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Sink The Bismarck! - BrewDog

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Sink The Bismarck!Sink The Bismarck!

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BA SCORE
83
good

180 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 180
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 22.95%
Wants: 138
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's incredible that the freeze distilling process finally yields a beer that boasts a whopping 41% abv! The old standards and benchmarks for can be retired. There's new thresholds to be explored!

Much less like beer and much more like cognac, the beer pours a still but deep tawny brown color that looks simply like maple syrup in both its hue and viscosity. Any would-be lacing is foregone by brandy-like legging- all ensuring that this beer must be appreciated a more of a cordial than a traditional beer.

Strong savory aromatics abound from the glass with the overwhelming scents of aged sherry wine, soy sauce, black strap molasses, dried tobacco leaves, cured leather, and a somewhat meaty mesquite note. Spicy alcohols are spirit-like and carry and inherent spicy note of cinnamon, aniseed, and peppercorn.

Sweet and savory flavors weave in the beer's early palate for a sultry and "meaty" character that salivates the mouth and invites larger sips than is preferred. But as the taste extends to the middle of the tongue, the sweetness fades, leaving the earthy and spicy flavors of tobacco, oak, and sherry to carry its grape and cherry taste into a highly spicy finish that reminds me of cough syrups and spiced rum.

Strong spicy alcohol bite just edges out the early sweet texture for command of the mouthfeel early and often. Its a powerful experience that favors strong warmth and hop bite even late for a balance that seems actually beer-like. At heart this drinking experience is a beer- but one with spirit-like power and effect. It's an ale like no other.

BEERchitect, May 06, 2013
Photo of blee107
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

blee107, May 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jvillefan, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
4/5  rDev +9.3%

CaptainNomihodai, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of BrewTasting
4/5  rDev +9.3%

BrewTasting, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Loganyoung
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Loganyoung, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of baybum
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

baybum, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.5/5  rDev +23%

IPA4LIFE, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of whiterapid
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

whiterapid, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FLima, Dec 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

twoplustwoisfive, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Lare453
3/5  rDev -18%

Lare453, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

mick303, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

bennetj17, Oct 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

hockeyfighter19, Oct 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

BS-, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of dragnalus
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

dragnalus, Aug 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

WhiskeeTango, Aug 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

CitizenGrain, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TrevorWGrover, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -18%

tbeckett, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

MasterSki, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of heatherishoppin
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

heatherishoppin, Jul 17, 2012
Sink The Bismarck! from BrewDog
83 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.