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

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled dec 5/09.

pours deep brown, showing just the slightest red highlights at the edges. a small dense dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of spotty lace behind... hmm, perhaps a belgian black ipa?

aroma is neat. pine and grapefruit. somewhat harsh - kitty litter coming to mind - perhaps some chinook was used in this? earthy and woody. bit of lemon. alcohol. bit of dark chocolate. there's a big tea-like character too, making me think of a nice oolong tea.

taste is good. that oolong tea character comes through again. pine and a bit of grapefruit. some dark chocolate. light alcohol. multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. earthy and woody.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is pretty good. i was a bit thrown off by the aroma, but it came back around after that. the tea-like character was pretty nice and i definitely enjoyed it. an interesting brew.

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Photo of MisterSH
4.44/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a Duvel tulip. I paid 5.67 for this bottle - definitely a little pricey, this better be good!

Aggressive pour yields a very dark garnet beer with a small, sudsy, chocolate brown head. This looks like a stout, a dark one at that.

First note on aroma is hops, some citric and apricot notes. Followed by chocolate malt. Almost smells like a chocolatey IPA. I'd say it almost smells like an imperial stout but the hops are a little further into the grapefruit spectrum. More inhaling reveals a slight alcohol aroma, a little yeastiness... and vanilla. I'm picking up little to nothing "belgian" on the nose. That said, this beer smells superb. Hell, I'm having a great time just sniffing this thing, but I better stop swirling it around and start drinking it before I kill the carbonation completely.

Taste: Initial sip reveals an up-front hop character that defies description after one taste. Finish is roasty and decidedly stout-like. More sipping: notes of chocolate, coffee, some slight peppery spice, and a prominent nuttiness. Rather strong hops, in fact, quite bitter indeed. Virtually no fruitiness. Best description I can sum up is an extremely roasty DIPA. Scratch that - there is a very, very faint bit of banana buried in the mix somewhere, becoming a little more noticeable as my mouth grows accustomed to this beer. A marked alcohol presence that is somewhat difficult to differentiate from the strong hops and roasty notes - in other words, well hidden.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavier than an average DIPA, with the expected low/moderate carbonation.

This is quite unlike anything I've ever tried. Bitter as hell, I'm having trouble finding much of a belgian character in this supposedly belgian IPA. That said, this is a beer that I knew would defy classification and I'm not holding that against it by any means - on the contrary, this is exceptionally complex and multi-dimensional, and in my opinion it works damn well indeed. This is a big, bold, dark, and complicated beer and I'm enjoying it thoroughly.

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

Brewdog/Stone- Bashah

A- Dark flat black with a thick whipped cream head.
S- Dark roasted malts with hints of brown sugar and molasses. Slight underlying touch of citrus hops.
T- Thick sweet citrus hops are overpowered by a toasted dark malt graininess. Molasses and brown sugar really pop out.
M- Thick midly sweet malt well balanced with juicy lightly bittering citrus hops.

Overall- Alc well hidden and very drinkable. My 1st from Brewdog and quite good at that.

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

Poured into my snifter, this beer is a dark brown, almost black color that let in no light whatsoever. Nice tan head about 1 inch when poured, eventually and slowly settling to a nice medium sized ring lining the inside of my glass. Good lacing. Aromas of citrus hops and dark roasted malt and coffee aromas are present. The taste is similar as well, a nice bitter citrus and pine hop flavor upfront along with sweet roasted malt and also bitter coffee notes, also a hint of nuttiness. Very interesting, the blend of flavors here is unlike anything I have ever had before. Has a nice crisp and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with fairly minimal carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer like this should be, but this is a beer to be sipped very slowly in order to fully appreciate all of its nuances. I would certainly drink this again.


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

A snifter at the Brass Rail.

A: Belgian IPA? More like a stout or porter. Thank you, Jamie2Dope, for the accurate descriptor in your review. The ale is a dark black color with a tan-colored head. Very interesting on the eyes.

S: The nose starts out slow. As it warms, peaty smoke aromas and dark malts come through. Hops? Not so much.

T: The ale comes across as a stout at first, heavy with dark roasted malt flavors. A mild peaty flavor follows, adding a greater depth. As with the nose, there isn't a significant hop presence here. I likw the complexity but this ale has more of the peated depth of other BrewDog offerings.

M: The mouthfeel vastly improves as the ale warms. Still, it seems like more of a Scotch ale than a Belgian IPA.

D: I liked the depth and fuller malt flavor. I'd love to taste this one with the fuller hoppiness that others are describing though.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Belgian Black Imperial India Pale Ale doesn;t sound like anything I have tried before. Massive tan heading rests atop an almost completely black colored beer. Nose is big on the black malt along with some licorice notes, but the hops can be smelled in the background as well. The weaving of the dark malt and the hops makes for an interesting, complex flavor profile. It comes off very chocolate like and earthy, but with the hops there peaking through at all times. It ends on a somewhat bitter, acrid note. Body is heavy, and very well balanced. Drinkability is good, but it is a beer to take your time with. One thing I can say for sure is that this tastes like nothing else I have ever had. Where I bought this, the beer buyer said this beer is unique in that it does not just taste like an IPA that happens to be black, and that the malt really makes its presence known; I would have to agree. Cheers to Brewdog and Stone breweries for experimenting.

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

I poured this one from an 11.2oz brown bottle into my DFH stemmed glass. The bottle displayed the Stone gargoyle holding the BrewDog shield.

A= This ale poured dark as midnight with a slight hint of brown to the body and a hint of garnet around the edge when held directly to a bright light. With an aggressive pour, the foamy caramel colored head rose just 1/4" before quickly dropping to a thin ring. Minor spotty lace left behind on my glass.

S= Big aromatic hop notes in the nose...right from the hop profile catalog of most Stone beers. Lots of pine and citrus. Underneath the hop assault was a delicious hint at sweet and roasty dark malts. Interesting to say the least.

T= This wasn't nearly the hop assault I was expecting from the aroma experience. The hops were definitely in there slugging away throughout, but there was also a lot of treacle and toffee sweet malt flavor going on. The roast on the malt was also a big factor with bittersweet chocolate and toasted nut flavors adding to the overall complexity of this brew. There may even have been some faint raisin and fig notes buried deep within. Finish was roasty and hoppy and dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a modest carbonation level.

D= Though the ABV stays fairly well masked on this one, its sheer complexity made this a sipper for me. I enjoyed this thoroughly and would pick up some more given the chance. I think that this beer would be incredible with a bit of age on it to mellow the hops.

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Photo of zachary80
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The mysterious Bashah pours like a dark porter with a tan head which dissipates fairly quickly and leaves no lacing. The beer itself is nearly black with some slight red tint when held up to light.

There is definite alcohol and hops in the smell, along with something unpleasant.

The taste is hard to describe: somewhat like a smoky stout up front with a pale ale finish. The alcohol is not hidden well for being 8.6% ABV. Surprisingly the Bashah tasted much better as it warmed, which is great because it took me quite a while to finish.

The bottle featured a confusing description and a "Brewed on date 12/12/10". Overall a decent beer when warm, but not worth the premium.

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Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and completely opaque with only the slightest of mahogany edges and a one finger foamy beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.

Earthy dry pine hop aroma with some sweet citrus notes and a healthy dose of roasted malt. Hints of grapefruit as well as lemon and orange peel along with some toasted nutty chocolate malt. Very subtle estery dark fruit notes but the aroma here is dominated by earthy pine and floral citrus hop notes with a decent amount of dark roasted malt.

Chewy full body that is pleasantly hop forward with some slight bitterness and dry pine earthy hops which are quickly balanced by a slightly viscous roasted chocolate malt flavor. Hints of roasted coffee, toffee, and estery dark fruit notes, mostly raisin and plum. Complex and well balanced with some grapefruit and lemon peel citrus notes that compliment the dry earthy bitterness. ABV very well masked making this unique beer very quaffable. The bitternes, sweet citrus notes and dry pine characteristics of the hops linger over the strong malt backbone into a lasting dry finish. Very nice!

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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 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 WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an obvious chocolate malt scent along with a really nice citrus hop nose. I'm detecting some Belgian yeast esters as well as a light spice aroma. The taste is decent. There are a few different things going on here. It has a killer hop profile that really sticks out here. The chocolate malt character is little overwhelming for the style. The sweetness and the bitter kind of cancel each other out. Maybe a different hop bill would have complimented the malts better. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking and interesting beer. It's like a hopped up stout with Belgian yeast. I'm not sold on this beer at all, despite it's drinkability. It needs a major overhaul, but hey maybe another collaberation is in store.

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

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep chestnut brown, a shade or two away from black in the glass, with a huge, two finger mocha brown cap. Moderate lacing.

The aroma is of dark roasted malt, plums and figs with a heavy handed grapefruit, earthy signature Stone hop profile. Some sweet caramel and a touch of coffee round out the aromas.

Plums and figs off the bat with deep roasted malt. Some sweet, syrupy caramel melds with grapefruit and an earthy hop presence in the finish. Not very bitter at all.

Creamy and smooth, medium body. This looks a lot heavier than it really is. Carbonation is on point. Finish is only slightly bitter with more emphasis on the roast.

Not overly heavy and the alcohol is barely detectable. Pretty easy to put back for the style.

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Photo of timtim
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow. loved it. nice, black, tan head, good retention, pretty lace. nose is a soft mix of all things wcipa, all things imperial stout and a few things belgian. piney, grapefruity hops mingle with dark chocolate, coffee, roasty, almost smokey malt, fruit both dark (fig, plum) and light (bosc pear?, green apple flesh?) from the belgian yeast i think. i get a very rustic traditional taste in the background that is musty, dank, cellary and vinous almost kind of lurking around watching over the new school super hoppiness making sure it stays proper and classy. i really enjoy this one. much better to me than sublimely self righteous, and i didn't think that was possible. pushing boundries the way i like here. need more...

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Photo of westweasel
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours out a dark brown / black - very opaque. There is almost no head on this beer - just a few tan bubbles on the top of the liquid. The aroma is contains dark roasted grains and piney, citrus hops. There is also some dark chocolate present.

The initial taste is filled with figs, dates, and roasted grains, followed by some roasty bite and some piney, citrus hop bitterness. It would probably be better with a touch of carbonic bite.

The mouthfeel is thin-to-medium with very little carbonation.

This is a drinkable and enjoyable beer. It could really use more carbonation. The textbook Belgian characteristics are not very evident.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bashah is the quintessential craft beer of the day. It demonstrates so many of the qualities that I love about the beer world. Here is a beer that is brewed collaboratively between two breweries that aren't even in the same country, and they are making a style that is a mash up of two or three non-indigenous styles that have just sort of evolved recently. A black Belgian-style double India pale ale? Bizarre and awesome at the same time.

The beer is black indeed. The tan, frothy head diminishes fairly quick, but sticks to the glass like a champ. This looks like a great beer.

The smell brings fond memories back of being in a brewhouse. The predominant smell is fresh, hot cereal grains. The hops are right there up front as well, with a terrific example of true piney hops. They smell simply resinous and delicious. Subtle aromas of charred grains linger in the background. However, I am not smelling anything here that would make me think Belgium.... That is the one thing missing from this equation.

The flavor is great. A better balance could not be found in a black double ipa. I find the hop flavor to be matched evenly against the roasted grain flavor. The piney hops finish with only a slight bitterness and the charcoal-grains come through and cap the flavor at the end. I find most of the flavor comes towards the back of the mouth and the tip of the tongue doesn't get much entertainment.

There is a good body for this beer. The residual sugars lend this brew a slightly less-than-syrupy mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation.

At 8.6% abv, the beer needs to be respected. However, I am totally loving this beer and sort of wish that I had bought a case and not a bottle. The drinkability is therefore high with me. I could enjoy this beer over and over without getting bored.

I love that the hops are really brought out and highlighted against this black background. This is a black ipa done right!

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Photo of smcolw
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a stout--beige head, rocky, good chunky lace. Near black in color where no light shines through.

Dark molasses aroma--slightly burnt. There's also an upleasant plastic smell. Borderline earthy.

Okay, how does one describe this beer. Similar to a overhopped porter; lots of dark malt, perhaps even some black patent in the background. There's also ample bittering hop. One can also sense alcohol. Average body and carbonation.

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

Appearance was very dark without a whole lot of carbonation. Nose reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel with a hint of hops, but the malts seem to dominate. The taste is complex: Slightly hoppy, but less than I would have expected from a "Double IPA". The malts balance the hops extremely well and as the beer warmed a bit, I continued to pick up new flavors (cloves, biscuits, citrus, maybe even some brown sugar). The mouthfeel was big. Surprisingly more carbonated in the mouth than it appears. Despite the complexity, Bashah is highly drinkable, almost a session beer if it weren't 8.6%abv.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours the color of black olive brine. Thin and black with ruby highlights. The head is almost non-existent, consisting of only a few off white bubbles and a thin skin of foam.

Smell is quite exactly what I expected from the bottle style description. A black Belgian style double IPA. Yes, yes and yes. Strong citrus hops that are in the grapefruit family and a little flowery. Behind that are deep roasted malts.

The taste is thin like the pour. The flavor is chocolaty and a little malty but watered down. The hops all but disappear in the flavor leaving nothing but a piney residue and a dominating cheap roasted grain note. What happened?

Mouthfeel is best described as weak. This beer is a letdown from the initial nose. There isn't even a great bitterness just a recycled used hops feel. This brew tastes like an afterthought made with a bunch of spent ingredients left over from a good beer. At $6.99 a 12 ounce bottle this is one of the biggest rip offs out there. Avoid.

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a long stemmed goblet with a about 1/2 inch of thick, light tannish head. Head had little retention, but it did leave a good amount of lacing. Almost black in color. Opaque.

S: Predominantly roasted malts with an aroma that is difficult to describe: somewhere between dark fruit and candy sweetness with an odd "dry" mustiness to it.

T: Again roasted malts with a light sugary sweetness and a bit of a spicy or dry hop on the finish. A moderate bitterness.

M: Medium in body. Medium carbonation. Sort of creamy in the mouth.

D: Different and full of character, this is a decent beer, but is not one of Stone's "greatest hits" by any means.

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Photo of porterwoobie
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: black in color, no haze, on finger tan head that settle to a dusting, good lacing. by looks, appears to be a stout or porter.

S: a piney hop aroma mixed with some roasted malts. moderate alcohol can be detected.

T: resembles a stout at first, but the hop bitterness kicks in to mesh with the roasted malts, molasses, raisin like tastes. has a dry/bitter finish.

MF: full bodied, low carbonation, fairly easy/smooth drinking.

Drinkability: different, but yet quite tasty.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with 1" head. No lace develops.

Smell: loads of floral hops and grapefruit are easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, grapefruit, bits of pine, prunes, and a hearty bitterness makes a well balanced beer. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, light prickliness and some dryness late.

Drinkability: this is a tasty beer, but the cost here is a bit prohibitive for a single 12 oz bottle. Worth trying but bring the wallet.

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Photo of Bung
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Little gift from the manager at Mac's on Sandy Porter. Suprisingly almost black pour, some whitish foam head. Herbal piney aroma with bakers or dark chocolate. The hops don't translate into the taste. Much roast and chocolates with earthy peat and a little herbal/tea tones. Somewhere mid bodied, almost creamy but not really if that makes sense. Quite dry finishing, the alcohol is non-existent. Very drinkable.

This was really different and probably mis-classified. An excellent brew if you take it on its own merrits. Actually reminds a bit of the 3F Alpha Klaus.

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

consumed 11/25/09

A: This beer pours relatively opaque deep brown with mahogany edges when held to the light. About a 1/2 inch of light brown head to it that recedes rapidly and not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose has a touch of spicey and citrusy hops to it, belgian malts with just a touch of alcohol.

T: Taste is starts with a nice amount of citrusy hops to it, some pine mixes in, middle fades to a bit of a malt backbone, and the finish has a nice, very grassy hops that weren't present in the nose.

M: Medium body, light carbonation, pretty crisp body with a slightly sticky finish.

D: Beer becomes more and more drinkable the further in the pint you go. It really comes in to it's own as it warms. I could certainly sit with a few of you.

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Photo of unionturf
2.19/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $6.00 for a 12oz bottle...after drinking this I wondered how I go scammed so badly. Imagine $64.00 USD a gallon...for beer.

I'm reviewing this as a "black belgian IPA" I'm trying to keep an open mind as to what a black ale and a IPA would be like.

Pours stout black, little head and little lacing.

Smells...being honest here the smell reminds me of a tire store, it has a rubberish smell (very slight but there) that seems more on the black ale versus the IPA side. Taste is strange, has some hops (nothing like some people are saying) and as if I had in fact licked a tire.

Mouthfell is ok...if you like the taste of a tire.

Drinkability is LOW on this for me, struggled to get this $6.00 bottle down the pipes. But again at this price for this beer I forced it down.

Might I ask why this beer cost $6.00?


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