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


on tap

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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Fred’s 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 won’t even rate it above a 2.5.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
phredrik (1024) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RasmusOtt (2389) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2011
Thanks to Enjoyit for sharing!.... Pours amber with no head. Aroma is actually kinda IPA’ish with hops, citrus and alcohol. Taste is alot of hops, huge bitterness, burning whiskey-like alcohol, lemon peel, citrus and extremely dry. This beer is a house ale which should be enjoyed through a funnel alone on your terrace before going to the mall and shop for groceries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebeermonk (24) - NETHERLANDS - APR 29, 2011
Shared (ofcourse) bottle at Trappistenlokaal ’t Klooster. Liked it better then the T.N.P. Strange how a "beer" this strong can still tast like a beer. Lot’s of hops, but still room for more flavoures... Funny,strange, glad I tried it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2011
375 ml bottle
Rating #1600 - When I heard that this was on the menu of a local restaurant I talked a few people into splitting a bottle. That eased the financial pain somewhat but the only way to really justify a cost like this is that you aren’t likely to see it again. In a way I am glad because I would overall much rather have a case of Expedition Stout than a three ounce pour of this. Definitely a novel experiment they’ve managed to push the notion of beer far past anything recognizable.

Aroma / Appearance - Pouring more like a heavy spirit than a beer it has no carbonation, no head, and sits like lead at the bottom of the goblet. Oily and dense it does not so much pour as ooze from the bottle. Alcoholic warmth is the main aspect but somehow malts, hops, and raisins raise the profile. The total experience is a bit like drizzling fresh honey over oaked bourbon barrels and distilled alcohol.

Flavor / Palate - Syruppy and dense all pretenses of this resembling beer are lost on the first sip. Heavy alcohol hits the tongue like a premium scotch or whiskey. Immediately warming the mouth with a healthy glow it bites back. Some malts and hops do manage to survive the deluge. However I have no idea how one would drink an entire bottle of this. Fortunately because it is so strong you can simply reseal the bottle, drink it another day, and lose almost nothing. I’m glad to have tried it once but I have no desire to sample the Penguin now.

   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 (6527) - 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 (9593) - 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 (2848) - 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 (14662) - 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.

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