Dead Reckoning Porter | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Dead Reckoning PorterDead Reckoning Porter
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Dead Reckoning PorterDead Reckoning Porter

Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 08-17-2003

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Ratings: 1,218 |  Reviews: 536
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very decent porter. An average nose and not much head nor lace, of heavy brown colour. Above average mouthfeel, malty more than roasty, though both elements are there, in addition a decent bitterness. Maltiness makes it a breeze to drink. ABove average porter.

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Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a delicious and unconventional porter. this one pours a nice smooth chocolate brown color, with some suspended sediment and an inch or two of foamy tan head. the nose is surprisingly hoppy for a porter, bitter and resinous, almost like a black ipa more than a porter. there is also a big old roasty malt profile that compliments the hops nicely. the flavor is balanced between the two, a little smokey and a little chocolatey sweet. the remaining yeast also adds a pudding like element to this, with perhaps just a touch of spice lingering with the hops in the finish. i like the idea of a yeasty and hoppy porter. unfiltered is nice here, and it adds some body. carbonation is very lively, and its a fun beer to session, especially in winter time. overall one of my favorite troegs brews.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy very dark brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and left heaving lacing down the sides of the glass and a thin head covering the surface.
S: From the initial sniff, this beer has the unmistakable aroma of a well-hopped American Porter. The Chinook hops really stand out in particular and contribute the smell of pine resin in the nose.
T: As in the smell, the hops are apparent with flavors of pine resin and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. There are also notes of roasted malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some notes of dryness are present in the finish.
O: This is a great porter that can really stimulate your nostrils and taste buds, yet despite all of the flavors it remains rather easy to drink. This seems like a beer that would appeal to hopheads—especially those who enjoy Black IPAs.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Toasty dry and sharply bitter, this Porter has the clean crispness and citrus character that scream American brewing techniques.

The beer pours a very dark brown, basically opaque but without a heavy haze. A firm tan head forms a batt across the beer and holds firm for nearly the duration of the session. Medium lacing on the glass sing more praise.

Aromas of heavy toast, light roast, nutty coffee, clean cocoa, and malted milk give a rich and complex aroma. Throw in a resiny hop scent and the beer takes a decidedly American turn.

Toasty and malty early, the beer allows the influence of cream and light caramel to surface. As those are short lived, the toast, roast, and coffee takes precidence and lead directly into the piney, grassy flavors and hop bitterness. Cocoa and coffee make a return in aftertaste as the hops bitterness linger into the finish.

Malty dry from start to finish, a mild creaminess starts the beer before giving way to the dry, toasty dominance of the beer.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown color with some light turning the beer red at the edges. There is a quarter finger of light tan head that goes away completely and rather quickly.

Smell: Some roasted malt with an underlying dark fruit sweetness. I'm getting hints of molasses and dark chocolate. There is a very mild hop note underneath the other smells.

Taste: This isn't a particularly sweet porter. Lots of roasted malt yields some bitterness throughout the sip. There are some mildly sweet malty, dark fruit notes underneath. In the finish I'm getting some more roast along with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with smooth, tingly carbonation and a very dry finish.

Overall: This is a fairly average porter. I would have liked some more malt to balance out the bitterness. Still not bad, but there are better porters out there.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, caramel colored, two-finger head. It left small traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of a good deal of caramel. Also, a subtle floral nose.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and roasted malt. It had a sharp bitter bite from the hops.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beeer.

D - This is a pretty darn good porter. I wish I had more access to Troegs beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with a frothy tan head that leaves a decent amount of lacing

Smell: While I keep sniffing for the dark roasty elements, the hoppy aspect keeps getting in the way; finally, I determined that there is a balance between the two

Taste: Opens with a rather fruity, hoppy flavor that is joined by the roasty chocolate elements at mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness tends to keep foiling every attempt for the porter to assert itself but that is not a bad thing for those who like a hoppy porter

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Could easily be categorized as a dark IPA as it is a porter, this is quite a nice beer to drink

Thanks, beandip, for the opportunity

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

A: Pours an opaque clear very dark amber to dark brown (almost black) in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense dark beige head that slowly reduces to a quarter finger tall dense layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with a moderate to strong smell of pine/resin hops - this is quite interesting to smell a hopped porter.

T: The beer starts out with moderate to strong flavors of roasted malts and finishes with the light pine/resin hop flavors and a moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Seems like a hybrid between the styles of a porter and a black IPA and a quite successful one at that - it appeals to my enjoyment of dark roasted flavors and hop aromas/flavors. Very easy to drink and a beer that I could definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troeg's Dead Reckoning Porter pours a black body with ruby highlights beneath a full head of frothy dark tan foam that holds well and leaves beautiful lace about the glass.

The nose is fresh, clean, and bright, expressing dark chocolate and pine needles as well as some cold black coffee in the background.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and crisp with a standard carbonation level.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with piney hops livening the median roast and darkly chocolatey notes of the malt. Some citrusy notes are apparent as well, and it's also a touch floral - nicely hoppy! It's well-balanced by a brisk bitterness, and it finishes dry with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, and almost-minty spruce and pine.

Although it's fairly straight-forward, it does have a great deal of depth (if not complexity); and, after all, isn't that what we're looking for in a standard porter? It's accessible, and quite drinkable, at least in part due to the refreshing nature of the pine-like hop character.

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

12 oz bottle received from Dyan.

Appearance: Uncapped and poured into one of those ugly "scientifically engineered" Sam Adams glasses, this beer sits a near opaque dark brown. A small tan head forms and promptly disappears - so much for the glass enhancing head retention, I guess.

Smell: Oddly hoppy for the style, lots of citrus and tobacco notes at the forefront, though they're balanced by chocolate malts. Interesting so far.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and malty, though not sweet in the slightest; this stuff is dry through-and-through. There's plenty of hop flavor on display here as well, tobacco being most prominent to my palate, with a bit of citrus rind beneath it. Medium-light in body and carbonation both. The finish has a surprisingly bold hop bitterness, which is met by an equally strong bite from the roasted grains. Pretty big flavors here for a 5.40% brew, but it works. More good stuff from Troegs.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap back in September at Horseshoe pub in Hudson, MA, but forgot to log it here. Went over my notes and saw it there.

A: Very dark brown color with a small amount of light streaming through. Light head disappears quicky.

N: Some roasted malts and some bright hops. Touch of coffee and toffee.

T: Taste has quite a bit of roasted malts and coffee with some chalky chocolate powder and slight creamy flavor. Slightly spicy hops bitter it a bit.

M: Pretty thin on the mouth surprisingly for the style, but has quite a bit of carbonation.

F: Slightly spicy with earthy roasted finish and bitter hop bite. Semi sweet with almost a sour fruit hidden behind everything else.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5%

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