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

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 24
Gots: 31 | 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:
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!

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 12-12-2012)
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Reviews by lokieman:
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  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 Phelps
3.83/5  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 stephens101
4.18/5  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 Darkmagus82
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a black color with a one finger cola brown head. The head fades relatively fast to give a good level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a sweet blend of light chocolate, vanilla and molasses. Mixed with these smells are notes of a a earthy and citrus hop , some coffee and a very light bourbon smell.

Taste – The taste is on the sweeter side overall, but is nicely balanced by roasted and malty flavors as well. It begins with flavors of a dark brown bread mixed with molasses and brown sugar sweetness. A sweet chocolate cake flavor mixed with vanilla come to the tongue. Some more roasted malt accompanied by a lighter earthy hop flavor as well as a good bourbon alcohol flavor come to the tongue at the end, and with the sweet leave a very satisfying roasted boozy sweet flavor to linger on in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side with a rather average carbonation level . The creamy body is nice for the darker, sweet and bourbon flavors of the brew allowing them all to linger and be fully sensed by the tongue.

Overall –This is one fantastic imperial stout. It has a nice blend of sweet, malt, roast, booze and hop. I hop they make this more then just a rotation. Troegs needs a good permanent imperial stout and I think they have it with this one. Delicious.

Photo of LI_PO12
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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 1sophrosyne1
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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 jaasen64
4.23/5  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 stephenjmoore
4.15/5  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 thecheapies
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
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 tectactoe
2.74/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Afroman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BeerIsland
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a very tasty beer that kept its act together right through room temp warming. Rich, dark, and roastytoasty; this is an extremely drinkable beer for all its heft. The Thursday evening crowd was enthusiastically enjoying the "Trips" and Descent on a clear, cold night. These guys can make anything they want. Let 'er rip.

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ryser2k
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Bwig218
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of nismo80
4.95/5  rDev +18.7%
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 Beerontwowheels
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Griffith
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Chocolate Pils. Really good thick chocolate on a lighter body and decent hop that shows through. Great drinkability. Thick brown coloured body, with minimal head. Roasted chocolate sell. Smooth mouthfeel.Bottle from Capone's.Sweet but not too sweet.

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -4.1%

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