Friday, July 1, 2011

Sink the Bismarck -- Drink Matron Guest Post

My vacation at Disney started with perfect weather earlier this week. But the last two days have been movie-type, typhoony-rainy days (so much so, we didn't get to Typhoon Lagoon). That left me with plenty of time to drink beer, and even probably pump out the review I was still missing for today, but I was lazy and sent a plea for help to the big guy in the sky... Twitter, of course! 

Jessica from answered the call, and not with just any beer. Check this out!

Sink the Bismarck

Hi! I'm Jessica, and I, along with my drink lackey, Adrian, run a website called As the Drink Matron, I write about all things drinking culture, including drink recipes, homebrewing, cocktail and liquor facts and history, and of course, beer reviews. I enjoy writing reviews on the most obscure beers that you may have never heard of, or have heard of and always wanted to try.

Today I'll be reviewing a beer that has made headlines over the last year as the strongest beer in the world. That's right ladies and gents, I'm reviewing Brewdog's Sink the Bismarck.

So how did a Midwest girl living in Indiana get her hands on such a high prized commodity? It was a Christmas gift from Adrian. Oh yes, if you want to impress this girl, buy her something unique, Scottish, and strong.

So on to the beer.

Kettle hopped, dry hopped, and freeze hopped, Sink the Bismarck is a 41% abv “quadruple” IPA. It was created in retaliation after German brewers Schorschbräu usurped Brewdog's previous creation, Tactical Nuclear Penguin (32% abv), as the strongest beer in the world with the 40% Schorschbock. The label on the bottle tells this much more dramatically.

It pours a splendid golden red with absolutely no head.

My immediate reaction off the nose is that it smells exactly the way a good beer should – like hops and malt. There's definitely an organic aroma - grass, moss, and dead pine needles with a bit of lemon. It's pleasant and sweet, and even has a hint of caramel. The strength is definitely present in the smell, but it's not overpowering and doesn't turn me away from drinking it.

The taste is very sweet, with subtle fruit flavors – strawberry or orange. Honey is ever present, clearly spiced – possibly with coriander and mint. The aftertaste consists mostly of toast or roasted nuts. Very lovely combinations. As it warms it begins to taste badly of sour apples. My suggestion would be to pour a little in your glass at a time and keep the bottle cold.

By no means is it overly hoppy, in fact, it may be one of the nicest IPAs I've ever tried. The buttery texture makes it go down slow and smooth with no burn and no funk; however, Adrian did note that he felt a low key burn in his chest as if just eating spicy curry (which is a good thing).

Surprisingly, for a beer with 41% alcohol, neither the aroma or taste give that away. This, of course, is a danger, since a beer this smooth could easily be consumed in mass quantities. Thankfully, the creamy texture and the (sometimes too) sweet flavors keep you from drinking it fast. Definitely worth the time and money to drink over and over again.


Anonymous said...

I've heard this one's excellent. Never been around when someone decided to open one, though. Have a Tactical Nuclear Penguin waiting around for the right time..but I hear this one's just a better beer.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

I've never had any of their beers. Drink Matron lives in Indiana and opened this one up there. Sounds awesome though.