Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine AleSweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale

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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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
Photo of Arbitrator
1.45/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a tulip. Shared at a tasting with ramnuts and largadeer. 09 bottle courtesy of dmunroe.

A: Pours a hazy reddish honey body with a small off-white head. Poor retention, resulting in a thin collar with no lacing.

S: V-E-R-Y sweet. Wow. A beat-you-over-the-head maltiness that pulls out aromas of caramel, toffee, bread. There are some hops (mostly citrus, with some tropical fruit flavors), but they seem faded, almost like this is an aged bottle when I know it is not. Plenty of booze in the nose, too.

T: As the nose suggested... Way too sweet. Toffee, butterscotch, caramel, bread. The hops don't provide enough contrast, resulting in a beer that is very sugary. Kind of a homeostatic nightmare. Just awful, undrinkable.

M: Viscous, very thick. Creamy. This is somewhat redeeming at first, but the carbonation is too low to strip the otherwise syrupy / cloying flavor from the palate, making each successive sip a chore.

D: All 3 of us agreed it was not worth finishing. I guess DP stands for Drain Pour.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
1.75/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of maximum12
2.58/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to TimmyP for a trade of this big-looking barleywine, another sole survivor of a fairly long-ago trade. I guess this one's been resting for over a year in the bottle if the reviews are any indication.

Bomber split with my wife, the pour is orange with a haze of light red, with little light penetration to be had. Smell is sweet, earthy malts & even now, a trace of piney hops still touches the nose.

I don't know if the name is literal or an oh-so-subtle reference, but dank is right. First impression is of rain-soaked earth, you know, the kind after a long, steady rain that brings out the nightcrawlers to drown in puddles in your driveway. Dirty, earthy, damp malts dominate the front-and-mid range of this beer, leaving a rather wet-leaves aftertaste that isn't very appealing. Underneath this layer of watery soil come peals of piney hops & light fruit, perhaps pears, apples...but with that aftertaste, who cares? As the beer warms it becomes more pronounced.

Should have known better than to pursue anything with 'dank' in the title, because the descriptor is dead-on. Sub-average barleywine that I'm going to try to find some pleasure in during the next thirty minutes or so.

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Photo of GoodBeerTire
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber orange with a light tan head. the head is nice and full and settles comfortably and laces nicely.

S - Sweet and caramely, with some citrus.

T - Candy sweetness with grapefruit. The hops hits quick and holds on. Nicely hidden alchohol. It is complex, but almost like someone got a little carried away with making it so and missed a bit. This is a Jack of all trades, but a master of none.

M - The head is nice and creamy, and hold up well through the entire bottle. At first it seems that this beer will hang onto the tongue longer than it actually does.

D - This one sneaks up on you. It first feels like a smooth drinker, but then the caramel sweetness stops you from quaffing. The booze keeps it from being sessionable as well.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

650ml bottle sent from GA by user yesac. thanks! drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out an amber colored body with a large, foamy, off white colored head. the head sticks nicely to the sides of my glass.

S- sweet caramel and fruity malts. lots of light summer fruit. orange, pear, and cherries. moderate tones of alcohol. lots of piny hops.

T- caramel malts come through strong. theres also a sort of medicinal cherry taste not too dissimilar to cough syrup. moderate alcohol. lots of piny and grapefruit hops.

M- full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- the cough syrup thing was a total turn off. i had to struggle through this one. i havnt been overly impressed with the "dank tank" series.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a 3 finger creamy off white head that shows a great deal of structure. Slightly hazy orange/ amber color. Deep color. Retention on the head is amazing. Nice sticky lacing.

Aroma is classic barleywine aroma. Deep malt, ripe pineapple, slight alcohol and lots of other fruit. Strawberries/Blueberries...

Well I hate to say this, but the flavor is quite a let down from the aroma. I was getting excited for a moment. My God is this a sweet beer. Earthy caramel, sticky sweetness, almost corn syrup like. Some alcohol flavor.

Rather thick body and almost syrup like.

Needs more balance and less sweetness.

Not my favorite.

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Photo of klikger
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
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 mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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 ffejherb
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this 22oz. bomber on 1/18/10.

A - Poured a hazy burnt orange body with copper tones and a bit of bubbly yet creamy off-white head that reduced to a swirl, leaving behind some decorative lacing.

S - Opens with toffee, caramel and malty notes up front, then gives way to a sugary sweet, hard candy-esque aroma and a moderate waft of alcohol.

T - Flavor is extremely sweet and malty with caramel and toffee notes at the forefront. An alcohol bite emerges in the middle and lasts through the backend, but is softened a bit by a sugary sweetness. Still, this finishes with a wash of boozy notes and an subtle earthy hop bite.

M - Texture is smooth and softly carbonated, albeit a bit thin and flimsy overall. Finishes with moderate alcohol warmth and plenty of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Pretty good barleywine overall, although more of a hop presence and less sweetness would have been appreciated.

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Photo of atsprings
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a crisp, bubbly dark copper with a nice frothy light khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer that leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is burnt caramel malts with slight pine hop undertones. The taste is a mix of very sweet caramel malts and boozy alcohol with pine hops struggling to get through, a bit of a mess. The beer is certainly on the heavy side with its 10.2% alcohol definitely showing through. This one seems to be a shell of what it used to be when it was sold in 1L bottles and actually called Donkey Punch. Hopefully this was just a bad bottle.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is best described as orange. It has a darker heart that starts to take on an amber-like color. Overall the census says that it is orange. It pours a white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass. The head doesn't go away either, which gives this beer a higher score. The orange was a little off putting.

The smell is of sweet malts with apricots and ABV.

The taste is a bit hot, with lots of malt sweetness. It does have some nice sweet fruit flavors in this as well. There is just one depth to this beer, and it's malt sweetness. Not really complex or interesting.

The mouthfeel is sweet, but carbonated well. It has a bit of an alcoholic breath, but not too bad. The ABV is present and not hidden in the best way. This style is very touchy, especially with me. If you do it right though, I will love you forever. This is not bad, it just won't stick out in my mind for the future.


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Photo of afausser
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy, honey-toned amber with two fingers of very volatile head with extremely large bubbles. It's somewhat persistent, but only due to being fed by a constant stream of tiny carbonation bubbles--the bubbles are popping left and right. Little to no lacing.

S: Smells sweet, with molasses, brown sugar and caramel candy notes as well as plenty bready malty notes. There's slight alcohol in the nose as well as a slight floral hop note.

T: Sweet, again--almost overwhelmingly so--with heavy bready malts, candy notes (particularly toffee and vanilla) and a hint of spice. Finishes warm with some alcohol and a slight hoppy, piney aftertaste. Almost too sweet... would be nice to have some balance. Some notes of tropical fruits, but they are most certainly overwhelmed.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation level. Slight heat in the finish. Creamy yet bubbly, and able to counter the taste easily.

D: Goes down pretty easily for the ABV. Simple but nice, however, a little too syrupy which makes it one to sip.

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Photo of pwoods
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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 flexabull
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of khiasmus, thanks again!

Pours a bright and clear orange color with a pretty nice white head.

Aromas are of candied sweetness, grapefruit, and strong pineapples. Nice aromas, very hop forward.

Taste is clean, but a little lean feeling, with some strong hard candy malty sweetness. Finish is bitter, and hoppy, with a definite pineapple note.

Mouthfeel is too thin, but not bad.

Drinkability is pretty good. But this just comes off as being too sweet to me. Not a bad barleywine, but just a little above average.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of gford217
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, latest Dank Tank release, and since BA still lists it as different than the original Donkey Punch, I'll post my review here.

Pours a dark, clear amber with a small soapy beige head that recedes to a ring and swirl quickly and leaves only faint traces of lacing behind.

The aroma certainly leans more toward balanced DIPA territory with a big hoppy blast up front, with some sweet citrus hops but mostly deep sappy pine in the nose. There is some caramel malt sweetness in the nose, but much less than I would expect from the style. It's definitely all about the hops in the aroma.

The taste is much, much sweeter than the aroma. It does have the initial floral hop kick up front, especially pine, but after that the sweetness of the caramel malts take over. Not much in the way of toffee or dark fruit or other complexities you might find in some barleywine. Nonetheless, it's a tasty beer.

The mouthfeel is slick and medium bodied, but the alcohol presence does come through more than I was expecting and leaves the palate burning after each sip.

I can't wait to bring an original Donkey Punch out of the cellar to compare to this one. This one reminds me of the fresh Donkey Punch and I imagine time has improved it. Right now, there's just a lot of big malts and hops and it doesn't quite come together for me. Still, it's an extremely good beer that I think will cellar very well.

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Photo of tpd975
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice shade of amberish orange with a thin white head. Not much retention and no lace.

S: Caramel malt, citrus, and hints of pine sweetness.

T: The caramel malt can be picked up along with a bit of roast. It is rather hoppy with the hops tending to be more resionous pine than citrus. Both flavors can be picked up though.

M: On the fuller side of medium, bold, sweet yet hoppy.

D: Just good, not great.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle an appetizing clear copper, with a thinnish head that doesn't stick around. Aroma is strong, fruity and yeasty. Flavor is more like a brandy than a beer, fruity with just an undertone of malt and hints of yeast and caramel. Texture is quite smooth with a strong alcohol nip.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A rich crimson color with a very, very thick and creamy head that sticks around for quite a long time. Retention is excellent, and there's creamy lacing all over the glass. Good looker.

S: Lots of pine, lots of caramel malt, and some fruity esters, as well. Big and bad in the aroma.

T&M: Loads of sweet caramel, brown sugar, and molasses balance well with a boatload of resiny pine flavor. Finish is sweet with a honey-like note and a whiff of alcohol. It's a little bit unorganized and out-of-sorts, though. Body is big and sticky, almost syrupy.

D: Higher ABV and big bodied, this one is definitely a sipper, even amongst barleywine/DIPAs.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bill for opening this one up, poured into a snifter.

A- Dank Tank has a ruby red look with some brown highlights. A frothy off white head reached about a inch in height leaving some sticky lace. Some bubbles seen rising up.

S- A small burst of hops with caramel malt giving off some candy. Some burnt sugar with a lot of barley. Getting some light dark fruit scent in the distance. Also some alcohol from this beast.

T- Not sure the age on this but the hops are still present with just as much malt sweetness. Candi, dark fruits, figs and raisons with a big amount of sweetness worthy of being called a english barleywine at this stage. The hops giving off a pine like taste. Some alcohol seeping through a bit more than in smell.

M- A bit hot with a above medium body with a light amount of carb. Some bitterness in the finish from the big hop bill but enough malts to smooth it out. For a B-wine this big, it is a smooth sipper.

D- Not knowing the age of the bottle I would say this is not extremely fresh as I did not get a hop bomb. What I did get was a delicious and great balanced barleywine that I would not mind having another.

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Photo of marvin213
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Bung
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 BigMcLargeHuge
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to none other than the obsceneone. No better way to enjoy a tasty barleywine than by the liter swing top. Pours mildly hazy orange to copper with white head. The aroma is big with a load of pine hops mixed with sticky chewy sweet malts, mildly roasted malts and some caramel. This beers smells like a IIPA rather than a barleywine. The taste is either a IIPA or an American barleywine with a west coast hop slant. Yummy. I get a heaping helping of pine hop bitterness followed by sweet sticky malty sweetness. There is just a ton of pine hop bitterness that goes on and on and on. I don't get any dark fruity esters that I associate with the style.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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