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Geary's London Porter - D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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Geary's London PorterGeary's London Porter

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BA SCORE
84
good

247 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Faithfully recreated by Geary’s, this classic English style has a deep mahogany color and a restrained roasted malt flavor. The result is rich and complex, yet smooth and refreshing. Original gravity - 1045; alcohol by volume - 4.2%; two row English malt (pale, crystal, chocolate and black); Cascade, Willamette and Golding hops.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-25-2001)
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Reviews by lechroy:
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lechroy

California

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle on hot day at Sugarloaf. A is a rich, hearty dark ale. Head is nice w little interlacing. S is quite distracting smelling of bitter molasses. Not inviting. T is really nice and refreshing. Almost a taste of sassafrass which I enjoy. Well balanced. M is smooth and nice and light. O it is a warm friendly good porter. Not syrupy and good for all seasons. What's up wit the aroma?

07-22-2011 21:46:15 | More by lechroy
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oberon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Nice to see this Maine brewery's beers down here in NC,pours a deep brown nearly black color with a thin wispy almond colored head but its gone pretty quickly,roasted malt and earthy nut aromas with a cola elemant as well.Flavors of roasted nuts and bitter chocolate are prevalent with a nice earthy lightly bitter finish.This is quaffable to say the least and quite flavorful,glad to give this a try.

09-15-2005 22:59:14 | More by oberon
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

This is a wonderful beer. It's a dark, opaque brown with a medium-sized coffee colored head. It has a nice roasted grain, coffee aroma. The taste is quite good: coffee, chocolate, with just a little hoppiness. Nicely carbonated. I think it was a little thin; I was expecting it to be a little more substantial. Overall, a very good beer.

05-10-2006 22:33:07 | More by lordofthewiens
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured this beer into my British pint glass.

It pours a dark dark brown, only noticeable when held to the light, the head begins to form immediately as the bubbles build i realize there isn't enough space in my 20 glass for my 12 oz beer. The head forms a dense mat of bubbles. As it subsides a nice lace is left behind.

The aroma is very nice, roasted barley with biscuits, vanilla and some almost cookie sweetness.

The drink is just what i was looking for. i wanted flavor without a huge body, what a porter should be. Unfortunately to many porters these days are actually stouts. This starts with a light carbonation on the tongue, the carbonation lingers for a little leaving a slight sweet maltyness. The carbonation drops off and reveals a light and dry roasted finish.

Has a nice mouth not abrasive and not a hoppy bitter end, A very good English Porter.

04-12-2011 00:54:21 | More by bishopdc0
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bnewall3

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

04-06-2012 07:34:37 | More by bnewall3
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-01-2014 14:18:16 | More by Doomcifer
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

Presentation: The label on the 12 oz. short twist bottle pictures a fat Maine Lobster with a red "Geary's" banner across it. No drink before date.

Appearance: As one would think a modern day porter would look like, black. Rocky, frothy head that subsides into a tan bubbly lace.

Smell: Roasted malts and a hint of espresso. Some sweetness is evident.

Taste: Rich roasted malt flavours of bitter chocolate, hints of roasted coffee and a splash of acidity. Enough hop bitterness to somewhat match the rich malts, and balance. There is more of a chewy malt mouth-feel to this brew at cellar temperature.

Notes: An overall great porter, brewed to style. One of New England's finest.
An overall great porter, brewed to style. One of New England's finest.

05-04-2002 15:02:01 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

Pours dark, modest head, no lacing, medium sized bubbles. Nose of caramel, molases, hops. Burnt malt flavor, plums, raisins, molases. Nice smooth body and pleasant mouthfeel. A bit of a burnt flavor in the finish. A nice example of the style. Nothing fancy, but its a good steady porter, worth trying and enjoying with meats and hardy fare.

02-21-2004 22:15:35 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance: black, huge 2 inch head

Smell: burnt malt, and expresso

Taste: burnt malt, chocolate, expresso, cream

Mouthfeel:smooth, creamy, light body

Drinkability: A very well balanced porter that is a bit on the light side. This is tasty and easily sessionable

07-08-2009 16:12:40 | More by tigg924
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Sinnian

Maine

4/5  rDev +7%

07-18-2013 21:26:49 | More by Sinnian
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

11-14-2011 19:30:01 | More by bpfrush
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juicebox

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-23-2013 01:16:08 | More by juicebox
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far333

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%

Deep brown color with ruby highlights. Light brown, tight foamy head rises up to an inch high, then settles gradually down, leaving fine lace and a film around the inside of the glass. Aroma is somewhat chalky, with noticeable cocoa and raisin, and a light essence of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and perfectly carbonated, but a little crisp and tannic on the sides of the tongue. Flavor is very well-balanced, not too over the top in any direction. Subtle flavors of roasted malts, cocoa, molasses and raisin, and a gentle hop tingle in the finish. Aftertaste tingles some citrus, and bitter chocolate rises up the back of my throat into my nose.

09-21-2004 03:18:47 | More by far333
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

06-21-2013 14:22:17 | More by doremite
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: Dark plum tone almost black with a full two finger tan head dwindles pretty quickly, leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma: Nice dry porter here with some fruit undertones and dark chocolate and coffee fulfilling much of the overall aromatics. Taste: Dark roasted malts semi complex fruit, chocolate, and coffee traces, nice well rounded balanced porter. Mouthfeel: A bit thin for a porter light bodied maybe edging on medium-light body, decent even carbonation. Drinkability: The lighter body makes this one drinkable porter, no worries here nice flavor.

02-24-2004 04:45:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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Dillonius


1/5  rDev -73.3%

06-23-2014 15:45:11 | More by Dillonius
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DarrellK

Florida

2.95/5  rDev -21.1%

Geary's has dissapointed again. This is a thin version of a porter. The appearance is about right but without any highlights. The aroma is on the underside for the style but OK. The taste really lacking. There is little to say about the character of the brew because it doesn't have any. Mouth is thin for the style and overall it is just not on par with the dozens of porters on my list.

06-08-2011 23:32:03 | More by DarrellK
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BFC84

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

07-08-2012 16:56:48 | More by BFC84
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A--Deep deep burgundy body--looks black until you get to the bottom and clear ruby highlights. Most impressive part, though, is the head: looks just like the foam from a root beer float, in both color and consistency. A good two and a half fingers hear, with considerable retention. No lacing.

S--Weak overall. Kiss of smoke, a little beef jerky, and a little less tobacco. Coffee doesn't really make it to the nose.

It is, however, in the taste, mainly in the form of weak coffee grounds. This is not an overwhelming porter. But it has great subtlety and texture to its flavor profile. I really, really dig the swirl of parchy tobacco, earthy hops, teriyaki beef jerky, and bitter weak coffee blended in the front. But the biggest, baddest part of this beer is the sour aftertaste. It's almost like milk going bad--seriously tangy, seriously effing tasty. This nearly makes you drop the "New" from its New English origins.

M&D--Mouthfeel is like seltzer water, with less bubble-thin and gliding. A little silky, or milky. Some sort of -ilky. Again, very true to form for the style. Drinkability is incredible--so much damn flavor for a low ABV beer. Not for sipping.

This may be the best British porter brewed in America. If you like the non-bastardized "true" style (I happen to like big crazy hopped out maltbombed who the hell knows anything goes American porters and stouts, too, but whatever), and want it fresh, pick this up. If you have had British porter and know what to expect, you'll like this. Smaller than Fuller's, but no slouch by any means.

09-03-2009 22:23:58 | More by TheycallmeTim
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Pours a dark brown with some red hues as well. There is a one finger off-white head on top with nice retention and lacing all around the glass.

S: Some faint roasted malt, a little bit of coffee, dark chocolate, and smoked malt.

T: A bit smokier than expected (though not too much), with a bit of roast, coffee, and chocolate.

M: A little light a thin for a porter, but goes down very easy.

O: A pretty solid beer. Nice flavor for behing so low in abv, which I applaud. Could be a nice, darker beer, to keep in the fridge.

10-05-2011 00:55:20 | More by mdaschaf
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

Gearys- London Porter

Appearance- Dark brownish black with a moderate size foamy white head.
Smell- Creamy espresso with nut and burnt ash/ smoke notes.
Taste- Creamy coffee/ espresso. Light touch of caramel malt comes through along with the lightest touch of hops.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth throughout with a sweet hoppiness in the end.

Overall- Very good, the best I've had from Geary's.

09-13-2007 20:46:04 | More by NJpadreFan
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Nice looking!!, Like a dark black coffee in a pint glass.A full two finger lacey head.The only thing holding this beer back is that the smell is a little weak.It does have a slight coffee aroma,but not much else.The taste is very good.A strong coffee,chocolate flavor.Very nice carbonation,but not too much.This porter is a little too light feeling for my taste,but it's not bad.Geary's has made a very good beer and I would try it again.

10-08-2005 22:41:59 | More by jmz62565
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nkersten

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

A- Pours a dark dark brown with a slightly translucent base. Thick creamy tan head sticks around for the entire glass.
S- Butter, roasted malts and toffee in the aroma.
T- Rich toffee and caramel flavors, melted butter, some euro hop bitterness, chocolate malts. Pretty basic, simple flavors but they work very well together.
M- A bit thin, at least from my experience. Maybe I am just used to American and Baltic style porters with a heavier body. Despite a lighter body, it is still a pretty creamy beer. Very light carbonation, spot on for the style.
D- A very drinkable beer. Great flavor and a session worthy 4.2% abv. This is two brews in a row from Geary's that I have been very impressed with, how have I not heard of this brewery until now? Thanks again Gritty!

12-09-2009 05:13:50 | More by nkersten
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Black with little head. Molasses and chocolate malt in aroma. Well malted taste with some brown sugar, tad of chocolate, bit of coffee,roast, and nutty like a brown.Good representation of the style.Medium mouthfeel. Satisfying. Not too bitter, just a bit of hops stays on the lips.

11-24-2006 01:45:06 | More by Sammy
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

This beer reminds me of an irish dry-stout at first. Its, well, dry and is dominated by a roasted character. It has a malty chocolate aroma, but the chocolate plays second fiddle to the coffee in the flavor, which there's a lot of for a 4.2% beer. Not terribly complex, but I could definately session this bad boy.

11-09-2006 06:35:40 | More by tempest
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Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.