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Three Taverns Theophan The Recluse

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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured jet black with thin, lacy head. Nice bitter-sweet molasses with toasted grains and mocha/cocoa. The Belgian yeast thinned it out giving it fruitiness and dryness. Pretty nice for a style that can be hit or miss for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3826) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Light chocolate. Creamy. Cocoa powder. Ash. Not exactly big like an imperial stout, but tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2014
5/7/14. On tap at Bleu Cafe. Rich black pour with a really nice brown head that sticks around pretty well. Through the glass, the head fades to nothing and leaves only very spotty lacing. It sure was pretty when poured, though. Rich aroma, ash hits me strong, plenty of black strap molasses, some leather and tobacco, and a hint of a metallic tinge. Rich ashy flavor as well, charred wood in a way, some deep dark fruits, molasses, and coffee. The ash lingers strong with just a hint of metal. Surprisingly thin body and lively carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1569) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 6, 2014
Blind sample, thx to Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: black beer, no foam. NOSE: mocha, coffee, vanilla, alcohol, some liquorice. TASTE: alcohol, flat, coffee, dark chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 19, 2014
Bottle at chrisOs... Deep black... Bubbly tan head... Soft meaty blackcurrant chocolate roast.. Dark malts... Light oak... Too fizzy for a stout but not over fizzy... Dark chocolate roast... Light bitter roast..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gachupines (847) - USA - FEB 10, 2014
Black with a thick tan head. Aroma is roasted malt with a bit of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is a little sweet alcohol with rich chocolate. A bit of dark fruit as well, raisins particularly. Bittersweet finish, could be a bit fuller in body. Wife: 4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2463) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Draft at kimball house. Definitely need to let this one warm up a bit to appreciate the subtlety going on here. At first the yeast comes through and adds some awkward fruitiness and tangy flavors. As it warms though the bitter malt profiles start to meld a little better with the yeast to make it a little not of a better beer. Not sticky or cloyingly sweet like many of the big nes in this style but a nice drink that goes down a lot more easily. An easy to drink big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3032) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2013
A bit low on the carbonation. Very little head build up. Caramel cake and a bit of toffee in the aroma. The flavor is really subtle for an imperial stout. Maybe the sugar thinned things out. It’s not rich and beefy like the brashest examples of the style. The yeast creates a bit of a weird floral fruitiness that it pleasant in the aroma, a little confusing in the flavor. This one really needs to be allowed to warm up to be enjoyed properly. It’s just not aggressive enough to be fully enjoyed until the chill gets knocked off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (782) - - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours dark opaque brown with a thin layer of tan head. Aroma of toffee, dark fruit, and coffee. Taste of coffee and chocolate.

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