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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beer4000 (4617) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2010
4cl sample. Itís A Beer Itís A Bird! Itís A Plain! NO! Itís.. Supermanís favorite drink! I have sampled this one three times now at Patricks bar and cannot still decide exactly how to rate this. There might be some arguments about if this is a beer or not, but it might be more interesting to find out what to compare with. There isnít exactly to many ďquadruple IPAĒ to compare with out there. So today I have come to the conclusion to not give a shit about what this is and try to compare it with anything else that I now about. I have enjoyed this drink a lot every time had it and I wan to have it again, so letís just celebrate that there is innovative brewers all over the world who still are able to come up with new crazy ideas and push the limits. I wonder how people would had react to e.g. Three Floyds Dreadnaught if it just had appeared in the marked in 1975? But on the other hand, Iím not sure if we need a bunch of similar products in the above 20% ABV league. Anyway, the body has a nice, clear amber color with obvious no head. There is a strong aroma of alcohol and hops mixed with caramel and syrup. A bit overwhelming in the start maybe, but just relax and take youíre time, this is actually really nice to just sit back and smell while youíre getting prepared to take the first sip. And what a sip! When this nectar hits my lips and attacks my palate this is just like an explosion of flavors. A chaotic mix of burning alcohol, aromahops, bitterhops, really sweet caramel syrup and fruits. The amazing thing is that there is a balance to this madness, again just relax and let the palate moderate the whole situation (or maybe we are talking about local anesthesia here!) This is very extraordinary stuff, it might not be everybodyís cup of tea (hop liquor), but I just love it and was really exited the first time I tasted it so I have to praise it.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (8034) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 3, 2010
Hazed red-brownish beer with (surprise!) no head. HOPS!! God, this is a hopbomb. And then- the pure nose of a rum-bonbon; straw. Cocos, hops, sweet and fiery alcoholic, alcohol-preserved fruits as apricots. More alcoholburn than a maltwhisky at equal strength, but way more flavourful. The hops really make the difference, I assess this even better than the TNPenguin - and not because of the ABV!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pyrmir (3544) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2012
Bottle. LOTS of alcohol in the nose. Smells salty, like concentrated sea water with brandy/whisky. Some dried fruits there aswell. Taste: LOTS of alcohol, very salty. Like a good whisky with hops. Iíd rather take this than a whisky in front of the fireplace on a winter night.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (3626) - 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 ...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerViking (2689) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2010
Small sample from a bottle at the Brewdog tasting in London last Friday. Ok, it looks worryingly hazy and oily, but to smell it is like sticking your nose is a hopsack, no, itís like burying your entire head in hops and then recycling it as firelighters. Then when you taste it, itís totally contradictory, the texture says it should be syrupy-sweet but itís as dry as a bone. Flavours lurking in there include liquorice, lemon, and pepper, plus thereís a salty-iodine seaweed that reminded me of one of the island single malts. Itís better balanced than the Penguin and is an amazing artefact. Is it still beer? Iím not sure, but Iíd sure like another glass of it while I ponder the question!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
armando629 (2416) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 18, 2010
0,33 l bottle, shared with friends, just a few slip to taste it.
Cler deep amber beer with a small head that diminishes quickly, disappeares fully. Not a surprise. Fantastic IPA-like aroma with resiny, citrussy hop, grapefruits, caramel, honey and some liqueric malt, some fermented cheese. Oily body with a syrupy mouthfeel, caramel, honey and the fantastic and balanced hops. According to the incredible high abv, the alcohol is very well hidden. Congratulations!

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2010
First of all the aroma is like you stuck your head in a bale of hops. Very viscous, coating the mouth with hop resin and alcohol. Very warming sensation as it travels to the stomach. Overall a very interesting beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle: words fail me. I havenít the ability to describe the ecstatic experience a beer geekís palate goes through when it meets this glorious elixir. All I come up with is; intense, crazy hopping but balanced with super rich malting, peaches, citrus, malt to the max....like a west coast DIPA liqueur. For the price, Iíd rather buy a bottle of this than malt scotch...this is the most intense IPA you will ever encounter.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2010
From a wonderful coworker as our Christmas Day treat on the job, out of a paper coffee cup. Dark copper color with no head. Monster hop aroma. Sherry and toffee. Big toffee and caramel flavor. Burning hop bitterness. Very syrupy. Smashingly bitter orange. Really enjoyed this. Crazy bitterness, but delicious.

By the way, it eventually started eating through the paper cups. Awesome.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - DEC 30, 2010
Sampled at "the strongest beer in the world" tasting session on ōrsted ōlbar.Orange look with no head. Extreme pine hop aroma with lots of skunk/pot and alchohol. Strong bitter flavor with the piney/skunky hops comming through in the moutharoma aswell of course along with the alchoholic burning finish. Still a nice experience.


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