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Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kavu (2236) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
visionthing (2739) - Oslo, NORWAY - 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!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (4506) - 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]

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psytron (1320) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VictorStr (1291) - 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 !

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kalervo (698) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
llkc (400) - århus, DENMARK - NOV 16, 2013
Brewdog sink the bismarck. 41 %. IPA. det første jeg kunne dufte da jeg åbne flasken var den her maltsødme som mange af de her stærke øl på over 13 % tit har. smagen er super god sød stærk og bitter

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NEA (4) - California, USA - MAR 20, 2010 does not count
Had this last night at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido, CA at their meet the brewer night. Small sample out of the bottle. Intense orange amber with intense earthy hop aroma. Hoppy fruit flavor with subtle sweetness and alcohol. Warming feeling (you can feel it all the way down). Be sure to have some food in your stomach as some of my colleges’ stomachs had trouble with the alcohol. This is an intense hop experience! Not much malt to it, but if you like hops then definitely indulge!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yngwie (13575) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2010
Bottle at Patricks. It’s a clear, dark golden beer, or should i say drink, I have a hard time convincing myself it’s a beer. No head at all, still beautiful to look at. The aroma punches you in the face with its massive amounts of citrusy hops and stinging alcohol. There’s malty elements too, and overall it is lovely even though it is so intense. In the mouth it is full as hell, and very warming. Very high on bitterness, and with a good dash of malty sweetness. Citrus and pine in copius amounts. The finish is bitter and warming, leaving very little room for the malts. A wonderful beer, maybe in a non-beery way, actually it’s the insane levels of hops and alcohol that drives it forward. Thx Brewdog for doing this limits-pushing experiment. 100610

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2010
I was actually quite surprised that I liked this as much as I did. Big piney hop aroma reminds me very much of Dogfish Head 120 Min. Flavor has massive hops and is a bit hot but, when compared to spirits, it’s fairly smooth sipping. Put yourself in the "slow sipping spirit" frame of mind when trying this, and it is quite nice.


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