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Sink The Bismarck! - BrewDog

Sink The Bismarck!Sink The Bismarck!

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BA SCORE
83
good

168 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 168
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 23.29%


Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  41.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: femALEist on 03-23-2010)
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feylure

Massachusetts

2.1/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up from my local liquor shop from "the back" yesterday, and have been eager to give it a try.

(As labeled on the bottle)
Batch: 009
Best before: 16/08/20

Pours a glowing, thick orange with no carbonation.

Smell is... difficult to perceive. I get a quick smell of malt before I feel overwhelmed by an aroma of alcohol. Then if I try too long to smell it, my eyes start burning.

Taste is unbelievably hoppy and burning. And it ends burning. Mouthfeel is quite... well, burning.

Personally, I hated writing this review. I love all the other beers Brewdog makes, so I'm surprised that I didn't enjoy this one and that my experience differed so much from others. I'd be interested in knowing if I just got a bad batch or if that's the way the beer is.

All this being said, I'm still excited to try Tactical Nuclear Penguin!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:29:55 | More by feylure
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TheDudeImbibes

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow.
A: Rich gold to amber hue. Pours like scotch with zero head.

S: My first words: "it actually smells good!" Big resinous hop aroma and a solid malty backbone evident. I was expecting a bigger version of Tactical Nuclear Penguin but it's an entirely different beast. Smells like the biggest IPA you ever sniffed.

T: Huge. The resinous hops hit you up front before a massive sweet malt kicks in, then the big boozy finish rounds it out. The burn from the alcohol is there but not in the way I'd expect from a scotch. Actually quite smooth. Epic, delicious, moorish.

M: Thick and sweet. Syrupy. Not much carbonation evident at all, maybe a slight tingle on the tongue.

O: Quite an epic beer. Pretty much the essence of IPA. It's like drinking the spirit from which all beer was made. If you've seen that Simpsons episode where Bart and Milhouse buy a squishy made entirely from syrup then you'll know what I mean.

I don't know where you magic pixies came from, but I sure like your pixie drink!

Happy Trizzle?

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 14:07:00 | More by TheDudeImbibes
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is insane; 41% ABV...

A: Pours hazy amber with no head.

S: Lots of syrupy sweet dark dried fruits. Liqorice. Roast and alcohol. Some oak notes.

T: Sweet caramell, roasted malt. Lots of dark dried fruits. Molasses and vineous. Spices and alcohol. Like an aged Port. Liqourice.

M: Aftertaste lingers with sweet notes along with faint bitterness. Body is full and carbonation at a minimum.

O: Actually, this was smoother than and not as rough as Tactical Nuclear Penguin - better balanced.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 15:16:25 | More by Sunnanek
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Urbancaver.
From notes

A - clouded amber body, no head or carbonation to speak of (surprise!)

S - Nice floral aroma with tropical fruit and some nice hop characteristics.

T - sweet, tangy!, syrupy, orange/mango (I think I came up with kumquat as being the real thing here), spicy. Booze!

M - thick, pretty crazy (booze)

O (D) - well it's not an IPA of any sort, that's for sure, but it's really not back for a hop liquor. It's definitely worth drinking. Not worth the money, IMO, but if you can try it, don't pass it up.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 01:32:26 | More by ColdPoncho
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After tactical nuclear penguin i wasn't sure what to expect on this one...

Pours a hazy orwngish brown. No head. No carbonation. Looks pretty solid. Smells wonderful on the nose. Scotch and sweet hops. So much hops it's almost perfume. The burn increases as it warms but it's pretty damn impressive! The taste is pretty strong. Hops, lot of citrus and pine. The burn covers it all a bit. Overall very thick syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty damn impressive for what it is!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 01:59:39 | More by Urbancaver
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salvo

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

In comparison to Tactical Nuclear Penguin (BrewDog's "other" extreme offering), Sink the Bismarck is actually drinkable. Deep sweet nose of malt and hops; extreme and powerful, but (dare I say?) balanced for the weight and burn of the alcohol. Deep sweet stone fruit taste: plums and dark, sweet cherries underneath layers and layers of hops.

I feel really lucky to have tried Sink the Bismarck and I am very grateful that it was available by the dram at the new BrewDog bar in Edinburgh in the Cowgait. I cannot help thinking that I would much rather savor the complexities of the 16 year old Lagavulin distiller's select rather than this … liquid.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 19:25:23 | More by salvo
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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I actually got a rather large pour of this one, maybe 3-4oz, which is a ton for this beer, especially since some places are selling 1oz nip bottles.

First off, i can't grade this like a typical IPA, it isn't meant to be, it is an odd experiment first and an ipa 2nd.
This beer is an almost glowing orange, no head, and has legs like bourbon, big surprise. Almost looks like someone put some food coloring into a distilled alcohol glass. more odd then good/bad.
The nose has alcohol, but i didn't find anything fusel or burning about it, really didn't suggest that this is a 82 proof beer. most of the aroma besides the alcohol that comes out is a sugary sweet orange candy, or like alcohol soaked oranges covered in sugar.
This one tastes like it is under attenuated, obviously with how it was made it is going to taste concentrated though, but there is alot of residual sugar flavors. This could be drank easily and when compared to other 41% spirits it is super light honestly, i think that is what impressed me most, not that im a drinkability guy, but i noticed that.

So final notes:
Not something i'd grab to drink and savor, the flavors are just a step under that threshold of sheer enjoyment, but i really enjoyed seeing what was possible with this beer and giving it a try to learn and would probally drink a few oz again if the chance is there...For Science!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:05:04 | More by ChadQuest
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weller1js

West Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Buddy & I split it for his wedding day

appearance: pours a rich cognac brown with orance hue, clear, no noticeable carbonation; you can tell by looking at it that it is quality.

smell: when taken in too deeply, the burn of alcohol is distinct, an exceptional blend of hops, smoke, citrus (though overwhelmed), complex spices, lingers into yur nostrils for quite a bit.

taste: begins with a very dark fruity taste fused with with spices, progresses with the floral aspects of the heavy hops, creates a lighter fruit taste, all the while going toward a piney and smokey consistency; the finish begins both deeply sweet and bitter, with the bitterness winning out, lingering long after the finish.

mouthfeel: I don't typically review mouthfeel, but in this case, the consistency is that of a fine cognac, heavy and deep, comparable to a liquor.

drinkability: exceptional; for the attempt, complexity and result thereof, for a beer brewed to liquor-like perfection, so glad I got to share this one, like any fine liquor, moderation is key for strength and costs-sake.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 15:40:43 | More by weller1js
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GRG1313

California

1.55/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I decided to refrain from reviewing beer unless my feelings were very strong, one way or the other. Respectfully to prior reviews, I can't help but conclude that BrewDog is just laughing at every one of us. This beer simply must be a BrewDog prank.

It looks ok, although nothing special and actually opened with some carbonation pressure and there was a bit of carbonation.

The nose is actually wonderful to the extent that you smell huge, pure hops. I felt like I'd taken a handful of hops, squeezed and squeezed them in my hands and then smelled them. A good and complex honey/hoppy nose.

Then, I tasted it. Are you kidding? It is not drinkable. It is pure, strong hop oil. End of story. There is a brief second of sweet honey on the front of your tongue and then your palate is destroyed by hop oil; hop essence. You can't "drink" this - one must take a very small sip. Most of us at this tasting took a small "normal" taste and every single person either made a bad face, gagged or spit it out quickly. One guy saw the reaction of those tasting it before him and refused to taste it!

The hop bitter oil finish and flavor is such the palate wrecker that the flavor numbs your tongue and senses and it lasts for 45 minutes, no other beer or spirit or liquid "making it go away."

I've tasted well over 4,000 beers in the past 3-4 years. This is hands down the most offensive.
Just my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 23:03:57 | More by GRG1313
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter

A - Beer poured with a golden amber colored body; syrupy consistancy and formed "legs" on the side of the glass; no visible carbonation; no head formed

S - The nose has plenty of bite and burn! Aged dark fruits, like caramelized figs and dates; high alcohol laced aromas and grainy; this beer delivers an aromatic knock out punch; lots of pine; oak

T - Taste starts with a semi-sweet flavor of caramel and fruits; oak aged grain alcohol; finishes with a deep burn packed with subtle notes of IPA hop bitterness; figs and dates

M - Syrupy and smooth; lots of action going on in drink; tingly sensations of burning on the top of the palate and continues down the hatch; some bitterness lingers for a bit but is very subtle compared to a traditional IPA

D - Not recommended for the faint-of-heart; great drink and can definitely be enjoyed in place of cognac or port; I'm fascinated with the complex mixture and grain alcohol, unique aging process and IPA flavor blend; made for a great drinking experience

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:20:18 | More by ferrari29
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

After Tactical Nuclear Penguin, I was prepared for some serious displeasure. Dead wrong.

Appearance -- Pours a golden honey hue, still (as to be expected). Looks like a decent IPA. So far so good.

Smell -- Beaming with bright juicy citrus and tropical fruit and decadent caramel malt. As to be expected, lots of condensed malt sweetness, but the sheer amount of hop aroma in this is mind-blowing.

Taste -- The distilled essence of a West-Coast IPA. Bright tangerine citrusy zest, tropical fruits in abundance, soft caramel-like malt, and nicely pronounced resinous hop bitterness to give balance to the condensed malt sweetness. Boozy, for certain, but for being what is essentially an 80 proof IPA, this is incredibly drinkable.

Mouthfeel -- Syrupy and still, obviously, but with nearly no alcohol burn. Very mellow.

Overall -- I really really REALLY enjoyed this! It's the IPA liquer of your fevered dreams come to life. Unlike TNP, this is brimming with IPA flavor. And so smooth! My only complaint is that, having had an 80 proof IPA, all beers that follow this shall seem insignificant. I'm actually considering buying a bottle.

Additional Notes: I added a few drops of water to the last thimble of Bismarck left in my glass and, boy, did this open up. Like a fine whiskey. Incredible.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:58:15 | More by yeahnatenelson
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whitehouse50

New Jersey

1.33/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A bar in New Haven, CT was selling 1oz pours for $16. I've seen this being sold for as much as $24 per ounce so figured this would be the best price I could find and was intrigued with all the hype. This was served in a snifter.

A- Pours a deep amber color with no lacing or head

S- I barely got a chance to bring this up for a sip or sniff when it started burning my eyes. After a moment I was able to smell aromas similar to a whiskey or cognac but still with the unpleasant burning sensation

T- If pins and needles had a taste/flavor this is it. This brew burns from the moment it is placed in front of you. I've had some nice scotches, 18 yr old Oban and that was a fantastic burn. This is just way over the top and not enjoyable at all.

M- you guessed it, burning

Overall this is a brew I will run the other way from and try advise people not to order it. Yes I'm aware this brew reaches higher alcohol by freezing. BrewDog is just trying some wild marketing schemes to hide the fact that their regular beers suck. This is probably how they stay in business by charging triple digits for these brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 01:08:25 | More by whitehouse50
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utah44

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a bottle from the brewery, and including the exorbitant postage, it cost less than what others have quoted as paying for a bottle. Poured an ounce or so in a standard shot glass. Slight carbonation but no head was noted. Color was dark gollden like a good whiskey. Smell was like pine wood soaked in alcohol. Mouthfeel was smooth and syrupy. Taste was sweet, syrupy and harsh spicy pine. I can't imagine drinking an entire bottle so I will drink a small amount over several days. My daughter also tried it and one jigger was enough for her, so the rest is mine. Glad to have this experience, but doubt I would ever buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 04:42:18 | More by utah44
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hopheadtony1

Belgium

4.93/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite nervous when i opened this one... Pours a wonderfull orange amber sunset beer. No head, looks liquorous, it smells like a wet hop nectar made by a Hopdevil. This taste like hopheads heaven, strong, hoppy, bitter, full of body. Some sweetness from the malt too. The after taste is long long long, full of aroma. This is still a beer, a 41 % beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 17:34:58 | More by hopheadtony1
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rwf08

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grading as a spirt:

A: Dark, dark amber. Like fine bourbon. Mild carbonation with no head. Thick alcohol coating on glass.

S. Hot spirit smell. Much like sweet honey with a light cedary/pine undertone.

T: Sweet syrup with spicy pine. Alcohol.

M: Full, plumy, viscous body. Chewy, mildly carbonated spirit. Somewhere between a port, a bourbon, and a beer.

O: A must try if you can split it amongst three other friends. Nice to try but not a daily drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 05:02:51 | More by rwf08
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petacutlasaurus

Maryland

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

Brew Dog's Sink the Bismarck! could easily be the hardest beer to review on BA. No, not really; there are loads of beers with more complex flavors, aromas, textures, etc. But that's not all that makes a beer hard to review. Excessive price can have a greater effect than any of these. Just read the opening of The Wine Trials. Price correlates directly with taste, much of the time, and when an 11.5 oz bottle costs almost $100, it can be a little difficult to be honest about your opinions. Then, look at the ABV. Some quick research shows that this may well be the second most alcoholic beer in the world, and is almost certainly the second most alcoholic that's available on a mass-market. And, since the most alcoholic beer was limited to a release of 12 bottles (and 12 unfortunate rodents) and costs another factor of 10 on top of the beer in question, for all intents and purposes, this is the most alcoholic beer you're likely to come across.

So, in Sink the Bismarck!, you have a beer of absurd price and proof that's relatively uncommon. For most beer advocates, this just screams A+ - world class. Buuuutttt, then you actually taste the beer... And the qualifications begin. "But it's so daring that," "But it's so unique that," "But maybe if it were used as a mixer, it could," Anyway, all of these are fair points, but dodge the actual subject of the beer itself.

A: Translucent golden color. Incredibly smooth, highly viscous with essentially no carbonation. The syrupy quality of the pour sets off the alarm that this is not your usual brew. Not an appetizing appearance, really.

S: Rotten farmhouse. Emphasis on the hay that's been in the sun too long, not on the manure. No, there's no poop smell here. Instead, just hops that have been shaped into a howitzer and fired at the whites of your eyes, fueled by alcohol (it really hits you once you're nose deep in the glass - yipes!).

T & M: Not too different from the smell, really. There's a bitterness or sourness that's really unusual. Round, not sharp as I usually find. It fills the mouth like sour milk, but really, it's hop-oil. It's allll just hop-oil. When I gave a friend a taste, she mentioned that it reminded her of the time she stole a taste of Whiskey from her dad's liquor cabinet when she was 8. So what is the taste beyond absolute shock? I think my description is decent, but it's exactly because of the difficulty of this review that there's so much curiosity here. How do you describe something that has no competitors (save the brewer BrewDog one-upped, whose beer is much harder to find)? Honestly - by using hyperbole like "rotten farmhouse." If you really want to know, you just have to take the plunge.

Overall: One of those few cases where gestalt comes into the play, and here, the sum of multiple parts has to include the background and the story of the beer. BrewDog's got a gusto that can't be denied. They're one of the few breweries that dives into the "extreme beer category," and that's something that deserves recognition. Sure, the beer is incredibly challenging to drink, but the attitude behind it's creation is at the heart of the craft brewing mentality.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 01:31:42 | More by petacutlasaurus
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drseamus

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber color, legs when the glass is swirled. It almost looks like a dessert wine.

S: It stings the nostrils. Just taking a big whiff of it makes me want to pass out. There's a definite sweetness from the hops.

T: It's essentially a hop infused whiskey. It's like soothing lava in my mouth. The hops come through very clearly. It's confusing but good.

M: I need some skin grafts on my throat. It's hot with fusels but somehow still drinkable.

D: So glad it comes with a stopper. I shared half the bottle with 5 friends and it was perfect.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 22:16:22 | More by drseamus
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aerozeppl

New York

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks I think to drseamus.

A one ounce pour and trust me that is all you need.

A: The color was nice looking in that it was a fairly clean golden color. No head or carbonation to speak of but that is to be expected.

S: The nose upon opening the bottle was fresh hops which was nice. Once you let this bad boy breath in your snifter for a while the alcohol really let itself be known. Stinging of the nostrils was par for the course with each sip. The hops were behind that.

T: Wow. So thats where all the alcohol was hiding. Tons of alcohol. Some sweetness like a 120 but much more boozy. The hops are there and reminding me that this is a beer but not much else is. If you go into this knowing it is like nothing else it really is not bad. In fact for what it is it brings some enjoyement to the table.

M: This beer had legs. Nuff said.

D: An ounce was perfect. I would not age this beer as the hops are the only thing really keeping this in the beer realm. It is interesting and I am stoked to have tried it. Worth a shot if you have enough people. We had 6 and half the bottle still remains.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:32:39 | More by aerozeppl
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a difficult beer to review, because it is so extreme. The strongest beer have had since tasting BrewDog's TNP.

Poured a clear bright amber gold into a tasting glass with the small pour there was no head and a moderate clear liquidy lacing on the glass.

Aroma of alcohol, hops, spice and citrus.

Taste was dominated by the alcohol, once you recovered from the heat there was a slight citrus taste with pine and very little hops.

Mouthfeel was HOT, medium to heavy body, little carbonation and a tremendous alcohol burn the whole way down.

Overall this was more like drinking scotch than beer, glad I experienced it, like TNP I purchased two bottles. I plan to cellar the other bottle and taste sometime before the recommended drink by date of 2021. Maybe it will be a little smoother with age.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 20:22:10 | More by dtivp
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very glad I got to try this beer. Opened the bottle with friend and instantly got a massive nose full of hops! Thats pretty much all you can get out of this brew is Hops. It's oily and very boozy. The piny hops mixed with the 41% ABV sting your tongue with every sip. This stuff doesn't mess around. Such a stunning beer, I enjoyed this over the Tactical Nuclear Penguin. This beer has been compared to hop infused vodka which I could totally understand. If you're planning on trying this one gift yourself some time to really enjoy it. It's a very brutal yet enjoyable ride.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 00:10:03 | More by Knapp85
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a hard one to review. Presented in a PAper bag. Pours a Pretty caramel color, tiny bit o head. Legs, legs like fine wine or bourbon. The nose is unrefined alcohol, vegitile and earthy hops and must. The flavor grows better with time. Like an ipa, yes, there are hops and caramelized sugary malts, strong earthy and mineral tones. The flavor of minerals and earth are steong. Hop are ever present. Drinks like alcohol, tastes like it too. A crazy beer for sure. I'm so goad I had the rare chance to taste this. A really big thanks to my new friend for oPening it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 05:05:21 | More by pmlondrigan
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bonkers

New Jersey

1.6/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

My cousin was knind enough to bring a few ounces down for me to try(thank god I did not buy it). The pour looked ok, orange tinge, small white head. The nose was sickening sweet booze. The beer tasted like a high octane cheap vodka, all very hot alcohol. The beer has a very syrupy mouthfeel. Even though I had only a few ounces I had trouble finishing it. I did not enjoy this at all. IMO this beer has very little good beer qualaites. After trying this my cousin said he is going to through his bottle of TNP in the cellar for 5 years.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 11:56:33 | More by bonkers
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cyrock1

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium to deep amber with hints of orange.

Smell: Heavy fresh hop at the beginning. Mandarine oranges with a slightly burnt sugar aroma. Hints of a liqueur type smell.

Taste: Sweet and bitter orange at the same time. It has a scotch like taste in it, like a sherry wood finished 12 year old. Fresh cascade like hop aroma persists.

Mouthfeel: Hot. It has a weight to it like a liqueur does but the alcohol content hits hard at first. Once again it is reminiscent of a scotch on the finish.

Drinkability: It is a little disjointed, like it needs more time for all the flavors to coalesce. I may have tried it a bit too young but couldn't resist the urge. If you have bought this, give it some time to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 05:06:16 | More by cyrock1
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AgentMunky

California

4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass.

A: Golden-orange, and murky-clear. No head, although this is probably a misleading fact, since I only poured an ounce or two. I was told that, poured in large(r) quantities, heavy lacing was inevitable.

S: Mmmm, tons of hops with a dash of citrus. It smells like a strong double IPA or Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot barleywine. Sticky caramel scents. There is nary a trace of alcohol, save mayhap a bit of harshness on the edges of the aroma. This unnerves me. A beer of 41% should smell...fiercer. BrewDog's Tactical Nuclear Penguin (32%) smells like liquor, but Sink the Bismarck! just smells like beer.

T: Allegedly a "quadruple IPA that contains four times the hops, four times the bitterness and frozen four times" (forget the lack of parallelism). It's way better than I expected! Not too harsh, but sweet, with caramel and strong honey. Massive malts more than balance the hop bitterness. This particular bottle is distilled from the Punk IPA, rather than the Hardcore IPA, supposedly resulting in a sweeter, syrupy flavour, whereas the double IPA creates a more astringent bitterness (this according to the BrewDog representative with whom I conversed). The endtaste is simply marvellous, not overly strong or objectionable in any way, but *is* reminiscent of spirits. The aftertaste is epicly long and maltily bitter. Just wow.

M: Smooth, sweet, and notably NOT numbingly strong. Great for what it is.

D: Amazingly, transcendentally drinkable considering the ABV. Seriously, this is a dangerously good beer. I could very well polish of a glass of this with relish, only to experience the ill effects afterwards. Absolutely recommended, but honestly, not worth the exorbitant price tag. Still, I will keep an eye out for more opportunities to sample it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 01:12:47 | More by AgentMunky
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erosier

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Cask Republic in New Haven, CT.

L: Pours an amber/orange color with no head whatsoever. It leaves a thick liquid lacing like a wine down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet roasted/toasted/caramelized malts, alcohol, dark fruits, hints of what could be hop aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet malts followed by dark fruit flavors like cherry, raisin, plums, and then a sweet molasses/brown sugar flavor before the alcohol hits and it hits, but that's expected.
M: Heavy, warming, hot, no carbonation (but I don't feel any is needed).
D: OK, due to it's insanely high abv, it's not a very drinkable beer, but if you compare it to tactical nuclear penguin or scotch it is.

Serving type: bottle

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