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)

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Added by Mavajo on 03-01-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much appreciation to PDXHops for the bottle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poured from a bomber into a Founders snifter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much thanks to RocPorterFanatic for this bottle!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smell: Sugary mocha, with vanilla undertones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bottle from gford217, poured into a tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

poured into a tulip


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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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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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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 115 ratings