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Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 355   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 (6588) - Helsinki, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle at Joe’s 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.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (6514) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6495) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6365) - 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.

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Ever had absenthe? Same difference. Bitter, fusel and undrinkable crap. At least it looks okay in the glass.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6323) - Helsinge, DENMARK - APR 7, 2010
Bottle kindly shared by yespr. Thanks a lot! Clear deep amber with no head. Very sweet grassy hoppy aroma. Loads of caramel and alcohol. The flavour is heavy stuff. Loads of hops mixed with a bunch of caramel and sweet alcohol. Quite tasty. Oily texture. To the extreme.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (6321) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2010
Many times (including the launch at the Rake), most recently at Brewdog Aberdeen. Pours cloudy orange with non-existant head. Nose; powerful citrus hop, varnish, floral, wood, alcohol. Taste; like hardcore IPA concentrate, great alcohol warmth, citrus fruits (oranges, lemons), varnish, pine. Great fun to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6146) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2010
No head. Deep golden body. Intense tropical fruit and hop oil aroma, not very complex, with mango notes. Can’t pick up the alcohol, interestingly. Taste: Intense hoppy mango and tropical fruit explosion. Probably the most intense thing I’ve ever tasted. Hot, oily mouthfeel. Can’t really tell about the body. Intense, intense grapefruit and alcohol aftertaste wth long lingering salty mango taste. Like pouring hop essence into vodka, except the alcohol is well hidden. Impresssive. I could actually drink a little bit of this with enjoyment. (Tiny sample, Håndverkerstuene, Oslo.)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lusikka (6069) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2011
2 cl sample @ O’Hara’s, Tampere.
Pours a dark reddish brown colour without a head. Aroma of massive amount of floral hops, licorice and pine needles with some caramel. Flavour of sweet floral hops, caramel, pine needles and a massive amount of licorice. Full bodied with a burning alcohol finish. Long, warming, fruity, bitter finish with loads of licorice. The amount of licorice and hops surprised me and actually made this quite enjoyable. A lot better than The Penguin. 2 cl is still enough.


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