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

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
4.16 | pDev: 9.86%
May 18, 2018
Dec 12, 2012
Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?)Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?)
Notes: 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!
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Photo of dafla67
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Update: in addition to original review, drank an original 2012 bottle on Aug 8, 2020. Taste is as flavorful as ever. Maybe a bit thinner mouthfeel. Wish I had more original 2012 bottles.

May 18, 2018
Photo of beerjerk666
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by beerjerk666 from Florida

Pours a deep dark black body with little to no head forming or even showing up at all.
Smells of coffee, vanilla, deep roasted malts.
Taste is delicious! Plenty of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and oak with a bitter citrus-hoppy finish and some lingering oak.
Big mouthfeel typical of a RIS, but at 9.8% not a lot of that alcohol burn you can get with some other RIS's with a higher abv. Definitely a sipper but not so much that you can't get it down and move on to another beer for the night.
Overall a great beer from Troegs, one which I am glad they brought back since I missed the original release. I find this easy to drink and very balanced between a dark roasted stout and the hoppy finish.

Feb 27, 2016
4.5 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Jan 10, 2016
4.13 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2015
4.24 by epyon396 from Pennsylvania on Nov 19, 2015
3.9 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Oct 30, 2015
4.07 by tjk135 from Illinois on May 11, 2015
4 by Dicers from Colorado on Mar 06, 2015
4.1 by cp45 from New Jersey on Feb 27, 2015
3.67 by AlexFields from Tennessee on Jan 30, 2015
3.57 by buyyourfreedom from New Mexico on Jan 27, 2015
4.21 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on Jan 26, 2015
4.5 by JMFP from Delaware on Jan 26, 2015
4.23 by Jdub2839 from Florida on Jan 25, 2015
Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Pours pitch black with a moderate sized toffee lacing ring around the top.

S - Dark chocolate malt, char, light smokiness, a hint of coffee bean Espresso.

T - Char, dark roasted chocolate malt, smoky, very small amount of dark fruit, dark cocoa, and a lingering smoke dark chocolate bitterness.

M - Thick and full bodied, slippery, moderate lingering bitterness and no detectable alcohol.

O - I hope this one makes it to the rotation of Troegs beers, this is a winner.

Jan 20, 2015
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SportsandJorts from Virginia

Appearance: pours a deep brown almost black color. 2-3 finger tan head with good retention and leaves behind a slight lacing. completely opaque and dark

Smell: roasted malts, chocolate, espresso. dark fruits. almost smoky

Taste: opens with roasted malts, the bitterness mixes with a little bit of dark fruit sweetness. some espresso and chocolate. some age is showing in slight cherry to sherry like flavors. alcohol still has some prominence

Mouthfeel: fairly light and easy drinking. bitterness is high from the roast. some warmth but not a ton.

Overall: no clue what this tasted like fresh but it taste pretty darn good now. showing signs of good age along with signs of a good stout. A great tasting beer I was extra'd, I would certainly take more.

Jan 14, 2015
Photo of Mongrel
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Mongrel from Maryland

There's something about the smell of this beer that is distinctly reminiscent of scotch whiskey, like smoked peat. Pretty cool.

The taste is also kind of smokey, roasty and bitter/acidic, like it was aged in scotch whiskey barrels. Not very sweet for a stout of its size, actually nice and dry and roasty. Again, there's a very interesting smokey, scotch element.

Overall, a nice, unique take on an imperial stout. Not too sweet or roasty -- a good balance without the addition of adjuncts like coffee or chocolate.

Jan 11, 2015
4.14 by BigMike from Pennsylvania on Dec 28, 2014
4.75 by pathman from Ohio on Dec 27, 2014
4.6 by CBodamer from Pennsylvania on Dec 27, 2014
4.75 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Dec 16, 2014
4.84 by Romeyo on Dec 14, 2014
4 by Fakexican from Texas on Nov 24, 2014
Photo of nismo80
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by nismo80 from Pennsylvania

Sample caught me off guard. Went back with my growler. Wow. Amazing. Went back again for a case. Draft was better, but going to enjoy this as it ages.

Nov 21, 2014
4 by whatname from Pennsylvania on Nov 18, 2014
4.25 by ninjembro from Maryland on Nov 15, 2014
4.5 by DrDietz from Pennsylvania on Nov 14, 2014
4.25 by MKrauss from Pennsylvania on Nov 13, 2014
4 by beermeister9 from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2014
4 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2014
4 by AMarkle6524 from Pennsylvania on Nov 07, 2014
4.5 by Shandycan from Pennsylvania on Oct 28, 2014
4.75 by barflybastard from Pennsylvania on Oct 24, 2014
4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2014
4.84 by Draesith from Pennsylvania on Oct 20, 2014
4 by Mipper from Pennsylvania on Oct 13, 2014
3.96 by Jho3325 from Indiana on Oct 10, 2014
4.9 by GregStoner from Pennsylvania on Oct 08, 2014
5 by jallen5076 from New Jersey on Sep 27, 2014
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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 287 ratings