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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,229 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,229
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 173
Gots: 159 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of tony223366
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer is as black as night... no light is getting through. Nice tan frothy headed beer. Nice lacing. Looks pretty much identical to the offering from Samuel Smith's.

S: Interesting, this beer has all the same notes as the Samuel Smith's with an added Hazelnut? It's actually really nice. Besides that there's your standard chocolate and some roasted coffee. A really nice aroma.

T: It's interesting how much different these two brews are. Samuel Smith's is much more chocolatey and less roasted. There is some nuttiness that I still perceive and the finish is still a bit smokey. I love how chocolaty this beer is. I also think that the little hops that are used are more apparent in this beer than in Samuel Smith's.

M: Smooth and creamy. It's perfectly sessionable.

O: Just edges out Samuel Smith's with a slightly more complex aroma. Both are amazing English Porter's though. They are a little pricey, but definitely worth it.

Photo of mscudder
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sweetwater pint.

A - Deep dark brown with a nice inch thick tan head. Pretty good lacing left behind, although I have seen far superior.

S - Mostly chocolate and coffee on the nose. Some dark malts tie everything together. Strong aroma overall, does a few things very well.

T - Sweet coffee with a nice hoppy finish for a porter. Remains highly drinkable (expected at such low ABV) but the subtle complexities of the malts and sugars keep the very interesting.

M - Smooth, rich and silky. A creamy consistency compliments the coffee in a superb fashion.

O - Overall this is a fine porter that should be sought after. Not overly robust in any category, yet does nothing poorly and deserves a fine recommendation.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of flyingpig
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany with a light brown and bubbly head that eventually settles to a small head a couple of millimetres tall after about two minutes. Retention is good.

Strong, rich malts to begin with and some nice chocolate notes. Light sugar with some figs and a touch of coffee. Light alcohol towards the end but overall this is pretty well balanced.

Dark chocolate and figs kick things off here along with the faintest bit of coffee and alcohol. There is some rich malts and some burnt sugar.

Medium bodied and quite smooth, it is mildly carbonated but a little lighter than I was expecting although not thin at all. The taste is a rich some and with a moderately bitter finish.

Very rich with strong chocolate and roasted malts making up the majority of the taste. It was a well balanced and complex porter that I fairly enjoy and would most likely have again. For a porter it was surprisingly refreshing and went down well.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, subtle coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, subtle coffee, earth, and earth hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really enjoyed the cream aspect I got on this one as it really did a nice job of balancing out the subtle coffee bitterness I got on this one. The aroma on this one pretty much let you know what you were in for on the flavor. Decent example of the style that I would suggest to a new Porter drinker.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter. Distinctive dark bottle is dated "best before" 28 August 2012.

Appearance: Sparkling clear; mahogany brown in color; multi-density tan head that fairly soon reduces to a ring and an island. Decent lacing.

Smell: nice roasted malts with toffee, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Hints of brandy after warming.

Taste:A load of dark, choco-coffee malt here, yet no off- or burnt-notes. Mildly earthy, bitter and spicy -- partly from the Fuggles hops. Some coffee in the aftertaste with dark roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Excellent medium body; lightly crisp from start to the semi-dry finish. Creamy smooth.

O: "Rich, dark & complex", as advertised. Easy drinking (or sipping), flavorful porter that leans towards a dry UK stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle in my pursuit of the top 100 beers of fame.

I intentionally picked up a tulip while on vacation to properly sip this beer and enjoy the experience.

The coloring was deep brown with some red tinge at the edges. On my pour I got about two fingers of head, which was a very light tan.

In the bouquet you get a lot of coffee with some light chocolate notes. In the taste there was a decent amount of coffee, just not as much as in the nose. The porter also had some maltiness and good roast.

This was an intersting cross between a porter and an ESB. The ESB came in nicely for the feel of this beer and some of the flavor.

I recommend picking up a bottle of Fuller's Porter. It has a very old world feel to it. I'm sorry to say that this was my first time with this beer, but it won't be my last.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,229 ratings.