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Bashah - BrewDog


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very good

542 Ratings
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Ratings: 542
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%

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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 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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2013 01:50:00 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of ehammond1

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 17:15:05 | More by ehammond1
Photo of Knapp85


4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at the Tap & Table a while ago and I stopped in and grabbed a glasss. It was probably one of the first Black IPA's I have ever tried. This beer came out as a pitch black liquid with a really nice looking thick brown head. The lacing was very nice as well. The smell of the beer was hoppy and roasted all at the same time. The taste of the beer was roasted upfront and semi-sweet which followed right into a hoppy bitter finish. The mouthfeel wasn't overly thick at all. Overall though I found this beer to be pretty damn good all around.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 22:17:41 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Cask Republic in New Haven, Conn.

A: Very dark brown, nearly black with a thin, creamy head of tan foam which leaves a bubbly, slick coating and some soapy lace.

S: A cross between a Belgian IPA and an English porter; lots of malt fruitiness, spicy, funky yeasts and a bitter, herbal, earthy hop aroma. Smells deep and inviting with a hint of effervescence.

T: Roasted, chewy caramel malts blend with a fruity mix of malts and hop resins. Lots of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, raisin, hints of banana, pine, cloves and lactose. Bits of tobacco leaf mix with the spicy, Begian-tasting candi sugar and yeast with a lingering, bittersweet hop resin in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied, sort of slick and yet bubbly and spicy on the palate. Does a good job of lifting away malt sweetness but alcohol burns a tad.

O: I think this Black IPA has been Belgian'ed and the 8.6% ABV adds complex boozy flavors on top of an already indulgent, albeit chaotic, flavor profile. I like the cross pollination of smoked porter characteristics with a spicy, peppery IPA, but this would wreck the palate and head by the end of a night. Certainly worth a try, though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 05:04:57 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of Slatetank


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap @ Al's of Hampden, served chilled in a standard pint.

A - A good looking dark walnut brown shade with scarlet highlights and thin tan cream that revives to about 1/2 inch with very fine beading. The lace is frothy and sticks decently

S - The smell has dried fruit and light raisin with mild nutty malt scent and mellow cocoa notes with a moderate amount of spice. The scent is pleasant, but mild with a slight piney hop accent

M - The feel is creamy with a smooth dry texture and light bitterness with moderate amount of spice and gentle fruity accent. The beer comes off as medium bodied with a moderate level of astringency and roasted character -moderately high carbonation and dry finish

T - The flavor has a very roasted and spicey quality w/ lots of dry roasted coffee and a mild pepper note w/ charred tinge in the back, the light caramel and fruit notes blend witha mild earhty and piney hop essence. The taste seems more bitter as it warms, but still balanced with the toasted quality of the malt and the yeast provides a moderate level of phenolics

D - A beer I was pleased to be able to try, very good drinkability and generous hopping with a multi-layered roasted quality which blends well with the yeast. This is certainly unique for whatever style you classify it as

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 16:52:31 | More by Slatetank
Photo of zoso1967


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives at my table tall dark and handsome. It is very dark brown with just a bit of ruby around the edges and has a nice light tan head. The smell is mostly roasty, but juicy citrus hops can also be detected. The taste is surprising at first. This beer is much more stout like than expected but with plenty of grapefruity citrus hops, pine and herbal character. It is quite bitter, but the bitterness seems well balanced with the roasty character of coffee and dark chocolate. Slightly astringent (in a good way) and nicely balanced with just the right amount of malt sweetness. This beer is medium bodied with a nice smooth texture and is very satisfying to drink. I think they nailed this collaboration and I could drink a few of these in a sitting, too bad the price is so steep, but I guess you get what you pay for in this case.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 16:20:41 | More by zoso1967
Photo of TMoney2591


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at ChurchKey.

I've had this brew in a bottle before, but I like the atmosphere at CK today, and I vaguely remember liking this beer. So a draught version's not out of the question at all. It pours a nearly opaque black brown with a finger or so of lightish tan foam on top. The nose is coffee, walnut, floral hops, wood, light chocolate, and maple syrup. The florals penetrate the darker and sweeter smells fairly well. The taste starts off with a smoked oak character, followed by roasted malts, dark coffee, intermittently firing bits of hoppy bitterness, and a lingering sense of Reese's peanut butter cups. I'm not sure where that last one came from, but it's where my mind went. Hm. Anyway, the body is medium, though bordering on the light heavy, with a moderately active carbonation. I knew I liked this one. I hope these breweries get together more often: their semi-bastard child here (the legal status is still up in the air, but I'm guessing any court would rule he's quite the bastard (just not as arrogant as his father)) is pretty tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2010 21:39:07 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of itsromy


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours wonderfully and looks great in the serving glass. Drinking it doesn't disappoint as it feels good going down and it tastes lighter than it actually looks.

It is a heavier beverage so one cannot drink too many of these without feeling it pretty quick.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2010 11:57:45 | More by itsromy
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 18:08:30 | More by charlzm
Photo of erosier


4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep reddish black that is pretty interesting, almost black lager meets Irish red with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that leaves some nice lacing.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some darker more burnt malts, Caramel aromas, a hint of coffee and chocolate from the dark malts, hint of vinous fruit as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramelized malts, hints of black malts, coffee, a tiny bit of chocolate, some vinous fruit, and a somewhat hoppy finish that I was not expecting from the nose.
M: Lighter than it looks, warming, smooth, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable even for a beer of this magnitude, it was a really interesting beer and it is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 11:53:32 | More by erosier
Photo of Gehrig


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at The Blind Pig. A thick finger of mocha froth atop a black body; good duration and excellent lacing on the tulip. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and some molasses in the smell; good aromas overall.

Delicious taste, with the molasses more prominent in the flavor than the smell; coffee bean and a bit of chocolate in tow. A bit of sweet fruit emerges in the finish, and the bittersweet is a welcome characteristic for this distinct strong ale. Excellent texture, smooth with a firm hop bite; good hop-malt balance overall.

Quite delicious and somewhat unique strong ale, Bashah is one I'll unquestionably seek out again. Very good.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2010 00:42:24 | More by Gehrig
Photo of oregonskibum


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a snifter glass at a local pub.

A: Pours a very black or dark brown (lighting was bad, so hard to determine). A very thin, caramel colored head that lingered for quite a while. Lacing stuck to the side of the glass

S: Faint coffee and hop bitterness. A little caramel or toffee. Overall, smell was fairly subdued.

T: Lots of roasted malt combined with big hop bitterness. Some spice comes through as well (cloves?). Then as the malty/spice flavors start to fade, the hop bitterness comes into shine. A lot of traditional IPA flavors, but hard to pintpoint. Grapefuit with some piney, grassy notes. This beer is a good collaboration, but a DIPA? Hardly. I do get the Belgian aspect, though.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation. About what I would expect for this beer.

D: I've had on bottle and now on tap. This is a good beer and a nice collaboration, but is hardly worth the high price tag. I enjoyed the beer, but wouldn't drop $42 on a sixer of it either.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2010 06:11:42 | More by oregonskibum
Photo of DiabolikDUB


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap @ The Hop and Vine poured into Snifter glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a booming khaki colored head that takes some time to dissolve and leaves a medium-sized layer atop the glass. The aroma is a nice balance of roast and chocolate with some citrus hops. The flavor is chocolate malt forward with some citrus flavor and a bitter sweet finish that is a touch dry. Its medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Pretty enjoyable although maybe I expected a bit more from the collaboration but still a solid beer all around. I would say all in all in revolves around a hoppy example of the "Cascadian Dark Ale" style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 08:10:46 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the charlotte flying saucer
Pours very dark red body, nearly black. Small with head that fades quickly. You could easily mistake this for a stout.
Smell is earthy with lots of dark caramel and burnt barley with earthy hops, some pine and grassy notes.
Taste is thick and full of belgian malt thickness and bready sweets. A nice earthy hop character flows through the swallow with caramel accenting the bitter grapefruit and grassy hops. Finishes with a bitter pine note from the hops.
Mouthfeel is medium and pretty light considering the appearance.
Easy to drink for ABV and style, could easily have another shortly after the first

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 04:46:26 | More by chaz410
Photo of woosterbill


4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First pour from a fresh keg at Prime 16, into an Unibroue goblet.

A: Black, ruby-flecked body lies underneath a finger of rich, creamy, dark tan foam. Terrific retention and tons of lace all the way down. Gorgeous beer in every way.

S: Citrus hops up front (zesty orange peel), along with some pine; a bit of spicy yeast, and a chocolate malt backbone. Quite nice.

T: Largely follows the nose, with an emphasis on both the orange-peel hops and the chocolate malt. These flavors meld just like a chocolate orange candy. The hops come back to ensure a clean, floral/hemp finish with just a touch of alcohol. Unique and quite tasty.

M: Smooth, medium body with tons of light, active, fine effervescence - maybe just a bit too much, but still a nice feeling.

D: Not the most drinkable beer ever, but no complaints here.

Notes: I was excited to get to try this beer, and it didn't disappoint. It's awesome to see something experimental taste so good.


Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 02:11:31 | More by woosterbill
Photo of armock

New York

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 20:54:31 | More by armock
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles.

Poured a deep black with a tan head that descended to a collar and film, leaving some nice streaks of lace behind. The aroma is neat - some good fruit, and roasted notes (chocolate being the most prominent), mixing in with some resiny hops. Flavour is much the same, though with more pronounced cocoa and less pronounced hops. in fact I was surprised that the bitterness on this one wasn't higher, given Stone's part in the project. Some nice pine malts balance off the roast and fruity sweetness. All in all, pretty good. Body is excellent - medium and smooth.

I liked this one, and thing it was really well done and showed excellent balance. BrewDog ideas, but Stone delivery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2010 16:58:03 | More by bobsy
Photo of tempest


3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I ordered a glass at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. Served in a tulip glass, it appeared black with a tan head. So this is supposed to be a double black Belgian IPA? Not bad, but I think these guys can step it up. There's a slight off-flavor that reminds me of the old sneaker note you get with oxidized beer. Otherwise there's a great malty mix of cocoa and graham cracker with a deeper citrus hop flavor. The hops, unfortunately, aren't as crisp as a normal DIPA. Still, this is overall a pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2010 05:57:48 | More by tempest
Photo of fropones


3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Blind Pig 1/14/10

A - Very dark amber brown with a nice thick khaki head with good retention and some great sheets of lace.

S - Didn't really know what style this beer was going into it (thought it was just a strong ale) but at first whiff I realize it was miscategorized. This is definitely a DIPA, despite the color. I wish I knew what hops they used because they left the piney aroma just like weed.

T - More weed flavors with a nice hop bitterness up front rounded out by caramel and toasted malt sweetness. Lots of pine.

M - Nice creaminess, low carbonation.

D - Drinks well enough; a bit of a sipper. I love black IPAs, but this one is not my top favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 16:40:37 | More by fropones


4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass. The pub lists the Bashah as a Black DIPA. I concur. Definitely as advertised.

A: This brew looks phenomenal. Almost completely black with a large light-brown creamy head that sat on top for a long while.

S: The aroma was startling. After a bit of confusion I finally got it. And I loved it. Malts of bread, hay & light roasted chocolate give way to the abundant hops: grass & pine. A bit funky on the nose, barnyard and musty, must be Belgian yeast here.

T: Woody like fresh cut lumber, tar, anise, chocolate & dark fruits. This is unique and wildly complex on the nose and tongue. Average duration and moderately bitter.

M: Thinner mouthfeel than you expect based on the appearance. (This brew could be mistaken for a stout.) Average carbonation. No traces of alcohol. Room for improvement in this department but overall, pretty solid.

D: A two-and-done or once-in-a-while type beer. It's complexity alone makes it a must try. Congratulations on this awesome collaborative effort.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 15:24:03 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
Photo of wethorseblanket


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap tonight at Library Alehouse.

Poured black into a tulip glass. Nice large fluffy dark tan head leaves a nice bit of lace. Nose is hard to pin down. Some dry hoppy notes alongside a peaty, earthy undertone. There's a lot going on in this collaboration, for sure. Taste is just as complex. Belgian yeast is fainter than I expected, but present. Nutty, roasted, chocolate malts. Dry and bitter from the 5 hop varieties used. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. As this warms, the peat nose grows more pronounced along with a woody almost bourbon-like quality. Overall, an interesting blend of stout and IPA. BASHAH (Black As Shit Hoppy As Hell). Enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2009 01:40:29 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Church Key in DC. Hadn't picked this up cause the bottles were ludicrously expensive, but this was way cheaper, for some reason, and I'm glad I had a crack at it - this was absolutely delicious brown color with amber highlights. Nose is big roastiness, light chocolate, and ton of dried fruit. Flavors are likewise - roasted malt with a big hop backbone. It has that Stone drying hops flavor all over the place as well, and they seem to only grow as the beer warms. Overall, really liked this one, one of the best I had this evening.

PS - I rated this on its success as a beer, not necessarily as a Belgian IPA (which it obviously was not).

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 22:45:08 | More by soupyman10
Photo of callmemickey


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brownish body. Slightly red-brown around the edges. Khaki colored head. Decent retention and spotty lacing.

S: Earthy pine hops. Nutty caramel malt. Roasted grains.

T: Much like the nose in terms of flavors although slightly out of balance. Lots of bitterness and roasted grains without much of a malt base to it.

M: Slightly abrasive as the carbonation and booze don't mesh so well. Bitter, lingering finish.

D: Interesting, but ultimately not a huge success. Worth a try as it might offer something your palate, but not mine, enjoys.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 01:03:30 | More by callmemickey
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewdog/Stone- Bashah

A- Dark flat black with a thick whipped cream head.
S- Dark roasted malts with hints of brown sugar and molasses. Slight underlying touch of citrus hops.
T- Thick sweet citrus hops are overpowered by a toasted dark malt graininess. Molasses and brown sugar really pop out.
M- Thick midly sweet malt well balanced with juicy lightly bittering citrus hops.

Overall- Alc well hidden and very drinkable. My 1st from Brewdog and quite good at that.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2009 14:16:12 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of akorsak


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A snifter at the Brass Rail.

A: Belgian IPA? More like a stout or porter. Thank you, Jamie2Dope, for the accurate descriptor in your review. The ale is a dark black color with a tan-colored head. Very interesting on the eyes.

S: The nose starts out slow. As it warms, peaty smoke aromas and dark malts come through. Hops? Not so much.

T: The ale comes across as a stout at first, heavy with dark roasted malt flavors. A mild peaty flavor follows, adding a greater depth. As with the nose, there isn't a significant hop presence here. I likw the complexity but this ale has more of the peated depth of other BrewDog offerings.

M: The mouthfeel vastly improves as the ale warms. Still, it seems like more of a Scotch ale than a Belgian IPA.

D: I liked the depth and fuller malt flavor. I'd love to taste this one with the fuller hoppiness that others are describing though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2009 03:14:57 | More by akorsak
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Bashah from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 542 ratings.