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 DoubleJ
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 Redstorm84
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Jet black pour presenting a slight khaki head that dissipated quickly. Smells moderately of chocolate malt. This one tastes strongly of bittersweet chocolate and burnt malt with a bitterness that holds through the finish. High carbonation gives this beer a more refreshing mouth feel than you might expect. Medium bodied.

Enjoyable, but more bitterness than I'd care for personally.

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Photo of horshack7
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: With a thin light beige head is a dark brown to black beer.

Aroma: Chocolate malts, dark roasted coffee, faint caramel notes, dark roasted hops.

Taste: Very crisp mouthfeel to start. Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, hops are roasted very much on the dark side.

Notes: A good one to pick up during the colder months or a cool night. A very well brewed porter top to bottom. Cheers.

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Photo of illpass78
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a stout glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with some ruby around the edges, especially when held to the light. Lacing nonexistent and very little head. Some decent carbonation.

Aroma: Lots of nice standard porter aromas. There's black coffee, dark chocolate, a little touch of vanilla, roasted coffee beans, and dark, roasty malts.

Taste: Taste follows the nose, with coffee leading the way, and that vanilla note more present. Tasty, easy-drinking porter. Some nice hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, as a porter should be.

Overall: A very nice, traditional porter. I wish I saw more of this as I feel it's one of Geary's better efforts. Definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A. - Dark brown color with an explosive head. Head lasts a long time with quality lacing on glass in patches. Inviting.

s - Coffee and malt.

t - bitter malt in front with a coffee finish. A bit bitter, but a good to very good porter.

m - thin,but nice wit the high carbonation.

O - would like more body and less bitter for this beer to go into the outstanding range, but it is knocking on the door.

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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 MistahBeah
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Jet black with a mocha colored head with not much retention. No visible carbonation. No lacing

Smells strongly of cocoa/bittersweet chocolate. Coffee. Smoky roasted malts

Taste is a little thin. Lots of smoke and roasted barley. Black coffee. Very subtle chocolate. Hint of tobacco. Some buttery diacetyl common for Geary's

Feels watery thin. Slight bite of carbonation. Medium bodied (light for a porter) and smooth

Overall not bad but nothing to write home about. Nice if you want a dark beer that won't fill you up to quickly. Goes nicely with barbecued steak

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Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on April 19, 2013.

It pours nearly black with brown hues caressing the edge of the lgass and a long-lasting, foamy tan head.

The aroma is delightful with dark malts coffee and even a little smoke.l

But from here on out it slips a bit. The body was thin and a lot more watery than the Porters I like to drink.

The taste has hints of dark malts and coffee but there is am kind of buttery character and and bland aftertaste that lingers. I chalk that up to low bitterness but it just seems to be missing something.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 MoreThanWine
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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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 metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single poured into a tulip glass. "1264" julian date code on the bottom of the bottle.

Generates a large head of tan mocha foam, leaving random spotty lace in the glass. Inky black body, some tobacco stained brown shows through around the edges.

Roasty char, graphite, unsweetened bakers chocolate.

Dry astringent feel, ashy bitter roast, mellow roasted malt lending chocolate and unsweetened dark chocolate flavors. Body is a little light and watery, but the flavor makes up for it somewhat. Overall a good roasty porter, though Founders Porter is still superior by far.

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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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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 BeerKangaroo
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass:

A: deep brown body close to black, tiny tan one finger head, minimal lacing

S: roasty and chocolatey, burnt

T: roasty burnt chocolate, slightly sweet, some slight nuttiness

M: medium, carbonation assaulting the tongue more than other English Porters I've had, sessionable, no aftertaste but roasty finish

O: decent for the style, good for me

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a blackish body with slow dying one-finger brownish head. A good mix of roasted, dry, even coffee malts and for sweetness something like caramel, dark chocolate and vanilla. Smooth, slightly creamy while also a little chewey thanks to some thick breadiness. A sturdy backbone of roasted and coffee malt balance with the sweetness of caramel and chocolate (and I think vanilla espresso). Textbook porter that is easy to drink and complements itself with a great, dry finish taht keeps me wanting more.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost black color with about a finger of mocha head that fades away after a few minutes

S: Some nice chocolatey malts along with coffee and some backing earthy hops

T: Same as the smell, malty with dark chocolate and coffee along with the hops. Not too strong, but well balanced

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly watery, but not too bad, especially given the abv and full flavor

O: This is a solid English porter that has full flavor despite the low abv. Easy to drink, and goes great on a rainy day like today

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 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 KTCamm
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with light foam, light on bubbles. Roasted coffee smell. Roasted. Smooth creamy taste, mild and balanced. solid english porter.

Flavorful without hitting you over the head with a hop. Hearty roasted taste. chewy. Smooth close.

Real nice porter. I love them english style.

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Photo of GarrettMD
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Extremely dark amber almost black. 2 fingers of off white head. Head recedes to a layer of frothy bubbles with great head.

S - I can’t place the aroma at all. If I had to guess, vanilla, light fruits, and some alcohol. Really have no idea…

T - Same vague flavors. Light fruits, maybe some chocolate, vanilla, and slight roasted malts.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Finish is wet and sweet with hints of fruits.

O - I drank this blind, and I think it is an English Porter. Not generally a fan of them, as I like my porters to be roasty and full of darker flavors, not really light and fruity. If that’s what you’re looking for, it fits, but not my taste.

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