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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Reviews: 533 | Ratings: 1,213
Photo of cucuilin
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a porter I was expecting it to be more porter (chocolate/roasted grainy taste) than hops. This one seemed a lot more IPA than porter. It was enjoyable and smooth to drink, I was just taken off-guard.

I bought it as part of a Mixed 6-pack, and I would drink more. It will be on my "Get Again" list.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Relic Brewing Co. imperial pint glass.

A: Very dark, mahogany color with reddish highlights that show in the light beneath a thin, one-finger head of tan foam which disappears quickly and leaves some weak, sticky lacing.

S: A bit fruity with some musty grains, lactose, light, herbal coffee grounds and a stale, oatmeal cookie aroma.

T: Sweet and grainy up front, with some caramel and roasted black malt to support the mild, herbal hop bitterness. Some floral esters combine with the bittersweet chocolate flavor before it washes down with coffee-like bitterness and a little creaminess to part ways with the bitter hop resins.

M: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, this porter has a little creaminess to the feel before becoming bitter and a bit thin near the finish.

O: A pretty good American Porter and drinkable at 5.4% ABV. The malts are a little weak up front but finish pretty strong with an herbal, bittersweet coffee finish. It's not a rich, robust porter, but it's a decent session porter with some bitter roastiness in the finish to keep things interesting.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown almost pitch black color with a two finger tan head. The head has great retention. It eventually fades to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweeter chocolate aroma. This is mixed with lighter hints of caramel and coffee.

Taste – The taste starts out a bit on the sweeter-maltier side. A caramel brown bread flavor meets the tongue. The roasty bready and caramel flavors persist to the middle of the taste where they are met with a cocoa and coffee flavor. The caramel then begins to fade. This ends up leaving a pleasant cocoa-coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is on the medium side for both creaminess and carbonation. The body could use a bit more thickness, but the carbonation is fitting.

Overall – The transitions from sweeter to more roasty are nice in this brew. While not the greatest body it is easy to drink and makes for a good session porter if that is what you are feeling.

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Photo of SLeffler27
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very dark, almost black beer with black walnut highlights. A creamy beige head barely reaches half an inch before quickly dissipating and leaving rings on a pint glass.

Up front astringency with black coffee. There is little else worth noting.

Tastes surprisingly like cold black coffee with about the same bitterness.

A medium body, sharp with prickly carbonation and rather dry.

This beer may have its place and followers, however, I am unimpressed.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 08/09/11.

Poured into a tulip. Deep, deep red-brown, with a finger of light tan head. Not a ton of retention, or lacing for that matter.

The smell is of bitter cocoa with a hint of dark roasted coffee and orange peel. A grainy scent comes up from underneath, lending the aroma a bit of lightness.

Toasted grains, bittersweet chocolate, rounded up by a fruity, citrus hop profile, and an even darker roast aftertaste. Light amounts of vanilla come out in the finish as well. For a porter, Dead Reckoning has a flavor I might expect from a stout, but the medium to light mouthfeel reels things back in and keeps things refreshing, sip after sip. Creamy, but lightens up as the beer warms.

Definitely a robust porter with a decent amount of IBU's. Deliciously drinkable, I'm left wanting more.

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

Cheeers to Riggsy for this one!

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar lacing & head retention

S: Dark fruit, carob, roasty malt

T: Roasty malt, raisin, chicory coffee notes & a touch of woody hops up front. Faint jammy notes & leafy hops as this warms, figs & sour cherry as this warms in minute amounts, some roasty notes & woody hops too. Finishes dry, fruitty with a touch of charred malt

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation thins out a touch once warm

Not a bad porter, I actually expected a bit more from these guys though, great PA brewery

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at TJ Smith's the other night.
has a deep almost stoudt black look about itself with a small but dense mocha head. The dense lasted throughout with plenty of lacing.
Aroma I think is the weak point, it was very sutle and light with just a roasted malt bill. It lacks depth. Taste was good, a good porter but again lack of depth. It has a nice robust and rich malt bill. It has a faily smooth feel and a semi dry and semi bitter finish.
A simple easy drinking porter that is pretty good.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not the best porter I have had, but a very simple and decent beer despite that.

This is very smooth and easy to drink, with a nice combination of hops, chocolate and roasted malts in the taste and a slight smoky aroma. While not very bold, it does have a nice smooth characteristic.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter lacks the strong malty base that vandemonian craves. Nice hops though.

A: Black colour and an enormous head that lasts. Mine foamed up in the glass a lot. 4.5

S: Malt and roastiness. Maybe some hops too. And... sulphur? 4

T: Some maltiness with some noticeable hops kicked on by strong carbonation. Where is the strong, complex malty flavour? 3.5

M: Very carbonated. More than is usual for this style. 3.5

O: 3.5

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

BROWN, deep brown in appearance. Smell is a good porter smell. Chocolate aroma that is blended well with a roasted barley. Taste is smooth and lays well in the mouth. The brew has a good mouthfeel that all porters should have. Overall, this is well done, body is full which leaves cleanly and you want more.

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Photo of jeffmart22
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nearly opaque dark brown that is nearly black. Ruby highlights on the edges of the glass when the beer is held up to light. Three finger fluffy tan head that lingers. Moderate lacing.

A - Roasted malts with slight hints of coffee and chocolate. Picking up just a slight hop profile.

T - Starts with a little bitterness and a flavor of molasses. As the beer lingers in your mouth the flavor shifts to roasted coffee and slight hints of toffee and chocolate.

M - Medium in body. Flavor duration is long.

O - Really nice porter. I buy this one every year.

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

A- Pours dark brown with a khaki colored two finger head which quickly dissipated, decent lacing.
S- A little hoppy for a porter, the usual malted barley, coffee, and chocolate undertones are present.
T- Hoppy for a a porter (which is what actually sets this beer off for a change), coffee, a little chocolate, smokey.
M- Moderate carbonation, medium body, dry finish, good drinker.
O- A good beer, it's different, and that's why I liked it. Not a traditional porter by any means.

Another reviewer mentioned this being paired with a cinnamon roll, that sounds amazing!

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Photo of freystout17
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This porter poured a medium brown, and had a two finger tan head. Some decent lacing remained on the Belgian glass I used to drink it. I was disappointed in that there was very little complexity to the taste. It didn't have much hops to speak of, and it simply tasted watered down somehow. I didn't taste much coffee overtone, nor did I discern much roasted barley flavor. It possesses a somewhat stale cereal taste. In terms of porters, there are many others out there (e.g. Great Lakes, Rogue, Leghumper, Anchor) for the same or similar price that I would recommend you pass on this one.This particular six pack may be an anomaly, and not represent the brew, to be fair to the brewer.
I certainly wish them no ill will. In any event, I will not buy another.

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Photo of ckollias
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pub glass.

A: Pours a dark brown almost black hue. Has a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Super hoppy aroma with hints of malt.

T: Very hoppy and bitter flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was more like a black IPA vs a porter. It was very good but a liitle too hoppy for a porter for me.

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Photo of confer
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown. Very porterlike
S- Again very porter-like in the smell. Nothing but rich dark caramel.
T- The taste has some of the sweet malt but the dominant taste is the bitterness of the roasted malts.
MO- Has a nice body. I have been very impressed with all of the Troegs products I've been trying lately and this is no different.
Update.. I don't know what beer I had the first time or maybe it was was old but I now have a fresh bottle and the hoppiness is pretty strong in the smell and taste for a porter even an American porter. It's not bad but it's just not a porter to me.

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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 tdm168
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark brown with a 1/2" of thick, foamy, brown head that has great retention. The nose has a floral hop aroma and some yeasty notes. The taste is very smooth, rich chocolate up front with a moderate hoppy finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth.

This is fantastic. The flavor profile is almost flawless for a porter. It's rich, complex, delicious.

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

Nose: Semisweet chocolate. Caramel. A little yeast. Some mild vanilla.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with just little light peaking through along the edges, illuminating a ruby glow. Solid creamy, sticky head.

Taste: Dark, semisweet chocolate - similarly dry too. Creamy sweetness like caramel comes in first, but the chalky bitterness of cacao is the predominant flavor.

Overall: Really nicely done. Excellent porter for fans of bitter flavors.

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Photo of tzieser
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. bottled 7/21/11.

a: pours a lighter-than-black color with an off-white head that settles into a thin lacing

s: roasted malts are there along with a distinct grassy hop character.

t: roasted malt flavor hits the palate first along with some mild hop bitterness. i like it. some might find the hop character out of place in a traditional porter, but i think it gives this beer some character. i still like the traditional style of porter better than these American robust kind, but it's still a good beer in its own right.

m: slightly thin mouthfeel.

solid choice for a porter, but don't get this if you are looking for something traditional.

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

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 on 10/28/11 in Astoria, NY.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a dark brown color. It has a finger of tan head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass. The nose has a nice bit of roasted malt in the forefront. There are some nice aromas of coffee, chocolate, toffee, and a bit of hop presence. The taste starts off with Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. There are also some flavors of toffee, caramel, and a bit of hops. The finish leaves some lingering roasted malt and hop bitterness lingering on the palate. The body of this is on the heavier side of medium, and it has pretty good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice rich smooth feel to it. There is some roasted bitterness, as well as a little bit of hop bitterness. There is some chocolatey sweetness that comes through as well. Also, there is a bit of dryness to it. Some roasted malt and sweetness lingers on the palate. This has good drinkability. I could easily have a few glasses of this. The taste is really nice, and it has a nice feel to it. Overall, I think this is a solid porter and a solid all around beer. I really enjoyed it, and I recommend trying it out.

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Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark brown with light brown head and a single large ring of lacing.

Smell: Pretty floral and hoppy for a Porter, with some chocolate and molasses.

Taste: Bittersweet chocolate, molasses, caramel and coffee form the malt base. Ends with a decent level of bitterness - seemingly more from hops than roasted malt.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium-light body. Quite dry on the finish. Certainly a little lighter than expected, but fits the beer.

Overall: Easy drinking, fairly hoppy Porter. Certainly enjoyed it while having it, but maybe not worth returning to.

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Photo of joek440
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown pour with one finger of tan head that dissipated to a thin layer.

S - Intense smell of toasty caramel malts - very sweet and sugary - with hints of chocolate and bitterness of hops

T - Malty and sweet up front with toasty notes coming next. Roasted malts come through with nice balance of hops and a chocolate notes. Slightly bitter on the aftertaste

M - Smooth and lightly carbonated. Medium to heavy body

O - The roasty sweetness of the malt is highlighted in this enojoyable porter. Sweetness may be a bit on the high end, but the hops come through nicely and the bitter balances it well on the end.

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Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PPours a very dark sludge like brown color with a light 1 finger tan head. Mostly getting citric and oily hops on the nose. Surprising light in the mouth feel department. Very well balanced and easy to drink. Great flavors and lots of them. Dark and burnt malts up front with a nice citric and floral hop finish. Has a very very subdued dark fruit after taste and burnt bitterness. Not bad at all. The layers of flavors are impressive. The bitterness builds slightly on this beer diminishing its sessionability a little bit.

Otherwise Another fine brew by the guys at troegs.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a deep, dark, amber-highlighted, black-brown coloring with a thin, tight bubbled, foamy, light tan head that settles into a slick film. The nose is effervescent, with light character overall, and little bits of nut and coffee are discernable. The beer's flavor is rich, with dark chocolate and black strap molasses sweetness, and a hazelnut-coffee bitterness to blend and clean up. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and cloying, with a rich chocolate and dark fruit sweetness. The finish is cloying, as well, with a good linger. The beer has a light and smooth body, but carries an awesome cling.

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Photo of FaustieMo
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a very dark porter with an average head. I was hoping for a bit more head given my pour.

Smell: Mostly dark malts on the nose, some earthiness as well. I tend to look for more coffee or chocolate in my dark beers, but this smells fine. Perhaps even some burnt caramel notes.

Taste: There is more chocolate in the taste than the smell. The strength in this porter is in its balance. There is a perfect blend of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, roastiness, and bitterness. Hop presence is more evident than in other porters. I really enjoy this porter, but would look elsewhere if I wanted something sweeter or with larger amounts of chocolate and coffee. The roasted malts are the more prevalent.

Overall, this is a porter worth trying. Sometimes, it can be hard to find good diversity in dark beers. This one, however, has some unique characteristics.

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Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter from Tröegs Brewing Company
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