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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 40
Gots: 74 | FT: 2
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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 jkrich


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

12 oz. bottle with a hard to read brewed on date stamped on bottle. Poured a very deep, opaque brown with red highlights. The creamy, beige head slowly dissipated leaving some attractive lace on the glass.

The aroma was pungent and spicy malt and hops. Overall, a very fresh aroma.

The flavor is semi-sweet with some bitter chocolate and caramel. There is a hint of smoky flavor as well. Faint taste of molasses can be detected in the aftertaste. No single flavor dominates.

This has a solid, medium body with refreshing carbonation. The mouthfeel is clean, flavorful and refreshing. The semi-sweet flavor lingers on the palate.

This is truly a session porter. It is not as complex as many I have tried, but I don't believe that was the intention here. It a late summer, early autumn seasonal meant to be quaffable.

10-24-2010 23:29:49 | More by jkrich
Photo of tone77


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is also of malts, some notes of coffee, finishing with some bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

10-23-2010 17:56:58 | More by tone77
Photo of EgadBananas


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Very dark, with brown highlights when held to light. A good finger and a half of tan colored head that laces nicely.

Smell is roasted malts and a hint of chocolate and sweetness.

Taste is good and malty, with a nice bitter chocolate finish and roasty toasty goodness in between. I want to say there is a hint of coffee, but it is minimal at best.

Feel is a bit on the lightest side of medium, with a fair amount of carbonation. Overall thought it is slick and smooth.

This is a pretty good porter, nothing really bad about it and in the end a good, solid, drinkable one at that.

10-23-2010 01:10:28 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of shredsofautumn


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

6 pack purchased 10/22/2010 in Easthampton, MA.

Appearance- The medium pour presented a 1.5-2 finger light brown cream colored head that is still slowly dissipating minutes after the pour. Great lace retention on this one. The color is your typical of this style- nothing new here. Black with dark brown hues.

Smell- Small portions of coffee and raisins give way to a roasted barley note, followed by the sharp, crisp smell of hops at the finish.

Taste- Roasted barley, slight cappucino-esque coffee tones, chocolate covered espresso bean finish with a hit of the almighty hops. Bitter, but not super high IBU bitter.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy. Coats the mouth well. Chewy, if you will. Bravo on the mouthfeel for sure.

Drinkability- I could drink about three before needing to switch to something else. I really enjoy it, but I feel like this beer could wear out its welcome fast during a session.

10-22-2010 19:30:37 | More by shredsofautumn
Photo of TheycallmeTim

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A--Standard looking body--black with hints of ruby on the sides. Pour yields a formidable head, maybe 2 and a half fingers of mocha foam. Subsides to a ring that lasts for the duration.

S--Pretty unremarkable. Some molasses, a little toffee, and way in the back some coffee grounds.

T--Whew. The nose doesn't prepare you for this. What a ride--hops, hops, hops. Tons of wood and earth, with a tobacco leaf thing toward the very back of the finish. Tiny bit of sweetness, almost cherry-like, at the beginning, and the bitter chocolate and coffee in the middle is quickly dominated by the hops. This may be the driest porter I've ever had. Definitely an American version, definitely heavy-handed with the Chinook. Good God is this hoppy.

M&D--The mouthfeel is a little too lively for the style, though I see why it's there (i.e. to temper the cheek-caving dryness). Drinkability's decent. I'd have it again, especially on-tap, where I think fresh the malt might make more of an appearance, strange as that may sound.

Polarizing beer. I like hops, but porter is usually an everyday style, and this is not an everyday flavor profile. Definitely for those that like big, bold in your face interpretations of styles.

10-21-2010 23:54:46 | More by TheycallmeTim
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours an almost black body with quickly receeding head on top of a roasted malt aroma that also has some breadiness in it; not much sweet malts eminating from the aroma. Bit of a dry, husky edge first greets me but overall the beer is smooth and slightly creamy. A light-to-medium body with the roasted malts along with hints of sticky, bitter chocolate and some bitter hops. A real good porter as there are touches of other malts like bread/oak and caramel (vanilla?) but just a tad too rough for my liking.

10-15-2010 11:49:20 | More by clayrock81
Photo of JunkYardJake


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

On-tap at the Cork and Cap in Lancaster.
Served to me with a small tan head. Color is near black with some amber outlining. Nose is of roasted grain, cocoa and a some citrus that reminds me of some of Troegs' hoppier offerings. Taste is wonderfully balanced. A bitter hop bite cuts the sweet malts perfectly. Dark chocolate, roasted malts and a moderate earthy hop profile make up the palate. Mouthfeel is velvety and fluid. Drinkability is high due to the balanced palate and is quite sessionable, coming in at a friendly 5.4% abv. A new favorite of mine from one of my favorite breweries.

10-14-2010 00:55:48 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of Blanco


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

pours a dark brown almost black color with a nice large tan head and excellent lacing. This is a great looking beer. smell is surprisingly of hops up front and threw me offguard right away. maltiness and a soapy undertone follow. taste is of hops bitterness upfront with some great malt balance. tastes like a DIPA that went stale, but like it was meant to be that way (if that makes sense). The two flavors are nicely in balance. my only quibble is that it's not at all like a porter so if that's what you're expecting, this isn't the beer. i enjoyed this beer a lot after being surprised by the hop presence. another good troegs offering.

10-12-2010 02:19:49 | More by Blanco
Photo of alleykatking


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks go out to Lukafer for this one....Luke you rock my socks!

A- Pours a black color with light red highlights on the edges of the glass when I held up to the light. Two finger mocha colored head shows medium retention. Sticky lacing all over the glass.

S- Nice light roasted malts in the front..like a cold coffee scent. Mild caramel malts in the middle of the beer gets taken over by a chocolate malt. Some citrusy hops in the ending balances out some of the roasted malts in the nose.

T- Roasted malts are the first thing on the palate. This gives way to some light chocolate notes before the citrus hops bring a nice kick to the beer. The ending is more of a fine line between roasted malts and citrusy hops.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts left on the palate with some hops lingering in the aftertaste. Alcohol dryed the palate lightly. Flavors were well balanced with the malts and hops being very perfect. Clean and crisp for a porter.

D- This beer is very drinkable. Not a typical take on the porter style I think. The ABV is well hidden and drinking many of these couldn't be a problem. Troegs has a very good take on styles and for the most part those beers are flavorful. Thanks for a another great offering Troegs!

10-11-2010 02:41:28 | More by alleykatking
Photo of jorg2619


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

A: DR looks nice and black with a lacey finger or two of head.

S: This brew smells like hops, roasted malts, and a hint of caramel.

T: Hops and roasted barley compete for my tongue from the beginning to the end of every quaff. I think this is one of the most original brews I have had from Troegs. I have hops residue on my mouth after every sip of this porter.

M: This is a very thin porter but it seems to work with the flavor and aroma profile of the beer.

D: I am ready for another one has the feeling of a daily drinker without being common or boring tasting.

I think this beer tastes like fall to me, bitter dark, but thin and light I am getting more of this brew.

10-10-2010 01:12:09 | More by jorg2619
Photo of buschbeer


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%

I poured into a pint glass to a finger of mocha head. This beer is brown in color. The aroma sweet roasted malt with hints of semi sweet chocolate. The taste is roasted malt but it finishes with a bitter, almost burnt flavor that lingers. That burnt flavor kind of ruins this beer for me. I'm a big porter fan, but this is one of the poorer examples I have found.

10-09-2010 22:23:00 | More by buschbeer
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Had on tap October 8, 2010 at the Lark in East Northport, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: dark brown with a brown colored head. There's a lot of brown lace on this one.

Smell: a little roasted malt but generally underwhelming in the aroma department. I couldn't really detect very much.

Taste: much more powerful than the nose would suggest! There's a little more hops than I am used to in porters, with roasted malts and chocolate as well.

Feel: medium bodied leaning a little towards light. Not much bitterness.

Drink: high. This is a good session beer.

Overall, a good beer and definitely worth a try.

10-09-2010 15:27:49 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Dark as night with a brown head.

In the nose was a sour malt with sweet caramel.

Taste was smoothe with a caramel richness balanced by a bitter piney hop taste. A very hoppy porter. A Good beer with a nice mouthfeel. It is a drinkable porter with appeal to those who prefer lighter and hoppier brews without compromising the porter quality.

10-09-2010 05:06:34 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of paco1029384756


4/5  rDev +5%

Bottle thanks to Jwiss22

Pours a very deep ruby color, nearly black when fully poured, and one finger of off white head.

Scent of chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit, sugar, a mild hop character, and a hint of caramel.

Taste of roasted malts, sugars, grassy hops, some fruit and dry earth. I love a good hoppy Porter, and I could definitely drink this on a regular basis.

Mouthfeel is Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation.

10-07-2010 04:07:46 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of Slatetank


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

I had this on cask last night at Al's of Hampden. Served cask temp in a Nonic.

A practically black shade of dark brown with slight crimson accent at the base w/ a sandstone cap which settles to a ring of small beads. The lacing clings moderately well. The smell is hoppy, wait...is this a porter(closing my eyes - no, this is an IPA!)the smell of piney hops like a Cascadian black ale w/ slight grapefruit accent of Columbus, with a rind-like citrus element. The feel has bitterness of malt and hops w/ light sweetness and subtle grainy texture w/ gentle cask carbonation and medium body w/ semi-dry finish.

The flavor is big on hops -This is a black IPA, I don't care what anyone says. The cascadian black flavor is great with citrus rind, pine and light astringency from the hops w/ a gentle dark malt flavor which gives a light molasses and subtle caramel tinge to the hoppy goodness. The wood notes come out more from malt and light bitter cocoa when warmer w/ a delightful floral compliment of Columbus which lingers in a residual palate coating way. I enjoyed the taste and smell of this most, the drinkability is high, but porter fans beware you will not be experiencing a cask porter. A confused beer, a beer that tastes great is hoppy and is black -Cascadian Dark Ale w/ great drinkabiity- Cheers Troegs!

10-06-2010 16:52:32 | More by Slatetank
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Growler filled at Beverage Barn in East Meadow,NY on 10/5/10. Served in a standard pint glass.

L - black brew with a big tan head that settled down leaving lots of lacing behind.

S - roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and citrusy hops.

T - starts out roasty and malty before a bitter citrus hoppy bite kicks in. I really enjoy this beer a lot.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - goes down very easy.

10-05-2010 21:45:57 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of hosehead83


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color with ruby highlights and a thick head of off-white foam
Aroma-A bit of surprising citrussy hop note, faint toasted malt.
Taste-Citrussy hops up front, a coffee/roasted malt backbone, a bit of a dry, hop bite finish. The style is American Porter but the taste is more of a black IPA. As a porter I would have liked a little more of the roasted malt/coffee flavor for balance. I don't mind a hop profile in a porter, but this seemed a bit unbalanced. Nice effort in any case.

10-04-2010 21:56:38 | More by hosehead83
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +5%

A= very dark-brown gravy color, some effervescent activity when poured but almost no head or rimming.

S= bold and hoppy from the start (unless over-chilled), strong dry roasted malts.

T= dry yet offset with enough natural sweetness, generous Chinook hops bitters and florals, dry toasted malts, minor dry dark fruits evident.

M= satisfyingly dry with dry dark coffee and toasted dry malts.

D= very drinkable for someone who appreciates a dry dark quality porter. Not overdone on the ABV% so it's even more drinkable without being sedative.

10-02-2010 21:09:30 | More by therica
Photo of jampics2


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer looks just a touch above average in the glass, mostly due to the lack of head retention and the lack of opacity. It is black with tons of red highlights and I can even see shadows through the other side of the glass. Head retention is horrible and lacing is spotty at best.

Upon pouring this, I could smell the mixture of roast and hops the second the bottle cap came off. So maybe the smell will make up for the false start by the appearance. Well, it's certainly hoppy, almost bordering on "Black IPA" or "Cascadian Dark Ale" territory. Roasted malt gives subtle chocolate notes and hops give some tangerine and orange notes. This is interesting, but sometimes it smells a touch like a garbage bag in the sun. Because of that I'm averaging my good and bad impressions and rating this accordingly.

But at least it could taste good, right? Well, sort-of. It's well balanced in that the amount of chocolate and coffee roast is complimented by the amount of citrus hoppiness from the chinook hops. Not half bad, but it's just a touch herbal and piney and that makes just a bit unfocused to me, plus the two tastes are competing in the overall progression. Better than the smell, though, for sure, and I get what Troegs is going for.

Mouthfeel is a touch light for the style, but the carbonation is OK. I want to give this a second chance, but this time out the results were mediocre. Maybe I'll find this on cask, that sounds yummier!

10-01-2010 19:54:55 | More by jampics2
Photo of bum732


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

S: Sweet coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, some fruitiness, quite a bit of vanilla.

L: Light tan head that dissipates, dark brown, some light see on the sides of the glass.

T: Soft fruity malt with a nice coffee backbone. Mild bitterness leads to a medium high roasty dryness.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation.

A solid porter, the more American porters i drink, the more i realize i prefer English versions. Something about the fruitness and roastiness that doesn't quite work. Still solid and drinkable.

09-29-2010 04:39:49 | More by bum732
Photo of SamuelJackson45


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

A- A nice dark chocolate coffee look.

S- has a nice Rich chocolaty aroma with hops in the background.

T- Bittersweet from the chocolate malts and taste of hops in the background. Even a hint of coffee comes out as well.

M- Wet very creamy and smooth to the pallet bittersweet malts and hops linger through out the sip.

D- Very good porter. I like alot and well drink again.


09-28-2010 03:02:47 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of Spider889


3.58/5  rDev -6%

Had on tap at Mad Mex in Columbus.

Nice dark porter, not much head, but left an excellent blanket of lace.

Smells of sweet chocolate malts.

Very malty, but also extremely hoppy for a porter. In a blind tasting I could potentially confuse this for a malty black IPA.

Medium body and decent carbonation.

Not bad considering I dislike the average porter, but, I do prefer my porters to be more malty than hoppy... this one was the reverse.

09-27-2010 06:01:50 | More by Spider889
Photo of smcolw


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours dark ruby. Tough to tell, but it looks like it is very clear (I can make out the shape of the light). Solid light beige head that fades to a dome leaving lots of webby lace.

Smell: Pleasant dark chocolate aroma with a touch of evaporated milk. Overall, very mild but I think I detect some black patent malt as well.

Mild start, powerful finish. Initial sip shows the softer side to this brew--delicate milk chocolate and brown ale notes. Within the second, the harsher malts of burnt black patent and roasted chocolate come through. I was pleasantly surprised by the ample amount of hop present. The swallow is bitter, nearly like a dry stout. Great aftertaste, like a decrescendo of the swallow.

Not your traditional porter--more hop than that. But the complexity and rich flavors make this a superior beer.

09-25-2010 19:18:59 | More by smcolw
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

A: Pours a thin, opaque black liquid that leaves a small tan head and decent lacing.

S: I don't get much. Perhaps hints of roasted malt and hops.

T: Decent for a porter. Mild burnt malt and a moderate hops finish. Not mind blowing.

M: Somewhat chalky, but also a little thin.

D: Pretty much your average porter. Not bad, but nothing noteworthy.

09-24-2010 20:36:23 | More by irishking1977
Photo of ffejherb


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

On one of the handpulls at Al's of Hampden on 9/23/10.

A - Deep walnut brown liquid with burgundy highlights around the edges and two fingers of slightly gritty tan foam on top that reduced to a quarter inch crown and retained well, leaving some strands of lace around the glass.

S - Dry, leafy and earthy notes abound. The hop character is definitely kicked up a notch (or two) from the standard version. A mild coffee character also develops midway, accompanied by woody notes and a hint of chocolate, both of which create a kind of cocoa tan bark aroma.

T - Wow! Yeah... definitely hopper than the standard version if you can imagine! Dead Reckoning is one of the hoppiest porters I've had, and this dry hopped cask version goes even further. The coffee attributes work nicely with the fairly sharp leafy and earthy tones imparted by the aggressive hopping. A subtle vanilla sweetness creeps into the mix, but ultimately this finishes with a flavor long on hop bitterness.

M - Silky smooth, warm and sticky with a light hoppy bristle. Finishes with lots of hop bite on the palate, almost like a dark IPA or India Brown.

D - How do you make Dead Reckoning even tastier? Add copious amounts of Columbus hops and throw it in a firkin. This is a delicious porter all around and boasts a wonderful hop character that works well with the coffee and dark malts. Hey you Central PA BA's... head over to Al's and get some!

09-24-2010 14:22:10 | More by ffejherb
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
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