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

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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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.


2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
karstenejby (10) - - NOV 11, 2013
En udvanlig stærk sag, som kun bør nydes i små mængder. Sjovt indslag, men er smagt bedre.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
dbcfd (7) - USA - SEP 14, 2010 does not count
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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfields (6) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2010 does not count
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pekorte (6) - FINLAND - JUL 25, 2011 does not count
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!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hebra78 (5) - NORWAY - MAY 25, 2011 does not count
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SirBruceWillis (5) - BANGLADESH - NOV 10, 2013 does not count
Could have been stronger. Shouldn’t have been able jump out of a moving helicopter afterwards, but here we are.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerleggs (4) - FRANCE - DEC 15, 2012 does not count
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..

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NEA (4) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2010 does not count
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!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haakonm (4) - NORWAY - MAY 25, 2011 does not count
Bottle 330ml served on Patricks. Beautiful color. Looks very tasty in the glass :-) Sticky texture.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swaeni_eric (3) - Grendel - Attert, BELGIUM - JUN 1, 2010 does not count
Extreme beer but very excellent.


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