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

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4.16/5
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286 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

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!

Added by yourefragile on 12-12-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
286
pDev:
10.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
35
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of jhartley
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDDMD
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjk135
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cp45
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.57/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnParadee
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jdub2839
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of BigMike
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CBodamer
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JNForsyth
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Romeyo
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Fakexican
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nismo80
4.94/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of agentandya
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 286 ratings
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