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

very good
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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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Ratings: 116 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of mcaulifww
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JHendu
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 philfergnugen
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of irish01980
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ajtorres311
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 stevegregg
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of djtomain
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 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 HiWire
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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 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 mixed_master7
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 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 Heavenisbeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of cackalacky
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 DanE
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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