Beelzebub | The Alchemist

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Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by NEhophead on 03-01-2008

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Photo of kculrich
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From a 16oz can, purchased at the brewery today. Served in an oversized tulip - probably a little too cold, but it was in a cooler with my Focal Bangers and I couldn't wait any longer.

Pours a thick black with vaguely-oak highlights visible while pouring but nothing discernible once in the glass, and a rich, whipped latte two-finger-plus head of near infinite retention which clings to the glass so heavily that, if I don't rinse the glass immediately, it's going to take a sandblaster to get it off.

Smells of rich, warm, roasted grains, acorns and mocha java, earthy and herbal.

Tastes of dark roast coffee and charred cereal, grapefruit pith, bitter chicory, dried leaves, nuts and tree bark - actually, I may be too suggestible but it smells and tastes like November in Northern New England, like a landscape painted in beer. Earthy, dry and profoundly bitter.

Feel is smooth and drying, medium bodied, and aggressively carbonated.

Overall, a kickass autumn stout! I admit I'm a total slut for dry, bitter-not-sweet stouts between 7.5% and 9.5% and this one punched the shit out of every one of my buttons.

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4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Who knows! Drank from the can. Probably beautiful. Rated it the same as overall for fairness

S: Good lord. Insanely inviting warm smell. Chocolate, roasted coffee, sweetness, caramel. Kimmich words about wanting to crawl in the can come to mind. Orange rind those weird ass chocolates with orange you smash with your hand

T: Amazing. Unabashedly bitter. Dark unsweetened chocolate. Subtle alcohol flavor really warms you up. Just piles of roasted Surprisingly dry finish considering how rich it tastes up front.

F: Thick, viscous. Everything you'd ever want in a stout.

O: If this was caffeinated I'd have it for breakfast. Honestly one of my favorite stouts I've ever had. No maple, no coffee, just malt, hops, and lots of it. Just awesome. I wish I had more than one.

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Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pounder can into a snifter appears as black as any beer ive ever seen with a dark brown cap ta boot. The cap fades leaving a wall of lace.

Aroma is dominated by hoppiness smelling all catty, citrusy and herbal. Slightly dank even before giving way to an ashy, earthen roast/char character with suggestions of chocolate.

Taste is straight hop resins like pine meets herbal citrus with layers of roast, ash, tobacco and bakers cacao. Quite an intense brew through and through.

Medium to thicker in body with modest carbonation. Black IPA very well might be a better categorization for this, yikes.

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3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of JakerLou
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of gibgink
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on a stout. Coming from the Alchemist I was expecting a pretty hoppy take, but holy moly. Any bitterness coming from the malts are overpowered by the hops. Definitely has the most hops of any stout I've ever had. Black IPA would be a better description in my opinion.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of skivtjerry
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Beer21
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Beelzebub from The Alchemist
4.22 out of 5 based on 477 ratings.
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