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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,291 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,291
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 185
Gots: 195 | 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 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 Haman94
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 B-Land
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and nice chocolate aromas. There is also a slight milk-like aroma I am getting from this one.Taste is of dark roasted malt, brewed coffee, and some cocoa powder. A mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good English porter that is very easy to drink. With a lower ABV it is also something you could drink all night without getting too sloshed.

Photo of Bfarr
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with thin tan head with little retention and okay lacing. Earthy and light smoky aroma with a touch of sweetness. Coffee and roasted flavors with a chocolate sweetness. A touch of sour in the finish. Feel is thin yet clingy.

Great flavors and easy drinking, all the flavors are subtle yet this is a great porter to sit down with. It's balanced and interesting and fairly smooth. The slight sour finish just added an extra dimension that wasn't overdone and enjoyable.

Photo of Stunner97
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- moderate white head foams up on the pour, dark brown to black that when held up to the light can be seen through

Smell- the overwhelming smell to me on this one is lots of coffee and espresso notes, very overall malty and roasted malt smell, smell is overall quite nice

Taste- very strong coffee notes dominate the front and then is ridden out to a dry finish, the flavor is pretty long and lasting overall, and its not as sweet and malty as I would have expected on the nose, roasted malts and very slight dark chocolate notes, I do find this beer to be rather complex and it grows on you a bit as you go and the beer warms a bit up, the dry finish really provides a solid backbone and long finish,

Mouthfeel- drying finish with a very light to at most medium body weight

Drinkability- a very nice session brew, its not to heavy but not to light either, its certainly up there with some of my favorite porters, its a boat load more complex then the taddy porter but there is something about the extreme drinkability of the taddy that brings me back to that too but this is what I would go for if I was something a little more complex to sip a little slower, a fine offering from a fantastic brewery

Photo of erz316
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

better head than the bottle. good dark brown colour. abundant dark roasted malts with a strong dark chocolate backbone, a little coffee behind the chocolate with even less caramel notes in the far back. the taste is a close version of the nose. initial notes are coffee and some maltiness; there is also some caramilzed sweetness in the elusive midground.

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

Clear mahogany amber in color with a frothy, light tan and thin head atop medium-sized bubbles. Poor retention with moderate lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma is of "Whoppers" malt balls, milk chocolate, carob, caramel, vanilla, black walnut, butterscotch, incense, oak, dates and moist pipe tobacco. The nose is very unique and wonderful. Mouthfeel is biting from the dark grains with a light, refreshing body (Similar body to Grants Perfect Porter, though Grant's is certainly spritzier in mouthfeel). This is much drier than I would expect based upon aroma. This is a dry porter with a little residual malt sugar, and some astringent roasted malts with a semisweet, very English, mild bittering hop finish. Has a bright coffee-like acidity. Alcohol is noticeable, but is very clean and not unpleasant. No perceptible off flavors or aromas.

This is a nicely balanced version of the English porter, and is certainly very drinkable, but I wish it had a smoother mouthfeel and a touch more body and malt sweetness. Some maltodextrin and lactose would really make this an amazing beer. As it stands, this is very good.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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"!

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,291 ratings.