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


on tap

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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (10855) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours amber, quite hoppy, bitter and fruity, surprisingly hides the alcohol more than TNP.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (10756) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle. Bitter orange peel, sour milk and alcohol aroma - a bit fusely. Amber color with no head. Sweet orange malt, floral/pine hops and alcohol flavor. Lingering bitterness. Would probably be a nicely drinkable beer at 7-8 times less alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10644) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle… This beer rocks on so many levels!… Hazy, dirty orange ale with no head. The aromatics here are terrific and very Imperial IPA-like. Quite shocking when one considers that this beer, clocking in at 82 proof, is a liquor/spirit in all facets other than dictionary definition. Boatloads of resiny, grapefruity, earthy, musky lupulin with a heavy dose of toffee and very little ethanol or methanol burn in the nose. Full-bodied and oily with pillow-soft carbonation. The taste is as delicious as it is intense – praline and extremely earthy, pissy, musky lupulin… a virtual alpha acid bath for my tongue. Blistering, yet surprisingly Imperial IPA-like and very un-liquor-like. Heavy toffee and caramel sweetness intermingles fantastically with off-the-charts hop flavor and bitterness. Sweet, tangy, boozy finish. Relatively smooth. Wow… I’m blown away! This world class bottle of beer was shared with many by a very generous darkguardian!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (10625) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2011
330 ml bottle. Batch #2. From Scotland. My rating #2 000.
Clear mahogany colour with no head. Portwine, cognac, strong bitter hops, malt, brown sugar, sweetness and strong maltiness once again in aroma. Flavour is very strong in every way. Burning alcohol. Everlasting bitterness and alcohol burning. As DIPA this is not that good but as 41% alcohol drink this is quite drinkable. Quite unusual. No need for another though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
Bottle thanks to Joey. Pours a clear brown with no head. The aroma is a strong smoke, booze, and hairspray. Thin mouthfeel with strong smoke and alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Thanks yespr. Clear reddish amber with no head. Sweet aroma with alcohol, toasted malt, dried druits and hoppy notes. Extremely sweet flavour with ripe fruits, caramel, loads of hops, pine and plenty of alcohol. Finished bitter and sweet. Boozy stuff. I liked the Penguin being dry but this one was way to sweet I’m afraid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - APR 11, 2010
Sample from fløska, huge thanks to yespr for this! Clear deep golden amber colour. No head at all. Very sweet toasty caramel alcoholic hoppy strong aroma. Quite oily well filling mouthfeel. Quite sweet bombastic hoppy alcoholic caramel flavour, woooooo! The alcohol is indeed noticeable but not near the 41%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (10232) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 30, 2015
had when it was the strongest beer out there - split up a bottle 4 ways. Glad we did. A nice experience but harder to drink than say, a Utopias which is better crafted and a better sipper. This is slightly citrusy booze, resemblimg whiskey more than "Imperial IPA". Cool, but not worth the price.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Sampled from the bottle. Poured a clear sappy amber with no head whatsoever. Aroma had a bit of caramel and sweet grain but was mainly just full of extremely hot alcohol that burned the nose. Flavor was more complex with caramel, sweet grain, molasses, raisin, syrup, grass, a hint of pine and resin. The finish was still intensely boozy, but much less so than the nose. Warms the tummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
leaparsons (9941) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle, Brewdog Nottingham. Ruby red with a thin foam. Aromas are red wine with toffee and brandy. Marzipan with pepper and raisins. Soy sauce with meaty notes and whisky grain. Flavours are spicy with brandy burn and toffee. Woody with whisky and alcohol. Fruity with a warming, peppery finish. Excellent. B

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