Dead Reckoning Porter | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Dead Reckoning PorterDead Reckoning Porter
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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 CaptDavyJones
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a really dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle, with date of and time of bottling clearly marked.
Thin film of a head, which is light tan in color, dissipates quickly.
Aroma is of roasted malts and cocoa with hints of chocolate and caramel.
Taste is similar to the aroma, malty with hints of sweetness upfront from the malts. Cocoa/dark chocolate flavors are evident with a nice lingering hop bitterness kick in the finish. Very nicely balanced porter and with the low ABV this is easy to drink.
Nice lacing along the insides of the glass.
Definitely a porter worth a try. Another good beer from Troegs.

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

another troegs brew that I have not had. Let's see how these two make a porter

A- cocoa body with brown lacing splashing around the glass. Looks hearty as we approach fall.

s- good coffee and chocolate scent that is tipped off some roasted malt scent. A little dark fruit even

t- all the flavors of the scent profile are on display to combine into a good porter taste. slight earthy flavors cameo in the tasting as well as that sweet dark fruit at the end

m- medium body

o- a good seasonal porter that keeps me interested. There is no doubt a sixer will make its way around these parts

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Photo of garuda
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby, tan head, good retention and lacing.

S - Nice roasted malt and dark chocolate character.

T - Follows the nose, but finishes with a bit of a hop bite and lingering leafy, pine bitterness, which doesn't work so well for me in a porter.

M - Medium body, low carbonation, pretty smooth across the palate, but finishes with a hop bitterness which is a little out of character.

O - Its a decent beer, but he hops just seemed a little out of place and didn't really meld all that well with the malts.

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

on tap at good dog in philly

Pours an opaque wooden brown color with a beige head resting on top. A filmy cloud of retention rests on top with some spotty lacing on the glass.

Nutty malt and hints of caramel in the nose. Roasted tones with some sweetness and faint hops.

Light hop notes up front with some malt complexities. Roasted and layered with nuts and caramel. Some sweetness and leafy notes. Finishes a bit dry and crisp.

Medium body, decent carbonation, tingly and chewy on the tongue. A pretty solid porter, but not necessarily something I'd run out and buy again.

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Photo of JMB22
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It took a minute, I grabbed this out of the fridge because it was cold outside and it just felt like a porter kind of night. It poured like a porter, nice and dark with a cascading head, and it looks like a porter. It even smells a little like chocolate. WOW with the hops. Quite tasty and unexpected. This is closer to a black ale than a porter. Still a nice beer for a fall day!

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice light tan and caramel head presented with a foamy consistency. Perhaps about three fingers. A solid walnut dark brown body. Pretty solid looking beer.

Nose is hops first of mild pleasant grapefruit citrus, standing in front of a chocolate milk sense. Sweet smelling with less emphasis on roast. Interesting example, sort of what I expect from Troegs hopping up a style a bit. I can dig this one.

Taste is roast malt and sweet grapefruit finish. Chocolate mid palate mixes with mild citrus grapefruit and surprisingly compliments well. Body has just enough cream like texture and finishes just slightly dry. Citrus hop sense takes over though as time goes on.

Overall this is not your typical porter. In many ways it comes off as an almost black/cascadian dark whatever you want to call those ipas. This is sort of what I expected from Troegs and regardless of being in style or not, it is a good solid tasting beer regardless that works.

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Photo of blknikon
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Definitely a darker lightly carbonated beer with a smaller off white head.

Smell - Mostly of coffee and some malts. As mentioned in other reviews I don't have the greatest nose in the world so I only get the more prominent notes.

Taste - The taste was of very smooth coffee with a hint of bitterness towards the end. An after taste of dark chocolate accompanied by traces of hops.

Mouthfeel - Not nearly as thick as expected. More of a medium body if that to be honest.

Overall - One of the more solid porters I've recently had. Very well balanced in the sense that no particular element of the beer really stood out so much it ruined the beer. An easy recommend to anyone looking for a solid, affordable porter

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

A: Nice, deep, dark brown with lighter tints along the exterior...slightly thinner khaki colored head...

S: Roasted malts, slight coffee..bit of vanilla?

T: Definite notes of coffee present. Very tasty. Bit of bitterness mixed in there..

M: lighter to medium bodied, well carbonated porter.. Smooth on the palate.

O: Pretty good beer for a cool evening!

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

Near black with minimal off white head. Weak lacing. Dense appearance though is inviting

Aroma was nice - semi sweet with chocolate aroma, mocha/coffee, and bready malts

Taste similar but with more hop presence, especially on the finish. Floral bittering hops carries through. Still had the chocolate malt trying to balance overall.

medium bodies. dry finish.

Overall a decent porter, but many other out there that I don't believe I will revisit this beer in the near future.

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Photo of Gobigvt7
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into pint glass. Was uncertain if this was the normal version or the one that is dry-hopped with Chinook hops, as there is apparently one available here to review. Label indicates nothing special, but chinook is mentioned there (there is also a columbus dry-hopped version also?, a hop not mentioned on this label).

a - the appropriate darkness for a porter, though some light does penetrate at the corners. pinky finger of fine off-white head that stuck around for about 30 seconds. minimal lacing.

s - much more hop-forward than I'd imagined. Some burnt coffee, not much else.

t - some sharp hops, burnt coffee again, lingering bitterness. Very short on the palate overall. very shallow flavor profile.

m - very light-bodied, almost thin.

0 - Gotta say this is unimpressive. Hoppy porters aren't my bread and butter under normal circumstances, but the malt bill in this beer falls way short for me here. Too much hops, not enough craft.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.38/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Beautiful black beer with 3 finger frothy head

Smell - This has an awful smell. Smells like a sweaty leather baseball glove.

Taste - Very subpar porter. Basically its bitter on the pallet and mostly void of flavor and very tasteless.

Mouthfeel - slighty watery but ok.

Overall - I'm very disappointed in this offering from Troegs. They need to go back to the drawing board with this porter creation.

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Photo of dabruddah
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, but not a great porter. A bit too much carbonation and pretty hop heavy for a porter. It has a nice weight to it -- it glides over your tongue and feels heavy, which is good as you want a porter with some substance. The smells are all on par but nothing about this beer makes it stand out from some other excellent porters out there. This is a decent beer, but nothing too special.

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

Another entry from Troegs. Poured into my trusty 21st birthday mug.

A: Opaque and black. Slight tinges of red around the edges when held up to the light. 1 finger of tan head that receded to a nice thin covering. Extreme lacing all the way down.

S: Roasty goodness with a bit of hops thrown in for good measure. Nice coffee smell for the most part.

T: Follows the nose. Roasty coffee at the beginning that fades into a bit of hops and finishes nice and long with some bitter and chocolate notes. Really nice.

M: Medium body. Not too thick or creamy.

O: Another solid offer from Troegs. Another beer that I could knock back a few of in a night. No complaints at all here.

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

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a nonic, a solid black color with a huge puff of tan head that the bartender had to let settle before finishing the pour. Nice aroma, basic porter nose, dark malts, roastiness, hints of chocolate and light coffee. Taste followed the aroma, roasty, dark malts, implied chocolate and coffee notes, neither were too potent. Tasted and felt a little bit thin, but still acceptable. No real complaints. Smooth, medium body, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 100th review...wish it was more of a rave and less of a...meh.

This is a decent porter I suppose. It's a nearly opaque brownish/black beer with the faintest red highlights. It's crisply carbonated but lacks much head or lacing.

Very hoppy aroma w/the more traditional roasted malt notes below. In the tasting the hops come out way ahead of the roasty flavors I look for in a porter.

Medium finish. Unusually hoppy for a porter. Ultimately a little disappointing. I usually really enjoy Troegs offerings. This beer lacks complexity, the flavors fade a little too quickly in the mouth, the roasty aspects are too undefined and overshadowed by the hops. The mouthfeel is a little too thin as well, and I'm not one that looks for a heavy feel on a porter either.

I'm not sure what this beer is trying to be but it's definitely not a traditional take on the style.

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

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - tulip

Pours a nice dark brown with decent head and lacing, well filtered and pretty lookin'. Smells nice, but very tame, vaguely malty on the nose with spice. Taste is mellow and smooth for the most part, quite enjoyable but not amazing.

Overall this is a good porter but if it's sitting next to Founders Porter.. and it was.. . well..

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

A - dark in the glass, shining up to the light reveals a clear ruby tone throughout. head collapses to a minimum but sticks to the glass all the way down

S - charred chocolate flavor, lemon zest and very dark malt

T - superb mix of chocolate and espresso malt, some caramel malt as well I believe, hops are much more present than I expected, very biting and floral, and dominate the finish. wow, I really really like the taste of this

M - no surprises for a porter, has some smooth but medium heavy body, not much carbonation, but it's present enough to make some sparkles on the palate

D - the hops really save this one and give it some character. had this with some pierogi doused in sour cream and Tapatio hot sauce and it was just about a perfect match. don't think I've ever said that about a porter or stout

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Photo of Rschis16
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Virtually black beer with red undertones and a decent two finger khaki head on top. Some nice lacing. Burnt dark roasted malts on the nose, followed and backed by a cream-like smell. Just a touch of floral hops to finish it.

The burnt smell translates to the taste in a burnt like bitterness that is somewhat similar to coffee. Burnt woody qualities come to mind. A hop presence is there as well and may contribute to some of the bittereness, but it is in the form of coffee like flavors. The dark roasted malts take on an edge that makes the mouthfeel dry and crisp, even into a longer finish. There is a certain blandness smack dab in the middle of the taste and mouthfeel however that takes away from the overall product. It takes it down a notch, but it is still a very solid porter and delicious, especially as it warms up a little. Troegs is always solid and this beer is no different.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a deep, opaque brown with caramel colored tones around the edges of the glass. A thin tan colored head formed at the top of the pour, but receded fairly quickly.

S: Roasted malt dominates the nose. Caramel, molasses, and fig notes are also present.

T: Sweetness of molasses and toffee hits the tongue at the outset of the sip. The sweetness is quickly overtaken by the slight bitterness roasted malts and espresso flavor. The beer finishes with some hop bitterness and slight alcohol burn.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with a somewhat creamy texture on the tongue. The carbonation is well suited for the style.

Overall, this is a very good porter. The sweetness, roastiness, and bitterness are a well balanced creating a complexity of flavor that my palate enjoys.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on July 19th, 2011

I poured this beauty into a standard pint glass which created a single finger, brown frothy head. The beer itself is a deep dark brown that most closely resembles syrup. Best part of this beer's appearance was the ample lacing that was left behind as the beer lowered.

Chocolate malts and barley packed in tightly with bitter hops.

The taste was less sweet than anticipated. Most notable flavors are the hops and barley, this left the malts to caress the tongue once the beer had traveled on to its next destination.

The beer was much lighter than the appearance had indicated.

Overall I enjoyed the beer, but I feel many others are stronger examples of the variety.

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

Bottle poured into one of my standard curved-rim pint glasses.

A: Pours a dark shade of brown, not entirely black, with a nice light brown head on top that didn't stick around for very long.

S: Notes of coffee and char, but it also smells "dry and hoppy", kind of like a milder version of a black IPA.

T: Coffee flavors are more present in the taste than they were in the nose. Light notes of vanilla and cream arrive early with the coffee flavor, before giving way to a bit bigger and bolder flavors of burnt malts and dry hops. All the while, the coffee flavor hangs in there, and even grows a bit in volume.

This beer finishes dry with a good touch of hops. A very balanced and diverse brew. It has a lot going on, but none of it appears to be overdone.

M: Relatively light at first, but finishes very dry with a touch of hops.

D/O: Well done, Troegs. This one was better than I remembered it. Certainly repeatable.

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3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle.
Pours a dark brown, cola like color, with a medium head that dissipated fairly quickly. Got a little roasted malt smell with a slight hoppy aroma. Nothing over powering or dominating. It had a thinner mouth feel than I expected and more hop flavor than I expected. I like the roasted malt flavor but thought there was a slight imbalance with the hop. It was o.k. but not what I was looking for in a porter.

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Photo of Demer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Shepard and Knucklehead

A. Poured dark brown almost black. The 1 finger mocha head dissipated rather quickly but a ring remained.

S. I immediately pick up the roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and hops.

T/M. A medium body. Tastes are hops and roasted malts, some coffee/ espresso. The finish is dark bitter chocolate. A little more hoppier than I like my porters usually but it was still very pleasant.

O. A very solid beer from Troegs. I tend to like my porters on the maltier side but still enjoyed it. It probably wouldn't be my first pick on a draft list but it was still pretty enjoyable. I just tend to like my porters to go in the opposite direction. Overall a very solid drinkable beer.

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Photo of victory4me
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 7/11/11. Poured into a standard shaker.

Dark chocolate brown bordering on black pour with little light permeating through. 2 fluffy fingers of head dissipate to a light coating of bubbles leaving a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted dark malts with a crisp citrus hop bite.

Roasty flavors almost have a burnt toast finish. Hops are more bitter than expected from the aroma, yet allow a lemony citrus rush to join in the flavors. I'm not loving the way these flavors meld together with this particular beer. Mouthfeel is thin.

Decent representation of the style, but so many better options in the same price range.

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Photo of CHickman
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler from the Tröegs Brewery last week and had this over the weekend. Pours opaque black with brown hints around the edges and a 2 finger creamy tan that faded slowly leaving a creamy layer around the edge and great creamy lacing coating the glass, leaving rings as it goes down; a great looking porter that looks like a stout.

Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, cocoa, chocolate, syrup, caramel, coffee beans, burnt wood, toasted grains, earthy tones like peat moss and light vanilla; the nose is very pleasant and has an overall roasted malty aroma, with nice burnt coffee, light hops and toffee making for a nice rich smell.

Tastes of burnt malt, citrus hops, cocoa, chocolate, syrup, caramel, coffee grinds, burnt wood or charcoal, toasted grains, lemon peel, licorice or sambuca, brown sugar, a hint of cinnamon and a light alcohol flavor like a splash of rum. Very tasty, this beer has a lot of complex malty flavors that all mix well together with the hops come out towards the end and then lead to a dry bitter finish. There are just enough hops to give it good flavor and a nice mild bitterness that compliment the rich malts and don’t take away from them.

Mouthfeel is zesty with a slick smoothness and feel on the tongue, with a medium roasted body, mild fizzy carbonation, and dry smoky finish with a slight hop bitterness. This beer goes down easy, with very sweet overall taste that highlights the roasted malts and chocolate and let's the hops show through for a nice balanced porter. I would definitely have this again and recommend trying it as it was highly drinkable to me.

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