Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter | Tröegs Brewing Company

very good
533 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Tröegs Dead Reckoning PorterTröegs Dead Reckoning Porter

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 08-17-2003

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 533 | Ratings: 1,213
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tröegs- Dead Reckoning

Appearance- Dark murky reddish brown with a thick meringue head. Big lacing rings left on the glass.
Smell- Big sweet creamy coffee and cocoa with a big hit of pine hops!?
Taste- Smooth creamy coffee/ cocoa with an equal dose of fresh green pine hops.
Mouthfeel- Sweet smooth and creamy up front with a big hoppy dry kick in the end.

Overall- Holy Sh!t this was good! A Porter meets an IPA maybe?! I don't know. All I care is this was smooth, creamy, and hoppy!!
Awesome stuff, that just hit the shelves near me (9-1-07)

 546 characters

Photo of biglickbrewer
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of those rare finds: a hoppy dark ale. Dead Reckoning pours a dark coffee brown--deep brown, not black--tinged with a little hint of ruby. The bottle I had was fully carbonated and produced a rich, tan, dense head that laced the sides of the glass all the way to the bottom.

The aroma is of strong roast and a little chocolate, with a noticable floral hop & citrus presence; no doubt about the hop of choice here. It is Chinook.

The mouthfeel is less than what I expected from the richness of the head and the creaminess of the appearance. Still, it was good, not lacking. The flavor is roasty, coffee-like with some subtle hints of chocolate, especially in the aftertaste.

The hops make their presence known in the foreground as well as in the finish. That is not to say this is a bitter beer--it is not. But Chinook hops have a distintive flavor and the earthiness and citrus characteristics do stand out in the finish. This is all good, mind you. This is an excellent robust porter. Outstandingly drinkable and still quite unique. Way to go, brothers!

 1,069 characters

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.75/5  rDev +24%
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!

 904 characters

Photo of jwc215
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown (almost black) with a thin tan head. Trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate with citric fruitiness and some resin.

The taste is of roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It has a strong hop presence - citric, floral, slightly resiny. This is one hoppy porter, with the Chinook hops working very well together with the barley and chocolate malts. There's a touch of smoke on the long, bittersweet finish.

Medium to full bodied - right on target for an American Porter. A great aftertaste clings to the palate. It has a creamy, silky texture.

This is an AWESOME porter! Hefty malts and hops with a Troegs touch - DELICIOUS! This is a must-try for "hop-heads" who also like porters!

Thanks to nacir69 for this one!

 773 characters

Photo of stingo
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great beer - everything a porter should be. Tangy dark roasted, bitter, chocolatey goodness that is light on the tongue and the stomach. The name seems particularly wellchosen it plies a course around the perils of becoming too much like a stout, and of not being much of anything at all. Definitely recommended if you can find it.

 338 characters

Photo of mempath
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.


 360 characters

Photo of jmerloni
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 599 characters

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: solid black; thin, creamy head; good carb action
S: very lovely aroma, very strong on the hops; lingers nicely
T: roasted barley; very flavorful; hops are a very strong component (more so than other porters I've tried); intensity of flavor is more like that of a stout, one that isn't dominated by deep bass flavors

The Troegs do it again; what an amazing beer, at least in the flavor profile (where I think it counts most).

 460 characters

Photo of kkosmoski
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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.

 1,005 characters

Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Fathead's. The color was black, with excellent head retention. The smell was very coffee-chocolate malt. The taste was a very rich malty flavor, with definite hints of coffee and chocolate in the taste. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Drinkability-wise, I could have many more of these!

I didn't know that this was a single batch beer...just wanted whatever they had on cask. I'm certainly glad that I did though, because I got to enjoy this beer. I have to agree with one of the previous reviewers that this hopefully will be released for year-round, and further compliment Troeg's already excellent lineup!

 624 characters

Photo of Jarod
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cask Conditioned – served at Market Cross Pub (Carlisle) at the perfect temperature.

This beer poured a dark chocolate brown/black color that no color passed through. The cream that it produced was thick, rich, heavenly and light cocoa powder colored and long lasting, till the end of the glass, matter of fact after the last sip there was still a small amount of foam on the bottom that I was trying to force up the glass into my mouth. It produced a thick and sticky lace on the sides of the glass either in sheet forms or clumps the whole way to the bottom. The aromas that came from the glass were big and rich dark coffee, cappuccino, cocoa powders, dark chocolates, roasted nuts and malts, hops (flowers) and some caramel. The flavors were a reflection of the aromas just more pronounced and creamier. Tastes of hops (flowers), dark fruits (hints), earth tones, dry ash, caramel, coffee, roasted malts and nuts, some sweet malt, cocoa and bitter chocolate. The after taste was a dominant chocolate cappuccino. This beer was medium to a light heavy body. Slightly dry but fully creamy and satisfying. Great combination of flavors and tastes, an experience for all the senses. Creamy, rich, seductive (sure, why not), well balanced and a all around fabulous beer. I can see this being made year round in a year or two (I hope).

 1,335 characters

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super fresh cask at sharp edge. I also sampled this one on draught at the brewery, but I preferred this cask sample, and so i'll enter this review from my notes into the db here. Anyway, this one is very dark cocoa, brown, nearly opaque with a wonderful cascading head of casky, wish-washy, tan foam. The beer settles into a beautiful looking pint and the head lasts well and leaves wonderful lacing for a cask offering. Aromas are all dark roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, and caramel with some nice green, dank hops as well. Upfront taste is roasty, bitter, and almost astringent with soem lactic properties creeping in as well. The alpha acids and resiny flavor of the hops really make this one come together nicely. Very hoppy and super roasty, this one is the best of both worls with a wonderful cask mouthfeel, which is medium bodied and well structured. Drinkability is amazing as well. The brothers are damn proud of this one, as they should be, a real stand-out from a brewery that seems to have several stand-outs! Superb.

 1,033 characters

Photo of mattcrill
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Pine resin, cocoa, pithy hop resins, clean fermentation characteristics, and light licorice notes in the background.

Appearance: Deep chocolate pour with a thin and wispy tan cap. Good head retention as the beer settles.

Flavor: Chocolate and cocoa. Like the chocolate oranges you see at Christmas. Sharp, piney hop bitterness. Pithy grapefruit notes add some character and assert themselves as the beer warms. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium stingy carbonation. No alcohol heat detected.

Overall impression: A big, bold, American Robust Porter. I love the citrus and chocolate notes melded together. I'm so glad we can get Troegs now. Great to have them in Ohio.

 705 characters

Photo of abuliarose
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

 831 characters

Photo of EStreet20
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Nearly opaque brown that shines through with a tan color when held to the light. Full two fingers of fluffy looking off white head. Heas has nice staying power, shrinking but lasting till the end of my glass and leaving a few nice rings of lacing.

S - Actually leads a lot of hop aroma. Nice citrsuy smell. Then gives way to a nice soft roastiness.

T - Really a great, balanced porter. MAny have complained of it being overly hoppy but I think it's got that distinct "Troegs" hoppy taste. That rush of hops is complemented by some chocolatey malt.

M - Medium bodied and smooth. Just the right carbonation.

D - Excellent. Got a great flavor, rather unique for a porter in that the hops are so noticeable. Also has great sessionability at 5.4 ABV.

Notes: Wish I wasn't working tommorrow. Might be THE BEST session porter I've ever tasted. The flavor is so unexpected for the style, but still fits well.

 943 characters

Photo of TonyT
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just bought the first case of Dead Reckoning '08, sold from the Troegs brewery (as well as a growler of Scratch # 10)...and the sample of the Mad Elf was a nice topper...

What a surprise. The DRP bottles just came off of the line and I was as giddy as a little school girl...anyway...I love this beer and I am proud to buy the first case off the line for 2008.

Thank you to the Brothers Troegs, for making a hoppy porter that drinks well has a nice malty taste, and delivers hop goodness.

 494 characters

Photo of EGledhill
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle poured into my yuengling pint glass.

poured a blackish brown with little caramel colored head that dissipated quickly. strong hints of chocolate with subtle notes of caramel and a very subtle nutty hops. nose is great but the finish is a little too hoppy for my liking, not the beers fault, i'm just not a huge hops fan.

delicious beer all around, not one you could drink one after another, but would be a fantastic dessert beer

 444 characters

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

 597 characters

Photo of LeftyBWS
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. The bottle features a “bottled on” date.
A: Deep brown color, with burgundy tones. A very full light tan head, almost hard to control from overflowing. The head is somewhat bubbly, with a whipped consistency, and it’s slow to settle.
S: Noticeable chocolate malts and roasted barley, with some hoppiness mixed in. This is, in fact, pretty much what the label says, but it is pretty accurate. The hops are a very nice addition, and without them this would almost seem too malty and chocolatey. As it is, though, we have a nicely-balanced malty/hoppy porter smell.
T: Chocolatey and smooth up front, certainly rich and earthy. The middle lets the hops really come out and explore, but they don’t get out of hand. The finish is smooth and malty again, definitely tasty and leaving me wanting another sip.
M: Creamy and satisfying overall, with a tiny hop nip at times. Really quite nice.
D: Really enjoyed drinking this, and could easily go for another.

 1,018 characters

Photo of franksnbeans
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a muddy chocolate milk brown with visible sediment and a creamy head that retains before dying to a thin layer. Laces nicely. Smells a little of roasted coffee bean, hint of chocolate. Tastes rich with chocolate, coffee bean and a bitterness bite of hops. Very smooth in the mouth, dangerously smooth. Drinkability is huge, not thick, not syrupy, jusssst right. I must admit I went into this one blindly with no expectations and came out with an awesome brew that I will put in the starting lineup. A must try.

 516 characters

Photo of bargerking
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter out of a 12oz bottle.

Poured pitch black with a nice little dark tan head. Smell is faint and not as strong as I thought. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet undertones peak through as the beer warms up. Taste is very creamy and velvety. Nothing suprising when you take a sip. It is subtle with roasted malt and a hint of chocolate/coffee. Very enjoyable aftertaste that doesnt seem to linger and fades quickly. Lacing is good and keeps a cream ring with a few swirls of the glass. The is a very tastey brew. Very creamy with a subtle but tastey blend. Not the best I have had but its up there...

 626 characters

Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

 2,260 characters

Photo of jmunsters
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at the B Spot in Westlake, OH
A - Deep brown with a slight amber hue. Two and a half fingers head that dissipated slowly and heavy lacing.
S - Roast malts. Heavy sweet hops?
T - Very hop forward. Nice sweet malts. Not a typical porter.
M - Smooth and creamy. Actually asked if it was on nitro (wasn't)
O - My first thing from Troegs. Very impressed. If you're looking for a Baltic or heavy malted and smoked porter you won't be happy though. Awesome autumn brew.

 478 characters

Photo of tgbljb
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with moderate tannish head that quickly fell to a thin coating with sparse lacing.
Smell is very unique. roaste malt combined with piney, grassy hops is different, and extremely enjoyable.
Taste is superb. The sweetness from the malt, the coffeee and chocolate notes, the dark fruitiness, the bitter hops all blend together perfectly.
Finishes with a taste mixing the chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and hops in nice proportions.
Great beer, really unique. easy to drink, easy to session.

 522 characters

Photo of JDV
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ahatcher78 for the bottle!

Pours a deep brown that is almost black with a big creamy and lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Smell is dark roastiness with a very prevalent hop character making its way in the nose. They mix very well giving it a really nice unique, nice nose. Taste is dark chocolate roastiness, with a great vibrant hop character that gives it a fresh almost minty flavor behind the roastiness. Moderate to slightly bubbly mouthfeel making this medium bodied porter extremely drinkable. Definitely one of my favorites, if not my absolute favorite porter.

 598 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,213 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.