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


on tap

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RATINGS: 414   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Even a beer with this high of an ABV retains some of its style’s expected properties... not many, but just enough. It has an incredibly clear orange color, like a watered-down IPA (although we all know that’s not water). Airy in the nose, you can’t really smell as much alcohol as you’d think you would, but it really hits your nasal passages once inhaled. Big time. Once the alcohol infiltrates your system it’s hard to tell this is/was even an IPA. Thin and POTENT! Its flavor reminds me of an herb you’d find on a pizza. Hops are detectable, but the alcohol reminds you that this isn’t your everyday imperial or double IPA (quad IPA?). Although stronger than any other IPA I’ve had, the alcohol presence is still very well-disguised. Here’s some perspective: Less than two ounces of this is equivalent to an entire serving of your everyday craft beer. Less offensive than the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, and lighter in color, but thinner and almost easier. Warm and spicy on the tongue, this beer kicks you in the mouth like you’ve never been kicked before. A once in a lifetime experience... everyone must try (at least) this once. Everyone. Great job, boys!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 2/20
ekstedt (6162) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2011 Bottle (33 cl) at Rotary Pub, Göteborg, Sweden. Hazy copper, no head. Intense hoppy aroma, resiny, sweaty. Full bodied, soft carbonation. Harsh bitterness. Luckily we were 11 people sharing a bottle. Still, I could not finish my share of 3 cl.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 2/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2011
Bottle at Rotary, Göteborg. On April 8, 2011
Clear copper color, no head. Oxidized hoppy scent with some cheese, also citrus. Thick, salty, lemon, booze, banana taste. Warming alcohol, solvents aftertaste. Thick mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Arome is OK, taste, is horrible!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brandman (2516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 4, 2011
Dark mahogany body, small tan head. Aroma of hop oils, alcohol, caramel, portwine, raisins. Flavour has roasted liqourice, caramel, cognac, alcohol, raisins. Out of balance, oily some bitterness but more from the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (10568) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 12 oz. bottle from the brewery, split with Matts_Property and a few others - had a 4 oz. sample for myself, which was way more than needed. Pours a vibrant orange amber. The aroma is ridiculously insane - intense hop oils, liqueur and of course, copious alcohol - sort of like a hop liquor. The flavour offers no mercy either, with a ridiculously hoppy palate amplified with liqueur and a colossal alcohol blast to bring out the hop juices more so - doesn’t exactly feel like 41% (more like 20% or so). Sort of a turpentine / paint thinner quality also. Glad I got to try this, but I can’t say this is exactly enjoyable. Tactical Nuclear Penguin is more enjoyable. Quite the experiment here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
Bottle from the brewery, split with mcberko. Pours a clear mahogany with no head. Aroma and flavour of syrup, alcohol, and quite spicy. Initial flavour is sweet, the the alcohol kicks in sharply. Easier to appreciate the alcohol flavour after a few sips. Leaves a lovely warming spirit-like sensation in your chest. Glad i was fortunate to try it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fred82 (2123) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011. Thanks Ryan for bringing this one.
Appearance : Clear amber with no head.
Aroma : Nice hops with notes of fruity peaches.
Taste : Very syrupy and hoppy. Veru syrupy finish with bitter hops and note of peaches. Finish is very messy and astringent. Very hot also (like one would expect).
Overall : Nose was rather nice. Nice hops and everything but taste is too messy and syrupy. Also way too hot. I agree that one is to expect something very hot and syrupy but.... I’m glad I tried it once but I don’t expect to try this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (9159) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2011
330 ml bottle. Batch #2. From Scotland. My rating #2 000.
Clear mahogany colour with no head. Portwine, cognac, strong bitter hops, malt, brown sugar, sweetness and strong maltiness once again in aroma. Flavour is very strong in every way. Burning alcohol. Everlasting bitterness and alcohol burning. As DIPA this is not that good but as 41% alcohol drink this is quite drinkable. Quite unusual. No need for another though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - MAR 27, 2011
Very cool. Got a few sigs out of my buddies bottle. Its thick, syrup, sweet, coffee, hoppy, DIPA, roast malts and hop afterbite, its so distinct and over the top and strong its very bold, but different. Really cool. Oh, did I mention 41% ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4597) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Small glass at Beer Temple. Dark amber with no head. Nose is medicinal and highly potent. Texture also very syrupy. Taste medicinal, sweet, alcy, with notes of licorice, port and chocolate. Quite warming. The hops were spotable but way to much drenched in alcohol. Reminds me a bit of an ijsbock. Anyhow, fun trying.

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