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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,182
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 44
Gots: 90 | FT: 2
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Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 08-17-2003

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
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 +3.4%
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.

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.

Photo of flexabull
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of biglickbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +25%
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!

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
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?


Photo of tayner
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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!!

Photo of nycjag
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of EGledhill
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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

Photo of number1bum
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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!

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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.

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

Photo of dbatch
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,182 ratings.