Bashah - BrewDog
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
That sly-faced devil, Mike Brawley, hauled this out of his Sekrit Stash (tm) a few weeks ago for me and here it is, not a month past the bottling date (12/19/10, God bless Brewdog for freshness dates) and helplessly awaiting my maw in a shapely Sam Adams pint glass. That sounded a lot less creepy before I typed it out, honest.
Anyhow, we have a so-dark-brown-it's-basically-black-brew, a 2cm tall head that refuses to totally die and leaves some nice lacing behind. Not bad.
The smell is really a hop wallop at first, lots of grapefruit here. There's a sizable amount of malt underneath, though, quite roasty and sharply defined against the hop drop (very reminiscent of Southern Tier Iniquity) and it quite frankly is messing with my head. So... a deep roasty, hoppy pungent thing... got it. I won't describe it anymore, just go buy one.
Flavor is bold (this IS Brewdog and Stone here) and a sweet, black hoppy-sticky thing. The warring charred grain and cocoa and coffee notes clash rather violently with the earthy-citrus sharpness and greenness of the hops, and I'm not entirely sure who wins. The alcohol is there, but is pretty patient. It's an eye-opener, and again is throwing my tongue for a loop, and is kind of rough... but I like it.
Mouthfeel is fine; medium body, good carbonation, almost a soft-water thing going on here... weird... finish is sweet-malt-mocha and tons of bitter, characterful hops. A Black IPA it is!
I honestly would gladly drink another. Maybe not at the expensive $6 / bottle price point, but if you're buying, I'm drinking! (this last sentence is the story of my existence thus far, gentle reader.)
Bottom line: Bashah isn't wet-yourself amazing, but it is a success. Two cheers for Stone and Brewdog!
01-04-2010 01:20:45 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
This was an interesting hybrid here,I enjoyed it.Poured a nearly flat jet black,a minimal lighter mocha colored head appeared and then dissapeared rather quickly.Great complexity in the nose,black malt and bitter chocolate,a hint of phenols from the yeast,and a big does of herbal/citric hop.Flavors are nice but dont have quite the "oomph" that the aromas pack,bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee mixed with some phenolic spice (but its subdued, wich I like),the hops are more restrained but provide a nice herbal lingering finish.A solid beer to be had,it could be great though.
12-13-2009 19:25:53 | More by oberon
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Described as a Black Belgian-style Double IPA. ??
This one doesn't really strike me as being any of the things the label says it is, except that it's dark.
Dark cocoa in the nose, black licorice, and woodsy, resinous hops.
The taste isn't too far off from the smell, maybe a little leathery, and I want to say black olive, but I'm not sure. There might be a slight yeastiness, but other than that i'm not sure where the Belgian part comes in. It's not all that hoppy for the DIPA part. Oh well, I guess I should expect something like that from Stone and Brewdog. A good beer, but i'm not writing home.
04-14-2010 02:56:24 | More by brownbeer
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Great balance for an AIPA. I was surprised that an AIPA would marry its hoppiness with rich caramel malts. The balance was a pleasant surprise. The body is rich and without being heavy. The rich and deep brown pour from the 12oz bottle resulted in a nice little head that left behind a nice lace. In the tradition of good AIPAs it is a hard hitter on the pallet, it just has a little more complexity than just a beating over the head by hops and alcohol. I could have had one more, but the richness would have slowed me after the second pour.
08-16-2010 02:28:30 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
It looks stouty with a creamy head. With only limited access to black Belgian style DIPAs, I had not the foggest idea of what to expect. "Black" is opaquely accurate, and film on the glass sides denotes DIPA-status. Though perhaps I'd take a dollar or two off the $7 price tag in absence of marketing ploys, I like the label...and I like that the beer is not yet bottled (12/19/10 date).
Smell is solid and expectedly undefined for so diverse a beer. The Belgian yeasts with hoppified malts make for a nitro'd, Guiness-like effect. Neat.
Interestingly, it tastes spot-on for its own descriptor. I like it black and Belgian, and enough hops make it enough of a 'regular' beer for me. It's well-carbonated, and a quality production--without it, the novel components likely wouldn't mesh. It's been around a while, and I feel like the hops have inevitably faded. There's only a subtle Belgian component, which helps or hurts depending on your perspective. As it looks cool, and dark--Stone gargoyle and all--I can't help but wonder what it'd be like without the blackness. At times, it seems artificial--the only one of many unique ingredients that maybe shouldn't be there. The beer tastes good, but the black Belgian hoppiness feels a tad weird.
Where I hooked up marketers with appearance bonus points (+0.5), I'll hit 'em with what's gotta be too costly a beer--seemingly a pattern for Brewdog; nevertheless, I like the brew and Brewdog (with Stone) brews good, unique beverages. I'd drink one alone or share with a friend...or reconsider buying at a $7 price-point. It's worth trying, for sure, and even in context of what I wrote, I've enjoyed it numerous times!
04-03-2010 21:04:35 | More by marvin213
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
11.2 ouncer, $6.99 a bottle (wtf?) @ DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Batch 298, Brewed on 25/12/10 according to the rear (wtf #2) Pours near black, moderate, loose mocha head, that leaves all kinds of fine bits and strands of lace. Nose is loaded with aromatic hops. Pine, citrus and earthy notes all picked up. Big juicy grapefruit hoppy notes, smooth and satisfying. 8.6% no where in sight. Not sure where the "Belgian" comes into play here, tasted like a fairly typical, high quality SD IPA. Over priced, one time only for me. Much better values out there in the IPA/DIPA world.
11-14-2009 03:20:53 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
"The Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale" says the label. Despite the description, I wasn't quite prepared for this beer, which is, as I see it, an odd amalgam of styles that works reasonably well, but is not entirely successful
A: Pours very dark, almost black, and opaque with a fairly substantial brown, creamy head that dissipates quickly.
S: Strong malt and prominent hop; stoutish aroma but with more citrus than I'd expect from a stout.
T: Very stouty initially, then the hops kick with both bitter and floral accents. It has a dryness to it. The follow is more like a hopped Belgian brown ale than anything else.
M: Not especially chewy, dryness seems to diminish the persistence.
11-21-2009 18:25:27 | More by mrquartetman
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
Nice looking 11.2 oz bottle, dated 25/01/10 poured into snifter.
Appearance - Pours opaque as black as night with a quarter inch tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass like super glue. Head falls to a constant cap with fluffy patches strewn across the top. Gorgeous lacing throughout.
Smell - Kind of weak in the nose department. Some malty smells and earthy hops aromas but very slight, had to really work to pull any smells out. Not bad, but not wowed.
Taste/Mouthfeel - A very roasty beginning, malts and smoke. Carbonation is light, but not completely missing. Pretty thin body. Finishes dry with some earthy tastes and a slight yeast presence.
Drinkability - Easy to drink, I flew through my bottle, but I wasn't really looking for more. Hard to call on giving it a number, but I'll split the difference on good and average.
07-14-2010 23:44:26 | More by Hoops4life511
3.38/5 rDev -13.1%
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. The aroma is roasted malt with some citrus hops as well as some smoke and possibly some coffee. The flavor is dark malts with some hop flavor and bitterness. Interesting, but kind of a jumbled mess. The mouthfeel is medium with low carbonation, but the beer tastes a little watery to me. It tasted like a watered-down smoked porter more than a black Belgian IPA. I like BrewDog and Stone, but this beer did not impress me, although part of it may have been that this was an 11.2 oz bottle that sold for the same price as a six pack of other craft beers. Not a bad beer, but I don't think it is worth the money.
01-16-2010 22:03:58 | More by Mora2000
3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Pours a dark brown/black with a very thin off white bubbly head. Nose is sweet, Belgian and a bit bready.
Taste is ok, it's got a belgian kick to it and it's slightly boozy. There's definitely a Stone inspired hopping schedule in this one, nice and west-coast bitterness to it. It's a very interesting brew, reminds me of both the Rock Art belgo-American IPA and stone's sublimely-self righteous.
11-15-2009 03:45:08 | More by kingcrowing
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Stone Brew Co.
Beautiful black with a thin off-white head. Messy lacing down the glass.
Lots of roasted malt and some piney hop aroma.
Relatively bitter along with a lot of roasted malt. I don't get any hint of Belgian style yeast. Some pine/citrus flavors but they're definitely muted. Well balanced.
Medium mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.
A solid black IPA/strong ale, but nothing more. If you're looking for a tangy Belgian yeast bite, this will disappoint. That being said, it's a very well balanced, incredibly drinkable, black IPA/strong ale.
07-21-2011 17:15:05 | More by ehammond1
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +2.8%
A 330ml bottle purchased quite a while ago and left sitting in my garage. I love the combination of the Brewdog and Stone logos on the label.
Poured into a Stella chalice. Very dark; revealed to be a very deep brown when held up to the light. Very little head and what there is subsides quickly to form a thin covering on the surface. Makes me wonder if the beer has lost carbonation from hanging around for so long? Strong smell of hops and dark malt - the odour is mouthwateringly good.
The taste is very hoppy with lots of bitterness; this is followed by a considerable dark malty flavour underneath. Notes of chocolate and coffee. Somehow the malt isn't as balanced as I expected - the hops and malt don't quite blend. The mouthfeel is also unexpectedly thin - for a beer this dark I was anticipating something more viscous.
Overall, the flavour reminds me of an imperial stout with plently of hops. It's a good beer, but the juxtaposition of malt and hops didn't seem to sit together perfectly in this one. I would have it again though - worth seeking out if you're a fan of american IPAs and similar beers.
12-19-2010 17:07:41 | More by jazzyjeff13
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottled on 12/12/10
Enjoyed on 3/20/14
A - jet black, poured like a Culver's root beer, lots of carbonation bubbles, big head that settled quickly to a small tan ring.
S - smell those funky Belgium hops, licorice, molasses
T - rye, chocolate. hops seem to have faded a bit, some hints of a stout variety, I get a little alcohol burn at the end.
M - carbonated, goes down easy, I get a good whiff of funk on the nose while drinking.
O - very nice style. I purchased this off the clearance shelf recently and am glad I did. I would like to try this a little fresher to compare.
03-21-2014 01:57:50 | More by Juicer
4.14/5 rDev +6.4%
Some pretty cool artwork on this one, this gargoyle looks tougher, maybe its because of the bad ass silver & black? Prolly.
Speaking of black, it pours black and more viscous than expected for style. Good tan head. Aroma had everything, hops, roast, coffee(?).
Taste and mouthfeel, a very complex brew, very different from the regular releases of either brewery. Doesn't quite has the fresh hop crisp feel of the ultimate in style, Hop in the Dark, but this is a worthy competitor by any means. Being that this is a higher ABV I suspect, and thickness, I guess it makes sense.
Really, I'd say this is the best black ipa that isn't super hop dominated like Hop in the dark, this is the best black ipa that takes on characteristics of a porter or stout.
10-14-2010 21:22:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5 rDev -17%
Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice jet black with a half finger off white head. Good lacing all the way down. The smell is a little disappointing, I would expect my weak nose to be able to pick something out of this beer. But I can't. There is almost a tarred liqourish scent to it. Not at all desired. The taste is only slightly better. There are strong cocoa and coffee notes, but no hop presence at all. The mouthfeel is okay, although the after taste isn't very pleasent.
For the money, avoid this beer. It's not terrible, but not worth it!!!!
01-23-2010 02:06:32 | More by whoneeds8
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
12oz bottle into a Stone Tulip.
Pours black with a thin head. Leave traces of lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells warm, with roasted malts and bright hops colliding in nice proportions. Taste is similar, very well balanced between darkness and light. The malts contribute just enough roast and the hops keep the beer sharp with a nice lingering bitterness. Touch of Belgian overtones on the back end. Very well done brew.
Mouth is pleasent, and the beer is smooth drinking. This beer blows away many other black ales/"black ipas" with a masterful balance of flavor.
08-20-2010 22:10:07 | More by mondegreen
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Appears a dark black opaque no ruby highlights when held toward the light it's almost like a UK version of the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. Large mocha tan head forms after a sturdy pour downward into my Gulden Draak chalice. Lacing is thin and scattered, and the head dwindles rather quickly with the higher abv.
Aroma had dark roasted malts with dark fruits mainly plum with a nice brash hop bouquet kicking. Those hops are full of pine, citrus, and earthy notes. A nice reduced syrupy glazed caramel accent among the dark roasts of bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee.
Flavor is creamy and sweeter than expected hops don't kill me on the palate a touch of hop bitterness with minimal hop flavor. Vanilla and caramel malt tones with a roasted malt dark chocolate and bitter coffee really weigh in, it's complex with deep ripened fruit notes as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation a distinct slight syrupy feel to it with minimal hop oils gliding along. Dark roasted bitterness from the deep malted barley sticks around on the palate with a touch of hop bitterness.
Drinkability is nice not the hoppiest DIPA but a nice surprise from across the pond. I like how Stone didn't throw too much hop bitterness influencing the BrewDog lads. I nice mix of dark/hoppy without killing me with hops. Made for an interesting style of beer, Scottish style Black DIPA.
11-06-2009 11:42:46 | More by WVbeergeek
3.45/5 rDev -11.3%
A - color of a dark shot of espresso with a cocoa colored head with light lacing
S - smells of citrus hops and sweet apricot; definitely not what you would expect looking at this beer
T- taste up front is light sweetness and then a strong hit of roasted malt with a slight hint of peat that reminds me of a lot of a Scottish ale; definitely not the taste you would expect from the nose
MF - Slight carbonation that bubbles in your mouth to make the beer feel like a mouthful
D- overall an interesting beer in that it seems to be multiple styles in one without being any at all; worth a try and not a bad beer but. Not one that i would probably have too often
02-26-2011 00:09:01 | More by jeonseh
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Bottle purchased from Central Market in San Antonio, TX.
Pours a dark brown color with dark ruby highlights and a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of lightly roasted malts, smooth dark chocolate, robust pine hops, and hints of spices - mostly anise.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Light roasted malt flavors that almost border on toasted as far as sweetness goes kick things off. Good amounts of dark and milk chocolate flavors come into play shortly thereafter, although they're soon overtaken by large amounts of hops. The hops are tempered slightly by spices midway through the sip, anise and nutmeg. The ending is solidly bitter.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.
Overall I thought this was a solid new "Cascadian Black Ale" or whatever the new name is, but I've had better. Still, it's worth a shot and even more so if you really like the style.
04-21-2010 23:41:16 | More by glid02
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
(Served in a snifter) Batch 152 ?Bottled 12/12/??
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a few microbubbles stuck to the glass otherwise to dense to see any carbonation. There is a thin film of tan head that swirls around the middle of the glass.
S- The black malt aroma has a strong new sneaker aroma to it with a chocolate quality coming out as the beer opens up and a soft brie note in the finish.
T- The inky smooth black roasted flavor has some soft green hop notes in the finish. There is a chocolate flavor that is dark and subtle with a tart and pungent quality to the hops in the finish. The finish also has a note of brie coming through as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a big inky black malt flavor with little depth and very soft hops flavor. A bit dull and drab especially for the price.
12-07-2009 22:20:37 | More by rhoadsrage
Bashah from BrewDog
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