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 Amsterdam
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. Nice thick head with a slight amber hint that fades to a 1/4 inch head before I raise the beer to give it a smell.

Smells nice. Malty with a nice undertone of hops. Reminds me a lot of the smell of the Java Porter from Mountain Sun.

Interestingly, it tastes a LOT like Mountain Sun beer. A nice hoppy porter with strong malt and a bitter aftertaste. The flavor sits at the back of the mouth and leaves a nice finish.

What I like about the beer is the fresh microbrew taste. It has the, just tapped freshness of your local brewpub.

What I am not crazy about: the lack of complexity. It's like clothing style in Virginia: same, same, same, same, and more of the same.

This would be nice if served with food, and my guess is that it was developed as a pub ale, but on it's own it lacks the complexity to spark conversation.

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

Time and experience has taught me that I am not a fan of porters, unless they add an "imperial" to the name or alter the flavor with coffee or some other such gimick. Nevertheless, my addiction to the habit of trying as a wide a selection of beers as my abilities allow me to find has lead me to another porter, this time from Troegs. I poured the 12oz into a pint glass, and it looked stouty (dark brown-black with a 2-finger tan foam). The smell is mostly roasted malts, maybe a little sweet but mostly roasty. The taste is all roast, a little bitter but I suspect from roast rather than hops. It seems to me that these flavors are just about right for a porter, just not my thing. The body is slightly heavy, a good indication of a nice malt bill, and drinkability is fine except for the roast flavor which is a little objectionable to my tastes. Overall solid, Troegs always satisfies for a style.

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

A: Very dark brown, not quite black, with a fairly big, creamy light brown head with good retention and lacing.

S: Dark, roasted malts and a very robust floral and citric hop aroma for an American Porter. Some creamed coffee and chocolate as well.

T: Wow, aggressive floral hop flavor stands out especially for the style. Dark roasted malts with subtle smokiness. Definitely more coffee than chocolate. Some more citric notes and then another wave of riding floral hops into the finish.

M: Full-bodied and rather crisp compared to many of its peers. Somewhat active carbonation. A bit chewy.

D: I enjoy what they've done here, even though I don't think it's overly outstanding. That said, it's very good, and easy to drink. A nice, aggressively hopped porter here from Troegs.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours blck with a coffee colored fluffy heading. Smells of coffee and chocolate a bit of spice in the end to. Great dry malty taste of coffee and bitter chocolate. Awesome lacing with rings all around the glass to the bitter end. One of the easiest drinkable porter's I've tasted.

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Photo of gory4d
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, brown to black with russet at the edges when held to the light; the head is a couple of fingers high, tan and thick, and leaves lots of lacing as it lingers down the glass. The smell is straw and coffee beans and earth. The taste is like not-so-sweet apple butter at first, giving way to notes of mild coffee that pass into a hoppy bite, at last finishing with a taste of just plain dirt. It fills up the mouth nicely, with just enough carbonation. One or two of these would be plenty, but it's quite a good porter.

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

Appearance is a beautifully black pour with two fingers of thick head that coats the glass as it disappears.

Smells of milk and light chocolate with a hint of hops parading in the background.

Tastes pretty light with very small hints of the smells noted. A bit on the watery side. Malty sweetness followed by a light bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Body and carbonation is medium.

Drinkability is mixed, while it is easy to drink, I'd probably pass this up for something with a little more flavor.

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Photo of biegaman
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coffee bean brown with Santos mahogany accenting when held up to the light. The highlighting makes for a more lively beer and given that it's not a stout it shouldn't have to look overly stout anyhow. Concerns are noted, however, for the loosely fit crown that makes up its only topping. Even repetitive swirling can't ensure a lasting bed of cream.

The nose is absolutely brimming with highly aromatic, American seasoned hops. Reportedly of the Chinook variety, they impart a zest comprised of peppery spice, fragrant flowers and a light tang of over-ripened citrus. The fragrance becomes complete with a caramel coating and a stiff hit of roast malt. It has everything, what's not to like about it?

You might not imagine green hops to work well in dark beers but you'd be wrong. (Shame on you, hops go well with anything!) Like Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald porter, this strikes an unselfish partnership between spicy, zesty hops and dark, roasted malts. It's like a hot chocolate - only served cold and with bulbous hop cones floating in place of marshmallows.

Porter profiles are generally two-dimensional: they are bitter and sweet. With American porters (and liberal hopping) they become three-dimensional from the addition of zest. I find this a more satisfying profile for those already acclimatized to the New World offerings. That said, there's still enough cold coffee and smoke to keep old-fashioned crowds happy too.

The bitterness is a little high up there for the style. To properly adjust, the carbonation has been bumped up accordingly and, despite whatever resinous lingering, the beer is incessantly drinkable. Most importantly, there's an evenness between the milk chocolate flavour and roast character, the beer's balance benefits from neither being too prevalent.

It shouldn't come as any surprise to me that I enjoyed this, I've enjoyed every Troegs beer I've yet to try. They seem to make a very well crafted product with close attention paid to detail and style guideline. Their porter may not be the best of its kind but it's certainly well worth recommending - and definitely drinking again. Blasted! If only I had another one!

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

Courtesy of Triple Trouble BIF.

A - Deep cola in color with a two finger tan head that leaves some lacing as it descends into a film of bubbles on the top of the drink.

S - Deep roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee all complete for dominance in the nose. Small amount of piney resin detected as well.

T - Roasted malts and piney hop bitterness are the main stars when it comes to flavor. As the glass warms a bit dark chocolate with notes of coffee make their way onto the scene. The finish is slightly sweet with the dark chocolate and coffee flavors lingering.

M - Full bodied and well balanced with the slight to moderate carbonation present.

D - This one hell of a brew that has a lot going on. I could seriously drink this all day.

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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 nrbw23
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown or black color with a tan head that fades slowly to a sticky ring and skim coat. A thick sheet of lace is left behind.

S- Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of piny hops, and some freshly brewed coffee.

T- Follows the nose here really well. A nice chocolate, coffee, roasted malts at the beginning and finishes with a slightly hop bitterness.

M- Medium in body, right on carbonation wise but still felt a little watery.

D- Easy to drink and good just not the best I've ever had.

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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 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/17/08. Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head with tons of suspended particles. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and smoked malt. Flavor is mostly sweet malt with less roast and coffee than in the aroma. Some bitter hops too. Decent porter, pretty drinkable.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dashirey for this one.

A- Nice one and a half finger light tan head, near opaque black.

S- Roasted grain and dark bittersweet chocolate.

T- Smooth bittersweet roasted grain flavor up front with some citrusy hop flavor to follow. A light earthy character carries into the finish.

M- Medium bodied, pretty decent.

D- Not bad for a porter.

Easily worth seeking out if you're a porter fan.

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Photo of vurt
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of mikereaser, poured into a nonic pint glass.

(Before I get to the review, I have to compliment the label illustrator for working the word "Troegs" into the wave to the right of the hand holding the compass. Nice job!)

A hazy, nearly opaque, dark brown beer with deep amber highlights at the edges. Really good color for the style. The head is an appealing tan color, with a rich and creamy consistency, and it lasts a ridiculously long time. Also, it leaves generous lacing behind on the glass.

The main smell is roasted malt, with plenty of good sweet milk chocolate. There's also a solid hoppiness which cuts through the malt with spicy and citrusy notes. I also smell ground coffee, caramel, and toasted black bread. A good collection of aromas.

It starts with a moderate malty sweetness that gives way quickly to herbal and piney hop flavors and a huge bitter roastiness. Halfway across the tongue, that bitterness blends wonderfully with evolving flavors of dark chocolate and brewed coffee. The citrus character of the hops comes through in the middle, and blends with the chocolate flavors of the malt to create a flavor like a dark chocolate orange truffle. Superb. Roasted malt flavors and bitterness last to the very end of the lengthy finish.

Medium-bodied, smooth, and slightly chewy. The body has just enough heft to carry the rich and well-balanced flavors. To me, the carbonation seems a little soft for the body, but I'd rather have too little than too much in this case.

I'm not usually a fan of hoppy porters, but this one really hits the spot. The big roasty and hoppy flavors complement each other nicely, and are very well balanced. I'd love to try this one on tap someday. Since this porter isn't available where I live, I might just have to trade for a few more bottles sometime. Highly recommended.

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Photo of d0ggnate
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in August 2008 and poured in an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a rich, dark brown with a fluffy marshmallow-like head. Tight lace leaves a solid ring inside my glass.
S: Smooth creamy chocolate malt aroma. Also smells a bit hoppy. It reminds me of an American Barleywine smell.
T: A subdued chocolate taste. A bit malty and I am taking notice of a roasted flavor here. The hop/barleywine like presence continues.
M: Smooth, but lacking body. A bit watery.
D: Yummy, but nothing to write home about. I was expecting more, but I'm still enjoying it.

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

Bottled August 2008; Sampled December 2008
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, well browned, dark tan colored head. The head sticks around for quite some time and even leaves some layered lacing patterns on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark and almost a perfect black color, but does show a brilliantly clear, burnt ruby hue if held up directly to the light. The aroma is quite roast focused, but there is a solid backdrop of hop aromatics that while not dominant definitely add some pungency to the nose. Aromas of cold black coffee, citrus oil, toasted whole grain bread, burnt cocoa, and a dry, browned cracker note in the finish. As my nose adjusts the hop aromatics become quite a bit more focused, they actually compete and almost balance the roast character after a short time.

Sweet malt up front is quickly tempered by a dry, bitter roast character and an herbal hop character. My second sip has me noticing a citrus-like hop component much more and this mixes in pretty well with a dry, dark chocolate note, a burnt caramel, and the commanding, but not harsh, roast character. The roast character really lingers on in the palate after each sip, there is a touch of herbal hop bitterness too, but mostly notes of burnt grain husks and black, bitter coffee. The hop character is really pretty big here and it works too; herbal hop notes of menthol, a touch of hemp are as noticeable, if not more sometimes, as the citrus notes of grapefruit and spicy, essential citrus oil. A solid biting bitterness gets a bit green at times in the finish and is a product of both the roast character and the hops, though you can separate out the two influences. I like the body of this beer, it has a touch of chewy malt richness to it, but overall it is quite drinkable without being too light to support the combined hop and roast grain character. Dark chocolate notes and toasted, yet faintly sweet, whole grain bread notes become more noticeable as the beer warms up and help to round the character out a bit.

I do like hoppy porters; this one strikes a nice balance between roast grain character and pungent hop notes, both are quite noticeable in their own right. A great beer I would be happy to spend an evening with.

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle into a nonic. Printing on the glass indicates "Bottled 080608."

A- Dark mahogany/black and opaque. ~3 fingers of creamy, cascading tan head. Head dwindles slowly, leaving nearly 1/2 a finger cap for the duration of consumption. Loads of sticky lacing. Beautiful.

S- Citrusy/hoppiness, with smoky roasty smells emerging as it warms. Even some vague cocoa hints.

T- A pleasant blending of citrusy hops, malty/roasty smokiness and a moderately bitter finish.

M- Medium/low carbonation. A crisp, refreshing aspect brought about by the citrusy/hoppiness, but an overall, smooth and creamy feel.

D- Very high/sessionable, and seems quite versatile. Could equally see kicking back a few of these on a cold winter night as I could on a hot summer day.

Future outlook: Yes, I will buy and drink you again. Well done!

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Photo of eweneek83
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours the darkest shade of opaque brown, with about an inch of tan head that slowly fades to a thin film. Lacing clings from the top of the pour to the bottom of the glass.

S: Smell is mostly roasted malts with a tiny dash of sweetness. No discernible hop aroma.

T: Full but slightly restrained roasty character at the front, with notes of coffee. A mildly bitter hop finish that sustains and supplements the malt profile. While solid, the flavor profile lacks a certain roundness present in other porters.

M: The beer is appropriately chewy, with moderate to low carbonation. Seems about where it should be.

D: This is a solid porter, and I could certainly drink several. The flavors are full but do not fatigue the palate, so there is no harm in having multiple servings.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of blackie
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice little khaki head over a very dark chestnut colored beer, nice retention

s: simple dark roasted barley base, big, strikingly fruit punch-like hop aromas dominant, interesting but I prefer my porters on the malty side, and this one is decidedly hop-focused

m: carbonation on the low side, medium body

t: roasted barley subverted by a high level of tropical hop flavors, the roast astringency does come through in the finish with a growing bitterness, a little on the hoppy side for my preferences but a good example

d: no problem...could take a few

single from Norm's, Vienna, VA...bottled 080708

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a massive 3 fingers of caramel colored head. Great lacing.The color is mostly black with some ruby highlights when help up to light.

S:A nice but muted roasted character. There is some chocolate in there that gives the nose a more robust feel.

T: Nice but burnt roasted flavor up front. It then goes into this creamy taste followed by a blast of chocolate. It finishes bitter with a hint of espresso beans. The chocolate really creeps up the more you drink.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation that feels spot on. A little bit creamy.

D: This is a damn fine porter. I like this brewery a lot. They make some of the best more sessionable beers out there. Recommended.

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

Pours the darkest of browns with a two-finger tan head that fades slowly to a sticky ring and skim coat. A thick sheet of lace is left behind.

Smell is roasted malts, dark chocolate, a hint of piny hops, and some freshly brewed coffee.

Taste begins with some roasted malts/burnt flavors up front, followed by a mix of milk and dark chocolate. Some roasted coffee beans lead into pine flavors and a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is on the full-side of medium, with moderate carbonation.

A wonderful, easy drinking porter. A great example of the style.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from Abankovich in recent trade. Thanks Adam!

Appearance: Pours a very deep brown color with a big two fingers worth of tan head. This beer leaves tremendous lacing and left sheets of it all over my glass until the very end.
Smell: I get loads of caramel and roast grain along with a citrus and piney hop scent that is working well together.
Taste: The sweet caramel rushes to the front of the palate followed quickly by the hop bitterness bite. The hops leave an almost fruity and citrus flavor along with caramel. There is a roasted nut quality as well as the beer warmed. The flavors work well together, and as I write this I would think they would if I was reading it.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little high, but it is medium bodied and quite smooth.
Drinkability: This was quite refreshing, and with the lower ABV I would have another quite easily.

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

This beer poured as black as night with no light getting through. It formed a huge medium tan foamy had that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. Looked much like a root beer float. An aroma of malt, hops, cocoa and pine. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, anise and a hint of hops. The body was medium light and the finish light, yet slightly sweet.

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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.

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