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

Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?)
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BA SCORE
92
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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%


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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 03:18:03 | More by Sammy
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 18:04:57 | More by mdfb79
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received via Growling at the Moon. Thanks for the brew, Dan!

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 3/4"dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Thick head fades ever so slowly, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is green hops, dark sweetness, and alcohol.

Taste starts rich and darkly sweet, a peek of fruit in the middle, and aggressive hop bitterness and boozy alcohol through the close. That said, the flavors, which assertive, do all blend together nicely. Mouthfeel is slickerly smooth, and drinkability is way too easy for what this brew is. Scary good brew, a pleasant treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 00:15:02 | More by ppoitras
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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 03:00:35 | More by stakem
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 17:58:14 | More by Kegatron
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Piper's Pub the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and impressive as well, as I get a considerable amount of vanilla, coffee grounds and dark chocolate, along with a hint of licorise. The flavor profile replicates trhe nose pretty closely in this moderate sweet stout, though there's some bitterness and light licorise in the finish that helps to counter that sweetness somewhat. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, soft, almost creamy finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there.

A very nice effort from Troegs. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 17:01:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-01-2013 02:55:48 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown with an oily beige head. The aroma brings dark roast, chocolate, malt. Smells nice. The flavor offers charred malt and a healthy dose of milk chocolate and dark chocolate in the back half. Low carbonation and medium to full in body. A bit of heat in the finish. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 01:17:48 | More by Huhzubendah
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 14:58:48 | More by Slatetank
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FosterJM

California

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1719th Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
12 oz

Thanks to TroyG2352 for this one

App- When this pours out it was a huge inky black color with a small 1/4" head, A big dense center without much color loss around the outsides of the edges. The head was a bit of a darker brow with some decent cling and a couple bubbles.

Smell- This was a very hoppy stout. This was along the lines of a CDA as well. At times the smells are very creamy and bakers chocolate with some dark fruits and a bit of citrus zest to balance it all out.

Taste- This was a flavorful stout with a good amount of hops and bitter behind it. The flavors were good but for some reason the hops/bitter got in the way for me. I am more along the lines of a creamy stout guy. This had some chocolate and some roast to balance it out, but just needed it.

Mouth- A nice and creamy medium body with a medium and less bubbly carbonation then the bubbles would let on. Residual flavors of hops, roast and bitter carry this one on.

Drink- This was good. I have enjoyed most of the beers I have had from Troegs and this was no different. I wouldve liked to save a bottle. But sadly I drank them all.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 00:44:13 | More by FosterJM
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to CaptCleveland for this single, the last bottle standing from a summertime trade. Since we're descending into autumn quickly, this one must go. 12 oz. 'Scratch' bottle.

Pour is as black as the heart of Alex Rodriguez. Carbonation is pretty serious for a heavyweight, & sticks around. I would need a bigger schnazz to get much off the surface of this beer - faint malts, chocolate. Faint.

Impending Descent is a head-scratcher. A sip cold indicates a fine beer, but once it warms, there are an orchard of dark fruits that demand attention up front, distracting from what I believe is a good stout beneath their branches. Roast that lists towards coffee & mild chocolate spar with the fruit & a tuber-like vegetal quality; it's like a good beer & a lousy beer were blended together. I can detect strong notes of each. Not going to drink a lot of this one.

Essentially, the good & the bad cancel one another out, & out the other end comes a mediocre/decent enough beer...which is a terribly inaccurate way of describing it. 'Near miss' might be better.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 02:44:55 | More by maximum12
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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

1624

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2014 19:53:02 | More by Bierman9
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 11.11.13

A - Pours a black syrup with a very small dark tan head that lingers around a bit.

S - Roasted chocolate.

T - Coffee and bitter chocolate.

D - Low carbonation, syrupy heavy body.

O - A big stout, but bitter. I guess this wasn't an IPA. For some reason that is what I was expecting when I opened it. I guess I should have read the label better.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 04:58:32 | More by HuskyinPDX
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

tap blue dust. Pour is jet black with rich caramel head. Nose is overly sweet, raisin and berries dominate. Faint tobacco but lacks malt depth. Taste is chalky up front before the sweetness takes over. Tons of sugar, burnt brown sugar, caramel, berry sweetness. Body is syrupy, decent carb. Way too sweet.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 16:46:15 | More by cpetrone84
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oline73

Maryland

3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 23:48:27 | More by oline73
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 01:09:22 | More by Darkmagus82
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 21:48:01 | More by thecheapies
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +13%
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?

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 04:49:49 | More by sulldaddy
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanx to my parents for bringing this up from PA this past weekend:

Into a nonic:

A: black colored body, barely any head appeared initially and then gradually as the beer was finally poured, a dark tan foamy head just decided to rise (weird, impending descent, or is this the "impending ascent). Light clingy lacing appeared around the nonic.

S: layered between hops, dark chocolate and coffee at different times, it really messed with me as I was trying to figure this one out, nice complexity.

T: sweet and bitter at different times. Some added vanilla was tasted closer to the end of the beer.

M: heavy and had nothing harsh on the tongue. It coated my tongue and mouth like a good RIS should, lotsa creaminess comin' through. The aftertaste was bitter and the finish was sticky. This is not sessionable, good night after this.

O: this is good for its style and awesome to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 01:27:34 | More by BeerKangaroo
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2012 21:30:19 | More by yourefragile
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint at south park tavern Dayton. Pours a deep black with tan lacing. Nice roasted malt and chocolate vanilla aromas
Taste is silky chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of vanilla and a slight hop bitter finish. Its really smooth and easy drinker but hits hard. Nice brew id get this again for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2013 21:20:17 | More by DrinkSlurm
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Catching up on my reviews.

A - Pitch black body that had a creamy, mocha colored head...the head was two fingers tall and slowly fell to a thin cap...some lacing was left behind

S - The nose had a lot going on...a huge roasty presence with dark chocolate and coffee grounds leading the way...there was a touch of sweetness with some vanilla...a big citrus hop presence pokes through as well

T - It takes a while for everything to come together...this one needed to warm up...the dark chocolate and coffee really stand out...they give off a bitterness that pairs with that big dose of hops...the roasted malt flavor adds depth and a strong backbone to the beer...just a touch of sweetness from some vanilla, would have liked a little more...the alcohol is hot at the end and brings a lot of warmth

M - Full bodied...thick and creamy...big roast with some bitterness...alcohol heat

O - As I said, this one needed time to warm up...I enjoyed everything going on, but the alcohol level gets in the way...I wish I would have picked up some bottles because this one will get better with age

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2013 16:54:33 | More by thain709
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koopa

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 04:01:02 | More by koopa
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Anyway--
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 03:42:18 | More by AleWatcher
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dar482

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 04:23:30 | More by dar482
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