El Jefe - The Alchemist
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4.23/5 rDev 0%
Sample from the brewery.
Black, opaque with a light brown lacing on top that lasts. Soft hop resin blankets the nose, soft dankness and a sweet charred maltiness in there too. Very smooth, chewy body and a snappy carbonation. Semi-pungent hop character throughout, ample bitterness in tow. Hefty amount of charred malt flavor in the middle, hint of dark fruit and brown malt stays on the palate. Hoppy semi-roasted finish.
Exceptional, spot on to style and very drinkable for its size. Hoping I run into this one again soon.
01-23-2014 04:29:44 | More by Jason
4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
In tap at Arvads served in tulip. 2" spongey tan head that left early lacing.
Scent of roasted coffee, dank
Superb taste, coffee, cocoa with a mild carb that
helped this creamy mouthed, yet a little slick, blackest
of ales drinkable and delicious. This beer seemed to have a lot of porter
profiles, but the hops were present, but not in your face. A superbly drinkable hop coffee malt beverage. Actually complex with subtle flavors on the front, big profile with the feel and lingering notes. Brilliant.
01-19-2014 06:37:49 | More by RyanOooh
4.21/5 rDev -0.5%
Awesome to see more and more Alchemist brews on-tap around Waterbury. Miss the pub but the Black Back seems to always have me covered. Reviewed from the notebook (01/24).
A- Poured from the taps to a large, oversized Hill Farmstead snifter with a black, not quite RIS thick, body. Creamy, light mocha head to a finger with pretty good retention. Falls to a frothy ring and leaves a nice blanket of lace at the top that turns to drizzle halfway down the glass.
S- I had no idea what kind of brew this was going into this. Hops made me aware right away that this was a Black IPA, just about pungent hops on par with most good IPAs. Citrus, pine and earthy with a dusting of cocoa powder roasted malts right there with them, brings some good strength.
T- Hops seem to build even stronger here. Juicy mango and grapefruit citrus go back and forth in front of floral, pine and earthy hints. Roasty, nutty and chocolate malts form a base that blends with the hops seamlessly.
MF- Moderately thick bodied with a creamy texture overall. Carbonation comes in at a medium level letting those hops really pop on the palate. Hop and cocoa bitterness lingers in the finish.
Bright hops above a solid roast, chocolate malt base. The hops are just as fresh and clean as many other great IPAs I can think of. I would order this one again, for sure.
01-28-2014 03:45:15 | More by cbutova
El Jefe from The Alchemist
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.