Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,190
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 46
Gots: 99 | FT: 2
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 08-17-2003

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Reviews by jmunsters:
Photo of jmunsters
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the B Spot in Westlake, OH
A - Deep brown with a slight amber hue. Two and a half fingers head that dissipated slowly and heavy lacing.
S - Roast malts. Heavy sweet hops?
T - Very hop forward. Nice sweet malts. Not a typical porter.
M - Smooth and creamy. Actually asked if it was on nitro (wasn't)
O - My first thing from Troegs. Very impressed. If you're looking for a Baltic or heavy malted and smoked porter you won't be happy though. Awesome autumn brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nycjag
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You put hops in my porter! You put porter in my hops! This is one hoppy porter. It tastes good, to be sure, but not that smooth taste you would expect from a Porter. I am all about mixing and matching and being creative with beer styles, but having said that, the hops could have been dialed back just a tad. I enjoyed the beer and at the end of the beer, that's all that matters, but I didn't quite feel like I got my porter on.

Pours with a decent head out of McGrath's in Harrisburg. The black patent malts definitely seem to be there and the mouthfeel was just about right. Not your thickness of a stout, but a little more something something than a brown ale. This is a good drinking beer, just be prepared to get popped with hops.

Photo of warnerry
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with tinges of red on the edges. Three fingers of pillowy head that has goo retention.

S - Smell is rather subdued, mostly roasted malt.

T - Taste reveals a lot of chocolate not really present in the smell, followed by nice roasted, earthy malts. A good hop presence to balance the malts. Slightly dry, earthy finish.

M - Mouthfeel is quite light with a good amount of carbonation. Some lingering dry bitterness.

O - Pretty solid porter, but the mouthfeel knocks this one down a couple notches.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

This is a porter in name only. My ratings ignore the BJCP description and try to reflect my personal opinion of the quality of what's been brewed, keeping in mind that the bottle says it's a porter.

A - 1-finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly, but left a well-defined ring of foam around the edge and an archipelago of little foamy islands on the surface. Color is a deep brown that is ~75% opaque and very deep ruby red when held to a light.

S - Hops leap out of the bottle after the pour. Would swear it was an IPA if blindfolded. Nose is rich in hops. Smells like I'm in a pine forest in spring. And there's some grapefruit, too, which is likely the Chinook they list on the bottle. Some roasted malts and a touch of caramel underneath them.

T - Let's make an IPA with a roasty porter grain bill. Hops from start to finish. Well-roasted malts, espresso beans, dark chocolate, with burnt caramel providing some sweetness in the finish, but it's the bittering hops that really last.

M - Decently creamy without being full or thick. Good carbonation. Finish is hoppy and on the dry side, making it seem a tad thin.

D - A porter for someone who wants the hops of an IPA and almost, but not quite, the level of roasting that a full stout gets. This isn't what I'm looking for in a porter, but I know a lot of hopheads who would lap this stuff up like water at an oasis, especially in winter.

Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to mntlover. Pours a deep mahogany body with a creamy, two finger tan head. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is milk chocolate and assertive citrus hops. Lots of orange and pink grapefruit notes here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an aggressive carbonation.

Taste is quite pleasant, but more like a hoppy brown ale than a porter. Roasted malts are represented by a lasting chocolate character. Just a wee hint of roasty coffee here that is barely picked up. Hops are as assertive in the taste as in the aroma with lots of citrusy orange and grapefruit bitterness. Finishes with a hint of pine.

Really well done and highly drinkable but I question its pedigree as a porter.

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, I'm a sucker for the Good ole' Grateful Dead theme, including the 60's style Troegs writing on the label. Pours a deep respectable near black ballsy porter tone. Mocha tiny bubble head, nice lacing and a tad of sheeting. Dark malts and hints of chocolate and cafe au lait in the nose. Very pleasant, tasty and easy drinking porter. More nice roastyness of the malts, a hint of smoke,light chocolate notes, moderate hop presence late and an overall quite pleasant approach. Well worth a try.

Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 head, hot fudge brown, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: hops, malt, and chocolate

Taste: chocolate, coffee, nut, and hops-especially in the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, light body-especially for the style, high carbonation, sweet start with more bitter finish

Drinkability: This is very drinkable and different from most porters I have had. The hop presence is different but fits in line with Troeg's beers. I see this very much like a winterized version of their Sunshine pils..Darker malts--close to the same beer..But good. The taste grew on me. I could have a couple of these, but would not session this.

Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark brown with light brown head and a single large ring of lacing.

Smell: Pretty floral and hoppy for a Porter, with some chocolate and molasses.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, caramel and coffee form the malt base. Ends with a decent level of bitterness - seemingly more from hops than roasted malt.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium-light body. Quite dry on the finish. Certainly a little lighter than expected, but fits the beer.

Overall: Easy drinking, fairly hoppy Porter. Certainly enjoyed it while having it, but maybe not worth returning to.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz bottle at the Beer Store in a mixed sixer. Served it into a nonic glass.
Hazy,mahogany color with a generous tan head with good retention turning chunky leaving a collar of lace atop the glass.

Strong hop aromas,lots of pine,resinous/leafy,earthy with malt aromas of burnt carmell,roasty and chocolate. Intense aromas compaired to most porters i've experianced.

Clean,lots of pine taste as the aroma would suggest. Roasty,chocolatey,with lots of earthyness,leafy/resiny and some mineral taste. Balances out nicely with a mouthwatering bitter finish that leaves a mouthful of pine.Still smooth with a light, creamy feel. Very hoppy for a porter. It's like the Nugget Nectar except with Chinook hops instead.

Slightly overpowering to drink a lot of. Would suggest picking some up before it'a all gone.

Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dead Reckoning opens to a surprisingly hoppy nose for a porter, with high levels of pink grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and pine resin emerging first and foremost. In fact, the beer smells far more like an IPA than a porter, to the extent that it takes a bit of effort to locate porter-like aromas beneath the hops. They are there, however, bringing in light layers of chocolate and chocolate malt, coffee, tobacco, cream, and even some toasted nut. Smatterings of toast crust and heavy brown breads add to the earthiness. But the majority--say, 60%--of the aromas are hops, which makes for a strange experience, and doesn’t seem to match up with the style. This would not ordinarily be a bad thing, as the hop aromas are very nice, but it does add a sense of confusion to the beer.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a hop blast that comes straight from the nose, with opening notes of grapefruit, grapefruit rind, and pine resin. These last for a second or two, and are then joined by a good layer of porter flavors, including coffee, chocolate malt, ash, tobacco, cream, toasted nut, and thick, almost burnt toast crust and brown bread, these latter flavors growing in strength as the beer is held on the tongue. The aftertaste is heavily ash, tobacco, burnt toast, and coffee grounds, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, the beer seems to come in two stages: the hops first, then the porter flavors later, making the brew seem almost bipolar. This impression continues in subsequent sips, and while the transition from hops to ash within a single sip is nice, the sudden jar back to hops at the beginning of the next sip is strange, the grapefruit and coffee not quite mixing. Still, this is a decent porter, and quite refreshing in its lightness and citrusy goodness, with just enough black backbone to add body and an interesting counter.

Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow I've got to say this beer really blew me away. I really like Troegs beers but still I just didn't expect Dead Reckoning to be this good. This is one of those beer that i've had around the house for a little while but I always passed it up to drink other stuff.

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a nice dark brown/black color. About one finger of a mocha colored head that dissapates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing throught drinking.

S: Picking up some really nice coffe and chocolate here but also some hops and roasted malt scents.

T: Again coffee and chocolate up front and a bit of a bite from the hops on the back end.This was bottled back in August so a fresher bottle might have a bit more hop prescence. All of the flavors here are blended wonderfully together and oh so smooth. This tastes like a lot bigger beer than the 5.40% would lead you to believe.

D: Yeah this beer really goes down nice and again, smooth. This is a bit lighter than most american stouts i've had but not by much. Still I could sure put back a couple of these in a sitting.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours nearly black, some rubiness in the light. pretty much opaque with a light mocha colored head that retains pretty well. quite a bit of sticky lacing as well and a lot of sediment visible despite the opaque appearence.

hops strike my nose intialy. after it settles it kind of takes on an offensive skunky aroma. faint roasted malts and cocoa in the background. with a touch of hops as well.

the aroma does absolutly no justice to the taste. a lovely hoppy, bitter, cocoa taste going on. some slight roasted malts in the mix. somewhat of a woody taste as well, not bad at all. finishs chocolatly bitter.

medium to light body. good carb. very smooth slightly chalky mouthfeel. good drinkability as well. could prolly session this one, but will prolly not seek it out again. one of the better examples of the style. worth a try if your into porters.

Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky brown ochre with a half inch of lumpy beige froth that settles quickly. Woody and floral aromas accented by tart fruit and malt.

Flavor is dry puckery oak with toasted malt and tangy cherry. Some light brown sugar and cocoa, but not overly complex, except for the out-of-place hoppy finish. Tastes more like a woody and strangely hopped brown ale than a porter. If this is trying to be an American porter, it's too thin with weak dark malt flavors. If it's trying to be an Imperial or Baltic with the addition of the hops, it doesn't have enough ABV or richness to offset it.

Mouthfeel and body is too thin and the hops don't make a lot of sense. Average drinkability, as this one seems off style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Son you better recognize...that's right recognize the fact that not every brewery out there has to make an O fest as their fall seasonal. Now alot of us beer kin out there are a little hurt right now over the fact that they decided to discontinue their Oatmeal Stout, but this blast from the past draft/cask offering is something worth drinking for sure.

Poured out into my ol' Heavyweight "please lift with both hands" pint glass that I love and cherish. Forms a cloudy hazed mahogany definitely has an unfitered look going on very reminiscient of the cask style I used to drink at the Sharp Edge Creek house big ass chunky tan head dwindles slow forms that thick even lacing all around and does a great job of staying around with each sip in a very annular ring fashion.

Aromatics come correct with the Chinooks and Vanguards bursting through a clouded hookah room bringing out exoctic blends of cocoa powder and dry dark chocolate bars and a really tea leafy greeness with herbal hoppiness a flowing all about. Very mild iced cappucino creaminess still the hops shine.

Flavor not over ridden with those dark roasty bitter flavors yet a blend of dark cocoa and Bailey's spiked coffee tones arise. Digging deeper a touch of anise with herbal minty hops and raw herbaceous tobacco like leafy earthiness with moderate to strong hop bitterness and flavor all day. Blends so well doesn't let the chocolate or dark roasts overpower and for those of us who dig Chinooks this beer let's them shine.

My palate appreciates the light texture that this drinking porter has to offer I served it up at right around cask temp and it brings me back to those past experiences that I can't let go. A medium bodied porter with ample carbonation definitely not as fluffy and creamy as the cask version but as fuckin' close as I've experienced in the bottle great texture.

Case worthy and affordable at that damn good session porter that I will definitely be drinking while in season. Do I miss the oatmeal stout already??? Of course, but why worry about that beer when this brew will have me occupied well into the winter months.

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of Triple Trouble BIF.

A - Deep cola in color with a two finger tan head that leaves some lacing as it descends into a film of bubbles on the top of the drink.

S - Deep roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee all complete for dominance in the nose. Small amount of piney resin detected as well.

T - Roasted malts and piney hop bitterness are the main stars when it comes to flavor. As the glass warms a bit dark chocolate with notes of coffee make their way onto the scene. The finish is slightly sweet with the dark chocolate and coffee flavors lingering.

M - Full bodied and well balanced with the slight to moderate carbonation present.

D - This one hell of a brew that has a lot going on. I could seriously drink this all day.

Photo of FredTheSeal
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours with a thin, but dense tan head. Very dark brown/red in color. (You can BARELY see through it when held to moderate light.) Not much lacing.

S - Lots of resiney hops for a porter. Caramel and chocolate. Slight fruity tones.

T - a noticable fruity, sort of grapefruit flavor probably from the hops. Burnt bitter chocolate. Slightly metalic. Considering the aroma, I'm surprised there isn't more hop flavor.

M - Medium body. High carbonation. Dry finish.

D - I love the flavor of porters and stouts but I just don't think of them as session beers. I probably couldn't do more than 3.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a vintage Guinness Porter Glass.

The head was not thick and it disappeared quickly, leaving a ring of foam laying across the sides of the glass.

The appearance looks quick dark, though the bottom has a slightly red hue. When the beer is held up to a light, the color is reddish-brown, like red mud.

The smell is pleasant (though I must admit I had a slight cold) though not particularly strong. Burned malt was the primary smell.

The taste is quite nice, malty with burnt coffee nuances. The finish is smooth and lasting. The burnt taste sits on the back of the tongue.

The mouthfeel is creamy and filling, though not in excess.

The drinkability of a beer depends on the beer drinker (as do all of these categories really). Dead Reckoning Porter has a rich burnt taste that is pleasant one or two times, especially in the cold weather; however, any more than two beers would be too much. Dead is a beer better enjoyed a little at a time and few rather than consumed fast and many.

Photo of apbarwood
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown with a fair amount of sandy colored head. Plenty of lace on the surface and sticking to the glass. The aroma is faint but is a pleasant blend of roasted malts with a pretty sturdy, citrus hop presence. The flavor presents the same blend with a bracing bitterness that leads off with an off-dry grapefruit and orange peel flavor. This is followed by a caramelized malt sweetness that softens the edges of the hop bitterness before finishing with a semi-sweet caramel flavor. There's a lively carbonation that gives this beer a very refreshing quality but while the flavors on the finish are nice it could last a bit longer. Overall I found this beer very drinkable and I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up some more of this before it's gone for the season and I'd highly recommend everyone doing the same. I believe they won a medal for this guy at the GABF this year and it's easy to see why. I'd say this is probably one of my top 5 early fall beers of 2009. Loved it.

Photo of Jeffreysan
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitc-black color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt and coffee aromas up front, mixing with some hoppy aromas and dark chocolate. There’s a considerable more amount of hops in the nose that I was expecting and have become accustomed to in porters. I hope that the hops isn’t this assertive in the flavor of the beer as well.

Taste: Uh-oh, it is. Actually, there’s a lot more hops in the flavor than I was expecting and that I prefer. I get some notes of roasted malt and dark chocolate-like bitterness mixing with coffee, brown sugar and a whole lot of hops. In fact, hops is the predominate flavor of this porter, which turns me off from it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is just an ok porter. There’s too much hops in it which completely overpowers the traditional porter-style flavors of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate and because of that I don’t really like it, however, hop heads should like it.

Photo of slk22
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pouring into the glass appears mahogany, becoming black and predominantly opaque once nestled in. Head is tan and beer demonstrates ample lacing.

S - Smell is coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.

T - First impression is an earthy flavor with obvious coffee well balanced with sweetness from the malt. Finish is roasty with the bitterness of the hops coming through.

M - Thick and chewy. Smooth with moderate carbonation tickling the tongue.

D - A nice beer, but a bit heavy to have several.

Photo of eweneek83
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours the darkest shade of opaque brown, with about an inch of tan head that slowly fades to a thin film. Lacing clings from the top of the pour to the bottom of the glass.

S: Smell is mostly roasted malts with a tiny dash of sweetness. No discernible hop aroma.

T: Full but slightly restrained roasty character at the front, with notes of coffee. A mildly bitter hop finish that sustains and supplements the malt profile. While solid, the flavor profile lacks a certain roundness present in other porters.

M: The beer is appropriately chewy, with moderate to low carbonation. Seems about where it should be.

D: This is a solid porter, and I could certainly drink several. The flavors are full but do not fatigue the palate, so there is no harm in having multiple servings.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of racer2k
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my favorite pint glass

A: Dark brown pour to the beer which leaves a thin frothy off light brown head leaving light lacing around the glass. There is definitely a creamy element to this beer.

S - Notes of raisins, chocolate malt, coffee and a bit of hops are present. There is also a distinct sweet caramelized aroma which is quite nice.

T - Coffee roasted malt with a nice bitter hop flavor in the middle. There are also hints of chocolate cocoa and sweet malt present. Very nice tasting sweet porter!

M - This is a thin porter with moderate carbonation but very flavorful and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable and sessionable porter with a crisp, coffee roasted flavor that is bitter yet sweet. Great porter that I will be drinking again!

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A--Standard looking body--black with hints of ruby on the sides. Pour yields a formidable head, maybe 2 and a half fingers of mocha foam. Subsides to a ring that lasts for the duration.

S--Pretty unremarkable. Some molasses, a little toffee, and way in the back some coffee grounds.

T--Whew. The nose doesn't prepare you for this. What a ride--hops, hops, hops. Tons of wood and earth, with a tobacco leaf thing toward the very back of the finish. Tiny bit of sweetness, almost cherry-like, at the beginning, and the bitter chocolate and coffee in the middle is quickly dominated by the hops. This may be the driest porter I've ever had. Definitely an American version, definitely heavy-handed with the Chinook. Good God is this hoppy.

M&D--The mouthfeel is a little too lively for the style, though I see why it's there (i.e. to temper the cheek-caving dryness). Drinkability's decent. I'd have it again, especially on-tap, where I think fresh the malt might make more of an appearance, strange as that may sound.

Polarizing beer. I like hops, but porter is usually an everyday style, and this is not an everyday flavor profile. Definitely for those that like big, bold in your face interpretations of styles.

Photo of shredsofautumn
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6 pack purchased 10/22/2010 in Easthampton, MA.

Appearance- The medium pour presented a 1.5-2 finger light brown cream colored head that is still slowly dissipating minutes after the pour. Great lace retention on this one. The color is your typical of this style- nothing new here. Black with dark brown hues.

Smell- Small portions of coffee and raisins give way to a roasted barley note, followed by the sharp, crisp smell of hops at the finish.

Taste- Roasted barley, slight cappucino-esque coffee tones, chocolate covered espresso bean finish with a hit of the almighty hops. Bitter, but not super high IBU bitter.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy. Coats the mouth well. Chewy, if you will. Bravo on the mouthfeel for sure.

Drinkability- I could drink about three before needing to switch to something else. I really enjoy it, but I feel like this beer could wear out its welcome fast during a session.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tröegs- Dead Reckoning

Appearance- Dark murky reddish brown with a thick meringue head. Big lacing rings left on the glass.
Smell- Big sweet creamy coffee and cocoa with a big hit of pine hops!?
Taste- Smooth creamy coffee/ cocoa with an equal dose of fresh green pine hops.
Mouthfeel- Sweet smooth and creamy up front with a big hoppy dry kick in the end.

Overall- Holy Sh!t this was good! A Porter meets an IPA maybe?! I don't know. All I care is this was smooth, creamy, and hoppy!!
Awesome stuff, that just hit the shelves near me (9-1-07)

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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
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