Two of the highest ABV beers in the world are brewed by BrewDog in Scotland. These beers are fermented to a high range and then “iced” until they reach a desired gravity. There are mixed thoughts on these beers but they’re actually two different beer styles. Penguin is an Imperial Stout and Bismarck is an Imperial IPA. Both are then bottled in 12 ounce (375ml) formats and wrapped in paper. Each comes with a sealable cork as no human can drink an entire 12 ounces of 30%+ beer in one sitting. Just like with Whisky, the more air that’s in the bottle (aka the more you drink), the faster it spoils. So, once you reach the 50% consumed point, you should drink it pretty fast.

I enjoyed these two beers at BrewDog’s bar in Camden (London) England. Both were actually at the bottom of the bottle when I had them so I finished the bottles off when ordering one of each side by side. I paid 6 pounds each for these (about $20 total) to taste these. I’m thinking because these were the last of the respective bottles, I somehow got a more oxidized experience in each beer or a flatter beer than I should have. 

I have each of these in my cellar but was saving for a special occasion. At least now I have tasted both of them so the pressure to open each is much smaller.

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BrewDog Sink the Bismarck

2.4

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20

adamjackson (347) – Canaan, USA – JUN 5, 2012

. Had the last ounce for a bottle previously opened at Brew Dog Camden. Paid 6 Quid for a pour and shared with a friend. 

A – Light wooden brown. Looks like corn syrup. 

S – Smells like crappy whiskey. Burns my nostrils 

T – Oh god. Big dry good but drinks like motor oil. Huge bright hops for grapefruit. Absolutely atrocious. 

M – Mouthfeel is rotten candy. 

O – 40/100. This was even worse than the penguin. We tasted them side by side. Atrocious taste. It took a lot out of me to finish this beer.

BrewDog Tactical Nuclear Penguin
3.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20

adamjackson (347) – Canaan, USA – JUN 5, 2012

Had the last ounce for a bottle previously opened at Brew Dog Camden. Paid 6 Quid for a pour and shared with a friend. 

A – Dark caramel brown. Huge alcohol legs. No head. 

S – Smells caramel whiskey. Slight. Oak brown sugar 

T – Holy crap. So boozy it burns my chest. Sweet like candy corn or caramel. Aftertaste is like burnt wood terrible burnt vanilla pretty bad 

M – Slick and oily. Heavy body. Horrible after taste 

O – 60/100. Disappointed that I have two bottles of this at home unopened. It’s really a bad beer and not worth drinking. Insanely heavy and high alcohol and tastes like it was once a beer with a lot of added syrup. 

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