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

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RATINGS: 365   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sunevdj (3201) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2010
Tasting at Ølbutikken - THX Jesper! Pours a clear light orange with no head. Smells of alcohol and some hops. First is a fiery alco burn, then you discover piny hopsaromas and some residual sugars. Dry finish with more alcoburn and hints of caramel. Interesting.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8592) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle shared with jcwattsrugger and decaturstevo. Pours amber. Deceptively nice nose at first inhalation. Hops and grain alcohol. Then the true beast reveals itself. Rubbing alcohol, paint thinner and iodine permeates the nose in follow up whiffs. Hops become more muted. The first sip is also deceptive. Slight burn with hop malt character throughout. Subsequent sips tell a different story. The beer quickly becomes a Jack Daniels cough medicine of sorts, lots of rubbing alcohol and burn with little hops in background.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Beer Bloggers Conference 2010 – Boulder, CO
The Night of Beers…
Holy cow batman what the hell was that I just put in my mouth. It was a lot like a barley wine that was iced down 4 times then hops added for extra flavors. It was pure alcohol. This is one for the books to add hair on your toe nails. Thanks to BBC10 for the try.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (19659) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2010
Bottled at Bishop’s Arms SoFo, Stockholm. Viscou amber, no head. Huge hoppy aroma with peach and tropical fruits. Very sweet and thick, fiercely alcoholi cand very hoppy. More similar to Hungarian peach brandy than any beer I know of. After the initial aroma it’s all about the alcohol and sweetness. Interesting? Definitely! But not a beer I’m dying to try again.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange amber with no head.

Aroma: Grapefruit, rubbing alcohol, vinegar, and spoiled peach.

Taste: Caramel like booze, spoiled peach, grapefruit, wood, astringent hops, and alcohol for days.

Mouthfeel: Hot and syrupy.

Overall: Insanity in a bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (6713) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
chrisv10 (11238) - DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
Bottle. Clear golden with no head. Flavour is malt, hops, alcohol, burning and bitter.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2010
Bottled. Many thanks to Bullit. had it in the morning just a few hours before checkin in on the airport and a few hours after a night of hard work, i.e. drinkin bitters, golden ales, ciders and the usual british pubstuff. It is fluorescent hop juice with a lot of alcohol. Thats all there is actually. Funny experiment, nice marketing, good practical joke, quality hops there, but overall not really drinkable.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (4948) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUL 26, 2010
0.33 l bottle, thanks Sampo! Hazy amber color. Strong hop and alcohol aroma with lemon, mango, raspberry, whisky and hot alcohol. Immensely hot bittersweet flavor with toffee, nuts, raspberry, citrusy hops. Very warming and burning, more so than a whisky. Very mouth numbing. I rather drink whisky.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2010
In short: Sweet malts, A LOT of alcohol (d’uh!) and pine-tree hops. A bad idea done right
How: Bottle sample at Saint-Bock, Montreal
The look: Clear dark golden body with no head
In long: Nose is obviously all alcohol but somehow manages to stay clear of higher alcohol/fusel territory. Taste has some caramel, maple syrup, a ton of alcohol and inexplicably a nice pine-tree hops presence. I never thought the hops could pierce through the wall of alcohol but they do. Minimal carbonation and syrupy body. Obviously I found it too boozy to be enjoyable but I must admit that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected and much much much better than their terrible Tactical Nuclear Penguin. It was a fun experience and Brewdog did a good job with it. But a 40% beer is just a bad idea. That leapfrog game that Brewdog and other breweries are playing to make the strongest beer in the world has got to stop. This is the worst games since W_eel _f F_rt_ne.


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