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Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 362   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maris (989) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 From a 330ml bottle on 5/3/2013, courtesy of my wonderful wife who got this for me for Xmas. Pours a slightly cloudy light amber with no head. Has a huge DIPA aroma with lashings of caramel and toffee, just shading the resiny hops. There’s definite DIPA character in the flavour, with caramel, citrus fruit and pine, but the experience is dominated by an overpowering spicy, peppery finish. The texture is relatively oily and the carbonation higher than I was expecting, though perhaps I’m confusing the alcoholic tang for bubbles! As one would expect, this is a ridiculously intense experience, but perhaps just a shade harsh to be really enjoyable. Props to BrewDog for making something that actually presents as a mega supercharged version of the style, but it could use more a little more balance (some more sweetness in particular). Glad to have tried it, but I thought Tactical Nuclear Penguin was a better, more enjoyable extreme brew.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cyrenaica (968) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
1.5oz snifter
41.0% ABV
I tried this beer on January 17, 2011 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was a translucent golden red with no head. The aroma was alcohol, pine, and hops. The mouthfeel was full bodied with no carbonation and burned going down. The flavour was citrusy hops and tons of alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (959) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (957) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2013
had a shot at a local bar. what could I expect from this experiment. I was surprised to see carbonation at this strong ’beer??’ aroma of caramel. dark fruits, overwelming alcohol smell. citrus, caramel, sugar malt. burns a lot. and a verry dry aftertaste. why should you even call this beer.... anyway, this is far from drinkable. nice to try it for one time.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atheist_Peace (947) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
330ml bottle split 6 ways. Foggy burnt amber pour with zero head. Nose of dog food and deeply resinous hops with some candy. Not nearly as hard on the nasal passages as the TNP. I don’t even know how to describe the taste of this stuff. It was resiny, very, very resiny with a big licorice kick and a sticky cough syrup finish. There’s no benchmark for evaluating things like this.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
First of all the aroma is like you stuck your head in a bale of hops. Very viscous, coating the mouth with hop resin and alcohol. Very warming sensation as it travels to the stomach. Overall a very interesting beer.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
neur0 (909) - GERMANY - AUG 5, 2012
(flasche) farblich dunkelrot, klar filtriert, ohne schaum. das aroma ist fruchtig, sehr alkoholisch und suesslich. Der geschmack ist alkoholisch, sehr bitter, viskos, alkoholisch, suesslich und etwas wuerzig. Tut mir leid aber nicht nochmal....

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (907) - Vermont, USA - APR 4, 2012
Consumed sometime last year. From notes. Poured a ritzy orangey light amber-- almost honeycomb-- into, you guessed it... a shot glass! Performed minimal carbonation on every side of the rim, but soon enough depleted into nothing. Incredibly treacly. Smelled predominately of yard trimmings, spent grains, citrus, caramel, mold, and quite the olfactory assault: flavored distilled alcohol and hops, lots of ’em! Basically, the taste could be summed up by describing it as a quadruply dry-hopped Dewars. The citrus and piney flavors I was hoping for in the hops did not come out, so I was left with this strongish beer that tasted of generic scotch and hop pellets. Interesting experience but I’m not sure I’ll try this again...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimplySike (875) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2014 33cl. Bottle.
Poors clear dark ruby, no head.
Aroma port, malt, alcohol, toffee, chocolate, raisins.
Taste alcohol, some sweets, really harsh alcohol bitter.
Mouthfeel oily.
Bottle was old so not sure how reliable this rating is.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
espenra (873) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2010
4cl sample at Håndverkerstuene. An amber, bordering on red colour with no head. Needless to say the alcohol is the first thing that hits your nose, but there is hints of cherries, caramel and oak as well. The flavour is very bitter and strong, and at 41% ABV it should come as no suprise. The alcohol is the most noticable feature, but there’s also notes of toffee, caramel and brown sugar. A fun beer for sure, but I still think that Samuel Adams Utopia is better.


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