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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,147 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 162
Gots: 127 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of brdc
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excited to find a can of my favorite porter, let's see if it measures up to the bottle version. Poured into a snifter.

Black beer, with a slight reddish hue, creamy light brown head, good retention, nice lacing.
An impressive aroma, roasted malts, rich chocolate, blackberries and coffee; there is a slight metallic aroma, very faint, but it does not belong.
Nearly full-bodied, very creamy with a nice, sweetish malty taste that includes caramel, coffee, and layers of chocolate, mostly bittersweet.
Easy to drink for such a tasty beer, one of the greatest porters out there. Slightly "worse" (or better explained, not as great) than the bottle, a great can alternative.

brdc, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Zekezilla
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer twice now and have been mightily impressed each time. I've only had a porter one other time and did not care for it (can't remember the name). I hope to explore other porters and this will be a good one to judge them by. I welcome suggestions for other good porters.

What I liked a/b this one: smooth, virtually carbonation, slightly sweet, highly drinkable.

Zekezilla, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of BDTyre
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter is by far my favourite style. This was the first porter I ever had, and I bought purely to give a genuine English beer a try. I fell in love with it instantly.

Sadly, porter is not widely available here in Vancouver, so I have sampled but a few. Fuller's is one I keep returning too and buying in quantity.

It pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head. The head disipates quickly, but leaves a nice lace. It smells vaguely of chocolates with a definite malt scent. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts. Smoky and strong, fit for drinking with a meal or as a meal. Thick mouthfeel, as a porter should be, but not so thick as to be undrinkable.

I could definitely drink three or four of these, but it can be overwhelming to some. Like a true porter, almost a meal in itself.

BDTyre, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of DmanGTR
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured dark brown with garnet hues in the light. 1" tan head with some nice lacing in a tulip.

S - roasted malts, carob, strong coffee, some roasted nuts as well. Absolutely divine.

T - follows the smell but in a much more pronounced fashion. Very rich and flavorful.

M - medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - quite drinkable. In fact, the most drinkable porter I have ever had.

Overall - This is the paradigm porter. Simply one of the best porters I have ever had. Rich, tasty, roasty, and lightly nutty. Everything a good English porter needs and everything a good English porter has. If there was a standard of porter brewing, this would be it. Cheers!

DmanGTR, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of scotlandsp
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful brune dark appearance with whiteish head. Smell-chocolate and coffee-very nice combination. I taste beers the same way I do wines. Exceptional taste rom the first to last sip. Rich and full mouthfeel-as afte a very strong turkish coffee. One or two pints satisfy completely.

I had it bottled.

scotlandsp, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of BKotch
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A typically fine product from Fullers. Pours with a big tan head that leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass as you drink. Very smooth, with hints of coffee and chocolate. A creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel that leads to a fairly dry finish.

BKotch, Oct 23, 2001
Photo of Brent
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great porter. Lots of depth of flavor, with dark coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. If it were any more substantial, it would be a stout.

Brent, Jun 20, 2001
Photo of billybob
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours almost black with some ruby highlights and a one inch tan head that fades quickly to just covering the beer but with sheets of lacing to the finish. smell, roasted coffee, dark caramel, brown sugar or burnt sugar. taste roasted coffee and chocolate with a slightly smoke flavor. mouthfeel is very smooth and carbonation is ok. would buy it again, very tasty enjoyable beer.

billybob, Mar 22, 2007
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Mididad, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of ThreePistols
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuller's London Porter in the bottle. Ruby black in color. Sweet malty aroma with a lot of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Strong hops with dark roast coffee and dark chocolate taste. A very good bitter mocha aftertaste. This is my first porter and in my opinion it is an excellent beer. I hope to find this one on tap one day.

ThreePistols, Nov 20, 2001
Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful bottle, and I love the Griffin Brewery logo. Below says "Rich & Dark" Info on the back about the the Brewery.

Poured into pint glass creating a 1 inch velvet tan head that sticks around for a little bit then climbs down to a nice sticky ring. Dark coffee colour with brown edges up to the light.

Wow! Outstanding Porter nose!! Loads of caramel toffee coffee that really stands out with very little chocalate. Smells like dessert to me.

Flowing over the palate is a heavy dose of roasted, toasty expresso coffee beans mixed with caramel, and molasses. With the dry hop bitterness this is in PERFECT balance!! Amazing!
I love that the aroma is unlike the taste. Goes from heavy sweet caramel nose to burnt expresso bean taste.

Wonderful creamy med-heavy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation, and the most incredible thing about this Porter is that at the very end, just when you think its over a burst of oily coffee bean flavor hits your palate, and then you feel this sorta cocoa butter taste on your lips.

Fun Beer to drink, Oh so drinkable!!! Great English Porter!!

BrinkyBeerBoy, Nov 04, 2005
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown. The beer is relatively clear with a small off-white head. Little noticeable head retention.

S - Intense chocolate is the first thing that hits my nose, and then some roasty coffee aromas. No apparent hop aroma.

T - Roastiness is well balanced with dark chocolate and a slight, slight fruitiness (esters from the English yeast probably). Mild bitterness and no hop flavor.

M - Creamy and full-bodied with mild carbonation.

D - I could easily down a few pints of this in one night! An easy drinking, sessionable beer with the perfect balance of malty sweetness, roasted grains, and hop bitterness. An excellent beer!

skee1080, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of TongoRad
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent brown/black with ruby hints and a tall dense head.

It has a formidable layered aroma. Roasted malt comes on first. Floral hops come on next, then prunes, the dark caramel, then a touch of cellar-like aromas. Coffee and chocolate are always present, though. Man...I just love smelling this beer!

Flavor is full of coffee and chocolate, backed by the fruit, nuts and caramel. Bitterness is at a perfect level. The finish is long and satisfying. My only nit is that the mouthfeel could be a touch more full.

You just can't ask for much more from a porter. A real classic!

Bottle dated 25/JUN/05

TongoRad, May 26, 2005
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Although porters are among my favorite styles, I've never tried this grandaddy of them all. So how do I know I really like the style until I've sampled the standard against which all others are measured?

Pours dark and frothy, but not thick and not dark as night. It's a chestnut colored liquid with ruddy highlights around the edges of the glass. A dark beige grainy and evenly bubbled head rises up an inch high and remains for a long time, only slowly settling down to a quarter inch cap, and never disappearing.

Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, and cocoa as expected, but there are also other notes coming through that are lighter and brighter like sweet fruits and candy, and a very noticeable hop presence.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, yet viscous and easy-flowing, leading to a rich complex flavor upfront, dominated early by charred smokey bark, followed by burnt chocolate, bitter espresso and molasses. This turns quickly to tart cherry followed by a hop bitter, all with a sweet cocoa undertone. So many flavors happening in the course of a single sip. Sticky strings of lace create a web around the inside of the glass.

I can see why this is the top BA choice for porters, and it is definitely a favorite style.

far333, Aug 05, 2005
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: it pours a very dark brown beer, with a good head and medium lasting lace.
S:Roasted malts,coffee, toffee, caramel and nuts... very complex.
T:Very dark roasted malts, choco-coffee and Roasted malts aftertaste, with some coffee
M:Good carbonation and a very silky mouthfeel
D:It goes down very easily because of its fine quality.

Maybe one of the best roasted malts youll ever find... very classy beer and very well balanced

yael6666, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of malthead
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best Before 2/16/05
Beautiful dark color, although I would prefer a bigger head and slightly more carbonation. Huge aromas, dark chocolate, cocoa, mocha. So many flavors, and yet all work so well together - sweet, dark chocolate to start, then coffee, then a long, bitter finish with a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is good, my only request would be for slightly more carbonation, although this still fits the style well. Great drinkability, I still can't believe this bottle is almost gone, 12 oz. is far too few for me.
A wonderful brew, from a great brewery. This is a classic session porter and one of my favorite beers. Very Highly Recommended.

On a rereview of a fresh .5 L bottle, I got a very nice, big head with lots of carbonation, so maybe the other bottle was old or something... I've bumped up Appearance half a point. Very nice beer.

malthead, Jul 07, 2004
Photo of SpecialK088
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark dark brown nearly black except against direct light, pours with a small yet good retaning creamy head.

S-Rich bold dark rosted coffee scent, as well as the rich malt, notes of nuttyness as well as simi-sweet chocolate

T&M-Rosted coffee very strong, espresso, in the front as well as the back, bittersweet chocolate. Very smooth med. body.

D-This is an excellent porter and may very well be the best one i've ever had, something even at 12.50 a six i'd be willing to pay.

SpecialK088, Jul 06, 2008
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a deep, dark brown with a slim khaki cap of foam.
Bringing the glass to the nose reveals notes of toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Underlying roasted chocolate malts as well as a distinctly sweet smell peer through as well.
The roasted barley tastes are first and foremost in the taste. Fairly sweet with just a bit of bitterness from the roast. A bit of a coffee aftertaste. The carbonation is just a little harsh for the style , IMO. Sweet, medium-bodied, and ridiculously smooth; this porter is delightfully drinkable.

MrHassellYaHurd, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of Brunite
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown with deep ruby/garnet highlights. Some light passes through....barely. Nice tan head that leaves a constant cap & some lacing.

S: Wow. Lots going on here. Bittersweet chocolate...coffee grounds...peat...leather...pipe tobacco...and more.

T: As complex as the smell. Starts out with a very strong taste of cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. As it warms....more earthy notes and twang. Love this one. Lingering tangy goodness, bitterness, and cocoa notes; like an unsweetened brownie.

M: Medium thin but creamy at the same time. Carbonation is a bit strong but dies down with a swirl or two.

O: I love this beer. As good as Founders. Different with a bit more complexity. In my top 15-20 of all beers for sure!!!

Brunite, Apr 28, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours a deep dark black abyss that has a beautiful tan head that is amazing to see. Smell is of brown sugar and molasses, dark chocolate and mocha/coffee smells linger that will melt your heart. Taste is very sweet, brown sugar and molasses/caramel forefront, with roasted malt/coffee aftertones. Beer is light enough where you can drink it in the heat but thick enough to feel you up after a nice meal. Full bodied but smooth and slick as butter, goes down very nicely. Probably the best porter I've had to date, when you are done you will wish you had more.

beertaster13, Jun 22, 2004
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle it pours out dark Brown,with a 1/4 inch head which goes quickly. Smells of chocolate and Sweet malts with a touch of coffee smell. Tastes of Chocolate and malted coffee a little sweetness. Feels great in your mouth. Very nice beer to drink flavorful and enjoyable. It is exspensive but it is the Best Porter I have ever tasted! I will buy it again some time and recomend trying it!

Schmidts, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of stewart124
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why I haven't reviewed this one yet.

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby edges. Tan head that leaves just a bit of lace.

Nose is amazing! This has plenty of dark candied fruits and a great roasted malt aroma with toffee to top it off.

Rich chocolate goodness and a medium body. There is a bit of tobacco and molasses to round this out plus some bitterness from noble hops.

Truly delicious and a treat throughout. Almost desert in a bottle. There is enough dark bready character, roasted malts and melanoidins to really push this above and beyond.

stewart124, Jan 17, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, on draught. Had this at Elephant and Castle in DC.

LOOKS: Deep mahogany-black. Full bodied, for a porter. Narrow white head caps beer poured into pint glass.

AROMA: Have to admit wasn't blown away, but the roasted notes carried through. Make sweetness and floral good. I think it was me, not the beer.

TASTE: Decadent. Lots of toasted malts, some very tame but necessary sweetness. Finishes with a roasted bite. I detect only chocolate malt, not roasted barley or Patent. It's not that fierce. actually, this beer has a lot if composure. This soft brown sugar, crackers, and some espresso. Eaters come through enough to add something unique... man I love Fuller's yeast strain.

MOUF FEEL: Here's what makes it! Not as chewy or frothy as Guinness, but very creamy. Really thick for the style and ABV, though remaining refreshing in this 90* heat.

Overall: It's a session beer for sure...just with character and kick! If you pike malts beers with dry finish and balanced flavors seek out this one!

MONKandTUCK, Jun 18, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best porter I've ever had. As someone who often prefers the American versions of European classics, I must give highest praises for this beauty of a porter. Purchased by chance because I haven't had an English porter recently. So I figured I owed it to my good friends across the pond to give one a try. Color, head, aroma - that doesn't matter. Those are all good. But the overwhelming strength of this beer is in the luscious flavor. Rich, toasty, caramelized malted barley deliciousness! In one of my first few sips I swear the flavor changed dramatically as it washed over my tongue. It progressed through waves of creamy, chocolatey, toasty, and bitter flavors. Quite the complex malt character this porter has!

If you ever find it, try it.

dtreindl, Oct 27, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a damn porter. It looks pitch damn black with a nice bubbly off-white head. It smells like heaven. Thick roasted dark chocolate domintes the nose with a hint of light roast coffee coming in as well. It definitely tastes like Edmund Fitzgerald with its bitter chocolate, but the milky smooth chocolate just dominates like crazy. It tastes so god damn smooth and sweet. Theres enough bitterness to offset the uber sweet body.

My god this thing is drinkable. Its already half gone and I havent even started. Holy crap.

Edmund Fitzgerald wants to be this.

VncentLIFE, Sep 08, 2012
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.