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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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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Photo of sstackho
3/5  rDev -19.4%
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 letsgopens
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Geary's London Porter pours nearly black with deep brown highlights. The beige head recedes relatively quickly leaving a bit of lace.

The aroma is pungent and earthy with prominent notes of molasses, malty chocolate, and fresh roasted coffee.

The initial flavor is that of deep rustic cocoa with hints of coffee, sweet dark camelization and again coffee. Also a toffee/confectionary type quality. A moderate level of carbonation results in a clean finish with a short bitterness.

The texture opens with an expected creaminess and finishes with a clean feel do to the carbonation. This English Porter is not as heavy as a lot of similar brews, which adds to the high drinkability, but in contrast the amount of flavor suffers somewhat. A solid beer non-the-less.

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Photo of sraimondi
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/black, which is on style. Smell is of a slight burnt malt, with some chocolate notes. The taste is very good & on style. The chocolate malt is definitely there. The mouthfeel is a little thin, especially when compared to the Fuller's version. At 4.2% ABV a good session porter. All in all a good beer from Geary's.

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Photo of Liquids
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
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 RonfromJersey
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
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 yelterdow
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in an English pint glass at between fridge and cellar temperature. Found at Andy's in Bogota in the coveted back fridge.

Appearance- A lush, brown colored beer pours from this bottle with subtle ruby highlights. The tightly packed light brown head foams up nicely to almost three fingers, condensing well and eventually settling down. Traces of wiry lacing line the inside of the glass.

Smell- The Goldings hops are definitely the most noticable amongst the other two, and there is a crisp roasty character from the black and chocolate malts. Big English nose, and quite appetizing.

Taste- Light, roasty malts deliver a coffee-like sweetness while the drying, bitter hops finish the job. Quick and simple, and I love the balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The light, easy weight combined with the seafoamy texture makes this one about as effortless as it gets... the alcohol is nowhere to be found, so this is a throwdown beer made for sessioning. One is too little... bring a sixer to the next cool weather gathering.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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 dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near black with lighter mahogany edges. Smells of baking chocolate and a kiss of coffee. Felt a little oily going down and had some restrained roasted character behind the soft chocolate notes. I really like this and could reach for this one every day for cold weather comfort that won't fill me up too much.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 jslot38
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: New bottle design on this one for Geary's, a British flag embossed bottle, with the Made in Maine proudly displayed.

Appearance: Produces a huge rocky light tan, egg shell coloured head over a pitch black body. Took a while to complete the pour as the head was so massive, and it looks like the top covering bubbly layer isn't leaving any time soon.

Smell: Primarily roasted barley, has a great roasted smell.

Taste: That roasted characteristic returns for the taste as well. Nuts, barley, a smokey flavour lingers. Also a clear note of that diacetyl and a buttery note or two. No hop presence, but some nice chocolate and nuts back it up.

Mouthfeel: Tingles on the tongue, great level of carbonation and just holds nice, flavours linger well.

Drinkability: Over the summer I drank a 6'er of these, and why not, a great tasting beer at only 4.2% ABV. With their new hampshire ale and pale ale this is one great brewery and one that I wished was more accessable down in DC.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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 williamherbert
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
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 SixpointJMH
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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 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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, almost black, with some ruby highlights. The tan head thins, then soon disappears to just a ring that leaves some trailing lace.

The smell is of roasted coffee and chocolate.

The taste is of roasted, slightly smoky, coffee with notes of bittersweet chocolate and licorice. A nice balance of sweet and bitter. Nothing too complex, but well-balanced and tasty. The medium body has an almost chewy feel. It has a fairly long, dry finish.

This is an easy-drinking porter. I recommend it if you are looking for a tasty "sessionable" English-style porter!

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

Black with little head. Molasses and chocolate malt in aroma. Well malted taste with some brown sugar, tad of chocolate, bit of coffee,roast, and nutty like a brown.Good representation of the style.Medium mouthfeel. Satisfying. Not too bitter, just a bit of hops stays on the lips.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


I'm a lager-boy at heart, coupled with a lover of fine beers. What this means is that some styles fall between the cracks. If I want something for easy drinking, I'll grab a nice German beer. If I want something more exotic, well, lately it has been lambics, Flander's reds, and other sour beers. Top that off with a great love of Doppelbocks and access to some very fine beers by the likes of Founders and Three Floyd's and certain styles, well, just fall through the cracks.

Porter is one of those styles for me. Nothing beats a good London Porter for easy drinking. Really, as a style it is on par with pilsner! I just forget about it.

So how wonderful is it when another BA passes a present on to you (thanks Doppelmeup!) that makes you fall in love with a style all over again. Mmmm, porter! And this is a very nice, easy drinking porter.

That's it, really. Nice chocolate blending with a kiss of tobacco (very, very faint) with just enough carbonation to bring it home. A very light mouthfeel, which makes it good for guzzling. Yeah, nothin' wrong with this beer at all. Well, I mean the head could have been better, but otherwise it it truly a champ!

If I had regular access to this beer, I would drink it a lot.

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

This beer reminds me of an irish dry-stout at first. Its, well, dry and is dominated by a roasted character. It has a malty chocolate aroma, but the chocolate plays second fiddle to the coffee in the flavor, which there's a lot of for a 4.2% beer. Not terribly complex, but I could definately session this bad boy.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a darn good porter. Pours a tremendous head and is a fine looking brew. Chocolatey and tasty, almost nutty and fruit like. Smell is slightly average and because of the low alcohol content, many can be consumed in a session. A nice well rounded porter and worth a shot.

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

Pours dark, nearly opaque brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasty malt and a sweet dark malt.

Taste is a nicely balanced roasty malt, lots of coffee and bitter chocolate tempered a bit with some sweet chocolate malt. Medium bodies and smooth in the mouth. Some light coffee aftertaste.

Really tasty, an old favorite. If you can get it fresh, it's a great session beer.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought a 12 oz bottle at odies big ten in lansing michigan. ($1.89)
pours the deepest mohogany you have ever seen with reddish-brown hues, the head is supersized, beer was a little over carbonated.
the aroma is malty, hint of coaco, and a even slighter hint of smoke.
the flavor is malty, little roasty, chocolate, vanilla, minerals
good beer but little thin for a porter.

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Photo of akahn
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my wine glass nearly black with a rocky beige head that receded to a short skim. Not much lace. In other glasses the color shows more around the edges, which is a deep, dark red.

Deep roasty aroma, slightly sweet, with the subtlest suggestion of chocolate. With a swirl, some stewed plum aromas emerge. Nice.

Demure, understated, yet flavorful. Mildly sweet, but dominated by a well-rounded roastedness. Dry yet juicy, with a mineral and hops in the finish. Drinking this beer, a word that constantly sprung into my head to describe it's flavor is "ruby," not that that makes much sense. I think this comes from the sour or tartness from the yeast. Authentic or not, this is a tasty beer.

Silky mouthfeel, yet well carbonated. A substantial medium body. Rarely do I find the texture of a beer interesting, but this is one of them. For a beer this deep and flavorful, quite drinkable, as a porter should be. Especially easy drinking at room temperature, when it is more mellow and less brash. Surprisingly refreshing when it's colder, though.

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Photo of riversider76
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black,with a thin,tan head.,and decent lace. Aroma is of coffee, nut,and roasted malt. Very nice. Body is thin. Taste was just alright for me. Coffee came through, up front,but there was a bit of a bitter taste at th finish.Not my favorite, but worth a try for sure!

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Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 304 ratings