Thursday, January 20, 2011

BrewDog/Stone BASHAH

oops! This video was supposed to be posted yesterday as it was shot several days before yesterday's episode. Anyway, this is TWO firsts in one episode: 1) my first review of a BrewDog beer and 2) my first review of a black IPA. I have had black IPAs before, just never on the show.

I've had mixed feelings about BrewDog as I used to think they were really cool and edgy, but after a while I thought they were just too sensationalistic and something of attention whores. I should judge them by their beer, right? So let's see what this "Bashah" thing is all about.

P.S. this beer was sent to me from my friend Romain in France who hooks me up with the Westvleteren beers. Merci!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (621) - Albany, USA - JAN 20, 2011
I’m a huge fan of brewery collaborations out of the sheer geek factor alone. More often than not, team-ups between brewers lead to new spins on traditional styles (or they invent a new style entirely). So when two breweries with edgy reputations like Stone of San Diego and BrewDog of Scotland get together and make a "Belgian-style black double IPA" I was fully expecting something mind-blowing to say the least. And while Bashah (an acronym for "black as sin, hoppy as hell") isn’t a bad beer at all, it’s nowhere NEAR as good as it should be or could be.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

APPEARANCE: black like a stout, but lacking the viscosity. Forms a thin, grayish/tan soapy head that fizzles away like soda. Leaves minor lacing, but doesn’t retain a head.

SMELL: Initially, it smells of light pine with a mild baker’s chocolate undertone. As I drink on it begins to emit a gasoline-like fume. What the hell?

TASTE: The first sip is great: light pine taste and bitterness followed by subtle semi-sweet chocolate in the finish and aftertaste. As I drink on it becomes more bitter, more dry and the chocolate is gone. There isn’t much roasty malt taste, either. This drinks like an IPA made by amateurs.

MOUTHFEEL: noticeably thin and flat. Not watery per se, but definitely not crisp like an IPA should be nor thick and coating like a stout. Dry aftertaste is tolerable, but a little annoying.

DRINKABILITY: Starts off drinking like an IPA, but the hops quickly swarm the palate turning this into a sipper. The 8.6% ABV is masked quite well, though. Drinks like something much lower.

OVERALL: This was my first BrewDog beer and I have to say I’m not impressed. It’s not a bad beer, but it’s far from a great one.

Grade: 6/10

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