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 andrewinski1
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Ben for sharing! Poured into a pint glass. The head is about 3/4 of an inch and tan. The body is black.

The aroma is sweet and chocolatey with a touch of bitter roasted aroma.

The taste is heavily malty. The flavors from the roasted malts and coffee are very very subtle; they are mostly evident in the finish.

The body is medium to heavy with plenty of sharp carbonation.

This is pretty meh. Nothing offensive but the beer doesn't showcase it's roasted characteristics enough for my liking.

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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 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 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 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 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

SweetWater Brewing Company's
SweetWater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean

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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 n2185
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with a finger of light tan head that recedes into a thin layer with little lacing

S: Roasted malts up front followed by a sweet, creamy coffee aroma. There are some light smoke and char aromas on the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some roasted malt flavors up front followed by a sweet, creamy coffee flavor. The finish is lightly bitter with a bit of an alcohol burn. The coffee is not as strong or robust as I was expecting.

M: Medium-thick body and carbonation, this beer avoids being too thick with the carbonation accentuating the coffee flavors.

O: Overall, definitely not a bad beer. In a world full of great coffee stouts, however, this beer doesn't do anything to stand apart from the crowd.

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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 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 Reagan1984
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle on a recent trip to Atlanta.

A thick dark tan head builds and shows excellent retention. Dark brown color. A hint of lacing.

Aroma is of light coffee, some sweetness and a touch of dark roasted malt

Like a coffee milk. (people from Rhode Island know what this is) A touch of a burnt coffee flavor. Some bitter hop flavor at the end that mixes with the sweetness.

A thick almost gritty mouth feel. Sometimes at the end of a glass of coffee you get some coffee grinds in your mouth. Not that bad, but it did remind me of that.

An interesting coffee porter, but not best in class.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Dark brown, almost black, opaque with a thin tan head.

Muted roasted malt on the nose.

Milky taste throughout. Vanilla all over. Light coffee notes. Sweeter than I personally like, but no downgrade for that.

Silky smooth body and low carbonation make for a wonderful feeling.

Better than average but not quite up to great.

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Photo of Lunch
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Huhzubendah at small tasting hosted by the good doctor. Thanks, Brigadier General for sharing this!

I'm a fan of the concept behind the Sweetwater Dank Tank series and this was a solid enough beer. Poured into a Bruery tulip and this is a dark brown with little head to speak of. Coffee comes through in the nose, but not as intense as the name would leave one to believe. Fairly one dimensional in smell and that trend continues into the flavor. By no means a bad porter, but not as rich in coffee flavor as I would like. I'd have this again, but this wouldn't be my first choice for a goddamn American Porter.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear stemmed glass goblet. No freshness date. Enjoyed with good friend Erinn on our annual NC cabin vacation.

A: Black with 1-finger light beige head with good retention and a nice lace profile down the glass.

S: Equal parts hoppy porter and coffee beans. A little surprising that the citrus and floral hops are this strong for an imperial coffee porter. Coffee is not to be denied though, and the dark maltiness is not without a roasted bite.

T: The flavor is good but betrays the uncommon mix of robust, hoppy, coffee porter and comes off a little awkwardly. The coffee comes through really nicely through the beginning and middle with some soft chocolate notes, but the raw bitter bite of the finish is a bit much and wipes out the sweetness. The floral, citrus, and earthy hop qualities are also swept away with the bitter finish. Alcohol is well-hidden though to the brewer's credit.

M: Way lighter than on the palate than I would have imagined, but this is a porter so there's no problem there.

O: A good beer that needs a little refinement in the finish to really push it up a level or two. THe bitterness in the finish is a sign of too little malt in the backing of this brew. Toning down the hoppy features would help also to improve the palatability of this brew. Good but could be better with some more attention to more modest hopping and more malt backing.

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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 brstls4drmrs
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick, dark brown almost black color with a toffee color head. Small hint of lacing occurs around the glass.

S - Strong coffee scents with some toffee, brown sugar, and some hints of chocolate. The coffee isn't too overpowering with the toffee/sugar scents coming in quite nicely.

T - Very smooth, almost creamy with some coffee notes and more of a chocolate taste than what I was expecting from the smell.

M - Dances on your tongue and flows down real well making it a good brew to sip.

O - A solid porter that's really nice on the nose.

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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 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 Bung
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz.
About black with only a thin layer of cream colored head. Retention and lacing are pretty low.

Aroma is chocolate, coffee, lighter vanilla and roast malt. Coffee is not overbearing.

Taste has enough roast for me, malt and more coffee. Gooda amount of dark chocolate, cocoa and vanilla. I didn't find this overly sweet. Finish is a little muddling with and old mocha iced coffee type flavor.

More carbonation than I would care for, which made it a bit "scratchy" down my throat. Just medium bodied. A little warmer than I thought it would be also.

It is pretty mild, or balanced for a coffee brew. Good, just not the best Dank Tank effort from Sweetwater.

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Photo of billab914
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, sticky head to it.

The aroma shows a huge coffee profile to it. I get bitter chocolate coming through as well but the roasty, bitter, coffee really steals the show. A little one dimensional with the coffee flavor dominating, but it was a pretty good coffee flavor.

The taste shows more of a straight coffee flavor up front while I get some dark chocolate coming through in the finish. The coffee flavor is pretty nice, but again it's a little one dimensional.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is about average for the style. Overall it had some nice coffee flavors to it and was pretty drinkable and flavorful. My only criticism is again is that the coffee dominated the beer and that is really all I got out of it. Not a bad beer at all but not an exceptional one either.

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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 aepb1
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown at the edges and a black body. Dark brown head.

S- roasty malts and sugar, sweet chocolate and citrus hops too

T- roasty malts, coffee and sugar. Some bitterness finishes this up.

M- medium body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O- decent beer, good coffee in this porter too

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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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