Batchelors Delight - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 16
Gots: 11 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThisWangsChung on 07-09-2014

Aged in Nicaraguan Flora de Cana Rum Barrels for over 12 weeks, the Batchelors Delight is a unique and delicious Belgian-Style Quadrupel Ale.

Like all great legends the facts are in dispute. Batchelors Delight is named for one of the most notorious and important pirate ships in history. Captained by the infamous buccaneers Davis, Wafer and Hingson, who won the ship in a card game. After years of pirating in the Caribbean the trio were set on retiring in Virginia. They were arrested near Hampton Roads and spent nearly 3 years in prison. They were able to negotiate their freedom by giving up a large portion of their booty, which King William used for the “Charitable Purpose” of founding the College of William and Mary.
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Photo of Beejay
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%


A: This Dark beer be murky brown, with a head the color of an island girls legs! Looks as thick as the first mate and mean as a bull shark!

S: Rich sweet malty goodness, ARR! You can smell the thickness in this beer. There be oak and vanilla aroma in the finish. Dark fruits and raisins come out with the Belgian yeast aroma, and if ye disagree, I'll keel haul ya 'till Davy Jones takes ya for his!

T: The first sip is rum barrel: Oak, vanilla, and the blood of my enemies. There be a taste of rich plums fresh from port, mixed with MORE RUM! and sugar cane.

M: ARR! It feels great! Thick, and sturdy as a freshly swabbed deck, with carbonation that tingles like me bum leg!

O: Overall? I'm ALL OVER this beer! This be one hell of a fantastic brew, to share with your mates or to treasure as your own! Good work, sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning!

Photo of craigyrex1985
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Had the chance to try this at the National Beer expo.

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud.

Light fizzy fluffy smaller head fades at a med pace, light lacing, dark murky muddy chestnut mahogany brown color.

Nose rummy sweet candy, molasses and candy sugar, grainy big malts, chewy and thick fruit cake, lots of it, lots of dried dark fruits, light rummy booze, and touch of vanilla barrel, big raisin.

Taste rich thick malts, molasses and candy all over but not to syrupy or sweet. Decent rum, not a ton but mild rum, with dark fruits, dried candied fruit, sugar cane candy stalk like the starch from the cane. Light booze almost nothing, lots of dark fruits, plum, raisin, maybe touch of dark cherry, candied, etc. Fair phenol presence despite lack of alcohol. Mild vanilla and toasted oak. Finish is a bit sweet and sticky, mild phenols, mild rum and molasses, dark fruits lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod but not thick, little syrupy but not sweet, chewy like, decent but lighter carb.

Overall quite nice, nice fruity and candy, nice quad flavours, nice phenols, good sweetness level and booze hidden well. Quite enjoyable and rounded well.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Caramel, toffee, Belgian candi sugar sweetness and yeast. Some earthiness. Pretty dry and oaky. Not getting much rum flavor, maybe just some molasses. slightly under carbed. Wish this had a touch more rum barrel presence.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to olavzisper for yet another fine hookup from va. Enjoyed from a Lickinghole creek craft brewery snifter.

a - brew pours a sludgy brown that settles purple/black in the glass. A small fkoamy head doesn't hang out long but leaves some creamy lace on the glass.

s - wow. The rum barrel is a perfect match for this plum grape quad. Smells sweet, but really has my mouth watering. Almost sangria like in the nose, a bit boozy, but that is the sweetness too.

t/m - picks up where the nose left off and adds in an element of nuttiness. Dark fruit, big plum and grape. The rum is there too rounding out the fruitiness. The finish is a bit dry, but the body is fairly creamy for an American made quad. Most American quads really fall to pieces in the body but this one has a classic body. Really nice.

o - overall a very impressive beer. I would love to try the base quad, but the barrel really seems to compliment the beer highlighting sangria like fruit notes over a classic quad. A hint on the sweet side, but I will have no problem taking this bottle down on my own. One of the best beers to come from lccb so far and I have been fairly impressed with most.

Photo of rudzud
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros and Threelions. Bottle # 65

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice chestnut brown that is so dark it looks murky. Half finger white head that fades to a light halo. 4.25

S - Aromas of really nice rum though I wish it was richer, nice quad notes, not to sweet, molasses, fruit cake. For 12% this is not nearly as boozy as I figured it would be. 4.25

T - Taste is quite sweet, strong quad notes. Loads of sugar cane, sweet plums, rum raisin, very drinkable. Somewhere phenolic, nicer barrel notes, not sticky or syrupy. Booze is hidden nicely. Very pleasant 4.5

M - Mouthfeel is very nice, super light carbonation, very drinkable with the alcohol hidden very well. 4.25

O - Overall this beer was really nice and tart, great rum notes with awesome nose and taste! 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured a ruby brown body with minimal head and a little bit of lace ring.
A dark fruit, almost raisin aroma first hit me and then there are slight sweet (not quite candi sugar) and yeast aromas (not typical Belgian yeast and orange citric but close).
Smoothness from barrels and yeast make an easy drinking beer and give off some boozy, vanilla sweetness.
However, the dominant flavors I'm getting are the dark fruits like raisins and figs (plums?) and these dark fruits give off their own minor sweetness.
Finishes a little heavy and only slightly boozy and while not the most complex Belgian style beer I've had, this beer is quite enjoyable and worth trying.

Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma 750 ml brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. 2014 vintage. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Murky chestnut brown with short cap of beige big-bubbled head with average retention but no lacing.

S: Nondescript spirits are up front but do eventually give way way to some dark fruit malt aromas of raisin and prune followed by a bit of medium caramel. Hopping is really not a factor. There are some fruity and musty yeast esters that provide a little extra complexity.

T: Flavor is fine but a bit of a thud with fairly subdues dark fruity maltiness with some rummy vague spirit alcohol flavor that doesn't really ehance or add much depth to the overall package. There are some caramel notes in there as well. Yeastiness in the aroma is lost in the flavor. The flavor is by no means poor but is a bit of a disappointment -- a bit run of the mill. Certainly it doesn't come off as a quad but more of a strong ale -- not enough of the dark fruitiness and big malt flavor.

M: Smooth and easy to drink with low carbonation and medium-full body.

O: Not a bad beer but a little lackluster.

Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to irishrogue for this bottle. 750ML bottle with a black and white ship on the cool, parchmentesque label. Split with my wife, bottle #70.

The pour is a spring runoff dark red, with minimal carbonation only after pouring from the shoulders of Everest. Smells like rum that’s been impregnated with Belgian candied sugar, which I suppose it is. Brown sugar too. Sweet on sweet.

Batchelor’s Delight should be frozen & sold as freeze-pops. An explosion of sugars – Belgian, brown, candied, Cuban, Bob Mould, Ray Leonard, & others not so easily identified pummel the mouth. The multicultural sugar cubes are soaked in rum, plus a touch of dark fruit. What’s notably absent is the yeast – very little quad here at all. Thick, heavy, sans bubbles. Happy to have a half bomber.

Simpler than jelly toast, & not nearly so tasty. A pretty good beer, but not terribly notable. Other than that sweetness. Good lord, the sweetness.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle from my RB fantasy baseball collection. Thanks! 2014 bottle No. 727, 750 ml. Pours murky purple amber brown with a big creamy off white to khaki head. Huge aroma of rum barrels, spice, molasses, plums, figs, rich dark malts. Flavor is rich sweet molasses covered plums and figs, hard root beer candies, extremely smooth, lingering heat, hint of Belgian yeasty spice and some vanilla notes. Extremely rich and so smooth bodied with low to medium carbonation. Wow. I was expecting a boozy mess from a US made barrel aged quad but this is a stellar rich dessert beer that doesn't go over the top with any of the flavors.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour (not sure how many oz's) served in a clear solo cup at Lickinghole Creek brewery in Goochland. From notes.

A: Pours a murky dark brown color. And there's no head formed at all. Needless to say, this is a rather ugly brew.

S: Oh yes, this is more like it. There are some excellent dark fruit notes (mainly plums in this case), backed by brown sugar, molasses, and (redundantly) rum. I'm not picking up a hint of the 12%, either. This has a great nose.

T: Wow. Rum barrel notes starts things off - brown sugar and molasses from the rum accentuates the brown sugar and molasses from the malt backbone. Additional flavors of barrel and mild booze can be tasted along side the opening rum. This transitions into a finish loaded with vibrant dark fruit flavors (again, plum), and smaller amounts of caramel and chocolate. The barrel presence is soft, but not nonexistent. Even if it isn't infinitely complex, it's deep enough - and extremely tasty to boot.

M: Tasting this is bringing back memories of Black Albert - despite the 12% (and, in this case, barrel aging), it hardly seems boozy or cloying at all. Even better, it has a fairly light feel and a crisp bite without excessive cleanliness. Carbonation is middling, in the best way possible. It's pretty damn close to being REFRESHING, even.

O: I'm really impressed - this is the best 'Murican-brewed quad I've ever tasted. It can even be mentioned in the same breath as the Pannepots, Rochefort 10's, and St. Bernardus Abt 12's of the world. I'm curious how the bottles stack up; this was freakin' fantastic on tap regardless.

Photo of ynnpar
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Wow. I like the idea of quads but am usually a bit put off on the first sip whenever I have one. Something always seems to be out of balance. This one, though, seems to get everything right. Looks like a quad, smells like a quad, tastes like a quad (if swith a slightly thinner body?). Like others have mentioned, I'd be interested in trying the base beer. I don't know that I get much rum barrel... but then again it could be the rum barrel that's doing the important mellowing or whatever balancing work is needed to make this one work for me. Definitely give this a try if you come across it.

Batchelors Delight from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.