Sometimes We Just Stay Home and Drink: #1: Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter
Date: May 29 , 2019 —
The Story— We start with a misnomer, for we had this beer at the brewery. But we we not, for a change, researching for the next book, though this beer is so good it might make it into it. We detour to Tröegs when we’re anywhere near. The place is spectacular, food may be hit and miss, but except for the wild and crazies you know are a risk, the beers are almost always spot on.
This porter might have been called a Stout Porter in an earlier day. At just a bit under 6% it’s a mouthful, but every sip is a joy. It’s unfiltered and sports a huge range of flavors that include Pilsner, Caramel, Chocolate and Roasted malts along with Chinook and Vanguard hops. The 53 IBUs create a remarkable balance.
The Beer– Husky dark malt with a rounder finish with some chocolate malt and some herbal and fruity notes late. Toffee shows as it drinks.
Value — Good to very good. Tröegs doesn’t operate as a charity, but they don’t cheat you either.
Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.
Sometimes we just stay home and drink beer — hundreds of them over the course of the year as we hunt for a new favorite. The searching for the beer of the day never stops, so for a while, there will be fewer travel-oriented posts and just some to-the-point descriptions of beers we’ve enjoyed.
We’re often asked to share our tasting notes on over 33,000 beers; this blog is in answer to those requests. Not all our notes, though. The great beer writer Michael Jackson admirably followed the Thumper Rule, and we’ll try to do the same. (“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.”) All the beers we post are from the top half of our ratings and most are from the top quarter. Of greater value, we think, are the stories behind the beers, and we try to give you enough about the brewery, the style and the places to find great beer to help you on your own beer journeys. At CulturAle Press we try to write books and publish posts that will help you “Drink Well and Travel Safely.”