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

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RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 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 it’s 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 (2416) - 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 (11260) - 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 (20947) - 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...

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9810) - 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 (725) - 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 (9556) - 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 (10459) - 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 (10870) - 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 (36036) - 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]


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