Deadeye Jack Porter | Lonerider Brewing Company

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Deadeye Jack PorterDeadeye Jack Porter

Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A wandering Lonerider, never staying in one place too long. Deadeye Jack represents our seasonal porter consisting of a strong malty background with hints of roasted chocolate, subtle sweetness and low hop bitterness.

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Photo of nick_perry
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a bubbly tan head that doesn’t linger too long. Solid dry malt quality and a nice, lacey finish. Nothing too complex, but again, a solid brew, Lonerider rarely disappoints.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours with thick tan head that takes several minutes to recede and leave a covering of foam, leaving behind a spotting of lacing. Nearly black in color.
S - mostly roasted malts and coffee aromas. Slightly yeasty.
T - Sweet malts. chocolate, iced late, slightly bitter black malts nicely balance caramel sweetness. Little to no perceivable hop flavor.
F - pleasantly full to medium body, maybe a touch too much carbonation.
O - Very impressed, solid brewery as I have come to expect, but I am often disappointed by american porters. This one is likely to be knocked back by me on future occasions.

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Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

All-around solid porter. It's on the sweeter side, though there's a light kick of herbal hops at the end. It's big on creamy chocolate, followed by dark toast and toffee. Worth a try for dark beer lovers.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FriedSlug for this rockin' porter!

Pours a dark black body with a nice frothy beige head.

Aromas of coffee, chocolate syrup, lactose, and roasted barley.

Flavor has a touch of soy sauce, but beyond that is pretty complex and consists of dark coffee, chocolate, roast barley, and lactose/chocolate milk.

Flavor is carbonated up front to start, followed by a milky body and a roasty finish.

Overall, Deadeye Jack is a pretty decent porter. A "Very Good" rating is about perfect. Not the best, but better than good!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On one of my recent trips down to visit my aunt & uncle in DC, I came across a few of Lonerider's CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). I am now over 1,300 CANned beer reviews!

From the CAN: "Ales For Outlaws"; "Outlawed Seasonal Release"; "A wandering Lonerider, never staying in one place too long, Deadeye Jack represents our seasonal porter consisting of a strong malty background with hints of roasted chocolate, subtle sweetness, and low hop bitterness."; "Handcrafted".

When ales are outlawed, only outlaws will have ales to drink. Fortunately, here at The CANQuest (tm), we have been outside of the law for so long that it is hard to remember what it is to be a law-abiding CANizen. We have not forgotten how to CANuct a Crack! & Glug, however, and that was the next move. Jack tried to fight me on the Crack!, but I am an old hand at this, plus, give me a big enough lever & I CAN move the world. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of fizzy, deep-brown head that seemed anxious to fall back to wisps. Color was Very Dark Brown to Black/Opaque (SRM = > 34, < 44) with NE-quality clarity & gorgeous garnet highlights. Nose had a light smokiness along with a powdery chocolatiness, like putting my snout in a box of Nestle's Quik & inhaling. I did that once, as a kid, and I sneezed for a week as a result. This was less impactful. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste had a pronounced milk chocolatiness underlain by a light smokiness. Frankly, it was at the upper limit of what I will abide in terms of a beer's sweetness. It was really chocolaty in terms of its taste, which is not a problem in terms of style, but it just is not my bag. Finish was sweet, chocolaty, but thankfully not cloying. One was plenty for me.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, chocolate, some notes of coffee. Taste is roasted malts, smoke, light coffee, not getting much of the chocolate apparent in the aroma. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Super dark with a creamy head with spotty lacing. Roasted malt, chocolate and a mild sweetness. Lacking a bit in flavor. Tasted weaker than the nose but still roasty and chocolaty. Very creamy mouthfeel. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark black with brown peeking through when held to the light. A creamy dark tan head on top.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses, and a hint of chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, caramel, and perhaps a hint of smoke in the finish. Somewhat lighter in flavor than the smell would have lead me to believe.

M: Medium to medium light, moderate fine carbonation, and a touch of a tannic linger. The mouthfeel is a touch on the watery side for me.

O: Overall not bad, but I was expecting a bit more from this brewery. It's good, but it's not excellent.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large half finger thick cap in the center surrounded by a very thick film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted chocolate malts with cacao nibs and freshly roasted coffee. Hints of caramel malt sweetness as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted chocolate malts and caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of cacao nibs and cocoa with a light flavor of freshly roasted coffee. Light flavors of earthy hops are present towards the finish. There is a moderate amount of lingering roasty bitterness in this brew.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a moderately dry finish.

O: Nice combination of roasty and chocolaty flavors + aromas with a nice complexity and hints of sweetness. Not overly bitter but roasty enough to satisfy an avid coffee drinker. Very easy to drink and enjoyable - wish this one was year round for these guys.

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Photo of SFNC
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an Abita pint glass. This Porter is very dark brown to black with a slight tan head that disappears about halfway through drinking.

Smell is roasted malts and chocolate. Nice

Taste is very good, chocolate and malt with a slightly bitter finish. Sweet, but just right.

The feel is thin, not too thin and very little fizz present, just right.

Overall, I have had some Lonerider beers previously that while good, did not make me rush to revisit them. This has me looking forward to the next serving. If it's not up there with the great ones (Fuller's Ballast Point, Founders, Great Lakes), it's very close.

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

Poured from the can into a simple labelled Lonerider shaker pint (couldn't resist).

Creamy three finger head, settling with minimal retention, kind of styrofoam appearance and light tan color. Deep walnut red brown body all throughout, with a large almost blood garnet hue to it.

Boy even in a shaker pint the aroma on this just bursts. Huge amounts of dark cocoa and sweet whipping cream and milk chocolate sweetness. What a chocolate fest. Comes off like a rich thick milkshake, hints of vanilla sweetness as well. Really impressive.

Palate sort of brings everything down to a level playing field and back to earth. Light bodied but thick enough to give some dark roast character. Chewy and husky grains of milk chocolate in the middle. There's a noticeable cola sweetness to this, with also a light kind of body but it's not horribly distracting, but does seem to detract from the exceptional bouquet and flavors hinted on the nose. Creamy tasting finish as well, still managing to give just enough depth away from the cola wet flavors and sensations.

A really impressive porter, that nose just kills me though.

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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.
This is a tasty porter with no apparent flaws and plenty of flavor. It has very limited burnt or char character.
O: Mainstream; true to style.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep chestnut with a half finger tan head. Light dots of lace after each sip.

S: Light roasted malt, freshly ground medium roast coffee, a touch of cinnamon, powdery cocoa and some dirt. I like it.

T: Toasted malt and coffee right away. Fades into some baking chocolate, roasted grain husk, and finishes with some dry dark coffee, a touch of tobacco and bittersweet chocolate. A very nice porter. Holds back on the sweetness without becoming overly dry.

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Photo of SStein
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep red brown with a moderate head that laces quickly. The coloring is fantastic as it is held to the light. There is hardly any smell, but what I do get is chocolatey. The taste is smooth bitter chocolate that is very smooth. This beer is on the thinner side, but not in a bad way. If this was just a touch lower in ABV it would be a great session beer.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Upgraded to full review 2/27/17. Poured from 12 oz can into MKE Brewing shaker pint. Short, creamy dark khaki head atop very, very dark (just short of opaque) mahogany brew; no detectable carbonation. Well-roasted malts on the nose, with perhaps some rich chocolate and dark fruit depth. Taste is very roasted, even perhaps a kiss of char, or maybe that's ultra-dark chocolate. More sweetness emerges as the beer warms, providing a chocolate milkshake-like balance. Mouthfeel is pretty light, almost to the point where I'd wish it was a bit more substantial. All in all, a good beer that would be one I could have a couple of, rather than a single one to serve as an evening's dessert.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stcks and Stones Greensboro.Poureda deep chocolate brown with a tinge of ruby,a thinner but well defined ta colored head atop.Aromas of bitter chocolate,roast,and hefty earth,pretty robust aromas.I liked the full mellow mouthfeel,it glided down easily.Flavors are a nice mix of almost raw earthiness and roast mixed with chocolate and some brown sugar sweetness.A well rounded beer,it has everything someone would want in a porter.

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at Pandora's Pies

Pours a very dark brown/black with some red appearing when held up to light. Nicely colored tan head that clings to the sides. Smell is roasted malt (coffee and dark chocolate) but weak. Taste is coffee, hint of chocolate, and some nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is sadly a tad watery but also has a nice creaminess with medium carb, medium body.

Somewhere between good and average on my scale. I'm not a huge porter fan but this one is quite solid with nothing wrong with it other than being a tad watery.

from notes: 1/31/12

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a dark black with brownish tint around the edges, low off-white head retains as a bit of lacing.

Chocolatey nose with some smoked malts.

Bready and toasty chocolate flavors, mild bitterness.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

Tasty porter, good body and flavor, would definitely have this again. Not especially unique, but solid.

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Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sawmill Tap Room 12/17/11

Pours a deep black with a thin lacing of white head. The nose features roasted malts and some faint coffee. The flavor is roasty with some faint coffee up front and finished with faint chocolate notes and a decent hop bitterness for balance. This is a medium to full bodied beer that's well carbonated and very smooth.

It's a little one dimensional, but it's spot on for the style. The flavor is balance and the body is close to full, making this a solid beer to have on these cold days.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

well, silver medal porter at GABF.

Pours dark brown with black hues. When held up to the light, very slight hues of mahogany and brown. decent looking brew.

Smells light, almost scary light. Hints of citrus, and loads of smoke.

Taste is something you grow into. At first, it tastes light, citric, and slick. Then smoke is almost subdued. As you drink the pint, the smoke becomes more prevalent, and roasted malts take forefront. If it wasnt for Great Lakes and Founders, this would be perfect. Leaves a smoked feeling, along with a chewy roast.

The malt leaves a light feeling. More refreshing than most.

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Photo of domtronzero
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ucusty!

A - Deep dark brown, almost opaque. Big long lasting mocha head with a little lacing.

S - Chocolate, caramel, toffee, sweet malts. Earthy hops.

F/M - Rich chocolaty malts, lots of bready/toasty flavors. Toffee and caramel. Medium bitterness accentuated by light roasty malts. Medium full bodied, quite full and oily. Moderate carbonation.

D - Quite good and easy drinking. Lightly roasty and full flavored; a very good example of the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not expecting this beer to be as dark as it was. really a great pour here as the thick dark chocolate colored body is capped by a nice two finger head of tan that streaks the sides with tons of lacing. impressive to say the least.

aroma of roasted malts, deep dark cocoa, hints of molasses like sweetness and a rich and smooth, creamy feel. nice fullness throughout the profile gives way to a wonderfully sweet, roasted and complex flavor that seems to be bigger then the style would have dictated. a really nice finish here is semi sweet with a nice touch of dryness that really worked.

overall a very solid and deep, dark porter. nicely done and really a great example of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It was short-lived and left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, cocoa and toffee. A slight floral aroma.

T - It tasted quite sweet with a milk chocolate-like taste. There was a mild bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very tasty porter. I'm glad I grabbed it on my vacation.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, no date.

Pours a dark brown with mild reddish tints with a quickly fading mocha colored head. Aroma is smoky and roasted, very little character or depth. Body is medium thick, soft and fluffy with moderate carbonation. Flavor is very smooth, milk chocolate malt and slightly bittersweet and hoppy. An unremarkable, drinkable porter, but a little too bittersweet as that dominates the other flavors.

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Photo of NCD
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery. Supposed to be a seasonal but it seems they have plenty flowing. Dark pour with a fluffy beige head and spotty lace. Aroma is malt driven with a notable hop presence. Flavor is complex with hints of chocolate, molasses, butterscotch, and roast. Dry chalky finish

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Deadeye Jack Porter from Lonerider Brewing Company
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