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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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/19/08. Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, coffee. Flavor of the same chocolate, roast, and coffee with a bitter hops finish. Sweet malt, but not too sweet. Smooth palate, quite drinkable. Average to slightly above average porter.
7/4/7/4/12 (3.4/5)

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Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
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 eberkman
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured brown-black with a short, tan head. Red highlights when held up to the light. Primarily roasted malts in the nose -- definite coffee bean notes.

Tastes like it smells. Roasty malts -- dark chocolate and dark-roasted coffee. Very smooth. Very little bitterness. Fairly dry. Not a lot of the milky caramel you see with the higher alcohol porters. Pleasant without a lot of complexity.

Mouthfeel was a little more watery than I expected. Still, outstanding drinkability. A great one to session in colder weather. Went great with breakfast for dinner, which is fast becoming a staple with 2 little kids and both parents working.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown/black with some nice ruby hues when held to the light. Decent tan head at first, disappeared quickly. Little lacing at all.

Smells of dark roasted malt, prevalent coffee and dark chocolate aromas. Scent is there, but not strong.

Rich coffee, roasted malt flavors. A bit of creaminess to this as well -- can't put my finger on it. Bitterness is there, but not overpowering. Finishes clean.

There's a more carbonation in this than expected (which also shocks me, as the head is no where to be seen). This cleanses the palate and makes this seem much lighter than it really is. Overall, a very drinkable porter.

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Photo of brdc
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks cookin420 for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Quite dark, near pitch black with a thin cofee colored head, little to no retention.
Aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate, pleasant but not complex. Taste is quite similar; dry at the end. Nice amount of flavor for such a low alcohol beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark opaque color with a reddish tan creamy head that was mostly lasting.

S: roasted malt and a big rich coffee flavor. There was some dark chocolate and cocoa notes as well.

T: The flavor was dark roasted grains, and chocolate, and cocoa. The flavor and texture was very smooth with light smoky hints in the finish. There was also some coffee and dry creamer detected. Overall a rich dark treat with a rich fulfilling flavor in every sip.

M: vibrant from the active carbonation with a nice medium fullness and some creaminess.

D: Low abv% and smooth texture lend to a rich, flavored session porter.

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Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a very dark ruby red. It poured with a medium sized, light mocha colored, creamy head.

s: Clean, lightly toasted grains that smell of acidic espresso and a hint of vanilla sweetness.

t: Very full flavored for a low ABV. Slightly nutty and a little smoky roasted malt flavors. The finish has a mildly bitter coffe hop bite to it.

m: Decent body and slightly fizzy carbonation.

d: Thanks to great trader joepais for the tasty extra.

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Photo of BBM
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a jet black with a rocky brown head. Nice lacing around the glass. Aroma was of chocolate, espresso, and a hint of dark fruits. Very nice nose.

The German chocolate and coffee bean combined with the slight hop bitterness to make a uniquely blended porter. Big caramel malts in there as well. Mouthfeel was medium-full and smooth. Overall a good American porter, but I'm not sure where the London part comes in.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a slight tan head with decent retention over a nearly black beer

s: smooth black and caramel malts give dark, milky chocolate and lightly buttery toffee, respectively, hops are moderate and on the earthy side

m: medium carbonation and a light-medium body, seems a bit thin

t: smooth roast and dark chocolate over a clean pale malt base, earthy hops, moderate bitterness, solid but a tad bland relative to the nose

d: easy

single 12 oz. from Whole Foods Cary

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark purplish brown, almost black. Light tan head, and then with a vigorous swirl, I was able to get a decent head on the glass. Stubby SN-style bottle, screwcap.

Roasty sweetness and a tad bit of coffee.

Rich roasty bitterness. Coffee, cocoa, and roasty malt in the finish. Rich and multidimensional. I've had way to many porters recently that were just kinda boring and cookie cutter. This one holds true the style while being very tasty and unique. A great finishing beer for the night.

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Photo of scottg
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle of Geary's London Porter I bought has a different label than the one on this website. There is a picture of the English flag in the background.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an espresso black color with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Aromas of roasted malt and molasses are prevalent. Up front flavors of oatmeal, coffee, & chocolate finishing with pleasant hoppiness, well balanced. Mild carbonation, coats the mouth. Easy drinking for a porter.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Short, fat, 12 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison for $1.99...
Pours a dark, jet-black, ebony hue with an inch-big tan, frothy head that soon receded and left a fair amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Mild aroma replete with cocoa powder, mocha, and a hint of cinnamon spices...
Taste was slightly subdued and not too assertive, but with the obvious Porter notes of chocolate, graham crackers, dark latte nuances, and cappuccino essences...
Slick, oily mouthfeel with a slight hint of sweetened sugar...
Average drinkability to say the least - no alcohol detectable but a noticeable lack of complexity in the flavor department...
Nothing to write home about...

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this style was on What Not to Wear? Maybe not. Poured a shade closer to dark brown than a roasty black color. Whatever color it has the opposite highlights throughout. A light frothy lighter tan head with limited retention and lacing. Both did not last through the tasting.

The nose is nicely represented. Mostly malty notes with a bigger astringent kick and a floral finish. To start the malt is limited overall with some generic flavors that mix with a most roast and black malt flavor. Some lighter almost smoke and licorice finishes as well. Some lighter earthy and floral hops with mostly finishing aromas. No real off flavors or yeast characteristics.

The taste is a bit more balanced but toned down versus he nose. The malt again plays more of a dominant role with stronger astringent taste that leaves a coffee and burnt finishes. A bit too much black. Some English malt hints with a nice subtle characteristics. A light buttery finish but fits style right on. The hops are limited. Not much bittering hops at all. And the finish has more of a floral finish. There is a soapy finish that really is a deterrent for me.

The body is more of mid feel and a light carbonation, spot on with a more London style. Overall there are some great aspects and there are some off aspects of this beer. One thing I like about this beer is that it created a lot of discussion on style with both porter and London porter. I think I will leave it at that.

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Photo of Durge
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very dark rosey brown with a fairly scant tan head and mediocre lacing. I note a chocolate, prune and charcoal aroma. It delivers a solid charcoal flavor with aqueous feel. Light on the carbonation but lots of smoke flavor! A bit dry, easy drinking with a light grain background. Generally a pleasant surprise and very much recommended.

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Photo of EStreet20
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. "Tulip" shaped Imperial pint glass.

A - Pours out a dark, near black brown with a little under a finger of tan head.

S - Dark malts. Some coffee like aroma.

T - Nothing huge on taste. Just some small flavors of roasty dark malt. Very subtle flavorwise.

M - Fairly lightet side of medium bodied.

D - Not bad at all for a session porter. Nothing will wow you flavorwise but it goes down easy and gives you that "dark beer" character flavorwise in something that's low ABV and easy to drink.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque. Head is a bit of a darker tan. Huge also because I poured very firmly. Nose is basically like dusty chocolate. Not very impressive. Flavor is bordering on bland. Not much interesting going on here. Sure it has a nice steady body. But no real strong characteristics that stand out above the malt character? Feel is a bit thin on the liquid with a good carbonation. Overall it is very smooth which makes it very drinkable. But I just have to wonder if this was the freshest bottle available. Maybe I will try again one day.

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Photo of jdmorgan
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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 smcolw
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black in color--no light can penetrate. Small beige head that leaves little lace.

Superior milk chocolate notes; a touch of sweetness without being coy.

This is a very thin porter with a relatively high carbonation. More coffee (with lots of cream) shows up here. Relatively tasteless on the first sip, but the swallow is very flavorful--with balancing hop.

This is an easy-to-drink porter. While the body is significant distraction, the flavor is very good.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured blackish brown with a single-finger tan head. The smell is very pleasant, with a large amount of coffee and roasted malts. The starts off with the strong malty coffee taste, to some middling sweetness and just a tiny bit of hops bite at the end. The mouthfeel is nice, although there was a little bit more carbonation than I expected. This is extremely drinkable for a porter, and I could imagine putting away quite. I will definitely be picking this up again in the future.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a little faint but contains roasted coffee, dark chocolate, smoked malts and touches of dark fruit and hops.

T: The taste is very smoky with flavors of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit. The malt character is hearty but a little on the thin side for the style and there isn’t a lot of sweetness. There’s a mild hops presence that comes in and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is smoky and slightly fruity.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very good representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for a while especially if you want a dark but mild beer. I could drink a few of them but I would normally go for something with more of a kick to it.

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Photo of Brad007
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch-black color with a brown one-finger head. Roasted and malty aroma with a hint of coffee to it. Taste is pretty much of the same except that it's somewhat creamy with a bit of the roasted flavor showing through. Smooth and to be honest, somewhat underwhelming. However, this is par the style.

It's still a very drinkable porter that I wouldn't discount. I'm really impressed with the drinkability of Gearys ales lately.

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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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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep mahogany hue with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light burnt grain with elements of smoke and slight cocoa.

The taste consisted of a soft burnt malt, with some hints of smoth coffee. Good floral hop balanced the beer nicely.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness, with a dry finish.

Overall a very tasty porter and nice representation of the style.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.

Near opaque, deep mahogany in color beneath a foamy, coffee-colored head. Small patches of lacing with average strength.

Musty, rich roasted malt aroma; dark chocolate, molasses, and espresso. Earthen, floral hops.

Rich, chocolate malts; espresso with a profile of dried almond and hazlenut. Floral hops with a hint of citrus amidst a yeast-filled mustiness. Coarse bitterness with a dry finish.

Medium in body; light and smooth texture and mouthfeel.

A tame, session-built English Porter. Good enough to toss back a couple, but nothing exciting about this offering.

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Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 302 ratings
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