hebra78 (5) - - MAY 25, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I waited two months to get this beer delivered. And including taxes and shipping this bottle of beer cost me about 500 Norwegian Kroner, or about $ 95. It was totally worth it.
My tasting of this beer has been from both sherry and cognac glass, and both after drinking other beers, and by itself.
The alcohol content of this beer is 41 % abv, which makes it the strongest commercially available beer ever produced. More often than not, strong beer is not very good. Strong lagers like Carlsberg Elephant or Tennants Super reek and taste of alcohol, and are not very pleasant. This is not at all the case with Sink The Bismarck. Of course you can smell alcohol, but the incredibly dense hoppy aroma is full of fruits and flowers. It smells very good indeed.
The taste really packs a punch, both in terms of heat and flavors, as this is a very intense IPA. Brewdog have used four times the hops of ordinary IPA, and then frozen the beer to remove water, to get the wanted abv, so the flavors are very powerful. Apricot, strawberries, passion fruit and sweetness is present together with hints of wood.
The aftertaste is long, with pleasant warmth and bitterness.
If you are fond of beer, and enjoy different types, you should try this one. I am already considering purchase of another bottle, even though it is very expensive.
jackl (7011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at RBWG Tampa. Thanks to whoever shared this! Copper pour with a tiny white head. Nose is pretty hot, as expected. Some tropical fruit character peaks though - orange and a bit of grapefruit. Donut. Similar flavor. Dominated by booze with slight accents of peppery, earthy hop. Some sweet caramelized orange. Full body, oily.
King_Alex_II (1181) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 18, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick caramel color with no foam at all and thick viscous marks in the glass. Sweet, hoppy, caramel, thick alcohol nose. This smells like hop liqueur. Thick raisin sweet alcoholic taste with a light sting. Too much hops and alcohol and diabetes. Bitter tart aftertaste. This beer is an interesting experiment, but bring a lot of friends if you open a bottle, you don’t need a lot of this beer.
Slautar (491) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
BrewDog Warszawa, 31.07.2016. W aromacie alkohol i silny akcent rafineryjny występujący w wielu ipach lecz mi nieodmiennie kojarzący się z Big Worster. Intensywnie słodko - gorzkie, esencjonalnie rafineryjne. Szorstkie i zawiesiste. Bardzo, bardzo gęste. Bardzo dużo ipy w ipie czyli wręcz esencja ipy.
nimbleprop (7349) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2016
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
25ml sample at Brewdog Dundee. Wednesday afternoon and the bartender rolled her eyes when I ordered. Ha. Bottle had a wine-saver style cork in it and had already been opened, not that it gets points off for that. Pours an oily, clear, caramel brown with not the faintest sign of any head and heavy legs like a scotch. Nose is just booze really, more cheap Irish whiskey than anything else, honey too, a bit musky - like overdone melon, plenty of pine too. Flavor has... WOOO.... hot booze. HAHAHA. Wow, rocket fuel. Very harsh, caramel, honey, lots of pine, industrial too. Very hard on the palate and hot all the way down. Yowzers. Nothing about this reads beer, this is a liqueur, plain and simple. Shouldn’t be rateable.
Brewhemia (166) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light nutbrown with no head. Draws curtains like a cognac in the glass. Aroma has tons og alcohol but also intense aroma of raisins and plumbs. I sensed hoppiness at first but the alcohol quickly tool over and now its all I can smell. The taste is extreme. Lots of sweetness and lots of salty liqourice taste. Leaves a burn. Hardcore stuff. But actually not bad. Kind of like a hardcore bitter like Fernet Branca.
Scrumpy369 (440) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 17, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at brewdog factory. Dark amber colour like a whiskey. No head at all. Templomos. Nose is strong sweetness wih booze. Taste is sweet,high alcohol, some acetone. Feels like a low qualtiy whiskey. Scores are kinda random cuz its totally not a beer.
anstei (1051) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taster at Oluhuone Kaisla. Aroma of honey, pine needles, wood floor, very pretty. Pours flat dark ruby, looks like a good Islay. Strong booze on the tongue, salty and burning. Stinging aggressive palate. Just smell it and look at it, but don’t try to drink...
BazScott (69) - - JUL 5, 2016
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow!! Strongest beer I’ve ever tasted. 25ml measure, 41% Vol. Needs to be sipped. Strong smell of alcohol. Dark ruby hue. Smooth, strong taste on alcohol, followed by flavours of hops and caramel tones.
Melnis (487) - LATVIA - JUN 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Plava kas ir degvinaa izmerceeta. Sit cauri pelaski. Maigs salds ar mini gaaziiti. Rugts. Salmi un siens ievaariits katla. Nu kaa alu jau verteet gruuti, bet kaa visiitis 10/10
SimonBlok (248) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2016 Received a small sample at Mitra Vismarkt, Groningen. Appearance: clear golden, slightly orangey, with no head nor carbonation visible. The liquid is dense and looks quite viscous. Aroma: very strong hop notes. Some grapefruit and mango but mainly hop resin. Even some whisky character due to the alcohol content. Taste: medium sweetness and high bitterness. Feels quite salty. Some malts, but maily hop resins with some indistinguishable fruits very far away. Finish is very longlasting. Palate: full bodied, dense oily texture and no carbonation. If you read this Bas: Thanks a lot!