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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.


2.6
   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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cool_Bond (1492) - Kung av Öl @ Facebook, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2013
Very strong aroma. Aromas of caramel. The taste is good, not too much alcohol. The taste is of licorice. The aftertaste is left for a while. Very heavy beer drinking. It was enough 3cl at me. Drank it at Brewdog Bar Stockholm. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
karstenejby (10) - - NOV 11, 2013
En udvanlig stærk sag, som kun bør nydes i små mængder. Sjovt indslag, men er smagt bedre.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
vtafro (3563) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2014
(backlog) Close to a 1oz pour from a bottle. Orange pour with a scant amount of head. Very dank hop aromas. Flavor is intense, closer to a hop liquor than a hopped up beer.

2.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marsiblursi (3021) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 (Bottle, thanks Schnille and Schmak) Pours hazy orange, almost muddy. The aroma is supper hoppy with tones of grapefruit, white flowers and canned pineapples. Good deal of alcohol warmth on the nose. Sugary backbone. The flavour is light (to medium) sweet, heavily bitter and medium acidic. Lots of resin, grapefruit and alcohol alongside some tropical hints. The mouthfeel is thick and astringent (from the hops) as well as numbing from the alcohol. Fiery and quite dry finish with lingering aggressive citrusy hops. Near full-bodied. So it is true - more alcohol makes a better beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mjs (4640) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 11, 2010
(A small sample from bottle) Poured amber coloured and clear. No head. Aroma contained solvent, malts and mildly honey. Palate was full bodied and very warming. Flavours were booze, hops, fruitiness, malts and mildly bitterness. Aftertaste was boozy and malty.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUL 3, 2010
Sampled at DØE Beerfestival 2010, TAP1. Pours a clear and amber beer with no head. The aroma is hops. The flavor is some malt and a heavy alcoholburn. The palate is alcohol. Overall a good aroma but too much alcoholburn.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
larsniclas (5635) - Billdal, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2010
Sampled at SBWF-10 Some sweet fruits and hops but mostly an overwhelming alco-chock!

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Ok fine it is novel. Tasted about 2 oz o f it. The aroma is actually not too bad, a bit of malt vinegar I would say but certainly no hops or pine. Flavor is just alcohol. Tastes like some badly done grain alcohol with no nuance. One and done.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle shared by Wes. Rating #236. Clear dark brown color with no head. Aroma is a big boozy hop bomb, but not so fresh, a bit of cardboard and a little oxidized. Sweet, sweet and a little more sweet and really hot. Not terribly enjoyable. (2056)


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