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Impending Descent | Tröegs Brewing Company

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4.17/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This colossal, palate-numbing Imperial Stout is brewed with six different malt varieties to unleash a barrage of chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit and coffee on the tongue. Copious amounts of American hops impart a serious dose of grapefruit rind and pine resin, resulting in a labyrinth of complex flavors and aromas.

119 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,326
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
172
pDev:
8.63%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
41
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of buzzy
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beertunes
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mikexw for this one from a ninja box during the Rookies BIF #2. 12oz cork and caged bottle poured into 14 oz teku. Poured a solid black color with just a thin cap of light brown head that had low retention and lacing, but did have good legs.

The aroma had a solid malt base supporting some chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, and alcohol. Pretty similar on the tongue, the beer was a touch hot, but was a solid sipper.

The body was pretty typical for the style, and a bit thinner than I prefer in the style. Drinkability was very good, I could easily knock off another bottle. Overall, a very nice take on the style. A must try if you see it.

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Photo of mpolewan
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dafla67
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a dark black. The aroma is wonderfully sweet -- chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and malts. The taste is phenomenal and complex with all the smells plus brown sugar. Medium body with a touch too much carbonation for my tastes. I let it sit a while. Overall an incredible RIS.

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Photo of parkwood
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KAP1356
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tony210
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head. Aromas of chocolate, anise, bourbon barrel, sweet vanilla. Dark bitter chocolate dominates the flavor, quite bitter. Vanilla and coffee intermingle, touch of brown sugar and caramel, ample blackstrap molasses. Pretty full bodied, rich and creamy. Overall I find this to be overly bitter. Not worth the $15 the bottle cost.

6:29/18
12.7 oz bottle, no date
4 rating

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jbalintjr
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

**
03/10/18
Bottle(corked/caged) to snifter. Sampling side by side with Weyerbacher Finally Legal. The Troegs is the superior beer.

LOOK: Awesome looking beer. Thick dark black.
AROMA: Aroma is vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon.
TASTE: Taste is a nice blend of roasted malt, bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar; dark chocolate hits last, but it's bitterness mixes with the sweet sugar to really round this off nicely. Only small knock is a little tiny bit of a baking soda or aspartame kind of misdirection taste in the finish.
FEEL: full body. Carbonation is as lively as it can be for such a thick beer. Fudgy.

Excellent.


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Photo of adamdanger
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheWolf
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of al2913
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacMalt
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12.7 oz. bottle into pint glass. It pours ink black with more than a finger of creamy head of a color between khaki and mocha, and silky lacing that lasted through the pour. The nose features roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, plum, nuts, and subtle but noticeable bourbon. You can really taste the vanilla bean and oak up front and the bourbon is much more forward than its smell. As the glass warms the plum and raisin really stand out and there is a touch of hoppy bitterness at the finish.. There are also chocolate and licorice notes throughout. All of the flavors work well together; this is one tasty RIS. It has a rich, creamy, silky mouth feel with moderate carbonation and while it appears to drink below its 12% ABV you notice the alcohol by the end of the pour. The bourbon is nicely warming. Overall, Impending Descent is a fine Russian Imperial Stout that makes a nice sipper or dessert beer. About my only constructive criticism is that the taste would benefit from a little more chocolate. I'm glad to have finally tried it and will buy it when available.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a five+ finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Bourbon nose. Flavor is bourbon, roasted chocolate and vanilla, nicely balanced. High ABV (12%) is hidden. Expensive - $15.49 for a caged & corked 375ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of Duncian
3.67/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and an opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of creamy, tan-colored head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruit, and some pine.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of roasted malt, a hint of vanilla, some dark fruit notes (plums, raisins), lots of chocolate up front, light pine resin, a little bourbon, and some citrus thrown in (grapefruit). Chocolate is the obvious star, making the flavor kind of uneven. Nonetheless, it's pretty tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: A solidly made RIS all around. Well worth a look.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled on 11/18/17, from what i can read.

pours jet black with a small dark brown head. doesnt stick around long, but the lacing left behind is nice. aroma is a lot of dark chocolate, some bourbon, certainly get the vanilla as well. warming and inviting. not too much heat on the nose. flavor is very chocolate driven with a lot of bourbon sweetness. not too much else in the roast or coffee note game, mostly sweet bourbon soaked chocolates. similar to the aroma, this doesnt drink with a ton of heat. a few sips in, you can certainly tell it is high ABV, but drinks easier than the label number implies. there is also a lot more vanilla on the finish as this warms. a very good barrel aged stout. a bit pricey, but overall very nicely done.

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Photo of archer1006
4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I'll disclaim off the bat that I'm a Stout guy. I love no beer more that a black imperial stout. I've had A LOT of them... on draft and in bottles. This one is top shelf. Black & just a little oily, this beer has a complex and delicious balance of flavors while delivering a potent punch with a smooth, delicious finish.

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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spoda1983
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Impending Descent from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 172 ratings