charule (2299) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2015
25cL at Brewdog Bristol. Poured dark caramel gold with no head. Aroma concentrated hop syrup sweet booze pine. No carb med bod. Tastes a little harsh pine resin booze. ONLY DRINK IS SMALL SIPS. tmrmwel (2289) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 8, 2014
Sample @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Pours dark amber and without any signs of head at all in the small sampler glass used. Aroma is actually quite malty, with oak, tobacco and roasted malts, but there’s also a hoppy, almost vanilla-ish, sweetness. And lots of alcohol. Of course. Feels like the hops are drowning a bit behind the high ABV. Flavour is sweet and fruity, with rather strong liquorice and tobacco presence, as well as the same hoppy vanilla-like notes found in the aroma, giving a long almost kandi and bourbon-sweetly finish. Not your average IPA. Obviously. But quite nice, nevertheless. Dfonorow (2274) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2014
Pre-DLD bottle share in 2014. I’m not sure why everyone rating this is saying its clear copper or amber, this thing pours deep opaque brown with no head. Aroma of booze, dried fruit, caramel, and alcohol soaked cherries. Flavor is strong alcohol at first and transitions into a heavy citrus and roasted malt finish. Eh. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottle shared by wavers1 – thanks Baker! Pours clear amber with no head. The nose is hop oils and booze. The taste is oily hops, pepper, spiked grapefruit and booze. Slick mouthfeel. Very unique. That1Guy (2238) - Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Crushed at OB Liquids and Solids. Paid $17 for a 2 oz pour, but figured it was probably a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Pours a dark gold, with no head whatsoever. Not surprising. Huge hop nose upfront followed by the alcohol burn. Also not surprising. Numbing flavor that lingers forever, both hops and spirits. Took a half hour to finish the 2 oz. Pretty impressive.
HonusWagner (2232) - Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 Fred’s review indicates that Mr. Ciesla brought this to the EBF tasting. Thanks Ryan, for inflicting this hilarious punishment upon me for showing up late to the tasting. popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Compelled by other tasting participants to drink multiple ounces, I obliged myself with a rather hefty pour. Sickeningly sweet hoppy rocket fuel down my throat. Almost gets to the point of being decent. Probably not a whole lot worse than 120 minute, to be quite honest. I guess this is a win, even though I won’t even rate it above a 2.5.
This was interesting and I’m grateful for having the opportunity to try it, but I can’t say that I particularly enjoyed the experience. I will note that, despite my expectations, Sink The Bismarck! was the clear winner over Tactical Nuclear Penguin. However, it was still just a novelty, rather than an enjoyable beverage. The beer pours a deep amber with great highlights, and it’s got good legs, for what it’s worth. It looks like whiskey, really. The aroma is exceedingly strong and hoppy. It’s one of the strongest hop aromas that I’ve ever encountered, and that’s kinda neat. However, it’s a hop aroma that lacks all delicacy and depth. It’s mostly turpentine and booze. I was quite interested by the aroma, initially, but after my shock at the strength of it wore off, it was actually a bit disappointing. It’s all candied, paint thinner hops, citric with some soapy floral notes. There’s a ton of spicy pepper in the aroma as well and, of course, lots of alcohol heat. I got an even bigger dose of booze on the palate, though not as bad as TNP. Mouthfeel is quite rough, like a bizarrely dirty whiskey. In some ways, though more enjoyable, this beer struck me as even more of a gimmick than TNP. The hops are indelicate in the extreme and seem to cover up the beer’s faults more than they add to its quality. Plus, the beer had that unpleasant acrid flavor also present in TNP. I appreciate the effort, I appreciate the experimentation, but I don’t much like the beer. Swaroga (2224) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 20, 2016
Surprisingly it has aromas of hops with notes of pomelo and orange peel, mango. Lots of vanilla, cinnamon and resin. Very deep. I was expecting more alcohol. Still it’s 41% so ...there is enough but the thickness and huge hop burn makes you remember it isn’t a typical high abv distillate. It’s completely out of this world. POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2014
there is no foam or carbon dioxide in the beer. the smell is strongly hoppy, malty and strong. the taste is not surprisingly very strong alcohol, but has strong hop flavor and a sweetness which dampens shock of alcohol. They classifies itself as a Quadrupel ipa. a truly extreme beer experience. drinking only a few cl. the most surprising enough that it tastes like beer, not spirits hops VamboladeTolly (2181) - Tartu, ESTONIA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle. 2cl @ deTolly. Pours dark amber. Aroma is sharp, caramel, malty, like a liqoir,toffee, hazelnuts. Taste is ediumto heavy bitter mixed with medium sweetness, oak, wormwood, nuts, toffee, chocolate. Nice one.