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Sweetwater Dank Tank Brown-Eyed Buckeye | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Part of the Dank Tank Series.

Added by glid02 on 07-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of halo3one
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of pgr2ferrari
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of eristicrat
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jmhart
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of doopydoogle
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Poured from an XL Growler into a Bell's tulip:

A - Very dark brown, almost black with a two-finger wideth creamy light tan head that hangs around and leaves a nice lace tracing down the glass.

S - Pineapple, lemongrass, lemons, limes, mandarin orange, pine, cedar, juniper, blueberries, some dark malts hidden somewhere beneath the mountains of hops

T - Malts come through a bit complemented by a rich piney, resinous flavor that has an essence of basil and fresh grass to it. Lemongrass is prevalent, and there's hints of white pepper and cardamom. The herbal essences give way to a nice bitter dry that implies some roasted malts beneath but the aggressive hop nature of the beer continues to rule with the malts giving the beer a more earthy and rounded flavor profile. Would go well with some spicy Thai food or something similar.

M - Great carbonation, not too coating, has a very acidic quality, probably from all the hops. Tart, dry, and tangy.

O - A really interesting brew. Aggressive hops are the name of the game here, so its not really very balanced, but if you're into that kind of thing its a great brew!

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#116. I was so pleased to get (perhaps) one of the last glasses of this (ever?) at Taco Mac in Decatur.

Served in a 11oz snifter, a little chilly but I took my time enjoying it.

(Appearance) Very dark brown, and quite clear. It was too dark to see any color tone highlights but from what I saw there weren't any. A full glass didn't leave much room for a head, but a faint light tannish crown remained at the top. Some lacing left behind through the drink. Nothing exceptional in this department, so this was pretty much average. 3

(Smell) Sweet roasted malts, piney hop aroma and dark fruits. Maybe some light chocolate tones. Best of all, it was beautifully potent, suggesting that this is a beer with substance and integrity. It smells amazing. 4.5

(Taste) Toasted and roasted malt up front. There's a definite subtle fruity tone consisting of a range of light & dark fruits (I gathered citrus, grapefruit and grape) and an ideal amount of complimentary hoppy bitterness to round it out. A slight amount of smoke to pair through the whole beer. Alcohol was hardly noticeable in the brew. Mostly full flavor, nearly perfect by my standards. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Very smooth with medium thick body. A slight tingle from alcohol but not at all bothersome. Carbonation was low enough to complement the flavor. 4

(Overall) My first official entry in the Dank Tank line and I'm upset that I waited this long to get some. If you can find it, I would highly recommend getting it. There's plenty of excellence to be had here. I'm going to miss this beer. It was quite nice. 4

Sweetwater Brewing Company's
Brown-Eyed Buckeye
A (4.28)

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a freshly filled growler. Served at around 40-45F.

Pours clear brown with red highlights and a nice light beige head that leaves good spotty lacing and recedes to a wispy cap.

Aroma is a huge blast of pine, spruce, and some dank marijuana. Damn. Very potent. There is also some citrus, toast, nuts & caramel present. Excellent strength.

Flavor is pine, spruce, resinous hops, some citrus, good sweet malt backbone featuring caramel, toffee, toast & nuts, finishes with good bitterness. A bit of alcohol on the finish but not bad at all for an 8.5% brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Man this is some good stuff and one of the hoppiest Black/Brown IPAs I’ve ever had. The aroma is just insane!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a warm, opaque chocolate brown with a thick pale tan head. Strong, evergreen aroma has a citrus undertone. Mouth-filling pine tree flavor is a little bitter and a little sweet, and has a grapefruit undertone and a woody hint. Lively, tingly texture leaves a strong, fizzy and evergreen finish.

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3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11 ounce goblet - $7.25 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a very dark brown body capped off by a ¼-inch high, faintly beige-tinged head.

Smell: Charred wood bark, lightly accented with notes of toaster oven-toasted bread and roasted malt with a slight fruitiness (not particularly aromatic in that department) and a few drops of pine resin and alcohol.

Taste: B-E B gets you get your toast, it gets you some roast, and a few shavings of predominately bitterish chocolate. Some fruity components enter, tasting of black raspberry as well as citric white grapefruit. A firm, cumulative bitterness follows shortly thereafter. The taste briefly turns somewhat malty after the midpoint, but retains the aforementioned fruitiness until the bitter, lightly resinous finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's OK, I suppose, though not particularly a winner for me. Ever onward, Dank Tank!

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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry Sweetwater fans... or should I say Ta Da!?!? I was fortunate enough to experience a dry-hopped Sweet Georgia Brown a while back... however...

I hadn't heard much about this beer other than the fact it was a hoppy brown ale.

Cracking the bottle, I experienced the EXACT same aroma I have been privileged to for every other Dank Tank beer. Overly malty, overly caramelized, weirdly hopped beer. I don't want to go out on a limb, but I suspect Centennial hops are in full abundance at the brewery these days.

I want so much, but get so little...

try making a balanced beer with some flavor... like a dry-hopped Georgia Brown

(to be more exact - take border hopper or wet dream and had one handful of chocolate/roasted malts... hooray...)

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of caramel malts with hints of toastiness and large amounts of citrus hops. Also present are hints of lighter floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as robust. A combination of caramel and pale malt flavors up front are joined quickly by darker toasted malts with hints of roast. Joining in shortly are huge amounts of citrus hops with hints of herbal and earthy notes that carry through to a moderately bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer, though not was I was expecting. It’s more of a darker version of their (fantastic) IPA than a brown; whatever you call it, it’s well worth a shot.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Brown-Eyed Buckeye from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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