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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 339   ABV: 11.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This style was first brewed in the 18th century in London for export to the court of Catherine the Great, an Enlightened Despot. Enlightened Despots were absolute monarchs influenced by the Enlightenment. Illuminatos (Latin for Enlightened) is made with ten different specialty grains, generously hopped, aged in premium rum barrels for as long as it takes and cold-conditioned on fresh vanilla. The all seeing eye is nearly upon us.

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3.9
alexsdad06 (11389) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2017
750 ml bottle via trade shared with Tmoney99, phaleslu and wihorock. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small plus sized khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, chocolate, rum barrel, vanilla, caramel, some nice roasted bitterness, this is what an imperial stout should be, solid, drinkable, carries the abv nicely, very good.

3.7
phaleslu (10957) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2017
750 ml bottle shared by alexsdad06 - thanks again, Brad! Pours an opaque brown with a dark tan cap atop the liquid. Dry roast leads the way here, with dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, raisins, and subtle rum heat. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, roasty, slightly warming mouthfeel. The amount of grains here makes sense, as it's a dry, grainy base. Not nearly as sweet or boozy as I'd expected because I knew about the vanilla and rum.

3.9
anders37 (27898) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2017
Bottle @ RateBeer Best 2017 Bottle Share. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty licorice and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.

3.6
DSG (15519) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2017
[1/29/17] Bottle/Can/Crowler/Growler at the RateBeer award ceremony bottle share at Flamingo Hotel in Santa Rosa. Black. Rum, chocolate, booziness, spice, wood, full-bodied.

4.1
JaBier (8445) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2017
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, roast and booze. Malt and chocolate flavor with raisin and booze before a roasty finish.

4.5
zizzybalubba (1896) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2016
750 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Beautiful dark brown pour with a dense khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, rum, and vanilla with hints of licorice and espresso. Taste features huge amounts of vanilla bean upfront with coffee, rum, cocoa, and oak on the back end. Moderately warm finish. This is a great offering from Lickinghole Creek.

3.9
JBPortland (1582) - Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2016
750ml bottle pours dark brown black with 2 finger foamy brown head. Nose has char, roast, soft rum fruity-ness, light spice, white chocolate, subtle vanilla. Taste has nice solid mouthfeel, bitter baker’s chocolate, roasty char, light vanilla, rum barrel gives soft spiced dark fruit, not a ton of oak character. Finishes bitter, semi sweet cocoa, nice dryness and some lingering burned brownie edge. Enjoyable.

4.3
kidobutai (701) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2016
Poured from a tap as part of a flight of dark beers at Tap It Local (Norfolk). Amazing head and decent lacing. Black appearance. Really good nose, pleasantly sweet but not overpowering. My favorite of the 5. Like eating a Special Dark chocolate bar.

3.9
MadRobin (2989) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2016
On tap at the Lost Dog Cafe in Merrifield, VA. Opaque, near-black with a tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee, vanilla, roasted malt, dark chocolate, oak and rum. Taste of dark fruit, dark chocolate, rum, SLC, roasted coffee, vanilla, alcohol and oak. Medium/full body and medium/low carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
TheBeerGod (6292) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Bottle - 750mL crowned. 2015 vintage. Jet black pour with a medium, dense, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, wood, booze notes and coffee. Taste is less boozy than expected with big roasted malt, woody notes, dark chocolate, coffee, bitter hops, vanilla, soft booze and hops. Body is medium-full with a moderate, dense carbonation. Finishes with more roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, booze, vanilla, soft oak and hops. Nice!


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