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Enlightened Despot - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 83
Gots: 26 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: blackie on 02-21-2014

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.
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 13
Reviews by Beejay:
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%

As the trend for contemporary imperial stout to compete with extreme alcohol, roast, sweetness and that tar-like body, its easy to forget the finesse, elegance and regal quality of a sensible Russian-style imperial stout and all the subtle nuances that it hides within.

Lickinghole Creek brewers pay homage to those British-to-Russia versions with its own inky-black stout. Building a dainty creme of froth, its robust aromas of french-roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toffee and bourbon spice entice the nose while a silky smooth chocolaty taste greets the early palate.

Its luxurious malt flavors slather onto the tongue bringing smooth espresso, bittersweet chocolate, light fudge, heavy whipping cream and deeply woven seared toffee and sweet oaky booze. With the confident stout warming, its fruit flavors emerge with black cherry, licorice and red grape.

Long and savory late, the sipping stout nestles into the soft tissues of the mouth and delivers a firm dessert-like texture. Spicy and undeniable Pappy Van Winkle bourbon offers up its own vanilla roundness, caramel sweetness and powdery, spicy warmth that lingers well into the next sip.

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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros and Threelions. Bottle 242

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a super thin head that fades to leave light mocha wisps and clouds. 4.25

S - Aromas of loads of bourbon, nice lovely bourbon. Light chocolate and roast, faint almost non-existent dark fruit. 4.25

T - Taste is quite nice, great pappy bourbon notes, nice chocolate, rather bitter finish. Light dark fruit, raisins, the bitterness is more grapefruit citrus pith. Incredibly well balanced with the bourbon lending great notes. 4.5

M - Mouthfeel is nice and smooth with the alcohol hidden very well. 4.5

O - Overall this beer exceeded my expectation. Delicious balance. 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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4.94/5  rDev +15.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.