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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 40
Gots: 74 | 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 jfdean

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

The Dead Reckoning Porter is a traditional porter at its best and worst.

By best I mean that it is a great example of what a porter should is. Roasty, dark, light on the malt with just enough hop flavor to balance everything out. When I say at it worst, the Dead Reckoning is only a porter. Nothing unique here, nothing to write home about and even has a bit of a thin mouthfeel. All in all, a great beer to have in the fall and be able to sip at something tasty all night; but if something special comes around, drop the cup and head for that. I guarantee you won't even need a compass.

09-17-2010 01:51:58 | More by jfdean
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

This is the fall seasonal by Troegs and it took the place of the Oatmeal Stout a while back.

A: Poured fairly thick and dark, with a 1/2 inch head, and carbonation on the plus side. A frothy cream stayed on the beer throughout the entire session.

S: Roastiness, with bitter chocolate, and a hint of citrus.

T: Well balanced. Starts pretty bitter, but does not overwhelm. The citrus just gives you a little bite at the end.

M: Foamy lacing on the glass. The fact that this brew is unfiltered gives it kind of a slimy texture that I'm actually fond of.

D: I would say that this is fairly drinkable, but if I were to drink about 2 - 2.5 bottles of this stuff, the bitterness would keep my sobriety in check. Really good beer nonetheless!

09-13-2010 20:45:48 | More by Chaney
Photo of silentjay


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

as it pours, it looks a light brown, but it settles to a dark, opaque brownish black with a small film of tan head.

oddly smells of delicious piney hops with the usual chocolate, caramel, coffee, dark toast, and a touch of vanilla.

flavor is a bit hoppy as well, but with a lot more of a roasted character than was picked up by my nose. balance here is great, but it may be too hoppy for many expecting your average porter. But it works for me. wonderfully.

medium bodied with a sweet, yet bitter finish and great carbonation.

drinks well. amazingly balanced, yet complex flavor profile that may not be for everyone. being a fan of the new Black IPA style, I find myself downing this one real quick. Why haven't I tried this one before? This will not be the last time.

09-13-2010 04:47:16 | More by silentjay
Photo of argock


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Bottled on 080510 on neck near label. 6-pack purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.99.

A: Inviting dark chestnut brown with majestic 2-3 finger off-white head with excellent retention and nice lines and spots of lacing.

S: Slightly sour note mixes with dark and chocolate malts. Earthy hops work nicely with the aroma package.

T: Maltiness rules in this brew, but hops make an appearance in the end. Dark malts with a moderate acrid quality, chocolate, and softer black coffee notes are accented by earthy, herbal, tobaccoish hops. A little brash but very enjoyable.

M: Very creamy smooth mouthfeel with active carbonation to give your tongue a zap. Dark malty and tobacco hops aftertaste.

D: Easy to drink despite the strong flavors with a nice hops presence despite the malty emphasis of this brew.

09-07-2010 01:18:28 | More by argock
Photo of jmerloni


4.63/5  rDev +21.5%

A - Dark brown to black with a mahogany tinge around the outside. Pours like oil. Head is tan and pretty minimal but laces decently.

S - WOW! Roasted coffee smell, chocolate, malt. Intense!

T - Robust flavors as detected on the nose. Very, very good. Some faint flavors of fruit in there at the end as well. Well-hopped for a porter, too.

M - Exceptional. Thick, but not creamy. Dry. Every single sip is perfectly balanced in flavor and texture. Did not lose a thing from the first sip to the last sip.

D - Drinkable. Very good beer. Very, very good. Will be getting this again. Good for autumn.

09-06-2010 01:19:55 | More by jmerloni
Photo of Lukafer


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black with a finger of tan head. Smells are toasty malts, chocolates and faint hops. Tastes are roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate, hops in the middle and a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good, and the drinkability is also pretty good. Not a bad porter.

09-04-2010 05:31:01 | More by Lukafer
Photo of mtnbikerpa


4/5  rDev +5%

A leftover from a while back. But this is one of my favorite seasonal brews. Poured into a pint glass, super dark in color, a bit watery looking from the pour. Very little head. Strong scents of coffee, toffee, sweet and bitter chocolates. Flavor is very forward and robust with cocoa, coffee, but also a nice punch of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. I can drink a few of these with out palate fatigue.

09-03-2010 11:20:56 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of mempath


4.7/5  rDev +23.4%

nice deep dark with good caramel head and some lacing.

nose is smoky-toasty caramel, coffee

taste is much more perfectly balanced: smooth, full-bodied, incredible balance of expected porter notes but, well, again, incredible! roasted coffee with kinetic bitterness that moves on instead of lingering. actually a dry finish that works well in this bill.


09-01-2010 23:18:40 | More by mempath
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black with slight brown and red tint. 1/2 inch fomay head and tons of lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, malts and brown sugar

Taste - Rich coffee flavor mixed with some brown sugars and cocoa. Dark fruits like plum and rasin add some flavors. Theres even a bitter hop flavor near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Coffee and cocoa nibs coat the tounge with bold roasty flavors. Palate gets more malts and sugars along with a bitter dry hop at the finish. Aftertaste is coffee and roasted malts and dry.

Drinkabilty - So nice and smooth, and tasty. Its mild and very easy a session beer. Plenty of typical porter flavors and a nice balance make this a great seasonal treat.

08-31-2010 06:51:06 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of levifunk


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Got this one as an extra so long ago, finally getting around to tasting it.

a - black with a tan head. darker than i expected, but doesnt look very thick

s - roasted malts. light chocolate. a bit of booze.

t - nose follows through to taste, roasted malts, light chocolate sweetness. a bit of a hops bitterness on the end.

m - medium body. carbonation is average.

overall - pretty decent porter.

08-06-2010 00:16:26 | More by levifunk
Photo of adamette


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought at World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio for $1.72 a few days ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Medium brown creamy head over a dark brown body that glows a ruby maroon in front of direct light. Good lacing on the inside of the glass as I sipped. 4.0

S Medium to dark roast malt with minimal hops. Slightly better than average for the style. 3.5

T Solid dark roast malt taste, on the toasty, roasty end of the spectrum. I really like that in a porter. 4.0

M Good and thick, coffee ground like graininess that I like. 4.0

D Good with manageable ABV, good and interesting tasting beer. 4.0

Notes: Another solid offering from Troegs.

07-16-2010 02:28:27 | More by adamette
Photo of oregonskibum


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 12oz glass into a tulip glass.

A: Color is black, fading to a dark brown along the edges. Pours with a thin tan head that fades to a thin film on top of the beer.

S: Chocolate jumps out immediately. Some faint vanilla and coffee notes. Also a touch of earthy bitterness, either from the roasted malts or some hops.

T: Chocolate continues in the taste, very smooth but a touch too sweet. Again, some coffee notes and faint bitterness. Taste is a little one-dimensional. Finishes fast with some faint coffee notes.

M: Medium to medium-heavy body, moderate carbonation. Maybe a touch on the oily side.

D: This was smooth and easy to drink, but not the best porter out there and definitely not the best Troeg's beer I've had.

07-08-2010 04:06:08 | More by oregonskibum
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

It pours a nice dark brown with ruby highlights. Nice beige skim, and some decent lace on the glass.

The smell is a light/med. aroma of dark chocolate, dark bread, coffee, and some nice floral and bitter hoppiness.

Taste is medium/full, very clean, very well balanced, with very lively flavors. It starts with some roasty sweet sugary and bready notes, picks up bitter chocolate and some nice coffee notes, eases into a finish that now has a bit of tart as it rollercoasters down a slope of roasty and bitter with a hint of lingering sweet. Luscious flavor, full and clean.

Mouthfeel is very good for style, what did you expect, it's Troegs. Feels so good in the mouth you wonder how they did it. Carb., thickness, and finish all highlight the flavor profile.

Drinkability is insane. I am certain, were the chance given me, that I could drink this non stop until forests grow again in Antarctica.

Impression: Another superb beer from Pennsylvania's best.

06-23-2010 00:36:35 | More by cavedave
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

12oz bottle picked up from Wolf's Premium Nuts and Fine Wines in Findlay, OH earlier this month. Poured into a Sweetwater pint glass.

Pours a moderately-thick dark brown. Shades of ruby on the edges. A thin tan head caps it off. Some light lace sticks. This just looks thick, dark, and foreboding. Scents of milk chocolate, cream, dark breads, and light hops.

The mouth is thick and creamy, but with ample carbonation backing it up. Very nice feel. Velvet comes to mind. Nice bitter black coffee flavor and some bitter baker's chocolate in there as well. The hops come forward a bit more in the flavor as there is a light resiny taste. The finish is bitter and slightly acidic, like coffee. This was a great Porter. Perfect for this rainy afternoon. Recommend.

06-16-2010 19:51:55 | More by Onenote81
Photo of steve8robin


2.93/5  rDev -23.1%

Found this at a local beer store. Give it a go...

A: Dark with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a murk around the top of the brew. Good.

S: Earthy chocolate vanilla hops upfront with hints of roast on the backend. Not much else going on. Ok.

T: Chocolate bath water taste with a creamy roast. Eh...

M: A hint too much carbonation on this one.

D: Goes down ok after you get past the dirty water flavor. Eh.

All in all, this is an ok brew. Nothing special. Don't bother hunting this one down. Not worth your time and money.

06-12-2010 03:39:31 | More by steve8robin
Photo of TJBurgess


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%


Thanks Stevefinny for throwing this in to our recent trade...

Poured into a glass stein.

A: Pours dark brown with about 2 fingers of off-white / not quite brown head.

S: Smells like a sweet roasted bowl of nuts? That's what I got atleast...

T: A little sweetness is there with the obvious roasted and a little coffee hint. Light overall.

M: Light again, but it is a smooth finisher.

D: It was a decent beer, but I wouldn't seek it out. I was never a huge porter fan, so this did nothing to make me discover a hidden love for the style.


04-28-2010 11:12:55 | More by TJBurgess
Photo of drabmuh


4/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is dark brown to black and forms a head of small and medium bubbles that is brownish. Head falls away and eventually breaks leaving some lacing on the glass.

Beer smells sweet and roasty. Smells pretty good.

Sweet, coffee, roast comes up late and lingers. Not really an aftertaste. Overall the beer is medium bodied and well balanced. Highly drinkable and nice carbonation in the mouth fills out the body of the beer well.

04-14-2010 01:23:07 | More by drabmuh
Photo of sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Big, frothy, light-tan head on top of a darkly roasted malt body. Sticky, webbed lacing all over the glass. Looks great.

Dark roasted malts, hints of chocolate and even some anise on the nose. Touch of vanilla. Smells sweet and roasty.

The flavor emphasizes strong, well-roasted malts and a trace of bittersweet chocolate. Almost seems to have a slight hint of wood and again, some licorice notes. Sometimes sweet, but has a decent amount of darker malt to balance the flavor profile and even a little salty at times.

Body is fairly smooth. Feels like oatmeal may have been added. Decently thick for a regular 5% porter.

Drinkability is good. Low ABV, smooth body, fairly tasty. Having a pint or two of this would be no problem.

Overall, this is a pretty good porter. The beer looks great, has a nice aroma and body, and the flavor is pretty good too. Nothing in the flavor really stands out, but its enjoyable to drink. Worth checking out.

04-05-2010 00:20:42 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

Poured into a wide-mouth snifter, revealing appealingly dark, opaque black body and thick, creamy crema head. This is one nice looking porter. Good lacing too. Smells nice and malty with some raw chocolate and vanilla notes, but still light enough for a porter. Maybe some burnt caramel in there, definite hint of roast. Nice and sweet.

Tastes simple, but good. Hints of roasted malt come through at the end with an ever so gentle bitterness. A nice sweetness at the beginning with the same slight vanilla character. The middle is just smooth. Medium-bodied and silky in texture. I am loving the mouthfeel on this, with its soft and small carbonation. It has an almost water-like drinkability, but drinks dry to keep you coming back.

Overall, I am very pleased with this one. It would certainly be a go-to if it were in the area.

04-05-2010 00:17:58 | More by abuliarose
Photo of thequeen711


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours rich chocolate, thin layer of froth, malty nose. Taste of hops, mild chocolate, light mouthfeel. I'm undecided on this one as far as all the flavours in there. Tasty, and easy drinking, and almost a bitter aftertaste. This is definitely a different kind of porter. I'm not diggin the taste, might be the bitterness.

03-30-2010 23:46:39 | More by thequeen711
Photo of Pabs311


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

A- pours a deep, dark brown almost black, some red hints when held to the light. a somehwta thin head sits atop this beer, settling quickly to leave way some lacing, but not much at all.

S- I get some chocolate and coffee and caramel. also some dark fruit, such as plums or grapes. i don't get any hop profile as others have stated, maybe i have an older bottle? no date on the bottle.

T- the flavor follows suit with the aroma on this for me. chocolate up front, then some dark fruit in the middle and then finished off with some slightly bitter fresh brewed coffee. maybe the bitterness is the hops, if so i'm only picking up the alpha acids and no flavor from them.

M/D- mouthfeel is medium bodied, some carbonation. all in all decent porter. a little weak on the aroma and flavor but a good session beer.

03-16-2010 01:29:56 | More by Pabs311
Photo of adamrobertt

New York

3.43/5  rDev -10%

Had this beer straight out of the bottle, so no appearance notes. It's also possible that allowing this beer to airate a bit might have brought out some more flavor, but I was overall unimpressed by this porter.

It's decent, for sure, but it didn't blow me away. Hop aroma, not much else came through from the bottle. Average mouthfeel. Went down easy. Mild roasty flavor. Too much hop for this style of beer IMO. I was missing the complexity and roasty notes of a well done porter. Low carbonation.

Definitely wasn't worth the $13 price tag when sitting right next to Sierra Nevada Porter.

Edit: Just had this again (the following day) in a glass. Not much different than from the bottle.

03-02-2010 15:59:28 | More by adamrobertt
Photo of CaptinRedBeard


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

Wow I've got to say this beer really blew me away. I really like Troegs beers but still I just didn't expect Dead Reckoning to be this good. This is one of those beer that i've had around the house for a little while but I always passed it up to drink other stuff.

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a nice dark brown/black color. About one finger of a mocha colored head that dissapates fairly quickly but does leave some lacing throught drinking.

S: Picking up some really nice coffe and chocolate here but also some hops and roasted malt scents.

T: Again coffee and chocolate up front and a bit of a bite from the hops on the back end.This was bottled back in August so a fresher bottle might have a bit more hop prescence. All of the flavors here are blended wonderfully together and oh so smooth. This tastes like a lot bigger beer than the 5.40% would lead you to believe.

D: Yeah this beer really goes down nice and again, smooth. This is a bit lighter than most american stouts i've had but not by much. Still I could sure put back a couple of these in a sitting.

03-01-2010 05:02:01 | More by CaptinRedBeard
Photo of Shumista


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Generous extra from bamadog in a trade along with some other Troegs beers he sent me so I could get acquainted with the brewery. Drank the Nugget Nectar a while ago first so this will be my second Troegs beer.

Pours almost pitch black with some lighter highlights and medium brown head. Has the thin stoutish look of a porter. Smell is dark roasted malts and some hops. Taste starts off with the dark roasted malt and finishes with a surprisingly assertive hoppy bitterness that's not over the top but also definitely not subtle. Lingering bitterness of hops and bittersweet chocolate. Feels like a porter, not so thick it could be confused with a stout. High drinkability as long as you are into putting away a few porters in one sitting.

A very nice porter with a surprisingly assertive hop presence. Troegs record improves to 2/2.

02-26-2010 02:12:24 | More by Shumista
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev +5%

pours nearly black, some rubiness in the light. pretty much opaque with a light mocha colored head that retains pretty well. quite a bit of sticky lacing as well and a lot of sediment visible despite the opaque appearence.

hops strike my nose intialy. after it settles it kind of takes on an offensive skunky aroma. faint roasted malts and cocoa in the background. with a touch of hops as well.

the aroma does absolutly no justice to the taste. a lovely hoppy, bitter, cocoa taste going on. some slight roasted malts in the mix. somewhat of a woody taste as well, not bad at all. finishs chocolatly bitter.

medium to light body. good carb. very smooth slightly chalky mouthfeel. good drinkability as well. could prolly session this one, but will prolly not seek it out again. one of the better examples of the style. worth a try if your into porters.

02-23-2010 00:31:08 | More by dogfishandi
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
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