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

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251 Ratings
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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.36%
Wants: 22
Gots: 30 | FT: 2
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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Sammy, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

djrn2, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Thorpe429, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Texasfan549, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kjkinsey, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

GRG1313, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Knapp85, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

They had this on tap at Champions in Middletown PA, enjoyed from a pint chilled.

The color is dark walnut bordering on onyx with a thick sandstone cap, it has the look of something viscous with ringlets of lace sticking all the way down and tight bead pattern with great retention and totally opaque clarity. The smell is very good, lots of piney hop odors which are augmented by a slight coffee and char in the malt with mild alcohol odor. The feel is decent with moderately full body and slight sweetness which collapses under an onslaught of bitterness and mild alcohol comes in as a moderate carbonation level helps easy the heaviness with slight roasted and tannic tinges which comes full circle to a lasting residual grain astringency mixed with some hop bite in the mostly dry finish.

This beer is perplexing in a good way - it is kind of the best of two worlds - strong stout and imperial IPA with some mild cocoa and coffee but the pine hop flavor is dominant with slight peppery notes and light charred tinges in the dark malt with only a sliver of caramel for good measure and in the later sips the grapefruit aspect comes forward in the hop flavor with mild alcohol in the finish as a slight sticky dark cocoa taste lingers. Overall I like the concept and was intrigued by all the intensity, but it could use some time for the flavors to marry as the hops really are more assertive than I would like in this style and the cocoa element gets a little lost.

Slatetank, Jan 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

drabmuh, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.41/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer is quite dark with just a touch of red at the edge when the light hits it. There is a layer of tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet and roasty. There was a note that surprised me, reminded me a little bit of green apple. Sweet roast dominates throughout, but the apple note made this one a bit different.

Taste: The apple notes from the nose are much lighter here, but there is still a fruity component to it. Lots of roasted malt sweetness and dark chocolate. The finish is bitter and a touch burnt. The alcohol isn't overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and syrupy with just a few tingles of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I liked this beer enough, but the fruit note wasn't my favorite. I'd say this one was close, but I don't need more.

oline73, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

mendvicdog, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

mdfb79, Feb 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

oriolesfan4, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

InspectorBob, May 19, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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

yourefragile, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

orangesol, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

weeare138, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of stakem
2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard scratch series 12oz brown bottle into a Troeg's cervoise. The brew appears black in color with a frothy 3 finger cap of mocha colored head when poured down the center of the glass. As the cap fades, it leaves a webbing of patchy lacing effect sticking to the glass. It holds with a solid finger of uneven froth on the surface. When held to the light it is opaque. Except when swirled, the finest line of lighter brown is shown around the edges.

The aroma is quite interesting and perplexing initially with some mineral quality that swirls out. The expected roasted grain inclusion is present with notes of coffee and earth that immediately step to the side and give way to a bolder impact of hops. There are some indistinguishable notes of citrus present mingled with a vegetative aspect that is very similar to the characteristics found in many of the wet hopped brews this year. A hint of fruit and a woodsy note reminding me of fuggles blends into that mineral and vegetative component. When swirled, sulfur and something along the lines of stinky cheese emit from the glass instead of roast and alcohol like you might expect. This does not smell like a RIS.

The taste is primarily burnt grain imparting flavors of char, ash and just and overall acrid feel. Some pleasant roast elements try to emerge as the palate becomes accustomed with hints of coffee and 100% cacao. There is a solvent sting of alcohol mid palate that draws out almost a tannic dryness into the finish that is a bit harsh. As more sips are taken, the bitterness of this brew is obviously not just driven by the dark kiln of the grain. There is plenty of hop impact making this feel almost like an imperialized version of a black IPA or american black ale. The hops have a flavor that is vegetative and somewhat fruity with some pine thrown into the mix just for good measure. Towards the finish it even gets a little dank and catty. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, the aftertaste goes back and has a bit more focus on roast which is nice instead of the hops.

This is a full bodied brew that is borderline chewy but the solvent alcohol thins it out a bit. There is plenty of carbonation keeping the flavors moving across the tongue. Despite it's aggressive alcohol inclusion, it still has a smoothness about the way it feels in the mouth. I had huge expectations for this brew after hearing good things from people who tasted it prior to me. I think it is a bit of a train wreck. I love imperial stouts and dont really care for black ipas. This unfortunately was more of the later than the former. Understandably, Troegs has lived up to their reputation of placing a big focus on the hops with this brew. I just think it is a bit out of place. However, this beer does have all the indicators of showing some serious aging potential. I have high hopes for the alcohol to mellow out and those hops to fade. Will revisit again in the future but for now this beer isn't for me.

stakem, Dec 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ejimhof, Apr 11, 2013
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Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.