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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mavajo on 03-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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Photo of zhanson88
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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Photo of Kegatron
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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Photo of matzah
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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Photo of doughanson78
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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Photo of woosterbill
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to whoever it was who traded me this in-person at DLD '11.

A: Black body, 1" head of creamy light brown froth. Great retention, light lace. Solid.

S: Fairly mellow but highly pleasant aroma of woody coffee, chocolate, and an interesting hint of smoke. The smoky malt gets more prominent as it warms. I like it.

T: Opens with some coffee bitterness and dark chocolate roast, with plenty of creaminess on the way to a smoky, spicy finish. Quite tasty.

M: Creamy medium body, soft carbonation. Again, very nice.

O: Solid beer.


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Photo of vande
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - a nice, deep, dark black pour with a thin, sandy brown lacing head...

s/t - dark roasted chocolate coffee bean... a beer from caribou coffee if there ever was one.. delish!

m - somewhat thick, rich, creamy velvet... a pleasure to the palate thats for sure...

0 - a pretty darn good beer..

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Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle (2011) served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Black opaque body, with brown highlights at the edges; creamy beige-colored head. Head has decent retention before reducing to a thick and creamy ring. A nice coating slides down the sides with each sip.

S - boozy and moderately complex, with a tendency to reveal different nuances upon repeated sniffing, including coffee, dark malt, brandy, chocolate and dark fruit.

Taste: Roasted malt background with notable sweetness, some bitter [Nicaraguan] coffee, notes of chocolate, hops and caramel. A bit fruity and spicy too. Coffee and bitterness are most apparent in the finish, but even then this beer has a less pronounced coffee flavor than some other coffee beers (e.g., Pisgah Valdez).

Mouthfeel: Medium/full body. Medium carbonation. Near creamy smooth.

O: one of my favorite porters.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of RocPorterFanatic. Pours a very dark brown color with a few highlights. Suds are light brown and show very little in the way of retention or lacing.

Nose is very nicely done on the coffee/chocolate interplay. Little bit of dusty minerality and vanilla rum give it a slight English flair.

Pretty damn fruity for a coffee porter, clashes a bit with the coffee. Chocolate is there and plenty sweet. Despite the coffee flavors, its not really that roasty. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, but it seems to work fine here, its quite drinkable. Thanks for this tasty treat Chad!

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Photo of mikereaser
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown that lets no light through it, there is a nice 2-3 inch cap that is tan and very frothy. Its just sitting there staring at me begging me to be the first one to flinch. Well it wins and its leaving a nice coated lacing down the glass.
S - I'm picking up coffee as expected, but not as strong as I was hoping for. There is also some vanilla and lactose to round it out. There is also some dried fruit along with a bit of burnt quaitly.
T - The taste is a bit weak compared to the aroma. There is some coffee, vanilla and a slight amount of burnt flavor. Its like its a well roasted coffee but not a very drinkable coffee. Its quite enjoyable but not as coffee as I was hoping.
M - smooth and creamy with a slightly higher amount of carbonation that I would hope for.
D - The beer is fairly enjoyable, but if you're looking for a COFFEE coffee beer, then this is not is. The flavors are slightly muted but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kept in my fridge to keep the coffee from fading too much.

Pours pitch black, just a tad thin, with a thick frothy tan head that when it recedes leaves a thin layer of lacing. Smells mostly of rich coffee and deep roasted malts. First sip is coffee heavy but matched nicely with dark malts to give a balance that is much appreciated. A nice chocolate flavor adds and compliments this well rounded beer. It tastes fairly creamy for a beer that falls a tad on the thin side. The 8.5% ABV tastes right on and is extremely sessionable.

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Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Surpassed the line of being opaque in blackness, nice tan lacing.

SMELL: Used coffee grounds, licorice root, peppercorn, nonpareils, hint of alcohol, dried dark fruit.

TASTE: Burnt coffee, sweet chocolate, warming booze, modest hopping, sweet, burnt finish.

A sweet mess, none of the flavors seem to the meld well. Coffee? It seems to add to the mess rather than rounding out the brew. Not a disaster but something you'd want to share with several friends.

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Photo of nhindian
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split at a Pittsburgh tasting. Thanks to pghlee for providing this!

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with 1.5-fingers of creme-colored head. Some pretty good retention out of the head, but there isn't much lacing at all.

S - The smell is almost all coffee, lots of fresh roast and espresso, rivaling the best of all coffee-infused beers. A bit of bittersweet chocolate as well, with additional kick of light citrus hops in the back-end.

T - The taste is a bit more balanced than the nose, combining the extreme coffee notes with the rest of the smooth malts to make more of a mocha flavor; it still has the roast but is off-set nicely with the cocoa and caramel. Still rather coffee-forward despite this, but the hops do make a reappearance here as well.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with okay carbonation. Still a bit thin despite the high ABV and robust flavors. Thankfully, it doesn't suffer from the watery feeling that most porters have.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. This is definitely up there for the most coffee-forward porter I've had, but off-hand I'd still take Ballast Point's Victory at Sea over this for the wider range of flavors. This has a very comparable amount of coffee, however, which may be a tipping point depending on what I'm looking for at the time out of the beers.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 8/24/11

Much appreciation to PDXHops for the bottle

Very dark brown in color with just a sliver of ruby when held to the light. Two finger cap of smooth foam dissipates slowly. Thin retention overall. Good lace, though.

Notes of roast and coffee are in no short supply in the nose - roasted coffee, ground coffee beans, mildly sweet chocolate, earthy overtones and a dash of cocoa dust. Enjoyable and well-integrated.

Tastes similar but not entirely the same as the aroma suggests. The sweetness is a touch greater, the roast is a bit tangier and there is a modest hop bitterness on the edges. The coffee and chocolate seem pretty much balanced; think chocolate covered coffee beans. Graininess emerges as the beer warms up.

Full body with an overall smooth feel which could almost be silky, save for being aggravated by rolling, puffy carbonation. Finishes clean, considering. Some tangy roast lingers briefly.

With a fairly "moderate" abv for an imperial porter, as it were, this is a really pleasant drinking beer. I could go for a little less carbonation, but otherwise I find little about which to gripe. Most definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Treebs
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a nice black with a big and fluffy light tan head. Leaves a nice sticky lace down the edge of the glass.

S: I'm picking up some light coffee notes with a woody/accent and a slight hoppiness as well. Some light vanilla on the back end.

T: Even more oak-like characters and even more hops on the front end with a light coffee following it up. Very disappointing so far. Some sweet vanilla on the backend with a very distant alcohol. No real big coffee notes I was expecting.

M: Bubbly and sort of thin for the style, but does leave a nice mild chocolate on the palate.

O: I was pretty disappointed with this one. For a beer titled "Mean Joe Bean" and labeled as an Imperial Porter I would have thought it would have held up better. The coffee had faded and the really was taking a back seat to the wood and hops notes. It wasn't bad, but I was looking for some palate destroying coffee notes that just didn't shine through.

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Photo of Beejay
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this bottle!!

A: Deep dark black in the glass. The head is soft and looks like a cappuccino foam on top of this oil like body.

S: Nice dark malt aroma. There is a certain huskiness to this as well as a nice sweet touch of molasses. The coffee comes in reserved, but not forgotten.

T: While the coffee aroma may be slightly subdued in the aroma, it certainly hits first in the flavor department. Following the coffee there are some wonderful roasted malt flavors with hints of toffee and chocolate. Quite a well put together brew with no single flavor coming out in front of the others.

M: Medium in body, the carbonation is a bit active for me, but there is still a good creamy mouthfeel. I think the carbonation is giving this a little more bite then I would like, but still... Nothing too major.

O: Overall very well balanced and enjoyable. Quite a delicious brew, and just what I wanted after a hard day of work.

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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a frothy crown; nice retention and a squiggly pattern of lace

Smell: Sugary mocha, with vanilla undertones

Taste: Mocha flavors dominate, up front, but by mid-palate, there is an artificial sweetener character that seems to be caused by the hops blending in with the coffee and malt; after the swallow, that off-flavor really builds to the detriment of the other flavors; a bit of vanilla lingers in the aftertaste

Taste: Medium body with moderate carbonation; somewhat thin for an imperial

Overall: I really wanted to like this beer as I enjoy coffee flavored beers, by and large, but there is something about that artificial sweetener flavor that is really off-putting in this beer

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Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a pint glass. This brew appears a very dark brown to black color. When held to the light some redness and lighter brown clarity shine faintly through the edges. A dark tan cap less than a finger strong forms across the top and slowly recedes leaving some spots of lace on the glass. A swirl revives a thin lacing across the top of the brew.

The smell of this brew is roasty, lightly reminiscent of coffee blended with a citrus aspect that seems to come from a combination of the coffee beans and somewhat from hops. There is also a fruited quality present minorly like raisins or plums. More sniffs reveal enticing dark grain character coming across like chocolate. As the brew warms up, more and more coffee notes come out of the glass.

The taste of this brew is very fruited like the previously mentioned raisins or plums. Alcohol is evident with an accented fruity ester component. Roasted grain flavoring lingers throughout with a mild taste of chocolate and musty coffee. Citrus hops/coffee beans are present contrasting the fruited and roasty quality. The aftertaste is fruity and midly roasted with chocoalte malt lingering, not bad.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall it isn't bad but it left me wanting more roast and less fruited flavor. I have no idea what the freshness of this bottle is since there is no date indication but it seems like the coffee is faded and plays much less of a role in this brew than I was expecting.

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Photo of Phelps
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from gford217, poured into a tulip.

Inky black with a half-finger head of frothy cocoa powder. It pops away after a while to a large, frothy ring. No lace.

Hoppier than expected in the nose. There’s a good amount of citrus and pine, and it’s slightly smoky.

Not too much coffee in the flavor, though there’s a good amount of porter. Cocoa, vanilla, oats, a light bit of coffee. Gentle roasty flavors linger on the tongue.

Fairly light and drinkable for a coffee porter. Lightly carbonated, medium-light body, very clean finish.

Joe Bean ain’t so mean — the beer’s a little light in flavor, but is a fairly drinkable porter. I could use a bit more coffee, though.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint. Near black body with a fluffy tan head. Good retention and a fair amount of lacing from that.

Nose is a nice blend of coffee and roast, plus a vague sweetness. After a few sips, I'm still trying to figure out what that sweetness is. Vanilla? Almond extract? Whatever it is, it seems a bit out of place, although it's not overpowering. Very roasty without burnt or sharp flavors. Thickish brew with a smooth and coating feel. Caramel and some alcohol warmth in the finish, but it's not boozy.

Overall impression: A little on the sweetish side for me, but pretty tasty nonetheless. Recommended.

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

I picked this one up on a business trip to Boone, NC a few months ago and am just now getting around to drinking it. Review is from notes taken on 7/9/2011 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is darkest brown/near black and has an extremely dark, ruby hue at the bottom of the glass; starts with a one finger, creamy dark tan head that fades rather quickly to a thin, complete, yet uneven, skim with a foamy ring around the surface and eventually to a nearly transparent scum; body is dark and entirely opaque with the exception of the one ruby highlight; a few strands and spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Lots of coffee, but not overwhelming, and there is a certain "raw" aspect to the beans, like they're definitely roasted, but not ground; bit of a dark chocolate that is syrupy in nature; smell isn't very complex or anything, and it's not mind blowing in terms of strength, but it is good.

Taste: Nice set of flavors that are really dominated by the strong roasty coffee, but it's a mild roast -- not like some massive burnt espresso or anything; nice dark and bittersweet chocolate flavor as well, and with the coffee flavors, it really tastes a lot like a chocolate-covered coffee bean (I almost feel like I should be able to crunch down on one); earthy bitterness lingers in the back; I'm kind of surprised I pick up no alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Body is between light and medium in terms of weight; carbonation is potent, but comes across as smooth, yet lively; a very thick, sticky coating is left all over the palate, especially the roof of the mouth; and the teeth are left feeling a little gritty; belly is left a little warm, and I'm guessing because of the moderately higher ABV of 8.5%.

Overall: A pretty nice porter, and if it were thicker, I would say it's reminiscent of Founders Breakfast Stout; nice set of flavors, and in a sense, I kind of feel it's a little more drinkable because of the thinner body, as if it were thicker, it would definitely weight me down, but I also like a full bodied, thick dark beer, so I'm torn. However, if it were available to me, I would definitely pick it up with little to no hesitation.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a one, quick fading brown head. I'd like the head to be a little bigger, but oh well

S- a lot of roast coffee...very strong, very pleasant. Not much complexity though, the coffee aroma is all I'm really getting

T- real nice roast coffee, but it's tasting more like wet grounds than anything else. Eh, at least it's got some flavor

M- it has a nice thickness to it, but there's also a watery quality to it at the same time on the finish. Not really getting a very stout feeling out of this

O- the coffee almost tastes stale, but like I said...at least it has SOME flavor. Better than nothing

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice, dark brown, nearly black in color with a nice little puff on tan colored head on top. Nice lacing as it drops down the sides leaving a broken crown along the top. Aroma is solid coffee, with light notes of lactose and touches of something sweet balancing in there as well. Rich coffee notes with light touches of sugar are the way to go here. Smooth, easy sipper as each taste seems to bring more of the coffee flavor up to the forefront. Lighter feel then I would have expected but with the more the adequete carbonation it really seems to work here. Easily drinkable as this one went down without a fight and forced me to move on to something else.

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Photo of cetherid
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


Beer pours dark brown to black. About 2 fingers worth of bubbly light brown head, a little denser than a cola that dies down to a thin film after a few minutes. Lacing is non-existent.


The nose starts off with some bittersweet chocolate and a nice little combo of roasted coffee and hops..actually, maybe a little more hops than coffee. Aroma sort of reminds me like a weaker version of expedition stout. Some subtle booziness is present as well.


Taste is coffee dominant...some roasted coffee beans with a little smoke. Some hints of very dark chocolate with a touch of sweetness in here as well, ending with a pretty bitter finish.


Beer is about medium bodied with decent carbonation. Goes down very easily...almost dangerous, mainly because it's a little thin. Could be a tad thicker but pretty decent. The bitterness at the end leaves a slight dry finish.


Overall a good coffee dominant porter. There are better porters out there, and much more accessible in my area, however this was an extra and I can't really complain. ABV isn't that dangerous so one could easily drink a bomber by them self.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours fairly black with nice hints of lace and just a bit of off white head.
Smells mildly sweet with hints of coffee and chocolate. Some hops come through with a mild bitterness.
Taste is much like the smell, nice coffee and chocolate, some dark fruit and that hop twang completes this brew. This really drinks more like a stout than a porter. Nice carbonation level and a lingering, dry finish.
Pretty good example of an American Porter.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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