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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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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 44
Gots: 88 | 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 jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice 2 finger head with insane retention. Cloudy brown color.

Smell of cocoa and tofee and some cofee undertones. Slight undertone of black licorice.

Taste is of sweet caramel and chocolate malts. Some sweet cocoa to balance. Very well balanced. Citrusy hop bitterness cuts the sweetness.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. Could be a bit fuller.

Easy to drink, a very nice porter.

Thanks to Deuane for this extra

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a muddy black with a nice two finger head. Head is a light tan and leaves cool, sticky lacing.

Big hop nose. This is definitely an American Porter. Hints of roasted espresso and cocoa balanced by pine needles and tangerine.

Starts with a mild roasted malt flavor that leads way to a bigger citrus and pine needle hop presence. Wow, what good balance. Would have liked a little more malt presence, but being a lover of all things hoppy, I like it.

Actually it's pretty dry and crisp. The hops linger on the tongue for a pleasant aftertaste.

This is actually a pretty easy beer to drink. The alcohol is hidden well.

Part of the whole new craze to add hops to everything, comes this porter. A nice take on a unique style. I would pick this one up again. The Troegs brothers know what they are doing.

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

Tan foam topped this deep brown beer and the longlasting head produced some thick lacing. The aroma was faintly bready with a light roastiness, but was dominated by citrusy (orange/grapefruit) hops. Moderate bitterness, with fruity, citrusy hops up front in the flavour. This was backed up by some malty sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, and some roast. Medium bodied and quite creamy, with a drying, roasted malt character. This one really has a solid hop profile, even for an american porter, but I must say it was pretty tasty.

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is like the Shakespeare Stout of porters with a big juicy citrus punch to go along with the chocolate grains and cocoa. The appearance gets marked down as this beer is noticeably murky, but at the same time there's also decent lacing to help make up for it. The smell is hops-dominated with a pine a grapefruit, and like I said the flavor is big on hops (especially as it warms), almost to the point of being a black IPA. Maybe it is. Either way, this is a tasty porter. I only wish it was prettier to look at and that there was a little more malt character.

Photo of Shiredave
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neck label says this porter has roasted barley (!)and chocolate malt and chinook hops.
Sounds like a stout to me but this isnt a homebrew competition.

Super dark - almost black and completely opaque - too opaque by my porter standards but still pretty with a tall, gooey tan head and globules of lace.

Aroma is stout-like but not overly roasty with a blast of woodsy hop and hints of charred wood and sweet chocolate. Tastes like a porter - lots of deep, bitter sweet chocolate and notes of berry jam. Strong acidity with a sharp dark grain bite on the roof of the mouth. Bittering is all at the finish with a good hop burn that leads to satisfying hop burps.Body is medium to full with nice weight on the tongue.

A good porter, very hearty with great balance and I like the mild roasty stout character. More robust in flavor than I expected with the 5.4 abv. A good beer in a taste test with an export type stout and a porter that has no roasted barley to see how roasted barley effects color and flavor.

Photo of crwills
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from Skinnyelvis in the 2007 Secret Santa. Thanks!

Poured pitch black with a 1/4 inch tan head, which fades very quickly. Looks carbonated. Smokey, dry aroma with mild hints of coffee. Both flavours are also prominent in the taste, with the coffee being on the bitter, black side (maybe espresso). Quite dry all the way through, with a tart, hoppy aftertaste. Pleasant hints of raisin in there as well as it warms up.

A really nice porter!

Photo of Vancer
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of pomeroy41144
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of biggmike
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.