One of Troegs newest additions to their Scratch Series, a one-off small batch release, is Scratch 83 – ¿Impending Descent? A rather massive 10.90% Russian Imperial Stout seems like a much needed style to Troegs seasonal or year-round line-up. Hopefully this one is good enough to be a potential contender if they decide to expand their portfolio.
Category Russian Imperial
Recently while on a mini-vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware my girlfriend and I met up with my good friend Matt. In addition to an awesome blind gueuze tasting (article forthcoming), we tasted two vintages of Portsmouth’s Kate the Great, 2011 and the newly released 2012. This massive beer is a 12% ABV Russian Imperial Stout aged on port-infused oak spindles. While there were some similarities and clear differences, in my opinion only one emerged as the favorite.
Back during the early days of Passion Beer, I reviewed the Old Rasputin from North Coast Brewing Company, giving it a 9.5/10 (on our old rating scale). I love that beer, and it has always been one of my go-to stouts for almost any situation. How do you make a great beer like the Old Rasputin hopefully better? Easy, age it in some bourbon barrels. That is what North Coast did when creating the Old Rasputin XIV Anniversary beer.
The New England Brewing Company out of Woodbridge, CT is one brewery we just don’t see in the Philadelphia area. Each year, they release a Russian Imperial Stout called Imperial Stout Trooper. A clever play on the Star Wars characters, New England was forced to change their artwork for the 2010 bottles due to infringements of the Storm Trooper image. As a way around it, they added a cute Groucho Marx disguise – nice.