Sink The Bismarck!

Sink The Bismarck!Sink The Bismarck!
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Scotland, United Kingdom
IPA - Imperial
3.6 | pDev: 23.06%
Dec 26, 2021
Mar 23, 2010
Sink The Bismarck!Sink The Bismarck!
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2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
by rand from California

Into a snifter

Well, been squirreling this one away since I bought it a decade ago. At a time when experimental brewing was still in its novel phase, was excited to stash this one away for ten years, 2020! (Or whatever it was). The first beer time capsule! Tried to cellar it and forget it, but word got around from fellow beer geeks that it was a chore to drink and just kinda gross. Well, unfortunately, they were right. You could stash this one away for another decade and it still wouldn’t hide the fact that it’s better suited for peeling paint than pleasing the palate. Anyway, here are the specs:

Black brew, viscous like a stout. Boozy like a spirit - because it is - with notes of burnt rubber and anise. Kind of an amalgam of nastiness on the palate…plasticky bitterness, charred wood, spoiled cherries and massive booze. Finishes with this weird unsweetened chocolate meets Campari aftertaste. Ouch.

Dec 26, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via Bluejacket74! Cheers
dude, I have been waiting for the moment and it just struck me
as perfect. This monster brew pours a dark brown with burnished
copper highlights with no head or ring. Nose of deep resinous
pine and bittering hops with rich caramel and vinous notes
with touches plum brandy and earthy malts. Flavors are an
odd lot. Leather, dark dry red wine, resinous hops laden with
pine, herbal bittering hops, black strap molasses, and earthy malt
touches amongst caramel sweet malt syrup. Mouth feel is full
body, very VERY warm, coating, rich, did I mention warming,
no carbonation, I can't feel my lips....and I should mention
also it is warm....and finishes moderately dry, bitter, and
cloyingly sweet.

Overall, I am so glad I got to try it. It could most likely
replace novocain before dental surgery. That said it
is unique and made to be split with a friend! It is a
very unique brew!


May 29, 2021
2.69 by DvdP from Netherlands on Nov 17, 2020
Photo of janubio
4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by janubio from Spain

Shot glass at The Situation.
Black colour, nothing to say about the head and lacing because the Shot glass.
Aroma is sweet, raisins, muscatel,

molasses, and resins. Full body, creamy texture, sweet and hoppy finish.
Taste is completely different, hops and resins dominating, but there's raisins, molasses and muscatel.
Alcoholic, sweet, bitter.
Great, but you can't think of it as a beer, even an extreme beer.

Feb 27, 2019
4.65 by scootny from New York on Aug 08, 2018
3.5 by RMW66 from Australia on Jun 03, 2018
1.93 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jun 29, 2017
3.84 by Zach136 from Georgia on May 04, 2017
3.79 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania on Feb 26, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

5oz pour. Pours like syrup. Dark brown . Smells like hop oil, anise, and absinthe. Taste is similar with a burn like a neat whiskey. Drink tide beer for what it is

Feb 11, 2017
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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by mothman from Minnesota

Bottle from brewdog Stockholm.

Still. Caramel bronze color.

Smell is of booze and dank, resinous hops. Nail polish remover.

Taste is the most bitter hop flavor imaginable. Weedy, dank, floral, resin. Sticky. Boozy. Bready malts. Earthy.

Medium bodied. Ends somewhat surprisingly clean for what it is.

This is a very interesting beer. It is like the whisky of hops. A few sips is enough. Basically liquid hops and booze.

A fun novelty beer to try, but not something I'd try again.

Dec 26, 2016
4.51 by Sergiomendolia from Switzerland on Nov 18, 2016
2.22 by dcmchew from Romania on Oct 13, 2016
3.48 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Sep 20, 2016
3.75 by Keith_R from Georgia on Sep 17, 2016
Photo of Roguer
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by Roguer from Connecticut

OK, OK, it's a gimmick ... and an aged IPA, at that.

Coppery but clear brew. No head.

Smells...potent. Strong alcohol, caramel, and feet?

Doesn't taste all as bad as it smells. Very hot; tons of caramel; stale hops; sherry and port; citrus and pine; fruit cake. Still not something I'd drink normally...or ever again.

For a beer that clocks in at whisky strength, it's not as hot as it could be. It is more flavorful and fruity, as well.

Jul 23, 2016
3.25 by suckaj from Florida on Jul 03, 2016
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1.8/5  rDev -50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
by nikkinloch from England

I feel the tagline for any critique of this is "what do you expect from a novelty beer"?

Shared with 5 friends in a cabin in the woods at Mt Hood.

Pour is flat, viscous, orange. Strong booze and hops smell. Taste is strong plasticy licorice that doesn't get any more pleasant the more you drink. Boozy sweet hops, sickly and quite unpleasant.

Treating it as IPA concentrate, I finished off one of the other friends glass (they couldn't, I don't blame them) by adding in some soda water. This for sure make is more of a sane drink, and really quite close to a re-hydrated IPA, but there was still that strong medicinal licorice plastic taste that made it nasty to drink.

You could argue it is fun to try once, but in all honesty only to say I have done it. For me, there are no redeeming features, I'd say avoid and go for something brewed for taste, not for some ABV arms race.

Jul 01, 2016
3.69 by krl2112 from Illinois on Apr 30, 2016
3.98 by BKotch from Texas on Mar 27, 2016
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2.07/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by TequilaTom from Ohio

Tried as part of a magnificent trifecta (This beer, Tactical Nuclear Penguin, and Dogfish Head 120)
Many thanks to my friend Brandon for providing the experience. As with my review of tactical Nuclear Penguin, this is a love/hate relationship. My brain is is in love with the fact that I even got to try this rarity, yet my tastebuds were in agony. This was split amongst 8 people and the reactions while trying this were so intense that one of the group actually recorded it!
Pours a dark brown similar to TNP, no carbonation, with a heavy malt/alcohol/hops aroma. Now for the bad part, the taste was almost mortifying. All of us that tried it had to go mind over matter to finish our samples. It was extremely harsh, due to its concentration and high ABV. It took all of us a while to finish our samples, and we did so only because of the rarity and price. I'm glad I can count myself as one of the few who have tried this, but there was a price to pay. I wouldn't try this again if someone gave it to me for free (Sorry!)

Feb 22, 2016
3.89 by BAsbill from California on Feb 12, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by boilermakerbrew from Indiana

A- The pour is just like a pour of bourbon. It is a light to medium copper in body and has tons of alcohol legs. There is no head or lacing to speak of.

S- Honey and booze greet the nose right up front in a hot and potent assault on the nostrils. It is fairly sweet up front in scent but the booze burns your nose hairs on the back. There is also a bit of hopping present in the nose but it takes a backseat to the sweetness and booze.

T- This beer hits the tongue with a pinch of malty alcohol booziness. The honey and hops flavors intermingle for a short burst of sweetness and then a punch hops bitterness. If I had to give an overall impression it would be somewhere between a whiskey and an herbal liqueur. Long lingering hops bitterness and burn on the tongue.

M- What can I say, it's potent and hot with little to no carbonation detectable. It's like drinking a fermented malt version of bourbon.

Overall, I recognize that this is a novelty beer, but it also no slouch of a liquor-like beer either. God help any soul that has a whole bottle.

Nov 14, 2015
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4.59/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by sbb32 from Florida

L: A nice translucent amber colour. A little more watery (in terms of how fluid it was in the glass) than I expected.
S: Booze. Hops. Booze. Hops. Cannot even bring the glass to lips without booze attacking the nostrils and causing a cough.
T: Like the nose, only much more pleasant. I imagine this is what hops drenched in whiskey must taste like. A pinnacle of what one would expect a 41% IPA to taste like.
F: Thick syrupy, with a lot of heat and hops lingering. Not bad though
O: Quite an interesting to try and track down their other absurd ABVs

Nov 08, 2015
Photo of Dreizhen
4.46/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dreizhen from District of Columbia

I vaguely remember hearing about this beer in a comparison to Sam Adam's Utopia, but I didn't really have much context to place it with, otherwise. When I happened to move to Edinburgh, it was only a matter of time before I wound up ordering this brew from their pub. Had in tulip glass from a bottle at the pub in Edinburgh, UK (where it is still available as of November, 2015).

L: No carbonation or head, dark amber, mostly translucent.

S: Hops, caramel, toffee, and a touch of malt. Very boozy.

T: Hop and caramel forward. Similar to the nose, but richer. The booze is still very present, but not overwhelming (at least if you're used to drinking neat spirits on the regular). A very weird combination on the palate, but not unpleasant at all. The more I drank it, the more I liked it. Very unique.

F: Smooth and almost silky, especially for the high abv. Pleasant burn from the ABV, but not bad at all.

O: A very unique experience. If you like whisk(e)y and beer, it's certainly worth a try. Probably not something I'll be drinking on a regular basis, but it's definitely a nice change of pace to the copious amounts of macro-garbage that permeates most bars in this city. A fun take on spirits that, with a bit more availability, I would probably throw into some cool cocktails.

Nov 08, 2015
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3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by mdfb79 from New York

Not bad but not really beer....more like a port wine.

Oct 15, 2015
2.72 by BMMillsy from Florida on Sep 09, 2015
4.08 by Bill235 from Ohio on Sep 03, 2015
3.02 by innominat from Ireland on Aug 03, 2015
2.87 by mattboyer182 from Indiana on Jul 26, 2015
4.09 by dmurray50000 from England on Jun 26, 2015
3.14 by anvilx from Texas on Jun 24, 2015
4.05 by Core04 on May 23, 2015
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2.62/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by rbloomberg3 from England

Brewed as a show off. Tasted of a bog standard ale and not worth bothering with except to say you have had it.

Apr 28, 2015
3.75 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Apr 15, 2015
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5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Jonnyhiggs from Illinois

What can I say, this is an amazing creation by the amazing men at Brew Dog. This beer is a masterpiece of milky malts and heavenly hops. It's nothing like I ever had before and saddened by the now scarcity. Seek this out, it's truly a treasure.

Apr 08, 2015
3 by mtbdonn from Colorado on Mar 21, 2015
Photo of Paisan
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
by Paisan from Belgium

It simply isn't a beer, so I can't rate it as one.

Feb 14, 2015
3.5 by Hohnbaum from Kansas on Jan 16, 2015
3.43 by wethorseblanket from California on Jan 07, 2015
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