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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: 45
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 tayner
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

tayner, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -21.1%
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!!

matty, Nov 06, 2007
Photo of nycjag
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

nycjag, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of CHADMC3
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

CHADMC3, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of EGledhill
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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

EGledhill, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

number1bum, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with mahogany highlights. Smells of roasty and sweet malt but clearly a lot of spicy hops aromas as well.

The hops bite right up front. Certainly the hoppiest regular porter I've ever tasted. The only other porter that would rival its hop profile would be Flying Dog's Imperial Porter and that's saying something. Anyway, after the hops it's creamy smooth and some sweeter flavors shine through. The finish glows with hops and the hops linger long after the beer has entered the gullet. There's an odd yeasty profile too, somewhat English in character but I can't really put my finger on it.

Definitely a unique porter but plenty tasty. I had no trouble finishing off the growler!

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For once, a definitely brown body, not leaning towards black or red.Topped by three fingers plus of thick lumpy foam. Good lacing.

Nose is roasted coffee, chocolate, and some fresh bread in the background.

Taste starts with a solid foundation of coffee and chocolate. Earthy hops build throughout and unleash a solid snap at the swallow. The snap fades, and the beer mellows back to coffee and chocolate for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fine, not chewy but acceptable. Drinkability is easy, solid, and sessionable.

Always a treat to find a good strightforward porter, and Dead Reckoning fits the bill. Navigate yourself to some while you can.

RonfromJersey, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, dark brown with lots of orange. Medium sized, creamy, light brown head. Decent legs and some lacing.

Coffee & alcohol, hints of chocolate. Citrus - lemon, and grass. Touch of toffee after it warmed.

Bitter more than sweet, roast notes and citrus. Very dark chocolate (70%+ variety -- bitter!). Starts to sweeten as temperature increases, bitterness migrates to finish and aftertaste.

Medium body. Medium carbonation which leads to creamy mouthfeel. Pretty darn dry.

Overall, pretty good porter. Based on lowish alcohol, fantastic session beer.

, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Muddy, deep brown color. Sizeable cocoa head. Definately the lightest looking porter I have ever had. Huge hop aroma-no chocolate or roasted aroma you would expect from a porter. Big blast of hops up front-quite bitter.The hops overpower any sign of malt. Doesnt resemble a porter as far as I am concerned. Way over hopped. I know hops are a trend but not here. Not unpleasant just out of place. OK mouthfeel. OK drinkability. The whole package detracts from what you are expecting. Great label though.

lackenhauser, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark reddish brown with good carbonation. The head is a tall 2 finger, light tan and leaves some lace.

The smell is very interesting, Noted right away, this is a hopped up porter with lots of grassy hops much like an American Pale Ale. Dark roasted malt with traditional porter aromas are also noted.

The taste is interesting as well. Big grassy and grapefruit citrus hops are right up front. With some chocolaty coffee malt notes in the background.

The mouthfeel is good nice body, good carbonation.

The drinkability is good. For an unussuall brew hopped out of style this one is very good, I would love to taste this from the tap.
Prosit MK

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of dbatch
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a sixer in Cape May after a weekend of filing extension income tax returns. I think I deserved this. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep brown, not quite opaque, but not too thin either. Very nice amount of a creamy head and sticky lacing.

S: Hop aroma is strong with this one grasshopper, and mixes beautifully with chocolate/coffee malts and floral hop notes.

T: Hops and malts are very balanced here, hops taste fruity with a bitter coffee/chocolate malt flavor. Go very well together.

M: Not heavy at all, good amount of carbonation, not too heavy but creamy at the same time.

D: This is wonderfully easy beer to drink, I can see myself drinking 3 or 4 while watching football this fall and winter.

dbatch, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with a nice two finger fluffy head that lingers around a while. Nice lacing paints the glass.

Smell: caramel, soft chocolate, and some soft citrus tones are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, sweet chocolate, prunes, and some soft citrus tones come through late. There is a pretty hearty bitterness here that balances this out nicely.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and lightly dry at the finish. Medium bodied beer. Mild aftertaste with the flavors as the linger on the tongue for a short time.

Drinkability: great flavorful porter that is easy to quaff. This can satisfy your tastebuds all night long. Pick some of this up.

Gavage, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown with black highlights and a frothy brown head.

S - Bold citrus hops with some roasted malts in the background. Man is this one hoppy for a porter.

T - Citrus and grapefruit hops with roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of coffee. Better balance in the taste than the aroma but still a touch on the hoppy side.

M - A little on the thin side but creamy with a drying finish from all the hops.

D - Very drinkable and quite hoppy in aroma for a porter. The malty taste balances it out nicely though.

brewcrew76, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new beer from Troeg! Good news as I enjoy many of their brews.

Pours a dark ruby colored brown with a creamy frothy tan colored head. Decent head retention and wonderful sticky lacing.

Smells overly hoppy for a porter. The Chinook hops really took over and its actually reminiscent of Nugget Nectar, which is strange because I don't believe Chinook is in Nectar. If my eyes were closed I wouldn't be able to guess it was a porter.

Tastes of hops. Really piney, citrusy hops. I enjoy the taste, but it doesn't come off as a porter. Seems like a very dark colored amber ale. The chocolate malts and flavors I typically associate with a porter aren't there. There is a roasted bittering finish that jives well with the hop taste.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with the carbonation in its proper place. Highly drinkable and damn near addicting. The coffee and chocolate falvours aren't there for me, but this tastes superb. More hops than I usually expect in a porter, but it was a wonderful surprise. I will be buying more.

Jmamay22, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured produced a very thick light caramel head that hung out for quite some time. The beer is very brown for a porter.

S: There is a good amount of chocolate, coffee, and red fruit as well as a lot of hop aroma.

T: Very hoppy porter. It has a very bitter after taste that is of hops with hints of chocolate and coffee.

M: Light body for the style. The carbonation was right on.

D: This is a very good session beer. I could see drinking this outside in the fall.

Very Interesting take on the style. It was like the IPA of porters.

Biscuit033, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of NJBeerguy
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Actually I've had this beer in bottle and draft and they were remarkably similar. The pour results in a terrific head, that morf into a great division of sips told by the rings of lace on the glass.
The nose is a faint hint of roasted malt followed by taste of nuts roasted over an open fire. The nuttiness is followed by a burnt coffee/licorice aftertaste. Overall I found it to be a very refreshing brew.

NJBeerguy, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of wcudwight
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a porter. Dark brown to black in color. Lasting 1/4" head. Nice sticky lacing.
Smells like a chocolate covered strawberry.
Strangely the hop and roasted flavors mix very well. I really like how the flavor switches from raosted to hoppy mid-palate. I wonder why more brewers don't hop up thier porters and stouts.
Medium bodied and smooth in the mouth.
Very drinkable. I don't detect any alcohol flavors. I could put a couple of these away and call it a night, easily.
Thanks to Enola for the bottle.

wcudwight, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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