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

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RATINGS: 358   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.


2.3
   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 (893) - 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 (5024) - 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.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
M_Jager (106) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2011
This isn’t 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 (2488) - 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 (10789) - 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 (1365) - 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 (4909) - 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.


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