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

Quite good overall I'd say. Pours a nice deep black with a lighter than expected head. Smells of mild hops and dark flavors (chocolate/coffee, ect). Taste is really complex. A mix of booze, hops and burnt notes that somehow works pretty well all together. Pretty thin and falls off the tongue quickly, ave for a bit of booziness. Maybe abit more hops would come through if it was fresh, but still good overall.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wished I realized this was a black IPA because I wouldn't have sat on it for so long. Bottled 12/19/10.

A: Can tell this is a thick beer from the pour. Very dark brown with reddish highlights. Attractive finger of tan with lots of texture. Leaves nice lacing with a fantastic film with tons of large bubbles.

S: Well, the hops are all but faded here, but it's my fault, not theirs for waiting as long as I did to drink this. What's left is good though. Chocolate, slight roast, molasses.

T: Hops are still hanging around in the taste a little...resinous piney hops, some bitter citrus. Chocolate, roasted malts, molasses..maybe vanilla, but probably imagining it. Alcohol is very well hidden here.

M: Smooth, rich and creamy.

O: If this was still the drinkability metric, I'd rate this a 5.0. It's pretty tasty, goes down smooth and the alcohol in non-existing. Overall, however, this is nice beer..just wish I would have drank it sooner.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a very dark (non-translucent) brown with a very minimal light mocha color head that faded quickly leaving a small ring. The initial aromas are of slight mocha with a tinge of roasted age. (was bottled in 2010) Taste is not overly robust but is calmly smooth... especially for a nearly 9% abv beer. Slightly malty with no lingering notable tastes. Another quality Stone collaboration. Would recommend!

Found at Binny's, River Grove IL

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

Had from a bottle. Poured a deep black color with a moderate tan head. Mostly dissipated, but it was slow, and the lacing was nice. Aroma was of sweet, roasty malts and piney hops. Earthy. A bit of booze on the nose, but not too much. Tasted of sweet and roasty malts, vanilla, piney hops and booze. WELL one taste is too overwhelming. Finishes bitter and dry...not a very pleasant taste left on the palate, but it doesn't linger too long.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. Smooth but the strength of the brew makes it a little less drinkable. I only had one, and that was enough for me. Overall, recommended.

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Photo of brewtechnik
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Could pass as a Coca-Cola, dark brown but not quite black. Very clear/clean. Slight off white head when poured into glass, no retention after a minute. Lasting ring throughout enjoyment.

S: Didnt get a lot of roast, but probably chocolate and black patent used. Hop aroma almost nill, wofting ethanol when spun, slight barrel oak scent coming through.

T: Strong bitterness comes through right away, slightly off balance with the dark malts. The ethanol is lasting, but in a good way, not hot. I'm not getting the yeast character as expected from a belgian, though I think its best for this beer. Hop balance shifted on the bitter side and away from the flavor/aroma. Can taste the oak and maybe bourbon?

M: Very nice! Super smooth and light on the palate. Perfect for such a dark beer. The carbonation of this bottle is superb, bout 2 volumes.

Buy this beer! Though, I would age it for a few years to let the intense bitterness mellow a bit. I think it would be perfect after 2-3 years!

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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 Holland
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown with large tan head, leaving small lacing

S: smells of yeast, fruity esters, dark roasted malts

T: tastes of the same, but they do not go together for some reason here

M: very carbonated, relatively thick bubbles, medium to heavy body

O: decent beer, but not going to buy it again. Glad it was shared with friends because it would have been difficult to drink a bottle. I think it was $6 a bottle at Binny's in Chicago.

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Photo of gothedistance
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewer: BrewDog
Style: American Black Ale
Glass: pint

Black, medium black color, excellent head and lacing

Toasty Malt with some hop aroma

Taste: Like a stout and an IPA got together and had a baby, but more stout-like. The roasted malts are nice, not burnt, not overly chocolatey. For a beer I've been sitting on for a long time the hop character is still excellent

highly carbonated, great hoppy finish.

Overall: Really enjoyed this brew. Thanks to a good friend for picking this up for me in Asheville, NC

Would I get it again?

Bottled: December 19, 2010
Served: September 27, 2011

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

Pours coal brown/black with hints of deep crimson when held to the light under a deep brown head. Roast grain, herbs, flowers, and a faint whiff of here, kitty kitty.

Mouthfeel is almost too thick: beyond double-IPA, past porter and into the realm of imperial stout, stand-a-spoon-up thick. But just short of being too much. I get chocolate milk on the flavor. Rich, thick, velvety smooth chocolate milk with all the oh-so-bad-for-you emulsifiers. Finishes surprisingly dry, but full of herbs and astringency. Faint licorice. Herbal to earthy hops.

Enjoyable, but not one I'd really want to try to have a second. Good night-ender. Big, bold, assertive: a fitting crescendo to an evening's tasting.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brewdog & Stone : Bashah

Pours a dark brown with a khaki colored head. In the flavor, roasted malt, chocolate, a hint of hops and a little oily. There is a slight la Choy like soy note, though it mixes fairly well with the coffee like malts, and dusty cocoa flavor. On the maltier side of the American black ale style, with a small piney hop presence. A little bit of heat is noticed too. Full bodied feel, quite smooth. Overall, a decent black ale, not a bad collaboration.

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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 BeerNemesis
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bashah | 355 ml. | 8.6% ABV | 2010

Brewer: BrewDog
Style: American Black Ale
Glass: pint

Dull black, like a stout, with a foamy ecru cap, and splashes of lacing.

Roasted malts, a hint of floral hops.

Hmm... how to describe this. It feels like a stout, but tastes like an IPA. The roasted malts are just shy of being chocolatey, while the ample hops are oily, and taste very much like grapefruit.

Slick and thick, but with some razzle-dazzle from the high carbonation.

Perhaps it's characteristic of the style in general—which would more appropriately be called a "Black IPA"—but I feel Bashah awkwardly combines extreme "hoppiness" with a clumsy malt profile, which lacks the depth or character of some of the better stouts. The hops are quite nice (I especially enjoy how real the grapefruit taste is), however they too lack the floral delicacy and range I've tasted in some of the better IPAs. It feels like Bashah has dumbed down the more nuanced qualities of both stouts and IPAs, instead choosing to exist in a sort of noncommittal middle ground.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: December 12, 2010
Served: August 8, 2011

Price = $7.50 at The New Beer Distributors

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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 Meerkey
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Generous, dense beige head. Impenetrable black.

S: Coffee, chocolate, some alcohol. Sweet - molasses? Bitter hops; citrus. Fruit.

T: Quite bitter and hoppy. Coffee grounds and chocolate malts. With some lighter, almost floral notes. Tastes so different than the smell.

M: Heavy on the tongue. Smooth and creamy.

O: Interesting. I do like how it tastes, but it's weird. I don't know if I'll have another.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Batch 352. Bottled on 19 December 2010.

A: About a finger of head tops a black, opaque beer. No glimmering in the light. Good lacing.

S: Fragrant fruits and beautiful hops. YUM. Chocolate. Hints of yeast, more Old Ale than Belgian IPA.Touches of citrus. Damn!

T: Interesting. A bit of coffee flavour makes up the majority of the bitterness. Chocolatey malts fill the maintaste, and the aftertaste is mostly chalky and mundane, but with a brief splash of grapefruit. Ole Ale impressions are confirmed. Definitely not what I expected from a "Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale." If anything, it's most akin to a Black IPA, but I'm not getting an Belgian character or Double IPA accents.

M: Moderately heavy, with enough pizazz to keep me interested.

O: Not really my thing, and maybe even slightly disappointing. I'm glad I tried it, but I won't have another. Not recommended. I don't have a clue what style this is, and I don't think they do either. I sense a bit more Stone influence than BrewDog.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Beautiful black with a thin off-white head. Messy lacing down the glass.

Lots of roasted malt and some piney hop aroma.

Relatively bitter along with a lot of roasted malt. I don't get any hint of Belgian style yeast. Some pine/citrus flavors but they're definitely muted. Well balanced.

Medium mouthfeel. Ample carbonation.

A solid black IPA/strong ale, but nothing more. If you're looking for a tangy Belgian yeast bite, this will disappoint. That being said, it's a very well balanced, incredibly drinkable, black IPA/strong ale.

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Photo of feylure
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 25/12/2010 (Xmas of 2010!)

I love Stone, and I love Brew Dog. Let's hope I love them both together.

Appears dark. Like, death dark. I can't even see thru it held neat a light. Also, there doesn't appear to be too much carbonation.

Smells thick, full, sweet and roasty with a slight spice note.

Taste is intense. Sweet up-front which then leads to it being drowned by an array of roast + hop that's characteristic of a black IPA. Also, there's an intense spiciness to it as well that I quite enjoy. Lingering tail is the roast flavor and it feels like it comes right off my tongue like simmering water in a bare skillet.

Overall, this is a great brew, and I would see myself getting it again if it were made by Stone in California so as not to be charged the imported rates of being made in Scotland. Cheers!

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Photo of cnally
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A lot of dough to pay for such a teeny tiny little bottle. To keep it in perspective, this retails for four dollars less than a 24-pack of domestic swill. So, by definition, this should be 25.7 times better than Coors Original.

The appearance is appropriately black, with a tan head that does a mini clinging act. Pretty but expected.

The aroma is definitely built from the blackened grains used in the mash--but also has a little moldy aspect. Jeez, it is like it has been on the shelf too long or something.

The flavor is appropriately bitter, burnt, ashy, and oaky. Like taking a big bite of walnut wood and oak. And then chewing it. It's exactly like you might think a Black Ale tastes.

The mouthfeel is appropriately frothy and full, a heavier drink but slick enough to be drinkable.

I get it. And by my comments you can understand that this is "appropriately" a Black Ale. It fits right down the middle of the definition, and it serves its style well. However, this is one of the first beers I will dock because of price. I pay a lot of money for beer. I pay good money for good beer. And I don't care. It comes with the territory. But when you are selling nothing more than a decent beer (import or not, don't make the shipping costs an issue) for $12.99 per 11.2 oz bottle (I didn't pay that, but still it retails that much here) you had better make an outstanding product. Or here is a better option: Stay stateside.

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Photo of DCon
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 11.2 FL oz bottle of this from Payless Liquors in Fischers, IN for $4.99. Poured from the Black Bottle with a Stone Gargoyle clawing the BREW DOG sign into a Pint Glass and has batch 352 & bottled on 12/19/10 on the back.

Aroma- Starts with strong roasted malts and yeasty character. Seems dry hopped and has a Strong Ale sort of finish on the nose. An IPA mixed with a Stout?

Appearance- Darkest brown color body that is hazy. Has a less than half finger head that is bubbly and stays bubbly for the entire drink. High Carbonation (bubbles evident) and leaves sudsy lace.

Flavor- Very rich and roasty from the start. Has a bit of spice which came from the yeast and a grainy finish. Very sugary, sweety and has a honey like finish. I could drink many more of these! Terrific!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Thick, Rich, High Carbonation once again, and has a bit of a warming sensation from the alcohol. Has nice coffee flavor on the back of the tongue once finished.

Overall Impression- I say this is a perfect Black IPA! Shows great complexity and flavor throughout the drink and still drinkable. I knew this Collaboration ale would be impressive! Cheers!

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Photo of SMortiL987
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark black-brown with touches of orange and red at the top of the glass when held up to the light. Muddy coloredheld that dimminished quickly after the pour leaving a ring around the edge of the glass wall. What little head left there is clings to the glass and slowly slides down as the glass is tilted.

S: Chocolate, roastiness, coffee, dark fruits, smoked peat, grain husk, a little spice. Very little hop aroma, especially coming from Stone.

T: A bit of sweet chocolate up front, then there's the Stone hops! The smoked peat and hops bitterness blend in together followed by a bit of alcohol warmth. Vanilla, raisins are swirled in there. Little bit of minerals at the end. Chocolate and hops, with smoke continue to dominate the palate long after it's swallowed.

M: Medium-thick with light carbonation. Coats the tongue leaving a persistent after taste, yet a bit astringent at the same time.

O: Nice beer, complex in flavor. A lot of different things going on at once with the taste. Worth picking up and trying as this is a one time gig between arguably two of the most innovative breweries out there. However, you could probably only do one per sitting and I'd say as your finishing beer (the hops & peat pretty much do your taste buds in). If you can find it and are willing to pay for it, get it. You may never have another chance to do so.

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Photo of Klym
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours like a darker version of coke with a brownish miscolored head that looks like a dirty washcloth (not an appealing description but I think an accurate one). Not sure what to expect by the look but I'm intrigued!

S: Chocolate, banana, raisin, and bread all come out of this as though they're all baking in the same oven. Smells good.

T: Hops and chocolate, almost like hop infused chocolate itself, a little banana, a little raisin, and some char in the after taste.

M: Smooth and full bodied for the style. It almost leaves a melting residue in the mouth after each sip which honestly makes it feel like you're melting the chocolate and releasing the flavors- delicious!

O: I picked this up for the sheer reason that I try almost anything brew dog makes when I feel I can afford it because I always know I'll get a different experience, and because I respect stone's brews so much of the time. I was surprised with how good this was and I really admired it for taking different flavors that usually divide beers (i.e. chocolate/roasty flavors vs sweet/dark fruit flavors) and bringing them together for a really tasty concoction. An unusual style done unusually well, I would absolutely recommend giving this a try and maybe another try after that.

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Photo of fsvan
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/19/2010. Consumed July 4, 2011. Cool bottle label with the Stone demon guy behind the BrewDog logo. According to BA this is an American Black Ale. According to the bottle this is "The Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale by BrewDog and Stone Brewing." OK. Thanks to titosupertramp for schlepping this guy back from a road trip for me.

A- Black. Not the blackest beer ever, but very dark. Slight red hues when tilted toward the light, but essentially black. Big head that dissipated quickly leaving a lot of sticky foam on the glass in its wake.

S- The smell made itself apparent immediately after opening. Methinks this will not be a timid beer. A good amount of dark fruit. Some roasted malts. A little bite from the 8.5% abv. Some slight Belgianish notes. A very interesting smell that defies easy categorization, as the bottle description implies.

T- Not surprisingly from the label and smell, the taste is not easily pigeonholed into a certain style. Some Belgian-inspired dark fruit notes, a bit of chocolate sweetness, some bite from the hops (which are probably tamed due to this guy being 7 months old.) The bite of the hops is reminiscent of other hoppy Stone brews, and my guess would be that the hop schedule was largely their doing.

M- This is surprisingly light considering the ABV, color, and smell. It's on the heavy side of medium, but I anticipated more.

O- This is a very interesting beer, and one what deserves a shot. I don't know that I'd buy this very often given the shot, but I'm sure as hell glad I got to try it. It is a prime example of brewing outside to confines of style limitations, in my mind.

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Photo of ICCULIS
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 11.2oz bottle of this on a whim. I tend to like Brew Dog and love Stone - why not!

Bottled: 12/19/10

A = mostly black in color. creamy brown head of about 1 finger.

S = Roasted Coffee and Chocolate dominate the nose here for me.

T = Nothing too dominate in the taste. Belgian yeast is present but certainly not overwhelming. I really enjoyed the flavor here. Hints of peat which I didn't notice in the nose

M = Medium Body and incredibly smooth.

O = I really enjoyed this! Total surprise from a beer I've never heard of from two breweries I completely respect.

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Photo of richkrull
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black color with a darker tan head on it.

Smell is malty with some hops coming through. Not as much as you'd expect. Some stout-like aroma coming through.

Taste is bitter coffee. Not a great flavor. This is my first black IPA but not what I expected. Some hops in the finish but the coffee flavor is overpowering it.

Mouthfeel is very thick. Pretty heavy for an IPA but it's alright.

Overall it's ok but not one of my favorites at all.

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Photo of kevosbob
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The big boys come out to play with this bold idea for a collaboration ale. Stone Brewing Company and BrewDog, a brewery from Scotland, team up to make the bold new beer, Bashah. This sensation of flavors is an 8.6% alcohol by volume, black Belgian style double India pale ale. This beer may not be to everyone’s liking but it deserves credit for being a unique idea for a one-of-a-kind beer.

This beer pours jet black and has a moderate dark head as well. It initially reminds me of a stout crossed with pale ale features. The smell of this beer is not strong but does have a nice cross between hoppy, fruity, roasty, and slight hints of chocolate and coffee. The head retention is nice and dissipates evenly after a few minutes.

Tasting this beer the mouth becomes enveloped with a multitude of flavors from both of the collaborated beers. The malts envelope your taste buds as chocolate, coffee, vanilla and molasses flavors and the sugars add to the taste sensation as notes of dark cherries, raisins, and berries. The hops gives a nice, not overpowering, green finish and then leaves you with an enjoyable smokey/burbon lingering finish. With so many strong flavors it is interesting to note that the alcohol is hidden nicely within the balance.

I enjoyed this beer but in no way is it an easy drinking beer. It’s worth tasting if you like collaboration beers or beers that push style guidelines. The cherry/bourbon quality with a thick malty/hoppy character makes this a interesting yet balanced beer. I recommend tasting this beer if you get the chance, but it’s not worth searching day and night for.

My Beer Rating: 3.3

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Bashah from BrewDog
3.88 out of 5 based on 561 ratings.
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