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Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 352   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9050) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2010
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - clear amber colour without any foam; aroma of cognac, oranges and hop resin with a very apparent burning alcohol presence; no carbonation here and absolutely incredibly bitter; very long hoppy notes and insanely bitter finish, salty with notes of peated whisky and oranges - "hop-scene" and pretty incredible stuff; a unique experience - the 16 yo Isle of Jura we had just after tasted pretty watery in comparison

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
darkguardian (724) - Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2010
12oz bottle. What an achievement. I guess I can see how some wouldn’t like this. Its definitely boozy but when you consider its 41% abv its actually incredibly well hidden and very tasty. Pours deep deep amber with carbonation! I wasn’t expecting that. Light off white head that settles quickly. If you stick your nose way down in all you get is alcohol. If you pull up a little you get huge huge aromas of citrus and pine. Huge peach and apricot note in this beer that dominates over the usual orange and tangerine/grapefruit notes. Of course noticable booze on the nose. Flavor is huge bitterness up front. How the hell did they manage this? It unlike 120minute IPA is actually bitter which really shouldn’t be possible with this much ABV. Actual citrus and pine mesh with a boozy brandy like liquer note. Finishes with warming alcohol and bitterness that lingers literally for hours. 5 beers later (and I’m talking imperial stouts and sours) the bitterness still was lingering. I gave this beer a 20 overall because an achievement like this deserves praise and recognition. This is a totally unique beer. There is literally nothing like it. I will be buying another to see what this beer becomes once the hops fade away.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (8546) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks on so many levels!… Hazy, dirty orange ale with no head. The aromatics here are terrific and very Imperial IPA-like. Quite shocking when one considers that this beer, clocking in at 82 proof, is a liquor/spirit in all facets other than dictionary definition. Boatloads of resiny, grapefruity, earthy, musky lupulin with a heavy dose of toffee and very little ethanol or methanol burn in the nose. Full-bodied and oily with pillow-soft carbonation. The taste is as delicious as it is intense – praline and extremely earthy, pissy, musky lupulin… a virtual alpha acid bath for my tongue. Blistering, yet surprisingly Imperial IPA-like and very un-liquor-like. Heavy toffee and caramel sweetness intermingles fantastically with off-the-charts hop flavor and bitterness. Sweet, tangy, boozy finish. Relatively smooth. Wow… I’m blown away! This world class bottle of beer was shared with many by a very generous darkguardian!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (9651) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2010
Bottled. Orange/amber coloured. No head to talk about. Sweetness, spice, alcohol, herbs and flowers in the aroma. Flavour dominated by alcohol, herbs, cloying sweetness and some liqourice. Medium to full bodied. Heavily burning alcohol totally domintates the end. Not my thing. Thx. yespr for sharing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (10090) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty nand hoppy hoppy exstremely intense aroma. Powerfull burning strong flavor. Long fantastic complex finish. Creamy palate. Not as alcoholic as fears.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is heavy hoppy, spicy hops, heavy alcohol - sharp, aroma is all about alcohol and alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and harsh bitter with a long long duration, alcohol alcohol and hops. Not for my palate. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat. [20100506]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13458) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
Sample at Copenhagen beerfestival. Small head with short duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are extreme hops, alcohol, caramel and malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onystrom (1316) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
Copenhagen BeerFestival 2010. Clear amber colour with small head. Super strong sweet licorice flavour. Hoppy too.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jesperhammer (2646) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2010
07-MAY-2010, @Beerfestival.dk. Wouw, this is alchohol. Bitter, and not just from the hops, but also from the alcohol. This is not beer. The TNP was (not being scientific here). I liked the TNP a lot, and I had hoped for something fantastic since I am an IPA guy. But dissappointed. Too sweet, too strong. BUT brewdog - I am with you all the way:)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (5965) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2010
No head. Deep golden body. Intense tropical fruit and hop oil aroma, not very complex, with mango notes. Can’t pick up the alcohol, interestingly. Taste: Intense hoppy mango and tropical fruit explosion. Probably the most intense thing I’ve ever tasted. Hot, oily mouthfeel. Can’t really tell about the body. Intense, intense grapefruit and alcohol aftertaste wth long lingering salty mango taste. Like pouring hop essence into vodka, except the alcohol is well hidden. Impresssive. I could actually drink a little bit of this with enjoyment. (Tiny sample, Håndverkerstuene, Oslo.)


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