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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: 705   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6260) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2009
wow. pours pitch black with tan head. aroma is citrus hops with some candi sugar type flavors and yeast. each component compliments the other perfectly. one of the best for sure

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Pours a deep dark brown with a frothy tan head that dissipates, but laces nicely. Aroma of roasty grain, coffee, and lots of herbal piney hops. Flavor is a beautiful balance of coffee, chocolate, roastiness and resinous hops, while not as hoppy as the IPAs that I like, maybe due to the dark malts, it has a nice solid hop presence that compliments the malt character. I donít quite understand some of these low ratings. It seems as though hoppy yet dark roasty malted beers are popular right now and I have had none that are better than this one. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3580) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Black pour with tan colored head that settles into a ring around the glass. Roasty, hoppy aroma. Flavor of roast, chocolate, grapefruit, Strong, ashy bitter finish. Itís like eating a chocolate covered grapefruit, and the flavors donít mesh together that well. Itís pretty different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (677) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2009
I didnít know what to expect from the beer, especially with such a confusing description on the bottle. Pour reminds me of a black lager or porter, but aroma is strong piny hops. The flavor is hoppy, then roasted malty with a hint of coffee. Iím surprised by the touch of citrus at the end. What kind of beer is this?...Iím confused (happily).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amarcero (24) - , Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Like a lighter version of Stoneís Sublimely Self Righteous. A nice roasty maltness with earthy/bitter hopping. Light bodied almost like a lager -- probably from the Belgian yeast. A bit expensive for what it is, but a nice experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chawkfan (27) - USA - NOV 13, 2009
Nice offering. Aroma seems slightly off, but has a nice taste. Not what I expected. I donít see this as a snifter type style. Slight alchol taste but not overbearing. Nice hint of hops but somewhat flat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2009
12 oz. Bottle. Interesting color in the pour, like watered down squid ink. Takes on a pitch black color after settling in the snifter and has a very thin layer of foam that laces nicely. Aroma threw me for a bit of loss, the hops are virtually unnoticeable here and the nose is dominated by a crushing dry roastyness. Can almost detect some ash in the nose as well. Best aspect of the beer is the flavor which oozes with copious amounts of tropical fruit flavored hops and pine needles. Subtle notes of chocolate, roasted grain and slightly burnt coffee grinds. Hugely bitter towards the end with an intense, spicy bite. Medium bodied with an average level of carbonation. Ends on a long, dry, ashy and bitter note. So dry it almost gives you cotton mouth. I guess Iíd say it leans towards being a very roasty IIPA, with the nose of a Belgian style stout. Surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2009
Cask and bottle in the rake. Alround rating: Roasty ironish meaty like malt, peppery floral lemon and negh on sangria like hop, belgian character is lunkily hidden so it stays clean. My god what a lamp punching disco of a beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2682) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Shared 12oz. bottle at Lunar Brewing Co. with Iowa friends in town for FoBAB. Poured a black/brown with a modest off white/ light tan head and spots of light lacing. The aroma was roasted, sweet grain, biscuity nature, resin, and some floral notes that came off as a hint of dishwater. The flavor presented a good balance of roasted malt and moderate hop bitterness, culminating in a dry finish. Interesting, but the juryís still out.

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