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.

Added by Mitchster on 09-25-2001

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Photo of dherling
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Barcade in Brooklyn last week. Very excited since I have not been able to find this on tap or in bottle in the NY/NJ area the past three years or so.
Pours opaque black with a tight tan head,minimal lacing. Mild coffee nose, light caramel, slight chocolate and cherry notes. I have always described the taste as sucking on a piece of charcoal... in a good way. Great round flavors, well balance coffee and caramel, again with some light coffee lingering in the finish. Very dry and clean finish, just what a dry porter should be. An excellent example of the style.

* Found a six of bottles today at Brooklyn Beer & Soda. Cracked one open... WAY over carbonated. Have been nursing this for over an hour now, ever time I try to drink it just suds up. I hope the other bottles are better.

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Photo of lechroy
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from 12 oz bottle on hot day at Sugarloaf. A is a rich, hearty dark ale. Head is nice w little interlacing. S is quite distracting smelling of bitter molasses. Not inviting. T is really nice and refreshing. Almost a taste of sassafrass which I enjoy. Well balanced. M is smooth and nice and light. O it is a warm friendly good porter. Not syrupy and good for all seasons. What's up wit the aroma?

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Photo of u2carew
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz stubby twist off
A) Pours with a two finger tan head that takes a while to settle. Dark opaque body. Tight lacing on the drink down.
S) Chocolate. Bready. Roasted grains.
T) Chocolate. Toasty. Mellow malt sweetness pokes through. Subtle hop bite in the finish.
M) Fizzy. Full body. Dry in the finish.
O) A well crafted Porter. True to style. I'd definitely drink another one!

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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 PokerGod
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- a little flat looking to me. there is some head on it, but it's not as much as I'd like to see. nice color though. dark chocolate.

Smell- a very nice smell. Sort of smells like Starbucks. Nice roasted coffee. but a little bit sweet too.

Taste- decent. Sort of tastes like Starbucks too. Very coffee-like to me. But I think the yeast comes through a little too. Perhaps a fruitiness in the finish explains the sweetness. It's hard to put my finger on it.

Overall- I am not a huge porter fan, but this is certainly a drinkable beer. I'll have another, just to be sure.

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Photo of shand
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a deep brown with a tiny head, no retention or lacing. Aroma is nice, there's a full roastiness with some baking chocolate. The taste is also pretty good, this is a full-on very roasty (bordering on burnt) porter with just hints of chocolate and nuttiness to help it along. Don't like roasted malts? Stay away here, because they're running the joint. The mouthfeel is nice, it's medium-bodied with a fairly high carbonation for the style. And the drinkability is also pretty good. Overall, a solid beer, even if it's not a standout.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown/black color, not much head though nor even a wispy cap on top, no lacing.

Smell is strictly roasted malt with only the faintest of bitter chocolate.

Taste is fairly one note since the roasted malt dominates the flavor, finishes very dry and with a dark chocolate like bitterness, carbonation is low but more than enough, can feel a bit thin at times.

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into my British pint glass.

It pours a dark dark brown, only noticeable when held to the light, the head begins to form immediately as the bubbles build i realize there isn't enough space in my 20 glass for my 12 oz beer. The head forms a dense mat of bubbles. As it subsides a nice lace is left behind.

The aroma is very nice, roasted barley with biscuits, vanilla and some almost cookie sweetness.

The drink is just what i was looking for. i wanted flavor without a huge body, what a porter should be. Unfortunately to many porters these days are actually stouts. This starts with a light carbonation on the tongue, the carbonation lingers for a little leaving a slight sweet maltyness. The carbonation drops off and reveals a light and dry roasted finish.

Has a nice mouth not abrasive and not a hoppy bitter end, A very good English Porter.

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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 Duhast500
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a dimpled mug.

The color is a complete black with some slight maroon highlights and a finger of brownish head. No lacing.

The smell as expected has a nice dark malt flavor. There is some slight coffee ground aroma with a slight nut like aroma.

The taste is again, pretty darn malty with a nice dark malt flavor and some dark chocolate flavor as well. There is a nice burnt-like flavor is this beer as well, some slight smoky flavor that is interesting.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a good smooth finish as it goes down. This is a low alcohol beer that is great for having a few without the worry of it growing on you.

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this puppy in a geary's variety 12 pack. Been meaning to pick this one up for sometime. Since porters are one of my favorite styles and never really had many if any to date English porters, kinda got high hopes for this one. Pour 12oz. into my Murphy's Irish stout tulip glass.

A: Has a coal black body to it with a nice soapy brownish head which is slowly fading back into itself. Nice classic look hear.

S: Has a slight fruity, woody, roasted notes going here. Just a hint of dark chocolate or maybe my brains making that one up. Also has some earthy hops going on there I do believe. Was hoping for more chocolate but so far so good. Has that simple generic English ale smell.

T: Wow holy burnt malts here, wow okay hold on gather self. Okay from the top starts off with a hint of fruit then quickly to that woody middle then bombarded with dark roasted malts with just a hint of dark chocolate charcoal taste in the finish. Also as I'm drinking the beer takes on a plastic kinda character, not saying its a bad thing just something I'm getting here.

M: The body is on the heavier side of light almost medium and for a beer weighting in at 4.2% abv. kind of impressive. Also finishes kinda clean for all the dark bitter malts you know went into this thing.

D: Actually this one is ranking kinda high here as well. First the whole burnt roasted bomb taste dissipates rather nicely has your palate gets adjusted to whats attacking it. At. 4.2% I think Geary is brewing a wonderful take on a style that most craft breweries look over time and time again. A simple flavorful low abv. beer that packs flavor.

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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 amcmaho1
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had been hiding in the back of the fridge, and has become my companion in finishing late-night term papers.

Appearance: Very attractive beer, great dark dark brown body with slight reddish highlights. Small head which dissipates quickly, and little lacing.

Smell: Initially there is a faint vanilla-like smell, sort of sweet. Lots of roast character though which is pleasing. The smell seems lacking though, and if more pronounced, would elevate this beer significantly.

Taste: Great roasty undertones with the malt, with those vanilla overtones coming in slightly. The aftertaste is somewhat woody and charred and dry.

Mouthfeel: A little heavy on the carbonation, but otherwise rather thin and smooth, definitely not syrupy or viscous. nice for a session beer with more color.

Drinkability: I have been very pleased with this beer. Great classic porter flavors which seem pretty traditional and true to the style. I'd have to say the drinkability is high on account of this being a very tasty beer, and a great paper writing accomplice.

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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 EgadBananas
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much opaque, with a light tan 2 finger head.

Smell is faint cocoa, with loads of roasted malts.

Slightly bittersweet, roasted, toasted malts. Slightest hint of chocolate on the very back end.

A bit too carbonated on the feel. Past that, it's smooth and light to medium in body.

With its low ABV, and it not be at all offensive in any way, this would make a great session brew. Nothing wrong with a dark one either.

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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 rsgcwhite
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one tap at the Lost Bear in Portland.

A: Poor bar lighting aside, this beer was dark - almost black. Very little head retention.

S: Licorice! There's a lot going on here - it's smokey, malty, with ample dark chocolate.

T: Initial roasted malt tastes give a little bit of smokiness (not a rauchbier by any means), smooth layering of espresso beans and caramel, finishing with a good balancing hop balance.The beer had relatively lower carbonation than expected, resembling English ales.

This was pleasant to drink, and coupled well with the buffalo chicken sandwich I ordered. It is a complex layering of smells and flavors - some of which blend perfectly, other times you ponder "what is that?".

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Photo of argock
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. No freshness date. Received as part of a beer of the month club gift membership.

A: Very dark brown-black with 1-finger, oatmeal colored head with average retention and a few blobs of lace at the top of the glass.

S: Very complex aroma profile with sour nuttiness, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, and light caramel cola aspect with herbal, English hopping.

T: Chocolate-cocoa and cold black coffee are first but are overcome by sour nuttiness from the Ringwood yeast that lends a very interesting, unique twist on the flavor. THe yeast flavor is distinctive and leads to the sharp roast edge in the finish. The hops are herbal and blunt the very light cola sweetness.

M: Unfortunately the feel is pretty thin and not up to snuff compared to the aroma and flavor.

D: A low ABV, flavorful porter that could use to be 5.2% and much heftiness at great gain with a bigger maltload. Still, all in all, a really good beer that works well with the Geary's signature Ringwood yeast.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with an eighth-inch cream colored head that remains. A little bit of light passes through when held up to the light, giving it a very deep burgundy hue. Good lacing.
Smell is slightly roasted malts with some ample notes of dark chocolate and cocoa. Faint, bitter coffee notes as well. Touch of vanilla and toffee.
Taste is slightly burnt malts with some bitter dark chocolate and cocoa. Faint notes of espresso and vanilla. Subtle notes of malts and chocolate on the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and a bit watery up front, with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate level of carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At dba, NYC. Into a pint glass, it poured a dark mahogany, with a thin khaki head, little retention, yet good lacing. Little visible carbonation. The aroma: nuts, maple syrup, roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. The taste was a perfect blend of the above, finishing on a semi-dry roasted coffee note, which lingered afterwards. Very flavorful. Full-bodied, with more carbonation than expected. This is a great session porter.

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Photo of lou50rp
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown with a small head and little lacing.
Smell was dark chocolate and coffee.
Taste was same as smell with a hint of sweetness at the beginning and a good finish.
Mouthfeel was a bit watery.
Very drinkable, especially with the ABV. Always good to drink a tasty brew without going nuts with the ABV,
Not a great summer beer, be definitely will find room in the fridge for it this fall.

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Photo of koopa
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up in Maine on a road trip.

Appearance: Pours an attractive deep mahogany with slightly red folds and a 1 finger dull khaki crown that shows moderate retention and dcent lace.

Smell: Brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, ltouch of roasted malt and a hint of vinegar.

Taste: same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin with good carbonation.

Drinkability: I'd give it a higher score if I liked the flavor profile more.

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

Nice roasty porter with good chocolate notes...medium light body...slides down almost like a brown ale but has the flavor a porter...enjoyable..low abv...I could see kicking back many of these while shooting some pool with the boys....I really like the chocolate notes to this and how easy drinking and flavorful it is...nice workman like porter...

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Geary's London Porter pours a black coffee-bean color with a good bit of mocha-colored head, nearly two inches worth, pushing up off of the top of the liquid. Despite a big head, though, it's full of "soap-suds", it doesn't have the greatest retention and provides almost no lacing.

Dark toasted malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate greet the nose, as well as a bit of an sweet/earthy undertone lurking in the back.

The flavor, though not quite as robust as I'd like, is still flavorful. Lots of roasty coffee bean and dark chocolate, as well as some earthy, slightly spicy hop notes that are a bit more subdued. The maltiness is there, just not as much as I'd expected it to be.

The mouthfeel is probably the weakest point of the beer. It's pretty highly carbonated and the beer fizzes a bit in your mouth; coupled with a body that's not as thick as I'd like gives a bit of a soda-ish feel. Thicken it up a bit and knock off some of the carb, then we'd have a winner.

Overall, the drinkability is pretty good here. Relatively low ABV, a solid flavor and aroma, and just a few minor slip-ups here and there make this a fairly sessionable English Porter. If you're into that.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a skim of mocha head. It is brown with ruby highlights. The aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. The taste is more on the coffee side with some dark fruit. It is a bit on the watery side, but the taste makes up for it. This is a pretty solid beer.


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Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 295 ratings.
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