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Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 373   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (7756) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (7449) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7379) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Nip, Birthday Feathersí Owl-Drawing Crawl, BrewDog Nottingham...erm, Nottingham, 30/07/12. Still leggy copper. Sweet beautiful caramel and peach aroma. Hot, thick and fruity with peach and retronasal warm; chewy nougat and honey. Figs. Legs like no beverage Iíve ever seen. No subtleties. Full of warm, cool heat. Pint next time, please.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle at Joeís ridiculous going away party tasting courtesy of Ryan. Just what I needed when I was already gone, a 41% bomb! Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Smells just like what I thought it would, a hop cordial. Spicy hops, big earthy pine, lots of booze. Vanilla, caramel, and loads of citrus. Tough to drink, but certainly interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7252) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
Big thanks to askdrtodd for the share. Pours clear deep copper with thin white to off white head. The aroma is thick sludgy malts backed up by mild yet intense citrus hops and followed by the expected burn to the nose near the end of the draw. The taste is rough with a brief moment of malts rushing headlong into syrupy yet tart hop bitterness and astringency and then getting more and more boozy and rough. It continues to warm deep into the long after taste. Interesting. I doubt I can take much more than an ounce of this without something to re-set my palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (7123) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
CBF 2010: Orange, golden colour. Has an off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is harsh hopped, herbs, grass, resin. Moderate maltyness too. Flavor is harsh: Harsh sweet and harsh bitter and thats in a good way. Alcohol. Syrupy texture.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sebletitje (7120) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
cheers to askdrtodd for opening this one. pours deep orange, no head. Aroma, thank goodness for having some hops in there covering the mess that felt almost as huming boozy fumes. Just that could get you wasted. Flavors, lots of booze with an acetone/alcohol. Despite the whole boozy moutfeel, the hop profile is decent adding some nice citrus and grapefruit presence. Some caramel malts to be noticed as well. Iíd definitely like to try this DIPA with about 30% less abv. Donít know what else to say, this race for strongest beer is getting a little ridiculous. I feel if I wanted to try a good whiskey Iíd drink that, and this beer does just that, add to the wow factor. The price certainly does not warrant what you are getting.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2010
A Mes rate: bottle at the Rake tasting session.
I drank rather too much of this, and as a result it kicked my arse quite heavily. Thankfully, my notes are from early on when I was still compus mentus. A very attractive hazy orange brown colour, obviously no head but there were lots of hop leaf floaters. Aroma is just the most amazing blend of hops, cheese and alcohol you could possibly imagine. Bugger me, itís just sublime. Sod it, Iíd had it down as a nine but itís clearly a ten. I simply can not describe how good this smells. You really have no idea. Citrus from the Amarillo comes through in droves, cheese of the highest quality, Iíve never had such amazingly funky hops in my life. In fact, this is certainly the most challenging snout I have experienced. There is some faint boozy sweetness but no where near as much as I was expecting. The fruit of the malt shows through really well too. Basically itís about as good a smelling beer as the world has ever been blessed with in my opinion. This all follows on into the mouth almost effortlessly. Huge cheese and funk, massive sweetness and booze but somehow the insane amount of hops just about holds it in check. There is something quite toasty about it too. Liquid sugar but ooooooooh so fucking good. There is just so much going on and Iím gobsmacked itís not all over taken by the booze. The hops, the hops, MY GOD the HOPS!!! One of the best and certainly the maddest beers Iíve ever had. Intensity is through the roof. BrewDog I love you.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7103) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
375 ml bottle from michael-pollack in a trade we did 4 or so years ago - thanks again, Pollack! Best before September 21, 2029, so Iím guessing this is a 2009 vintage. Appears to be batch 11 (?). Pours a mostly clear tobacco-amber-brown color with no head. Leaves heavy legs inside the glass. The aroma goes straight up the nostrils and pokes at the brain. My cold is officially gone. Intensely boozy, with some dried and dark fruits, resin, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, anise, and oak. The flavor has mostly the same, simple slate of notes. Not quite as aggressive as the aroma, but probably because it didnít feel like it was going straight to the center of my head. Still, itís more intense than many distilled spirits of the same proof. A few of us cut this with water eventually, which seemed to help. Before that, this is full-bodied, with a hot, sticky, resinous, sweet, and bitter mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Really interesting and fun to try. Hard to rate, though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (7080) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Shared by bhensonb. Pours clear reddish copper with no head, just a few bubbles. The aroma has enough alcohol fume to clear ones sinuses. I believe they froze all the IPA out of this one, except maybe the hops, leaving very little beer-like flavor. Might as well have been distilled. Nevetheless, I really enjoyed this unique beverage for what it is - exactly what the brewer set out to produce. Thanks, Bill.


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