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Enlightened Despot - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 15.37%
Wants: 46
Gots: 10 | FT: 2
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 -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

04-15-2014 13:33:39 | More by ncaudle
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California

3.75/5  rDev -14%

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Virginia

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California

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -14%

07-12-2014 23:35:11 | More by Dave_Treat
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Beejay

Virginia

4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-30-2014 16:30:47 | More by Beejay
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cestlavie

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

03-30-2014 17:26:06 | More by cestlavie
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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-17-2014 05:53:24 | More by e30todamax
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BeastLU

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -8.3%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Virginia

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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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blbarnett3

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%

Served from a refrigerated 22oz bomber purchased six days ago at the brewery release party into a goblet.

Appearance - deep, opaque brown, nearly black. Almost no head initially, but curiously a bit effervesced after the pour was done. Dark tan, subsided quickly.

Smell - dark roast malt, coffee, hint of bourbon, woody notes. Some smoke.

Taste - When cold, the alcohol dominates the other flavors, but at room temperature, the palate is much fuller. Sweet on the front-end, but coffee and bourbon come through, along with fairly aggressive hops for a stout.

Mouthfeel - Thick and smooth.

Overall - Best at room temperature or only slightly chilled. Due to high abv, this is a sipping beer, but very satisfying overall.

I was lucky enough to get a preview of this from one of the bourbon barrels on a visit to the brewery back in December. It was awesome then, and it's only better now.

03-08-2014 00:28:47 | More by blbarnett3
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.7%

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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Illinois

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.