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Sink The Bismarck!Sink The Bismarck!

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 41.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by femALEist on 03-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of davod23
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

An odd beer, and a tough review. Poured from the bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance is a thick golden color. I poured several small glasses of this, and found that a couple were more clear than others. Shockingly a head materialized, but obviously dissipated rapidly with the 41% abv.

Smell - interesting. About what I expected. Tons of hops, very oily, which was only offset by the massive smack of booze to my face. Pine, earthiness and tropical presence there too.

Taste... ah. Massive booze, obviously. Even more than expected. Hops are pronounced, but there's also a medicinal quality on the back end of this. Reminds me a bit of fresh 120 Minute, but stronger, harsher. And I don't care for 120 Minute.

Mouthfeel isn't bad. It's oily and medium-full bodied, spirit-like. Carbonation is barely there, if at all.

Drinkability is real bad. Real, real bad. I only drank an ounce, maybe 1.5. I actually took the remainder and poured it back into the bottle. And this isn't me rating this out of some inability to handle strong beer/booze - I love Utopias, bourbon, and scotch. This was far, far less drinkable than any decent bourbon or scotch, and cannot even compare to Utopias (which I could drink a full glass of with no problem).

This is a novelty, a fun effort, and worth trying if you can find 11 friends to split the bottle with you.

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Photo of petacutlasaurus
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

Brew Dog's Sink the Bismarck! could easily be the hardest beer to review on BA. No, not really; there are loads of beers with more complex flavors, aromas, textures, etc. But that's not all that makes a beer hard to review. Excessive price can have a greater effect than any of these. Just read the opening of The Wine Trials. Price correlates directly with taste, much of the time, and when an 11.5 oz bottle costs almost $100, it can be a little difficult to be honest about your opinions. Then, look at the ABV. Some quick research shows that this may well be the second most alcoholic beer in the world, and is almost certainly the second most alcoholic that's available on a mass-market. And, since the most alcoholic beer was limited to a release of 12 bottles (and 12 unfortunate rodents) and costs another factor of 10 on top of the beer in question, for all intents and purposes, this is the most alcoholic beer you're likely to come across.

So, in Sink the Bismarck!, you have a beer of absurd price and proof that's relatively uncommon. For most beer advocates, this just screams A+ - world class. Buuuutttt, then you actually taste the beer... And the qualifications begin. "But it's so daring that," "But it's so unique that," "But maybe if it were used as a mixer, it could," Anyway, all of these are fair points, but dodge the actual subject of the beer itself.

A: Translucent golden color. Incredibly smooth, highly viscous with essentially no carbonation. The syrupy quality of the pour sets off the alarm that this is not your usual brew. Not an appetizing appearance, really.

S: Rotten farmhouse. Emphasis on the hay that's been in the sun too long, not on the manure. No, there's no poop smell here. Instead, just hops that have been shaped into a howitzer and fired at the whites of your eyes, fueled by alcohol (it really hits you once you're nose deep in the glass - yipes!).

T & M: Not too different from the smell, really. There's a bitterness or sourness that's really unusual. Round, not sharp as I usually find. It fills the mouth like sour milk, but really, it's hop-oil. It's allll just hop-oil. When I gave a friend a taste, she mentioned that it reminded her of the time she stole a taste of Whiskey from her dad's liquor cabinet when she was 8. So what is the taste beyond absolute shock? I think my description is decent, but it's exactly because of the difficulty of this review that there's so much curiosity here. How do you describe something that has no competitors (save the brewer BrewDog one-upped, whose beer is much harder to find)? Honestly - by using hyperbole like "rotten farmhouse." If you really want to know, you just have to take the plunge.

Overall: One of those few cases where gestalt comes into the play, and here, the sum of multiple parts has to include the background and the story of the beer. BrewDog's got a gusto that can't be denied. They're one of the few breweries that dives into the "extreme beer category," and that's something that deserves recognition. Sure, the beer is incredibly challenging to drink, but the attitude behind it's creation is at the heart of the craft brewing mentality.

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Photo of TrevorWGrover
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
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.

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Photo of feylure
2.12/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up from my local liquor shop from "the back" yesterday, and have been eager to give it a try.

(As labeled on the bottle)
Batch: 009
Best before: 16/08/20

Pours a glowing, thick orange with no carbonation.

Smell is... difficult to perceive. I get a quick smell of malt before I feel overwhelmed by an aroma of alcohol. Then if I try too long to smell it, my eyes start burning.

Taste is unbelievably hoppy and burning. And it ends burning. Mouthfeel is quite... well, burning.

Personally, I hated writing this review. I love all the other beers Brewdog makes, so I'm surprised that I didn't enjoy this one and that my experience differed so much from others. I'd be interested in knowing if I just got a bad batch or if that's the way the beer is.

All this being said, I'm still excited to try Tactical Nuclear Penguin!

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Photo of adkirkish
4.92/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Note: I recommend you smell the cap. You can get the same experience by sticking your head into a bag of hops or shoving two hop cones up your nose. The beer itself reeks of hops and warms to boozy overtones.
A: Pours a caramel brown, no head, no lacing.
F: Hop Assault w/ soy and umami. I believe if distillers were using hops, this would be it. I think this might be what drinking hop oil is like? Smokey and Oak finish.
M: Slick and warms all the way down.
O: It's the hoppiest beer I've ever had in my life, it's the strongest beer I've ever had, and literally the best beer I've ever had the privilege of trying. It's more than a beer, it's an experience that needs to be had.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Medium to deep amber with hints of orange.

Smell: Heavy fresh hop at the beginning. Mandarine oranges with a slightly burnt sugar aroma. Hints of a liqueur type smell.

Taste: Sweet and bitter orange at the same time. It has a scotch like taste in it, like a sherry wood finished 12 year old. Fresh cascade like hop aroma persists.

Mouthfeel: Hot. It has a weight to it like a liqueur does but the alcohol content hits hard at first. Once again it is reminiscent of a scotch on the finish.

Drinkability: It is a little disjointed, like it needs more time for all the flavors to coalesce. I may have tried it a bit too young but couldn't resist the urge. If you have bought this, give it some time to age.

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Photo of imscotty
2.05/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thank you to my friend Bob who unleashed this monster at his Superbowl gathering. It was... unforgettable

A: When the bottle was opened we were surprised to hear it pop. Still, no evidence of carbonation when poured, no head to speak of. The beer is a fairly clear deep dark amber.

S: The aroma sharply hits you with alcohol and hoppy herbal bitterness. It is very sharp and forewarns you of what is to come. Yes, there are also sherry and caramel aromas, but the sharp alcohol hoppy bitterness overwhelms.

T: Wow, I mean wow. A bitter peppery burning bomb goes off in your mouth. Many reviewers talk about the alcohol burn, that is to be expected at 41 abc, but what is amazingly intense is that bitter peppery burn. I suppose it is the bitter hops used, but it tastes like you are sucking wet peat dipped in Cayenne pepper. What I am trying to say is that I found this almost undrinkable it was so extreme. My lips puckered and burned, the back of my throat tightened.

My share of the bottle was poured into a 6 oz glass, I drank maybe 2 oz. If I took the tiniest of sips and nursed those two ounces over an entire day maybe I would have enjoyed it more. The half hour I actually spent drinking those two ounces was too much, too intense.

M: I do no know what to say about this, there was nothing wrong with the viscosity. But I actually found this mouth numbing. Did you ever get novocaine at the dentist and some of it drips on your tongue and burns and numbs at the same tie? It was like gargling with novocaine and napalm.

O: I suppose the brewers accomplished what they set out to do. It was certainly a memorable experience. It was an education in the extreme of what pure distilled alcohol infused bitter hop would taste like. I suggested to my friends that one or two DROPS of Sink the Bismarck in a regular IPA would probably add some nice flavor and complexity. Have you ever tasted vanilla extract, it is too much. But a few drops can make a delicious ice cream. Well this is the vanilla extract of beers and I found it undrinkable in this form.

Note: A few hours have past since my tasting and my mouth is still burning and numb. I hope I will be able to taste again.

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Photo of whitehouse50
1.37/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A bar in New Haven, CT was selling 1oz pours for $16. I've seen this being sold for as much as $24 per ounce so figured this would be the best price I could find and was intrigued with all the hype. This was served in a snifter.

A- Pours a deep amber color with no lacing or head

S- I barely got a chance to bring this up for a sip or sniff when it started burning my eyes. After a moment I was able to smell aromas similar to a whiskey or cognac but still with the unpleasant burning sensation

T- If pins and needles had a taste/flavor this is it. This brew burns from the moment it is placed in front of you. I've had some nice scotches, 18 yr old Oban and that was a fantastic burn. This is just way over the top and not enjoyable at all.

M- you guessed it, burning

Overall this is a brew I will run the other way from and try advise people not to order it. Yes I'm aware this brew reaches higher alcohol by freezing. BrewDog is just trying some wild marketing schemes to hide the fact that their regular beers suck. This is probably how they stay in business by charging triple digits for these brews.

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Photo of Jonnyhiggs
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of sbb32
4.59/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of somenerd
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of this, and I wound up sharing it with my friend (and a couple of his family members) on his wedding day last week.
I poured from the bottle into small snifters. Came out a gorgeously rich golden orange. Slight touch of bubbles and a hair or two of foam on the top, but only for a few seconds.
Smells a little alcoholy, but the hop aromas do come through.
Taste is a fiery blaze of sweet hoppiness- can feel tiny bubbles on the tongue. Burns all the way down, and warms you instantly.
All in all, it's pretty impressive. It's a sipper, but a good one. If you want to put a few hairs on your chest, this is how you should do it!

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Photo of mike130
4.57/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After bringing us the polarizing Tactical Nuclear Penguin, Brewdog decide to make yet another extreme ABV beer. While I liked the TNP, it is a totally different brew to this - TNP tasted like something halfway to a whisky, simply tasting nothing like a typical beer, but StB! screams "beer!! beer!!" with every sip. Think over-the-top IPA and then concentrate that into a 41% beast, and that's more or less what you get here.

In appearance it's not astounding - unsurprisingly enough, there's no real head, but some carbonation does appear for a little while, then quickly disappear. Dark orange, light brown color, quite oily in appearance.

The smell is of hops, hops, hops. Not as strong as other DIPA's, but barely any of the alcohol content could be discerned. Not a complete hop-bomb, some fruity, malty characteristics do come out but it's mainly hops you'll be able to smell.

The taste is... astounding. Extremely strong, very bitter but very well balanced at the same time - loads of fruitiness and malts, with a little kick of alcohol. The alcohol is surprisingly indiscernible through the intensity of the hops. The hop character is quite bitter, not as aromatic as a standard DIPA, and leaves a quite oily mouthfeel, with tones of citrus near the end. Great stuff.

Feels great in your mouth as well - like said before, oily and very strong, does not evaporate in your mouth like something of this strength normally does. Drinkability is obviously not high due to the 41%, but once this is taken into account it is extremely drinkable for the ABV. I could easily take this stuff as a replacement for whisky or other hard licor, if only it weren't so expensive. Overall, an absolutely astounding and brilliant beer, and something which I'm hoping to get more of soon. A must-try.

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Photo of pnkHoody
4.34/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was determined to say something disparaging about this beer, but it won me over. I thought the idea was silly, and would not represent beer. But the 'Bismark is a success.

Big thanks to EskimoDave and everyone else who attended. catered for, and brought drinks to a fantastic beer tasting in Victoria last night. The BrewDog special was the centrepiece of the tasting and it topped off a great evening.

My 2oz was a cloudy mid-orange/brown. It looked like an eggcup full of any other imperial IPA. The beer is "technically" carbonated. I counted 5 bubbles. The fizz registers on the tongue, but only very vaguely.

The nose is devastating. It smells like what it is, a massively distilled IPA. I suppose that under the circumstances, a badly balanced IPA would reveal its faults to the nth degree, but this smells fantastic. Rich rich bouquet of sticky hops -- almost eye burning.

It tastes like the soul of an IPA. It is resinous, sticky, very sweet, intensely aromatic, oily on the tongue, and able to fill your mouth and nose completely. It burns a little, but is not unrefined. I find comparisons to scotch completely erroneous. It is its own thing.

If you weren't into hoppy beers, or beers at all, I think this woud taste like some hideous experiment in wrongness. But as a lover of IPAs, I completely appreciated the beer, and cradled the glass long after it had departed, sniffing the last of the aroma greedily.

Great stuff. Very worthwhile, far in excess of my expectations of novelty.

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Photo of hopheadtony1
4.92/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quite nervous when i opened this one... Pours a wonderfull orange amber sunset beer. No head, looks liquorous, it smells like a wet hop nectar made by a Hopdevil. This taste like hopheads heaven, strong, hoppy, bitter, full of body. Some sweetness from the malt too. The after taste is long long long, full of aroma. This is still a beer, a 41 % beer!

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Photo of heatherishoppin
4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
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!

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Photo of whiskeysoda
2.3/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a small taster glass at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, I got to try this on two different occasions from two different bottles...

I'm saying it now, and I think that even the brewers at Brew Dog would agree: it's a gimmick. It is punk; and for that I love it...but it doesn't make for a good tasting 'beer.' Not even a good liquor, really...and I LOVE IPAs!! The problem is, when you freeze any liquid, the ice crystals that form can break down more complex aromatics and congeners that were present after the initial fermentation. So, in the case of Sink the Bismark! you've basically engineered a very strong, but very skunked IPA.

The NOSE is - as has been said/could have been guessed - incredibly hot and full of resinous, oily hops. Not much else. The heat from the alcohol doesn't really transfer to the palate in lieu of the thick, oily, SALTY and bitter pine that sticks to the side of your tongue and completely overwhelms most of your other senses. 82 proof, stale hop-oil. I honestly felt like I was tasting the inside of a 2-week old, room temperature Randall...that was full of salt.

If people can really get so much more out of this to call it, "complex,"...good for them. I'd love to be able to taste anything (or to enjoy this) myself, but I'm pretty sure that the real magic behind it is the fact that you're trying one of the craziest things to come out of any brewery. Ever.

Brew Dog, I salute you...

...but if I want to enjoy tasting your craft, I'll stick with the Hardcore IPA.

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Photo of Tates
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While stronger than Tactical Nuclear Penguin, this beer is surprisingly drinkable for being so high in alcohol content. The hop-oils are so strong that they stand up to the smokiness from the barrels. Sink The Bismarck! may be categorized as "just a novelty", but I found it a rather enjoyable beverage, to be shared with friends. The appearance is a light amber with crazy long legs. It is like a slightly carbonated scotch or whiskey. The aromas are powerful and deep with hops and pepper, also hints of citrus and floral notes. Mouthfeel has heat like a whiskey from all the alcohol. More enjoyable than TNP, the hops are extreme! I appreciate the boldness of experimentation but am sad to see this beer being qualified as a spirit (for US Tax purposes) which will make sales difficult...

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Photo of lwootton
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a scotch snifter.

Appearance: Pours an amber-honey color with a foamy, short-lived head that is a unique golden-straw color.

Aroma: Sweet, mild smell of alcohol, heavy fruit notes (something like plums and dark cherries that are a bit overripe), and a straw or grass aroma a bit reminiscent of the foam sold in hobby shops for flower arrangements.

Taste: The most striking taste is a (to me) cloyingly sweet molasses flavor accompanied by the burn of alcohol such as in scotch or whisky. The sweetness is partially offset by a strong bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Viscous, like watered down honey. Unique and quite a treat.

Drinkability: Obviously this beer is not made to be consumed in large quantities (save for by those with fat wallets, cast iron constitutions, and venerable alcohol tolerance). I had trouble getting through 2oz of it because of the sweetness.

Overall: A really fascinating beer experience, although now that I have the bragging rights that go along with trying it I probably won't be getting another.

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Photo of nikkinloch
1.8/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of mirnsd
4.62/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The reason why I selected that I tried this beer on-tap is because I tried it straight from the tanks at the brewery a few days before its release.

This beer is simply amazing and it really breaks the boundaries when thinking about what a beer actually is.

Firstly you can smell the hops from this one at an arms length away. The first taste was a sweet maltiness which very quickly gave way to the resinous hop taste. This is probably quite easily the hoppiest beer I have had and I loved it.

It isnt a beer that you can drink all of in one night but thats why it comes with a stopper for the bottle.

This stuff wont be around for long and I cant wait to try it again.

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Photo of uconnroller
2.22/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had it at this new bar in new haven called cask republic.

A- Golden in color, slightly hazy.
S- The smell is very impressive, very strong alcohol aroma, almost burns the nostrils. Strong hop smell overpowered by alcohol.
T- Taste more like a scotch/wiskey than a beer prob due to the high alcohol content. I feel the taste can be duplicated if you mix 1 part vinegar, 1 part Sambuka, and 2 parts jameson.
M-thick and burns most of the way down
D-not easily drinkable, the snifter I had was plenty.

I feel that some people are trying to justify spending so much on this beer by giving it a good rating. I consider it a waste of money, just brewdog trying to make the highest alcohol content beer but sacraficing taste while doing so.

The best thing about this beer, in my opinion, is you can say you drank a beer with 41% alcohol.

Nothing against brewdog either. I had the brewdog/stone bashah for the first time that night and that was top notch.

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Photo of wisecracka
4.82/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a birthday present from my girlfriend, she ordered it online... yes, I know, she is a definite keeper... Also, this review is:

Sink the Bismark!
Wisecracka ft. Enlight

A: A beautiful, opaque golden amber. No lacing or "head" due to the whopping 41% abv. There is a "watered down" look at the top of the beer and a color gradient that increases down the glass.

S: TAKE NO (HOPPY) PRISONERS. Hops conquer this smell, but it is still complex. It is a mixture of pine hop, fruit hop, a sweet semi-honey smell, and alcohol. Honestly, the alcohol smell is prominent, but it swirls around the combined smell of hops and sweetness. To those that are pure beer people, it will burn like sweet, cleansing fire.

T: The saga begins with pine hops, pine hops, oh beautiful pine hops. Then sweeps down the exceptional tag team of fruity semisweet, an almost honey-like taste mixed with fruity hops that both enforce and warp the dominating pine hop. Then big daddy alcohol joins the party like a sex crazed hell's angel with a broad steak of ethics and morality. It does not impose, but it reminds the drinker of their good fortune; that is, drinking this damn fine beer.

M: The mouthfeel is much like a fine liquor. It doesn't expand to fill the mouth, but it's not thin. It's fills a targeted, definite space on the palate. It is excellent for what the beer attempts to do; that is, be extreeeme.

D: Now i'm at an impasse. As Enlight sagely observes, "this is like an rpg (video game): low replay value, completion is hard won and highly enjoyed". To further the metaphor: Colt 45 has the same drinkability as Sink the Bismark!; however, Colt 45 is a $100-dollar-per-play-pong, while Sink the Bismark! is Final Fantasy 7. You can't keep replaying it over and over, but there is one that will always bring that special smile time and time again. As such, I award this beer with a 4.5 drinkability because I will happily and readily enjoy this beer when fortune favors me with it.

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Photo of ATvics
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit....

Recieved a bottle as a gift from one of my loyal patrons at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, Md.

First of all, a beer weighing in at 41% ABV should taste like a bag of assholes. Any spirit at that level is rarely consumed by itself, whether its vodka, gin, rum, tequila or whiskey...90% of the time there is always an ingredient used to open up the flavor of that spirit. Unless of course it's extremely good, otherwise something is used to cut the harshness of the boozy alcohol aroma and flavor. Yeah, um...not so much with the Bismark.

A-Head? Meh...I'm suprised there is any. However, some carbonation does indeed form. The body is reminiscent of scotch; deep amber in color, with golden highlights around the edges.

S-Boozy! Booze intertwined with high oil hops and caramel malt makes the aroma of this thing unparalleled.

T-Aggressive, in your face, jaw dropping good. Im absoluetly suprised to pick up any hop whatsoever, but I did, and I did in a big way. A few notes of caramel, toffee and smoke are present, but the boozy body stands tall and dominant. for what it is at 41%, the flavor is impressive.

M-Dry-hopped whiskey. A blanket of tingly liquor lays on your tongue, taking over your sense of taste. Your palate might become paralyzed for a few moments, but what other beer has that effect?

D-No, you can't drink a whole lot of this stuff. I only drank about 2oz worth, if I drank the whole 12oz bottle I would be dancing on the bar top with my pants down doing the Mick Jagger. But once again, appreciating for what it is, it is indeed drinkable, and enjoyable.

If you so happen to stumble across a bottle, don't hesitate on opening it, you want to get the hops while they're somewhat fresh. And I highly recommend you consume this with a friend or two.

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Photo of TheDudeImbibes
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich gold to amber hue. Pours like scotch with zero head.

S: My first words: "it actually smells good!" Big resinous hop aroma and a solid malty backbone evident. I was expecting a bigger version of Tactical Nuclear Penguin but it's an entirely different beast. Smells like the biggest IPA you ever sniffed.

T: Huge. The resinous hops hit you up front before a massive sweet malt kicks in, then the big boozy finish rounds it out. The burn from the alcohol is there but not in the way I'd expect from a scotch. Actually quite smooth. Epic, delicious, moorish.

M: Thick and sweet. Syrupy. Not much carbonation evident at all, maybe a slight tingle on the tongue.

O: Quite an epic beer. Pretty much the essence of IPA. It's like drinking the spirit from which all beer was made. If you've seen that Simpsons episode where Bart and Milhouse buy a squishy made entirely from syrup then you'll know what I mean.

I don't know where you magic pixies came from, but I sure like your pixie drink!

Happy Trizzle?

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3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Me and 3 friends all threw down to get a bottle. When you find out one of the strongest beers in the world is being sold in your town, you have to go for it. Knew we were in for something special when my nose tingled after opening it. Poured into a snifter with zero carbonation and zero head. It was more like drinking a strong scotch than anything else. Enough bite in the aroma to clear anyone's sinus'. Not sure if it's something I would go for again at $110 for a bottle. But is for sure an experience that i would recommend to others, just to say you did it.

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