Beer Name: Bashah
Brewery: Collaboration between Stone and Brew Dog (Scotland)
Beer style: Black Belgian Style Double IPA
Size: 11.2oz (U.K.) bottle
Beer Advocate Score: 87
Rate Beer Score: 97
By this point you know it is Collaboration Week. You have probably noticed that Stone Brewery continues to pop up in our collaboration reviews. Stone, based out of California, is one of the more well known craft brewers in the United States. They are able to distribute all over the United States and beyond. Stone has had a great level of success, but still agrees to brew with lesser known breweries across the country. On this particular beer, they brewed across the pond! If I have not swayed you into believing that Stone is uber cool, consider this: Stone released a book with homebrew recipes for some of their best selling beers AND recipes for the most popular dishes in their brew pub. Any brewer could use their book to create a beer and call it their own, but they wouldn’t because as we have been explaining all week, that is not how craft beer works.
Another topic we have addressed is how breweries are willing to try something totally off the wall in the company of their friends. Bashah is off the wall. Black IPAs and Belgian Style IPAs have been growing in popularity, but I do not know of anyone else who has tried to combine them.
Okay, I will get to the review before I run out of beer in my glass. The beer pours like you would expect a Belgian-style anything to pour. A giant fluffy poof of sudsy goodness lingers for a few minutes. It lets off a Cascadian smell. I only got hops on the nose, but the smell was magnificent. Before you taste this beer, put on your seatbelt because you are in for a wild ride. When it hits your tongue the taste is initially sweet. The taste seems like it may head to a chocolate place because of the solid malt background, but just when your palate is thinking chocolate, the hops hit. Light carbonation delivers a cascade hop assault on your mouth. It finishes bitter and dry like most normal Belgian IPAs. It leaves a sticky lace in the glass with every sip.
Overall this beer is magnificent. I am reviewing batch 357 which was released 12/19/10. I had this beer months ago and I do not remember it being this good; the aging has put it on another level. Anderson’s had more of the same batch that I bought and I highly suggest you procure some in the near to immediate future.
Sessionability: 4-pack. At almost 9% and with the complex character, I doubt you would want more than four at a sitting.
Overall: 6-pack. This is world class. Aged, it is unlike anything else I have tasted.
Would be best consumed: By itself.