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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:
572
Reviews:
97
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
150
Gots:
86
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5
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Photo of RyanTheLion13
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Samact
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

L: Pours dark black with a nice big tan head
S: Smells like tropical fruit, not getting smells of anything I'd expect from a stout.
T: Chocolate and coffee followed up with a nice bitter bite.
F: Smooth and a little creamy but thinner than I expected.
O: An interesting and enjoyable stout with both the hoppy smell and the thinner mouth feel. Reminds me a bit of a black IPA or a black and tan part stout and part IPA

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Photo of Dharmelink
3.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of vess
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dontknojack
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Vivs85
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of FFFjunkie
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is near jet black with a plethora of gorgeous dark tan head.

Aroma is odd. At first it smells like a stout. However after sniffing around all I can smell is hops. It smells more like a DIPA than a stout.

Taste is bitter coffee, bitter dark chocolate plus a bunch of hops. Honestly it's a bitter punch of charred coffee and chocolate hops.

Feel is nice. Goes down creamy and smooth yet hangs on the palette for a long while.

Overall a fine beer. I think it maybe closer to a black ipa than it is a stout.

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Photo of dtm426
4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MFD657
4.73/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cp45
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EastmanCraftBeerClub
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Average rating from 12 members of the Eastman Craft Beer Club.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours pitch black, larger tan head, good lacing throughout. Fairly hoppy up front, roasted malts, char, black coffee, quite bitter. Medium body, sticky mouthfeel. Drinks like a black IPA on steroids.

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

Photo of CayseyW
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SeanMNCraftBeerLover
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JPeterson17
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice and dark color with a 1/2" tan head leaving some lacing behind. Probably the hoppiest stout I have ever had! Very good chocolate and raost notes in both taste and smell! The hops kinda takeover in a way, but in a good way and not like a black ipa but a hoppy stout!!!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

How does one segue seamlessly from The Eradication/Reduction of The Bottle Backlog at Chez Woody back into what really matters, namely, The CANQuest (tm)? Well, first, you have to jump into Mr. Peabody & Sherman's W.A.B.A.C. Machine, going back to the early-to-mid-1970's. There, a youthful Bro. Woody spent a LOT of time on his maternal grandparents' property, abutting a working farm. A young neighbor girl traded comic books & played tetherball with me. She grew up, married a fellow local beer aficionado & during a recent road trip to VT, they knew to bring me CANs! Viva The CANQuest (tm)! It pays to advertise.

From the CAN: "Visit The Alchemist's YouTube Channel to see what John has to say about this beer."

I will simply restrict myself to the "Notes/Commercial Description" part of this entry in order to speed along the review. It began with the Crack! & gentle Glug, followed by an in-glass swirl. This raised two-plus fingers of dense, deep-brown head with excellent retention. Color was solid Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration & seeming to suck light into it like a black hole. Nose was definitely roasty, rich with a dark chocolate semi-sweetness, a light smokiness and a bitterness that was obviously of hops, but I could not identify them on the nose. Mouthfeel was full, like a scoop or a dollop had been ladled onto my tongue. I allowed it to simply roll around there, bringing forth the full effect. The taste was a hophead's version of an AmeriCAN Double/Imperial Stout since, in addition to the chocolaty smokiness noted on the nose, it also had a grapefruit-like citrusiness. Wow! Is that what makes a beer "AmeriCAN" these days - an abundance of hops? It left me a little bewildered since I liked it, as a self-described. self-avowed hophead, but it was not what I look for in the style. Finish was dry, a CANbination of both the hops as well as the roasty malts. I liked it well enough & it was definitely a treat, but one would be plenty for me.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Buck89
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AGust82
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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