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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,009 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,009
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 144
Gots: 88 | FT: 1
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:
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark brown color, almost black with a thin amount of fluffy brown head that doesn't last long.

The scent was of chocolate, burnt coffee, some molasses notes.

The taste was of chocolate malts, coffee, sweet molasses, and some roasted grains.

Full body, pretty smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a very flavorful and well balanced beer. Especially the balance of the chocolate and the coffee flavors. I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 14:45:42 | More by BeerCon5
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Intrinsic

Germany

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FLP is a surprisingly good beer. I didn't expect to get such a treat when I bought this one. It pours a near-opaque dark brown with a light brown head that disappears rather quickly but leaves nice lacing. The smell is overloaded with malts but very good, with just a touch of coffee. More of the same in the taste and very well-balanced. Very dry finish. I'll be buying this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 16:51:04 | More by Intrinsic
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soot covered chestnut, the beer is largely black although bright spots of iron oxide are easy for the eye to spot. Despite the polish, it remains opaque even when held up against the light. A fast-paced pour could invigorate no cream but rather a tiny comb over and a collection of airy bubbles (is it just me or do all these UK cans produce flat beers?) This looks as though it were drawn from hand pump.

The aroma brings to mind a few things. First thing to pop in my head was ashes, something like the scent of charred wood. Second, and I believe this now to be more obvious than the first, is the smell of chocolate brownies that are maybe a little crusty on top and perhaps a little burnt on the bottom. Lastly, really stale and flat black coffee makes a minor contribution. Altogether it smells dark and roasty, just like it should!

You know how I know this mouthfeel has been massacred by the can? Because I've tried it from bottle and from tap and can tell you for a fact that this beer is capable of being far more roasty, chocolaty, gratifyingly bitter and pronounced in other serving types. I'm not necessarily one to say that bottles are better than cans, but I do certainly feel that way about most British offerings. This is one of them.

All that said, the beer remains wonderfully tasty and enjoyable nonetheless. Notes of sweetened milk chocolate, bitter coffee grinds and a handful of toasted almonds make for a delicious porter no matter how it's served. The roast is vivid (nearly burnt) and conjures thoughts of rich, dark cocoa solids bubbling over the stove top. A flavour profile like this could pair up with just about any barbecued meat, heavy cheese or chocolaty dessert.

I'm sure if you ask around a lot of people might tell you that Fuller's London Porter is what turned them onto dark beer; it certainly isn't hard to acquire a taste for gratifying, bittersweet flavours like these. Nor is it hard to acknowledge the fullness and satisfaction you have come an empty glass. Fuller's calls their London Porter "the world's finest" which may be an exaggeration, but not by much...

Serving type: can

03-26-2009 22:58:01 | More by biegaman
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown, nearly two fingers of off white/tan head, lots of lace. Smell is roasty and malty, chocolate and coffee, rich and decadent, some yeasty notes as well. Taste is roasted, chewy malts, coffee, milk chocolates, flavours layer very nicely and are all easily decipherable, lightly bitter but in more of a bittersweet type of way. Light carbonation, smooth and creamy, light-medium body. Outstanding stuff, this is the benchmark for the style in my opinion, would love the opportunity to try the cask version of this, this will see regular rotation in my fridge thats for sure.

Serving type: can

02-17-2012 17:38:41 | More by peensteen
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown almost black color with some faint highlights. Has a creamy light brown head with good retention and sticky lacing around the glass.

The flavor is dominated with bitter chocolate and coffee hints. Some fruity esters from the hops pull through, as well has the crisp taste of the mineral water used to brew this porter. A bit of smokiness and buttery diacetyl can be tasted as well.

Has a medium body and with a bitter smokey finish.

A very tasty English porter. Some of the best money can buy!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 18:27:21 | More by Luigi
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Dark brown in color and a bit hazy with a nice head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is mild yet very complex. It is dark, with burnt coffee and some hints of baker’s chocolate leading the way. Prune is about the only fruit I can get, but I really enjoy the classic roasted malts. They are done particularly well.

Taste – Ah, yes, done in the classic English style. The roasted malts, which are the highlight for me, come out beautifully. The coffee especially is very sophisticated. It has a tinge of Turkish coffee flavor to it. The chocolate is soft and barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is the Porter’s strong point, IMO. This is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. It is almost medium-bodied. The varying sensations in the mouth are nearly seamless.

Drinkability – Could this be more drinkable than it already is? No, I think not.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 02:02:26 | More by RoyalT
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz old style Euro brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, nearly black, with a floating light tan lace that leaves a trail of sticky patches of lace down the glass.

Smell: Caramelized sugar, creamy in the nose with chocolate, hints of coffee and a ghost like charcoal smokiness.

Taste: Stable medium body, crisp up front with a wave of smoothness after the moderate carbonation goes by. Richly layered with hints of charcoal, dark unsweetened chocolate and highly roasted coffee ... a ghost like smoke and buttery diacetyl coat the tongue yet vanishes in the end. Slight warmth and light ester stay out of the way. Hops add to the foundation of bitterness from the roasted malts and keep things in balance. Finishes somewhat clean with a fading charcoal flavour.

Notes: A more than decent porter ... a great brew during the wet raw days of late fall / early winter. Goes great with imported chocolates also.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2002 07:50:33 | More by Jason
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle says best by Dec 11 2011.

Appearance: Dark brown with amber red color when held to light. Lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of light tan head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Full and lively aroma of dark roasted malts with a strong presence of chocolate. Lots of caramel and toffee. Good hints of dark and bitter coffee with some light hints of earthy hops, dark fruits, and vanilla. Smells very rich.

Taste: Burnt and roasted dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Hints of lightly bitter coffee that linger through the finish. Also some hints of vanilla and dark fruit. Hop presence is very subtle. Taste is more mild than the smell leads on, but the flavors are still full and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good English Porter. Full flavored and tasty while still being light and smooth enough to be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 04:59:38 | More by MattyG85
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Dizzy

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, carmel and coffee. Taste is carmel and roasted malt, finish is pleasant roasted flavor without too much bitterness. Medium body and with a fair amount of carbonation. This beer is too expensive to session, but this is a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 01:57:50 | More by Dizzy
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date 7/11/09.

Pours from 11.2 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. It's coke brown with similar clarity. nice creamy white head settles fairly quickly.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a nice roasted chocolatey character.

Flavor is mild and sweet with good chocolate and roasted coffee. Well rounded with good sweet/bitter balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and low in carbonation. Medium body.

Very good drinkability in that it has a lot of flavor but it isn't overwhelming. Very enjoyable porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 03:04:06 | More by GilGarp
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nickd717

California

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this again from the bottle. Got a 12 ouncer from City Beer in SF for $2.50. This is a great porter, sort of like someone who brings your bags up quickly and doesn't harass you about leaving a lousy tip.

A - Dark brown color, nearly black, with a substantial creamy tan head.

S - Strong aroma, coffee and chocolate - chocolate malt is especially noticeable.

T - Smooth and very well-rounded flavor: roasted malt, coffee, smoke and some milk chocolate.

M/D - Very smooth and creamy on the palate. Not too heavy, really drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 20:24:56 | More by nickd717
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mdunman

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark beer with a thick head that lingered for a while

S: Roasted malt, alcohol, lemon and spices

T: Very nice cream soda flavor along with the roasted malt

M: Full body with good carbonation

Overall this is one of my favorite porters. Very enjoyable and not overly difficult to find.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 01:13:04 | More by mdunman
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors with a bubbly tan head, the settles down to abouts 1/4" head rather quickly, minimal lace. Mahagony body with superb clarity is a main selling point.

Smell: Choclate, toastyness& raisins, with wiffs of alcohol. a party for the nose

Taste: toastyness, more choclate, and raisins and nuts.

MF: Lots of malt (Slightlty chewy), dryness, and some hop presence on the edge of the tounge & throat. Carbination is good, not great .

I really like this, this is not an "in your face" sort of beer, I could see this as a stable in the cooler months.

BBD of 06-27-05, but I don't really think this suffered too much for it's age. The shop I bought it at takes good care of their high-end ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 03:24:34 | More by russpowell
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Thur123

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a very dark brown that just barely lets the light through. There is very little head to be found. The smell is so nice. Very full with each aspect getting room to come through, chocolate a bit of toffee and a slight a dry roasted malt edge.

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The flavor is smoky, dry malt, choclat. The flavor is robust but at the same time tame. Very concise and the after taste is drier with all the sweet parts still present. Maybe even a bit of dark fruits beneath the whole profile. Overall a very drinkable and tasty porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:18:53 | More by Thur123
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Docer

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First can of this...

- Can barely see through the rootbeer brown color... poured directly into the center of the glass as directed... didn't foam up and overflow.. but a nice slow micro-bubbled mocha head appeared and stuck around a very long time.

- Roasty chocolate smell... some bitterness is hiding in there too.

- Great creamy and smooth flavor... chocolate malt, light bittering... and a robust aftertaste as well.. truly good.

- Refreshing and dark, not dry at all.. just flavorful.. mouth watering.

- Very drinkable and good. Perfect for the style. Which more American Porters/Stouts were like this.

Serving type: can

09-25-2009 16:58:20 | More by Docer
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Big bad dark borwn with lighter hues of red, nice head skims down to a present film on the ale. Balanced but restrained aroma of chocolate bitterness, some roasted and caramel malt flavors and hints of weak cold coffee. Flavor is a very full porter, lovely coating mouthfeel with a balanced dryness from the astringent charred malts. There is lots of caracter from the malts and a typical amount for a british ale from hops.

Exellent example of the style, knock yourself out and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 04:37:37 | More by bloberglawp
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Rudgers73

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours exactly as a porter should. Deep brown with a thick tan head that settles very slowly. Heavy caramel/molasses aroma with a hint of bittering hops in the front. The taste is very well balanced. Thick and creamy with dark roasted malts, molasses, nutty chocolate, and mildly bitter ending. Not too strong (alcohol-wise) keeping the taste mild for such a heavy beer. One of the most drinkable porters I've ever had simply because of the mouthfeel and rich character. Very close in competition with Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 23:15:06 | More by Rudgers73
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buzzworthy

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter is dark brown on the pour with a satisfying tan head. Sweet malt dominates the nose. Tasty chocolate is up front on the taste, with some roasted flavor and slight hopiness at the finish. The taste and body is a little on the thin side or this porter would be even more appealing. In any event, justifiably a favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 22:07:29 | More by buzzworthy
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Zorro

California

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown beer with an OK tan head.

Smell is good scotch. Smoke, chocolate and coffee are the strongest scents. Sweetness, musk, and a mild floral scent are backup odors. Faint scent of alcohol permeates the whole thing.

Taste is smoke at first. Chocolate and coffee flavors come next. Herbal hop flavors appear next. Strong roasted flavor never leaves. Fruity flavors are in here but the hop flavor hides it a bit.

Mouthfeel is good even thick.

Nice drinkable porter here. I do believe the Samuel Smith's version is better though.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 03:27:17 | More by Zorro
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soju6

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with a good tan head that fades slowly and ample lacing.

S: Rich aroma of roasted malts with chocolate and caramel. Trace of coffee. Smell is inviting.

T: Roasted malt flavor with a mixture of chocolate and coffee. Nice trace of bittersweet chocolate and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, very smooth and creamy. Excellent balance, very rich and delicious.

O: Excellent Porter with lots of character. A good choice to compare other porters to.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:21:50 | More by soju6
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ProudBeerSnob

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown in color with a head that dissiaptes a bit too quickly.

Aromas of raosted malt and dry cocoa, taste delivers the same. A bit undercarbonated perhaps, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel appropriate for the style. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 01:28:37 | More by ProudBeerSnob
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep and dark reddish brown. At first the beer seems opaque, but when held up to the light, the beer reveals its clarity. Thin creamy head topped the beer off. The aroma is dark and rich with roasted coffee and sweet toffee notes and dark fruits. The taste yields sweet chewy caramel and syrupy molasses. Sort of reminds me of cough syrup. There’s some bittersweet chocolates in there, too. Strong bodied that finishes with a dark and chocolate bitterness and a pleasant sweetness. A fine porter that has a lot to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2004 17:52:13 | More by pezoids
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wanker

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The most remarkable thing about this beer to me is its finish. I taste a very clear -- and pleasant -- molasses finish. I find it a rather sweet beer, with low hoppiness. Small but persistent head; little lacing. Average mouthfeel, but very pleasant taste. A winner; I'd definitely drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 11:11:54 | More by wanker
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. It pours a dark brown and is practically opaque when held to the light with a deep ruby appearance. A 1/2 inch beige head forms and reduces to a very nice lacy.

The aroma is quite good with some roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate, and a pleasant earthy hops present in the background. Mild but nice nuttiness.

The taste is very good. There is a good mix of coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. Some english hops again lurk in the middle.

The mouthfeel was a bit light for me. It was light/medium bodied with a light level of carbonation, which could have improved the beverage. Reasonably smooth and mildly creamy was to its benefit.

Overall, I did feel this beer was quite drinkable for a multitude of reasons, although there was definitely room for improvement. I would happily enjoy another and hope to have one in its homeland sometime in the near future.

Serving type: can

07-09-2009 01:11:11 | More by SykDoc
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Orangevango

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: It is a nice dark brown (bordering on black) with a thin, cream colored head that sticks around a while.

S: My first impression is GRAPE SODA, but it morphs into coffee and chocolate, maybe toffee?

T: very mild, not too roasty, nor too bitter. Light roast notes accentuate a slight sweetness. Very round and balanced. The only flavor fault in my book is a slight metalic aftertaste.

M: Very low carbonation, silky. Almost oily.

D: This is a session beer, I could sit down to several pints of this easily. Tasty and downright quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 21:45:12 | More by Orangevango
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,009 ratings.