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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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1,171 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,171
Hads: 2,431
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 232
Gots: 299 | 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 silentjay
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very light for a porter (even an english one) as its a brown with mahogany tints that light easily penetrates. a light tan head rises, yet quickly recedes, leaving some decent lacing along the way.

aroma is very nutty, with a touch of chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, and other malty aromas.

flavor is exceedingly better than the aroma, introducing more roast. nuttiness is still there, but chocolate, coffee, and toffee are more pronounced. the "rich, dark & complex" advertisement on the bottle is not too far off, as the flavor is rich, dark, and complex. definitely an english-styled porter, so if that's your thing, this is a good option flavor-wise.

sticky medium body with just enough carbonation to be present, but not overtake the subtle flavors.

drinks well. not robust, but there is some flavor there. won't be a regular, but I would drink again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, decent head, surprised I haven't reviewed this before. Maybe I've never had it? Aroma was malty, decent. Flavor was malty with slight bits of cocoa and coffee as promised by the label. Overall, a decent porter and something I might pick up if the price happened to be right.

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Photo of SSEngelbrecht
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

London Porter pours a rich, dark brown with a nice head that remains for a while before leaving a nice sticky lacing.

The aroma does not give away all that this beer has to offer in taste.

The big flavors from the roasted barley and bitter hops are apparent as soon as this touches your tongue. What I found was that this beer really doesn't open up until it comes close to room temperature.

Once warmed, the caramel and cocoa shine through as well as notes of spice and coffee that were hidden at lower temperatures.

This has a medium mouthfeel that gets thicker as the brew warms.

Overall, there is a reason this is a classic. It is not as adventurous as many new craft porters, but it is solid and there is a lot to appreciate.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is mostly chocolate (dark & sweet chocolate) with some coffee.

Appears to be black at first observation, but when you look closer or hold it up to a light you can see the deep ruby red highlights. Fair sized beige head, with a little better than average retention.

Tastes great. Chocolate, coffee. Reminiscent of a cafe mocha. Bittering hops are there to keep things under control, but only present themselves at the finish.

Mouthfeel was good too. It was full-bodied, chewy. Not too crisp, it was smooth, velvety, and silky.

Overall, I like it very much. Micro's aside this is my favourite porter.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass slightly chilled

a-dark brown black color..tiny head the dissipated quickly...fell to a nice lacy cap with a decent off white collar..active level of bubbles

s-sweet malts and a little roast..has some toffee and caramel qualities that work well together..no hops in the nose

t-sweet caramel and toffee up front...a little roast and bitter coffee in the middle...tiniest bit of vegetal hops to hold it together..finishes bitter and dry

m-weak and watery...no chewy porter here...nice level of carbonation..not the worst but not the best

d-the subtlety of this brew make it a easy drink..nothing over the top but a decent solid porter..can think of a few i would rather have..but this is good in a pinch

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With all the quiet fuss about this beer, I had a little trouble getting to it with so many local Porters available in New England. Trying not to be partial, IMO fresher = better.

Picked up this one at Ryan and Casey in Greenfield. They have a selection British beers, from what I can tell don't move very often. Considering this beer relatively low ABV I think its a bit old.

Nonetheless a tasty offering. Deep, complex chocolate and roasted malt flavor. A little flat on the nose, slight wafts of cherry. A smooth beaut on a cold evening. Goes down easy in front of a roaring fire. At $3.00 a bottle, it's good to go.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, it's always a pleasure for me to do business with Fuller's. This London Porter pours out nearly black in hue, a deep mahogany when held up to the light. Creamy off-white head that soon fades to a thin mottled cap upon the ale. Earthy aroma at first, faint coffee and chocolate, and a dry woody smokiness. Earthy coffee flavour, tapering off to a smoky aftertaste, like pipe tobacco. Full but very dry mouthfeel, with a lingering roasted husk aftertaste. I'm not a smoker myself, but I could see this accompanying a pipe quite nicely, or any very smoked meat dishes. A very nice change from some of the very cloyingly sweet porters that I have sampled in the past. I must salute northyorksammy for enabling me to finally sample this after itching for it for so long.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep brown with a slight burgundy color when held to light, one-inch off-white head with retention around the edges, little lacing

s - not a very strong aroma, mostly roasted malt with slight hints of chocolate

t - slightly sweet up front with roasted malt dominating the body of taste, coffee and chocolate in there as well, slight bitterness on the finish, but mostly chocolate

m - a little more light-bodied than I'd like, mild carbonation, pretty dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, especially with it's mild abv, though dryness of finish might wear out the palate after a few

Solid porter no doubt. Not really anything amazing to me, but a good representative of the style.

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Beautiful dark brown to almost black. 1/2 inch head that quickly disappears. Very little carbonation.

Smell is quite good. Reminds me of a camping trip in northern Minnesota. Bonfire, frinds, drinking beer, sitting around just taking life in.

Taste - Smokey. Charcoal. London in the winter. Smoke stacks. Heavy snow. A man's beer. Not for the wimp!!! Beware cowards.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Light. Exceptional. Hello...can I have another?

Drinkability - Since there are so many Stouts and Porters and so little time, drinkability is aveage since I need to find that next great beer.

I am still looking for my first 5. Where can it be? Surly Darkness maybe? We will have to wait and see.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark look to it. Not pitch black but close. Solid one finger off white head with some staying power. Smells like molasses. Tastes a good deal like molasses as well. Am I spelling molasses right? Anywho, heavy maltiness. Fairly full body. Creamy, good carbonation. Very drinkable if you like that sort of flavor, but since it's so flavorful it might be a turn-off otherwise.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is that of coffee and chocolate. Malt also fills the nose. First taste is bitter chocolate and coffee finish. This beer really shows well when a little warmer, allowing many complex flavors to show trough. Overall very nice porter, great dark brown/red color. Recommend at least giving this one a shot, definitely well put together.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish color and a somewhat thick consistency. Not a lot of head. Decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma - typical of most British beers -with a mild malty quality.

T: Had a blend of malt, chocolate and a toasty aspect. A nicely done, underplayed taste.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a good example of a porter. It's a well made beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with about a finger of light brown head that quickly faded into a thin bubbly film. Collar leaves some soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Mmmmm...chocolate covered hazelnuts fill my nostrils. I get big notes of milk chocolate and toasted nuts like almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts. There are subtle notes of sweet caramel and toffee in there as well.
T: All the nuts and chocolate from the nose translate to the mouth, but this beer is a lot sweeter than it smelled. I taste way more caramel and sweet brown sugar than the scent let on. Finish is sweet with hints of molasses, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter with a touch of smoke to it.
M: Medium body with soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and slick but the finish is fairly dry.
D: This one had a really good flavor to it. I'm excited to hear this will be out in nitro-cans because the moutfeel and carbonation could use a little work. Overall pretty solid though.

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Photo of tlema1
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: jet black, with a thin tan head
S: it has the typical British ale smell, that I can't define
T: nice, creamy, a little sweet, some chocolate and coffee
F: good body and mouthfeel, perfect for the style
O: would definitely recommend

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark mahogany colour with tan head

Smell - cocoa powder, toffee, molasses

Taste - cocoa powder, toffee, molasses, hint of coffee, hint of tobacco

mouthfeel - medium bodied, low/faint carbonation, slightly sweet upfront and slight bitterness to balance it out

overall - this is a decent porter that I'm glad to have tried

Price Point - $9.99/6pk 11.2oz bottles

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, really dark ruby-brown with a head and sufficient lacing.

Smells a bit like roasted cedar with some mild chocolate and coffee.

The taste is rich and roasty, definitely has the dried fruit taste you'd expect in a porter, slightly smoky, with some malt sweetness and just a tinge of bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

It's a pretty solid example of a porter. The writing on the can says it's "rich, dark & complex". Well, one out of three ain't bad. Because it's dark. But it's too thin bodied to be rich, even if it does have a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. And it hits all the marks of the style but in a pretty straightforward and non-complex way.

That said, it's a great beer and I guess sometimes not having much to say about a beer is a good thing.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black/brown with a nice foamy tan head. Not much going on in the smell department but I did pick up hints of malt and carmel. The taste is where this beer really shines. I like the balance of roasted malts, coffee, and a little sweetness. The carbonation adds a nice balance to all the flavoring and makes it easy drinking. I had to be careful because this was so smooth and went down so easy. I really enjoyed this beer. This is a great example of a porter and I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/7/11

A: red/orange hues shine through this black colored beer, with a 1½ finger head, leaves spotty lacing down the glass

S: not much to note, just caramel and malts

T: roasted barley, toffee/caramel

M: mild carbonation, smooth, but thin, and very dry on the end

D: it goes down easy, just nothing extraordinary as far as taste profile goes, it seems almost more of a brown ale than a porter


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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice-looking 500ml bottle, as pictured.

Poured an ample tan head that became chunky and rocky and tight before fading to a thing ring that left slight lacing. Cola-brown body.

Smell of caramel malt, dark malt, crystal malt. Really nice aroma. Hops? Not there.

Taste is a bit disappointing after the smell, but is clearly to style: a sour-stale bitterness, crackers, rye bread, dark malt but not much of it. Not malty enough to match the smell.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Very drinkable. This would make a good session beer.

Overall, after reading other reviews, I'm a bit non-plussed. Good, but nothing great to me. I was expecting a bit maltier and chewier brew.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: an embossed 500mL brown bottle with a stylish Brittish label. A good package.

Appearance: pours a solid, very dark brown in colour with one-finger of creamy, tan head. The head has good retention and lacing.

Aroma: heavy roasted malts - traditional cocoa and coffee. A touch of spice. Typically demure.

Taste: fairly rich in flavour, following the nose. Strong roasted malts with some spice backing.

Aftertaste: some malt bitterness lingers through, with a touch of sweet caramels. Nice.

Mouth feel: a fairly heavy feel with lower carbonation. Pretty spot-on for an English Porter.

Overall: quite a nice English Porter - very traditional and good quality. The price is a bit over the top, as most English beers are in Australia - an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL bottles is around AU$110. Can definitely get similar for far less, but one every now and then won't hurt.

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Photo of karait95
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice looking, a dark reddish color almost brown with glint against the light that let see the red inside, an interesting 4 finger head that lets se a dark beige color with a creamy body.

S: Toasted aroma you can sense the hops, the malt and some sweetness.

T: Hops and toasted grain, some alcohol can be feel also very bitter end with a good balance beginning.

M: Enjoyable creamy body with a lasting ending, a little too bitter.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is an extremely dark brown that is clear when held to light. Head grew to about 2 fingers thick and was a nice shade of tan, but had pretty poor retention.

Smell: Aroma is of milk chocolate and coffee with an earthy undertone. I really had to stick my nose in the glass to get any sort of discernable aroma. Mildly disappointing smell.

Taste: Thick and creamy with a dominant cafe de leche taste. Smooth through the midpalate with a chocolate note and a lighter roasted malt note. Finishes as black coffee. Very satisfying.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. This one pours black with the consistency of a cola. Full 1 inch head that's nicely tan in appearance with a creamy and bubbly head. Looks gorgeous, if it's any consolation. Deep, rich, woodsy smell with mahogony and chocolate. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Roasted malt reminds me more of a dark coffee (think Sumatra if you've ever had it) than anything else. Nice clean bitterness in the finish. Hop character lends a nice amount of earthy notes to the whole affair. Overall a very enjoyable porter and a nice night cap to my Labor Day.

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Photo of bryehn
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with ruby around the edges. The frothy tan head sticks around forever as a collar.

Smells like chocolate and coffee. I get a light, honey-like sweetness as well.

Tastes like dark coffee with dark chocolate in it. Solid bitterness to back it up. Dark toffee sweetness comes through as it warms.

I find this beer too thin for a porter or a chocolate-flavoured beer. Takes a syrupy character on the back of the tongue, but I expected thicker.

Very chocolatey, but almost overpowers the beer itself, which I find a bit thin. I'd like it just a bit thicker, but definitely above average.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a solid brown. Well, I turned on the lamp and now it looks a bit red. Head is one finger, tan, and holds well. A slight bit of lacing.
S- Smell is quite strong of coffee with a bit of lingering molasses aroma as well.
T- The taste is a bit stronger of molasses than I perceived on the nose. At first it comes off a bit too sweet and not roasted enough, but the finish brings through a really well done coffee flavor.
M- Medium body, medium-light carbonation. just a touch astringent at times in the finish, with a dry finish.
O- A good porter, but I'm not sure the price point merits me buying it. Good, not great, but I'd drink again.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.