1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?)Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

280 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 280
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 21
Gots: 32 | 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!
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 280 | Reviews: 58
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of SalukiAlum
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Greenplastic615
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Photo of aorloski
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.87/5  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.

Photo of Beergelden
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mallison245
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of baybum
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of oline73
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of dlmvh5150
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ShanePB
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of NearTheGrove
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of nakedninjaturtle
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Chinaskifan1
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Tucquan
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-12-28 in Hershey, PA at the brewery. Note, this firkin is part of the Full Moon series. From the Troeg's website:

"Well folks, it appears that the Mayans were full of it. Yes indeed, the planet is still intact, so what better way to celebrate than with a few firkins of our Doomsday beer? We will tap the first firkin of ¿Impending Descent? at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 28. We’ve doused this already outlandish beer with even more goodies to intensify the flavor profile – vanilla beans, Mexican cinnamon, and a fruit blend of cherries and raisins prepared especially by our chef. Don’t wait for another Mayan faux pas. The earth survived… and so did the moon!"

A - Very dark brown with a 1.5 finger fluffy brown head and good lacing.

S - Quite different than the original batch with a big dollop of raisin bread added to the abundant aromas of dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted grain, and hop spiciness.

T - Toasted raisin bread plus cherries and vanilla to compliment the original dark and semi-sweet chocolate, very dark roasted grain, vegetal, char, figgy pudding, molasses, expresso, and roasted bitterness. Finish is quite a bit sweeter than the original.

M - Thick body and light-medium carbonation. Creamy, rich, a bit too syrupy.

O - I enjoyed this holiday-themed twist but preferred the original significantly more.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.