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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 380   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
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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.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
In short: Sweet malts, A LOT of alcohol (d’uh!) and pine-tree hops. A bad idea done right
How: Bottle sample at Saint-Bock, Montreal
The look: Clear dark golden body with no head
In long: Nose is obviously all alcohol but somehow manages to stay clear of higher alcohol/fusel territory. Taste has some caramel, maple syrup, a ton of alcohol and inexplicably a nice pine-tree hops presence. I never thought the hops could pierce through the wall of alcohol but they do. Minimal carbonation and syrupy body. Obviously I found it too boozy to be enjoyable but I must admit that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected and much much much better than their terrible Tactical Nuclear Penguin. It was a fun experience and Brewdog did a good job with it. But a 40% beer is just a bad idea. That leapfrog game that Brewdog and other breweries are playing to make the strongest beer in the world has got to stop. This is the worst games since W_eel _f F_rt_ne.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
Sampled at "the strongest beer in the world" tasting session on Ørsted Ølbar.Orange look with no head. Extreme pine hop aroma with lots of skunk/pot and alchohol. Strong bitter flavor with the piney/skunky hops comming through in the moutharoma aswell of course along with the alchoholic burning finish. Still a nice experience.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
renffisch (867) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle for Christmas from my uncle! (loveliest ever!) This stuff looks like oily pondwater, smells of botanical disinfectant with a bit of sour milky yeast. But is bz far one of the loveliest liquids to ever touch mz lips. But then i am a complete nutter who loves hops. DEVINE MADNESS

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6349) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2010
official BrewDog tasting in Oslo. IPA-like nose. Hops, herbs, mint. You feel intoxicated by the aroma alone. The flavour is liquor-like, it has cough syrup, very herbal. Very bitter. More toothpaste than beer. But keep them coming!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4564) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2010
From a wonderful coworker as our Christmas Day treat on the job, out of a paper coffee cup. Dark copper color with no head. Monster hop aroma. Sherry and toffee. Big toffee and caramel flavor. Burning hop bitterness. Very syrupy. Smashingly bitter orange. Really enjoyed this. Crazy bitterness, but delicious.

By the way, it eventually started eating through the paper cups. Awesome.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
larsniclas (5911) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
Sampled at SBWF-10 Some sweet fruits and hops but mostly an overwhelming alco-chock!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Deep amber in color with no carbonation. Nose is just awesome. Big hop aroma despite high alcohol - very surprising. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Nice spicy hop flavor, followed by alcohol warming. Overall a great beer for one this big.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (3678) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2010
I was able to try this monster thanks to a hand bottled sample from cgarvieuk. Clear amber color with no real carbonation, which I attribute to the vessel in which I received this. The aroma on this thing is intense, with lots of hairspray, peach schnapps, condensed grapefruit rind and a menacing hop resin alcohol. This first sip is really disorienting. This beer burns like Scotch. It is like hop brandy. Really intense peach, grapefruit, hop resin, honey, and oh so much alcohol flavors. There is something almost celery like in the back. I think my tongue is swelling. This is like drinking purfume. This is an odd drinking experience...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8371) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
Many times (including the launch at the Rake), most recently at Brewdog Aberdeen. Pours cloudy orange with non-existant head. Nose; powerful citrus hop, varnish, floral, wood, alcohol. Taste; like hardcore IPA concentrate, great alcohol warmth, citrus fruits (oranges, lemons), varnish, pine. Great fun to drink.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle at Joe’s going away party. The aroma is sweatsock, earthy hops. The appearance is a hazy amber, white head. The flavor is booze up front, earthy hops. The finish is a serious alcohol burn, but you get a pine hop bittering after a few seconds, which really hangs in there. This beer is certainly gimmicky and overpriced, but I really enjoyed it.


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