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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
545
Reviews:
92
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
150
Gots:
81
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 545 |  Reviews: 92
Photo of overlyk
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Strohm
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.27/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Why would you dry-hop an imperial stout? And why is said imperial stout only 8% ABV? I've had single stouts with bigger alcohol content...

As somebody said before, this is more of a Black IPA. As an imperial stout it falls short, disappoints and then some... I bet it would not be as highly rated if this beer was produced by a lesser-known brewery.

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Photo of SFC21
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful, pitch black color. A vigorous pour generates a surprisingly large head. Smell is baker's chocolate with black coffee following. However, the taste is far too roasty for my liking. Almost burnt toast with a chewed aspirin aftertaste. Oily slick mouthfeel that coats the whole mouth and creates a long, lingering aftertaste.

Overally this has some great qualities. Clearly a very well made beer but the level of roastiness is perhaps beyond my appreciation.

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Photo of Johnnyp_
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcooper0027
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lic217
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Dark black, brown head that lingers with lacing.
Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, fruity and piney hops
Taste: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, citrus and piney hops on finish. Starts sweet and ends bitter.
Feel: Relatively thick and smooth at start, strong resiny dry and bitter finish
Overall; Drinks like a black IPA. I really enjoy it but knocked it down a tad because it is too hoppy for an IMperial stout

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Photo of loganburgh
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rdoggg
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MilaMila
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gbw5009
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hozersr
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Philcassella
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cmurphy7
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of underoath437
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of onlytheheady
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kdivers
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of johnlatona
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Treated as an imperial stout, this was poured into a snifter. The appearance, well it poured like motor oil and even had the "glub glub" sort of sound as it came out. Super nice semi-quick foamy tan head. Dissipated at a nice pace. The aroma starts off with a big piney hoppiness. Some roasted cocoa and coffee beans make a sly presence but then end up open up a little further as it warms. The flavor leads with some bitter sticky hoppiness up front. Delicate roasty coffee and cocoa beans enter slightly. Sticky piney hoppy aftertaste with the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping to Semi-sessionable sort of quality about it. Mild carbonation was felt. Acceptable stickiness. Overall, it seems to be more of a black IPA than an imperial stout. And an imperialists one at that. I like it as a black IPA, so it’s going to take a "hit" in this section. Now that I know what it, I could have it again. But imperial stout fans are probably going to be disappointed as there’s too many hops for the style.

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Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of A_Rad
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jebrew
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mike22ne
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking stout; black with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Tons of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, milk chocolate, burnt malts, roasted malts, light citrus hops and coffee grinds. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice beer but a little too bitter and hoppy for a stout for me.

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Beelzebub from The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
4.18 out of 5 based on 545 ratings.
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