When Sweetwater’s latest Dank Tank batch was released, I was worried that we would not see any in Augusta. To my knowledge, no past Dank Tank release made its way to the Garden City. I figured that the only way I’d be able to get some would be to travel to Atlanta – and so I did. On one past visit to the city, I was able to purchase a bomber at Hop City and then head to the Brick Store Pub where it was pouring on-tap. Enjoying it at the Brick Store Pub was a nice experience, as the beer is a collaborative brew to celebrate the 13th anniversaries of both Sweetwater and the Brick Store Pub ( or BSP, as in Dank Tank BSP Quad.)
And last night, at Sweetwater’s Brew Your Cask Off! cask festival, I was able to sample it from the source, as it was one of the beers pouring in the brewery’s tasting room.
But for those not able to visit the Brick Store Pub or the Sweetwater brewery, no fears! The Dank Tank series has finally made it’s way east, and you’ll find bottles of BSP Quad at Toast Wine and Beverage in Martinez. But this is a limited release, and it may not stay there for too long, so hurry and grab yourself some of this wonderful Quad and celebrate the birthdays of two of Georgia’s finest beer institutions!
Here’s a Pros’t to Sweetwater Brewing and the Brick Store Pub! Let’s hope the teenage years aren’t too tumultuous!
Alcohol content: 11% ABV
Package type: 22-ounce brown glass bottle
Serving vessel: Tulip glass
Serving Temperature: 45 degrees F
Rating: A- (4.05)
Pours a dark ruby-brown with moderate clarity. Gives rise to a smooth and creamy two-fingered head of off-white/very light tan foam, which recedes slowly and settles down to a thick crown that clings easily to the walls of the glass, showing thick, lacy rings as the glass empties.
Sweet malt, raisins, prunes, alcohol and spicy phenolic notes waft into the nose, but overall the aroma is quite restrained.
The palate is a bit less restrained. Sweet malty notes up front, with some caramel, molasses, and a hint of dark chocolate up front; dark fruits follow, with dark cherry, plum, raisin and prune, melding with some sweet bready notes recalling bread pudding. In the middle and heading toward the back, a middling hop bitterness and heavy spiciness combine to dry things immensely, letting a little banana show through as the spiciness fades and finishing very dry and semi-sweet, with a lingering fruity-chocolate fade. Body and mouthfeel are nice, with a soft carbonation and a middling weight.
Alcohol is rather well-hidden on the palate, but it certainly is apparent in the head. Well-balanced, the spicy dryness that accompanies lends itself to lust for more. The combination is a little dangerous. A very nice effort, and one that’s even better on-tap at its namesake, the Brick Store Pub, or at the source at Sweetwater’s tasting room.