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


on tap

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RATINGS: 440   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2010
I was actually quite surprised that I liked this as much as I did. Big piney hop aroma reminds me very much of Dogfish Head 120 Min. Flavor has massive hops and is a bit hot but, when compared to spirits, itís fairly smooth sipping. Put yourself in the "slow sipping spirit" frame of mind when trying this, and it is quite nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (14601) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle shared with jcwattsrugger and decaturstevo. Pours amber. Deceptively nice nose at first inhalation. Hops and grain alcohol. Then the true beast reveals itself. Rubbing alcohol, paint thinner and iodine permeates the nose in follow up whiffs. Hops become more muted. The first sip is also deceptive. Slight burn with hop malt character throughout. Subsequent sips tell a different story. The beer quickly becomes a Jack Daniels cough medicine of sorts, lots of rubbing alcohol and burn with little hops in background.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange amber with no head.

Aroma: Grapefruit, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and spoiled peach.

Taste: Caramel like booze, spoiled peach, grapefruit, wood, astringent hops, and alcohol for days.

Mouthfeel: Hot and syrupy.

Overall: Insanity in a bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2010
Sampled at DōE Beerfestival 2010, TAP1. Pours a clear and amber beer with no head. The aroma is hops. The flavor is some malt and a heavy alcoholburn. The palate is alcohol. Overall a good aroma but too much alcoholburn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (9252) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2010
Hazed red-brownish beer with (surprise!) no head. HOPS!! God, this is a hopbomb. And then- the pure nose of a rum-bonbon; straw. Cocos, hops, sweet and fiery alcoholic, alcohol-preserved fruits as apricots. More alcoholburn than a maltwhisky at equal strength, but way more flavourful. The hops really make the difference, I assess this even better than the TNPenguin - and not because of the ABV!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (6289) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2010
Sample at BrewDog Tasting at BeerTemple, bottle. Huge thanks to James BrewDog who brought this along as an extra. Clear amber colour, no head. Looks like whiskey. Aroma of full on strong sharp piny and spicy hops, resin, alcohol, pepper. Flavour is strong woody, sharp, alcohol, malts, fruity, strong bitter hoppy and burning alcohol finish. Fullbodied. Wow.. I canít say this is really good, but definitely very interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2010
(Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy) nice burning amber/red color with absolutely excellent laser-etched alcohol legs. Nose of huge juicy grapefruit, light bread, very little alcohol, candied oranges, tons of citrus. Smells delicious! Unfortunately it doesnít taste like it smells. The taste is heavy on the alcohol (expected), bitter bitter hops, no sweetness to match, hot and spicy, some candied fruit, and bread. Hot finish, pine bitterness, smooth palate finish but it is still hot. I liked TNP better, but this was still very interesting/enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer5000 (5823) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2010
4cl sample. Itís A Beer Itís A Bird! Itís A Plain! NO! Itís.. Supermanís favorite drink! I have sampled this one three times now at Patricks bar and cannot still decide exactly how to rate this. There might be some arguments about if this is a beer or not, but it might be more interesting to find out what to compare with. There isnít exactly to many ďquadruple IPAĒ to compare with out there. So today I have come to the conclusion to not give a shit about what this is and try to compare it with anything else that I now about. I have enjoyed this drink a lot every time had it and I wan to have it again, so letís just celebrate that there is innovative brewers all over the world who still are able to come up with new crazy ideas and push the limits. I wonder how people would had react to e.g. Three Floyds Dreadnaught if it just had appeared in the marked in 1975? But on the other hand, Iím not sure if we need a bunch of similar products in the above 20% ABV league. Anyway, the body has a nice, clear amber color with obvious no head. There is a strong aroma of alcohol and hops mixed with caramel and syrup. A bit overwhelming in the start maybe, but just relax and take youíre time, this is actually really nice to just sit back and smell while youíre getting prepared to take the first sip. And what a sip! When this nectar hits my lips and attacks my palate this is just like an explosion of flavors. A chaotic mix of burning alcohol, aromahops, bitterhops, really sweet caramel syrup and fruits. The amazing thing is that there is a balance to this madness, again just relax and let the palate moderate the whole situation (or maybe we are talking about local anesthesia here!) This is very extraordinary stuff, it might not be everybodyís cup of tea (hop liquor), but I just love it and was really exited the first time I tasted it so I have to praise it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Sigmund (6503) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2010
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 41%. Sold as "spirits / hard liquor" ( 4 cl shots) in Norway. Deep reddish orange to amber colour, No head, nor any carbonation. Aroma of piney and catty American hops, hints of fusel alcohols and red berries. The flavour is very sweet, very bitter and loaded with alcohol. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
popery (1947) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
This was interesting and Iím grateful for having the opportunity to try it, but I canít say that I particularly enjoyed the experience. I will note that, despite my expectations, Sink The Bismarck! was the clear winner over Tactical Nuclear Penguin. However, it was still just a novelty, rather than an enjoyable beverage. The beer pours a deep amber with great highlights, and itís got good legs, for what itís worth. It looks like whiskey, really. The aroma is exceedingly strong and hoppy. Itís one of the strongest hop aromas that Iíve ever encountered, and thatís kinda neat. However, itís a hop aroma that lacks all delicacy and depth. Itís mostly turpentine and booze. I was quite interested by the aroma, initially, but after my shock at the strength of it wore off, it was actually a bit disappointing. Itís all candied, paint thinner hops, citric with some soapy floral notes. Thereís a ton of spicy pepper in the aroma as well and, of course, lots of alcohol heat. I got an even bigger dose of booze on the palate, though not as bad as TNP. Mouthfeel is quite rough, like a bizarrely dirty whiskey. In some ways, though more enjoyable, this beer struck me as even more of a gimmick than TNP. The hops are indelicate in the extreme and seem to cover up the beerís faults more than they add to its quality. Plus, the beer had that unpleasant acrid flavor also present in TNP. I appreciate the effort, I appreciate the experimentation, but I donít much like the beer.

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