and light citrus notes. It smells...well...kind of dank. Light grapefruit and orange add some pizzazz. Sweet caramel malt is abundant. No big surprise there. It does seem to take over the nose, so I'm interested to see how the feisty the hops are in flavor. Dark fruit is noted, but is somewhat subtle. I am getting a little raisin and plum. More fruit seems to emerge in the form of peaches and apples. It definitely smells sweet. Alcohol is blended extremely well for a 10.2% beer.

The flavor is quite good. Caramel malts give it a nice base and a very sweet flavor throughout. It is very fruity. I'm getting a peach and apple much more in flavor. There are some citrus grapefruit and orange notes from the hops, but they're negated by the wealth of malt. There's a floral aspect to them, as well. It's a little bitter, but doesn't have quite the bite it needs. Raisin, plum, and fig are noted, but they're very much a secondary player. Nonetheless, they add quality depth. I'm really not getting much alcohol at all. It's not warm or hot. Finishes sweet and a little earthy.

DTDP has a medium body that feels damn near thick with a little warming. It's a little chewy and feels smooth. Carbonation is nice and light. Drinkability is good for this big, badass Barleywine. It's deceptively strong and goes down easy.

Sweetwater brews some damn good beer. It's easily some of the best coming out of the Southeastern U.S. DTDP is quite good. I haven't experienced the regular Donkey Punch release, so I can't compare the two. This one's very good, but could be improved with a stronger hop presence. I don't know how old this bottle is, so maybe they've just faded. Hard to tell. It's impressive otherwise. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Mumsbrew
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was lucky enough to come across this on tap at Taco Mac tonight.
Served in a 11oz. goblet.
Appearance - Caramel color
Smell - Floral hops
Taste - Hops, but in flavor, not bitterness.
rounds out the malt bill perfect. Spicey alcohol but well balanced.
Mouthfeel - Fullbody. Like you would expect in this style.
Drinkability - Goes down smooth. Danger - Danger, Will Robinson!!! I could have easily drank more but I would have have needed help getting home. Would like to find a couple of bottles to stash for a couple of years.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the Tampa BA guys for letting me in on the tasiting. Mad props.

Nice orangy color with little head. I don't think I've seen an orange beer before.

In the nose I get some honey, citrus and alcohol.

In the mouth the honey and hops decide to play. Great combination of sweet and bitter. I taste some of the alcohol, too.

The beer is nice and creamy in the mouth with little carbonation. Thick beer.

Nice beer with scary drinkability for such a nice ABV.

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Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mad props to Rbald for this one, thanks Ryan! Love the graphics on the bottle!

Pours a chilled hazed caramel with one thumb of cream colored head. Nice oily sheen, minimal head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, pine & leafy hops as this warms a bit. Aroma tamps down once warm

T: Breadyness, brown sugar, dryness & pine up front. Brown sugar, pineyness & blood orange are there as this warms, plus grapefruit pushing to the front the warmer this gets along with pine needles. Finishes with much pine sappyness, along with grapefruit, dryness, cakeyness. toffee, & boozey warmth, almostpulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy, warming & near zero carbonation, balances out pretty well despite the proclaimed 142 IBUs

Drinks a bit slow once warm, not too mind blowing considering the ABV, I liked this, could easily pass as a DIPA IMO

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Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle got in a trade with jyounger30...Jay you rock for getting me a couple bottles of this.

A- Pours a nice clearer deep copper orange color. Big 2 finger tannish head sticks around for a while leaving nice lacing then entire time with this beer. Very nice looker to say the least.

S- This is very sweet forward. Aroma of candied fruits (cherry, orange, and pineapple in there as well). Bigger sweet caramel malt present in this as well. Nice citrusy (grapefruit and orange) hops in there added for good measure. Piney hops are present throughout the aroma in this beer. Everything seemed to be paired up with it. This makes me want to just drive right in and drink up!

T- Well it's a lot like the aroma was. This beer has a nice bitter piney hop bite to it right off the bat. Right after the initial hop blast a wave of sweetness (candied fruits and malts) comes through with a light brown sugar taste as well. This comes by and finishes with a sweet citrus hop (pineapple) ending with what seems to be a little sugar added as well. Good stuff. I like how everything is balanced with something else in this beer but the hops are making the scale lean toward them a little more.

M- This has a meduim mouthfeel to it. The carbonation levels are dead on for this beer and help make it a rollercoaster ride for the palate. Sweetness and bitterness clash on the tounge leaving you question which you like most. Oily hop resin leaves a nice coating on the tounge and teeth. Clean taste left in the mouth (no off flavors in other words).

D- I was wanting to try this and now that I have I must say I am very impressed with this beer. I would like to see what this is like with a couple of years on it. I am glad I got 4 bottles of this altogether. Very soild drinker. I would recommend to people who are not the biggest barleywine fans...just make sure they like hops beforehand.

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Photo of Thur123
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK wow, the color on this is bright for the style. It's still a dark murky brown but with much more orange than I'm used to seeing, like an IPA was mixed within the bottle. It's very hazy and thick looking with very little carbonation and almost no head. The smell is a musky malty character with a still musky hop bite. The dark fruit profile is prevalent.

Glug glug glug

Wow, a basement like dank wet flavor (can that be real, basement flavor?) with dates and blackberry jam maybe. The hops add a light a bitter tinge, but it's still well overpowered by the traditional barley wine flavor. The presence of grapefruit hop in this is crazy but adds so much to a normally dark and heavy beer. It comes across as lighter and more complex. Overall this is good, and damn interesting. A great blend of an IPA and a barley wine, if I had to pick.
Also, the booze is masked well.

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Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. This wins in my thinning out of the cellar to be drank during the NCAA BBall championship game.
Foggy gold/orange pour, nice finger thick layer of off white head. Retains very well.

Smell is malty, herbal hops, some red fruits. An odd funky sock or rotten fruit(is this "dankness") smell as well which is a bit off putting.

Taste is more malt forward. Toffee and caramel covered strawberry, apple. Some herbal hops, not much pine. Maybe a little brown sugar, finishes with a malty kick.

Coating, but enough carbonation to keep it from being too sticky. Really well hidden alchol. Not problems drinking this, but it is a bit subdued for the style.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally got a chance to try this one. I have many a fond memory of the original 1 liter bottles from several years ago so the chance to try the new recipe could not be turned down. Served at cellar temperature and poured into ten ounce sample glasses, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.

Nice amber color, lots of light orange highlights to it, but a serious lack of carbonation seemed to plague it. I could see a nice bit of haze to it and there was definitely something at work there as carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass, but there was only a brief, maybe two second fleeting head of white and then the top was bare, hmm. Aroma is highly charged with hops. Very hot still even with some time on it, Ripe grapefruit and a booziness are dominant and you really need to wait until it hits room temperature to let any of the subtle malts start to come through for you. Nice overall balance is finally achieved after about an hour of sipping in it, bit to be honest the hotness still dominates over the profile. Rather one sided, the flavor just really never came together for me. The feel was spot on with a medium carbonation and a nice, non slick nature to it. But to be honest it was very difficult to be able to handle the whole bottle as it really was just too hot.

Overall it needs some time to mellow still. The original I though was much better to be honest, but what can you do. Overall it was a bit of a letdown for me.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. beer
Served in a tulip glass
Acquired in February 2013

A - It is a cloudy burnt orange in color. It is topped with an inch of tan head.

S - I smell some floral hops and bready malt.

T - It is a nice balance of floral hops and toasted malt. It has an almost tea-like taste.

M - Medium.

O - It is easy drinking for a 10.2% abv beer. I know it is well past it's prime, but it is an enjoyable try.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured quite beautifully into a tulip. A clean golden, with some copper notes... nice, offwhite, and yellowish-orange semi-creamy head, just over a finger tall.

S:Citrus hop scents, with a candied sweetness. Flavour is very similar, with a surprisingly mellow malt. Similar flavour with a citrus sweetness, minus the tart fruitiness... just a sweet, tangerine like sweet fruit.

M + D: Fairly big body, which makes it a little odd in comparison to the hoppiness. I would say that I would, stereotypically, perhaps, expect it to be more of a malt bomb.

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Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Murchmac
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Everetends for hooking me up with this bottle on my journey to the dirty dirty. Gilly is one class act and this is the second time he has blindsided me with his generosity.

Beautiful cloudy DIPA dark orange with an english barleywine feel to it. Like Simon Cowell with a fake and bake.

Smells fricking awesome too. Hops first and foremost, alcohol, caramel, sticky icky sweetness. Like honey with your tea and biscuits love.

Slaps the back of your head and makes hops come out your nose. Toffee caramel notes in there as well.

Chewy ooeey goodness. Interesting combo between a DIPA and barleywine. Some barleywine malts with a DIPA profile. Mos Def a barleywine sipper with burning alcohol down the throat. This beer is the crossover sport hybrid feel good story of the summer. Keep it coming tends!

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Yesac
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber, small bright white head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

S- What.. I thought this was a barleywine? Smells like a big IIPA. Hops and fruity citrus.

T- Sugary sweet citrus and bitter hops on the nose. Followed by the barely malt and a strong 10.2% ABV. meh, this just isn't indicative to the style. I'd expect this to be a west coast attempt giving the hop content.

M- Way thick on the body. This this packs over 140IBU's and it shows. Stickly thick on the palate, not much taste.

D- Seems this beer is figuring out who it really is. There doesn't seem to be a great balance here. Maybe storing one for a while will mature this concoction.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to bmanning for this bottle.

Pours a moderate orange color with a white head with surprising staying power and lace. The nose brings strong American hops with a lot of citrus. Some sweet malt underneath with light fruits. The taste is a bit more balanced with some strong citrus flavors meeting head on with sweet malt, light fruits, cherries, and a bit of alcohol. Good medium body with a nice alcohol bite and a good level of bitterness. Overall this drinks quite well and is toward a malty DIPA.

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Photo of klikger
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pour served in a Duvel tulip

A - Liquid honey, not much head or lacing

S - Honey & much malt

T - Fresh grains & sweet honey --> caramel --> more of the same, a sweet finish

M - A little heavy & too syrupy for my taste

D - One is enough for me

A one-note barleywine at this stage, it will only improve with time. It wasn't bad by any means, but it doesn't stand out from the pack, either.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Blind bomber # 11 from the Blind Bomber BIF-- this is my last one... Sniffle. Thanks to Mikereaser for making this loads of fun!

Reviewed entirely blind- no knowledge of brewery, beer, or even style.
Poured into snifter.

A light orangey color with an off-white head and HUGE rings and sheets of lacing. Looks like a big DIPA...

Smell has some big malts... And some big hops. This has some tobacco notes in here too. This is way to flavor packed to be a DIPA... This has to be a barleywine. Earthy hops, candied sugar, caramel sweetness in the malts, citrusy hops, and a booziness in the finish. The balance is decent, and the flavors are interesting enough to me excited.

Body is pretty full and the carbonation level is decent. Perhaps a bit too much in terms of bubbles. A little less carbonation migh make the body seem fuller, which would work well with the huge amount of flavor packed into this bottle!

Overall, pretty good barleywine here (very strong assumption that's what I have here).

Rips open envelope-- sweetwater DP Barleywine.
Wow, according to recent reviews, this is possibly 2 years old??? I can't believe the amount of hops left here!!
This is a pretty solid barleywine-- I loved the looks as much as any I've ever seen!

Thanks again to Mikereaser for 11 fun blind beers and some awesome extras!!

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Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 80 ratings