RateBeer
overall
84
40
style
Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
available

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
Share this beer with friends!
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sink the Bismarck! is beer, amplified. With the volume turned full up, it is important you that you be careful with this beer and show it the same amount of sceptical, tentative respect you would show an international chess superstar, clown or gypsy. Sink the Bismarck is a quadruple IPA that contains four times the hops, four times the bitterness and frozen four times to create at a staggering 41% ABV. This is IPA amplified, the most evocative style of the craft beer resistance with the volume cranked off the scale. Kettle hopped, dry hopped then freeze hopped for a deep fruit, resinous and spicy aroma. A full out attack on your taste-buds ensues as the incredibly smooth liquid delivers a crescendo of malt, sweet honey, hop oils and a torpedo of hop bitterness which lasts and lasts.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2509) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Micro bottle sent by Peter. Thanks bro. Nose is super booze and grassy. Still some hop character. Some resin. Taste is peppermint bÝÝöt juice and bitter. My ears are on fire. Lots of caramel and fuck Iím frunk.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (6616) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
375 ml bottle sample thanks to phaleslu. Pours a murky amber brown color with a few scant bubbles that coats the glass and lasts for seemingly hours. The aroma exploded from the glass even though there was no carbonation. Big, boozy, caramel, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, and wood. The flavor is very similar; big caramel, molasses, dark fruit and intense ethanol booze, not something I would have wanted to pursue, but I am happy that I was able to try this finally.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11614) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Sample shared by alexsdad06. Poured hazy dark copper color with a small frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This was a solid beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (1393) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Sample shared by alexsdad06 (through phaleslu) . Pour cola brown no head or carbonation. Nose definitely alcohol, toffee and caramel malt, some sweet but overpower by alcohol. Taste, well here it goes, starts off promising as a liquor, burnt caramel, molasses, some almost candied fruit. Then here comes the alcohol. Mid palate to the end super strong ethanol. Feel the heat. Coating mouth feel. Iíll give it a couple extra tenths for the rarity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bjakk (454) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - NOV 16, 2014
Darkred clear, no head. Strong alcohol with a hint of raisins in the aroma. Cough-drop, liqruish and hops in the aftertaste. Can not recommend more than one glass of this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5644) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours amber, quite hoppy, bitter and fruity, surprisingly hides the alcohol more than TNP.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1159) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
2 year old bottle to shot glass Smells like an IPA syrup, with some booze, chili, and oregano. This doesnít smell as good as it did 2 years ago, but itís still pretty rocking. Colour is an opaque reddish brown with no head. Lots of pepper, chili, booze, oil, and ending with a slam of hoppy bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6858) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle - Boozy oily hops, earthy and rich. Dark copper. Oily hoppy earthiness, sweet and a bit of rich toasted malts. Complex oily hops and in my opinion quite nice. Boozy and bittersweet finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
375 ml bottle from michael-pollack in a trade we did 4 or so years ago - thanks again, Pollack! Best before September 21, 2029, so Iím guessing this is a 2009 vintage. Appears to be batch 11 (?). Pours a mostly clear tobacco-amber-brown color with no head. Leaves heavy legs inside the glass. The aroma goes straight up the nostrils and pokes at the brain. My cold is officially gone. Intensely boozy, with some dried and dark fruits, resin, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, anise, and oak. The flavor has mostly the same, simple slate of notes. Not quite as aggressive as the aroma, but probably because it didnít feel like it was going straight to the center of my head. Still, itís more intense than many distilled spirits of the same proof. A few of us cut this with water eventually, which seemed to help. Before that, this is full-bodied, with a hot, sticky, resinous, sweet, and bitter mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Really interesting and fun to try. Hard to rate, though.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (7995) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Swingtop bottle, thanks to phaleslu for sharing at his Weird Beers Tasting. Batch 11, best before September 21st, 2029. 2009 vintage, apparently. Mostly clear brown color. Some fine dark particles in the body. No head, but AWESOME legs. Maybe the best Iíve seen for a beer, very active, big, tall legs. Very intense nose. Jet fuel. Donít get too close, the smell alone will burn the inside of your nostrils. Besides the intense heat, some raisin, vinous, dark fruit in the nose. Spiciness, but that just may be heat in my nostrils. Now for the first sip... Wow, a lot of anise. Dark fruit, molasses. Black licorice, tons of it. Bigger body. Little to no carbonation. Drying finish. You can only take teeny tiny sips of this stuff, but still there is a lot of burn on it. OK, some people add a drop of water to whiskey, right? Maybe Iíll add a bit from this Brita pitcher (accidentally added a bit more than a drop, woops..). A little more tolerable that way, though. Quite a bit better that way. Still, lots of heat on the end, some burn. Anyway... Hard to force myself to drink much more of this in a tasting setting. Would be an interesting one to sip if I wanted to get totally blasted, maybe. I feel like if I force myself to continue Iíll be in trouble. Overall, very interesting, very fun to try... One Iíve wanted to try for some time. But as a drinking experience, itís a bit rough and punishing. Pretty much what I expected a 41% beer to be like, though. Not magical, though. 41% just for the sake of being 41% is pretty much what defines this beer.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1  2  3 4 5 » 38


Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2015,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50