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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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2,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 144
Gots: 86 | 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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Reviews by dali27:
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really dark brown with a little bit of reddish tone. The tan head disapears quickly leaving a patchy, floating foam.

S: Dark chocolate and black coffee are at the forefront. Earthy and smokey scents are also present. Smells very bold and rich.

T: Rich dark chocolate taste come from the finely roasted malts. Coffee taste very apparent also. But, there is more to this than just coffee and chocolate. Caramel, but not in the overly sweet way it is most often used. A little spicy smokeyness. I am having a hard time pinpointing all flavors. Complex.

M: Thin to medium for the style. Even though it is thin, it's nicely creamy on the swallow.

O: The bottle states "Rich, Dark & Complex." I completely agree with all of these adjectives and have to add flavorful, deep, bold, highly drinkable, brillant... I could go on, but I won't. This beer is a treat. Different than the American porters that I am used to, and maybe, just maybe, what all for those strive to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 05:00:02 | More by dali27
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: pitch black with a thin layer of wispy foam atop the brew. Moderate lace

S: strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate fill the nose while malts are noticeable but only slightly.

T: follows the smell exactly. This is a very full flavor beer with lots of coffee and dark chocolate.

M: this one surprised me. I expected it to be on the heavy side based in looks and smell but I would call it medium at best. I would have liked it a bit thicker maybe...

O: My first time trying this one and I was not disappointed. I'm a huge fan of porter and stout style beers and this fit right it! Buy some and see for yourself.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-19-2014 14:32:53 | More by BeastLU
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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 12/12/14.

Appearance: Black on top and nearly translucent brown near the bottom of the glass. Poured aggressively resulting in a one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin coating of foam.

Aroma: Rich cream and chocolate with a hint of charred malt. Quite aromatic and very clean.

Taste: A good amount of hop impact right out of the gate. A solid bitterness with a sort of grassy flavor, which actually builds in intensity throughout each sip. The malt character that was so present in the aroma is a little harder to find in the flavor beneath the hops. However it does lend some much needed sweetness that provides a bit of balance. As it warms and I've been able to swirl out some excess carbonation, more of the creamy, chocolatey malt flavor has developed. Lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nigh and day difference between when I started drinking and when I took the time to get rid of the excess carbonation. At first all the carbonation really stung alongside the bitterness, but once it was removed the creamier, more delicate flavors came out. I would recommend a very vigorous pour. It's about medium in body wit average drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: I think this porter would be a knock out on nitro or cask, allowing the malt to really shine. But even after my first taste of this historic beer, I completely understand why it has stood the test of time. Its just a plain great example of the style. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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07-19-2014 04:45:29 | More by JamesMN
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours some cream colored and creamy textured head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear brown with a bit of dark brown notes. The beer smell is rich and divine. The smell has a combination of bready yeast smell with a coffee smell and a sweet and light dark chocolate smell. The beer also has a milky smell as well. The taste is a bit different than the smell. The taste is less milky than the smell and has stronger bitter hop notes. The bready yeast note is still there but not as pronounced. The coffee roast taste is also there in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very silky with very little carbonation. Overall, a very good English Porter and worth its reputation.

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4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown appearance with ruby red tinges visible at the edges where light hits it. Aroma is of sweet, milky coffee. The taste is sweet with burnt notes and an interesting leathery flavour. Mouth feel is smooth and light to medium with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a good sweet tasty porter with a distinctive flavour. Very drinkable and sessionable but with pretty big flavours for the moderate alcohol level.

My mark out of 100 would be 88.

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4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had one of those a few years ago and I remembered it as really good but I was not impressed recently with the Fuller London Pride.

Poured it in a Pit Caribou pint glass. One of Gaspesie's nicest micro brewery. A small bubbly head formed and dissipated in mere seconds. Don't drink a porter if you want a 3 inch head. As Nigel would say, 'it's like, how much more black could this be. And the answer is none'. Got a beautiful blood red hue when held up to a light.

I get a nice whiff of brown sugar candied bacon.

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Expected a lot going in and I was not dissapointed. If you like a smoked porter, there's probably none more great!

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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