22 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City in the ATL. Served up in a standard, shaker pint.
A: Pours up a jet black, glossy body that is completely opaque. Held to the light, it holds up with no light getting through. The pour got me about half a finger of mocha colored head, but it falls quickly to a thin, but complete top cap. Minimal stick to the lace, just spotty. Looks like it should.
S: Aroma hits me with dark, roasted coffee bean immediately. Roasty goodness. This sucker is almost all malt with notes of milk and dark chocolate. There is a little bit of lactose coming across in some cream. Somehow the coffee keeps this from coming across too sweet in the nose. Well the coffee and a light earthy and herbal hoppiness in the background.
T: Things start off with the malts and then gets you with the coffee. Dark, bitter, roasty coffee. Chocolate doesn't come through as much, neither does the sweetness. The coffee lingers with a bit of a dark cherry and citrus flavor mixture that I don't know exactly what to make of. Some sips are tasty, some seem off. Very strange.
M: Thin. Killing me. This is a pretty thin porter with a hefty carbonation to it. I don't know if they did this for drinkability, but it doesn't quite work for me. I was expecting more of a robust mouthfeel for a robust kind of coffee porter. Not happening here. The good news about the feel is that I am not finding much of any hint of that 8.5% ABV. Aftertaste is coffee.
OA: Not bad, but I am not horribly impressed with this one as I have been with almost all of the Dank Tank Series thus far. Its good, don't get me wrong, but the Dank Tank Series has set the bar to stellar. This one falls short of that bar. I don't know if it is the hopping, or the malt choices, but it doesn't quite come fully together. Would I have another one? Absolutely. Am I upset this is a one off I may never see again? Not so much.
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