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

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RATINGS: 431   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.


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 ōrsted ōlbar.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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1559) - Jyvšskylš, 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!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfearnley (1555) - 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 doesnít smell as good as it did 2 years ago, but itís 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.

3.9
   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 styleís expected properties... not many, but just enough. It has an incredibly clear orange color, like a watered-down IPA (although we all know thatís not water). Airy in the nose, you canít really smell as much alcohol as youíd think you would, but it really hits your nasal passages once inhaled. Big time. Once the alcohol infiltrates your system itís hard to tell this is/was even an IPA. Thin and POTENT! Its flavor reminds me of an herb youíd find on a pizza. Hops are detectable, but the alcohol reminds you that this isnít your everyday imperial or double IPA (quad IPA?). Although stronger than any other IPA Iíve had, the alcohol presence is still very well-disguised. Hereís 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 youíve never been kicked before. A once in a lifetime experience... everyone must try (at least) this once. Everyone. Great job, boys!

2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
tlind2 (1505) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2010
Bottle@Home. We had 2 of these big guys in a row. Beautiful hop aroma, super grassy. Very aggressive hop extract flavor with loads of alcohol of course. Undrinkable but so good! How can you rate this? Fascination for sadomasochism I guess.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1438) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2011
Beer should not be this expensive but I guess iím 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TorbenJensen (1414) - Valby, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2015
The aroma is clearly alcoholic but also a little flavor of peach and orange. The taste is heavy, very strong and spicy with a fruity hops. The very long finish and heats the mouth with a brash alcohol. It is completely impossible to compare with beer, it has little in common with beer other than the ingredients. Still it is exciting, tasty and delicate. Perhaps it can be served in limited quantities on a fishing trip or a hunting party. But it was exciting to try it.


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