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Beelzebub | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
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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Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a bit of a hybrid to me. Is it a stout or a black IPA? Yes is my answer. A voluminous head that sticks around for quite a while. Nice lacing and sheeting of the glass. The head is a dark tan and the flood is an opaque black brown. The overall look is of a dense rich stout.

Nose make me drift towards the black IPA. Piney with lots of roast, and charcoal, there's just enough coffee and baker's chocolate sweetness to keep me with a foot in each camp.

Taste is right down the middle of the two. It has lots of malt. I mean lots. Chewy black barley, roasted grains by the truckload, coffee and light bitter chocolate. Hops are very American forward but not quite large enough to day IPA for me. While a hoppy stout, the hops are not quite big enough for me to call this an IPA. That being said, the hops are well supported and developed by the malt bill. It's deeply and complexly bitter with notes of pine and mint, coffee and cocoa. Finish is long and oily. Lot of lupolin upfront and a mild coating of the back of my tongue and mouth. No hint of the abv in the taste.

Feel is lush and supple. Conversely, it drinks like a Guinness insofar as it's lightness on the tongue and overall quenching qualities. This is one you could either slam or savour as out had facets to appreciate in either approach

A great brew master how you see it. Delicious, way to drinkable for its abv. Sophisticated in its construct. I'm diggin this!

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Photo of dailyminefield
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Yancey82
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dmbphoenix
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDarcy
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dloschiavo
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Coronaeus
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sanitarium16
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mjmoney23
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tony210
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a generous brown head that stays around for a while. Huge hop aroma with some coffee and chocolate in the background. Big hop flavor, almost spicy. Loads of citrus combat the chocolate and coffee coming from the malt, the hops prevail on the finish, then some bitter espresso presents itself after you swallow. Interesting. For me the feel is where you know this is an imperial stout and not an imperial black IPA. Swish the beer in you mouth and the beer seems to thicken and the roasted malts dominate the hops, if for a moment. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and wish I had bought more. I can appreciate the reviews that feel this should be called an imperial black IPA, but either way it did not disappoint.

16 oz can from brewery (9/20/17)
4.5 rating

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beelzebub - The Alchemist
American Imperial Stout - 8% abv
Undated can

L - mocha 2-finger head atop a deep black body. Head lingers for several minutes.

S - chocolate, molasses, toffee, burnt coffee, booze.

T - a smoky start leads to a charred, bitter middle. Very little sweetness.

F - thick, creamy body.

O - This is the opposite of a dessert stout. Extremely bitter, with smokiness being the most prominent taste. More a Cascadian Dark than a stout. I dig it, but not at all what I was expecting.

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Photo of Chcshammonde
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp pounder can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a rich deep chocolate brown color with a large fluffy tan head of 4.5 cm even with a gentle pour. The head fades slowly leaving windowpane lattice as it sinks. There remains a sturdy surface layer through my sampling.
The aroma is rich and roasty and very apparent after the pour. I get some dark chocolate and coffee notes with a bit of earthy hops in the background.
The first sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation and smooth texture. Body is a little lighter than I expected, but in general this is a solid mouthfeel.
Flavor is extremely roasted malt with lots of coffee ground and dark cocoa powder. Beer moves to significant charred malt and burnt wood notes with a bit of black licorice or anise flavor that lingers. I do get a little sap and earthy hop notes that also linger. I dont get any hits of booze on this and the beer drinks very easy.
This is a nice hoppy imperial stout, very easy to drink with the 8%. Would definitely get a 4 pack when in VT.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

no canned on date.

pours pretty much jet black. with a dark brown but frothy head. great retention and even better lacing. a good looking beer. pine and earthy hoppy notes with huge roasted undertones in the aroma. flavor is dark chocolate, a little smokey, and roasted char.
finish is fairly bitter, a bit cloying, overall not preferred by myself. actually not cloying, just a lingering bitterness. moderate carb on a full body. overall a very good strong american stout showing.

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WilliamBrasky
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mtbdonn
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NolaHopHead
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A dark tan head builds to a finger atop the pitch black liquid; nice retention and plenty of lacing

Smell: Charred malt, dark chocolate, brewer's licorice and pine

Taste: The pine flavors clash, at the outset, with the charred malt flavors and while some of the bitter dark chocolate and brewer's licorice tones manage to break through, from the tip of the tongue to the aftertaste this beer is a storm on the taste buds

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: As others have noted, more like a ABA than a stout; I have had mixed experiences with the style but this beer is at the bottom end of the scale

Thanks, marcrgrenier, for the opportunity

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3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pprichar
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall silver can, w/o freshness indication/canning date, that I can find.

The pour is black, no adjectives, just black. Very, very dark khaki head, thick, large and lasting. Fine scattered sheeting, all the way up the glass. Serious looking brew.

On the sniff, it's roasted malts, coffee, toffee, and some dry, dusty chocolate.

On the palate, its more and more of the same.. roasted malts,dense notes of coffee, chocolate, mocha, nuts, bag of hops shake, and general delicious Imperial stout goodness....go get some if you find yourself in the limited Alchemist distribution zone...mighty fine stuff

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3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Beelzebub from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 655 ratings
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