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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Dead Reckoning PorterTröegs Dead Reckoning Porter

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1,116 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 40
Gots: 67 | 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 acrawf6


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out pretty much black, but there is some brown light coming through the sides. Head is a nice creamy tan.

Smell. I get a lot of roasted flavors in this. Strangely, that is all i get, but it does smell nice.

Taste. Has a nice roasted and almost burnt malt flavor that is quite nice. Has a nice bitterness to go along with it, as the hops clearly come through with some caramel and citrus flavors. Aftertaste is great and lingering- black coffee comes out with a nice dry flavor.

Mouthfeel. Body is on the fuller side with a nice cream texture as it is poured into my mouth. Carbonation is pretty lively, but nice.

Overall, a great porter that has a full flavor and great lingering flavors. At first i thought the hoppy bitterness in this one gave it a raw flavor, but it works well. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 00:34:48 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Kadonny


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my imperial stout glass.

A: A deep dark brown with a slight reddish tint. An off white to light brown full 2 finger foamy lacy head.

S: Roasted malts with some hops, but less hops than I expected.

T: Again, roasted malts with chocolate and some caramel sweetness and maybe a hint of fruit. The hops sits there in the backround and I actually expected more hops based on what I read here before I tried it, but you can't forget the hops are there. Nice bitterness on the finish with a long lasting flavor. A very nice porter, I like it.

M: A medium bodied porter with not a lot of alcohol feel in the mouth. It feels good in your mouth.

D: I say good. I had one and could have easily had another few. A very easy drinking porter in my eyes.

Overall a very solid porter from a very good brewer. I could and will easily drink this again and will probably keep some on hand as much as possible. If I reach for something different from my normal rotation of IPAs and stouts, I'll glady reach for the Dead Reckoning.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 16:18:30 | More by Kadonny
Photo of mentor


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half finger of light-brown-sugar colored head over a murky dark mahogeny liquid. Smells citrusy hops and roasted grains. Lemony pith, some grapefruit, and very fresh flower-like. Yummy. Cherry, plums, baker's chocolate.

Tastes pithy citrus hops with piney character. Roast and dry chocolate. This beer is mostly about the hops on a dark grainy background. Starts woody and a bit resiny and finishes with a grainy dry with rising hop aromatics. Finish is almost a bit ashy from over-use of chocolate malt. Has a rounded hop contribution that I normally attribue to Fuggles. Md-light body and strong, but fine, carbonation. From the age of cacade hopped beers, which was also during my initial foray into craft beer. I find it delicious. i wish it were a touch sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 12:02:15 | More by mentor
Photo of RustyDiamond


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

Bottled on 072607 etched on the neck. Poured into a standard pint glass.
Pretty darn carbonated, as 3 fingers of almond colored head rushed up to the rim. Appearance was dark brown, with red hues at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma of cereal (Special K?) with soft whiffs of caramel and nuts.

Big hazelnut notes on the nose, followed by coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Hops were either hidden very well, or had left the bottle after 4.5 months bottled up. That being said, I enjoyed this porter. Lots of flavors going on, just wondering what a fresh version tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2007 14:33:19 | More by RustyDiamond
Photo of csmiley


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

A - Very dark brown. Not as dark as I was expecting. Got about an inch of head with good retention. Lacing was very nice as well.

S - Chocolate is on the nose first but not too strong. That is followed by a roasted malt aroma. Also getting a light alcohol smell. The overall aroma is delicate.

T - Starts at the front with sweet chocolate. The middles holds a roasted malt flavor. Bringing up the rear is a mild bitter flavor. The balance of flavor is remarkable.

M - This is a medium bodied porter that has good carbonation.

D - The low alcohol and really smooth taste makes this go down very easy. Not only would I buy this again, I might actually have to hunt this one down.l

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 03:28:31 | More by csmiley
Photo of Floydster


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle given as an extra in a trade with MuenchenerKindl, thanks for letting me a try a brew I previously knew nothing about, it was actually quite good

Split with a friend last night during our beer drinking extravaganza after a very hard week

Poured into a oversized wine glass with a very dark brown color but not quite black, could definitely tell when it was held up to the light, the head was only about 1/4 inch and a vanilla color that settled quickly, no lacing

Smell was roasted barley and hints of smokiness, could tell this one was going to be really dry just from the aroma

Taste was suprisingly very good, this was the hoppiest porter I have ever tasted, usually not a fan of porter because they are so dry and one dimensional but this one changed my mind about them, had a small coffee flavor but mostly just roastiness, lots of dry accents than were complemented by unique hoppiness, pretty thin and creamy, taste is rich and nutty overall as well

Fair amount of carbonation with an average sized body, although the taste lasted very long afterwards

Could not drink too much of this but it is still pretty drinkable for its style of beer, smooth and goes down easy, can be heavy on the stomach at times, alcohol content is not too high

This was my first Troegs beer and it was pretty good, although my Nugget Nectar drank after this was much better, nice hoppy porter that was much different than anything I had before, recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 23:49:40 | More by Floydster
Photo of jscondon


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

Dead Reckoning poured into my favorite pint glass with a very thick and creamy head that slowly settled to about an eight inch. This beer is dark, and I made sure to keep the yeast in this pour as the bottle indicates it is unfiltered. Its nose was mostly chocolate, I didn't detect too much else. Wow, the flavor on this one interesting; I detect some hops up front, but not too much bitterness, that then became smooth and creamy, finally finishing with hint of sweet followed by roasted barley bitterness. Even though it had yeast present, I did not detect a yeasty flavor. It is a complicated taste that I found balanced and not overdone. The mouthfeel is decent, it starts slightly thick, foams a little to increase this feeling, but the finish is a little weak for starting out so strong.

The Dead Reckoning is a beer that I enjoyed and will enjoy again... definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 02:16:52 | More by jscondon
Photo of LeftyBWS


4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. The bottle features a “bottled on” date.
A: Deep brown color, with burgundy tones. A very full light tan head, almost hard to control from overflowing. The head is somewhat bubbly, with a whipped consistency, and it’s slow to settle.
S: Noticeable chocolate malts and roasted barley, with some hoppiness mixed in. This is, in fact, pretty much what the label says, but it is pretty accurate. The hops are a very nice addition, and without them this would almost seem too malty and chocolatey. As it is, though, we have a nicely-balanced malty/hoppy porter smell.
T: Chocolatey and smooth up front, certainly rich and earthy. The middle lets the hops really come out and explore, but they don’t get out of hand. The finish is smooth and malty again, definitely tasty and leaving me wanting another sip.
M: Creamy and satisfying overall, with a tiny hop nip at times. Really quite nice.
D: Really enjoyed drinking this, and could easily go for another.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 06:24:31 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of arguemaniac


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

There’s a lot of imbalance here. Sure, it has its moments: the roast and hop spice blend well in the aroma, and the roasted coffee and dark chocolate character is satisfying through mid-swallow. But even that burnt astringency is too bitter and overbearing into the finish and there is enough malt sweetness to mellow things out. On top of that, there are few off vegetal flavors that I can’t quite narrow down but most certainly don’t enjoy.

Overall the beer isn’t terrible, but between the excessive burnt astringency and the off notes, the drinkability is heavily diminished. Glad I only bought a single…

Not recommended…

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 01:57:28 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of younger35


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this bad boy along with three others from ClocksworksOrange and leftmindedrighty. Tröegs is quickly becoming my second favorite brewery right behind Deschutes. Drank out of my Black Butte Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice one finger light tan head. Leaves a fantastic cap and collar for the duration of the beer. Tons of head is left leaving tree like lacing behind.
Smell- Lots of chocolate and sweet caramel malt. There’s a hint of smoke and plenty of citrus from the hops. Definitely a different smelling Porter.
Taste- Starts fairly sweet with a fair share of fruitiness. Soft chocolate and caramel malts mingle well with fruit giving it an almost chocolate covered cherry taste. A hint of espresso and alcohol that finishes nice and fruity with a lasting bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thin but still creamy with not much carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a really different Porter. It’s got a lot more fruit and bitterness than any Porter I’ve tasted. It actually really reminds me of Deschutes Jubelale. It’s a nice change of pace and a pretty tasty brew. Big thanks to ClockworksOrange and leftmindedrighty.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 05:39:55 | More by younger35
Photo of wheelinshirt


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An unusual and delicious porter. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful dark, dark brown with pretty big tan head that eventually settles to a nice collar and a dollop in the middle leaving a ton of lacing.

Smell is mostly dark malts, taste is dark bitter malts and a surprisingly impressive and enjoyable hop character that is absent in most porters. Mouthfeel is fairly light, medium light i guess. Plays off of the hop and malt bitterness very well. Drinkability is high, the only thing that limits it is one's tolerance from bitterness which you get from both ends. This seems to me like the opposite end of the porter spectrum from anchor. I like them both, but i think i would take the lighter body and hoppier taste of dead reckoning over anchor on most days.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 00:33:32 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of flexabull


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Riggsy, thanks again!

Pours a cloudy and murky cola brown color, with a small bubbly head. Not an overly attractive looking brew.

Smells a bit hoppy with some pine resin notes, sweet hard candies, and cocoa.

Beer has a cola like flavor, a bit thin, and with some malts, and cocoa flavor. Finish is crisp, a bit bitter, dry, and with a grainy taste to it.

Mouthfeel is ok, tastes nicely carbonated, but it also seems like the body is too thin and watered down.

Drinkability is OK. This is a fair porter. Almost tastes more like a brown ale to me. Flavors and body just don't match up to better beers in the style, it just seems too weak in both areas.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 23:40:29 | More by flexabull
Photo of merlin48


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks to mntlover. Pours a deep mahogany body with a creamy, two finger tan head. Excellent retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is milk chocolate and assertive citrus hops. Lots of orange and pink grapefruit notes here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an aggressive carbonation.

Taste is quite pleasant, but more like a hoppy brown ale than a porter. Roasted malts are represented by a lasting chocolate character. Just a wee hint of roasty coffee here that is barely picked up. Hops are as assertive in the taste as in the aroma with lots of citrusy orange and grapefruit bitterness. Finishes with a hint of pine.

Really well done and highly drinkable but I question its pedigree as a porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 14:09:48 | More by merlin48
Photo of jdmorgan


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter appeared a dark brown and had a small brown head.

The smell had roasted malt aromas and a stronger-than-normal presence of hops. The taste had a full, roased body and an unexpected bite of hops with more hop flavor than I'm used to in alot of porters. It wasn't bad though. The carbonation was medium, which was also a little higher than I'm used to, and the consistency was medium/thick.

All around, it's a good and well made porter. I'd have it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 06:46:54 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of stewart124


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/burgandy color with red tints visable at the edges. There is considerable head and nice tan lacing.

Pleasant roasty/toasty smells coming from the nose with a slight hint of hops that leans towards pine.

I'm noticing hops up front in the taste and there are spicy, piney and a bit citrusy. More piney than I would imagine with this porter. Carbonation is on the high side but this brings the hops out more. Malts are sweet but the hops almost subdue the roasted sweetness of the malts.

Aftertaste is still piney and a bit spicy but it is good. I was expecting a little less hops but it still makes a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 02:19:10 | More by stewart124
Photo of biglickbrewer


4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of those rare finds: a hoppy dark ale. Dead Reckoning pours a dark coffee brown--deep brown, not black--tinged with a little hint of ruby. The bottle I had was fully carbonated and produced a rich, tan, dense head that laced the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.

The aroma is of strong roast and a little chocolate, with a noticable floral hop & citrus presence; no doubt about the hop of choice here. It is Chinook.

The mouthfeel is less than what I expected from the richness of the head and the creaminess of the appearance. Still, it was good, not lacking. The flavor is roasty, coffee-like with some subtle hints of chocolate, especially in the aftertaste.

The hops make their presence known in the foreground as well as in the finish. That is not to say this is a bitter beer--it is not. But Chinook hops have a distintive flavor and the earthiness and citrus characteristics do stand out in the finish. This is all good, mind you. This is an excellent robust porter. Outstandingly drinkable and still quite unique. Way to go, brothers!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2007 23:43:57 | More by biglickbrewer
Photo of Bonhoeffer


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

God, this just makes me wish we had some local brewers making hoppy dark beer. Hoppy porters and stouts are sublime. This one included. Really top notch. Possibly the hoppiest porter i've ever had. Nothing in the South is in the this ballpark.

Chinook, eh?


Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 22:07:50 | More by Bonhoeffer
Photo of tayner


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cloudy coffee colored brew, minimal head, minimal lacing

Smelled of roasted malts and floral, citrus hops.

tasted of citrus, floral hops not very well balanced. The roasted malt, chocolate, and slight coffee flavors were barely able to be tasted over the hoppy profile of this porter.

Mouthfeel was light, quite carbonated for me. not exactly what i was expecting when a poured it out of the bottle.

I could drink this again, but i would not seek it out. The black butte porter offering by Deschutes is a much better porter and easier for me to obtain, so i will stick with that one.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 10:12:04 | More by tayner
Photo of matty


3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark dark brown beer with aroma of chocolate and or cocoa.Taste has slight chocolate flavor and spicy hops.Aftertaste is mostly of coffee.This beer was pretty decent but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it yet I would probably agree that's it 's worth a try!!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 15:08:19 | More by matty
Photo of nycjag

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You put hops in my porter! You put porter in my hops! This is one hoppy porter. It tastes good, to be sure, but not that smooth taste you would expect from a Porter. I am all about mixing and matching and being creative with beer styles, but having said that, the hops could have been dialed back just a tad. I enjoyed the beer and at the end of the beer, that's all that matters, but I didn't quite feel like I got my porter on.

Pours with a decent head out of McGrath's in Harrisburg. The black patent malts definitely seem to be there and the mouthfeel was just about right. Not your thickness of a stout, but a little more something something than a brown ale. This is a good drinking beer, just be prepared to get popped with hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2007 05:57:56 | More by nycjag
Photo of CHADMC3


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

·Appearance: Coffee black/brown color depending on the lighting with a frothy 1-2” head. As head dissipates, a light lacing is left in its trail.
·Aroma: Obvious hops scent on this beer. Perhaps some light chocolate hints as well.
·Taste: Smokey hops present with similarly noticeable chocolate notes.
·Mouthfeel: Very nice creamy mouthfeel, a bit thick on the palate. Again, you can notice the hop presence on the back of the throat.
·Drinkability: Good beer overall, perhaps not a session beer for my tastes, but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 01:49:22 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of EGledhill


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle poured into my yuengling pint glass.

poured a blackish brown with little caramel colored head that dissipated quickly. strong hints of chocolate with subtle notes of caramel and a very subtle nutty hops. nose is great but the finish is a little too hoppy for my liking, not the beers fault, i'm just not a huge hops fan.

delicious beer all around, not one you could drink one after another, but would be a fantastic dessert beer

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 22:22:00 | More by EGledhill
Photo of Matthew


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

12 oz bottle, poured into my pint glass a very dark brown almost black with a small tan head.
Nice aromas of roasted malts, hints of cocoa, light caramel, faint piny hops, and a light walnut like smell.
Good solid flavors consisting of light caramel sweetness wrapped in a firm semi bitter roasted maltiness. The finish contains a fair amount of hop bitterness and more of the nutty like characteristic much like the one found in the nose.
Good medium bodied mouthfeel with a low to medium level of carbonation. Nice easy drinking flavorful porter. Perfect for chilly New England October.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 16:56:46 | More by Matthew
Photo of number1bum


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky looking brown with about one finger of tan head. Head recedes to a thin lace and leaves a bit of stick.

Smell is quite feint. Bit of chocolate malt, also some roasted notes and some hoppy fruitiness, but it takes an effort to pick it up.

Where the smell is feint, the taste seems bland. Again, roasted malt and chocolate malt are there, and there's a good amount of hop flavor, but it's weak and bland. I like the citrusy fruitiness from the hops, which also lend a touch of bitterness, but the malts really don't offer enough flavor.

Very nice creamy mouthfeel, with appropriately modest carbonation. This is a good beer in terms of drinkability, but I don't care for it enough to have more than 1.

This is a pretty pedestrian porter. I liked the Scratch 2 better; it was just more flavorful. This porter seems sort of bland by contrast.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 03:36:59 | More by number1bum
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2007 00:36:30 | More by mikesgroove
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
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