Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with mahogany tint with light tan head and good splatter lacing. Smell is pine and resinous hops with grapefruit citrus as well. Quite potent. There are also some maltiness and a few nibs of chocolate. Taste Is hop forward with pine and citrus, but good balance on the sweet caramel malts. Certainly has the Sweetwater stamp - big hops and sweetness on the dank tank series. Whatever the classification is on this brew, it’s delicious.
nearbeer (4874) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Nearly opaque deep brown with a thin disc of foam. Nose is fresh herb, ash and bowl, and caramel. Wow the taste is the same. Medium body is well-balanced and smooth. They definitely hit what they strived for on this one, I can even feel the ants.
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, fresh release. Served at around 45F.
Pours semi-thick red with a gorgeous foamy light tan head that resembles a nitro pour...leaves tons of rings of sticky lacing and holds a foamy cap.
Aroma is hoppy with orange and grapefruit citrus, pine, floral and resinous hops, caramel and fruity malts, some bread, very good strength.
Flavor starts with citrus and pine hops, moves to a wonderful layer of rich fruit and caramel malt in the middle offering some sweetness and finishes with more citrus hops and good bitterness. Minimal alcohol. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy, sticky, moderate carbonation.
I think this may be the best Imperial Red I’ve had...absolutely delicious! Potent aroma and nice mouthfeel round it out. Goes down DANGEROUSLY fast. Excellent stuff!
ChainGangGuy (4801) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a dark russet-hued body with a finger’s worth of beige foam. A bit of lace here and there as it drops down.
Smell: Bready, mainly, but some toast and a thin shaving of unsweetened chocolate with some sweet-scented caramel. Slender florals, pithy lemon and grapefruit, but also plenty resinous.
Taste: Sugar glazed bready malts, a bit of toastiness. A nibble of sweet caramel, then, some slight roastiness, maybe even a hint of chocolate. Resinous hop quality, strong citrus, floral tones and all the bitterness you really expect from these Dank Tank releases. Strong bitterness. Grassy, resiny on the back half, though some sweetness still emerges beyond the bitterness and warming alcohol, helping to keep things from being unduly brash. Bitterish, dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit of stickiness present on the palate.
Overall: Pretty good, overall, and, admittedly, better than expected.
GTAEgeek (1922) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark, hazy copper with a small tan head and some lacing. The aroma is floral and pine hops, with a little caramel malts. The flavor is very bitter, with a little sweetness. The palate is medium to heavy, sticky and astringent, with a mild bitter aftertaste. Overall, this is a very delicious and well made beer.
Gachupines (1248) - USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark red appearance with a relatively thick white head. Aroma is strong hops, similar to their IPA with a little more pine. Flavor is extremely strong, fresh hops which dominate throughout. There is some malt presence underneath, but the hops are present at the forefront. Aftertaste is slightly resinous and sticky. Overall, pretty strong, especially if you want something overhopped with a somewhat sticky, sweet aftertaste.
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. murky deep red, almost brown, with a small frothy beige heady and crystals man. piney citrus nose with sweet fruitiness of berries and heady nugs braaah. the flavor of purple grape gum, fruity hops, bubbleberry, some tea, a pinch of black malt. but seriously dude, this is pretty awesome.
rajendra82 (1047) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The body was cordovan colored, and the carbonation displayed a cascading bubbled effect before setting into a two finger thick head. The aroma was a mix of coffee, toffee, and hops. The taste followed as a pretty bracing concoction with grapefruit rinds, bitter herbs, and coffee grounds aplenty. The bitterness was basically unrestrained as the malt tended to be on the toasty side, lacking sweetness, and the body was somewhat watery. Very doubtful to call this a Red Ale of any kind, as the fresh hops pretty much ran the show from start to finish. I would say this is an IPA or a Harvest Ale with darker than typical malts.
mixmasterob (1053) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this poured a lot darker than I thought it would. Dark, damn near opaque brown with a small white cap of foam. Faded quickly to a small collar. Left some good lace. Aroma was big, lots of late and dry hops on this one. Among the piney and earthy hops, there was a nice caramel malt character, not overly sweet but present. Flavors were big and hoppy as well, lots of pine and some sweet caramel malt, finished with a nice lingering bitter finish. Good stuff but somewhat similar to the last two SW Dank Tanks. Will try next to Ghoulash and compare...
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep clear amber brown with a big sticky beige head that clings to the sides and leaves a soapy cap on top.
Aroma is heavy on the resinous nugget hops, lots of pine and cedar, like stepping into an evergreen forest. The malty sweetness cuts the hops a bit but the floral hops are dominant.
The taste has a heavier caramel malt backbone with some toasted bread which supports the thick resinous floral hop profile. Some pine, cedar and other evergreen varieties. There is a more herbal character to the taste and the finish has a bitter kick, though not abrasive.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and, surprise, sticky with the resinous fresh hops. Not as bitter as I was expecting.
This is a very good beer from Sweetwater and I love a hoppy amber. I don’t think it stacks up to fresh Big Hoppy Monster or Nugget Nectar I can’t resist a nugget-forward beer.