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Batchelors Delight | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Summer

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%


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!

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4.02/5  rDev -2%

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3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Murky brown. Nice khaki head that retains well. Smell is boozy. Rum. Dark fruits. Bread. Smells like a decent quad behind the alcohol. Taste is nutty up front and then a strong rum flavor. Oaky and bitter finish. Boozy, but not sweet, which I really appreciate. Well carbonated. The quad is lost, but usually American quads don't even fair well behind an intense barrel. This one does.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Kmlund
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

Photo of craigyrex1985
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

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Photo of Drknight
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle. Opaque dark brown hue with a moderately-high, tan head. Roasted brown sugar and chocolate nose. Caramel, raw sugar, molasses, rum, fig, nuts, cocoa and a slight char note on the palate. Full+ body and medium- carbonation.

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4.52/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, turbid, opaque, mahogany brown coloring with a foamy, low profile, clingy, off-white head. Despite the thick opacity, you can see slow trails of carbonation traveling up the side of the glass. Aromas of old world fruit sweet, heavy on the date and raisin, with highlights of vanilla, brown sugar, toasted notes, wood spice, and a subtle blend of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and all spice. Very rich and sweet aromas. Flavors are balanced and smooth forward, with heavy notes of plum, raisin, date, and fig followed immediately by a warm bite of rum characteristics. Brown sugar, vanilla, and spice envelope the old world fruit notes, providing warmth and a subtle edge, and open the door for some of the other subtle spices to come through. Nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon hit the tail end of the palate to coincide with the building warmth. The body is full and smooth, with an old world fruit heavy fruitcake-like aftertaste. The finish is slow, velvety, layered, and with a decent sweet and spiced balance. There's also traces of rum notes and warmth hanging around, too. Good beer!

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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Batchelors Delight from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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