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 neil
2.28/5  rDev -39.4%
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 WhiteOak
2.39/5  rDev -36.4%
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 barrelman
2.61/5  rDev -30.6%
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 -28.2%
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 -25.8%
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 -23.4%
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 DarrellK
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
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 -21.5%
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 david18
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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 matty
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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 Kopps
3/5  rDev -20.2%

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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Photo of sstackho
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a very dark ruby brown. Virtually no head and no carbonation. Aroma is of molasses (with a hint of electronics :). First time is actually a bit sparkly, which is surprising given the lack of carbonation. Ah, now that I look closer from the top, I do see several rivers of small bubbles. The malt and molasses taste isn't particularly strong at first taste, but it does give way to a decent smoky aftertaste. Overall, the body is lighter than I was expecting.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep brown with slight amber highlights when held up to a light. Nice tan head that disipates rather quickly but leaves lacing on the mug. Slight roasted smell but not very strong at all. Taste of roasted malt with a slight bitterness that lingers for a little while. A little overcarbonated which seams to be hiding some of the flavors. An average porter that i would drink again but not go out of my way for.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap with lunch today at Jameson's Tavern in Freeport, ME. Poured an extremely dark brown with a thick frothy head. Nose was roasted malts and slightly toasted nuts. Flavor was a solid porter with a bit of charcoal and a hint of coffee. Roasted malts were slightly sweet and cocao-like. The coffee and charcoal provided a bit of bitterness that brought balance to the beer. Medium mouthfeel that was trying hard to hide its wateriness and just succeeded. Nice complement to a bowl of New England Clam Chowder

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an above average looking brown to black colour with some amber shining through when held up to the light. A medium sized heads forms upon pouring but quickly dissolves leaving nary a trace of itself on the glass.

The aroma is of sweet caramel, some roasted malt, a bit of cocoa and even hints of nuts. That said, nothing really shines through as that strong for a good, but somewhat weak aroma overall.

The flavour is a blend of roasted malt, cocoa, a bit of coffee that is not terribly noticeable in the aroma along with some wood notes and a hint of hops toward the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit thin overall.

This one isn't bad but it isn't that great in the long run. I generally dig stuff from Geary's but was underwhelmed by this one as a whole. I've had worse porters but I've had plenty that are better.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this in years. The new British flag graphics look nice, and appeal to the Who fan in me.

Dark brown body, with Coca-cola highlights. Light tan head is level and foamy. Nice stretchy lacing starts, but converts to film

Rather low key aroma. Too long in the Mr.Coffee roasted coffee leads, whiffs of chocolate in the background.

Taste features roasted coffee, hints of chocolate. Mild earthy hop twang at the swallow. Slightly burnt coffee aftertaste. Nothing too dramatic at any point.

Light mouthfeel, could use a bit of chewiness. Drinkability good in terms of ease, suffers a bit in terms of desire.

Somewhat disappointing, I expected a bit better from Geary's. For a New England porter I'd stick with Smutty.

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Photo of DrJay
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very dark with translucent chestnut edges. The foam was a bit coarse and most of it fell quickly, but some fine bubbles remained and formed a thick collar that lasted. Aromas of molasses, caramel, licorice, dry cocoa, a bit phenolic from the dark malts. The texture was a bit rough due to the coarse carbonation and light body. Drying astringency from the dark grains. Low bitterness with less sweetness than I expected. Biscuit and cocoa with a hint of licorice, not as much caramel as in the aroma. Seems a bit thin on malt. My overall impression was that it was alright, but a fell a bit short of being great.

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Photo of granger10
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark but with minimal head. Smell was of chocolate and coffee. But the taste seemed to be lacking something. Bitter chocolates are first apparent followed by some roasted malts. A slight sourness accompanied the finish. This was a thin beer and very thin for a porter. Next time I'll drink this at a warmer temp. to see if that makes it any better.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This brew showed up at my door courtesy of BOTMC, cool bottle, looks like a Mini Cooper without wheels. Let's give it a whirl. Uncapping the mini I get a nice whiff of chocolates and roasted malts. Pouring into a pint this brew is an opaque jet black with a nice micro bubble foamy tan head. On first taste the mouthfeel seems a little thin. The flavor starts in after the initial wateriness and has a flat bitterness combined with a chaulky roasted malt flavor. All in all tasty, but quite thin and seriously lacking in body.

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Photo of KajII
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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...

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Photo of ybnorml
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very dark brown beer with some mahogony highlights when held up to the light. A lot of carbonation createsa big brown head that disapears quickly. A strong roasted malt aroma carries with it a hint of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.The rosted bitteness in the taste fades quickly behind the watery mouthfeel. Leaving you waiting for the real taste which never surfaces.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a dark, almost fully opaque black with ruby edges. The tiny amount of tan head dissipates rapidly. The nose is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee; exactly as a porter should be. The taste is roasted malt and hints of chocolate and bitter coffee, with a slight hops finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, and drinkability is hurt slightly by this.

Overall, not a bad porter, but not one of my favorites -- it seemed a bit insubstantial to me. I think that Smuttynose, Anchor, or Sierra Nevada have the better (American) porter by far, not to mention Sam Smith's or Fullers.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cute bottle. Zero head. Is a dark, dark brown; almost black. Totally opaque. Cannot see even a speck of light thorugh it.

Sweet malty smell with just a hint of chocolate. Not as pungent as many other porters. Slight coffee scent.

Has a sweet, malty flavor. A little of that bitter coffee, which gets more prominent as it warms up. Sweet start, bitter finish.

Light-bodied for a porter; sits on the tongue briefly but does not linger. Coffee aftertaste, as expected. Though unspectacular, very drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was black like a porter should be. The beer had a little bit of a saltiness to it. Not really sure if this beer was supposed to be smoked or not. I'm getting the idea that they tried smoking the malts or something here. It's a drinkable brew, but it's not as good as I was hoping for. I should revisit this sometime.

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Photo of brentk56
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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