Dead Reckoning Porter
Tröegs Brewing Company

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Porter - American
Ranked #493
Ranked #21,756
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Feb 28, 2016
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vurt from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of mikereaser, poured into a nonic pint glass.

(Before I get to the review, I have to compliment the label illustrator for working the word "Troegs" into the wave to the right of the hand holding the compass. Nice job!)

A hazy, nearly opaque, dark brown beer with deep amber highlights at the edges. Really good color for the style. The head is an appealing tan color, with a rich and creamy consistency, and it lasts a ridiculously long time. Also, it leaves generous lacing behind on the glass.

The main smell is roasted malt, with plenty of good sweet milk chocolate. There's also a solid hoppiness which cuts through the malt with spicy and citrusy notes. I also smell ground coffee, caramel, and toasted black bread. A good collection of aromas.

It starts with a moderate malty sweetness that gives way quickly to herbal and piney hop flavors and a huge bitter roastiness. Halfway across the tongue, that bitterness blends wonderfully with evolving flavors of dark chocolate and brewed coffee. The citrus character of the hops comes through in the middle, and blends with the chocolate flavors of the malt to create a flavor like a dark chocolate orange truffle. Superb. Roasted malt flavors and bitterness last to the very end of the lengthy finish.

Medium-bodied, smooth, and slightly chewy. The body has just enough heft to carry the rich and well-balanced flavors. To me, the carbonation seems a little soft for the body, but I'd rather have too little than too much in this case.

I'm not usually a fan of hoppy porters, but this one really hits the spot. The big roasty and hoppy flavors complement each other nicely, and are very well balanced. I'd love to try this one on tap someday. Since this porter isn't available where I live, I might just have to trade for a few more bottles sometime. Highly recommended.

Dec 20, 2008
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nmann08 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Nov 25, 2011
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jborg from New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jan 20, 2014
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jk3 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Oct 18, 2012
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Camjmorton from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Sep 11, 2014
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

May 09, 2012
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Proteus93 from Virginia

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

A: Dark brown pour, about a cola colour. Beach sand head tops it, medium sized bubbles allowing a decent sniff as they burst.

S: Some moderate aromas of caramel, chocolate, and a bit of nuttiness. A little biscuity, and something that seems like a very mild soapiness (it's not from the glass, and it's not bad at all).

T + M: Some burnt malts, dark & unsweetened chocolate, and a surprising kick of hops that makes for a nice finish. Body is a little thin, but this style can be, and it doesn't hurt it. A nice, bitter aftertaste lingers.

D: Not a bad brew at all. I had started to think that Troegs typically shines with the hoppy brews and runs a mediocre line of maltier styles, but this kind of changes that opinion. Granted, it has a notable hop presence that adds to the charm, but it's all in all a good porter.

May 26, 2008
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Lukafer from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sep 04, 2010
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Nov 10, 2013
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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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ramrod666 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Apr 28, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have yet to come across a Tröegs creation which I won't try again. So when I learned that dead reckoning was their newest beer I had great anticipation. This beer certainly didn't let me down. It is a great porter-style beer with a Tröegs twist with the addition of a gratuitous amount of hops. At first sight you get a rich dark color and a nice off-white head. At first smell you get a nose full of hops!!! Quite the interesting rendition of a classic but executed quite well I believe. Tröegs once again amazes me with the attention to detail with this brew. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Nov 15, 2008
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Lornee56 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Nov 17, 2013
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CB2maltygoodness from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Nov 25, 2012
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themegamancave from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Jan 01, 2014
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cracker from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown slightly black color with a bit of light transmitting through the glass. Faint head with little lace. Aroma is of sweet molasses, slightly burnt caramel, and of citrusy American hops. Taste brings out hints of chocolate with a prolonged hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue. Perhaps a bit too hop heavy for some but nevertheless well balanced and smooth. Good mouthfeel and pretty darn drinkable. Another fine offering from Troegs.

Apr 18, 2005
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bobsy from Canada

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Oct 01, 2009
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Tsrohnek from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Aug 14, 2012
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BeerInspector from Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dec 29, 2014
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samibr from New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jan 03, 2014
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Oct 31, 2010
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a 1 finger cherry tan head.

S: Some citrus and oaked aged woodiness are present on the nose. There is some fresh pine as well coming through.

T: For flavor there is some dry chocolate, with a big dry pine finish. Tastes like Chinook hops were used providing a good hop fade. Overall typical per style.Overall was a moderately good porter but thought it could have been done a little bigger.

M: The body is a little light per style with a little malt grind lacing.

D: Good drinkability, nothing to exciting and was expecting more.

Feb 03, 2008
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kb2250 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Aug 01, 2012
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Barrchon from Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Dec 08, 2011
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