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Enlightened Despot - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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17 Reviews

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Reviews: 17
Hads: 146
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 35.95%
Wants: 97
Gots: 34 | FT: 2
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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4.2/5  rDev 0%

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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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Brawny, Roasted, Molasses, Warmth

The uber beer geeks love their Imperial Stouts, a small handful garner hype enough to draw massive crowds around their release. This one is just as deserving as the next. A sweet malt bomb with roasted grain and alcohol is not all going on here, layers of chocolate and coffee meet the alcohol warmth. Something to savor.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 11.3% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
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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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head, Chunky collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Heavy roasted malt. A little bit of booze.

Taste - Not as much bourbon. Vanilla. Heavy roast. Moderate bitter roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Roasty finish.

Overall - Somehow not as roasty as the other variants of this beer. Still works pretty well.

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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.