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

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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 29 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 12-12-2012)
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Reviews by Kegatron:
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

12oz bottle. Black with a angry looking dark mocha head. This maintains a big robust look to it. Smells of chocolate, vanila, acrid roast, dark fruit and spicy alcohol sweetness. The nose is very heavy with that dark fruit character. The taste is similar, with an aggressive mix of citric bitterness, burnt roasted coffee and pithy dark fruits. Sticky notes of chocolate, vanilla and caramel add a bold balancing nature to this. Feel is medium bodied with a firm carb that blows up a bit but is undercut by some chewiness. Alcohol adds a warm spicy sweetness to the flavor profile but is never overly hot feeling. That 11% is really well hid here and adds just the right amount of character to this. This is definitely brash and a bit unrefined with its flavors (especially that roast) but it still managed to stay mostly smooth and balanced for the size and aggressiveness of it. This is an interesting take on an Imperial Stout that seems to change every time I have it.

Kegatron, Jan 30, 2013
More User Reviews:
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2.74/5  rDev -33.8%

Thanks to robieobie1 for this extra. Black-ish, dark, dark brown pour with a head that's on the darker side of "tan". It builds up slowly and recedes pretty quickly, and even with some aggressive swirling, it's hard to coax back to life.

The aroma is different; slightly nutty and seemingly very sweet, almost even to the point of being cloying on the nostrils. Some sweet cocoa and what seems to be lots of molasses as well. There's kind of a weird off-aroma that I'm picking up, too, but can't quite put my finger on. I wanna say soy, but I'm not 100% positive. It's definitely weird, though. Aside from the possible off-aroma, the nose still seems a bit too sweet and abrasive from the start.

Impending Descent rolls across my palate, thick and oily - I get a huge diabetes-like jolt in my senses. Very, very sweet, syrupy, and cloying out of the gate. It's got almost a sickeningly sweet quality to it, but in a borderline unacceptable way. Some "sweeter" stouts (Dark Lord, Darkness, etc) control the sweetness better, but it just seems unbalanced, unwanted, and over the top here. The flavor compound is strange, too. I'm picking up lots of molasses and anise, a weird-ass vegetal flavor that doesn't play well with the others, and a strange soy sauce-like salty finish. Maybe some very light chocolates, but these other flavors are too distracting to get anything else out of it.

Hmm, not sure if I got a funky bottle or if this is really how it was supposed to be. Weird collaboration of flavors; anise, soy, molasses, and way too unbalanced on the sweetness. Maybe this one just isn't for me. Thanks again to robie for the bottle, though.

tectactoe, Mar 10, 2013
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Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.