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


on tap


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RATINGS: 453   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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Benjii (3050) - 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.

HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Ok fine it is novel. Tasted about 2 oz o f it. The aroma is actually not too bad, a bit of malt vinegar I would say but certainly no hops or pine. Flavor is just alcohol. Tastes like some badly done grain alcohol with no nuance. One and done.

abemorsten (3683) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - JUN 19, 2011
Sampler at CBF 2011-05-27. Clear copper with no head. Floral, dried fruits, prunes and alcohol on the nose. Sweet, alcoholic and salty flavors. Full body. Thick, syrupy texture. Alco warmth. Light sickening.

Palme (4856) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 15, 2011
Sampled @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011 from 0.33l bottle: Pours a semi clear orange/golden body with some small floaters and absofrutley no head what so ever. The aroma feels like open-nosingly walking in to a flowering hedge - packed with bee-hives. This shit really stings if you nose it long enough! Sticky mouthfeeling, no carbonation and full-bodied. Tastes bitter alcohol (what’s that?) and I also get some notes of seeds, caramel and it’s actually also somewhat fruity. That’s some strong stuff this! Not so alcohol stingy before it hits the throat, but when it does it’s warming like a hibernating grizzly and it really kicks a punch of bitter hopiness. Totally undrinkable in larger quantities of course, but really glad to have tried this extreme super concentrated IPA. If it hadn’t been for the stiff price I would really not mind trying more of this.

natejgood (533) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JUN 11, 2011
smells extremely malty and strong. Medium clear brown in appearance. Light brown. Tastes like a very strong barely wine, only more malty. This beer was not brewed for the taste. There are many other drinks at this alcohol content that are more appealing, but as an experiment as to what what a beer can do this is interesting. I won’t drink it again, but this is an interesting experiment.

Rasmus40 (22127) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2011
Clear amber without head. Aroma is very sweet, quite alcoholic and rather hoppy - citrus. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Sweet finish with burning alcohol. Better than the Penguin. 260511

thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 8, 2011
From bottle at The Bishops Arms, Södermalm. Deep orangey golden with no head. Orangey and alcoholic nose. Intense in all dimensions- very fruity, lots of orange flavours, sweet and alcoholic. Sirupy. One of a kind.

ClubGonzo (5683) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle sample @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011. First of all: thanks to BrewDog for generously pouring 5 cl samples of this expensive beast for a meager token at the festival - surely a financially bad idea but what a treat for all the fans who hadn’t yet paid top money to get their hands on a bottle! ;-) Looks like a whiskey in my glass; clear golden and with no head. Of course. Aroma is intriguing and complex: booze-propelled mango, resin, grass, grapefruit and hints of peaches plus cognac-like wooden notes. I take a sip. BAAAM!! Whuuut??? The alcohol completely explodes in my mouth; I feel like I’ve been taking a hit from the Bismarck’s mighty cannons. When the smoke fades and fires subside, I check the wreckage of my palate for remains of the explosion. Rubbling through the ashes, I manage to salvage some grassy hop tones and bits of mango fairly unscathed. Everything else is blown away. While this is an interesting beer to have tasted, I wouldn’t describe the project as an unconditional success. It’s just too alcoholic for the IPA stuff to really work. I know a lot of people are divided between liking either this one or the Tactical Nuclear Penguin. Me, I’ll take a penguin any day.

Zita (6331) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2011
CBF;sweet bread alcohol with fruit,brown, hazy,very bitter, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, strong alcohol finish.

lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2011
2 cl sample @ O’Hara’s, Tampere.
Pours a dark reddish brown colour without a head. Aroma of massive amount of floral hops, licorice and pine needles with some caramel. Flavour of sweet floral hops, caramel, pine needles and a massive amount of licorice. Full bodied with a burning alcohol finish. Long, warming, fruity, bitter finish with loads of licorice. The amount of licorice and hops surprised me and actually made this quite enjoyable. A lot better than The Penguin. 2 cl is still enough.

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