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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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1,173 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,173
Hads: 2,438
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 232
Gots: 303 | 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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Photo of Jon
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby-brown with a thin tan head. Decent retention with some lace remaining on the glass. Smell is an inviting combination of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Taste is essentially more of the same with a minor Goldings hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch watery and thin. Easily drinkable, just not as full and palate-coating as I prefer in this style. Nonetheless, a very good English porter from a world-class brewery.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. Back label had a best by date. It was deep black with mahogany highlights against a strong light. It had a smaller than expected tan head that also faded quicker than expected. Good carb fountain in center of glass. Little lacing.

The aroma was strong. It was coffee and chocolate malts with a little sweet mixed in there. The taste was really good as well. You can definitely taste the coffee as the dominant flavor. It has a dry finish as well. Mouthfeel was good but I found the dry end a bit too much for my liking. Left me thirsty for a splash of water to cleanse the palate.

Overall a really good beer that I'm glad is finally available in Texas again. I really like porters in the cooler months and could see this one being part of that rotation.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark in colour. Not a lot of head, but some decent lacing on the glass. Big flavours of yeast, dark chocolate, coffee. Slight herbal, green hop character. Faint licorice. Malty, crackery. Slightly peppery. Fairly dry throughout. Somewhat lightly carbonated. Nougat, maybe a hint of caramel. A really enjoyable porter, though not necessarily one that absolutely stands out heads-and-shoulders above all others.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super dark black, with a one finger cocoa head on it. Decent lacing on the side of my snifter. The nose is molasses, toffee, coffee, and chocolate. Really well done. The taste follows suit, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Medium in feel, with a bitter coffee aftertaste on it. I'd like a little more malt. Overall, a good porter.... I'd have this again. Cheers.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ British Beer Company in Plymouth, MA.

Pours out very dark, pretty much black with a small head. Nutty aroma and taste that reminded me of Guinness in a way. Very smooth beer, easy on the palate, and extremely drinkable. Went great with an American Pasty. Not too complex, but definitely drinkable. Very dark, even for a porter. Would like to try again, possibly from a bottle next time.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out really black but it has quite a bit of carbonation. The head on the beer has a decent size to it, but it's lacks in retention, which doesn't surprise me given that it's a Fullers beer.

The smell of the beer is of molasses and dark roasted malts. The roasted malts are more in the tone of coffee than anything else. The beer has a sweet undertone to the dark roasted coffee. It almost tastes like a coffee that has been on the burner for a bit, but has yet to burn. The beer has quite a lot of flavours which are hard to place, but it makes the beer quite unique. There is almost no hop flavour in this beer; I don't think that's an issue, but it's worth noting. The beer isn't too drinkable for me, but it is a great beer to star the evening with.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep brown with ruby highlights, generous brown head of big bubbles. Leaves a bit of lace, but not a ton, and the head holds fairly well.

Smell is chocolate, roasted grains, malt, espresso, caramel, and fruits. Maybe a little bit of vanilla sneaks in there as well, but it's not as pronounced.

Flavor is definitely heavy on chocolate roastiness, but I was quite taken by the sour prune flavor in it, it really caught me off-guard and seemed like something of a throwback to the English days of yore. A little bit of caramel really catches the smoked roastiness well, and the overall effect is extremely solid.

Mouthfeel is nicely in the realm of medium, no complaints here.

Overall: Quite a fine porter, and one that I'll take any time.

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Photo of cooch69
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours a very dark brown along with a beutiful two finger pancake batter thick beige head.

Aromas of light roast black coffee, roasted dark malts and bitterness, and a bit of 45% chocolate.

Chocolate comes through first in the taste. It's a very rich and fresh cocoa note. Almost like there really is chocolate in here. There is a decent amount of bitterness on the finish from both the roasted grains and a good hopping.

This beer is creamy and luxurious. A good example of a porter, even though I've had better I'm glad I got a sixer instead of singles.

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Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage for $1.85 a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. "Best Before 27 Nov 12 300" printed on bottom of back label. I should be alright. That was last week.

A Nice medium brown one inch head lingers for 2 minutes over a dark mahogany body that only shows its color in front of direct light. Otherwise it looks dark, dark brown. Good look with good lacing on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Nice medium roast molasses smell with a sense of dark chocolate as well. Good, robust smell. 4.0

T Nice medium to dark roast malt with molasses and sense of chocolate flows right into the taste. Nice, classic porter. 4.0

M There is a sense of molasses thickness but this is actually a somewhat of a thin porter compared to some. Nothing like the excellent feel of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is good. ABV is manageable. Overall this is a classic porter. That is not a surprise. 4.0

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7 March 2012

A: Dark reddish brown without much head.

S: Roast with a little smoke and the fainest hint of soy sauce.

T: Pretty rich roasty taste. Creamy caramel and chocolate with a touch of char. A slight earthiness. No soy sauce, but I get an off-putting Guinness-like sour note every now and again.

M: Solid but perhaps a little thinner than ideal.

O: A solid, drinkable porter.

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Photo of Dsqrd
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate in a can! Defiantly has that taste as well with a sweet woody tart aftertaste. Also has a whiskey taste off the start. Overall a good Porter, the real bang is in the aftertaste. I find it tasted more like a stout. Id have to rate this just slightly lower than young's double chocolate stout which is one of my faves.

Definatley a good beer though! Goes well with a CAO mx2 cigar.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Valentine's 2005, so this isn't the freshest of samples.
Smokey, almost meaty. Smoked meat... maybe beef jerky. Smokey, meaty jerky is what the taste brings to mind.
Reminds me of many stouts I've had in the overall experience; I might think this a stout if not told ahead of time what this is.
Sweet, roasted malts, some hops to dry things out.
Solid stuff... perhaps better when fresher...
I intend to find out.

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Photo of dippy
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good porter.

A nice dark dark brown beer. Tan thick head.

Smells of a dark roast, slightly sweet maybe bitter chocolate.

Tastes like burnt coffee, not that that is bad, I've just never had a coffe with a roast this deep. Not a as sweet in taste but the malt is evident.

Light to medium body, watery, not badly just not perfect. Light to no carbonation.

One of my favorite porters, and I don't really love them.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Fisherman34. Pours out a cola redish hue, with surprising clarity. Excellent head retention, followed by a nice string of lacing. Nose is of a mild mocha coffee. Taste is medium roast and nuts. Slightly bitter finish from the roasted barley and some herbal hops. Not at all sweet and has a nice body to it. Great example of a sessionable porter.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark, large head, lots of flecks of lacing.

S - Strong toffee and coffee - nothing else.

T - Toffee, coffee, a bit of woodsy hops. Aftertaste is a coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth, thin, very refreshing.

D - Not too bad. I wouldn't mind having this one again.

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Photo of jayc333
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a two finger head. The head, (like most English beers) ended up turning quite minimal. Very good lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, chocolate, and coffee. The smell was by-far the most satisfying and my personal favourite aspect of the beer.

Taste was somewhat disapointing. Don't get me wrong, it was still very nice, and i really enjoyed it, but I was just expecting so much more because of its sweet aroma. The coffee flavour simply overpowers everything.

I'm on the same boat with mouthfeel as I was with taste. Just a little disapointing. The main factor again is that there was just way too much of the coffee flavour.

Overall, not bad. I don't think that I will be buying this again, but that shouldn't stop you.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin bit of dark head that sticks around for a few sips.

Smell: Coffee and malt dominate, with a slight sweet chocolate smell as well.

Taste: Sweet coffee at the front. Turns to a slight sweet malt flavor, then to a roasted coffee flavor with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tasty, but a bit thin. Doesn't detract from the taste, but just surprises you at the first sip. Coffee flavor lingers nicely for quite a while after each sip.

Drinkability: Nice flavor and easy to drink. Very good for a porter, just not my go to style. Highly recommended for porter fans, worth a try for everyone else.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with tan head that dissipates.
Aroma and taste feature roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and even some tea like flavors in the finish. Mild hops. Smooth, medium bodied and easy to drink. Overall a mild and pleasant drink.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL can

I should mention that this is not my first can of Fullers London Pride. That being said, my thoughts and opinions on this wonderful porter have not changed.

A - Pours black and is crowned by a beautiful tan head about 2 fingers tall. Looks like your average stout/porter until you shine a light on it; with the assistance of a flashlight, this beer sports an extremely sexy ruby, almost crimson colour.

S- Fairly common porter smell of very dark, burnt malts; a little bit of dark coffee. A little bit of sweetness comes through that really adds to the maltiness.

T- What a flavour bomb this is! Quite creamy and nutty! Lots of roasty malts and just the right amount of hop flavour.

M- Medium body with medium carbination; silky smooth!

O- I would highly recommend this to anyone who is into porters/stouts and isn't looking for an over abundance of bitterness. Fullers London Porter is packed with malty goodness that will not disappoint.

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Photo of shererjt
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, deep ruby red/black with a thick, rich, tan head. Aroma was lots of fruit and roasted malt with some vanilla thrown in. Body was medium. Plenty of flavor: roasted malt up front, then fruit, then roast again. Had a fairly strong coffee flavor. Bit of a bite to it and not as sweet as some British porters, but quite nice in its own way. Mouthfeel was good with a bit of tartness; drinkability was significantly above average.

A unique and tasty porter. Has a little sharper flavor than many porters, but a classic in its own way.

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Photo of TheDM
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over all a very nice beer. Almost no carbonation in the bottle I pored. Very little head. It was ver dark in color to the point of being unable to see through it. It goes down very smoothly with little afterbite. The taste lingers for a while then fades. And the GF gave it a so-so rating over all. Hmm and I thought I was beginning to teach her something.

Im Himmel gibt es kein bier darum truinken vir es heir!
In Heaven there is no beer that is why we drink it here!

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a straight-sided pint glass. Best before 29 APR 13.

A: Three fingers of khaki head. Body is mostly opaque with some brown highlights around the edges of the glass. Quite a bit of lacing.

S: Light toffee/caramel, toasted grain and some breadiness.

T: Subtle floral hops show first, followed by pronounced toasted grain and nuttiness that leads you through the middle and into the dry finish. There is a slight vegetal aftertaste.

M: Body is light to medium and texture is somewhere between watery and oily. Soft carbonation and a dry somewhat astringent finish.

O: As with others of this style, it gets high marks for drinkability. Not quite as good as Taddy Porter, but certainly a great beer for a cool fall evening like tonight.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Almost completely black; very dark brown if held through light. Some bubbles are to be seen on the sides of the glass. Medium light brown head with decent retention and a lot of lacing

S- Coffee is what firts comes to mind, though there is a very nice malty aroma (with a roasted hint to it) to bring some balancing sweetness. What is most surprising in a porter is that the aroma feels quite fresh: if i'm not wrong there's a detectable hint of herbal freshness from the hops

T- Mostly a malty flavour: chocolate and coffee, overall quite sweet for the style (caramel maybe?). A hint of smokiness brings complexity. The beer feels decently fresh on the taste too, i still think i can recognize a hint of fresh herbal hops. A delicate bitter feel builds up on the palate in the aftertaste

M- Medium body. Very smooth and quite creamy. Little carbonated but this is adequate for the style

O- Not an amazing range of flavours nor a particularly rich mouthfeel. Everything is perfectly mixed though and drinkability is very good. A classy beer

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Porter pours to a thin, off-white head on a dark brown body; the head quickly disperses to a ring that leaves sporadic bits of symbol-like lacing. The nose is moderate-intensity dark malt: a nice blend of sweet chocolate and molasses with a hint of bitter coffee. On the palate, it is a medley of subdued roasted notes, chocolatey and a bit sweet. The finish is clean, leaving behind only a bit of bitter coffee and a hint of dark toffee-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the medium body would lead one to expect; the carbonation makes itself felt here as well. Very easy-drinking. (11.2 oz bottle, 44 days before best-by date)

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Photo of Anthony1
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby with a nice thin beige head that retains nicely. One of the best smelling porters I've come across. Nutty, roasty and chocolate. creamy mouthfeel. Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.