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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1405) - FINLAND - JUL 7, 2012
Color is amber with no head. Aroma is burned malts, caramel, alcohol, dark fruits, syrup... Complex and rich aroma. Flavor is anis, alcohol, burned malts, burned sugar, liquorice. Swell!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 27, 2012
Tiszta, sötét borostyán színe van, habja minimális és az is pillanatok alatt semmivé lesz. Illata olyan, mint egy komlólikőrnek, amiben van egy jó adag karamell, aszalt sárgabarack, fűszerek és az asztalon van még mellette kék sajt is. Ízében is jönnek jegyek, töményen, nehezen, karamellizált mézzel, sok komlóval, aszalt gyümölcsökkel, fenyőrüggyel, likőrösen. Olajos, nehéz teste van és a buborék is ritka vendég benne. Utóíze keserédes, alkoholos, melengető, erős. Valódi ipa pálinka, hardcore komló rajongóknak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (1368) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2014
Sample @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours dark amber and without any signs of head at all in the small sampler glass used. Aroma is actually quite malty, with oak, tobacco and roasted malts, but there’s also a hoppy, almost vanilla-ish, sweetness. And lots of alcohol. Of course. Feels like the hops are drowning a bit behind the high ABV. Flavour is sweet and fruity, with rather strong liquorice and tobacco presence, as well as the same hoppy vanilla-like notes found in the aroma, giving a long almost kandi and bourbon-sweetly finish. Not your average IPA. Obviously. But quite nice, nevertheless.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2011 Hazy orange red pour. This stuff burns like hell but i’ve had worse. Intense malty aroma. Lots of caramel and of course tons of alcohol. Lots of sugar. Really just syrup and alcohol. Some grain and alcohol, but really nothing but sugar and booze. I had about a 1.5 oz pour and I could barely finish it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1364) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
2 year old bottle to shot glass Smells like an IPA syrup, with some booze, chili, and oregano. This doesn’t smell as good as it did 2 years ago, but it’s still pretty rocking. Colour is an opaque reddish brown with no head. Lots of pepper, chili, booze, oil, and ending with a slam of hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2011
Smells cheesy and boozy, some sort of sweet syrup too. Thick texture with sharp liqueur. Some musky funk with a strong alcohol burn and, incredibly, a hoppy aftertaste. Well-crafted and incredible, but not exactly... nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1357) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2011
Beer should not be this expensive but I guess i’m a sucker for pain. Has an orange almost rose colour to it. Aromas are surprisingly beer like. It is actually good stuff showing hints of hops and a slightly malted profile. There is a weird funk in there as well. tastes like beer as well. has a real IPA character despite the weird metallic crunch and booze burns. This is much better than the Tactical.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zymurgeist2 (1354) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Out of a bottle at Martin’s West (Thanks, Moira!). Pours a whiskey like burnt orange-brown. Suprisingly clear from what I’d expected. Minimal head but the legs are amazing. Initial hop explosion turns into alcohol warming on the aroma, burning at the end . Almost four distinct flavour profiles on the taste - caramel and floral marry up front, bitterness spike blends with alcohol. Big alcohol warming on the last half and a crazy peat and smoked wood finish to the palate. Stays on the lips as a warming, sweet caramel, smoked treasure chest. Could be anywhere from a 1.0 to 5.0...who know’s what this "beer" is?!?!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
tlind2 (1346) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 6, 2015
Shared bottle@Brewdog, Helsinki. Copper color, no head. Strong piny hop aroma, alcohol. Strong, bitter herbal flavor with aniseed. Medicinal alcohol reminiscent of Unicum. Very full body, no carbonation. Disappointed: I enjoyed Tactical Nuclear Penguin, but I wouldn't buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAY 9, 2010
Copenhagen BeerFestival 2010. Clear amber colour with small head. Super strong sweet licorice flavour. Hoppy too.

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