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.

Added by PartyBear on 10-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is BLACK. black as coal and completely opaque. this is a black hole in a glass. big brown head. perfect lacing. there is literally a ring around my glass at every sip i took.

smells like hops and roasted malts. piney, citrusy, grassy hop notes, all over a deep undercurrent of roasted malts.

tastes like hops and roasted malts. taste up front is sweet and gives way to the bitterness of the hops, the bitterness of the roasted malts, and the warmth of the alcohol. the hop and malt flavor are huge, but balanced perfectly. that taste of coffee that has been siting in the pot for two days also comes through in the finish complimenting the sweetness of the malts and botanicals of the hops very well. flavors of roasted malts linger long after the finish.

viscous, and thick bodied. soft carbonation.

i remember reading when this style of beer first came out that it was made by steeping black patent in the the water at room temp before the was brought up to temp to mash, thereby extracting the color and none of the flavor, and a normal ipa was then made. this is definitely not what was done with this beer. this is good. do not walk away from a chance to drink this beer.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice totally black color with tan 1/2-finger head, which slowly becomes a frothy foam and laces the glass.

Smell: First sensation is of coffee and hops. There's roasted malts, a bit of toffee, and a hint of grapefruit.

Taste: The flavors here are really well-balanced. Nice roasted malts with some hops in the background. Coffee and cream slowly come into the mix and lemon & grapefruit come in at the finish and into the aftertaste. While definitely flavorful, there is something nice and subdued here; it isn't trying to knock the drinker over with hops or anything else.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth. Medium-bodied and creamy, with only a hint of super-light tingly carbonation. Could possibly be a bit heavier.

Drinkability: For a beer of this style, and this strong, it is extremely drinkable.

If I were to have one real complaint, it is that it is perhaps too easy to drink! Though rather pricey, it is well worth trying. I'll certainly get some more bottles if I can. To me, this is a perfect definition of what an "extreme beer" should be - doing something unusual _and_ making it taste good.

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Photo of TheDoorman
4.79/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn good beer. Style explains it sufficiently. Roasty nose. Hops present from the nose to the finish. Rich and sweet. Caramel. Classic stone hop finish. Very unique.

Damn good beer.

Damn good beer.

Damn good beer.

Damn good beer.

Damn good beer.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks a lot to crossovert for this one!

My first from Brewdog also.
Bottled December 19th 2010, I don't expect too much hops.

A: Looks like a stout: pitch black. Aggressive pour gave a one finger head. Color is light beige and seems creamy. Retention is ok and lacing is really good.

S: The smell is just awesome. Lots of milk chocolate forward with coffee a little bit in the background. Very strong vanilla and molasses. There seems also to have some dark fruits like: black cherries, raisins and over ripe strawberries. A little bit of cinnamon. Some very faint grapefruit and piny resins. Sadly, the overall smell isn't strong enough for the 5.

T: Well, this is nowhere as hoppy as the other ABA I had (Pionnière from Dieu du Ciel), but this is mighty tasty. Again, the malts are what dominates here with notes of milk chocolate, powdered cacao, coffee, vanilla and quite a lot of molasses. Some fruits like I said before: black cherries, raisins and over ripe strawberries. Light hop presence in the form of grapefruit and pine resin (but more than in the smell). Again, some spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Again, this was really really good.

M: Very smooth feel with light carbonation. Heavy but so smooth you don't notice it. A little bit sticky. Really drinkable.

O: Well, this was a really smooth and tasty Black IPA. This is definitively more on the imperial stout part of the taste spectrum of the ABA (rather than the IPA side). I really really enjoyed this beer and I can't wrap my mind around the fact the score is lower than what I expected after tasting it. Only the issue of pricing is what I'd consider the reason for the score.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Photo of mdvatab
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Bottled in 12/2010

Aroma: Malted milk, dark chocolate, earth, & faint mulch aromas.

Appearance: Pitch black body, tan head, cascading foam, dense 3 finger head settles to rocky 2 fingers. Clumpy foam clings to sides of glass.

Flavor: Very malt-forward. Dark chocolate & caramelized sugar. Hops show up in bitterness at end.

Mouthfeel: Full body, creamy carbonation, & excellent viscosity.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer! Just the right amount of carbonation, hops, and body. While it's not what one would call a session ale, I could drink one of these each night and be very happy. If only it were more readily available at a lower cost!

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Photo of drpimento
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yammy Mammy! Damn fine beer. Got damn fine beer. Surprised after the bs commercial description. Poured a small tan head with good lace. Color is almost opaque red brown black. Aroma is malt hop yeast. Flavor's where it's at: chewy earthy woody, hoppy malt roast hint of fruit and lactose. Great silky body and fine carbonation. Finish is like flavor, balanced and easy to drink; medium length. Session.

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Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GrainDamaged
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black hole black, no light will escape this beer! Pours a thin velvet cappuccino foam. Intense staying power.
Chocolate whafts overpower everything else, hard to tell, but maybe some pine and yeast in there.
The flavor Is luxurious, a sucker punch of malt and alcohol, then the long slow embrace of hops. Whets then tingles. It's impossible to escape the coco and java. Belgium yeast is readily apparent as are American hops.
Amazing beer, so rediculously complex with overwhelming subtleties

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A "Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale" brewed in collaboration with Stone--I love Stone, and am totally on BrewDog's side too, so I was anxious for this one.

Pours a tan head, creamy and foamy and with a hell of a lot of firmness to it. Leaves big streaks of lace on the glass. The color is a very deep, deep dark...what...brown? Black? Kind of neither, somehow, as you can see some burgundy-like highlights through it, although it's nearly opaque...can't decide between brown and black, so I'll just call it hella-dark.

Nose is wonderful, throwing a remarkably perfume-y hops character over perfectly charred grains which bring to mind coffee and seriously dark toffee.

I had this sitting outside of the fridge for about 30 minutes on a very warm day before drinking it (no A/C here!), so it's got only the slightest chill on it. Maybe that's why I'm thinking this is tasting so damn incredible right now, because the flavor is full, round, complex and completely satisfying. Notes of chocolate, alcohol, coffee, marshmallow and fig are strongest, although with the hops being perfume-like, fruit-like (mostly pineapple!), herbal and grassy all at once, those brighter elements add a lot more character and make this beer especially complex. Bitter dark roast coffee and an almost dark-fruit tartness sticks around longest in what is a very long finish. As much as I love Belgian and Belgian-style beers, I don't think "Belgian" ever when drinking this. So who knows what that's all about, but who cares? As the label says: "Substance over the scriptures of Style..." and this has PLENTY of substance.

A little bit sticky, helping the flavors in the finish ride out a long time. This is about as chewy, round and creamy as your finest big stouts out there.

Ah geez, this is killer. Maybe a little too rich to make it insanely drinkable, but, damn, yeah, it's killer. I know of no other way to put it, and see no more reason to write about it. Time to just kick back and enjoy this extraordinary, ultra-flavorful, complex beast of a beer. Bashah!!!

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Photo of pubscout
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bottle of this hybrid as a present...poured black with very little head until it reached the top of the glass, then a thick mocha colored head rose up almost two fingers high.

Left nice lace on the glass as I drank it. The taste was unusual--and unusually good. A slightly oily, but exceptionally smooth mouthfeel was pleasing. I detected notes of vanilla, chocolate and a toffeeish secondary note that got progressively more noticeable. Very complex and delightful with a decidedly hop finish, although it was not overpowering.

I poured it cold and it tasted good, but the flavor also got bolder as it warmed. A most distinctive beer, and one that lovers of Belgians and black lagers would enjoy.

An exceptional beer by all standards--save for the appearance, which is no more remarkable than a schwarzbier.

I'll drink it again for sure.

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Photo of guinness310
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a nonic...

A: An black opaque body with a brown tone on the bottom sits under a tan head that hardly exists.

S: Black licorice, coffee, smoked malts and dried fruits rush the nose. Mild ethanol is also present.

T&M: Mild-bodied with a "beefy" flavour and packed with smoked malts, coffee tones and a raisin-like taste that compliment this lightly carbonated beer. The ethanol barely lingers and has a great balance of malty sweetness with that of the bittering hops that stimulate the palate.

D: A very drikable and ejoyable beer from two great brewing companies...Great Job!

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Photo of jlpayne
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a limited mocha head. Apparent carbonation.

S - Huge! Sweet malt. Slight funk. Vanilla bean. Plum. Slightly reminiscent of Oaked Arrogant Bastard.

T - Appreciably different from the nose. Sweet up front with a dry, semi-bitter finish. Nice warmth from the 8.2% ABV.

M - Light, a bit creamy, with mild carbonation that dances on the palate.

D - Oh god. Very drinkable. Even more smellable though. I can't keep my nose out of this damn snifter.

Get it, get it!

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Photo of Trueant1
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours medium/dark brown and sits in the glass black.
Creamy 1/2 inch head. Lacing coats the glass.

Exceptional smell! lightly burnt malts up front. Vanilla, smoke, currants, and light alcohol. Smooth, very smooth smell

Taste is like the smells, burnt malts, chococlate, bitter hops and a GREAT blending of all components. Some off flavors such as "plastic" present, but very slight.

BLENDING of bitter, alcohol, and burnt malts at near perfection. Smoth blend indeed!

The perfect blending of this beer's ingrediants make this an exceptional drinker! It boasts in your face flavors, but, SO easy to drink.


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4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cryptic label text.

12 oz. bottle -> snifter

A - Darkdarkdarkdarkdark. Thin, oily slick of microscopic bubbles for a head. Looks enticing, but it's not the Mona Lisa.

S - SO INTERESTING. From an aroma standpoint, this beer combines everything I love about IPA and everything I love about stouts. Fruity, herbal, and citric notes come through, and remind me of IPA, while toasty, coffee chocolatey aromas come through on the whole dark beer side of things. Very, very nice.

T - Yum. pretty much everything you'd expect to see based on the nose. the finish is sweeter and... somehow smoother than i'd expect. but the IPA side of things is definitely present. Very, very nice.

M - Medium bodied, maybe not as smooth as I would like to see, but solid nonetheless.

D - I want to swim in this beer.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this one is all over the f'in place. Belgin. IIPA. Dark. Rate this one on the experimental style.

Vigorous pour gives two fingers of dark tan, large bubble head, that dissipates quickly, leaving a lot of lace. Opaque, no light gets through, pitch black. Looks enticing.

Aromas of pine and citrus hops that mask some roast. Layers of hops, then roast, then alcohol. There might be some malt in there, but it's fighting to come to the surface. Nothing belgian here. points off.

First taste - Sweet malt, roast, hop bitterness, alcohol on the fade. roasted bitterness is in there as well. Some sourness is faintly there. The layers on this are just amazing.

Mouthfeel is full. Not a session beer by any means. This is a late night, last call, don't get too far from the bed/couch beer. Roast really sticks with you. Mouthfeel like a luscious RIS, but with a hop punch.

This is NOT a session beer. but I would drink it again, and again, and again. Just not on the same night for fear of getting my ass kicked.

Say good night Gracie.

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4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at Bevmo after some severe deliberation, but ultimately curiosity one out.

A: Served out of the bottle, it is a dark coca cola color with almost no head and very little lacing.

S: Dark and pungent, with notes of stone fruits, tobacco smokiness and some dark chocolate backing it up

T: Obviously the most crucial part of the review, and this one doesn't disappoint. I have been on a big dark beer kick lately and Bashah measures up favorably to all of these. With a strong maltiness present at the beginning that gives way to a nice hopiness, the taste echoes the smell to a T.

M: smooth but not very rich. definitely not watery but lacking

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of StephenRich
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Bashah is a collaboration brew between two of the worlds most influential breweries, the Stone Brewing Co. in California, and BrewDog from Scotland. It barely even matters what the beer in the bottle is, if you put these two names on it I'll buy it out of sheer faith in its quality and predictably fantastic flavor. Each of these breweries have embarked on an incredible beer journey on their own, each creating unique and no-holds-barred beers in their own style. Put them together then, and what do you get? A Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale.

Firstly, this is a Double IPA, so it should be robustly hoppy with fresh, earthy and citrus bitter flavors that pack a decent punch. It should be both higher in alcohol and in bitterness (IBUs). Next, it is a Belgian Style Double IPA. This could mean a few things, but most typically it means that it was fermented with a Belgian yeast strain rather then an Californian one, thus giving it bigger body, a fruiter, more malty character, and a more lively carbonation. And Finally, it is black. This indicates the color, and therefore usage of dark, chocolate, or roasted malts in the brew; those flavors should come through subtly in the beer finally creating a unique and exciting beer.

And to no surprise, this is a unique and exciting beer. It comes in a 355ml bottle at 8.6% abv. I had a lot of faith in this style by Stone and BrewDog mostly because Stone has already done a Black Double IPA, the Sublimely Self Righteous, which is among my favorite beers. Then you pair that with another remarkable brewer, and add Belgian yeast to it!? Ok, awesome, lets pour this.

I opened the Bashah cool around 10C (50F) and poured it into a Stone tasting glass. The pour was gentle at first, then half way up the glass a rich foam began to build erupting with billowing and lush air-filled life. What was created was a pitch black beer and a richly mocha brown 1.5 inch head. Held into the light, only traces of dark amber reds could get past the edges of the beer. The head was rich and airy with a creamy, mountain-like cap formed on top. Its appearance fit the bill - more aggressively carbonated and alive than a normal American Double IPA would be, due to the Belgian influence.

The nose was a classic Double IPA with loads of floral hops, citrus zest, grapefruit and hints of pine. It bursts out to your nose relatively easily, but is not as dominant as most. Soft roast, nuts and a faint aroma of cocoa smooth out the hop aggression allowing the dark malts to prevail. It is a really appetizing combination that I have began to love. I get only a faint trace of fruity sweetness, and really I think that is still in the hops, so the Belgian aspect has not yet made its way through to me.

This beer will gush into your palate with everything California, and apparently now Scotland too. The first wash past your lips is smoother than expected, gently creamy, and largely earthy. Malty hops this time force their way in, not just hops. West coast style bitterness is easily noticeable as pine-fresh hops bring lime zest, grapefruit, hay, earth and fall flavors into your mouth. This though is instantly matched with soft roasty malts that bring creamy brown butter flavors, bitter chocolate, a touch of molasses and warming coffee.

The smoothness of the beer is sensational, even at 8.6% there is no trace of alcohol on the palate. The hop and malt balance is elegant and seamless providing a somewhat stout like creaminess on the malt side, and an IPA crispness on the hop side. Very nice. The mouthfeel now touches the Belgian side with a more lively carbonation than usual from an IPA. It bring and entertaining lift to the beer helping it finish crisp and cleanly.

This beer was fantastically enjoyable and I expect that it would be great with steak, roast beef, soft cheeses or burgers. But it is a limited run beer, so I would enjoy it on its own, slowely, and don't share. You will want it all.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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