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Bashah | BrewDog

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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration brew by BrewDog and Stone Brewing Co.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 433
Reviews by beerdrifter:
Photo of beerdrifter
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Las Colinas Beverages in Dallas during a recent visit. Deep dark brown, almost black pour with about a one finger caramel colored head with nice lacing. Really big, unique, powerful, and complex nose. Starts off all floral hops, and then gets roasty and malty with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and alcohol. The taste is pretty much the opposite. Starts off like a stout with tons of roasty, chocolate and coffee. As it warms, the hops and alcohol creep into the picture along with some dark fruits and a hint of black licorice. The mouthfeel is chewy and slightly resiny. Although the alcohol isn't well hidden, it's still really drinkable. It's definitley a sipper, but I found myself wishing I had another once I finished. It was a bit expensive, but probably worth it. Need to get to Scotland real soon to visit Brew Dog...

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bashah pours a dark mahogany color. It's not quite opaque. Penetrating light reveals some scarlet highlights at the edges. It's topped with a light mocha colored head that rises to just over a finger. Retention was on the shorter side. Lacing was light and a little stringy.

The nose is above average due to a lack of strength. Nonetheless, it's not bad at all. It doesn't exactly scream 'black IPA.' Chocolate malts are the most prominent scent. It leans toward a more bittersweet aroma, rather than sweet milk chocolate. It is hoppy and features some citric grapefruit and pineapple notes. But, they do take a backseat to the malts. Yeast is prominent and adds much more to the mix than you might expect. Overall, it smells well-balanced and approachable. It doesn't lean too far in any direction. Alcohol is masked very well. It smells good. More strength would help quite a bit.

The nose is a good representation of the flavor. Indeed, this is an evenly balanced strong ale. Chocolate malts are bittersweet and flavorful. It is hoppy and has a nice hop profile. There's plenty of citrus grapefruit and pineapple. However, there's also a floral element and a light touch of pine. It's a little bitter, but is balanced to a large degree by the malts. Yeast and an earthy flavor emerge on the tail. Alcohol is very well hidden. I'm not picking up much at all in that respect. That's damn impressive for a nearly 9% beer. It finishes with a malty flavor that blends well with hops. This is good beer that's very approachable for hopheads and malt lovers alike. As a hop fan, I'd prefer a little more bitterness, but it's good stuff. No doubt about that.

Bashah has a medium body that's incredibly creamy and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. Mouthfeel is easily its strong suit. Drinkability is very high. I like the flavor a lot. It could be a little better, but it's very satisfying. It goes down like a dream for such a strong beer.

I'm a sucker for collaboration beers, and I really like the results of this Brew Dog and Stone release. I haven't encountered a black IPA that's as well-balanced and flavorful as this one. Honestly, it has some very stout-ish qualities. I don't know what this is. But, I like it. I'd probably like it a little better if it were more hop forward, but it's very good as it is. If you have the opportunity, I'd recommend picking up a bottle. It's impressive.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of duffmanrob
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this one up having not heard of it before. i love stone so i had to give it a chance. the bottle described it as a black belgian stlye double IPA. the name is complex and so is the beer

A. poured into a stone glass. almost black with a small amount of head.

S. the smell was overwhelmingly hoppy. very stone-ish. grapefruit and resiny.

T. the taste was more of a belgian style. belgian yeast and spice to it. the hops came through at the end. there was also a burnt taste to it.

M. good carbonation, pretty light on the tounge.

D. very unique and complex, but worth trying.

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Photo of Trizzle
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Before I start, I should mention that this beer has only been in the bottle 13 days...

Pours opaque, can almost see some red highlights.. Small tan head is minimal and fades quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smells strongly of floral hops and a hint of weed. Quite inviting.

Unfortunately I think this could've done with some more 'gestation'. Floral and quite medicanal hops dominate and are a touch over the top with not quite enough malt body to back it up. The alcohol is also still a quite present.
Aftertaste is dry straw: hoppy goodness.

Mouth feel is nice. Good level of carbonation and quite smooth.

Wouldn't drink more than 1 of these, but I will try this again if I see it and will give it a few months next time.

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Photo of tpd975
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Philly.

A: Pours dark black with a khaki head. Good retention with some lace noted.

S: Peaty malt, chocolate, and dark roast coffee.

T: Roasty with hints of char. Chocolate is there along with a blast of coffee. Bold bitter hops in the finish.

M: On the fuller side of medium, bitter hopped up finish.

D: Not too bad.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a dark almost black color with a head that last for a few seconds.
Smells of roasted malts and belgian yeasts.
Tastes great! Hoppy but balanced with malts.

I like this beer and would love to try more collaborations between big breweries. Thanks brewdog and stone!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, dark dark. Not much head, off white. Little lace.

S - Malt and smoke.

T - Stout like, all the normal parameters, but what makes this one different is the huge ash tray smell and taste. Smoky in not a good way.

M - Medium body, good carb, balance ends on the smoke.

D - One is enough for me!

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Black body with an 1/8 of an inch of beige head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

S: Really huge hop presence of pine, and grapefruit that evolves into a Belgian yeast aroma. There's a slight hint of sourness that really compliments the overall smell. Very unique...

T: The front of the palate is light and floral, midway through there are notes of sweet roasted malt that help add a creaminess to the brew. The back of the palate is bittersweet hops. The best way to describe this flavor is (Chocolate Covered Hops) melting in your mouth, and it is absolutely delicious. This beer is definitely one of a kind.

M: Light bodied and refreshing. No carbonation at all.

D: Very drinkable; again another limited beer that is highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of Zippie9999
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, where'd this brew come from. Nice collaboration between stone and brew dog. Enjoyed thouroughly via a chouffe houblon chalice on 1/30/10.

A: Pours an almost opaque black reminiscent of a stout or RIS.
S: Nice citrus, floral, grapefruit aromas that remind me of a traditional Imperial IPA. Definitely a hint of aggressive hoppiness a la stone, yet mellowed due to the belgian yeast strain used to brew this beer.
T: Very tasty. Threw me for a loop due to the dankness of this IPA. Lots of piney, hoppy, bready flavors that compliment this brew.
M: creamy, jagged, and full. Totally enhanced by the Belgian yeast strain. Takes the edge off your usual Imperial IPA.
D: Excellent. The 8/6% ABV is definitely hidden well in the mix so please imbibe carefully!
O: A unique style on the sometimes tired style of IPA's. I hate to say tired, but we've been bombarded with all types of this kind of beer over the past few years. We need more Belgians, lambics, etc!!! Allagash and Ommegong knows what's up these days!

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of taigor
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured non-transparent black with big brown hinted head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around glass.

S - Mostly roasted malts and some fruits. Also, slight hint of hops.

T - Sweet and heavy with slight bitterness at the end. Mostly roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel. Hoppiness at the end which speaks of Stone's involvement.

M - Full bodied and creamy with medium carbonation that is just right.

D - Very good and enjoyable sipping beer. Definitely worth drinking it again.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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

Photo of atsprings
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle that claims to be from the future, says bottled on 12/12/10. Poured into a not quite opaque black with a thin barely there head. Aroma is loads of dark malts, cocoa and a nice hop backbone. The taste is a very enjoyable complex blend of roasted malts, crisp hops, cocoa, spice and sweet fruits, very unique and tasty. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of warming alcohol. This one is a truly special beer, one I would love to try again!

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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!

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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.

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Photo of aeminter
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To call this beer dark is an understatement. This is one of those beers that is so deep black that when you open the bottle light bends around the mouth. When poured the entire room becomes dim.

The taste and smells match well with characteristics representative of stouts and barley wines. Roasty, hints of chocolate, maybe some cherry, a definite alcohol presence and enough hops to preserve one on a trip through the underworld.

While I can't say this would be a favorite it is definitely a must try, so if you can find one do yourself a favor and buy it before they're all gone.

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Photo of Lunch
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD (11/02/09). Served in a 12oz. snifter at a colder than desired temperature, but allowed to warm to cellar temp.

A: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a half-finger of off-white creamy head.

S: Fairly subdued aroma consisting of a semi-sweet malt, citrus, dark chocolate and perhaps smoke.

T: Roasted malt with dark chocolate, a hint of citrus wrapped in a slight smoky flavor. The finish brings the bitter hops out and lingers for a while. Not nearly as intense as I was expecting, but nice none the less.

M: Full-bodied with a thick, oily mouthfeel and not much in the way of carbonation.

D: Seems quite drinkable as the 8.6% abv. is completely hidden, but the slight lack of flavor and aroma allows this beer to get a little boring after awhile.

Overall I find this beer to be quite interesting as it is a style (perhaps a Black Belgian IPA) that is not very common. This beer may need some aging or retooling, but I feel that it is certainly worth trying if you can find it just to experience the style. Recommended to try at least once.

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Photo of Fnord
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black with a thin tan head.

Smell - Pine, alcohol, chocolate, caramel, and roast malts.

Taste - Starts slightly sweet, but then gets drier toward the end. The hops definitely make themselves known, especially in the finish. The aftertaste is pleasant and very roasty, almost like a porter's. The alcohol is pretty well hidden among the hops, lurking to ambush you at the end of the night, no doubt.

Mouthfeel - Thin body and medium carbonation.

Notes - The bottle calls this a "black Belgian style double India pale ale". I'm not sure where the Belgian comes in, since I can't taste any yeast. Maybe it's the thin body? Anyway, regardless of style quibbles, this is definitely a good beer. It's very drinkable for a DIPA, and the roast malts lend a nice balance to it. I recommend it.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, batch 298

A: Deep black under a small tan head. Some spotty lace and OK retention.

S: Smells of light chocolate, hint of coffee, roasted malt, nutty and citrus hop.

T: Tastes of coffee, hint of chocolate, maybe some cream splash of citrus hop, some funky yeast character. Finish throws a decent amount of bitterness. Alcohol is a little warming and a bit drying. Bitter finish is a balanced combination of hops and roasted malt.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a bit high, alcohol is balanced. Drinkability is pretty good. At times, the yeast character seems a little out of place, but overall an interesting and solid beer.

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Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mralphabet
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured black with a good finger and a half of frothy tan head, settled to a nice ring and layer leaving lacing from start to finish.

S: Smells like roasted malts, earthy hops and booze.

T: The roasted sweet malt hits first followed my a mix of bitter earthy hops and a little mix of vanilla.. Finish is a little on the bitter side with a boozy dryness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Really pretty smooth and creamy.

D Nice beer little on the boozy side so 1 will do you. Like all BrewDog beers it is worth looking for.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark wheaty head with a brand-X cola color body. Not cloudy. Minor lacing.

S - Hoppy. There are two or three aromatic hops. Spent wort sparged grain bag smells. Strong hops with a mild floral underlay exists

T - Major sting of hoppy IPA taste. It's got the sweet chocolate American stout flavor with the sharp bitterness of an IPA. Strange and powerful. Biter aftertaste of both roasted Malts and hops.

M - Medium body some sleekness and more bitterness.

D - well my first try of this combination of styles interesting but won't have again soon.

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Bashah from BrewDog
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 561 ratings