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El Jefe - The Alchemist

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El Jefe
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57 Ratings

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.8%
Wants: 21
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American Black IPA. Our Christmas IPA from the days of the pub. Loaded with Simcoe and Galaxy.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-02-2013)
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Willytee3, Feb 20, 2014
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Todd, Feb 16, 2014
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Jason, Jan 23, 2014
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acurtis, Feb 14, 2014
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

RyanOooh, Jan 19, 2014
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Massbmx, Jan 28, 2014
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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

cbutova, Jan 28, 2014
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El Jefe from The Alchemist
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