Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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93
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Ratings: 2,358
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 204
Gots: 246 | 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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Reviews by jaz58:
Photo of jaz58
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown clear colour in the glass. A very thin head when first poured yet it came together shortly after to create a thin creamy top.

Honey, caramel and dark roast coffee taste. Not alot in the nose, slight hint of coffee. Hardly any legs on the glass

A gentle bitter finish at the end.

All in all a decent porter.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Todd
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.15/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of mverity
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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!

Photo of Duster72
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown moderate opacity. Small creamy tan head looks inviting. Aroma is mostly coffee with some roasty malts and cocoa. Taste is primarily coffee with bitersweet cocoa and roasty malts. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Relatively drinkable, not my favorite style.

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of tjthresh
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 29/AUG/05
Served in a Nonik

Poured with a thick frothy tan head, but faded to just some whisping. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty light carbonation. Dark chocolate, mild roasted coffee, maybe some prunish notes in the nose. No hops. I get the chocolate and coffee flavor also, but in the end it has this undesireable something that I find in most Fullers brews. Its pretty think in the mouth, and the finish stick with you for a bit.

Not a bad beer, but I won’t search it out again. Wouldn’t turn it away either.

Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours dark and opaque until backlit, which reveals a clear deep brown body with radiant ruby highlights. Small khaki head is lasting and leaves some wispy lace on the glass.

Aroma is roasty dark malts, with black coffee, dark chocolate, and inviting dark fruit esters of figs and raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfectly moderated carbonation. Smooth and rich.

Taste is rich and dark, as the label proclaims. Bittersweet and milk chocolates, Columbian coffee, and soft dark fruitiness of figs and dates. Hops lend an earthy bitterness that provide an ideal balance. Finishes with a roasty malt bitterness.

This is the benchmark of the English Porter style. Tasty, well balanced, and exceedingly well crafted. Delectable drinkability.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours darkest of browns. Rich chocolaty nose. Minimal off white head, some light lacing. Medium body and light carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel, lots going on here. Lots of chocolate, expresso and mocho flavors. Classic of the style, wonderful tasty brew. Great with BBQ.

Photo of tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with a small head

Smell: roasted coffee, and come caramel, small chocolate

Taste: coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, and some chocolate--very complex

Mouthfeel: light and smooth, but filling

Drinkability: Another great porter that is very complex...I could easily have a six.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is chocolate with some dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee and some English hops. The flavor is similar. Roasted malts with some earthy hops along with some bready malts and sweet chocolate. Not much coffee in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Kickoff's in Waterloo.

Fell in love with this brew in cans, and was delighted to try it pumped from the cask.

A - Dark mahogany with a touch of ruby. Pours a thin tan head, which encircles the glass. A bit of lacing.

S - Malty, with hints of chocolate and caromel.

T - Simply brilliant. London Porter has always been my standard for the porter style, and on cask it does not disappoint. Lovely blend of malt, dark chocalate and bitterness. Caramel also lingers on the tongue.

M - The only drawback of the cask is the lack of carbonation, but the taste certainly masks it. A bit thinner than some porters, but still creamy and satisfying.

D - A real winner on cask draught. Great as a sessional, not too heavy and full of flavour. Fantastic as well in cans; well worth picking up!

Photo of Byeast
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured blackish brown with ruby edges and a half inch head. Aroma is of creamed and dark roasted coffee and chocolate , dark maltiness , and tinge of buttery diactyl. Taste is rich and roasty. Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate , some slightly bittersweet molasses and a bit of hops and smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy with a pleasant bitter/coalish aftertaste. An exellent English porter. Flavorfull and smooth , very drinkable.

Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by December 2011.

Appearance: Dark mahogany with a decent size head at first that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, highlighting chocolate and molasses. Some floral & spicy English hops as well.

Taste: Light roasted flavors with an emphasis on chocolate and molasses. There is also a nice layer of creaminess, almost giving the beer a cookies 'n cream flavor. Light spicy hops at the end.

Feel: Low carbonation with a ridiculously smooth and creamy body.

Overall: This is a very understated and elegant Porter, yet executed unbelievably well. Wow, I am really impressed.

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