Beelzebub | The Alchemist

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Brewed by:
The Alchemist
Vermont, United States

Style: American 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.

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Reviews by The-Adjunct-Hippie:
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can from egrandfield poured into Crane snifter.

Chocolate brown with an almond-beige head of 2 fingers, and leaves nice rings of lace as it recedes 1/2 finger.

Rich aromas of coffee beans, caramel, and hot chocolate. Fresh grassy hop. Really really good.

Flavor is heavy on espresso and coffee bean, with slight edging of woodsy hop. Slight smoke, some chocolate, caramel, and more coffee. The bitterness compounds and wells up at the end, with wet grass and more woodsy hop.

Slick and heavily carbonated. Oily resins on the finish with a balanced roastiness.

Overall, a really impressive stout, one that's a bit difficult to drink, but the flavor is very forthcoming. Highly recommended.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From a 16oz can, purchased at the brewery today. Served in an oversized tulip - probably a little too cold, but it was in a cooler with my Focal Bangers and I couldn't wait any longer.

Pours a thick black with vaguely-oak highlights visible while pouring but nothing discernible once in the glass, and a rich, whipped latte two-finger-plus head of near infinite retention which clings to the glass so heavily that, if I don't rinse the glass immediately, it's going to take a sandblaster to get it off.

Smells of rich, warm, roasted grains, acorns and mocha java, earthy and herbal.

Tastes of dark roast coffee and charred cereal, grapefruit pith, bitter chicory, dried leaves, nuts and tree bark - actually, I may be too suggestible but it smells and tastes like November in Northern New England, like a landscape painted in beer. Earthy, dry and profoundly bitter.

Feel is smooth and drying, medium bodied, and aggressively carbonated.

Overall, a kickass autumn stout! I admit I'm a total slut for dry, bitter-not-sweet stouts between 7.5% and 9.5% and this one punched the shit out of every one of my buttons.

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Photo of FFFjunkie
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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 DoubleSimcoe
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pounder can into a snifter appears as black as any beer ive ever seen with a dark brown cap ta boot. The cap fades leaving a wall of lace.

Aroma is dominated by hoppiness smelling all catty, citrusy and herbal. Slightly dank even before giving way to an ashy, earthen roast/char character with suggestions of chocolate.

Taste is straight hop resins like pine meets herbal citrus with layers of roast, ash, tobacco and bakers cacao. Quite an intense brew through and through.

Medium to thicker in body with modest carbonation. Black IPA very well might be a better categorization for this, yikes.

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Photo of JonnyJuicebox
4.76/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Who knows! Drank from the can. Probably beautiful. Rated it the same as overall for fairness

S: Good lord. Insanely inviting warm smell. Chocolate, roasted coffee, sweetness, caramel. Kimmich words about wanting to crawl in the can come to mind. Orange rind those weird ass chocolates with orange you smash with your hand

T: Amazing. Unabashedly bitter. Dark unsweetened chocolate. Subtle alcohol flavor really warms you up. Just piles of roasted Surprisingly dry finish considering how rich it tastes up front.

F: Thick, viscous. Everything you'd ever want in a stout.

O: If this was caffeinated I'd have it for breakfast. Honestly one of my favorite stouts I've ever had. No maple, no coffee, just malt, hops, and lots of it. Just awesome. I wish I had more than one.

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Photo of GilBlas
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. Reviews below indicate it's not everybody's favorite, but I find it exceptionally exciting. If you are an Alchemist fan, you'll probably savor the complexity and nuance in this one. Really a special stout. As it warms to room temp, the beer becomes even more welcoming.

Look: Blackstrap-molasses black

Smell: Green hop and deep roasted malt add up to a rich light-roast coffee or citrusy cacao nose, with great deep chocolate back.

Taste: Super sharp hops at the front, with tremendous development toward dark roast and bitter chocolate. Very bitter, but the bitterness moves through three waves (citrus/green hop, malty, then lasting chocolate) en route to a super-dry finish. The effect is to leave you with a tangle of sweet and complex chocolate notes against pleasing bitterness on the mid-back palate.

Feel: Smooth but not thick, with nice carbonation complementing the flavor development on the palate.

Overall: One of the most interesting stouts I have tasted, and one that sends me back to the glass/can for further sipping. Very easy drinking, it's a marriage of deliciousness and complexity.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark glossy black with a truly dark mocha head that is large, foamy and convex, settling slowly and leaving fuzzy, sparse cobwebs on the glass.

When I popped the top, a spray of citrus hit me in the face from 3-5 feet away, then as I poured, all sorts of roastiness and cocoa supplanted that. Smell is really intensely roasty, yet rounded by a sort of cocoa and nut dusted donut character. Hints of citrus and pine pop occasionally in the background.

Wow, first taste has quite a strong tang, almost like booze but I think it just may be from the intense and bitter roast with an overabundance of piney, grapefruit rinded hops. Again there's that cocoa but it's quickly cut by an acidity of citrus and pine. It's quite a competing set of flavors, and both are dialing it up to 11, so it's a knock down drag out fight. However, while the roastiness wins in the aroma, the citrus and pine totally dominate in flavor, making this an exceedingly bitter beer for a stout.

Feel is actually much thinner than expected, with a good fizz, and finishing chewy dry. It can't be said enough, bitterness is so potent that it actually affects the feel with a sharp sting.

If you aren't accustomed to heavily hopped IPAs, and mainly prefer to drink round and roasty or sweet stouts, this sucker will make you look like an infant biting a fresh lemon.

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Photo of Vicirus
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Red Session. Aroma has sweetish roasted malt, wood and grains. Taste is bitter, roasty, resiny and really hoppy. Leans more towards an imperial black IPA.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Dicers
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JamesMSP
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GreenMind
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of smccann
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of Basoos1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of scootny
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
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 anteater
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Grizzarky
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Georgeous oily black pour with a thick orangeish head, exactly what I expect an imperial stout to look like...
Smell is all hops, taste is all hops, feel is thinner than the visual would suggest. Overall I certainly enjoyed this beer, but its Definetly more of an IPA than a stout. I suspect If this were a no name brewery's imperial stout it would be getting ripped apart on here.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Rizzy17
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Phenwayphrank74
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of edmaher
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Ardeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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