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

BA SCORE
88
very good
116 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SweetWater Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
sweetwaterbrew.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by CampusCrew on 04-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
116
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 25
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 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 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 drewone
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 sd123
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 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 TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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