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Bashah - BrewDog

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very good

546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | 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 MusicaleMike


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
Photo of smcolw


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a stout--beige head, rocky, good chunky lace. Near black in color where no light shines through.

Dark molasses aroma--slightly burnt. There's also an upleasant plastic smell. Borderline earthy.

Okay, how does one describe this beer. Similar to a overhopped porter; lots of dark malt, perhaps even some black patent in the background. There's also ample bittering hop. One can also sense alcohol. Average body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 20:17:10 | More by smcolw
Photo of HoosBrews

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was very dark without a whole lot of carbonation. Nose reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel with a hint of hops, but the malts seem to dominate. The taste is complex: Slightly hoppy, but less than I would have expected from a "Double IPA". The malts balance the hops extremely well and as the beer warmed a bit, I continued to pick up new flavors (cloves, biscuits, citrus, maybe even some brown sugar). The mouthfeel was big. Surprisingly more carbonated in the mouth than it appears. Despite the complexity, Bashah is highly drinkable, almost a session beer if it weren't 8.6%abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 18:07:40 | More by HoosBrews
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 03:50:02 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of Florida9


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

A: Served in a long stemmed goblet with a about 1/2 inch of thick, light tannish head. Head had little retention, but it did leave a good amount of lacing. Almost black in color. Opaque.

S: Predominantly roasted malts with an aroma that is difficult to describe: somewhere between dark fruit and candy sweetness with an odd "dry" mustiness to it.

T: Again roasted malts with a light sugary sweetness and a bit of a spicy or dry hop on the finish. A moderate bitterness.

M: Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Sort of creamy in the mouth.

D: Different and full of character, this is a decent beer, but is not one of Stone's "greatest hits" by any means.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 03:03:20 | More by Florida9
Photo of porterwoobie

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: black in color, no haze, on finger tan head that settle to a dusting, good lacing. by looks, appears to be a stout or porter.

S: a piney hop aroma mixed with some roasted malts. moderate alcohol can be detected.

T: resembles a stout at first, but the hop bitterness kicks in to mesh with the roasted malts, molasses, raisin like tastes. has a dry/bitter finish.

MF: full bodied, low carbonation, fairly easy/smooth drinking.

Drinkability: different, but yet quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 22:25:45 | More by porterwoobie
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with 1" head. No lace develops.

Smell: loads of floral hops and grapefruit are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, grapefruit, bits of pine, prunes, and a hearty bitterness makes a well balanced beer. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, light prickliness and some dryness late.

Drinkability: this is a tasty beer, but the cost here is a bit prohibitive for a single 12 oz bottle. Worth trying but bring the wallet.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 22:44:18 | More by Gavage
Photo of Bung


4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Little gift from the manager at Mac's on Sandy Porter. Suprisingly almost black pour, some whitish foam head. Herbal piney aroma with bakers or dark chocolate. The hops don't translate into the taste. Much roast and chocolates with earthy peat and a little herbal/tea tones. Somewhere mid bodied, almost creamy but not really if that makes sense. Quite dry finishing, the alcohol is non-existent. Very drinkable.

This was really different and probably mis-classified. An excellent brew if you take it on its own merrits. Actually reminds a bit of the 3F Alpha Klaus.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 05:09:28 | More by Bung
Photo of Jayli


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

consumed 11/25/09

A: This beer pours relatively opaque deep brown with mahogany edges when held to the light. About a 1/2 inch of light brown head to it that recedes rapidly and not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose has a touch of spicey and citrusy hops to it, belgian malts with just a touch of alcohol.

T: Taste is starts with a nice amount of citrusy hops to it, some pine mixes in, middle fades to a bit of a malt backbone, and the finish has a nice, very grassy hops that weren't present in the nose.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, pretty crisp body with a slightly sticky finish.

D: Beer becomes more and more drinkable the further in the pint you go. It really comes in to it's own as it warms. I could certainly sit with a few of you.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 03:28:57 | More by Jayli
Photo of unionturf

North Carolina

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"....so 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?


Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 07:57:22 | More by unionturf
Photo of erz316


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 352 12/19/10 into la fin tulip. $5.99

A - Ive been looking forward to having another brewdog concoction. the brew pous seemingly a medium body with a two finger tan head, great lacing, and a very dark brown (basically black) body. IPA? well have to see if the other elements look like one, but the beer does look like a nice stout or porter

S - the nose is definetly hoppy. but more than anything else it smells like a scotch ale. I dont know if that is because of the hops used, dry hopping or hops left in the brew for the fermentation, but it smells much like my scotch ale homebrew.

T - an odd taste. very hoppy, much like an ipa. pretty much a plain bitter flavour, but the finish and aftertaste have a slight spiciness and almost herbal savoriness to them.is it what an ipa should taste like? probably not. but the blokes at brewdog rarely adhere to standards, which is why i like them so much. a nice touch of something peaty in the finish as well.

MF&D - a light medium body with light but crisp carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:11:33 | More by erz316
Photo of josefnewsong

New York

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewdog/Stone Bashah Belgian Black Double IPA...

For a beer name consisting of 5 titles and two breweries, I was slightly unimpressed. I'd call it an almost imperial stout more than a Belgian IPA. Enjoyable, but I was looking for more complexities here.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2009 04:50:06 | More by josefnewsong
Photo of projectflam86


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

A- Pours a dark, almost black color with a thick tan head that leaves great rings of lace.

S- Musty citrus hops and dark malt with a familiar Belgian funk. Some peat and burnt aromas are present as well.

T- Citrus hop bitterness initially that quickly subsides allowing a full roasted malt flavor to take over. Some floral hops present themselves after a few sips but the roasted character seems to show itself the most.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden.

D- I can't figure this beer out...Light citrus/floral hoppy bitterness initially with a huge roasted malt finish. Is this an IPA or a Stout? I'm not sure, but I think I like it!

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 04:32:08 | More by projectflam86
Photo of uziangis


4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfect for the hop head experimenting with stouts.

A: Poured a very dark brown. When held to the light its gives off the faintest amber color; otherwise it's opaque. The head was minimal and short lived.

S/T: This beer smells amazing. A very pungent, spicy citrus smell with a great chocolate finish. Not as hoppy as I would have liked, but unique and amazing none the less.

M: This beer is creamy and medium bodied.

D: This beer leaves me wanting more. If it werent a 2 per person limit, I could see myself drinking a few of these a night.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 06:13:51 | More by uziangis
Photo of mrquartetman


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 18:25:27 | More by mrquartetman
Photo of OldSchoolGamer


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I typically find Stone beers highly overrated and just bland. This is actually one of the most unique beers, not just from Stone, but from any brewer lately. A black Belgian IPA, definetly something new. Here is my review:

A: Pours a dark brownish-black. Light doesn't penetrate the beer, but you can tell it is not nearly as thick and full-bodied as a Stout. Head and lacing is marginal at best.

S/T: The aroma is definetly that unique Belgian IPA smell. A nice mix of citrusy hops and spicy Belgian character. The flavor is very nice and unique. You get the citrusy hops upfront, along with that nice spicyness. Not quite grapefruit, maybe more along the lines of an apricot. Some pine and grassyness. Belgian yeast is also present. There is a slight roasty chocolate flavor in the finish, but it is really subdued. I actually like this more than both Sublimely and their regular Belgian IPA. Complex and tasty beer.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finishes very smooth. This drinks very easily such a high ABV brew. Only slightly bitter in the finish with a combination of bitter hops and roasted malts.

This is easily my favorite Stone collaboration beer yet. I might even like this more than any of their regular beers. Its such a complex and unique beer, and the drinkability is through the roof. Not the best Belgian IPA I have had, but still an excellent choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 18:10:13 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Photo of GbVDave


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch 352
Bottled on 12/12/10

I originally tried this on draft at Sheffields during the Darkness release party, but this review is based on the bottle I had.

A: Pours an evil, RIS black. Up top is an exceedingly creamy layer of dark khaki colored foam. Head retention is excellent and a full, unbroken sheet of lace was left coating the glass.

S: Interesting nose! Heavily roasted malt lets loose aromas of smoke, coffee, peat, and burnt caramel. Hops are also quite prevalent with aromas of pine, citrus, and grass clippings.

T: Tastes just as it smells, at first. As it warms the hops take on an herbal/floral type flavor. Black strap molassas, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, and dark fruit round out the taste.

M: Relatively smooth and creamy during the beginning and middle with layers of sweetness, too. As the finish approaches, this turns bitter and dry with a nice spicy prickle on the tongue.

D: Not sure if I would consider this to be any sort of IPA. English, American, Belgian, or otherwise. But, it's definitely a very interesting collaboration and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 17:27:46 | More by GbVDave
Photo of jampics2


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Pike tulip :)

Looks great. Nice lace, sticky head.

Smells like some pine, US hops, and I pick up a little roast and Belgian yeast.

Taste is really good. Goes from a malty hop kick to a dark roasty Belgian in a smooth transition. I get it - surprisingly, this is really a black Belgian IPA. It's flavors proceed from a hoppy-IPA rush to a Black malt roast to a hint of yeast. No real finesse though, would like to see more of a transition between flavors. Still innovative, though.

Nicely carbed, good mouth.

Only thing that hurts drinkability is the extreme amount of flavor. But I don't want another, and this wasn't rough but was hearty and unforgiving. Worth a try just for the mix of extreme flavors in a innovative beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 04:38:17 | More by jampics2
Photo of wyattshotmaker


3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass,nice tan head.deep brown,nice lacing.pretty good.

roasted malt,dark fruit,herbal hops,bit of earthy dirt like notes as well in the nose. pretty good,just doesn't have that belgian scent in the nose.

roasted coffee flavor upfront and throughout, herbal and citrus hops,not overly bitter. somewhat earthy,bit of caramel,slight dark fruitiness,off-dry. pretty interesting,just not very belgian ipa like.

mouthfeel is good,doesnt detract from the beer.drinkability is pretty good.just doesnt have that belgian ipa fruity estery profile. just tastes like a black ipa.not that there is anything wrong with that,just not what i expected.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 04:29:04 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a near black color with a very small, almost non-existant tan head. The nose has an orangy/citrus aroma from the hops with a bready roasted malt. The taste is an odd mix of citrus, piney, resiny hops and roasted malt. Light charcoal and bitter chocolate notes from the malt. The malt and hops seem to clash. Flavors seem to mesh towards the end. Not sure if it gets better as it warms or my taste buds are neutralized. Moderate body with soft almost flat carbonation, dry and bitter; asprin like characteristics in the finish. Not a big fan of this brew; others will like it. The flavors don't seem to mix well. A hopped up schwarzbier. No Belgian characteristics that I can pick up.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 02:22:57 | More by Gmann
Photo of Beejay


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

A: Deep brownish black with a full finger of latte colored head on top.

S: Hops and loads of them. Smells like sniffing a bag full os dried hops. Dry, grassy, leafy hops.

T: Hops hops hops. But a very interesting sweetness behind them. This is a complex beer. Something very earthy about this. Like Grass clippings mixed with peat and smoke. This is something different.

M: Creamy smooth. Carbonation is just right.

D: Overall a very nice beer. Earthy, pungent, and creamy smooth. Not sure if I would do more than one in a night, but what a beer to end my night with. Excellent.

BTW Best F-ing beer label of 09.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 03:16:27 | More by Beejay
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes:

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. This is the only Belgian IPA I've had so take this with review with a degree of salt. Oddly enough, the bottled on date mirrors what the other reviewers have said; it was bottled a year from now. Stone and Brewdog apparently have combined forces to become the first time traveling pair of breweries. Pours jet black, looking almost like a stout. The head is a thin off white that left behind good lacing.

The aroma is as I'd expect from a dark beer; roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate. There are also hints of some spices (my senses aren't attuned enough to tell you which they are). There's a little hoppiness there also in terms of a citrusy hop aroma. Tastewise, the beer is nice and smooth and easy to drink. I don't taste the alcohol at all. There's a little chocolate up front along with the taste of Belgian yeast. It is followed by a hop flavor.

Overall, a nice beer definitely worth trying especially since its a limited run. Its my first beer from Brew Dog so I'll hopefully try something else by them (though they have been a bit too expensive for me where I've seen them). I don't think I'd get it again though. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 06:04:51 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of movingtrain


3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Watou goblet.

Pours a dark black with a very light head. Not much carbonation in the appearance at all. A bit of an oily slick resting on top of the beer.

I am interested here...the bottle states "Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale." Also, another interesting note from the bottle...the bottle date is listed as "12.19.10."

The aroma is quite peppery...lots of black peppercorn smell. Behind that, there are hints of chocolate, honey, sage, rosemary, chai tea...but the pepper dominates in the nose. For a DIPA, this one isn't fitting the bill in terms of aroma. Which isn't to say the the aroma is bad, it's just not the expected.

Taste is all over the place...that pepper aroma is definitely present in the taste...along with hints of cherry, caramel, some bitter hops, chilies, chalky-dry chocolate, cinnamon, and...well, back to pepper. As the beer sits in the glass, some of the IPA qualities begin to appear...bittersweet honey-like flavors...a little bit creamy.

The mouthfeel on this one is interesting...very poppy, and actually quite pleasant.

In terms of drinkability, I'm not sure how much I could take of this one. It's interesting, for sure...but not one that is overly drinkable by any means.

Overall, this is an interesting brew...and a nice collaboration between the two breweries...something unique and out there...which seems to be the style of these two...way low in hops, which is uncharacteristic of Stone...but, it's a collaboration, and I'd say the union of the two breweries has turned out a nice, interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 23:18:25 | More by movingtrain
Photo of BevMoAndrew


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
Photo of hosehead83


4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle with "bottled on" date of 12-19-10, even though I bought this on 11-14-09-Is this a beer from the future? Anyway, poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass--Deep and dark, with a sturdy, two-inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and citrus notes
Taste-Chocolate, coffee, citrus and roasted malts-very complex and dynamic--Almost porter-like, with a dry,citrus-hop finish.
Overall, kind of reminded me of the '09 Verticle Epic, very complex, creamy, spicy, and mysterious. A bit pricey at 5.99, but worth a try if only once.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 16:32:53 | More by hosehead83
Bashah from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.