Departed Spirit | Three Taverns Craft Brewery

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4.12/5
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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): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Eight-year-old bourbon barrels made the perfect environment for aging Theophan the Recluse, our Belgian-style Imperial Stout. The barrel’s departed spirit left an indelible mark, infusing our stout with traces of bourbon, notes of vanilla and the rich character of the wood.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,774
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
49
pDev:
7.77%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
18
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of bb-magic
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DangerDawg
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm reviewing a 750 ml, 2016 version allowed to warm for 15 minutes out of the fridge. The beer pours a deep brown a huge, fluffy tan head that disappated quickly leaving almost no lacing.

The smell has tons of dark fruits up front. Underneath is some dark chocolate the peeks through and then roasted malts and bourbon, but you need to hunt for them under the bright (dark) fruit smell. I'd have guessed this was a quad from the first, quick smell.

The taste is an unusual mix of dark fruits, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Each element seems to be fighting for dominance. The dark chocolate comes through strongly in the middle after the dark fruit up front. The end had a bitter, lingering finish.

The mouthfeel is low carbonation and very smooth, but it's a bit thin for the style.

This may be my first time with a Belgian-style stout. This one seems to be having an identity crisis where the Belgian aspect and the stout fight against each other rather than compliment each other. All that said, it's got a very complex flavor I enjoyed.

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Photo of Zach136
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jophish17
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregSemenza
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, not quite black in color with a slight head. the first thing you smell is the vanilla then the bourbon hits the air. Same thing will come thru upon tasting. Vanilla comes thru in the front end, then the bourbon comes thru very proudly on the back end. Very tasty, highly recommended.

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Photo of gamblebc
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PerfecTool
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JebBeerFish
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, 1/4 head on gentle pour.

S: Dark chocolate, Bourbon.

T: Dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and maybe a touch of coffee. Flavors are nicely presented and well combined.

O: My first Three Taverns brew. A well made RIS. Would like to try it fresh on tap.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't know, this one was kind of meh. Looked and smelled nice, but taste wasn't there for me. Couldn't put my finger on it, I guess I would of liked a little more chocolatey, maybe a little more deep smokey char of the barrel, instead of "woody", if that makes sense. Mouthfeel was a bit too thin for me, I like them more viscous. Wasn't bad, but wasn't anything I would get again. Glad I tried it though.

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Photo of ajdemma
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LauraGG
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of strohme2
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of capnamerica
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thrashers
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheDole
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage. Virtually zero carbonation, par for the course with 3T BA beers. Base stout has a very tough time keeping up with the oakiness of the barrel. Mouthfeel was on the watery side for a 10% brew.

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Photo of bcsteve89
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of target88
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Departed Spirit from Three Taverns Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 49 ratings