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BrewDog / Stone Bashah

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: American Strong Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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What does it mean? Yes, what indeed does it all mean. Meaning of course is elusive and illusive. It canít or shouldnít be found on this bottle. Should it? Yet what if it was? Would you begin to look for pearls of wisdom or life direction on a beer label? Perhaps itís been there all along. Since meaning is a mere illusion, perhaps we shouldnít let it have any influence on our destiny. This particular beer refused to succumb to the illusion of meaning or allow capricious parameters to have any influence on its own fermented fate. Are we even asking the right question? Are you feeling frustrated in the emptiness? If so, that could be because someone got to this beer before you, and thus thereís a reason for that emptiness. Itís empty. And if so, perhaps there indeed is not any meaning for you here after all. Style over Substance, or Substance over the scriptures of Style? The latter, thank you very much. Twice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10100) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2009
Bottle from cgarvieuk, thanks Craig! Deep dark brown color, almost opague. Chocolate, blackcurrant and raisin in the aroma. Malty flavor with dark chocolate, twigs, raisin, figs and blackcurrant. Roastbitter aftertaste with tannines and dreid fruit. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5045) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2009
Bottled. Dark color, short head. Aroma of some chocolat, roasted malt, coffee, some hop. Bit bitter taste, roasted malt. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2009
Cask, Nottingham Fest 09. Dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas are chocolate and raisins with roast mats and berries. Molasses with yeast and lots of spices. Flavours are lots of dark chocolate with bitter coffee and pine. More grapefruit than expected with some floral notes. Spices and warming alcohol on the finish. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4463) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has chocolate, roast and fruitiness. Black coloured beer with a thin, beige head. The taste has roast, tobacco, some fruits. Medium bodied. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 Half pints at Bodega, Newcastle and bottle later in York. Pours dark brown-black, thick and oily with a thin foamy tan head. Aroma is dark, oaty, coffee, roasted notes and alcohol. Flavour is very commanding, strong fresh coffee, oak, tobacco a sweet malty background. Finishes earthy and with a warming alcohol edge, not hugely bitter. Very enjoyable slow drinker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berkshirejohn (4442) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2009
11.2 fl oz bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge - where they enthused about it. Batch #298 Pours an intense black colour - a slight chestnut glow appearing when held to a strong light., and a light tan head. The aroma is quite literally stunning - full-on petrol to start, like a forecourt on a hot afternoon, but then revealing tar, smoke, pine resins and bitter chocolate; incredibly hoppy taste - dry, grassy, spicy, mollases, with a thick, oily, texture - this is what Iíd expect a mouth full of real hops to taste like. The alcohol tickles and warms the throat, and begs me to take another sip. A stunning beer. Will probably improve with age - if anybody can wait!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2009
A Mes rate. Free bottle at the BrewDog announcement event.
Excellent mahogany black with a good beige head. Big chewy cheesey black malt aroma with a ton of resinous sticky fresh hops. Itís something similar to Bodacious Black and Tan but different all the same. Itís one of those perverse naughty spank my arse little numbers. Bring it on. The flavour is not quite in the same league but itís still a feisty little peach. The thick malt and chewy hops are still there but they donít quite sit right with the big stinging alcohol just yet. It will do no doubt but right now, itís just a bit hot. That aside, the hops are utterly outstanding. The length of flavour and complexity reminds me of the Stone California Double IPA and that can only be a good thing. Good, no thatís not doing it. Shit the bed good is what it is. Tone the booze down a bit and this is gonna be exceptional. Thereís a lot going on here. Tremendous BrewDog malt complexity hand in hand with Mitchís brilliant ability to create hop induced madness that the devil himself would be proud of. Already itís brilliant and itís far from finished. Great work chaps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13565) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2009
Cask handpull at The Rake. Black, no head. Imp stout intense tar aroma. Some gingerish alcohol heat on finish. Good dark syrup flavour. oily texture. I like it. Like dark choc covered biscuits with hint of ginger. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4007) - Burgos, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle from Brewdog webshop. Dark brown colour, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, yeast, fruits and hops. Taste of roasted malts, hops and fruits. A bit sour. Dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobinlondon (1256) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2010 Gravity cask at Oxford Beer Festival.. Dark brown with a reluctant tan head. Full of earthy woodiness and with a sweet fruity base. A very complex beer and hard to evaluate in a rushed beer festival environment. 3.6. RERATE!!!! Bottle at home. Virtually black with a good tan head. Much better palate with lively but smooth carbonation. Fascinatingly complex with a tar like treacle malt base, belgium ale roundness but a North American hop zing on the swallow. A splendid effort!

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