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)

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Added by jdubjacket on 07-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 80
Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Call me a schizophrenic but I really like it when I can't tell between an American Barleywine and an Imperial IPA.

The beer pours with a bright, glowing copper golden orange hue. A moderate haze difuses light and brings about a mystical haze. Great head formation with near-white color, great lacing, and great retention.

Strong aromas of citrus hops (grapefruit, orange zest, pine, and fresh cut grasses) swirl with a huge barley malt base, bringing on the caramel, confection, cotton candy, shortbread maltiness that makes for ultra complexity, varying, and very bold flavor and aroma. Fruity esters are all over the sugary barley malts; taking apricots, apples, figs, pears, peaches, mangos deep into the alcohols. Powerful ethanol taste works well with the sugars and steers away from fusal or cough syrups and toward a sweet rum-like thinning and seductiveness.

Very full and rounded in the texture with the upper fringes boardering on chewy, cloying, thick notions but once the dust settles, the beer falls into a creamy, malty, hop balanced beer that is fairly moderate in heaviness.

I really enjoyed the beer but the ligher malts have a lot of unresolved sweetness, making it seem like a very sweet Double IPA at times. Still, this is a very solid brew that will rival the bests.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with less than an inch of foam; rather leggy, with some spots on the way down

Smell: Toffee, shortbread and a grainy note or two

Taste: Opens with the shortbread and toffee malt flavors, but by mid-palate, some leafy hops break into the profile; after the swallow, there is a rather fruity element that joins the other flavors and pushes into the finish; tobacco leaf flavors in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Even after two years or so in the bottle, the hops still strut there stuff; this must have been quite a hoppy barleywine in its youth; though it is no doubt different now, it is still drinking nicely

Thanks, Pullen, for the opportunity

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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 russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to gford217 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy copper color, nice carbonation, very nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, with some nice small islands and sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, nice little cherry note, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some hops, cherries, and caramel. Medium body, the ABV is alittle up front, but a very nice sipper. Very drinkable, really liking this one tonight, recommended.

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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 Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Slightly re-formatted Donkey Punch, and repackaged as a Dank Tank beer. Pours a nice orange amber with excellent clarity and a creamy white head that fades to a cap and leaves some very good lacing. Smells like a hop garden with some fresh, sweet malt in the background. Nice spicy pine and citrus throughout. Tastes nicely balanced between the sweet malt and the nice zingy hops. Nice citrus and pine, especially in the finish. A bit chewy in the mouth, this is a big beer. I don't know if this is a balanced Double IPA, or a hoppy barleywine, and to be honest, I don't care- It's just a very good beer.

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Photo of corby112
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber/chestnut brown with some dark ruby edges when held to a light source and a frothy, soapy off white head with excellent retention that only slowly fades to a lasting ring that leaves soapy rings of chunky lacing.

Earthy floral hop aroma with a big citrus presence as well as some sweet alcohol and leathery earthy malt. This smells surprisingly very hoppy for the style but still has the musty malt aroma of an American barleywine.

Very hop forward with a lot of bitter earthy and floral notes up front. Earthy, leathery malt body with some caramel and nut notes. Strong alcohol warmth in the finish Nice citrus peel presence from the hops, mostly orange peel and grapefruit. There is also a nice dry piny note from the insane amount of hops used. This is probably the hoppiest barleywine I've had yet and the excellent sweet and dry bitter hops balance out the strong ABV and musty, leathery malt notes. As mentioned above there is some nice alcohol warmth in the finish but the ABV is pretty well masked. Very complex with a lot of great hoppy flavor. Pretty drinkable but should definitely be approached as a sipper.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife says across the room, "I want to try Donkey Punch".
Poured and orangish copper with good carbonation. Nose is strong, fruity with caramel. Taste is good and sweet. I picked up on lighter fruits, perhaps apricot, caramel. Booze and sherry like finish and flavor as well. Bread and toffee. Mouthfeel is coating boozy, caramel and a treat. I am a fan!

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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 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 glid02
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 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 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 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 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 prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 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 merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
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 srandycarter
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Thick caramel color, like a vat of melted caramel. Not much head, leaves to ring fast. Thick, slimy lace. Interesting stuff.

S - Massive caramel malt only offset by massive citrus hops.

T - Add booze burn to smell, you have taste. Very nice collection of flavors.

M - Thick viscous and coating. Sweet all through, yet the bittering pulls off the balance. Well done.

D - In spite of the ABV, I would be slow to tire. Nice job.

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Photo of koopa
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received as an extra in a trade way back when...

Appearance: Pours a handsome amber with crimson and honey folds. The head is a nice 1 finger off white with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Good amount of sweet malt, floral hops, wet grass, etc.

Taste: Same as nose plus a nice tea quality.

Mouthfeel: Nicely done medium carbonation plus medium body.

Drinkability: Not bad considering the abv.

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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 DIM
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a fridge hazed coppery peach color. It poured with a sticky, clumpy white head.

s: Big warm, sugary toffee aromas dominate. Still plenty of room for candied fruit and lots of piny, fuesel hop aromas.

t: DIPA? B-wine? Its just semantics, who cares? How does it taste? Pretty damn good. More sweet than bitter with flavors of toffee, brown sugar, and candied fruit. Lots of piny hop bitterness, but I wouldn't have guessed 142 ibu's. This was a bit warm, but certainly not hot.

m: Between the sweetness and the bitterness, this did make my gums pucker. It had a big, sticky body and long lasting foamy carbonation.

d: Cashew70 sent me this for absolutely no reason at all. Thanks Carl! This was big, obnoxious, and lacked subtlety. I loved it!

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Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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