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Batchelors Delight | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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Brewed by:
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States

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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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 74
Reviews by cosmicevan:
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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of Beejay
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%


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 -2.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
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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Photo of TwistofKane
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of d3rb
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Kmlund
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mkirkland80
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice creamy brown tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice film around the inside of the glass. The beer itself is kind of a hazy brown color. The shade of brown is pretty good and looks nice. It doesn't have the purple shade you normally associate with the style but it looks decent.

The smell is pretty good. It has a nice mix of the notes that you would expect from a quad and a rum barrel aged beer. The quad notes consist of a light dark fruit note but with a slightly stronger caramel smell to it. The rum barrel notes mix well with the quad notes and create a nice smelling beer.

The taste is very good. It's a nice mix between the traditional quad style and the rum barrel notes. The traditional quad notes are as expected and come in the form of a dark fruit note with a light caramel note. The rum notes provided a nice brown sugar note with a slight molasses note and bits of vanilla. Like the smell, the rum notes mix very well with this beer.

The feel is pretty good. The beer has a heavy body but isn't as thick as a regular quad due to the barrel aging. It smooth and the light carbonation give it a nice texture as goes down.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer and Lickinghole Creek shows how good it is. It's a nice combination and use of a rum barrel to add a nice and complementary note that definitely works better with the style than other liquors. The beer has all the notes you would expect including very complementary notes from the barrel. Go for it.

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Photo of Tuggy
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of corysmith01
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigyrex1985
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

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Photo of Drknight
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of FlandersNed
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of Blackpint
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Photo of Jlang2012
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Batchelors Delight from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
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