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Sink The Bismarck! - BrewDog

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Sink The Bismarck!Sink The Bismarck!

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BA SCORE
82
good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 174
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 23.35%
Wants: 134
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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BeerHunter76

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-09-2011 21:37:44 | More by BeerHunter76
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Flat, watered down coffee

Aroma - Rubbing alcohol, peppermint(?), soy sauce.

Taste - Similar to aroma.. More alcohol.. Burnt my eyes.

Mouthfeel - Hard liquor

Overall - Not for the faint of heart. Glad I got the chance to try though.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 14:38:12 | More by KVNBGRY
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-22-2013 07:51:49 | More by Kirk
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

05-09-2012 14:29:20 | More by chrispoint
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-28-2013 21:21:05 | More by Kmat10
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bonkers

New Jersey

1.6/5  rDev -56%
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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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

03-24-2014 02:56:54 | More by tbryan5
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 23:31:56 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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klipper

Michigan

2/5  rDev -45.1%

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

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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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jvillefan

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-13-2013 02:43:53 | More by jvillefan
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brendan13

Australia

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A small sample pours quite clear, orange coloured with no head what so ever.
S - Sweet caramel malt character with spicy & piney hops & an abundance of solvent alcohol notes.
T - Sweet, dark fruit maltiness with piney, spicy and floral hop notes. Also quite alcoholic obviously.
M - Full bodied, sticky, low carbonation and hefty chest warming alcohol.
D - Glad I tried it but something that I could live without.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 09:18:07 | More by brendan13
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erosier

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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

01-25-2011 11:41:00 | More by erosier
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heygeebee

Australia

4.49/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On-line Purchase.

Pours with a pfft – zero head, legs not lace. Deep golden brown.

Aromas of butterscotch, caramel, moonshine like rough alcohol. Alcohol dominates.

Taste is alcohol, then a bitter hop flavour takes over. Very bitter indeed. Mouth consuming. Unlike beer, unlike spirits, - I can see why a lot dislike. Need a hop bomb before to start the palate off. Very challenging.

Mouthfeel is a real polariser…. I have never drunk baby oil, so I dunno what that would taste like, but it’s near. Oil central, but it’s warm.

Overall has to be a 5. I’ve drunk the extreme beer of the times. And I survived.
I suspect those that drain pour (or say they do) do not like neat spirit, be it single malt, OP rum etc. It is ‘out there’ but that’s not a huge surprise, now it is?

ADDENDUM - tried this one more than once now.... it works >really< well after having a hop-bomb, American IPA etc etc... much less well if the palate is not primed, as the bitterness comes across somewhat astringent in that case.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 06:08:20 | More by heygeebee
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paulish

New York

5/5  rDev +37.4%

03-26-2014 01:23:45 | More by paulish
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-04-2012 20:06:34 | More by mick303
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with Paisan at Delirium Cafe in Brussels, Belgium!

After deliberating the purchase online and flat out refusing to drop the 130 a bottle in addition to the other bottles needing to be purchased in order to ship them, I was suddenly presented the opportunity when seeing it at Delirium cafe in Brussels Belgium.

Even more surprisingly BA Paisan asked me if we would care to split a bottle with them. Given this option I had absolutely no choice in the matter and I had to give in to the temptation. Split 4 ways, this was a great opportunity to try Sink the Bismarck!

Body was thick and viscous and had tears going down like a good strong Port would. Deep caramel in color and no signs of carbonation though there was a hiss when opened and after being capped there was another hiss upon its second opening.

Aroma of strong unworldly hop presence. I thought of all of the poor hops that must have been sacrificed in order to create this "beer".

Deep dark pepper up front from the assault on my tongue. There was licorice and pepper pounding me in the face. Throat burn and all out warfare on my mouth from the amazingly deep rich and pungent hop and booze flavors. We all agreed that this was so strong it nearly rivaled a good scotch in complexity however an entire bottle of scotch could have been purchased for a similar price.
Overall i enjoyed drinking sink the Bismarck. I wouldn't purchase it again , would gladly have it again, but was glad to have tried it with new friends and a great beer waiter upstairs at the cafe.

Edit: for the record there is no way this is an Imperial IPA, as it is in a style class by itself and maybe two other beers at this time and I have rated it as such.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 19:05:09 | More by alpinebryant
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - A copper-red body with minimal carbonation. A trace of head leaves a light wispy trails at the surface. There is a something extremely interesting in this beer. Actual oils can be seen at the surface when held to a dark background.

S - Subtle pine to slightly stronger roasted aroma. Spicy hops are just on the short side of sour alcohol.

T - Pine and roast caramel are present amongst sweet toffee and grapefruit. Floral, spicy hops along with a sour backdrop make up the rest of the flavors all falling just below burning alcohol.

M - While the beginning, middle and ending are worthwhile, the finish leaves much to be desired. The burning in the finish really makes the beer difficult to swallow. That being said it does have some very fine qualities in that it is very thick and chewy. It is also one of the stickiest brews I've encountered.

~ Based on my anticipation of likely never sampling this brew again, I still wish I could but really no more than once a year. This is a a sippin' drink that you should certainly seek out. If you are able to pick one up, enjoy it with a good group of friends, just as I did.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:07:44 | More by cdkrenz
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brycevolk

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 18:34:44 | More by brycevolk
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CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-06-2013 06:03:04 | More by CaptainNomihodai
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Sigmund

Norway

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 41%. Sold as "spirits / hard liquor" (40 ml shots) in Norway. Deep reddish orange to amber colour, no head, nor any carbonation. Aroma of piney and catty American hops, hints of fusel alcohols and red berries. The flavour is very sweet, very bitter and loaded with alcohol. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 21:13:11 | More by Sigmund
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here I am. After 580-some beer reviews, I'm finally jaded enough that I must resort to drinking gimmicky PR stunts instead of proper ales to get my kicks.

So be it.

I was not expecting any carbonation from this beer, so I was pleased at the modest, volatile froth that rose to the occasion when I poured this into a snifter. The body is akin to a fine cognac - thick and amber and long in the legs.

Smelling it is actually not so different from smelling any other double IPA that's been distilled to five times its strength. In other words, it's like smelling a bagful of hop cones. Resinous, dusty, citric, floral - a bundle of wildflowers, a bale of hay, a Christmas tree. This is essentially a hop liqueur. Not a bitter, but bitters. Campari fans, take note.

The flavor is fruity, complex, and very hot - but not hotter than it ought to be. This is like a brandy, a whisky - but one flavored with copious amounts of hops. For a beer known for its excess and potency, it is surprisingly balanced - neither too sweet nor too bitter, and though it is warming it is no hotter than a good scotch or rum.

As for how it actually tastes, it is a sort of mix of honey, tequila, rosewater, Irish whiskey, Akavit, Campari, spicy cress, nettles, bitter greens, and sour lemon. It's amazingly complex considering the dominant flavor can be described in one word: hops.

This is a very interesting beer, and a remarkably drinkable one, provided you know how to drink it. Some question whether this can actually be called a beer but there is simply nothing else to call it. It is beer through and through.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 20:12:12 | More by soulgrowl
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

10-10-2012 17:11:35 | More by hockeyfighter19
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drseamus

New York

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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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