El Jefe | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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4.21/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Vermont, United States
alchemistbeer.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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

Added by Jason on 12-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,834
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
164
pDev:
8.31%
Bros Score:
4.22
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
20
Trade:
1
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Photo of xtonytx
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lifsabch
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NelCet
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MilaMila
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of AlvinLin
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SHMD_Brewing
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mhjipa
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ben1313
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of daudelin2000
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark and opaque with a nice tan head that hangs around a while. Aroma is slightly roasty with some earthy pine. Not overwhelming.

Taste follows the nose. I get the roast flavors from the malt and pine from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium to medium plus with quite a bit of bitterness that lingers.

This is not an overly complex beer, but I don't think it is supposed to be. Drinks slightly bigger than a 7% IPA. Overall, I'm really enjoying it and I'm glad I picked up a bunch when I was there.

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Photo of shrimplypibbles
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kevanb
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, freshly filled, purchased at the Visitors Center in Stowe, VT, poured into an Alchemist stemless angular glass. Enjoyed on 1.21.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice black color with cola brown hues, good opacity, off white head that's two fingers tall with good retention and lace. The aroma is quite piney, very earthy with plenty of hops, quite resinous and grassy, strong roast builds with dark grains and light chocolate. The flavors are okay, very hoppy out of the gate, strong pine and grassy flavors lead the way and are quite bitter and earthy, dark grains, bittersweet chocolate, mild roast build as it warms, the balance isn't quite struck as some coffee flavor, a touch acidic starts showing itself with some warm alcohol at the finish. The mouthfeel is good, medium body, prickly carbonation, exceedingly dry but coats well with a bitter and sharp finish.

Verdict: A decent Black Ale/CDA from The Alchemist. The balance on the tongue leaves a bit to be desired, too roasty at times, too bitter at others, quite acrid when the coffee flavor presents itself. When kept cool, it's easier to drink, but at typical serving temperatures, I found this one to be a bit harsh.

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Photo of raspy22
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one in a becher pint glass, another in a mason jar and another in a tulip. The color is dark brown. The head retains the longest in the mason jar and leaves a ton of messy lace running all around. The aroma blends semi-sweet to bitter thick sprucy hops. Thick sweet chocolate malts. Dark bitter coffee grounds, sly roast. The flavor leans to the bitter spruce side first. Nice portion of the sweet dark chocolate nipping on some bitterness of the cocoa bean. Sly roastiness. Quick semi-bitter to sly roasty and sprucy aftertaste. Quick dry bitter finish. On the palate, this one sat about light to medium on the body. Good carbonation. Bitterness hits appropriately, feels like a black IPA. Overall, I'd have this again preferably for me.

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Photo of Scotty_J
2.5/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Celtics76
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a recent trade. Delicious! I may be biased because I love Galaxy hops so much but man this is one good IPA! Alchemist continues to be an elite brewer!

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

Photo of Boto
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can: This one pours a fairly opaque dark brown color. It had a bit of a tan head on it. Nice aroma. Some roastiness, orange, grapefruit, pine notes. The taste is along the same lines. A good bitter bite!

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Duffman79
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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El Jefe from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 164 ratings
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