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

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BA SCORE
84
good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 00:15:56 | More by WesWes
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Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2004 20:17:33 | More by Gavage
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putnam

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2003 00:28:23 | More by putnam
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 23:45:38 | More by edchicma
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WaltTrombone

New York

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!

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 01:58:47 | More by WaltTrombone
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 04:20:55 | More by Bighuge
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 10:41:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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shippos

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 14:24:18 | More by shippos
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UnionMade

Colorado

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2003 19:03:17 | More by UnionMade
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 05:59:01 | More by UncleJimbo
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Mitchster

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 23:39:27 | More by Mitchster
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granger10

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 12:51:31 | More by granger10
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stegmakk

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 20:15:39 | More by stegmakk
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2003 08:03:21 | More by Dogbrick
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 21:17:34 | More by ElGuapo
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GreatPondBrewer

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 16:50:23 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

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

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2002 23:10:58 | More by MaineBeerMan
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Wildman

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2002 19:48:49 | More by Wildman
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: The label on the 12 oz. short twist bottle pictures a fat Maine Lobster with a red "Geary's" banner across it. No drink before date.

Appearance: As one would think a modern day porter would look like, black. Rocky, frothy head that subsides into a tan bubbly lace.

Smell: Roasted malts and a hint of espresso. Some sweetness is evident.

Taste: Rich roasted malt flavours of bitter chocolate, hints of roasted coffee and a splash of acidity. Enough hop bitterness to somewhat match the rich malts, and balance. There is more of a chewy malt mouth-feel to this brew at cellar temperature.

Notes: An overall great porter, brewed to style. One of New England's finest.
An overall great porter, brewed to style. One of New England's finest.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2002 15:02:01 | More by Jason
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JahNoth

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is very good, English-style Porter. There is an incredible roasted flavor, along with a nice aroma. Not quite as rich as say a Fullers, but good on its own merit.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 17:37:37 | More by JahNoth
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Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
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