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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2010
Brewdog beer tasting Oslo------ Nose is vanilla, strong vanilla, competing with the intenseness of amarillo. No head, pours red, yellow, copper is what im trying to say, back to the nose, Hops, orange, resinous, orange peel, lemon zest, best nose ever. Taste is salty, orange rind, biscuit, malt, vanilla, strong vanilla undertones, definitely alcohol all over the place that probably should have been mentioned first. Lots of amarillo. incredibly sticky mouthfeel. really sticky long bitter finish. An experience. Some sort of mix of beer and scotch.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ladnewton (1418) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle at the CASK Pub & Kitchen on launch night of 20 May 2010. Thick, cheesy and grassy flavour bomb. Satisfaction derived by sipping a mililitre at a time! Long-lived bitter aftertaste, with caramel balancing the act. Packs a punch, and quite an experience.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle from Bierkoning. BB 2020! Pours ruddy copper. Itís hoppy in aroma - with a boat load of alcohol. Numbs the nose. Thick bodied with virtually no carbonation. Heat is very present. Yet there is a lot of hop bitter. And the malt is detectable. Fun sipper.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hansen (6653) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
CBF 2010: Orange, golden colour. Has an off-white head, mostly diminishing. Aroma is harsh hopped, herbs, grass, resin. Moderate maltyness too. Flavor is harsh: Harsh sweet and harsh bitter and thats in a good way. Alcohol. Syrupy texture.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (11034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle at the Ginger Man, NYC. Pours a cloudy, amber-red with very little head. Strong hop aroma with pine, citrus and alcohol. Flavor has some sweetness like caramel and lots of earthy, fruity, resiny bitterness. The body is thick and full, with slight carbonation and tons of warmth. Finishes hoppy with lingering bitterness and boozy burn. Not too shabby.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Wow. 82 proof. But possibly, the smoothest, most complex 82 proof I have ever experienced. You tastes malts, hops, sweet and floral fruity notes, and of course... booze. The warming effect is absolutely wonderful. Itís really like drinking a wonderfully complex belgian quad that warms like a shot of bourbon. I think itís easier to drink than 120 min IPA, which has less than half the alcohol content.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerCast_Rich (1879) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2011
[330ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Copper coloured shot, looks like a brandy served in the wrong glass. When swirled, legs appear on the glass like a single malt. Quite something on the nose Ė enormous alcohol aroma, combined with a massive hop presence. Really strong, oily hop aroma. It tastes of burning heather honey, pine air freshner and Dettol. Extremely oily and astringent, more liqueur than beer Ė itís incredibly fascinating [28012010]

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1520) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Even a beer with this high of an ABV retains some of its styleís expected properties... not many, but just enough. It has an incredibly clear orange color, like a watered-down IPA (although we all know thatís not water). Airy in the nose, you canít really smell as much alcohol as youíd think you would, but it really hits your nasal passages once inhaled. Big time. Once the alcohol infiltrates your system itís hard to tell this is/was even an IPA. Thin and POTENT! Its flavor reminds me of an herb youíd find on a pizza. Hops are detectable, but the alcohol reminds you that this isnít your everyday imperial or double IPA (quad IPA?). Although stronger than any other IPA Iíve had, the alcohol presence is still very well-disguised. Hereís some perspective: Less than two ounces of this is equivalent to an entire serving of your everyday craft beer. Less offensive than the Tactical Nuclear Penguin, and lighter in color, but thinner and almost easier. Warm and spicy on the tongue, this beer kicks you in the mouth like youíve never been kicked before. A once in a lifetime experience... everyone must try (at least) this once. Everyone. Great job, boys!

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - MAY 25, 2011
Very nice beer, this one. The high ABV (and associated drinking habits) appeals to my liqueur side. Very impressed with the complexity and interest in the taste of this for such a high ABV - when 41% of your beer is a given, single chemical, you only have 59% of the total volume to play with to affect the taste, and BrewDog have done a great job of utilising their 59% to very good effect. Highly complex aroma, strong alcohol (obviously), but hops and caramels are also there. Taste is again very complex, sweet yet bitter, honey-ish, kinda fruity and a small hint of cheese. Lovely mouthfeel (reminds me of Drambuie), except when it gets on your mouth ulcer. My god, can this stuff HURT! Finish, oddly, has high alcohol burn... Itís quite rewarding, actually. A lot more refined and ímatureí than Iíd been expecting, given the headline-grabbing ABV. Very nice.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Pour thanks to jjfoodie. Wow, that nose is incredible, alcohol, hops, malts, caramel. Great palate, flavor is hops, alcohol, chewy syrup, and caramel.


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