Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter | Tröegs Brewing Company

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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 cooncat
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz. bottle at slightly below room temperature into a standard pint glass.

The pour produces a beautiful porter. Deep 'dark chocolate brown', with garnet highlights at the edges. The mocha colored head is huge and blocky in stature; creamy and foamy in texture. Head retention is very good, and this is just a great looking brew in the glass. Lots of beautiful lacing on the sides of the glass.

The nose is a bit on the light side, more like a London porter than an American porter. The typical porter notes are there; roasty malts, coffee and bitter chocolate.

The taste is much more in line with the American porter standard. For me, the dark chocolate notes are dominant over the coffee and roasty malt. This is very reminiscent of a stout. Of course, any BA worth his salt knows that Stouts were originally derived from the porter, first being known as Stout-porters, and later just becoming Stouts .. but I digress. Mouthfeel is just right for the style, and drinkability is up there; a fine session brew, easily quaffed.

Troegs continues to offer great brews, and is one of PA.'s premier breweries, if not one of the country's premier breweries.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of SaucyA
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks pretty standard in the snifter. Deep, dark, almost black... brown with a wispy off-white head. Nothing amazing, nothing off.

S - Troegs wins for best-smelling porter I've ever whiffed. Huge chocolatey malts coupled with a wicked american hop profile make this a real sniffer. I could see where others wouldn't necessarily like this, I find it to be an awesome combination.

T - This is my kinda brew. Dark, heavy malty backbone that's seemingly dry hopped to hell and back. Not outrageously complex, but then again, it doesn't really need to be. Coffee and mild chocolate aspects, with a nice bitter hop finish.

M - A little thin for my liking, but the carbonation is pretty well spot on.

D - Awesome drinkability... this is another absolute winner from Troegs.

Notes: Between this and Nugget Nectar, I'm a jealous boy. I think Troegs is distributing to Ohio now, and giving me another reason why I need to make a drive down there. Lucky dogs!

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Photo of BrooBub
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DCH
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SShelly
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An extra from a trade...

Pours dark brownish black with a nice off white poof of head.

Aroma is roasty with a little chocolate and coffe.

First thought on tasting this is "damn thats bitter" and it doesnt stop...some nice chocolate and coffe behind the bitterness but you have to really search for it.

not my favorite porter, not bad neccesarily just not that enjoyable.

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Photo of engagechad
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - tulip

Pours a nice dark brown with decent head and lacing, well filtered and pretty lookin'. Smells nice, but very tame, vaguely malty on the nose with spice. Taste is mellow and smooth for the most part, quite enjoyable but not amazing.

Overall this is a good porter but if it's sitting next to Founders Porter.. and it was.. . well..

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter

Got this from orcasteve. Poured from a 12oz bottle to a Guinness glass.

App- Black with dark copper highlights. Nice tan head that dissipates to a light film. Good lacing as you drink.

Smell - Chocolate and...what is that... Hops? Rarely do I smell hops like this in a porter, but as a bonified hophead I am pleasantly surprised.

Taste- More of the same. Chocolate and hops. Yum. Looks like this was bottled on 7 16 10. Makes me imagine what this is like fresh.
Roasted barley brings up the rest of the taste.

Mouthfeel- Perfect for the style. Almost stout like but a little thin. Just as a porter should be.

Drinkability- Great! I could have three or four of these and want another.

I have had this before, but don't remember it this good! I have had a number of Troegs beers and they have not been very memorable to me, but this one stands out. Very good porter.

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Photo of msarver16
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of AHeaston8
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OatmattStout
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

solid porter here.

poors dark and good head that disipates leaving light lace.

nose roasted malts

taste dark roasted malts and nice hop dryness. had a coco powder chocolate undertone which was nice.

some people complained about thin mouthfeel but it is right on for the style. a session easy drinking porter here that i will get again.

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Photo of jdaddy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Metz
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark brown. Tan head.
Smell: Coffee and cocoa.
Taste: Light coffee, cocoa, and celery (who knows). Hop aftertaste.

This is an easy drinker. The smell was rather faint, but the overall combination with the taste was an enjoyable one. This would have been good during the summer. The hoppy aftertaste was nice as well. I could possibly get this again.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipates within about a minute and leaves a decent amount of foamy lacing. The smell was roasty and bitter coffee pervading through some light caramel, chocolate and oatmeal. The taste took those flavors and combined it wonderfully. There was a nice bitter coffee aftertaste that ended up leaving a dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium on the body with a quality that wanted to show a decent sessionability but kinda made me sip it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me as it was slightly smooth and creamy. Overall, I say this was a good American Porter well worthy of having again.

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Photo of cbyrd4088
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of buffcityx
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dudecandle
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass:

A: Deepest brown color, near black. Light beige head, one finger, good cap, good lacing. Some sediment inside.

S: Chocolate up front, a good dose of citric hops, with a good balance of sweet caramel, and even a dash of smoke. This is quite complex, and it all works well together.

T: Smoke comes out a lot more on the taste. The chocolate is central, and a tad sweet. The citrus from the hops harnesses the sweetness to get a more distinct pop. The bitterness is more of the coffee sort. Caramel falls to the background.

M: Moderate body, with a long-lasting smoky finish.

D: Highly drinkable. Everything works in sync very well. Smoke, sweet, citrus, bitter. This is currently my favorite American Porter.

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Photo of Naugled
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark chestnut brown color with thin dark tan head.

Sweet roasty smell with some hops shining through

Bitter chocolate and coffee notes, some what on the bitter side of the scale, aggressively hopped.

Nice crisp mouth feel

A very drinkable and well made porter. I will be buying more of this.

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Photo of Sparger
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jifigz
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint.

The beer pours a nice almost black/deep dark brown. The head is huge and off-white and lingers for a long time (the pour was vigorous to generate the head.) The aroma is slightly malty and has a good amount of bitterness in the aroma. There is a mild chocolate scent in the smell of smell of the beer. The beer is very mild in flavor with a little bit of bitterness and smoke riding the tail end of the swallow. The other flavors that are there, although mild, are chocolate and cola. A good bitterness is the lingering aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of high in carbonation.

This is a nice porter. This is a prime example of an American Porter. It is nicely balanced and a great easy drinking dark ale.

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Photo of 52P48
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into my new sam adams winter welcome ale glass that is somewhere between a snifter and a tulp,the beer is a very deep brown with a small tan head that left some nice lacing.

nose has some notes of roasted malt,dark chocolate,wood,and a slight sourness.normally i'd be turned off by the sour like smell,however it works somehow with the beer.

big roasted malt,caramel,and bitter chocolate flavors in the palate. some coffee like acridity, finishes with a lingering dark chocolate taste.

medium bodied but slightly overcarbonated. however this is still a really good porter.reasonably priced and worth trying. i'll probably be going back to this somewhat soon.

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Photo of anaids
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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.

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