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

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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 24
Gots: 31 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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 russwbeck:
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours out jet black with a finger or so of brown head. The head lasts a long time, coating the inside of my glass as it goes down. 4

S: The smell is very sweet, and much more complex than I was expecting from a Scratch offering. Sweet chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, some roasted malts, and even a faint citrus aroma from the hops. It's very inviting and I have a hard time taking a sip because all I want to do is smell it. 4

T: The taste does not disappoint either. The sweetness is kicked up even more, with a bit of heat from the alcohol at the end. Chocolate helps the beer ride into the sunset on your palate, apparently like our existence as the name would exist. Roasted malt makes an appearance as does some molasses. The roast really attacks the palate right in the middle and lingers throughout. 4

MF: Full bodied and carbonated well. The hit of booze reminds you that this is not a beer to be messed with, but doesn't hurt the drinkability. 4.5

O: Best Scratch beer since the #55 Double IPA. Really knocked this one out of the park Troegs. 4.5

russwbeck, Feb 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

scottfrie, Jun 04, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
2.74/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

tectactoe, Mar 10, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.