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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Dead Reckoning PorterTröegs Dead Reckoning Porter

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Ratings: 1086
Reviews: 533
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%

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 haazer


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Burnt almond color with dark cherry on the edges. Reminds me of chocolate syrup, although not as thick. One finger of thick bubbly beige head. I have spider webbed lace left all over my glass.

S- A very well blended mix of piney hops and malts. Maybe a 60/40 for hops to malts, malts seem chocolatey. Molasses, candy, and brown sugar. This is shaping up nicely.

T- Little bit of coffee, and chocolate. Hints of brown sugar. Hops hit midway through on the palatte. Last you feel the malts. More through the glass I get tiny hints of cherries.

M- Little too thin and light bodied for me. Deffinitely has that dry porter feel, but could be thicker. Very smooth, little bit creamy.

D- Highly drinkable. Would make a great session beer. My palatte is very acute this evening for me to pick out those flavors but none of them is overpowering or dominant. I'd equate this to a tuned down stout, which I suppose is what a Porter is. I enjoyed this, above average.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-08-2010 02:01:29 | More by haazer
Photo of delta490


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- deep, deep brown. Got about one finger of light tan head from the pour. It doesn't last long but does leave some nice lacing from the circumferential remnants.

S-earthy hops and some black liquorice.

T- there's a nice roasted chocolate malt flavor with a hint of astringency from the alcohol. A little of the hops balances it all out

M- a little bit carbonation dances across your palate and it's not as full as other porters I've had. Not as smooth.

O- Definitely not a bad porter. My complaints are probably more personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 23:27:01 | More by delta490
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 jaltland


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz to a snifter glass.

A- Dark dark brown almost black when coupled with the reflective glass. Almost an inch of foamy light tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- A roasted malt with a slightly sour/bitter smell like a day old cup of coffee. Cocoa isn't as prevalent in the nose. Probably masked by the roast.

T- Roasted malt and coffee up front giving way to a small taste of chocolate and ending in a pulsing bitter. Not getting any sweetness from the chocolate. Kind of a semi-sweet bitter.

M- Thin at first not viscous but swished around it takes on a different mouthfeel with the carbonation. Very drinkable with a roasted bitter lingering feel.

O- Not the best porter I've had but also not the worst. Balanced is an appropriate term. Smooth and drinkable without a noticeable trace of booze. Then again I'm not even sure what the ABV is. Recommend for the end of a dinner with maybe some smoked salmon or a nice poultry citrus dish.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 20:21:27 | More by jaltland
Photo of Realbeer1542

New York

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color - Perfect porter pitch.

Great smell. Coffee and malt with a hint of hops.

Taste - Flavor has good complexity. Taste follows smell. Coffee and then hops with a somewhat hoppy middle and lingering finish. .

Mouthfeel - Crisp - pleasingly complex.

Overall - Nice on tap with friends. A bit hoppy for the style but worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2014 02:32:31 | More by Realbeer1542
Photo of Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

A - Mahogany with a 2 finger light brown head. This beer is sexy as hell. haha.

S - Getting roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, and actually some hop bitterness.

T - Incredibly smooth and easy going beer. hints of leather,chocolate, and it totally carries a woody smoky touch....finishes out with a tad of hop bitterness( Keep in mind i drank a 9.5 Double IPA before hand so some may consider it more than a tad per say....hahaha)but this is very good. It definitely could be mistaken for a black IPA though. I see a bunch of comments saying this would be a great food pairing type beer, I agree 100%. Medium body while in the mouth and well carbonated.

Overall, an easy drinking, smoky, smooth, but slightly hoppy porter. If i ever see this on tap im definitely gonna get it. pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 03:53:11 | More by Glennlawless
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 03:54:48 | More by TeamMathis
Photo of DIM


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Deep chestnut brown; served with a small off-white cap.

s: Beautiful combination of deeply roasty coffee and cocoa with a hint of citrus.

t: Hoppy porter indeed! Big semi-bitter roastiness and a robust hop presence work very well together.

m: Feels bigger than it is.

o: It took me way too long to try this. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 02:06:24 | More by DIM
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Outstanding like their Pale ale and IPAs. Great brewer.

Appearance: Pours a very dark chocolate color with a very big tan head that leaves a massive amount of lacing. The head retains in islands of dense chunks and the lace is like shaving cream. This is an outstanding, perhaps the best, looking porter.

Smell: I find it a subtle balance of the dark roasty elements and the bright, citrusy hops. Extremely compatible with food. In this case salmon, beans, pasta over our own fall garden veggies laced with tomato sauce and balsamic.

Taste: Follows the smell, a hoppy, bright, upbeat porter. Toasty and malty to start with just a hint of sweetness, then it's pine and coffee the rest of the way gliding into piney, grassy hops. Beautiful finish as with their pale ale. Very appetizing and great food companion.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation, enough cream for porter, but definitely ipa like. Clean, dry, toasty finish. A winter IPA?

Drinkability: As other reviewers wrote, "dark IPA", "screams American technique". (all good in my book - dry, hoppy, crisp, grassy, slightly bitter.)

Revisited with dinner; this is awesome craft. Original, American, great with fall dinner, consisting of roots, kale, beets, pasta, tomatoes - all late season collected from garden, sauteed in red wine.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 23:51:54 | More by Act25
Photo of Boggdogg


3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a deep mahogany color with a thick brown head that stays a minute and fades into some excellent lacing.

Smell is a very strong of roasted malt and not much else.

Taste is of roasted malts as well. Bitter from start to finish. No sweetness and to me not very complex. The hops are very prevelant. Too bitter for my taste

Overall I was disappointed with this porter and won't have again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2013 00:18:58 | More by Boggdogg
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 071613

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decent sized cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Lots of roastiness along with some burnt coffee and dark chocolate. A hint of sweetness from the malts. Some earthy hops in there too

T: Starts off with some roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee with a little bit of caramel sweetness. Lightly bitter from the middle towards the end. Finishes with some earthy hops and a light cocoa sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Thrown off a little due to the hoppiness

O: A nice porter with a decent hop bite. Easy to drink and a good choice for a seasonal brew. Get some

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 05:38:37 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Extrajoker00


3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dead Reckoning Porter by Tröegs
poured from a bottle into a frozen mug

A : wonderful deep brown chestnut with a thin tan head 4.0

S : Citrus??? faint hops?(re-check label) 3.25

T : Citrus and hops, notably absent of any prominent roasted or strong dark tones 3.25

M : thinner than expected, actually light to medium bodied 3.25

D : surprisingly crisp and clean with a moderate ABV 4.25

Porter? maybe, maybe not. This was a hard review to be objective about. This beer is more characteristic of a black IPA. On that note, I like it quite well. However I am rating it as a Porter and how well I like it as a porter, and frankly I was in the mood for a thicker, stronger, deeper taste. I do in fact like this beer, and it was a pleasant surprise. I will probably buy it again, just not when I have a taste for a porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 23:39:29 | More by Extrajoker00
Photo of Omnium


3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice black brown color 1 finger of khaki color, some thin lacing.
S - Aroma is full of dark chocolates and some nice smoked malt a touch of dark fruits.
T - Taste is much less on the roasted and smokey side which is common of most porters. Instead there's actually a decent amount of citrus and bitter hop presence, dark fruits.
M - Somewhat thin not very full for a porter, a touch bitter.
O - Not what I was expecting, but is unique for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 22:25:22 | More by Omnium
Photo of BB1313


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 8/21/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint gass. Pours black with some brown hues; fuffy off-white head that fades extremely slowly and leaves awesome lacing and retention. The aromas are full of chocolate malts and has a decent amount of citrus. Lots of orange in the aromas and flavors. Pretty floral for a porter. The hops really shine. Flavors are bold and have an equal amount of roasted chocolates and fruity orange notes. Bittrsweet. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied; very active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm glad I revisited this one. This is a very nice beer. It's pretty hoppy for a porter and kind of blurs the line. I personally think it could pass for a Black IPA. It might not be the most traditional example of the style. Either way, it's an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:11:55 | More by BB1313
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark black with fluffy head of white foam that rises a 1/4 inch. Lacing everywhere. Strong chocolate, notes of pine. Taste is like an earthy black IPA. Opens smooth and chocolately, but evolves into a mild piney bitter. Mild carbonation holds in check.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 12:46:25 | More by KTCamm
Photo of thlayli87

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Beer pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger of tan head which leaves a thick curtain of lace as the beer is consumed.

S - Piney hops with a hint of chocolate.

T - Piney and herbal hops are at the fore, mild roast, and faint notes of chocolate.

M - Excellent mouthfeel. Moderately thick but not syrupy. Dry clean finish.

O - Well crafted and very enjoyable. If you like hoppy porters give this one a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 22:48:47 | More by thlayli87
Photo of thecheapies


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light gets through with a deep violet glow, but Dead Reckoning looks almost black without the backlighting. Appears opaque. It dons a fluffy quaff of tan foam that cuddles up along the walls of the glass with a static cling. A nice hefty porter, appearance-wise.

Dark cocoa, burnt toast, strippingly bitter hop, scorched earth, barley grain, thin citrus element, and pith. Seductively bitter aromas, ripe with char and blackened grain.

Crushingly bitter and perversely dark. Heavy roast carries notes of char and earth with a dusty cocoa character and hints of black cherry. Hops are big and add to the bitterness with floral tones and a dip of orange rind with white pith still attached. Hints of Sumatra and leather flip back and forth, while the big burnt grain notes push the envelope. Definitely a little oat-y. Chinook has good character in this porter, attempting to throw some greener flashes in with the roast. If this wasn't teeming with massive maltiness, one might think it's a hoppy black ale. Light mineral salinity rights the way down American Porter Lane. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is oily medium, and the drinkability proves high. Alcohol is felt mostly on the gums, but not really tasted. Weighty, but carbonation dissolves on the tongue with a very pleasant sensation.

How could I have not reviewed this beast yet! A personal favorite. Balls to the wall, big and burly; a great big hoppy porter that borders on astringent in the way that it's so charred and bold. A big winner.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 17:15:52 | More by thecheapies
Photo of LI_PO12


3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 04:23:52 | More by LI_PO12
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark brown body, some amber sneaks through as well. Big, fluffy, bubbly tan head that hangs around and leaves a lot of lacing.

S- Roasty malts, lots of danky hops, hints of coffee, chocolate and some bready malt as well.

T- Hops come through the roasty malts, with some caramel malt mixed in. The piney hops come through big time for a porter. Slight hints of smokey coffee come through, but this is mostly a hop-forward roasty porter.

M- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. More carbonation leads to a less smooth body than some of the thicker porters, but this one has good drinkability.

O- A pretty good porter, but not up there with Founders and Bells. This one is more hop-forward and more of a drinker than a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:29:42 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of 1sophrosyne1


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draught at the tasting room in Hershey over 30 minutes.
The color is a dark chocolate maroon, but with high clarity. A 4 cm head fell fast and left patchy lacing on my tulip pint glass. Smells include a hoppy pine, mild mocha, nutmeg, and a mist of cinnamon. It makes a watery entry over the lips and is rather quickly bitter and astringent. Based on my previous experience of this brew, I think that drinking it fresh on tap hides some of the toasty malts under bright hop-haze. There's pecan with a touch of cinnamon in the middle of each gulp and coffee with cocoa dust on the end. A buzz of stinging bubbles is an important part of the mouthfeel that seems to accompany the subtle floral essences. There is a mild feel of cream and oil midway through a gulp, but it is a touch short and thin.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable rotating product that justifies eager anticipation. I expect some more thickness and length from a porter, though--with a heftier, roastier beginning and creamier end that would leave all its remaining complexity in place, I reckon this beer would be spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2013 01:23:43 | More by 1sophrosyne1
Photo of deeznuts420


3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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 dar482

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I’m having this almost two years old. It was bottled 7/19/11. This was for discount at the store.

The beer pours out with a Coca Cola very dark brown/black. There is a rocky head that slowly dissipates.

The aroma has sweet roasted malt, caramel sweetness, and coffee. There’s some boozy vanilla in there too. The aroma isn’t very big, but it’s appropriate for the style.

The flavor hits you with a very sharp almost burnt malt, smokey flavor. It’s quite strong and catches you off guard at first. There’s espresso, licorice, and bitter chocolate with that. Then the beer comes with a good amount of bitterness on the end.

The mouthfeel is pretty standard for a porter. Not very creamy, quite light to medium body, and drinkable. Despite the age, I enjoy this beer a lot. Having had Edmund Fitzgerald and Black Butte recently, this I would say is on par. It definitely gets points for its huge smoke and bitterness, although being strong at times.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 04:07:12 | More by dar482
Photo of sinstaineddemon


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - dark chestnut in color, but clearly brown and not black, wells up a half finger of light brown head, too dark to note carbonation

S - big roasty toasty malts up front, would you expect any less from a quality porter?!? Notes of both chocolate and coffee rest above a finish of alcohol

T - bitter coffee and chocolate hit first, but it doesn't stay that way. The bitterness fades into great chocolate flavor and finishes with the straight peaty malts and some alcohol

M&D&O - not smooth, but layered and complex for a standard porter, more flavors than I expected. First Troegs beer, and a good way to start.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 00:22:13 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of rawfish


2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a stark black with cola highlights. Head is two fingers in height with very good retention and surprising lacing that coats the glass really well.

Touches of roast and smoke with a very bready and vinous fruit sweetness to it. Not much in the way of coffee or chocolate not hop presence wither if I had my eyes closed I would guess it was an esb and not a porter.

Bready with some roasted malt, cereal grain and caramel sweetness. Some bittersweet chocolate and a good dose of vinous fruit. Lactic acidity, herbaceous and ashy on the finish. Lasting bitterness with and low detection of alcohol.

Thin and flat, consistency of water. Bitterness dries the beer a bit but the malt remains very sticky. Not the easiest to drink, weighed down somewhat by the yeast from the bottle.

A very sub par porter, poor display of the roasted malt resulting in a fruity sweetness devoid of any hints of chocolate or coffee but full of lactic acidity and charred astringency.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 07:02:09 | More by rawfish
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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled July 31, 2012

A: Decent, tight head that dissipates quickly. Splotchy lacing.

S: Mostly grapefruit hops covers some faint roasted and chocolate elements, but this smells like an IPA.

T: Grapefruit hops up front, some mild roasty notes follow. Some faint fruity, yeasty flavors midway through. Somewhat bitter piney hops and some char on the long finish.

M: Thin for a porter.

O: An interesting hoppy porter. The citrus hops and roasted malts work well together, and usually I don't appreciate that combination.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 00:26:24 | More by greybeardloon
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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
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