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Bashah - BrewDog

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BA SCORE
87
very good

542 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 542
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%


Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration brew by BrewDog and Stone Brewing Co.

(Beer added by: PartyBear on 10-14-2009)
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spitInTheOcean

Michigan

4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is BLACK. black as coal and completely opaque. this is a black hole in a glass. big brown head. perfect lacing. there is literally a ring around my glass at every sip i took.

smells like hops and roasted malts. piney, citrusy, grassy hop notes, all over a deep undercurrent of roasted malts.

tastes like hops and roasted malts. taste up front is sweet and gives way to the bitterness of the hops, the bitterness of the roasted malts, and the warmth of the alcohol. the hop and malt flavor are huge, but balanced perfectly. that taste of coffee that has been siting in the pot for two days also comes through in the finish complimenting the sweetness of the malts and botanicals of the hops very well. flavors of roasted malts linger long after the finish.

viscous, and thick bodied. soft carbonation.

i remember reading when this style of beer first came out that it was made by steeping black patent in the the water at room temp before the was brought up to temp to mash, thereby extracting the color and none of the flavor, and a normal ipa was then made. this is definitely not what was done with this beer. this is good. do not walk away from a chance to drink this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 04:13:00 | More by spitInTheOcean
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mithrascruor

California

4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice totally black color with tan 1/2-finger head, which slowly becomes a frothy foam and laces the glass.

Smell: First sensation is of coffee and hops. There's roasted malts, a bit of toffee, and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste: The flavors here are really well-balanced. Nice roasted malts with some hops in the background. Coffee and cream slowly come into the mix and lemon & grapefruit come in at the finish and into the aftertaste. While definitely flavorful, there is something nice and subdued here; it isn't trying to knock the drinker over with hops or anything else.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth. Medium-bodied and creamy, with only a hint of super-light tingly carbonation. Could possibly be a bit heavier.

Drinkability: For a beer of this style, and this strong, it is extremely drinkable.

If I were to have one real complaint, it is that it is perhaps too easy to drink! Though rather pricey, it is well worth trying. I'll certainly get some more bottles if I can. To me, this is a perfect definition of what an "extreme beer" should be - doing something unusual _and_ making it taste good.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 02:49:05 | More by mithrascruor
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TheDoorman

New York

4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good beer. Style explains it sufficiently. Roasty nose. Hops present from the nose to the finish. Rich and sweet. Caramel. Classic stone hop finish. Very unique.

Damn good beer.

Damn good beer.

Damn good beer.

Damn good beer.

Damn good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 03:58:52 | More by TheDoorman
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flipper2gv

Quebec (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a lot to crossovert for this one!

My first from Brewdog also.
Bottled December 19th 2010, I don't expect too much hops.

A: Looks like a stout: pitch black. Aggressive pour gave a one finger head. Color is light beige and seems creamy. Retention is ok and lacing is really good.

S: The smell is just awesome. Lots of milk chocolate forward with coffee a little bit in the background. Very strong vanilla and molasses. There seems also to have some dark fruits like: black cherries, raisins and over ripe strawberries. A little bit of cinnamon. Some very faint grapefruit and piny resins. Sadly, the overall smell isn't strong enough for the 5.

T: Well, this is nowhere as hoppy as the other ABA I had (Pionnière from Dieu du Ciel), but this is mighty tasty. Again, the malts are what dominates here with notes of milk chocolate, powdered cacao, coffee, vanilla and quite a lot of molasses. Some fruits like I said before: black cherries, raisins and over ripe strawberries. Light hop presence in the form of grapefruit and pine resin (but more than in the smell). Again, some spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Again, this was really really good.

M: Very smooth feel with light carbonation. Heavy but so smooth you don't notice it. A little bit sticky. Really drinkable.

O: Well, this was a really smooth and tasty Black IPA. This is definitively more on the imperial stout part of the taste spectrum of the ABA (rather than the IPA side). I really really enjoyed this beer and I can't wrap my mind around the fact the score is lower than what I expected after tasting it. Only the issue of pricing is what I'd consider the reason for the score.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:12:46 | More by flipper2gv
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Bottled in 12/2010

Aroma: Malted milk, dark chocolate, earth, & faint mulch aromas.

Appearance: Pitch black body, tan head, cascading foam, dense 3 finger head settles to rocky 2 fingers. Clumpy foam clings to sides of glass.

Flavor: Very malt-forward. Dark chocolate & caramelized sugar. Hops show up in bitterness at end.

Mouthfeel: Full body, creamy carbonation, & excellent viscosity.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer! Just the right amount of carbonation, hops, and body. While it's not what one would call a session ale, I could drink one of these each night and be very happy. If only it were more readily available at a lower cost!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:34:05 | More by mdvatab
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yammy Mammy! Damn fine beer. Got damn fine beer. Surprised after the bs commercial description. Poured a small tan head with good lace. Color is almost opaque red brown black. Aroma is malt hop yeast. Flavor's where it's at: chewy earthy woody, hoppy malt roast hint of fruit and lactose. Great silky body and fine carbonation. Finish is like flavor, balanced and easy to drink; medium length. Session.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 23:23:19 | More by drpimento
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GrainDamaged

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black hole black, no light will escape this beer! Pours a thin velvet cappuccino foam. Intense staying power.
Chocolate whafts overpower everything else, hard to tell, but maybe some pine and yeast in there.
The flavor Is luxurious, a sucker punch of malt and alcohol, then the long slow embrace of hops. Whets then tingles. It's impossible to escape the coco and java. Belgium yeast is readily apparent as are American hops.
Amazing beer, so rediculously complex with overwhelming subtleties

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 02:40:13 | More by GrainDamaged
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A "Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale" brewed in collaboration with Stone--I love Stone, and am totally on BrewDog's side too, so I was anxious for this one.

Pours a tan head, creamy and foamy and with a hell of a lot of firmness to it. Leaves big streaks of lace on the glass. The color is a very deep, deep dark...what...brown? Black? Kind of neither, somehow, as you can see some burgundy-like highlights through it, although it's nearly opaque...can't decide between brown and black, so I'll just call it hella-dark.

Nose is wonderful, throwing a remarkably perfume-y hops character over perfectly charred grains which bring to mind coffee and seriously dark toffee.

I had this sitting outside of the fridge for about 30 minutes on a very warm day before drinking it (no A/C here!), so it's got only the slightest chill on it. Maybe that's why I'm thinking this is tasting so damn incredible right now, because the flavor is full, round, complex and completely satisfying. Notes of chocolate, alcohol, coffee, marshmallow and fig are strongest, although with the hops being perfume-like, fruit-like (mostly pineapple!), herbal and grassy all at once, those brighter elements add a lot more character and make this beer especially complex. Bitter dark roast coffee and an almost dark-fruit tartness sticks around longest in what is a very long finish. As much as I love Belgian and Belgian-style beers, I don't think "Belgian" ever when drinking this. So who knows what that's all about, but who cares? As the label says: "Substance over the scriptures of Style..." and this has PLENTY of substance.

A little bit sticky, helping the flavors in the finish ride out a long time. This is about as chewy, round and creamy as your finest big stouts out there.

Ah geez, this is killer. Maybe a little too rich to make it insanely drinkable, but, damn, yeah, it's killer. I know of no other way to put it, and see no more reason to write about it. Time to just kick back and enjoy this extraordinary, ultra-flavorful, complex beast of a beer. Bashah!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 22:03:29 | More by Metalmonk
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guinness310

California

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a nonic...

A: An black opaque body with a brown tone on the bottom sits under a tan head that hardly exists.

S: Black licorice, coffee, smoked malts and dried fruits rush the nose. Mild ethanol is also present.

T&M: Mild-bodied with a "beefy" flavour and packed with smoked malts, coffee tones and a raisin-like taste that compliment this lightly carbonated beer. The ethanol barely lingers and has a great balance of malty sweetness with that of the bittering hops that stimulate the palate.

D: A very drikable and ejoyable beer from two great brewing companies...Great Job!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 00:43:59 | More by guinness310
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pubscout

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bottle of this hybrid as a present...poured black with very little head until it reached the top of the glass, then a thick mocha colored head rose up almost two fingers high.

Left nice lace on the glass as I drank it. The taste was unusual--and unusually good. A slightly oily, but exceptionally smooth mouthfeel was pleasing. I detected notes of vanilla, chocolate and a toffeeish secondary note that got progressively more noticeable. Very complex and delightful with a decidedly hop finish, although it was not overpowering.

I poured it cold and it tasted good, but the flavor also got bolder as it warmed. A most distinctive beer, and one that lovers of Belgians and black lagers would enjoy.

An exceptional beer by all standards--save for the appearance, which is no more remarkable than a schwarzbier.

I'll drink it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 01:31:12 | More by pubscout
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this one is all over the f'in place. Belgin. IIPA. Dark. Rate this one on the experimental style.

Vigorous pour gives two fingers of dark tan, large bubble head, that dissipates quickly, leaving a lot of lace. Opaque, no light gets through, pitch black. Looks enticing.

Aromas of pine and citrus hops that mask some roast. Layers of hops, then roast, then alcohol. There might be some malt in there, but it's fighting to come to the surface. Nothing belgian here. points off.

First taste - Sweet malt, roast, hop bitterness, alcohol on the fade. roasted bitterness is in there as well. Some sourness is faintly there. The layers on this are just amazing.

Mouthfeel is full. Not a session beer by any means. This is a late night, last call, don't get too far from the bed/couch beer. Roast really sticks with you. Mouthfeel like a luscious RIS, but with a hop punch.

This is NOT a session beer. but I would drink it again, and again, and again. Just not on the same night for fear of getting my ass kicked.

Say good night Gracie.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 05:29:43 | More by JamnesCameron
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Beernoisseur

Utah

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cryptic label text.

12 oz. bottle -> snifter

A - Darkdarkdarkdarkdark. Thin, oily slick of microscopic bubbles for a head. Looks enticing, but it's not the Mona Lisa.

S - SO INTERESTING. From an aroma standpoint, this beer combines everything I love about IPA and everything I love about stouts. Fruity, herbal, and citric notes come through, and remind me of IPA, while toasty, coffee chocolatey aromas come through on the whole dark beer side of things. Very, very nice.

T - Yum. pretty much everything you'd expect to see based on the nose. the finish is sweeter and... somehow smoother than i'd expect. but the IPA side of things is definitely present. Very, very nice.

M - Medium bodied, maybe not as smooth as I would like to see, but solid nonetheless.

D - I want to swim in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 06:38:43 | More by Beernoisseur
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MikeMerm

California

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at Bevmo after some severe deliberation, but ultimately curiosity one out.

A: Served out of the bottle, it is a dark coca cola color with almost no head and very little lacing.

S: Dark and pungent, with notes of stone fruits, tobacco smokiness and some dark chocolate backing it up

T: Obviously the most crucial part of the review, and this one doesn't disappoint. I have been on a big dark beer kick lately and Bashah measures up favorably to all of these. With a strong maltiness present at the beginning that gives way to a nice hopiness, the taste echoes the smell to a T.

M: smooth but not very rich. definitely not watery but lacking

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 03:23:24 | More by MikeMerm
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. I happen to disagree with the classification of this as an American Strong Ale, based on the taste and also since the bottle lists it as "The Black Belgian style Double India Pale Ale."

Appearance: Black with slight brown edges in the snifter. No matter how aggressive I pour, I cannot get any real head to form, but not for lack of carbonation. Looks foreboding.

Smell: Very complex aroma. Fig, raisin, and caramelt malt contribute to a sweetness. Belgian yeast spiciness, and earthy and piney hops are also noted.

Taste: Very well balanced. Starts sweet, with black roasted malt, caramel, and fig sweetness. Not as much of the yeast presence I detected in the smell, maybe since both the malt and hops are quite powerful. The herbal and earthy hops provide quite a kick but are not overwhelmingly bitter. The finish is slightly bitter, but a strong pepper taste seems to come out of nowhere.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with medium carbonation, wrapped up in a full body. The end leaves a hoppy residue.

Drinkability: This is definitely a sipper. So complex and deep, this is much different than anything I have had. It definitely crosses the borders of any style. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 17:46:01 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jlpayne

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a limited mocha head. Apparent carbonation.

S - Huge! Sweet malt. Slight funk. Vanilla bean. Plum. Slightly reminiscent of Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

T - Appreciably different from the nose. Sweet up front with a dry, semi-bitter finish. Nice warmth from the 8.2% ABV.

M - Light, a bit creamy, with mild carbonation that dances on the palate.

D - Oh god. Very drinkable. Even more smellable though. I can't keep my nose out of this damn snifter.

Get it, get it!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:16:54 | More by jlpayne
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plfahey

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Black in color, with slight reddish brown highlights. Nearly opaque, but appears relatively clear. Moderately large light tan head with moderately high retention and nice lacing.

Aroma-Light roasted malt aromas of bittersweet chocolate and faint roasted coffee. Slight sour notes. I don't pick up too much hop aroma while smelling it from the glass, but upon aspirating, the beer shows rich earthy and green hop aromas to complement the chocolatey malt.

Flavor-Chocolate, dark fruits (plums, prunes), light roast and hints of bitter coffee. Well integrated green, herbal, and earthy hop flavors and moderately low hop bitterness. Hint of sourness. Long, dry finish of earthy hop flavor and chocolate malt. Alcohol is totally imperceptible.

Mouthfeel-medium light body, medium carbonation. Low to no alcohol warmth.

I wish the hops showed up more in the aroma straight from the glass, but that's a minor concern-this beer is absolutely delicious and absurdly drinkable for its 8.6% alcohol content. This was fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 04:14:50 | More by plfahey
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BevMoAndrew

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a BrewDog chalice glass at Stone Brewing Co.

Pours a jet black in the goblet with a very creamy, off-white head and good lacing. On the nose are aromas of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, white pepper, baking spices, subtle smokiness, orange, easy grapefruit, & a classic Belgian yeast (a little funk + a little fresh bread). The beer is extremely smooth over the palate with Belgian yeast & chocolate up front complimented by a definite hop bitterness (not overbearing) from beginning to end. Long finish, great mouthfeel, and creamy texture. The beer definitely has some weight to it, but extremely smooth (esp. for a 8.6%abv), which is what I've found BrewDog infamous for! Overall, I was extremely impress with this beer; unique, complex, smooth, and very easy to drink. I'm definitely looking forward to this being bottled!

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 18:08:34 | More by BevMoAndrew
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours medium/dark brown and sits in the glass black.
Creamy 1/2 inch head. Lacing coats the glass.

Exceptional smell! lightly burnt malts up front. Vanilla, smoke, currants, and light alcohol. Smooth, very smooth smell

Taste is like the smells, burnt malts, chococlate, bitter hops and a GREAT blending of all components. Some off flavors such as "plastic" present, but very slight.

BLENDING of bitter, alcohol, and burnt malts at near perfection. Smoth blend indeed!

The perfect blending of this beer's ingrediants make this an exceptional drinker! It boasts in your face flavors, but, SO easy to drink.

Bravo!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 07:18:32 | More by Trueant1
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CrazyMacHarris99

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black with a rocky cream-colored head that settled to about a 1/2" and stuck around for most of the session. The smell is citrusy hops with a hint of roasted malts and some milk chocolate and coffee. The taste roasty like a porter with the sweetness from the malts and the citrusy hops on the tongue with a brash piney aftertaste. This one is a hybrid of an easy drinking, creamy porter and a brutal, hoppy IPA. The mouthfeel is also a little thick and creamy but thin and drinkable at the same time. It takes the best of two completely different styles and blends them together perfectly!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 05:34:10 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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Foxxypants

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the joy of sampling this beauty with my roommate last night. It was the perfect way to start the evening.

A: Black definitely describes it. Almost no light came through the dark beer after it had been poured into a glass. small amount of head that stays around for a while.

S: Contradictory, in that it smells both dark and bright. Deep dark chocolate and coffee maltiness, but also light, aromatic hoppiness.

T: Brilliant in all regards. I was prepared to have my butt kicked after reading it's type (Black Belgium style double IPA), but it drinks very smoothly. Starts with sweet coffee and dark chocolate flavors, that recede into the bitter, floral IPA taste, but never gets too overpowering.

M: Quite carbonated, as expected with an IPA. Thinner that what I would expect of something called Belgium or black, but not necessarily too thin.

D: It was a great brew that I could gladly sample again (if money weren't an issue). Easy to drink despite everything you would expect from it.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 16:52:20 | More by Foxxypants
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bashah is a collaboration brew between two of the worlds most influential breweries, the Stone Brewing Co. in California, and BrewDog from Scotland. It barely even matters what the beer in the bottle is, if you put these two names on it I'll buy it out of sheer faith in its quality and predictably fantastic flavor. Each of these breweries have embarked on an incredible beer journey on their own, each creating unique and no-holds-barred beers in their own style. Put them together then, and what do you get? A Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale.

Firstly, this is a Double IPA, so it should be robustly hoppy with fresh, earthy and citrus bitter flavors that pack a decent punch. It should be both higher in alcohol and in bitterness (IBUs). Next, it is a Belgian Style Double IPA. This could mean a few things, but most typically it means that it was fermented with a Belgian yeast strain rather then an Californian one, thus giving it bigger body, a fruiter, more malty character, and a more lively carbonation. And Finally, it is black. This indicates the color, and therefore usage of dark, chocolate, or roasted malts in the brew; those flavors should come through subtly in the beer finally creating a unique and exciting beer.

And to no surprise, this is a unique and exciting beer. It comes in a 355ml bottle at 8.6% abv. I had a lot of faith in this style by Stone and BrewDog mostly because Stone has already done a Black Double IPA, the Sublimely Self Righteous, which is among my favorite beers. Then you pair that with another remarkable brewer, and add Belgian yeast to it!? Ok, awesome, lets pour this.

I opened the Bashah cool around 10C (50F) and poured it into a Stone tasting glass. The pour was gentle at first, then half way up the glass a rich foam began to build erupting with billowing and lush air-filled life. What was created was a pitch black beer and a richly mocha brown 1.5 inch head. Held into the light, only traces of dark amber reds could get past the edges of the beer. The head was rich and airy with a creamy, mountain-like cap formed on top. Its appearance fit the bill - more aggressively carbonated and alive than a normal American Double IPA would be, due to the Belgian influence.

The nose was a classic Double IPA with loads of floral hops, citrus zest, grapefruit and hints of pine. It bursts out to your nose relatively easily, but is not as dominant as most. Soft roast, nuts and a faint aroma of cocoa smooth out the hop aggression allowing the dark malts to prevail. It is a really appetizing combination that I have began to love. I get only a faint trace of fruity sweetness, and really I think that is still in the hops, so the Belgian aspect has not yet made its way through to me.

This beer will gush into your palate with everything California, and apparently now Scotland too. The first wash past your lips is smoother than expected, gently creamy, and largely earthy. Malty hops this time force their way in, not just hops. West coast style bitterness is easily noticeable as pine-fresh hops bring lime zest, grapefruit, hay, earth and fall flavors into your mouth. This though is instantly matched with soft roasty malts that bring creamy brown butter flavors, bitter chocolate, a touch of molasses and warming coffee.

The smoothness of the beer is sensational, even at 8.6% there is no trace of alcohol on the palate. The hop and malt balance is elegant and seamless providing a somewhat stout like creaminess on the malt side, and an IPA crispness on the hop side. Very nice. The mouthfeel now touches the Belgian side with a more lively carbonation than usual from an IPA. It bring and entertaining lift to the beer helping it finish crisp and cleanly.

This beer was fantastically enjoyable and I expect that it would be great with steak, roast beef, soft cheeses or burgers. But it is a limited run beer, so I would enjoy it on its own, slowely, and don't share. You will want it all.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 15:12:11 | More by StephenRich
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PartyBear

United Kingdom (England)

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a while to work out what category to put this beer in when adding it, unfortunately BA doesn't have a Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale category.

Anyway, this is the result of a collaboration between the ever innovative BrewDog boys and the growing superpower of the American microbrewing scene Stone. I love both these breweries, so this was an exciting prospect to me, and I bagged 12 bottles the day they went on sale.

Appearance: Almost jet back in the body, with very subtle dark red tints. There is a small tan head, that consists of quite large bubbles. Very light carbonation.

Aroma: There is a clear big hoppiness on the nose that you get from double IPAs, which sits alongside lots of berries and fruit, as well as a whisky-like oaky smokiness. There are definite notes of much darker, heavy fruits than you get in a normal DIPA, blackberries, grapes, lots and lots of forest fruits.

Taste: The initial flavours are bitter dark chocolate, and roasted malt woodiness, along with a substantial kick of hops, which is piney with a deep resinous element to it. After this the fruits become apparent, again, as with the nose there are lots of wild berries and forest fruits but they sit nicely with the persistent smokey bitterness. The bitterness lasts right through to the end, leaving a long lasting peaty chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The feel is quite oily and slick, more American in style than Belgian. The carbonation is slight, but this works well with the flavours.

Drinkability: For a beer that is over the 8% mark, there is no hint of alcohol, it is full of complex flavours, which makes this a superbly drinkable beer. This is a very unusual style but that is what people have come to expect from these two brewers, and in my opinion it is a style that could have a place in the beer world, I would certainly welcome more dark DIPAs with a heavier malt influence. World class breweries, and a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 19:52:51 | More by PartyBear
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bashah is the quintessential craft beer of the day. It demonstrates so many of the qualities that I love about the beer world. Here is a beer that is brewed collaboratively between two breweries that aren't even in the same country, and they are making a style that is a mash up of two or three non-indigenous styles that have just sort of evolved recently. A black Belgian-style double India pale ale? Bizarre and awesome at the same time.

The beer is black indeed. The tan, frothy head diminishes fairly quick, but sticks to the glass like a champ. This looks like a great beer.

The smell brings fond memories back of being in a brewhouse. The predominant smell is fresh, hot cereal grains. The hops are right there up front as well, with a terrific example of true piney hops. They smell simply resinous and delicious. Subtle aromas of charred grains linger in the background. However, I am not smelling anything here that would make me think Belgium.... That is the one thing missing from this equation.

The flavor is great. A better balance could not be found in a black double ipa. I find the hop flavor to be matched evenly against the roasted grain flavor. The piney hops finish with only a slight bitterness and the charcoal-grains come through and cap the flavor at the end. I find most of the flavor comes towards the back of the mouth and the tip of the tongue doesn't get much entertainment.

There is a good body for this beer. The residual sugars lend this brew a slightly less-than-syrupy mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation.

At 8.6% abv, the beer needs to be respected. However, I am totally loving this beer and sort of wish that I had bought a case and not a bottle. The drinkability is therefore high with me. I could enjoy this beer over and over without getting bored.

I love that the hops are really brought out and highlighted against this black background. This is a black ipa done right!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 05:47:45 | More by MusicaleMike
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bottle from batch# 298 that was poured into a Sam Adams perfect Pint Glass. Kind of funny, the "best by" date is listed as Christmas Day 25/12/2010, it'd be quite a good Christmas Present. The pour out itself is good, not quite what I expected, but good. Comes out black, very dark even when held up to the light. Deep/dark mahogany brown highlights to it, from what's actually visual it's looks to be filtered. A small light colored tan head that produces a little bit of lacing to it. The smell is outstanding. It's pretty well aged so far but still hoppy, didn't mellow out much, it's pretty cool. Not a specific hop smell stands out in my opinion, more like a combination of several kinds. Smells like a mix between a black and well hopped stout. Still pretty well malted too some roasted and even burned malts to it. The taste is equally as excellent, it's got a lot going on, I'm a big fan. Has some sweetness to it, you can tell there's a combination of a lot of malts as well as a lot of hops. Malts add a bit of sweetness to it, but there's a little more bitterness. Burned and roasted coffee beans, probably some chocolate and other roasted mats. Some good citrus hops, some pine too, a pinch of a grapefruit flavor to it. Very complex and out right strong, it just attacks your tastebuds. The mouthfeel is great too. Certainly full bodied, smooth, creamy, and has a clean finish, slightly bitter. Good carbonation level and no bit from the alcohol. Speaking of which, it hides the 8.6% very well. Drinkablility is wonderful, it can be a slow sipper if you desire, but it tends to go pretty quick.

Overall a truly wonderful and versatile beer. Smells much liked a well hopped IPA, looks like a stout or porter, has creaminess of a red ale and a finish of a nice pale ale or IPA. Its Malty and hoppy, it's great. Hats off to Stone and BrewDog for another great collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 03:18:33 | More by AndyAvalanche
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown, and practically black. Looks watery. Tiny head, some lacing.

S: Intensity of sweet chocolate malts and roasted coffee. Hops are present but not strong in the aroma. Dark fruits and a honey sweetness keep coming to the surface of the nose.

T: Smooth bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee covers the tongue while the hops follow along. Deep notes of dark fruits and a subtle caramel sweetness linger on the palate. Not as much belgian yeast as i had anticipated, but still tamely bready in overall flavor. The bite of the coffee and chocolate are finely proportioned. Wood makes its way to the mouthfeel in the aftertaste.

M: Light to medium carbonation with a medium to full body. Almost perfectly well-balanced.

D: A top black IPA in my eyes. Well worth the buy.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 00:56:58 | More by YouSkeete
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