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 cant or shouldnt 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 its been there all along. Since meaning is a mere illusion, perhaps we shouldnt 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 theres a reason for that emptiness. Its 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2009
Cask Stillage at Nottingham Castle, Nottingham 09/10/2009 Orange fruit aroma. Dark coloured very strong in alcohol and hoppy with a crisp bitter and slightly dry malt finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2009
A good looking dark beer, but the sour yeastieness disagrees with the strong hop characteristics. 12 oz bottle pours a moderate caramel head over a nearly black body. Aroma is oak and overripe raspberries. Taste is Belgian yeast, bitter hops, resinous oak, heavy malt, and smoke. Dry and bitter finish leaves a pucker. Drinkable, but not a beer I would seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - NOV 23, 2009
bevuta in bottiglia,purtroppo si presenta con poca schiuma,ma di un bellissimo colore nero. al primo sorso molto dolce,quasi smielato,ma fortunatamente basta un attimo per avere il palato invaso da un piacevolissimo amaro persistente e non troppo invasivo!buonissimo il retrogusto misto di liquiirizia e caff. sicuramente da ribere!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2009
Bottle @ Home. Pours a black body with a tan head. Charred malt and hops, ashen hop character, pine resins with a sweet nose. Chewy charred malts, faint hop resins and a moderate warming. Reminiscent slightly of dark hops but not as good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Pours a mostly opaque oily black with a few stray beige bubbles, but not much head. Has a big fresh grapefruity hoppy nose with some light peaty smoke and earthy roasted malt. Starts with good malty fullness and a resiny citrus hoppy balance before a lingering roasty smoky finish. A pretty flavorful and drinkable brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2009
On tap at the hopleaf. Pours a medium bodied black with a tan creamy head that laces down. Lots of belgian yeast in the nose some roasted malts, floral hops and citrus. Bitter roasty flavors some chocolate but mostly roasted malts and a touch of citrus. As this warms up the roastiness becomes more toned down while the citrus, belgian yeast and floral hops shine more. Decent bitterness, and good flavor. The Belgian yeast characteristic is a little odd for this beer, but it works. I could see how people might love that or hate it in a black ipa. I am somewhere down the middle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilBeerDoctor (3820) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head just some bubbles. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, roasted nuts, and a slight undertone of citrus hops. Flavor of sweet malt initially with a roasty, nutty finish and plenty of citrusy notes. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Great beer! 8/4/8/4/15 [3.9/5]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Black offwhite bubbles. Bisquit, knkbrd (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 Binnys. Still stupid we cant 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 Stones 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 (3438) - 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, its 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 dont get the reference to Belgium that was on the menu. Disappointing.

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