Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash
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American Black Ale
4.21 | pDev: 11.16%
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Sweetwater Dank Tank GhoulashSweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash
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Photo of mothmanscott
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 12/20/11: A double black, double dry hopped, double IPA this pours inky black with a hint of brown opaqueness at the top, bottom and sides when held to the light. The pour produces a large, foamy, tan head that leaves very nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by grassy and floral hops, backed by dark roasted malt and caramel with some chocolate and hint of coffee. There is also a roasted/char/burnt and faintly smoky character that becomes more noticeable as the brew warms. Taste is similar but more balanced than the nose. Grass and pine hops with pine dominate in the bitter finish. Malts caramel, toffee, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate, smoke and faint coffee. There is a char/burnt taste in the finish that intensifies in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Try as he might, he couldn't get it right, so he dumped everything he could find from the fridge and cupboard into one giant boiling brew, resulting in this stew of 2-row, black wheat, Munich malt and a 14-hop variety asplifidation of Willamette, Galena, Mt. Hood, Nugget, Perle, Aroma, Bobek, Aurora, Styrian, Golding, Magnum, Columbus, Summit, Millennium, and Crystal." Brewed in the style of a Black IPA (Cascadian Ale). A one time release in SweetWater's Dank Tank series, this beer was released in October 2011.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a SweetWater snifter. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy frothy mocha cream head over a very deep, dark brown body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and streaked. 4.5

(Smell) Strong hop notes still persist, with bold piney, resinous and peppery hop notes up front, and milder notes of grapefruit, pithy citrus and lemongrass linger in the back. There is a perceivable strong bitterness as well. The malt build consists of a roasted black malt accenting a mild caramel body, with lesser notes of dry chocolate and cold coffee. Some perceivable alcohol is also notable. Potency is medium/high. 4

(Taste) The hops don't come through as well in the flavor but present a bouquet of fruity, dry citrus notes and an herbal tea-like spiciness best preserved of all. The malt profile, although pale to compare to the hop arrangement, manages a high drinkability with a mild sweetness and a lighter body than expected. Concludes with a dragging pine bitterness and a note of black patent malt for a sharp, charred finish. It's clear that many of the hop delicates have long since dropped off, but this beer is still altogether enjoyable to drink. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, oily, slick. Carbonation adds a soft creaminess and froth to the texture for a mild mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style and medium/heavy overall. Balance is in favor of bitter over sweet notes, with few imperfections to note. Alcohol presence is mild. 4

(Overall) I felt that this beer would be horrific to drink at its age, but it's managed to age quite gracefully, keeping a lot of the more potent hop notes present, the bitterness mellows out significantly and the malt profile neither runs thin nor wears the palate out. After seeing this beer at SweetWater's brewery as recent as last August (2013-IPA Day), I find that Ghoulash is a testament to how well a Black IPA can maintain its flavor. 3 years may be a stretch, however- so if you've been cradling a bottle like I have, you should really set a date. 4

Sweetwater Brewing Company's
Dank Tank: The Ghoulash

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Photo of Paincane
3.31/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Black body with khaki head. Excellent lacing is left behind on the glass.
S: Nose of coffee, toasted malt and hops.
T: Balanced flavors include bittersweet chocolate, coffee & bitter hoppy finish.
M: Smooth, dry and crisp body. Well-balanced with moderate malt and hop profiles.
O: Good Black DIPA.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours very dark, letting no light through. It is topped with three inches of mocha head. It looks like a stout.

S - The aroma is a mixture chocolate and hints of coffee with citrus featuring grapefruit.

T - I get some of that roasted malt up front. The bitterness of the hops creeps in the more I drink. I get a combination of black coffee and grapefruit.

M - Full and creamy

O - This is a very enjoyable beer. Between the wonderful combination of aromas and flavors to the thick and creamy mouthfeel to the ABV, I thoroughly relished this experience.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nashvillain for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark brown. Doesn't pretend to be black, but it's dark. Head is a very light khaki. Thin cap. Creamy touches of head. Some lacing. Relatively clear.

Smell: Pine, chocolate, and something earthy. Grass, grapefruit, and more. It's a hop amalgam. Malts run a little sweet with a touch, and the faintest, of burnt malts. Cocoa and some spent coffee grinds. A little resinous and dank in good measure. Very earthy. Almost a touch of liqueur, that is to say sweet booze.

Taste: Burnt sweetness. Layers of chocolate. I'm talking straight bitter cocoa and a nice punch of dark chocolate sweetness. Very subdued. Some notes of char on the back. Hops are in good balance (I'm attributing part of that to the age of the bottle). Nice herbal and pine flavors. Some citrus and that earthy aroma comes through on the taste as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a dry finish. Body comes out a little heavier than expected treading a heavier line of moderate. Carbonation is decent.

Overall: Incredibly drinkable. Lots of flavor in the right places. Nicely complex in that kitchen sink kind of way. Too bad it's not in regular rotation. A great take on the style.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is black with no head. smells very hoppy, pine and medicinal. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Taste is loaded with powdered chocolate. Hops really balance out the sweetness, making it a very drinkable. very sweet, but finshes dry.

Finish is clean, but loaded with dried hops.

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Photo of woodsyy
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap, poured into a snifter

a: love the appearance of this beer, very dark - can't see through it at all

s: smells malty, with a slight floral/hoppy scent

t: chocolate, caramel, and lots of malts is the first thing I taste with a hoppy finish

m: medium body beer

o: great dank tank beer! have tried it on tap and bottled, love the flavor

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra from CurtisMcArthur - excellent choice!
22oz into moonlight glass.

Very dark, no light escapes. Very thick billowy head that sticks to the side of the glass.

The aroma out of the bottle is tops, bees knees, cats pajamas. But in the glass this languishes. Mostly malty, richer/resin hops notess while the bottle has a lot of chocolate, floral hops and citrus pith.

Solid body, a touch more of 'something' would be nice but I can't put my finger on what. Still this is a decent brew. 14 hop varieties may be lost in the mash - there is a nice bitterness at the end and the malty component provides a solid backbone here.


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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish snifter

A- pours black with a two finger tan head. Gorgeous looking head. Nice looking beer

S- mild piney hop aroma, but there's really not a lot going on here

T- mild citrus and pine flavors in this one...finish is very sweet. Almost tastes more like a stout than an IPA

M- nice thickness to this, not overly syrupy

O- this was probably awesome fresh. It's a shadow of it's former self, but still quite drinkable

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Photo of KajII
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a very dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) dark beige frothy head that reduced some, but pretty much lasted throughout producing some good clingy lacing.

The aroma was quite hoppy (should being they used 14 kinds of hops) with citrus, floral and resin hops, a roasted chocolate malt and an earthy yeast with notes of bitter sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee and grapefruit.

The taste was moderately bitter having a nice bitter sweet chocolate note in the beginning with the finish being extremely hoppy with strong notes of roasted coffee and dark fruit towards the end. The flavor lasted a decent amount of time proceeding the swallow leaving a nice hoppy citrus flavor to lie on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a few shades above medium in body and creamy yet dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.

Overall, although I did not taste 14 kinds of hops it was an intensely hoppy brew with a nice dark malty flavor.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ahlthe3rd (Hugh) for the chance to taste this one. A new Sweetwater brew I haven't had or heard of before. And, much needed to soothe the pain of my Texans losing today. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip glass. Pours a deep dark pitch black color, no light gets through at all. Medium body pour. A couple fingers of tan head builds on the top. Smell- Dank indeed! Incredible pine, citrus aromas. The roasty malt intertwines nicely. This is normally a confused style that lives somewhere between hoppy stout, to hoppy porter, to a black ale with some hoppy bitterness. This beer stands out with the hops presence through the citrus aromas and stand out pine presence. I likey. Taste- apricot! citrus! pine! my god, where is the cocoa and the roastiness that I would normally get with this style? I feel like this is pretty much a DIPA that is just colored black. The fruitiness on the palate is just awesome and unexpected. This is a juicy, hoppy, awesome IPA in black color. This is a great brew. Really enjoyed it, changes my mind about this muddled style.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown cola color with a two finger head that fades slowly and leaves lacing with each sip.

The aroma is of chocolate wrapped hops. A bouquet of floral, citrus, and evergreen. Orange zest and tropical notes.

Pineapple, apricot, orange and grapefruit with pine, honey suckle. Great blend of hops with chocolate and roast backing it up.

Nice balance, medium body

Very enjoyable and tasty.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great and unexpected extra.... Thanks andrew!

A- ghoulash pours a completely opaque body with a good foamy head of fuzzy foam that latches to the sides of my glass. As I take each sip, the lacing remains web like on the glass

S- an interesting piney malt that mingles with some caramel and is draped with chocolate and roasted malt. As suggested on the bottle, ghoulash has a couple different things going on... A dipa and aba scent is certainly there

T- massive caramel and piney notes slash into the roasted malt flavors. The cocoa flavors are a second assault of flavor followed by bitterness. What a unique taste profile! So much going on that you need to circle back to capture it. Furthermore, there really isn't any alcohol which made this very, very smooth.

M- ghoulash completely enrobes the mouth with the aforementioned flavors. The complex smoothness almost creates a painted layer of flavor

O- wow. This is a completely different approach for the american black ale. Sweetwater went "buck-wild" if you will and pushed out an intense interpretation of blended styles. If I had access to this I would certainly purchase a case. What a brew

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Very dark with some cola like red highlights if you put it directly in light. Pretty fat tan head with big bubbles.
smell: Wow. Candy and citric hops up front. Smells like a sweetened juice with a buttload of hops.
taste: Very interesting. Much like expected from the nose. Some malts in there too.
mouthfeel: Medium body with pretty high carbonation.
overall: Interesting brew.

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Photo of sloescher
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with three fingers of medium tan foam on top of a black body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves rings of sticky lace on the glass.

S - Hop-forward. Very clean hop aromas, surprising considering all the different varieties in here.

T: Excellent taste. Really piney and citrus, really hot and heavy on the hops. A decent amount of chocolate is here too. The aftertaste is similar to a stout, but with a nice amount of hops.

M: Not as heavy as you would think, but it is a medium bodied beer. The carbonation is big on this one, definitely a sipper

O: This was an excellent beer. Lots of hop flavor and a balanced level of bitterness. The amount of malt flavor is not over the top, but goes extremely well with this style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, muddy consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: An interesting aroma of hops, coffee, and a slight grassiness.

T: Tasted of hops (not as much as I would have expected), malt, coffee, a little chocolate, and the grassiness (this isn't as prominent). Not quite as hoppy as I would have liked for the style, but a good flavor nonetheless.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of KWally
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had tried Goulash at a Taco Mac on draft, and was very please with it. I then tried in at their brewery tour on a Thursday (few pwople, so no lines). I went to a local store and purchased a case of 22 ouncerzs. I absolutely love this beer. It has a chocolate finish with a rich mouth. I have only lived in Georgia for about 4 years, and Sweetwater has surprised me time and time again. I am a beginner, but my palette is dense with flavors from around the world. Goulash is in the top 5 of all time beers in my book.

If you haven't had a chance to get you hands on some, hit me up and I will support you in a chance to taste this mix of chaos called Goulash.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from Sherlock's. $6.99. Served in my $2 snifter from Goodwill. 

This style is expanding quickly and has some excellent possibilities but I find the name a bit frustrating. It's past time we found a new/better name for the "black IPA". Anyway...

A- Near opaque deep brown w/ 1.5 finger dissipating frothy tan head. Minimal but occasional lacing.

S- hops. Lots of hops. Sweet & resinous.

T- nice sharp bitter hoppy bite. There's a pleasant sweet maltyness to it but not quite enough to balance the hop onslaught. Pretty long after taste with a little bit of piney boozeyness. It's good but it's missing something.

M- medium to light body. Fairly high carbonation helps the hops tingle on the tongue. I prefer thicker & less carbonated but it works pretty well for this.

O- it's not the best "black IPA" & far from the best IPA. But I've had it before & I'll probably have it again if offered. 3

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Photo of jas30060
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sweetwater has outdone themselves on this 1. I could repeat all of the same comments as the other reviews, like how is a beautiful combination of pine/hops &malts. Or how it drinks lighter than you would think.. But I won't. All you need to know is that if you like Ipa's and or black ales, you need to try this beer!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a somewhat slight off-white head. Roasty and hoppy in turn as far as aromas go. A nice, sticky, citrusy hop presence here overlayed on a bed of toasted grains and a bit of bitter chocolate. Very balanced, with the hops playing nicely with the roast and darker malts. Bright citrus up front and darker notes bring up the rear, but the hops really shine here. An excellent Black Ale.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ghoulash proclaims itself to be a double black, double Indian pale ale. The appearance at least holds up to this description, as the body is a very dark brown and opaque at its core. The head is quite frothy looking, and is at least two fingers tall. The retention and lacing are both superior.

This beer smells remarkably similar to another Dank Tank veer, Fresh Sticky Nugs. The aroma has a mix of juicy, generic citrus, grass, bitterness, and a healthy dose of grapefruit. Lots of caramel sweetness from the malts, with a little bit of roasted malt with it.

The flavor brings a good mix of dark malt flavors and hops. Hops come through first, with a hint of citrus and a lot of grapefruit and bitterness. The bitterness is fairly biting. A bit of resinous pine flavors come through from the hops as well. Following the hops comes a good dose of caramel malt and roasted malt. The finish is the best part of this beer, as it mixes a touch of chocolate with a good coffee flavor. The coffee doesn't appear until the finish, but it carries through into the after taste.

Good mouthfeel, with a body that is a touch below medium and a little bit oily. The carbonation is pretty high, but with a nice feeling to it.

This is a solid Black Ale, but not one of the great ones. The finish and the aftertaste are my favorite parts, however, and they keep me looking forward to my next sip.

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Photo of cavedave
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BulbMan for yet another southern jewel. Live review

Darkest brown, nearly opaque, topped by a thin dark beige head that recedes to a lively skim. Lace limbs and lavish legs languish on the glass.

Dark caramel, pine, a bit of citrus, some bitter herbs, touch of roasty chocolate, even a touch of floral, and yeasty tart. Full strength and very complex aroma.

Wow a nice blast of taste, it starts with the roast and candi sweet picks up bitter citrus, some pine, loads up on almost-burnt sugar and malt notes, finally the citrus and pine outrun the sweet, join with spicy alcohol, and end the sip dry and tasty.

Med. body, low carb. clean flavors, nice finish, very viscous for style. A bit of ash from the roasty notes is my only complaint.

Quite a dank blast of roasty goodness and hoppy pleasure which I recommend to all with access to this fine ABA.

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Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in the brewery release bif. Deep black pour with a 2 inch white head, nice rings of lacing. The aroma has grassy, earthy and piney hops. The flavor has dark roasted notes with thick pine notes. The finish lingers with some bitterness. The carbonation is average, body is medium. A good cascadian ale.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty dark with brown tints when tilted and held to light. Two fingers of khaki head..a bunch of lacing and foamy cap. Looks like a darker twin of Fresh Sticky Nugs that I just drank.

S: Pine, bitter citrus(grapefruit) hops. Chocolate and roasted malts.

T: This isn't bad, but something just doesn't quite click here. Big pine and grapefruit bitterness outmatch its malt counterparts. In fact, the malts are sort of hard to find. Slight chocolate and roasted malts.

M: Medium with good carbonation. Bitter finish.

O: There's just something about this that just doesn't sit right with me. It's not a bad beer, but the taste isn't what I'm looking for in a Black IPA. With this, the hops dominate instead of providing balance to bold, dark malts. I would recommend that folks try this because I can see them liking it, but this isn't for me.

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Photo of Swim424
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at proof during a glass giveaway

A- pours a nice black color with a semi brown head that hangs around for a bit. when put up to a light seems to be more of a reddish brown.

S-smells of citrus/pine hops, with some roasted, maybe coffee, malt in there.

T-very smooth. tastes of a bit of hoppy/piney taste up front, finishing with slight roasted coffee hit to the end of it. much smoother than i thought it would be when it was poured.

MF-some carbonation mixed with a very smooth creamy body. very medium body for its appearance.

O-this was a pretty good beer. I would definitely recommend this to someone who was looking for a good flavored, not overpowering beer to get into this style. Very good,well balanced beer.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 139 ratings