Saturday, December 25, 2010

Stone-BrewDog Collaboration Bashah

In January of 2009, brewers from Stone Brewery from Escondido, CA and BrewDog from Scotland, England got together to collaborate on a beer. From this collaboration, Bashah was born.


Bashah is a Double Black Belgium IPA that comes in a 11.2 oz. bottle.  On the bottle, it tells a little of the meaning of the beer:
Bashah. What does it mean?…Since meaning is a mere illusion, perhaps we shouldn’t let it have any influence on our destiny. This particular beer has refused to succumb to the illusion of meaning or allow capricious parameters to have any influence on its own fermented fate…
This beer sat for over a year in my cellar to get a bit of aging to it. 

Appearance:  Pour opaque black with a one-finger frothy white head.  The white head sticks out on top of the jet black beer.  The head dissipates slowly and is sticky against the glass.

Aroma:  I get a lot of earthy hops from the nose and a bit pine and fruits.  I get a lot of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate.  From the yeast I get some fruits and a little bit of sour.

Taste:  From the front of the tongue, I get a lot of earthy hops and roasted malts.  As the beer washes back over the tongue and palate, hints of chocolate and fruits come out.  The beer finishes a little sour and hoppy.

Mouthfeel:  The mouth is creamy and full of rich malts with a medium body.  The earthy hops and sour lingers in the mouth for a while.

Overall:  It is overall well balanced with the esters, sour, rich malts, and hops.  The slight dry finish go along well with the sweet stickiness of the beer.

This is an interesting and complex beer that I would have love to compare with what it was a year ago.  If you can still find it, I would grab one!

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