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Theophan The Recluse - Three Taverns Craft Brewery

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mweso2000 on 10-25-2013)
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Reviews by coreyfmcdonald:
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3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 29, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

chinchill, Jan 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

VinceMig, Nov 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Mdblub, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

seavercm, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

cmanzer, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

kjc111, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Keith_R, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

kferq, Aug 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Cloaked_Phantom, Feb 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

100200300, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

DerrickW, Dec 21, 2013
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3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

ThickNStout, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Kmccabe33, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

rrski198, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Brandyn, Jan 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Mattsk1, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

thatoneguymike, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Tward653, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

NHhomebrewguy, Sep 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

justinthegypo, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mwisdom562, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

sd123, Dec 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bigbluebeerguy, Jun 11, 2014
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Theophan The Recluse from Three Taverns Craft Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.