Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 174
Gots: 164 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, translucent dark brown color with a frothy khaki-colored head that deflated rather abruptly leaving a ring of fine bubbles around the glass.

Smell: A fine, hearty scent of dark toffee, bittersweet chocolate, and rum raisin ice cream.

Taste: The taste is not nearly as profound as the aroma. Some chocolate, vaguely coffee-like flavors within. A delectable roasted sweetness permeates every sip. A hint of licorice and vanilla as well, no questions there. Finishes with a very mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Notably smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. I give Fuller's London Porter a hearty "fine & dandy"!

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured with a golden brown color.

The head was a light brown coarse bubble layer. The head dissipated rather quickly, but that could have been prompted by my tasting glass.

Immediate definite coffee nose comingled with toasted malt. In fact to me, the coffee aroma so strong I could have had a cold and still noted it!

Flavor has definite coffee and toasted malt profile that seems to cover any other underlying characteristics, perhaps hops? The flavor dissipated quickly leaving a clean quick slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was cordial and invited me to take another sip.

Drinkability was inviting-- I could consume pint after pint if it wasn't for the alcohol, although the alcohol seemed lower than many other beers I've tasted and very much enjoyed. Perhaps this is just right for a Porter.

A satisfying brew.

Photo of RobGronkowski
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JustinOSU99
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin layer of white foam which quickly dissolved. Very dark black with a shade of amber coloring.

S: Coffee, sweat cream and chocolate seem to dominate the smell. I like the sweet ale smell and can't wait to taste.

T: Immediately tart but quickly transitions into delicous sweetness on the tongue. Still dominated by mostly porter tastes such as the aforementioned chocolate, and coffee. Really tastes delicious compared to other beers of the same style that I've had.

M: Feels great on the palate, as it is not too thick nor thin. Lightly carbonated so that it continues to drink smooth without overdoing it.

D: I would drink this beer anytime it was offered. Simply tastes great and is surprisingly refreshing for a porter!

Photo of RoyalT
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.

Photo of Jason
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.

Photo of MattyG85
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.

Photo of Dizzy
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.

Photo of GilGarp
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.

Photo of nickd717
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.

Photo of mdunman
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.

Photo of russpowell
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.

Photo of Thur123
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.

Photo of Docer
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.

Photo of bloberglawp
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.

Photo of Rudgers73
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.

Photo of buzzworthy
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.

Photo of Zorro
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.

Photo of soju6
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.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
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.

Photo of pezoids
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.

Photo of wanker
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.

Photo of SykDoc
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.

Photo of Orangevango
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.

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

500ml bottle

Pours with a very dark ruby body, without much light it looks almost jet black, tan head with fair retention and some lacing

Smell, malt, some hint of smoke, charcoal, dark chocolate

Taste, thick dry coffee flavour, strong espresso coming through, strong hint of smoke again

A fantastic example of an english porter, everything you could ever want from a porter. I had this with profiteroles and it complemented them beyond belief, fantastic

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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