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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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 08-17-2003)
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Photo of Viggo
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, picked up in Buffalo.

Pours an opaque dark reddish black, very thick and chunky tan head forms, slowly settles to a thick layer and ring, good lacing sticks all over the glass, looks good.

Smell is interesting, very fruity, some floral, burnt sugar, caramel, not a whole lot of roast or porter character in the aroma, neat hoppiness, biscuit, alright.

Taste is better, very roasty, some chocolate, burnt wood, some raisin and fruit, floral, bit of sugary sweetness, very ashy in the finish, like licking an ashtray.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Weird burnt aftertaste and not very good aroma. Not a good porter.

Viggo, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of mkb218
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz shaker glass from a tap, accompanied by a plate of chorizo, 2 cheeses, and toast.

A: Opaque dark brown, not much of a head, which is fine by me.

S: Burnt coffee, roasted barley, not a whole lot of hop aroma.

T: Bitter, burnt, strong, all in a good way! Subtle hops on the tail end.

M: Big body, but not syrupy.

D: Tasted a bit like there was some scorched malt in there. I don't think I could drink this one all night.

mkb218, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of drawbackwards
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first let me say troegs is one of my favorite breweries. everything they do is awesome, this is no exception. great pour, nice cascading head, and leaves a very nice lace behind as it settles. very smooth, a little hoppy, but awesome flavor. i have to say i am becoming a huge fan of porters, but i am no where near an expert. if i compare if to avery's new world porter, it is most def, not as hoppy. but if i compare it to rogue's mocha porter, it is not as sweet and malty. it's in the middle of those two, and tastes wonderful. great brewery, great brew.

drawbackwards, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of MikeRa
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This porter has a dark chocolate look, due to the 4 diffrent malts that was used.

S: It has a hint of Chocolate and malt smell.

T: It taste like Cocoa

M: The mouthfeel has a rich cocoa flavor with it

D: This porter is very drinkable

This is a beer that should be year round, instead of just August to October.

MikeRa, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of deaconoflove
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

ap. Very dark, near black. Almost no head...might have been too cold?
sm. Chocolate first, some malt.
ta. More tart citrisy than expected. Chocolate, toasted, and sweet with a bitter chocolate finish. Nice.
mf. smooth and clean tartness.
dr. Very good. Easy easy easy.

deaconoflove, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of TheDeuce
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter....on tap at Mudville 9.

Appearance-dark brown coffee color with a three finger head that settles nicely. Lots of carbonation and bubbles.

Smell-toffee, coffee, sweet malt, some light spice, hops and alcohol are fairly hidden.

Taste/Mouthfeel-somewhat on the thin side but flavorful, layers of malt and light chocolate coffee flavor, well balanced and smooth.

Drinkability-easing drinking porter, though it's light it is complex.

Overall-a nice version of the style and a quality beer, well worth searching out and giving a try to.

TheDeuce, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-Pours a very dark brown that has just a tiny hint of red. It has a one finger sandy head that has some decent staying power and leaves some good lace.

S-Smells of fresh hops when poured. The hops are mainly citrus and a little earthy. The malts are quite subdued. There is a little chcoclate and a little roast. The citrus hops add a uniqueness to this beer and are very atypical for a porter.

T-The citrus hops are definitely pronounced early on. Bitter chcoclate hids midpalate. As it goes down there is some definte roastiness. The hops and the roast flavor dominate the aftertaste. It also has an aftertaste reminiscent of acidic coffee.

M-It falls on the upper end of the medium spectrum and has good carbonation.

D-The acidic coffee flavor is a distraction. I do like the use of the citrus hops.

A unique take on the style that I liked but traditionalists may not enjoy. Worth checking out.

mjl21, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours up a very dark brown color. Just over a fingers worth of creamy, light brown colored foam sits on top. Retention is very good. Lacing is almost curtain like and fairly sticky.

The smell is somewhat muted. I do get notes of chocolates and light traces of coffee. A very light touch of smokiness is also detected.

Wow, this is on the upper end of the porter scale, flavor-wise. If tasting this blind, I'd guess it was a stout. Loads of big, rich, roasted malt flavor dominates. Dark chocolates are fairly present, along with a lighter presence of dark coffee notes. There is a nicely wonderful (lacto?) sweetness to it. A very light touch of dark fruit sweetness peeks through, also.

Full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. This smooth, full and very nicely creamy.
I love the body on this one.

A great flavor, along with a wonderful body and only 5.40%abv make this a very drinkable beer. If you haven't had it before, grab a 6pk and give it a shot. If you don't like it, you can send the rest of them to me, since it isn't locally available.

coldmeat23, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of JimmyK77
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For what it is, this is a good beer. Very flavorful for 5.4% ABV. What this isn't, I'd reckon, is a porter. The flavor and aroma are both dominated by roasted, slightly burnt, malt, citrus hops, and bitterness (from both hops and roasted malts). I'd say this is more like a west coast stout, if that were a style. I would have preferred more chocolate, and maybe even a little caremel, to blend with the roast and bitterness.

JimmyK77, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep dark brown body with a medium tan head.

S - This one has alot of hop smell. Slight roast smell.

T - It has the bitterness of the hops in the flavor too. Some roasted malts, and bitter coffee/chocolate.

M - Good carbonation amd medium body.

D - To me this is easy to drink. Its lower in abv and pretty smooth.

Notes - Is it just me or is this not really a porter? Its very hoppy and didn't seem too robust in its roasted porter flavors. It tasted more like a hoppy dark lager. Maybe i got a bad bottle.

BeerForMuscle, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of keithmurray
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a sixer I picked up.

The initial smell is of burnt roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Appearance is an almost jet black colour with very little head.

The way this tastes is more reminiscent of a stout than a porter.
Overall a decent beer, the taste of coffee, toffee and chocolate lingers after every sip, looking fwd to finishing this six pack.

keithmurray, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as an extra from BA beandip. Thanks again, Adam!

Poured into my Darkness tulip. Pours a dark brown, near black color. Only able to see light through it at the edges. Nice off-white tan head with small strings and splotches of lacing here and there.

The nose is roasted barley, chocolate and a nice sweet maltiness. It's sort of muted a bit, but maybe thats because I served it a little bit on the cold side. As it warms, it gets better, but still kind of muted.

As soon as I took a sip, I knew my muted nose days were over. There is a lot of flavor crammed into this baby! Roasted and sweet malts, bitter chocolate, even a little bit of roasted coffee, all come out nicely in a great tasting porter.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with a smooth creamy finish. Drinkability is good as well.

For a porter, which are supposed to be "watered down stouts" essentially, this is a tasty treat. I wasn't expecting much, but I Reckon Troegs showed me that my original thoughts were Dead wrong. See what I did there?

Mistofminn, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Lolli1315
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Adark blackish color, not quite opaque with a light brown to white head. Great lacing on this beer.

S- Roasted malts come out quickly with signs of coffee lingering. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate, but nothing that jumps out at you. A little bit of a nutty smell seems to come out at the end as well. The alcohol is masked nicely with this beer.

T- Nice smooth beer with those roasted malts coming out nice and evenly through the whole drink. The coffee and chocolate tastes compliment the roasted malts, but are not as strong as you would fine in a RIS or American Stout. There is a little bitterness to this beer that creates a nice finish and leaves you wanting more.

M- A thick mouthfeel, but not quite chewy. Really is nice as it does not try to take on the feeling of a stout.

D- Taking a sip of this beer only leaves you wanting to pick the glass right back up. Easy to drink this beer and there is a good chance that you will want to have another.

Lolli1315, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of tanned head. Nose has a very hoppy aroma upfront and towards the end you can pick up on some chocolate/coffee notes. Taste has a nice hop bitterness but also has a more mellow bitterness that seems to come from the burnt grains. Lightly tasting some chocolate/coffee in it as well. Definitely a higher hopped porter than what I am use to but regardless equally enjoyable. Quite a bit of lace left even though the head didn't have lasting retension. Finish of this beer is both bitter and warming with a medium feel.

stakem, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of beerphan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pint
best before 02/03/2010 is printed on the case

Pour a dark brown with a small 1/4 inch head off a semi-aggressive pour. Head dwindles quickly to a moon surface like film. Chalky spideweb lace appears in thin sheets with each sip.

Nose: More herbal than citrus, from the hop end. Some coffee, cocoa, plum present from the malt

Big roasted cocoa, and some burnt coffee flavors dominate. Some dark fruit, pine and herbal hop flavors follow. Hop bitterness is present as well as more charring bitterness from the roasted malt. Mouth is fuller than expectedfor a porter.

Very good brew. This beer won a silver GABF this year in the stout category. Weird classification, as this beers seems a tad thin for the stout category. Oh well, its delicious and will be making into my fall beer rotation for years to come!

beerphan, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Tromba
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark borwn, with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

S: The expected roasted malt notes, but surprisingly a strong hop presence - very nice.

T: Smokey, sweet malts up front with a major hop presence to follow - much more than you would expect from the style. The bitterness lingers and almost makes you think you just had an IPA :)

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little watery.

D: Due to the thinner mouthfeel and hop character this doesn't drink like a porter -in a good way. Easy to drink a few.

Tromba, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of jbbjr0387
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very thick glaze with almost no head. Head was very thick and glazy. Beer color very dark with a thick syrup like consistency making even the bubbles take a while to release. Good amount of carbonation. Im not a big fan of porters but i must say this was quite a delight. Smell was almost a citrus/caramel deal but it was hard to tell since it wasnt very potent. Taste was very refreshing for a porter between the roasty and citrus combination of coffee and grapefruit maybe some cocoa in there. Again, another satisfied drinker here.

jbbjr0387, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of njmoons
1.9/5  rDev -50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bleegh! Not one of the better porters I have had, and not what I have experienced from Troegs.

Appearance was a typical porter black with a fair amount of foam from the pour. The foam had some staying power.

Smell, roasted malt and the citrus of Chinook hops, no other odors were apparent or were overshawdowed.

Taste, my first thought was how thin the taste was for a porter, no big flavors on the front end. It was like drinking a beer too cold, but this was a room temp. The roasted malts start to kick in and are quickly taken over by the hops which gave a bitter citrus and soapy taste. The taste finished with the soapy taste over-powering the bitterness.

Mouthfeel was too thin for a porter, and as for drinkability I rarely pour a beer out, but the last 1/2 of this went in the sink.

njmoons, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An extremely dark brown pour is livened up by by a large rocky tan head that coats the glass with lace as its slowly sinks to the finger that it maintains for the rest of its existence. A large amount of sediment hangs in suspension, slowly sinking to the bottom, only to be disturbed by each successive sip. Is this unfiltered? I'm not sure how to grade the looks - it sure is a beauty, but the sediment detracts from this, while almost certainly enhancing the flavour.

Big grapefruit nose. Make that fresh plucked and squeezed grapefruit. Its clean fresh, and exuberant. Alongside that are the expected porter notes of roasted malts - coffee, chocolate and a waft of smoke.Ever wondered what chocolate coated grapefruit tastes like? Wonder no more my friends, and step right up, because the Tröegs Brothers have something for you! Huge grapefruit flavours (with a good modicum of bitterness) are reined back in by strong roasted cocoa and coffee bean notes. Where it really differentiates from a regular porter, though, is in the hopping. Its fresh juiciness exudes vitality, but at the same time its not allowed to turn into a one dimensional hop bomb. In fact, a remarkably impressive balance is achieved, and Tröegs deserve a round of applause for this creation. It actually feels like they've amped up the roast elements to help keep the hopping in line, making it almost more of a hoppy stout than a porter. Its like one of the 'black' IPAs that's come on to the market, but done with a deft hand and some great finesse.

The body helps cap off an extremely satisfying affair. The creamy head hinted at good things, but my mouth can now confirm that a wonderful smoothness is imparted to this beer. Its actually not all that heavy a liquid, but the soft, pillowy carbonation helps to bulk it up somewhat. This helps it to achieve substance, while at the same time keeping things light enough that the beer is gone before I know it.

I was directed to this beer because it had a nice placing on the list of top 100 session brews, and now I can see why. Dead Reckoning is the complete package. It looks and smells great, packs a huge amount of interesting flavour for its weight, and has the perfect texture for steady drinking, while not being watery.

bobsy, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour a raisiny color, very dark, with a thick, moussey head. Awesome sticky chunky messy lacing. Wow. Top marks here.

Smells very piney and grapefruity, hoppy in a way I'm more used to from an American IPA than a porter. The citrusy kick in the nose is the gift that keeps on giving all the way throughout this beer. What a treat. There's some roast and malt but this is all about the hops.

The taste follows, with this being more like an India Porter Ale. Some roasty malts and coffee, but also some fruitiness and citrus hops taste. It's not sweet, more chocolate and roast, and yet the bitterness works perfectly against this. Slightly dry and chalky in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium, slightly chewy, and just absolutely perfect for this beer.

Drinkable? Heck yeah!! It's been a while since I was this sad that a beer was all gone. I want more!

Thanks to bobsy for hooking me up with this!

MeisterBurger, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my new sam adams winter welcome ale glass that is somewhere between a snifter and a tulp,the beer is a very deep brown with a small tan head that left some nice lacing.

nose has some notes of roasted malt,dark chocolate,wood,and a slight sourness.normally i'd be turned off by the sour like smell,however it works somehow with the beer.

big roasted malt,caramel,and bitter chocolate flavors in the palate. some coffee like acridity, finishes with a lingering dark chocolate taste.

medium bodied but slightly overcarbonated. however this is still a really good porter.reasonably priced and worth trying. i'll probably be going back to this somewhat soon.

wyattshotmaker, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very very dark walnut brown/ black. Nice tan head, slowly dissipating, but still there...

S: Roasty malt, slightly sweet and with a little chocolate.

T: Roasty with a good bit of hops. Ends on a nice roasted and smoky taste.

M: Nice, a little over carb'd for my tastes..

D: Nice. Fairly well balanced, a bit hoppy, but good. I am sure I will be drinking this again...

Beejay, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of earthboundagain
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, there was a freshness date on the case I bought. I love the label on this beer. The hand of fate is holding my moral compass.

A - Pours a black with some red highlights. Creamy tan that lasts a minute or two.

S - Holy hops batman, this smells more like some ipa then a porter. I also get some strange floral notes. I smell some malt but it's faint, very faint.

T - Wham bam big hop slam, wow that's some hop bitterness, but it meld very well into the flavor of this brew. Still that odd floral smell has gone into the taste, not that it's bad, but it's different for a porter. Some chocolate malt in the back end.

M - This is harder to explain, it has a medium carbonation, with a slick oily feel but the hops bring it into a dry finish.

D - I could see this being a session beer, would go great with some barbequed pork ribs.

Aftermath: This beer seems to grow on you, I am not a hop head, but the hoppiness of this beer works. I can safely say that I like it more with each bottle I drink.

earthboundagain, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle into pint glass.

Pitch black, without any noticeable ruby highlights. The head was filled with thick bubbles, but lasted for a while. Light roasty aromas, with a little bit of cocoa. The flavor was loaded with roasty malts, a bit of coffee, and a slight amount of hop bitterness toward the end. Full bodied. There's a creamy overtone to the cask version that I don't recall in the bottled version. Recommended (cask or bottle).

BeerSox, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 head, hot fudge brown, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: hops, malt, and chocolate

Taste: chocolate, coffee, nut, and hops-especially in the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, light body-especially for the style, high carbonation, sweet start with more bitter finish

Drinkability: This is very drinkable and different from most porters I have had. The hop presence is different but fits in line with Troeg's beers. I see this very much like a winterized version of their Sunshine pils..Darker malts--close to the same beer..But good. The taste grew on me. I could have a couple of these, but would not session this.

tigg924, Sep 17, 2009
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.