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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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 115
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A coffee and sugar story. A great foamy head. The aroma is you guessed it, very roasty. Above average mouthfeel. Edgey coffee flavours, more coffee than beer flavour, some honey and chocolate.Good for what it is, as I am not a coffee drinker. Doug's bottle.

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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 oline73
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown color with a half finger of dark tan head that fades to just a layer.

Smell: A bit sweet with some roasty coffee. There also seems to be a faint hint of molasses.

Taste: A strong roast taste from the malt and the coffee. The coffee flavor is a bit bitter. Mildly nutty with a hint of smoke as well. The finish is bitter.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with very smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit dry. A very smooth drinker.

Overall: This beer grew on me as I drank it. The taste seemed to get better as it warmed up. A nice balance and a very smooth beer to drink. Not detecting any alcohol.

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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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.19 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a black body, brown-hued at the far edges, and topped with a creamyish, beige-colored head.

Smell: Smells predominately of cocoa nibs and semi-concentrated coffee. Beyond that, there are reserved, unimposing notes scented only lightly of scorched grains, lemony citrus, and dried herbs.

Taste: Dark, roasty maltiness paired with a dark, roasty Nicaraguan coffee and stirred up with toasted caramel, sweet table sugar, and packets of powdered chocolate. The initial sweetness and chocolate taste eventually take on a bittersweet aspect as some underlying earthiness, a faint citrus character, a slight dark fruitiness, and a touch of bitter herbs add to the flavor. Medium bitterness. Some scant alcohol warmth near the finish, though otherwise it's pretty well masked. Finishes semi-dry with more of the coffee and dark-ish chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Soft creaminess to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkabi-- er, I mean... Overall: Pretty decent all around, with an approving if not overly enthusiastic nod at being an imperialized porter as well as being a coffee-flavored beer.

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

The appearance is dark brown colored, with 1/8" of tan head that leaves some OK lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma brings some nice coffee and roast notes, with a hint of alcohol. The beer tastes big, in regards to abv. It's not hot or harsh, per se, but the beer tastes like it's in the 10% range. Normally, coffee and roast flavors disguise the heat a little more. The flavor is decent and pretty well balanced. I wasn't especially wowed by this brew, but I'd have it again.

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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 drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time to clear the backlog, bottle provided by the other Matt, thanks!

Beer is dark brown with a tan head, thin, some lacing, low carbonation, looks like beer.

Smells like roast and coffee, mildly sweet, perhaps some alcohol.

Beer is heavy and sweet. The back half of the beer is roasty and front half has a mild alcohol bite. Overall the beer is nice but I doubt I'd drink it again.

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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 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 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 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 glid02
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malt with good amounts of dark chocolate aromas.

Tastes better and more complex than it smells. Smooth roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip very faint roasted coffee flavors work their way into things, fading out into a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was disappointed in how little coffee was in this beer. I've heard varying reports from others about the amount of coffee so I'll have to give it a shot again, hopefully this time with better results. For what it's worth I think the base beer is solid, specifically the mouthfeel, so with a bit more coffee this could be pretty nice.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 birchstick
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for sending this bottle my way!

A - pours a nice blackish / brown with a whitish taupe head

S - smells of chocolate malts, cinnamon, coffee, and a bit of dark fruit

T - nice chocolate flavors open this up and are the most predominant flavor present. The middle of the palate through the finish is the coffee, but they aren't as strong as the bottle would lead you to believe. However, the toned down coffee blended really nicely to form a solid coffee porter.

M - big bodied and smooth all the way down

D - I really enjoyed this coffee imperial porter. Not uber complex, but what is there mixes really well and forms a solid tasting beer that isn't too chocolaty or too coffeeish...nice balance between the two. Recommended!

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