Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Dead Reckoning PorterTröegs Dead 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: 1,217 |  Reviews: 535
Photo of MrMonkey
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +8.4%
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 +18.1%
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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Photo of drseamus
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby notes and a thin head. The nose has roast malt and chocolate. Pretty aromatic. Very roasty taste. There is good chocolate in there but it is certainly roast driven. Medium bodied, perhaps on the lighter end of a porter. It's pretty good all around. Very roasty.

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Photo of LordHammer
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

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.

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Photo of weasbri
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark beer, with a small head, but plenty of sticky lacing.
The roasted malt is prominent on the nose, chocolatey though too.
The cocoa flavor comes through first, a tad bitter like a dark chocolate, but I know it's from the hops, which makes it fun, swirling the flavors together on the tongue. Really interesting beer that manages to be a little creamy in texture, but maintains a bite afterward.

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Photo of BWH3
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep dark brown with the slightest fiery red tints at the edges. A big beige head smolders up then fades quickly to a still clingy ring.

S: A slightly sweet aroma of toffee and milk chocolate. The yeast gives of a fruity ester aroma that sweetens the nose further. The finishing touches are a hint of roasted malt and a fragrant lightly floral hops.

T: The faintest amount of caramel and cocoa sweetness followed by the dominating flavor of roast grain. The roasted malt is not ashy or smoky but simply dry and acidic.

M: Thin, still, dry and average head retention.

D: This was an okay porter. I know of better as I am sure you do as well. I must admit I have a bit of a bias against Troeg's and this at times makes me less than enthusiastic about their beers. However, I keep sampling them anyway.

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Photo of Strix
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells of charred wood, stale coffee, and an earthy flavor.

Charred wood/stale coffee was forward in the taste for me. After that, sort of a muddled earthy note, and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel a bit thin for the style, sort of a chalky feel.

Overall, This was a little dry and muddled for my taste. The right flavors were in there somewhere, but didn't mesh for me.

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Photo of everetends
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle thanks the great Lum. Thanks, Paul. Served up in a nonic pint.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown that is almost black. It still doesn't let any light in. Hell this could be black. Too close to call. Got a really nice, half finger of head off the pour. The head is mocha in color but has little retention. Lacing is minimal. This is a par looking brew. Hopefully it gets better from here.

S: Smell is of some heavily roasted malt, but it isn't burn. Just heavy malt presense and sweetness. When you pull away from the glass you get a really wonderful milk chocolate scent coming out. Coffee is in there as well. When you really stick your nose in the glass you get a serious, grainy earthiness that is somewhat like celery. Smells really interesting and good.

T: Taste is once again a raelly nice malt, perfectly heavily roasted. The caramel sweetness is right on. Milk chocolate is not as heavy as it is in the nose but the flavor is great. Coffee rounds it off with a touch of dark roasted bitterness. Hops come through a bit as the brew warms but it really just is an afterthought here when compared to the malt backbone. Tasty shit.

M: Heavy side of medium in body. Really creamy goodness. Coats the mouth. ABV is no where to be found. So clean and easy drinking. Goes down with barely an aftertaste.

D: Good beer. Very drinkable for a porter. Goes down so easy. This stuff is damned near perfect. Would absolutely seek out more of this stuff. Another hit from Troegs.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have yet to come across a Tröegs creation which I won't try again. So when I learned that dead reckoning was their newest beer I had great anticipation. This beer certainly didn't let me down. It is a great porter-style beer with a Tröegs twist with the addition of a gratuitous amount of hops. At first sight you get a rich dark color and a nice off-white head. At first smell you get a nose full of hops!!! Quite the interesting rendition of a classic but executed quite well I believe. Tröegs once again amazes me with the attention to detail with this brew. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of Klunco
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle (Cellar Temperature) into an imperial Samuel Smith's Tulip Glass.

A- Espresso brown with a tan head that sticks around.

S-Nice aroma of fruity hops combined with dark malts.

T- Nice taste of coffee and bready malts up front followed by a bit of bite from the hops and chocolate malts.

M- Medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel

D- A solid beer, but the hops at the end make this not much of a session beer. The underlying beer is solid, but the hops only take away from the beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Poured my portion into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a thick dark brown with a toasty one-finger tan head of above-average retention, bubbly, foamy, fizzy. Lacing is nice, hollow-looking, but widespread, web-like, in huge curtains across the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Toasty malts - mostly coffee and dirty, nondescript breadiness - but a surprisingly large amount of hops!! Zesty citrus, spicy grassiness, and minty, leafy notes, light, earthy, airy, and very pleasant.

Taste: Nice and flavorful without overdoing it. Chocolate, toasty malts, lighter, sweeted, roasty notes, a mild hop bitterness, and a surprisingly large amount of pleasant hop notes - tons of leafy but not quite vegetal notes and a decent helping of citrus - classic Chinook! Not quite chocolate orangey, but it's getting close. Mellows out after a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, medium bodied, a little uneven, but fairly creamy and smooth. A definite milky edge to it, pleasant.

Drinkability: A damn fine porter. Hoppy, roasty, toasty, full-bodied, full-flavored, there's a lot goin' on here, and most of it's really good. Pick up a sixer of this one if you can get it - it's a great session beer, and definitely worth it.

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Photo of Phillyduke
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a nonic pint glass. Semi-vigorous pour reveals a deep brown (nearly black) opaque brew with a beautifully reverse-cascading two-finger head of frothy espresso-colored foam. The head seems to want to linger forever, making the presentation extremely appealing and inviting. A fine lace clings to the glass as the head slowly recedes to a thick cap. Flawless.

S: Initial smell is of dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate. A bit of hoppiness reveals itself as the beer warms, though it's definitely a supporting player in this nose.

T/M/D: Dark and malty backbone holds chocolate and coffee flavors at the forefront, which then give way to a pleasing hoppy bite and dry, bitter finish. A pleasing tingle from the carbonation greets the tongue, and each sip lingers on the palate for a bit, begging you for another dose.

There's not a whole heck of a lot going on here, but what is going on is done extremely well, making this well-balanced, flavorful, and very easy to drink. A perfect companion on a cold winter night, and the standard-bearer for what I personally look for in a good porter. Tröegs hits the sweet spot again!

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

12 ounce bottle, I'm a sucker for the Good ole' Grateful Dead theme, including the 60's style Troegs writing on the label. Pours a deep respectable near black ballsy porter tone. Mocha tiny bubble head, nice lacing and a tad of sheeting. Dark malts and hints of chocolate and cafe au lait in the nose. Very pleasant, tasty and easy drinking porter. More nice roastyness of the malts, a hint of smoke,light chocolate notes, moderate hop presence late and an overall quite pleasant approach. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Gmann
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chocolate brown color with a small tan head that dissipated into a very slight ring. The aroma is of a roasted chocolate malt coupled with a juicy hop aroma. A nice fresh grapefruit hop aroma. The taste is of a smooth chocolate malt, bittersweet. The malt is then followed by a noticable hop presense; nice and grassy, a touch of grapefruit. The feel is thick and chewy, soft carbonation, smooth, finishes bitter. A very tasty porter, good chocolate qualities along with a noticable hop flavor.

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Photo of SaucyA
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Jerzdevil1116
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, opaque body. Small tan head.

S: Full of roasted malts. Coffee and a hint of smoke present. Also a noticible hop presence.

T: Very earthy, roasted taste. Like the smell, begins with hints of coffee. Dry hop finish.

M: Medium to full bodied. Smoothe and crisp.

D: One of the best porters I've had to date. Dry earthy and smoothe drinking.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a very nice, dark brown. Almost black but not quite. Noticed some sediment suspended throughout the glass, but nothing to worried about.

Smells slightly roasted/coffee. Not overwhelming.

Tastes similar to the smell. Nice and balanced. I'm personally not a fan of overly roasted porters. This one is right were I like them.

Very smooth beer through and through.

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Photo of BravoTwo
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap. A dark opaque brown/black with hints or red on the fringes. Nice dense tan head that slowly drops down to lacing and laces well down the glass. Smells of dark roasty malt, coffee and slight bitterness. This beer tastes wonderfully roasty, and is balanced by nice bitterness which really compliments the roasted flavors well. Some might be suprised by the liberal dose of hops, but it really accentuates the overall character. Mouthfeel is nicely medium to full with appropriate levels of carbonation. Overall, a highly drinkable offiering from Troegs, with suprising flavor profiles that compliment and expand.

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Photo of Jayli
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off - thanks to TheManiacalOne for this one!

This beer pours an almost opaque brown darkness with a short wispy light tan head that fades slowly and a good amount of lacing. There is a mild roasted malt and coffee aroma. It smells like it's going to be creamy, but it's a lot lighter body than I anticipated. There is a roasted malt taste that, at first, masked by the slightly bitter taste. There is a delayed transition to the coffee flavor finish that lingers significantly. This was a decent beer, but not one that I would consider for a longer sitting.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice black body with a tan head and some lace.

S. Nose is of roasted malts and vanilla primarily. Smells robust and full.

T. Follows the roasted malt nose. Some hops are there and provide a residual bitterness, not letting the malts get too sweet. A nice mocha coffee note and a bit of smoke. Very good.

M/D. Full bodied and thick. A very flavorful beer and worthy of buying a case. I seem to have a hard time finding this beer, and after trying it, I can say its worth seeking out.

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

From a Yanks fan to congratulate the Phillies.

A_Pours a dark dark brown/black with a decent head and sheets of lacing.

S_Roasted coffee, grains and a decent dose of generic hops.

T_Nice bitter roasted flavours up front, coffee and grain. This is followed by a good dose of piney hops. On the dry side.

M_Medium bodied, higher end carbonation.

D_An above average porter, on the dry side how I prefer it.

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Photo of spointon
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a murky cola-brown color that produced only a 1/4" cream colored head that quickly dropped to zero. Not much lacing down the glass.

S= I smelled sweet caramelly malts, slightly roasted grains, carob, and a faint earthy hop note.

T= Much the same as the aroma, only much more subdued. I found caramel and chocolate sweetness up front followed quickly by a dry roasted grain flavor. The finish was also a bit dry (too dry for the style in my opinion).

MF= Medium bodied, but I thought the mouthfeel on this one was a bit too sharp on the tongue, mostly due to the high carbonation level.

D= Not nearly the best porter out there, yet it had its good points. Worth a try.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a really nice Troegs sampler today in a BIF from my newest bestest buddy adamharbaugh and this was his recommendation for first try. Let's see if he knows what the hell he's talkin bout.

Black fluid with a moderate off-white head. Some thin smatherings of lace hither, thither, and yon.

Took a big whiff and the first thing I thought was 'wow, is that hops?' Me thinks it is. Never smelt hops in a porter before. In fact I can't detect any of the usual porter aromas.

Extremely unique. Big hop flavor. In a porter. I think way at the back I might taste a slight bit of chocolate but I'm not sure.

It weird to have the smoothness of a porter and the flavor of hops. I like it. It's very smooth actually. I don't sense any carbonation. Feels great. Gives those really nice IPA burps. You know the ones.

Porters are down there on my list of preferences, as I like'a'da hops, so to me this is one of the best porters eva! An oddity and a rare treat.

This is so unique, it should be a must-try for everyone.

Sheesh Adam, if the rest of the box you sent me is this good, you can **** my sister!

Overall: I have to recommend this

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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,217 ratings
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