Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter | Tröegs Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,213 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Tröegs Dead Reckoning PorterTröegs Dead Reckoning Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
troegs.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,213
Reviews:
534
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
109
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,213 |  Reviews: 534
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle dated 7/16/10.

Pours black with deep ruby highlights. The head pours tall, but dies down fairly quickly, leaving a small ring, similar to a soft drink.

The beer is very aromatic. I can smell it from a few feet off. Lots of chocolate, caramel, some coffee, and cream. This is a tasty smelling brew.

The taste is pretty good. The nose is fairly accurate, coffee, caramel, and chocolate.

The feel is a little light for my taste. It doesn't really fit the robust nature of the flavor.

Overall, it is a pretty good brew. I would like a little more mouthfeel, but the aromatics are amazing.

 604 characters

Photo of gopens44
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Not a whole lot of head to talk about. What was there receded pretty quick to leave a fizzy film on top of this solid black porter.

S - Sweet smell at first that carried a little molasses and maybe a touch of plum. Aroma faded away to a more bitter coffee smell.

T - The taste was backward of the nose order. Up front coffee bitterness that gave way to a sweet berry taste. The finish was similar to dark chocolate.

M - Thin, well carbonated with a bitter coffee aftertaste. Maybe a touch of mineral water taste left on the tongue in the after taste?

O - Not bad. I let this warm up significantly, and it developed a bit more complexity. At a relatively low ABV, this could be a fun most every day porter without getting too deep into hazy brain activity.

 763 characters

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black with a hint of brown around the edges with a finger off frothy off-white head. The head fades down to a ring around the glass lacing nicely on the glass.

S - Lots of semi-sweet caramel malts. Some nice coffee and sweet dark fruit notes also blended in.

T - Starts off with a lot of caramel malts and a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Also a bit of coffee in the background. Through the middle some chocolate and roasted flavors come through. Also just a touch of vanilla. The finish is a mix of deep roasted caramel malts and the dark fruit flavors with a touch of coffee that lingers.

M - Medium to medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Really smooth a bit creamy. Finish is really nice and even a touch dry.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice flavor profile that is nicely balanced. Really nice and creamy while still being nice and smooth. Good porter.

 886 characters

Photo of PicoPapa
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Bottled on date of 071510. Hopefully this one has some longevity. Pours a dark brown color with a thin half inch of brown frothy head that disappears quickly. Very little lacing. Smells of vanilla, coffee, and roasted malts. The taste is like a vanilla coffee mixed with some dark chocolate. Coffee aftertaste. This beer seems to have held up well. Overall this is a pretty good porter. Worth a second look.

 420 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my first porters. Wasn't sure what to expect. Split a bottle with a friend of mine. We both impressed by it's color. The beer had a good solid flavor to it and also had a nice hop quality too. I'd really like to give this another try one day because I'm sketchy on every detail about it. I remember it being Black, and flavorful.

 336 characters

Photo of kaips1
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass

a- looks good, nice and dark with it turning slight brown when held up to the light but only under the head
s-good malt smell with a bit of a sour at the end
t-pretty much the smell except the sour is a lot stronger in the taste
m-very lively and tingly through the whole sip and a wet finish
o-not bad, my girlfriend likes it more than i do, id get it again for her but one was good enough for me

 428 characters

Photo of jsanford
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. Sent to me by the ever-generous THECPJ. Thanks Shane!

A - Pours a very dark brown with a creamy, 1-inch mocha-colored head that dissipates quickly, leaving some patchy haze and a slight ring.
S - Caramel malt dominates the nose, with a healthy dose of coffee, chocolate, dark dried fruits, and a generous amount of hops.
T - Tastes much like it smells. The caramel malt is dialed back a bit, though, and the "roasty" quality is more prominent. Chocolate and coffee are still aggressive, with a pleasant bitter hop finish.
M - Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation.
D - Pretty easy drinking, this is a nicely sessionable Porter.

 665 characters

Photo of readbaron
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, fairly clear brown with a hint of read. Decent tan, creamy head that fades relatively quickly, but laces up nicely.

Smells malty - cereal like - and delicious with some hops and a bit of fruit underneath.

Tastes a lot like it smells - malt first - lots of cereal and a bit of roast - then fades to a crisp hop finish with a hint citrus and sweetness. Finishes with a light hop bitterness. Very well balanced and an interesting take on a porter. I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel is very nice - smooth and medium bodied - somewhat viscous, yet crisp.

 554 characters

Photo of Imsothirsty
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, rocky tan head, not super dark

Nose is coffee and some hops sneak out there, with a little alcohol smell

Taste: Coffee first, some nutiness which is nice, a little sharp alcohol, not much sweet malt, finishes with bitter coffee notes

Mouthfeel is good, I would call it 8/10 for weight, so fairly heavy, creamy texture

Drinkability is solid, goes down quick as it warms

Overall a little lacking in the malt department but better than an average porter

 474 characters

Photo of Zodijackyl
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark with slight transparency towards the edges. Somewhat foamy caramel head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is caramel malt with a very sticky quality to the barley, with a note of chinook or colombus hops.

Taste is a blend of dark and medium roasted barley and grains, with the caramel and bitter character showing through. Taste is a little bit thin, but it is a fairly light porter. Grains have a slightly burnt taste and not a huge body character, but still a good smoky porter malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is dark and roasted, but not too thick or heavy. Drinkable, but not overly so as it is a bit bitter for the malt character that it has.

 649 characters

Photo of Jesse13713
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark rootbeer brown with the slightest bit of transparency. Only half a finger of head with low lacing capability.

Smell - Smells like caramel, coffee, and malts. The smell fades quickly and it was hard to get much else out of it.

Taste - A heavy coffee taste, much like cold coffee with barley in it. Notes of vanilla, nutmeg and other spices are present as well.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation with a coffee taste.

Drinkability - Not very bitter at all. The chinook hops taste very unique. It is reminiscent of a spiked cold coffee. Easily drinkable.

Verdict - A slightly above average porter. Lighter than Edmund Fitzgerald and filled with a cold coffee taste.

 686 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of winter beer tasting notes (2010): Pours a deep cola brown color with a creamy tan head that leaves a soapy lace. Roasted chocolate malts in the aroma with a fruity hop note and a touch of smokiness. Taste starts with a nutty, chocolate flavor, with a slight hop undertone. Then a smokey malt flavor becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Sticky finish with a roasted malt aftertaste. Smooth and creamy medium bodied.

 426 characters

Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours dark brown with a very nice 2 finger dense tan head with good retention and some very nice glass lacing as well. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malts, and a slight amount of pine showing through. Taste of chocolate, coffee, caramel and roasted malts; with a nice smooth bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit. A good amount of lingering roasted chocolate and coffee flavor linger after the finish, with almost no alcohol noticed. Medium carbonation and body with a creamy mouthfeel. Overall I really have no complaints here, this is a very well done porter.

 604 characters

Photo of nimrod979
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown cola color, with a small off white head. Carame, chocolate, and roasted coffee malts. Small hop aroma. Flavor is the same but there is pretty decent amount of hops in this beer. It really catches you in the finish. Exceptionally smooth and balanced. This beer isn't very sweet due to the hops. But I really do like this.

 339 characters

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a small to average size frothy and light brown coloured head. I can't make out the carbonation level due to the darkness of the beer and there is some average lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hops, caramel, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels creamy and slightly syrupy. I can taste lots of malts and hops mixed with notes of chocolate and caramel. It reminds me a bit of a black IPA, very tasty. The beer finishes with a chocolate and hop aftertaste.

Drink - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and I'd like to keep some on hand. Worth seeking out.

 712 characters

Photo of cmula
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slight hint of chocolate malt.
A bit of spice.
Small malty after taste.
Medium hop (IBU)
Small coffee after taste.

It's nice for a winter beer, something different. A slight sense of coffee on the tongue after swallowing is a bit distracting. Not very porterish I might add, more of a dark amber pour. It's not an everyday beer.

 329 characters

Photo of rembrant
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pour- A Semi Transparent deep mahogany brown with a handsome tan froth of about 2 fingers. Rather pretty but the transparency suggests it won't be a heavyweight contender.

Aroma - Mostly dark malty thing. Not much scent of hops but some coffess and dark fruit hints.

Flavor - Relative to Black Butte or Ed Fitz,a bit less robust. A pleasent coffee with a subtle hopped aftertaste to carry the dark coffee to a mildly bitter roast finish,all in all the sweet and bitter,neither goes very far. Generally tasty though much less complex + intense than an Ed Fitz.

Mouth A bit thin. Not a shock as it's not a full opaque black and in no other way is of average "heft" for a Porter. Interesting...yesterday I had a Boffo Brown and Boffo could better pass as a Porter while this more is the texture and tastes of a Brown,with a more coffee-ish flavor. Despite making a fine head, carbonation is fine and barely adequate.

Drinkability? The tradeoff in this being a Porter-Lite is that it goes down easy. I'd say it's not as wet as some Doppelbocks but it's not far from a few of them. Tough to rate this as it is such a tweener,and is tasty and easy to finish,yet it really lacks the beef,the balls,the second sip details of a Ed Fitzgerald,Black Butte,Fade To Black or Smuttynose.

 1,277 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12/28/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of fluffy tan head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation evident. Very little lacing left in the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted malts, light coffee, and light vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, slightly bitter coffee, vanilla, and light dark fruits.

m - Light to medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and creamy. Easy to drink.

d - A pretty good porter. Very easy to drink, would certainly have again.

 588 characters

Photo of TheBrewo
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hard pour reveals a dark brown brew with amber streaks throughout when held to the light. It blasts up a two finger head of yellowy-tan that sticks as it recedes for some nice lacing. Carbonation is visually light, and for a beer advertised as unfiltered, there is no sediment or dust to speak of. The aroma offers dark roasty malts, hints of chocolate and coffee, burnt caramel, and fragrant (and slightly sweet) floral hops. As we sip malts and hops compete for the front. The malts, as suggested by the aroma, are nice and toasty, whereas the hops taste more grassy than floral. The hops disappear almost entirely through the middle, making room for the malts to crash into bittersweet chocolate flavoring. The finish is a revival of the hops, which are more bitter and grassy than ever. The aftertaste breathes more of the same, but is naturally lighter. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is evenly medium. The feel is creamy up front, but slightly watery, with the mouth fully dried by the end of the session. The abv is standard and the beer drinks quite well.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the aroma. It can be tough to find a porter with heavy hop character that blends it as well as Tröegs did here. They are sickly sweet and inviting in the aroma, following through in the taste but without overpowering the traditional porter traits. On another note, this is one of the coolest labels out there, brilliantly depicting the name of the beer, while helping to tie the entire experience together.

 1,549 characters

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the same experience with this as I had with the Sam Adams Holiday Porter - this comes across so much more like an English Dark Mild than a porter. I'll concede that my immediate impression upon finishing a pint was that it drinks like a Black IPA / Porter blend - I'd say about a 60/40 mix, respectively.

Instead of being deep dark brown or deep dark black, it's sure a deep dark color, but a shade of red - maybe the deepest darkest red I think I've seen in a beer. Comes with a surprising intensity of fruity aroma and flavor, both hoppy and estery, while conversely lacking significant, characteristic, dominant roasted or coffee elements. Add some caramel notes as well to the smell and some light-moderate caramel and soft chocolate malt flavors, and there you have it. But, yeah, this is predominantly fruity and hoppy. Drinks with a nicely smooth medium-full body. Not what you'd expect from something labeled as a "porter", but tasty and enjoyable for what it gives.

 981 characters

Photo of robwestcott
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

thanks to beandip for this one.

poured cold form the bottle a super dark brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a wisp of an off white head that faded instantly leaving little lace.

very subtle aroma of chocolate malts and dark fruit in the wayback.

chocolate, hints of creamy espresso, hints of dark fruits. nothing too overpowering, yet nothing too terribly impressive. interesting hop presence following the first few sips. as it warms a bit the dark fruits come forward a bit more along with hints of tobacco in the back.

light bodied for the style, higher carbonation than expected, a bit too fizzy on the tongue.

drinkable - sure, yeah.

 653 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Deep brow with ruby notes. Very light head.

S - Light coffee, dark molasses, prunes.

T - Robust roasty malt, hoppy bitters, espresso, chocolate milk, mild bitter finish.

M - Medium body.

D - A little too much to be a session beer, but fairly drinkable.

 260 characters

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to StormKing47 for this as an extra in our trade. 12oz into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Pours a dark brown with a light tan head about half an inch thick that doesn't stick around all that long. A few gobs of lacing as it recedes. Pretty standard looking porter.

S: Has some notes of chocolate and molasses as well as a pretty large note of hops as well. Not to the level of a black ipa, but still pretty hoppy. The combination of these all makes for a somewhat different nose than I had expected, but it works fairly well.

T: Roast and a bit of chocolate stand up first with a great coffee note, underneath is a fairly piney hop profile and decent amount of bitterness. Has a long finish of resiny hops and just a bit of roast. Pretty enjoyable really, maybe a bit too hoppy for what I really like in a porter, but not bad.

M: Medium bodied with a fairly dry finish, carbonation might be just a touch on the high side.

D: I could drink quite a few of these if it was on tap, and if it were regularly available I would probably pick up a sixer of this now and then. Not my favorite porter as it kind of borders on black ipa. Nonetheless, still an enjoyable, well made beer.

 1,192 characters

Photo of JDew
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle to an snifter

A - Pours very dark with a reddish tint held up to light. One finger thick creamy head

S - Very hoppy for a porter, some roasted barley comes through too but the hops dominate the smell.

T - Being a big fan of pale ales I love the taste of this beer. Its strong with hops and the chocolate comes through in the finish. It gives me an easy choice when I cant decide between a porter or a IPA.

M - Not as thick as I expected from the deep color and thick head. It finishes very dry and pretty long.

D - Wouldn't drink too many in a row but perfect for just a few.

 604 characters

Photo of gfreed
2.28/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As a porter this is a failure, but as an IPA tinted with black dye it might be passable. The color is way too light, the aroma is far too weak and the body is watery. The taste is flimsy at best and (here's the IPA part) it's all wrapped up in a bitter, over-hopped girdle that strangles any decent hint of roasted grain right to a miserable death. Grapefruit in my porter?! Feh. Go buy a bottle of Berkshire Drayman's porter and correct your taste buds.

 454 characters

Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,213 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

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