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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,092 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 156
Gots: 110 | 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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1/5  rDev -76.2%

Tomedi01, Oct 24, 2013
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

sprouseusnavy, Aug 26, 2014
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1/5  rDev -76.2%

kevinm2342, May 11, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -64.3%

PaF, Mar 30, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -64.3%

nicholas527, Jan 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.4%

OklahomeBrewed, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.13/5  rDev -49.3%

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.

Beaver13, Aug 19, 2004
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2.25/5  rDev -46.4%

Bluecane, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.28/5  rDev -45.7%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 24, 2010
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2.38/5  rDev -43.3%

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

Floydster, Dec 06, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Sailracer, Mar 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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.

Oxymoron, Jan 17, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

bootsdomino, Dec 03, 2011
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2.53/5  rDev -39.8%

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

drinkininthewood, May 01, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Noelito76, Apr 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

freditoj, Jun 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

KornWallace, Jun 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

SeanInDC, Aug 06, 2013
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2.8/5  rDev -33.3%

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.

jujubeast6000, Jan 14, 2009
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2.95/5  rDev -29.8%

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.

emerge077, Dec 27, 2009
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Zonian1, Nov 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Vinicius, May 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 25, 2013
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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.