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Sink The Bismarck! - BrewDog

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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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patm1986

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

yea.

light brown. still. syrupy. no head. legs like cognac. i can't generate any head no matter how much i try--heh.

sugar in so many overwrought forms: candied, honied, inverted, burnt, boozy. raisins. booze. caramel. epic sting, huge nose.

barn door, cooked honey, tar, leather, big ol' booze mouth. burned. major medicinal aftertaste.

rich. oily. fiery. leaves a lingering tinge that does not dissipate for a long time.

big doesn't really explain this beverage aptly. i am rating based on the several factors in order of importance:
a) what is this? since this is listed on this site, technically classifying this as a beer, i'm going to treat it for what it is.
b) this is my first beer above about 24% the sheer jolt of its strength alone adds to my reaction in a manner of surprise and intrigue.
c) how does this taste in terms of other things that taste/look/smell as comparably possible?

considering these factors, this is incredible. i like the flavors of cognac, but the heat can be way too abrasive and nearly undrinkable. this beverage meets me in the middle with characteristics and profiles similar to cognac in a form that is much, much more palatable. and cognac is the only reference i have to something like this.
this is beer?
i have one ounce of this in my glass. i think i can sit on this for an hour at least. at least. its heat, consistency, and core flavors are so intense that i don't think a single review after or during .25 oz is nearly enough to articulate this.
but it's what i'm doing.
cheeerrrs

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 04:25:23 | More by patm1986
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Vdubb86

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for providing what I've been told is beer

This beer pours a viscous deep golden color. Due to the high ABV it's understandable that there is no head to this hard liquor of beers. The smell could strip the paint of a house, god damn is it strong. There's no hops no malts, just pure ethanol in the aroma. It's not horrendous, but I expected better from this beer I guess. The taste honestly isn't as bad as I had anticipated that it would be. That having been said there was some orange, and caramel notes before they got burned off of your tongue. I have the feeling that this beer would be much better like 10 or 20 years down the road, because it needs to mellow out big time. This is not really easy to drink. I only finished my allotment due to being challenged. It's ok, but one hell of a novelty.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 08:31:10 | More by Vdubb86
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Beerenauslese

California

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

I have had two occasions to taste this beer, both when the brewers were pouring.

Pours a clear coppery gold, with very little head.

Intense aromas of piney hops and citrus peel.

Initial note of sweet malt, then an explosion of concentrated hop flavors, the hoppiest I have yet encountered. The alcohol is obviously notable at 41%, but the hop taste is so fresh and concentrated, it actually stands up to the alcohol well. Finishes with a fruity bitter hop taste that lasts.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick-bodied and oily, but not viscous.

Very drinkable beer in small quantities. Sets a new bar for extreme IPAs and extreme beers. Yet, most people who taste this will recognize it as a beer, which can't be said for many other examples of extreme beers. Sink the Bismarck! is in its own class, but if forced to compare, I'd describe it as Pliny on steroids.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 18:51:15 | More by Beerenauslese
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Khazadum

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-02-2012 19:32:19 | More by Khazadum
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Grebdioz

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-28-2011 08:00:30 | More by Grebdioz
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somehow a trace of surface carbonation, mysteriously. Burnt umber body. Good legs.

Smells like IPA-flavored liquor. Heavy (vaguely citrusy) hops, some honey malt, and tons of booze.

Bitter face time! Smack of hops and booze is balanced by sweetness (caramelized hops), some malty honey, and some of that mango(?)

Mouthfeel is like whiskey, what did I expect?

So intense. What does it mean?

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 04:50:27 | More by zaphodchak
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ferrari29

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml corked (rubber) and caged bottle 41% Abv.
Batch 16 BB 14/08/21
Served chilled in a Brewdog Teku glass

Thanks to the guys at Brewdog for sending this to me as part of the prize for their photo competition.

Appearance: Wow, I knew this beer would be syrupy, but I had no idea it would be like this! It took a while to get the last bit out of the bottle. If I excuse the fact that there is no head (who expects a head from a 41% beer anyway?) this is a great looking beer. Deep orange/amber body with golden edges and red highlights, very sticky - leaves massive legs on the glass when swirled.

Smell: Expecting my nose to be severely burned by the alcohol my first sniff was pretty tentative; but I was shocked to find something that actually smelled like an IPA. Alcohol is present (how could it not be), but it most certainly does not overwhelm the nose. In fact there is far less than in my favorite scotch.
On close inspection the nose reveals masses of sugar, malt extract, piney hops, a little citrus (orange liqueur), hints of peaches (similar to the syrup from tinned peaches) and strawberries as well as a touch of cough syrup.

Taste: As with the nose I am shocked how little booze I taste - sure it warms your mouth and burns a little on the way down, but nothing like what I have heard.
The first sip is hop dominated and there is a distinct resemblance to hardcore IPA. In subsequent sips the hops are somewhat are lost behind a mountain of sugar, honey and malt extract. As the beer warms there is a distinct cough syrup/ herbal liqueur note that’s not overly pleasant. A touch of smoke is also noted.

Mouthfeel: I never thought I'd say this - but this beer is a bit too syrupy. It is carbonated but it needs a whole lot more for the body.

Overall: This beer feels like it should supersede ratings; I mean what do you compare it to?
A fantastic experience and great fun to share with friends, but sadly not something I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 08:42:48 | More by Thehuntmaster
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ali1987

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-15-2013 01:40:36 | More by ali1987
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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
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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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-06-2011 00:58:18 | More by greg4579
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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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DruRho

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-16-2013 14:37:44 | More by DruRho
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IanSpindler

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-24-2013 15:37:46 | More by IanSpindler
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1.5oz sample shared with Nick Baird. Thanks brother! Pours an opaque orange with zero head and lacing, which isn't surprising for a beer of this weight. Smell and taste are strong, nose-burning ethanol, pink grapefruit, pine and citrus, mango, crab apple, brandy-like middle, ultra bitter hops, and a very hot, alcoholic finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, bold spiciness on the tongue, astringent and citric bitterness, huge boozy heat warms the insides and hangs around for quite some time. This has a decent level of complexity, but it's ultimately a booze bomb, and I can't say I'm a fan. Glad I got to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 20:34:19 | More by cratez
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewdog tasting session with friends (keeps the cost down).

Poured into a snifter this brew was orange, sticky, oil covered the top of the brew when looking into it and there was nearly no carbonation to speak of. The aroma was very bright and bold with a lot of grapefruit and other citrus up front and a strong sense of floral hops as a backbone. There was a slight pine nose as well. The first taste was so smooth. There was such a minimal hint of alcohol in this brew and for 41% I found that amazing! The hop presence in this brew was fantastic. Every sip I took was impressive. The stickiness was very noticeable as well as the oily hops. This was a phenomenal brew to make and even better to try.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:47:58 | More by WJVII
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EskimoDave

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-21-2011 03:04:56 | More by EskimoDave
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TexAggie011

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-09-2012 05:14:30 | More by TexAggie011
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MsRif

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was simply WAY too boozy for my taste when it comes to beer. I appreciate what BrewDog was going for...but this is not very drinkable. Poured from a bottle that I had on my first date with my now husband. Golden color with NO head and NO lacing. Looked honestly like liquor...sure smelled like it as well! In all fairness, there was a huge hoppy nose. A bit of citrus, but I was so distracted by the boozy smell that I was honestly apprehensive to try this. Tasted of...booze. Hops were there as well. I definitely made a face...and not a good one...when I tried this. I think I chased it with another beer. Maybe I can't appreciate the "style" but I just didn't care for it.

Mouthfeel was THICK...syrup-like. Definite alcohol burn...felt like I was doing shots...not a good thing when I am drinking a beer. It was neat to try this rare brew but I would NEVER have it again. Sometimes rarity hypes up brews a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 01:23:08 | More by MsRif
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heysuz

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-19-2014 12:41:02 | More by heysuz
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pmlondrigan

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Beautiful mahogany color with smell that stings the nose. Lots of caramel syrupy sweetness in the aroma, similar to 120 minute. Sweet candied hops. Flavor is very sweet and honey like with floral/earthy hops. Alcohol burns long and hard but doesn't taste like 41%.

I feel this beer was made to see who could make the strongest beer in the world but by a random decision to make it a huge IPA it came out to be an incredibly flavorful and eclectic ale. Although it would really be a challenge for a regular beer drinker to finish a full bottle by themselves.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 05:52:41 | More by BearsOnAcid
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hawkmage

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-31-2011 04:04:07 | More by hawkmage
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-03-2012 23:36:17 | More by olympicgatorade
Sink The Bismarck! from BrewDog
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