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.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.82/5  rDev +28.2%
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

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Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very nice, solid porter, light and easy to drink but very flavourful and satisfying.

Essentially black, it has a huge, light brown head that steadily shrinks to a thin top with a little weak lace.

The aroma is a good porter smell of toasty dark bread with hints of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, and wine.

The taste is light in body, zesty (less light and lively than Nethergate Old Growler, but more so than many), with a clean flavour of toasted dark bread, light roastiness, a sweet fruitiness folowed by drier, toasty finish with hints of chocolate and black pepper. It's very drinkable.

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Photo of Liquids
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a black-brown with a two finger, bubbled molasses/almond colored head from a rousing pour. In the light the a dark muted brown-red peaks through - not a pitch black porter, and not a red one, but a balance of the two. Aroma is very American up front actually, but with the roasty malt aromas and faint whiffs of noble hops as well. Not too hoppy smelling--a mix of aromas not entirely dominated by one ingredient or hop. Cool. Taste is creamy, English, smooth, a bit acidic and fairly sweet but not overwhelmingly so, very palatable, balanced, distinct in flavors, roasty with no harsh edges but not boring either. This is a 'London porter," which must be considered - people bored by this are comparing it to American styles which trade subtleties for slamming you with flavors. This is a delicious, beer that has subtleties that roll over your tongue in waves. The hops are there to balance flavors, not to stand out, and they do this well. I dig English beers done correctly, and this is a masterpiece. Mouthfeel is solid, but the carbonation is higher than I like, though it is full on the tounge. Drinkability - I found this single on a road trip and can't remember if I can get this particularly brew local, but it's an amazing beer, and I could drink it all day for it's subtle complexities. If I had a sixer in a my fridge I fear I'd drink two at a time Wow, this beer is underrated.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At dba, NYC. Into a pint glass, it poured a dark mahogany, with a thin khaki head, little retention, yet good lacing. Little visible carbonation. The aroma: nuts, maple syrup, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The taste was a perfect blend of the above, finishing on a semi-dry roasted coffee note, which lingered afterwards. Very flavorful. Full-bodied, with more carbonation than expected. This is a great session porter.

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Photo of TonyReaves
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with think lacing.

Smell of coffee, roastiness.

Tastes dark, roasty, smoky with a tiny bit of breadiness in the back. No hops that I notice, but they're not missed.

Mouthfeel is pretty dry with heavy carbonation. I wish it was a little smoother, but it doesn't hurt the beer much for me.

This is such a good porter. Worlds different from the smooth porters and hoppy porters I usually go for, but this drinks wonderfully.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A moderate pour produces a voluminous three fingers of tan head atop an opaque, pitch-black liquid. Some retention as the foam clings a slight bit to the glass.

S: Bouquet contains a strong streak of roasted, smoky malt, coffee-like in nature, with an indescribable allure that's quite enticing.

T: All that roasted malt is evident up front on the tongue, but is carried along in a subtle manner. As it pushes toward the back of the palate, a brief appearance by some bittering hops is detectable and the flavor washes away, leaving a minimal aftertaste, a faint hint of malt.

M: Somewhat crisp but light-bodied, with a level of carbonation that works quite well. Enough bubbles to make it sharp up front, but then fade gently toward the finish.

D: When I think of a porter, this is what comes to mind: lighter in body, but still assertive in malt flavor. That's what this beer displays, as well as a spot-on carbonation that is the quintessential English-style porter. Balance and flavor are great, and this is my idea of a solid, sessionable beer.

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Photo of taez555
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a black body with subtle tan/white head.

Nose is a very inviting sweet coffee, espresso and roasted malt smell. Some mild hints of brick and fire as well. Mostly though just the roastiness.

Taste is light to medium bodied with a slightly grainy but overall very smooth texture. You can tell this beer is only 4ish% as it drinks so easily but has some nice texture to it. There's a defined roasted malt and some hop bitterness that is very present half way through and towards the end, but almost all but disappears in the lingering finish. Tastes are that of roasted/toasted malt, coffee, espresso, milk chocolate and a fireplace brick type dry even smoke flavor.

What a stellar porter. Perfect to style and oh so drinkable. If I was ever in a porter only mood this would be one of my first choices.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at Ordinary Joe's in Watertown

Appearance: A nice, deep midnight black in color, head was little to none, with not alot of lacing. Bits of yellowish head rested on top of the beer.

Smell: Lots of roastiness here, a bit of truffle, some roasted coffee bean, a bit of dark fruit is here, but barely evident. Malt spice gives off a fresh aroma. Very enticing

Taste: This is a big beer for a small ABV, lots of flavors thrown around here. Espresso bean, coffee grounds, a bit of chocolate and some vanilla pairing. I really got a sweet vanilla taste in the finish that capped this off perfectly. Toastiness goes above and beyond, very warming and hearty.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, light to medium bodied, holds up nicely on the tongue, doesn't go too wet when sitting for a bit.

Drinkability: Geary's hit a homerun with this one, for such a low ABV, I can't believe how much flavor and body this porter has. It's almost like one big conglomerate of darker flavors packed into one small, easy to drink brew. They pulled off the coffee elements perfectly, roasty and easy to drink. A splendid job from one of the better brewers out of Maine

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Photo of far333
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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 KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque brownish-black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, graham cracker, and Geary's yeast. The taste is much like the aroma. It is quite yeasty for a porter, but good nonetheless. Actually, the more I drink the more I like the yeast notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. The feel is more fuller bodied than I would expect from a beer of 4.2% ABV, and I really like that. Overall, this is a really nice beer that I could easily session regularly.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown, virtually black color with modest tannish creamy head.
Smell is superb, with notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, plums, and raisins in a succulent combination.
Taste is also great with a strong upfront dark fruit sweetness slowly dissolving into a dry finish that beckons for another taste.
Great taste retention and creamy mouthfeel.
Excellent drinkabilty. Perfect porter.

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Photo of Owl-Head
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't like Geary's very much, but this porter is definitely the best thing out of their winter variety pack. I feel like I needed to rate this beer because i am not much of a porter fan in general (tending to stick to IPAs and Stouts) but this one was nicely smooth and tasted more like vanilla than a typical porter (closer to a Stout it seemed but more bitter). However, rather than a typical porter, which tends to have the bitter and almost dry taste for a darker beer, this one had a very tasty, sweet and almost refreshing taste and mouthfeel

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Photo of Gavage
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of dherling
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Barcade in Brooklyn last week. Very excited since I have not been able to find this on tap or in bottle in the NY/NJ area the past three years or so.
Pours opaque black with a tight tan head,minimal lacing. Mild coffee nose, light caramel, slight chocolate and cherry notes. I have always described the taste as sucking on a piece of charcoal... in a good way. Great round flavors, well balance coffee and caramel, again with some light coffee lingering in the finish. Very dry and clean finish, just what a dry porter should be. An excellent example of the style.

* Found a six of bottles today at Brooklyn Beer & Soda. Cracked one open... WAY over carbonated. Have been nursing this for over an hour now, ever time I try to drink it just suds up. I hope the other bottles are better.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent porter that begins with a thick and creamy head, slowly dissipating into a pleasant mahogony [?] colored liquid and finishes with no noticable lacing. A heavy molasses malt infusion with a smooth aftertaste that offers a fine drinkability quotient. Nice comfortable beer - not too complex, though with a few surprises as it settles. Let it reach room temperature and it's good to go...

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Photo of geexploitation
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a huge, frothy tan head that fades to a collar. Aromas are of dusky dark malts, with a high roasted malt content. I get some smokiness out of this, although I doubt that any smoked malt is used. There's also some sugared banana fruity notes in the nose. On the palate, roasted malts and caramel malts come out first, along with some slight hints of chocolate and cream. The finish dries out and leaves bitter, burnt barley notes on my tongue. Mouth feel is medium bodied, with juicy carbonation and an intense residual aftertaste -- all normal for the style. Overall, I'm impressed with this. It's an excellent session beer. Nothing too fancy in the flavors, but certainly something I could enjoy all night. Well done.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color with a bit of light coming through. A tall frothy tan head takes it's time settling down and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Rich roasted malt with, dark chocolate, espresso, raisins, molasses, and charred grains. Some herbal and grassy hop aromas push through the grains slightly.

T: Roasted and burnt malt, nutty and chocolatey with some molasses and raisins. Some watery coffee comes to mind as well. Hops add a bit more bitterness.

M: Medium body and chewy with a light creamy carbonation.

D: Good overall drinkability for this porter. It is not off balance or off flavored in any areas but not the best porter I have ever had. Very solid though and with low alcohol easy to sit down to a few of these.

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Photo of putnam
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of jdmorgan
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This porter poured a dark black and had a medium/low head that dissipated quickly.

The smell had a roasted malt aroma with notes of coffee and a little bit of chocolate. The body was very full and heavy, and had a thick roasted malt taste. This was blended with a pleasant medium hop flavor and medium bitterness. The initial taste was very appealing and mellowed out to a good porter flavor. The consistency was thick and the carbonation was medium/low.

Overall, the drinkability of this beer is good due to it's mellow nature. It has a good porter taste with no unpleasant sub-flavors and is very well-balanced. I enjoyed this very much. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have always been a Geary's fan, one of my favorite east coast breweries, but hadn't tried the porter up now. I swallowed my pride and purchased something with a Union Jack and I am glad I did.

Pours black with a nice one finger head that quickly dissipates. Smells of roasted malts with hints of coffee.

Has a nice dry finish, but didn't have the bite i would have anticipated. Overall a real nice representation of the style, and a real good value.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
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 u2carew
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby twist off
A) Pours with a two finger tan head that takes a while to settle. Dark opaque body. Tight lacing on the drink down.
S) Chocolate. Bready. Roasted grains.
T) Chocolate. Toasty. Mellow malt sweetness pokes through. Subtle hop bite in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Full body. Dry in the finish.
O) A well crafted Porter. True to style. I'd definitely drink another one!

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of HoorayBeer
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed Geary's for a while now, and have never tried the London Porter. I wish I had tried it years earlier. This dark mahogany shade of brew was surprising. It had a strong aroma. Most noteably was the coffee fragrance that was present. It was very flavorful and rich as I drank it. A bit malty aftertase, but nothing could deter from the coffee flavor. The coffee flavor even overpowers any bitter or malty flavor in the aftertaste. It was relished well as it went down.

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