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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2145) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours boozey amber. Very intense hop aroma, like a fruity pale ale such as Alpha King. Taste of licorice, hops, Cointreau and anise. More beery than expected, like a whiskey where the smokyness have been exchanged with hops! Some recemblances with Nanny state in extreamity.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2283) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2010
Bottle. I was really surprised with this one! The aroma is great. Intensivly hoppy, sweet and with some nice alcohol in the background. The taste is very hoppy at first, but has also got notes of licorice and aniseed. I prefer this over a lot of liquors available.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle at Joe’s: Headless orange- buttery, boozy, cheap berryish Euro hop aroma. Nauseating. Slick, hot, oily, hoppy, honeyish. A gimmick.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed and caramelized cereals are balanced out by piney hops and their bitterness until an alcohol storm hits this lean Liquor of IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is no foam (obviously) atop the translucent amber-laced golden.
-One sniff of this fiery liquid can clear the nostrils...
-I was ready to hate this, but the aroma actually suggested a Barley Wine of some sort, and the flavor profile was indeed that of a strong ale; not a liquor. That alcohol is obviously intense though...
-I don’t think I’d ever buy this (or try it again, for that matter), but I am still happy to have put my lips on it.

From a bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
Sampled at Brewdog dinner at beerbistro. Dark golden colour with zero head. Aroma is alcohol, huge hop, pine, citrus. Flavour is alcohol, syrup, hop, pine, citrus. Intense and strong. Interesting, but not something I could drink more than a few ounces of at a time.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
2010-10-11. Crisp dark amber body is syrupy on the glass. Powerful aroma, sweet citrusy hops, light green touches. Alcohol. Flavour is intense, briefest touch of sweet malt up front is quickly savaged by rough bitterness an alcohol. Leaves the mouth tingly. Smooth medium bodied palate is hard to appreciate with the burning alcohol. Glad to try it, its intriguing but not all that fun to drink. Sipper. Overall impression is of a cute fluffy bunny being violated by a grizzly bear. Bottle shared by Tuqueboy

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (3030) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle at SBWF (Wicked Wine). Wow, what an insane beer. As you might expect it’s packed with boozey and alcoholic flavour, but it doesn’t feel as strong as 41%. It doesn’t have the same biting alcoholic feel that a whisky or a vodka have for instance. It also packs allot of flavour, a very fierce bitterness and lots of hops. It felt like chewing a hop cone, like drinking a concentrated super extreme DIPA. Very interesting to try but a normal DIPA is allot better.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2010
Two, 1/15 ounce samples at Chancey Smith’s. Turbid orange with no head. Doesn’t look good at all. Nose is surprisingly appealing, with pine, pineapple, some alcohol, citrus, resiny hops. Taste is very strong. Really like a scotch. Intense alcohol with pine and sweet candy, some butterscotch, pineapple. This really kicks you in the ass. My mouth puckered with each sip. It is also very hot, but at this alcohol percentage, that isn’t surprising. Hot, piney finish. Wow.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle at Mekong for the St Feuillien/Green Flash Collaboration Tapping on 08/05/2010. Clear golden amber body with a small white head. Sweet caramel and alcohol aroma. Very sweet alcohol flavor with lots of caramel. Medium full body with no carbonation. Way too much booze overall.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hankchinaski (14) - Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
The first super high gravity beer I’ve had that actually tasted like beer. Massive hops on the nose, orange, grapefruit and peach come through. You defiantly get the alcohol but it doesn’t overwhelm the overall flavor which has brandy like tones with serious bittering and flavor hops.


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