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

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Geary's London PorterGeary's London Porter

Brewed by:
D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

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.

Added by Mitchster on 09-25-2001

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Ratings: 305 |  Reviews: 179
Reviews by far333:
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Did somebody say London Porter? I enjoy Fuller's London Porter, so if Geary's can hit that mark, we have a sleeper. This was part of a beer of the month package which my friend gave to me. Thanks Simon! On to the beer:

A short head forms on the pour, which quickly dissipates into a bubbly lace around the glass. However, the beer is as black as ink, so there's at least something positive to look at. The aroma is captivating. It offers a modest roasted coffee note, fudge, and nuttiness which plays well in the scheme of things.

Although this is merely 4.2% ABV, Geary's London Porter does bring a spark. The roast from the aroma comes to the palate, and there's an unsweetened chocolate note which gives me the thought of brownie batter. I'm also getting a faint grape-like flavor, which comes and goes. There's roasted astringent malt towards the end, giving the beer a bitterness which keeps the beer from being too sweet. It's light bodied with modest carbonation, and at this strength is easy drinking.

Geary's London Porter is a more than fair attempt at the style. While not quite a true session beer, I appreciate whatever "low" ABV beer I can get that also delivers flavor.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer. It's a dark, opaque brown with a medium-sized coffee colored head. It has a nice roasted grain, coffee aroma. The taste is quite good: coffee, chocolate, with just a little hoppiness. Nicely carbonated. I think it was a little thin; I was expecting it to be a little more substantial. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into my British pint glass.

It pours a dark dark brown, only noticeable when held to the light, the head begins to form immediately as the bubbles build i realize there isn't enough space in my 20 glass for my 12 oz beer. The head forms a dense mat of bubbles. As it subsides a nice lace is left behind.

The aroma is very nice, roasted barley with biscuits, vanilla and some almost cookie sweetness.

The drink is just what i was looking for. i wanted flavor without a huge body, what a porter should be. Unfortunately to many porters these days are actually stouts. This starts with a light carbonation on the tongue, the carbonation lingers for a little leaving a slight sweet maltyness. The carbonation drops off and reveals a light and dry roasted finish.

Has a nice mouth not abrasive and not a hoppy bitter end, A very good English Porter.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black, huge 2 inch head

Smell: burnt malt, and expresso

Taste: burnt malt, chocolate, expresso, cream

Mouthfeel:smooth, creamy, light body

Drinkability: A very well balanced porter that is a bit on the light side. This is tasty and easily sessionable

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Photo of Sinnian
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Bullfrogchef
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of juicebox
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of doremite
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Dillonius
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Photo of DarrellK
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Geary's has dissapointed again. This is a thin version of a porter. The appearance is about right but without any highlights. The aroma is on the underside for the style but OK. The taste really lacking. There is little to say about the character of the brew because it doesn't have any. Mouth is thin for the style and overall it is just not on par with the dozens of porters on my list.

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Photo of BFC84
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A--Deep deep burgundy body--looks black until you get to the bottom and clear ruby highlights. Most impressive part, though, is the head: looks just like the foam from a root beer float, in both color and consistency. A good two and a half fingers hear, with considerable retention. No lacing.

S--Weak overall. Kiss of smoke, a little beef jerky, and a little less tobacco. Coffee doesn't really make it to the nose.

It is, however, in the taste, mainly in the form of weak coffee grounds. This is not an overwhelming porter. But it has great subtlety and texture to its flavor profile. I really, really dig the swirl of parchy tobacco, earthy hops, teriyaki beef jerky, and bitter weak coffee blended in the front. But the biggest, baddest part of this beer is the sour aftertaste. It's almost like milk going bad--seriously tangy, seriously effing tasty. This nearly makes you drop the "New" from its New English origins.

M&D--Mouthfeel is like seltzer water, with less bubble-thin and gliding. A little silky, or milky. Some sort of -ilky. Again, very true to form for the style. Drinkability is incredible--so much damn flavor for a low ABV beer. Not for sipping.

This may be the best British porter brewed in America. If you like the non-bastardized "true" style (I happen to like big crazy hopped out maltbombed who the hell knows anything goes American porters and stouts, too, but whatever), and want it fresh, pick this up. If you have had British porter and know what to expect, you'll like this. Smaller than Fuller's, but no slouch by any means.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown with some red hues as well. There is a one finger off-white head on top with nice retention and lacing all around the glass.

S: Some faint roasted malt, a little bit of coffee, dark chocolate, and smoked malt.

T: A bit smokier than expected (though not too much), with a bit of roast, coffee, and chocolate.

M: A little light a thin for a porter, but goes down very easy.

O: A pretty solid beer. Nice flavor for behing so low in abv, which I applaud. Could be a nice, darker beer, to keep in the fridge.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gearys- London Porter

Appearance- Dark brownish black with a moderate size foamy white head.
Smell- Creamy espresso with nut and burnt ash/ smoke notes.
Taste- Creamy coffee/ espresso. Light touch of caramel malt comes through along with the lightest touch of hops.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth throughout with a sweet hoppiness in the end.

Overall- Very good, the best I've had from Geary's.

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Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 305 ratings