Sweetwater Dank Tank Ghoulash
SweetWater Brewing Company

Sweetwater Dank Tank GhoulashSweetwater 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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Reviews by ColForbinBC:
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split into two snifters

Double Black, Double Dry Hopped, Double IPA. This is right in my wheelhouse.

The body is a dark brown color with chestnut colors around the edges of the glass. A nice, foamy tan color cap rises and stays for a while. Some minor lacing.

14 different varieties of hops used in this bad boy. Deeply hoppy with just a touch of smokey malt. The hops are first and foremost. Loads of tangerines and white grapefruit citrus with fresh pine needles.

The malt really lays low here. The hops are allowed to shine, and they most certainly answer the call. Fresh pine, mint, white grapefruit and tangerines all lend a big bold hop profile. A little malt comes through the middle with a slight burnt roast character.

Medium body with a good level of carbonation. The finish is clean and mildly bitter. You would think this guy would deliver more of a hop bite, but this is smooth and enjoyable all the way through.

This is probably the best I have had in the style. I would like a little more roast to come through, but with the amount of hops in this thing, I am not complaining.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

LOOK: Impressive tan head, black as black.

SMELL: Herbal, grassy hops, charred grain, ripe plums, burnt currants, slight citric tone, faint estery alcohol.

TASTE: Mildly roasted grain, citric rind, peppery alcohol, rose water, burnt fruit cake, minty, warming alcohol, hint of charcoal, drying finish.

Good balance here, easy to drink which is probably not so good for me ;-) being its is 8.5%. Definitely a step above the middle of the pack if you want to talk style. Truthfully, it took several sips and then it started to grow on me.

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

Only my second Dank Tank brew I have tried...I need to get on the ball here.Poured into an imperial nonic deep near black except for some dark brown light when held to the light,a large sticky beige head atop,globs of froth was left behind as it settled into a frothy mass.Leafy and citric hops are the main component aroma wise,light sweet malt came thru as well,not much roast wich surprised me a little.Mellow in the mouth with light carbonation,quite smooth.Dark roast flavors play a big role along with earth and resiny hops in the finish,not much sweetness to be found here.A good ABA,its roasted with big hop presence,not much sweetness here,a little raw but in a good way.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with an excellent head that leaves quite a bit of lace all over the glass

Smell: Just a hint of burnt, smokey caramel beneath the incredibly hoppy tone; filled with citrus

Taste: As in the aroma, it doesn't take the hops long to assert themselves, bringing grapefruit and orange flavors galore; brown bread and caramel flavors linger inderneath in the finish, presenting a slightly smokey tone

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: I have been critical of Sweetwater's beers in the past, but they do know their ways around IPAs and this is likely the best thing I have had that they have brewed

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce pour - $3.50 at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, Georgia.

Appearance: Very dark brown body, mahogany-hued at the edges, and capped by a half-inch, dark beige head.

Smell: Some toast, some roast, and firmly resinous in the nose with notes of citric fruit juices, red berries, and a half jigger of alcohol.

Taste: Fire-charred toast given a swipe of red currant jam and a pinch of brown sugar. Low sweetness overall. Florals, oranges, and grapefruits - pith included - with plenty of bitterness imparted. Resinous, grassy character alongside a shot of roasty instant coffee. Citrus juices, a sip of liquor, and still competently bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, there's some surprising crispness to it.

Overall: Not bad, it's fine enough for one of those clusterfu--er, goulash-type brews.

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Photo of Stigs
4/5  rDev -5%

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

22oz bottle, no date that I can find, poured into a snifter

A-Pours a dark chestnut brown with a one finger coffee colored head that fades fairly fast, but leaves ample amounts of sticky lace.

S-Pungent pine and citrus are clearly the stars here but a nice roasty malt comes to play too with a hint of chocolate. Nice nose on this one.

T-Bitter hops bite the tongue upon the first sip-both pine resin and grapefruit along with a leafy, earthy character that is very pleasant-and stay throughout from front to back. Roasty malt and hints of bakers chocolate come in the middle but fade a bit on the finish. At the back I get a tangerine like flavor in the aftertaste that once again is very pleasant.

M-Crisp carb bite, medium body, a bit sticky with a dry finish.

O-Sweetwater really hit the mark with this one. This is a damn fine beer. If you're a fan of the style, then this is one you have to try. I really enjoyed this one and would buy it again without question (hint, hint-Sweetwater make this again!).

I wish I could give this one a 4.25 overall. But since I can't, and I don't feel like I can honestly say its a 4.5 overall, I have to rate it a 4 in this category.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

S - Spicy, floral hop aromas with notes of pine and orange. Some dark caramel and a hint of molasses in the background.

T - Dark caramel and some slightly roasty notes up front with a hint of citrus hop flavor. More hop character appears in the middle with a bit of pine. Lots of residual sugar in the finish with caramel, molasses, and some chicory as well as a lingering pine note.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - The aroma is very promising, a complex and pungent hop profile with some dark malt to back it up, but the flavor doesn't live up to it. The hop flavor is surprisingly subdued and there isn't even enough bitterness to balance out the significant malt sweetness. There are some nice caramel and light roasted grain characteristics, but there just isn't enough bitterness to balance so the beer seems overly sweet and flabby in the finish. Not a drainpour by any means, but this one just isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick light coffee-colored head into a nonic that left nice lacing and thick sheeting throughout. the body was a dark black color.
s - mostly piney hops with a hint of grass and roast.
t - piney, a little roast chocolate with a hint of grass.
m - slick and creamy even though it is a little thin.
o - very balanced ABA and one i'll go back to again. it's a pleasant sipper.

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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 DrinkinBoy
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SweetWater Dank Tank Ghoulash pours a deep dark brown, with a slight bit of transparency when held up to a light. The foamy, creamed coffee color head has good retention.

The smell has strong grapefruit aromas with subtle notes of peach candy and SweetTarts. Surprisingly there is little to no malt character.

Its taste is big but amazingly balanced, especially for SweetWater (which tpically fits into the aggressive hoppiness character related to West Coast breweries). The beer begins with fruity characters similar to the nose. It then flows nicely, as the midpalate builds into a bigger finish consisting of dark malty flavoras and bitterness.

The mouthfeel is heavy, but the carbonation was lacking for the style.

Overall, this was a pleasant surprise from SweetWater. Although their typically very hoppy beers are some of my favorites, this beer’s malt bill created an amazingly big but just as amazingly balanced beer. This one is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich, dark brown with about an inch of creamy, tan head. Leaves thick lacing along the edge of the glass as the head subsides.

The aroma is full of pine and grass clippings. Very fragrant and very appealing.

First sip has just a touch of roast up front, but the tastebuds are bombarded with blast after blast of pine, citrus, herbs and grapefruit pith. The alcohol warmth is present from the get go. As the beer sits on the palate, there's a good dose of green apple and some charcoal as I swallow.

Mouthfeel is like a very crisp, dry IPA. This beer is the epitome of why I love this style. My mind is prepared to drink a stout due to the appearance, but is sent on a total mindfu*k with the blast of hops.

Great beer!! As always, the Sweetwater Dank Tank series pulls off another amazing beer.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Bought it at Bottle Revolution, but I can't remember how much it was.

Appearance: Black, opaque, no highlights. Bone colored head with fairly good retention and some good looking lacing.

Smell: Lots of big piney hops, and some sweeter smelling citrus. Somewhat chocolatey roasted malts with a tiny hint of smokiness.

Taste: Resiny pine sap and bitter citrus, almost grapefruit. A really great balance of roast provides some more bitterness and a little cocoa and coffee. Lasting bitterness and roast on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very soft feeling up front, then resiny, sticky, and ultimately dry on the finish.

Overall: A very good black IPA, or whatever. Nice and hoppy, with a balanced touch of roast.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a rich opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. T'would be difficult to improve on this! Aroma has roast malt and licorice notes. Flavor is even better - fruity, malty, smoky, molasses tones and hints of caramel and licorice. Smooth texture has firm body and a strong tingle that leaves a fizzy, sweet, malty finish. Catch this ghoul while it's available!

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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

22oz bottle, fresh release. Served at around 45F.

Pours very dark brown with a good-sized creamy brown head that holds a great cap and leaves some clumpy rings of lacing.

Aroma is quite hoppy with pine and citrus notes, some dark bread and caramel, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Very good strength.

Flavor is a nice blend of hops and malts, some hops at the front quickly moving to caramel, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and roasted malts in the middle which offer a bit of sweetness and then finishes with great hop bitterness of citrus and pine. Some alcohol but well integrated for 8.5%. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied, creamy, good carbonation.

Another fantastic Black IPA from Sweetwater coming after the excellent Browneyed Buckeye. While Browneyed was brash and a bit crazy, particularly in the aroma, this one is balanced a bit better...both are great, really couldn’t pick a favorite. A lot of similarities between the two, that’s for sure.

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Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev -5%

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 monitorpop
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. The usual black/brownish pour, nice fluffy finger of light tan head. Retained very well.

Aroma, pine/citrus hops, roast coffee/malt.

Taste, Hops more citrus than pine up front, toasted malt and fruitcake. More earthy, herbal spice notes and light chocolate. Finishes with a light anise/coffee bitter. Really nice nothing over the top.

It has a creamy carbonation to it, but lighter side of medium body. Goes down way to easy for the size.
Thought this was really well done.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked a few bottles of this one up and enjoyed one last night for Halloween....

Pitch black pour topped by a thick creamy cocoa head...jet black looking...

Huge evergreen aromas present here.. The previous reviewer nailed it... Its almost as if I'd just cut a fresh Christmas tree... Sappy and sticky hops dominate this dept although the dark roasted malts do show up with a respectable appearance... As it warms, the chocolate aspects of the malt grow stronger and serve to balance this one out some...

Dank green piney hops mingle with a bittersweet chocolate malt pop and meld together almost perfectly... Not a hint of booze here and the blend of flavors make this one of the more drinkable 8.5% brews I've had in some time... The two elements don't battle one another here; rather, its like a terrific duet that only compliment the other aspect...

Well, I loved this one... Sweetwater is on point with this beer... I'd almost beg them to make this a seasonal at the very least... This could easily become one of the more desired Black Ales on BA... Its that good...

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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