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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,230 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 173
Gots: 160 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with thin tan head with little retention and okay lacing. Earthy and light smoky aroma with a touch of sweetness. Coffee and roasted flavors with a chocolate sweetness. A touch of sour in the finish. Feel is thin yet clingy.

Great flavors and easy drinking, all the flavors are subtle yet this is a great porter to sit down with. It's balanced and interesting and fairly smooth. The slight sour finish just added an extra dimension that wasn't overdone and enjoyable.

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Excellent example of a porter. Nice chocolate/coffee flavors smoothly balanced with just a hint of bitter at the finish.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- moderate white head foams up on the pour, dark brown to black that when held up to the light can be seen through

Smell- the overwhelming smell to me on this one is lots of coffee and espresso notes, very overall malty and roasted malt smell, smell is overall quite nice

Taste- very strong coffee notes dominate the front and then is ridden out to a dry finish, the flavor is pretty long and lasting overall, and its not as sweet and malty as I would have expected on the nose, roasted malts and very slight dark chocolate notes, I do find this beer to be rather complex and it grows on you a bit as you go and the beer warms a bit up, the dry finish really provides a solid backbone and long finish,

Mouthfeel- drying finish with a very light to at most medium body weight

Drinkability- a very nice session brew, its not to heavy but not to light either, its certainly up there with some of my favorite porters, its a boat load more complex then the taddy porter but there is something about the extreme drinkability of the taddy that brings me back to that too but this is what I would go for if I was something a little more complex to sip a little slower, a fine offering from a fantastic brewery

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London porter pours a gorgeous black body that shows glimpses of deep red when held against a strong light source. A standard pour yields a thick cappuccino head with a bit of staying power that leaves bands of lace on the glass as it slowly falls.

The nose is clean and inviting. Deep, roasted malts suggest coffee and warm chocolate without losing their grainy identity.

The taste follows the nose closely, with the important addition of a beautiful bitter hang. The bitterness sustains the illusion of dark chocolate and dark, roasted coffee without concealing the sweetness of the malt. The beer's relatively low alcohol content also allows the toasted malts to suggest nutty flavors. I pick up a bit of toasted almond. The beer's overall balance yields a delicious porter that is clean, markedly drinkable, and refreshing.

The beer's body is full, but could be a bit thicker and more viscid.

A recent wave of American porters in which adjuncts or specialized malts are used to foreground the flavors that classical porters like this one suggest Here, I am thinking of the dozens of nutty (e.g., pecan) porters, chocolate porters, coffee porters, etc., that I have tried in recent years. Fuller's London Porter achieves similar effects while maintaining a lightness and drinkability. Outstanding.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a great porter. I have seen better looking porters, but the taste, holy cow!! Pours a dark, opaque color, in the true porter style. Head retention was not high, but honorable. Tastes of chocolate malts, heavy mouthfeel, full of flavor. Damn, did I mention this is great. Smokey traces come through and cut through the malts. Ends dry with a touch of hops. Great, great porter!

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This is the definition of a creamy head, leaving tons of thick lacing down the glass. Nice one and a half finger, soft, lovely, mocha colour. Pours a really deep ruby colour, not quite opaque and you can only see through anything if you hold it up to the light or look at the corners. Otherwise black with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Great roasted malts grab you first. Backed up by bitter coffee and a complimentary dose of semi sweet chocolate. Nice.

T - Great roasty malts that aren't too roasted complimented by bitter coffee and an equal amount of that semi sweet chocolate. Lovely stuff. Not too sweet, nothing off.

M - Medium body with mild-medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

D - I could drink alot of this on a cold night. Lovely balance, not too sweet and a complexity complimenting its abv. Fuller's never disapoints. I've had so many porters I hated because they are so hit or miss for me, so I really appreciate a well crafted one.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.