Enlightened Despot - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 56
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Enlightened Despot is an amazingly rich, complex and surprisingly drinkable Bourbon Barrel Russian Imperial Stout. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, and of course the delicious flavor of Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon round out this robust stout. Aged for 100 days in 15 Year Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrels, made with 10 specialty grains and containing over 78 IBU of American Hop flavor, this truly is a one of a kind beer.

(Beer added by: blackie on 02-21-2014)
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As any good Russian Stout should do this poured with amazing thickness and tar like darkness. The nose is as thick as the pour with dense chocolate sweetness and creaminess. The flavor is big and creamy with giant chocolate taste and a dry bitter coffee finish. Thick and flavorful this is well done.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went to the farm/brewery and purchased on a lark after having a surprisingly good Belgian Triple.

Attractive bottle and label. Opened and decanted at below room temp but not cold. Dark, opaque but not black. Color shows texture and depth in darkest browns and burgundy. Swirling causes adherence to the glass and alcohol legs slowly sliding back. Light brown lacing but no head with aggressive pour.

Roasted malts, mature wood, bourbon, Belgian yeast aromas. Little alcohol sharpness but the lack of hop aroma, slight sulfur from yeast and an overly sweet, syrupy smell causes worry.

Malt, strong oak but no astringency from the wood, chocolate, huge roasted malt delicious balance between specialty grains and base malts. Exactly perfect level of bitterness cuts the sweetness at the back of the palate. Bourbon through the nose on exhale. No alcohol sharpness, warming but dangerously easy to drink.

Heavy, creamy and thick mouth texture. Sticks to the tongue and lingers, mid to light carbonation.

This blew me away. I am lucky enough to regularly enjoy world class stouts like the Abyss, darkness, 1050, yeti etc. This stout matches the best and eclipses the rest. Not a fan of Belgian yeasts in beers with high IBUs especially imperial stouts. This completely changed my mind. Best beer brewed in Virginia, top three imp stout I have ever been lucky enough to enjoy.

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Thanks to rudzud
Decent dark fizzy head, light lacing, decent legs, pitch black beer.

Nose nice fudgey choc, thick dark cocoa, lots of vanilla barrel and bourbon, little fluffy nougat and caramel, no real roast or burnt, faint candied raisin, little espresso note and toffee.

Taste starts thick and chewy with lots of malt, dark malt with faint roasty char but very little, nice fudgey choc and dark cocoa again, little chewy creamy oats, little nougat and caramel, and faint toffee too. Touch of candied raisin on the back end, big bitter hops too late, little earthy and faint orange peel bitterness. Nice vanilla barrel and nice soft juicy bourbon, light. Finish is quite bitter with lingering earthy soft spicy and orange peel hops with little cocoa, toffee, and faint bourbon barrel lingering.

Mouth is thick soft fudgey creamy, booze hidden quite well, decent carb for the style.

Overall very nice, the bitterness on the back end i is a bit much, but otherwise great beer.

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Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.