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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7394) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (15915) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (2644) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARH (1124) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (6130) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2953) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jw0406 (1229) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - 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 (couldnt 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (47622) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2015

Bottle 750ml.

[ As Three Taverns Theophan The Recluse ].
Clear dark black brown color with a large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, alcohol - bourbon, moderate coffee, moderate wood and oak. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, chocolate, coffee, alcohol, malt bitter, wood, light oak. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft - lively - fizzy, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20140419]

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