Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp | SweetWater Brewing Company

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3.66 w/ 109 ratings

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

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.

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 24
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a dark brown with a one finger light tan head. About what I expected, nothing too crazy

S- light resinous hops, tons of sweet-smelling malt

T- slightly bitter, very sweet overall. Lingering alcohol comes through as well. Tastes almost leathery as well

M- medium bodied on the thick side

O- not really in love with this....just seems pretty bland overall and not sure of what it wants to be

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger thick off white head with nice lacing in a murky brown body. Aroma of sour malt, caramel, some dark fruit mostly plum and raisin, some wood notes. The aroma is a little off putting. Flavor of semisweet caramel, raisin, breads, yeast, nuts and resins. Medium to thick body which coats the palate with moderate carbonation. The booze is well hidden. It's fairly drinkable and I just don't really think its memorable except for the aroma which is sour and almost smells infected.

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Photo of pcguitarwzrd
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a 9-oz goblet.

A: dark brown, not much head but good lacing on the glass. Relatively unassuming.

S: fruity/spicy, a little booze. Fairly enticing.

T: dark fruit is dominant--plum/raisin and maybe some spices, dark malt is present in the aftertaste but not in great abundance. Not much in the way of hops but a little warmth at the end.

M: fairly heavy and satisfying, but with surprisingly fine carbonation.

O: I like old ales to have a little more malt character, but other than that a nice-tasting beer. Nothing to write home about, but I'd drink it again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Obviously built for the cellar, The Gimp (as with any Olde Ale) is fit to be tied and only pulled out after it relaxes is strength and succumbs to the smoothness and grace of age. Now approaching a year of age, its maturity is catching up but it still has a raucous side.

Tawny brown and with a cast of haze, the ale pours with a creamy viscosity that soon separates from its tarnish body with an cream-colored blanket of foam that caps the beer through the duration of the session, shedding broken lace as it fades.

Its strong malty aromas are a hearty-sweet tone with molasses, toffee, brown sugar and over-cooked caramel- it tastes much like fruit cake, except for the fruit. But actually as the beer warms a mild and citrusy marmalade aroma comes to life. Lightly of vinous port and sherry wine, the ale goes from grape to hops in a hurry as pine and citrus pith give lasing aromas heading into taste.

Its flavor is sticky-sweet with all those syrupy and emboldened malts. It wraps around the mouth like fortified wines but with grain flavors. Its biscuity undertow gives the ale a pound cake-like bready sweetness but with a glimpse of nuts, chocolate, and coffee the complex masculinity resists any wavering in taste. An eventual transition to dry taste is assisted by the citrus flavors from hop and ester and then the piney resin bitterness to close the gap.

Full, chewy and lush with alcohol sweetness, the beer latches onto the taste buds and is slow to release. Even after the creaminess of carbonation subsides, its residual sweetness continues to saturate the palate for a forced appreciation of all-things-malt. Holding firm across the middle, a late peek at dryness comes as brandy-like heat breaks up the sweetness and the piney hops evaporates off the back of the throat.

The Gimp really lives up to its mischievous ways. Even after nearly a year, I think that extended cellaring will continue to dry the beer, bring about more earthy leather and tobacco, and settle down its alcohol effects in taste and feel. And put a ball in its mouth for extra measure. One more year please!

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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a nice two finger tan head that leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is lots of chewy caramel mingled with some toffee along with good dark fruit notes plums raisins. Some light pine notes for the hops not a huge nose but pleasant.

Taste is close to the nose deep rich caramel notes dominating not much toffee in the taste as the nose. This one is close to cloying loads of caramel even appear in the finish but the pine notes barely keep it from being to sweet.

Mouthfeel is good a heavy medium with medium carbonation level.

Overall good brew just not as good as I was expecting especially from SweetWater as they brew some good stuff.

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Photo of Beer21
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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Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 51.4% out of 100 with 109 ratings
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