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


on tap

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RATINGS: 460   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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 hadnt known, I would never have guessed 41%. Well played, BrewDog.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4557) - Sofia, BULGARIA - SEP 2, 2011
Well, Im 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 isnt even a dark beer WTF! Just kidding, Im 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 youd expect actually. You can feel the big alcohol warmth on the mouthfeel though. In this case, the tickers mantra "2 ounces is all you need" definitely applies here. You dont want more than that. Gets harsher as it goes. But those 2oz were actually pretty enjoyable, crazily enough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 25, 2011
DE 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 25, 2011
Tasted at CAGarvies 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7844) - 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% its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
JohnRMurdoch (4739) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (7049) - Gteborg, 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2011
Beer should not be this expensive but I guess im 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
330ml bottle split 6 ways. Foggy burnt amber pour with zero head. Nose of dog food and deeply resinous hops with some candy. Not nearly as hard on the nasal passages as the TNP. I dont even know how to describe the taste of this stuff. It was resiny, very, very resiny with a big licorice kick and a sticky cough syrup finish. Theres no benchmark for evaluating things like this.

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