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Sink The Bismarck! - BrewDog

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Sink The Bismarck!Sink The Bismarck!

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 23.01%
Wants: 136
Gots: 56 | FT: 3
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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02-05-2013 19:41:09 | More by Loganyoung
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-27-2013 22:41:35 | More by baybum
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

01-24-2013 20:49:54 | More by IPA4LIFE
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-09-2013 04:16:40 | More by whiterapid
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Amber color leaving alcohol marks in the glass. Don’t even think about a head, or carbonation.
Sweet malt and woody aroma, smells like cognac. Strangely I could get some pineapple out of it.
Similarly, it tastes like a good cognac or scotch. Such high level alcohol has a numb effect at your mouth as it happens to hard liquors. Body is heavy and oily.
Remove water from your beer and you would get a STB type of beer, picture this if you don’t recognize this as beer. It is a beer amplified. I personally found it to be more drinkable than many malt liquor beers. You have to sip it as drinking an excellent scotch or rum. Actually is very tasteful and superior to most cognacs, rums and scotch, though quite expensive to make it.

12-07-2012 19:15:23 | More by FLima
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

12-02-2012 15:43:06 | More by twoplustwoisfive
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-12-2012 20:27:34 | More by Lare453
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-04-2012 20:06:34 | More by mick303
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

10-31-2012 21:48:08 | More by bennetj17
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-10-2012 17:11:35 | More by hockeyfighter19
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

09-02-2012 03:29:10 | More by t0rin0
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

09-01-2012 13:13:22 | More by BS-


4.7/5  rDev +28.8%

330ml bottle (Xmas gift from my wife). Spirit glass. From my notes. Deep amber color, foggy appearance. Very strong flavors & aromas. I love rhum, well, it performs like ir does. Smooth upfront then a burning big bang in mouth. Amazing light body but, after some drop, it makes you feel like being drinking beer for hours. Tastes as an amplified flavor & aroma beer. Nearly unexisting froth but master carbonation.: I had have it after diners for several days & I have to say that everytime I opened it, it sounded “pop”. Incredible drinking experience. Perfect pairing with butter & anise cookies.

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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

08-20-2012 09:13:38 | More by dragnalus
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

08-15-2012 17:25:15 | More by WhiskeeTango
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-05-2012 19:48:55 | More by CitizenGrain
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4.55/5  rDev +24.7%

I had this beer a while back so I can't really justify reviewing it now but I feel like I have to to talk a little about this extremely unique beer.

First of all, we are supposed to compare the beers we review only against other beers of the same style. There are not many beers of this style. The only other that I have EVER heard of is Brewdog's other: 'Tactical Nuclear Penguin'.

BA calls this an imperial IPA, but I don't feel it actually fits in that description. It is like a liquor IPA. Don't take that the wrong way. Sink the Bismarck IS a beer. It is brewed like a beer, from the grain to the boil, hopped like a beer, fermented like a beer and then hopped some more. (no distillery necessary)

Drinking this beer is a lot like drinking a nice Scotch or Bourbon. You definitely get that warming feeling through the back of your tongue and throat but it smells and tastes like a delicious IPA. Something that Brewdog WOULD put out.

If you had Tactical Nuclear Penguin and did not like it so much, that is not a good enough reason to pass on this one. STB > TNP.

I truly loved drinking this brew. I'll just say drink it with an open mind.

07-28-2012 12:22:37 | More by TrevorWGrover
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-18-2012 12:34:53 | More by tbeckett
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%

Bottle generously shared by thetomG. Served in a 3 Floyds tasting snifter. First batch, without the resealable bottle.

A - Surprisingly carbonation here. While a hard pour doesn't rouse much foam, there are tons of bubbles present in the transparent dark amber body, and a partial ring is formed on the surface.

S - The smell is actually fairly pleasant, with a nice blend of caramel and red fruit malts, tropical hops, and present but relatively restrained alcohol presence. More malt and less booze than I anticipated.

T - The taste also starts out quite promising, and is exactly what you'd expect if you distilled a high-ABV IIPA. Citrus and tropical hops with caramel and brown sugar malts. The alcohol doesn't manifest much in the flavor, but rears its head in the finish when it combines with some fierce hop bitterness. Starts as a 4.0, but ends as more of a 2.0, so I'll split the difference I guess.

M - Oh God, it burns! Warming and biting alcohol all the way from the back of the throat to the belly. Super, super, dry, with some surprising carbonation tingle. Viscous full body.

D - I actually kind of liked this beer, and it's exponentially better than Tactical Nuclear Penguin. If you go in expecting a hop liquor you shouldn't be too disappointed. Definitely overpriced, but far from undrinkable.

07-17-2012 15:37:44 | More by MasterSki
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4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

This is one hell of of a unique beer. The taste and smell are just out of this world.

However, this is definitely a beer for the special occasion. Not only is it very costly, but very syrupy and difficult to drink more than one.

I would still encourage anyone to try this beer if they have the opportunity. Not many people can say they have drank a beer with an ABV of 41% and not many people even know it is possible!

Again, I give this beer, like many BrewDog beers, a very high rating because I admire their work. I even had the chance to see this beer in the making at the brewery in Fraserburgh, Scotland!

07-16-2012 23:32:26 | More by heatherishoppin
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-15-2012 19:02:11 | More by mmurphy525
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

06-17-2012 22:52:15 | More by K9bombdog
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-13-2012 23:11:35 | More by wookievath
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2/5  rDev -45.2%

06-04-2012 10:59:52 | More by klipper
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