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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (887) - The Colony, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
I’ve had this a while and it held up nicely. The hops aroma was less but the roasted malt was very present, even a little spice. Really nice dark color with very little light making it through. Very little head. Crisp palate with good carbonation. Great balanced taste. Roasted malts, pepper, hops bitterness. The Belgian character of this brew was not very prevalent, however. Great collaboration. It’s a shame they aren’t making this anymore.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kindacold (210) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Drinking an aged bottle of this. Batch 378, bottled 2010. Pours almost opaque red/brown, no head. Smells of syrup, molasses, dark fruits, sugar, with a bit of alcohol. Taste starts with a massive bite of hops, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Gives way to bitter coffee, charcoal, hints of molasses, and spiciness. Some salt as well. Spice and bitterness lingers on tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabband (66) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2012
Duft af kaffe. Mørk som en porter. Smager porter agtig af kaffe og chokolade men også af blomme. Rar eftersmag. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rarbring (1316) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2012
Aroma: Strong roasted, a bit sour tones. Coffee beans, burnt wet old pine or juniper wood.
Appearance: The beer is pitch black, with a tone to the red, a brown strong head leaving tons of lacing.
Taste: A very raw burnt taste, bitter beans, and yet floral pine. A sweet, dusty, taste in the background.
Palate: Low carbonation, a rough dry feeling.
Overall: Nope - not a favorite, complex but a bit unbalanced.
Note: Bottle. Reviewed 2010-03-02.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Poured from 12oz. bottle into pint glass. A: Pours a light black with a light tan head that quickly disappears. A nice film stays across the top of this brew. S: This is quite the interesting combination of smells. I smell some roasty malts with a hoppy coupling. There are some woody characteristics as well. T: At first I pick up dry malts and some barley almost like a very light stout. This transforms into a little sweet and bitter hop backbone that floats throughout the drink. M: Medium bodied with a very oily feeling. Light carbonation as well. Goes down ok and it’s pretty deceptive from the sight. O: This was an interesting brew. Some good flavor profile but I don’t think it works as a beer I would come to again and again. It’s ok. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-05-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tinco (566) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 1, 2012
Pours a black liquid can´t see anything through it at all with a mocha head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, raisins, berries, cherries, dark fruits, earthy,bready. Taste is chocolate, roasted malts, berries, dark fruits, cherries, quite hard to describe, earthy, fruty, liqourice!, salty. An interesting brewfor sure! I am sure this tasted alot different when it was released some years ago. Great brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 11, 2012
S: Is this a stout!? Rich dark chocolate, coffee and molasses - vanilla and woody notes. A: Looks great: pours black with a great, creamy, single finger beige head. T: Rich dark chocolate comes through - overall very bitter. The coffee is there in a porter-esque way - oak notes P: Chewy with soft carbonation - yes! O: What kind of beer is this - robust porter? imperial chocolate stout? the bottle says Black Belgian DIPA.. those crazy kids

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1224) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from Cardinal in Niles. (I see now a 12/19/10 bottle date) Pours inky black with a foamy chocolate milk head. Terrific lacing. Aroma has licorice, charcoal, molasses, fruity hops and alcohol. Very imperial stout-y in look and smell. Taste has sweet chocolate, subtle citrus and heavy roasted malts. Thick and syrupy. Finishes long, thickly bittersweet with a hint of salt. Imperial stout? I see an american strong-ness to it, but holy cow - not what I was expecting from a Stone collaboration.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1056) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2012
A-- Poured black and more black. No tints of red, no nada. Thought I was going to get no head and then POW! A solid one finger mocha brown head explosion. Once dissipating it left spotty lacing with compacted bubbles. No real carbonation (after the head come down) and a few small bubbles on the glass. S-- Not as citrus based as I had hoped. More earthy tones with a good amount of a vanilla smell to this. Yep, get a biscuit smell to this ( belgian yeast) and a very sweet smell (other than vanilla) to this. More malty and kind of think this was in wood. T-- Chocolate, coffee, lots of malt to this and very little hops. Earthy and thick. Not what I was expecting. M-- Good carbonation for the style but the taste is not what I expected. More like a RIS with all the malt. Hop taste came towards the end and then got the pine and grapefruit feel to it. Mouthfeel is better than the taste. D-- ABV is noticeable but it works. I think the hops have dropped off a lot in this. it works as a strong ale pretty well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HeadyDE (498) - Delaware, USA - AUG 5, 2012
On draft..retired? Have seen this on tap lists in 2 spots in DE. Double black ipa-decent hop kick, loads of roasted malt, nice aroma and dark color. Chocolate undertones, no detection of the alcohol at all, enjoyable

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