Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp | SweetWater Brewing Company

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SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: 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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Photo of Rifugium
1.62/5  rDev -54.9%
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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Photo of PorterLambic
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Arrives a clear chestnut brown with red throughout. A light tan head with good retention and decent lace for the style.
Smell is very weak with just a little sweetness and malt to be found after a lot of searching.
Taste is malty with spice, juniper and a medicinal aftertaste.
Full body, fairly smooth and lightly effervescent. Slight drying. Good but just barely.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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 ChainGangGuy
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark, russet-toned body with a medium-small, brief, off-white head. Near nil lacing.

Smell: Lightly nutty caramel and brown sugar with a edge of burnt grain. Pinch of spiciness. Low fruitiness. Slight leafy hop scent. Punchy booze in the nose.

Taste: Dark caramel, a bit nutty, and brown sugar, not nutty, with a decent amount of sweetness. For me, there's certainly a roasty element present. Just as I'm left wanting some more malt depth, then, in comes some leafy hop character and bitterness along with some peppery alcohol. Noted spicy character. Slight dark fruitiness, but it's a tad obscured by the spicy alcoholic qualities. Spicy, charred nutty finish with a good amount of alcoholic warmth to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Frankly, it didn't strike me as an Old Ale, though, perhaps it could benefit from some aging.

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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of 420drinker
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Dank Tank The Gimp

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Photo of avalon07
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Sparse lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular, aroma of malt, spices, and a little hops.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops, a light fruitiness, and some spices (cinnamon, e.g.). Definitely a very boozy beer. Not the most focused flavor. A little overdone.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a harsh finish. Full-bodied.

O: Certainly not a session beer. This is a big, powerful beer. It's also very uneven. Not undrinkable, but I doubt I'd try it again.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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