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 donkeyrunner
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown, looks black. Thin tan head leaves decent retention that rides down most of the glass and leaves a few lacey stragglers.

Bready, roast malt aroma--like pumpernickel. Hints of toffee and brownie. Taste is, again, pumpernickel and bitter chocolate with a noticeable but balanced neutral hop presence. Chewy mouthfeel. Has an acidic kick in the ass which, though I'm aware is historically authentic, I just don't like.

I'd like it better without the acidity but appreciated the glimpse in the history of the style. Like a time capsule going back when the actual bartender would mix soured beer with the new stuff. Neat.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a small tan head. Good aroma-has a mild caramel, somewhat slight espresso tinge to it. Nice roasted flavor-mild chocolate tinge. Roasted grain bitterness. Finish is quite dry. Decent body for the lower abv-I was afraid of it being too thin. Overall a good UK porter.

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Photo of grub
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from jlindros as an extra in a trade. thanks jared!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 20/2010.

pours deep brown, nearly black, with a big fluffy dark tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of lace as it falls.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. hint of alcohol. earthy and slightly herbal. touch of caramel and toffee.

taste is nice. dark chocolate. bit of coffee and milk chocolate. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. light biscuit and cracker. hint of alcohol. nice earthy and lightly herbal hop character. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium bitterness level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. decent depth and complexity. overall a nice english porter.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head which leaves a hige sheet of lacing.

S-Mildly roasty and a bit of sweet cocoa and chocolate.

T-Mildly sweet in the front with a nice bittersweet chocolate note, followed by a nice roastiness. Continuing my streak with Geary's bottles, there is a discernible diacetyl note. But it kind of neatly round the finish off into a Heath bar like toffee taste.

M-Pleasantly light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D-Heck, yeah! A classic English porter, light in ABV but big in flavor.


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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark brown, nearly black color with a bit of light coming through. A tall frothy tan head takes it's time settling down and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: Rich roasted malt with, dark chocolate, espresso, raisins, molasses, and charred grains. Some herbal and grassy hop aromas push through the grains slightly.

T: Roasted and burnt malt, nutty and chocolatey with some molasses and raisins. Some watery coffee comes to mind as well. Hops add a bit more bitterness.

M: Medium body and chewy with a light creamy carbonation.

D: Good overall drinkability for this porter. It is not off balance or off flavored in any areas but not the best porter I have ever had. Very solid though and with low alcohol easy to sit down to a few of these.

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Photo of albern
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The labeling has changed but it is the same porter as I remember it. The beer pours a deep brown mahogany with a nice tan creamy head, decent retention, not much lace. The nose is quite pungent, and impressive for what is a rather mild, low ABV porter. Heaps of roasted malts, dark malts, some crystal malt, some chocolate notes as well, maybe a slight hint of caramel.

The taste for the most part follows the path taken by the nose. The beer is a bit watery and thin, not a warming type porter, but it is tasty. The beer has the usual suspects one would expect from the style, but there is an English interpretation to this beer with a toffee-ish flavor and what I think is a bit of diacetyl buttery flavors. The yeast strain may not have been the most complementary given what the brewery was aiming at. There is just a touch of drying cocoa in the finish, but it is hidden behind the toffee and everything else happening here. This is a tasty brew, I like it, but it is not a hearty porter by any means. Just approach it for what it is.

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

Certainly black, but hold it up to a light you'll see some deep ruby around the edges, which is very attractive. Easy to get a big head on this one. A subdued burst of roastiness, chocolate and caramel is evident in the aroma-- not terribly strong but persistent. The body is a tad watery; given the color and the smell I expected something with more density. The taste is, like the aroma, restrained. The finish has no bitterness but it does have a faint mystery taste. Could it be... vinyl? Yes! It's akin to the vinyl twang you get when you blow up a beach ball. Hmmm.

Yes, you'll find plenty to like but you may find yourself wanting it to be just a bit more porterish. This is no Tadcaster Porter, but is still a nice, smooth, low-ABV beer. Worth a six.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque brownish-black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, graham cracker, and Geary's yeast. The taste is much like the aroma. It is quite yeasty for a porter, but good nonetheless. Actually, the more I drink the more I like the yeast notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. The feel is more fuller bodied than I would expect from a beer of 4.2% ABV, and I really like that. Overall, this is a really nice beer that I could easily session regularly.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served at fridge temperature.

A-thick tan head, ink black body.

S-metallic, chocolate.

T-chocolate front, roast, smoky finish.

M-full and slick, very smooth.

D-very nice and drinkable beer. I would drink this beer again. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of Jayli
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 12/30

A: This beer pours an opaque deep chocolate brown. Less than a 1/2 inch of khaki head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing is left behind.

S: Nose is of roasted and burnt malts, some bitter chocolate.

T: Taste is very bitter. Roasted and burnt malts up front. Bitter chocolate fills out the middle. Finish is a coffee/espresso flavoring.

M: Medium body, low carbonation, nice rich feel to the body.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, decent representation of the style, and with this ABV is one to sit with for an evening.

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Photo of nkersten
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark dark brown with a slightly translucent base. Thick creamy tan head sticks around for the entire glass.
S- Butter, roasted malts and toffee in the aroma.
T- Rich toffee and caramel flavors, melted butter, some euro hop bitterness, chocolate malts. Pretty basic, simple flavors but they work very well together.
M- A bit thin, at least from my experience. Maybe I am just used to American and Baltic style porters with a heavier body. Despite a lighter body, it is still a pretty creamy beer. Very light carbonation, spot on for the style.
D- A very drinkable beer. Great flavor and a session worthy 4.2% abv. This is two brews in a row from Geary's that I have been very impressed with, how have I not heard of this brewery until now? Thanks again Gritty!

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Photo of mirish72
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have always been a Geary's fan, one of my favorite east coast breweries, but hadn't tried the porter up now. I swallowed my pride and purchased something with a Union Jack and I am glad I did.

Pours black with a nice one finger head that quickly dissipates. Smells of roasted malts with hints of coffee.

Has a nice dry finish, but didn't have the bite i would have anticipated. Overall a real nice representation of the style, and a real good value.

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Photo of templar316
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice, deep chocolate, with a hint of garnet highlights held to the light. The thin, head is gone quickly and laceing is minimal. The aroma is nice, toffee roasted malts, dark fruits and tobacco in the finish. The taste needs work rather then malty sweetness, I( get hop dryness and an irony finish. You can definately feel the malty, smoothness across the tounge and several of these could be consumed without issue.

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Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a cloudy and opaque dark brown, some reddish highlights, massive tan head forms, chunky head, big layer and ring, lots of chunks stick to the glass. Smell is okay, dry and roasty, iron and dark fruit, some chocolate, very sweet and sugary, iron, biscuit, kind of toasty, earthy, alright. Taste is dry and toasty, pretty watery, dry biscuit and toast, chocolate roast, some coffee, grinds, raisin and some dark fruit, alright. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Aroma isn't so good but the flavor is good if a little weak. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A--Deep deep burgundy body--looks black until you get to the bottom and clear ruby highlights. Most impressive part, though, is the head: looks just like the foam from a root beer float, in both color and consistency. A good two and a half fingers hear, with considerable retention. No lacing.

S--Weak overall. Kiss of smoke, a little beef jerky, and a little less tobacco. Coffee doesn't really make it to the nose.

It is, however, in the taste, mainly in the form of weak coffee grounds. This is not an overwhelming porter. But it has great subtlety and texture to its flavor profile. I really, really dig the swirl of parchy tobacco, earthy hops, teriyaki beef jerky, and bitter weak coffee blended in the front. But the biggest, baddest part of this beer is the sour aftertaste. It's almost like milk going bad--seriously tangy, seriously effing tasty. This nearly makes you drop the "New" from its New English origins.

M&D--Mouthfeel is like seltzer water, with less bubble-thin and gliding. A little silky, or milky. Some sort of -ilky. Again, very true to form for the style. Drinkability is incredible--so much damn flavor for a low ABV beer. Not for sipping.

This may be the best British porter brewed in America. If you like the non-bastardized "true" style (I happen to like big crazy hopped out maltbombed who the hell knows anything goes American porters and stouts, too, but whatever), and want it fresh, pick this up. If you have had British porter and know what to expect, you'll like this. Smaller than Fuller's, but no slouch by any means.

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

On tap at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine

The tap version of this porter has a longer lasting head and stronger aroma than the bottled version. It has a nice dark color with a lacy tan head, and little carbonation.

It has a malty, nutty flavor and a rich mouth feel. Very pleasing to drink. There is very little hopiness in the aroma, and combined with the nutty flavor this porter is a warming drink. Good for cool weather.

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Photo of jeffthecheff
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was looking for a good, english style porter and this was recommended to me at the store. No freshness date.

Appearance is a dark, dark, dark, brown with a sand colored head. The head is large, solid, and hilly at first but lacks the tiny bubbles that make a good, lasting head. This subsides to a lace rather quickly.

Aroma is like a typical porter, with a slight chocolate and black coffe combo, but with the malt profile mostly made up of grains that are not black.

Taste is delicate and pleasant, with some definite hop flavor. Low hop bitterness, but a touch of dark grain bitterness. Has a slight orange character to it (english hops, maybe?) reminding me of one of those orange shaped and sliced chocolates with the orange wrapper around it. This type of low abv porter would be ideal for a summer night; it's a bit dark for a summer day but not heavy enough for an autumn.

Mouthfeel is light, very smooth, and with light carbonation. As far as drinkability....I'd pour another.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black, huge 2 inch head

Smell: burnt malt, and expresso

Taste: burnt malt, chocolate, expresso, cream

Mouthfeel:smooth, creamy, light body

Drinkability: A very well balanced porter that is a bit on the light side. This is tasty and easily sessionable

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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 BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into pint glass @ Bukowski's near downtown Boston.

Pitch black with ruby highlights under a one finger tan head that settles to a thin rim along the glass. Thick rings of lacing. A little molasses in the aroma along with the ubiquitous roasty grains. Burnt malts and a little black coffee. The finish is a little more like roasted walnut. Full bodied.

This is a very enjoyable and sessionable porter. Recommended.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown body that has ruby around the edges.

Dark malts, roasted malts, chocolate and a touch of coffee all come through in the aroma, and it smells pretty good. Big and rich.

The taste is good too. Not a whole lot of sweetness going on here. Lots of bitterness from both hops and the coffee flavor.

Pretty light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.

I'm impressed by how flavorful this one is with such a low ABV. Pretty good beer I'd say.

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Photo of spointon
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a recent trip to Albany, NY. Poured from a stubby brown 12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep dark brown with a few caramel/cola colored highlights around the edges. The loose tan head rose 1/2" and then settled to a skim fairly quickly. No lacing down my glass.

S= This porter smelled like malty sweetness, faint roasty grain, bittersweet chocolate, and treacle.

T= The malt sweetness lead things off, soon followed by a nice blend of roasted chocolatey bitterness and creamy toffee. Some mild earthy hops in the middle. Finish was drier and left a grainy aftertaste.

MF= Light bodied for the style with a crisp carbonation. A bit watery.

D= A nice American take on an English porter. I think the body needs to be about 10% fuller but otherwise not much to complain about here.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at Ordinary Joe's in Watertown

Appearance: A nice, deep midnight black in color, head was little to none, with not alot of lacing. Bits of yellowish head rested on top of the beer.

Smell: Lots of roastiness here, a bit of truffle, some roasted coffee bean, a bit of dark fruit is here, but barely evident. Malt spice gives off a fresh aroma. Very enticing

Taste: This is a big beer for a small ABV, lots of flavors thrown around here. Espresso bean, coffee grounds, a bit of chocolate and some vanilla pairing. I really got a sweet vanilla taste in the finish that capped this off perfectly. Toastiness goes above and beyond, very warming and hearty.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, light to medium bodied, holds up nicely on the tongue, doesn't go too wet when sitting for a bit.

Drinkability: Geary's hit a homerun with this one, for such a low ABV, I can't believe how much flavor and body this porter has. It's almost like one big conglomerate of darker flavors packed into one small, easy to drink brew. They pulled off the coffee elements perfectly, roasty and easy to drink. A splendid job from one of the better brewers out of Maine

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

Almost opaque black. Modest tan head forms, retains pretty well. Nice aroma for a porter, very roasty and a little tangy.

A good job is done of packing as much roasty flavor into a pretty light-texture and low-alcohol brew. Bit of chocolate. Definitely more acidic than the aroma hints at. Mouthfeel was nothing special though, actually kind of watery. Yet this makes the beer very easy to drink combined with the low alcohol.

The most flavorful lower-alcohol dark beer I've had in a while.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Geary's London Porter from D.L. Geary Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 295 ratings.
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