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

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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
espenra (869) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2010
4cl sample at HŚndverkerstuene. An amber, bordering on red colour with no head. Needless to say the alcohol is the first thing that hits your nose, but there is hints of cherries, caramel and oak as well. The flavour is very bitter and strong, and at 41% ABV it should come as no suprise. The alcohol is the most noticable feature, but thereís also notes of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. A fun beer for sure, but I still think that Samuel Adams Utopia is better.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2010 330ml Bottle (care of James the brewer): Aroma of alcohol, hops, tropical fruit, tangerine, and resin. Poured amber/orange in color with no head. Hazy. Not sparkling. A few small particles throughout. Flavor is heavily bitter and heavily alcoholic. Tastes of alcohol, hops, hop oil, resin, cedar, and wood. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Soft carbonation. Hops and alcohol finish is dry. 41%ABV is very present.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (13399) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle at Patricks. Itís a clear, dark golden beer, or should i say drink, I have a hard time convincing myself itís a beer. No head at all, still beautiful to look at. The aroma punches you in the face with its massive amounts of citrusy hops and stinging alcohol. Thereís malty elements too, and overall it is lovely even though it is so intense. In the mouth it is full as hell, and very warming. Very high on bitterness, and with a good dash of malty sweetness. Citrus and pine in copius amounts. The finish is bitter and warming, leaving very little room for the malts. A wonderful beer, maybe in a non-beery way, actually itís the insane levels of hops and alcohol that drives it forward. Thx Brewdog for doing this limits-pushing experiment. 100610

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2010
Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma is high concentrated hop, heavy alcohol, caramel, citrus, pine and grapefruit. Flavour is extreme burning alcohol, heavy hop, grapefruit and citrus.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with minimal head (a few bubbles), with a clear auburn-amber colored body. LEGS, laser etched! Aroma is quite hoppy, caramel, cotton candy, burnt flan, astringent, but not SUPER boozy. Taste is herbal, spice, dank, burn, tons of bitterness, candied tangerine peel. Very warming. Incredibly bitter. Kind of messy. Thick and soo bitter!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swaeni_eric (3) - Grendel - Attert, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2010 does not count
Extreme beer but very excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3570) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2010
bottle very generously shared by thedm and hotstuff - Pours amber with a little carbonation and no head. Swirl it and note the long lasting legs. It reminds me of scotch in that sense. The aroma is of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, and also a touch of citrus and spice. The flavor is heavily sweet up front leading into dark fruit, big hops bitterness, and alcohol warmth. Itís hot on the palate as one would expect at 41% abv, but not as hot as you might think. The finish lasts damn near forever. This brew is hard to rate. Itís so completely different that what one normally thinks of as beer. Itís definitely a novelty beer, but I enjoyed it. Itís an experience.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10938) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle from Bierkoning. BB 2020! Pours ruddy copper. Itís hoppy in aroma - with a boat load of alcohol. Numbs the nose. Thick bodied with virtually no carbonation. Heat is very present. Yet there is a lot of hop bitter. And the malt is detectable. Fun sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6438) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Shared by bhensonb. Pours clear reddish copper with no head, just a few bubbles. The aroma has enough alcohol fume to clear ones sinuses. I believe they froze all the IPA out of this one, except maybe the hops, leaving very little beer-like flavor. Might as well have been distilled. Nevetheless, I really enjoyed this unique beverage for what it is - exactly what the brewer set out to produce. Thanks, Bill.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11056) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2010
Amber with a small white head. Malty aroma with citrus hops. Rough on the mouth with hot alcohol and bitter hops. Good job getting so much beer character in a 41% drink! Itís a hit


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