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Bashah - BrewDog

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very good

557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 10
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: PartyBear on 10-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration brew by BrewDog and Stone Brewing Co.
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark grey colour, with a bit of head. A modest hop aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Significant orange hop flavour, so very much like an American pale,some coffee, and a drop of peat,buffered by caramel and by yeast, though the yeast flavour was minimal to me.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours nearly black with a good light tan head and some good lacing. Nose is dominated by pine wih a bit of citrus and roasted malt. The dry, roasted character comes out more in the taste. However, he pine and accompanying bitterness still have he center stage. Dry and roasty mouthfeel. Really tasty overall; great collaboration.

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—traces of dark red are visible near the edges of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with just a ring of large bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of dark roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of licorice and roasted malts along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slick on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. As the beer begins to warm up, it starts to feel silky smooth.
O: The alcohol is well hidden from this taste, so this beer is quite drinkable if you can handle the licorice flavors. It also doesn’t seem to be as bitter compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black. Double. Belgian. IPA. -sounds as much like a jumble word puzzle as it does a beer description. But when these reckless and daring brewers colide, you know they're not going to attempt a dull or predictable style.

Bashah pours an oddly appealing dark brown, but moreso garnet color with nearly opaque allowances. A dense lightly tanned head caps the beer, retains every second of the session and leaves an intricate pattern of lace behind. Very gentlemanly in stature if not bullyish.

Deeply resiny aromas of pine sap, woody bark, burnt toffee, grass, coffee grounds, and dry cocoa powder battle for dominance but do so in balanced and strategic form. Sharper notes of ash and plastic pang hits the olfactories with subtle tones and reveals an insight to harsher contributions to come.

Bold flavors of coffee grounds, pine, fresh cut grasses, black peppercorn, toasted currants, blackberries, grapefruit pulp and pith, burnt woods, bitter cocoa, and oranges continue the dance that seems more of a struggle than a well-corriographed display. Brash in flavor, the confussed flavor spread plays out early on the palate, but the finish is abrassive and harsh with extreme resiny finish, cough syrup alcohols, and acrid dry roast.

Full bodied for anything Belgian or IPA, the beer retains much of its creamy weight until very late in the finish when the hops abrubptly accompany a malty-dry, semi-sweet finish and fusal alcohols.

Although the beer provides many offenses to the palate, it's hard to deny its sheer complexity. Even if the balance of flavors seem more in competition with each other than in harmony.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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 Knapp85
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 298. Either the label date of 25/12/10 is a 'best by' date rather than a 'brewed on' date, or this will the first beer in history that I've reviewed almost 7 months before it was created.

Darkest mahogany with meager highlights of burnt orange and gold. The pour produced two fingers of golden khaki colored foam that features plenty of pits on its gently rocky surface. Since this is the world's first 'Double Black Belgian IPA', then this is what they're supposed to look like. For now.

Amazingly enough, even at an estimated 8 months of age, this big brew smells like a black IPA. In other words, roasted malt and American hops share the spotlight. It must have been a doozy *and* a humdinger when fresh. Sorry, no Belgian vibe so far.

Bashah tastes like a hoptastic stout as much as anything. That's to be expected given the ingredients list, which includes a considerable amount of chocolate malt. Yes indeed, the little green cones are still going strong and are pleasing this hophead to no end.

Specifics include bittersweet chocolate, charred coffee beans and generous shavings of bitter white graperfruit zest, courtesy of Centennial and Amarillo (Magnum and Warrior are used as well). No appreciable alcohol is a major plus. No Belgian character is a minor minus. Really though, this beer doesn't need and doesn't miss Belgian yeast esters.

The mouthfeel is a little lacking with respect to size and stickability. Something slightly more full and lightly chewy would have allowed the wonderful flavors to sink deeper into the taste buds. It sure does make drinking quickly a breeze. Is the bottle empty already?

Whether it's hoppy American stout, American strong ale (huh?), Double Black Belgian IPA, or black IPA (my preference), Bashah is excellent, compulsively drinkable beer. BrewDog and Stone deserve congratulations for a collaboration that was well worth the time and effort. Too bad it costs the equivalent of $36 for a sixer.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour into a snifter gives a deep, dark black color with a small bit of off-white head.

S: The smell is very malty--roasted malt, that is. Some floral and bitter hops are there, but a bit more muted than I would have expected.

T: The flavor is not quite the "double black Belgian IPA" as was advertised by Stone. A lot of roasted malt flavor with a fair bit of grapefruit in the middle. The finish is nice and bitter.

M: Despite a rather flat sound and looking pour, the carbonation is quite abundant. It helps to lighten up what I think would otherwise be quite a heavy beer.

D: The beer is good. Don't get me wrong, but it's not exactly what I was expecting. I think the classification of "American Strong Ale" is much more deserved than the double black IPA that was announced previously by Stone.

A solid beer, but I don't see myself spending another $7 on it.

Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pretty solid black, with slight reddish edges, and one finger of foamy off-white head, which gave up a bit of sparse lace around the glass as it fell away. It smells of sweet caramel malt, some breadiness, and grapefruit/pine hops. The taste is more or less consistent with the nose - decent grapefruit and pine hops, but more balanced with the caramel malt, and the large abv is well masked. The carbonation is mild, the body smooth and strong, and it finishes off-dry, with some added residual bitter hoppiness.

Definitely sided to the 'Black', and 'DIPA' part of the name. I quite enjoyed this - big hops and big malt - please, sir, can I have some more?

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Nice aroma of tarry, pine hops with rich, caramel malt. Notes of toffee and light chocolate with spicy juniper hop notes.

T - Bitter hops and plenty of roasted malt up front. Lots of chocolate and coffee blend with pine and grapefruit as well as toffee malt flavors that lend a somewhat barleywine like character. The nutty caramel and toffee notes take over in the middle to add a velvety thickness to the beer. Finishes with more roasty coffee notes as well as renewed spicy pine hop flavor, all of which is balanced by strong, sharp bitterness. Lingering coffee flavor coats the tongue along with remnants of the complex hop profile that include juniper, basil, and grapefruit.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a very drinkable, complex beer that seems to succeed admirably in its creators' goal of defying classification. The dark malts work well with the bright, citrusy hops, though both aspects are complex enough to carry the beer by themselves. The heavily roasted grain character of coffee and chocolate dominates the beer, but underneath it there is a chunky backbone of caramel and toffee that allows the malt profile to bridge the gap between barleywine and stout. The hops are a nice mixture of citrus and pine character with a good dose of bitterness at the end. The hop bitterness borders on excessive harshness, but the malt is just able to take the sharp edge off and create a well balanced finish. Despite its complexity and relatively high ABV, Bashah comes off as quite drinkable and, somehow, does not overwhelm the palate with its intense flavors. Highly recommended, I would buy this again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark fruits, some chocolate and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit and dark chocolate followed by a strong hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. There's also a mild alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp but a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty and a little complex, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, it's a solid beer overall, but there are better dark & hoppy beers out there that I would pick first.

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, with a finger of creamy burnt mocha colored head. Retains with a thin but still fairly rich look that leaves a good bit of sticky spotty lacing behind. Malts sure do win the aroma battle, with chocolate malts and smokey roast coming out especailly strong. Yeasty fruity textures are also coming out fairly prominently, as do notes of flowers, light pine, and spice, which hang on the edges on the bouquet and pulls together into a hoppy finish. Just a touch of alcohol gives this some gentle warmth in the nostrils.

The taste is sweet with chocolate malts up front before being quickly followed up by a crunchy wave of dark roast and coffee. Hops are much more assertive than they were in the aroma, with spice and pine rearing it's head in the backend of the profile, leaving behind an earthy citric bitterness that lingers with leftover roasted smoke and a bloom of yeasty dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some initial sharpness to the carbonation, yet this still retains a mellow slickness that really belies the ABV of this. Just a touch of warmth that spreads out across the back of the palate after each sip but that's about it.

I enjoyed this collaboration between Stone and BrewDog. While the majority of the Belgian yeast character was mostly covered up amidst all of the hops and roast, this still had enough depth, and most of all, drinkibility to keep me coming back after each sip.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy off white 1 finger head that fades semi slowly over just about pitch black beer, a bit of sticky lacing as well.

Nose brings lots of hops, earthy hops mostly, a bit of pine and juicy fruit hops as well as hint of herbal, with that is a bit of creamy chocolate malt and roast, and bit of caramel and vanilla even.

Taste brings a creamy fluffy dark malt to start, a bit of chocolate and roast, some crystal malts, a chocolate nougat flavor, blended with some hops, more bittering than flavored at this point. The hops bring some earthy and herbal flavors, and bit of pine. The bitterness is present but not overwhelming. Seems balanced well. The finish brings more bitterness but still doesn't overwhelm. A bit of lingering sweet chocolate and roasted malts, but dries a bit.

The mouth is creamy and medium to a little heavier bodied, with rich carbonation.

Drink is decent, a bit of bitterness lingers and gives it a slight minerality quality, and the dark malts and hops balance well, and drinks smoother than 8.6%. A slight dry finish balances the slight sweet sticky feel.

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Bashah from BrewDog
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