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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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 Tiklmelmo
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to gford217 for this 22oz'er in Secret Santa '09

Poured into a Flying Fish tulip.

A - Hazy burnt orange with an inch of creamy white head that lingers nicely and leaves some lacing.

S - Big citrus; grapefruit and tangerines, with a good amount of sugary caramel and toffee.

T - Really nice balance of big malt with crisp citrusy hops. Not a ton of bitterness, just big fruity hop flavor with a huge malt backbone.

M - Super creamy. This thing feels like a hop milkshake. Amazing mouthfeel.

D - At 10%, I could get blackout drunk on this stuff and still keep drinking it.

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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 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 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 Thur123
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 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 Buebie
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off LOL at DP!

Picked up this bomber from gford217.

Poured semi rigerously into an oversized snifter. A butter colored light tan head forms up to 2 inches, slow to recede leaving a generous amount of froth for head.
The color on the beer is an unfiltered non transparent super murkey amber. Glowing well with accents of orange marmelade.

Aroma is delicious. Super malt bomb fan tasticle awsome aroma. so bready, with buttery honey sweetness. Not much in the way of hops showing up in aroma, for 140 ibus I'm kinda surprised at that. No alcohol heat coming from this either.

Taste upfront is sweet, bready, semi spiced rye, mild grapefruit and pine. I'm beginning to wonder when this was brewed, it seems way shy of 14o ibus.
Still ultra creamy with mild carbonation and a thick velvety feel. mild fruity esters, plenty of purfumy hops and more delicious honey. It is well balanced, so much delicious malt and sweetness, yet bitters rideing it through to create an ultra grand balanced barley wine. No warming or annoying qualities here.

Delicious, yet where are the hops?

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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 younger35
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from MMAJYK as one of many many extras in a recent trade. Anything that has anything to do with a Donkey Punch has GOT to be good, right? Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Bills vs Patriots.

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a big white head that is creamy and thick. Not much of a cap remains but a big thick collar sits atop the brew leaving almost zero lacing.
Smell- Great big burst of rich creamy caramel that jumps out of bottle upon opening. I'm not sure I've smelled anything so rich and inviting. Reminds me of a Milky Way bar. Somewhat buttery and smooth before the hops enter the equation. Light pine and some fairly aggressive citrus peak through with something hiding in the background that reminds me of green apple. Maybe even a flash of pineapple.
Taste- Starts with a big hoppy bite that is sweet at times and bitter at others. Probably more toward bitter at first as the hops are very citric and crisp. Pine sap and spearmint jump in right from the get go leaving a very herbally like taste in the mouth. Grapefruit, pineapple and even a bit apricot all sneak in within that citrus-ness. Plenty of malt to back everything up though as the caramel maltiness is plenty assertive. At some point that malt gets semi sweet as an almost buttered popcorn aspect jumps in. Finishes lightly spicy from the alcohol with a sort of herbally sweetness.
Mouthfeel- Surprisingly light for how big this brew is but it is over 10%. The carbonation is very low as the beer finishes with a considerable warmness.
Drinkability- This is a big beer that is full of big ol' flavors. They weren't kidding when they say they threw the kitchen sink in this bad boy. The hops are damn near violent and the malt is over the top. If you have a friend this is a good brew to share. I had a hard time putting down this bomber. Thanks very much for the opportunity Marc!

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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 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 treyrab
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to JoshCool for splitting his bottle of this tonight. I poured it and I was generous and gave him an extra ounce.

A: Pours a very, very hazy caramel copper color with a solid, creamy khaki head. The head says bye-bye very quickly and recedes to a small skim of almost nothing.

S: A huge Donkey Punch of citrus hops really punches you in the face and tackles your senses. Some nice pine in there as well. The attribute that turns this into a barleywine is the nice caramel and toffee profile.

T: Double IPA or Barleywine? Hard to tell at this point but it is nonetheless awesome! Huge grapefruit, pineapple and orange flavors blend magnificently with the burnt toffee and sweet caramel.

M/D: Very, very sticky and resiny with a thick malt feel. A tad less than syrupy. Perfect for the style.

Really like to see how this one ages in the cellar!

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nabbed this one from Jason over at Bruisin Ales right after it showed up...

Poured into a Duvel tulip, this brew absolutely glows a bright orangey-copper with a thick creamy off white head that foams and stays around for quite a while...a beautiful brew..

Majorly sweet aromas mixed with a pineappley citrusy hoppiness... This smells really really sweet and has me wondering whether its the hops or malts I'm smelling...

Hmmm... Seems like a combination of both... Pungent pineapple hops mixed with a sweet candy like maltiness. This one is actually pretty balanced... Lots of everything present here and it shows...

A little boozy but that's expected..

Overall, I liked this one a lot... It got rough towards the end as the booziness seemed to catch up with me but I'm super glad I got to give this one a try... Nice job, Sweetwater!!!

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Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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 CrellMoset
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber as an extra courtesy of WesPatrick - thanks! Split w/ a few friends at a tasting, w/ my portion poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, crystalline amber orange, capped by one-finger of relatively (and perhaps too-) fast fading slightly off white head. It never fades beyond a solid, uniform dusting and a good foamy collar. The body itself is full of incredibly lazy, average sized carbonation, and the lacing is characterized by dot-like, fine, patterned distributions of foam.

Aroma: Holy crap it smells like a DIPA. Likely partially because this bottle is brand new fresh, this one smells citrusy, leafy, like tobacco, pine, with notes of grapefruit and tons of orange. There're tons of minty notes, as well, slightly spicy and slightly estery. Faint backing caramel malts provide a basis for this fantastically pungent and moderately complex hop aroma. There's a slightly spicy hop aroma in the tail end close, but other than that, it's just a pleasant, enjoyable, fresh-smelling hop bomb. It almost smells wet-hopped, with tons of candied citrus notes, given how fresh this one is. Great.

Taste: A huge amount of piney, spicy hops, tobacco-y and leather-y, along with a slew of citrus - pithy, bitter grapefruit, orange - and pineapple. A few fruity overtones - slightly funky in places, but otherwise fairly good - over a caramelly, sweet, bready foundation. A fair amount of bitterness melds well with whatever spicy alcohol notes manage to creep through, and at 10.2%, there are inevitably gonna be a few. Peach and apricot emerge as it warms a little.

Mouthfeel: A thick, syrupy mess, but in more of an "ohhh, this is a mess of awesome" rather than "oh, my god, what a mess." The carbonation in this one is very well-integrated, mild, fine, making for a creamy, smooth, even, but heavy-as-hell beer - just what you want for a barleywine.

Drinkability: I'm very, very interested in if Sweetwater changed its recipe between this brew and Donkey Punch. The latter had such fantastic reviews, whereas this one seems to get more middling appreciation. My review may have a certain smack of hometown appreciation to it (as a former Atlanta-resident and Stone Mountain, GA native), but I actually quite enjoyed this brew. It was a little hot, but at 10.2%, there are very few beers that aren't going to be a little hot. This one's reasonably complex, well-made, and enjoyable. Someone let me know if this is the same recipe as that original which everyone is after.

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Photo of Scottybo
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Say what you will about the tenants of eastern socialism, Dude. At least it's an ethos ...

Say what you will about the mouthfeel, appearance or high-alcohol content of this finely-crafted brew (they're all great in my opinion) ... if you don't think this is the EPITOME of BEER, then you, my friends, are key-rayzy. This beer is what the ancient Eutruscans were thinking of when they thought of fermenting grains into a mind-altering concoction.

This beer is perfect and appealing on all levels. It's the Tom Hanks of brew. If you're a hop-head like me, the 140 i.b.u.'s will pucker your puss. If you like a darker beer, the malt balance has you clamoring for more. If you just want to get fit-shaced, that'll do pig, that'll do.

Donkey Punch (as it was formerly known) is an eminantly drinkable creation from the somewhat questionable people at Sweetwater. When it comes to our local microbrews, I much prefer the personality behind the Terrapin offerings, but you cannot argue with the perfection Sweetwater has created here. If you haven't tried their IPA, it's also America's best. Get in touch with me if you want to try it.

P.S. This beer was previously only available at bars under the name Donkey Punch. I don't know if they changed the name to DP Barleywine because they thought Donkey Punch was too blatant of a sexual reference, but DP is so much funnier. Double Penetration will set you free, ladies.

Peace and love, PEACE and LOVE.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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 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 seaoflament
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GAManiac for sending this one as an extra in our recent trade. The bottle was shared at La Bella with Joey and Danny this past Tuesday night.

Poured a caramel color with some good clarity and about a half inch of foam. Decent foam retention which lasted a good while.

Citrus candy aromas at first with a combination of caramel malts, cherry and alcohol/yeast esters. Orange, tangerine, grapefruit aromas, and sweet malt and citrus.

Same as aroma with lots of sweet citrus candy, orange gummy candy flavors, grapefruit, a bit of brown sugar, caramel, and sweet toast. A bit more citrus bitterness with the following sips which helped to balance out the initial sweetness. More caramel and toast as it warms up. The finish had a nice dryness and combined with the citrus bitterness created a nice balance to the malt sweetness. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Moderate carbonation and smooth on the palate. Pretty solid overall, wouldn't mind drinking again.

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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 Murchmac
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Sweetwater Dank Tank DP Barleywine Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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