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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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Morockm
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ksimons
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a slightly hazy amber brown color with about a fingers worth of cream head that

S-lots of malt in this one, raisins, caramel, light dark fruit, and a bit boozey

T-similar to the smell in that it is a malt heavy beer with some spices, but there is also a fair amount of hops in it as well so its not super sweet. Finishes with some peppery alcohol.

M-medium body, medium carbonation, a spicy finish

Overall I agree this probably would be better with age, but it is still drinkable now. Interesting spices and lots of malt make this a good winter beer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear reddish dark brown, one finger thick khaki colored head that quickly fades to a thin ring, with spotty lacing. Smell: dark brown sugar, date bread.. sugary with dark fruit and mild breadiness with a very mild earthy + spicy hopping. Taste: caramel, date, toasty nutty and vinous notes, with enough spicy hopping to keep this sugar bomb from being too sweet. Not very interesting, but definitely enjoyable.

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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 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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Photo of watsonmd
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a snifter glass. Had a brown, slightly hazy color. There was a small amount of head, left slight ring around glass as I finished it.

S: Boozy, fruity, slight hoppy.

T: Tasted of malt, stone fruitiness, and some spiciness. Full flavor, but very boozy feel.

M: Sharp carbonation with a harsh alcohol finish.

O: Good beer, but definitely needs some aging. I need to get another one for cellaring.

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Photo of CitizenGrain
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of pcguitarwzrd
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tjkramer95
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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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Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MAJ85
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of dunn4040
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Sweetwater Dank Tank The Gimp from SweetWater Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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