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American Black Ale
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: A collaboration brew by BrewDog and Stone Brewing Co.
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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - thin, somewhat sticky with no real head
Smell - really boozy and toasty and sweet
Taste - a little Belgium toastiness and some hops. Not as flavoraful as I was hoping
Feel - really thin, no carbonation
Overall - ok but not worth the price at all.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/11/10; drank 10/17/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Brown/black/purple hue.

Dark tan head; decent lace.

Raspberry, chocolate, fresh earth & coffee nose-complex!

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Fresh earth, black coffee & mild raspberry flavors up front; dry tobacco finish. As this warms, a hint of pickle juice emerges. Not as good as the noses promises, but worth quaffing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool artwork supplied by Stone, awesome color scheme. Beer itself is also black, and thicker than expected. Tan head 1/2" in depth. Impressive. Aroma was similar to a schwarzbier, was hoppy, roasty, thicker than that style though. Coffee and chocolate malt notes, hops, bitterness, c hops.

Taste offered a little bit of what you've come to expect in a porter, schwarzbier and black ipa. Hoppy, but not top notch in that department, offers too much roast to qualify, but lacks the lager yeast of a schwarz. Hodgepodgy, still a good beer. Covers abv well. If you like those three styles I'd check this out, kind of cost prohibitive to be a repeat purchase though, but it was a nice thing to tick.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass. Vintage bottle date 02/03/2011 Poured 10/28/2014.

Appearance: Black and opaque, comes off very thin with a subtle head. Off white with a tan tint and rose initialy to maybe 1/3" at best with a very hard pour.

Smell: Bland scent but you feel a grapefruit feel. Honestly weakest property of the beer but don't be afraid.

Taste: Light malts with a light citrus feel. Good but still simple. Still bitter with a light range of IBUs which comes off pretty obvious. Was expecting more especially considering nine out of ten DIPAs improve with age.

Mouth: Comes off a bit flat, might mke you think of an irish stout not sure of this os because of the brewery or because of the age of the beer.

Overall: Smooth black DIPA that satisfies most palates. Very rare and if you are lucky enough to find a bottle I would say grab it. Has room for improvement but rarely you find a smooth brew as this one that still delivers a punch.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A brown/black pour with a finger of tan head which quickly dissipated. Smells of roasted coffee, charred barrel, chocolate. Flavor is on point with aroma.. Lots of charred oak, roasted grains, dark chocolate with a subtle sweetness of rich milk chocolate. Medium in body with hardly any carbonation.
At $6 a bottle, it was hard o pass up on it seeing as that's relatively cheap for brewdog one offs, and stone has let me down seldomly. It was worth the gamble. A nice tasty dark beer.

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Photo of Juicer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/12/10
Enjoyed on 3/20/14
A - jet black, poured like a Culver's root beer, lots of carbonation bubbles, big head that settled quickly to a small tan ring.
S - smell those funky Belgium hops, licorice, molasses
T - rye, chocolate. hops seem to have faded a bit, some hints of a stout variety, I get a little alcohol burn at the end.
M - carbonated, goes down easy, I get a good whiff of funk on the nose while drinking.
O - very nice style. I purchased this off the clearance shelf recently and am glad I did. I would like to try this a little fresher to compare.

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Photo of James773
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with a bottled on date of 11/12/2010. A long since retired collaboration beer between BrewDog and Stone, my third review of a collaboration beer on BeerAdvocate. Glad to have landed this bottle, even if I am late to the party, my local beer store had about three of these left.

Poured into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice.

A - Pours a dark cola brown / almost black colored body with the tiniest centimeter of off-white head which fizzled out of existence immediately. Some cola brown bubble appearance chillin on top.

S - Smell is of dark fermented fruits like figs and dates. Some lighter fruit / bubblegum malts, and some funky Belgian yeast smell are noticeable also. Faint muted hop presence. Some alcohol fumes. Smells almost more like an imperial stout than it does a black Belgian DIPA.

T - Taste is surprisingly tame compared to what I was expecting, based on the nose. Light, faded hop character has turned sugary and sweet, unlike the spicy bitter hop bomb this may have been two years ago. Some dark fermented plum & fig notes. Some coffee bean & chocolate bitterness, even. Slight alcohol warmth, but not much considering this beer's intense 8.60% abv.

M - Feel is bitter & dry. Some coffee bean presence, and faded hops that gives way to a sweet green apple skin finish.

Overall, this is a tasty beer, even if I didn't manage to catch it at it's prime. I'm enjoying what this beer has become; more tame and mellow than it may have been when it was fresh. Definitely glad I got the chance to try this beer, although it is not something I would pay for another 12 oz. bottle, especially at this beer's price range.

BrewDog / Stone Bashah ---4/5.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone/BrewDog collaboration black IPA. I've been holding on to a bottle of this for a while now and decided to break it out.

Appearance is quite black, with a decent amount of dark tan head still after aging. The smell is nicely hoppy. Piney with some dark malt too. Now the taste is where I usually am not a big fan of black IPA's, but bashah has won me over. The dark malt is integrated with the bold hop flavor without the astringency or sourness that I often note in black IPA's. Bold, but very drinkable. The mouthfeel is smooth, dry at the finish and with nice body.

Overall, this has been the best black IPA I have tried and a very solid brew.

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Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A casualty of the back of the unlit beer fridge ...

Dark black pour with just a hint of red tint. 1 finger of medium cream head. Light retention and faint fingers of lace.

Nose is very nice. Vanilla cream, dark chocolate, roast malt, and a hint of coffee all blend together.

Vanilla bean, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, just a hint of dried fruit, and a shot of grapefruit hops round out the taste. Complex and well done.

Feel matches the flavor profile. Smooth and creamy, almost stout-like.

And I found one more in the back of the fridge ...

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Photo of vic21234
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is kind of scratched, looks like it says 12/12/11.

A- Pours very cola-like with only about a half-finger's worth of head that quickly fades. Though the beer seems black as night some light appears to come in along the top sides of the glass.

S- Smells more of roasty malts than anything. I am struck by the fact that this is labeled on the bottle as a black DIPA yet I get no hop notes in the aroma whatsoever.

T- Up front I get some roasted malts, followed by some slight citrusy hop notes. The roastiness really controls most of the taste in my opinion.

M- Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, an easy drinker. Really no alcohol to make note of. Drinks nice but would like some more hop kick.

Like said above, overall this beer doesn't have enough of a hop kick for being called a DIPA on the bottle. Otherwise a decent beer. I'm sure the 7 months on it didn't help much either, probably would have drank better fresh.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2010

A: Pitch black, pours nicer lacing (hard pour), light internal carbonation, not translucent

S: Complex nose, cocoa, vanilla, and espresso, muddled with citrus and some sweetness, quite fragrant

T: Much similar to the nose, begins sweet with the cocoa/vanilla, transitions into heavy espresso, finishing with a citrus bitterness, flavorful and complex

M: Smooth and light in the mouth, well balanced, only a bit drying on the palate, light espresso aftertaste

O: A complex, fragrant, and flavorful black ale, age doesn't seem to have lessened its flavor, if anything it seems improved

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Photo of abgba121
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark black with a thin but sticky tan head, strong lace

S: roasty, chocolate, a little coffee, slight alcohol, not a lot of hops or Belgian character as I expected

T: though it is not what I expected it is a very good beer. It doesn't taste at all like a DIPA to me but more like an imperial stout. Its full of chocolate and coffee flavors some hops in the middle and on the finish. Very smooth and easy to drink.

M: medium/heavy body

O: a great beer but not one I would classify as a DIPA

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Photo of thydarkprevails
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/11/10 poured in a duvel tulip

Pours jet black with a finger length tan head. Lacing is great. Aroma is sweet and somewhat alcoholic. Dark fruit, molasses, and roasted barley. Taste is rich and complex. Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, raisin, and roasted barley. The mouthfeel is thick and the finish is somewhat dry. I wish I could try a fresh one as this is a great beer. I plan on cellering more.

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Photo of dbexpert
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened bottle today from batch 298: bottled on: 25/12/10

Needless to say I was quite suprised were this beer has gone. I have quite a few of these. Some fresh, some super cold and this one. The beer has held up remarkably well. Still some residule bitterness but many more stout qualities than expected.

App. Decent carbonation left. Dark. Skimming of a head.
S.Prunes and raisin, a touch of oxidization.
T. Clean crisp and suprisingly refreshing. Quite stunned this beer is drinking this well.
M.Crisp and clean. No off flavors have developed
O.Stunned, gonna age some more.

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Photo of jokemon
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i didn't know this beer was retired! I picked it up at the local brew stop.

anyway on to the review.

The beer pours a dark hazy color with not that much head.

Smell is sweet, dark sugary sweet. It also has a "burned" type of smell to it with a hint of molasses.

Taste is just like the smell. As you can guess it's malty, sweet, dark, brown sugary molasses type of feel to it.

No hop presence that I can detect.

Overall this beer is ok. I don't think i would go out of my way to get it though.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the tulip a deep brown/black, opaque, with a quarter inch deep tan head that leaves thick lacing.

Sweet chocolate malt, caramel, belgian yeast esters, and phenol lead the aroma. Bready roast malt rounds out the smell. Due to the age of the brew, hop aromas have likely disappeared.

Roast malt and chocolate comprise the majority of the flavor, with booze and belgian yeast esters finishing out the profile. The finish is slightly bitter and somewhat citrusy.

Body is moderately heavy with low carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer likely past its prime. I'd still drink another of the same age. More of a black belgian at this point.

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Photo of portia99
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled Christmas 2010) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a brown that closely approaches black...only showing brown highlights around the fringes when held to a light. A weak low head forms briefly, despite a fairly aggressive pour. Only a thin collar remains and a faint lace residue clings in tiny spots just above the surface.

S - Hmm, not really at all like I expected...I'm getting a barleywine impression on first smell. Immediately I pick up sweet and sugary caramalized malt, brown sugar, bourbony booze, raisins and prunes. Faint touches of burnt malt behind all of this activity too. Hops are there, but really make only a faint impression. This has over a year of age on it now so maybe it has lost some of its initial hoppiness.

T - The aromas come thru in taste pretty well, but in a much different balance. Dark and burnt roasty malts giving a coffee and burnt toast char flavor up front. Booze, brown sugar and molasses come next followed by the dark fruitiness. Touches of vanilla on the finish.

M - Medium/full bodied with a mid-level tingly carbonation. Alcohol is noticeable in flavor but doesn't give much feel in terms of heat/warmth...just a bit of a bite on the back of the throat.

O - This beer really screams barleywine to me. Tons of sweet and malty caramel and brown sugar, alcohol, fruity esters, acrid and highly kilned burnt maltiness. Definitely a bit of a sipper, but a pretty good one. Disagree with the style designation, but can't argue the fact that it is a good beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of chocolate brown coloring. It holds no head, but a few brown bubbles stir up when we swirl our glasses. Tiny bits of lacing are left as the liquid disappears. Carbonation is mild and there is a slight haze, with no sediment noted. The aroma is full of chocolate malts that give off a chalky, drying smoke. There is a cutting sweetness of caramel and toffee. The hops crash in as pine, with a strong booze and chemically phenol finish. As we sip, chemicals, soapy hops, and deep caramel and coffee malts start things off. We peak through the middle with booze, and a synthetic cherry fruitiness. More of the dark malts show through, with bittering molasses and an oaky woodiness. The finish is with saltiness of malts, and lactic sours with warmth. There is a final wash of char and chocolate, mixing with another finishing hint of soapy and grassy hops. The aftertaste breathes of black chocolate, roasty char, lemon freshness of a more citric hop, bitter grain, and sours. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is low to average. There is a chalky, bone-dry coating to the mouth. There is nice sip and slurp, but little cream or mustache. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. It was very much like a doppelbock, but with big soapy hops. The bittering, sour char and chemicals gave a serious air to the thing. As a negative, the beer appeared thin, with no real head or inviting creaminess. Good for the style, with no nonsense.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of beesy
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled batch 352, bottled 12.19.10.

Had this close to a year ago when released, but seems some was found in a warehouse somewhere and released into disto. Review is for this particular tasting

A - pours an opaque brown with a one finger medium brown head. Head dissipated within a few minutes, leaving a trace of foam around the inside diameter of the glass.

S - chocolate, oxidized hops and malts, peanut butter

T - aged, oxidized chocolate and a slight roast note. The hops have definitely been beat up - a strange minty flavor in the early palate through the late palate with some grassiness showing up later on with a mild bitterness

M - medium bodied.

D - low - too many oxidized/off flavors now.

Overall, not the beer I remember. I originally remember this as being more of a black and tan in a bottle, but the hops have taken a serious beating in the past year. Too bad. I would suggest at this point, just leaving any bottles you might find on the shelf be at one with it's shelf. I do question how well this might have been handled in the past year - it very well may have been in a hot warehouse, which sped up it's ultimate demise.

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Photo of TomTwanks
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, bottle dated 12/19/10

Smells sweet malty, earthy, light chocolate. Actually not too complex on the nose imo

Tastes is ok. Medium hop levels in front palate. Molasses, chocolate oaty. Different from what I expected for this style of beer.

Mouth feels thin. Low carbonation. Clean aftertaste.

Overall this is a decent beer, but I will no be seeking it out

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from dark brown 11.2oz bottle (batch 352 bottled 12/25/10) to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a deep black. Not much in terms of head though, rather thin. Good lacing.

S - Similar to the appearance the smell isn't that appealing. There is some hop character and roasted grains and a hint of the yeast but not much.

T - Unlike the appearance and smell the taste is very good! It starts with a bit of the roasted grains immediately. It quickly brings in the hop character earthy pine and resiny along with the belgian style yeast. It mixes extremely well. The beer finishes smooth with a pleasant mix of hops, a mild bitterness, roast and yeast. Good. Is there alcohol in this?

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. So smooth.

D - Yes!!

Overall this beer was a very pleasant surprise! I thought it sounded like an interesting brew. At first I was disappointed with the appearance and smell but it really came through. I will be buying this again.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-26-2011 02:28:15

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Bashah from BrewDog
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 561 ratings