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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 42
Gots: 81 | 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 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
Photo of Walsar
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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 -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 27, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 26, 2007
Photo of Enola
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.