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

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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Sample from bottle, at pre-ZBF March 5th, 2010. Pours orange-amber, topped with a minimal head of off white bubbles. Fairly intense earth hop aroma, with notes of orange rind, whiskey, and plenty of alcohol. Flavor is super hoppy as well, coating the palate with earthy resin. There is some overripe fruit, as well as herbal and nutty notes in the background, but the flavor is still heavily hop focused. This is quite warming, with a good amount of alcohol burn. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Finishes with earthy hops, menthol, and alcohol. This was better than I expected, but I enjoyed the Tactical Nuclear Penguin a bit more.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1165) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeTheYounger (1159) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Crazy aroma. Aroma isis Tons of hops almost like hop oil. Taste is super hot alcohol with a malt and hop finish. Almost like pure octane with a nice hop finish. Better than I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2013
Shared with the delicious Domnik and delectable Danyul. Relatively acceptable and more of an experiment than a gimmick. I liked it, warming and went down fairly smooth. Hard to rate with numbers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (1122) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2013
Very sweet and concentrated. Boozy in a good way, like a good avec or something like that.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maris (1121) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 10, 2012
Aroma has sweet salty malting. Looks like hazy amber and tastes like burnt toffee-flavor coffee with salty licorice. Oily sweet palate. Well..may sound surprising but this really works..at least it works for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1113) - Massachusetts, 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...

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cyrenaica (1095) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimplySike (1094) - 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.


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