Beelzebub - The Alchemist

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 152
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Alchemist visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NEhophead on 03-01-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Beelzebub is an American Imperial Stout. The intensely smooth and rich roasted flavor is complemented by the unmistakable presence of hops. The bitterness is held in check, preserving the flavors of dark chocolate. This ale is aggressively dry hopped with Citra to cut through it all. Hail Santa.
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Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a jet black coloring, with a dense, low profile, bubbly, light tan head that settles into a thin, filmy coating. Aromas of heavy resin, mossy wood, smoke, char, bitter coffee, and an overall campfire characteristic. Heavy, robust, and layered nose. Flavors are heavy campfire, beachwood, cocoa nib, dark roast coffee, charcoal, bitter and piney hops, and smoke. Wow, this is a beast on the palate. Bitter and smoky throughout. The body is smooth and robust, with a smoky and bitter aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slightly dry, with a campfire smoke linger.

More User Reviews:
Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a 12oz glass.

Pours a very opaque dark black with a nice super thick, super dark creamy head. Nose is a bit light, it's a bit toasty and coffee.

Taste is sweet, but there's a nice coffee-like bitterness to it that's really good. The alcohol is there and a bit warming but it's not in your face at all. It super thick, chewy and creamy. Really well done and great for a cold evening.

Photo of skivtjerry
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Opaque and black with a sticky brown head. Looks like a dessert.

Smell: Strong aroma of roasted grain, with a firm maltiness in the background. American hops make themselves known too.

Taste: Chocolate and espresso flavors mingle with a delicious deep maltiness, and a nice blast of hop flavor upon swallowing. Awfully smooth for the advertised 90 IBU. Alcohol is very well hidden (beware!).

Mouthfeel: Substantial but not overbearing. The finish dries out the palate just enough to make another sip seem like a good idea.

Drinkability: Very high, maybe too high, as it can sneak up on you (at least it did to my wife). This could age nicely, but its present freshness is very pleasant.

Photo of Kegatron
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Alchemist (Waterbury, VT) on 2/18/11. Served in a footed Pils glass.

Pours black in the glass, with 1 ½ fingers of thick and foamy dark mocha head. This shrinks down to about a ½ finger or so but stays quite rich, leaving back lacing that hangs in robust swathes down the sides of the glass. Wow, the hops really drive the aroma here, being floral, citrusy, and even a little dank, and are propped up by a heavy underlying mix of sweet chocolate and dark roasted malts. This really has some pop to it.

The taste starts with a thick base of dark roasted coffee and sweeter notes of chocolate and caramel but there is definitely a rather full feeling hop profile as well, as green feeling leafy and citric bitterness pretty much controls this profile the whole way through. Unfortunately, almost to a degree where the hop profile just kind of runs over more the Stout-like qualities of this at times. The finish is dry roasted and bitter with a touch of lingering herbal hops. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and initially more thick and chewy up front but then gets steadily sharper feeling as you swallow. Alcohol presence is overall well hid and just adds to the overall intensity of the profile.

This one really towed the line for me between a hoppy American Stout and an American Black Ale at times. Almost like a fuller version of their El Jefe from here. I mean my only beef here is that if you're going to call this an American Stout, then the hops should run second to and support the malt base, not the other way around as is the case here. Semantics aside, this was still pretty darn tasty and well worth your time if it's on tap during your visit here.

Photo of KYGunner
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Beejay
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dr. DmanGTR for this brew!

A: Dark black with a nice tan head.. Looks great.

S: Definite chocolate aroma in there as well as a very piney hop smell. Rich malt, blends with earth and pine.

T: Not as hoppy as I would think from the smell, but still some nice hop character in there.. Burnt caramel, chocolate and earthy pine goodness, with more caramel rounding out the finish. A long lingering bitterness trails behind.

M: Thick and creamy smooth, medium carbonation and a killer linger.

O: Overall a touch hoppy for my tastes in an Impy stout, but still very good. Nice mouthfeel, and excellent flavor overall. Very nice.

Photo of scottg
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from cask into a 12oz weizen style glass at the brewpub at the 5th anniversary party.

Pours a jet black color with a three finger tan head with great retention and thick lacing down the glass. Lots of roasted malt aroma, coffee, nutty, chocolate, lemon and pine hop aromas all mix together wonderfully. Pine hop and lemon rind bitterness mix with espresso bitterness up front with a creamy chocolate and coffee middle and a dry finish. Full body, light carbonation, it sticks to your tongue and the sides of your mouth highlighting the bitterness. This is an excellent beer for the cold Vermont winter.

Photo of jegross2
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Beelzebub, an imperial stout from The Alchemist out of Waterbury, Vermont.

Score: 97

05/24/14 vintage can served in a Kate the Great snifter and enjoyed on 06/15/14 while BBQ hamburgers for our Father's Day dinner.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a half finger of khaki head that settles to a thick ring around the glass and foggy coating. Crazy awesome lacing and retention. This is your ideal looking stout. 5/5

Smell: Big, bold dark chocolate, figs and dates, char/roast, a hint of syrup, milk chocolate and a faint hop character define the nose while the brew is on the colder side, straight out of the fridge. As it warms up though, a perfectly integrated assault of citrusy and slightly grassy hops emerge to create a delightful mix of chocolate and fruitiness. The aroma develops from lovely, traditional stout to a more complex stout that perfectly embraces all the things I love about citra hops. 4.75/5

Taste: Dark chocolate covered dates with a light burnt/char character and roastiness that linger long in the finish. Aggressively bitter, with so much chocolate flavor lingering. As it warms up, as with the nose, a big tropical fruity hop character comes through. Bitter grapefruit and orange zest explode towards the back half, pairing nicely with the bold dark chocolate flavor. The hop character melds perfectly with the chocolate and roast and dark fruit. Who knew a hoppy stout could be this delicious? 4.75

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-light bodied, low carbonation. Very, very, very bitter (but I like that). Juicy mouthfeel, dry (and lasting) finish. Thin bodied for the style, but not in a way that ruined the brew. 4.5/5

Overall: One of the best new beers I have had had in a long while. I had never heard of this beer until I received it as an extra from a very generous friend who was sending me some northeast IPA's, but given its quality, I am shocked there are not more people talking about this brew and seeking it out. Although I am not a fan of black IPA/Cascadian dark ales, I was blown away by this beer. I guess we should expect nothing less than this degree of mastery from The Alchemist, one of America's hop masters. If you like grapefruit and oranges and bitter, bitter dark chocolate, you need to seek this beer out.

Cost: $13 for a four pack of 16 oz cans.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can pour shared at the Ithaca Luminous release.

Pours a deep dark black, with a small, short-lasting head, and sheets of lacing.

Smells like dark chocolate, roasted malt, espresso, and piney hops.

The taste is similar. Not as hoppy as advertised, for whatever reason, I got more roasty, burnt pine needles out of this one, with tons of dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, a little bit of toffee, maybe, and a bit of citrus.

Thick bodied, creamy, viscous mouthfeel, very drinkable for the ABV.

Didn't expect to see this one, there was a goddamn embarrassment of riches today.

Photo of spinrsx
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml can received in trade with iguenard - thanks!!

Appearance - Dark brown/black colour with an above average size frothy light brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and light coffee. There is also quite a bit of hops and some grapefruit flavours.

Overall - Like an American Black Ale due to the hops and fruity flavours. ABA's are one of my favourite styles and I really enjoyed this one. This brewer has got a good thing going on, wish I had regular access to their products.

Photo of cbutova
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a nice dark tan head. Good coat of spotty lace.

S- Chocolate covered hops. A massive presence of citrus, lemon and orange, some floral. Licorice and roast malt.

T- Truly a hop bomb of an Imperial stout. Lots of citrus and floral. Licorice, cocoa and roast malt.

MF- Creamy moderate body with huge bitterness and smooth carbonation.

DB- Great flavored parts but the citrus and stout character doesn't meld with each other. Interesting but not my style.

Photo of zookerman182
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a motor oil pitch black with a brown half finger head.
aroma is almost like a black ipa. Super hoppy with a Roasty smell.
taste is hops up front with a mocha finish. That's pretty much it. Some light roast flavors
mouthfeel is crisp and medium. Not much lingering bitterness or flavor.
it's more of a black ipa than a stout but it's enjoyable.
I'm glad I got to try it

as this warms the hop flavor and aroma dissappears and a tobacco roast comes through. Much much better as it heats up and it was great to begin with.

Photo of Rifugium
2.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Solid black pour with a wispy layer of tan head that held at a ringlet. Aroma thick with roasty dark malts and green piney hops. The taste was pretty much a disaster. Blackened malts, lots of roast to the point of essentially being burnt...which wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing in a stout, but then the hop profile came in, bringing in a wave of intensely clashing pine and citrus. The hops might have worked in a black ale, but this was definitely not a black ale. It was a very messy and unbalanced stout. Body was about medium, mouthfeel was awkward and harsh. I understand what they were going for here, but it just didn't work.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beelzebub pours black into the glass with a small, thick creamy tan head on top. The foam fades away slowly leaving some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is loaded with pine, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, nuts, and a little smoke.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. This full flavored beer begins with burnt roast malt, smoke, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and nuts. Lots of pine hops throughout. It finishes bitter with lingering milk chocolate and nuts.

Lots of flavor in this beer. As it warms even more flavors come through. The piney hop flavors are dominant, but balance all the rich malt. The beer reminds me a lot of Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet black IPA.

Photo of UA8
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a dark and frothy coffee black with a silky brown head.

S- Big roasty malts, pine, citrus notes.

T- Leads with caramel roasted malts and juicy ruby red grapefruit, midpalate further developes what flavors were started with but adds complexity and some dark fruit notes. Finishes with heavy roast flavors and nice pine and herbal hop notes.

M- Smooth and silky. The carbonation is nice and light as it should be.

D- This beer is soooo goood. Man this is one tasty and flavorful IS John has created another incredible beer.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from MrBarleywine, thanks for the opportunity Mike!
Pours a solid black color with a decent sized frothy tan head that persists for a while. Aromas of pine and citrus dominate with a solid caramel and chocolate roastiness to counter. Light brown sugar and molasses with a hint of prune round out the nose. The flavor is chocolate and roasty up front before a huge does of citrus and pine sweeps in. Lingering hop bitterness and bits of roasted grain long after each sip. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy oily mouthfeel. Huge hops and lots of chocolate in this stout right here. The flavors are fairly simple, and the hops are a bit too present for my tastes, but it is a great drinking beer. I also would have liked just a touch more body, but I can make it work without that.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 16oz can into a Crooked Stave tulip. Cellar temps.

Appearance- Black black black with big two finger mocha head that left great lacing. Such a nice looking beer to come out of a can.

Smell-Big roasted malts with lots of piney malts. Some mild booze aromas. Smells like coffee and and black IPA had a baby.

Taste- Roasted malts, lighter piney malts, some light booze, coffee, pine. It doesn't taste like Citra hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation with medium body. Very light booze heat, but the hops even it out.

Overall- A good Imperial Stout with nice hop notes, but falls a little flat in flavor and body. Overall, very nice though.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of circlenine
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on tap at The Alchemist Friday Dec. 3, 2010.

A: Pours a nice dark brown/black. The lighting made it difficult to differentiate, but definitely closer to black with about a half finger head.

S: I probably didn't pay too much attention to this at first as I was really excited to have the beer in front of me. I know, not an excuse. But with every sip of the beer I did receive a nose-full of roasted malts

T: Phenomenal. Roasted malts abound, but don't fret, this beer is not a one trick pony - it had a multi-layered, full flavor profile.

M: Not overly carbonated. I believe it was around 85 IBU's. I felt this beer had a greater sense of belonging in my mouth with every sip.

D: I should have kept them coming, but wanted to try other beers on the menu. In fact, once this review is through, I am going to head back out for another. One night left in this town, may as well make it count.

Comments: My only mistake was drinking this beer first! I enjoyed three other beers on tap that night (el Jeffe, Holy Cow, and Wee Wittle Wabbit) and while they were all good, this was the class in the glass!!!

Photo of RocketCityVol
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Super black, almost like motor oil, with a thin whit lace head.

S: Hoppy-tobacco aromas with hints of chocolate.

T: Slightly hoppy with a heavy tobacco, with a coffee and chocolate finish.

M: light bodied and does not stay on the tongue for long.

O: Pretty good stout. I like the tobacco, chocolate, amd coffee flavors. I was a little dissapointed with the mouthefeel.

Photo of FFreak
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a Hill Farmstead willi glass. The appearance is nearly opaque black with just a tinge of brown. I poured it vigorously to get a head to appear, but it produced just a thin lace around the edges. The aroma is heavy with piney hops followed by roast malt and slight coffee. The taste was a little confusing at first, this being my first experience with a dry hopped stout. However, its nicely done and my taste buds got used to it quickly. Amazing piney hop flavor rounded out by the roast character and heavy mouthfeel. An awesomely hoppy stout.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is jet black with lots of coffee colored head and bubbles. Nose has a bit of roasted malt and faint coffee first with huge hops of citrus, peach and mango. Taste has lots of the roasted malt and coffee up front, hops are not quite as distinct as in the nose. They are more of a citrus and peach and faint bitterness in back, a smidge of campfire lingers in the finish. Carb is fairly present, nice, medium body and very smooth feel.

Photo of NEhophead
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on 02.29.2008. Served into a 12 oz glass.

Opaque oil in color beneath a creamy, brown head with very good retention. Thin and webbed lacing with good durability down the entire glass. Milk chocolate, mocha, and rich espresso aromas. Notes of hazlenut and a spicy licorice. Richly decadent chocolate and mocha flavors; hints of vanilla and caramel. Warming, well-masked alcohol presence with a return to the malt richness and pine-filled hops. Full bodied; velvety smooth, almost syrup-like. A robustly flavorful Double Stout. I could easily drink two or three of these at the bar, just watching the snow fall.

Photo of hillvt4me
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from can into a tulip glass

A- Dark brown to black with a slight medium brown head. Many tiny bubbles are on the bottom of the glass. Little to moderate lacing.

S- Malty chocolate and hops are prominent

T- Dry hops with notes of chocolate and some dark fruit.

M- Silky and thinner than i anticipated for an imperial stout, though refreshingly drinkable.

O- Rather approachable for those wanting to enjoy at imperial stout thanks in large part to the balance of the dry hops. Perhaps i will drink the next one from the can :)

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with a firm mocha head.

The aroma was of roasted grains and some hopiness.

The taste was also of the roasted grain with outstanding hop presence. This beer satisfies on so many levels. If your a hop head this will be your dark go to. If you like your stouts this beer will bring the normal stout richness with the piney goodness of the hops.

Carbonation seems perfect for this type of beer.

Very drinkable, more of a sipper for me.

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Beelzebub from The Alchemist
93 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.