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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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252 Ratings

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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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Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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?

ppoitras, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

SheepNutz, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of neil
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

neil, May 07, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
4/5  rDev +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.

RocketWidget, May 06, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Billolick, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +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.

BeerResearcher, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

WesWes, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of Gavage
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 putnam
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sticky roasted beans are obvious in the aromas, and, as they adjust away, there are additional notes of oyster shells, carob and rum cake. Tangy black coffee flavors, from a top estate, pumps out on the mid-palate where it is joined by notes of sweet, steamed kale, black tea, marrow and toasted seeds.
Dry, cleansing and bitter beer. It's punishing to blase' attitudes.
It might do with a little less gas.

putnam, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew...Very nice appearance with decent head. Light malty smell that seemed a bit "off". Taste was mild with a tad of bitterness on the finish, somewhat earthy in a less than pleasantg way. Mouthfeel was light, with drinkability for the low abv being very good.

edchicma, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black body shows dark brown when held up to the light, and a khaki head. The faint aroma is of malt and coffee. The taste is balanced, with malt, coffee, chocolate, grapefruit. The mouthfeel is (maybe) a little thin, but has just the right amont of light carbonation. Finish is sedate, with malt and grapefruit.

Thanks to JohnnyP, for being such an advocate of Maine beers, and especially Geary's. I probably wouldn't have tried this if he hadn't been so (some might say obsessed or naggy) persistent! It's real tasty, maybe not as smooth or complex as, say, Fuller's London Porter, or Sam Smith's Taddy, but sometimes you just don't want to work so hard to keep up with your beer!


WaltTrombone, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn close to black. Creamy light brown head with great retention and lace that is pleasing to the eye. Some definite cocoa bean on the nose. As well as some roasted malts, coffee and vanilla. Good flavor to this porter. A nuttiness accents the blackened malts nicely. A nice bitterness is derived from the roasted malts as well as some hops possibly. Some baker's chocolate and vanilla are perceived as well. A creamier mouthfeel would add to the enjoyment, but it's not disagreeable by any means. Medium body. Pretty good porter.

My first beer from Geary's. And we all know where this sample came from. None other than JohnnyP himself. Thanks.

Bighuge, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, dark brown with little rays of red peeking through, and a lovely creamy, fuzzy, brown collar on top.
Aroma: soft and creamy, yet offering up beautiful, bittersweet espresso notes. Roasty, dark, delicious, captivating.
Taste: nice hops up front, and soon a fruity flavor comes forward. Body is medium, texture ample, but the finish a bit too quick. Seems to rush off the tongue, leaving only faint hints and whispers behind on the palate, quickly vanishing. A nice ordinary, passable porter, not that I didn't dig it, no. Quite the drinkable ale, just not too extraordinary.

Thanks to UncleJimbo for this one.

feloniousmonk, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of shippos
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured with taannish head that was very effervescent with large bubbles and settled to a small thin head. Hint of roasted malt in the aroma. Watery thin mouthfeel with a dry/roasted/hoppy bitterness in the after taste. Not exactly a great porter but not bad either, would definetly give it a try if it's on tap somewhere.

shippos, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a tranlucent black, shining a hazy red through light. A thick ring of ivory colored head tops the liquid, lasting until the beer is gone. Some small blobs of lace stick to the glass.
Aroma is simple and light, yet tastefully done. A big roasted barley aroma, with a good amount of coffee. Some mocha and toffee, with a touch of plum and fig. Minimal hopping, just enough to support the malt.
Flavor is wonderfully roasty up front, with an excellent coffee flavor carrying all the way through. Mild chocolate, with a bit of fig coming through in the middle. Very mild hopping provides a bone dry finish, leaving you with a black roasted coffee aftertase. Very slight yeast presence, particularly in the aftertaste. Light bodied, with smooth, english styled carbonation.
A very nice porter. Simple flavors, yet very interesting and drinkable. I'd certainly get this again.

UnionMade, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, short brown bottle with twist off cap. No date, but this was the older style label with more yellow in the neck label and no bar code.

This porter poured black with creamy, brown foam that coated the glass and left lace. The smell was good and strong: roasted malt, cocoa, hints of caramel and coffee. The taste was good: roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and some hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry and smooth with medium body and low carbonation, but with a long lingering roasty aftertaste. This was a nice, dry, smooth porter. Tasty.

UncleJimbo, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a clear, nearly opaque black with barely a hint of brown at the edges, forming a airy light tan head after a vigorous pour, sitting atop fine bubbles with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma is interesting with a strong blast of buttery diacetyl, an interesting note of what I can only describe as the inside wafer of a Kit-Kat bar, the rotting green pulp of a black walnut, vanilla, cocoa butter and a hint of hay. The aroma is complex and enticing, truly London-style. Mouthfeel is suprisingly light with a borderline watery body. Carbonation is moderate. Taste...begins at first with the crisp acidity and sting of the carbonation, followed by thin coffee, a raw woodiness, very plain roasted grains, flittering light mouthfeel, a hint of lemon pith bitterness, and a mild earthy hop which leaves a peculiar dry character to the thin, buttery finish.

This is a peculiar brew...it's very much in the London-style of porters. It's a tad thin on body for my taste, but offers some interesting complexities and subtle odd tangs that I haven't tasted in other offerings.

Mitchster, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark but with minimal head. Smell was of chocolate and coffee. But the taste seemed to be lacking something. Bitter chocolates are first apparent followed by some roasted malts. A slight sourness accompanied the finish. This was a thin beer and very thin for a porter. Next time I'll drink this at a warmer temp. to see if that makes it any better.

granger10, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a thin dark tan head that went away quick

Smell: Alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt,

Taste: Bitter chocolate hits first along with an alcohol warmth, ends with a roasted malt and slight coffee flavor

Mouthfeel: Too thin in my opinion

Drinkability: Nice flavor and thinness means I could drink a few of these

stegmakk, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Jungle Jim's in Fairfield. Label does a good job of taking you to where this beer is made (at least when I think lobster I think Maine). Pours a deep dark brown with a medium light tan head. Thin lacing. Aroma is mostly chocolate and coffee but there is a nutty aspect as well. The flavor and body were borderline Dry Stout to me. Tastes of coffee, chocolate, and some malt. The dinish is dry and oaty. I was somewhat impressed with this one.

Dogbrick, Apr 07, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
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
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a black liquid with a tan head with minute bubbles that turned to a thin sticky lace. It smelled very sweet, with some hints of rum, raisons and chocolate. The taste was bitter on the front end with some chalky flavorings, which settled out into roasted, dry coffee. Overall a good beer. D.L. Geary is a brewery you can rely on to put out interesting and easily quaffable selections.

GreatPondBrewer, Mar 08, 2003
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 Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very dark, almost black color and fromed a medium tan head that didn't hold and left a small amount of lace. It had an aroma of malt with elements of coffee and chocolate. The flavor was of malt and coffee. The body was a bit light, and the finish was slightly bitter and sour. Not a bad English style porter.

Wildman, Aug 18, 2002
Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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