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

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255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | 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:
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 added by: yourefragile on 12-12-2012)
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Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev -3.6%

ububru, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
5/5  rDev +20.5%

jpd7374, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of bum732
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bum732, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

AleWatcher, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with a big brown head that fades to a ring and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose has a nice amount of cocoa, molasses, and citrus from the hops.

T: The taste is similar with nice notes of cocoa/chocolate, molasses, a bit of vanilla, and some citrus on the finish.

M: The feel is creamy and on the fuller side of medium.

O: Decent beer but could use a bit less citrus from the hops. The mouthfeel is really excellent on this one though which makes the chocolate flavors come forward a bit more.

GregSVT, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +20.5%

troegaarden, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of TWStandley
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at The Grill Next Door - Haverhill, MA.

Poured a jet black color with a burnt mocha one-finger head.

Smell is dominated by dark fruits and sweetness. A bit of chocolate and licorice mixed in as well.

Almost identical to the smell is the taste. Very sweet yet hearty. Lots of dark fruit tastes backed by some hop bitterness and chocolate notes.

ABV is not apparent in the taste. Thick but not too syrupy.

Overall, a treat. Would like to see this bottled.

TWStandley, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Trevdawg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Trevdawg, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of erha2
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

erha2, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

TheNightwatchman, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of FrankShirley
4/5  rDev -3.6%

FrankShirley, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Oakenator, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of ryser2k
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

ryser2k, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of chrishensley
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

chrishensley, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Idesofmarch89
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Idesofmarch89, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Darkmagus82, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Bdel34, Dec 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Bwig218, Dec 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Cardmarauder, Dec 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

CraftBeerRules, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of mdanberg
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

mdanberg, Dec 15, 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 BeerIsland
4.35/5  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.

BeerIsland, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of flyingmick
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

flyingmick, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of robieobie1
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

robieobie1, Dec 13, 2012
Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.