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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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94
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Reviews: 1,183
Hads: 2,490
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 239
Gots: 326 | FT: 0
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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 egajdzis
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of lagomswedish
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of oggg
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of brendan13
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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!!

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Photo of noclue
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
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!.

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Photo of beeragent
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of CVC
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of ryno09
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of etenbus
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Trappissed
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Gregfalone
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exxxxcellent. Interesting that in low light, this thing's opaque, but when you hold it up to a light, it's a deep ruby red. Many a stout maintains its opacity even in bright light... i guess thus this is a porter.

Chocolate. Toffee. Coffee. Roasted flavors. An aftertaste of tobacco, but not stale; good. Complex. Magnificent.

A fitting brew to celebrate my 27th birthday last night. Hope it'll make its way into AL once we reform the container laws...

Cheers.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If there was a textbook pour for a Porter, there'd be a picture of this beer in said book. Black body that is dark ruby around the edges. Head is one inch of nappy brown foam. Nose is espresso, chocolate and a hint of molasses. Taste is pretty much the same with the chocolate reminding me of chocolate syrup. I also get just the barest suggestion of smoke. Mouth is thick with sparse carbonation. If you enjoy porters, this one is a beer that you'd surely be able to drink all night long.

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Photo of glamphetamine
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an almost fully opaque black with just a touch of brown. Generates a nice, foamy tan head that dissipates to a film across the surface of the beer.

S - Prunes and raisins come to the forefront, mixed nicely with coffee and a hint of chocolate.

T - Warm and malty. The chocolate really dominates here, with just the slightest trace of alcohol piggybacking the flavor near the end. There's also a hint of coffee and raisins in the flavor. The taste is very mild and simple at first, but the flavors open up just before the finish.

M - Finishes very smoothly. There is NOTHING unpleasant about the mouthfeel on this one. It's smooth, washes down clean, and leaves a mild and pleasant aftertaste. The carbonation is very mild.

D - Very drinkable. Flavorful enough to be interesting, but not overpowering or cloying. I think this would be a good intro beer for people who've never had a porter or a really dark beer, but it's still good enough to satisfy an experienced beer geek. I might pick myself up a six-pack if I ever spot one.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had one of those a few years ago and I remembered it as really good but I was not impressed recently with the Fuller London Pride.

Poured it in a Pit Caribou pint glass. One of Gaspesie's nicest micro brewery. A small bubbly head formed and dissipated in mere seconds. Don't drink a porter if you want a 3 inch head. As Nigel would say, 'it's like, how much more black could this be. And the answer is none'. Got a beautiful blood red hue when held up to a light.

I get a nice whiff of brown sugar candied bacon.

That beer has got a good thickness while leaving the mouth oily with hoppy goodness. Man do I like a smoked Porter and this one gives it to you. Smoked malts on the intake, oats and dark bitter chocolate follow while you are left with a gooooood espresso aftertaste that will linger on for the next minutes.

Had some Dead Man's Party from Standard Vape while drinking this beer. It completely muted the cumby taste from the juice and left me with an otherwise pretty absent citrus note and brought a more natural blueberry flavor.

Expected a lot going in and I was not dissapointed. If you like a smoked porter, there's probably none more great!

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Photo of cbl2
4.69/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance:

Viscous black with a half inch creamy tan/brown head.

Aroma:

Burnt raisins, chocolate, coffee, tar; Very aromatic!!!

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Rich and creamy with carmelized fruit flavors as well as black coffee and chocolate with smoky finish. Extremely drinkable, especially considering the cost of $4/bottle.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently opaque dark-brown body approaches to clear and shows ruby hue when held
to light. Light tan head is fairly thick and holds well supported by moderate carbonation.

Nose is a blend of mild roasted malt with chocolate qualities and non-roasted malt that contributes sweet and nutty aromas. A careful sniffing reveals brown sugar/caramel and a even a faint vestige of dark-fruit esters.

Flavor is marked by heavily roasted malt that yields bitter dark chocolate & mocha yet is neither acrid nor burnt. Body is well attenuated and the overall flavor hangs suspended somewhere between being slightly malty or slightly bitter from vegetal hops and roastiness; the later two combined with carbonation lend dry finish.

Medium-light body with creamy texture and silk-smoothness.

Overall, a fundamental, wonderful porter that is not called "world's finest" for nothing. (500 ml into pint, BB 2013-08-06)

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Photo of nasty15108
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt .9oz can into t Fuller's pint glass.

A - Black with slight ruby hues around the edges. The pour produced a head of creamy tan foam. Good lacing scattered throughout.

S - Creamy aroma of chocolate and strong brewed coffee. Hints of vanilla, smoke and charcoal.

T - Creamy with lots of bitter dark chocolate sweetness. Finishes slightly smokey with a hint of bitterness. Lots of coffee in the aftertaste.

MF&D - Thin/medium bodied, but very complex and clingy. This is an absolute classic.

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Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got-damn near faultless! This is the stuff, wow! So fragrant. Really malty, grainy, a bit grassy and some molasses. Big very creamy clingy head with lotsa lace. Roasty chocolate malt flavor. Tan head wth lots of lace. This is fantastic! Not sure if a session beer; so rich. I want more! This was from a sample at Bodega.

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Photo of beeroclock
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very dark, which makes sense because it tastes alot like coffee, which it looks like as well. It poured very dark almost black and left a slight head that was a lighter brown that disappeared very quickly. The taste is excellent, like a nutty coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is great, its thick but not too thick. As far as dark beers this is definitely a strong flavorful one. This was served in a british pub in a pint glass here in Jax and I was pleased with it. I would drink this again, and I did, today, again times 3...
I had to edit this as I've been drinking this more and more lately, its become my favorite beer...Cheers!

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.