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


on tap

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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
natejgood (433) - 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 wonít drink it again, but this is an interesting experiment.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
OwainTurner (425) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Alcohol. Sweet. Banana. Mango. Sweet. Think. Sugar. Alcohol. Hops. Hops. Bitter. Not too bad. Not a beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mjollnir (392) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2012
2012 production, thanks to a friend in England for mailing a bottle, saving about $110 over the best store price in Australia. Pours clear amber-red with no head, leaving some thin legs, any number of aged spirits would be doing quite well to look like this without artificial colourant. Malty and slightly hoppy aroma with a lot of alcohol. Flavours of clean malt as if itís a scotch malt whisky but the alcohol very quickly overpowers the early sweetness, with a reasonably amount of bitterness too, with a yeast extract note mixing in later on. Unfortunately the hop bitterness is not clean or sharp and only reminds me of a tainted scotch whisky. Medium bodied, no carbonation, fairly dry and very hot with a fading bitter finish. Within in this small universe of fractionally frozen beers, itís not nearly as balanced or enjoyable as the much cheaper Tactical Nuclear Penguin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Wow. A lot of people have a lot to say about this one. I was surprised how smooth it is for the percentage. Extremely warming with the alcohol but also complex spicy fruity hop character. Definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Frenger (367) - Derby, Alabama, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Bottle from brewdog.com. Itís hard to rate this one because as the bottle went on I started to enjoy it more and more. For the strength there was a lot of flavour but I expect this was more a technical exercise.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jvhemert (359) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 19, 2012
AROMA: resin, balsamic vinegar APPEARANCE: brown, sirup, no head TASTE: medium sweetness PALATE: medium body, oily feel, sticky, flat, bitter OVERALL: the balsamic vinegar ruins it, better stick with nuclear penguin.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2011
Very nice beer, this one. The high ABV (and associated drinking habits) appeals to my liqueur side. Very impressed with the complexity and interest in the taste of this for such a high ABV - when 41% of your beer is a given, single chemical, you only have 59% of the total volume to play with to affect the taste, and BrewDog have done a great job of utilising their 59% to very good effect. Highly complex aroma, strong alcohol (obviously), but hops and caramels are also there. Taste is again very complex, sweet yet bitter, honey-ish, kinda fruity and a small hint of cheese. Lovely mouthfeel (reminds me of Drambuie), except when it gets on your mouth ulcer. My god, can this stuff HURT! Finish, oddly, has high alcohol burn... Itís quite rewarding, actually. A lot more refined and ímatureí than Iíd been expecting, given the headline-grabbing ABV. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2012
A- Amber and a tiny film head but since I only had a shot glass full not sure how head or lacing would be in a larger glass. i do know how I would look after a larger glass and it is not good! S- Burst of hops with quite a bit more sweetness than I ever expected. Lotís of citrus especially pineapple and grapefruit zest. Then of course the, inescapable alcohol smell is present but very pleasant and warming. T- WOW! Massive Hop Flavor, sticky pine and sweet citrus all together with a very warming alcohol presence. Even at 41% the alcohol does not overwhelm the other flavors. Everything is pretty equally intense. M - Not nearly as full or viscous as I would have thought. Medium/light bodied. As expected you can feel the booze heat up the as I swirl it in my mouth. D - Well there is only so much you can drink safely but if a serving is only an once or two (which is what it should be) then I could definitely have at least one more. This is where I found the rating difficult, but had to give it a decent score as for itís strength it is very drinkable. This is a tough one to review as it may be a beer but had all of the qualities of a Hop Spirit, and pretty much is the result of a pissing contest with Schorschbršu for the worlds strongest beer. Really, a Fantastic experience that I am so happy to have been able to sample as I am not spending £40+ for a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nordic (323) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 8, 2015
2cl @ Keller, Tartu. Dark amber color. Full body. Aroma: spicy, caramel, nuts, toffee, liquorice. Taste: warming, alcohol, medium bitter, some sweetness. Complex. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Bismarck pours a very light amber color. The bottle opened up with a big pffffffffft but there really isnít any carbonation on this beer. Itís dead. While the Penguin might of dislodged some of my nose hairs when I took a whiff, this destroyed anything in my nose. I wonít have to clip any nose hairs for a while. They got burned away by the huge presence of alcohol and hops. The hops in this bad boy are just huge and itís actually a lovely smell even though the alcohol is so big. Huge amounts of citrus, pine, and other fruits. Words just cannot describe. The taste is basically like a hop liquor. Like they took vodka or whatever alcohol and infused it with hops. Huge presence of alcohol that warms the throat was it goes down. But once again the hops mix in well, they donít totally make up for the big alcohol but itís close. There is a actually a noticeable malt presence but it hides pretty damn well. Mouthfeel is sticky, oily, and thin. For the amount of alcohol in this beer it goes down fairly nice and itís a good sipper.

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