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Yet another amazing beer I received from a friend.  These are always greatly appreciated, even more so since they don’t mess around when it comes to their beer.

Beer Name: Beelzebub

Brewery: The Alchemist

Style: American Imperial Stout

ABV: 8.0%

Description: Nothing on the website, but there is a short video of co-owner and head brewer John Kimmich talking about it here.  Worth a watch.

Appearance: Poured out thick and black with two-plus fingers of tan foam up top

Smell: Sweet, creamy malts mixed with a sappy bitterness.

Taste: A mixture of two worlds, this tasted something like the fusion of an imperial stout and a West Coast DIPA.  Lurking beneath the surface of the beer was the sweetly rich presence of dark malt upfront followed by a bit of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate at the end.  On top of this there was a fruity bitterness that gradually transitioned to a resinous, pine sap finish.  Combined, these two parts resulted in a slightly sweet brew that featured a rich base of dark malts underneath an assertive sticky, piney hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and on the thicker side upfront before a moderate amount of carbonation comes through on the finish.

Hype: I think it’s pretty fair to say this brewery’s offerings still come with a good deal of excitement attached?  I know I was excited to have this again.

Overall: Perhaps closer to a black IPA than an imperial stout, I’m not quite sure this beer really fits that well into any category.  It combined equally intense elements of both styles and managed to bring them together into a single cohesive, and rather delicious, beer.  I definitely recommend checking this out if you have the opportunity, but go into it with an open mind.  Someone expecting a stout might find this overly hoppy while someone looking for hop juice may not be into the malt profile.  An excellent hybrid.

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