Enlightened Despot | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

Enlightened DespotEnlightened Despot
BA SCORE
88.9%
Liked This Beer
4.2 w/ 199 Ratings
Enlightened DespotEnlightened Despot
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:
199
Liked:
177
Avg:
4.2/5
pDev:
11.43%
Alströms:
4.23
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
48
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of acurtis
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to DCLAguy11 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

2015 vintage. Bottle No. 574.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, earth, char, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, vanilla, bourbon, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast and wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great aromas, but the bourbon barrel aging comes through slightly better in the taste to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev 0%

As the trend for contemporary imperial stout to compete with extreme alcohol, roast, sweetness and that tar-like body, its easy to forget the finesse, elegance and regal quality of a sensible Russian-style imperial stout and all the subtle nuances that it hides within.

Lickinghole Creek brewers pay homage to those British-to-Russia versions with its own inky-black stout. Building a dainty creme of froth, its robust aromas of french-roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toffee and bourbon spice entice the nose while a silky smooth chocolaty taste greets the early palate.

Its luxurious malt flavors slather onto the tongue bringing smooth espresso, bittersweet chocolate, light fudge, heavy whipping cream and deeply woven seared toffee and sweet oaky booze. With the confident stout warming, its fruit flavors emerge with black cherry, licorice and red grape.

Long and savory late, the sipping stout nestles into the soft tissues of the mouth and delivers a firm dessert-like texture. Spicy and undeniable Pappy Van Winkle bourbon offers up its own vanilla roundness, caramel sweetness and powdery, spicy warmth that lingers well into the next sip.

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2.98/5  rDev -29%

Photo of brentk56
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out fudge brown topped by tannish foam; not much of a bubble show but quite a few strands of lacing linger

Smell: Chocolate, caramel and Bourbon barrel tones

Taste: Up front, the chocolate and caramel are joined by Bourbon, oak and vanilla flavors; in the middle, the hops add only modest bitterness with the result that the finish is on the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet from the ABV

Overall: While a very nice beer, I found this a bit one-dimensional; I didn't pick up the dark fruit that I associate with the best of the RIS category and the overall sweetness was a factor, too

Thanks, julielynndubee, for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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 Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On the drier, roastier end of the spectrum. Really well done. For those that don't want their stouts overwhelmingly sweet.

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Photo of jlindros
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to rudzud
Decent dark fizzy head, light lacing, decent legs, pitch black beer.

Nose nice fudgey choc, thick dark cocoa, lots of vanilla barrel and bourbon, little fluffy nougat and caramel, no real roast or burnt, faint candied raisin, little espresso note and toffee.

Taste starts thick and chewy with lots of malt, dark malt with faint roasty char but very little, nice fudgey choc and dark cocoa again, little chewy creamy oats, little nougat and caramel, and faint toffee too. Touch of candied raisin on the back end, big bitter hops too late, little earthy and faint orange peel bitterness. Nice vanilla barrel and nice soft juicy bourbon, light. Finish is quite bitter with lingering earthy soft spicy and orange peel hops with little cocoa, toffee, and faint bourbon barrel lingering.

Mouth is thick soft fudgey creamy, booze hidden quite well, decent carb for the style.

Overall very nice, the bitterness on the back end i is a bit much, but otherwise great beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 atrocity
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drewone
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 orangesol
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of dfhhead25
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BMart
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chippo33
1.75/5  rDev -58.3%

Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Enlightened Despot from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 88.9% out of 100 with 199 ratings
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