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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,165 Reviews
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Reviews: 1,165
Hads: 2,394
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 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)

Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of glamphetamine
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,043 characters)

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
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! (1,163 characters)

Photo of cbl2
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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) (911 characters)

Photo of nasty15108
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of beeroclock
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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! (644 characters)

Photo of HochFliegen
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very thick creamy chocolate milk colored head topped the dark red-brown beer in the glass.

The smell was awesome. A huge coffee and carmel smell.

The taste starts off with a huge rush of coffee flavors that coat the mouth. It turns slightly sweet, taste of carmel much as the smell, and finishs quite dry with a bit of smokieness at the very end. (355 characters)

Photo of SAmori
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this ale on a whim when I saw it on a specialty store shelf. I had heard about this porter and only good things about this porter.

The beer poured beautifully into an ale glass with a head which developed to about half an inch. The first characteristic you notice is the color. The deep brown brew is opaque with small rising bubbles. The glass held the odor and a deep sniff revealed the toasty, toffee-like smells you would expect. The moderate bitterness permits the smells to translate into the flavor you expect. The flavors continue through the finish with the toastiness almost adding a chocolate background. It is a delicious beverage, with moderate alcohol, so you can enjoy more than one.

This ale is expensive. But you get what you pay for. I will buy this one repeatedly. (793 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice looking brew. Not straight black, rather a deep,deep mahogony that one can see through and a creamy white head. The aroma is subtle, but very good. mostly coffee bean notes along with a few fruity esters. The taste...wow. This is by far one of the tastiest beers i've had in awhile. Strong coffee,malted milk, some lactose type sweetness, and a very slight butterscotch kick in the finish....just all around yummy. And the finish is good and dry. Great slick mouthfeel with tiny bubbles, making this one drinkable brew, regardless of style....awesome! (561 characters)

Photo of The_1084
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a caramel colored head roughly 1 finger in width. The head fades pretty quickly with a small trace of lacing.

S - Sweet aroma with hints of malt and coffee.

T - Easily recognizable taste of dark chocolate with a mildly bitter aftertaste of coffee.

M - Not as thick as one would imagine based on appearance, but has a dry feel with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall one of the best porter's I have drank thus far. (464 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...this will be my porter for all other porter comparison

Color was dark brown with ruby highlights...nice thick tan head stayed for a while...
Aroma was roast malt, coco powder, and burnt chocolate...taste is amazing...complex roasted malt...but more chocolate/coffee flavor...the aftertaste is the best...dry coffee flavor...mmmmm
went down smooth with a filling feeling...this is going to the top of my beer purchase rotation (436 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Llywelyn's Pub in St Charles, MO. [Note-Llewelyn's has hand pumps that imply these Fuller's beers are casked, but I'm told they are actually standard kegs with phony hand pumps.]

A-Very dark brown but with ruby highlights. Clear. Head was thick initially but faded, good lace lasted throughout.

S - Caramel, rum, plums, nutty grains. The aroma is incredible.

T - Similar to the smell. I also get raisins, melted butter and a hint of alcohol. This draft version is softer and more complex than the bottled version I reviewed on another occasion.

M - Moderate body, no carbonation noticeable in the mouth. The feel is silky smooth and very soft, much more memorable than the bottled version.

D - Delicious and oh so complex. The bottled version is a good porter, but this draft is an incredible and world-class beer. (839 characters)

Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was surprise with how damn good this brew taste, it was all I expected and more. Like the label on the bottle states, Dark, Rich And Complex...and I couldn't agree more.

Pours a dark brownish brew with a thick creamy beige crown. Nice and inviting coffe and cocoa aromas, no alchol scent. Coffe beans hit strong at first sip, then it mellows down to a dark sweet chocolate medley with a taste very near the aroma. Nice round body with a pleasant mouthfull of coffe beans and chocolate ones. Great drinkability. This is one smooth english porter. (546 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer served to warm up my beer sense this evening. It poured a very dark brown, with just hints of ruby coming through and without any head and no ring around the top of the beer. The nose is really nice full of coffee and hints of chocolate. I really like this one. The taste is outstanding. It starts out very much chocolate and fades to a really nice bitter coffee. There is just a touch of hop bite to let you know it is there as well. The feel is moderate to thick, pretty good for the style. The drinkability is as good as it gets. The is one of the best porters I have ever had. I will definately be trying this beer again soon. (640 characters)

Photo of Tim2000
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL brown bottle, best before December 2007.

Dark brow brew with a tightly knit tan head.

Great aroma. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes as well a hint of burnt toast and molasses.

Flavour is dominated by black coffee and chicory. Some sweetness comes through as well, caramel and molasses with hints of raisins and dried fruit. Hops are subtle but add balance to the beer. Alcohol warms the throat slightly. Body is silky with low carbonation.

Absolutely delicious. (482 characters)

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black and slightly syrupy with a very thin light brown foamy head when poured into a pint glass.

S: Wonderful abundance of chocolate and coffee

T: Powerful chocolate malt is balanced well with bittering hops that leave a mostly dry finish lingering slightly of coffee.

M: Full bodied and heavy with very light carbonation.

D: Smooth as silk texture lets this go down slow and easy

This is without a doubt the best porter I have had to date. There seems to be an enormous complexity that comes off as simple and enjoyable. Very much recommended. (563 characters)

Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, on draught. Had this at Elephant and Castle in DC.

LOOKS: Deep mahogany-black. Full bodied, for a porter. Narrow white head caps beer poured into pint glass.

AROMA: Have to admit wasn't blown away, but the roasted notes carried through. Make sweetness and floral good. I think it was me, not the beer.

TASTE: Decadent. Lots of toasted malts, some very tame but necessary sweetness. Finishes with a roasted bite. I detect only chocolate malt, not roasted barley or Patent. It's not that fierce. actually, this beer has a lot if composure. This soft brown sugar, crackers, and some espresso. Eaters come through enough to add something unique... man I love Fuller's yeast strain.

MOUF FEEL: Here's what makes it! Not as chewy or frothy as Guinness, but very creamy. Really thick for the style and ABV, though remaining refreshing in this 90* heat.

Overall: It's a session beer for sure...just with character and kick! If you pike malts beers with dry finish and balanced flavors seek out this one! (1,006 characters)

Photo of dtreindl
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best porter I've ever had. As someone who often prefers the American versions of European classics, I must give highest praises for this beauty of a porter. Purchased by chance because I haven't had an English porter recently. So I figured I owed it to my good friends across the pond to give one a try. Color, head, aroma - that doesn't matter. Those are all good. But the overwhelming strength of this beer is in the luscious flavor. Rich, toasty, caramelized malted barley deliciousness! In one of my first few sips I swear the flavor changed dramatically as it washed over my tongue. It progressed through waves of creamy, chocolatey, toasty, and bitter flavors. Quite the complex malt character this porter has!

If you ever find it, try it. (746 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle on this beer is great. Not only is it an attractive label, but homebrewers can reuse it to showcase their beers as well.

It pours a very dark brown/black that is almost opaque, but does allow light through highlighting some deep reds. It's not hazy but clear as you can tell by the bottom of the pint glass in my picture. The head is minimal and stays as a tan/brown ring around the glass mostly and has a decent dispersed polka-dot pattern that is pretty minimal.

I served this beer to myself too cold, which means that I am going to have to drink it slower that I desire so I can experience more of the aromas. I was first struck with roasted coffee and chocolate. I feel like dipping it in my fish tank water to heat it up. There are some notes of vanilla, caramel sweetness and some bread along for the ride. As I drink it and it warms up, I will make note of any other aromas if they occur.

The flavour is pretty much the same as the aroma. Creamy sweet maltiness starts off on the tip of the tongue and works its way back. By time it reaches midway it is in full force and the bittering hops become palpable while tastes like coffee, chocolate and, most importantly, vanilla start to show through to the end making it truly very smooth and creamy. Hints of bread also dabble in the mix.

The mouthfeel is sensational. Smooth and creamy dominate the drink with a nice moderately full body. The bittering hops take you through to the end leaving a medium dry, wanting feeling on your palate begging for another sip. The carbonation, mildly moderate to really help with the creamy soothing feel of the beer.

Overall, I would have to say that this is TOTALLY world class! I'm going to have to give this high 4's in most of the categories and ultimately the same for the overall score.

To H.E. double hockeysticks with the big boy beers! Get out there and taste what really makes a beer like this a craft. It was crafted long ago and perfected over the years. There is ages of experience in this beer and you have to give it a try. If you hate dark beers, this is by no means a mild dark beer, but it is one of the best and you owe it to yourself to try it. I guarantee that in the least you will appreciate this beer as a quality beer. You may not like it, in which case I would deem you insane, BUT you will know what a good beer truly is. Life is too short to waste on watered down experiences, go full throttle! *enter rebel yell here* (2,456 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep dark brown with ruby highlights when held up o the light. 1” light brown head, reduces to a thick film, leaves delicate lacing that clings to the glass from top to bottom.
S: moderate dark dried fruits, dark malts, dark sugars – molasses or treacle, restrained roast malt, grainy lighter malts, touch of chocolate, mild roastiness, no hops, no diacetyl.
T: Starts with malty sweetness that quickly gives way to a touch of coffee and dark dried fruit. There is a touch of chocolate behind the coffee. Starts slightly sweet and evolves to a lingering. Pleasantly dry finish. The hops and the roasty bitterness mingle together and make it hard to determine which is which.
F: medium body and medium carbonation with very fine bubbles that give a very full and luscious mouthfeel.
O: drinkable substantial porter with a nice touch of restrained roast malt. (868 characters)

Photo of far333
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Although porters are among my favorite styles, I've never tried this grandaddy of them all. So how do I know I really like the style until I've sampled the standard against which all others are measured?

Pours dark and frothy, but not thick and not dark as night. It's a chestnut colored liquid with ruddy highlights around the edges of the glass. A dark beige grainy and evenly bubbled head rises up an inch high and remains for a long time, only slowly settling down to a quarter inch cap, and never disappearing.

Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, and cocoa as expected, but there are also other notes coming through that are lighter and brighter like sweet fruits and candy, and a very noticeable hop presence.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, yet viscous and easy-flowing, leading to a rich complex flavor upfront, dominated early by charred smokey bark, followed by burnt chocolate, bitter espresso and molasses. This turns quickly to tart cherry followed by a hop bitter, all with a sweet cocoa undertone. So many flavors happening in the course of a single sip. Sticky strings of lace create a web around the inside of the glass.

I can see why this is the top BA choice for porters, and it is definitely a favorite style. (1,237 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.