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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,048 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 148
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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andyo

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -16%

Poured a dark ruby red. Not much head to speak of. Smell was very minimal though there was a faint roastiness and cocoa aroma that came through.

Tastes of molasses and coffee. A creamy beer, yet seemed somewhat rough around the edges for me.

A really good porter, though I am not sure I will visit this one again in the near future.

07-04-2004 16:03:34 | More by andyo
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a deep brown with some nice ruby highlights a lighter head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma is sweet and roasted with some light cofee aromas lingering.Nice and complex beer somewhat sweet with nice earthy tones, a rich marshmellow-like finish.A nice rich and sustaining porter very well made for sure.

08-28-2003 22:56:54 | More by oberon
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

A deep brown/mohagany pour with a nice tan head. Clear and very settled. The nose is nicely highlighted with soft chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is nicely malty with dry, unsweetened chocolate notes and a mild coffee-ish flavour. Very nice staying power. The semi-bitter finish lingers nicely. A very smooth mouthfeel with a dry, coffee-bean-bitter finish. A great example of the style.

03-23-2004 16:12:57 | More by Popsinc
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davemarc87

Indiana

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-20-2014 03:26:43 | More by davemarc87
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance – Dark brown in color and a bit hazy with a nice head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is mild yet very complex. It is dark, with burnt coffee and some hints of baker’s chocolate leading the way. Prune is about the only fruit I can get, but I really enjoy the classic roasted malts. They are done particularly well.

Taste – Ah, yes, done in the classic English style. The roasted malts, which are the highlight for me, come out beautifully. The coffee especially is very sophisticated. It has a tinge of Turkish coffee flavor to it. The chocolate is soft and barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is the Porter’s strong point, IMO. This is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. It is almost medium-bodied. The varying sensations in the mouth are nearly seamless.

Drinkability – Could this be more drinkable than it already is? No, I think not.

08-10-2004 02:02:26 | More by RoyalT
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

06-20-2013 01:46:00 | More by cam477
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours into my nonic a ruby tinted brown with a thick tan head.

Aroma is somewhat Baltic like in that it has a heck of a lot of prune in it. Otherwise one finds a mountain of roasty/toasty malt and a touch of coffee.

Tastes strong and firm of roasty malt and chocolate with a surprising amount of boozy fruit flavor. Very odd considering the ABV. Minute amounts of charcoal and some hop bitterness add to the character. Buttery and smooth. Well rounded and balanced.

Straight forward, plain and simple…and just great. I could drink it all day long.

02-27-2007 20:18:29 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-12-2013 03:22:54 | More by DanGeo
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

AROMA - caramel, nut, goldings hops, creamy mocha-like character, - all medium-high in intensity, soft bready-nougat basemalt character manages to shine through amazingly...big plum and red apple notes, blackberry comes out eventually, no diacetyl, - really lovely.

APP- deep molasses with ruby highlights, low off-white head fades fast, medium low carbonation,

FLAVOR- medium-high sweetness balanced by coacoa flavor and roasty astringency, with medium-low burnt character in a long finish. low woody dimension and medium-high herbal hop flavor. medium coffee and blackberry is back again, as is the red apple...not much hop bitterness, no diacetyl, toasted nut on mid palate,

MF- full bodied, velvety, lightly and pleasantly astringent, medium-low carbonation,

OVERALL - complexity and depth of flavor are excellent, balance is sweet and then wiped off the palate by gentle but creeping roasted qualities, hoppiness comes through, I revisited this old favorite because BJCP has it listed as an example of "Brown Porter"...brown porter my ass, this is as robust as they come.

01-07-2014 06:30:09 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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ArrogantDeadGuy

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Deep burnt brown pour capped with a caramel single finger of head. The froth shrinks away quickly leaving behind a slight but even lace.

Great aromas of malt, coffee, and cocoa. All of the reasons I drink porter.

Perfect consistency neither thick nor thin, but to silky to be described as simply "medium". There's is an unctiousness to it that few porters possess.

Great drink! While the flavor is nice, it is this porter's complimentary qualities that bring it to the top of my list of best porters.

12-10-2011 04:34:21 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-20-2013 23:31:10 | More by tbryan5
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JacobMutberg

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-10-2012 23:49:15 | More by JacobMutberg
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

A: Dark brown/black and slightly syrupy with a very thin light brown foamy head when poured into a pint glass.

S: Wonderful abundance of chocolate and coffee

T: Powerful chocolate malt is balanced well with bittering hops that leave a mostly dry finish lingering slightly of coffee.

M: Full bodied and heavy with very light carbonation.

D: Smooth as silk texture lets this go down slow and easy

This is without a doubt the best porter I have had to date. There seems to be an enormous complexity that comes off as simple and enjoyable. Very much recommended.

01-26-2008 03:32:54 | More by SIRIUS2
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Hello old friend, now in a ... can? Yes. Fuller's is about to release this classic beer in a can for the US market--not sure exactly when though. Word from the brewmaster is that they put just a touch of nitro in the can to keep things smooth--thankfully no widget.

Pours an opaque, rich dark brown--might as well call it black--with subtle ruby hues, topped with a creamy tan lace. Nose if full of malty goodness, ranging from toffee to chocolate to brown bread crust to fresh hay, with slight notes of must, earth, mineral and yeast. Super smooth, medium-bodied, and sits well rounded on the palate. Big chocolaty flavors emerge first, followed by more breadiness, chicory, a sweet dollop of caramel, cereal grains, a hint of floral pith, dry bread crusts and a lingering note of smoke and tobacco.

Delicious and so damn chocolaty, this classic stands up quite handsomely in a can and is a welcome addition to Fuller's ranks.

09-10-2010 13:12:06 | More by BeerAdvocate
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skybluewater

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a dark, ruby-tinted mahogany color. Smells of malted chocolate. Taste is quite good, although a bit different from other porters I've had. It has a malted chocolate flavor, with some coffee-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly full.

Overall, this is a darn good porter. I've been meaning to try it for a while now, but this single I bought by mistake (I thought I had grabbed a London Pride). I'm glad I did. Although it's not super-special, it's definitely worth a try, more than once in a while. A nice break from those big winter brews.

02-12-2005 07:30:13 | More by skybluewater
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-06-2014 02:52:07 | More by bulldogg915
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-19-2014 03:28:48 | More by FadetoBock
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warnerry

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -21.4%

From notes. Best by 8/30/11. Consumed 1/7/11.

A - Pours very dark brown with three fingers of tan head. Head is pretty persistant and leaves nice lacing.

S - Earthy roasted malt with some chocolate in the aroma as well. Also getting a slightly unpleasant aroma as well, but can't quite place what it is.

T- Again dominated by earthy roasted malt. A slight funkiness as well. Bits of coffee come through. Has a drying character as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not as creamy as I expected. Finishes quite dry.

O - Drinkability is fine, but not something I would go for that often. Was expecting more and came away disappointed.

07-31-2011 03:57:36 | More by warnerry
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

01-07-2012 20:15:24 | More by WuAnquo1
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Todd

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

12oz slender, custom bottle. Best before date on the back.

Deep, rich looking dark brown with ruby hues. Near black. Head was disappointing. It fizzed and snapped to a lifeless patchy, nearly non-existent translucent lace. Rousing the beer did nothing to help.

Sweet pipe tobacco in the aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Raw flavours of earth notes, soft charcoal, caramel and blackstrap molasses sweetness. Mild bitterness. More tobacco. Nice underlying sweetness with flavours of day old coffee, chocolate and burnt sugar. Dry in the finish with notes grain husk and a very distinct lingering smoke character.

Probably not the best tasting of this beer that I've had, carbonation-wise, but still a wonderfully delicious and complex beer. This would pair nicely with raw oysters or as a base in meat stews.

11-10-2003 01:41:50 | More by Todd
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SamuraiJack

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

This is a super nice porter - a really good example of the style.
First pour shows a beer that is the rich dark brown desirable of the type, but with a very very light head - sticky but almost non-existent. This is one of the only weaknesses of the beer. The other is the aroma. While it is nice (toasty caramel, espresso/chocolate and even some nice smoky malt) it is very very light.
Initial taste is crisp and yet smooth, with light carbonation and a nice medium body. Very balanced and complex flavours, mostly made up of bitter chocolate, coffee and even a very light butterscotch all built on a little tiny touch of esthers and alcohol. The hop flavour is slight, but adds the balance to the roasted malt needed to create the foundation for the complex flavours. There is almost no aftertaste, just a fading smoky taste and bitter coffee/chocolate.
A really drinkable beer - great for cold evenings.

02-28-2003 18:48:42 | More by SamuraiJack
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.13/5  rDev -49.3%

The London Porter pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a smallish brown head that quickly goes down to a thin film and then completely disappears.

Its aroma is chocolate and caramel malts and some dry, chalky toffee / butterscotch.

The flavor is acidic, bitter chocolate with some caramel malts and a strong butterscotch flavor. The butterscotch became a little overwhelming as it warmed - both in flavor and aroma. It has a chalky, slightly bitter finish. It is thinner than I expected and under-carbonated.

Overall, I was expecting a lot from this, and was very disappointed. I've had much better porters. I wonder if I had a bad bottle - it is 3 months before the best by date though.

08-19-2004 06:12:07 | More by Beaver13
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generallee

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

09-10-2012 01:28:33 | More by generallee
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dgfool

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-13-2013 05:29:55 | More by dgfool
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mverity

Florida

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Deep clear brown with a finger of tan head. Fair lacing with good head retention. Tons of caramel in the aroma with some noticeable toasted malt. Taste is still lots of caramel and dreads, with some deep maltiness. Great mouthfeel! Good carbonation, medium to full body. Perfect for the style!

11-29-2013 19:57:36 | More by mverity
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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,048 ratings.