Theophan The Recluse | Three Taverns Craft Brewery

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Three Taverns Craft Brewery
Georgia, United States

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

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Photo of chiefbender
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of VinceMig
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml into snifter
A- nice-looking dark coffee color with a small, one-finger khaki head. Not much lace
S- Semi-sweet dark fruits like fig, blueberry(?), plum mixed with some milk chocolate. Red wine sneaks in there too.
T- A little more of the fruit, leather, some bitter chocolate, a slight sense of oak. Alcohol is buried nicely.
M- Really nice medium-bodied feel. A little prickly carb but not enough to make you go "hummm"
O- A nice take on a non-BA Imperial Stout. I really like the sweet fruit and red wine hints in this beer. A nice gift that I will seek out more of.

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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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 russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as night with a sliver of tan head. Zero head retention and lacing

S: Roastyness, smoke,

T: Dryness and restrained booze up front. Smokyness, roastyness, and dryness dominate as this warms. Finishes dry, woody and boozy

MF: Chewy with restrained carbonation , but builds as this warms

Solid RIS, no flaws to pick apart for sure

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Photo of richj1970
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.42/5  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.

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Theophan The Recluse from Three Taverns Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 118 ratings