dbcfd (7) - USA - SEP 14, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Whew, don’t try to drink the whole thing. With all the alcohol, it will drink like brandy or whiskey. That being said, it still has some great IPA flavors, just amplified, overemphasizing some of the piney/hoppy nature. Grab about 10 friends, some shot glasses, and add it to the tasting list.
pekorte (6) - FINLAND - JUL 25, 2011 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted this at Tampere city. Surprisingly I didn’t get those IPA hops nor bitterness. It had of course lots of alcohol but because of the full body, heavy sweetness and caramel I thought it was quite well balanced.. If you can use that word in this content. Mouthfeel was quite thick and beer was flat, tasted sweet malt and licorice. Appearance was clear, no head and colored brown. Props for doing it over the top!
bfields (6) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle at a tasting conducted by James of BrewDog at The Rake in London. Wow. This is beer reimagined. The aroma is an exact replica of opening a bag of fresh amarillo hops. No head to speak of, but given the ABV that doesn’t really matter. Not at all clear, sort of seems like bit of starch floating about. Lead to believe this was an artifact of dry hopping in the freezer. Taste has a touch of those amarillo hops but is principally about an extremely complex alcohol. taste is closer to a clean scotch whiskey then most any beer I’ve had. Finish is dry with a wonderful dance between the hop bitterness and bitterness from the alcohol. Phenomenal beer. Wish I had a bottle in the flat.
hebra78 (5) - NORWAY - MAY 25, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I waited two months to get this beer delivered. And including taxes and shipping this bottle of beer cost me about 500 Norwegian Kroner, or about $ 95. It was totally worth it.
My tasting of this beer has been from both sherry and cognac glass, and both after drinking other beers, and by itself.
The alcohol content of this beer is 41 % abv, which makes it the strongest commercially available beer ever produced. More often than not, strong beer is not very good. Strong lagers like Carlsberg Elephant or Tennants Super reek and taste of alcohol, and are not very pleasant. This is not at all the case with Sink The Bismarck. Of course you can smell alcohol, but the incredibly dense hoppy aroma is full of fruits and flowers. It smells very good indeed.
The taste really packs a punch, both in terms of heat and flavors, as this is a very intense IPA. Brewdog have used four times the hops of ordinary IPA, and then frozen the beer to remove water, to get the wanted abv, so the flavors are very powerful. Apricot, strawberries, passion fruit and sweetness is present together with hints of wood.
The aftertaste is long, with pleasant warmth and bitterness.
If you are fond of beer, and enjoy different types, you should try this one. I am already considering purchase of another bottle, even though it is very expensive.
NEA (4) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this last night at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido, CA at their meet the brewer night. Small sample out of the bottle. Intense orange amber with intense earthy hop aroma. Hoppy fruit flavor with subtle sweetness and alcohol. Warming feeling (you can feel it all the way down). Be sure to have some food in your stomach as some of my colleges’ stomachs had trouble with the alcohol. This is an intense hop experience! Not much malt to it, but if you like hops then definitely indulge!
badgerleggs (4) - FRANCE - DEC 15, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this is a beer but not in a normal way at all. its for sipping by the fire late at night just before bed. mmmmmmm bliss..
haakonm (4) - NORWAY - MAY 25, 2011 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 330ml served on Patricks. Beautiful color. Looks very tasty in the glass :-) Sticky texture.
SirBruceWillis (3) - BANGLADESH - NOV 10, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Could have been stronger. Shouldn’t have been able jump out of a moving helicopter afterwards, but here we are.
swaeni_eric (3) - Grendel - Attert, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extreme beer but very excellent.
Beaux043 (2) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010 does not count
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
What a wreck! Tried some at a tasting on St. Paddy’s Day with James Watt in the house. I might as well have been drinking hop resin. No discernable malt. I will say the 41% ABV is incredibly well cloaked, probably by the overwhelming hop additions. For you unabashed hop heads out there, here is your elixir of the gods. For those who like more balanced and well rounded beers, avoid this at all cost.