Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 203
Gots: 244 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 2,355 | Reviews: 1,177
Photo of Beaver13
2.15/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The London Porter pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a smallish brown head that quickly goes down to a thin film and then completely disappears.

Its aroma is chocolate and caramel malts and some dry, chalky toffee / butterscotch.

The flavor is acidic, bitter chocolate with some caramel malts and a strong butterscotch flavor. The butterscotch became a little overwhelming as it warmed - both in flavor and aroma. It has a chalky, slightly bitter finish. It is thinner than I expected and under-carbonated.

Overall, I was expecting a lot from this, and was very disappointed. I've had much better porters. I wonder if I had a bad bottle - it is 3 months before the best by date though.

Photo of Tsch
2.24/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is commercial transnational parody on a good beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.26/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark earthy pour, minimal head, little if any lace. Smell was musty, earthy, dirtish again.

Tasted like leftover meat and chocolate. No hops. Oily, alcohol too pronounced at this level. Just seems watery with very not beer flavor to it. Licorice heat. Old coffee maybe. Everything reeks of oxidation.

Too pricey ($6) for a relatively unenjoyable drinking experience. Love porters, but not this one.

Photo of Floydster
2.36/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Walnut Liquorette for two dollars, split with my friend last night

Poured into my Ballast Point glass with a dark brown color, creamy 1/2 inch white head, minimal lacing

Smell was really subtle and some hints of coffee, roasted malt, and some dark fruit aromas but nothing too noticeable

Taste was dominated by dark chewy malt, left a somewhat nasty dryness in the mouth, coffee used tasted sour in a way, knew it was not old because bottle said best by 2008 on the back of it, not much going on and as it warmed, there was no sweetness than came out, just that same undesirable dryness with a funky aftertaste

Body was weak and really thin, not much carbonbation at all, taste faded away quickly

Could drink much of this at all, heavy on the stomach with a taste that gets old fast, low alcohol content though,

First beer from Fuller's and it was quite disappointing, not one of the better porters I have had, first place I have ever seen a bottle so I grabbed one, not recommended and would not drink again

Photo of Oxymoron
2.54/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best example of black marker in a beer! Pours a mostly black color with a red hue around the edges. A soft off white head with decent retention. Did not last through the full tasting.

The nose has a mix of malt, roast and distinct black marker. I think this is more of an English black malt thing. Some minor yeast notes. Some minor esters but light. A hint of herbal and earthy hops but light.

The taste really has the distinct black marker taste. The malt comes out with a caramel and light coffee notes. But in the finish the marker flavor hides a lot. Some minor yeast notes and a like vegi taste that lingers in the finish. Some earthy hop notes that balances well.

The body is moderate to light. Would like a touch more depth but still good. Overall, the black marker thing is off setting. I know I am sensitive to it so leave it at that.

Photo of drinkininthewood
2.56/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

served from a 500ml tall can into a pint glass.

A- Very dark and slightly red in color. I was disappointed to see such a small head but on the other hand it laces quite nicely.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans/malts, hints of fruit.

T- rich dark chocolate, lots of coffee flavor, fairly bitter, slightly nutty character, lots of roasted malts.

M- medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- one was enough. Sessionable? i think not.

Overall im not a big coffee drinker, but someone who enjoys coffee will enjoy this brew. I really wasn't diggin this brew. Actually it was one of the more bland porters ive had. : P

Photo of Mikedive21
2.75/5  rDev -34.4%

Did not like at all. Just not my taste

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.79/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/14/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours a black colored body with a big tan head, with good lacing, but diminishing. Has an extremely malty aroma, coffee notes. Very light tasting, with some bitterness, some acid, and coffee tastes. Okay beer, kind of a session ale type drink.

Photo of emerge077
2.96/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date on can: 22 Feb 2009
This has been better in bottles, but I spotted a rare can and took notes.

Pours dark brown/black, ruby glint in the light. Good retention with sticky tan foam. Smells a little oxidized, papery, weak coffee roast. Flavor is a little too much on the sweet side, roasty malt notes dominate. In the finish there's a distinct raisin/prune note. The coffee element is like weak instant maxwell house. Feel is smooth and slick, the sweetness borders on unpleasant though. Didn't really want to finish this. Will amend review with a fresher sample when I find one.

Photo of MiScusi
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown but almost clear enough to see through with the proper lighting. A medium bodied head forms but dwindles very fast. Great lacing left behind.

S- smells like fresh ground roasted coffee beans

T- at first it starts roastey, coffee, smokey, and the late finish is a bit of chocolate malt. roasted coffee lingers. This really is a unique taste for a porter compared to all the american porters I've tried. The lingering roastey coffee taste is a little much for me. I wouldn't want that taste hanging around all the time or building up over the span of a couple pints.

M/D- good. Not too heavy, not too light. Carbonation is lively enough. With the taste being a bit different than other american porters I've had, I must say I prefer the american style, with a little less roastiness and a little more sweetness.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/21/09. 16 oz. can. Pours black with a thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate malts. Flavor of the same chocolate malts, sweet crystal malts, a touch of hops. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Kind of bland overall, just a boring porter.

Photo of antique
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a moderately dark brown with a minimal light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing. Not the most attractive beer I've ever seen, but it's not bad.

Smells of toffee, caramels, some chocolates, malts, and a layer of heavy minerals that's somewhat odd, but also kind of refreshing.

The main body of the taste is heavy, watery caramels--not too complex, but still relatively pleasing. There's a follow up of the mineraly flavors and a good deal of sweetened coffee. It's very standard and very light, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Very light mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation and a sort of fluffy consistency that goes down extremely (read: dangerously) easily.

It's extremely drinkable and mild, and though that's not what I come to in a porter usually, it's refreshing, and ultimately a successful beer that serves as somewhat of a standard benchmark to judge others in the style against, for better and for worse.

Photo of PhageLab
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Brownish coloration, ruby hints, nice thick head of off white froth, decent retention, spotted lacing.

S - Odd aroma of chewy chocolate fudge, malts, and chocolate candy.

T - Very dry and bitter profile with a slight hint of coffee. Not overly complex, but not too bad either.

M - Medium dry body, low carbonation level, mildly bitter aftertaste.

D - Not sure I could do more than one of these in a sitting, the candy like flavor gets to be a bit too much after a while. Not bad overall and certainly worth a try.

Photo of hombrepalo
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Middle of the pack porter. Perfect example of this style. Nothing to rave about. Solid.

Photo of bobhits
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fullers London Porter

I swear I’ve had this one, but wow I can’t recall.

Pours a typical porter dark but not deep black, far from, thick but not watery, and pours a brown head that’s nice, but dies with marginal lacing. This looks like many of the English porters I’ve seen so nothing special.

Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee ,roasted malt…really enjoyable notes. A touch on the sweet vs roasted side but enjoyable.

This has some light hints of roasted coffee, chocolate malt, and finishing with some English hops….why do the English even have hops?

5.4% so I suppose it should be a bit weak, but man this is weak and watery. It could use the magic of a cask treatment or nitro tapping to up the body. Still has some carbonation and a bit of body so it doesn’t embarrass the style.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.29/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dammit, I hate getting screwed out of 0.8 ounces of beer with these British bottles. Best by date of April 2011.

Dark dark brown in the pint glass with hints of red velvet when held up to the light. Head? None to speak of here. Some coffee in the nose but more chocolate, toffee and other sugars. Taste follows suit but the roasted coffee comes through more strongly here, and there's a detectable char in the finish. You'd think with low carbonation it would be much more creamy, but it ain't. I can immediately think of a handful of more accessible and superior porters.

Photo of flexinwext
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown/black color. Completely opaque. Tons of burnt coffee aroma eminating from the glass. Little to no head, no lacing present. Very little carbonation to speak of but I suppose thats to style. This beer as a pretty decent body and goes down smooth. Of all the porters I've tried, this is about middle ground. Very drinkable due to low ABV and I could probably drink a few of these happily.

Photo of riversider76
3.31/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown,with a ruby red highlight in the light. Aroma is of roasted malts,and dark chocolate. Body is on the thin side,with a bit of carbionation. Taste is of bitter dark chocolate,and carmel,with a hint of butterscotch in the finish. Good,but not out standing in my opinion.

Photo of Hophead717
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Dark, showing ruby when held to the light. A thin white head stits atop the beer before quickly dissipating to thin patches atop the beer.

S: Delightful, sweet roasted malts. Mild notes of sweet chocolate, with hints of vanilla as well.

T: Lightly bitter, burnt malt. The flavor profile here is fairly light—some light chocolate notes also. Sweetness actually comes out as the beer approaches room temperature. I prefer it at this temperature to cold.

M: Thin, light body, with medium-high carbonation.

O: Thoroughly meh. The nose is quite pleasant, but the body and flavor profile are too light to back it up. If I ever wanted a super light, sessionable dark beer, perhaps I’d look to this, but it’s doubtful.

Photo of warnerry
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Best by 8/30/11. Consumed 1/7/11.

A - Pours very dark brown with three fingers of tan head. Head is pretty persistant and leaves nice lacing.

S - Earthy roasted malt with some chocolate in the aroma as well. Also getting a slightly unpleasant aroma as well, but can't quite place what it is.

T- Again dominated by earthy roasted malt. A slight funkiness as well. Bits of coffee come through. Has a drying character as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not as creamy as I expected. Finishes quite dry.

O - Drinkability is fine, but not something I would go for that often. Was expecting more and came away disappointed.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Taco Mac just added this to the wall when I had it.

It came in a dimpled mug, black with some redish on edges absolutely no head, well maybe a bubble or two.

It had an oak and smokey roasted malt aroma not too heavy, the taste paralleled the aroma with the addition of molasses at the finish.

It felt thin and light on the tongue with a bitter aftertaste. Good, not all that noteworthy, just a plain old porter.

Photo of frankiepop
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the soccer match this afternoon, England v Sweden, I gotta go with this black dark beer. My trial beer was really lacking a good head. Whatever, it has a nice aroma, but the taste is where this porter rules! Nice smooth porter. I wish it had a bit more ooomph in flavor, but nevertheless, this is quality and very drinkable.

Fullers is a *lovely* beer as my ex-lady would say. The porter is simple enough. Rich smooth well-balanced flavor with hints of sweetness that lay nicely across the tongue. It is not over powering. It's friendly. I rather drink other porters, but this would do fine for the soccer match this afternoon, and I think lot of beer lovers would prefer Fullers.

I recommend you drink this beer while listening to the English pianists Howard Riley and Tippett either in their solo or duet setting together.

Photo of Duster72
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown moderate opacity. Small creamy tan head looks inviting. Aroma is mostly coffee with some roasty malts and cocoa. Taste is primarily coffee with bitersweet cocoa and roasty malts. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Relatively drinkable, not my favorite style.

Photo of sfprint
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very dark and thick, no visible rising carbonation, 2 finger soft fluffy foam head.
S: malt coffee with a hair of cocoa. not sweet or bitter. very coffee like.
T/M: metalic, almost black coffee. Above average I suppose. A bit bitter and slightly astringent. Above average but not outstanding. Fairly plain.
O: Ok. A bit disappointing considering the great reviews it has, but I'm not a porter person.

Photo of sstackho
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a dark brown with a bit of white head. Light malty aroma. First taste is nice, with a solid roasted malt and chocolate flavours. Nice roasty aftertaste. The canned version recently fared poorly at a blind porter and stout tasting at C'est What - but its competition was against mainly draught offerings.

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