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

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RATINGS: 362   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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sebletitje (6700) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2010
cheers to askdrtodd for opening this one. pours deep orange, no head. Aroma, thank goodness for having some hops in there covering the mess that felt almost as huming boozy fumes. Just that could get you wasted. Flavors, lots of booze with an acetone/alcohol. Despite the whole boozy moutfeel, the hop profile is decent adding some nice citrus and grapefruit presence. Some caramel malts to be noticed as well. Iíd definitely like to try this DIPA with about 30% less abv. Donít know what else to say, this race for strongest beer is getting a little ridiculous. I feel if I wanted to try a good whiskey Iíd drink that, and this beer does just that, add to the wow factor. The price certainly does not warrant what you are getting.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
AdamJackson (2626) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2012
. Had the last ounce for a bottle previously opened at Brew Dog Camden. Paid 6 Quid for a pour and shared with a friend.

A - Light wooden brown. Looks like corn syrup.

S - Smells like crappy whiskey. Burns my nostrils

T - Oh god. Big dry good but drinks like motor oil. Huge bright hops for grapefruit. Absolutely atrocious.

M - Mouthfeel is rotten candy.

O Ė 40/100. This was even worse than the penguin. We tasted them side by side. Atrocious taste. It took a lot out of me to finish this beer.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (6421) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Swingtop bottle, thanks to phaleslu for sharing at his Weird Beers Tasting. Batch 11, best before September 21st, 2029. 2009 vintage, apparently. Mostly clear brown color. Some fine dark particles in the body. No head, but AWESOME legs. Maybe the best Iíve seen for a beer, very active, big, tall legs. Very intense nose. Jet fuel. Donít get too close, the smell alone will burn the inside of your nostrils. Besides the intense heat, some raisin, vinous, dark fruit in the nose. Spiciness, but that just may be heat in my nostrils. Now for the first sip... Wow, a lot of anise. Dark fruit, molasses. Black licorice, tons of it. Bigger body. Little to no carbonation. Drying finish. You can only take teeny tiny sips of this stuff, but still there is a lot of burn on it. OK, some people add a drop of water to whiskey, right? Maybe Iíll add a bit from this Brita pitcher (accidentally added a bit more than a drop, woops..). A little more tolerable that way, though. Quite a bit better that way. Still, lots of heat on the end, some burn. Anyway... Hard to force myself to drink much more of this in a tasting setting. Would be an interesting one to sip if I wanted to get totally blasted, maybe. I feel like if I force myself to continue Iíll be in trouble. Overall, very interesting, very fun to try... One Iíve wanted to try for some time. But as a drinking experience, itís a bit rough and punishing. Pretty much what I expected a 41% beer to be like, though. Not magical, though. 41% just for the sake of being 41% is pretty much what defines this beer.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12oz bottle-thanks jtclockwork for sharing-pours no head and orange color. Aroma is initially resin/lemon, 2nd medium malt-caramel. Then iodine/acetone. Taste is biting hops, then turns to grain alcohol, warming/burning all the way down the gullet. Both aroma and taste start impressively, then goes explosively downhill. Initial 9/3/7/4/15=3.8 then 4/3/4/2/10=2.3

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: July 30, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark amber, thick and viscous with legs
Aroma: strong sweet aroma, dark candy caramel
Flavor: hot caramel flavor, huge bitterness, lots of concentrated hops, long bitter finish, alcohol lingers forever
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 8/20
Rating: 2.3/5.0
Drinkability: 3/10
Score: *+ /4

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
neur0 (909) - GERMANY - AUG 5, 2012
(flasche) farblich dunkelrot, klar filtriert, ohne schaum. das aroma ist fruchtig, sehr alkoholisch und suesslich. Der geschmack ist alkoholisch, sehr bitter, viskos, alkoholisch, suesslich und etwas wuerzig. Tut mir leid aber nicht nochmal....

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Sigmund (5121) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2010
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 41%. Sold as "spirits / hard liquor" ( 4 cl shots) in Norway. Deep reddish orange to amber colour, No head, nor any carbonation. Aroma of piney and catty American hops, hints of fusel alcohols and red berries. The flavour is very sweet, very bitter and loaded with alcohol. Not good.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Bottle at Joeís: Headless orange- buttery, boozy, cheap berryish Euro hop aroma. Nauseating. Slick, hot, oily, hoppy, honeyish. A gimmick.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
M_Jager (106) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2011
This isnít a beer! Insane and only to be drunk as an experiment. Appearance is more whiskey like, no head at all and I poured this hard. Smell of honey, and spices. First mouthful blew my head off. Second the same.... wow..... very sticky syrupy liquid which burns as you would expect from something this strong. Intense bitterness and dry alcohol aftertaste. Amazing, but never again

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pilsnerrogge (2500) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2010
Bottled:
Pours deep amber, no head whatsoever. Aroma is quite sweet and alcoholic, some notes of raisins. Thereís some raisins in the flavour as well but most of all: alcohol and hops, loads of it. No balance at all. Tastes a lot like the swedish schnapps "Bšska droppar".


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