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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: 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
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 11, 2010
blackish chestnut-brown body, light tan thin creamy head that goes moderately. aroma is deep roasted sweet malt, fresh tobacco leaves, Storck Riesen dark chocolate caramels, and a good amount of hops. a little grapefruit pith in the aroma. flavor is bitter hop and roasted toffee malt at the same time, which makes an interesting ASA thats a lot like a BSA. some earthyness, floral hop, grapefruit rind, and light vodka but not hot. resiny hop finish and aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (5692) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Shared bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, fruit, and malt. Taste is chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt, and some vanilla. Older bottle, but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomer (3212) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - NOV 11, 2015
At a tasting, smallish bubbly head, very dark brown but not completley opaque, dark bread and chocolate aroma with some old hops, flavor of intense dark chocolate with some coal and charred notes, quite bitter. Drinkable but not too exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5796) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Dark brown color with a stable, moderate, tan head. Lightly roasted malt with fresh grassy hops in the background. Touches of resin and pine in the nose as well. Malty and roasty in the front. Refreshing hops and hearty, yet crisp malt make this quite enjoyable. Reminds me of Great Danes Cascade Mountain Porter. 3/10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9411) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2015
Pour on tap at Tap and Handle, dark reddish black pour with light tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, molasses, sherry, some slight earth, spice comes into a hint of cherry, dark berry, slight oaky and sweet vanilla notes. Taste was a mix of roast, cocoa, earth into some dark berry, some dark fruits into a bit of oxidized malt with sherry, slight grass, finishing slightly sweet, slightly boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - 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 its 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 nah, Ill save that for later, after glancing at the price. I kind of wish I tried it fresh, but nonetheless Im glad I had an opportunity to try it at all. At least now I know a bit more about what Im talking about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (8260) - 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 thats a bit thinner than Id prefer. Still, solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keith0718 (434) - Kansas, USA - FEB 25, 2015
Pulled from the cellar...at least 4 years old. Flat, but great flavor. Im sure the flatness has to do with the cellaring. Whatever style it is, its 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 (10468) - 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 (2243) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2016 Its gone quite prune and plummy, goofy esters now. The bullish Belgian vibes throughout arent 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 (9680) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle at Craigs. Shit the bed, never seen this before. Didnt 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.

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