johnnnniee (3780) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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. Thereís 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. Iím 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.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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... Itís quite rewarding, actually. A lot more refined and ímatureí than Iíd been expecting, given the headline-grabbing ABV. Very nice.
Meilby (10939) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
hebra78 (5) - NORWAY - MAY 25, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I waited two months to get this beer delivered. And including taxes and shipping this bottle of beer cost me about 500 Norwegian Kroner, or about $ 95. It was totally worth it.
My tasting of this beer has been from both sherry and cognac glass, and both after drinking other beers, and by itself.
The alcohol content of this beer is 41 % abv, which makes it the strongest commercially available beer ever produced. More often than not, strong beer is not very good. Strong lagers like Carlsberg Elephant or Tennants Super reek and taste of alcohol, and are not very pleasant. This is not at all the case with Sink The Bismarck. Of course you can smell alcohol, but the incredibly dense hoppy aroma is full of fruits and flowers. It smells very good indeed.
The taste really packs a punch, both in terms of heat and flavors, as this is a very intense IPA. Brewdog have used four times the hops of ordinary IPA, and then frozen the beer to remove water, to get the wanted abv, so the flavors are very powerful. Apricot, strawberries, passion fruit and sweetness is present together with hints of wood.
The aftertaste is long, with pleasant warmth and bitterness.
If you are fond of beer, and enjoy different types, you should try this one. I am already considering purchase of another bottle, even though it is very expensive.
haakonm (4) - NORWAY - MAY 25, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 330ml served on Patricks. Beautiful color. Looks very tasty in the glass :-) Sticky texture.
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crushed at OB Liquids and Solids. Paid $17 for a 2 oz pour, but figured it was probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Pours a dark gold, with no head whatsoever. Not surprising. Huge hop nose upfront followed by the alcohol burn. Also not surprising. Numbing flavor that lingers forever, both hops and spirits. Took a half hour to finish the 2 oz. Pretty impressive.
Zymurgeist2 (1849) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of a bottle at Martinís West (Thanks, Moira!). Pours a whiskey like burnt orange-brown. Suprisingly clear from what Iíd expected. Minimal head but the legs are amazing. Initial hop explosion turns into alcohol warming on the aroma, burning at the end . Almost four distinct flavour profiles on the taste - caramel and floral marry up front, bitterness spike blends with alcohol. Big alcohol warming on the last half and a crazy peat and smoked wood finish to the palate. Stays on the lips as a warming, sweet caramel, smoked treasure chest. Could be anywhere from a 1.0 to 5.0...who knowís what this "beer" is?!?!
NosirIwont (2347) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Has been open for about a week, but kept tightly sealed. Pours a murky amber brown. No head. Sweet and tart citrus hop aroma, with a hint of old hops (cheese), mixed with fruity/berry notes and an alcoholic sting. Phat flavour; sweet and fruity with hops and malt. The finish is where itís at though; sweet liquorice, dark fruits, hint of honey and old berries, and a good alcoholic burn lingering to boot. Overall pretty good and interesting, and the alcohol is well-balanced too. But like the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, it just didnít knock my socks off. 18.05.11.
HonusWagner (2093) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Fredís review indicates that Mr. Ciesla brought this to the EBF tasting. Thanks Ryan, for inflicting this hilarious punishment upon me for showing up late to the tasting.
Compelled by other tasting participants to drink multiple ounces, I obliged myself with a rather hefty pour. Sickeningly sweet hoppy rocket fuel down my throat. Almost gets to the point of being decent. Probably not a whole lot worse than 120 minute, to be quite honest. I guess this is a win, even though I wonít even rate it above a 2.5.
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Enjoyit. Pours amber with no head. Aroma is nice and hoppy, lots of simcoe, grape, pine, citrus, caramel. This is just an IIPA on steroids. Like in Tactical Nuclear Penguin, the alcohol is very well hidden in the aroma. But the taste has a massive alcohol burn, massive hoppy bitterness, lemon zest, high alpha acid hops. I like Tactical Nuclear Penguin better.