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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

Tröegs Dead Reckoning PorterTröegs Dead Reckoning Porter

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very good

1,088 Ratings
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Ratings: 1088
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 Slatetank


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask last night at Al's of Hampden. Served cask temp in a Nonic.

A practically black shade of dark brown with slight crimson accent at the base w/ a sandstone cap which settles to a ring of small beads. The lacing clings moderately well. The smell is hoppy, wait...is this a porter(closing my eyes - no, this is an IPA!)the smell of piney hops like a Cascadian black ale w/ slight grapefruit accent of Columbus, with a rind-like citrus element. The feel has bitterness of malt and hops w/ light sweetness and subtle grainy texture w/ gentle cask carbonation and medium body w/ semi-dry finish.

The flavor is big on hops -This is a black IPA, I don't care what anyone says. The cascadian black flavor is great with citrus rind, pine and light astringency from the hops w/ a gentle dark malt flavor which gives a light molasses and subtle caramel tinge to the hoppy goodness. The wood notes come out more from malt and light bitter cocoa when warmer w/ a delightful floral compliment of Columbus which lingers in a residual palate coating way. I enjoyed the taste and smell of this most, the drinkability is high, but porter fans beware you will not be experiencing a cask porter. A confused beer, a beer that tastes great is hoppy and is black -Cascadian Dark Ale w/ great drinkabiity- Cheers Troegs!

Serving type: cask

10-06-2010 16:52:32 | More by Slatetank
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!

Serving type: cask

09-24-2010 14:22:10 | More by ffejherb
Photo of biophiliadude


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Lolli1315


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Adark blackish color, not quite opaque with a light brown to white head. Great lacing on this beer.

S- Roasted malts come out quickly with signs of coffee lingering. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate, but nothing that jumps out at you. A little bit of a nutty smell seems to come out at the end as well. The alcohol is masked nicely with this beer.

T- Nice smooth beer with those roasted malts coming out nice and evenly through the whole drink. The coffee and chocolate tastes compliment the roasted malts, but are not as strong as you would fine in a RIS or American Stout. There is a little bitterness to this beer that creates a nice finish and leaves you wanting more.

M- A thick mouthfeel, but not quite chewy. Really is nice as it does not try to take on the feeling of a stout.

D- Taking a sip of this beer only leaves you wanting to pick the glass right back up. Easy to drink this beer and there is a good chance that you will want to have another.

Serving type: cask

10-14-2009 17:21:34 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of BeerSox


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

16oz bottle into pint glass.

Pitch black, without any noticeable ruby highlights. The head was filled with thick bubbles, but lasted for a while. Light roasty aromas, with a little bit of cocoa. The flavor was loaded with roasty malts, a bit of coffee, and a slight amount of hop bitterness toward the end. Full bodied. There's a creamy overtone to the cask version that I don't recall in the bottled version. Recommended (cask or bottle).

Serving type: cask

09-20-2009 00:02:52 | More by BeerSox
Photo of treyrab


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 johnmichaelsen


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

On cask at Frisco's the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, consisting of some sweet roasty malt, superimposed with some light coffee and noticeable licorise. The flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, with the beer having a very dry finish after an initial blast of roasted male and licorise. The beer is a bit thinner on the palate then I would expect for a porter, but it's still pretty well made. The beer finishes well and is ultimately pretty drinkable (as one would expect given the abv.).

Have had this beer on several occasions with consistent results. I want to like this beer, but for some reason it just doesn't do much for me. It's still a decent porter, but as there are many other superior versions available these days, I probably will not order it again.

Serving type: cask

09-22-2008 12:47:49 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of StrangeBrewer76


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of the cask as most BAs are so I'll drink nearly anything from the pump but porters are not really my thing.

The color was less than opaque black which I thought somewhat unusual for the style but more like coffee. Depending on how much beer you were looking through it was either a watery brown or black.

The head was just off-white and small with little lacing.

It smelled of sweet malt like brewing with extract. Carmel syrupy and toasted grains in the background.

The taste was full flavored. The chocolate malt really came through as it got a bit warmer in the glass. Excellent choice for a cask. Hops are present here too but in a complimentary way, grassy, herbal.

In the mouth it was smooth and creamy like skim milk but with a way-better taste.

Overall a very fair porter. I would have two in a session from a cask but I doubt I would have it on tap when there are other choices

Serving type: cask

09-19-2008 18:26:44 | More by StrangeBrewer76
Photo of francisweizen


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super fresh cask at sharp edge. I also sampled this one on draught at the brewery, but I preferred this cask sample, and so i'll enter this review from my notes into the db here. Anyway, this one is very dark cocoa, brown, nearly opaque with a wonderful cascading head of casky, wish-washy, tan foam. The beer settles into a beautiful looking pint and the head lasts well and leaves wonderful lacing for a cask offering. Aromas are all dark roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and caramel with some nice green, dank hops as well. Upfront taste is roasty, bitter, and almost astringent with soem lactic properties creeping in as well. The alpha acids and resiny flavor of the hops really make this one come together nicely. Very hoppy and super roasty, this one is the best of both worls with a wonderful cask mouthfeel, which is medium bodied and well structured. Drinkability is amazing as well. The brothers are damn proud of this one, as they should be, a real stand-out from a brewery that seems to have several stand-outs! Superb.

Serving type: cask

07-29-2005 06:01:17 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Fish113d


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass, cask-conditioned, it pours a black color with some slight red tints throughout, not leaving any light through hardly. It leaves a 3/4" tan, milky, stoutish (Guinness) head that kinda suprised me...very smooth look to it!

Aroma is of sweet toffee malts with berries and floral hops, which tend to overpower much of the aroma suprisingly to me.

Taste is of sweet caramel malts and a "musky" taste, due to the mix of the hops and the malts maybe (?). Lots of hops beats my palete pretty hard. Some nuttiness comes through as well as rasberry chocolate maybe. Pretty complex IMO.

Feel is a bit of alcohol that hits the palete and a nice full-bodied brew, probably better suited for early spring than early summer. A heavy brew with some nice life to it! Great taste and wonderful too drink!

Serving type: cask

06-07-2005 00:42:58 | More by Fish113d
Photo of JackTheRipper


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask @ Fatheads in Pittsburgh.
A: Dark brown, some ruby highlights. Smallish head that dissipates all too quickly, but leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Nice, if expected, mild coffee aromas. Malts in the nose could have been a bit bolder. Mild hop aroma.

T: Surprisingly hoppy! The higher level of hops plays well with the sweet porter taste. Solid malt base. Just a ton of hops here!.

M: Smooth and creamy and served at just the right temperature. Very low CO2. Alcoholic warmth seemed a bit higher than it should be. Very strong alcohol feel.

D&N: The hoppiest porter I've so far encountered. That's a very nice twist. The high alcohol feel could have been a bit less and this would have scored higher. Also, the body was a bit thin. Fix those things and the five's would be flying for this beer. Very nice and highly recommended.

Serving type: cask

06-02-2005 19:03:16 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of weeare138


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the Drafint Room in Exton.
Appears a dark brownish black with a thick tan head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of huge whiffs of delicious, warm caramel malts.
Taste is creamy, light with definite crystal and caramel malts dominating the flavor.
The mouthfeel is slightly watery with a mildly sweet finish. Seems to be sweet up front with a slow linger towards the back of the tongue.

Finger licking good.

Serving type: cask

06-02-2005 18:51:48 | More by weeare138
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Same deep dark brown as the tap version, but this one is topped in a huge bubble never-dying mass of tan foam that I have just grown to love out of the hand pump. Aroma has a lot of hops, floral and earthy. Roastiness gives way to the hops a bit more from the cask. Chocolate is still there, and it seems to be in the same quantity.

The silky smooth mouthfeel and nice rich body really provide a solid base for this beer. The more earthy flavor is also a good addition, and that combined with the added hoppiness really made me enjoy the cask more than the tap. This is an exceptional brew, and you should get a hold of it if at all possible.

Serving type: cask

11-06-2003 15:36:03 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of crookedhalo


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolaty dark malt roastiness with a decent hop background to it. Rather thin body but good flavor. Out of this hand pump, a cappucino-like head that could be piled on this opaque dark brown colored porter. Drink up! I love real ales and this a pretty damn good one.

Serving type: cask

09-30-2003 07:21:00 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of beergeek279


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Fathead's. The color was black, with excellent head retention. The smell was very coffee-chocolate malt. The taste was a very rich malty flavor, with definite hints of coffee and chocolate in the taste. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability-wise, I could have many more of these!

I didn't know that this was a single batch beer...just wanted whatever they had on cask. I'm certainly glad that I did though, because I got to enjoy this beer. I have to agree with one of the previous reviewers that this hopefully will be released for year-round, and further compliment Troeg's already excellent lineup!

Serving type: cask

09-01-2003 03:52:03 | More by beergeek279
Photo of Jarod


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask Conditioned – served at Market Cross Pub (Carlisle) at the perfect temperature.

This beer poured a dark chocolate brown/black color that no color passed through. The cream that it produced was thick, rich, heavenly and light cocoa powder colored and long lasting, till the end of the glass, matter of fact after the last sip there was still a small amount of foam on the bottom that I was trying to force up the glass into my mouth. It produced a thick and sticky lace on the sides of the glass either in sheet forms or clumps the whole way to the bottom. The aromas that came from the glass were big and rich dark coffee, cappuccino, cocoa powders, dark chocolates, roasted nuts and malts, hops (flowers) and some caramel. The flavors were a reflection of the aromas just more pronounced and creamier. Tastes of hops (flowers), dark fruits (hints), earth tones, dry ash, caramel, coffee, roasted malts and nuts, some sweet malt, cocoa and bitter chocolate. The after taste was a dominant chocolate cappuccino. This beer was medium to a light heavy body. Slightly dry but fully creamy and satisfying. Great combination of flavors and tastes, an experience for all the senses. Creamy, rich, seductive (sure, why not), well balanced and a all around fabulous beer. I can see this being made year round in a year or two (I hope).

Serving type: cask

08-17-2003 00:42:00 | More by Jarod
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
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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,088 ratings.