Enlightened Despot - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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4.95/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
04-04-2014 10:55:53 | More by suburbeer
Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.