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Tröegs Dead Reckoning PorterTröegs Dead Reckoning Porter

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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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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.

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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +3.1%
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 brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 oline73
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a BD's Mongolian Barbeque pint glass. Bottled on 08.07.2008.

A: Pours a deep brown with a tannish, bubbly head that is about a half finger. Beer is dark and opaque in the glass. Good lacing.

S: Deep, dark malt with a a little bit of cream and some hints of chocolate.

T: Lots of malt and some chocolate. Hints of the tiniest bit of coffee.

M: A little too crisp on the tongue. Maybe a bit over-carbonated to begin with, but fading into a nice creaminess. Medium-bodied.

D: Quite drinkable, especially for the style.

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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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark brown with a medium sized tannish head that left moderate lacing. Aroma is very sweet, even slightly fruity, with hints of roastiness and hops.

Taste is sweet malt up front that leads in a chocolate/coffee roastiness finish that is very warming. Oh and did I mention the hops? Yeah, they're there through the whole mouthfull, with the hoppiness in the finish accentuating that sweet roastiness. Mouthfull is decent for a Porter and seems to get punched up a little bit by the hops.

Troegs has done a nice job with this Porter, especially for a Fall release. The roasted coffe notes and hops coupled with a fairly low ABV help make this a perfectly drinkable beer to hunker down with on those cold, Fall nights.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from both deepsouth & mymrnngjckt so a big "Thank You" goes out to them. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty as it should be but has a little bit of a metallic bite to it. There are flavors of roasted coffee & milk chocolate at the heart of it. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, dry and slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer that's worth drinking for a while, but there are other porters that I would pick first.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a nonic, a solid black color with a huge puff of tan head that the bartender had to let settle before finishing the pour. Nice aroma, basic porter nose, dark malts, roastiness, hints of chocolate and light coffee. Taste followed the aroma, roasty, dark malts, implied chocolate and coffee notes, neither were too potent. Tasted and felt a little bit thin, but still acceptable. No real complaints. Smooth, medium body, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burnt black walnut with sepia colored highlights. A lovely looking brown sugar colored crown fills the glass from the nonic bulge on up. As it melts, rounded hillocks of creaminess appear, along with some of the best lace that I've seen in quite some time. This is one outstanding looking beer.

The porterish nose, unfortunately, is several steps down in terms of quality. It lacks both power and presence initially, improving a little (on both counts) with warming. At just over four months since bottling, age shouldn't be factor.

Dead Reckoning makes a comeback where it matters most. This is a tasty American porter that hits all the right notes, especially when it comes to hops. What hophead could argue with Vanguard and Chinook at 53 IBUs? TDRP is far from unbalanced, though, and should still appeal to anyone who likes good beer.

Troegs made the right choice to include both roasted and black malts (along with pilsener and caramel). They give the beer a roasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolatiness that is almost more stout-like than porter-like. Again, the citrusiness and bitterness of the little green cones are a perfect counterpoint to the darker flavors and the subtle sweetness of the malts. I could go for a second bottle right about now and this one isn't even gone yet.

The mouthfeel is right about where it should be for the style. Bigger would be even better, of course, but it's hard to argue with beer that feels this soft, this smooth and this lightly creamy.

Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter has managed to escape my clutches until my most recent trip to Ohio. If I had known how good it is, I would have bought more than this single bottle. Bottom line: a quality American porter from a quality American brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did not really know what to think of this one when I first got it, but I normally love porters so I figured it was a worthy challenge to see where this one would hold up. Poured a very nice deep dark brown, nearly black and opaque with a smallish, maybe one inch white to off white head on top. This faded gradually leaving behind a nice amount of side glass lace. Smell was very sweet, nice hints of nuts and caramel, along with a roasted barley. The taste was very smooth, and rich and creamy. Very nice caramel flavor with a hint of coffee. Roasted nuts in the back with a very hoppy finish. This actually snuck up on me and I thought it was remnants of the IPA from dinner I thought I was tasting, but it actually had quite the dry hoppy finish. A great medium body with smooth carbonation gave way to a great session porter. Overall this was pretty good. A touch above average for a porter, but overall more then decent. Would definitely not turn it down if it was offered again, a nice little brew here I would have never thought of trying.

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheeers to Riggsy for this one!

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, carob, roasty malt

T: Roasty malt, raisin, chicory coffee notes & a touch of woody hops up front. Faint jammy notes & leafy hops as this warms, figs & sour cherry as this warms in minute amounts, some roasty notes & woody hops too. Finishes dry, fruitty with a touch of charred malt

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation thins out a touch once warm

Not a bad porter, I actually expected a bit more from these guys though, great PA brewery

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask last night at Al's of Hampden. Served cask temp in a Nonic.

A practically black shade of dark brown with slight crimson accent at the base w/ a sandstone cap which settles to a ring of small beads. The lacing clings moderately well. The smell is hoppy, this a porter(closing my eyes - no, this is an IPA!)the smell of piney hops like a Cascadian black ale w/ slight grapefruit accent of Columbus, with a rind-like citrus element. The feel has bitterness of malt and hops w/ light sweetness and subtle grainy texture w/ gentle cask carbonation and medium body w/ semi-dry finish.

The flavor is big on hops -This is a black IPA, I don't care what anyone says. The cascadian black flavor is great with citrus rind, pine and light astringency from the hops w/ a gentle dark malt flavor which gives a light molasses and subtle caramel tinge to the hoppy goodness. The wood notes come out more from malt and light bitter cocoa when warmer w/ a delightful floral compliment of Columbus which lingers in a residual palate coating way. I enjoyed the taste and smell of this most, the drinkability is high, but porter fans beware you will not be experiencing a cask porter. A confused beer, a beer that tastes great is hoppy and is black -Cascadian Dark Ale w/ great drinkabiity- Cheers Troegs!

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

Pours dark ruby. Tough to tell, but it looks like it is very clear (I can make out the shape of the light). Solid light beige head that fades to a dome leaving lots of webby lace.

Smell: Pleasant dark chocolate aroma with a touch of evaporated milk. Overall, very mild but I think I detect some black patent malt as well.

Mild start, powerful finish. Initial sip shows the softer side to this brew--delicate milk chocolate and brown ale notes. Within the second, the harsher malts of burnt black patent and roasted chocolate come through. I was pleasantly surprised by the ample amount of hop present. The swallow is bitter, nearly like a dry stout. Great aftertaste, like a decrescendo of the swallow.

Not your traditional porter--more hop than that. But the complexity and rich flavors make this a superior beer.

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

Served on-tap in the Tröegs tasting room

A - Pours dark brown, bordering on black, with a small half finger tall off-white head leaving streaky lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, chocolate, cream, and lots of hops. Good balance of dark roast and hops. This has to be one of the hoppiest porters out there.

T - Starts off with lots of dark roasted malt quickly giving way to a mix of light chocolate sweetness and lots of citric hops. The roast and hops are very well balanced. The finish is a mix of dark roast and hop bitterness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Roasty, hoppy, feel that lingers on the pallet for some time after the finish.

O - I have always liked this one. It has good balance of flavors and is quite easy to drink. It is nothing mind blowing but it doesn't have to be. Another solid offering from Tröegs.

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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.

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

Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of tanned head. Nose has a very hoppy aroma upfront and towards the end you can pick up on some chocolate/coffee notes. Taste has a nice hop bitterness but also has a more mellow bitterness that seems to come from the burnt grains. Lightly tasting some chocolate/coffee in it as well. Definitely a higher hopped porter than what I am use to but regardless equally enjoyable. Quite a bit of lace left even though the head didn't have lasting retension. Finish of this beer is both bitter and warming with a medium feel.

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