Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp | SweetWater Brewing Company

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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Kromes on 12-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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1.62/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into a Sweetwater bell tulip. Deep mahogany color, topped with a huge cloud of foamy tan head, that settled down to a thick collar, and then to just a wispy layer of bubbles. Aroma was downright disgusting, mostly medicine and solvent, stale cardboardy malts, rock candy. Taste was just as bad, off-flavors everywhere, medicinal phenols, acetone, fusel alcohol, bread and molasses, and something vaguely resembling nutmeg and/or anise. I swirled this sip around for a little bit, then dumped the rest. It just wasn't drinkable. Either infected, or just a really poorly made beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This particular beer has been in my fridge for about a year. It is a dark brown ale that resembles a brown ale. The head is very creamy and thick (2 fingers). It lingers for quite a while.

The smell is quite malty with notes of caramel, biscuit, and a little chocolate. No hop aroma to speak of.

The taste is very sweet and malty with a slightly metallic aftertaste. It is bready with mild bitterness.

The mouthfeel is thick with moderate carbonation. The alcohol comes through rather strong, but is well balanced.

Overall it is a good old ale, but I really don't like the metallic aftertaste. That my just be my sample. I'll try the Dank tank again!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"A wide-open Old Ale, The Gimp gags up Alc. 10.3% by Vol. and is bred to be stashed in a Dank dark cellar only to be brought out for your most "special" guests! This full-bodied Gimp gives off sweet scents of caramel and toffee and, as legend has it, warm sensations of malt balanced by low voltage doses of hops delivering a shocker you'll actually want to receive. Don't keep the Gimp's leash too tight, as he will mellow with age and become more experienced the longer he stays locked up in the cellar." Brewed in the style of an Old Ale, this is the October 2012 entry to the SweetWater's Dank Tank reserve series. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

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

(Appearance) An aggressive pour yields a light tan head of a creamy froth consistency over a deep mahogany brown body with scarlet highlights. Retention is good, lacing is light and spotty. 3.75

(Smell) Notes of toffee, licorice and sweet bready caramel malt with an assertive earthy, mildly spicy hop with a subtle bitterness and very faint alcohol. Deep fruit aromas of plum, fig and molasses round this out. Really an invigorating aroma, aging has done wonders for this beer. Potency is medium+. 4

(Taste) Caramel grain with a pinch of toffee sweetness up front, concluding with a spiced licorice, pithy citrus and alcohol finish. Not quite the complex wonder that the aroma predicted, as there just isn't as much malt depth and presence as I had hoped for, and the perky alcohol and graininess are still very dominant flavors. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, chewy. Carbonation adds a moderate crispness for a soft frothiness to the mouthfeel. Body is a medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is in favor of bitterness and alcohol over sweetness, even at a year and a half aged. Alcohol presence is medium/high. 3.25

(Overall) If only The Gimp tasted as good as it smelled, we might have a quality Dank Tank to behold. Unfortunately, aging this bottle to a year and a half doesn't seem to do the trick, as the bitterness is still very strong, and the alcohol presence is incredibly bold. It is questionably an Old Ale. Be wary of this beer, it may not be the most graceful aging beer in the Dank Tank line and may not improve much beyond its current age. 3.25

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Dank Tank The Gimp

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Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 110 ratings