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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Dead Reckoning PorterTröegs Dead Reckoning Porter

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 40
Gots: 71 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 08-17-2003)
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Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a burnt mahogany, with a large bubbly tan head. The intensity of the head dies out quickly, leaving substantial amounts of tan sticky lace. A wonderful creamy cap remains until the end.

S: Some roasted malts along with a pronounced hop characteristic. A little bit of caramel and some dark, bitter chocolate. Pretty average.

T: Lots of roasted malts meshed with a slight hop bite. A bit of brown sugar and dark chocolate underneath. Ends with a very mild roasted black coffee flavor. Not as brash as I had hoped, but still solid and enjoyable.

M: This one feels incredible in the mouth. A very mild carbonation adds just enough bite initially, but really allows the creaminess of this brew to shine through. It's not a huge bodied brew, but it's full and silky smooth.

O: While I'll admit that there's better porters out there, Troegs offers an extremely good example of the style. While it's not as bold and in-your-face as I had hoped, it doesn't lack enjoyability and this brew could be a great gateway into the style. Definitely recommended for fans of the style and newcomers alike.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 01:09:04 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of BeerCon5


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color, with a small amount of light brown head that sticks around, Very lively carbonation.

Slightly sweet, caramel malts with roasty hopps.

Roasty hopp taste with some light caramel malts, a bit of chocolate and coffee.

Light-bodied feel, pretty smooth, a little watery, good carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. This is a good interesting porter, not the best I've had, but I could easily drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 18:55:37 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Naugled

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark chestnut brown color with thin dark tan head.

Sweet roasty smell with some hops shining through

Bitter chocolate and coffee notes, some what on the bitter side of the scale, aggressively hopped.

Nice crisp mouth feel

A very drinkable and well made porter. I will be buying more of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 19:47:53 | More by Naugled
Photo of DrJay


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan foam topped this deep brown beer and the longlasting head produced some thick lacing. The aroma was faintly bready with a light roastiness, but was dominated by citrusy (orange/grapefruit) hops. Moderate bitterness, with fruity, citrusy hops up front in the flavour. This was backed up by some malty sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, and some roast. Medium bodied and quite creamy, with a drying, roasted malt character. This one really has a solid hop profile, even for an american porter, but I must say it was pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 02:02:48 | More by DrJay
Photo of treyrab


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Zeno's Dark Side day. Had it poured into a pint glass...

A: Very dark brown and clear with a small khaki head. Not as dark as expected, but decent for a porter.

S: Very chocolaty with a nice hop scent and caramel scent as well.

T: Very bitter chocolate with a very, very earthy hop finish. The hops really kick you in the teeth and are a bit out of line in this beer.

Overall, a pretty good porter that has an enormous hop presence.

Serving type: cask

10-05-2008 03:27:04 | More by treyrab
Photo of biophiliadude


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask Conditioned - would've added it as a separate beer but i need to review a few more before i'm allowed to do so. Into a pint glass.

A: Dark black at the bottom of the glass to dark brown to 3/4 inch of white head that quickly turned tan.

S: Chocolate

T: Coco followed by hoppy bite. Served at cask temperatures really brought out the final bitterness, which went perfect with my meal.

M: smooth, bitter end.

D: Could easily have a few of these, but too bitter on the end to be a night cap... of course leaving me wanting more isn't a bad thing. Recommend.

Serving type: cask

11-10-2009 00:56:33 | More by biophiliadude
Photo of gory4d

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, brown to black with russet at the edges when held to the light; the head is a couple of fingers high, tan and thick, and leaves lots of lacing as it lingers down the glass. The smell is straw and coffee beans and earth. The taste is like not-so-sweet apple butter at first, giving way to notes of mild coffee that pass into a hoppy bite, at last finishing with a taste of just plain dirt. It fills up the mouth nicely, with just enough carbonation. One or two of these would be plenty, but it's quite a good porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 00:37:50 | More by gory4d
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time and experience has taught me that I am not a fan of porters, unless they add an "imperial" to the name or alter the flavor with coffee or some other such gimick. Nevertheless, my addiction to the habit of trying as a wide a selection of beers as my abilities allow me to find has lead me to another porter, this time from Troegs. I poured the 12oz into a pint glass, and it looked stouty (dark brown-black with a 2-finger tan foam). The smell is mostly roasted malts, maybe a little sweet but mostly roasty. The taste is all roast, a little bitter but I suspect from roast rather than hops. It seems to me that these flavors are just about right for a porter, just not my thing. The body is slightly heavy, a good indication of a nice malt bill, and drinkability is fine except for the roast flavor which is a little objectionable to my tastes. Overall solid, Troegs always satisfies for a style.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 00:56:30 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of mjl21


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-Pours a very dark brown that has just a tiny hint of red. It has a one finger sandy head that has some decent staying power and leaves some good lace.

S-Smells of fresh hops when poured. The hops are mainly citrus and a little earthy. The malts are quite subdued. There is a little chcoclate and a little roast. The citrus hops add a uniqueness to this beer and are very atypical for a porter.

T-The citrus hops are definitely pronounced early on. Bitter chcoclate hids midpalate. As it goes down there is some definte roastiness. The hops and the roast flavor dominate the aftertaste. It also has an aftertaste reminiscent of acidic coffee.

M-It falls on the upper end of the medium spectrum and has good carbonation.

D-The acidic coffee flavor is a distraction. I do like the use of the citrus hops.

A unique take on the style that I liked but traditionalists may not enjoy. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 18:37:36 | More by mjl21
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

·Appearance: Coffee black/brown color depending on the lighting with a frothy 1-2” head. As head dissipates, a light lacing is left in its trail.
·Aroma: Obvious hops scent on this beer. Perhaps some light chocolate hints as well.
·Taste: Smokey hops present with similarly noticeable chocolate notes.
·Mouthfeel: Very nice creamy mouthfeel, a bit thick on the palate. Again, you can notice the hop presence on the back of the throat.
·Drinkability: Good beer overall, perhaps not a session beer for my tastes, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 01:49:22 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 23:54:46 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of Shumista


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous extra from bamadog in a trade along with some other Troegs beers he sent me so I could get acquainted with the brewery. Drank the Nugget Nectar a while ago first so this will be my second Troegs beer.

Pours almost pitch black with some lighter highlights and medium brown head. Has the thin stoutish look of a porter. Smell is dark roasted malts and some hops. Taste starts off with the dark roasted malt and finishes with a surprisingly assertive hoppy bitterness that's not over the top but also definitely not subtle. Lingering bitterness of hops and bittersweet chocolate. Feels like a porter, not so thick it could be confused with a stout. High drinkability as long as you are into putting away a few porters in one sitting.

A very nice porter with a surprisingly assertive hop presence. Troegs record improves to 2/2.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 02:12:24 | More by Shumista
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter lacks the strong malty base that vandemonian craves. Nice hops though.

A: Black colour and an enormous head that lasts. Mine foamed up in the glass a lot. 4.5

S: Malt and roastiness. Maybe some hops too. And... sulphur? 4

T: Some maltiness with some noticeable hops kicked on by strong carbonation. Where is the strong, complex malty flavour? 3.5

M: Very carbonated. More than is usual for this style. 3.5

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 02:28:54 | More by vandemonian
Photo of Sensaray


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with half inch light tan head.

Smells of milks and dark chocolates and dark malts.

Taste is of a chocolate slightly less sweet than the aroma mixed with roasted dark malts.

Smooth easy drinking here with good carbonation, light medium body.

Overall easy drinking porter with pretty good flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 02:56:30 | More by Sensaray
Photo of TJBurgess


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Thanks Stevefinny for throwing this in to our recent trade...

Poured into a glass stein.

A: Pours dark brown with about 2 fingers of off-white / not quite brown head.

S: Smells like a sweet roasted bowl of nuts? That's what I got atleast...

T: A little sweetness is there with the obvious roasted and a little coffee hint. Light overall.

M: Light again, but it is a smooth finisher.

D: It was a decent beer, but I wouldn't seek it out. I was never a huge porter fan, so this did nothing to make me discover a hidden love for the style.


Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 11:12:55 | More by TJBurgess
Photo of Durge


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at The Girl Next Door in Haverhill, MA, this porter is a deep dark, black color with some rosy highlights. The head is a sparse light tan cover that disperses quickly with fair lacing. The aroma is a meager malt/citrus hop hint. The flavor delivers a tart leafy/citrus hop over a shallow charcoal malt. It's a little thin with very fine carbonation. Mouthfeel is tingly with a slightly silky but dry touch. The flavor is a little slim which seems counter to my previous experience from the bottle, but it's still pretty good with its hop tones over a classic porter flavor. I get some melon brightness as well. It's medium-light bodied and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 05:16:46 | More by Durge
Photo of JDew


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle to an snifter

A - Pours very dark with a reddish tint held up to light. One finger thick creamy head

S - Very hoppy for a porter, some roasted barley comes through too but the hops dominate the smell.

T - Being a big fan of pale ales I love the taste of this beer. Its strong with hops and the chocolate comes through in the finish. It gives me an easy choice when I cant decide between a porter or a IPA.

M - Not as thick as I expected from the deep color and thick head. It finishes very dry and pretty long.

D - Wouldn't drink too many in a row but perfect for just a few.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 23:42:18 | More by JDew
Photo of FaustieMo


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a very dark porter with an average head. I was hoping for a bit more head given my pour.

Smell: Mostly dark malts on the nose, some earthiness as well. I tend to look for more coffee or chocolate in my dark beers, but this smells fine. Perhaps even some burnt caramel notes.

Taste: There is more chocolate in the taste than the smell. The strength in this porter is in its balance. There is a perfect blend of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, roastiness, and bitterness. Hop presence is more evident than in other porters. I really enjoy this porter, but would look elsewhere if I wanted something sweeter or with larger amounts of chocolate and coffee. The roasted malts are the more prevalent.

Overall, this is a porter worth trying. Sometimes, it can be hard to find good diversity in dark beers. This one, however, has some unique characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 04:21:10 | More by FaustieMo
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New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brow with ruby notes. Very light head.

S - Light coffee, dark molasses, prunes.

T - Robust roasty malt, hoppy bitters, espresso, chocolate milk, mild bitter finish.

M - Medium body.

D - A little too much to be a session beer, but fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 04:40:39 | More by vfgccp
Photo of spointon


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a murky cola-brown color that produced only a 1/4" cream colored head that quickly dropped to zero. Not much lacing down the glass.

S= I smelled sweet caramelly malts, slightly roasted grains, carob, and a faint earthy hop note.

T= Much the same as the aroma, only much more subdued. I found caramel and chocolate sweetness up front followed quickly by a dry roasted grain flavor. The finish was also a bit dry (too dry for the style in my opinion).

MF= Medium bodied, but I thought the mouthfeel on this one was a bit too sharp on the tongue, mostly due to the high carbonation level.

D= Not nearly the best porter out there, yet it had its good points. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 02:26:31 | More by spointon
Photo of deeznuts420


3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

haven't had this in a while but it was one of the better porters i had in a while. smell was fairly weak with some coffee, liquorice and some smokeyness.taste was similar but i could taste some of the hops at end that i didn't smell. ended semibitter. overall a decent beer had a fairly light mouthfeel on par for the style

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 12:14:35 | More by deeznuts420
Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is also of malts, some notes of coffee, finishing with some bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 17:56:58 | More by tone77
Photo of bluejacket74


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled in August 2008 (the actual day was worn off the bottle). Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and citrusy hops. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, although the hops come out in the taste a lot more than I expected, the hops overpower the malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think it's a decent brew. It's hoppier than I like my porters to be, but that wouldn't stop me from trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 23:11:13 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of ckollias


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pub glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue. Has a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Super hoppy aroma with hints of malt.

T: Very hoppy and bitter flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was more like a black IPA vs a porter. It was very good but a liitle too hoppy for a porter for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 04:08:18 | More by ckollias
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a tulip glass.

A: Color is black, fading to a dark brown along the edges. Pours with a thin tan head that fades to a thin film on top of the beer.

S: Chocolate jumps out immediately. Some faint vanilla and coffee notes. Also a touch of earthy bitterness, either from the roasted malts or some hops.

T: Chocolate continues in the taste, very smooth but a touch too sweet. Again, some coffee notes and faint bitterness. Taste is a little one-dimensional. Finishes fast with some faint coffee notes.

M: Medium to medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch on the oily side.

D: This was smooth and easy to drink, but not the best porter out there and definitely not the best Troeg's beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 04:06:08 | More by oregonskibum
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86 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.