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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: 704   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13801) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black offwhite bubbles. Bisquit, knśkbrÝd (swedish flatbread), burned, coffee, nice hoppy, licorice, grassy, yeasty notes, phenols, tobacco, cereal, spicy notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2009
I was pretty pumped to see this on the shelf at Binnyís. Still stupid we canít get Stone shipped to Chicago yet. Pours black with a thin head. Not much Belgian flavor to this, but you can tell it is an IPA from the aroma. Heavy hop aroma in a dark beer (much like one of Stoneís Anniversary Ales). Good IPA flavor and an interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft at Hopleaf. I had expectations for some reason. Pours a dark brown/black. offwhite head. Nose is cheesy and a bit funky. Like some kind of cheesy hop. A bit spicy and resiny nose as well. On taste, itís a punch of cheey hops that dissipates quickly (fortunately) and relents into a slightly tangy, roasty note. This kind of saves it for me. Mostly, though, I donít get the reference to Belgium that was on the menu. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5655) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle split with Tony. Pours a black body with no head. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy judging on the body. The taste is smooth, with notes of hops, finishes with a very slight undertone of roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2009
On draft at Sheffields. Pours a dark thick oily near black with a fine mocha fizzy head 4.5. Aroma is strong of lavender, purple fruits, hard roast acidic coffee, sweet creamy dark chocolate, cedar, tree sap. Flavor follows, a bit smokey, on the sweeter side, very weird tasting, floral, botanical, fragrant, tree-like, spruce, BrewDog yeast/barrel character, very ashy, lots of tobacco. Medium/full bodied, creamy, full with nice spread out sharp fizzy carbonation. Odd.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Draft. Black body topped by beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, grapefruit/orange, some lactic acid. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some roast, bittersweet chocolate. Medium body, some acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2009
From the tap poured a dark brown with a fair amount of head. Nice strong sweet malty flavor with a lasting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2009
Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Aroma sweet citrus hops with a hint of roastiness. Itís very unique and hard to describe. This beer has a lot of character. Thereís a lingering roasted malt flavor as well as fruity citrus hop notes. Itís complex but lacking deliciousness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4212) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2009
11.2 oz bottle from Jonathan Ron. Pours a deep dark black with a large frothy beige head. Aroma was super complex and ever changing with initial citrus bitterness combined with lots of chocolcate malts and fruity yeast notes. The flavor stays strong throughout the entire beer. The flavor is dominated by lots of initial dryness, citrus rind, yeast, grain, tropical fruit and eventually chocolate and some molasses sweetness. What a great combo Stone and Scotland, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5899) - Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours black (the light does get through a bit) with a medium sized beige head. The aroma has some of the standard Stone hops with nice roasted malt, coffee notes, and a touch of dark chocolate. The flavor is a very nice balance between the roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and the hops which have a slight citrus and bittering component. This is an interesting beer and I wasnít sure what to expect, but came away pleasantly surprised. I wish the price was a touch more reasonable.

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