Dookit Brewing – Beelzebub
Beelzebub is a devilishly complex and strongish porter, coming in at 5.9% ABV.
A variety of malted barley and other malted grains are the key to this brew. There are many who say fewer malts the better when it comes to brewing a porter. While many great porters utilise only a handful of malts, if the recipe is carefully curated and brewed with precision a medley of many malts can work a trick. In total there are 13 different malts and grains in this fiendishly pleasant tipple. Unlucky for some ey!
The stars of the show are chocolate and special B that conjure big hitting notes of chocolate coated raisins on the nose. When tasting these flavours are very much present and mingle with hints of cherries, plum and blackcurrant. The cara, wheat and dark Munich malts certainly contributed to the toffee like sweetness and freshly baked bread flavour too.
The mouthfeel was a difficult hurdle to jump. Glasgow’s water is famously soft. So I upped the bicarbonate levels in the brewing water to create a velvety medium body, which delicately falls away for a medium dry and ever so slightly earthy finish. The minimal use of rye malt, roasted barley and black malt, alongside the new(ish) British hop varieties, Godiva and Jester, creates these endnotes.
The brilliant artist Ailsa Sutcliffe captured the colour of this brew perfectly on the label artwork. At first glance you’re met with opaque dark browns. Hold your glass up to the light and deep ruby reds present themselves.
330ml Bottle Size