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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   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.

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3.6
nearbeer (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2017
12 oz. no bottling date evident. Ebony with a ring of bubbles. Nose is chocolate cookie dough and a bit of booze. Flavors of chocolate, bread pudding, fig and a bit of booze. Scattershot flavors come together in the finish for a harmonious serving of dark chocolate torte and wine. Medium-heavy body has low-medium carbonation.

3.6
vtafro (7445) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle. Dark pour with tan head. Roasted, chocolate, vanilla, yeast aromas. Flavors are chocolate, roasted, vanilla and dark malts.

3.6
jtclockwork (16603) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2016 Bottle - Pours black tan head - nose/taste of dark sugar, licorice, chocolate, maple - medium body.

3.4
rdixon77 (2842) - Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Dark pour. Bitterness hits first, followed by a smoky char, some dried fruit, and a sweet caramel malts. A tad thin, but still fine beer.

3.4
ARH (1125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2016
On tap, poured into a goblet. The aroma is roasty with charred and smoke qualities and an undertone of earth and coffee that emerge late. The beer is dark and nearly opaque with a brown-black hue and is topped by a brown, soft sudsy head that has good retention with a wispy quality to it and heavy, runny sheet lace. The taste is a medium sweet and medium high bitter; the sweetness does increases later in the drink. The chewy texture is accompanied by a fuzzy carbonation. The medium body contains a strong charred character with undertones of dark chocolate, coffee, some earthy notes, and a late, subtle caramel. The finish is burnt wood / ashy with more earth notes and a cloying, bitter cacao that turns chalky late. The aftertaste is burnt toast, smoke, and earth.

3.4
decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Aroma is smoky, peaty, and coffee. Flavor is sweet smoky maltiness. Rich chocolate and coffee. A somewhat odd flavor that I would say comes from the yeast. Medium body with good carbonation. 9% well hidden. Not your fathers imperial stout. odd to say the least but not bad

3.4
Bacterial (2999) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Dark brown pour with a slight tan head. Malty raisin nose. Musty char malt, some grape? Odd. Sweet boozy finish.

3.5
jw0406 (1276) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2015
750 ml bottle pours a dark black color with a nice tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Full bodied, very nice.

4.5
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Stemmed tulip @ HopAlley. Black pour, very dark. Seductive nose. Aromas of Dr. Pepper, black olives juice, booze, loads of Gin. Tastes of Gin, roasted grains, tons of licorice, anise. Finishes like a well mixed Absinthe. Strong, anise, delusional, recluse driven. (4350)

3.1
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with, despite a heavy-handed dispensement, very little to no head formation. Smell: The roastiness of the nose is a bit hard, ashen, but not overly so. A little anise, chocolate. Anticipate dark fruitiness. Aroma is marked by an appreciable soy quality. Taste: Presents a middling roasted maltiness wrapped in snippets of licorice sticks and gently dunked in your basic, everyday soy sauce. Ineffusive bakers chocolate quality, relatively restrained sweetness. Dark fruitiness of plums, prunes. Hint of black olive. Moderate alcohol tones and accompanying warmth. Bitterish roast on the soft, earthy finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Low carbonation. Overall: A disappointment, really. What landed in this bottle (couldn’t spot any born-on, expiration, etc. dating), heavy on the soy and on the flat side, was a far cry from the one I had one draft several months prior.


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