Impending Descent
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #258
Ranked #4,716
4.15 | pDev: 9.64%
May 06, 2022
Nov 20, 2014
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Notes: 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
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Ratings by Tony210:
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Tony210 from New Jersey

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.

12.7 oz bottle, no date
4 rating

Jun 30, 2018
More User Ratings:
4.12 by Boone757 from Virginia on May 06, 2022
3.76 by Icemann383 from New York on Apr 21, 2022
4 by bvargajr from Colorado on Feb 13, 2022
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SLeffler27 from New York

Very dark brown (SRM 29-32). A dark walnut head starts as one-half inch and rocky, falling to a fine, froth ring. Ample spotty lace is deposited on a Pretentious Beer Glass Company snifter.

The initial whiff is chocolate booze. This is similar, though far boozier, than Kahlua. The base is a pleasant, dark roast, with light, melted rubber. It is less layered with character than I had hoped to find.

Surprisingly, Rum is the first impression, followed by a strong, dark char of slightly burnt malt. Unfortunately, the rubber comes through, and it is lacking any Kahlua. Bakers' chocolate and day-old black coffee present high bitterness against light sweetness. The finish is long, with a burnt quality. Warmth reveals some pumpernickel rye.

The body is full with a scratchy wool texture. The alcohol is more present than expected, and almost hot, even though 10% is printed on the label. Carbonation is light and fine. The beer feels dry, even though residual sugar builds on the lips.

This Stout simultaneously met and confounded my expectations. It is a meal for the stomach and the brain. Disregarding the expectations and the alcohol, it definitely is worthy, and I enjoyed it during an early evening in the late Spring. I imagine it would be much better on a brisk Autumn evening around a campfire.

Dec 30, 2021
4.25 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania on Dec 21, 2021
4.26 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio on Nov 13, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Newbeergeek1 from Maine

Had this side by side at the brewery and went with the bbl aged. This is nice but the bbl aging is just nicer. That is not to say that this isn’t darned good as well

Oct 20, 2021
3.5 by njbusa from New Jersey on Oct 19, 2021
4.75 by kkazemi from New York on Jul 30, 2021
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1.69/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5
by BruChef from New York

Bottled 2018
Pours thin but almost black with dark brown hues. Light does not penetrate.
Smells faintly of bourbon and vanilla, burnt raisins, scorched chocolate, tannic red wine.
Taste is ashy, dirt/earthy, roast/acrid coffee, over steeped black tea, bakers chocolate. Slight bourbon and burnt caramel. Outer layer of a Charred marshmallow. VERY astringent. Way too much dark specialty grains.

Medium thin body.

This beer is one of the worst BBA’d impy stouts I’ve ever had. Especially considering the price. Four months is just not enough time for a beer like this to spend in barrels but even then I’m not sure longer would’ve helped anyway. It’s entirely too bitter and astringent and it’s overall almost undrinkable.

Jan 30, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

Growler picked up at the brewery this afternoon.

Initially a very lively pour. Jet black body, loose bubbly dark tan head. This dissipates to a ring and faint covering. Interesting lacing at the beginning.

Standard RIS aroma, molasses, dk fruit, a hint of soy.

On tasting, no soy, so that's a win. Licorice, bitter dark chocolate, roasty bitter hops, a little dark fruit, some molasses. For this palate, it's just a bit too bitter and aggressive. Some sweet for balance would have been nice.

Mouth full, finish bitter and roasty.

Overall, glad Troegs bought this one back, was an annoying gap in my Troegs beers. A little too bitter and roasty for me. Maybe Flying Mouflan next?

Nov 13, 2020
4.1 by Taenim from New Jersey on Oct 17, 2020
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 06, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by stevoj from Idaho

Small pour at Churhkey. Best beer of the trip so far. Dark, ruddy brown pour, scant beige head. Full, woody, boozy aroma. Taste brings in some chocolate and roast malts. Deceptively smooth and exceptionally tasty.

Feb 12, 2020
4.54 by RichRubes610 from Pennsylvania on Jan 31, 2020
4 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Jan 02, 2020
4.25 by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania on Dec 28, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a cork'n'cage 12.7 oz bottle. 2017 vintage poured into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly black pour with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Roast, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T.F: Just like it smells. Rich and roasty... espresso, cocoa, and char. Caramel and vanilla and molassas. Sweet mixed with bitter... medium bodied and warming.

O: An above average RIS... great for the cooling weather. A slow sipper.

Nov 09, 2019
3.64 by Benish from Wisconsin on Aug 27, 2019
3.65 by buzzy from Pennsylvania on Mar 11, 2019
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3.66/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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.

Nov 11, 2018
3.88 by mpolewan from Ohio on Oct 19, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 24, 2018
4 by parkwood from Pennsylvania on Sep 01, 2018
4.09 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Jul 20, 2018
4.16 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Jul 20, 2018
4.18 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania on Jul 10, 2018
4.5 by craftaholic from New York on Apr 27, 2018
4.13 by Jbalintjr from Pennsylvania on Apr 23, 2018
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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey

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.



Mar 10, 2018
4.82 by adamdanger from Pennsylvania on Feb 25, 2018
4.1 by TheWolf from Delaware on Feb 04, 2018
4.42 by al2913 from Delaware on Jan 25, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MacMalt from New Jersey

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.

Jan 21, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jdhilt from New Hampshire

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.

Jan 21, 2018
3.67 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Jan 17, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

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.

Jan 11, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Jimmys from Pennsylvania

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.

Jan 05, 2018
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4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by archer1006 from Pennsylvania

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.

Dec 24, 2017
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