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


on tap

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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (16924) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle at Churchkey. I tried to share this one, but no one would accept. I had one of the best bowel movements of my life after trying this beer, and that alone was worth the sticker price. Bright amber with 3 tiny bubbles and no detectable carbonation or head. Aroma of pine sol and rubbing alcohol. Taste is massive pine, too overwhelming to finish. Causes tingling in the parotid glands and nasal passages, that eventually transitions to pain. I don’t know what else to say.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16658) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2010
Tasting at Papsø, thanks to Yespr!
Hazy amber color; a few thin bubbles disappear quickly. Very nice hop aroma, fruity, a bit sweaty; fine alcohol too; actually the combination of alcohol and hops gives a nice result.
There should be caramel flavor, but with all the alcohol, the attention is quickly detoured; the mouthfeel, even if not thick, is extremely oily; there is some toffee and liquorice flavor.
The bitterness is massive but purposeless, the palate, besides being busy with all this, is not so interesting; it’s even a bit dusty. My mouth will burn with hops and alcohol for the next hour, I would prefer a Bowmore for that.
The aroma is very nice, but overall it’s not a beer I will crave for.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (15649) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle at The Rake launch of the beer. Wow this is just so much better than I even thought it could be. Big intense hops, which are strangely really well balanced, dry frozen with Amarillos. In mouth, yes some hot alcohol as you would expect, but the malts really do actually carry the intense hop through it onto a finish that lingers all week. The hops, my god the hops. Stunning really and so much better balanced than you would think and better than the Penguin I thought. Would be perfect with some 3 year old aged gouda cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (15611) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle at Patricks. It’s a clear, dark golden beer, or should i say drink, I have a hard time convincing myself it’s a beer. No head at all, still beautiful to look at. The aroma punches you in the face with its massive amounts of citrusy hops and stinging alcohol. There’s malty elements too, and overall it is lovely even though it is so intense. In the mouth it is full as hell, and very warming. Very high on bitterness, and with a good dash of malty sweetness. Citrus and pine in copius amounts. The finish is bitter and warming, leaving very little room for the malts. A wonderful beer, maybe in a non-beery way, actually it’s the insane levels of hops and alcohol that drives it forward. Thx Brewdog for doing this limits-pushing experiment. 100610

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (15094) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14835) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Copenhagen Beer Festival, 2011. Thanks ChrisV10. Pours copper with no head. Pine cones and alcohol. Plenty off it . . and also lots of burning alcohol - to the extreme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (14752) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle at the Ginger Man, NYC. Pours a cloudy, amber-red with very little head. Strong hop aroma with pine, citrus and alcohol. Flavor has some sweetness like caramel and lots of earthy, fruity, resiny bitterness. The body is thick and full, with slight carbonation and tons of warmth. Finishes hoppy with lingering bitterness and boozy burn. Not too shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (14695) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2010
Sample at Stockholm Ber Festival 2010. Golden color, no head. Malty fruity aroma, of course with some alcohol. Malty flavor with hoppy grassy notes. And alcohol...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14612) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 12, 2010
Bottle at ØLbutikken - thanks Yespr. Clear amber - no head. High hoppy, resin, citrus, grape fruity, caramel, light nutty, light malty sweetness, high alcoholic, acetone, sharpness, chlorid, swømmehal, unbalanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (14611) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 3, 2010
Bottled 4cl sample @Beer Hunters, Pori
Deep ruby-copper color, no head. Very strong nose: pine, pine needles, fresh hop pellets, herbs and alcohol. Thick palate, but a bit thinner than in TNP. Very hoppy bitter front. Flavor has mainly licorice, salt and resin. Very warming, almost burning aftertaste - like drinking Vodka schnapps. 4 cl is more than enough. TNP is actually quite good beer, but don’t believe the hype with this one.

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