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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,173
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 44
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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 Vancer
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From johnnnniee in the 2007 Secret Halloween
Thanks a bunch, big guy!

Poured a hazy oaken brown, lazy tan head that’s trying to lay some lace on the road. Aroma of a woody resinous herb is putting me in a pickle – what’s this trying to be?

Yep, nice quaff of a hoppy, chocolate, coffee, and bit over the top hoppy pine says this is more of an IPA type brew over porter, but whatdahec. Guess this is why it’s an AMERICAN style porter.

Still tasty and enjoyable, a real Troegs.

Vancer, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

can't remember where i picked this up but i've had it for a bit and tasted a couple already. if memory serves me, this is a robust porter

the head is thick, with tight foam. excellent lacing. below it sits a very dark brew: deep chestnut color. seems a touch hazy

first in the aroma come the hops: a big noseful of chinook. nice and piney, floral. with a little agitation i get some shadowy malt as well; chocolate is heard from the back—fighting with mr. coffee

the flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma (at least there's more balance), but substantive. more pine, juniper. very bitter. some brown sugar sweetness comes to the fore, bringing coffee and char (not the fish). chocolate comes with time, but i had to work for it

at first the hops seems to mask their peer aromas/flavors, but patience yields a more holistic enjoyment. i bet this one is boss from a cask. i enjoyed it, but i can't justify scoring any higher, given how hop-heavy it is. i am definitely a hophead, but it's hard to get past them in this case

bruachan, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 it’s consistency. But a porter this is? Hmmm. Not like any other I can recall having. Worth trying for it’s unique aspects alone.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of pomeroy41144
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the Dive Bar in Worcester, MA last week.
When I first looked at the pour, I thought htat it was giong to be your typical everyday bottled Porter trying to be a great microbrew style craft. I was wrong as I really enjoyed this beer. The color was deep and dark, but the flavor and taste were almost light. Can't wait to find it at the store.

pomeroy41144, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep brown almost black color with a thick tan colored head – rocky bubbles on the top. The aroma is quite sweet with caramel and molasses noted. The taste is roasted and sweet and finishes with a coffee flavor which lingers - it doesn’t finish as clean as other Troegs I have had, but does seem suited for this beer. The mouthfeel is medium and could be a bit thicker, but it doesn’t detract from the overall brew. I think this is a highly drinkable porter that holds its own, but lacks that extra zip.

barefootbrewer, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown color with an off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is roasty, yet the hops come through as well. Flavor is also roasty and chocolatey, but the Chinook hops are definitely evident. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not a lot of lacing on my glass. Drinkability is pretty high. I think this probably the hoppiest porter I have had. Good stuff.

biggmike, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 and NJpadreFan for this brew.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some small islands and sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice touch of toffee/chocolate/caramel. The taste is very malty, nice bitterness tone, dry, with some toffee/chocolate/caramel, this is a nice smooth brew. Medium body. Very drinkable, I like this one, another great brew from Troegs, thanks Joe and Alan.

Wasatch, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK I just got the two kiddies(only one is mine!) down for a nap and need something to calm me down. I popped out the Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter. The pour is nice. A dark coffee color with an off white head which dissapates quickly. The lacing is great as well. The smell is a nice mix of sweet with hints of spiciness. The taste is dominated by coffee flavors with nice hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is medium body with low to medium carbonation. Overall this is a nice cold weather brew.

Beerbuddha, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of acrawf6
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

acrawf6, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of Kadonny
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Kadonny, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of mentor
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

mentor, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of RustyDiamond
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

RustyDiamond, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of csmiley
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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

csmiley, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Floydster, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of jscondon
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

jscondon, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

LeftyBWS, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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…

arguemaniac, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of younger35
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

younger35, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

wheelinshirt, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

flexabull, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

merlin48, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of jdmorgan
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

jdmorgan, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of stewart124
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

stewart124, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of biglickbrewer
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
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!

biglickbrewer, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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?


Bonhoeffer, Nov 10, 2007
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.