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

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RATINGS: 439   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mateuszk (1584) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 21, 2015
Bottle. Pours amber in colour, no head of course. Leaves nice marks on the glass, like whisky. In aroma alcohol, some caramel notes. In taste similar, alcohol + malt with some hoppy bitterness. Very difficult to rate it as a beer, it is far worse than any alcohol beverage you can drink for that price and on the other hand yuo can buy few world class beers instead of it. To sum it up - interesting but not worth the money.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2013
small measure at brewdog Newcastle. Clear amber with legs similar to Courvoisier or similar. Aroma of alcohol and minimal hops if any. Taste is similar with a very warm liqueur taste and alcohol rather than that of beer. A novelty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
stefannilssons (1577) - SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2011
Det här var en spännade upplevelse, flera hade tidigare sagt att den bara smakade sprit, som tur var höll jag inte alls med. Jag tyckte verkligen att det här var en god ’öl’ med mycket smak av humle och lakrits. Men som sagt det här var en trevlig upplevelse som jag gärna om och den gången kanske man kan ta mer än endast 1cl.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
2 oz. sample. Gorgeous honey pour with no carbonation. Beautiful legs on the glass. Aroma is spicy hoppy, and alcohol hot. Hops just ooze out of the aroma of this. Resin and citrus and spiciness. Flavor is knock you on your ass hoppy at the front, but surprisingly smooth for all of that. Hop bitterness is present for sure, but is not as concentrated or harsh as I was expecting. Spicy is the best word. This is like concentrated hop juice. Not sure if the hops are masking the alcohol or if it really is that smooth, but the alcohol burn was minimal. Impressive beverage. Very tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
Sampled at "the strongest beer in the world" tasting session on Ørsted Ølbar.Orange look with no head. Extreme pine hop aroma with lots of skunk/pot and alchohol. Strong bitter flavor with the piney/skunky hops comming through in the moutharoma aswell of course along with the alchoholic burning finish. Still a nice experience.

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
tlind2 (1552) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 6, 2010
Bottle at Pre-ZBF 2010. Generously poured taster. Still golden with a handful of bubbles in the glass. Amazing nose of hop oil, fruits, caramel, toffee, pine and alcohol. The flavour is extremely concentrated - syrupy caramel, toffee and hops and hops and hops....The finish is huge with a lingering hoppy yet whisky finish and a noticeable warmth from the alcohol. Hype and gimmick aside this is extreme yet something very drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 29, 2010
Wavers1 with the awesome share! Pours a clear copper with bubbles and no head. Aroma is alcohol caramel hops alcohol and alcohol. Flavor is alcohol hops varnish rubbing alcohol. Eats your tooth enamel in a good way. Me like.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Even a beer with this high of an ABV retains some of its style’s expected properties... not many, but just enough. It has an incredibly clear orange color, like a watered-down IPA (although we all know that’s not water). Airy in the nose, you can’t really smell as much alcohol as you’d think you would, but it really hits your nasal passages once inhaled. Big time. Once the alcohol infiltrates your system it’s hard to tell this is/was even an IPA. Thin and POTENT! Its flavor reminds me of an herb you’d find on a pizza. Hops are detectable, but the alcohol reminds you that this isn’t your everyday imperial or double IPA (quad IPA?). Although stronger than any other IPA I’ve had, the alcohol presence is still very well-disguised. Here’s some perspective: Less than two ounces of this is equivalent to an entire serving of your everyday craft beer. Less offensive than the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, and lighter in color, but thinner and almost easier. Warm and spicy on the tongue, this beer kicks you in the mouth like you’ve never been kicked before. A once in a lifetime experience... everyone must try (at least) this once. Everyone. Great job, boys!

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
StevieT (1488) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2016
From a bottle. Wow, heaps of aniseed mixed with the massive alcohol flavours that punch you in the face, not really for me. It’s a bit over the top.


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