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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,153
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 41
Gots: 78 | 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 Redwood21
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A I wanted to give this beer a 4 but for my pour at least the head was almost dead and it was unfortunate since i have read other people ha d a different experience. however the color of the bear is great and is dark brown to almost inky black

S: i really enjoy the fact that when approaching the mouth i can immediately experience a whiff of this drink, it isn't too strong either. it has a slight alcohol aroma with some roasted earth tones

T this is a good beer with a good taste. allow it to warm a bit to enjoy the full creamy flavor alcohol is noticeable

Redwood21, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Risser09
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

12 oz bottle from the 2007 bottling - Served into a large snifter

Appearance: Pours a jet black color that lets absolutely no light through or near it for that matter. The head rises to about an inch and is ivory in color. Many craters are slowly making their way down from this cake-like head. Plenty of lacing is left behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Wow. Surprisingly hoppy in the aroma. Grapefruit and strawberry are the main aromas. There is a sugary roasted malt aroma as well.

Taste: Roasted malt is the main flavor. Others include chocolate, coffee and ESPRESSO. The espresso flavor is fresh and hits you close to the finish of the beer. There is a hop presence that is sort of weird when you think about the style, but I suppose this is an American "hopped up" Porter. Deceivingly good.

Mouthfeel: Again, the hop profile is confusing to my tastebuds. Carbonation is lively and packs a punch, and alcohol does as well, despite the low abv. Crisp and dry finish that leaves a hop taste in the mouth.

Drinkability: Great, becuase of the low abv and great intermingling of flavors. I liked this approach, although others might not. Worth a try, you'll probably enjoy it.

Risser09, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of PSUDREW
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

pours a deep mahogany. little to no tanish head, no real lacing to speak of.

very chocolaty nose. matly, with only the afterthought of fresh cut grass.

taste if very fresh. amazing malt presence followed by a clean citrus finish.

Very chocolatey. matly dominate the initial taste. sweet, despite lower abv. finished by a very clean and crisp citrus feel, makes for avery nice combo overall.

good deal if you can find it

PSUDREW, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

A pint glass served at Gilligan's in Harrisburg, PA.

A: The ale is dark but not too dark. Far lighter than you'd expect from a porter. Dark garnet highlights emerge from the beer where no light should appear. THe head is a thicker off-white color with staying power.

S: The aroma is heavy on the hops, full of citrus notes that are deep and strong. Some darker caramel malts emerge to remind you that this is not a pale ale.

T: Strong, intense citrus hops greet you on first sip. The flavors range from orange peel to grapefruit to a bit of tangerine. They are intense and seemingly out of place here. Seemingly until a darker roasted caramel malt body emerges that is somewhat of a contrast with the hops. I've never has a porter this hoppy or an IPA this roasted. The conundrum, as I noodle it over, makes me want to take another sip. The elements mix nicely, often playing off each other without ruining the taste of the beer.

M: The porter quality is a little thin, lacking a consistent depth. That hole is filled adequately by the hops. Man oh man those hops are good.

D: This beer is awesome. One that could easily become my go-to drink. Thank your lucky stars that Troegs re-released this beer, it is a winner.

akorsak, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of WesWes
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a solid roasted and chocolate malt scent along with a faint hop aroma. The taste is pretty damn good. It has an extremely smooth roasted malt flavor. It's light in the mouthfeel, but very dry and earthy. There is a slight chocolate malt sweetness, but the Chinook hops dominate with a huge bitter blast. The bitterness seems to work well with a dark malts, which can produce a mild bitterness themselves. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer. It goes down with ease and finishes with a dry, bitter, roasted taste; yum.

WesWes, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Walsar
3.85/5  rDev +1%

I enjoy Porter - and have enjoyed Troeg's other beers over the past few years.

The Dead Reckoning is an unfiltered beer - so the pour is cloudy - medium to dark brown - with little head to speak of.

You can smell the hops - but the taste on my palate is chocolate and some coffee flavor with a slight bitter aftertaste.

Very enjoyable - picked up a case a few weeks back and have four left.

It should prove to be a good call for the cooler months.

Walsar, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of oxmasterscream
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%

I want to preface this review by stating that I'm a huge fan of nearly all of their beers. I was excited to try this but...

Pours a murky, reddish brown. A bit lighter than I'd expect or hope for in a porter. The fact that it's unfiltered is obvious from the getgo. Head is tan in color. The aroma is of overwhelming grapefruit - it's Chinooks all the way. In fact, I can barely smell anything else. This is a bit off-putting as this beer is allegedly a porter. There isn't enough roasty or chocolate aromas at all. Same goes for taste - it's dominated by Chinooks; tastes a lot like a grapefruity pale ale with the lights off. A bit too acidic as well. There's only a touch of roasty bitterness in the aftertaste but again, the Chinooks are so overwhelming that it's hard for any other flavors to surface. Mouthfeel is just a bit thin as well. All in all, this is a really strange tasting beer for a porter. It's out of balance and weighs too heavy toward the Chinooks. Great name though.

oxmasterscream, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
4/5  rDev +5%

Served in a standard pint. Look is standard for the style.

Aroma is a bit less traditional, however quite good. Not as heavy on the roasted malty chocolate front, but those are still there; noticeable are the fresh hops.

Flavor finishes what the nose started. A good Porter with the added element of strong yet not overpowering hops. Flowery hops, freshly cut wood, all with the expected darkly almost sweetness of a porter.

After one glass from the tap I'm sure I would try this again given the chance.

HugoGrim, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Many thanks to Mntlover who sent several of these my way out of the blue. You're a hell of a good guy.

This beer looks like a chocolate porter, deep brown with a good tan head. Some lacing. The smell is brown sugar, chocolate and hmm, could that be? Yes it is, confirmed by the first taste of the beer, HOPS!!!! Wow. This beer is a hybrid of some sorts, part porter, part ipa, all bottled goodness. The mouthfeel is smooth with a nice hop bitterness lingering around. The drinkability is so good that the other three or four I have are now in constant danger. A damn fine brew that I will certainly buy more of in the future.

Enola, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of psinderson
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a caramel head. Some lacing.

Smell: Peppery, some alcol, butover an uncomplicated and simple aroma.

Taste: Sol roasty flavor. Spcy pepper flavors with itter, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Pleasant spiciness on the tonguewith god carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable.

psinderson, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a deep murky black, letting in a little mahogany brown around the edges. 1.5 finger head has great retention, and heavy lacing.

Aroma is deliciously toasted and roasted, with some deep coffee and burnt grain aromas. Smells quite like an old espresso that's been sitting around for an hour or so.

Flavor is also dominated by heavily roasted grain, and tastes more like coffee than some coffee stouts I've had. Great malt character, but I'm not much of a fan of the hop schedule. It's just a little too harshly bitter, metallic and astringent. I think it could use a touch more crystal or caramel malt to balance it out a bit. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but drinkability is great.

Overall, not bad at all. not my favorite porter, but a pretty nice one. I'll definitely buy it again.

phisig137, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

Picked up a 12oz bottle at the Beer Store in a mixed sixer. Served it into a nonic glass.
Hazy,mahogany color with a generous tan head with good retention turning chunky leaving a collar of lace atop the glass.

Strong hop aromas,lots of pine,resinous/leafy,earthy with malt aromas of burnt carmell,roasty and chocolate. Intense aromas compaired to most porters i've experianced.

Clean,lots of pine taste as the aroma would suggest. Roasty,chocolatey,with lots of earthyness,leafy/resiny and some mineral taste. Balances out nicely with a mouthwatering bitter finish that leaves a mouthful of pine.Still smooth with a light, creamy feel. Very hoppy for a porter. It's like the Nugget Nectar except with Chinook hops instead.

Slightly overpowering to drink a lot of. Would suggest picking some up before it'a all gone.

jcdiflorio, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

This is definitely not your traditional porter, but it is very good.

Poured into a standard pint glass-

A- A dark brown color, some black spots, nice head, multiple rings of lacing.

S- Smell was of citrusy hops, some pine, some coffee.

T- Taste was not what I expected. Not much caramel, molasses, chocolate flavors (as with most porters)- tons of hops upfront, some coffee hints on the back end.

M- This was highly carbonated but somehat refreshing on the tongue.

D- A little too dry for me to drink many of these in a sitting. Enjoyable, but not what I was expecting.

DavidSeanNJ, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Great porter! It had a wonderful dark body with a dark head. A wonderful robust scent with strong coffee hints. It went down very smooth. Excellent taste, dark and full with hints of coffee here as well. Slightly bitter, but perfect for a porter. One of the best porters I've had.

JamesS, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Nearly opaque brown that shines through with a tan color when held to the light. Full two fingers of fluffy looking off white head. Heas has nice staying power, shrinking but lasting till the end of my glass and leaving a few nice rings of lacing.

S - Actually leads a lot of hop aroma. Nice citrsuy smell. Then gives way to a nice soft roastiness.

T - Really a great, balanced porter. MAny have complained of it being overly hoppy but I think it's got that distinct "Troegs" hoppy taste. That rush of hops is complemented by some chocolatey malt.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. Just the right carbonation.

D - Excellent. Got a great flavor, rather unique for a porter in that the hops are so noticeable. Also has great sessionability at 5.4 ABV.

Notes: Wish I wasn't working tommorrow. Might be THE BEST session porter I've ever tasted. The flavor is so unexpected for the style, but still fits well.

EStreet20, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of mobud
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Dark brown with a medium head and little to not retention.

S- Roasted malts and a heavy hoppy backround.

T- Dark chocolate and a stronger than expected hop flavor.

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable for my tastes. More towards a brown ale with its stronger hops taste and less focus on the malt end. Different, but I am ok with this beer and will seek it out again.

mobud, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of musicjustintime
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%

First whiff....PURE HOPS! Pours a nice dark brown with a tan head. Very nice lacing all the way down, too...but maybe 'cause I used one of my new Sam Adams glasses that BA was so nice to give us founding subscribers?! Anyway, I don't like too much hops, as I always say. They DO have their place, but this "porter" was waaaay too hopped up. Very typical of Troegs.. Really tasted like all hops with the smallest, faintest hint of chocolate malt in the very background. As the beer warmed, though, the hops were dulled down a bit, and the other flavors came through better. I love to support the locals...but this is one I'll pass on in the future. Their Nut Brown is much better, as is the Troegenator! Those are my two very favorites from Troegs...and my buddy's as well. Mad Elf isn't too bad, either. All the others seem way too hoppy. If you can try this for free...I'd do it. Otherwise, don't expect a normal porter with this one. Not my cup of tea. Think I'd rather have a cup of tea...with some brandy. SAAALUTE and cheers my BA friends!

musicjustintime, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Now Ive been wanting to try this beer for a while and I finally got a chance too.I like it because Troegs kicks ass and in the George Romero movie Land of the dead, the vehicle was called Dead reckoning and I love porters.So there ya go lets crack it open.

Pitch black body with some red highlights to it.Thick tan head that takes its good ole time going down but as it does it leaves sexy lacing.

Smell of fresh hops and chocolate.

Taste is hops,and plenty of them then leads to malt then to chocolate.

The mouthful is a tab bit watery but its a new beer so that may change as they tweak the recipe.

I like this beer but they need to tone down the hops a bit and let the melt and hop balance happen naturally.This is a IPA not a porter,besides the color of the body nothing else really makes this a porter IMO.Too much hops Troegs.Good beer though

MmmIPA, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of cichief
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Bought a six-pack at Astor's Beer and Liquors in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, almost opaque , with a nice tan head.

S- Smells of coffee and malt, a really fresh, malty porter, with dry hop finish.

T- Tastes rather of chocolate with a dry hop finish, a tasty beer.

M- Well carbonated, medium body, fully envelopes the tongue.

D- A very drinkable, dryish, porter. Not as malty-sweet as many American porters.

cichief, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of imasickboy
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured beautifully from a bottle into a pint glass.

Two finger head, dense, and almost creamy. At bottoms up, the glass was nicely laced. The beer was a deep, chocolaty brown.

The herbal/floral scent of the hops immediately hit me. I wasn't quite expecting that. Coffee and chocolate aromas, as expected, were present.

It was pretty smooth in the mouth, with only a trace of bitterness. It seemed to thicken in my mouth as it warmed.

The malt flavor was primarily coffee-ish, with just a hint of a caramel flavor, along with a good dose of fresh hop flavor. Not nearly as heavy-feeling as I anticipated, thus allowing for the possibility of consuming many more.

As a rule, I don't particularly like porters, but this one was outstanding, and I will definitely be drinking many more of them, since Troegs is local to me.

imasickboy, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Pours dark brown (almost black) with a thin tan head. Trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate with citric fruitiness and some resin.

The taste is of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It has a strong hop presence - citric, floral, slightly resiny. This is one hoppy porter, with the Chinook hops working very well together with the barley and chocolate malts. There's a touch of smoke on the long, bittersweet finish.

Medium to full bodied - right on target for an American Porter. A great aftertaste clings to the palate. It has a creamy, silky texture.

This is an AWESOME porter! Hefty malts and hops with a Troegs touch - DELICIOUS! This is a must-try for "hop-heads" who also like porters!

Thanks to nacir69 for this one!

jwc215, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Troegs is one of my favorite breweries and I always relish the opportunity to a try one of their beers, especially a new one. The bottle that I purchased was filled on July 26 of this year, according to the stamp on the neck. Track #070703 if that means anything to you.

The label art features a hand coming out of the sea holding a compass. If you look closely into the swirling blue sea, you can see the word TROEGS hidden in there. OK now on to this bottle's contents.

Pours into my pint glass 99% opaque with FAINT garnet highlights around the edges. It sits there still and heavy and yet inviting with a creamy Guinnessesque head.

A unique citrus-mint cocoa aroma emanates from the glass. This further piques my curiosity.

I don't know where to start when describing the flavors. It reminds me of a dry stout at first, but the subtle complexities of this porter slowly reveal themselves with each sip. Pine. Citrus. Milk chocolate. Sweetened coffee. A delicate creaminess. And a dry finish with a lingering sensation of cappuccino afterwards. I wish I bought more than one.

What a nice surprise this was. I can see Andes mints as a good pairing.

edskirk3, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of mntlover
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a hazy reddish brown good looking brew. Sporting a big fluffy khaki head that lasts and leaves gobs of lace down my glass. Very tasty looking brew.

Aroma is woo nice hoppy citrus some piney hints big on hops for a porter but great for a hop head like me. Roasted malts mostly chocolate but really hard to tell as the hops over shadow the malt.

Taste is like the aroma lots of hops piney flavors with a citrus edge that leaves a lingering grapefruit rind flavor. Some roasted malt is noted mostly chocolate with some coffee flavors that blend with the hoppy bitterness. Finish comes off with lingering bitterness and roasted malt coffee that lingers.

Mouthfeel is starts out good light medium with good carbonation level. Only knock is it seems to lighten up in the finish, to almost become watery feeling, not tasting in anyway.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable brew, big on hops would like to see how it is after hops mellow. Being a hop head I like it, if your more a traditionalist you will find it way to hoppy for the style. But that being said I like this one.

mntlover, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with moderate tannish head that quickly fell to a thin coating with sparse lacing.
Smell is very unique. roaste malt combined with piney, grassy hops is different, and extremely enjoyable.
Taste is superb. The sweetness from the malt, the coffeee and chocolate notes, the dark fruitiness, the bitter hops all blend together perfectly.
Finishes with a taste mixing the chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and hops in nice proportions.
Great beer, really unique. easy to drink, easy to session.

tgbljb, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

I recently had Scratch 2 and now with Dead Reckoning Tröegs is really doing something new with their porters.

I first had this beer at the State College Brew-fest and my thoughts at the time were that it is too hoppy for a porter and too thin for a porter. I had it again at a tasting and decided to agree with myself. Now, sitting here with a bottle of my own I am deciding this is a good beer (not really a good "porter") but a tasty treat.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful chocolate brown with a large thick light brown head in my SA BL glass. The retention on that thick foam a-top my beer is nothing less than impressive. I had to impatiently stick my nose through the heavy foam. Eventually it recedes and leaves the walls of the glass plastered with sheets of lace.

Smell: I think this dark IPA needs a style of it's own, though I understand the hop bitterness range is quite wide in this style. The only time I have ever smelled something like this is in my own homemade Black and Tans (except maybe Alpha Klaus Xmas Porter). This is an IPA aroma of fresh hops, big pine flavors fill the nose with the cocoa, chocolate, toffee and dark malt taking a back seat.

Taste: It is bitter. A balance of fires pine and hop resin bitter and espresso burnt coffee bitter, but this sucker is bitter. I like it. The citrus flavor leads fades there is a black coffee bitterness left on the cheeks. The burps are all pine. The beer has an undertone of porter attributes with burntness, dark malts and grains and a coffee element. The fish is very dry and astringent.

Mouthfeel: My biggest complaint (and it is a small one) I would have like to see a better density to this beer. It does seem a bit thin, even watery at time and though the body is light the and the hops do cover for it some I would have liked a slightly heavier malt back bone. NOTE: This is a very minor criticism of an otherwise very tasty beer.

Drinkability: I could and would easily session this beer. Its unique style doesn't do it for me though so it really won't enter my regular rotation of beers. I like the hoppyness in my IPAs and then I like to switch to the roastyness. This is a novelty beer for me at the moment. Time will tell. I have a case coming.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Sep 06, 2007
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,153 ratings.