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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,094 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,094
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 157
Gots: 111 | 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.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

SimonTja, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

bmur112, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little underwhelmed (if that's a word, I know it's not 'cause I looked it up... that's one of those skills that I learned in my school) by this one. I've really liked the Fuller's that I have already tried, so I figured this one would be really full and robust. Everything about it is "OK" or "good", but just that. I didn't think anything was exceptional.

It's nice and dark, & has very little head that doesn't last.

The smell is good. Chocolate and maybe a bit of coffee. Def. changes as it warms up to room temp... sweeter.

The taste is chocolate, but not overdone. Bits of coffee, and I think I can sometimes taste black licorice in there. S'good.

In the mouth, it's pretty smooth. A little more watery than I thought it would be.

Overall, quite drinkable. Not an overpowering dark beer.

PEIBeerGuy, Jul 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ Gingerman; poured very dark brown/black with a light thin beige head. Smell was great, and of dark fruitiness, dried fig, alcohol, and a definite mocha coffee smell. Taste was rich, creamy, and coffee like, with bitterness in the back of the mouth, and mouthfeel was almost a bit oily, and nicely thick for a porter.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, this is my first try at Fuller's attempt at a porter, having already sampled their 1845 and ESB. It had a wonderful very dark ruby red color. It created a wonderful dark tan head, but it failed to hold, but that may have been due to the temperature I had it chilled at. The taste is good, with elements of chocolate, coffee and perhaps toffee. The finish is good, it a little lighter than I like for this style. Also applys to the body of it, while good, really not as heavy as I like porters to be.

Wildman, Jun 04, 2002
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

carmike813, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

noperative, Jul 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

chancy14, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Tippler, Feb 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mweso2000, Oct 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Nordbier, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

pshelto, May 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

EOC, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

wesbray, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jeaaej46, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Gasc0igne, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

eawolff99, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

shagal, Jan 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JLeet, Jul 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black body. Large bubbly khaki head that vanished in an instant. Only the slightest traces of lace.

S: Milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of smoke.

T: Very much like the nose. Milk chocolate, and perhaps some bittersweet chocolate. Coffee and some smoky, burnt coffee.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the finish.

D: All around decent beer. Not exactly "impressive" despite being the gold standard of porters.

callmemickey, Oct 31, 2010
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours dark black with a big fluffy off-white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing.

The aroma has some roastiness and some fruit as well. The smell is like raisins.

The flavor is of dark fruit and chocolate. There seems to be a very mild penny flavor in the finish/slightly metallic.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a great beer and very drinkable. I will always go back to this one.

Brian700, May 20, 2006
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by March 3, 2012. Served at around 50F.

Pours dark brown with a one finger light brown head that leaves a few clumps of lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is roasted malts, nuts, dark breads, some hints of chocolate and coffee, a bit of dark fruit and toffee. Good strength.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with roasted malts, bread, nuts, some chocolate and coffee, dark fruit notes, some caramel and toffee, virtually no alcohol, some astringent tang on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, good carbonation.

Good Porter, although I’m generally more partial to robust American versions than classic English Porters, but this definitely fits its style category very well.

elgiacomo, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

xomin80, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 18.6 oz size. Best by date clearly printed on back label.

Lovely shade of deep brown. Topped by a beige coloured head that bubbles quite vigorously.

Burnt grain aromas - almost smokey - leap right of the glass. Dark raisins & prunes lurk in the background, along with hints of dark chocolate.

Full roast character. Bitter espresso, with fruity accents swirling around. A decent chocolate note, and a short dry finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

xgrigorix, Aug 02, 2004
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

yancot, Feb 25, 2014
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,094 ratings.