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94
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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,375
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 205
Gots: 257 | FT: 0
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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 blakelive784
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, non translucent shade of amber with one finger of thin, light brown head. Retention is below average, especially given the low ABV.

S - Roasted barley, smoke, milk chocolate, cream, and yeast. There's nothing unique, and it's a bit mild, though it's highly inviting.

T - All of the notes present on the nose make their way to the tongue, though it's actually more complex. The yeast lends some tart fruit notes and the chocolate adds layers. The roast of the barley lends a welcome smoky note. For a porter, it's wonderfully complex.

M - Medium to full bodied, a bit coarse and dry on the finish. Nearly ideal.

D - This is a winner, and has further roused my interest in the brewery. I've yet to have anything bad. (797 characters)

Photo of popery
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet with a lot of good caramel and chocolate flavor. This beer packs a good amount of flavor for its size. There's caramel, chocolate, roast and light fruitier malt touches in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by caramel and chocolate. There's a bit of herbal hopping in there, maybe. It's just a bit too sweet, ultimately. The flavors verge on candy bar, which is meant less negatively than it reads. I think my scores would go up with a stronger mouthfeel. It seems a little thin, and a full creamy feel would go a long way with this beer. I would definitely enjoy trying it from a cask. Appearance-wise, it's dark brownish-ruby with a relatively thin and dissipating beige cap. (683 characters)

Photo of surfadelic23
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap and Barleyhoppers in Riverview. This is a blackish dark brown color that is easy to get lost in. Pours a nice tan head on top that hung around to the bottom leaving a cocoa colored lacing. Nice. This is a sweet malty smelling brew that sets my mouth watering. This had a nice roasty coffee flavor. It made me regret not drinking more porters as I often bypass them as being rather heavy. This was not. It had a nice mouthfeel and was very drinkable. (465 characters)

Photo of GordonQuid
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with an off white half inch sustaining head and moderate lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasty malts. A hint of noble hop is also present.

Taste is a smooth roasted chocolate and slightly burnt toast.

Full bodied with moderate drinkability. I would say this is a good after diner beer with a slice of chocolate cheese cake or the classic King Dong. (376 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small amount of foamy, beige head, not nearly as eye catching as the nitro version, but decent.

S: Smell is subtle with chocolate, a slight nuttiness and a dark maltiness.

T/M: There is a medium amount of carbonation and a heavier consistency, not necessarily thick by a stout’s standards, but still heavy. It tastes nutty up front with some chocolate mixed in a some more nut in the finish.

It’s a very smooth beer. The nitro version is more impressive, but most nitro versions are. This is still a good, full flavored porter. (604 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black, a lot of tan head

S-dark roasted malts and a lot of sweet creamy chocolate, there's hint of caramel as well

T-hits with a very light hint of roasted malts and chocolate but they come in quite strong within the after-taste. the chocolate is very creamy

M-almost no carbonation. very creamy. very expected of an english ale

D-its a pretty sessionable brew. its very easy to drink and the taste stays fairly well. (423 characters)

Photo of TLove
3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at Elephant and Castle.

For an English porter, rather typical of the style. But not really exceptional in any way, just a solid beer.

Dark brown, a touch clear and watery on the edges. Can't really see through it, but the head dissipates quickly.

Smell is a touch smoky, nutty, and malty with a touch of dark chocolate on the end.

A creamy texture despite a relatively watery body for a porter. Low ABV of 5.4% (for an English porter) drinks well, but a little too light-bodied. Has a nice balance and a little cherry and plum on the back end, which, combined with the minimal carbonation, make the beer a touch sour, but finishes well. (661 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a low thin head that form a ring around the glass. Color is light ruby and crystal clear. aroma is roasted malt--very low-key and not loud at all. Flavor is roasted grains with sweet maltiness balanced by just the right amount of hops. Finishes with a lingering roastiness that is pleasing. Must have on tap next time if available! (340 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

980th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
11.2 oz

Best before 4/4/12
Purchased a single bottle from Total Wine, Brea, CA

App- A darker porter than Ive seen. This one has a good 1-1/2" head that fell pretty slowly. Left a good few lines of cling and lace.

Smell- Opens very roasty and deep. A good bit of rich chocolate. Black licorice, some thick malts and burnt toast

Taste- This was all over the place in terms of flavors. It opens with rich roasted malts and continues with some burnt cocoa nibs flavors. A little bit more in depth is some sweet toffee and even some fresh roasted coffee flavors and even a bit of berry notes (hard pressed to name the specific berry)

Mouth- Smooth medium bodied with a nice chocolate roast residual flavors. A medium carbonation level with a nice creamy complex feel to it.

Drink- I wanted more and I think this one maybe a bit on cask would be better with the creamy feel. Still much more above than most american tries at a classic style. (975 characters)

Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass. I tried this one at a British Beer Company in Plymouth, Mass.

Very dark and inviting, thin creamy head that does not stay around too long. Seemed to dissipate after a short while. Some roasty, burnt flavors in the nose with a hint chocolate. The taste was full of roasted malt and coffee, with a little bit of sugar and chocolate. It was more smoky than I expected, but still very good. The mouth-feel was surprisingly thin judging by it’s appearance, but not too thin. This was a decent pint and will tag it as a safe-bet porter whenever I see it on tap anywhere. (599 characters)

Photo of gatorbreath
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served up..

Appearance is dark, foamy, looks inviting...

Smell is reminiscent of roasting, nutty, hints of chocolate, lots of creaminiess, maybe this is the anticipation building..

Taste is delightful, warm, roasty, malty, only hints of chocolate...things taste very nice..

Mouthfeel is not heavily carbonated but a stable offering finishing without any distaste.

Overall, grab one, can't go wrong! I am just getting started with the international offerings.!

Roots (478 characters)

Photo of John_Henry
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a great porter. Pretty much what you would expect. My only concern is that this is a little thin, especially in comparison to the Kernel and a number of other exceptional porters I've had lately. That said, I would certainly have this again, and could even see myself having a session of it if it were on tap.

Overall, certainly worth a go, but not in the same league as the Kernel. (391 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
3.66/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch-black with a light brown head that dissipates quickly into a thin veil. Very little lacing. Smells sweet and malty, toasted grains, cocoa and espresso. Taste is full of chocolate, coffe, and dark roasted malts. There is a modest hop flavor but it's enough to provide balance. Light mouthfeel with smooth and light carbonation. A yummy porter that is fit to drink all night long. (390 characters)

Photo of MadTown1000
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving - From a pint-plus can, into a wide-mouthed glass. This comes in a big can - the glass can hold a canned Guinness or Beamish, but I need to drink about a inch's worth before I can empty this can into it.

Appearance - It sure looks like a porter. Almost black, but in the light you can see a little bit of very dark ruby red around the edges. Bubbles form down the sides of the glass and dissipate upwards towards about 3/4" of foam that forms on top and stays there.

Smell - Out of the can, a strong smell of very dark chocolate. Out of the glass, the same smell but much fainter.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability - That dark chocolate from the smell is definitely there in the taste as well. It's got a little bit of hop bitterness that I don't really think belongs there. Also some notable fizziness on the tongue that keeps it from being silky smooth like a lot of my favorite porters. The flavor lingers for a long time in the back of the mouth.

Overall - In dark beers, I'll go for a brown ale for something malty and nutty, a stout for something rich and smooth, and a porter for something sweeter and warming. This is clearly a quality beer, but it doesn't really hit any of those marks - it's sort of a porter crossed with a red ale. Probably won't be buying it again, although I'll be quite happy to finish up the 4-pack. (1,338 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown in color. Deep red when it's held up to the light. When held to the light, this beer also reveals it's brilliant clarity. Tan colored head faded rather quickly into a thin lace. Minimal head retention.

Typical aroma for the style....roasted malts and ripe fruit, but it's rather tame overall.

Good mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a slight hop bite. Finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, yet somehow....it's still kind of creamy. Nice low level carbonation.

I could have a few in a sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: This particular bottle had a best by date of last month, but I'm a little let down by this beer. I would take an Anchor, SN, or Taddy over this in a heartbeat. That being said, it's still pretty decent. (749 characters)

Photo of markaberrant
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque black. moussy tan head, eventually drops to a splotchy cap. Leaves some decent lace.

S - wonderful aroma of mocha, like a lucious truffle. Mild sweetness, with a hint of fruit.

T - figgy dark malt upfront, smooth burnt finish. Flavours develop as it warms.

M - medium-thin body, smooth, low carbonation.

D - A fine porter to be sure, but to be honest, I've had better.

I haven't had a bottle of this in a long time, so I decided to give it another go. It's not quite as good as I remembered, or maybe I've just drank lots of great beer in between! It's a little one dimensional and I wish it had more body. I had a pint of Bushwakker Palliser Porter last night, and it was better than this. (706 characters)

Photo of budsboy
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle given to me as a sample at my local brew store (another good reason to support the local guys). Bottle embossed with "independent family brewers." I like the sound of that. Best before date 11/04.

Poured a deep brown with touch of blood red, full straw-colored head with a bit of lacing.

Smell is coffee, strong and dark. Some malt there and more coffee in the back of the throat. This would be an excellent brew to get a coffee drinker started on the micros.

Taste is strong coffee just like grandpa used to make. Bitter finish, some chocolate in there as well. Pretty much what you'd expect after getting a whif of the stuff. It gets better as it warms. Last of the stuff was more bitter chocolate and espresso that coffee.

Full- to medium-bodied. Very reminiscent of Guinness Extra Stout in mouthfeel and drinkability.

Fairly lightweight porter, but an elegant, restrained beer. A great nightcap. I'll get some more of this stuff -- I'll even pay for it this time. (996 characters)

Photo of jman892
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. One finger head that fades quickly leaving an off white film. Moderate amount of lacing

S - Malts, cocoa powder, very faint coffee grinds

T - Taste is balanced with no one flavor standing out above all others. Molasses, chocolate, some type of nuttiness all mix together. Brown sugar sweetness emerges as it warms

M - Relatively thin mouthfeel, prickly carbonation

D - Drinkability is good on this one. Dry finish makes me keep reaching for the next sip.

Nothing extreme but a very solid porter overall. (555 characters)

Photo of sliverX
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: review notes were taken during NYE dinner and brief
poored a medium brown with ruby hints shining through in the light, thin film like head
the smell was all malt from what I could detect
the taste (directly from my note which means I had a few to many Benchwarmer's) was like 3/4 Edmund Fitzgerald 1/4 water add to glass, drink
mouthfeel was light but pleasant, suspecting the English versions aren't as "heavy" as the American
very drinkable and easy to session, went well with my steak dinner (503 characters)

Photo of Folderol
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was quite pleased to find this stuff in (non-nitro) 16.9 oz cans. This is why I bought that Guinness pint glass!

Appearance was good, typical of a porter - dark but not opaque, I could see some light through the red-brown body. Nice tight 3/4" head, it looked almost like a nitro pour. Smell was roasty, bordering on stout.

What struck me about the taste is how much this reminded me of the Irish stouts. I gather that way way back when, Guinness draught was their version of porter, so that makes sense. Both brews have that astringent roasty flavor, but where Guinness tends toward a sour finish, Fuller's goes to astringent bitterness, something I associate with black malt. All in all a decent brew, but not as rich or sweet as I would like. (749 characters)

Photo of dude
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and opaque. Aromas of charcoal smoke and black olives. Taste is initially of chocolate, followed by coffee and finishes with a lingering bitter and smoky aftertaste. There's a metallic aftertaste that goes away after a couple of sips. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Good drinkability although I have had better porters. (325 characters)

Photo of WGO
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, crimson red when held to light. Attractive creamy head.
Aroma is forest floor with light smoky finish. Touches of burnt malt.
Taste is oaty, smoky, rich black forest gateaux.
Mouthfeel nice and creamy with a dry finish.
Overall a nice example of an English porter. (276 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour, almost black, with a fizzy tan head that won't hang around. Some moderate lace from the film that's left.

Big solid nose full of chocolate, coffee, molasses and alcohol. Smells like some serious drinkin'.

Solid malt and coffee flavors with a roasted character. Powdery dry chocolate cocoa finish. (313 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely brackish black/brown with a creamy puffy light tan head. Lots of retention and solid lacing.

Smells weakly of cofee and toasted almond.

Tastes like a good porter should. Doesn't try to overwhelm you. Lots of subtle coffee and light chocolate notes. Lightly hopped, finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is moderate with the carbonation being in the back where it belongs.

Very very drinkable. Goes down like liquid silk. (443 characters)

Photo of Ardon
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black, purple hues.
Smell: Raisin, malt.
Taste: Raisin, bitter dark chocolate, dry coffee bean finish.
Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation, syrupy.
Drinkability: Would get a bit bored after a couple.

Notes: Not a bad drink, but doesn't compare to the Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. (295 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.