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Beelzebub - The Alchemist Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.74%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This American stout has a massive malt presence. It is gently balanced with a huge hop character.

90 IBU

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 03-01-2008)
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Reviews by skivtjerry:
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skivtjerry

Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 11:16:15 | More by skivtjerry
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Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -6%

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Kristyn

Massachusetts

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tylerprince

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4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

11-28-2011 03:39:36 | More by tylerprince
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Pamola

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BelgianDip

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-14-2011 20:40:26 | More by BelgianDip
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nathanjohnson

Vermont

5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-14-2011 10:25:19 | More by nathanjohnson
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 20:29:48 | More by Kegatron
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, 1/20/11.

A-Pours a deep, opaque black with a frothy mocha had and nice lacing.

S-Surprisingly hoppy nose with nice citrus really standing out. Also a good rich roasted malt character.

T-Delicious and a bit nostalgic, taking me back to the days when Storm King was my regular go to stout. Nice bold hoppiness combines with a rich roasted character to make a delicious beer. Good flavors throughout.

M-Medium bodied, smooth.

D-Nicely drinkable and tasty. ABV is well in check for the stlye.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 17:09:01 | More by sholland119
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SkunkWorks

New York

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Alchemist in Waterbury, VT. Served in a 12 oz glass. This was the first of the beers I had at the Alchemist during my trip to Waterbury... lets see if the Alchemist lives up to the hype.

Look: black body with a two finger mocha head. There is excellent retention and lacing left behind. Great looking beer.

Smell: chocolate with some serious hoppy resinous aromas. One of the hoppier Imperial Stouts that I've had. Bits of coffee and roasted malt are there too. Great smelling beer.

Taste: follows the nose with a hefty dose of chocolate, coffee, and hints of burnt malt. There's a lot of hops in the finish. I'm not surprised to see that this was dry hopped. While this is a bit unusual in an imperial stout, I still like this a lot. If this was a limited release beer, it'd be one of those crazily hyped brews. Excellent!

Feel: medium to full bodied, a little creamy with a lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Drink: drinks a lot easier than most 8% alcohol beers.

Overall, really pleased with this. I'm happy that it packs a ridiculous amount of flavor and doesn't have to go over 10% alcohol by volume to get it. I would wholeheartedly recommend trying this if it is available to you! Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 23:47:01 | More by SkunkWorks
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 02:18:49 | More by cbutova
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. pour at the Alchemist on 01/05/2011. Pours one shade shy of black with a dense, half inch mocha-colored head that dissipates into a skim of foam. Thin, concentric bands of lacing were revealed during the tasting. Nose is very subdued - not much more than light roasted malts come out. Flavor profile expresses a roasted character, coffee, brown sugar, brewer's licorice and maybe a trace of lactose sweetness. There's also a little alcohol heat towards the finish. Overall character is a hoppy RIS somewhat reminscent of Old Rasputin or Storm King. Mouthfeel is medium-light, with an even carbonation. A solid stout - good, but not spectacular in my opinion. Just a little too hoppy for the style in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 02:46:33 | More by Jwale73
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2010 21:21:28 | More by kingcrowing
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on the night before the heady topper release.

Black with a dark brown head. Looks beautiful.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. What is this??? Hops??? Wow did not expect it. Can't wait to taste.

Taste is absolutely huge. A subtle chocolate, fresh roasted malt, a huge hop presence. The IBUs are huge for a stout. What a great stout. Different than KTG but huge and tasty just like it.

So sweet and biitter at the same time. Mouthfeel is great. Almost perfect.

Smooth as hell. I would have had a couple of these but I wanted to try other beers and this beast is 8 percent.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 02:09:48 | More by DNICE555
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this on tap the night before the heady topper release

Pours black with a dark brown head, the lighting was low in the pub, so I couldn't see light coming through, but I'm sure there wouldnt be it the lights were brighter. there were hints of coffee and chocolate in the smell, with that lovely roasted malt smell. The taste was unbelievably, this is the best imperial stout I have ever had, there was a faint chocolate taste, with adn excellent roasted malt flavor. they got the perfect balance of roasted bitterness and residual sweetness from the unfermented sugars. I hope they decide to bottle or can more of their offerings, because this is becoming my favorite brewery. the mouthfeel was like velvet, so smooth and delicious. I would have drank more of this, had I not wanted to try more beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 17:04:11 | More by rowingbrewer
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circlenine

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 03:48:53 | More by circlenine
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BTPete

New York

4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Alchemist. Made a trip just to drink a couple beers ;)

A: Pitch black with really dirty brown head. 1cm head with lacing going down the glass as the libation recedes.

S: All hops on my nose. Really piney and nice. This is a hoppy stout.

T: Smooth up front, roasted coffee with a bitter dry ending. The hops really kick in at the end.

M: full bodied and chewy. Great for the style. Like a meal.

D: Wow, I love the hops on this beer and it hides the 8% very well. Super fresh beer and well done. I've yet to be dissappointed. This is why I keep coming back, despite the 3.5 hour drive!!

Juast as a side note on this trip I also had their coffee stout cask blended with their framboise and it was INSANELY good. Rasberry stout with brett!!

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 19:46:56 | More by BTPete
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youbrewidrink

Vermont

4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2010 11:43:27 | More by youbrewidrink
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UA8

Washington

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2010 23:51:45 | More by UA8
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at my first visit to Alchemist.

A- Dark brown, almost black. Solid two fingers worth of tan head formed. Very nice foamy lacework colored the glass as the beer was consumed.

S- Upfront, chocolate and roasted malts and coffee beans are easily detectable. Disguised beneath these aromas is the piney scent of fresh hops. Very nice combination.

T- Follows the nose. Mix of strong roasted coffee beans are mellowed out by a hoppy finish. Also subtle touches of chocolate malts are present as well.

M- Medium to heavy bodied with little carbonation.

D- Highly drinkable. The 90 IBUs works wonders on this beer in balancing out the roasted coffee bean flavor.

Overall, I was extremely happy to see this being served on-tap. One of the more memorable stouts I have had in a very long time. Highly recommended if you are ever in the Burlington area.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2009 06:00:16 | More by rhinos00
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scottg

Vermont

4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: cask

12-01-2008 18:02:00 | More by scottg
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lpayette

Vermont

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 11/21/08. Quick notes taken at bar:

A- Plenty of lacing, near black in color.

S- Lots and lots of roasted malt and chocolate.

T- Amazing balance between bitterness from hops and roasted malt and sweetness.

M- Can't really think of anything other than awesome.

D- This is one of the better examples of an american stout in this alcohol range that I've had. It proves that you don't have to push to the 9, 10, 11+% range to get an exceptional flavor profile.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 15:27:57 | More by lpayette
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap in mid March of '08. My pint was delivered an opaque black with a little brown at the edges like used motor oil. The head was brown and creamy, very good retention and lacing. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate and lots of malt. The flavors were bold and deep. Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, hints of caramel and vanilla, roasted malt and a heavily hopped bitterness to balance it all. Despite the high ALC% it is well masked. Very full bodied and filling. Light carbonation and a velvety mouthfeel. Quite drinkable for an Imperial Stout and dangerous in this regard. A truly great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2008 16:37:20 | More by thekevlarkid
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2008 14:13:56 | More by NEhophead
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Brad007

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap and had to have it.

Color: Pitch black with a brown, one finger head. Served in a 12oz glass.

Aroma: Strong and malty with a strong hint of fruit, coffee and chocolate. Alcohol is well-masked here.

Taste: Rich and malty. Smooth. Creamy. Chocolate, coffee and fruit stand out. Slight alcohol hint but nothing serious.

Mouthfeel: Finishes with a pronounced roastiness at the back of the throat.

Verdict: An excellent imperial stout that would be nice if it were bottled and aged.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2008 13:32:27 | More by Brad007
Beelzebub from The Alchemist Pub & Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.