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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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244 Ratings

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another in a series of Geary's that I have been ablte to try thanks to Mike at Brawley's Beverage!

Pours a dark brown/red that looks nearly black in the glass. Nice light tan head vanishes pretty quickly and doesn't leave much behind.

I get the aroma of roasted malts, some brown sugar, and something I can't quite put my finger on. Sawdust maybe? It's not unpleasant at all.

Tastes of bitter chocolate, some nuttiness, and definitely earthy. There's some butteriness right before the finish which actually seems kind of dry to me. It's also pretty well carbonated. Very interesting...
Overall it's wonderful and very drinkable. I look forward to having another!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 05:48:34 | More by ichigodisaster
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black brew with a tan head that settles to a nice ring around the edge of the glass.

Roasted and earthy aroma with a slight nutty character.

Lots of roasted grain flavor, leafy hops, earthiness and some peat character. A little butteriness too. Very earthy, actually. Nice, nice flavors.

Milk-like creamy mouthfeel in a medium body.

Great English-style porter, very mellow and certainly satisfying. Definitely going to get more of this. Thanks again to Mike at Brawley's in Charlotte for bringing these great Geary's brews here!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2005 02:53:45 | More by hyuga
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy dark metal with a nice head of brownie coloured foam that lasts a bit and than fizzes out soon enough. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, and butterscotch/caramel. Hops are in the background and hard to find. Taste follows through from the nose of the brew and is very chocolatey/toffee-like in its flavor profile. Buttery diacetyl is not that noticeable and only shows its head in the finish which is roasty and buttery. Not bad. Like drinking a Fullers London Porter with popcorn at the movies!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 17:43:26 | More by francisweizen
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown, just shy of black with a very light caoting of head over top. Nice color. The nose is light chocolate and a touch of fig. Maybe a little more of a roasted character would be nice. The flavor is chocolateand a light burnt grain. Just a hint of bitterness comes through. Good balance. Tasty beer. The feel is a light moderate with a light moderate carbonation. I'd like a touch more body as well. Overall, this is a tasty beer. Very smooth and easy to quaff. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 22:53:47 | More by kmpitz2
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed Geary's for a while now, and have never tried the London Porter. I wish I had tried it years earlier. This dark mahogany shade of brew was surprising. It had a strong aroma. Most noteably was the coffee fragrance that was present. It was very flavorful and rich as I drank it. A bit malty aftertase, but nothing could deter from the coffee flavor. The coffee flavor even overpowers any bitter or malty flavor in the aftertaste. It was relished well as it went down.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 06:52:11 | More by HoorayBeer
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is black with burgundy hues showing through. The head is a dark tan that is creamy and semi sticky. The lacing is low, but it will not disappear with out a fight.

Smell is chocolaty with a tiny bit of roasted malt.

The flavor starts off mild and then it hits you with a bold mix of chocolate and coffee. A slight presence of hops can also be detected.

Its mouth feel is medium bodied (lower end of the scale) and generously carbonated.

This is an easy drinking beer, but I will not go out of my way to get another. It is just a tad too sweet for me, but if you like chocolaty brews, give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 05:37:34 | More by Naes
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12 oz. shorty bottle.
thin head that faded to small cover. inky black with deep ruby at top and bottom of glass. nutty sweet taste with caramel at first, then bitter coffee/chocolate twang for finish with a metallic or acidic note. medium to full body with proper amount of carbonation. this is a great representation of the porter style with plenty of big expresso flavors and plenty of sweetness to balance out the bitter. a wonderful thick, black brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 21:05:21 | More by villainchiwwin
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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 01:40:23 | More by jjboesen
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3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep brown with slight amber highlights when held up to a light. Nice tan head that disipates rather quickly but leaves lacing on the mug. Slight roasted smell but not very strong at all. Taste of roasted malt with a slight bitterness that lingers for a little while. A little overcarbonated which seams to be hiding some of the flavors. An average porter that i would drink again but not go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 00:40:34 | More by beermanbrian
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, with mahogany edges. Topped with a two finger, well built creamy khaki head, leaves a thick sheet of lacing.
Earthy, caramel, chocolate aroma.
Chocolate taste, earthy, roasted barley, acrid, charcoal and wood notes, and maybe peat?
Full bodied, ok drinkability the taste gets a bit harsh.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 00:43:04 | More by mschofield
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Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very dark brown beer with some mahogony highlights when held up to the light. A lot of carbonation createsa big brown head that disapears quickly. A strong roasted malt aroma carries with it a hint of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.The rosted bitteness in the taste fades quickly behind the watery mouthfeel. Leaving you waiting for the real taste which never surfaces.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 01:03:09 | More by ybnorml
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3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recently picked up a single of this beer while in Maine.

I had this from a 12 oz brown bottle and served in an imperial pint glass. I was unable to find a freshness date.

Pours a dark brown/black color with some ruby highlights towards the bottom of the beer. There was a nice tannish colored head on top, but disappears quickly. The glass stays clean with no sticky lacings to mention.

What is wrong with the nose here? Something is lacking. I would expect some chocolate or roasted malt aromas with this style. I'm smelling is salt water and a faint sweetness. Everything is faint and distant.

Taste has some roasted malt flavors a very mellow espresso or coffee bitterness characteristic. The carbonation is just a little too much for this style beer. I like the robust flavors here and this is a solid beer, but I was expecting just a little more. I would probably order this out and possibly buy again depending on options.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 01:50:51 | More by Hibernator
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2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured dark brown to black, with a small tan head, that didn't last very long. aroma, molasses, malt, chocolate. and hints of coffee and plums. flavor weak chocolate. plums and sourness like malt vinegar. a ok beer do not know if I would buy again

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 05:13:30 | More by walleye
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New York

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

This brew pours to a deep almost black color with a tan head that breaks down pretty quickly and left virtually no lacing. The aromas are of roasted malt with hints of raisins. The taste seems to be dominated with the roasted malts but is not over barring. Also has notes of coffee while finishing with a semi-bitter chocolate taste. Seems to be a very nicely balanced brew and one that I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 02:20:48 | More by Stimack
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a full tan head. Tastes full and roasty just like a porter should, but the malt billing is not all that it should be. Hops add nice balance, but the mouthfeel just isn't there. A decent porter, but really nothing special. New England is a hotbed for porters, but this one isn't a top notch. Worth tasting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 02:20:18 | More by scottum
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4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 03:18:47 | More by far333
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12ozer purchased as a single from the Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" tan head above a barely translucent dark brown brew. Dense head hung around for awhile, and laced well. Aroma is sweetly malty, with a touch of coffee bitterness. Taste is similar to what the nose hinted at, with the coffee a bit more intense over the tongue. Mouthfeel a bit thin for a porter, but still good, and drinkability is good as well. I seem to remember liking it better on-tap at the Bear, but that was long ago, far away, and frankly, what beer wouldn't taste better on tap at the Bear?

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 01:28:13 | More by ppoitras
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a jet black color with one finger of light tan head. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of roasted malt, coffee, and toffee. Lots of sweetness going on. The taste has a good burnt malt background, with some caramel and molasses. Almost no hops present. The body is just a touch on the light side for a porter. The drinkability is really good though. A nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 04:57:47 | More by SheepNutz
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2.25/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm an Englishman living in Maine (im a student), and the porter is probably my favorite of all beers. Porters really come alive in old smoky London pubs.

My hunt to find a good porter in Maine has not been filled with joy unfortunatly. I heard good things about gearys, but alas it too did not reach my hopes.

I was shocked by the amount of carbonation in this beer. My porter resembled Coke out the bottle. This over carbonation affected the taste and mouthfeel immensely. The fizz on my tongue was unplesent and masked most of the taste. The taste upon first sip was smoky and dark like a porter should, but the carbonation took over and left a nasty aftertaste behind. Smell wise this porter did not have the richness of a Samuel Smith, the hints of a porter were present but not nearly powerful enough.

All in all, a very average porter and not one that I would try again. Perhaps the draught will be better; I entend to try it, but will not be expecting much.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2004 02:40:22 | More by neil
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around good beer. Pours a deep, dark, proper black, with good dark white head. Smells woody, with heavy-sweet smells. Good carbonation, with a slightly watery but still very rich taste. Dark chocolate hints in the burnt taste, with sweetness predominant, and slight hoppy flavors. A ideal porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 01:36:37 | More by RocketWidget
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West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 22:15:35 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its pours an almost pitch black with a thin beige head on top. Aromas of smoky campfire wood (the next day), malt and light floral hop bouquet are right in line with the style. The malt taste is akin to blackened toast, strong coffee and bitter chocolate. The hops have that unmistakable Geary's raw and wild bitterness. A citrus peel and light metallic bite add a nice edgy character to the brew. This Porter could use a dose of sweetness and the body is a bit thin, but I wouldn't hesitate to try it again...and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 03:16:53 | More by BeerResearcher
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It is dark and creamy. It has the scent of chocolate malts and black barley. The taste is a little better than average. It is a little light for a porter, but it's still got that dark flavor. There is the presence of chocolate and black malts, but with a watered down feel. The mouthfeel is good. This is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks well, but there are a number of porters I'd rather have than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 00:15:56 | More by WesWes
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