Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.5/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: nitro-can
09-10-2010 13:12:06 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2003 01:41:50 | More by Todd
4.22/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12 oz old style Euro brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.
Appearance: Deep dark brown, nearly black, with a floating light tan lace that leaves a trail of sticky patches of lace down the glass.
Smell: Caramelized sugar, creamy in the nose with chocolate, hints of coffee and a ghost like charcoal smokiness.
Taste: Stable medium body, crisp up front with a wave of smoothness after the moderate carbonation goes by. Richly layered with hints of charcoal, dark unsweetened chocolate and highly roasted coffee ... a ghost like smoke and buttery diacetyl coat the tongue yet vanishes in the end. Slight warmth and light ester stay out of the way. Hops add to the foundation of bitterness from the roasted malts and keep things in balance. Finishes somewhat clean with a fading charcoal flavour.
Notes: A more than decent porter ... a great brew during the wet raw days of late fall / early winter. Goes great with imported chocolates also.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2002 07:50:33 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.54/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F
Appearance: Brown with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. Small off white head
Smell: Sweet caramel malt and toffee
Taste: Identical to the smell
Mouthfeel: Medium body; slight bitterness and goes down smooth
Overall: I shouldve known what I was getting into after trying Anchor Porter the other week. This was just too sweet with not enough coffee notes. I prefer American style porters all the way (Founders, Smuttynose, Eddy Fitz)
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 08:58:39 | More by Bone53
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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