Scotland - If some of you are still reeling from the previous gauntlet thrown down by German Brewery Schorschbrau's Schorschbock 40, might take notice again. It seems the men of Scotland’s Brewdog cannot be stopped, in regards to their thirst for the title of "World's Strongest Beer", with the release of their Sink the Bismarck. Pending the official recognition, this beer (based on the process used to make it) is a whopping 41% Alcohol By Volume, or 82 Proof!
Sink the Bismarck! is beer, amplified. With the volume turned full up, it is important you that you be careful with this beer and show it the same amount of sceptical, tentative respect you would show an international chess superstar, clown or gypsy.
Sink the Bismarck is a quadruple IPA that contains four times the hops, four times the bitterness and frozen four times to create at a staggering 41% ABV.
This is IPA amplified, the most evocative style of the craft beer resistance with the volume cranked off the scale. Kettle hopped, dry hopped then freeze hopped for a deep fruit, resinous and spicy aroma. A full out attack on your taste-buds ensues as the incredibly smooth liquid delivers a crescendo of malt, sweet honey, hop oils and a torpedo of hop bitterness which lasts and lasts. –source, Brewdog’s announcement on their blog
To put that into perspective, each ounce of Sink the Bismarck is the equivalent of doing a shot of Whiskey. Drink the entire contents of this 330ml, £40.00 (or roughly €46.02 / $63.16) and you're going to lay down for a bit.
More than likely this beer won’t make stateside (unless someone wants to fly over to Scotland to pick up a bottle).
Unfortunately, this also continues to the dialogue regarding when a beer stops being a beer, despite the processed used to create it. This discussion shouldn’t apply just to uber high gravity beers, but also to low gravity beers such as the light alcohol wars between Miller and Budweiser (MGD 64 vs. Bud 55).
Curious about this story, head over the brewery's website and watch the video.
Martin and James were bored of the industrially brewed lagers and stuffy ales that dominate the UK market. We decided the best way to fix this undesirable predicament was to brew our own beers. Consequently in April 2007 BrewDog was born.
Both only 24 at the time, we leased a building, got some scary bank loans, spent all our money on stainless steel and started making some hardcore beers.
We are dedicated to making cool, contemporary and progressive beers showcasing some of the world’s classic beer styles. All with an innovative twist and customary BrewDog bite. –source, Brewdog’s website
Update: It's been reported the links were out of date. We've since updated these links.