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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: 707   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 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.

BoydJustitz's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Pours like black motor oil with almost no head... Very surprising for a strong ale. Aroma of burnt malt, coffee, chocolate. Quite bitter and sweet from the malt but also with some noticeable hop notes. I could imagine this was made by blending equal parts of IPA and Guinness. A bit "gimmicky". Should this beer be in the stout category? Quite pricey and not nearly as good a strong ale as Stoneís Arrogant Bastard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (7799) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
11.2oz bottle, shared with friends. Bottled on 25/12/10, it looks like the label says... Batch 298. Ungh... surprisingly, holding up pretty damn well. Some nice milk chocolate, mild spice. Very dark brown color, has kind of a stout-like appearance. Thin off-white head, good bits of lace. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp light carbonation, mild chewiness. Dry finish. Touch of oxidization, but itís not distracting, and works well with the dark malt and mild smokey flavors. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, light to moderate sweet, touch of mild sour, some soy sauce. Interesting stuff to try.. Very fun to try for sure. I remember seeing this on the shelf of my early days of beer-rating, and thinking ínah, Iíll save that for laterí, after glancing at the price. I kind of wish I tried it fresh, but nonetheless Iím glad I had an opportunity to try it at all. At least now I know a bit more about what Iím talking about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks good; a lightly translucent dark cola with light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty and a little boozy with a bit of roast as well. Tastes like it smells, but less robust, with a medium-bodied mouthfeel thatís a bit thinner than Iíd prefer. Still, solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keith0718 (408) - Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Pulled from the cellar...at least 4 years old. Flat, but great flavor. Iím sure the flatness has to do with the cellaring. Whatever style it is, itís a great balance of unique flavors -- not too malty or hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
it was a bit of a hop assault, but not quite ruinous. supposedly a belgian black dbl ipa, but lacking all but a very subtle belgian yeasty presence, and also hoppy - but not quite as hoppy as your typical west coast dbl ipa. spicy fruit, chocolate and nmolasses present in the aroma and flavor as well. poured black with an off white lasting head. the alcohol was prevelant at this age in the flavor as well. warming, but not hot. smooth, with a lingering bitter aftertaste. tastes a little more like a Brewdog beer than a Stone beer, but good either way."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1568) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Itís gone quite prune and plummy, goofy esters now. The bullish Belgian vibes throughout arenít quite as grounded with bitterness, warped gassiness and a light liquorice dark tart edge. Smooth and light creaminess - a long ranging busy finish, brassy un-bitter and dirty clove linger.

Bottle from the Garvie Cave, Beers Of My Youth Tasting

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (5176) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Shit the bed, never seen this before. Didnít think I ever would. Cheers birthday boy! Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of wood, light chocolate. Taste is massive chocolate hit, light coffee roast. Medium body, roasted bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5366) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black, nose is peppery, sweet chocolate, taste is dry, thin, peppery, oxidised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
Christpuncher (1638) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2014
starts out with a chocolatey flavor and then finished like a double ipa. hopyy and bitter. this is a complez easy to drink beer. pours dark brown in color with a tan head. slightly sweet. had a bottle pour at home.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle shared by Bobby. Pours black tan head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate, pine, sherry, fudge cake and coffee. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericdevin (969) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Pours a jet black, small amount of tan head. Aroma subtle, coffee, yeast, resin, chocolate. Yeah, itís a four year old IPA, so not much expected there. Body thin and slack, but finish is brilliant, a really nice interplay between yeast, malt and hops, very little bitterness and even at that, along the lines of anise or some similar herb, with a full rich mouthfeel. Imagine this wouldíve been a bit more impressive fresh, but still worth a flyer.

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