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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Ratings: 561 |  Reviews: 433
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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?

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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.

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip, Batch 352, 12/19/10. Pours clear dark brown color with a dense 2 finger tan head with great retention that reduces to a lacing cap. Some fairly decent glass lacing. Aromas of citrus, roasted malts, coffee and some caramel. Taste of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, citrus, and caramel. Might also have some smoke in there as well. There is a fairly prominent citrus bitterness on the finish, but it is not overly strong, and it is balanced out well with the rest of the beer. The bitterness lingers for a bit after the finish with roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth, the alcohol is hardly even noticed other than a very small hint of a warming after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Overall a very tasty beer, I am fairly impressed.

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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.

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a goblet.

Pours 1/4 finger of khaki head. Decent retention. Color is a deep brown, near black.

Aroma: Floral hops with a herbal flavor. Toffee malts. Bitter. Some fruits and citrus notes. Fairly fresh smelling.

Taste: Big bitter floral hops. Biscuity/bready malts. Some herbal and spice notes. A bit of light chocolate.

Mouthfeel: bitter, but creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean with a grassy hop flavor.

Overall, much better than I expected. My half of the bottle went very fast. I dig it. The hops overpower the black and the Belgian part of this beer and I really enjoyed that part of it.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at paridiso in Georgetown. Dark appearance, almost black. Looks just like a stout. Laced very nicely down the glass. Smell as very citrusy, a lot of hop aromas mixed with aome roasty chocolaty malts. Tasted very good, lots oh citrus hops and roasted malts much like rhe aroma. Tasted like they mixed an IPA with a stout as it had very good charistics of both. Since I love both styles I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle, special ordered from Scotland

I suppose this was one of my first Cascadian dark ale experiences that I can recall. Poured from the bottle a clear, deep, dark brown with very little head. Bready aroma, sweet malts, subtle hops. "Surprisingly malty for an IPA, almost more like a porter," was my first thought, as recorded in my notes, being unfamiliar with the style at the time. Coffee and cake-iness in the taste. The hop bite kicks in about halfway through, but is not very strong; well-balanced, I guess you could say. Mouthfeel was, "thin for a porter, but thick for an IPA," again according to my notes, so for the actual style, just about right. Interesting, complex, and quite drinkable overall.

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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.

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Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 561 ratings