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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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BA SCORE
84
good

247 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 247
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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jsbrew

New York

3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-10-2012 11:39:22 | More by jsbrew
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown which allows a minimal transit of light through the body. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam with decent retention.

Smell: rich chocolatey aroma with a light undertone of vegetal hops. Simple, but well-executed.

Taste: much less chocolate in the flavor than in the aroma; the flavor has a lightly bitter, somewhat acidic character with a roasty grain component. Not quite coffeelike, but definitely "black" in taste. I actually rather like it; it is dry and quaffable.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a fizzy effervescence that works hard to be creamy but doesn't quite make it. Not bad, but not wonderful.

Overall: I like the dryness and drinkability of this porter. I feel like this would make a great session drink down the pub.

11-28-2012 17:34:24 | More by flagmantho
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sneaks2210

New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

11-16-2012 02:12:29 | More by sneaks2210
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KajII

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a very dark brown with a reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) light brown rocky head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin puddling and medium collar that produced fair runny lacing.

The aroma was of dark roasted malts and a sweaty leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a hint of molasses.

The taste was very malty with a touch of bitter chocolate and a hint of sweet molasses in the beginning, and then slowly progressed with a slightly bitter sweet coffee flavor towards the end. The flavor hung around for a short while with the mild bitter coffee taste becoming more dominant as time pasted.

Mouthfeel was a bit below medium in body and rather thin in texture with a somewhat prickly carbonation.

Overall a pretty basic Porter with a good flavor and easy drinkability, I could see myself drinking a few of these...

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11-14-2012 21:16:08 | More by KajII
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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev -19.8%

11-10-2012 02:23:58 | More by rderedin
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Envelopes

Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.8%

10-26-2012 15:01:23 | More by Envelopes
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

10-07-2012 22:39:40 | More by Rekrule
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NHSTEVE

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

09-24-2012 23:23:29 | More by NHSTEVE
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WeldBeerMan


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

08-29-2012 01:35:06 | More by WeldBeerMan
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RichH55

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

08-20-2012 13:44:59 | More by RichH55
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MoreThanWine

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured a 1.5" deep beige head with good life. Looks dark as coffee. The smell is coffee and roasted malt. Taste mirrors the smell but it's not as hopped as I'd expect from a London Porter. Nor is the body as rich. Frankly I thought this porter was kind of thin. Good, just not really a Londoner to me.

08-19-2012 11:51:31 | More by MoreThanWine
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

3/5  rDev -19.8%

07-17-2012 22:32:26 | More by Thomas_Picton
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higgsboson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

07-11-2012 06:14:31 | More by higgsboson
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BFC84

Ohio

4/5  rDev +7%

07-08-2012 16:56:48 | More by BFC84
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Geary's is one of the most well known and respected micro brewers to hail from the state of Maine, but I have to say I'm a little bit disappointed in their porter. Maybe it's a bad batch or perhaps the bottles were old, but this was a little bit weaker than I was expected from a porter.

Geary's London Porter pours a VERY nice, very dark brown color with a very nice cocoa colored foam head that retains very well. The first aroma I noticed was actually a bit of citric hoppiness, with some non-overpowering roasted malts present as well. The mouthfeel is par for the style, with a moderate amount of carbonation but feeling well-rounded. As mentioned, I find the flavor a bit on the light side. There are some chocolate like roasted malt flavors, some mocha/coffee like flavors and some light citric hoppiness detectable, but they really don't leap out at me the way I expect a porter to do. It almost seemed a bit watery. There is some bitterness in the finish, consisting of hop flavors and some roasted bitterness. The roasted flavors linger on to the aftertaste, and the beer finishes off with some slight alcoholic warmth.

I think I might re-try this one down the road. The flavors that were there were decent, but I guess I was expecting more out of this one.

06-29-2012 05:31:48 | More by Beastdog75
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06-27-2012 22:21:37 | More by trevorpost
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smi

New York

3/5  rDev -19.8%

06-26-2012 22:14:02 | More by smi
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color and only has bits of red visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a thin beige head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a dense ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of chocolate malts in the nose along with some hints of burnt malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bittersweet chocolate along with notes of burnt and roasted malts. A light amount of bitterness is present and this lingers through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and seems rather airy with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed this beer because it was packed with lots of flavors while being very easy to drink and rather light-bodied. I could easily drink this beer all night long.

06-07-2012 00:49:43 | More by metter98
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emerge077

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Single poured into a tulip glass. "1264" julian date code on the bottom of the bottle.

Generates a large head of tan mocha foam, leaving random spotty lace in the glass. Inky black body, some tobacco stained brown shows through around the edges.

Roasty char, graphite, unsweetened bakers chocolate.

Dry astringent feel, ashy bitter roast, mellow roasted malt lending chocolate and unsweetened dark chocolate flavors. Body is a little light and watery, but the flavor makes up for it somewhat. Overall a good roasty porter, though Founders Porter is still superior by far.

05-14-2012 03:11:45 | More by emerge077
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%

04-26-2012 20:00:37 | More by chasmandocharles
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bnewall3

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7%

04-06-2012 07:34:37 | More by bnewall3
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rinhaak

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

04-04-2012 03:32:46 | More by rinhaak
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Cattafin


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

03-25-2012 17:52:53 | More by Cattafin
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%

Appearance: A lot of pressure was released on the opening of the bottle and the pour was all foam; eventually, it settled down atop the fudge brown liquid; as would be expected, there was plenty of lacing

Smell: Roasty, with light chocolate tones

Taste: Chalky and chocolatey, with a dry, almost tart flavor developing by mid-palate; chocolate, on the finish, but also somewhat aqueous

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice that it has a low ABV, but lacking in flavor

Thanks, Bendurgin, for the opportunity

03-02-2012 23:25:40 | More by brentk56
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caljrjr

New York

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

01-27-2012 07:02:59 | More by caljrjr
Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.