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Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 12-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

As we spiral further toward the end of the Mayan calendar, Tröegs is brewing up a special beer to commemorate the expiration of planet Earth. Celebrate the countdown to extinction and raise a goblet of this colossal Russian Imperial Stout as we plummet into oblivion. If your tongue doesn’t disintegrate as a result of the birthday party cheesecake jellybean BOOM, it most certainly will wreak major havoc on your taste buds. ¿Impending Descent? is as enormous, face-melting, and palate-numbing as it sounds. If there ever was a last beer to enjoy before the apocalypse, this is it!
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Ratings: 281 | Reviews: 58
Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a moderate sized toffee lacing ring around the top.

S - Dark chocolate malt, char, light smokiness, a hint of coffee bean Espresso.

T - Char, dark roasted chocolate malt, smoky, very small amount of dark fruit, dark cocoa, and a lingering smoke dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Thick and full bodied, slippery, moderate lingering bitterness and no detectable alcohol.

O - I hope this one makes it to the rotation of Troegs beers, this is a winner.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a deep brown almost black color. 2-3 finger tan head with good retention and leaves behind a slight lacing. completely opaque and dark

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, espresso. dark fruits. almost smoky

Taste: opens with roasted malts, the bitterness mixes with a little bit of dark fruit sweetness. some espresso and chocolate. some age is showing in slight cherry to sherry like flavors. alcohol still has some prominence

Mouthfeel: fairly light and easy drinking. bitterness is high from the roast. some warmth but not a ton.

Overall: no clue what this tasted like fresh but it taste pretty darn good now. showing signs of good age along with signs of a good stout. A great tasting beer I was extra'd, I would certainly take more.

Photo of Mongrel
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There's something about the smell of this beer that is distinctly reminiscent of scotch whiskey, like smoked peat. Pretty cool.

The taste is also kind of smokey, roasty and bitter/acidic, like it was aged in scotch whiskey barrels. Not very sweet for a stout of its size, actually nice and dry and roasty. Again, there's a very interesting smokey, scotch element.

Overall, a nice, unique take on an imperial stout. Not too sweet or roasty -- a good balance without the addition of adjuncts like coffee or chocolate.

Photo of nismo80
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sample caught me off guard. Went back with my growler. Wow. Amazing. Went back again for a case. Draft was better, but going to enjoy this as it ages.

Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into my Lost Abbey glass she goes.

Pitch black and syrupy, topped by one inch of mocha-colored fizz.

Short ribs. Smoky meat, tangy barbecue sauce, a touch of soy. Bitter cocoa, lots of alcohol.

More chocolates here. Cocoa nibs meet smoke and a hint of metallic tang, then give way to bits of vanilla and date. Flashes pf teriyaki. The swallow brings the bitter, both from spicy hops and torched malt. Smooth finish.

Medium body, good silky quality. Fizzy as it moves. Hot on the tongue from booze.

A little boozy. Very heavy in flavor. A big, black beast.

Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into tulip. Thanks Josh!

A: Pours black and viscous with a dense finger of mocha colored head that slowly faded into a faint collar.
S: Huge and rich notes of deep dark malt, dark chocolate, sweet fudge brownie, leather, and maybe a hint of dark fruit. Very rich smelling but there is not a trace of alcohol to be found.
T: Follows the nose with potent flavors of lightly bitter dark chocolate, sweet fudge, deep roasted malt, and dark leather. I get notes of blackberry and dark fruits in the finish, and the aftertaste is full of lingering chocolate and roast.
M: Huge full body, viscous and extremely chewy mouthfeel, and very airy and frothy carbonation that bubbles up in my mouth after each sip. No trace of alcohol burn, almost no bitterness. Very smooth and decadent.
O: I was pleasantly surprised by how good this one was. Nothing the most complex stout, but it doesn’t have anything off putting to me. I never had it fresh, but after couple years in the bottle this is drinking perfectly. Thanks again StormKing47.

Photo of stephens101
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A dark tan head rests calm and thick across this black and brown brew.

Aroma is rich with milk chocolate, caramel, plum and raisin. Got mincemeat? Yes.

Tastes dry and woody up front. Its syrupy with the caramel finding place after a few sips. Some cardamom, dark fruit and licorice find their way. Can be astringent at times.

Heavy for sure, but warming all the way through makes for a nice sipper on a cool spring eve.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampling a 12 oz bottle poured at cellar temperature in a snifter. Thanks to my brother Brian for the gift.
THe beer pours a pitch black color with creamy tan head of 1 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer and a few islands in just a couple of minutes.
Big boozy aroma with roasted malt, molassess, figs ad other dark fruit. I also get a pretty good dose of pine hops even after opening the bottle and pouring. The hops fade just a little bit as the glass sits and breathes.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with a little bit of an oily feel to the texture. I get a fine and spacious carbonation, very slight tickle on each swallow but in general the carbonation is mild.
Flavor is big malt with molassess, roasted malt and coffee. Some dark fruit with figs and raisin blended in and some warming booze on each swallow. The beer is a big robust one that goes well with the foot + of snow outside and single digit temperatures.
This is a hearty imperial stout and I wish I had more of them for the future, maybe a re-release in 750s next Christmas?

Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Visited Tröegs on 30JAN14. After a glass of #131, I opted for a couple of tulips of Impending Descent, at $7.00 per serving.

The small tulip held a dark, dense brown liquid, with a creamy, fluffy layer of mocha colored foam on top. Lacing was superb; this was quite the attractive bier! Aroma had some rich coffee and dark choco, with semisweet malt notes wafting about. A dose of florality was also detected. It had a medium-plus body, and was smooth and silky going down.

Flavor had more roasty coffee and some bitter, dark choco notes. Whereas the floral action was restrained in the nose, it come on strong and hard at the finish of this one with some pithyness and pine! A wonderful bier, all in all! Am glad I got it on this visit (and a growler to go as well), as I returned two days later and it had kicked. Zum Wohl!!

4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1624

Photo of BradC
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on draft at the brewery. Poured coffee black with a thin head.

Smells of dark chocolate, roasted grain, burnt coffee.

Tastes of chocolate, roasty grains up front with a piney hop bite that hits halfway through. Very bitter at 140 IBU. But balances well against the dark grains.

Has a rich mouthfeel, almost chewy.

Overall a delicious stout, I think I would have enjoyed this more with a little less hops.

Photo of templar316
4.96/5  rDev +19.2%

Praise Be We're Still Here! and they brewed this again!! Dark as midnight on the winter solstice. Thick moca head! For those of us who remember it's the oatmeal stout combined with the java stout. The weight that rolls across the tongue is impressive, a testament to the charred malts, and extra time that went into this masterpiece. The sweet malts are crushed by the coffee; I'm looking forward to letting this sit for awhile. Drinking 3 of these will send you into a downward spiral so put it in 4 packs!
Or Barrels!
Thanks
colin

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 11.11.13

A - Pours a black syrup with a very small dark tan head that lingers around a bit.

S - Roasted chocolate.

T - Coffee and bitter chocolate.

D - Low carbonation, syrupy heavy body.

O - A big stout, but bitter. I guess this wasn't an IPA. For some reason that is what I was expecting when I opened it. I guess I should have read the label better.

Photo of LI_PO12
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler into tulip

Appearance- Jet black rich tan head

Aroma- Deep coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, molasses, some dark fruits, a spicy hoppyness as well

Flavor- Dark chocolate, roast, coffee, pine, very bitter but still has enough sweetness to keep it drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Full and thick, but not syrupy, alcohol warmth

Overall- Very nice, huge roast and pine and in you face flavors, wouldn't mind seeing this come into rotation more.

Photo of Luk13
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to chpueblo. Pour a deep black with beautiful one-inch mocha head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and honey. There's also some Brown sugar and muted hops like an aged barleywine. Taste is chocolate, honey, nuts and licorice. It remains dry and bitter. Palate is awesome. Smooth, fluffy and round. Very good fortified

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

At the brewery into a tulip glass, and later from a growler into a pilsner glass.

Almost ebony pour; only a hint of light tumbles through and carries a tinge of cordovan sheen. Large bubbly, open and frothy latte head...not creamy. Falls slowly, and leaves a thick ring and center island on top.. Webs of lacing cake on the glass.

Smells of sweet vanilla and caramel with a bright coffee acidity that's just a touch too dominant. Raisins and other dark fruits are alongside. There's a hint of tobacco, as well, that juts out from under wet, green hops and a squeeze of orange. Earthen depth rounds out a great nose.

The start of a mouthful is almost soft and creamy, feeling subtly like evergreen that carries in the entree of toffee mocha taste. But briny java slices through and blooms into sweet spices, like cumin, and royal bitter hoppiness in the middle. Alcohol flavor warms in behind the bite, but is enveloped in toasted wheat and earthy chew. The aftertaste is long, full of astringent bitterness and slick, mildly tangy methyl salicylate and related oils.

Mouthfeel is the right fit with a smooth start that fills up with both glycerine and bubbles about a third of the way into each taste. The carbonation is just enough to balance out the heft--just a touch more would be perfection, as it would also contain the booze. A good chewiness to join the bright bitterness.

I would be thrilled to have this monster for breakfast and dessert every day that ends in "y"!

Photo of smokeypeat
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Frisco's Tap House in Columbia, MD. Poured into a chalice this beer is the deepest brown bordering on black. Mocha Brown cap of head is all that remains when it reaches the table.

Nice smell of bakers chocolate, more subtle dark roast and some anise.

Taste has more of a dark chocolate syrupy taste. Some vanilla in the background. A little bit of hop presence is showing up in the taste where I couldn't find any in the smell. It's giving it a nice bit of balance, whereas I thought this would only be a straight malt bomb.

Good consistency on this stout. Thicker than what you find in their year round JavaHead stout, but not at motor oil consistency. Carbonation is dialed in well, this stuff goes down easily and I'm not really picking up alcohol like I thought I would on a near 11% beer.

Good showing by Troegs. I hope since this has shown up two years in a row as a Brewery release that it might become a distributed seasonal in their lineup.

Photo of PJKSR02
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Available only at the brewery, as one of their scratch beers. This is an excellent example of a Russian imperial stout. It's thick, bitter and finishes slightly sweet, with a hoppy nose throughout. Flavors are of deeply roasted malt, with a hint of coffee. If you're considering a trip to the brewery, don't think twice!

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

A- Settles into the glass with a pitch black body and a huge, frothy, mocha-colored head. The head dissipates quickly, but leaves a ton of sticky lacing behind.

S- Tons of roasted malts and piney hops. Hints of vanilla and baker's chocolate.

T- Really similar to the aroma. A huge roasted malt RIS with an insane hop presence and hints of chocolate and vanilla. Somewhat sweet, lots of roastiness, tons of bitterness.

M- Full-bodied, palate-numbing bitterness, medium carbonation, but a slight carbonation tingle.

O- Just a massive beer with a huge body and huge bitterness. Troegs wasn't kidding when they came out with a beer for the end of the world.

Photo of Jsmerig
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at the brewery in Hershey, PA. Pours black with a dark tan foamy head. Aroma of licorice and roasted coffee. Unbelievably the beer tastes of birthday cake... at first. This is soon followed by a deep gradually building bitterness that becomes more "hoppy" as the flavor fades. The 2013 version indicates 9.1% ABV with 140 IBU. Surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of jbaker67
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and fruity esters, spices and pine hops. Flavor is malt dominant with prune notes, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle received in a trade with OldBluesNewBrews. Thanks Justin!

Appearance: Pours a luscious looking opaque black with a 2 finger mocha crown that displays good retention and loads of lace. Yum incarnate!

Smell: Loads of chocolate (syrup, cocoa, bakers) with a touch of stale noble hops that almost mimic a lightly barrel aged effect when combined with the roasted malt.

Taste: Mainly chocolate up front with supporting hints of caramel, roast, vanilla, a mild and a smoothed out acrid edge. Little bit of earthy, spicy, and grassy hops come to the party to say hello. Alcohol is well hidden until the beer warms. Then a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol like character appears, but not much for a 11% abv beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of thick bodied with a smoothness that just enhances the drinkability. Carbonation is on the light side of medium.

Overall: Wow this is the best scratch beer I've had since triple mango! Highly enjoyable. Wish I had a case of it!

Photo of jaasen64
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Treehouse tulip.

A- Pours a very dark black with about a half finger of thick fairly dark mocha brown head that has about average retention and recedes to a wispy layer leaving thin lacing along the sides of the glass. Nice carbonation for a stout with decent consistency. This is exactly how an ideal stout should look.

S- Cocoa powder, chocolate cake, subtle fudge mixed with a little bit of tobacco, booze well hidden and decent aroma strength.

T- Cocoa powder, chocolate fudge cake, subtle hints of plums, cherries, and tobacco. Finishes with cocoa, faint coffee, a bit of leather, and little bit more tobacco. Aftertastes of dark vinous fruits and cocoa powder. Nicely balanced and fairly complex, I wouldn't age this too much longer as it seems like it may have picked up just a hint of acidity.

M- Creamy, velvety, very smooth, hardly any alcohol burn, very easy to drink, nice carbonation level for style.

O- This was a fantastic stout that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking. It had an almost perfect feel and appearance and nice complexity for a non-barrel-aged stout in both the aroma and taste. I don't know how much longer I'd age this for but it is still definitely drinking nicely. I wish Troegs would make this in their regular lineup.

Photo of maximum12
3.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to CaptCleveland for this single, the last bottle standing from a summertime trade. Since we're descending into autumn quickly, this one must go. 12 oz. 'Scratch' bottle.

Pour is as black as the heart of Alex Rodriguez. Carbonation is pretty serious for a heavyweight, & sticks around. I would need a bigger schnazz to get much off the surface of this beer - faint malts, chocolate. Faint.

Impending Descent is a head-scratcher. A sip cold indicates a fine beer, but once it warms, there are an orchard of dark fruits that demand attention up front, distracting from what I believe is a good stout beneath their branches. Roast that lists towards coffee & mild chocolate spar with the fruit & a tuber-like vegetal quality; it's like a good beer & a lousy beer were blended together. I can detect strong notes of each. Not going to drink a lot of this one.

Essentially, the good & the bad cancel one another out, & out the other end comes a mediocre/decent enough beer...which is a terribly inaccurate way of describing it. 'Near miss' might be better.

Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super dark. Black beer with a malted coffee head of inches. Looks fab.

Chocolate syrup, earthy hops, molasses, vanilla, roasty coffee, dark raisin, and sweet char. Excellent nose.

Heavy roast, sweet mocha, molasses, licorice, raisin, coffee, chocolatey maple, and hop earthiness. Tastes sweeter, but divine. Nice roasty stout.

Feels good. Thicker and stickier. Carb had some great life. Boozy, for sure, but nothing exceeding its reputation.

Great impy. Finally tried it. I recommend.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.06/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tap blue dust. Pour is jet black with rich caramel head. Nose is overly sweet, raisin and berries dominate. Faint tobacco but lacks malt depth. Taste is chalky up front before the sweetness takes over. Tons of sugar, burnt brown sugar, caramel, berry sweetness. Body is syrupy, decent carb. Way too sweet.

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Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.