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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 98   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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As we spiral further toward the end of the Mayan calendar, we at Tröegs felt obligated to brew a special beer to commemorate the expiration of planet Earth. We think it’s a pile of gibberish (just don’t quote us on that, though… you never know)! Either way, celebrate the countdown to extinction and raise a goblet of this colossal Russian Imperial Stout as we plummet into utter oblivion. If your tongue doesn’t disintegrate as a result of the birthday party cheesecake jellybean BOOM, at the very least this beer will wreak major havoc on your taste buds. Yes, ¿Impending Descent? is as enormous, face-melting, and palate-numbing as it sounds. If there ever was a last beer to enjoy before Doomsday, this is it. Here at Tröegs we say, “Bring on the apocalypse!”


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4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourefragile (138) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
On tap at Frisco’s, served in a chalice. Pours a viscous, opaque mocha black with a retentive dark tan head. Thick sheets of lace and a thick collar. Roasty, chocolate aroma, typical RIS. Flavor is chocolate, cocoa, light citrus, resin and roast malt; very balanced.. Chewy, thicker body, dry and roasty finish. Very little booze or heat. Reminds me of Old Rasputin, but a little less hoppy and a little more chocolate and roast malt? Enjoyed this a lot fresh, should age well.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
odinstyr (559) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a thick light brown head. Smells of chocolate, floral hops. Taste is sweet followed by bitter - intense chocolate, very floral hops - big bitter finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Apache (29) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Pours initially with a tan head that dissipates quickly. Roasted grain in the aroma. Slight booziness and coffee in the new taste. Not as thick and rich as Hunaphu, nor as spicy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ClarkVV (3891) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2014
12oz bottle from Kramer, thanks Jason! Drunk on 1/28/14
Dark tan head tops a deep magenta tinged mahogany body. Transluscent around the edges. Head is initially large and creamy, receding to cover and lasting.
A huge wine-like aroma wafts out of the glass as I was pouring, making me wonder if this was wine-barrel aged....Nope, just amazingly vinous! It fades somewhat, or rather, a sweet chocolatiness catches up to it, combining to produce notes of dark fruit and espresso. Some light tobacco/ashiness and very little booziness, with a medium-high to high strength of aroma.
Flavor is right up there with the aroma. I believe this beer is about a year old and it’s in a great place right now. Hops have faded to just a juicy, lightly citric bitterness in the background, not really getting in the way of the bitter roasted barley. Maltiness provides just enough balance without sweetening the beer too much, and plentiful ashiness, vanilla, prunes and dark chocolate dance on the finish. Light carbonation, medium bodied, somewhat watery, which is good for drinkability, but not really something I’m looking for in this style.
Very much like Expedition indeed, I agree. Not quite the body/mouthfeel of that one (this is quite a bit more watery), and without the overall elegance of the best bottles of Expedition (a bit too much alcohol and burnt chocolate notes) but the fact that it’s in that wheelhouse is pretty impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanscourt (694) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Nice chocolate finish. Slight hops. Very smooth and creamy. Good fruit like note.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3093) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Sample tried at Pour House day after event. Poured deep and dark black. Small to medium head and lace. Aromas and flavor are chocolate, roasted malt, coffee roast, toffee, licorice. Lots of sweet and rich notes to this scratch brew. Medium bodied. Enjoyable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
On tap at the Pourhouse for the Mad Elf party. Aroma is roasted coffee and slight bitter dark chocolate. We thought that there was coffee in here to be sure. Pours black with a small deep brown but dry looking head. Taste is SO roasty. Roasted coffee, walnut shell, dark chocolate, and just a hint of malty sweetness at the end. Very dry and roasty throughout. This was a slow sipper. Love it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1199) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle purchased at the brewery in Hershey, PA. Pours black with a dark tan foamy head. Aroma of licorice and roasted coffee. Unbelievably the beer tastes of birthday cake... at first. This is soon followed by a deep gradually building bitterness that becomes more "hoppy" as the flavor fades. The 2013 version indicates 9.1% ABV with 140 IBU. Surprisingly drinkable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (4858) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very deep black body with a great frothy and foamy dark brown head that had excellent retention and left lots of sticky lacing. The nose is big and intense with tons of roast and chocolate, some heavy burnt caramel sweetness, and a light hint of alcohol. This is one of the thickest and most intense aromas I’ve smelled in a long time. Reminds me a lot of Bell’s Expedition. The flavor is similar as well, rich and intense roastiness with a nice burnt caramel sweetness in the background. Some moderate burnt malt and hop bitterness on the finish. There’s a bit of alcohol present, but rather well kept in check for such a huge beer. Pretty great stuff, very much reminds me of Expedition. Would have liked to keep a few of these in the cellar for a few years and see what happens, but I drank 5 of these before this bottle I’m rating.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3958) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Pours a clean and sharp inky black with two fingers of dense creamy dark tan head. Nose shows lots of dark fruit and anise, licorice and fruit skins abound. Some acidity and deep roast. Flavor is very sharp and abrasive. Lots of ashy/acrid burnt grain with some bitter chocolate. Dark fruit skins and spent coffee grounds. Very acidic and brash. Full medium body on the finish. Sharp with some warming alcohol.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (880) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Pours heavily carbed, big roast and chocolate, abv is very well hidden, very smooth


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