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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 532
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 40
Gots: 67 | 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 Dodo2step


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- a nice thick lustrous siena colored head rises about a finger. Very fragrant on the pour. Dark as motor oil for the color. looks like a Coke.

S- dark fruity esters, grapefruit maybe. a roasted malt and chocolate aroma caps it off. Smells like hops as well.

T- roasted dark chocolate malts. Very deep in this department. i also get some grapefruit in there as well as some medium dark coffee.

M- creamy and silky. Like drinking a chocolate coffee. Burst of grapefruit hops rounds out the feel.

D- a great porter that you can throw back. A lil thick but not so much that you cant put down 3 or 4 in an hour or two.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 23:21:50 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of champ103


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for the extra

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A large beige head forms, but recedes to a ring. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: At first a fruity hop aroma is present. Some roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee come next. Very musky. The hop presents needs to be toned down a bit IMO.
T: Roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. Though, again a bit too much hop presents for my liking in this style.
M/D: A medium body that is rich and creamy. Well carbonated for my tastes. Smooth a easy to drink.

This is a very enjoyable porter. Something I would have often if it were local to me. It is in the same vain as Avery's New World Porter. And like New World it is a bit over hopped for my tastes. This is not a complaint, just a comment. Though it is a bit out of style for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 00:26:19 | More by champ103
Photo of JoshW


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black, thin light brown head dissipated fast. Smell is malty with chocolate/coffee. Tastes very malty with really bitter dark chocolate, and even though the ABV is 5.4% is seems like there's a stronger presence of alcohol in this one... Maybe it's just this bottle. For a porter this one is pretty light in the mouth and very easy to drink, can't go wrong with Troegs.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 18:43:27 | More by JoshW
Photo of blakesell


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a near black with slight red hues around the edges when held to the light. I see some yeasty dregs floating in there as well which doesn't bother me. Carbonation is a finger and a half high and lacing clings to the sides of the glass like glue.

Smell- Dark roasty malts and a fairly high hop presence which is good for an American porter. I'm catching darker prune scented fruits from the yeast and perhaps a bit of star anise. Roasted malts dominate and I can't wait to get a taste of this one.

Taste- Roasty malts again on the flavor with a mild sweetness from the hops and yeast. A little bit too high on the hops for my tastes, but I'll be letting that pass as it is a very smooth porter and I keep wanting to go back for more.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, highly carbonated, lightly astringent from over hopping, and medium full bodied.

Drinkability- I would say the drinkability here is very high and I may actively pursue finding a six pack for the wintertime swilling needs.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 02:53:39 | More by blakesell
Photo of BeerCon5


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color, with a small amount of light brown head that sticks around, Very lively carbonation.

Slightly sweet, caramel malts with roasty hopps.

Roasty hopp taste with some light caramel malts, a bit of chocolate and coffee.

Light-bodied feel, pretty smooth, a little watery, good carbonation.

Pretty drinkable. This is a good interesting porter, not the best I've had, but I could easily drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 18:55:37 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brand new Stew Leonard's Wines and Spirits in Clifton, New Jersey. I had a hard time finding this and since I've enjoyed every other beer from Troegs that I've reviewed for this site, it was well worth going out of the way to find! I didn't know how a hoppy porter would taste, but after working my way through my pint glass, I can now say that it is more than certainly worth a try.

The pour for this was good - a deep brown hue, a thick head, and some lacing were seen. The aroma was solid - chocolate, toffee, and lots of roasted and smoked notes on top of that. The taste had all of those hallmarks, but in addition to that, it was extremely creamy and light on the palate. The hops and alcohol could be felt more on the back, and in some odd way, this reminded me of the no-longer-brewed Troegs Oatmeal Stout. No, there aren't any oats or rye to be found here, but this had all the sweetness and dessert-like qualities of the aforementioned style along with a light mouthfeel and a strong and lingering aftertaste. A typical porter, this is not!

I thought the ABV% would be closer to 6 or 7 before seeing that it's only 5.40%. I wouldn't characterize this as a session beer, as it's more for enjoying after a meal or on a night like tonight where it's finally starting to feel like fall outside. No matter, I'm glad that I went out of the way to find this. This is a wonderful beer to enjoy after a meal, without needing any accompanying food to help prop it up. I still miss their Oatmeal Stout, although this is good enough to nearly make me eat (or drink) my words!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 08:00:50 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Reagan1984


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer at The Gingerman in NYC this week. I was happy they had a Troeg's product as I am a fan of the ones I've tried to date. This one did not disappoint,

Each pint came with a thick rich tam head that was about a finger or two thick. The head had fairly nice retention. The beer itself was very dark bordering on black. Kind of hard to describe too many visual details as the bar was quite dark.

Aroma was smoky and clearly of roasted malt. Contained both chocolate and coffee notes. I did get a subtle sense of the hops as well. Very nice.

Flavor was fantastic. Smooth and balanced front to back. Also spot on. Smoky roasted flavors burst then you segue to a chocolate and coffee middle. A slight sweetness was clearly evident, but not over the top. I kept thinking was the aftertaste mostly roasted malt or hop bitterness. Or a combo of the two. I loved the finish and it kept me wanting more.

Mouth feel was big and creamy. Very nice and very drinkable.

Excellent brew!

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2008 23:15:26 | More by Reagan1984
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark chocolate brown with a little, light brown head

S - Roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate

T - I get hit up front with a hop flavor...then it finishes off with a kick of chocolate...very nice

M - Very light in the mouth for how dark it is

D - Great drinkability...good flavor and surprising light

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 18:07:50 | More by thain709
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black body with about a finger of brown head. Good retention and TONS of lacing. The glass is pretty much covered with lacing.

Smells of a roasted malt character with notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

Tasty porter. Lots of a dark roasted malt character with notes of bitter chocolate. Finishes with a good earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, lightly carbonated.

Pretty drinkable porter, definitely one I enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2008 15:03:18 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler (Skibbo) into a pint glass.

A - Poured black with a thick head of tan foam.

S - Malty with and smokey. A good amount of strong dark coffee and a little chocolate.

T - Much of the same. Finishes off with a nice hop bitterness.

MF&D - Another good brew from Troegs.

Serving type: growler

10-10-2008 02:43:27 | More by nasty15108
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Longneck poured into an imperial pint glass - bottled on date of 8/6/08 - pretty fresh. Black in the glass with a tan head that sat for a bit and died to an airy covering. Has sticking power on the walls of the glass. Somewhat fruity aroma - red grapes, prune, light roast coffee, chocolate, grain. Flavor is initially chocolatey sweet, followed by a stern bitter pop that lingers into the finish, which is joined by an acrid roasted bitterness. The underlying malt profile of this beer has a very delicate grainy pilsner like feel to it under all of the roast and hops. The mouthfeel of this beer is silky smooth with a creamy character that massages the tongue, a soft carbonation and medium-full body - exceptional. A nice drinking porter that has a much different feel than most American versions. Has a smooth almost English feel to as far as mouthfeel goes, while at the same time displaying crisp flavors with no heavy sweet caramel or fruit character. A unique porter that is really growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 01:48:05 | More by kkosmoski
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West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a deep brown, with no ruby edges or anything. Close to black I would say. The thick tan head looks like coffee ice cream floating on top. Wild lacing and huge staying power with this head. Rocky! 'A' for appearance.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, fresh roasted coffee. Taste is roasty, with a bit of astringency, dark malts are prominent, with some bitter chocolate and coffee. This ends with a nice bitter hop bite that lasts quite a while.

Not a huge body, rich and creamy in the mouth. This is a nice drinkable American porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 20:00:38 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of treyrab


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Zeno's Dark Side day. Had it poured into a pint glass...

A: Very dark brown and clear with a small khaki head. Not as dark as expected, but decent for a porter.

S: Very chocolaty with a nice hop scent and caramel scent as well.

T: Very bitter chocolate with a very, very earthy hop finish. The hops really kick you in the teeth and are a bit out of line in this beer.

Overall, a pretty good porter that has an enormous hop presence.

Serving type: cask

10-05-2008 03:27:04 | More by treyrab
Photo of ItMakesMeHappy

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Real dark with a slight amber color around the edges when held up to the light. Thin light brown color head.

S- When I first opened the bottle it smelled of spicy hops. But in the pint glass it smells of roasted barley.

T- Hints of coffee and dark chocolate with a slight hoppy bitterness.

M- Wonderful mouthfeel. It feels slick with moderate carbonation.

D- Real easy to drink and still flavorful. Grab more then one.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 04:18:22 | More by ItMakesMeHappy
Photo of SirEgbert


4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours impenetrable dark brown (nearly black) with a thick inch-and-a-quarter of craggy nougat-colored head. The foam settles slowly, with some light lacing. This is one dense, nice-looking beer.

S - Roasted, earthy, malts. Coffee and citrus. Grass and some pine resin. A hint of cinnamon-like spice.

T - Deep roasted malts present early with a bitter, rooty and earthy taste. Hops follow quickly, though, with a bright flash of acidity and pine. Burnt toast and some caramel flavor lingers, with a touch of resin and chicory-like dryness.

M - Mouthfeel is big, smooth, and creamy. Ends with a bit of sediment.

D - I'll really enjoy a few of these, but this is no session beer. There's a bracing, woody, and slightly metallic dryness to this beer that gets fatiguing after a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:22:19 | More by SirEgbert
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a bottle into a glass mug.

A: Pours a dark brown body with a small, tan head with some retention and decent lacing, but ntohing overly impressive.

S: Smells a slight, bitter hoppiness with some sweet, roasted notes and hints of alcohol.

T: A strong hoppy taste with a subtle, roasted aftertaste. A fairly interesting taste as two styles - Porter and Pale Ale - seem to be combined here, but it is nothing overly impressive.

M: A fairly light mouthfeel, but pretty smooth overall.

D: An interesting concept overall with the combination of the hops with the roasted notes, however, they did not seem to really blend together. A fairly interesting beer and one that you definitely need to try just because of the style of it, but I cannot say I was overly impressed by it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 03:30:20 | More by maddogruss
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet chocolate and hints of coffee. In the taste, coffee, chocolate, and small piney hops. A small hop bitterness and a medium mouthfeel, and a semi dry roasty and small piney hops in the aftertaste. Nice hops and nice roasty malt, quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 13:08:21 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of beachbum1975


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up at Root Cellar last Friday - it was pack or a little sampler 4-pack purchased with Newtonty. He was kind enough to leave it in my fridge Friday night, so I decided to give it a try while the Bengals lost to the New York Giants... But seriously, I am glad Troegs Brewing has begun distributing to Ohio.

A: Poured from the brown 12 ounce bottle into a traditional pint glass. Clear, dark rich brown body with a light tan,average sized offwhite head. Minimal, clingy lacing seen on the edges of my glass after I drank...

S: Three flavors popped out on the nose for me: Nutty caramel, chocolate and aromatic, sour hops.

T: Heavily roasted malts, unsweetened (baker's) chocolate and the slightest hint of molasses, followed by a moderate amount of florarl hops on the finish. Very interesting.

M: A little too light bodied, for it's style. Almost watered down or thin, in my opinion. Low carbonation, but likely adequate for it's style.

Glad I had the chance to try this one, but I won't be running to the beer shelves for more.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 14:40:33 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of John_M


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Frisco's the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with fair head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, consisting of some sweet roasty malt, superimposed with some light coffee and noticeable licorise. The flavors on the palate completely replicate the nose, with the beer having a very dry finish after an initial blast of roasted male and licorise. The beer is a bit thinner on the palate then I would expect for a porter, but it's still pretty well made. The beer finishes well and is ultimately pretty drinkable (as one would expect given the abv.).

Have had this beer on several occasions with consistent results. I want to like this beer, but for some reason it just doesn't do much for me. It's still a decent porter, but as there are many other superior versions available these days, I probably will not order it again.

Serving type: cask

09-22-2008 12:47:49 | More by John_M
Photo of DeepSix


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into a glass. Its dark, easily could be a stout. Not very prominent head. Its lace stays with the glass for a little

It has a very strong hop smell for a porter . Doesn't so much smell like a porter in my opinion, not that that's necessarily a bad thing. Chocolate is slightly noticeable.

I taste a little chocolate, but I should as the bottle says its made with chocolate malts, but its more bitter then sweet. It has a very overwhelming bitter taste, so if you like bitter, you should have a go here. It also has a touch of a acid taste. Quite a bit of hops in this one, it tastes like, sort of surprises me from a porter.

A pretty good seasonal offering from Troegs here, I might get some more before winter rolls around.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 03:18:55 | More by DeepSix
Photo of philbe311


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Two fingers of tan foam off of a gentle pour... Opaque flat black appearance... Still... Coats glass well... Solid head retention...

S - Grapefruit... A hoppy porter??? Interesting... Malts are faint and secondary... Perhaps a hint of roasted grain... The aroma peaks my curiosity...

T - Starts like a porter... Roasted grains and malts at first sip... Smooth at the start... Then comes the hit of hops unlike any porter I've ever tried... Grapefruit and hoppy bitterness... Reminds me of a California Imperial IPA...

M - Smooth... Surprisingly well balanced... Bitter finish... Medium body... After taste lingers for a while...

D - A truly interesting creation... Part poter... Part IPA... Original and well executed by Troegs... Outstanding brew... Who says a porter can't be hoppy...

Bottle / Artwork - Salvador Dali looking label with a hand rising fromt he see and holding a pocket watch...

2009 Update - Current year batch was a tad bit dissappointing... Didn't seem to have the hoppy bite that I remember from previous versions... I have slightly lowered my ratings as a result... Still a very solid and ridiculously sessionable porter...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 22:41:44 | More by philbe311
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of the cask as most BAs are so I'll drink nearly anything from the pump but porters are not really my thing.

The color was less than opaque black which I thought somewhat unusual for the style but more like coffee. Depending on how much beer you were looking through it was either a watery brown or black.

The head was just off-white and small with little lacing.

It smelled of sweet malt like brewing with extract. Carmel syrupy and toasted grains in the background.

The taste was full flavored. The chocolate malt really came through as it got a bit warmer in the glass. Excellent choice for a cask. Hops are present here too but in a complimentary way, grassy, herbal.

In the mouth it was smooth and creamy like skim milk but with a way-better taste.

Overall a very fair porter. I would have two in a session from a cask but I doubt I would have it on tap when there are other choices

Serving type: cask

09-19-2008 18:26:44 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black into a goblet, with hints of crimson when held to the light. A 1/2 finger of mocha mocha head leaves filmy lace throughout the drink. Smells of chocolate, hops, a bit of roasted coffee, berries. Mouthfeel is a little slick, medium-bodied, with medium carbonation for balance. Taste is bitter chocolate, charred wood, smoke, coffee, a surprising amount of bitter hop character. Aftertaste is initially vaguely hoppy, with a hint of alcohol fading into a more distinct piney hop flavor. Overall, this is an ok beer, but nothing jumps out, although it improves as it warms. Drinkability is moderate, even though this is not good enough for me to revisit any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 01:30:10 | More by ljbrisson
Photo of AltBock


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a rather creepy label of a hand coming out of the ocean gripping a compus. Besides this creepy picture, there is nothing else special on the label. There is a brief sentence about the beer on the neck label. Sandwiched between the main label and the neck label is a stapmed bottled on date. Mine was too hard to read. At least there was some kind of date on the bottle.

When poured into a Tröegs Dead Reckoning pint glass, this Tröegs beer was a dark mahogany brown with ruby red highlights. Sitting on top of this brown brew was a nice light mocha colored 3/4 of inch head of foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a small mocha film and streaks of lace around the glass. Great appearance!

The smell was dark and roasted like a good Porter should be, but it was a bit on the light side. It was dark and roasted with dark roasted malts, a pinch of bitter dark chocolate, a dab of roasted coffee beans, and then finishes up with a subtle touch of sweet caramel.

The taste was alot like the aroma, dark and roasted, but with one difference. The taste was dry and roasted with dark roasted malts, a speck of roasted coffee beans, a hint of bitter dark chocolate, a pinch of sweet caramel, and then this dark roasted taste ends with a subtle touch of piny hops. I thought everything else was standard for an American Porter, but those piny hops made for a good touch.

This was a medium bodied beer with little carbonation and with a dry roasted aftertaste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a subtle hint of roasted hops. Inbetween the taste and mouthfeel, the piny hops were roasted. This dry aftertaste will stick around for a few minutes.

I could Dead Reckoning as a session Porter. I can't see why not. It's reasonably priced and it's full of dark roasted flavors. More than likely I will try this beer again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 22:12:23 | More by AltBock
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color, true to a top porter. Three finger head, goes nowhere. Smells of chocolate malts, coffee, and some fruity nuts. Mild hop aroma. Wow..nutty flavors with a nice dash of hops. Some sweetness on the palate. The glass is full of tan lacing. Troegs Brothers, can you teach me how to brew beer? This is a top notch porter. Similar in taste to Anchor Steam, and it's texture is similar and in smell to Sierra Nevada's, who I both consider the masters of the porter. Getting this again, no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 23:52:39 | More by bigdeuce
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
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