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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,166
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 43
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 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
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep brown with a 1" tan head that dissipates quickly.

Has a roasted coffee aroma, with hints of toffee and toasted malt.

Presents more bitter than smooth, with mild coffee, grainy malt at the back of the tongue, and baker's chocolate on the lips. Rather one-note unfortunately, ending as bitter as it starts.

Mouthfeel Is medium; given it's taste I'd expect it to be thinner, but it does have nice body.

Bought as a a singleton; I'd have it again. Still, there are many better examples of the style.

TheHoppiest, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled 072710 - Batch #100522
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a murky black color with ruby highlights on the bottom of the glass. Light brown colored head with decent trails.

The nose is metallic and malty with whiffs of sugars.

Dark malt flavors lay the foundation for this porter. Chewy malts with a hint of milk chocolate and roasted malt flavors with a liquid sugar sweetness. The mouthfeel is a tad thin for what I would like overall for the style. Mini hop presence on the finish to round this beer out.

This beer stands on it's own two feet though. Drinkable, smooth and malty. I had this on tap last month and I swear, it was much better. Nevertheless, you can expect a solid porter here.

Hibernator, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of BillyBob78
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at a 6 pack shop.

Poured in pint glass.

Dark rich look. Head has an creamy brown hue to it with nice lacing but kind of goes away after a while.

Smells great. Has a smokey chocolate and coffee taste. Some hops upfront but well balanced in this porter.

Very Drinkable. All around very good porter.

BillyBob78, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Natural510
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no dating

Pours a very dark reddish-brown, near-black, with a creamy, dark tan head. Lace becomes a bit scant as it dissipates, but otherwise a stalwart looking porter.

Scent is surprisingly hoppy up front, with only the slightest hint of malty sweetness.

Hops are also at the forefront, with the roasted quality of the malt being fairly mild for the style. Element of bitter cocoa, not sweet, and hint of coffee and hazelnut. Medium bitter finish.

Medium body, slightly thin, which adds to the drinkability for me.

Different from most American Porters brewed these days. More hop-forward, and less dependent on the heavily roasted malt and coffee/cocoa elements. The lack of sweetness is welcome as well. I like it.

Natural510, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of jkrich
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jkrich, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tone77, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

EgadBananas, Oct 23, 2010
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,166 ratings.