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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (29828) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Bottled. A hazy dark red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has strong notes of hops, citrus, and alcohol, as well as medium notes of caramel, but also a bit of dextrose - a bit of a drawback. The flavor is very sweet and very powerful with strong notes of dextrose (a drawback), caramel, alcohol, as well as a good hop presence. The alcohol burns my palate. But unfortunately the hops canít hide the dextrose. Too much for my weak palate. Huge thanks yespr for sharing this low-ABV beer ;-)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fonefan (35959) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is heavy hoppy, spicy hops, heavy alcohol - sharp, aroma is all about alcohol and alcohol. Flavor is heavy sweet and harsh bitter with a long long duration, alcohol alcohol and hops. Not for my palate. Body is medium to full, texture is oily - syrupy, carbonation is flat. [20100506]

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (11192) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle at Patricks. Dark golden colour with no head. Aroma is alcohol, sirup, hop, pine, citrus. Flavour is alcohol, sirup, hop, pine, citrus. Intense and strong hop drink nearly tto much in my opinion.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (13196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Bottle at Churchkey. I tried to share this one, but no one would accept. I had one of the best bowel movements of my life after trying this beer, and that alone was worth the sticker price. Bright amber with 3 tiny bubbles and no detectable carbonation or head. Aroma of pine sol and rubbing alcohol. Taste is massive pine, too overwhelming to finish. Causes tingling in the parotid glands and nasal passages, that eventually transitions to pain. I donít know what else to say.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2010
official BrewDog tasting in Oslo. IPA-like nose. Hops, herbs, mint. You feel intoxicated by the aroma alone. The flavour is liquor-like, it has cough syrup, very herbal. Very bitter. More toothpaste than beer. But keep them coming!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rosenbergh (7353) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fred82 (2115) - Quťbec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle at saturday night hotel tasting. EBF 2011. Thanks Ryan for bringing this one.
Appearance : Clear amber with no head.
Aroma : Nice hops with notes of fruity peaches.
Taste : Very syrupy and hoppy. Veru syrupy finish with bitter hops and note of peaches. Finish is very messy and astringent. Very hot also (like one would expect).
Overall : Nose was rather nice. Nice hops and everything but taste is too messy and syrupy. Also way too hot. I agree that one is to expect something very hot and syrupy but.... Iím glad I tried it once but I donít expect to try this again.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2011
UPDATED: APR 25, 2011 12 oz. bottle from the brewery, split with Matts_Property and a few others - had a 4 oz. sample for myself, which was way more than needed. Pours a vibrant orange amber. The aroma is ridiculously insane - intense hop oils, liqueur and of course, copious alcohol - sort of like a hop liquor. The flavour offers no mercy either, with a ridiculously hoppy palate amplified with liqueur and a colossal alcohol blast to bring out the hop juices more so - doesnít exactly feel like 41% (more like 20% or so). Sort of a turpentine / paint thinner quality also. Glad I got to try this, but I canít say this is exactly enjoyable. Tactical Nuclear Penguin is more enjoyable. Quite the experiment here.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dedollewaitor (14103) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2011
Copenhagen Beer Festival, 2011. Thanks ChrisV10. Pours copper with no head. Pine cones and alcohol. Plenty off it . . and also lots of burning alcohol - to the extreme.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pekorte (6) - FINLAND - JUL 25, 2011 does not count
Tasted this at Tampere city. Surprisingly I didnít get those IPA hops nor bitterness. It had of course lots of alcohol but because of the full body, heavy sweetness and caramel I thought it was quite well balanced.. If you can use that word in this content. Mouthfeel was quite thick and beer was flat, tasted sweet malt and licorice. Appearance was clear, no head and colored brown. Props for doing it over the top!


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