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Theophan The Recluse - Three Taverns Craft Brewery

Theophan The Recluse
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%

Brewed by:
Three Taverns Craft Brewery visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mweso2000 on 10-25-2013)
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Photo of Georgiabeer


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid RIS, with a smooth finish and a particularly nice note of bitter chocolate. It loses a little something after sitting in the glass for a while, and could use a little more depth- almost too smooth, a little roughness around the edges might actually help this beer a bit. Still, I enjoyed this well enough.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 01:40:42 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured nearly black from the tap with a very good head.

This has a load of coffee and black licorice with the dark roasted malts. Mildly bitter; strong and bold. Alcohol is nearly invisible. Lasting aftertaste.

Feel: light-medium carbonation; a bit lively for style.

O: rich and strongly flavored, even for style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2014 04:58:30 | More by chinchill
Photo of GeorgiaBrewed


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Very dark brown, opaque, almost black. It pours with very little head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of strongly coffee with perhaps a little bit of cocoa.

T: Starts off with some subtle raisin notes and roasted malts, then it hits you with the strong taste of black coffee and dark chocolate, and finishes with a refreshing bitterness from the hops.

M: Much lighter than I expected. I was hoping for something a little bit heavier.

O: This is a solid stout. It has a nice color, great taste, and it's very drinkable. I was just looking for something a little heavier to get me through this cold winter night.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2014 03:19:54 | More by GeorgiaBrewed
Photo of ThickNStout


3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from Sherlock's (Marietta, GA). 11.98. Bottled 12/09/13 (I think. The ink was smeared). Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours with chest nut edges under the light but rests in the glass solid black. The finger and a half of foamy capucinno head settles to a thick ring with a nice haze over the surface but leaves little in the way of lace.

Aromas of toasted malts, dark cocoa, coffee, brown sugar and some vaguely Belgian yeasty notes.

Sharp flavors of bitter pure dark chocolate, deeply roasted malt, black coffee, raisin bread, cherry skins, resiny hop oil bitterness, a little licorice and just a tad of booze. Overall toasty and bitter with a little less sweetness than I'd prefer.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with mild but present carbonation. Bitter coffee and burnt fudge settle on the tongue for a lingering finish.

While this is far from my favorite imperial stout I must admit that I've enjoyed it a little more every time I drink one. Not hunt-worthy but I don't shy away from it when it's offered. I'll be socking a couple away to see if the bitterness will fade to reveal more balancing sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 18:03:00 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of Zach136


3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml Bottle - $11 and some change - poured into a 3T Chalice

A - Pitch black, very little head and virtually no lacing

S - Not a super assertive nose, hints of roasted malt and a touch of burnt rubber. Very little Belgian yeast esters.

T - Roasted coffee and mild hop bitterness, touch of adjunct sugar sweetness that gives a touch a semi-sweet chocolate, but is also starting to give me a headache.

M - Low carbonation, with a silky mouth feel and sticky finish.

O - Nothing wrong with the beer, but the $12 price tag has me feeling a little burned

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 02:36:25 | More by Zach136
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: dark and nearly opaque. Some ruby highlights peak through. Not much head to speak of, slight legs/lacing.
Smell: pleasant enough. Not very rich for an imp but let's see what happens as it warms. Smells more like a milt stout than a Russian. There's a slight sourness amidst the semi-sweet cocoa and mild roastiness. Guess that's the Belgian yeast. This does get more interesting as it warms.
Taste: I'm really diggin this. Very smooth, tasty and complex. Hard to identify a stand out flavor, instead they blend well into a unique beast. A hint of spice in the finish.
Overall: a little thin for the style. I usually prefer rich and decadent. This is more on the subtle, complex side, and done quite well.

Edit note: this opened up more as it warmed. Went back and upped smell, taste, and overall. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 23:57:53 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black with two fingers of creamy light tan head. The foam slowly settles down to a film. Average lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, brown sugar, malted milk balls, coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate. Well balanced, but not terribly interesting.

T: Brown sugar is now pretty strong. Milk chocolate and malted milk balls are also there along with a bit of dark chocolate and coffee.

M: On the thin side with creamy carbonation.

O: Tasty, but a little uninteresting. Could use some more complexity and some more intense flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:33:00 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of mweso2000


4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From the brewer

Theophan the Recluse was a Russian monk known for the spiritual depth and complexity of his writings. We consider him a perfect namesake for this rich, complex imperial stout, brewed with eight specialty malts, dark Muscovado sugar and a Belgian yeast strain. Deep, mysterious, full-bodied and indefinably exotic, Theophan the Recluse is meant to transport drinkers to a place of deep contemplation, mystical insight and inspired conversation.

What an impressive beer from the new brewery in Georgia. A rich complex malty flavor. I get hints of chocolate and dark fruit flavors and just a tad bit of licorice but not so much that it turns you off. Such a complex flavor profile. Starts off velvety smooth and then the 60 ibu's kick in and give it a nice bite but not overly bitter. Some times RIS can taste slightly burnt but not this one. Put this against the big boys at Stone, Oskar Blues and North Coast in a blind taste test and this one would hold its own.

Serving type: growler

10-25-2013 21:22:06 | More by mweso2000
Theophan The Recluse from Three Taverns Craft Brewery
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