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 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 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 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 milkbaby9
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber poured in Duvel tulip. 1 finger tan head recedes to a skin of bubbles coating the top of the liquid, no lacing left. Brown-black color in the glass; from edges see it's more a clear brown colored liquid.

Aroma - Very roasty is the first impression, almost a burnt dark roast coffee bean and dark chocolate. Then some mellow dark fruit: aromas of raisins, figs, plums. Somewhat jam-ish fruit presence.

Taste - Sweet and roasty medium to dark roast coffee bean with a gentle accompanying bitterness but without the acrid and acid edge some over-roasted coffee has. Sweetly fruity too: raisins, blackberry jam/preserves. A hint of chocolate crackers, a milky creaminess, and a note of cinnamon oatmeal. An ashy note in the finish.

Moderately low carbonation, medium body, not syrupy or too heavy but not to thin either, a certain creaminess in the mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden.

A gently sweet and roasty coffee porter that is quite an easy drinker. Coffee could be a bit more forward in the taste for a brew marketed as a coffee porter, but it's not bad as it is. Pleasant.

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

22oz bottle purchased at Hop City in Atlanta.

A- pours a pitch black with ruby highlights at the edges of my glass. One finger of foamy tan head dies down quickly. Leaves decent lacing.
S- Not a lot of coffee in the nose, big roasted notes in it's place.
T- Similar to the nose. Huge burst of roasted malt with an espresso sweetness in the finish. Subdued coffee. There's also a slight sour tinge at the end, possibly from the coffee.
M- Medium body, smooth, good carbonation.
O- A solid coffee porter. Coffee is subdued at this point (might have been stronger fresh), but it drinks well. Worth a shot.

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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 silver0rlead
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an onyx color with a thick and frothy tan head that doesn't retain spectacularly but leaves really nice lacing...imposing looking. The aroma is mostly chocolate and coffee upfront along with some background notes of molasses, char, dark fruits, citrusy hops and alcohol. The flavor is similar with bittersweet chocolate and cafe au lait initially, along with some dark fruits, citrusy hops, molasses, cream and some toasted bread. The mouthfeel is a bit light for the style, though drinkability is excellent considering the ABV. Pretty tasty Imperial Porter, with admirably restrained bitterness but a disappointing lack of complexity.

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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 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 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 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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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 Groucho75
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a straight-sided pint glass. $5.99 at my local store. I had been waiting to try this one since buying it last week as a coffee porter home brew I tried the other week kind of cooled my heels. While I really like certain attempts, I have to admit it's not the first style that springs to mind when I'm making my mind up on what to drink.

Holy cats. Three fingers of cappuccino-esque foam that took ages to settle. Jet black with maybe a faint port-like sheen when held to the light.

Maybe it's still too cold, or maybe it's my allergies, but I can't nose a lot off this beer right now. I'll see if things improve as it warms up. Since I'm not being bowled over, I'll say "average" for smell. (About an hour later, it has improved some, but it's still that flat neutral aroma I tend to associate with porters.)

Taste wise, this is smooth and rich. Loads of toast, malt, and coffee (natch) but a syrupy toffee on the finish too.

Very easy to drink for the most part. The 8.5 ABV is hidden well, but I suspect that too much of this could sneak up on you in a hurry.

All in all, a great addition to the Dank Tank series. Better than Border Hopper, but I liked their Magnum imperial lager better.

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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 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 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 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 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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Sweetwater Dank Tank Mean Joe Bean from SweetWater Brewing Company
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