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

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BA SCORE
84
good

252 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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5/5  rDev +33.7%

Skarod, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black color with a thinnish head of tan foam, not much lace coming off this one.
The smell of this beer is full of dark roasted malt with coffee and some bitter chocolate, no hop notes in evidence.
The first sip reveals a big rich flavor, lots of roasted, not sweet malt. Flavors of brown bread, dark chocolate and cold bitter coffee dance across the palate.
Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation, this is a great Porter worthy of being called robust. Yet another great beer from Maine, highly recomended

MaineBeerMan, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of ESimmons
4.75/5  rDev +27%

ESimmons, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very nice, solid porter, light and easy to drink but very flavourful and satisfying.

Essentially black, it has a huge, light brown head that steadily shrinks to a thin top with a little weak lace.

The aroma is a good porter smell of toasty dark bread with hints of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and wine.

The taste is light in body, zesty (less light and lively than Nethergate Old Growler, but more so than many), with a clean flavour of toasted dark bread, light roastiness, a sweet fruitiness folowed by drier, toasty finish with hints of chocolate and black pepper. It's very drinkable.

Offa, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of Liquids
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a black-brown with a two finger, bubbled molasses/almond colored head from a rousing pour. In the light the a dark muted brown-red peaks through - not a pitch black porter, and not a red one, but a balance of the two. Aroma is very American up front actually, but with the roasty malt aromas and faint whiffs of noble hops as well. Not too hoppy smelling--a mix of aromas not entirely dominated by one ingredient or hop. Cool. Taste is creamy, English, smooth, a bit acidic and fairly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, very palatable, balanced, distinct in flavors, roasty with no harsh edges but not boring either. This is a 'London porter," which must be considered - people bored by this are comparing it to American styles which trade subtleties for slamming you with flavors. This is a delicious, beer that has subtleties that roll over your tongue in waves. The hops are there to balance flavors, not to stand out, and they do this well. I dig English beers done correctly, and this is a masterpiece. Mouthfeel is solid, but the carbonation is higher than I like, though it is full on the tounge. Drinkability - I found this single on a road trip and can't remember if I can get this particularly brew local, but it's an amazing beer, and I could drink it all day for it's subtle complexities. If I had a sixer in a my fridge I fear I'd drink two at a time Wow, this beer is underrated.

Liquids, Mar 08, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

oclvryder, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of donniecuffs
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At dba, NYC. Into a pint glass, it poured a dark mahogany, with a thin khaki head, little retention, yet good lacing. Little visible carbonation. The aroma: nuts, maple syrup, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The taste was a perfect blend of the above, finishing on a semi-dry roasted coffee note, which lingered afterwards. Very flavorful. Full-bodied, with more carbonation than expected. This is a great session porter.

donniecuffs, Jul 23, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

CaverDave, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of TonyReaves
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with think lacing.

Smell of coffee, roastiness.

Tastes dark, roasty, smoky with a tiny bit of breadiness in the back. No hops that I notice, but they're not missed.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry with heavy carbonation. I wish it was a little smoother, but it doesn't hurt the beer much for me.

This is such a good porter. Worlds different from the smooth porters and hoppy porters I usually go for, but this drinks wonderfully.

TonyReaves, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A moderate pour produces a voluminous three fingers of tan head atop an opaque, pitch-black liquid. Some retention as the foam clings a slight bit to the glass.

S: Bouquet contains a strong streak of roasted, smoky malt, coffee-like in nature, with an indescribable allure that's quite enticing.

T: All that roasted malt is evident up front on the tongue, but is carried along in a subtle manner. As it pushes toward the back of the palate, a brief appearance by some bittering hops is detectable and the flavor washes away, leaving a minimal aftertaste, a faint hint of malt.

M: Somewhat crisp but light-bodied, with a level of carbonation that works quite well. Enough bubbles to make it sharp up front, but then fade gently toward the finish.

D: When I think of a porter, this is what comes to mind: lighter in body, but still assertive in malt flavor. That's what this beer displays, as well as a spot-on carbonation that is the quintessential English-style porter. Balance and flavor are great, and this is my idea of a solid, sessionable beer.

CharlieMopps, Nov 09, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a black body with subtle tan/white head.

Nose is a very inviting sweet coffee, espresso and roasted malt smell. Some mild hints of brick and fire as well. Mostly though just the roastiness.

Taste is light to medium bodied with a slightly grainy but overall very smooth texture. You can tell this beer is only 4ish% as it drinks so easily but has some nice texture to it. There's a defined roasted malt and some hop bitterness that is very present half way through and towards the end, but almost all but disappears in the lingering finish. Tastes are that of roasted/toasted malt, coffee, espresso, milk chocolate and a fireplace brick type dry even smoke flavor.

What a stellar porter. Perfect to style and oh so drinkable. If I was ever in a porter only mood this would be one of my first choices.

taez555, May 22, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at Ordinary Joe's in Watertown

Appearance: A nice, deep midnight black in color, head was little to none, with not alot of lacing. Bits of yellowish head rested on top of the beer.

Smell: Lots of roastiness here, a bit of truffle, some roasted coffee bean, a bit of dark fruit is here, but barely evident. Malt spice gives off a fresh aroma. Very enticing

Taste: This is a big beer for a small ABV, lots of flavors thrown around here. Espresso bean, coffee grounds, a bit of chocolate and some vanilla pairing. I really got a sweet vanilla taste in the finish that capped this off perfectly. Toastiness goes above and beyond, very warming and hearty.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, light to medium bodied, holds up nicely on the tongue, doesn't go too wet when sitting for a bit.

Drinkability: Geary's hit a homerun with this one, for such a low ABV, I can't believe how much flavor and body this porter has. It's almost like one big conglomerate of darker flavors packed into one small, easy to drink brew. They pulled off the coffee elements perfectly, roasty and easy to drink. A splendid job from one of the better brewers out of Maine

thespaceman, Apr 18, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

far333, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque brownish-black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, graham cracker, and Geary's yeast. The taste is much like the aroma. It is quite yeasty for a porter, but good nonetheless. Actually, the more I drink the more I like the yeast notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. The feel is more fuller bodied than I would expect from a beer of 4.2% ABV, and I really like that. Overall, this is a really nice beer that I could easily session regularly.

KarlHungus, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Owl-Head
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't like Geary's very much, but this porter is definitely the best thing out of their winter variety pack. I feel like I needed to rate this beer because i am not much of a porter fan in general (tending to stick to IPAs and Stouts) but this one was nicely smooth and tasted more like vanilla than a typical porter (closer to a Stout it seemed but more bitter). However, rather than a typical porter, which tends to have the bitter and almost dry taste for a darker beer, this one had a very tasty, sweet and almost refreshing taste and mouthfeel

Owl-Head, Jan 06, 2014
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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown, virtually black color with modest tannish creamy head.
Smell is superb, with notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, plums, and raisins in a succulent combination.
Taste is also great with a strong upfront dark fruit sweetness slowly dissolving into a dry finish that beckons for another taste.
Great taste retention and creamy mouthfeel.
Excellent drinkabilty. Perfect porter.

tgbljb, Jan 17, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant brew. It poured a black color with a medium sized tan head. The head did slowly recede to the rim about half way through the drink. The aroma was a great blend of roasted malt, coffee, and licorice. The flavor followed the aroma, as the coffee and roasted malt tones most noticeable. Some minor bitter chocolate flavors were also there.

This is a heavier body brew, and the coffee tones last long into the aftertaste. Overall I found this to be a great porter and will look into buying more of this when I can find it.

Gavage, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of dherling
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Barcade in Brooklyn last week. Very excited since I have not been able to find this on tap or in bottle in the NY/NJ area the past three years or so.
Pours opaque black with a tight tan head,minimal lacing. Mild coffee nose, light caramel, slight chocolate and cherry notes. I have always described the taste as sucking on a piece of charcoal... in a good way. Great round flavors, well balance coffee and caramel, again with some light coffee lingering in the finish. Very dry and clean finish, just what a dry porter should be. An excellent example of the style.

* Found a six of bottles today at Brooklyn Beer & Soda. Cracked one open... WAY over carbonated. Have been nursing this for over an hour now, ever time I try to drink it just suds up. I hope the other bottles are better.

dherling, Sep 04, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown that seems to be opaque, but you can pick up a bit of light through it if you really look closely. Sweet malts hit the nose first followed by a blast of milk chocolate.

Loads of flavor in this hearty robust brew. Chocolate is all over you like you were taking a walk with the blueberry girl, and Willy Wonka's whole place exploded on you. You just so happened to love that explosion as chocolate poured down your throat. A nice medium full body. The roasty characteristics are a bit hidden behind a mostly sweet taste, but they do their job. Creamy mouthfeel makes it even more enjoyable. It is also a real good one to drink. It would make a fine dessert beer.

ElGuapo, Mar 23, 2003
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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent porter that begins with a thick and creamy head, slowly dissipating into a pleasant mahogony [?] colored liquid and finishes with no noticable lacing. A heavy molasses malt infusion with a smooth aftertaste that offers a fine drinkability quotient. Nice comfortable beer - not too complex, though with a few surprises as it settles. Let it reach room temperature and it's good to go...

jjboesen, May 05, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

trevorpost, Jun 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

CSeavey64, Feb 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

ChicagoNick, Apr 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Slipmthgoose, Aug 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Blueribbon666, May 17, 2014
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Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.