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


on tap

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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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.

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Mad_Ferret (1019) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2011
Clear copper amber with no head. Malty sweet boozy aroma with toffee, caramel and heavy alcohol plus maybe a hint of dried fruits. Taste is sweet malty and heavy boozy with caramel, toffee and licorice and herbs. Full bodied with no carbonation. Tasty but very boozy and burning. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ipamonger (81) - New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
Pours like a scotch (i.e., thick), amber with no head. Surprising aroma of hops. No real alcohol aroma to it, just a strong resin hops. Taste of hops resin hits you like a ton of bricks. Almost puckering effect at the end. This one could kill you. If I hadn’t known, I would never have guessed 41%. Well played, BrewDog.

nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Well, I’m not one to brag, but this is a pretty impressive tick. Available at Plumpjack and Willow Market. Clear deep amber in color with minimal head. Viscous looking, and OMG this isn’t even a dark beer WTF! Just kidding, I’m a professional. The aroma is actually nice. Enormous hop smell invades your nose and some sweet caramel and toffee is in there as well. Rather spicy too. Oh and a bit of booze...but not 41% of booze. The flavor is like a concentrated DIPA from the east coast or a barleywine. Gigantic sweet caramel and toffee malts with an earthy hoppiness. Lots of IBUs for sure. Full-bodied as all hell with low carbonation. Not as boozy as you’d expect actually. You can feel the big alcohol warmth on the mouthfeel though. In this case, the ticker’s mantra "2 ounces is all you need" definitely applies here. You don’t want more than that. Gets harsher as it goes. But those 2oz were actually pretty enjoyable, crazily enough.

Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2011
DØE Festival, Valby, DK. Tap, 270511. Golden with no head. Aroma of alcohol with hint of syrup. Flavor with some malt and fruit and just alcohol.

Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2011
Tasted at CAGarvie’s House, thank you! A real hop bomb! Oily and resinous with lemons and limes, fairly bitter, lemon sherbert with an astringent/lemsip texture and pithy finish.

radagast83 (8074) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Small sample provided at R.F.D. in DC. So here it is - Sink the Bismarck!

Aroma is a bit hot (hmmm, no kidding, at 41% it’s not a shock that the beer is hot). Poured a copper color with no head at all, almost like hard liquor than a beer, but even with that kind of treatment - the beer keeps a more than just subtle hoppy character that is a bit surprising. Flavor is a touch of hot citrus, with what I can only describe as being like cigar tobacco.

JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Crazy aroma. Aroma isis Tons of hops almost like hop oil. Taste is super hot alcohol with a malt and hop finish. Almost like pure octane with a nice hop finish. Better than I expected.

JohnRMurdoch (4885) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Strong hop & alcohol aroma. Orange amber colour, no head. Intense hop alcohol flavour like no other beer . Interesting idea but not for me.

Nisse666 (7438) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011 AR: Vim (toalett cleaning liquid), caramel AP: amber no head F: paraffin, sprity (I had to pour this one out as well - to strong) 10 DK for 10 cl WOW, at Stochholm they wanted 200 SEK for same sample! Go to Copenhagen!

Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2011
Beer should not be this expensive but I guess i’m a sucker for pain. Has an orange almost rose colour to it. Aromas are surprisingly beer like. It is actually good stuff showing hints of hops and a slightly malted profile. There is a weird funk in there as well. tastes like beer as well. has a real IPA character despite the weird metallic crunch and booze burns. This is much better than the Tactical.

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