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

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RATINGS: 366   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.


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.

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.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2010 Deep amber in color with no carbonation. Nose is just awesome. Big hop aroma despite high alcohol - very surprising. Thick, chewy mouthfeel. Nice spicy hop flavor, followed by alcohol warming. Overall a great beer for one this big.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerfest5 (1147) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 8, 2011
WOW!!!! I really didnt expect this to taste like a beer after sampling sam adams utopias which tastes like a brandy. If someone handed to me and said it was a new DIPA from Brewdog but didnt say it was 41%, I wouldnt know until I was on the floor. Thank you to my lovely cool wife for getting me a 12oz beer for $100 against her better judgement. Poured into a snifter, amber color, and smells as most DIPA’s do, citrus, floral, hoppy. Tastes is complex hops, definitely the abv comes through, difficult to make it disapear. very enjoyable and for someone who is sick of the imperials and crazy abv beers out there, this was an experience ill never forget.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odland (137) - NORWAY - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle shared at home. Pours golden amber. Oily texture and smells of hops and toffee. Described by the taste panel as a well balanced hop liqueur. Prominent alcohol but not to disturbing. A fantastic IIPA. Meant to be shared.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyzzywyz22 (2000) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
Bottle at home from Carringtons, Chorlton. Slightly hazy burnt orange coloured pour with no head. Powerful, sweet, alcohol heavy and hop laden aroma with notes of vanilla and tropical fruits. Slightly sticky syrupy mouthfeel, but slid down silky smooth. The flavour had all the characteristics of the nose with some caramel malts and spice present too, plus of course a big warming boozy kick in the nuts. Whilst obviously being evident, overall the 41% ABV is very well masked. Immense hop bitterness that just goes on and on like the duracell bunny. In beer terms this is the personification of pushing the envelope. A fantastic drink.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GODiSSOUTHERN (376) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BitchPls (587) - FINLAND - JUN 16, 2013
Copper orange beer with no head, some bubbles. Leaves angels tears on the glass. Deep caramel, syrup and ripe orange fruits on the nose. Mouth feel is thick and soft and full. Very nice syrup and caramel taste combined with a deep bitter finnish. Ripe sweet orange fruits again in the flavors. As a whisky drinker and an IPA lover I am just so excited about this drink! This is a truly pleasant surprise for me. I love it! It’s just so unique and exciting.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ComradeK (1045) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JAN 24, 2014
375ml bottle. Pours a clear deep copper, viscous and with no head. It looks a bit like slightly carbonated whisky. Oily resinous hops, with orange and aniseed notes and a little roast almond make up the aroma. Whisky-like heat up front brings plenty of aniseed. Oily resin comes in next, with burnt caramel and orange in the mid-palate. Cointreau orange gives it a smooth finish. This is an interesting experience, a little like a blend of good Scotch and potent IPA. It certainly shows its strength more than Tactical Nuclear Penguin, but that means it is one to sip and savour. Nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (3557) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2013
oooooow yeah ! epic share by hoppyloft ! wanting to try this one ever since i heard about it, yet its to damn expensive! its a shame i just decided to stop drinking foir the day so i only had a few sips ... anyway, heard 100 % negative of this beer... pours very thick, orange. smell is hoppy, boozy. taste is a BOOM of hops, bitter, booze, thick,... aftertaste is very boozy, bitter. the sad thing is , the alcohol volume destroys much of your taste, (and , prob, your body) , wich is, actualy, pretty damn nice ! ( the taste, i dont know yer body ) . plus its harsh to drink much of this ... but damn, the taste is said to be very awfull? i LOVE it! if only it were cheaper ...


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