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BrewDog / Stone Bashah

 (RETIRED)
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97
92
style
Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: American Strong Ale
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter, Tulip

bottled
available

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RATINGS: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
What does it mean? Yes, what indeed does it all mean. Meaning of course is elusive and illusive. It can’t or shouldn’t 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 it’s been there all along. Since meaning is a mere illusion, perhaps we shouldn’t 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 there’s a reason for that emptiness. It’s 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Poured a deep brown color with some ruby notes and a cream colored head. Roasty malt aroma with some cola and caramel notes. Minty and citrus hop nose. Mix of hops, roasted malt, nuts, and chocolate. Long semi-dry moderately bitter finish. Sub medium bodied. Nice beer but not worth $7 for a 11oz beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Draft - Churchkey. Black, tan creamy head. Roasted citric fruitiness rides soft undercurrents of toasty molasses. Well balanced flavors as soft roasty cocoa notes round with a dark malt and fruit foundation. Backend hop addition rounds this out with just a touch of citric zest bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Just ok for me...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a thin beige head. Big hops, citrus, and earthy pine aromas. Chewey. Roast, coffee, char, grapefruit rind, and a little raisin. Finishes with a slowly developing, but brutal, bitterness with some nice tannins. Quite tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (5084) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Definitely a melding of styles. Pours a translucent, black with a thin tan head. Looks like a schwarzbier. Aroma smells like a mild porter. Sweet, toasty, coffee, etc. Flavor is completely different: hops citrus, pine. Finish is sweet, a little watery. Weird.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (13023) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Slightly cloudy deep copper color with a wafer thin light tan head and a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of Chivas Regal, hints of scotch and oak. Flavor begins with almond and hints of chocolate, a slight edge of hoppy bitterness, and then finishes much more on the sour side. Interesting and complex.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10499) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5295) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leaparsons (8258) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4602) - 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.

4.1
   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.


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