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Enlightened Despot - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 51
Gots: 12 | 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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4/5  rDev -7.6%

SocalKicks, Jun 10, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

jlindros, Oct 04, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev -31.2%

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Gonzoillini, Apr 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -59.6%

chippo33, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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

rudzud, Oct 04, 2014
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Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.