Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
12-21-2012 21:08:27 | More by Oakenator
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
12-19-2012 01:09:22 | More by Darkmagus82
4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-15-2012 03:11:01 | More by mdanberg
4.38/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
12-14-2012 20:11:10 | More by orangesol
4.35/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
12-14-2012 00:20:15 | More by BeerIsland
4.3/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
12-13-2012 13:53:12 | More by robieobie1
2.88/5 rDev -30.4%
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.
12-13-2012 03:00:35 | More by stakem
4.53/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
12-13-2012 01:39:30 | More by beermanbrian
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
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
12-12-2012 21:30:19 | More by yourefragile
Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
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