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Enlightened Despot - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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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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Thanks to irishrogue for this bottle, a 750ML split with my wife. For some reason I really like the kittywampus thin label on the top: looks classy. And I know classy, shitballers.

The pour is marginal black & flatter than a starving supermodel. The most prominent smell is chocolate, backed by slight roast, sweetness, & a bit of vanilla, only because I’m prospecting for it. Not sure I could tell this was barrel-aged without using my tongue.

Enlightened Despot is a great name for an old History Minor, I’d love to know who the brewery had in mind. This particular pleasant tyrant clearly had a soft spot for chocolate, because this is like chugging liquefied brownie batter. There a strong vanilla shot courtesy o’ the barrel backing it up, deep roastiness, tongue-thickening sweetness. Ends with nougat (which I’m not sure I’ve ever tasted in a beer, huh) & a sharpness that may be bitterness from the chocolate or the echo of hops. Lovely thickness, creamy, almost sludgy, which is the high point here. And that makes it so easy to drink. Would be nice to have a mug of this with SpongeBob on a Saturday morning.

This would be the kind of beer that would lure little girls down the Big Bad Beer path: it’s like the candy cigarettes of craft beer. Lickinghole: quit tempting minors! Me, I’m old enough to be two legal drinkers, so I’ll suck it down happily. This is a very good brew.

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