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Style: Imperial IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 390   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.


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garza (570) - Oslo (NO), Caracas (VE), VENEZUELA - OCT 30, 2012
Pours dark orange colour and looks like a shot of whisly or liquor. Sweet light caramel aroma. Medium sweetness in the taste, toffee caramel and warming feeling. Full body, oily feel, no carbonation and a remisence of the flavor and short aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fluxing (557) - POLAND - APR 21, 2015
Kolor bursztynowy, klarowne, brak piany, brak wysycenia, wyglada jak rasowy destylat. W aromacie bardzo intensywny slod karmelowy, ale taki swiezo wrzucony do gara - chleb, karmel, troche sliwek, slowem pachnie jak zacier, jest tez troche alkoholu, ale nie jest go az tyle by mozna stwierdzic rzeczywista zawartosc alkoholu - pilem RISy, ktore mialy cztery razy mniej alkoholu, ale zalatywaly nim cztery razy bardziej niz to. Jezeli doleje sie troche wody, zaczynaja wychodzic chmiele i przypomina to juz bardziej imperial IPA niz destylat. Konsystencja jest bardzo gesta, kisielowata, a nawet kluchowata, prawdopodobnie najgestsze piwo jakie pilem do tej pory. W smaku od poczatku uderza przeogromna ilosc chlebowo-karmelowego slodu (jest bardzo slodkie), ktory szybko miesza sie z wysoka goryczka, ktora z charakteru jest mocno ziolowa i zywiczna, ale jednak mimo tej goryczki piwo stoi wyraznie po slodkiej stronie mocy. Alkohol jest, ale absolutnie nie objawia sie tutaj jak 41%, odczuwalnie jest go maksymalnie z 15%.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mateuszk (524) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
Sampled at Brewdog dinner at beerbistro. Dark golden colour with zero head. Aroma is alcohol, huge hop, pine, citrus. Flavour is alcohol, syrup, hop, pine, citrus. Intense and strong. Interesting, but not something I could drink more than a few ounces of at a time.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
winkle (477) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2012
Was given a bottle for a tasting at a homebrewers case swap. Over-the-top as expected and not particularly easy to drink. Aroma totally dominated by hot alcohol with some toffee/carmel notes emerging from underneath. Head consisted of a scattering of coarse bubbles that quickly vanished. Viscous and really sticky mouthfeel. Hot alcohol lingeres throughout the finish although there is a pleasant malt/toffee presence at the end. Still I was glad to have had it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlasgowTAD (475) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - APR 2, 2015
Pours a clear bronze with no head. Aroma is packed with mango and tropical fruits. Tropical fruits are picked up on the taste rather quickly bt soon the alcohol heat/burn overwhelms everything. Great as a spirit and as an example of brewing achievement but apart from aroma it does not possess much beer qualities

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bjakk (468) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - NOV 16, 2014
Darkred clear, no head. Strong alcohol with a hint of raisins in the aroma. Cough-drop, liqruish and hops in the aftertaste. Can not recommend more than one glass of this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jaksmart (454) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
4xIPA for the dedicated! Deep amber color, absolutely no head. Aroma has simcoe-ish hop notes, nice freshness, considering the alcohol. Some booze but not as much as you might expect. Very spicy with a resiny feel. Taste is very nice - in small amounts. Plenty of hops, spruce, pine, alcohol and a caramel base from which malt and honey provide a nice balance. Enjoyable as something like a whisky. Heavy-duty and interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - NOV 8, 2013
This was a wild experience. Very warming with a heavy dark fruit flavor. Overall not as bad as I thought. Syrupy as well

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
natejgood (416) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUN 11, 2011
smells extremely malty and strong. Medium clear brown in appearance. Light brown. Tastes like a very strong barely wine, only more malty. This beer was not brewed for the taste. There are many other drinks at this alcohol content that are more appealing, but as an experiment as to what what a beer can do this is interesting. I won’t drink it again, but this is an interesting experiment.


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