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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,164 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,164
Hads: 2,391
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 212
Gots: 265 | 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 Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark ruby with a nice thin beige head that retains nicely. One of the best smelling porters I've come across. Nutty, roasty and chocolatey. Very, very nice. Wow. What a creamy mouthfeel. This is really an outstanding porter. I've had this before but never had this type of experience. (They were probably old beers in past.) Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body. What a treat. Great way to cap the night. (502 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark, dark brown with a slight reddish hue. 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates into nice ring. OK lacing.

Fruity malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel and toffee, brown sugar, almost faint butterscotch.

Incredibly drinkable. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness and faint hops. Finish leaves nice chocolatey aftertaste with slight bitterness. Beautifully balanced.

Medium, creamy body with nice carbonation. Feels light on the tongue. Dry finish with slight lingering bitterness.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I can easily picture myself drinking this as a session beer for a BBQ or steak cookout. Very well balanced, flavorful and light. I believe I've found myself a new go-to. (722 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmmm. okay. this is pretty good. another england, another decent brew.
very dark appearance with little head, although that just may be the bottle's trait.
dark chocolate and coffee (no, more espresso) smells and tastes, although not as 'thick' as others in this class. i really like the smell of this. for the style, i gave it a 5 due to the sweet/bitter character but pleasingly refreshing darker notes.
i really enjoyed reading the other reviews. i very much like the taste of this but it's assuring to hear the way others are clamoring over it. i like the lower abv and believe it contributes to the overall taste, but it's not so low that it cancels out the reason for tasting it. i like MAYDAY's review but i cant fathom someone enjoying a brew (MORE?) warm than cooled? especially a stout? i'll have to try this someday. (has anyone ever heard of a BASS CREAM ALE? i thought i remember trying that years ago at DER BARON's in las vegas and it was tart, but creamy. this kind of reminds me of that although i cannot find any tags relating to it...).
overall... what a darn fine product. i didnt expect to see "the bros" rate it so highly, especially since i cosider it more of a 'commercial' brew, but everyone else's reviews support my feelings about this stuff. less of a stout drinker, but i appreciate a really good stout, or porter, once in awhile but more accustomed to the higher abv'ed versions. i recommend this heartily. and because it's 'commercial', it shouldnt be too difficult to find if you have a BEVMO or TOTAL WINE near you . . . . . i would definitely like to find this in a keg somewhere.... (1,617 characters)

Photo of andebrice
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black color, white creme colored, small head that dissipates quickly. Lacing does stick around the glass though. Smells really sweet, fruity, and malty. Taste great. Dark chocolate start, bitter coffee finish, A lingering coffee with a slightly hoppy aftertaste that makes the mouth tingle. Just the right amount of carbonation to make the bitter finish stick around for a while, but doesn't allow it to overstay its welcome, inviting the drinker in for another taste. Overall a very rich complex brew that is worth drinking. (530 characters)

Photo of naterock
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled upoon this porter in a familiar pub, they were trying it out with the clientel, I was impressed.
C: Medium head with a dark ruby color head tastes of espresso
S: Espresso with bitter chocolate aromas
T: Tastes like it smells
M: medium carbonation, better than bottled
D: Very drinkable. Drink with Red meat and sharp cheese. I am a huge fan of this porter, I will definitely look for this one again. (411 characters)

Photo of scratch69
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear, dark cola brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Generous amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Rich malt and chocolate aromas with a hint of some dark fruit as well.

Taste- Dark chocolate and coffee flavors with notes of toffee and nuts.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth, creamy medium body with a light amount of carbonation that's perfect in this beer.

Overall- This is one of the best porters that I've tried. I will be seeking this one again. (495 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is smooth, dark, rich, and oh sooo good!! The head wasn't big after some time after the pour, but the lacing was there. The smell is rich in coffee, but without bitterness. The taste is unbelievable, even better than the smell. The mouthfeel is very smooth, I love it. Overall, I really hope to get more of this fine brew. It's awsome!! (346 characters)

Photo of JMad
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was dark brown with red highlights, the khaki colored head was thin and bubbly. Smells amazing, you get a lot of roasted coffee and chocolate along with a hint of molasses. When you take a sip you first notice some bitter coffee flavors, then some toasty, smokey notes and hints of bitter dark chocolate. The beer is light but full bodied, it has low but sharp carbonation and it leaves the mouth very dry. I'm glad the guy at Central Market recommended this one, it is truly a great porter. (545 characters)

Photo of NForr
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little to no head, dark brown, just shy of a stout

Sweet dark roasted smell, coco, coffee. Hint of hops, floral.

Nice bitter combo from the roast and the hops. Moka taste - same as smell. Fruity flavor emerges that I didn't get in the nose.

Medium body, surprisingly light,
Incredibly drinkable. Great porter, I always enjoy fuller products. (344 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark, reddish brown color with a medium-sized, creamy, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. ARoma of roasted and chocolate malts, vanilla, and light dark fruits in the background. Slight chocolate and roasted malt, with vanilla beans, and light caramel in the taste. Creamy and full mouthfeel. (321 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite English porter. Nice opaque black pour, one finger tan head. Scent of coffee, slight mocha. Flavor is matching with roasted malts, creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't stay with you, finish clean. Great drinkability. Smooth full flavor, more than usual for a porter.

Bottle and nitro-tap. (291 characters)

Photo of fretlessman71
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Griffin is London’s Oldest Brewery, according to the bottle. I’ve heard and read such great things about this porter, and I’ve enjoyed a few bottles of the 1845 as well. Lot of folks I know say this is their favorite of the porters. The griffin on the label reminds me of the Griffin Wheel Company, which I believe still operates somewhere near Chicago. Used to have a set of highball glasses from them. Hope this bottle isn’t THAT old…

APPEARANCE: Gorgeous translucent ruby/mahogany with a very dense tan head. If I had an ice cream scoop I could make porter head sundaes! Leaving some pretty good lacing as head withdraws.

AROMA: Dark fruit and milk chocolate. Maybe they use Ovaltine! Getting a little bit of metallic/pencil shaving as well, probably due to their yeast – I’m vaguely reminded of a bottle of 1845 I had a while back.

FLAVOR: So many flavors are coming through here – chocolate, roasted peanuts, caramel, coffee (light and tasty, not black and burnt like I usually drink mine!), just a touch of hops, enough to balance the sweetness of the malt and no more. Dark fruit from the aroma is more apparent on the swallow. Somewhat dry finish; maybe clean is a better word for it. Gets even better as the beer warms.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light weight, carbonation not a huge factor – the large head doesn’t seem to translate into a fizzy feel. Very smooth.

DRINKABILITY: Very good at 5.4% - almost in the realm of a session brew. The complexity means that I won’t get bored of it after the first pint (or pint-and-13/80 - what an odd size bottle at 1 pt., 2.6 oz.).

OVERALL COMMENTS: I don’t think that Fuller’s can make a bad beer – this is further proof of that. Distinctive, recognizable flavors, smoothness, that yearning for malted chocolate milk – can’t think of a more wonderful way to spend an evening. (1,885 characters)

Photo of Biscuit033
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark Amber/Brown with ruby highlights, two finger tan head with great lacing.

S: Caramel, malts, smoke, and metallic hops.

T: Same as the nose but with a more smoky/roasted flavor and some vanillaand cream.

M: Thinner than expected but plenty enough bodywith nice carbination and a great long roasted finish.

D: Very easy to drink all night. This will become a regular for me. (383 characters)

Photo of rangerred
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown but not quite opaque. Thick fluffy one finger head with decent lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee along with a little bit of dark fruit. Wonderful roasted aroma.

The taste is very chocolaty up front followed by the coffee. Dark fruit is present as well all though it is restrained. Plenty of roast with this one which leads to a pretty crisp finish. Mouthfeel is maybe a tad bit thin but still acceptable.

This beer is really the benchmark for the style and one that I will go back to again and again. (564 characters)

Photo of lagomswedish
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this from a keg at the Bishops Arms in Umeå in northern Sweden just as the long winter is rolling in - the perfect moment for a porter!
Appearence - dark brown, almost ink black, with a creamy tan head that followed me all the way down to the bottom of the pint glass.
Smell - Wow!!! Huge nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, treacle and butter.
Taste - Masses of raisins, dark fruits overlaid with chocolate, butter and expresso coffee. A slight ash/burnt aftertaste, dry and crisp, with a residual burnt sugar taste.
Mouthfeel - luxurious and sensual (steady on). Creamy and smooth with low carbonation.
Drinkability - If this is really what they drank in London in the early nineteenth century then I was born a hundred years too late! (749 characters)

Photo of oggg
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lovely bomber with expiration date Nov 04

This beer pours black with brown tints at the edges. The head is a large bubbled small tan foam that sinks quickly.

The aroma has intense chocolate and the faint burnt smell of roasted grains. The taste is full of chocolate and roasted grains. The roasted flavor hangs around for a bit, and underneath is a raw graininess. Bitterness from the roasted stuff fades and the finish is somewhat dry. Certainly not syrupy.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very smooth. Subtle alcohol.
This is an excellent brew that is very drinkable. Probably would do well with a newbie drinker that can handle a little roastiness. (650 characters)

Photo of brendan13
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very dark brown with a 2cm dense tan coloured head that persists. Plenty of lacing.
S - Light notes of bitter chocolate as well as dark fruit, undoubtedly from dark crystal malts. Sublte hint of roasted barley.
T - Smooth blend of cocoa, stewed dark fruit & roastiness.
M - Medium to full bodied with a low, smooth carbonation. Ever so slight bitterness to balance.
D - A classic example of the style. Something I'd drink lots of. Was so happy to find it here. (500 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Beer of the Month selection I recieved that is making me more and more a Porter man!

Great tasting body,wonderful creamy foam head.
Not too strong in alchohol and not bitter at all!

If they didn't export it to America it would be worth flying to England to try!! (274 characters)

Photo of noclue
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 550ml bottle served in a 20oz 'nonic' glass.

Appearance: Rich, dark brown. Almost black with hints of ruby. Medium sized tan creamy head that died slowly but completely. Little to no lace. Streaming carbonation.

Smell: Smokey and roasted. Coffee and caramel.

Taste: Rich and earthy. Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Spicy hops in the finish. Smooth as could be.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. Watery texture.

Drinkability/Overall: Smooth, complex, and easy to drink. Very good!. (525 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of all the beers I have ever had, this is my favorite! Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep brown, forming a very thin head, leaving light lacing. The aroma is strong mocha coffee. The taste is just wonderful! Thick roasted malts, light chocolate, heavy smooth coffee, with a hint of toffee. Nice medium mouthfeel. Overall, this is an easy smooth porter. I can drink this all night. If you havent tried this, you dont know what your missing. Definitely my favorite beer of all time! (516 characters)

Photo of CVC
4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Best before 16/Oct/03."

Came in an 18.8 oz. dark bottle; served in a pint glass.

Pours black with a thick, slow-dying, tannish three-finger head. Leaves rings of lace all the way from the top of the glass to the bottom. Smells and tastes heavily of roasted malts, and some chocolate, toffee, and raisins. Not much hops, medium carbonation. Medium-bodied and creamy mouthfeel, and is very drinkable.

An excellent porter all around. This is one of the more popular beers by Fuller's, and for a good reason: it's damn good. Can pair-up easily with anything meaty. And even though this particular bottle is over a year expired, it still tastes just as good as it always does. (676 characters)

Photo of ryno09
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first every porter I tried and still my favorite English style porter. Pours your standard dark brown color with tan head. I absolutely love the nose on this beer. It smells like brewing dark beers with that huge roast and chocolate maltiness. There are just enough bittering hops to prevent it from being too sweet. They start on the front of the tongue and fade to the huge roasty, chocolate malt flavors. Just a fantastic lingering finish to it. (452 characters)

Photo of etenbus
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers on the planet and considered the top porter on the market. I first had this beer at Little Jack Horner's pub on Tottenham Court Road in central London, a Fuller's pub. On tap the beer is unparalleled. This was the bottle version I picked up at Gomer's in Kansas City.

It pours blackish-brown, until you hold it up to the light when a reddish hue comes through. A small tan head formed but faded quickly.

The aroma is complex and a real treat. I detect coffee, toffee, caramel, leather, and perhaps a little citrus and even that unique Bass-type wet horseblanket aroma that lays on the best British ales.

The taste is exceptional. There is sweetness up front, but not cloying at all. And it fades when the hops shine through. There is a heady mix of sweet candy, espresso, a hint of orange, and just a trace of smoke lingering at the end. This is not a sweet porter at all, as the hops equalize the sweet wort effectively. There is almost a bit of that sour Guinness flavor in there too, which adds great depth.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker on the draft version. The bottle version seemed a little thinner but still adequate for a porter.

This is a very drinkable ale. I've had porters that are heavy on the sweet side, which goes against type, or are too bitter. Well, this one's just right. I'll have another. (1,347 characters)

Photo of Trappissed
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times and am finally reviewing it. Definitely shows a great example of a superior English Porter. A little less burnt and roasty than the American style I am used to. Sweeter as well. A lactic presence. Chocolate outweighs the coffee, but there is some bitter coffee towards the end and in the aftertaste. Maybe even a small amount of dark fruit mixed in there. Don't hesitate on this one. (413 characters)

Photo of Gregfalone
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre California. Standard pint glass

This beer pours beautifully. As it pours int the cup from the tap it turns to a light brown froth that billows from the bottom up, slowly turning from a dense foam into a brownish black liquid with a 1/2 inch head that last until empty, leaving the most perfect lacing ive ever seen, all the way to the bottom of the glass. even on the bottom of the glass... Very beautiful to watch. This only seems to happen on tap, I haven't been able to pour this effect with a bottle.

The smell is dark chocolate with coffee, some toasty malt, and a light sweetness. Nothing that particularly stands out.

The taste is fantastic and matches the nose only with the sweetness less prominent.

Mouthfeel is medium body, and silky smooth, among the smoothest, if not THE smoothest beer I've ever had the pleasure to drink.

Overall I think this is one of my favorite beers of all time. Enlih porter is my favorite style, and I'm not sure if I prefer this or taddy porter. In bottle form I'd choose the taddy, but the London porter on tap takes the cake... Until I can find taddy on tap, I can't say which is my top beer. (1,205 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.