SweetWater Dank Tank Some Strange II Black India Pale Ale | SweetWater Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by CampusCrew on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Tonmeister
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured in a Goose Island Glass.

Appearance: black, but light still shines through the glass. There's also a thin brownish head present with a thin lacing that breaks up when tilting the glass.

The Aroma is chocolatey with a slight hop presence. Citrusy and sweet at the same time.

I can feel the "warmth" of the alcohol, but I can't taste it. I can taste the sweetness from the sugary malt, and the citrusy hoppy flavor combined with a slight smoked after taste resulting in a well balanced beer.

I wouldn't consider it containing a dense mouthfeel, but I also wouldn't consider it having a thin mouthfeel. It's in between. It also contains slight carbonation, as expected due to the 10% ABV.

Overall I consider this a great beer. One of my favorites! It's too bad that this is a one time release. I can definitely taste the hoppyness flavor cutting through, yet it's not really bitter; It's more on the citrusy side. It's is a very well balanced beer containing a complex taste. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Roman5150
4.79/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into Duvel glass, purchased from Stones River Total Beverages

appearance: pitch black, large off white head, intricate lacing

smell: piney, earthy floral hops, coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts

taste: strong malt presence, notes of dark chocolate with some roasted espresso/coffee, also equally strong floral hop presence. tastes similar to happy ending, but a bit more full. very, very, very drinkable for a 10%, especially considering all the flavor packed into this bomb of a beer. this is amazing...

mouthfeel: not too carbonated but a huge full bodied feel, amazing

overall: One of my favorite black IPAs i've had, with the second being Sweetwaters Happy Ending. Also reminds me of Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous a little... A hop bomb with a dark chocolatey twist, tons of flavor in this brew. Glad I scored 2 of these, this is an amazing brew that I will likely never see again. WIsh I could drink this on the reg, but I'll settle for the seasonal Happy Ending to satisfy my palate. Worth the hype and the cost.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Dank Tank offering from Sweetwater, in a 22oz bomber

A - Black with no clarity, with 1 finger of head and a slight amount of lace left on the glass

S - Huge dank hop aroma. Some coffee notes, but hops overwhelm. Smells fresh and amazing.

T - Big taste and hoppy. Delicious. Period. Extremely well balanced. Good mix between citrusy and malty hops.

M - Full bodied and well carbonated. Perfect.

O - An amazing black DIPA. Maybe the best I have ever had. Get Some Strange! The story about el Danko on the back of the bottle is worth the $5.99 in itself.

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Photo of Vox
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an attractively dark and swampy black. Light tan head that sticks around. Lovely lacing.

S: An absolutely wonderful pine and citrus nose full with a subtle floral undertone.

T: A great mix of malt, pine, hops and citrus. Superb drinkability with no hint of the 10% abv.

M: Great carbonation and silky smooth going down.

O: A truly excellent IPA. Highly recommend.

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Photo of watsonmd
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 34 degrees to start, snifter. (first tried at the Sweetwater 4/20 Fest, though)

A: VERY Dark, but what was I thinking, it's a "black" IPA, right?

S: Light, faint coffee, chocolate, floral.

T: Follows the nose, with a stronger flavor than smell. Coats the tongue, with a bitter hop, and a peppery coffee/chocolate malt.

M: Long finish, bitter, and nice for an IIPA.

O: Going to have to get a second one and try it in six-months to a year.

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Photo of shand
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a pretty damn rough day at work today, so I'll make this one quick. Some Strange is a delicious Black IPA that has to be very awkward to ask a bartender for. The hops are in perfect balance with the malts - easily the best big Black IPA I've had since Stone 15th. Probably worth buying for the ridiculous story on the bottle alone.

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Photo of zac16125
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into a British Pint Glass
no born on date

A: Pours an opaque black, that turns cola brown when held to light. Just under 2 fingers of dense appearing light tan head builds, and hangs around for minutes showing great retention. Leaves lots of really cool honeycomb lacing.

S: Big citrus and dank, resinous hops. Pine, lemon zest. Some subtle roasted malt and heavy cream-like stout aromas, but for the most part this is IPA hop dominated. Aroma is quiet nice, but its not as strong as Id like.

T: Malts are immediately stronger on the taste than the nose. Roasted malts come out strong. I also get heavy cream and bittersweet bakers chocolate early on. The hops come out a few sips later, with resinous piney notes and citrus zest bitterness. Great balance of roasty, stout like malts and IPA like hops. Really well done.

M/D: Medium body, moderate carbonation, no hint of the double digit ABV and drinkability is fantastic.

O: Overall, a really nice Black IPA. Great balance of flavors, and they pull off the balance of roasted and hoppy flavors better than a lot of the others in the style. Sweetwater leaves me disappointed a fair amount of the time, but credit where credit is due...this one very good!

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: darn brown, not black with a solid head retention

smell: very bold and assertive hop presence. choclate and piney aromas

taste: big bold stout flavors with competing piney hop presence, nice balance

mouthfeel: medium bodied to full bodied IPA,

drinkability: a wow beer! well done...

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Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to get one of 12 of these beers that made it first run to Nashville

A - Creamy eggshell head that stays to one finger. Dark ruby

S - Piney hops, caramel malt, biscuity, honey, floral notes, faint peat, big whiff of weed, yeah that weed. Seems like every Dank Tank beer has some "dank" freshness

T - Slightly sweet, big hop bitterness, clover honey-ish sweetness, acrid oat like tang

M - Big and creamy body. Alcohol is very well hidden

Cheers to Sweetwater!

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Photo of KYGunner
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, like a black ale should, the head was creamy, congealed and lasted for quite some time.

The scent was of charred malt, touches of ember, pine and floral hoppiness.

The ale goes where few have gone before as it master's a dichotomy I've not seen actually accomplished. This holds principles of a charred malty ale and then in the very next sip presents a nice fruity IPA. Each taste is another adventure as you know not what is next. On top of that it is simply smooth and easy to drink, not bitter and not heavy. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark purple brown almost black with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: heavy on piney hops with a roasted coffee note

T: bitter hops and roasted grain, stays bitter throughout with a pine resin and black coffee taste

M: medium bodied with higher carbonation, alcohol completely hidden

O: heavily choppy bitter black ale, less complexity than expected

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid beer, and a good example of a well made American Black Ale. Some nice roastiness as a base for a solid hop profile of mostly citrus, but with a piney finish. Well balanced and well integrated. Juicy, and roasty in parts- which melds very well together. Really well done!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at New World Brewery. Served, for some reason, in a stange.

A: Very dark brown with a thin mocha head and minimal visible carbonation. I think this is mostly clear when held to the light, but it's so dark it looks almost opaque.

S: Roasty malts, light coffee malts, and some pine, resinous and grassy hops. But not as big of a nose here as I expected.

T: Follows the nose, but with some citrus hops I didn't get in the nose. The roasty malts are very nice, not overtly chocolate or coffee. Moderate pine bitterness in the hang. NOTE: When I had this in the bottle, there was significantly more chocolate malts in the flavor. In combination with the citrus hop flavor, it almost reminded me of a chocolate-covered orange.

M: Relatively heavy-bodied, carbonation on the low side, moderate alcohol presence. I'd change that to well-hidden now that I see the ABV.

O: This is pretty far from the hop bomb I expected. It's good, but closer to balanced than particularly hop-forward. Recommended to try, but there are other black IPAs that I would prefer.

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Photo of memphischas
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass. No bottled-on date. Funny, absurd story on side of bottle.

A: Pours a murky, dark-brown color; looks pretty black from a foot or two away but holding it up to the light reveals a little translucence. One inch of tan head with decent lacing.

S: Smells like caramel and roasted malts with feint tones of chocolate and pine.

T: Has a sweet, burnt sugar taste in the front, with a smooth anise/lightly hoppy back and has a smoky-dry aftertaste. Good balance.

M: medium body with mild carbonation. would expect this beer to be a 7 or 8% ABV not a 10.

O: Not what I was expecting, not quite a "black IPA" by characteristics IMO but a good beer in it's own right. Would have liked to see more hops, seems like it was added more as an afterthought. The drinkability is very high and would drink again.

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Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with a very solid two finger tan head. Amazing head retention that leaves behind very stout lacing. Very impressive.

Aroma of pine and some citrus along with grass, orange peel, and smoke. Coffee and roasted malt are underneath but marry perfectly with the pine and citrus hops. There is also a dark fruit, port-like quality.

The flavor brings out more of the stout characters with coffee and roasted malt but the hops are still very much forward. Pine is quite prominent but is solidly supported with orange and pineapple. Some chocolate rushes in late along with a moderate to high bitterness. One complaint I do have is that the malt flavor is a little soft and falls off too quickly. Still, the alcohol is well hidden and the beer is not too sweet.

Overall, a very nice Black IPA and quite drinkable for being so strong. Another hit in the dank tank series from Sweetwater.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very dark amber in color (near black when viewed from afar). It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrus and pine resin hops.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts with hints of caramel and notes of pine resin hops. Slight bits of sweetness are present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little sweeter compared to other Black IPAs, but is rather easy to drink and hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-light chocolate, roasted malt, pine , citrus, earthy, slight smokiness

T-dark roasted malt, pine, citrus, light coffee and chocolate, light char, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, alcohol did not come forward as much as I would expect for the ABV

O-decent black IPA with easy drinkability considering the ABV

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Photo of MacQ32
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a super dark brown/near black with a full finger+ of darkish caramel colored head. Retention is very good, lacing is fantastic.

S - Roasty coffee and caramel malts, lots of resinous pine, some sweet citrus and slightly grassy/sweet.

T - Exactly as is smells. Decent resinous bitterness up front along with heavy citrus flavors, slightly dry roasty afterwards and a relatively dry resinous aftertaste.

M - Pretty thin, especially for the color. Mild carbonation, easy to drink.

O - If I blind tasted this I may not have guessed it was black, although its definitely got some roastyness going on after the initial citrus burst. Overall its very tasty but if I'm craving a black ipa it wouldnt quite hit the spot for me.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at the Filling Station here in G-boro tonight.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep dark chocolate brown with a sticky half finger beige head atop.Aromas are a mix of piney,earthy hops and dark malts,just a little brown sugar-like sweetness is detected.flavors are on the dryer side with a decent shot of pine resin and citrus,there isn't much sweetness to balance out the hops and dryer base,the alcohol provides a little sweetness as it warmed.A big ABA but not real heavily hopped and or roasted,still it's better than way to many of the style in my opinion.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The writing on the bottle is just too long, unrelated and possibly NSFW to justify repeating in this post. Some Strange II Black India Pale Ale is brewed in the style of an American Black India Pale Ale. Released February 2013 as another installment in the Dank Tank series, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 61º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a caramel brown head of a crisp frothy foam consistency over a dark brown body with deep maroon highlights. Carbonation is plentiful and energetic. Retention is good, lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) Roasted barley, black patent malt and herbal, peppery and resinous hops with a moderate bitterness. Some mild fruitiness, burnt chocolate, mellow alcohol. Potency is medium. 3.5

(Taste) A fairly malt-prominent black IPA. Toasted caramel, some black patent malt and a light pale malt syrup base is joined by a subtle dank, piney hop bouquet with a modest bitterness. Finishes on notes of roasted coffee bean and toasted cocoa nibs. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick, lightly chewy. Carbonation generates a very subtle airiness for a silky, soft mouthfeel. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is equally sweet to bitter. Alcohol presence is low, off characters are minimal. 3.5

(Overall) A mildly hopped Black India Pale Ale with a bit more malt character going for it than the hop profile. Very mild carbonation, not sure if it's enough for the beer altogether. While they were brewed years apart, I still feel that Ghoulash was the superior Black IPA to this newer beer. It's a bit too mild on the hop front for its own good. 3.75

SweetWater Brewing Company's
Some Strange II Black India Pale Ale

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Charlie's II in Acworth, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a finger or so of loose, light tan-hued foam to evaporates at a leisurely pace.

Smell: Roast, toasted grain with a faintly sweetish touch of charred caramel with hop notes smelling of florals, citric fruit juice, and pine-esque resins.

Taste: Well-roasted malts, a little sharp, with staunch resinous, citrusy tones. Secondary toastiness. Relatively subtle blackened caramel sweetness, a little rustic baker's chocolate. Floral, citrusy (Valencia oranges, grapefruit), resinous hops. Moderately bitterness. Some peppery alcohol, some spearmint, slight zesty woodiness, with a lingering bitterness into the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not quite as dense or as bitter as expected, but, it's still fairly good.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Far more "Black" than "IPA," more sweet than bitter, more molasses than hoppy-flowers, this is a beer that—unlike several other Dank Tanks I've tried—disappointed at first sip, but mellows nicely into a solid, if not really spectacular, beer. Not supremely jet in color—more deep, burnt-brown than black, really—this is a light-bodied ale that, at the very least, hides its (10%) alcohol-heavy nature very well. Yet it is just a bit creamy, with solid vanilla-oak notes to buttress that richness of flavor (which surprises slightly, given the aforementioned relative thinness of texture). It also boasts a very nice, sweet-while-dry, floated-hop nose that is one of the more winning characteristics of the ale.

But I keep returning to the principal issue: it's just not really any sort of IPA, as far as I discern—black or otherwise. What it is, I'd say, is a very drinkable, effectively sugared, burnt-caramel-inflected, somewhat-hopped brown ale—and if it were categorized as a brown, I might review it a bit more solidly, because I would feel it were pushing the stylistic envelope, at least, even if it is a little cloying where it does fail. But as a Black IPA, it deserves some black marks—not the least being that it lingers on the tongue, with a resolute lack of bittering notes, much less any sort of pine- or grass-forward hops qualities on the front end (which are, admittedly, harder to wrangle than bitter notes in the smoked, malt-heavier universe of Black IPAs). It's also, as said, just too sweet: even more smokiness or burnt-bitter layers would mitigate that, but instead it feels very bold at some of some of the edges it shouldn't be.

Again: not terrible, by any means—and still better than many of SweetWater's mainline offerings—but not up to the usual standards of their reserve series iterations (such as, for instance, the very good The Price is Wrong).

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Photo of n2185
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Sweet citrus hop notes up front--oranges, pineapple, and tangerines mostly. Roasted malts with some char notes come through next, though are surprisingly subtle.

T: The roasted malts dominate here with a charred, burnt flavor. Grapefruit and pine notes follow with a lightly bitter and citrusy finish.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate. This beer avoids being watery or oily feeling, but could use a bit more of a carbonation bite.

O: An alright beer overall, though I wish it tasted as citrusy as it smelled. It's a bit too burnt tasting to me.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.99. 04/2013 release. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours cola brown with about one finger of sandy head. The head fades to a ring and leaves large sheets of nice lacing.

Smells of oranges, pine and sweet roasty malts.

Orange leads the flavors, followed by pine, grapefruit rind, roast, chocolate, pepper and a decent nip of alcohol. Much less booze presence than expected for 10% abv. All in all it's quite nice.

Medium heavy body, bordering on chewy with fairly light carbonation. Citrus and roast in the bittersweet finish.

A slightly different black ale with the orange flavor predominant and the chocolatey malts much more subtle. Dangerously smooth and easy drinking for the alcohol content. I couldn't really taste it but I sure did feel the booze by the time I finished the bomber by myself.

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Tight lacing with rings all the way down the glass, black ... opaque. Piney, minty herbal hop, brown sugar, chicory, ripe plums, alcohol, coffee & cocoa powder in the nose. Creamy and very smooth, thick medium body. Slight charred grain throughout, enough bitterness to wear the IPA badge and more than enough hop flavor to keep the brew interesting; orange peel, mint, tobacco & woodiness. Slightly boozy, dates, more subtle char, bitter sweet finish.

A sizable brew with a lot of flavor to take on, it does have some balance but really is still only a sipper for obvious reasons. Worth a go.

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SweetWater Dank Tank Some Strange II Black India Pale Ale from SweetWater Brewing Company
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