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:
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Added by Mavajo on 03-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Heischman
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE – Solid Black, A thick cocoa brown head that dissipates to a good ¼ inch head and stays there. Real nice lacing but not the rings around the glass, but a continuous curtain linger on the side of the glass. Beautiful.
AROMA – Strong notes of coffee with a hint of chocolate following behind, subtle hints of alcohol as well.
TASTE – in a nice complementary, the taste of the Mean Joe Bean match the Aroma with a strong blast of coffee and a chaser of Chocolate to mellow it out. Also some good roasted malts linger on the pallet.
MOUTHFEEL – Very smooth and creamy with a nice carbonation on the tongue
CONCLUSION – It saddens me that this beer is no longer available as it was a onetime brew. By far the MEAN JOE BEAN is a superior beer

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a deep, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves some respectable lacing. Smoky aroma has tones of quality coffee and unsweet chocolate as well as hints of cinnamon and licorice. Rich flavor is mainly good coffee and semi-sweet chocolate, very like a mocha - the way a porter should be - along with undertones of licorice, caramel and molasses. Texture is thick, smooth and fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly sweet mocha finish. I strongly recommend this one - and get an extra bottle since it's a special release!

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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 gford217
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

I always like to preface my reviews of coffee beers by saying that I'm a big fan of the "style" and have rarely had one I didn't like. With that said, I really like this beer.

Pours really dark brown, almost black, with a small beige head that recedes slowly to a thin collar and swirl along the top.

Aroma is a mixture of chocolate malts, dry cocoa powder and, of course, coffee beans. I think the coffee sticks out more in the nose for me. There is a noticeable earthy hop aroma as well, though it takes a back seat to the roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste seems to be a more even balance of chocolate malts and coffee. The initial sweetness of the chocolate stands out up front with bitter hops and freshly ground coffee coming on strong in the middle, leaving a lingering bitterness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with strong carbonation with a solid dry bitterness from the coffee.

If you're trying to make a direct comparison to Depth Charge or Wake N Bake, this might be a notch below. But as a porter, this is fantastic. One of the better impy porters I've had recently. If you're going to categorize this one as a regular porter, it's world class. But, again, I love me some coffee beer, so this is right up my alley.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A black chocolate color. Very nice head retention and lace on the glass. The head is a coffee/dark color. Impressive.

S - A roasted malty aroma. I am smelling sweet flavors as well.

T - A very smooth, malty backbone. Coffee beans and a nice chocolate aftertaste. Very good! The 8.5abv is hidden from the multitude of coffee beans and chocolate flavors.

M - Smooth throughout. Carbonated perfectly.

O - A very good porter. I dig it...

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Photo of Janderson91
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another Dank Tank! I constantly look forward to the release of these. Not sure when it was bottled, had to be just a few weeks ago. Enjoyed on 03/07/11.

A - Poured into a DFH signature glass. Pitch black with some dark red around the edges. One finger tan colored head that leaves decent lacing. Good looking beer.

S - Good natural coffee aroma and a surprising hoppiness. Very roasty as well and some dark chocolate.

T - Roasted malt and coffee beans up front. Moves to some dark chocolate and more coffee. Finishes is much of the same with some bittersweet chocolate and yes, more coffee. This thing is very bitter but I love it. Natural coffee flavor and good roasted malts. Well done.

M/D - Nice and full bodied with the right amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable for 8.5% and the thick mouthfeel, alcohol is very well hidden.

The latest Dank Tank did not disappoint. Keep them coming, Sweetwater!

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice, interesting smell of coffee, malt, chocolate, and hops.

T: Tasted of chocolate malt, coffee, and a surprising amount of hops in the finish. Of course, the amount of hops found here will not please everyone, but I think it makes for an interesting beer.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer does deviate from the style a bit, it is still very drinkable.

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Photo of dhd1491
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly light-bodied, considering the nearly opaque, chewy look. Taste is big, though. Coffee, a little smoke, caramel taffy...maybe cola, some orange rind. Could have used a bit more carbonation. None of the cloying, heavy alcohol bite at the back of your throat of some of the higher ABVs. A bit on the sweet side, but easy to drink and full of interest.

A good beer to mark my 100th review!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty nice beer with an excellent balance between the roasted dry flavor of the porter and the coffee. So often the coffee dominates the beer unless the base beer is a heavier, sweeter, imperial stout. It's nice to see a well defined coffee flavor that's restrained enough to marry well with a slightly lighter base beer than a stout. It's also not too sweet, which means you get a little more of a black coffee profile rather than a coffe with sugar and cream take. There is a nice undercurrent of coffee bitterness throughout the nose and taste that seems well supported by a bit of bitter chocolate and dry roastiness. Very well integrated, and reasonable heft while keeping a balance between bite and smoothness. Quite impressively managed, really. I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: The pour is obsidian-dark with a finger of tan head that leaves a full wall of lace that slowly shatters into smaller pieces and falls.

S: Coffee, toffee, chocolate, nuttiness, and caramel. I'm liking this already.

T: A beautiful medley of flavors; dark and milk chocolate, smooth-roasted coffee, sweet dark fruits, and mild hoppiness.

M: It has medium body thickness with a very smooth finish.

O: This is like a smoother, more well-rounded version of KBS or Wake-n-Bake. Sweetwater should make it year-round.

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Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Doug, 22oz into a tulip.

Pours an opaque black, with a dirty brown head. Medium sized bubbles, good lace and retention. Nose has chocolate and big sense of the coffee beans, Some light brown sugar comes in, as well as a pleasant nutmeg/allspice note with warmth. Taste has loads of coffee, brown sugar and a mild creaminess, bot in the feel and flavour. A bit of a sugary sweetness. Great full and warming feel to this, solid mouthfeel and no alcohol is detectable. A nice surprise, and reminiscent of Smuttynose's Baltic Porter I thought in terms of nose and taste somewhat. Thanks Doug.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the latest in the Dank Tank series, and began hitting shelves today, 2/28/11.

Sits nearly black in the glass. Head is a cream color, and not overly voluminous - a fairly brisk pour yielded about a finger's thickness. My first thought was that it looks quite a bit like Guinness. One caveat - MJB has some decent lacing. It doesn't plaster the glass, but definitely leaves some legs behind.

Aroma contains a couple dominant notes - roasty malt and big coffee. Definitely opens up as it warms.

As I take my first sip, I'm a bit surprised. It's definitely loaded with coffee, but doesn't have the coffee profile I was expecting. Even though it's coming from another Georgia brewery, this is no Wake N Bake clone. I find the coffee profile much more similar to Founders FBS or KBS. It really hammers the "bitter" areas of your palate and lingers along the sides near the back of your tongue. I want to say I'm picking up some decent hops, too, but it's hard to tell since the coffee is already overloading those bitter sensors. Overall, this is a top notch taste. Perhaps Happy Ending with coffee? I might have to have a Happy Ending this week to compare.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thinner side, which I tend to expect from porters. Carbonation is fairly crisp, which interacts well with the flavor profile and causes it to dance across youe tongue.

All in all, this is not what I was expecting - but I think it left me more impressed in the end. Don't come here expecting a Wake N Bake or Depth Charge clone, simply due to regional association. No, this bad boy is more similar to some of the heavy hitters they brew up in Michigan.

Definitely a must-try. Wish I could load up, but I don't figure this is one you want to age - it's tasty right now.

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

A serious Steeler fan brewed this beer.Poured into an imperial nonic deep dark brown,nearly black with a one finger creamy toasted almond colored head.Aromas are like a coffee house,deep roast with some vanilla notes,a raw earthines comes thru with even a smoky note noticeable.Dark roast and earthy tones on the palate,light vanilla tinged sweetness along with bitter chocolate and heavy coffee roast, quite earthy in the finish.It seems like alot of the others who reviewed this beer didnt get the coffee presence I got,I think the coffee is spot on and is the main component of the beer,I really like it and will buy more.

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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 hooliganlife
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks Rhettroactive

pours a fairly thick and creamy jet black with a cocoa head. decent retention. very rich looking.

lots of dark bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. very vibrant with a hint of sweetness.

fairly bitter through out. a very dominating chocolate and coffee flavor through out. a nice subtle sweetness to help balance it a bit. you can taste the porter in the background but make no mistake this is very coffee forward.

fairly moderate to thick body with a medium to moderate carbonation. sweetness lingers on the teeth.

this was good, never boring. i drank it quickly and would love to have this again.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a snifter glass, served at approximately 45 degrees F. Thanks to Sweetwater and 360 Media for the sample!

Pours a deep brown, almost opaque in appearance but allowing a dark hazelnut hue show through around the edges when held to the light. The semi-creamy light tan head dissipates quickly and leaves in its place a thin crown, leaving behind very little on the walls of the vessel as it goes -- just some light splotching that fails to linger for too long.

The nose is surprisingly filled more with chocolate than coffee, with notes of cacao, creamy dark chocolate, and some mild notes of roasty java, along with some faintly herbaceous hop notes. A glance at the label confirms a large dosage of Fuggles, likely the culprit.

Body and mouthfeel (amongst other factors, of course) make it truly apparent that this really is a Porter rather than a Stout -- medium-bodied with a fairly light, moderately carbonated mouthfeel, it's one of those beers that should serve as proof to the masses that "dark" doesn't necessarily mean "heavy."

Sweet caramel and biscuit notes appear up front, headed off early by rich, slightly bitter dark chocolate, which slides around the edges and fills things out quite nicely. Faint notes of coffee and coffee bitterness intermingle in the middle with slight citrusy hop notes, melding right back in with chocolate before leading into a long, semi-dry finish with lingering notes of chocolate and faint dry, bitter roasted coffee.

Alcohol is extremely will-hidden throughout -- I detected none through the entirety of the bottle, except that which crept up in the head. The moderately light body and middling carbonation help drinkability tremendously, and though the coffee character is mild, it's certainly nothing negative, as it serves more as an accentuation than a dominator. Well-balanced, this is one heck of a porter. Should the beans play center stage? The special beans chosen and employed by the brewery would suggest such, but it seems otherwise, and I think it works best this way. I could drink this stuff all night long.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, nice 'n fresh. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a good light brown head that leaves nice rings of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is nice premium coffee beans, chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit and hints of herbal and grassy hops. Very good strength.

Flavor is more premium coffee, even better chocolate presence than in the nose, caramel, roasted malts, a some dark fruits, very little to no alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, medium carbonation.

Very, very nice coffee Porter. Yet another great coffee beer coming from the state of Georgia...keep 'em coming guys!

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Grant. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. This one pours black with a little layer of creamy dark tan head. The head vanishes quickly.

Lots of coffee right up front in the aroma. Coffee is rounded out with a little bit of dark bitter chocolate in the aroma. But mostly, this one is full of coffee. Pretty darn tasty here. It's pretty straight forward here. Tons of coffee on the flavor and just a bitter of bitter chocolate to compliment.

Really creamy and full body here. Overall this one impressed me a bit. This is a no nonsense coffee porter that simply packs a bunch of coffee in the flavor and aroma.

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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 Frasier433
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a thick, frothy head that does not dissipate very quickly. It does not coat the glass as is goes away but there is definitely remnants that the head was there. Very dark and opaque beer.

S - Surprisingly strong alcoholic scent. Dark chocolate malts come through very nicely. I do not get a very strong coffee scent as i was expecting. It's there, but not very prevalent. I also detect some smoked wood flavors that linger in my nose.

T - Not a very strong coffee flavor in the beginning, but it does come through nicely on the finish. The coffee flavor lingers like having taken a sip of a black cup of coffee. There is also a smoked ham flavor that comes through at the very end.

M - Certain flavors stick to your mouth and do not go away for a minute or two. I detect a yeasty feel that does not compliment the beer very well. It feels rather thick, but not as thick as I expected. The carbonation is a little overpowering on the end and takes away from some of the flavor as well.

D - I will definitely be drinking some more of these. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in one sitting.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque very dark brown with one finger tan head, settles to a thin ring, spotty lacing. Smell: moderate roasted grain, robust coffee (but not a lot of it), slightly charred and earthy. Bittersweet. Taste: heavily caramelized sugar, pumpernickel, bitter chocolate, char, acidic coffee, and a note of raisiny sweet dark fruit. Earthy hopping. Finish is dry with lasting impression earthy and a bit burnt. Medium bodied with reasonably creamy but a bit heavier than expected carbonation (expected it to be more viscous). Though the finish isn't great, there's a nice meld of flavors here.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one from jyounger30 in my Birthday BIF box. Thanks Jay!

Poured into a snifter. Pours a jet black with about a finger's worth of tan head that drops quickly, leaving a mere wisp of foam and some lacing. Shows dark brown with ruby highlights near the bottom of the glass.

Aromas of dark roast coffee, roasted malts, dark cocoa, and a hint of alcohol after it warms up.

Flavors of dark coffee with mocha. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. No hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, and leaves a dusty, dry feeling. With dark coffee and cocoa bitterness coating the mouth. A little alcohol warmth.

Overall a very nice brew. Good subtle flavors, nothing too aggressive or harsh. Nice meld of flavors. Good balance.

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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 scottyshades
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Greenville Beer Exchange
A: Pours pitch black with a cream light brown head. Retention is excellent, nice looking brew

S: Mellow coffee (more subdued than expected), toasty/roasty malts, burnt marshmallow, and a unique note that I've never come across - some sort of toasty aroma. Citrusy hops as well...almost like a blend with Sweetwater IPA

T: Much hoppier than the nose, citrusy/grassy/earthy hops on top of a solid base of toasted malts. Burnt marshmallow again, cocoa, lactose?, and small amounts of coffee in the flavor. A little thin, but nicely balanced and delicious for sure

MF/D: Light body for the style, smooth carbonation, overall pretty mellow and tamed. Nice offering from Sweetwater, recommended

Notes: This porter is a little thin for the style's standards, lacks notable complexity, but a good beer.

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