Troegs – Dead Reckoning

Tasting: October 6, 2011
Style: Porter

When I write these blogs – I learn a few things. This one is no exception – I’ve actually learned two things. I’ve heard the word reckon before, but it was usually on TV and it was spoken by a hick. I assume it was just vernacular or slang — something like, “Whatta ya reck’ns ‘fer dinner”? Reck’n in this case meaning think or assume. What do you know – it’s a real word and that’s what it means. I’ll have to start dropping it into some formal occasions – like at my next meeting with my boss, I’ll say, “I reckon our fourth quarter sales will be fairly strong”.

I also learned about dead reckoning. Not like – “I reck’n that possum is dead”. Apparently, dead reckoning is a method of determining position of a plane or ship without the aid of astronomical markers. It’s like – we were heading due east at 15 knots, so since our last reading, we should be here.

How dead reckoning applies to beer – I don’t know. If I had to reckon – I would reckon that it was just a cool name or maybe I would reckon that they made this beer without following a recipe. They just dead reckoned how long they should boil the hops.

Anyway, on to this 5.4 % ABV porter. The pour is dark. Nose is subtle — but I do get some roasted grain — like overdone toast. First sip impression is that it has a thin mouthfeel. I get some of the roasted grain but it’s very subtle and earthy. The malt rolls out with a marginal sweetness like a date, then you get the hop on the finish — again marginal in bitterness. It’s just okay. I reckon that I’m not a fan — I’ll call it an “eh” 78 points.

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