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


on tap

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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 1230   ABV: 41%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (11965) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAY 16, 2010
courtesy of Laurent Mousson - clear amber colour without any foam; aroma of cognac, oranges and hop resin with a very apparent burning alcohol presence; no carbonation here and absolutely incredibly bitter; very long hoppy notes and insanely bitter finish, salty with notes of peated whisky and oranges - "hop-scene" and pretty incredible stuff; a unique experience - the 16 yo Isle of Jura we had just after tasted pretty watery in comparison

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Balazs (787) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle shared with fellow Hungarian beerfans. Poured amber color with no head. Sweet aroma, honey, citrus, coriander, caramel and strong hops. Medium dense body with some carbonation. Dry, hoppy aftertaste. Alcohol is there, but much smoother than with distilled drinks. Strong aroma matches the strong ABV, so in that sense I think it’s balanced. Unique, enjoyable, for special events for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheHorizon (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010 does not count
APPEARANCE: Poured by James (thanks) into a small, fluted sample glass. Straw/Slightly Amber color with a transparent thickness to it. Tiny, fluffy, and sticky white head. SMELL: Outstanding and quite impressive. Overall, an intense bouquet of aromatic hops with a Perfumed Lemon Rind, Flowery Orange Zest, Peach Fuzz, Lime Juice, Thyme, Pineapple, Cotton Candy kinda feel to it (<--most to least order) over a backbone of slightly piney and oily grapefruit rind/zest, blended with a fairly boozy, somewhat sweet IPA/almost-butterscotch aroma quite seamlessly. Again...quite impressive! TASTE: Similar to the smell but much more boozy with rye whisky and Jamacain dessert rum aromatics and heat playing nicely with the rest of the flavors described above. Also, unlike the nose the taste included more malty sweetness than hop flavor (although both were definitely present). MOUTHFEEL: Sticky and a bit oily, but fairly thin (considering the amount of water that had been removed from it) with plenty of heat and acidity to balance out the sweet/sticky feeling on the palate (like an elephant balances with a school bus on a see-saw) DRINKABILITY: Extremely impressive and dangerously drinkable. More drinkable than many fine single malt whiskeys that I have had with almost as much (and a much different breed of ) complexity (and much more drinkable than the penguin). OVERALL: A very impressive and well-crafted beer (assuming that word still applies to something 41% ABV)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 22, 2011
In bottle from Vino, thanks Sev! I like this beer, There is nothing subtle about it. It pours a thick, reddish-amber colour with no head. The aroma is of a very strong barley wine, lots of sugar and resinous hops. Tastes lovely. The hops are still present after having this bottle opened with the provided closure for several months. Lovely oily mouthfeel and lingering bitterness. We treat this like a malt whiskey. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (4101) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2011
Pours clear amber with no head. Aroma is extremely strong, with alcohol, some fruits and hops. Flavor is malts, fruits and lots of alcohol and hops. Also extremely strong. Surprisingly good. By far the most over the top IPA I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
visionthing (4776) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2011
This is of course a very strange beer. I think I was just smelling it for at least a minute. Very fruity and strong smell, but without the alcohol sting you often get from whisky and other distilled liquids. A very pleasant smell indeed, I just couldn’t stop smelling it.... The first zip was pretty overwhelming, very concentrated taste - lots of hops and different from anything else I have tasted. This was the sitxth and final beer in a BrewDog tasting in Oslo. And after tasting Trashy Blonde, 77 Lager, Alpha Dog, Punk IPA and RipTide the famous Monty Python introduction "...and now for something completely different" would indeed be very fitting. In a way it was something completely different while it was something pretty similar at the same time. It did acutally taste like one could imagine a double IPA concentrated (or frozen) down to 41% abv. would taste like!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (6952) - Halden, NORWAY - MAR 16, 2012
Turn up The Night! Who needs Cognac or Whiskey when this thing excist in The World! What a mouthbomb. At first it had a mild taste....then it exploded in your mouth. It looks like a Cognac. Caramel colour with no head at all. Never smelled anything like this. Caramel, wood, hops and some fruits in the aroma. Very concentrated flavour. DIPA concentrate? Hoppy and fruity. Wood and caramel. I hope I can get a hand on a bottle of this!
[Tasted at Førtito Bar & Bowling in Sarpsborg, Norway 12 March 2012]

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psytron (1918) - Turku, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2012
For some reason BeerBuddy didn’t update this. Smell of hops, sugar and syrup. Copper red colour, tiny golden head. Clear. IPA traits to be found. Aroma of hops. Heavy sweetness and bitterness. Oily, almost viscous. Sugary aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2013
Så uppspelt jag var innan jag drack denna, så uppspelt har jag sällan varit. Och ja, levererade den? JA det gjorde den ! Aroman slog en i ansiktet, kraftfull och söt alkohol. Smaken? PANG ! fin beska som gjorde att det drog lite i kinde, kan varit mitt leende också..... Väldigt tjock. Synd att den var så jädrans dyr bara !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kalervo (1014) - FINLAND - MAR 22, 2013
Interesting curiosity, tastes like beer, not like any kind of spirit I have tasted. Malty, rich. Surprisingly not very alcoholic taste.

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