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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,154
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 41
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
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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 hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color with ruby highlights and a thick head of off-white foam
Aroma-A bit of surprising citrussy hop note, faint toasted malt.
Taste-Citrussy hops up front, a coffee/roasted malt backbone, a bit of a dry, hop bite finish. The style is American Porter but the taste is more of a black IPA. As a porter I would have liked a little more of the roasted malt/coffee flavor for balance. I don't mind a hop profile in a porter, but this seemed a bit unbalanced. Nice effort in any case.

hosehead83, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= very dark-brown gravy color, some effervescent activity when poured but almost no head or rimming.

S= bold and hoppy from the start (unless over-chilled), strong dry roasted malts.

T= dry yet offset with enough natural sweetness, generous Chinook hops bitters and florals, dry toasted malts, minor dry dark fruits evident.

M= satisfyingly dry with dry dark coffee and toasted dry malts.

D= very drinkable for someone who appreciates a dry dark quality porter. Not overdone on the ABV% so it's even more drinkable without being sedative.

therica, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer looks just a touch above average in the glass, mostly due to the lack of head retention and the lack of opacity. It is black with tons of red highlights and I can even see shadows through the other side of the glass. Head retention is horrible and lacing is spotty at best.

Upon pouring this, I could smell the mixture of roast and hops the second the bottle cap came off. So maybe the smell will make up for the false start by the appearance. Well, it's certainly hoppy, almost bordering on "Black IPA" or "Cascadian Dark Ale" territory. Roasted malt gives subtle chocolate notes and hops give some tangerine and orange notes. This is interesting, but sometimes it smells a touch like a garbage bag in the sun. Because of that I'm averaging my good and bad impressions and rating this accordingly.

But at least it could taste good, right? Well, sort-of. It's well balanced in that the amount of chocolate and coffee roast is complimented by the amount of citrus hoppiness from the chinook hops. Not half bad, but it's just a touch herbal and piney and that makes just a bit unfocused to me, plus the two tastes are competing in the overall progression. Better than the smell, though, for sure, and I get what Troegs is going for.

Mouthfeel is a touch light for the style, but the carbonation is OK. I want to give this a second chance, but this time out the results were mediocre. Maybe I'll find this on cask, that sounds yummier!

jampics2, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of bum732
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Sweet coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, some fruitiness, quite a bit of vanilla.

L: Light tan head that dissipates, dark brown, some light see on the sides of the glass.

T: Soft fruity malt with a nice coffee backbone. Mild bitterness leads to a medium high roasty dryness.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation.

A solid porter, the more American porters i drink, the more i realize i prefer English versions. Something about the fruitness and roastiness that doesn't quite work. Still solid and drinkable.

bum732, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A nice dark chocolate coffee look.

S- has a nice Rich chocolaty aroma with hops in the background.

T- Bittersweet from the chocolate malts and taste of hops in the background. Even a hint of coffee comes out as well.

M- Wet very creamy and smooth to the pallet bittersweet malts and hops linger through out the sip.

D- Very good porter. I like alot and well drink again.


SamuelJackson45, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Mad Mex in Columbus.

Nice dark porter, not much head, but left an excellent blanket of lace.

Smells of sweet chocolate malts.

Very malty, but also extremely hoppy for a porter. In a blind tasting I could potentially confuse this for a malty black IPA.

Medium body and decent carbonation.

Not bad considering I dislike the average porter, but, I do prefer my porters to be more malty than hoppy... this one was the reverse.

Spider889, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of smcolw
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby. Tough to tell, but it looks like it is very clear (I can make out the shape of the light). Solid light beige head that fades to a dome leaving lots of webby lace.

Smell: Pleasant dark chocolate aroma with a touch of evaporated milk. Overall, very mild but I think I detect some black patent malt as well.

Mild start, powerful finish. Initial sip shows the softer side to this brew--delicate milk chocolate and brown ale notes. Within the second, the harsher malts of burnt black patent and roasted chocolate come through. I was pleasantly surprised by the ample amount of hop present. The swallow is bitter, nearly like a dry stout. Great aftertaste, like a decrescendo of the swallow.

Not your traditional porter--more hop than that. But the complexity and rich flavors make this a superior beer.

smcolw, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a thin, opaque black liquid that leaves a small tan head and decent lacing.

S: I don't get much. Perhaps hints of roasted malt and hops.

T: Decent for a porter. Mild burnt malt and a moderate hops finish. Not mind blowing.

M: Somewhat chalky, but also a little thin.

D: Pretty much your average porter. Not bad, but nothing noteworthy.

irishking1977, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On one of the handpulls at Al's of Hampden on 9/23/10.

A - Deep walnut brown liquid with burgundy highlights around the edges and two fingers of slightly gritty tan foam on top that reduced to a quarter inch crown and retained well, leaving some strands of lace around the glass.

S - Dry, leafy and earthy notes abound. The hop character is definitely kicked up a notch (or two) from the standard version. A mild coffee character also develops midway, accompanied by woody notes and a hint of chocolate, both of which create a kind of cocoa tan bark aroma.

T - Wow! Yeah... definitely hopper than the standard version if you can imagine! Dead Reckoning is one of the hoppiest porters I've had, and this dry hopped cask version goes even further. The coffee attributes work nicely with the fairly sharp leafy and earthy tones imparted by the aggressive hopping. A subtle vanilla sweetness creeps into the mix, but ultimately this finishes with a flavor long on hop bitterness.

M - Silky smooth, warm and sticky with a light hoppy bristle. Finishes with lots of hop bite on the palate, almost like a dark IPA or India Brown.

D - How do you make Dead Reckoning even tastier? Add copious amounts of Columbus hops and throw it in a firkin. This is a delicious porter all around and boasts a wonderful hop character that works well with the coffee and dark malts. Hey you Central PA BA's... head over to Al's and get some!

ffejherb, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of mmercede
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap from whole foods, plymouth meeting poured into a pint glass

appearance: dark brown/black with little transparency

Smell: dark malts, raisins, caramel, dark chocolate, boozy. very similar to a lighter barleywine

Taste: very nicely balanced. The base reminds me of an english brown ale with extra caramel and chocolate malts. The boozy smell is not reflected in the taste. Very little bitterness with no apparent hopping.

Mouthfeel: This beer is deceptively light and carbonated for a porter. Although initially very carbonated, it settles and goes down smooth.

Drinkability: This beer is nothing special, but very drinkable. A great interpretation as usual from the guys at Troegs. I would definitely like to have another sometime.

mmercede, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of racer2k
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

racer2k, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- black as night with a one finger tan colored head. Laces really nicely

S- roasted malts, some coffee...not a whole lot going on here

T- really dark coffee, roasted malts, with a little bit of chocolate in there as well...very good. Nice and roasty

M- there's a slight thickness to it, but overalll, its a little watery...I shouldn't be expecting much thicker to be honest, but I'd like to see it

D- I prefer Troegs hoppier brews, but this one is still good...JavaHead is a little better, though

bigfnjoe, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bodega into a pint glass...Pours dark brown with really nice retention and lacing...The aroma is perfect, reminds me of a what I would think would be a good English porter, or maybe what Guinness would taske like in Dublin. Light chocolate, a hint of smokiness, super easy to drink.

jrallen34, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of jfdean
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Dead Reckoning Porter is a traditional porter at its best and worst.

By best I mean that it is a great example of what a porter should is. Roasty, dark, light on the malt with just enough hop flavor to balance everything out. When I say at it worst, the Dead Reckoning is only a porter. Nothing unique here, nothing to write home about and even has a bit of a thin mouthfeel. All in all, a great beer to have in the fall and be able to sip at something tasty all night; but if something special comes around, drop the cup and head for that. I guarantee you won't even need a compass.

jfdean, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the fall seasonal by Troegs and it took the place of the Oatmeal Stout a while back.

A: Poured fairly thick and dark, with a 1/2 inch head, and carbonation on the plus side. A frothy cream stayed on the beer throughout the entire session.

S: Roastiness, with bitter chocolate, and a hint of citrus.

T: Well balanced. Starts pretty bitter, but does not overwhelm. The citrus just gives you a little bite at the end.

M: Foamy lacing on the glass. The fact that this brew is unfiltered gives it kind of a slimy texture that I'm actually fond of.

D: I would say that this is fairly drinkable, but if I were to drink about 2 - 2.5 bottles of this stuff, the bitterness would keep my sobriety in check. Really good beer nonetheless!

Chaney, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of silentjay
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

as it pours, it looks a light brown, but it settles to a dark, opaque brownish black with a small film of tan head.

oddly smells of delicious piney hops with the usual chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark toast, and a touch of vanilla.

flavor is a bit hoppy as well, but with a lot more of a roasted character than was picked up by my nose. balance here is great, but it may be too hoppy for many expecting your average porter. But it works for me. wonderfully.

medium bodied with a sweet, yet bitter finish and great carbonation.

drinks well. amazingly balanced, yet complex flavor profile that may not be for everyone. being a fan of the new Black IPA style, I find myself downing this one real quick. Why haven't I tried this one before? This will not be the last time.

silentjay, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Bottled on 080510 on neck near label. 6-pack purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Inviting dark chestnut brown with majestic 2-3 finger off-white head with excellent retention and nice lines and spots of lacing.

S: Slightly sour note mixes with dark and chocolate malts. Earthy hops work nicely with the aroma package.

T: Maltiness rules in this brew, but hops make an appearance in the end. Dark malts with a moderate acrid quality, chocolate, and softer black coffee notes are accented by earthy, herbal, tobaccoish hops. A little brash but very enjoyable.

M: Very creamy smooth mouthfeel with active carbonation to give your tongue a zap. Dark malty and tobacco hops aftertaste.

D: Easy to drink despite the strong flavors with a nice hops presence despite the malty emphasis of this brew.

argock, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown to black with a mahogany tinge around the outside. Pours like oil. Head is tan and pretty minimal but laces decently.

S - WOW! Roasted coffee smell, chocolate, malt. Intense!

T - Robust flavors as detected on the nose. Very, very good. Some faint flavors of fruit in there at the end as well. Well-hopped for a porter, too.

M - Exceptional. Thick, but not creamy. Dry. Every single sip is perfectly balanced in flavor and texture. Did not lose a thing from the first sip to the last sip.

D - Drinkable. Very good beer. Very, very good. Will be getting this again. Good for autumn.

jmerloni, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black with a finger of tan head. Smells are toasty malts, chocolates and faint hops. Tastes are roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate, hops in the middle and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good, and the drinkability is also pretty good. Not a bad porter.

Lukafer, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A leftover from a while back. But this is one of my favorite seasonal brews. Poured into a pint glass, super dark in color, a bit watery looking from the pour. Very little head. Strong scents of coffee, toffee, sweet and bitter chocolates. Flavor is very forward and robust with cocoa, coffee, but also a nice punch of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I can drink a few of these with out palate fatigue.

mtnbikerpa, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of mempath
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice deep dark with good caramel head and some lacing.

nose is smoky-toasty caramel, coffee

taste is much more perfectly balanced: smooth, full-bodied, incredible balance of expected porter notes but, well, again, incredible! roasted coffee with kinetic bitterness that moves on instead of lingering. actually a dry finish that works well in this bill.


mempath, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with slight brown and red tint. 1/2 inch fomay head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, malts and brown sugar

Taste - Rich coffee flavor mixed with some brown sugars and cocoa. Dark fruits like plum and rasin add some flavors. Theres even a bitter hop flavor near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Coffee and cocoa nibs coat the tounge with bold roasty flavors. Palate gets more malts and sugars along with a bitter dry hop at the finish. Aftertaste is coffee and roasted malts and dry.

Drinkabilty - So nice and smooth, and tasty. Its mild and very easy a session beer. Plenty of typical porter flavors and a nice balance make this a great seasonal treat.

wvsabbath, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of levifunk
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra so long ago, finally getting around to tasting it.

a - black with a tan head. darker than i expected, but doesnt look very thick

s - roasted malts. light chocolate. a bit of booze.

t - nose follows through to taste, roasted malts, light chocolate sweetness. a bit of a hops bitterness on the end.

m - medium body. carbonation is average.

overall - pretty decent porter.

levifunk, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio for $1.72 a few days ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Medium brown creamy head over a dark brown body that glows a ruby maroon in front of direct light. Good lacing on the inside of the glass as I sipped. 4.0

S Medium to dark roast malt with minimal hops. Slightly better than average for the style. 3.5

T Solid dark roast malt taste, on the toasty, roasty end of the spectrum. I really like that in a porter. 4.0

M Good and thick, coffee ground like graininess that I like. 4.0

D Good with manageable ABV, good and interesting tasting beer. 4.0

Notes: Another solid offering from Troegs.

adamette, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

oregonskibum, Jul 08, 2010
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,154 ratings.