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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: 233
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 Franchise
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown, has a malty chocolate smell something that you could just sniff all day. I let this one warm up a bit which did wonders for the smell and taste on the tongue. Once it hit the palate it tasted of rich dark coffee, chocolate, and slight tabacco...a beer that would pair very well with english candies such as (Picnic, Twirl, or Flake)

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Porter one of my favorite styles, picked up this one in a 500 ml can, let's give it a whirl. Following the instructions on the can, I'm having this one after dinner. Popping the top this brew smells like chocolate and black licorice. Pours to a jet black with a thin tan head. On the taste there is lots of well roasted malt, some dark chocolate and a smooth bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and thick almost chewy but not syrupy. Finish is a bit metallic with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not as tasty as an American porter in my book but for an English porter it hits the mark. Very drinkable.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark brown with a hint of red... I poured this one pretty hard, so I had 2 fingers worth of head... It did disappear quickly, very little lacing.

S: Mocha coffee, chocolate and a hint of malt creamyness. Very nice.

T: Follows the smell mocha coffee.... More on the coffee side...This increases the warmer the beer gets. Little bitter on the aftertaste, very well balanced.

M: Thin at first but creamy at the back of the of the mouth... very little carbonation... Very Porter like.

D: Not the most complex I've had... but overall very drinkable... It goes down very easy. Not as filling as some Porters which makes it a little more drinkable.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; 2 finger, light brown head; excellent lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grain; coffee;

Taste: Juicy malt on start, quickly followed by bitter roast; bitter mid and finish; seems to be hoppier than a normal Porter, but not bad overall

Remarks: Very good British Ale

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, rich brown color, the head is a dense frothy caramel mocha cap. Lace is thick and sticky.

Smell is dark fruit, dark roasted malt, chocolate and, yes like the label says, a tad of coffee.

Medium light body, buttery smooth mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one. This was my first Fuller's product, I will have to try the rest of their offerings.

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Photo of Slynger
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark blackish brown with a large, creamy lid of light tan.

Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted, charred, black malts, and hints of coffee.

Lightly sweet milky-chocolate flavors with light charred, dark roasted, and coffee flavors. Fairly lightish body by porter standards, but with good amount of light and creamy carb.

Definitely a good beer, but not as good as I had hoped.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fuller's London Porter has a very dark brown body that is the color of mahogany, but remains translucent throughout. The head is a very light brown and about a finger in thickness. Not a lot of retention, but some scraggly lacing is left behind.

The aroma is packed with roasted malts, and even has a smoky character to it. There is a little bit of mustiness in there also.

The smoke carries over to the flavor, and it is actually fairly pronounced. I know this isn't a smoked beer, but it definitely has a little bit of a smoky character to it. The roasted malts are here too, packed a big, slightly bitter flavor. The malts also supply toffee, coffee and a touch of bitter chocolate flavors. There is even a little bit of sourness and some fruit. Honestly, all of these flavors come together in a strange way to taste a bit like pipe tobacco. Although this doesn't sound pleasant, I like it. The aftertaste is a nice roasted, malty and slightly smoky flavor. I think the aftertaste is actually my favorite part of Fuller's London Porter.

The mouthfeel of London Porter is very well done; nice and creamy.

Fuller's London Porter is an icon, so it's no surprise it is a good beer. I have to admit that I don't love it, but I do like it.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light porter in many ways compared the modern style. But true to the English porter style. Roasted malt. Clean finish with not really any bitterness. Blackish color.

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Photo of ReluctantScooper
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on cask but prefer it on keg, usually in the Old Joint Stock (Birmingham) or Churchill Arms (London).

It may be served a tad too cold. It may have just a tad too much gas. It may take too long to open out. But there's something splendid about this very very very very very very very dark red beer. Vanilla sweetness, mild blend roasts, slight vineous hop edge at the end. One of those beers that I pass the hours away with when in a Fuller's pub.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 11.2 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Have always heard remarkable things about this beer so I decided to finally give it a go...
Pours a jet-black, opaque, ebony appearance with a decent head that left copious amounts of lacing before quietly receding...
Smell was fairly on-point for a Porter, filled with rich nuances of cocoa, espresso, mocha, and dark, burnt chocolates...
Taste was replete with roasted malts, syrup, mollasses, dark latte, rich coffee, and a slight suggestion of dehydrated fruits...
Solid mouthfeel and easy drinkability due to the relatively low ABV...
Good stuff... Recommended...

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Photo of blakelive784
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of TLove
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of gatorbreath
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
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.!


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Photo of John_Henry
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Morey
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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