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

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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
 
 
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Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tectactoe
2.78/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to robieobie1 for this extra. Black-ish, dark, dark brown pour with a head that's on the darker side of "tan". It builds up slowly and recedes pretty quickly, and even with some aggressive swirling, it's hard to coax back to life.

The aroma is different; slightly nutty and seemingly very sweet, almost even to the point of being cloying on the nostrils. Some sweet cocoa and what seems to be lots of molasses as well. There's kind of a weird off-aroma that I'm picking up, too, but can't quite put my finger on. I wanna say soy, but I'm not 100% positive. It's definitely weird, though. Aside from the possible off-aroma, the nose still seems a bit too sweet and abrasive from the start.

Impending Descent rolls across my palate, thick and oily - I get a huge diabetes-like jolt in my senses. Very, very sweet, syrupy, and cloying out of the gate. It's got almost a sickeningly sweet quality to it, but in a borderline unacceptable way. Some "sweeter" stouts (Dark Lord, Darkness, etc) control the sweetness better, but it just seems unbalanced, unwanted, and over the top here. The flavor compound is strange, too. I'm picking up lots of molasses and anise, a weird-ass vegetal flavor that doesn't play well with the others, and a strange soy sauce-like salty finish. Maybe some very light chocolates, but these other flavors are too distracting to get anything else out of it.

Hmm, not sure if I got a funky bottle or if this is really how it was supposed to be. Weird collaboration of flavors; anise, soy, molasses, and way too unbalanced on the sweetness. Maybe this one just isn't for me. Thanks again to robie for the bottle, though.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Zkman87
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours out jet black with a finger or so of brown head. The head lasts a long time, coating the inside of my glass as it goes down. 4

S: The smell is very sweet, and much more complex than I was expecting from a Scratch offering. Sweet chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, some roasted malts, and even a faint citrus aroma from the hops. It's very inviting and I have a hard time taking a sip because all I want to do is smell it. 4

T: The taste does not disappoint either. The sweetness is kicked up even more, with a bit of heat from the alcohol at the end. Chocolate helps the beer ride into the sunset on your palate, apparently like our existence as the name would exist. Roasted malt makes an appearance as does some molasses. The roast really attacks the palate right in the middle and lingers throughout. 4

MF: Full bodied and carbonated well. The hit of booze reminds you that this is not a beer to be messed with, but doesn't hurt the drinkability. 4.5

O: Best Scratch beer since the #55 Double IPA. Really knocked this one out of the park Troegs. 4.5

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Photo of drabmuh
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of tipfortap
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5 words to describe it: Milk Chocolate, Chewy, Malty, Roasty, Brash

Paired it with: A second helping

Should have paired it with: Alone as dessert, or with chocolate dipped berries

Drink it if you like: Chocolate/coffee milkshakes, Kaluha & Coffee

A few other thoughts: They say they brewed it in anticipation of the possible end of the world, but now that that has passed, I would save it for the end of your meal. This is not going to pair well with food, and that is just fine, because you will want to sip it and stare into a fire. Or something. I don’t know your life! Just find this and drink it!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of dar482
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this at Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen.

It comes in a deep black color with a little white head with some brown in it.

It has a great aroma for a Russian Imperial and tasting it, it is even better. It comes with a punch of more flavors that I would expect. I would compare it to the Alesmith Speedway Stout, but with a lighter body and more complex flavors. It has a good amount of chocolate, malt, sweetness, and a fantastic round body to it.

Possibly my favorite Russian Imperial, just a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Roberto11232
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Growler filled 2 months ago -!- Very thick gooey syrupy pour - long lasting head. lots of resin, hops roasty toasty chocolate coffee beans - a very complex stout. The 11% abv is pretty well hidden. Recommended for a dreary February day, like today. Glad I have tomorrow off....

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Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 02/20/13 notes. Been wanting to try this one for a while, glad to see it on tap. 8 oz. pour at Pony Bar in NYC on the UES.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great like a big RIS should.

s - Smells of bakers chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, coffee, toasted malts, light smokey malts, caramel, and burnt malts. Very nice nose; loads of chocolate to it. I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, toasted malts, licorice, smokey malts, burnt malts, caramel, some sweet dark fruits. Taste is a little sweeter and more milk chocolate which I like, and some more alcohol is present as well.

m - Full bodied stout and low to moderare carbonation. Thick and chewy; very nice mouthfeel. The only thing holding it back from a higher score is that the alcohol is still a bit present in the taste.

o - Overall I really liked this RIS; one of the better new Troegs beers I've had in a while. Loads of chocolate to it and a nice sweet taste. It is a strong beer, and the alcohol is present in the taste, so it is a sipper for sure, but it is very good. Would definitely get it again.

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

On tap at Piper's Pub the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and impressive as well, as I get a considerable amount of vanilla, coffee grounds and dark chocolate, along with a hint of licorise. The flavor profile replicates trhe nose pretty closely in this moderate sweet stout, though there's some bitterness and light licorise in the finish that helps to counter that sweetness somewhat. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, soft, almost creamy finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there.

A very nice effort from Troegs. Very tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 286 ratings
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