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Theophan The Recluse | Three Taverns Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.94/5
Very Good
116 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Three Taverns Craft Brewery
Georgia, United States
threetavernsbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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, spiritual insight and inspired conversation.

Added by mweso2000 on 10-25-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,786
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
116
pDev:
12.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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8
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Photo of Pens1967
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ljoreilly
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KensWorld
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a small tan head
S - Aroma has quite an alcohol sting to it
T - Flavor is pretty straightforward roasted malt.
M - Mouth feel is thick, carbonation low.
O - This is one of those times when I got fooled by the label and name. Really nothing special happening here. Not a bad beer but I would not seek it out again.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dankjohn
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GTJayG
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of quang_dam
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shivtim
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lillitnn92
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nominoe
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with no head until my bottle was vertical. What little brown head showed up on top of this black beer dissipated very quickly and left no lacing while drinking.

Smells like a belgian quad. Plummy, raisiny, chocolatey. It's an intensified fruitiness of those dark chocolate-covered fruits you smell in great Russian Imperial Stouts but without the coffee/vanilla/roastiness. Just the fruit and chocolate.

Tastes a bit sour, like a fruit just on the left of the left-to-right gaussian curve of ripeness. I mean like a quarter-sigma left. That not-so-ripeness that makes you wonder whether you actually like it this way. The chocolate from the nose is subdued and zero roast/coffee/nutty/vanilla exists. (This is not a Russian Imperial Stout.)

This beers feels great. Somewhat thick, but not an artificial syrup-like feel. An easy swish around the mouth certainly brings a heavy alcohol burn to the nostrils, which shows up well concealed in a normal sip as fermented dark fruit. Very very little carbonation, like a heavy stout. Nice.

Overall, this is dark in color, dark fruit in smell and taste and lacking carbonation - all in favor of an RIS, but I cannot compare it to any RIS I have had before. It is delicious. It is not a quad, but certainly Three Taverns knows how to throw in a Belgian twist to their beer.

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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750 ML bottle that my brother in law Steven brought on our vacation. He picked it up near Atlanta. Thanks Steven! Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Oil black with minimal head...really a few hundred small bubbles with a medium brown color dance across the top of the beer...and do not even cover the surfaces...after a vigorous pour.

S Deep Dark Roast Malt. Wonderful!

T Whoa...this is one hell of a deep dark RIS. Immediately I am imagining this Barrel Aged and how great it must be. Back to reality: A fine RIS with a very good taste.

M Mouthfeel is deep, dark molasses that lingers on the tongue for several minutes after last taste. Very, very good feel.

D/O: Drinkability is not great since the ABV is so high. Overall this is a very good RIS.

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4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque black, less than a sliver of light tan head, which is very bubbly and dissipates away quickly, leaves no lacing. 3.5

S: Roasted malts, lots of leather characters, some booze, a bit of sweetness. 3.75

T: Like the nose, mostly leather notes and roasted malt. Some bitterness, herbaceous notes, sugary sweetness. 3.75

M/D: Medium body, thinner than I would like, carbonation very low but not flat, ABV well masked, drinkability is good. 3.25

O: Good beer, but nothing special. I’ve heard lots of good things about this brewery, so I was a bit disappointed. Still worth a drink but not something I’d likely purchase again. 3.75

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1.74/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Disappointment, little carb, alcohol burn, taste was all over the place

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Theophan The Recluse from Three Taverns Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 116 ratings
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