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Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp | SweetWater Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Kromes on 12-22-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
109
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
23.12%
 
 
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6
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Reviews by superdedooperboy:
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3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22-ounce brown glass bottle poured into an oversized snifter glass. Served at approximately 45 degrees F and allowed to warm as consumed.

Pours a deep mahogany hue with an excellent clarity. A thin beige head shows itself for a brief moment before falling away back into the dark recesses from whence it appeared. There's a fairly significant body underneath, as some thick legs peek out of the folds as the beer is swirled in the glass.

Rum-soaked fruitcake shows through heavily on the nose, with a big whiff of dark dried fruits and a slight bit of boozy alcohol. Figs, raisins, and dates are evident, along with a bit of caramelized brown sugar and some faint vinous notes.

The body is indeed full and rich, with just a mild-to-moderate hit of carbonation to wipe the slate clean between sips.

On the palate, things begin sweet up front, with notes reminiscent of those in the nose. The gimp begins to show himself in the middle, where richer dark fruit notes are intertwined with harsher viniferous notes and a bit of herbaceous hoppiness which melds into a dry, slightly astringent bitterness on the back of the palate. Around the edges the sweet malts seem to dance and linger before it all heads into a rather bittersweet finish, with dark fruit and burnt sugar notes that seem to linger on for an eternity.

Overall, this is one of the more straightforward beers to appear in the Dank Tank series, and is really a showcase of malt rather than hops -- something rather surprising coming out of the kettles of SweetWater. This could certainly do with some age to soften it up a bit, but right now it is still a good winter sipper and one that will likely remain so for a few years to come. Grab a few bottles, drink one or two and sit the rest in the cellar for just those right occasions to unleash The Gimp.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sticks and Stones here in G-boro.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep amber/brown with a thinner off white head atop.Aromas of sweet dark fruit,brown sugar,and a smattering of leafy hops.The hops are a little more assertive on the palate but the big cakey and fruity malt base is the main component,there is a leathery element to the flavor profile that is very true to form,the hops give a big drying leafy sharpness in the finish.I had no idea the ABV was so big while drinking this,a damn good old ale with a bigger hop profile compared to most.

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Photo of chinchill
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle to glass, just a few miles from the brewery.
Light tan head over a dark, more-or-less clear, red-amber body.

Aroma: rich with traces of yeast, hints of caramel and faint booze, somehow giving the impression of a literally old ale.

Taste: definitely does NOT "follow the nose". It is interesting but, to me, unappealing and hard to describe. It is lightly spicy and somewhat bitter, with some off-tastes including too much charcoal.

Mouthfeel is good, with a medium+ body and medium carbonation.

O: Not worthy of recommendation, but maybe with some age? Bear in mind that I've never had an unspiced old ale a liked a lot.

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Photo of Beer21
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Sammy
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at engine 15. Dark brown with a little floating head. Lacey. Mild hop aroma. Brown style, licorice taste muddled flavours. A little cloying, well more than a little. Assertive carbonation. Not a strong example of what an old ale can be. More like a strong brown ale.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - dark amber with a thick, brownish head that has great retention

S - cinnamon, caramel, candy sugar

T - cinnamon, nutmeg, candy sugar, bread, sweet, faintly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, warm

This is an intriguing beer. It's complex and is definitely a nice stray from the typical winter warmer type beer. There are some spices that come through, but there is also an Old Ale/Barleywine-like sugary sweetness to the malt character that is actually very nice. The sugar could have been cloying, but the spices actually balance it out. This is definitely a beer that you should try if you're looking for something beyond the mundane this winter.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of gr8zehaman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Omensetter
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown body that does allow some passing light. Tall off white to tan head. No lacing.

Smells of walnut, russet potato, and neutral spirits (ie vodka.)

Real nutty flavor with some earthy hops and wet leaves. Slightly hot, as expected.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

It's an ok beer, but nothing that stands out. There's really no depth and its bland. It tasted more like a big brown ale than anything else.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of sneth019
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KevinGordon
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp from SweetWater Brewing Company
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