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

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 283
Avg: 4.13
pDev: 22.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of templar316
4.96/5  rDev +20.1%

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!

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Photo of nismo80
4.94/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this at Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen.

It comes in a deep black color with a little white head with some brown in it.

It has a great aroma for a Russian Imperial and tasting it, it is even better. It comes with a punch of more flavors that I would expect. I would compare it to the Alesmith Speedway Stout, but with a lighter body and more complex flavors. It has a good amount of chocolate, malt, sweetness, and a fantastic round body to it.

Possibly my favorite Russian Imperial, just a wonderful beer.

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Photo of PJKSR02
4.71/5  rDev +14%
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!

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
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?

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Photo of BradC
4.61/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle came my way from the inimitable team of Wisler and Murren. Those PA boys are allright for a couple of white kids from the east coast.

Served this guy in my handy and serviceable Founder's snifter.

Dark. Very dark. Looks a little thin, but GREAT head, lacing, an retention.

Smells roasty and chocolatey. Little molasses and a slight char. The flavor has a a nice bitter bite but a pleasant sweetness up front. Bitter cocoa lingers with a slight roasty coffee-like bitterness on the finish.

Big, hefty beer. Feels velvety and smooth. Well carbonated.

Overall-- I like it. If this were on shelves in 6 packs I would absolutely buy it.
Well played Troegs. Well played.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fresh from the brewery. I've been looking forward to this one.

Pours a pitch black with a nice frothy mocha head. Sticky lacing. Smell hits you with chocolate that dominates. Taste is sweet chocolate up front with a tremendous bitter finish and a nice bourbon aftertaste. Each flavor dominates and then blends nicely into a perfect blend. Heavy thick body. Just a wonderful overall brew that would be a great candidate for a winter seasonal (hint hint Chris and John). Definately going to put a few of these in the cellar to age. Not that it's not great now but as the flavors mature this could become exceptional. Get it while you can.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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"!

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Photo of johnnybgoode
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled 2 months ago -!- Very thick gooey syrupy pour - long lasting head. lots of resin, hops roasty toasty chocolate coffee beans - a very complex stout. The 11% abv is pretty well hidden. Recommended for a dreary February day, like today. Glad I have tomorrow off....

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Photo of Oakenator
4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with a brown sugar colored head that is nice and thick but not too much. Good lacing. Smells of dark, rich malts. Taste is thick - in ways like a chocolate shake. Heavy dose of chocolate, honey, heavy bread but for a winter brew almost perfect. High alcohol is well masked. A really enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

TROEGS : Scratch Beer #83 : Impending Descent

LOOK: Very dark brown, deep , ominous, imperial looking. worthy of a czar, or at least myself. Off white tan head forms and leaves some lace.

SMELL: Deeply roasted malt, smoke, hint of dark fruits, and alcohol. Very roasty and smoke filled aroma. Smells good.

TASTE: Char, roast, black coffee and alcohol flavor. Not too hot, there is a good depth of roasted and even dark chocolate notes. Moderate leafy, mildly citric hop character helping with the bitterness, but this is not a hop forward ale. Touch of vanilla as it warms. This is a beastly stout for beasts.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, not too heavy given the strength. Oh so smooth and velvety with some roast, spicy booze and chocolate riding out the finish.

OVERALL: A rather enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout. Troegs needs this style in the regular lineup. I think this could be a suitor for a regular release.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This beer is awesome. Poured into a small margarita glass at Mad Mex during a Troegs special. Some obvious lacing. Seems pitch black. Smell is of burnt espresso. Just okay aroma, but the taste is superb. I get notes of vanilla, wood, chocolate, light roast, and just layer after layer of velvety creamy goodness texture. Doesn't seem like 10.9% ABV but I know this one will kick my a-hole real soon. Thick and full bodied. A true gift from Troegs. Thank you!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Frisco's, served in a chalice.

Pours a viscous, opaque mocha black with a retentive dark tan head. Thick sheets of lace and a thick collar. Roasty, chocolate aroma, typical RIS. Flavor is chocolate, cocoa, light citrus, resin and roast malt; very balanced.. Chewy, thicker body, dry and roasty finish. Very little booze or heat. Reminds me of Old Rasputin, but a little less hoppy and a little more chocolate and roast malt? Enjoyed this a lot fresh on draft

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Photo of scottfrie
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of orangesol
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the brewery.

A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall khaki colored tan head, dissipating down to a light film and then nothing at all, leaving small streaks of lace down parts of the glass.

S - Smells of milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee, a surprising amount of citric hops and plenty of dark roasted malt. The sweeter aromas die down as it warms up and more of the roasty aromas begin to take over, along with some whiffs of booze.

T - Starts off with plenty of dark roast, chocolate and vanilla slowly giving way to hints of coffee grounds, cocoa powder and the citric hop resin. The booze is ever present, less so at first, growing stronger and stronger as it sits in the glass. Finish is quite roasty with a decent amount of booze, lingering on the palate for quite awhile after each sip.

M - Heavy body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, roasty feel from start to finish. The booze is mild initially growing as it sits in the glass. Very nice balance throughout.

O - One of the best scratch beers in quite some time. It has all the right flavors and while the hops are stronger than average I thought they worked well with the darker base flavors. Get this one while you can, I doubt it will be around for very long.

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Photo of tipfortap
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 words to describe it: Milk Chocolate, Chewy, Malty, Roasty, Brash

Paired it with: A second helping

Should have paired it with: Alone as dessert, or with chocolate dipped berries

Drink it if you like: Chocolate/coffee milkshakes, Kaluha & Coffee

A few other thoughts: They say they brewed it in anticipation of the possible end of the world, but now that that has passed, I would save it for the end of your meal. This is not going to pair well with food, and that is just fine, because you will want to sip it and stare into a fire. Or something. I don’t know your life! Just find this and drink it!

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Photo of BeerIsland
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of ShanePB
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served into a tulip glass.

A: Deep black, thick on the pour with faint dark brown edges. Impressive rocky, foamy dark tan head forms and sticks around for the remainder of the drink. Great lacing and retention cap.

S: Dark chocolate, cocoa, heavily roasted malts, sampling of smoke and dark fruit. A sharp, bitter hop note comes through too giving the aroma nice cut.

T: Massive Russian Imperial Stout qualities up-front. Dark chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, stone fruits, and dark roast coffee. Mid-palate and the back end brings a wash of bitter hops over the palate completely changing course for the beer. It's extremely welcomed and integrated perhaps too well.

M: Highly drinkable with a thinner body than expected. Still a nice feel for the style but it could use a bit more body if we're nitpicking.

An impressive beer from Troegs, and I have to give credit where credit is due. They've been missing a beer like this from their portfolio. This would make a powerful contender to add to their year-round or seasonal line-up.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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


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Photo of robieobie1
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Great looking RIS. Pitch black with a dark tan 2 finger head.

S- At first I get some dark berry and a good amount of earthy hops. As the glass warms I get more of the roasty aspects...

T- This beer needs to be served on a handpull... It is served way too cold. When it is colder i get some off flavors... As the beer warms up to 60 or so all of these flavors meld nicely. I then pick up some figgy notes as well as some dark chocolate or cocoa as well as a bit of coffee. Good amount of what i would call earthy hops in this one.. with a slight alcohol burn on the backend.

M- Again with the temperature thing.... Seems a little thin when too cold... but once its at room temp it is creamy and smooth... very nice mouthfeel.

O- Great beer... just has to be warmed up a bit. Will definately be aging it for awhile to see how the burn and hops fade and meld together. High hopes.

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Photo of mdanberg
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FIrst review written here, so forgive me for not going into too much detail.

A - Jet black, very light, tan head.

S- Very strong, dark chocolate notes.

T- Lots of chocolate here up front followed by darker chocolate. The alcohol hits a little bit near the end.

M- Fairly smooth.

O- This one is a fairly interesting beer for me. Definitely feels like the Troegs style. First one of the scratch series I've tried and I'd definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/20/13 notes. Been wanting to try this one for a while, glad to see it on tap. 8 oz. pour at Pony Bar in NYC on the UES.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great like a big RIS should.

s - Smells of bakers chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, toasted malts, light smokey malts, caramel, and burnt malts. Very nice nose; loads of chocolate to it. I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, toasted malts, licorice, smokey malts, burnt malts, caramel, some sweet dark fruits. Taste is a little sweeter and more milk chocolate which I like, and some more alcohol is present as well.

m - Full bodied stout and low to moderare carbonation. Thick and chewy; very nice mouthfeel. The only thing holding it back from a higher score is that the alcohol is still a bit present in the taste.

o - Overall I really liked this RIS; one of the better new Troegs beers I've had in a while. Loads of chocolate to it and a nice sweet taste. It is a strong beer, and the alcohol is present in the taste, so it is a sipper for sure, but it is very good. Would definitely get it again.

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Photo of koopa
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.