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

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Ratings: 270
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black with lighter mahogany edges. Smells of baking chocolate and a kiss of coffee. Felt a little oily going down and had some restrained roasted character behind the soft chocolate notes. I really like this and could reach for this one every day for cold weather comfort that won't fill me up too much.

Photo of tgbljb
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.

Photo of jslot38
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: New bottle design on this one for Geary's, a British flag embossed bottle, with the Made in Maine proudly displayed.

Appearance: Produces a huge rocky light tan, egg shell coloured head over a pitch black body. Took a while to complete the pour as the head was so massive, and it looks like the top covering bubbly layer isn't leaving any time soon.

Smell: Primarily roasted barley, has a great roasted smell.

Taste: That roasted characteristic returns for the taste as well. Nuts, barley, a smokey flavour lingers. Also a clear note of that diacetyl and a buttery note or two. No hop presence, but some nice chocolate and nuts back it up.

Mouthfeel: Tingles on the tongue, great level of carbonation and just holds nice, flavours linger well.

Drinkability: Over the summer I drank a 6'er of these, and why not, a great tasting beer at only 4.2% ABV. With their new hampshire ale and pale ale this is one great brewery and one that I wished was more accessable down in DC.

Photo of geexploitation
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a huge, frothy tan head that fades to a collar. Aromas are of dusky dark malts, with a high roasted malt content. I get some smokiness out of this, although I doubt that any smoked malt is used. There's also some sugared banana fruity notes in the nose. On the palate, roasted malts and caramel malts come out first, along with some slight hints of chocolate and cream. The finish dries out and leaves bitter, burnt barley notes on my tongue. Mouth feel is medium bodied, with juicy carbonation and an intense residual aftertaste -- all normal for the style. Overall, I'm impressed with this. It's an excellent session beer. Nothing too fancy in the flavors, but certainly something I could enjoy all night. Well done.

Photo of williamherbert
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cute bottle. Zero head. Is a dark, dark brown; almost black. Totally opaque. Cannot see even a speck of light thorugh it.

Sweet malty smell with just a hint of chocolate. Not as pungent as many other porters. Slight coffee scent.

Has a sweet, malty flavor. A little of that bitter coffee, which gets more prominent as it warms up. Sweet start, bitter finish.

Light-bodied for a porter; sits on the tongue briefly but does not linger. Coffee aftertaste, as expected. Though unspectacular, very drinkable.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an above average looking brown to black colour with some amber shining through when held up to the light. A medium sized heads forms upon pouring but quickly dissolves leaving nary a trace of itself on the glass.

The aroma is of sweet caramel, some roasted malt, a bit of cocoa and even hints of nuts. That said, nothing really shines through as that strong for a good, but somewhat weak aroma overall.

The flavour is a blend of roasted malt, cocoa, a bit of coffee that is not terribly noticeable in the aroma along with some wood notes and a hint of hops toward the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit thin overall.

This one isn't bad but it isn't that great in the long run. I generally dig stuff from Geary's but was underwhelmed by this one as a whole. I've had worse porters but I've had plenty that are better.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on June 15, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Pour of carbon black, with a quite thin toasted almond head. Aroma of burnt walnut skins, tangy lemon rind and hints of cocoa. Flavor is a harsh watery burn of cheap Dunkin Donuts coffee, bad dark chocolate and dusted Christmas fudge. Too much overwhelming nitrogenous black malt. No balance, with oak dry hops. Undrinkable.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, with some ruby highlights. The tan head thins, then soon disappears to just a ring that leaves some trailing lace.

The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste is of roasted, slightly smoky, coffee with notes of bittersweet chocolate and licorice. A nice balance of sweet and bitter. Nothing too complex, but well-balanced and tasty. The medium body has an almost chewy feel. It has a fairly long, dry finish.

This is an easy-drinking porter. I recommend it if you are looking for a tasty "sessionable" English-style porter!

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of shbobdb
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


I'm a lager-boy at heart, coupled with a lover of fine beers. What this means is that some styles fall between the cracks. If I want something for easy drinking, I'll grab a nice German beer. If I want something more exotic, well, lately it has been lambics, Flander's reds, and other sour beers. Top that off with a great love of Doppelbocks and access to some very fine beers by the likes of Founders and Three Floyd's and certain styles, well, just fall through the cracks.

Porter is one of those styles for me. Nothing beats a good London Porter for easy drinking. Really, as a style it is on par with pilsner! I just forget about it.

So how wonderful is it when another BA passes a present on to you (thanks Doppelmeup!) that makes you fall in love with a style all over again. Mmmm, porter! And this is a very nice, easy drinking porter.

That's it, really. Nice chocolate blending with a kiss of tobacco (very, very faint) with just enough carbonation to bring it home. A very light mouthfeel, which makes it good for guzzling. Yeah, nothin' wrong with this beer at all. Well, I mean the head could have been better, but otherwise it it truly a champ!

If I had regular access to this beer, I would drink it a lot.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a darn good porter. Pours a tremendous head and is a fine looking brew. Chocolatey and tasty, almost nutty and fruit like. Smell is slightly average and because of the low alcohol content, many can be consumed in a session. A nice well rounded porter and worth a shot.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasty malt and a sweet dark malt.

Taste is a nicely balanced roasty malt, lots of coffee and bitter chocolate tempered a bit with some sweet chocolate malt. Medium bodies and smooth in the mouth. Some light coffee aftertaste.

Really tasty, an old favorite. If you can get it fresh, it's a great session beer.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing michigan. ($1.89)
pours the deepest mohogany you have ever seen with reddish-brown hues, the head is supersized, beer was a little over carbonated.
the aroma is malty, hint of coaco, and a even slighter hint of smoke.
the flavor is malty, little roasty, chocolate, vanilla, minerals
good beer but little thin for a porter.

Photo of akahn
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my wine glass nearly black with a rocky beige head that receded to a short skim. Not much lace. In other glasses the color shows more around the edges, which is a deep, dark red.

Deep roasty aroma, slightly sweet, with the subtlest suggestion of chocolate. With a swirl, some stewed plum aromas emerge. Nice.

Demure, understated, yet flavorful. Mildly sweet, but dominated by a well-rounded roastedness. Dry yet juicy, with a mineral and hops in the finish. Drinking this beer, a word that constantly sprung into my head to describe it's flavor is "ruby," not that that makes much sense. I think this comes from the sour or tartness from the yeast. Authentic or not, this is a tasty beer.

Silky mouthfeel, yet well carbonated. A substantial medium body. Rarely do I find the texture of a beer interesting, but this is one of them. For a beer this deep and flavorful, quite drinkable, as a porter should be. Especially easy drinking at room temperature, when it is more mellow and less brash. Surprisingly refreshing when it's colder, though.

Photo of riversider76
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black,with a thin,tan head.,and decent lace. Aroma is of coffee, nut,and roasted malt. Very nice. Body is thin. Taste was just alright for me. Coffee came through, up front,but there was a bit of a bitter taste at th finish.Not my favorite, but worth a try for sure!

Photo of taez555
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque dark walnut with glittering rubies at the margins. I love it when I'm greeted with such a light-rejecting porter because it means, more often than not, that the beer will be rich and full-flavored. Just how I like 'em. The sand colored head is small and not that impressive to look at. It hangs around long enough to be polite and manages to deposit a few splotches of sudsy lace when it fades.

As hoped for, the nose is great. I'm tired of washed-out looking, smelling and tasting porters. It's a real treat to get a bona fide barnburner for once. The nose is a classic combination of moderately roasted dark malt, cocoa and black coffee. Sweeter scents are evident as well; not quite molasses and not quite dark brown suger, but along those lines.

The flavor is good, although it doesn't hold up as well as I'd hoped thanks to a too-light body. I'm sure that light, easy drinking, low-ABV, sessionable porters have their place, but this beer could easily knock on greatness's door if it was bigger and bolder. All of the requisite flavor elements are in place, they just need a better delivery system than the one that has been provided.

The beer is more iced coffee-like than cocoa-like on the palate and contains a minimum amount of roasted malt flavors. Bitter and sour are present in roughly equal proportions, with sweet failing to even show up. I'm somewhat surprised that I can easily appreciate the flavor and the bitterness of the hops--Cascade, Willamette, Goldings--but maybe I shouldn't be when I remember how little malt (relatively speaking) is onboard.

After having seen the beer in the glass and after having been thrilled with the aroma, I was surprised that it was so light in the mouth. I know that porters aren't stouts, but I can't help feeling a little let down at an opportunity lost. If you aren't a Big Beer aficionado, you probably won't notice a thing. Or won't care if you do. At least the carbonation keeps things as lightly creamy as possible given the circumstances.

Geary's London Style Porter is good beer that could be great beer with one (admittedly major) tweak. As is, it's a pleasant enough ale that is the very definition of sessionable. I've enjoyed the two Geary's beers that I've had so far and look forward to exploring more of what they brew.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap with lunch today at Jameson's Tavern in Freeport, ME. Poured an extremely dark brown with a thick frothy head. Nose was roasted malts and slightly toasted nuts. Flavor was a solid porter with a bit of charcoal and a hint of coffee. Roasted malts were slightly sweet and cocao-like. The coffee and charcoal provided a bit of bitterness that brought balance to the beer. Medium mouthfeel that was trying hard to hide its wateriness and just succeeded. Nice complement to a bowl of New England Clam Chowder

Photo of Jredner
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a little light, but there are roasty coffee and chocolate notes in there. Black with a quickly diminishing tan’s just a thin film before you can really appreciate it. Fore flavor is also light touching on watery with weak coffee notes, mild chocolate and some nutty notes. Feels like a black brown ale with some coffee added. It’s still tasty though if a little basic.

Photo of Litterbean
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is somewhere between jet black and very dark brown. A good head forms and it sticks around for a bit, eventually giving way to a white cap that sits there for the rest of the brew.

Very inviting smell, which is due to its roasted and chocolatey character. Pleasant, oh yes.

The taste is equally as wonderful. Thick tasting but deceptively so. The maltiness is bold, and the chocolate malt is omnipresent. The lingering tartness at the end is what I want from a good porter. The dark goodness of this beer lingers on and on after a sip, and with 4.2% ABV, this is as quaffable and enjoyable as they come. Very, very good beer.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Geary's has been a favorite of mine, usually I stick with the Pale Ale, this is the first time in a while I tried the porter. Dark brown in color, almost black. Head fades after a minute. Taste is dry, bitter roasted malts, a bit like what I imagine Guiness would taste like about 50 years ago. Finishes up smooth with a little of the burnt character. This would be a real good session beer for me.

Photo of barrelman
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is nice and dark with reddish tones. Well-suited to style. Aroma is nutty and slightly metallic.

Taste is roasted and crisp but not much else. Not much else interesting going on. Very watery in the finish. Mouthfeel is good for a porter.

This beer disappointed me. I expect more flavors going on in a Porter with some backup to the patent malt. The abv is pretty low and I would like something with a little more kick.

Photo of jamie2dope
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been a big fan of English Porters for some time and heard that this was a great example of the style. Pours a dark dark brown with little to know head as far as i could tell. Smell was of mild espresso and some bitter chocolate with a sort of musty smell in there too. The taste is pretty smiliar to the taste in that there doesn't seem to be a wealth of flavors hitting me. The biggest plus for this beer is that it is very drinkable...putting down a sixer of this would be no problem. Overall, not a bad beer but I was expecting more from it given the good reviews it has received in the past.

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