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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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253 Ratings

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Ratings: 253
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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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

oclvryder, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Beermaine, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of angusdegraosta
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The appearance is what you'd expect - well-carbonated and decent lacing. Great roasted smell. The taste has got dark chocolate and coffee wrapped in with the malt - a great dry example of the style (and also, a really excellent example of a dark beer not loaded with calories.) I was going to dock more points in the mouthfeel department for being maybe too mild, but as I'm drinking it, I'm realizing a.) this is the first porter I could drink several of, and b.) This is Geary's. I really really dig this company. They blend tradition and craftsmanship in a way I thoroughly respect.

angusdegraosta, Mar 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

sixerofelixir, Feb 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

ruckus232, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

EatonHops, Jan 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

thinwhiteduke, Dec 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

jsbrew, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

flagmantho, Nov 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

sneaks2210, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

[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...


KajII, Nov 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

rderedin, Nov 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Envelopes, Oct 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Rekrule, Oct 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

NHSTEVE, Sep 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

WeldBeerMan, Aug 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

RichH55, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

MoreThanWine, Aug 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Thomas_Picton, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

higgsboson, Jul 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

BFC84, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Beastdog75
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beastdog75, Jun 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

trevorpost, Jun 27, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

smi, Jun 26, 2012
Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.