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

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RATINGS: 362   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3571) - 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 (11054) - 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 (6489) - 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 (11119) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle at the CASK Pub & Kitchen on launch night of 20 May 2010. Thick, cheesy and grassy flavour bomb. Satisfaction derived by sipping a mililitre at a time! Long-lived bitter aftertaste, with caramel balancing the act. Packs a punch, and quite an experience.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pilsnerrogge (2497) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2010
Bottled:
Pours deep amber, no head whatsoever. Aroma is quite sweet and alcoholic, some notes of raisins. Thereís some raisins in the flavour as well but most of all: alcohol and hops, loads of it. No balance at all. Tastes a lot like the swedish schnapps "Bšska droppar".

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle shared with fellow Hungarian beerfans. Poured amber color with no head. Sweet aroma, honey, citrus, coriander, caramel and strong hops. Medium dense body with some carbonation. Dry, hoppy aftertaste. Alcohol is there, but much smoother than with distilled drinks. Strong aroma matches the strong ABV, so in that sense I think itís balanced. Unique, enjoyable, for special events for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
armando629 (2408) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 18, 2010
0,33 l bottle, shared with friends, just a few slip to taste it.
Cler deep amber beer with a small head that diminishes quickly, disappeares fully. Not a surprise. Fantastic IPA-like aroma with resiny, citrussy hop, grapefruits, caramel, honey and some liqueric malt, some fermented cheese. Oily body with a syrupy mouthfeel, caramel, honey and the fantastic and balanced hops. According to the incredible high abv, the alcohol is very well hidden. Congratulations!

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle @ CBF, 2010.
Nice clear amber with no head. Malty aroma, sweet, resiny hops, raisins, viniousness, caramel. Mild to low carbonation, super oily fat mouthfeel. Flavour has a shit-load of alcohol, lots of dry fruity hops. Pure spirits. Very unbalanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20313) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2010
Bottled. Amber colour, no head. Aroma is flowers (tulips), sweet nectar, sweet malts, honey, alcohol and more sweetness. Flavour is much the same with also liquorice kicking in rather strong. Otherwise quite nice but the sweetness is a bit too much...


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