Enlightened Despot | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

197 Ratings
Enlightened DespotEnlightened Despot

Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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.

Added by blackie on 02-21-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So what do you get when you add a great (and out of the box) brewer and some Pappy Van Winkle barrels? An absolutely delicious bourbon stout. Great job to Sean & LK brewery and i just hope to store a few of these bottles for a few years as I just know they will only get better. Top notch beer if your able to find some! My only advise is to pour and wait about 10 minutes and best served around room temperature.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: I don't care much about looks. This is dark as expected, got some nice head (hehe) from the pour.

Smell: Bourbon is pretty strong in the aroma, with some roasty goodness.

Taste: mmmmmmmmmmm very balanced flavor, bourbon is not too dominant

Feel: velvety smoooooooth

Overall: I gave this beer a perfect score a few months back (my only 5 to date), and my latest bottle just not change that. it is delicious.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

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4.99/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beer to savor. It has a beautiful, deep brown color, with hints of amber at the edges. A good thick head and a soft aroma. The taste starts off light and slightly acidic, but quickly builds with remnant flavors of the bourbon and hints of chocolate and malt. The finish is slightly hoppy, with floral notes. No strong flavor of alcohol, even at 11.3%, so be careful when drinking!

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Went to the farm/brewery and purchased on a lark after having a surprisingly good Belgian Triple.

Attractive bottle and label. Opened and decanted at below room temp but not cold. Dark, opaque but not black. Color shows texture and depth in darkest browns and burgundy. Swirling causes adherence to the glass and alcohol legs slowly sliding back. Light brown lacing but no head with aggressive pour.

Roasted malts, mature wood, bourbon, Belgian yeast aromas. Little alcohol sharpness but the lack of hop aroma, slight sulfur from yeast and an overly sweet, syrupy smell causes worry.

Malt, strong oak but no astringency from the wood, chocolate, huge roasted malt delicious balance between specialty grains and base malts. Exactly perfect level of bitterness cuts the sweetness at the back of the palate. Bourbon through the nose on exhale. No alcohol sharpness, warming but dangerously easy to drink.

Heavy, creamy and thick mouth texture. Sticks to the tongue and lingers, mid to light carbonation.

This blew me away. I am lucky enough to regularly enjoy world class stouts like the Abyss, darkness, 1050, yeti etc. This stout matches the best and eclipses the rest. Not a fan of Belgian yeasts in beers with high IBUs especially imperial stouts. This completely changed my mind. Best beer brewed in Virginia, top three imp stout I have ever been lucky enough to enjoy.

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Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
4.17 out of 5 based on 197 ratings.
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