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 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 thedoubler55
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour on this one was complete black, with a nice tan head at that top that left some nice lacing around the glass.

S: Bit of coffee, nuts, chocolate and toffee, real pleasant.

T: Taste was a mix of a lot of things like the nose, chocolate upfront, with bits of dark fruits and coffee on the tail end somewhat bitter aftertaste but good.

M: Medium bodied but smooth finish.

O: This is a pretty good brew, Sweetwater should make it more often, kind of like Terapin WNB.

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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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Wolfpack2005
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a recent trip to ATL at Mac's beer and wine.

A- Has the appearance of a stout, dark black with a mocha color head that fades quickly.

S- Nothing too crazy here, roasted malts with a strong coffee aroma.

T- The taste follows the nose with roasted malts up front and finishes with the mild coffee flavor. Also seems to have hints of vanilla, dark chocolate, oak.

M- Medium amount of carbonation, and a very smooth overall mouthfeel.

O- Overall a solid beer from Sweetwater, this is a highly drinkable beer especially for one flavored with coffee, which is perfectly balanced in this brew.

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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 katan
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Extraordinarily dark - very black without any highlights. Mocha colored head, well retained at about 1/4".

S- Solid coffee roast, lightly burnt, lightly charred. Some chocolate malts sneak through, bittersweet.

T - Starts off lightly malty, some chocolate, some straight 2 row. Mid-stream brings in some coffee beans, some burnt notes, sometimes harsh. No hopping. Finishes clean, lightly malty.

M - Solid body, stronger carbonation. Balanced for the style. Very clean finish.

O/D - Strong ABV can sneak up on you. Lightly filling, somewhat heavy,okay for the style. Flavors are not overwhelming, especially for the coffee style.

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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 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 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 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 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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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean from SweetWater Brewing Company
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