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

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Geary's London PorterGeary's London Porter
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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
Photo of Dillonius
1/5  rDev -73.1%

Photo of neil
2.28/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm an Englishman living in Maine (im a student), and the porter is probably my favorite of all beers. Porters really come alive in old smoky London pubs.

My hunt to find a good porter in Maine has not been filled with joy unfortunatly. I heard good things about gearys, but alas it too did not reach my hopes.

I was shocked by the amount of carbonation in this beer. My porter resembled Coke out the bottle. This over carbonation affected the taste and mouthfeel immensely. The fizz on my tongue was unplesent and masked most of the taste. The taste upon first sip was smoky and dark like a porter should, but the carbonation took over and left a nasty aftertaste behind. Smell wise this porter did not have the richness of a Samuel Smith, the hints of a porter were present but not nearly powerful enough.

All in all, a very average porter and not one that I would try again. Perhaps the draught will be better; I entend to try it, but will not be expecting much.

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Photo of pprichar
2.34/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of WhiteOak
2.39/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Nearly opaque brown color with a dark mohogany edge. A moderate tan head initially, but dissipates to absolutely nothing, not a film, bubble nor trace, within seconds.

S- There is an aroma of sweet oxidized white wine, a la sherry or tawny Port. Roasted malt, chocolate.

T- The flavor is dominated by an unappealing char/excessive roast, and even that just falls off. This beer didn't really even have a finish, it just disappeared from the radar screen of the palate with a thin watery poof. Tastes and feels like a burnt Coca-Cola, but was not as flavorful.

M, D- Too light in body, too weak in flavor, and (even with a non-persistent head) too carbonated. Pass.

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Photo of JimJam10
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of caljrjr
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of rinhaak
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of barrelman
2.61/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is nice and dark with reddish tones. Well-suited to style. Aroma is nutty and slightly metallic.

Taste is roasted and crisp but not much else. Not much else interesting going on. Very watery in the finish. Mouthfeel is good for a porter.

This beer disappointed me. I expect more flavors going on in a Porter with some backup to the patent malt. The abv is pretty low and I would like something with a little more kick.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Originally reviewed on June 15, 2006. 12 Oz Bottle. Pour of carbon black, with a quite thin toasted almond head. Aroma of burnt walnut skins, tangy lemon rind and hints of cocoa. Flavor is a harsh watery burn of cheap Dunkin Donuts coffee, bad dark chocolate and dusted Christmas fudge. Too much overwhelming nitrogenous black malt. No balance, with oak dry hops. Undrinkable.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.79/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of walleye
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured dark brown to black, with a small tan head, that didn't last very long. aroma, molasses, malt, chocolate. and hints of coffee and plums. flavor weak chocolate. plums and sourness like malt vinegar. a ok beer do not know if I would buy again

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Photo of Jacob17
2.91/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

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 shippos
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of Lefty_P_Hand
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Dylanjf
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geary's has all of a sudden showed up on draft at a number of bars recently. Not sure what the recent push is about but I'm not the biggest fan of this beer. Like a london porter, it's low in abv but it doesn't have the complexity or other elements that a good london porter has.

The appearance is typical of the style. Very dark. Lighter but still brown head.

Aroma was a bit light. You could smell the roastiness but I had been hoping for more.

Like the aroma the taste was a little light. OK, not great. I know it's hard with an abv that low but other breweries have been able to do it.

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Photo of MaineMike
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black colored beer with a rich creamy head.Aroma is a little coffee and a little chocolate.Taste is vert watery and weak.Chocolate,coffee and there is some kind of metallic taste.Overall to me very bland and boring.This is my first and last and I really wouldn't recommend for anyone to waste money on this.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pwdiamond
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Kopps
3/5  rDev -19.4%

12 oz bottle; no date.

A: Poured a 2 finger head not much lacing; flattened out quickly; dark coffee color.

S: Not much aroma with weak coffee tones.

T: Disappointing. I was expecting more, some what metallic taste that lingers.

M: Lighter body and too much carbonation. Again disappointing.

Overall: Just an OK Porter.

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