Enlightened Despot | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
4.2/5
Exceptional
201 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
lickingholecreek.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
201
pDev:
11.43%
Bros Score:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
95
Gots:
48
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 201 |  Reviews: 28
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1.75/5  rDev -58.3%

Photo of BeerSeniorJudge
2.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark brown to black in color with flavors malty, roasted and fruit. The bitterness was high.

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2.98/5  rDev -29%

Photo of ElGordito
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's okay. Barrel treatment comes through as more of a harsh woodiness than rich bourbon.

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Photo of mothman
3.01/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of linnymtu
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one wasn't for me. The rest of the group liked it but it was way overly bitter for my taste.

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Photo of CoolEthan
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of JWalterWeatherman
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of siege06nd
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billab914
3.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mopps
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of sspencer367
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shilt
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of HookemHoos
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.52/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head, Chunky collar.

Smell - Bourbon. Heavy roasted malt. A little bit of booze.

Taste - Not as much bourbon. Vanilla. Heavy roast. Moderate bitter roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Roasty finish.

Overall - Somehow not as roasty as the other variants of this beer. Still works pretty well.

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Photo of MeganDana
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuccoFan
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found it too sweet for an RIS, even one aged in barrels.

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3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brians52
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 201 ratings