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I love products that have been made and have a story behind them - and this is one of the best...
Brewdog, the company that made this, brought out a beer called 'Tactical Nuclear Penguin' which was a very healthy 32% ABV. This was then topped by a German beer called 'Schorschbock 40' which was an even healthier 40% ABV. Not wanting to be beaten, Brewdog perfected their freeze filter method and managed to create the worlds 'strongest' beer at 42% ABV (since then, Brewdog did a limited edition 55% ABV beer called 'The End of History')
The first thing about this beer that stands out is the sheer amount of alcohol present - this one bottle has the same amount as over 8 bottles of a standard beer. This might put some people off but this isn't the type of drink that you would sit down and have a whole bottle, it should be treated like a liquore and only taken in small amounts. Luckly, the bottle comes with a reusable stopper so it is easy enough to store it for a later date.
Now this is an IPA (indian pale ale) beer so its very light in colour. First tasting of it really hides how much alcohol is in it, you can taste that its there, but nowhere near the 42% mark. Its a sweet beer to taste, quite fruity as well at some points. Its a very smooth beer to drink (maybe a little bit too easy) and is a lot nicer than some other strong percentage beers that exist.
Overall, I would say that this isn't the type of beer that you would buy just to have lying about the house, it is something that you might get for a special occasion either for yourself or a beer lover that wants to try something new. It's a really great beer and the first time I tried it was at a beer tasting session and I fell in love with it straight away.
Brewdog / Sink the Bismark Beer