Dead Reckoning Porter | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Dead Reckoning PorterDead 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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Ratings: 1,218 |  Reviews: 536
Photo of ljbrisson
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black into a goblet, with hints of crimson when held to the light. A 1/2 finger of mocha mocha head leaves filmy lace throughout the drink. Smells of chocolate, hops, a bit of roasted coffee, berries. Mouthfeel is a little slick, medium-bodied, with medium carbonation for balance. Taste is bitter chocolate, charred wood, smoke, coffee, a surprising amount of bitter hop character. Aftertaste is initially vaguely hoppy, with a hint of alcohol fading into a more distinct piney hop flavor. Overall, this is an ok beer, but nothing jumps out, although it improves as it warms. Drinkability is moderate, even though this is not good enough for me to revisit any time soon.

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Photo of AltBock
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a rather creepy label of a hand coming out of the ocean gripping a compus. Besides this creepy picture, there is nothing else special on the label. There is a brief sentence about the beer on the neck label. Sandwiched between the main label and the neck label is a stapmed bottled on date. Mine was too hard to read. At least there was some kind of date on the bottle.

When poured into a Tröegs Dead Reckoning pint glass, this Tröegs beer was a dark mahogany brown with ruby red highlights. Sitting on top of this brown brew was a nice light mocha colored 3/4 of inch head of foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a small mocha film and streaks of lace around the glass. Great appearance!

The smell was dark and roasted like a good Porter should be, but it was a bit on the light side. It was dark and roasted with dark roasted malts, a pinch of bitter dark chocolate, a dab of roasted coffee beans, and then finishes up with a subtle touch of sweet caramel.

The taste was alot like the aroma, dark and roasted, but with one difference. The taste was dry and roasted with dark roasted malts, a speck of roasted coffee beans, a hint of bitter dark chocolate, a pinch of sweet caramel, and then this dark roasted taste ends with a subtle touch of piny hops. I thought everything else was standard for an American Porter, but those piny hops made for a good touch.

This was a medium bodied beer with little carbonation and with a dry roasted aftertaste of roasted malts, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and a subtle hint of roasted hops. Inbetween the taste and mouthfeel, the piny hops were roasted. This dry aftertaste will stick around for a few minutes.

I could Dead Reckoning as a session Porter. I can't see why not. It's reasonably priced and it's full of dark roasted flavors. More than likely I will try this beer again in the near future.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color, true to a top porter. Three finger head, goes nowhere. Smells of chocolate malts, coffee, and some fruity nuts. Mild hop aroma. Wow..nutty flavors with a nice dash of hops. Some sweetness on the palate. The glass is full of tan lacing. Troegs Brothers, can you teach me how to brew beer? This is a top notch porter. Similar in taste to Anchor Steam, and it's texture is similar and in smell to Sierra Nevada's, who I both consider the masters of the porter. Getting this again, no doubt.

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Photo of LunaChick
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have a tough time with Troegs beer. That said I'm not one to review something sole on my taste. These guys make some very good stuff.
Pours very thick deep brown with ruby hues. Full tan head retsins well and laces the entire glass. Aroma of spiced fruits, caramel-thick malts, and hints of chocolate in the back. Flavor starts with fruity notes allowing the malts to kick in and ends with a distinct hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness but lingers too much for my taste. Well carbonated, medium bodied brew that is overall very thick and smooth in the mouth. This is a fairly heavy brew and the lingering bitterness makes it less drinkable for me. Still I would drink it again. Its a great cold weather brew.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this one on tap for the first time the other day, and managed to scrape up a bottle for comparison. Overall,, I think it's just as good, although the appearance will drop just a touch for me because I didn't get the kind of head and lacing out of the bottle that I saw on tap. Still a big beer with nice roasted malt and sweet fruit in there as well.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled in August 2008 (the actual day was worn off the bottle). Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and citrusy hops. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, although the hops come out in the taste a lot more than I expected, the hops overpower the malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think it's a decent brew. It's hoppier than I like my porters to be, but that wouldn't stop me from trying this again.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my Troegs pint glass.

A- Pours a deep opaque dark chestnut brown with a small fizzy tan head. Head disappears quickly and leaves behind no lacing in the glass. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top.

S-A sugary sweetness arises first followed by a big presence of caramel malt, chocolate malt, and a big roasted bitterness. Nose is quite complex for a porter.

T-A sugary sweetness and sweet caramel malt upfront. Very sweet but not to the point of being cloying. A blast of hoppiness comes through for the finish along with a big roasted malt bitterness. Faint bittersweet remnants of everything are left behind on the palate.

M-Medium carbonation and a much thicker body than most porters.

D- I tried a sample of this last year and did not like it...but Troegs (once again) has impressed me with this year's dead reckoning. I really like the bittersweet character to this one. Its a slower drinker than most porters due to its thickness but I'm ok with that. Send some scratch beers my way!

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

Pours a very dark brown in color, very near black. Frothy mocha head forms and stays around for the duration. Smell is very hoppy with some chocolate underneath. Taste is hop dominated, but the chocolate compliments the flavor well. Full and very creamy on the mouthfeel. An easy drinker and a good beer. Happy to have Troegs available in the area now.

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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 beerbutcher
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, and dark with a tan head

aromas are intensely green, fresh from the brewery. there's some pine and grass and maybe a little floral edge to it. oh, and some coffee and toast notes somewhere underneath.

taste is wonderfully laced with intense herbal and resiny hops. There's a layer of porter in there somewhere and then the sting comes back...

the mouthfeel is what you'd expect, dry but weighty, with a long juicy finish.

from a hop lover, this beer is fantastic. for those less enamored with the flowers, this beer could prove to be an exhausting session. love, love, love.

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

Poured to a regular pint glass and forms a light tan, half-finger head. Head reduces in size, but remains after initial tasting. The body is quite dark brown / black, although i can't really tell if it's clear or cloudy (they do say it's unfiltered). Lacing is hangs on the glass throughout.

Aromas of roasted malt and chocolate malt mix with the somewhat resinous hops. The hops are more than what you would expect from a porter. then again, it's american porter...

The taste of this porter is interesting. You easily get the roasty-coffee flavor, and some chocolate. i didn't catch too much else as the hops show up with the pine resin effect. it's not what you'd expect from a porter, but it's quite good!

The mouthfeel is medium for the most part. the carbonation sting helps this one, leaving you to go in for another taste.

I could drink plenty of this one. hoppy porter that could be a session beer, but limited availability will stop that... maybe.

Another great release from Tröegs. Quite glad i'm in there radius of distrobution!

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slighly murky deep brown with a thin tan head. Nice lacing.

Aroma of roasted coffee blends nicely with piney hops. A very strong hop presence for a porter, and for a 5.5% ABV beer of any kind come to that.

Taste has a very solid roasted malt presence with some dark chocolate and even a hint of caramel. Piney hops kick in nicely at the finish.

Mouthfeel is moderate, even a little rich for the style. Nice carbonation.

Yeah, I'll have a second one.

If you like a hoppy porter, this beer is for you. I'm a fan.


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Photo of DefenCorps
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle picked up last weekend. Bottled on the 6th so this is all of 3 weeks old. Into my Duvel tulip

A: Pretty much black with dark brown highlights. Gorgeous 2-finger mocha-colored head with great retention. Very pretty

S: Hoppy and incredibly so for a porter - I get a lot of citrus hops on the nose with some mango. I guess this is what they were going for 'cos i remember Scratch beer #2 was a hoppy porter too. Behind the hops are some roasted and chocolate notes with a hint of cream.

T: Starts off with an aggressive hoppy bitter with some of the porter characteristics coming through briefly with some heavily roasted/burnt notes before finish with a massive hoppy bitterness. Not terribly impressive as the hops just completely dominate everything in here - I'd like to drink this in maybe 6 months?

M: A little thin but the carbonation is OK. The hoppy finish is unconventional too and I'm not sure I'm a fan.

D: I think I'm one and done with this.

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

A - Got this in a growler at the brewery. Pours 2 fingers of creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves globs of lacing. The brew is a very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights.

S - Roasted malts, nuts, chocolate, coffee and hops. Has a sweet smelling aroma.

M - A medium-bodied beer that has a smooth creamy feeling to it. A lower amount of carbonation which serves this beer right.

T - Roasted malts hit first followed by some sweeter caramel malts with some chocolate thrown in for good measure. Finishes with some slightly bitter hops, but overall very well balanced. Has a decent smoky taste to it throughout.

One of my favorite porters hands down. It's a hoppy porter with lots of great flavors. Definitely recommend trying this one.

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

Thanks to tdt560 for hooking this up in a trade.

A - Poured a very dark brown color with a light brown head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt chocolate and noticeable hops

T - The roasted malt comes through first followed by some nice bitter hops

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a rather interesting porter its got all the same features but with more hops its a well balanced brew easy to drink worth getting to try

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

A: Nearly pitch black, when held up to the light, very vauge hints of amber. Thick brownish tan head.

S: Lots of roasted malts, nuts and chocolate. A decent amount of piney hops.

T: A very well balanced beer. A good flavoring of chocolate with a slightly bitter tasting of pine. Very big taste.

M: Leaves a light bitter flavor from the hops on the palate. A good medium body.

D: A very nice Porter, well balanced with a low ABV.

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Photo of TonyT
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just bought the first case of Dead Reckoning '08, sold from the Troegs brewery (as well as a growler of Scratch # 10)...and the sample of the Mad Elf was a nice topper...

What a surprise. The DRP bottles just came off of the line and I was as giddy as a little school girl...anyway...I love this beer and I am proud to buy the first case off the line for 2008.

Thank you to the Brothers Troegs, for making a hoppy porter that drinks well has a nice malty taste, and delivers hop goodness.

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really cool bottle, and a badass name for a beer, pours dark dark brown and rather cloudy

the aroma is so caramelly, there's also a nice nutty yeastiness to it as well

the first flavor that hits me is coffee, toasted nuts and caramel then it rolls into a nice floral tangy hop finish

lighter in body then I was expecting but the medium carbonation and the lighter body make this surprisingly refreshing

I enjoy this beer, it's refreshing, it's balanced just a really solid offering from Troegs.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved as an extra in a trade. Forgot who from so sorry.

Pours a dark brown with a little tan head that dissapated fast to nothing. Very little lacing.

Smell is not very strong at all but some chocolate and toffy/caramel notes.

Taste is sort of thin and has some chocolate and caramel flavor with maybe some Belgian double sort of flavor? Its ok...

Mouth feel is just kind of watered down and needs a little more carbonation.

Drinkability is ok since it is not very heavy and intense you could probably drink a few but its not really worth it. Its nothing special and might drain pour just because I want to drink something better.

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Photo of Proteus93
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown pour, about a cola colour. Beach sand head tops it, medium sized bubbles allowing a decent sniff as they burst.

S: Some moderate aromas of caramel, chocolate, and a bit of nuttiness. A little biscuity, and something that seems like a very mild soapiness (it's not from the glass, and it's not bad at all).

T + M: Some burnt malts, dark & unsweetened chocolate, and a surprising kick of hops that makes for a nice finish. Body is a little thin, but this style can be, and it doesn't hurt it. A nice, bitter aftertaste lingers.

D: Not a bad brew at all. I had started to think that Troegs typically shines with the hoppy brews and runs a mediocre line of maltier styles, but this kind of changes that opinion. Granted, it has a notable hop presence that adds to the charm, but it's all in all a good porter.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to EGledhill for this trade:
A - Pours an cloudy to the influencing it's opaque nature. Head is cream colored and two fingers high, with a slow dissipation that leaves a heavy lace.
S - Smells of mild chocolate and coffee with an earthy hop nature and some grassy yeast.
T - Not as filling a the scent implied, but decent earthy hops with watered down coffee and chocolate.
M - Low carbonation and smooth...a bit bready.
D - Not really what I expected. I don't know if this was an old bottle or the full representation, but it tasted a bit like milky ocean water.

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

Thank to MuenchenerKindl for this one. It pours a hazy dark brown color with a lot of large floaties. The head is one inch in height, stable, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is of burnt and roasted malt with graham cracker and a hint of coffee. The taste is of burnt coffee, and toffee with a little dark chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice porter. I could easily drink this again.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Reckon its dead? Pours a lighter shade of black with clarity and strong red hints around the edge. Definitely light in color. An off white to light brown with limited retention and lacing.

The nose is overall very light. Some malty notes but most roast and a touch of burnt astringency. Some hop notes with a mix of earthy and citrus. A few off yeast notes as well, with light cardboard/oxidation note.

The taste is similar. Limited overall but roasted malts with some chocolate and caramel undertones. There is a slight phenolic that hints closer to plum & pear mix. Good bitterness that helps the astringency but finishes with an off soapy flavor. Some lighter notes of DMS and oxidation but not overly per perceivable.

The body is closer to mid than light. Carbonation was a bit off but ok. Some wispy and slight watery textures. Overall looking for more depth. Kind of boring really.

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Photo of JDV
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to ahatcher78 for the bottle!

Pours a deep brown that is almost black with a big creamy and lasting light tan head that leaves good lacing. Smell is dark roastiness with a very prevalent hop character making its way in the nose. They mix very well giving it a really nice unique, nice nose. Taste is dark chocolate roastiness, with a great vibrant hop character that gives it a fresh almost minty flavor behind the roastiness. Moderate to slightly bubbly mouthfeel making this medium bodied porter extremely drinkable. Definitely one of my favorites, if not my absolute favorite porter.

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Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,218 ratings