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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 43
Gots: 81 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Tone2467, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of LI_PO12
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Into Pint Glass

Appearance- Dark Brown, 2 finger Tan Head, Good Lacing

Aroma- Pine, Herbal Hops, slight chocolate, coffee, orange rind, some dark malts almost burnt

Flavor, Coffee, Pine, Herbal and floral hops, dry finish, bready malt

Mouthfeel- A bit too thin for the style but not bad, medium carbonation

Overall- This is a much different beer fresh. I've have it had a couple of times not in season and its been ok but considering Troegs hops this up much more than a porter(Style wise should be) the fresh version is way better. Still not my favorite porter, but the mix of dark malts and citrus/pine hops is tasty. I got this at the brewery before it hit stores near me(2 hours away) so its really fresh and awesome, having had old versions the hops aroma/flavor fades and the malts that remain aren't enough to make a great porter(i.e. the over hopping makes this beer). A nice hoppy Porter.

LI_PO12, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

warnerry, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on date of 071510. Hopefully this one has some longevity. Pours a dark brown color with a thin half inch of brown frothy head that disappears quickly. Very little lacing. Smells of vanilla, coffee, and roasted malts. The taste is like a vanilla coffee mixed with some dark chocolate. Coffee aftertaste. This beer seems to have held up well. Overall this is a pretty good porter. Worth a second look.

PicoPapa, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a nonic, a solid black color with a huge puff of tan head that the bartender had to let settle before finishing the pour. Nice aroma, basic porter nose, dark malts, roastiness, hints of chocolate and light coffee. Taste followed the aroma, roasty, dark malts, implied chocolate and coffee notes, neither were too potent. Tasted and felt a little bit thin, but still acceptable. No real complaints. Smooth, medium body, and quite drinkable.

Rifugium, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of joek440
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown pour with one finger of tan head that dissipated to a thin layer.

S - Intense smell of toasty caramel malts - very sweet and sugary - with hints of chocolate and bitterness of hops

T - Malty and sweet up front with toasty notes coming next. Roasted malts come through with nice balance of hops and a chocolate notes. Slightly bitter on the aftertaste

M - Smooth and lightly carbonated. Medium to heavy body

O - The roasty sweetness of the malt is highlighted in this enojoyable porter. Sweetness may be a bit on the high end, but the hops come through nicely and the bitter balances it well on the end.

joek440, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off - thanks to TheManiacalOne for this one!

This beer pours an almost opaque brown darkness with a short wispy light tan head that fades slowly and a good amount of lacing. There is a mild roasted malt and coffee aroma. It smells like it's going to be creamy, but it's a lot lighter body than I anticipated. There is a roasted malt taste that, at first, masked by the slightly bitter taste. There is a delayed transition to the coffee flavor finish that lingers significantly. This was a decent beer, but not one that I would consider for a longer sitting.

Jayli, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown, small off white head leaves fast. Not much lacing or cascading bubbles.

S - Light roasted grain, chocolate milk.

T - Light, easy flavors of coffee, chocolate and cola. Bitter twang noticeable at end.

M - Light side, good carb and balance.

D - Could do a few.

srandycarter, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/28/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of fluffy tan head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation evident. Very little lacing left in the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, light coffee, and light vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, slightly bitter coffee, vanilla, and light dark fruits.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink.

d - A pretty good porter. Very easy to drink, would certainly have again.

mdfb79, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of TeamMathis
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark brown. Tan head.
Smell: Coffee and cocoa.
Taste: Light coffee, cocoa, and celery (who knows). Hop aftertaste.

This is an easy drinker. The smell was rather faint, but the overall combination with the taste was an enjoyable one. This would have been good during the summer. The hoppy aftertaste was nice as well. I could possibly get this again.

TeamMathis, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of MmmIPA
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now Ive been wanting to try this beer for a while and I finally got a chance too.I like it because Troegs kicks ass and in the George Romero movie Land of the dead, the vehicle was called Dead reckoning and I love porters.So there ya go lets crack it open.

Pitch black body with some red highlights to it.Thick tan head that takes its good ole time going down but as it does it leaves sexy lacing.

Smell of fresh hops and chocolate.

Taste is hops,and plenty of them then leads to malt then to chocolate.

The mouthful is a tab bit watery but its a new beer so that may change as they tweak the recipe.

I like this beer but they need to tone down the hops a bit and let the melt and hop balance happen naturally.This is a IPA not a porter,besides the color of the body nothing else really makes this a porter IMO.Too much hops Troegs.Good beer though

MmmIPA, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice little khaki head over a very dark chestnut colored beer, nice retention

s: simple dark roasted barley base, big, strikingly fruit punch-like hop aromas dominant, interesting but I prefer my porters on the malty side, and this one is decidedly hop-focused

m: carbonation on the low side, medium body

t: roasted barley subverted by a high level of tropical hop flavors, the roast astringency does come through in the finish with a growing bitterness, a little on the hoppy side for my preferences but a good example

d: no problem...could take a few

single from Norm's, Vienna, VA...bottled 080708

blackie, Dec 11, 2008
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep brown almost black color with a thick tan colored head – rocky bubbles on the top. The aroma is quite sweet with caramel and molasses noted. The taste is roasted and sweet and finishes with a coffee flavor which lingers - it doesn’t finish as clean as other Troegs I have had, but does seem suited for this beer. The mouthfeel is medium and could be a bit thicker, but it doesn’t detract from the overall brew. I think this is a highly drinkable porter that holds its own, but lacks that extra zip.

barefootbrewer, Dec 26, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Not a whole lot of head to talk about. What was there receded pretty quick to leave a fizzy film on top of this solid black porter.

S - Sweet smell at first that carried a little molasses and maybe a touch of plum. Aroma faded away to a more bitter coffee smell.

T - The taste was backward of the nose order. Up front coffee bitterness that gave way to a sweet berry taste. The finish was similar to dark chocolate.

M - Thin, well carbonated with a bitter coffee aftertaste. Maybe a touch of mineral water taste left on the tongue in the after taste?

O - Not bad. I let this warm up significantly, and it developed a bit more complexity. At a relatively low ABV, this could be a fun most every day porter without getting too deep into hazy brain activity.

gopens44, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Biscuit033
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured produced a very thick light caramel head that hung out for quite some time. The beer is very brown for a porter.

S: There is a good amount of chocolate, coffee, and red fruit as well as a lot of hop aroma.

T: Very hoppy porter. It has a very bitter after taste that is of hops with hints of chocolate and coffee.

M: Light body for the style. The carbonation was right on.

D: This is a very good session beer. I could see drinking this outside in the fall.

Very Interesting take on the style. It was like the IPA of porters.

Biscuit033, Oct 11, 2007
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Camjmorton, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark, nearly opaque, red-brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy, foamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Great lacing.

S: Earthy pine hops and mild roasted notes.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Bitter roasted malt with pine hops. Chocolate makes an appearance in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel.

O: Good porter. Looks great and has a great mouthfeel. A bit bitter for my taste, but not bad.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 31, 2012
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color with two-fingers worth of tan head. Head lasts for a longtime and leave sticky lacing.

S- A little barley, stale coffee, and some chocolate. Citrus (grapefruit) aromas from the hops as well.

T- A nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor are the first noticeable flavors of this beer. A nice citrus bitterness comes in mid-way and melds with the chocolate and malt for a rather nice finish.

M- Thin to medium with plenty of carbonation.

D/O- A pretty good American Porter from the bros. It has that classic Tröegs hop presence. I would have liked a more pronounced aroma and a fuller mouth-feel, but that's just me. I don't necessarily think that I'll seek this one out again, but if someone's buying; I'll happily drink it. Cheers.

pvsob, Nov 11, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a meager 1/2" head. Black as coffee, Smell and taste were pretty much a mild stout with slight hints of cofee and cocoa. The interesting thing is the hoppiness seemed to build as I worked my way to the bottom of this. I'd say it's an IPA style porter

MoreThanWine, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of FredTheSeal
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

FredTheSeal, Dec 06, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have a tough time with Troegs beer. That said I'm not one to review something sole on my taste. These guys make some very good stuff.
Pours very thick deep brown with ruby hues. Full tan head retsins well and laces the entire glass. Aroma of spiced fruits, caramel-thick malts, and hints of chocolate in the back. Flavor starts with fruity notes allowing the malts to kick in and ends with a distinct hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness but lingers too much for my taste. Well carbonated, medium bodied brew that is overall very thick and smooth in the mouth. This is a fairly heavy brew and the lingering bitterness makes it less drinkable for me. Still I would drink it again. Its a great cold weather brew.

LunaChick, Sep 15, 2008
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.

ThePaintedGrey, Feb 15, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Mersh, Aug 18, 2014
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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.

BeerCon5, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Naugled
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.

Naugled, Nov 24, 2010
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.