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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 doktorhops:
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good porter, a GOOD porter, and this one is up there with the titans of porter - along with Irish dry stout one of the first styles of beer I actually got in to (Guinness being my first beer love). When I finally noticed a bottle of this at my not-so-local-but-on-the-way-to-work I had to immediately get it and review it. And so I did dammit. After 8hrs of work that is.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Dark chocolate (a word I suspect I will be using frequently in this review) body with a firm 0.5cm tan head. Looks like a grand old porter to me.

S: Dark chocolate (yep!) gives way to some roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and a hint of lingering smoke. Suitably impressed with all the hallmark porter characters together at last ready to act out some supreme theatre on my taste buds.

T: Velvety smooth flavours of the above: dark chocolate, roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and smoke. This is one classic porter feast for the tongue. One criticism though, and it is very true to style so it's not a problem of this ale, but it's a bit too smooth and the flavours are less pronounced than I would like them to be. Again this is more an underlying personal view on porters as a whole due to my changing tastes than a direct criticism of this fine ale.

M: Heavy like a good porter/stout with a creamy texture and light carbonation.

D: As previously mentioned my tastes have changed over the years - I used to hate mushrooms and eggplant (I would have made a terrible Italian) but now I love them. I used to love porters and stouts but now I find them a bit boring. And that is the case with this ale, ten years ago we would have been best of friends but now I'm hanging out with Belgian tripels and IPA's and you know what those Belgians are like, bunch of troublemakers! I wont however let this diminish my rating of this fine example of a porter though.

Food match: I'm gonna have to stew on this one [literally].

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 13:53:38 | More by doktorhops
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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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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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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.