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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 355   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.


2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Sigmund (4933) - 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 Joe’s: Headless orange- buttery, boozy, cheap berryish Euro hop aroma. Nauseating. Slick, hot, oily, hoppy, honeyish. A gimmick.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
pilsnerrogge (2451) - Finspång, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2010
Bottled:
Pours deep amber, no head whatsoever. Aroma is quite sweet and alcoholic, some notes of raisins. There’s 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 "Bäska droppar".

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
A: The pour is surprisingly standard for an IPA. Golden copper/amber color with a fair amount of white head. S: At first, I quite liked the nose. A lot of hops, primarily resinous and piney in nature. However, if you breathe in a good bit and get the full bouquet, you’ll be able to pick out the three main components of this beer: alcohol (cheap vodka), hop extract, and sugar. T: Though I did enjoy the nose for a moment, the flavor just completely put me off. Even with just a small sip, the alcohol just attacks your tongue. Hot, cheap vodka followed by incredible bitter, hop extract type of flavor and then some table sugar mixed in to try to mellow things out. M: The body is quite heavy and almost syrupy. It’s also hot as hell. D: Just a few sips was more than enough of this one. I was not a fan of the Penguin, but I thought this was even worse.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HonusWagner (1316) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Fred’s review indicates that Mr. Ciesla brought this to the EBF tasting. Thanks Ryan, for inflicting this hilarious punishment upon me for showing up late to the tasting. Compelled by other tasting participants to drink multiple ounces, I obliged myself with a rather hefty pour. Sickeningly sweet hoppy rocket fuel down my throat. Almost gets to the point of being decent. Probably not a whole lot worse than 120 minute, to be quite honest. I guess this is a win, even though I won’t even rate it above a 2.5.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 Very different but sadly not in a good way. From the 12/2011 3R6P tasting. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz green bottle this beer poured a caramel-nut brown color with absolutely no head and no lacing. The aroma was undefineably off caramel, woody, smoke, mead and almost vomit like acidity. The flavor was caramel and cognac with notes of hot peppers, tobacco and soot. Astoundingly boozy and hotter than whiskey. Incredibly long finish was tremendous booziness and a lingering medicinal note. Thick and syrupy body. Different but not in a good way.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cyrenaica (966) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2011
1.5oz snifter
41.0% ABV
I tried this beer on January 17, 2011 at "The Beerbistro" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was a translucent golden red with no head. The aroma was alcohol, pine, and hops. The mouthfeel was full bodied with no carbonation and burned going down. The flavour was citrusy hops and tons of alcohol.

1.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Bullit (3961) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle from brewdog online shop. Amber colour, tiny off-white head. Aroma is extremely hoppy, intense bitter, pine, Feigling, sweet orange, alcohol. Flavour is extremely bitter, pine hops, strong malty. Burning finish. Except the aroma, it does not work for me. Maybe I’ll make a marinade with the remaining stuff.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
I had this beer at Churchill’s in San Marcos during the New Brew Thursday 1st Anniversary Party. I just didn’t enjoy this beer; it seemed tart, but not in a good way.

1.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Aroma: A surprising hop aroma, followed by fuel grade alcohol made to run jet engines, almost enjoyable. Appearance: Light coppery amber, slight carbonation. Taste: Lots of hops followed up by palate dismembering levels of aclohol, in a bad way. The bitterness isn’t really noticable. Palate: I one time tasted a tiny drop of hop extract, it does similar things to your palate as this "beer". Destroys the mouth and leaves you with an unpleasant feeling that this was a bad idea. Overall: Better than Tactical Nuclear Penguin, but not by much. This is sadly mislabeled as "beer" when it has more in common with jet fuel ethanol. The BrewDog guys need to learn how to make good beer instead of this unenjoyable gimmicky crap.


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