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BrewDog / Stone Bashah

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 711   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
iNBe (100) - USA - JUL 15, 2010
My current favorite. Good balance. Sold in individual bottles at my local store.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 9, 2012
12oz bottle. Chocolate and hop aroma. Belgian yeast flavors are very tame and let the hops shine through. Hop finish lingers on for some time making this a beer well worth the $.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (5712) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Hoppy aroma of pine needle, thistle, and dark roasted malt, probably the most pine I have encountered in one beer. Mahogany to black color, thick beige head, good lacing. Charred oak, a touch of molasses, dark roasted malt, quite a bit of licorice, and lots of pine, which remain well after swallowing. Lacking in carbonation. Extremely well put together. Complex without being a chore to drink. Alcohol well concealed. Special beer, that many can appreciate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
[3133-20100716] 12floz bottle. Grainy fruit fig malt aroma with a hint of brewed black tea. Black brown body with a long-lasting foamy light brown head. Thick sweet syrupy fruit roast malt flavour has a hint of smoke in the finish and a similar lingering (not cloying) aftertaste. Full body is thick and lingering. Great celebratory beer and good balance throughout. Definitely in the mood for this today, and quite possibly my favourite bottled beer ever. Would like to re-rate some day soon.
(From Premier Gourmet, Buffalo, NY; w/ jerc)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Black with good, creamy, tan head / Elegant, complex nose of coffee, chocolate, and cream / Medium to full body, chewy, with excellent balance and long finish / Flavors of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, cream, figs, grass, black pepper, and dry hops / A spectacular, refined, stout. I’m lamenting the .3 deduction.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2010
Bottled. A black beer with a lasting light beige head and lacong. A delicious, roasty yet hoppy aroma with super citrus notes and also a bit of stingy spice. It’s the same in the mouth with a wonderful balance of sweet and roasty malts with delicious hops. I realise roast and citrus isn’t everyone’s thing but this is wonderful. Like a black IIPA.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tmrmwel (1790) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 7, 2011
Bottle from Vinmonopolet. Pours very dark, almost black, with a nice staying head. This has really taken the ageing well,improving tremendously on earlier tastings. Aroma is truly amazing, bringing a picturesque seafront to mind. Here’s a lot going on with tar, peat, smoke and burned malt, together with coffee, liquorice, leather and some truly dark fruits. The flavour follows up with smoke, burned malt, and cold coffee. Here’s also a good deal of hops balancing this one to near perfection, and giving the finish a sharp, good and lasting after taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
eugeneplatinum (6) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2009 does not count
A friend stopped in and brought me this gem. Nice aroma. Pine, pepper, grass and some chocolate. A subtle smokiness on the palate nearly hidden under the fruit. Pretty awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (3179) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2010
Yammy Mammy! Damn fine beer. Got damn fine beer. Surprised after the bs commercial description. Poured a small tan head with good lace. Color is almost opaque red brown black. Aroma is malt hop yeast. Flavor’s where it’s at: chewy earthy woody, hoppy malt roast hint of fruit and lactose. Great silky body and fine carbonation. Finish is like flavor, balanced and easy to drink; medium length. Session.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
starpen (1) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2011 does not count
Definitely an interesting beer. Aroma has the mouth blown away by the incredibly rich and dark malty chocolate/coffee notes but still perserves the hoppy aroma as well. Really complex aroma. Intriguing color and beautiful head. Generally heavy taste: lightly sour, medium bitterness, heavy cloying sweetness, It has a full body, thick feel, soft carbonation and a long finish. Overall a great beer. A little too dark and heavy for the hoppy feel that makes a slight mismatch between the to main flavour.

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