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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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Reviews: 1,168
Hads: 2,416
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 220
Gots: 282 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

Fuller's London Porter is an award-winning example of this historic English style; smooth and creamy with delicious chocolate and coffee flavors derived from the roasted malt.

The griffin Brewery is Chiswick, London, has brewing fine ales since 1654.

The Fuller, Smith & Turner partnership dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning beers, many of which are available in the U.S. including London Pride pale ale and the Old's original ESB.
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Photo of tlema1
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: jet black, with a thin tan head
S: it has the typical British ale smell, that I can't define
T: nice, creamy, a little sweet, some chocolate and coffee
F: good body and mouthfeel, perfect for the style
O: would definitely recommend

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a Sam Smith's pint glass, served at room temp, as that is best for me for lower ABV porters
B: Black as night, with ruby red that gleams on the edges of the glass. Thick head that settles down, but never fades. No real lacing
S: Very creamy smell. Also nice touches of chocolate. Very similar to a nice chocolate milkshake. Sweet and very inviting.
T: Creamy, chocolately, with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Seriously delicious
F: Very smooth, goes back easier than water. Creamy, silky, and smooth, with a touch of astringency on the finish.
O: An incredibly inviting drink, so smooth, so balanced, and very delicious.
My only complaint is that this beer didn't really challenge me. It was just incredibly straight forward, and despite the flavor was great, but sort of a little underwhelming in some aspects. Excellent beer, a well-crafted classic, but not one that absolutely blows you away.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks black in the glass, only the light around the edges reveal a dark red amber colour. One finger or thick tan head that fades to a foamy covering.

rich roasted malts on the nose, black liquorice, salty leather, pumpernickel bread. Big nose is very inviting but lets you know to get ready for something serious.

Rich sweet malts, roasted oats, the suggestion of warm tobacco smoke. Earthy coffee is slightly there as is a dark drown sugar sweetness in the back. Hops are detectable in that they cut through the residual sweetness on the finish. Great mouthfeel, Id say med-full bodied and creamy.

Overall a great drink with equally nice aroma and taste. Lots to chew on here literally and figuratively. Nice complexity and fullness of flavours that are aromatic and old world feeling - a great one to have by the hearth in your leather reading chair in the oak panelled library.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this out of a bottle last night up at the Cloverleaf. It was the first beer on their fall PhD. list and also an offering that I never had before. This was really smooth and went down easily without having so much of the burnt and roasted notes that I've come to expect from an English Porter. It was nearly impossible to detect the alcohol as well and felt more like a light chocolate Stout than anything else, even though I knew that wasn't the case!

Good pour to this as the beer was thin (for a Porter), dark brown, smooth, and had a moderate head. Not a lot of lacing as any bubbles leftover slid down the side of my tulip glass after each sip. Roasted chocolate and coffee in the nose with even more in the taste, but nothing too bitter, boozy, or burnt. Nice rich taste with a good amount of cream and milk here and only a slight burn in the aftertaste along the lines of s'mores. Lots of malt and the Fuggles hops ensured that the taste wouldn't be thin even though the consistency was and this was turned out to be one of the easiest Porters that I've ever had the chance to savor.

While not a true session beer, it would be a piece of cake to down a few in a sitting. This didn't taste anything like the ESB that I love from Fuller's, which was a testament to their ability to brew something different that wasn't a variation on a theme. Good enough for anyone to enjoy and great enough to win me over to the style - this might be my go-to Porter when things turn a bit cooler outside. Lovely stuff!

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light porter in many ways compared the modern style. But true to the English porter style. Roasted malt. Clean finish with not really any bitterness. Blackish color.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby tint with a 1/4" off-white head which lingers and leaves spotty lace. Aroma of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate with nuts. Taste follows the nose with a smooth, creamy finish. A classic.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with very good foam. Aroma roasted, coffee, chocolate, brandy. Taste velvet, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dry finish. Very good.worth a try.

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Photo of DerbyDave35
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter in Australia now , and the perfect time to settle down to a couple of these beauties.
Hadn't had one since enjoying a Pint in England late last year
No surprises , as good as ever , heaven , just superb

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Porter pours to a thin, off-white head on a dark brown body; the head quickly disperses to a ring that leaves sporadic bits of symbol-like lacing. The nose is moderate-intensity dark malt: a nice blend of sweet chocolate and molasses with a hint of bitter coffee. On the palate, it is a medley of subdued roasted notes, chocolatey and a bit sweet. The finish is clean, leaving behind only a bit of bitter coffee and a hint of dark toffee-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the medium body would lead one to expect; the carbonation makes itself felt here as well. Very easy-drinking.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with tan head that dissipates.
Aroma and taste feature roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and even some tea like flavors in the finish. Mild hops. Smooth, medium bodied and easy to drink. Overall a mild and pleasant drink.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, not great. Probably won't bother with it again when I can get something like Belhaven Black or Murphy's. It's an okay stout, but I wouldn't classify it as outstanding.

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Photo of JoLight
4.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: khaki head that retains a finger width, and is frothy. There are a great deal of bubbles on the glass. The body has dark brown hues, but is black from head on. Great lacing!

Aroma: sweet; toasted malt; smells much like a stout; slightly creamy. Slightly fruity hops in the end of the smell.

Taste: very dark roasted malt. Milky. The end of the taste is metallic, but not a turn-off.

Mouthfeel has the viscosity of a watered-down milkshake.

Finish: milky.

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Photo of JDTHREE
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best of the variety. Fuller's London Porter is the quintessential English Porter. All other English Porters should be judged by this standard.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with ruby/copper highlights and think tan head. Nose is all brown bread. That image comes to mind so strongly that it is hard to place anything else. Taste has nice balance of roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, and just a touch of residual sweetness. Some lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue through the finish. Improves somewhat as it gets a bit warmer. A very nice porter, and not too overpowering that it would prevent you from having a second.

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Photo of drmeto
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

-pours a very dark brown with ruby tinges and a small,frothy,khaki head
-medium carbonation visible
-Plums,raisins,slightly bready,huge coffee finish
-low-medium carbonation,medium body
An absolute classic,if you're looking to drink your first Porter,drink this and let this be the baseline all other Porters will be judged at.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown cola color. Thin light tan head. Low carbonation apparent. Some lacing.

Rich cocoa and some dark fruit. Molasses, brown sugar, toast, and some spices. Bakers chocolate as well. Sweet and rich aroma. A hint of licorice and perhaps some clove. Little hop aroma. Perhaps some herbal English hops.

Chocolate and dark fruit initially giving way to rich biscuity malt. Toffee as well. Caramel and coffee. Lots of nutty bready malts complimenting the dark fruit and cocoa. Spicy hops at a low level with some lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body with fairly low carbonation. Coffee lingers on the palate. Sweetness upfront finishing quite dry.

Excellent. What sets this apart from other porters I've had is the amount of bready nutty malts balanced with the roasted malts.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep dark brown with ruby highlights when held up o the light. 1” light brown head, reduces to a thick film, leaves delicate lacing that clings to the glass from top to bottom.
S: moderate dark dried fruits, dark malts, dark sugars – molasses or treacle, restrained roast malt, grainy lighter malts, touch of chocolate, mild roastiness, no hops, no diacetyl.
T: Starts with malty sweetness that quickly gives way to a touch of coffee and dark dried fruit. There is a touch of chocolate behind the coffee. Starts slightly sweet and evolves to a lingering. Pleasantly dry finish. The hops and the roasty bitterness mingle together and make it hard to determine which is which.
F: medium body and medium carbonation with very fine bubbles that give a very full and luscious mouthfeel.
O: drinkable substantial porter with a nice touch of restrained roast malt.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-looks more like a stout with the darkness and head but looks great
-smells is mellow cocoa and coffee
-very distinct cocoa flavor with
-a crazy powder feeling maybe from the thickness but not bad nor sout after in my opinion
- not the biggest fan of chocolate flavors but this was pleasant!

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Photo of bassboneman
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great porter this is!
It is right up there with Founders and Anchor Steam!
Very full bodied porter with hints of chocolate.
I will certainly get this again!


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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Fuller's London Porter a couple weeks ago for $2.39 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this beer and I thought now was as good as time as any, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean and classic look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on more of a crimson color when held to the light with a a little under a fingers worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer and it looks true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the roasted malts being the first to show up and they some impart some nice chocolate aromas that stick out the most and there's some sweet malts, roasted malt, and light coffee also showing up. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a typical English ale yeast aroma to it with a slight bit of earthy hops at the end. This beer has a good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show and this time the chocolate isn't as strong and the roasted malt flavors seem to show up the most. Up next comes the English Ale yeast which sticks out a little more than it did in the aroma. On the finish there's a light amount of coffee like bitterness with a nice roasty aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer and it's just what I would expect from the style.

M- Smooth. clean, crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel and it's what I would expect from the style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, this beer had every aspect that separates a English Porter from an American Porter and while i do prefer American Porters I can still appreciate this beer and know that it's a good example of the style. What I like the most about this beer was just how true to style it is, it's just what I expect from an English Porter. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, It didn't have any off aspects or anything that shouldn't be there. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend this to anyone who likes English Porters. All in all I was happy with this beer, I had heard this was good and it lived up to it. This beer made for a good first impression of this brewery and I would be interested to try more of their beers. As far as I can tell this is the best English Porter I've had. Good job guys this, this was a good beer, keep it up.

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Photo of beer488
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color - dark reddish brown, thick head

Nose - roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate, dry nose. After about 10 minutes in the glass, sweet malty aroma comes forth.

Taste - needs to be chilled well, smooth velvety mouth feel, light to medium bodied, very enjoyable

Finish - very mildly bitter, pleasant finish

Would I buy this again? Yes

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out brown filling the glass with a body that is almost black letting in brown and ruby in the light. Head is a light brown.

Aroma is roasty and sweet with some herbal and charcoal.

Flavor follows nicely on those roast and sweet flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Has a earthy edge to it.
Body is light and creamy.

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Photo of CStang67
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby color with thin off white head that disappears quickly spite medium carbonation. Aroma is complex with an even chocolate, coffee, roasty, and spice character. Flavor is rich with a mild bitterness that is quite buried under a thick layer of malty, chocolate, coffeeness. Flavor is lingering but smooth clinging to the malty, chocolate, coffeeness. Excellent beer and top example of a tradition English Porter.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger creamy tan head. Mild cocoa like aroma.Very dark almost opaque as I had to hold it up to a light bulb to see a deep ruby like color. Mild bitterness. Soft chocolate and coffee taste. I sense a chalk like feel to the chocolate which may be the coffee side kicking it, Has a rich soft feel.

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

11.2 oz. bottle from BevMo. Pours opaque black with a small, caramel colored head. Nose of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, caramel, black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Little carbonation. Rich and tasty. Not light by any means. More of a sipping beer. Nicely balanced. A classic porter.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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