Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company
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3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
A very decent porter. An average nose and not much head nor lace, of heavy brown colour. Above average mouthfeel, malty more than roasty, though both elements are there, in addition a decent bitterness. Maltiness makes it a breeze to drink. ABove average porter.
01-01-2009 22:23:19 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +2.4%
G: Poured into a BD's Mongolian Barbeque pint glass. Bottled on 08.07.2008.
A: Pours a deep brown with a tannish, bubbly head that is about a half finger. Beer is dark and opaque in the glass. Good lacing.
S: Deep, dark malt with a a little bit of cream and some hints of chocolate.
T: Lots of malt and some chocolate. Hints of the tiniest bit of coffee.
M: A little too crisp on the tongue. Maybe a bit over-carbonated to begin with, but fading into a nice creaminess. Medium-bodied.
D: Quite drinkable, especially for the style.
03-21-2009 02:26:03 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
A: The beer is hazy very dark brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and left heaving lacing down the sides of the glass and a thin head covering the surface.
S: From the initial sniff, this beer has the unmistakable aroma of a well-hopped American Porter. The Chinook hops really stand out in particular and contribute the smell of pine resin in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the hops are apparent with flavors of pine resin and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are also notes of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some notes of dryness are present in the finish.
O: This is a great porter that can really stimulate your nostrils and taste buds, yet despite all of the flavors it remains rather easy to drink. This seems like a beer that would appeal to hopheads—especially those who enjoy Black IPAs.
09-22-2012 03:08:59 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
Burnt black walnut with sepia colored highlights. A lovely looking brown sugar colored crown fills the glass from the nonic bulge on up. As it melts, rounded hillocks of creaminess appear, along with some of the best lace that I've seen in quite some time. This is one outstanding looking beer.
The porterish nose, unfortunately, is several steps down in terms of quality. It lacks both power and presence initially, improving a little (on both counts) with warming. At just over four months since bottling, age shouldn't be factor.
Dead Reckoning makes a comeback where it matters most. This is a tasty American porter that hits all the right notes, especially when it comes to hops. What hophead could argue with Vanguard and Chinook at 53 IBUs? TDRP is far from unbalanced, though, and should still appeal to anyone who likes good beer.
Troegs made the right choice to include both roasted and black malts (along with pilsener and caramel). They give the beer a roasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolatiness that is almost more stout-like than porter-like. Again, the citrusiness and bitterness of the little green cones are a perfect counterpoint to the darker flavors and the subtle sweetness of the malts. I could go for a second bottle right about now and this one isn't even gone yet.
The mouthfeel is right about where it should be for the style. Bigger would be even better, of course, but it's hard to argue with beer that feels this soft, this smooth and this lightly creamy.
Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter has managed to escape my clutches until my most recent trip to Ohio. If I had known how good it is, I would have bought more than this single bottle. Bottom line: a quality American porter from a quality American brewery.
12-31-2008 13:42:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with a frothy tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing
Smell: While I keep sniffing for the dark roasty elements, the hoppy aspect keeps getting in the way; finally, I determined that there is a balance between the two
Taste: Opens with a rather fruity, hoppy flavor that is joined by the roasty chocolate elements at mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness tends to keep foiling every attempt for the porter to assert itself but that is not a bad thing for those who like a hoppy porter
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Could easily be categorized as a dark IPA as it is a porter, this is quite a nice beer to drink
Thanks, beandip, for the opportunity
12-07-2009 02:39:21 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Toasty dry and sharply bitter, this Porter has the clean crispness and citrus character that scream American brewing techniques.
The beer pours a very dark brown, basically opaque but without a heavy haze. A firm tan head forms a batt across the beer and holds firm for nearly the duration of the session. Medium lacing on the glass sing more praise.
Aromas of heavy toast, light roast, nutty coffee, clean cocoa, and malted milk give a rich and complex aroma. Throw in a resiny hop scent and the beer takes a decidedly American turn.
Toasty and malty early, the beer allows the influence of cream and light caramel to surface. As those are short lived, the toast, roast, and coffee takes precidence and lead directly into the piney, grassy flavors and hop bitterness. Cocoa and coffee make a return in aftertaste as the hops bitterness linger into the finish.
Malty dry from start to finish, a mild creaminess starts the beer before giving way to the dry, toasty dominance of the beer.
11-06-2010 06:47:13 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +7.6%
Did not really know what to think of this one when I first got it, but I normally love porters so I figured it was a worthy challenge to see where this one would hold up. Poured a very nice deep dark brown, nearly black and opaque with a smallish, maybe one inch white to off white head on top. This faded gradually leaving behind a nice amount of side glass lace. Smell was very sweet, nice hints of nuts and caramel, along with a roasted barley. The taste was very smooth, and rich and creamy. Very nice caramel flavor with a hint of coffee. Roasted nuts in the back with a very hoppy finish. This actually snuck up on me and I thought it was remnants of the IPA from dinner I thought I was tasting, but it actually had quite the dry hoppy finish. A great medium body with smooth carbonation gave way to a great session porter. Overall this was pretty good. A touch above average for a porter, but overall more then decent. Would definitely not turn it down if it was offered again, a nice little brew here I would have never thought of trying.
10-26-2007 00:36:30 | More by mikesgroove
3.23/5 rDev -15.2%
One of my first porters. Wasn't sure what to expect. Split a bottle with a friend of mine. We both impressed by it's color. The beer had a good solid flavor to it and also had a nice hop quality too. I'd really like to give this another try one day because I'm sketchy on every detail about it. I remember it being Black, and flavorful.
03-23-2011 01:15:43 | More by Knapp85
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, caramel colored, two-finger head. It left small traces of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of a good deal of caramel. Also, a subtle floral nose.
T - It tasted of sweet caramel and roasted malt. It had a sharp bitter bite from the hops.
M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beeer.
D - This is a pretty darn good porter. I wish I had more access to Troegs beer.
01-12-2009 22:47:05 | More by zeff80
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
12 oz bottle received from Dyan.
Appearance: Uncapped and poured into one of those ugly "scientifically engineered" Sam Adams glasses, this beer sits a near opaque dark brown. A small tan head forms and promptly disappears - so much for the glass enhancing head retention, I guess.
Smell: Oddly hoppy for the style, lots of citrus and tobacco notes at the forefront, though they're balanced by chocolate malts. Interesting so far.
Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and malty, though not sweet in the slightest; this stuff is dry through-and-through. There's plenty of hop flavor on display here as well, tobacco being most prominent to my palate, with a bit of citrus rind beneath it. Medium-light in body and carbonation both. The finish has a surprisingly bold hop bitterness, which is met by an equally strong bite from the roasted grains. Pretty big flavors here for a 5.40% brew, but it works. More good stuff from Troegs.
09-10-2008 03:01:55 | More by largadeer
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
Troeg's Dead Reckoning Porter pours a black body with ruby highlights beneath a full head of frothy dark tan foam that holds well and leaves beautiful lace about the glass.
The nose is fresh, clean, and bright, expressing dark chocolate and pine needles as well as some cold black coffee in the background.
In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp with a standard carbonation level.
The flavor is as the nose suggests, with piney hops livening the median roast and darkly chocolatey notes of the malt. Some citrusy notes are apparent as well, and it's also a touch floral - nicely hoppy! It's well-balanced by a brisk bitterness, and it finishes dry with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, and almost-minty spruce and pine.
Although it's fairly straight-forward, it does have a great deal of depth (if not complexity); and, after all, isn't that what we're looking for in a standard porter? It's accessible, and quite drinkable, at least in part due to the refreshing nature of the pine-like hop character.
03-01-2009 21:19:19 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours an oddly murky very dark brown. Light tan head. Nose is uneventful. Mild sweetness to it and not much else really going on. Flavor is nutty but mostly sweet. Has a thicker bitter edge to it. I will say that the flavor profile is consistent, though. For being a porter though, it is odd. Not really the typical kind of thing. Feel is fairly thick on the body and the carbonation is pretty good too. Overall a good brew due to its consistency. But a porter this is? Hmmm. Not like any other I can recall having. Worth trying for its unique aspects alone.
01-01-2008 03:21:22 | More by RblWthACoz
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Acquired from both deepsouth & mymrnngjckt so a big "Thank You" goes out to them. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a decent amount of hops.
T: The taste is malty as it should be but has a little bit of a metallic bite to it. There are flavors of roasted coffee & milk chocolate at the heart of it. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer that's worth drinking for a while, but there are other porters that I would pick first.
05-14-2008 05:15:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.35/5 rDev +14.2%
Son you better recognize...that's right recognize the fact that not every brewery out there has to make an O fest as their fall seasonal. Now alot of us beer kin out there are a little hurt right now over the fact that they decided to discontinue their Oatmeal Stout, but this blast from the past draft/cask offering is something worth drinking for sure.
Poured out into my ol' Heavyweight "please lift with both hands" pint glass that I love and cherish. Forms a cloudy hazed mahogany definitely has an unfitered look going on very reminiscient of the cask style I used to drink at the Sharp Edge Creek house big ass chunky tan head dwindles slow forms that thick even lacing all around and does a great job of staying around with each sip in a very annular ring fashion.
Aromatics come correct with the Chinooks and Vanguards bursting through a clouded hookah room bringing out exoctic blends of cocoa powder and dry dark chocolate bars and a really tea leafy greeness with herbal hoppiness a flowing all about. Very mild iced cappucino creaminess still the hops shine.
Flavor not over ridden with those dark roasty bitter flavors yet a blend of dark cocoa and Bailey's spiked coffee tones arise. Digging deeper a touch of anise with herbal minty hops and raw herbaceous tobacco like leafy earthiness with moderate to strong hop bitterness and flavor all day. Blends so well doesn't let the chocolate or dark roasts overpower and for those of us who dig Chinooks this beer let's them shine.
My palate appreciates the light texture that this drinking porter has to offer I served it up at right around cask temp and it brings me back to those past experiences that I can't let go. A medium bodied porter with ample carbonation definitely not as fluffy and creamy as the cask version but as fuckin' close as I've experienced in the bottle great texture.
Case worthy and affordable at that damn good session porter that I will definitely be drinking while in season. Do I miss the oatmeal stout already??? Of course, but why worry about that beer when this brew will have me occupied well into the winter months.
08-14-2007 17:13:55 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +5%
Cheeers to Riggsy for this one!
Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention
S: Dark fruit, carob, roasty malt
T: Roasty malt, raisin, chicory coffee notes & a touch of woody hops up front. Faint jammy notes & leafy hops as this warms, figs & sour cherry as this warms in minute amounts, some roasty notes & woody hops too. Finishes dry, fruitty with a touch of charred malt
MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation thins out a touch once warm
Not a bad porter, I actually expected a bit more from these guys though, great PA brewery
03-09-2012 14:24:11 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +5%
12oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug.
Pours a dark brown with a medium sized tannish head that left moderate lacing. Aroma is very sweet, even slightly fruity, with hints of roastiness and hops.
Taste is sweet malt up front that leads in a chocolate/coffee roastiness finish that is very warming. Oh and did I mention the hops? Yeah, they're there through the whole mouthfull, with the hoppiness in the finish accentuating that sweet roastiness. Mouthfull is decent for a Porter and seems to get punched up a little bit by the hops.
Troegs has done a nice job with this Porter, especially for a Fall release. The roasted coffe notes and hops coupled with a fairly low ABV help make this a perfectly drinkable beer to hunker down with on those cold, Fall nights.
10-09-2007 21:39:31 | More by Kegatron
4/5 rDev +5%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is dark brown to black and forms a head of small and medium bubbles that is brownish. Head falls away and eventually breaks leaving some lacing on the glass.
Beer smells sweet and roasty. Smells pretty good.
Sweet, coffee, roast comes up late and lingers. Not really an aftertaste. Overall the beer is medium bodied and well balanced. Highly drinkable and nice carbonation in the mouth fills out the body of the beer well.
04-14-2010 01:23:07 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
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!
10-06-2010 16:52:32 | More by Slatetank
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Had this on tap back in September at Horseshoe pub in Hudson, MA, but forgot to log it here. Went over my notes and saw it there.
A: Very dark brown color with a small amount of light streaming through. Light head disappears quicky.
N: Some roasted malts and some bright hops. Touch of coffee and toffee.
T: Taste has quite a bit of roasted malts and coffee with some chalky chocolate powder and slight creamy flavor. Slightly spicy hops bitter it a bit.
M: Pretty thin on the mouth surprisingly for the style, but has quite a bit of carbonation.
F: Slightly spicy with earthy roasted finish and bitter hop bite. Semi sweet with almost a sour fruit hidden behind everything else.
11-23-2009 15:18:27 | More by jlindros
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
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