Dead Reckoning Porter | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Dead Reckoning PorterDead Reckoning Porter
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Dead Reckoning PorterDead 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: 1,218 |  Reviews: 536
Photo of Pencible
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a dark hazy burgundy with tan head. It smelled like a blend of pine and grapefruit hops mixed with rye. Interestingly, there was no real coffee or chocolate scent that you would expect from a porter. It tasted slightly more regular with a dry mocha flavor mixed with bitter grapefruit. It was watery with moderate carbonation and a decent bitter aftertaste. Overall this was more like an IPA than a stout, but it was clean, easy to drink, and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz courtesy of Jw347.

Pours an extremely dark hazy reddish brown. Nice full creamy head lasts a while and leaves generous bubbly lace.

Nose is hoppy, with juicy grapefruit and pine resin. Caramel and toasted marshmallow come through the hops.

Taste is a very hopped-up surprisingly balanced version of the style, very American. Slightly bitter up front, the middle mixes roasted grains and bitter chocolate with bright grapefruit and raisin. Finishes with bread and a dry roasted flavor that blends with a resinous bitterness and light aftertaste of dark fruits.

Body is medium with a fair amount of carbonation, could use just a little less. A little oily and resinous with a slightly alkaline finish, the hops seem to add a twist of character to the style.

I've looked for a long time to find a hoppy beer that was balanced in depth of malt without being too sweet or overdone. This one isn't quite what I was expecting from a porter, but I was pleasantly surprised. Style aside, this is an excellently drinkable beer on its own, with some decent balance and depth.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, unfiltered, brewed with pilsner, caramel, black, chocolate and roasted malts, and hopped with Chinook and Vanguard - 53 IBUs. The beer is a dark dark brown, with ruby edges and an inch of brownish head that leaves nice trails of lace. Nice and aromatic, with roasted barley and green hops that move into tropical notes down the road. On the palate, there are black/roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, coffee, tropical fruits (pineapple, pink grapefruit, orange) and a fairly high bitterness on top of a medium, dry and tingly body. Very flavorful yet quite light; a wonderful porter.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - hazy dark brown looking with a nice airy yet creamy head. Good lacing and retention.

s - hmm, lots of piny hops. I get a little coffee malt, but mostly the hops.

t - This has a lot of bitterness and hops for a porter. I really can't taste much dark malts. This tastes to me as if it were a porter trying to be an IPA, yet it's not that great at either.

m - A little too thin with moderate carbonation

d - This just doesn't fit for me. The flavors present would be good elsewhere, but not together here.

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

Much thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

Poured from a bottle a cloudy, dark brown with one finger of rich tan head.

Aroma of sweet malts, cocoa, caramel, and piney hops.

Tastes of espresso, dark chocolate, caramel, and hops. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel, somewhat thin and dry, and lightly carbonated.

A nice, easy to drink porter. Enjoy.

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

I split the 12oz. bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: This one was dark murky brown. The head was about a half inch, and tan in color.

Smell: First i picked up a coffee/espresso scent. That was followed by a slight piny hop taste which is traditional with Troegs beers. An overall pleasant nose.

Taste: The taste was a great balance of bitter then smooth. The initial taste is the bitter, traditional, porter taste. That is followed by a slight hoppy finish, which balances together perfectly.

Mouthfeel: It was very pleasant. It was not overpowering in any facet. A little bit tingly initially, but smooth on the finish.

Drinkability: A perfect session beer if Porter's are your choice. This was a great beer. I hope I can get my hands on more of it. This would be a staple in my fridge if I could get it regularly.

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Photo of ryrust5301
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Split this brew with my brother.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with a slightly reddish tint. Head comes to a clumpy tan 1 1/2 finger head. Nice ring of lacing left at the peak of the pour.

Smell - A little bit of hops and espresso, but more of a sweet caramel malt in the nose. Fair amount of chocolate as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel - First taste is a bitter espresso, but this flows nicely into a sweet smooth chocolate further on. Sweet and smooth as hell all the way to the finish. So much so that it makes it extremely easy to drink.

Drinkability - I may have found a new go to porter for weekly drinking. Definitely a monster session beer. Coming from Troegs I expected a lot more hops, but I was very pleased as I think this one balances out perfectly.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, single bottle purchased for $1.99 from Gary's in Madison...
An aggressive, fast-paced pour yielded a very dark brown, mahogany, ruby-red hue with a moderate-sized head that soon receded leaving a nice amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Subtle, out-of-the way aroma with faint notes of cocoa, rum, Nestle powder, and malts...
Taste paid homage to the aroma, with a crisp, refreshing flavor loaded with chocolate, light espresso, roasted malts, cappuccino, cocoa powder, and seltzer...
Taste wasn't very powerful or really thick... more refreshing and light than anything...
Equally soft, light, refreshing mouthfeel that was too rich, creamy, or thick...
Easy drinkability due to the modest ABV and lack of richness of flavors...
Not the best Porter I've sampled, nor the best beer from Troegs...

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Photo of ski271
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark, cloudy brown, with a small, light tan, creamy head. Good lacing.
S: Warm roasted malts and piney hops most notable. Nuts, coffee, caramel, fruit.
T: Very nice. Resiny hops right off the bat keep the huge malts from going out of balance. A little charcoal in there. Finish is medium in duration and lightly bitter.
M: Medium-full body, dry texture, moderate carbonation, slightly astringent.
D: Impressive and enjoyable. Another nice offering from Tröegs.

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

Thanks to wasatch for this one.

Poured into a snifter, it is pitch black with a nice foamy tan head with little retention but good lacing.
Aroma has the expected chocolate and coffee, but these are buried by the herbal hops.
It is a little lighter than expected on the palate, and the taste is congruent with the aroma; some chocolate and coffee notes, but the bitter, piney hoppiness takes over.
A little bit off what I like for the style, but interesting.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great session beer. Pours a murky brown, a tad light looking. Nice off-white head comes up and leaves decent lacing. Smells great. Balanced and malty, very inviting. Caramel and chocolate mostly, working very well together. Taste brings hops into the picture which weren't so forward in smell. Starts off slightly bitter and gives way to the malt, then a nice bitter finish. Besides the caramel and chocolate, a light coffee comes through in the taste. Refreshing, creamy up front with a light bitterness. Quite the drinkable Porter thanks to deepsouth for the chance to try a couple!

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Photo of far333
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky brown ochre with a half inch of lumpy beige froth that settles quickly. Woody and floral aromas accented by tart fruit and malt.

Flavor is dry puckery oak with toasted malt and tangy cherry. Some light brown sugar and cocoa, but not overly complex, except for the out-of-place hoppy finish. Tastes more like a woody and strangely hopped brown ale than a porter. If this is trying to be an American porter, it's too thin with weak dark malt flavors. If it's trying to be an Imperial or Baltic with the addition of the hops, it doesn't have enough ABV or richness to offset it.

Mouthfeel and body is too thin and the hops don't make a lot of sense. Average drinkability, as this one seems off style.

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

A: Pours a dark opaque color with a 1 finger cherry tan head.

S: Some citrus and oaked aged woodiness are present on the nose. There is some fresh pine as well coming through.

T: For flavor there is some dry chocolate, with a big dry pine finish. Tastes like Chinook hops were used providing a good hop fade. Overall typical per style.Overall was a moderately good porter but thought it could have been done a little bigger.

M: The body is a little light per style with a little malt grind lacing.

D: Good drinkability, nothing to exciting and was expecting more.

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Photo of sjohansen
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours like mud. The kind you could lose a shoe in. Dark thick and murky. Nice two finger head that quickly dissipates leaving some big bubbles around the side of the snifter. Leaves very little lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate at first. As it warms, lots of chocolate and caramel. Smooth sweet nose. There's something else that I can only describe as sticky. "What does sticky smell like," you say. This beer smells sticky. And I like it.

Sweet chocolate up front. Nice (yet slight) coffee coated bitterness as a finish. Once warm, sweet coffee bean taste. The bitterness moves towards the middle while the finish gets sweeter as it warms.

Mouthfeel is sweet silk, excited by a balancing amount of carbonation.

It's a really nice porter. Thick, but you could easily drink several of these over the course of an evening. Actually, I think I just might.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice 2 finger head with insane retention. Cloudy brown color.

Smell of cocoa and tofee and some cofee undertones. Slight undertone of black licorice.

Taste is of sweet caramel and chocolate malts. Some sweet cocoa to balance. Very well balanced. Citrusy hop bitterness cuts the sweetness.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. Could be a bit fuller.

Easy to drink, a very nice porter.

Thanks to Deuane for this extra

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a muddy black with a nice two finger head. Head is a light tan and leaves cool, sticky lacing.

Big hop nose. This is definitely an American Porter. Hints of roasted espresso and cocoa balanced by pine needles and tangerine.

Starts with a mild roasted malt flavor that leads way to a bigger citrus and pine needle hop presence. Wow, what good balance. Would have liked a little more malt presence, but being a lover of all things hoppy, I like it.

Actually it's pretty dry and crisp. The hops linger on the tongue for a pleasant aftertaste.

This is actually a pretty easy beer to drink. The alcohol is hidden well.

Part of the whole new craze to add hops to everything, comes this porter. A nice take on a unique style. I would pick this one up again. The Troegs brothers know what they are doing.

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Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan foam topped this deep brown beer and the longlasting head produced some thick lacing. The aroma was faintly bready with a light roastiness, but was dominated by citrusy (orange/grapefruit) hops. Moderate bitterness, with fruity, citrusy hops up front in the flavour. This was backed up by some malty sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, and some roast. Medium bodied and quite creamy, with a drying, roasted malt character. This one really has a solid hop profile, even for an american porter, but I must say it was pretty tasty.

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Photo of tempest
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is like the Shakespeare Stout of porters with a big juicy citrus punch to go along with the chocolate grains and cocoa. The appearance gets marked down as this beer is noticeably murky, but at the same time there's also decent lacing to help make up for it. The smell is hops-dominated with a pine a grapefruit, and like I said the flavor is big on hops (especially as it warms), almost to the point of being a black IPA. Maybe it is. Either way, this is a tasty porter. I only wish it was prettier to look at and that there was a little more malt character.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neck label says this porter has roasted barley (!)and chocolate malt and chinook hops.
Sounds like a stout to me but this isnt a homebrew competition.

Super dark - almost black and completely opaque - too opaque by my porter standards but still pretty with a tall, gooey tan head and globules of lace.

Aroma is stout-like but not overly roasty with a blast of woodsy hop and hints of charred wood and sweet chocolate. Tastes like a porter - lots of deep, bitter sweet chocolate and notes of berry jam. Strong acidity with a sharp dark grain bite on the roof of the mouth. Bittering is all at the finish with a good hop burn that leads to satisfying hop burps.Body is medium to full with nice weight on the tongue.

A good porter, very hearty with great balance and I like the mild roasty stout character. More robust in flavor than I expected with the 5.4 abv. A good beer in a taste test with an export type stout and a porter that has no roasted barley to see how roasted barley effects color and flavor.

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

Got a bottle of this from Skinnyelvis in the 2007 Secret Santa. Thanks!

Poured pitch black with a 1/4 inch tan head, which fades very quickly. Looks carbonated. Smokey, dry aroma with mild hints of coffee. Both flavours are also prominent in the taste, with the coffee being on the bitter, black side (maybe espresso). Quite dry all the way through, with a tart, hoppy aftertaste. Pleasant hints of raisin in there as well as it warms up.

A really nice porter!

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Photo of Vancer
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From johnnnniee in the 2007 Secret Halloween
Thanks a bunch, big guy!

Poured a hazy oaken brown, lazy tan head that’s trying to lay some lace on the road. Aroma of a woody resinous herb is putting me in a pickle – what’s this trying to be?

Yep, nice quaff of a hoppy, chocolate, coffee, and bit over the top hoppy pine says this is more of an IPA type brew over porter, but whatdahec. Guess this is why it’s an AMERICAN style porter.

Still tasty and enjoyable, a real Troegs.

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Photo of bruachan
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

can't remember where i picked this up but i've had it for a bit and tasted a couple already. if memory serves me, this is a robust porter

the head is thick, with tight foam. excellent lacing. below it sits a very dark brew: deep chestnut color. seems a touch hazy

first in the aroma come the hops: a big noseful of chinook. nice and piney, floral. with a little agitation i get some shadowy malt as well; chocolate is heard from the back—fighting with mr. coffee

the flavor is not as hoppy as the aroma (at least there's more balance), but substantive. more pine, juniper. very bitter. some brown sugar sweetness comes to the fore, bringing coffee and char (not the fish). chocolate comes with time, but i had to work for it

at first the hops seems to mask their peer aromas/flavors, but patience yields a more holistic enjoyment. i bet this one is boss from a cask. i enjoyed it, but i can't justify scoring any higher, given how hop-heavy it is. i am definitely a hophead, but it's hard to get past them in this case

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an oddly murky very dark brown. Light tan head. Nose is uneventful. Mild sweetness to it and not much else really going on. Flavor is nutty but mostly sweet. Has a thicker bitter edge to it. I will say that the flavor profile is consistent, though. For being a porter though, it is odd. Not really the typical kind of thing. Feel is fairly thick on the body and the carbonation is pretty good too. Overall a good brew due to it’s consistency. But a porter this is? Hmmm. Not like any other I can recall having. Worth trying for it’s unique aspects alone.

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Photo of pomeroy41144
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the Dive Bar in Worcester, MA last week.
When I first looked at the pour, I thought htat it was giong to be your typical everyday bottled Porter trying to be a great microbrew style craft. I was wrong as I really enjoyed this beer. The color was deep and dark, but the flavor and taste were almost light. Can't wait to find it at the store.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep brown almost black color with a thick tan colored head – rocky bubbles on the top. The aroma is quite sweet with caramel and molasses noted. The taste is roasted and sweet and finishes with a coffee flavor which lingers - it doesn’t finish as clean as other Troegs I have had, but does seem suited for this beer. The mouthfeel is medium and could be a bit thicker, but it doesn’t detract from the overall brew. I think this is a highly drinkable porter that holds its own, but lacks that extra zip.

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