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Great Commander | Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery

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4.05/5
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42 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rum Barrel version of Heir Apparent.

The Great Commander is a Rum Barrel Imperial Stout spiced with cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne, New Mexican Ancho Chile and serrano peppers. Flavors of chocolate, rum and vanilla meld together seamlessly with the perfect amount of spice and heat.

The Great Commander is the spark setting fire to the hearts of the masses!

60 IBUs

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,683
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
42
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
12
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Riff
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Holy carbonation, Batman. The head on this thing was ridiculous, I've had plenty of IPAs with less head. Smell is rum, cinnamon, and chilies. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, light note of rum throughout, with a little bit of heat from the chilies coming in towards the end. A little on the thin side but it doesn't detract. Overall, not a fan of the presentation and the smell isn't too promising but the flavors are well blended and it's a tasty stout so that's all that really matters.

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Photo of hophugger
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep and dark color yet overall seems to be a bit thin. Aroma is big on cinnamon and chili pepper, not that there's anything wrong with that. Rum barrel takes a back seat on this one, fine with me. Chili peppers start rising but stall right before they overtake, awesome. Vanilla plays wonderfully and balance is amazing !!!. Finish is slightly sweet from vanilla with a small bit of alcohol, bit of dry spice and just the right amount of chilies. Awesome beer !!

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Photo of the_benskii
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vikingpillager
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely stellar imperial stout at 13.5%. The bottle clarifies that the rum barrels are oak which I think is nice because you can absolutely taste charred oak flavors. 2016 vintage bottle. The heat and spice are incredibly well balanced. Rum is mild but definitely there. Amazing !!

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Photo of avalon07
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Lickinghole Brewery, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick consistency. There was a thin, foamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A big, bracing aroma of chili peppers, chocolate, rum, roasted malt, and cinnamon.

T: Tasted of bit of chocolate (always welcome), lots of chili peppers (didn't skimp on these), some rum (and the accompanying barrel), light cinnamon, and vanilla as well. A spicy, complex, and feisty flavor. The rum and chili peppers play well together. Incredibly tasty and likable.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a fiery, spicy finish. Full-bodied.

O: If you like beers with chili peppers, give this a shot. Incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of Jason_cs
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Pencible
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampled at SAVOR 2017. This was an awesome brew with bold character and lots of complexity. Smoky and sweet and spicy and rich and delicious. It had a smooth finish that wasn't too hot or sticky. Yum!

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and no lacing.

This smells like vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate, rum, and slight oak.

This is about a year old now, and it seems like the chili heat has basically 99% faded away- I only get a touch on the finish. There's definitely a good amount of cinnamon character to this, gives off a slightly sweet and earthy flavor. There's some nice vanilla still, too, with a nice fudgy base. It's definitely less bitter than your standard LCCB stout.

This is medium bodied, a little bit lightly carbonated. The booze character is not all that apparent, surprisingly.

I think I like Supreme Leader a little bit better, but this is still a fun beer to try.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

SAVOR D.C. 2017

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

4.26/5: Fantastic melange of barrel, chili pepper, piny hops, and vanilla; though thin, it's absurdly dangerous for 13.5%

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Photo of ixcacienfuegos
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great Commander batch of 2015 delivers the full character of a serious Stout: complexity in flavors, pleasant aroma mixed with coffe, spices and vanilla. World-class beer that is just few steps behind perfection!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ufmib
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweemzander
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brpendergast85
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Farnswurth
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of msteves99
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Great Commander from Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 42 ratings