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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-17-2003)
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Photo of cmula
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slight hint of chocolate malt.
A bit of spice.
Small malty after taste.
Medium hop (IBU)
Small coffee after taste.

It's nice for a winter beer, something different. A slight sense of coffee on the tongue after swallowing is a bit distracting. Not very porterish I might add, more of a dark amber pour. It's not an everyday beer.

cmula, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of rembrant
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pour- A Semi Transparent deep mahogany brown with a handsome tan froth of about 2 fingers. Rather pretty but the transparency suggests it won't be a heavyweight contender.

Aroma - Mostly dark malty thing. Not much scent of hops but some coffess and dark fruit hints.

Flavor - Relative to Black Butte or Ed Fitz,a bit less robust. A pleasent coffee with a subtle hopped aftertaste to carry the dark coffee to a mildly bitter roast finish,all in all the sweet and bitter,neither goes very far. Generally tasty though much less complex + intense than an Ed Fitz.

Mouth A bit thin. Not a shock as it's not a full opaque black and in no other way is of average "heft" for a Porter. Interesting...yesterday I had a Boffo Brown and Boffo could better pass as a Porter while this more is the texture and tastes of a Brown,with a more coffee-ish flavor. Despite making a fine head, carbonation is fine and barely adequate.

Drinkability? The tradeoff in this being a Porter-Lite is that it goes down easy. I'd say it's not as wet as some Doppelbocks but it's not far from a few of them. Tough to rate this as it is such a tweener,and is tasty and easy to finish,yet it really lacks the beef,the balls,the second sip details of a Ed Fitzgerald,Black Butte,Fade To Black or Smuttynose.

rembrant, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/28/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of fluffy tan head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation evident. Very little lacing left in the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, light coffee, and light vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, slightly bitter coffee, vanilla, and light dark fruits.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink.

d - A pretty good porter. Very easy to drink, would certainly have again.

mdfb79, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of TheBrewo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hard pour reveals a dark brown brew with amber streaks throughout when held to the light. It blasts up a two finger head of yellowy-tan that sticks as it recedes for some nice lacing. Carbonation is visually light, and for a beer advertised as unfiltered, there is no sediment or dust to speak of. The aroma offers dark roasty malts, hints of chocolate and coffee, burnt caramel, and fragrant (and slightly sweet) floral hops. As we sip malts and hops compete for the front. The malts, as suggested by the aroma, are nice and toasty, whereas the hops taste more grassy than floral. The hops disappear almost entirely through the middle, making room for the malts to crash into bittersweet chocolate flavoring. The finish is a revival of the hops, which are more bitter and grassy than ever. The aftertaste breathes more of the same, but is naturally lighter. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is evenly medium. The feel is creamy up front, but slightly watery, with the mouth fully dried by the end of the session. The abv is standard and the beer drinks quite well.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the aroma. It can be tough to find a porter with heavy hop character that blends it as well as Tröegs did here. They are sickly sweet and inviting in the aroma, following through in the taste but without overpowering the traditional porter traits. On another note, this is one of the coolest labels out there, brilliantly depicting the name of the beer, while helping to tie the entire experience together.

TheBrewo, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the same experience with this as I had with the Sam Adams Holiday Porter - this comes across so much more like an English Dark Mild than a porter. I'll concede that my immediate impression upon finishing a pint was that it drinks like a Black IPA / Porter blend - I'd say about a 60/40 mix, respectively.

Instead of being deep dark brown or deep dark black, it's sure a deep dark color, but a shade of red - maybe the deepest darkest red I think I've seen in a beer. Comes with a surprising intensity of fruity aroma and flavor, both hoppy and estery, while conversely lacking significant, characteristic, dominant roasted or coffee elements. Add some caramel notes as well to the smell and some light-moderate caramel and soft chocolate malt flavors, and there you have it. But, yeah, this is predominantly fruity and hoppy. Drinks with a nicely smooth medium-full body. Not what you'd expect from something labeled as a "porter", but tasty and enjoyable for what it gives.

Bouleboubier, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of robwestcott
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to beandip for this one.

poured cold form the bottle a super dark brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a wisp of an off white head that faded instantly leaving little lace.

very subtle aroma of chocolate malts and dark fruit in the wayback.

chocolate, hints of creamy espresso, hints of dark fruits. nothing too overpowering, yet nothing too terribly impressive. interesting hop presence following the first few sips. as it warms a bit the dark fruits come forward a bit more along with hints of tobacco in the back.

light bodied for the style, higher carbonation than expected, a bit too fizzy on the tongue.

drinkable - sure, yeah.

robwestcott, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brow with ruby notes. Very light head.

S - Light coffee, dark molasses, prunes.

T - Robust roasty malt, hoppy bitters, espresso, chocolate milk, mild bitter finish.

M - Medium body.

D - A little too much to be a session beer, but fairly drinkable.

vfgccp, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to StormKing47 for this as an extra in our trade. 12oz into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a light tan head about half an inch thick that doesn't stick around all that long. A few gobs of lacing as it recedes. Pretty standard looking porter.

S: Has some notes of chocolate and molasses as well as a pretty large note of hops as well. Not to the level of a black ipa, but still pretty hoppy. The combination of these all makes for a somewhat different nose than I had expected, but it works fairly well.

T: Roast and a bit of chocolate stand up first with a great coffee note, underneath is a fairly piney hop profile and decent amount of bitterness. Has a long finish of resiny hops and just a bit of roast. Pretty enjoyable really, maybe a bit too hoppy for what I really like in a porter, but not bad.

M: Medium bodied with a fairly dry finish, carbonation might be just a touch on the high side.

D: I could drink quite a few of these if it was on tap, and if it were regularly available I would probably pick up a sixer of this now and then. Not my favorite porter as it kind of borders on black ipa. Nonetheless, still an enjoyable, well made beer.

pokesbeerdude, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of JDew
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle to an snifter

A - Pours very dark with a reddish tint held up to light. One finger thick creamy head

S - Very hoppy for a porter, some roasted barley comes through too but the hops dominate the smell.

T - Being a big fan of pale ales I love the taste of this beer. Its strong with hops and the chocolate comes through in the finish. It gives me an easy choice when I cant decide between a porter or a IPA.

M - Not as thick as I expected from the deep color and thick head. It finishes very dry and pretty long.

D - Wouldn't drink too many in a row but perfect for just a few.

JDew, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of gfreed
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As a porter this is a failure, but as an IPA tinted with black dye it might be passable. The color is way too light, the aroma is far too weak and the body is watery. The taste is flimsy at best and (here's the IPA part) it's all wrapped up in a bitter, over-hopped girdle that strangles any decent hint of roasted grain right to a miserable death. Grapefruit in my porter?! Feh. Go buy a bottle of Berkshire Drayman's porter and correct your taste buds.

gfreed, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of FredTheSeal
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pours with a thin, but dense tan head. Very dark brown/red in color. (You can BARELY see through it when held to moderate light.) Not much lacing.

S - Lots of resiney hops for a porter. Caramel and chocolate. Slight fruity tones.

T - a noticable fruity, sort of grapefruit flavor probably from the hops. Burnt bitter chocolate. Slightly metalic. Considering the aroma, I'm surprised there isn't more hop flavor.

M - Medium body. High carbonation. Dry finish.

D - I love the flavor of porters and stouts but I just don't think of them as session beers. I probably couldn't do more than 3.

FredTheSeal, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Minkybut
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 4 degrees. The beer was a black brew with a dark tan head. The head went away very fast but did have decent lacing. The beer smelled hoppy and was. Way to much hops for a nice porter. The hops blew away any great taste that would have and I believe been there. I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter.

This is a porter in name only. My ratings ignore the BJCP description and try to reflect my personal opinion of the quality of what's been brewed, keeping in mind that the bottle says it's a porter.

A - 1-finger tan head that dissipated rather quickly, but left a well-defined ring of foam around the edge and an archipelago of little foamy islands on the surface. Color is a deep brown that is ~75% opaque and very deep ruby red when held to a light.

S - Hops leap out of the bottle after the pour. Would swear it was an IPA if blindfolded. Nose is rich in hops. Smells like I'm in a pine forest in spring. And there's some grapefruit, too, which is likely the Chinook they list on the bottle. Some roasted malts and a touch of caramel underneath them.

T - Let's make an IPA with a roasty porter grain bill. Hops from start to finish. Well-roasted malts, espresso beans, dark chocolate, with burnt caramel providing some sweetness in the finish, but it's the bittering hops that really last.

M - Decently creamy without being full or thick. Good carbonation. Finish is hoppy and on the dry side, making it seem a tad thin.

D - A porter for someone who wants the hops of an IPA and almost, but not quite, the level of roasting that a full stout gets. This isn't what I'm looking for in a porter, but I know a lot of hopheads who would lap this stuff up like water at an oasis, especially in winter.

BuckeyeSlim, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Well it's dark it has about a finger and a half of a tan rocky head that stays around quite well.

Aroma: A grapefruit aroma which is certainly different for an American porter. The malts are there but they seem to lurk underneath. Subtle hints of carob black licorice towards the end.

Taste: A citrusy bite at the start then peanuts in the middle and a smokiness at the end. the mouthfeel is certainly crisp. The peanut taste is closer to peanuts straight out of the shell.

Notes: A unique tasting porter in every good way very tasty. Cheers.

horshack7, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Naugled
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark chestnut brown color with thin dark tan head.

Sweet roasty smell with some hops shining through

Bitter chocolate and coffee notes, some what on the bitter side of the scale, aggressively hopped.

Nice crisp mouth feel

A very drinkable and well made porter. I will be buying more of this.

Naugled, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of MADhombrewer
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter

Got this from orcasteve. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Guinness glass.

App- Black with dark copper highlights. Nice tan head that dissipates to a light film. Good lacing as you drink.

Smell - Chocolate and...what is that... Hops? Rarely do I smell hops like this in a porter, but as a bonified hophead I am pleasantly surprised.

Taste- More of the same. Chocolate and hops. Yum. Looks like this was bottled on 7 16 10. Makes me imagine what this is like fresh.
Roasted barley brings up the rest of the taste.

Mouthfeel- Perfect for the style. Almost stout like but a little thin. Just as a porter should be.

Drinkability- Great! I could have three or four of these and want another.

I have had this before, but don't remember it this good! I have had a number of Troegs beers and they have not been very memorable to me, but this one stands out. Very good porter.

MADhombrewer, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of magnj
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a - deep brown which just barely allows some light through when held up to a lamp directly. tan head is generous and and sticky leaving plenty of lacing.

S - not a huge nose, dark with chocolate and roasted malts. I'm not getting much hops though I know chinook should be present.

T - somewhat sweet up front gives way to chocolate and coffee. Not as big as I expected and I'm glad.

M/D - very full and sticky body for the abv. But easy to drink a few, tasty brew with some football and hockey.

magnj, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of JayS2629
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap from the brewery.

A- Dark rich brown with a tan head and sticky lacing.

S- Faint sweet barley, hints of coffee, chocolate and citrus hops. Grapefruit?

T- Unsweetened cocoa in the background, roasted coffee forward, earthy tones, brown sugar, smoke and hops. This is very off. It is a porter for hops lovers. For a porter something went wrong. Its like hops wrapped in coffee. Bitter finish like asprin going down the back of my throat. Complex front end with nasty after taste.

M- Too much hops for this style. Not well balanced. Medium body. Kind of watery.

D- Its ok, but too hoppy for a porter. Its a bitter pill to swallow, but several other qualities made it a redeemable sipper.

M- Medium, silky and milky.

D- Good porter. Very drinkable.

JayS2629, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of pvsob
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown color with two-fingers worth of tan head. Head lasts for a longtime and leave sticky lacing.

S- A little barley, stale coffee, and some chocolate. Citrus (grapefruit) aromas from the hops as well.

T- A nice chocolate and roasted malt flavor are the first noticeable flavors of this beer. A nice citrus bitterness comes in mid-way and melds with the chocolate and malt for a rather nice finish.

M- Thin to medium with plenty of carbonation.

D/O- A pretty good American Porter from the bros. It has that classic Tröegs hop presence. I would have liked a more pronounced aroma and a fuller mouth-feel, but that's just me. I don't necessarily think that I'll seek this one out again, but if someone's buying; I'll happily drink it. Cheers.

pvsob, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint served a little below room temperature.

Appearance: Dark to medium brown in color with a two finger pillowy brown head. Really light edges for a porter and it appears to be relatively light bodied.

Aroma: Light smoke notes and some bitter coffee beans. Not overpowering at all. Very little chocolate or sweetness.

Taste: Some light roasted malt in the form of day old coffee and light smoke. Slightly watery and not too impressive, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, almost watery, but it works in that its pretty crisp.

Drinkability: The light flavor and relatively low ABV make this really easy to consume a lot of.

Overall, an average porter at best that is really forgetable. It just did not leave a huge impression on me. The watery coffee flavor was what really let me down.

Gosox8787, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at The Girl Next Door in Haverhill, MA, this porter is a deep dark, black color with some rosy highlights. The head is a sparse light tan cover that disperses quickly with fair lacing. The aroma is a meager malt/citrus hop hint. The flavor delivers a tart leafy/citrus hop over a shallow charcoal malt. It's a little thin with very fine carbonation. Mouthfeel is tingly with a slightly silky but dry touch. The flavor is a little slim which seems counter to my previous experience from the bottle, but it's still pretty good with its hop tones over a classic porter flavor. I get some melon brightness as well. It's medium-light bodied and easy drinking.

Durge, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of haazer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Burnt almond color with dark cherry on the edges. Reminds me of chocolate syrup, although not as thick. One finger of thick bubbly beige head. I have spider webbed lace left all over my glass.

S- A very well blended mix of piney hops and malts. Maybe a 60/40 for hops to malts, malts seem chocolatey. Molasses, candy, and brown sugar. This is shaping up nicely.

T- Little bit of coffee, and chocolate. Hints of brown sugar. Hops hit midway through on the palatte. Last you feel the malts. More through the glass I get tiny hints of cherries.

M- Little too thin and light bodied for me. Deffinitely has that dry porter feel, but could be thicker. Very smooth, little bit creamy.

D- Highly drinkable. Would make a great session beer. My palatte is very acute this evening for me to pick out those flavors but none of them is overpowering or dominant. I'd equate this to a tuned down stout, which I suppose is what a Porter is. I enjoyed this, above average.

haazer, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Toasty dry and sharply bitter, this Porter has the clean crispness and citrus character that scream American brewing techniques.

The beer pours a very dark brown, basically opaque but without a heavy haze. A firm tan head forms a batt across the beer and holds firm for nearly the duration of the session. Medium lacing on the glass sing more praise.

Aromas of heavy toast, light roast, nutty coffee, clean cocoa, and malted milk give a rich and complex aroma. Throw in a resiny hop scent and the beer takes a decidedly American turn.

Toasty and malty early, the beer allows the influence of cream and light caramel to surface. As those are short lived, the toast, roast, and coffee takes precidence and lead directly into the piney, grassy flavors and hop bitterness. Cocoa and coffee make a return in aftertaste as the hops bitterness linger into the finish.

Malty dry from start to finish, a mild creaminess starts the beer before giving way to the dry, toasty dominance of the beer.

BEERchitect, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of magine
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head that is fluffy and sits about a finger width thick. Head settles to a lace chunk island and leaves a good lace and rim around the glass. Good looking porter.

Brew is nutty and roasted; chocolate, barley and some hops as well. Decent smell.

This brew is chocolaty and roasted tasting initially. Barley and some citrus hops maybe as you drink. Can even detect maybe a piney hop as well. Some peppery kick to the mouthfeel. Definitely more of a hop character. A tad thin on the mouthfeel. Good carbonation, finishes a little dry and very drinkable. Some nutty coffee flavor as well. Good stuff, albeit different then I expected.

This is a very sessionable porter. Tastes good, drinks good. Very solid offering from Troegs.

magine, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a meager 1/2" head. Black as coffee, Smell and taste were pretty much a mild stout with slight hints of cofee and cocoa. The interesting thing is the hoppiness seemed to build as I worked my way to the bottom of this. I'd say it's an IPA style porter

MoreThanWine, Nov 03, 2010
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.