Bashah - BrewDog

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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Bonko_the_sane
1/5  rDev -74.3%

Photo of unionturf
2.17/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $6.00 for a 12oz bottle...after drinking this I wondered how I go scammed so badly. Imagine $64.00 USD a gallon...for beer.

I'm reviewing this as a "black belgian IPA" I'm trying to keep an open mind as to what a black ale and a IPA would be like.

Pours stout black, little head and little lacing.

Smells...being honest here the smell reminds me of a tire store, it has a rubberish smell (very slight but there) that seems more on the black ale versus the IPA side. Taste is strange, has some hops (nothing like some people are saying) and as if I had in fact licked a tire.

Mouthfell is ok...if you like the taste of a tire.

Drinkability is LOW on this for me, struggled to get this $6.00 bottle down the pipes. But again at this price for this beer I forced it down.

Might I ask why this beer cost $6.00?


Photo of champ103
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a pitch black color. At first a bubbly tan head slowly rises to a finger. The foam recedes in an instant, with little lace.
S: A little odd in the nose. Sweet malt that is lightly toasted. Charcoal and leather, maybe rubber? Really strange. Dank nondescript hops.
T: Sweet malt and a strange nondescript hoppy bitterness. Some charcoal that leaves a really bad aftertaste, and alcohol.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. A little thin and watery though. Hot alcohol and a strange bitterness makes this hard for me to drink.

I am not a big fan of this. There is not much here, just an odd mesh of flavors. I would not recommend this, and am not that interesting. Another sub par offering from BrewDog.

Photo of Hugonaut13
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of armock
2.38/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - The scents do not come together to create an overall good smell there's roasted malt that smells like rubber and hops

T - Things don't get any better in the taste department it's like I'm drinking my shoe with some citrus hops added

M - This beer has a watery body with medium carbonation to it

D - I am not impressed at all with this beer the hype train had me really wanting to like it but I'm having trouble drinking my glass of this stuff because it tastes so bad I say say away from this one

Photo of WhiteOak
2.45/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a black-olive color with a chestnut edge. The dark tan head and lacing is moderate, and fades to a persistent 1/8".

S- Roasted malt and chocolate are equally mingled with grapefruit/piney hops.

T- Dark over-roasted malt and oily fragrant hops. The finish is bitter and lacking in sweet balance. The char and big hops are an unappealing combination.

M, D- Medium bodied with a bitter, drying effect. For the simple reason that this beer conveyed little pleasure, I found it accordingly limited in drinkability.

Photo of RonfromJersey
2.45/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A black Belgian Double IPA? What, we couldn't fit an imperial stout in there too?

Black yes, but tranlucent enough to allow ruby highlights in multiple areas. Topped by a light beige ball of micro bubbly foam.

A deep sniff pulls out some roasted coffee, and maybe a hint of candy sugar. That's the black Belgian portions, where is the DIPA?

Rich roasted coffee with some melted dark chocolate coats the tongue. There is a general hoppy buzz riding the wave. But I'm not getting anything that says, much less screams, DIPA.

Enjoyable thick lush mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

A nice little imperial stout. A black Belgian Double IPA? The pieces just aren't there. A major victim of its own hype. At $6.99 for 11 ounces, it will not be revisited. And between this and Hardcore, I think I'm done with Brewdog.

Photo of cosmonick
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of polishkaz
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A sunny day on campus, quiet sneaks of a bottle while the kids rage about budget cuts. Someone hits the fire alarms, building by building, a forced walkout. We make our way to the roof and watch the dougfir sway in the sun.

This beer is confused like those kids in the square. It's yeasty, dark, smells like a barnyard, and hoppier that a yakima bootlick. It needs to grow up and see the world. Balance may come, it may cut its hair and take out those piercings, hide the tattoos and wear a sweater vest. It may, but I doubt it. Unlike those kids standing on red bricks, this beer wont last. It will leave a taste though, a pleasant one upon my palate, quiet memories of youthful transgressions and silly ideas.

Thank you brewdog, stone, and all you little hippy gals.

Photo of BMMillsy
2.79/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hunahpu Day pour #12. Pours dark brown with big kahki head. Smells floral with a bit of citrus, hints of roast perhaps, and a little sour. Flavor is heavy scotch and dark fruits, comes in hotter than expected and not much depth in flavor. A bit boozy though only medium on the palate. Not my favorite. Blegh.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.83/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours the color of black olive brine. Thin and black with ruby highlights. The head is almost non-existent, consisting of only a few off white bubbles and a thin skin of foam.

Smell is quite exactly what I expected from the bottle style description. A black Belgian style double IPA. Yes, yes and yes. Strong citrus hops that are in the grapefruit family and a little flowery. Behind that are deep roasted malts.

The taste is thin like the pour. The flavor is chocolaty and a little malty but watered down. The hops all but disappear in the flavor leaving nothing but a piney residue and a dominating cheap roasted grain note. What happened?

Mouthfeel is best described as weak. This beer is a letdown from the initial nose. There isn't even a great bitterness just a recycled used hops feel. This brew tastes like an afterthought made with a bunch of spent ingredients left over from a good beer. At $6.99 a 12 ounce bottle this is one of the biggest rip offs out there. Avoid.

Photo of richkrull
2.88/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black color with a darker tan head on it.

Smell is malty with some hops coming through. Not as much as you'd expect. Some stout-like aroma coming through.

Taste is bitter coffee. Not a great flavor. This is my first black IPA but not what I expected. Some hops in the finish but the coffee flavor is overpowering it.

Mouthfeel is very thick. Pretty heavy for an IPA but it's alright.

Overall it's ok but not one of my favorites at all.

Photo of hooliganlife
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pour was deep black with a light cream head

mostly muted with most barnyard funk. maybe some light chocolate and coffee.

again, mostly muted with barnyard funk really dominating. no real hop flavor and very very muted roasted malts and really no sweetness, some bitterness maybe a dark chocolate bitterness. pretty bland

medium body, medium carbonation, decent body

i thought this was a black IPA? i do not see any IPA in this at all, and NO black IPA. i would have a very hard time classifying this as a strong ale. i could not finish this, it was just too off base. give i like both of these breweries and loved the black pilsner, i was VERY let down by this.

Photo of charlzm
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed Feb 7th, 2010 at Stone World Bistro.

Very dark brown with cola colored highlights. Plenty of bubbles crawling up the sides of the glass, replenishing the very fine head.

Oddly, beer has a light, sweet aroma of roast grain. Reminds me of wort. No hop presence.

Smoky, nearly burnt malt flavor. Some charcoal. Woody and bitter on the finish. Porterlike. Again, no hop presence.

Thick in the mouth.

Not really a fan of this one; there's really nothing to balance the smoke and charcoal. Hops must have died in the time since beer was packaged, though I'd expect it to have lasted longer. Come on, I drank it AT Stone on draft!

Photo of beavers
2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Black with dark brown edges when held up to the light. Thin light tan covering with virtually no lacing on the edges of a DR snifter.

S: Interesting blend of pungent grassy hops and roasted malt. Notes of dirt, brown sugar (faint), pecans.

T: Big grassy, earthy hop bite meets burnt malts. Charcoal edges combine with the hops to give an overpowering bitterness. While these flavors mesh rather seamlessly, I'm a bit bored after a few sips. Not a lot of complexity to this one.

M: Medium bodied, but rather thin considering the ABV.

D: Flavor is an interesting combination, but needs a touch of sweetness to round out the flavors. Despite the flavors, it's actually not that difficult to drink...but it's just not that interesting to drink. Especially at 8.6%.

Not sure if my palette is just off, but I'm really not getting the subtle flavors some other seem to have picked up on.

Photo of OakedCanuck
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into cervoise.

A - Pours a nice dark black with dark brown edging against the light. Nice light tan head retention and good lacing

S - Bitter piney hops with a nice coffee roast. Some belgian yeast like smell as well. A roasty smoke is also present

T - What? Did I just drink firepit coals? This beer tastes like ash. However, the piney hops do come through a bit at the end in an attempt to save this one, hardly is working though.

M - Good carbonation, medium, drying

O - The ash flavour totally took away from this one but there is some good hop balance hidden in there. Will not be having this one again.

Photo of Vineyard
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall: An interesting beer, not really what I was expecting. I don't get as much of a belgian quality as I was hoping for nor as much hop flavor. I was fairly disapointed as I was really hoping for a knock your socks off BIAP.

Appearance: Very black, completely opaque. Thin head swirled up during the pour but quickly receded with virtually no head and minor lacing.

Smell: Some coffee but mainly bittersweet chocolate. A little bit of roasted barley in the background.

Taste: A lot of chocolate, a little bit of funkiness but not enough for my tatste in something labled "belgian". A little bit of burnt malt flavor too(?), some bitterness but not enough for a double IPA and not enough hop. Not too bad a taste overall though.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin, but not crisp at all.

Drinkability: Average. I could drink more of this beer without feeling bad. But it really doesn't taste or drink like a double IPA.

Photo of James773
2.94/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours an impressive jet black. Smells like bread, citrus, a little sour. Tastes a little watery and sour, hints of toast. My girlfriend says it reminds her of soy sauce, which I agree with just a little bit. Like a cross between a weak IPA and a stout but not very impressive either way.

Photo of OlieIPA
2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at Walnut Liquorette and poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Pours a brownish hue, but as all the liquid converges together, the appearance takes on that bold black color found in most imperial stouts. The head and lacing is minimal, but when swirled, it gives off colors similar to that of toffee.

S: Roasted chocolate malt in the beginning and then a smack of high alpha-acid hops...perhaps Chinook, Columbus, or Centennial.

T: Some dark roasted malts, but most of the flavor profile seems to consist of sweet hop qualities. The alcohol comes off a bit more as well...and perhaps encourages an overabundance of hops in the flavor in my opinion.

M: Medium to light body brew with some drying qualities to it.

D: I actually enjoyed the flavor and aroma for the first few minutes, but as the beer went on...I found it hard to finish.

Overall: Something I might try again; average at best. Cheers!

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep clear black color ale with a medium size dark brown foamy head with average retention. Aroma of roasted malt is more powerful and dry then expected. Taste is dominated by dry roasted malt notes with light subtle coffee notes. Body is somewhat light with OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I can’t say I was truly impressed by that one – hops profile was more subdued then expected and dry roasted malt was overly dominant.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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Bashah from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.