Beelzebub - The Alchemist
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4.15/5 rDev -0.7%
The pour is a dense deep brown that allows a bit of light to pierce the edges. The hear was a thick brown foam.
The nose is a hoppy pine but some roast, char, coffee and a malty chocolate are very apparent.
The flavor is a roasted coffee, cocoa powder, charred ember and a finish of pine, hops and lupilin.
The feel is inappropriately thin, despite the viscous appearance. It's not to distracting but not as thick as a stout should be.
I like this beer a lot but it seems too piney and hoppy for a stout. If I were told it was a Black IPA it would seem much more likely.
07-27-2014 21:16:59 | More by KYGunner
4.09/5 rDev -2.2%
From the brewery that brought us Heady Topper, expectations are set high heading into their Imperial Stout that's laced with "citra" overtones.
Onyx-like in its opaque and dark mirror sheen, the frothy ale releases an extremely bold roasty scent. Campfire notions waft above aromas and flavors of burnt espresso, cocoa, smoldering embers and connected with beautifully burnt sugar.
The middle palate is rewarded with a dry roast, nearly ashy texture but also along side of creamy malted milkshake. Balanced with burnt citrus and pinecone, a coffee-type bittering also comes to life and reinforces a slight acrid taste and texture.
Its finish is highly roasted and dry with a slight chalkiness of charcoal. Its burnt wood, grass, fruit and scorched earth character plays a highly focused game, even if somewhat one-dimensional. Yet on its own, its "bigness" creates its own complexity.
07-25-2014 15:08:50 | More by BEERchitect
Beelzebub from The Alchemist
93 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.