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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,262 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,262
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 174
Gots: 180 | 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 Scrylol
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fine 1 finger head, lots of lacing. Dark color with some ruby tones.

The aroma consists of roasted malt, some toffee, some coffee, and some raisins.

The taste contains lots of roasted malt backed by some toffee and coffee flavours, leaves some bitterness behind, dry finish. I also get some hints of vanilla, not a lot though. Quite complex and rich.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, medium bodied, decent carbonation with each sip, and quite creamy, feels great on the palate.

Drinkability is great. Overall this drink is one fine, rich, complex brew, and I recommend it to try it out. It's delicious and gets better as it warms up.

Photo of seand
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brownish red, near black, with a large creamy bubbly tan head, which retains quite well and leaves good lacing. It's a very nice looking beer.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and grainy oatmeal, the malts come out strong hear, with a bit of burnt bitterness.

T: Full flavored, sweet chocolate notes with a strong coffee background, finishing with bitterness. I think it works quite nicely.

M: Medium to full bodied, not much carbonation so almost like thick water.

D: The smoothness and low carbonation make this an easy one to quaff.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black body, light brn finger head, solid lacing

S: light chocolate, hint of roasted malt.

T: sweet vanilla, roasted malt, light cocoa,
mild bitter finish

M: med/light body, smooth mouth

O: Nice sessionable English porter.
Would get it again and recommend it
to others.

VERY NICE, GIVE IT A GO!

Photo of everetends
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice dark brown, almost black. Had a nice brown head that created some nice sticky lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, malt, cream and a bit of cherries.

T: Dark chocolate, cream, malt, rich coffee and some dark fruit including cherries. Very good.

M: Very creamy and gave the mouth a good coat. After taste of slightly bitter coffee and cream.

D: I can't wait to get more. This was amazing and it was a fluke I picked it up. Very nice and will drink again.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a clearish, cola black with a half-inch tan head that quickly settles to a film. Okay retention; good, stringy lacing.

S:
Rich and earthy. Nuts, malt, licorice, coffee.

T:
Tastes rich and slightly creamy. Nutty and almost burnt with some dirty notes and rich, mouth-coating roasted malt flavors. Really nice!

M:
Medium body. Good crisp carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Nice.

O:
A damn fine porter! It seems very "Porter-esque" to me. That is, it has all that I like in porters and nothing of what I don't. Rich and hearty. Warming and dank.
Would have again.
Worth trying.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a finger-thick light tan and creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly settling at a thin layer of head. It leaves full sticky lacing as you drink. The color is dark ruby and quite clear.

Smell - Notes of dates and fig up front, with moderate scents of sweet milk chocolate and mild coffee. Toasted malt abounds on the nose as per the style. Rich sweet buttery caramel is also present throughout with a hint of cream soda. Slightly sour/bitter hops are barely traceable. Little alcohol is present. This stuff smells delicious!

Taste - Coffee, cream, milk chocolate, buttery caramel, slight fig-like fruitiness and other notes of dark ripe fruits, though subtle. Oily and slick hops that are only mildly bitter and a bit sour. A rich toasted malt character in the background ties it all up for the finish. The aftertaste has a remaining presence of the oily hops and a bitter coffee flavor as well. Little alcohol is present in any of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Darn smooth with a medium body. Good carbonation with a slight bite up front, but it drastically dies down immediately afterward, leaving a slight tingling effect for the remainder of the taste. Has a generally slick and wet mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability - Full flavors and a generally thick and rich character. Two of these and that would be my dessert for the night.

A great English porter. I love the creaminess in the smell and taste, along with the buttery caramel sweetness. A great medley of flavors. This is a perfect pairing to any rich and chocolatey dessert. Highly recommended and a must have for porter lovers.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molasses or rasiny color with a very moderate and short lived head. Fizzles away rather quickly, leaving a nice amount of lacing. Aroma is roasted and a tad bit sour. Lots of dark malts in there. Flavor is also well roasted, slightly sour, almost in a dark chocolate way. Stands well on its own or would certainly go well with any red meat. Lasting aftertaste and lighter body than one would imagine.

Photo of daledeee
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark opaque brown with a nice head and the head leaves a nice lace. Sweet coffee, malt and chocolate nose. taste is smokey, chocolate, malt and coffee. This is a nice strong beer but not overbearing. I did not chill this much.

A fine offering

Photo of coalcracker
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly opaque with tan head. Retention of head is moderate and sticks around for a bit.
Smell: Evident but subtle notes of roasted malts and chocolate, with a touch of bready yeast.
Taste: Quick build-up with chocolate/roasted malts rising hand-in-hand with an assertive bitterness. Chocolate, coffee, buttered bread quite present in taste. The aforementioned bitterness persists and outlasts the malty goodness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slick behind that hop bite.

Overall: As frequently mentioned, a pretty complex brew that is an interesting and definitive example of the porter style.

Photo of SargeC
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown colored brew with a frothy tan head.

Smell: Roast malt, brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Good roast malt profile, extremely smooth. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium/Heavy body. Good density for the style.

Drinkablity: Very tasty. A sessionable porter is good to find.

Photo of whynot44
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very dark garnet color with a tan head that doesn't last.

Aroma is coffee, caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt.

Taste starts with strong coffee, then caramel, dark chocolate, and finishes with a hops bite and more coffee in the aftertaste.

Very smooth and creamy. If you like Porter's, this one definitely hit's the mark.

Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown almost black color with some faint highlights. Has a creamy light brown head with good retention and sticky lacing around the glass.

The flavor is dominated with bitter chocolate and coffee hints. Some fruity esters from the hops pull through, as well has the crisp taste of the mineral water used to brew this porter. A bit of smokiness and buttery diacetyl can be tasted as well.

Has a medium body and with a bitter smokey finish.

A very tasty English porter. Some of the best money can buy!

Photo of RobGronkowski
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of SamuraiJack
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a super nice porter - a really good example of the style.
First pour shows a beer that is the rich dark brown desirable of the type, but with a very very light head - sticky but almost non-existent. This is one of the only weaknesses of the beer. The other is the aroma. While it is nice (toasty caramel, espresso/chocolate and even some nice smoky malt) it is very very light.
Initial taste is crisp and yet smooth, with light carbonation and a nice medium body. Very balanced and complex flavours, mostly made up of bitter chocolate, coffee and even a very light butterscotch all built on a little tiny touch of esthers and alcohol. The hop flavour is slight, but adds the balance to the roasted malt needed to create the foundation for the complex flavours. There is almost no aftertaste, just a fading smoky taste and bitter coffee/chocolate.
A really drinkable beer - great for cold evenings.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque dark-chocolate brown. Head is pretty thin even with a strong pour; not much in the way of lacing. Loses points there.
Strong, roasty aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, and a little pipe tobacco. Very nice.
Flavor is of rich roasted malts, with strong black coffee being the most dominant; hint of mocha and a touch of bittersweet molasses. Just a trace of hops keeps things nicely balanced. A faint smokiness in the finish.
Feel is heavy and full. Carbonation is a tad biting, but the beer still maintains a smoothness.
Overall a pretty delicious tasting porter. Deep and flavorful. Recommended.

Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Stigs
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into Sam Smith pint glass

A - yielded 2_ fingers of thick and frothy tan/khaki colored foam. crackles as it slowly recedes to a thin layer, no lacing. the beer is deep, dark yet clear brown.

S - huge roasted coffee beans, sweet (but not bitter) chocolate, toasted nuts, and more coffee bitterness near the end. notes of vanilla, oak, and a little bit of spice. outstanding.

T - starts out very smooth then the coffee and chocolate really kick in. its sweet then almost instantly turns bitter, but very pleasant kind of bitterness. vanilla shows up occasionally throughout the sip, sweet (again) and nutty and just a faint hop bitterness.

M - highly carbonated and lively. all the flavors and carbonation make it feel a bit chalky though. mostly pleasant and creamy though.

D - full of flavors, smells, and textures...but highly drinkable. serve this at the suggested temperature as all the good stuff really opens up. good enough to almost make me want to watch soccer.

Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My score is based on the cask version in December 2007 which makes it an ideal cask, with just the required bitterness and stouty roast coffee. In bottle, Looks, smells and tastes like a chocolate liquor, a bit bitter, with some coffee and coffee roast. Rich and smooth in taste, aroma and colour. Drying finish. Had Feb 2005 again on tap and it just does it again.Fuller's and maybe all of the UK's best.

Photo of JamesSchutz
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable, lighter porter.

A: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Nearly opaque with a hint of red / mahogany when held to the light. Thin creamy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Rich molasses, moderate smokiness, coffee, dark chocolate, spice.

T: Sweet molasses, baker's chocolate, lingering smokey finish.

M: Medium bodied, syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Easy drinking porter. Tastes like another, which is a bit rare for me with porters.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark red, can be seen through clearly with light behind it, but is almost impenetrable otherwise. Forms medium tan head that has good retention but by the time it has settled nothing remains except a few bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S & T = Smells of coffee, caramel and milk chocolate. Some tart and sour flavors of dark chocolate, butter, long finish.

M = Medium, medium-light body, some stinging on the tongue.

D = This is a very drinkable beer which is interesting since it has pretty strong flavors.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 8/31/12

Appearance: Dark brown, clear and lighter brown around the edges - somewhat fizzy beige head, fades to a small ring somewhat quickly, but it's easy to drum up some carbonation - leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Roasty malts and chocolate - coffee, dark chocolate, and some milk chocolate - some caramel, toffee, and nuts - a touch of minerality and some slight English hop grassiness - really solid for the style

Taste: Chocolate malts and dark chocolate - decidedly chocolatey, but on the dark side, not overly sweet - caramel, toffee, nuts - some minerality, and something wood-like - roasty and dry - mildly bitter, with a notably nice, chocolatey, dry aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated, very drinkable

Overall: A standard for the style

I am pretty sure this is the best English Porter I've encountered. It's not particularly exciting in any way, but it's nicely balanced, tasty, and very drinkable. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear, slightly orange brown with a small tan head that left spotty clumps of lace. Smells sweet and tangy like caramel and a touch of green apple with the malt reminding me of a slightly roasted Dopplebock. Tastes of slight chocolate and coffee with a subtle, smooth and sweet sourness that finishes with just a touch of dry hop. Mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. For such a strong flavor, I was surprised at how easily this went down

Photo of cvstrickland
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a rich clear mahogany body that glows a dark ruby when held up to the light. A finger of soapy, mottled ecru-and-ivory foam settles to a bubbly sheet

The smell of the drink is darkly malty and tangy with a bit of syrupy coffee laced with toffee and dry cocoa. As the drink sits a bit it becomes more chocolatey, toasty, roasty, and highly aromatic when swirled.

The drink is soft, roasty, and sweet, with plenty of malty chocolate and a drying dark-roast coffee finish. A bit of cola nut and a dash of earthy hops linger in the finish.

Medium-bodied with superb carbonation and feel. Outstanding drinkability.

Photo of JNForsyth
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RedHaze
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with red highlights around the edges, with a one inch tan head that fades to a swirling cap and leaves quite a lot of lace.

Smell; coffee and chocolate are the dominant aromas, along with a bit of toffee and licorice. It's sweet without being overpoweringly so.

Taste; The coffee and bittersweet chocolate come out first as with the smell, followed by the toffee and a bit of a toasted flavor, and in the finish there's a touch of black licorice. There's very little bitterness to this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit dry, and so easy to drink.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,262 ratings.