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

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RATINGS: 444   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GreatDane1632 (1168) - North Dakota, USA - JUN 27, 2015
On tap at Brewdog Bristol -- given as a 25mL pour into a snifter. This is beer in liquor form. Hops are concentrated but not harsh. The alcohol is concentrated but not harsh. An intense beer throughout. Quite the experience.

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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1146) - 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 íem! 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 Iím not sure Iíll try this again...

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bygers (1143) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 27, 2012
From bottle to glass, 0,01cl at Øltorget. Clear golden brown color. Massive alcohol, faint hops, citrus, piney notes in aroma. Tar, sweet, mild citric hops and colossal alcohol in taste. Dry, bitter, raisins in aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cyrenaica (1126) - 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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The_Bish (1123) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2014
375ml bottle. Pours a clear deep copper, viscous and with no head. It looks a bit like slightly carbonated whisky. Oily resinous hops, with orange and aniseed notes and a little roast almond make up the aroma. Whisky-like heat up front brings plenty of aniseed. Oily resin comes in next, with burnt caramel and orange in the mid-palate. Cointreau orange gives it a smooth finish. This is an interesting experience, a little like a blend of good Scotch and potent IPA. It certainly shows its strength more than Tactical Nuclear Penguin, but that means it is one to sip and savour. Nice.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
neur0 (1097) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
anstei (1068) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JUL 13, 2016
Taster at Oluhuone Kaisla. Aroma of honey, pine needles, wood floor, very pretty. Pours flat dark ruby, looks like a good Islay. Strong booze on the tongue, salty and burning. Stinging aggressive palate. Just smell it and look at it, but donít try to drink...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (1035) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2015
Draught at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours like a ruby whisky. Super malty aroma. Really surprised that it actually tastes like a beer rather than a spirit. Loads of burnt orange. Very smooth.


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