Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company
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4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I recently had Scratch 2 and now with Dead Reckoning Tröegs is really doing something new with their porters.
I first had this beer at the State College Brew-fest and my thoughts at the time were that it is too hoppy for a porter and too thin for a porter. I had it again at a tasting and decided to agree with myself. Now, sitting here with a bottle of my own I am deciding this is a good beer (not really a good "porter") but a tasty treat.
Appearance: Pours a beautiful chocolate brown with a large thick light brown head in my SA BL glass. The retention on that thick foam a-top my beer is nothing less than impressive. I had to impatiently stick my nose through the heavy foam. Eventually it recedes and leaves the walls of the glass plastered with sheets of lace.
Smell: I think this dark IPA needs a style of it's own, though I understand the hop bitterness range is quite wide in this style. The only time I have ever smelled something like this is in my own homemade Black and Tans (except maybe Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter). This is an IPA aroma of fresh hops, big pine flavors fill the nose with the cocoa, chocolate, toffee and dark malt taking a back seat.
Taste: It is bitter. A balance of fires pine and hop resin bitter and espresso burnt coffee bitter, but this sucker is bitter. I like it. The citrus flavor leads fades there is a black coffee bitterness left on the cheeks. The burps are all pine. The beer has an undertone of porter attributes with burntness, dark malts and grains and a coffee element. The fish is very dry and astringent.
Mouthfeel: My biggest complaint (and it is a small one) I would have like to see a better density to this beer. It does seem a bit thin, even watery at time and though the body is light the and the hops do cover for it some I would have liked a slightly heavier malt back bone. NOTE: This is a very minor criticism of an otherwise very tasty beer.
Drinkability: I could and would easily session this beer. Its unique style doesn't do it for me though so it really won't enter my regular rotation of beers. I like the hoppyness in my IPAs and then I like to switch to the roastyness. This is a novelty beer for me at the moment. Time will tell. I have a case coming.
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2007 05:07:29 | More by Phatz
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