Dead Reckoning Porter
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Porter - American
Ranked #491
Ranked #23,443
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

best by 1/18/19, reviewed 11/6/18

Look- dark brown liquid that's ruby-hued around the edges of the glass, nice fluffy head that recedes very slowly, leaving about a half finger; sheets of lacing

Smell- bakers chocolate, roasty char, something vaguely fruity, like berries

Taste- bitter roasty char and chocolate up front followed by a mild fruity note which comes off more citrus-like in the flavor

Feel- medium-bodied with above average carbonation, finishes semi-dry with lingering mild bitterness

Overall- this is a nice take on an a porter with classic roasty and chocolate notes accompanied by mildly fruity hops

Nov 11, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Troegs brewery poured into a snifter

Dark reddish brown liquid , thin taupe ring , some lacings

Aroma of roast malts, coffee

Taste is roast malts

Mouthfeel is thin, light

Nice beer

Sep 19, 2018
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany brown in color with good clarity. Poured with a tall, dense, rocky, light tan foam with excellent retention. Grainy and sweet dark malt aromas with light roasted notes and a hint of dark chocolate. On the lighter side of medium bodied with soft, medium high carbonation with light smoothness through the middle. Grainy, dark malt flavors up front followed by medium bitterness and dark roasted malt flavors through the middle. Roasted and dark malt flavors persist from to the end. Finished with a lingering bitter roasted malt aftertaste. Beautiful appearance. Malt flavor and aroma was on the grainy side. Generally, the malt character was a little low for the style. Feel was on the thin side.

Feb 12, 2018
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Once. Year brew and it’s worth the wait. Solid porter. Pitch blacked with lacing that hangs around but not much of a head. Roast and toasty smell as well as a taste feel. Malty(ish) for me and that was fine. Nicely heavy and not particularly smooth but raspy. I liked that. an OK aftertaste. Fine brew from a fun brewery.

Oct 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipates within about a minute and leaves a decent amount of foamy lacing. The smell was roasty and bitter coffee pervading through some light caramel, chocolate and oatmeal. The taste took those flavors and combined it wonderfully. There was a nice bitter coffee aftertaste that ended up leaving a dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body with a quality that wanted to show a decent sessionability but kinda made me sip it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as it was slightly smooth and creamy. Overall, I say this was a good American Porter well worthy of having again.

Jun 10, 2017
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown pour with thick caramel colored head that's extremely thick and creamy.

S - Dark chocolate roast with some light char.

T - Dark chocolate roast from start to finish with some cream, and finishing with some bitter chocolate roast with light charcoal.

M - Medium body with a slightly thin body on the back end.

O - I originally gave this beer a 3.19 so re-visited and enjoyed it this time around.

Oct 03, 2016
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Back_in_the_Saddle from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipates within about a minute and leaves a decent amount of foamy lacing. The smell was roasty and bitter coffee pervading through some light caramel, chocolate and oatmeal. The taste took those flavors and combined it wonderfully. There was a nice bitter coffee aftertaste that ended up leaving a dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body with a quality that wanted to show a decent sessionability but kinda made me sip it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as it was slightly smooth and creamy. Overall, I say this was a good American Porter well worthy of having again.

Nov 18, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Maryland

2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitc-black color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved into a lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Tons of roasted malt and coffee aromas up front, mixing with some hoppy aromas and dark chocolate. There’s a considerable more amount of hops in the nose that I was expecting and have become accustomed to in porters. I hope that the hops isn’t this assertive in the flavor of the beer as well.

Taste: Uh-oh, it is. Actually, there’s a lot more hops in the flavor than I was expecting and that I prefer. I get some notes of roasted malt and dark chocolate-like bitterness mixing with coffee, brown sugar and a whole lot of hops. In fact, hops is the predominate flavor of this porter, which turns me off from it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is just an ok porter. There’s too much hops in it which completely overpowers the traditional porter-style flavors of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate and because of that I don’t really like it, however, hop heads should like it.

Jan 27, 2015
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delta490 from Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- deep, deep brown. Got about one finger of light tan head from the pour. It doesn't last long but does leave some nice lacing from the circumferential remnants.

S-earthy hops and some black liquorice.

T- there's a nice roasted chocolate malt flavor with a hint of astringency from the alcohol. A little of the hops balances it all out

M- a little bit carbonation dances across your palate and it's not as full as other porters I've had. Not as smooth.

O- Definitely not a bad porter. My complaints are probably more personal preference.

Feb 21, 2014
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ThePaintedGrey from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a burnt mahogany, with a large bubbly tan head. The intensity of the head dies out quickly, leaving substantial amounts of tan sticky lace. A wonderful creamy cap remains until the end.

S: Some roasted malts along with a pronounced hop characteristic. A little bit of caramel and some dark, bitter chocolate. Pretty average.

T: Lots of roasted malts meshed with a slight hop bite. A bit of brown sugar and dark chocolate underneath. Ends with a very mild roasted black coffee flavor. Not as brash as I had hoped, but still solid and enjoyable.

M: This one feels incredible in the mouth. A very mild carbonation adds just enough bite initially, but really allows the creaminess of this brew to shine through. It's not a huge bodied brew, but it's full and silky smooth.

O: While I'll admit that there's better porters out there, Troegs offers an extremely good example of the style. While it's not as bold and in-your-face as I had hoped, it doesn't lack enjoyability and this brew could be a great gateway into the style. Definitely recommended for fans of the style and newcomers alike.

Feb 15, 2014
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jaltland from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz to a snifter glass.

A- Dark dark brown almost black when coupled with the reflective glass. Almost an inch of foamy light tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- A roasted malt with a slightly sour/bitter smell like a day old cup of coffee. Cocoa isn't as prevalent in the nose. Probably masked by the roast.

T- Roasted malt and coffee up front giving way to a small taste of chocolate and ending in a pulsing bitter. Not getting any sweetness from the chocolate. Kind of a semi-sweet bitter.

M- Thin at first not viscous but swished around it takes on a different mouthfeel with the carbonation. Very drinkable with a roasted bitter lingering feel.

O- Not the best porter I've had but also not the worst. Balanced is an appropriate term. Smooth and drinkable without a noticeable trace of booze. Then again I'm not even sure what the ABV is. Recommend for the end of a dinner with maybe some smoked salmon or a nice poultry citrus dish.

Feb 14, 2014
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Realbeer1542 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color - Perfect porter pitch.

Great smell. Coffee and malt with a hint of hops.

Taste - Flavor has good complexity. Taste follows smell. Coffee and then hops with a somewhat hoppy middle and lingering finish. .

Mouthfeel - Crisp - pleasingly complex.

Overall - Nice on tap with friends. A bit hoppy for the style but worth a try.

Jan 17, 2014
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Glennlawless from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tulip glass.

A - Mahogany with a 2 finger light brown head. This beer is sexy as hell. haha.

S - Getting roasted coffee, some dark chocolate, and actually some hop bitterness.

T - Incredibly smooth and easy going beer. hints of leather,chocolate, and it totally carries a woody smoky touch....finishes out with a tad of hop bitterness( Keep in mind i drank a 9.5 Double IPA before hand so some may consider it more than a tad per say....hahaha)but this is very good. It definitely could be mistaken for a black IPA though. I see a bunch of comments saying this would be a great food pairing type beer, I agree 100%. Medium body while in the mouth and well carbonated.

Overall, an easy drinking, smoky, smooth, but slightly hoppy porter. If i ever see this on tap im definitely gonna get it. pick it up.

Dec 21, 2013
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TeamMathis from West Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark brown. Tan head.
Smell: Coffee and cocoa.
Taste: Light coffee, cocoa, and celery (who knows). Hop aftertaste.

This is an easy drinker. The smell was rather faint, but the overall combination with the taste was an enjoyable one. This would have been good during the summer. The hoppy aftertaste was nice as well. I could possibly get this again.

Dec 15, 2013
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: Deep chestnut brown; served with a small off-white cap.

s: Beautiful combination of deeply roasty coffee and cocoa with a hint of citrus.

t: Hoppy porter indeed! Big semi-bitter roastiness and a robust hop presence work very well together.

m: Feels bigger than it is.

o: It took me way too long to try this. Great beer.

Nov 26, 2013
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Outstanding like their Pale ale and IPAs. Great brewer.

Appearance: Pours a very dark chocolate color with a very big tan head that leaves a massive amount of lacing. The head retains in islands of dense chunks and the lace is like shaving cream. This is an outstanding, perhaps the best, looking porter.

Smell: I find it a subtle balance of the dark roasty elements and the bright, citrusy hops. Extremely compatible with food. In this case salmon, beans, pasta over our own fall garden veggies laced with tomato sauce and balsamic.

Taste: Follows the smell, a hoppy, bright, upbeat porter. Toasty and malty to start with just a hint of sweetness, then it's pine and coffee the rest of the way gliding into piney, grassy hops. Beautiful finish as with their pale ale. Very appetizing and great food companion.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation, enough cream for porter, but definitely ipa like. Clean, dry, toasty finish. A winter IPA?

Drinkability: As other reviewers wrote, "dark IPA", "screams American technique". (all good in my book - dry, hoppy, crisp, grassy, slightly bitter.)

Revisited with dinner; this is awesome craft. Original, American, great with fall dinner, consisting of roots, kale, beets, pasta, tomatoes - all late season collected from garden, sauteed in red wine.

Nov 24, 2013
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Boggdogg from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a deep mahogany color with a thick brown head that stays a minute and fades into some excellent lacing.

Smell is a very strong of roasted malt and not much else.

Taste is of roasted malts as well. Bitter from start to finish. No sweetness and to me not very complex. The hops are very prevelant. Too bitter for my taste

Overall I was disappointed with this porter and won't have again.

Nov 14, 2013
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 071613

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2+ fingers of head that slowly fades down to a decent sized cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Lots of roastiness along with some burnt coffee and dark chocolate. A hint of sweetness from the malts. Some earthy hops in there too

T: Starts off with some roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee with a little bit of caramel sweetness. Lightly bitter from the middle towards the end. Finishes with some earthy hops and a light cocoa sweetness

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Thrown off a little due to the hoppiness

O: A nice porter with a decent hop bite. Easy to drink and a good choice for a seasonal brew. Get some

Nov 12, 2013
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Extrajoker00 from Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dead Reckoning Porter by Tröegs
poured from a bottle into a frozen mug

A : wonderful deep brown chestnut with a thin tan head 4.0

S : Citrus??? faint hops?(re-check label) 3.25

T : Citrus and hops, notably absent of any prominent roasted or strong dark tones 3.25

M : thinner than expected, actually light to medium bodied 3.25

D : surprisingly crisp and clean with a moderate ABV 4.25

Porter? maybe, maybe not. This was a hard review to be objective about. This beer is more characteristic of a black IPA. On that note, I like it quite well. However I am rating it as a Porter and how well I like it as a porter, and frankly I was in the mood for a thicker, stronger, deeper taste. I do in fact like this beer, and it was a pleasant surprise. I will probably buy it again, just not when I have a taste for a porter.

Oct 28, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice black brown color 1 finger of khaki color, some thin lacing.
S - Aroma is full of dark chocolates and some nice smoked malt a touch of dark fruits.
T - Taste is much less on the roasted and smokey side which is common of most porters. Instead there's actually a decent amount of citrus and bitter hop presence, dark fruits.
M - Somewhat thin not very full for a porter, a touch bitter.
O - Not what I was expecting, but is unique for what it is.

Oct 28, 2013
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/21/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint gass. Pours black with some brown hues; fuffy off-white head that fades extremely slowly and leaves awesome lacing and retention. The aromas are full of chocolate malts and has a decent amount of citrus. Lots of orange in the aromas and flavors. Pretty floral for a porter. The hops really shine. Flavors are bold and have an equal amount of roasted chocolates and fruity orange notes. Bittrsweet. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied; very active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm glad I revisited this one. This is a very nice beer. It's pretty hoppy for a porter and kind of blurs the line. I personally think it could pass for a Black IPA. It might not be the most traditional example of the style. Either way, it's an enjoyable experience.

Oct 14, 2013
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark black with fluffy head of white foam that rises a 1/4 inch. Lacing everywhere. Strong chocolate, notes of pine. Taste is like an earthy black IPA. Opens smooth and chocolately, but evolves into a mild piney bitter. Mild carbonation holds in check.

Oct 06, 2013
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thlayli87 from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Beer pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger of tan head which leaves a thick curtain of lace as the beer is consumed.

S - Piney hops with a hint of chocolate.

T - Piney and herbal hops are at the fore, mild roast, and faint notes of chocolate.

M - Excellent mouthfeel. Moderately thick but not syrupy. Dry clean finish.

O - Well crafted and very enjoyable. If you like hoppy porters give this one a try.

Sep 22, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light gets through with a deep violet glow, but Dead Reckoning looks almost black without the backlighting. Appears opaque. It dons a fluffy quaff of tan foam that cuddles up along the walls of the glass with a static cling. A nice hefty porter, appearance-wise.

Dark cocoa, burnt toast, strippingly bitter hop, scorched earth, barley grain, thin citrus element, and pith. Seductively bitter aromas, ripe with char and blackened grain.

Crushingly bitter and perversely dark. Heavy roast carries notes of char and earth with a dusty cocoa character and hints of black cherry. Hops are big and add to the bitterness with floral tones and a dip of orange rind with white pith still attached. Hints of Sumatra and leather flip back and forth, while the big burnt grain notes push the envelope. Definitely a little oat-y. Chinook has good character in this porter, attempting to throw some greener flashes in with the roast. If this wasn't teeming with massive maltiness, one might think it's a hoppy black ale. Light mineral salinity rights the way down American Porter Lane. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is oily medium, and the drinkability proves high. Alcohol is felt mostly on the gums, but not really tasted. Weighty, but carbonation dissolves on the tongue with a very pleasant sensation.

How could I have not reviewed this beast yet! A personal favorite. Balls to the wall, big and burly; a great big hoppy porter that borders on astringent in the way that it's so charred and bold. A big winner.

Sep 14, 2013
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LI_PO12 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Into Pint Glass

Appearance- Dark Brown, 2 finger Tan Head, Good Lacing

Aroma- Pine, Herbal Hops, slight chocolate, coffee, orange rind, some dark malts almost burnt

Flavor, Coffee, Pine, Herbal and floral hops, dry finish, bready malt

Mouthfeel- A bit too thin for the style but not bad, medium carbonation

Overall- This is a much different beer fresh. I've have it had a couple of times not in season and its been ok but considering Troegs hops this up much more than a porter(Style wise should be) the fresh version is way better. Still not my favorite porter, but the mix of dark malts and citrus/pine hops is tasty. I got this at the brewery before it hit stores near me(2 hours away) so its really fresh and awesome, having had old versions the hops aroma/flavor fades and the malts that remain aren't enough to make a great porter(i.e. the over hopping makes this beer). A nice hoppy Porter.

Sep 01, 2013
Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
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