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

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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 09-25-2001

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.
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Ratings: 277 | Reviews: 176
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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 head...it’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
2.61/5  rDev -30.2%
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
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of jmz62565
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ichigodisaster
4/5  rDev +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!

Photo of oberon
4.02/5  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.

Photo of hyuga
4/5  rDev +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!

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +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!

Photo of kmpitz2
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of HoorayBeer
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Naes
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of villainchiwwin
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of jjboesen
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
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...

Photo of beermanbrian
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of mschofield
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of ybnorml
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of walleye
2.88/5  rDev -23%
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

Photo of Stimack
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of scottum
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of far333
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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