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

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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
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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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-13-2013 17:51:14 | More by philbe311
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billyshears

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

12-12-2013 15:00:55 | More by billyshears
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PJKSR02

Connecticut

4.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Available only at the brewery, as one of their scratch beers. This is an excellent example of a Russian imperial stout. It's thick, bitter and finishes slightly sweet, with a hoppy nose throughout. Flavors are of deeply roasted malt, with a hint of coffee. If you're considering a trip to the brewery, don't think twice!

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2013 19:08:15 | More by PJKSR02
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Settles into the glass with a pitch black body and a huge, frothy, mocha-colored head. The head dissipates quickly, but leaves a ton of sticky lacing behind.

S- Tons of roasted malts and piney hops. Hints of vanilla and baker's chocolate.

T- Really similar to the aroma. A huge roasted malt RIS with an insane hop presence and hints of chocolate and vanilla. Somewhat sweet, lots of roastiness, tons of bitterness.

M- Full-bodied, palate-numbing bitterness, medium carbonation, but a slight carbonation tingle.

O- Just a massive beer with a huge body and huge bitterness. Troegs wasn't kidding when they came out with a beer for the end of the world.

Serving type: growler

12-08-2013 01:41:12 | More by stephenjmoore
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

12-06-2013 01:53:49 | More by bonkers
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Jsmerig

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at the brewery in Hershey, PA. Pours black with a dark tan foamy head. Aroma of licorice and roasted coffee. Unbelievably the beer tastes of birthday cake... at first. This is soon followed by a deep gradually building bitterness that becomes more "hoppy" as the flavor fades. The 2013 version indicates 9.1% ABV with 140 IBU. Surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 02:35:47 | More by Jsmerig
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-04-2013 01:31:37 | More by Cynic-ale
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-01-2013 00:04:52 | More by Kevincredible
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

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

Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate and fruity esters, spices and pine hops. Flavor is malt dominant with prune notes, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 13:02:30 | More by jbaker67
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scottDC

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-29-2013 23:15:19 | More by scottDC
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njnj2000

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-29-2013 16:35:48 | More by njnj2000
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cbgoods

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-20-2013 23:37:16 | More by cbgoods
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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-18-2013 14:50:25 | More by beernads
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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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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into Treehouse tulip.

A- Pours a very dark black with about a half finger of thick fairly dark mocha brown head that has about average retention and recedes to a wispy layer leaving thin lacing along the sides of the glass. Nice carbonation for a stout with decent consistency. This is exactly how an ideal stout should look.

S- Cocoa powder, chocolate cake, subtle fudge mixed with a little bit of tobacco, booze well hidden and decent aroma strength.

T- Cocoa powder, chocolate fudge cake, subtle hints of plums, cherries, and tobacco. Finishes with cocoa, faint coffee, a bit of leather, and little bit more tobacco. Aftertastes of dark vinous fruits and cocoa powder. Nicely balanced and fairly complex, I wouldn't age this too much longer as it seems like it may have picked up just a hint of acidity.

M- Creamy, velvety, very smooth, hardly any alcohol burn, very easy to drink, nice carbonation level for style.

O- This was a fantastic stout that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking. It had an almost perfect feel and appearance and nice complexity for a non-barrel-aged stout in both the aroma and taste. I don't know how much longer I'd age this for but it is still definitely drinking nicely. I wish Troegs would make this in their regular lineup.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 23:19:11 | More by jaasen64
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

11-01-2013 00:15:31 | More by Reagan1984
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-25-2013 15:13:24 | More by BMart
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Sturmthis

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-22-2013 18:55:58 | More by Sturmthis
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Jeffrey2310

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-20-2013 14:19:15 | More by Jeffrey2310
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zekeman17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

10-10-2013 02:56:19 | More by zekeman17
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ThreeFishes

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-10-2013 01:18:25 | More by ThreeFishes
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BeastLU

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

10-02-2013 21:03:09 | More by BeastLU
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

09-30-2013 13:26:28 | More by rolltide8425
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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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lokieman

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.4%

09-16-2013 22:52:34 | More by lokieman
Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.