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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (7681) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2011
2 cl sample @ O’Hara’s, Tampere.
Pours a dark reddish brown colour without a head. Aroma of massive amount of floral hops, licorice and pine needles with some caramel. Flavour of sweet floral hops, caramel, pine needles and a massive amount of licorice. Full bodied with a burning alcohol finish. Long, warming, fruity, bitter finish with loads of licorice. The amount of licorice and hops surprised me and actually made this quite enjoyable. A lot better than The Penguin. 2 cl is still enough.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (15488) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Copenhagen Beer Festival, 2011. Thanks ChrisV10. Pours copper with no head. Pine cones and alcohol. Plenty off it . . and also lots of burning alcohol - to the extreme.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4302) - SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2011
@CBF. Pours thick clear dark amber with no head. Aroma is very hoppy, suprisingly very little alcohol hits my nose, caramel, dark fruits, fidges, fresh fruity and sweet. Flavor is very tasty, burning alcohol, fruity, concentrated hop juice. Finishes longlived bitter and sweet with burning alcohol touch.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (4428) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
Bottle at DBF 2011. Clear amber with no head. Aroma heavy hoppy (spicy, like dry hopped). Strong in alcohol. Lots of caramel, fruity, heavy bitter and spicy. Not exactly drinkable, but very interesting experiment.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5239) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Pour thanks to jjfoodie. Wow, that nose is incredible, alcohol, hops, malts, caramel. Great palate, flavor is hops, alcohol, chewy syrup, and caramel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
4xIPA for the dedicated! Deep amber color, absolutely no head. Aroma has simcoe-ish hop notes, nice freshness, considering the alcohol. Some booze but not as much as you might expect. Very spicy with a resiny feel. Taste is very nice - in small amounts. Plenty of hops, spruce, pine, alcohol and a caramel base from which malt and honey provide a nice balance. Enjoyable as something like a whisky. Heavy-duty and interesting.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (15184) - DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with no head. Flavour is malt, hops, alcohol, burning and bitter.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnnnniee (3743) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
I shared a bottle of this with 4 friends and still took some home to "enjoy" at a later date. Pours a cloudy deep orange/amber color with no head at all. Smells of serious pine, citrus, resinous hops and lots of alcohol. Not the good kind of alcohol mind you we are talking about solvents and rubbing alcohol. There’s a sweet fruitiness in the aroma I imagine apricots covered in corn syrup. As my sample warms the fruit disappears and is replaced with hopped rubbing alcohol. The taste is unique! Strong, burning alcohol with resinous hops covered in a sugary glaze. Slightly smokey taste in the middle somewhere. There is a long lingering hop bitterness mixed with alcohol burning in the finish. I can feel this beer burn its way down my throat into my stomach. Thick chewy body with a sticky syrupy mouthfeel and light level of carbonation. I’m glad I got to try this unique "beer." Smooth it is not! Beer it is not! 41% abv it is and I can taste and smell every bit of alcohol in my glass. As is I find this kind of meh, but if this were put into some oak and allowed to mellow out some, this might make a damn fine spirit.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2011
Very nice beer, this one. The high ABV (and associated drinking habits) appeals to my liqueur side. Very impressed with the complexity and interest in the taste of this for such a high ABV - when 41% of your beer is a given, single chemical, you only have 59% of the total volume to play with to affect the taste, and BrewDog have done a great job of utilising their 59% to very good effect. Highly complex aroma, strong alcohol (obviously), but hops and caramels are also there. Taste is again very complex, sweet yet bitter, honey-ish, kinda fruity and a small hint of cheese. Lovely mouthfeel (reminds me of Drambuie), except when it gets on your mouth ulcer. My god, can this stuff HURT! Finish, oddly, has high alcohol burn... It’s quite rewarding, actually. A lot more refined and ’mature’ than I’d been expecting, given the headline-grabbing ABV. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (10934) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2011
Bottle 330ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma has notes of alcohol, malt, caramel, herbs, grassy and fruity hops. Taste is medium sweet and heavy bitter with an insanely strong and bitter finish. Body is full, texture is sticky, carbonation is flat.


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