Beelzebub | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#1,601
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
671
pDev:
9.13%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
152
Gots:
107
Trade:
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Photo of jwhancher
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass with huge rocky, frothy head that leaves a lot of dark lacing. Beer looks pitch black. First aromas are of dark mocha, powdered cocoa, some roast coffee, and some light astringency. Hops pier through the dark Malta and make this like an imperial stout version of SN’s Bigfoot. Tastes big & bitter with wave after wave of hops and dark malts. Lots of dark chocolate & dark roast flavors going on. Feels full bodied with lingering hop bitterness and hop flavor in the aftertaste. Overall, a big beer with plenty of hop punch.

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Photo of Lifsabch
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

‘It’s an imperialist stout’ ‘It’s a hoppy IPA’ It’s both. I savored every drop. Delicious.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful beer. Perfect one finger Mocha colored head with great retention as bubbles continue to rise from bottom of glass. Head looks as if it's a nitro beer. Very creamy.
The smell has a huge hop presence as well as roastiness and even some smoke. Coffee in there as well.
The taste throws you into smokiness right off the bat and once that mellows out the hop bite hits you along with coffee.
Has a good full bodied feel that keeps the smoke in there.
Overall, this is different than expected. Huge smoke and roastiness with a big hope presence. But I like it!

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Photo of Dizzy242
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of newcastlemike
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Samlover55
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into Libbey tulip
 About 1 month old
L- pours a thick oily black with it big dark tan color of foam, that slowly recedes
S- dark black coffee aroma with Big Pine notes
T- dark chocolate along with lots of pine, hints of coffee, and again pine in the finish
F- thick viscous Stout feel along with the hop bite of an IPA
Overall very nice American Stout with the roasty notes along with the IPA type bitterness

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Photo of SHMD_Brewing
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.14/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware. Shared with schen9303.

Beer smells exactly like marijuana, roast and smoke. Like I'm in the middle of a smoke-out at a pot convention. I've never smelt anything quite like this before. Beer opens smoke, ash and roasted malt. There's some bittersweet chocolate floating about but the hop bitterness and roast characteristics cover everything... plus that pot aroma invades every sense. Finishes roasty with a lactose softness. Body is medium to full with low carbonation. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down soft and thick with little to no aftertaste. Very drinkable.

This gets better as it warms and as I get used to it but I can't recommend this beer. As much of an Alchemist fan as I am, I just don't understand what's happening here.

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Photo of AlvinLin
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of crobinso
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Maudrey
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDDMD
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AAllers08
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CAcker
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Yes!! A nice stout. Tastie, Nice and heavy with a nice head. Dark brown. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

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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 no matter 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

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