Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe BeanSweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Mavajo on 03-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Soup or Bowl X, 1976: Rodger the Dodger and his Imperial Porter bone offense didn't stand a bat wing's chance, once we dipped our Nicaraguan bean sack through his face mask! We blindsided his 8.5% Alc/Vol jock strap back to the fields to pick more beans, resulting in this Immaculate con-Catch-tion of intense forearm shivers of chocolate malt, a body like the Bus and blitzes of gridiron hops, all clotheslined by intense coffee overtones. So good that you'll need your terrible towel to wipe the tears." Mean Joe Bean is brewed in the style of an American Imperial Porter with added coffee beans. Released as a one time limited batch in February 2011.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter. Served north of 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy mocha brown head over a very dark, near black body. Retention is slightly above average with no lacing. Surface cover is thin and patchy. Nice body tone (thoroughly dark), but head quality is not at it's best. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma has soured significantly. Wine-like fruity tartness, very faint traces of black patent malt, chocolate malt and vanilla, although all pale in comparison to the initial yeast character. Not an offensive aroma, but certainly not what the brewery intended the beer to smell like. 3

(Taste) Sweet oatmeal and cream front with a subtle cocoa and faint black malt finish. Balance is sweet over bitter with little hop presence, although some mild tartness keeps the beer from being overly saccharine. Flavor is an improvement over the aroma, with many more "porter-like" qualities retained. Sourness is not nearly as intense at this stage as I anticipated it may be, but is detectable especially up front and a little less throughout. A bit sweet in body and simple for my tastes, the coffee bean presence had expectedly vanished, but it doesn't impact the flavor negatively in any way- it seems to be able to hold up well enough on it's own. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Mild silky slickness with a touch of cream and a very low level of carbonation. Sticky, moist finish. Body is medium-high for porters and high overall. Alcohol presence is relatively low, masked by the sweetness. Carbonation is a bit too low resulting in a rather muted mouthfeel for a heavily-bodied beer. A creamier texture would have been ideal at this stage of the beer's life although a coffee-led black coffee with no sugar may have benefited from a crisper texture. Either way, it's in between either value at its current stage and could benefit from activity either way. 3.5

(Overall) This beer has held up relatively well for being nearly two years old, but expectedly has some aging quantities, including an off-putting thin and tart nose, a lack of coffee beans and a simple, heavy body with a very quiet carbonation presence. Altogether it's much better than I thought it may be at it's age, but I expect that it was a much better beer at a younger age. If you should somehow stumble upon this beer in the near future, beware the possibility that you may not enjoy the way this coffee porter has aged. A full, robust body has kept this beer from completely drying out but most of the subtleties have vanished with the time. 3.5

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SweetWater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean

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3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color with about 1/4" of khaki head. Retention is okay. Lacing reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is barely existent.

Smell: Smells of some roast, pretty weak at this point. Maybe a hint of herbal hops. No coffee.

Taste: Some roast is there on the palate, maybe a hint of cocoa powder. Again, no coffee apparent. Overall, pretty weak flavor but not offensive.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is thin. About the right amount of carbonation. Overall, this one is past its prime by a ways and should have been drank long ago. Weak in flavor and in feel.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with a finger of rich and creamy mocha colored head. This maintains a ½ finger of smooth froth, which drenches the sides of the glass with a rich cascade of foamy lacing. The aroma smells of acrid roasted coffee (which does pick up some flavor in the nose as this warms), which mingles with notes of chocolate and green citrus.

The taste has more of that bitter green citrus to it, with a sweet backbone of chocolate and caramel flavors and a roasted coffee flavor that mixes in. The backend on this is burnt feeling with some lingering pithy hops. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a prickly feel on the tongue that then gives way to a firm yet still silky carbonation along the back. There is just a light alcohol presence here that mostly serves to bring that more assertive finish out.

This was a solid take on a bigger sized Coffee Porter, which I thought handled its alcohol well and had just the right blend of chocolate and coffee flavors to keep this enjoyable. I wish I had tried this little fresher, as the hops seemed like they wanted to contribute more but this was overall pretty nice.

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Very dark but clear. Two finger head. Quickly dissipates into a thin film of bubbles. Coats glass nicely as drunk.

S: Faint notes of chocolate, coffe, and malt.

T: A nice porter. The coffee taste is mild and compliments the malt well. Chocolate comes through as does some milk flavors.

M: Creamy, but not like a milk stout. Very good for a porter. Finishes well.

O: A great porter. This bottle is over a year old and has muted characteristics compared to what I remember when it was fresh, but everything is so well blended that I really enjoyed it.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to 67couple for this one.

A: Black with a touch of light on the edge. A one finger head rises only with an aggressive pour. Tan in color with decent retention but great lacing.

S: Coffee but rather light. A burnt wood aroma like a campfire. Faint chocolate.

T: Chocolate and a faint toffee upfront. Very dark roasted coffee with a charred woodiness. Finishes with a nuttiness along with a touch of anise.

M: Very light body. Minimal carbonation. Light creaminess.

O: I liked this one. Lacking in places it is still easy drinking and rather enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 115 ratings