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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Photo of mjl21
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Mikey. 12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. No abv or bottling info is given.

A-Pours a very dark brown that has just a tiny hint of red. It has a one finger sandy head that has some decent staying power and leaves some good lace.

S-Smells of fresh hops when poured. The hops are mainly citrus and a little earthy. The malts are quite subdued. There is a little chcoclate and a little roast. The citrus hops add a uniqueness to this beer and are very atypical for a porter.

T-The citrus hops are definitely pronounced early on. Bitter chcoclate hids midpalate. As it goes down there is some definte roastiness. The hops and the roast flavor dominate the aftertaste. It also has an aftertaste reminiscent of acidic coffee.

M-It falls on the upper end of the medium spectrum and has good carbonation.

D-The acidic coffee flavor is a distraction. I do like the use of the citrus hops.

A unique take on the style that I liked but traditionalists may not enjoy. Worth checking out.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours up a very dark brown color. Just over a fingers worth of creamy, light brown colored foam sits on top. Retention is very good. Lacing is almost curtain like and fairly sticky.

The smell is somewhat muted. I do get notes of chocolates and light traces of coffee. A very light touch of smokiness is also detected.

Wow, this is on the upper end of the porter scale, flavor-wise. If tasting this blind, I'd guess it was a stout. Loads of big, rich, roasted malt flavor dominates. Dark chocolates are fairly present, along with a lighter presence of dark coffee notes. There is a nicely wonderful (lacto?) sweetness to it. A very light touch of dark fruit sweetness peeks through, also.

Full-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. This smooth, full and very nicely creamy.
I love the body on this one.

A great flavor, along with a wonderful body and only 5.40%abv make this a very drinkable beer. If you haven't had it before, grab a 6pk and give it a shot. If you don't like it, you can send the rest of them to me, since it isn't locally available.

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Photo of JimmyK77
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For what it is, this is a good beer. Very flavorful for 5.4% ABV. What this isn't, I'd reckon, is a porter. The flavor and aroma are both dominated by roasted, slightly burnt, malt, citrus hops, and bitterness (from both hops and roasted malts). I'd say this is more like a west coast stout, if that were a style. I would have preferred more chocolate, and maybe even a little caremel, to blend with the roast and bitterness.

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

A - Deep dark brown body with a medium tan head.

S - This one has alot of hop smell. Slight roast smell.

T - It has the bitterness of the hops in the flavor too. Some roasted malts, and bitter coffee/chocolate.

M - Good carbonation amd medium body.

D - To me this is easy to drink. Its lower in abv and pretty smooth.

Notes - Is it just me or is this not really a porter? Its very hoppy and didn't seem too robust in its roasted porter flavors. It tasted more like a hoppy dark lager. Maybe i got a bad bottle.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a sixer I picked up.

The initial smell is of burnt roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Appearance is an almost jet black colour with very little head.

The way this tastes is more reminiscent of a stout than a porter.
Overall a decent beer, the taste of coffee, toffee and chocolate lingers after every sip, looking fwd to finishing this six pack.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle as an extra from BA beandip. Thanks again, Adam!

Poured into my Darkness tulip. Pours a dark brown, near black color. Only able to see light through it at the edges. Nice off-white tan head with small strings and splotches of lacing here and there.

The nose is roasted barley, chocolate and a nice sweet maltiness. It's sort of muted a bit, but maybe thats because I served it a little bit on the cold side. As it warms, it gets better, but still kind of muted.

As soon as I took a sip, I knew my muted nose days were over. There is a lot of flavor crammed into this baby! Roasted and sweet malts, bitter chocolate, even a little bit of roasted coffee, all come out nicely in a great tasting porter.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, with a smooth creamy finish. Drinkability is good as well.

For a porter, which are supposed to be "watered down stouts" essentially, this is a tasty treat. I wasn't expecting much, but I Reckon Troegs showed me that my original thoughts were Dead wrong. See what I did there?

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Photo of Lolli1315
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Adark blackish color, not quite opaque with a light brown to white head. Great lacing on this beer.

S- Roasted malts come out quickly with signs of coffee lingering. Maybe a slight hint of chocolate, but nothing that jumps out at you. A little bit of a nutty smell seems to come out at the end as well. The alcohol is masked nicely with this beer.

T- Nice smooth beer with those roasted malts coming out nice and evenly through the whole drink. The coffee and chocolate tastes compliment the roasted malts, but are not as strong as you would fine in a RIS or American Stout. There is a little bitterness to this beer that creates a nice finish and leaves you wanting more.

M- A thick mouthfeel, but not quite chewy. Really is nice as it does not try to take on the feeling of a stout.

D- Taking a sip of this beer only leaves you wanting to pick the glass right back up. Easy to drink this beer and there is a good chance that you will want to have another.

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

Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of tanned head. Nose has a very hoppy aroma upfront and towards the end you can pick up on some chocolate/coffee notes. Taste has a nice hop bitterness but also has a more mellow bitterness that seems to come from the burnt grains. Lightly tasting some chocolate/coffee in it as well. Definitely a higher hopped porter than what I am use to but regardless equally enjoyable. Quite a bit of lace left even though the head didn't have lasting retension. Finish of this beer is both bitter and warming with a medium feel.

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

12oz bottle -> pint
best before 02/03/2010 is printed on the case

Pour a dark brown with a small 1/4 inch head off a semi-aggressive pour. Head dwindles quickly to a moon surface like film. Chalky spideweb lace appears in thin sheets with each sip.

Nose: More herbal than citrus, from the hop end. Some coffee, cocoa, plum present from the malt

Big roasted cocoa, and some burnt coffee flavors dominate. Some dark fruit, pine and herbal hop flavors follow. Hop bitterness is present as well as more charring bitterness from the roasted malt. Mouth is fuller than expectedfor a porter.

Very good brew. This beer won a silver GABF this year in the stout category. Weird classification, as this beers seems a tad thin for the stout category. Oh well, its delicious and will be making into my fall beer rotation for years to come!

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark borwn, with a light brown head that dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

S: The expected roasted malt notes, but surprisingly a strong hop presence - very nice.

T: Smokey, sweet malts up front with a major hop presence to follow - much more than you would expect from the style. The bitterness lingers and almost makes you think you just had an IPA :)

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little watery.

D: Due to the thinner mouthfeel and hop character this doesn't drink like a porter -in a good way. Easy to drink a few.

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Photo of jbbjr0387
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very thick glaze with almost no head. Head was very thick and glazy. Beer color very dark with a thick syrup like consistency making even the bubbles take a while to release. Good amount of carbonation. Im not a big fan of porters but i must say this was quite a delight. Smell was almost a citrus/caramel deal but it was hard to tell since it wasnt very potent. Taste was very refreshing for a porter between the roasty and citrus combination of coffee and grapefruit maybe some cocoa in there. Again, another satisfied drinker here.

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Photo of njmoons
1.96/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bleegh! Not one of the better porters I have had, and not what I have experienced from Troegs.

Appearance was a typical porter black with a fair amount of foam from the pour. The foam had some staying power.

Smell, roasted malt and the citrus of Chinook hops, no other odors were apparent or were overshawdowed.

Taste, my first thought was how thin the taste was for a porter, no big flavors on the front end. It was like drinking a beer too cold, but this was a room temp. The roasted malts start to kick in and are quickly taken over by the hops which gave a bitter citrus and soapy taste. The taste finished with the soapy taste over-powering the bitterness.

Mouthfeel was too thin for a porter, and as for drinkability I rarely pour a beer out, but the last 1/2 of this went in the sink.

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Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An extremely dark brown pour is livened up by by a large rocky tan head that coats the glass with lace as its slowly sinks to the finger that it maintains for the rest of its existence. A large amount of sediment hangs in suspension, slowly sinking to the bottom, only to be disturbed by each successive sip. Is this unfiltered? I'm not sure how to grade the looks - it sure is a beauty, but the sediment detracts from this, while almost certainly enhancing the flavour.

Big grapefruit nose. Make that fresh plucked and squeezed grapefruit. Its clean fresh, and exuberant. Alongside that are the expected porter notes of roasted malts - coffee, chocolate and a waft of smoke.Ever wondered what chocolate coated grapefruit tastes like? Wonder no more my friends, and step right up, because the Tröegs Brothers have something for you! Huge grapefruit flavours (with a good modicum of bitterness) are reined back in by strong roasted cocoa and coffee bean notes. Where it really differentiates from a regular porter, though, is in the hopping. Its fresh juiciness exudes vitality, but at the same time its not allowed to turn into a one dimensional hop bomb. In fact, a remarkably impressive balance is achieved, and Tröegs deserve a round of applause for this creation. It actually feels like they've amped up the roast elements to help keep the hopping in line, making it almost more of a hoppy stout than a porter. Its like one of the 'black' IPAs that's come on to the market, but done with a deft hand and some great finesse.

The body helps cap off an extremely satisfying affair. The creamy head hinted at good things, but my mouth can now confirm that a wonderful smoothness is imparted to this beer. Its actually not all that heavy a liquid, but the soft, pillowy carbonation helps to bulk it up somewhat. This helps it to achieve substance, while at the same time keeping things light enough that the beer is gone before I know it.

I was directed to this beer because it had a nice placing on the list of top 100 session brews, and now I can see why. Dead Reckoning is the complete package. It looks and smells great, packs a huge amount of interesting flavour for its weight, and has the perfect texture for steady drinking, while not being watery.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour a raisiny color, very dark, with a thick, moussey head. Awesome sticky chunky messy lacing. Wow. Top marks here.

Smells very piney and grapefruity, hoppy in a way I'm more used to from an American IPA than a porter. The citrusy kick in the nose is the gift that keeps on giving all the way throughout this beer. What a treat. There's some roast and malt but this is all about the hops.

The taste follows, with this being more like an India Porter Ale. Some roasty malts and coffee, but also some fruitiness and citrus hops taste. It's not sweet, more chocolate and roast, and yet the bitterness works perfectly against this. Slightly dry and chalky in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium, slightly chewy, and just absolutely perfect for this beer.

Drinkable? Heck yeah!! It's been a while since I was this sad that a beer was all gone. I want more!

Thanks to bobsy for hooking me up with this!

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

poured into my new sam adams winter welcome ale glass that is somewhere between a snifter and a tulp,the beer is a very deep brown with a small tan head that left some nice lacing.

nose has some notes of roasted malt,dark chocolate,wood,and a slight sourness.normally i'd be turned off by the sour like smell,however it works somehow with the beer.

big roasted malt,caramel,and bitter chocolate flavors in the palate. some coffee like acridity, finishes with a lingering dark chocolate taste.

medium bodied but slightly overcarbonated. however this is still a really good porter.reasonably priced and worth trying. i'll probably be going back to this somewhat soon.

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

A: A very very dark walnut brown/ black. Nice tan head, slowly dissipating, but still there...

S: Roasty malt, slightly sweet and with a little chocolate.

T: Roasty with a good bit of hops. Ends on a nice roasted and smoky taste.

M: Nice, a little over carb'd for my tastes..

D: Nice. Fairly well balanced, a bit hoppy, but good. I am sure I will be drinking this again...

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

12 oz bottle, there was a freshness date on the case I bought. I love the label on this beer. The hand of fate is holding my moral compass.

A - Pours a black with some red highlights. Creamy tan that lasts a minute or two.

S - Holy hops batman, this smells more like some ipa then a porter. I also get some strange floral notes. I smell some malt but it's faint, very faint.

T - Wham bam big hop slam, wow that's some hop bitterness, but it meld very well into the flavor of this brew. Still that odd floral smell has gone into the taste, not that it's bad, but it's different for a porter. Some chocolate malt in the back end.

M - This is harder to explain, it has a medium carbonation, with a slick oily feel but the hops bring it into a dry finish.

D - I could see this being a session beer, would go great with some barbequed pork ribs.

Aftermath: This beer seems to grow on you, I am not a hop head, but the hoppiness of this beer works. I can safely say that I like it more with each bottle I drink.

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

16oz bottle into pint glass.

Pitch black, without any noticeable ruby highlights. The head was filled with thick bubbles, but lasted for a while. Light roasty aromas, with a little bit of cocoa. The flavor was loaded with roasty malts, a bit of coffee, and a slight amount of hop bitterness toward the end. Full bodied. There's a creamy overtone to the cask version that I don't recall in the bottled version. Recommended (cask or bottle).

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 head, hot fudge brown, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: hops, malt, and chocolate

Taste: chocolate, coffee, nut, and hops-especially in the end

Mouthfeel: smooth, light body-especially for the style, high carbonation, sweet start with more bitter finish

Drinkability: This is very drinkable and different from most porters I have had. The hop presence is different but fits in line with Troeg's beers. I see this very much like a winterized version of their Sunshine pils..Darker malts--close to the same beer..But good. The taste grew on me. I could have a couple of these, but would not session this.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking dark brown color with a nice off white two finger head that gives way to good retention and lacing. The smell is of roasted malt, toffee, coffee, and a slight chocolate. The overall taste is just as complex, roasted malt backbone with hints of coffee and chocolate and just a hint of leafy hops. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a slight carbonation. Overall the drinkability of the beer is very good, you can have a lot of these the taste is complex enough to keep you interested.

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Photo of nickd717
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle via trade thanks to ben4321 on RB (who is an old buddy of mine), poured into Devils Canyon pint glass. My boys from Harrisburg rarely disappoint, and this was no exception. It is as every bit as good as Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald in my opinion.

A - This beer really looks phenomenal - pours a clear very dark brown color with a massive tan head and incredible retention and lacing.

S - Pleasant aroma of roast, coffee, and chocolate.

T - Flavor is fairly complex with roasted malt, caramel, t/coffee (toffee and coffee), chocolate, nuts, earth, mild smoke, and hops. Very long on the finish.

M - Medium-bodied and finishes fairly dry yet smooth.

D - Fairly high. This is a great porter overall and keeps you wanting more.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with a light tan frothy head. Left some lacing, but not rings.

Deep roasted malt scents, coffee, some green leafy hops, and something tart/lightly sour (just a hint of sour cream/cream cheese -- you know something is there).

Tastes of coffee, cocoa powder, dark green leafy bitterness, with a little acidic zing to it. This brew was smooth and clean and delicious.

Decent carbonation and medium bodied -- they got the mouthfeel right on this one.

Overall, a great porter. Reminds me a bit of Otter Creek, with mouthfeel and herbal edge. This went down very fast and easy. No sharp edges, nothing out of place. Worth a try.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a mostly opaque black with some ruby red highlights. No visible carbonation, but it produced a one-finger, creamy tan head that's topped off with the kind of froth you'd find on a milkshake.

S - What is this madness? Completely dominated by big lemon/grass/herbal notes. There's something else distinctly familiar, but I can't quite figure it out. I'm guessing that since this just released recently, the Chinook hops must really be playing a big part. Still, I didn't expect this sort of lemony-herbal character from a porter. I'm not getting any notes of roasted or chocolate malts.

T - So I was legitimately worried until I took the first sip. I'm still somewhat bewildered, but not worried. I've never encountered a porter this hoppy before. There's a big, ass-kicking field of lemons and grass grinding into my taste buds. The hops are really up front here, and they lead into some chocolate notes, then finally into a nice, roasted malt finish.

MF - Moderate carbonation keeps it moving along nicely. There's an almost oily-ness to it, but it finishes semi-dry, so it works out pretty well.

D - Pretty good. The more I drink, the more I like it. Also, I can definitely appreciate a different approach than what I've experienced with American porters so far, so cheers to Troegs on that.

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Photo of mikey711
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big fluffy head that is tan on top of a very dark brown. Lacing is quite good. Bitter chocolate and roastiness provides a good aroma. Good Chocolate notes and a hint of fruitiness to go with the roast. It is very watery and chalky. Easy to drink but I don't think I want more than one. This beer seems a bit uninspired, it is fairly straight forward and nothing about it seems that special.

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Photo of albern
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter I found somewhat problematic. It certainly looks good with a nice brown, thick, slightly cloudy color with lots of creamy rusty white head, and lots of lacing and retention. The nose was one part orange burst hop and one part roasted dark grainy malt. I was expecting a similar balance with the taste, but alas no.

The taste was just too tipped towards a very acerbic, tart, and leafy hop bitterness. This didn't blend well enough with the roasted grains, the chocolate and brown malts, and the other mahogany flavors. The acerbic and overly bitter hop predominated and it was unfortunate because I was expecting a better balance. This isn't a bad beer, just one that I was expecting more from. It's okay, not at all my favorite from this brewery.

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