Deadeye Jack Porter
Lonerider Brewing Company

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Porter - American
Ranked #267
Ranked #16,649
3.91 | pDev: 10.23%
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
Deadeye Jack PorterDeadeye Jack Porter
Notes: 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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Reviews by atsprings:
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atsprings from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours an almost opaque black with a decent light tan head that lasts and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice amount of dark malt and baker's cocoa. The taste is also a nice amount of cocoa and dark malts with a nice subtle hop backbone. The beer is somewhat light bodied and smoothly carbonated. This is pretty much my favorite Lonerider beer, and I'm glad to see it bottled!

Mar 01, 2010
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oberon from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Dec 30, 2012
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a chocolate brown color with a frothy and rocky khaki colored head of 3 cm foaming up even with a gentle pour. The foam recedes fairly quickly to a surface foam and leaves tight lattice as it drops. Eventually only a sturdy edge layer and one island of foam remains in my glass.
The aroma is a lot of chocolate, mostly on the sweeter side, but also some roasted malt and some mild coffee hit. No booze hints here and I dont get any hops making a showing here either.
The first sip reveals an average body with silky texture and very fine gentle rolling carbonation. Each swallow leaves a smooth coating on my palate.
The flavor is sweet milk chocolate up front with some roasted malt in the middle and finishes with some more chocolate. This isnt a sweet dessert chocolate beer, but isnt all roast either.
No hops that I can really detect and certainly no booze, making this a very easy to drink beer.
Glad to have tried it and thank you to my bro CUrt for the gift!

Dec 26, 2017
WOLFGANG from South Carolina

3/5  rDev -23.3%

Jul 06, 2013
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wedge from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown - opaque, save for a slight bit of caramel light shining through at the bottom. A tall, creamy beige head slowly recedes to a bubbly topping. Roasty chocolate malt and coffee bean aroma...a little char. More mocha-like characteristics in the flavor; just a tinge of burnt malt. Very cocoa-chocolatey. Finishes smooth and medium-sweet with a light dryness. Medium bodied, full flavored, and quite drinkable.

A great example of the style. I don't pay enough attention to these guys...

Mar 30, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Mar 31, 2016
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route66pubs from California

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark black. Holding up to a window on a bright, sunny day doesn't allow ANY light through. The small, tan head fades away quickly, leaving a slight lacing across the top of the pour.

Deep malty chocolate abounds in the aroma and follows through very nicely in the taste as well. Just straightforward porter here, folks. And a very nice one at that.

Feels a bit thin in the mouth, but not bad. The carbonation is very nice at the back, though, and that thin front makes way for a rich, robust, thick chocolate feel at the back of the mouth.

Very nice. Very, very nice brew. Even on a warm SoCal spring day, this is a very enjoyable brew, and one I'd happily experience again and again.

Apr 19, 2010
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with faint tawny highlights and a creamy tan head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Just a ton of chocolate in the aroma with hints of caramel and coffee

Taste: Chocolate and caramel up front, with just a touch of roasty bitterness developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweetness drops down a notch, with some bitter coffee elements adding balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Perhaps a tad too sweet and chocolatey, but overall a very nice porter

May 31, 2010
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arnulfooxblood from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 24, 2015
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blackie from Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: taupe colored finger width head rests on a deep ebony brown beer, average retention

s: good roasty structure if without lots of depth - coffee roast, wood, earthy hops, nice toffee base

m: carbonation smooth, around moderate levels, medium bodied

t: really enjoying the flavor - a toffee base forms the body, holding up chocolate roasted barley, semisweet chocolate, coffee, and an earthy bitterness that accompanies some mild but rich residual sugars into the finish, almost a little milky

d: a solid, easily drinkable porter - not an "a" range beer for me, but I can understand the higher scores

single from WF, Raleigh

Apr 22, 2010
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psmith161 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 15, 2016
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bexley10 from North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 13, 2016
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tempest from New York

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Jan 31, 2017
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burnstar from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with a big dense persistent tan head. Smell is dark roasted malt. Taste is also dominated by somewhat bitter roasted malt. Some background sweetness provides balance. Medium bodied and finishes a bit dry. Pretty drinkable. Good overall if a little strong for a porter- almost halfway to a baltic or imp. porter.

Feb 22, 2010
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jak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Dec 11, 2011
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is dark brown, near black; head is tan with fine bubbles, head presents at least 1/2 inch thick then dissipates and leaves a solid top but minimal lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is very pleasant with roasted malt, chocolate.

Taste follows with roasted malt, moderate cocoa, hints of smoke and then some subtle grassy hops. Good flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the crisp side with moderate to strong carbonic bite and lingering presence.

Overall a good porter with full flavor and great presentation.

May 21, 2018
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 10, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Aug 20, 2010
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rtratzlaff from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dead Eye Jack is an opaque black body with a decent tan head that sticks a good bit. The body is right on for a porter. Right in between medium to a full mouthfeel. The flavors are dominated by charred roastiness but not overdone. I'm not picking up much hop presence in this beer either, which can be good or bad depending on your likes. Overall, a straight up decent porter.

Jan 24, 2009
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Sep 20, 2010
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Jul 29, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Pit (Raleigh, NC) on 12/12/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black in the glass, with a thin covering of mocha tan foamy head. Retains with mostly some creamy bunching around the edges, leaving a smattering of lace behind. The aroma is sticky in the nose with the tang of chocolate and molasses, along with a dark layer of coffee and roast, which shores up the back of this. Good stuff here, if not a touch light at times.

The taste is burnt and bitter up front with coffee and roasted malts, while some sweet notes of chocolate and caramel pull up the rear of the profile. Firm hops runs through the middle of this, giving off a bitter pop on the tongue. Some moderate roastiness and dry bitterness lingers for quite a bit after each sip. The mouthfeel is overall medium bodied, but there is a fuller sharp prickly feel to the carbonation which spreads out all of those dark flavors around in the mouth. That 6% ABV gives this the right amount of heft for the style.

Well done Porter here, with a spot-on roasty flavor profile and a sharp and hefty feel that really gave this a nice mouth-filling presence. Nice job from these guys.

Dec 20, 2009
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mothman from Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Rare Vos glass

Pours a little over a finger of creamy khaki tan head. Head fades down to a thick ring. Leaves some very light lacing. Color is a deep deep brown, near black.

Aroma: Big malt profile, but a few hops manage to show through. Roasted malt and chocolate are the big components of this beer. I also get some sweet caramel in the background a bit. Not too much in the nose.

Taste: A very smooth drinking porter. Roasted malts and rich chocolate. The hop bitterness shows a bit more here, but the malts cover up the hops for the most part. A very creamy porter. The roasted malts really make this beer what it is it seems like.

Mouthfeel: Roasted, creamy, and a bit crisp. A decent amount of carbonation with a medium sized body for this porter. Ends very roasted, a bit dry.

Overall, this is a decent porter. I enjoy how creamy and easy drinking it is. The bitterness shows in the mouthfeel a lot more as I drink it and it warms up a bit. Very glad I got to try this one!

Jun 17, 2010
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NCBeernut from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown. Holding right up to a lightbulb, it is very bright brown with a deep reddish hue. On top sits a 2 finger khaki head that never quite vanishes like frothed milk on top of a cappuccino after it has been sitting for a while.

The aroma is damn good. All different kinds of chocolate aromas are out in full force, yet in perfect harmony. A touch of fresh roasted grain sits well with the chocolate aromas. As it warms, I get more caramel malt and dark fruit.

The flavor is malty and leans toward sweet. Bitterness is medium for the style but soft. This porter is not at all hoppy - actually I think some of the bitterness is from the roasted grain. A touch of raisiny dark fruit likely from dark crystal malt is subtle but noticable. Roastiness shows up more in the finish. Some chocolate, more noticable when it is cool than warm. Slick but a little creamy like drinking milk. Very good beer, but it reminds me a little too much of a dark Scotch Ale or Doppelbock rather than a roasty Porter. Plenty of body for the gravity keeps it from being thin, but still it's very drinkable.

Jun 23, 2010
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domtronzero from California

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Oct 09, 2010
Deadeye Jack Porter from Lonerider Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 144 ratings