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Batchelors Delight - Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Batchelors Delight
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: ThisWangsChung on 07-09-2014)
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Reviews by Beejay:
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%


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!

Beejay, Aug 17, 2014
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Batchelors Delight from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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