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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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1,173 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,173
Hads: 2,439
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 232
Gots: 305 | 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:
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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Photo of BitteBier
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown color with dark amber highlights and a nice cap of fine, dense tan head that laces quite well. Aromas of toasted malts and caramel highlight the rich, soft nose. Unexpected light crispeness at the start of the taste quickly yields to roasted flavors than then share the stage with nicely incorporated bitterness. While the smell and taste are quite full, the mouthfeel is pleasantly balanced, which goes a long way in making this an exceedingly drinkable porter.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown that looks nearly opaque. It formed a moderate sized head that was a dark tan and dissipated gradually. The smell was of coffee, chocolate and caramel, with some slight fruitiness. The taste was excellent, with coffee and chocolate being the dominant flavours, and the fruitiness coming through in the finish. Feels substantial in the mouth, but not so thick as to be difficult to drink. Great drinkability, just a wonderful porter all around.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - comes in a very nice 500ml bottle. almost zero foam upon pouring, this is good. deep red in color, very dark.

taste - wow very good! extremely coffee-like taste. a nice dry flavor... theres enough here to hold your interest for a while. one of the better beers ive tried, no hops at all, like i said its almost like an alcoholic coffee drink. easily the best britain/ireland beer ive had.

drinkbility - the best! its complex enough to drink tons of while staying interesting and good yet a low enough abv to drink alot of without getting trashed. very good beer, i like it.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.58/5  rDev +9%

The aroma is fantastic with lots of bitter chocolate, freshly ground coffee, toffee, a touch of woodiness. The body is dark brown with ruby highlights; the rather small, light tan head diminishes to a thin film after about a minute. The flavor, particularly at first, includes coffee, a slight twang of dried fruit; after a few sips the bolder flavors thin out and admit some licorice and creamy caramel sweetness; the pleasant coffee/peanut shell finish lingers. The carbonation is fairly low but lends a good bite; body is medium-light.

I personally enjoyed the aroma more than the flavor; and while the flavor is also quite enjoyable, I would have liked it more if it had followed the nose more closely and then persisted in that regard. Nevertheless, I did indeed enjoy this porter immensely and look forward to having it again.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at fridge temp. A beautiful tan head forms on an aggressive pour and stays. The beer is very dark ruby, not entirely opaque; very pretty in the glass. The aromatics are roasted malt, cocoa, and dark caramel.That comes through in the flavor too, as does a velvety smoothness. The finish is nicely grainy. The body is light to moderate. This is a fantastic porter with a terrific balance and great drinkability.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep, almost opaque garnet red, bordering on black. The head is nearly non-existent, and what little there is dissipates rapidly, leaving only the faintest of rings around the edge of the beer.

The aroma is mainly of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It's vaguely reminiscent of Kahlua, but more prickly, and with the earthy hop overtones barely making their presence felt. And I do mean barely. The nose is almost all malt, with the roasted grains nearly overwhelming the hops.

The flavor is, remarkably, just like the aroma: Mostly coffee with a tiny amount of chocolate. Again, think carbonated Kahlua, but with less sticky body, far less sweetness, and just enough hop bitterness to balance everything out. Ever so slight licorice or black currant flavors seem to peek out near the end, but duck back into their hiding place before you can pinpoint them, like the beer is playing with your tongue. Simply phenomenal.

As the taste matches the aroma, so the mouthfeel matches the taste. This beer isn't thick, it isn't watery... it's just what you'd expect from a beer that tastes as it does. Just a tad oily, but in a way that enhances the experience of drinking this brew, not detracts from it.

This beer almost perfectly matches what you see with what you taste. What you expect with what you experience. It is quite possible the perfect porter. Amazing.

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Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown--only a touch of light shines through (and it appears ruby in color). Dense, one-finger beige head. Great, thick ring lace on the glass.

Delicious nose of cocoa and cream. There's another element that I've yet to identify, but it is attractive and drawing. It's almost like burnt toast or a mild smokiness.

Now that I've identified, I really notice the smoke, although it is subtle (not like a rauchbier). Some burnt biscuit with a dollop of whipped cream. The swallow features bitter chocolate and touch of cherry. Wonderfully complex. If there is a moderation of the excellence, it would be in the body--modest with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is more cocoa.

Simply a wonderfully complex beer--exceptional!

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Photo of kevinlater
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can into nonic pint. reads "30 04 15" on the bottom of the can, which i'm guessing is a best before date of april 30, 2015. enjoyed immensely on august 13, 2014

a: a very deep brown with dark ruby highlights, almost cola-like. almost two fingers of foamy tan head

s: chocolate and raisins up front. coffee, caramel, maybe cherries? some tobacco and smoke notes too

t: follows the nose. "rich, dark & complex" written on the can is a very accurate description. tons of chocolate and toffee up front, coffee afterwards, then the aforementioned dark fruit notes bring a mild but really pleasant sweetness. hints of syrup too? a delicious roast-char-smoke-tobacco character comes out towards the end. finishes with cocoa tastes and a drying coffee-like bitterness

m: creamy light to medium body. mild carbonation. nice!

o: one of my favourite beers ever. it's great that it's available and affordable too. a very wonderful low abv flavour bomb

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep amber verging on brown, decently clear, pours with a two finger head that is very creamy and medium tan, lingers quite nicely, dissipates and leaves a ton of thin sticky lacing on the glass
S: really great toasted malt character, nice chocolate and coffee notes, quite warm and comfortable, cereal grains kinda like cheerios are present as well
T: nice malt backbone really gives the depth and character to the brew, chcolate malts are the most pronounced, a nice sweetness comes through right on the tail end and lingers nicely across the palate, leaves a nice malt presence on the mouth as well, more of those cereal grains mentioned above
M: smooth creamy mouthfeel, thick, very very gentle carbonation tingle, slight astringency on the palate after the finish
O: a really well rounded porter from beginning to end, nice complexity and depth,

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours dark brown with a tan head, nice lacing, a great looking pint.

S: Smooth milk chocolate, with English hops.

T: Chocolate malts, roasted malts quite a bit, mocha coffee, capuccino, with a bit of vanilla.

M: Smooth, creamy, great heft for a porter.

D: Excellent, I think that this is Fuller's best beer. It stands well and above the Sierra Nevada Porter I just had.

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Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been used to this beer from the bottle but recently had it on nitro-tap and it far surpassed just about everyother porter or stout I've had on a nitro tap before, smooth and creamy, not watery, and with full-bodied flavour and character.

It is practically black, just barely a deep red-brown colour being visible. It has a big, thick, creamy dark tan head, shrinking very slowly, leaving ltos of lace, and staying rich and creamy the whole way through.

The aroma is rich chocolate, earthy leaves, light roasted coffee, and hints of caramelised prunes and licorice.

The taste is wonderfully full-bodied with rich chocolate, caramelised fruit, coffee, earthy singed leaves, anise, and fermented prunes near the finish, slightly vinegary. The character is wonderfully balanced and smooth, the elements integrated nicely, and it has definite light sweetness and bitterness.

The feel is excellent. Not only does it have a rich, very creamy had but, unlike others on nitro which may be watery underneath the head, the whole thing is nicely full, creamy, and a bit oily.

This is simply an outstandin porter however you have it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky aroma is a joy to invite into the nose with its quality coffee, licorice and molasses notes and hints of charred wood, yeast and - anchovies? Pours a rich, cool sable that is just a kitten’s whisker above midnight black with a thick and fine-bubbled, it not too persistent, buff head. Flavor does not disappoint - smoked wood, roast coffee and licorice dominate the flavor but let through hints of treacle and herbs. Full body has plenty of fizz and leaves a nice smoky, slightly hoppy, slightly sweet finish. I can see - er, make that taste - why this is a top rated Porter! Mud in your eyes!

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Photo of dgallina
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent dark mahogany with slight head, but a solid layer of foam and light lace. Smells of deeply roasted coffee and caramel malts with a touch of fruity bitterness. Flavors start with sweet caramel malts and build into quite strong toasted coffee. Becomes fruity and slightly bitter in the finish with a very good lingering powdered chocolate after-taste. Smooth and lightly carbonated in the mouth, though perhaps slightly thin in body.

A really enjoyable porter with absolutely superlative flavor!

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Photo of marc77
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head with good retention. Deep garnet hue when held up to a bright light. It's quite clear. But who really cares?Complex aroma of chocolate, toffee, and slight British yeast esters. A tad of fruitiness as well-- perhaps Challenger hops?
Medium to full bodied with a wonderful balance all around. This porter is among the very best as far as I'm concerned-- perfect carbonation, chocolate malt flavor, black patent bitterness and exactly the right amount of bittering and flavoring hops. Just great stuff.

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Photo of PintOHops
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Dark brown with plenty of ruby red tinge when held to light. It produced a 1-2 finger head but dissipated to a ring rather fast. The creamy looking ring stuck around for the consumption of the beer but didn't leave any lacing.

S - Very dry with robust smokey malts, dark chocolate that's mild to moderately sweet smelling. I get a bit of licorice as well, coffee, intense toffee aroma. It's got a bit of everything really. Very nice aroma.

T - Smoky & charcoal notes flood the palate upfront, licorice follows with some dark bakers chocolate towards the finish. Mildly sweet with coffee in there somewhere as well, it finishes with roasted & charcoal notes with lingering bitterness. Chocolate covered charcoal bomb!

M - A bit slick and chewy, not oily though. Soft Co2 bite, would of liked just a bit more. Lite-medium bodied.

D - Wow! This has gotta be one of my favorite Porters, I absolutely love the intense smokey flavor & aroma, it's what Ive been seeking for a long time. This beer is so damn good! I could easily drink 4 pints of this fantastic brew, I highly recommend this one and can't wait to have it again. Cheers!

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Photo of Tackledorange
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very nice black with ruby highlights along the edges of the glass and about a 3 finger mocha coloured head that dies down to a thin layer leaving little lacing. It smells awesomel lots of coffee and some dark chocolate sweetness. the taste is very similar to the smell lots of coffee and lots of dark chocolate and a very faint hint of hops in there as well. it has nice carbonation and a fairly heavy and sticky mouthfeel that coats the mouth with every taste. overall i think this is an amazing beer that i could enjoy anytime of day.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a chocolatey aroma. It has a sweet caramel aroma also. A slight coffee aroma is present, but only just a touch. Hop aroma is very low.

This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolate is the strongest flavor I get. Coffee is also noticable. This beer has a plesent roasted malt flavor to it.

This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a chocolate like aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is quite mild. I havent hd this beer in a while, and I forgot how good it is. I will definately be having many more in the future.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 17, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint ... OCCASION: Silver Linings Playbook watching requires a comparable libation.. APPEARANCE: ruby black body; brown, fizzing, simmering head; holds to a quarter-inch that sits throughout; attractive... AROMA: robust chocolate, coffee, and that peat scent that is undeniably porter; light and alluring... PALATE: milky, silky smooth; an unbelievably agreeable beer to sip--I found half the glass drained before I even began the palate/taste analysis...TASTE: as lactic and chocolaty as a porter could be; the hops balance this extraordinarily; sugary and sweet--a dessert in a bottle...OVERALL: God, what a joy it is to revisit the greats; a beer this fluid should not be this flavorful and enjoyable...

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Photo of dolzan
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date of tasting: 14.07.2010

A very dark with a nice head that disappears pretty quickly.

The taste is overwhelmingly rich and complex, it really reminds me of a mixture of coffee, vanilla, almonds and chocolate. Very smooth and very drinkable, with just the right balance of bitter and sweet aftertaste.

This is almost as good as it gets. It has its own very unique character and it's a beer you'll return to over and over again. I'm not sure why, but it somehow feels stronger than it really is.

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Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from the LCBO, BBD of November 17, 2011. Into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a solid 3 finger tan head. Sheets of lacing, with solid retention. Nose is equally as solid, caramel, dark and milk chocolates, light smoke (maybe some smoked meats) and some roastiness. Quite complex and mouthwatering. Starts off smooth and super silky on the palate, chocolate up front with some caramel sweetness, dark roasted coffee, a touch metallic before it warmed up a bit more. Mouthfeel was great, creamy and silky. Drinkability is awesome, an everyday porter and something that may become a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown cola color. Thin light tan head. Low carbonation apparent. Some lacing.

Rich cocoa and some dark fruit. Molasses, brown sugar, toast, and some spices. Bakers chocolate as well. Sweet and rich aroma. A hint of licorice and perhaps some clove. Little hop aroma. Perhaps some herbal English hops.

Chocolate and dark fruit initially giving way to rich biscuity malt. Toffee as well. Caramel and coffee. Lots of nutty bready malts complimenting the dark fruit and cocoa. Spicy hops at a low level with some lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body with fairly low carbonation. Coffee lingers on the palate. Sweetness upfront finishing quite dry.

Excellent. What sets this apart from other porters I've had is the amount of bready nutty malts balanced with the roasted malts.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-size head of light espresso brown atop a dark body. A little tinge of red as I hold it up to the light, and a bit of lacing around the glass, but the strength is in the head.

Coffee aromas dominate the nose, with some fruity smells also exhibited, which is not unusual for many English ales, even if this is a roasty porter. Ahhhh, quite nice.

Wow! Now I know where that delicious coffee flavor found in so many porters is inspired from. This is incredible. Plenty of coffee goodness, a little cocoa, some creamer, and a slight quantity of baked breadiness. A wide flavor spectrum that comes together like the Constructicons forming Devastator.

The mouthfeel is light and tingly, with some thickness on the palate as I swish. Almost as soft as a good oatmeal stout.

Overall, I can see why this receives the top rating it does on BA. For an English ale, it's intense yet balanced without being too overpowering. I could consume at least three of these in a row and probably come back for a fourth or fifth. A highly session-able and complex beer. Cheers Fuller's!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.
Drank at around 40 degrees F. Nice orange/brown color. Head appeared light but was richer than expected.
Smell of pear, roasted malt, caramel.
Taste had slow bite of hops encircled by caramel with a roasting malt aftertaste. Went down smooth and dragged the next sip down with it.
Excellent beer

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Photo of ypsifly
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The Ink jetted best before date is smeared and not fully readable.

Dark brown to almost black with a little more than a finger of light tan. Good retention with wispy rings of lace.

The nose has a lot of sweet, roasted malts. Has some chocolate and a whiff of smoke.

Creamy mouth with the roasted flavors becoming coffee like and the chocolate seems almost powder like. Hop bitterness towards the back as it doesn't really stand out but rather adds balance. The chocolate flavors stay through the finish and after taste.

An extremely drinkable porter. My favorite from the UK.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA. Served cool poured into a half pint.
A - Deep coffee brown w/ a caramel highlight and 1/4 inch of light tan head. A minute amount of lace is observed.

S - Rich toffee and caramel w/ subtle coffee and chocolate notes w/ subtle fruit esters.

M - Medium w/ a sweet caramel edge. Mild carbonation and roasted notes.

T - A smooth ale yeast taste at the start w/ subtle sweet caramel and toffee flavors. The coffee-like roasted barley and dark malt flavor joins and stays for the duration. Slight vinous tastes w/ a hint of vanilla bounce in and out w/ a slight burned toast taste. Nuts and light brown sugar w/ a touch of chocolate rounds out the excellent flavor.

D - A great Porter - Rich, yet easy to drink many more than 2 at a time. This ale is a fine blend of malty flavors w/ subtle roast and char notes. Excellent tasting porter from the 1st sip to the last.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.