Beelzebub | The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center

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Brewed by:
The Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center
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.

Added by NEhophead on 03-01-2008

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

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 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 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 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 DanGeo
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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 CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, black, black beer. Small tan head, a bit of lace.
Chocolate and coffee aroma. Earthy hops.
Dark chocolate, espresso. Late hop bitterness that lingered.
Medium-bodied. On the dry side.

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Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Todd
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of dontknojack
4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 77apm
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JakerLou
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of Prospero
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of gibgink
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on a stout. Coming from the Alchemist I was expecting a pretty hoppy take, but holy moly. Any bitterness coming from the malts are overpowered by the hops. Definitely has the most hops of any stout I've ever had. Black IPA would be a better description in my opinion.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a 12oz glass.

Pours a very opaque dark black with a nice super thick, super dark creamy head. Nose is a bit light, it's a bit toasty and coffee.

Taste is sweet, but there's a nice coffee-like bitterness to it that's really good. The alcohol is there and a bit warming but it's not in your face at all. It super thick, chewy and creamy. Really well done and great for a cold evening.

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Photo of ccurrid
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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