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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 2,303
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 192
Gots: 207 | FT: 0
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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 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"!

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

Beer poured with a golden brown color.

The head was a light brown coarse bubble layer. The head dissipated rather quickly, but that could have been prompted by my tasting glass.

Immediate definite coffee nose comingled with toasted malt. In fact to me, the coffee aroma so strong I could have had a cold and still noted it!

Flavor has definite coffee and toasted malt profile that seems to cover any other underlying characteristics, perhaps hops? The flavor dissipated quickly leaving a clean quick slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was cordial and invited me to take another sip.

Drinkability was inviting-- I could consume pint after pint if it wasn't for the alcohol, although the alcohol seemed lower than many other beers I've tasted and very much enjoyed. Perhaps this is just right for a Porter.

A satisfying brew.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

I've had this beer on draught previously and seem to recall it being more viscous, but the pour seems thin and the head is virtually nonexistent. The appearance reminds me of soda like root beer or coke with less carbonation. In the nose we have chocolate, coffee, and a good amount of black licorice. Milk chocolate and licorice are the first taste followed by a dry hop bitterness. A decent amount of complexity makes this a delightful tasting beer. The mouthfeel could be richer for this style. Regardless of that, this is a really tasty and well made beer - easy drinking. Highly Recommended.

Photo of JustinOSU99
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin layer of white foam which quickly dissolved. Very dark black with a shade of amber coloring.

S: Coffee, sweat cream and chocolate seem to dominate the smell. I like the sweet ale smell and can't wait to taste.

T: Immediately tart but quickly transitions into delicous sweetness on the tongue. Still dominated by mostly porter tastes such as the aforementioned chocolate, and coffee. Really tastes delicious compared to other beers of the same style that I've had.

M: Feels great on the palate, as it is not too thick nor thin. Lightly carbonated so that it continues to drink smooth without overdoing it.

D: I would drink this beer anytime it was offered. Simply tastes great and is surprisingly refreshing for a porter!

Photo of DeanBB
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep brownish-maroon hue; carbonation not visible. Produces a large head of light-brown foam that lasts for a couple of minutes. Looks delicious. A subtle aroma of dark roasted malt with sweet undertones. Burnt notes, nuttiness, chocolate and caramel are all present.

The taste is a rich complex of sweet and bitter roasted malt followed by a dry finish. Notes of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, nuts and caramel. Dry hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Hints of sherry. Mouthfeel is unctuously smooth with a fantastic body and a light tingling sensation. Distinctive aftertaste of bitter roasted malt.

Excellent balance of sweet and bitter, with a great blend of flavours. Rich, tasty and smooth - just like a good porter should be. Top notch, and well worth trying.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark,near opaque nature (deep chestnut brown with dark plum highlights around the edges when held up to the light). A one finger frothy dark khaki colored head sits atop with moderately lasting results before leveling to a thin sudsy covering leaving only a slight thin lacing around the glass edges.

S: a dark roasted coffee bean aroma with dried cherries, dark fruit and some bitter chocolate.

T: smooth with a well polished, but deep roasted coffee bean flavor with a dried creamer sweetness sneaking through. The coffee bitterness and earthy minerality (soil) truly highlight the rich nature of this drink. Some dried grapeskins, raisins and a faint dried creamer/chalkiness is found on the finish.

M: nice providing a light-medium viscosity, oily texture while leaving a dry earthy and roasted bitterness behind. The carbonation is soft while there was slight traces of dried coffee creamer/chalkiness left behind.

D: Really good drinkability, rich and dark with a fresh roasted coffee flavor that is sure to put this on the top of your list per style.

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Dark Chocolate with amber undertones when held up to the light. Decent head retention and very little carbonation

Smell:

Slightly roasted coffee scent and a bit of grassy hoppiness

Taste:

Roasted coffee dominance followed by a nutty and slight dark chocolate essence. Mild hop bitterness the is very well balanced

Mouthfeel:

Smooth clean feeling on the palate. Leaves a pleasant lingering coffee taste on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability:

This beer went down extremely easy. The mixture of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with the hops makes for a smooth satisfying porter with a great lingering aftertaste. I'm looking forward to my next

Photo of Rudgers73
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours exactly as a porter should. Deep brown with a thick tan head that settles very slowly. Heavy caramel/molasses aroma with a hint of bittering hops in the front. The taste is very well balanced. Thick and creamy with dark roasted malts, molasses, nutty chocolate, and mildly bitter ending. Not too strong (alcohol-wise) keeping the taste mild for such a heavy beer. One of the most drinkable porters I've ever had simply because of the mouthfeel and rich character. Very close in competition with Sam Smith.

Photo of scorched
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a deep, dark brown. Very little head, but that may have been because I poured the beer very slowly at an extreme angle.

I may be getting a cold, but I really can't smell it all that well. Once again, probably due to the way that I poured it. Very little head, so very little initial aroma. HOWEVER; what aroma existed was amazing. Hints of chocolate and malt.

The taste was extraordinarily smooth with a nice hop balance. Not too bitter, not too malty. Smooth as hell. A hint of a smoky and charcoal taste. Definitely black patent malt. Tastes like I've smokes a fine cigar.

Mouthfeel, once again, smooth. It swims around on the palate and invigorates the taste buds. Smooth as a cuba... errr... Nicaraguan Cigar...

Drinkability: Very drinkable and very tasty. If you've never had a porter, try this one.

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA.

The beer poured into a dark coffee color with a small head.

The effervescent mouthfeel leads to the highlight of the porter:
a light lemon finish, with hints of coffee.

Overall, an excellent classic English porter. Will try again and highly recommended especially on tap.

Photo of TripelJ
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Fuller's London Porter

Rounding out a Fuller's tripel play this evening, I dig into a London Porter. This beer appears to be very dark and almost black, but reveals itself to be the deepest crimson when held up to a light. The head is tan and fluffy and the lacing is consistently present all the way down the glass. Aromas are of roasted malts and some light smokiness. Taste a sweet creamy milk chocolate with a slight burnt bitterness at the end. There is a light smokey feel to the taste as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but still refreshing as a porter should be. Overall this is a very unique porter and I really enjoyed the light smokey feel of it.

Photo of GMB
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London porter pours a gorgeous black body that shows glimpses of deep red when held against a strong light source. A standard pour yields a thick cappuccino head with a bit of staying power that leaves bands of lace on the glass as it slowly falls.

The nose is clean and inviting. Deep, roasted malts suggest coffee and warm chocolate without losing their grainy identity.

The taste follows the nose closely, with the important addition of a beautiful bitter hang. The bitterness sustains the illusion of dark chocolate and dark, roasted coffee without concealing the sweetness of the malt. The beer's relatively low alcohol content also allows the toasted malts to suggest nutty flavors. I pick up a bit of toasted almond. The beer's overall balance yields a delicious porter that is clean, markedly drinkable, and refreshing.

The beer's body is full, but could be a bit thicker and more viscid.

A recent wave of American porters in which adjuncts or specialized malts are used to foreground the flavors that classical porters like this one suggest Here, I am thinking of the dozens of nutty (e.g., pecan) porters, chocolate porters, coffee porters, etc., that I have tried in recent years. Fuller's London Porter achieves similar effects while maintaining a lightness and drinkability. Outstanding.

Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500 ml bottle for $2.49 from Magnum's back at the beginning of August.

Beer poured a deep brack with a hint of red when held up to light. Nose is somewhat malty and a hint of chocolate and coffee. Taste is very good, of chocolate malts roasted producing a coffee flavor balanced with a nice hop finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very nice! Drinkabilty is extremely good, This is a beer that all porter fans must try!

Photo of ipogios
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Brown in color with grain aroma (also light flavor of coffee) Very nice body and and head. A very good beer that you'll definetely remember and look for again...

Cheers

ipogios

Photo of sjones5045
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass and immediately thought it looks a little light for a porter but it has a nice white head and lace. Or at least a little lighter than most porters. The smell has that burnt malt smell you'd expect but is also has a sweetness to it that you usually don't smell in a porter. At this point I'm not really expecting much out of this beer. The first sip changed my thinking quick. Very creamy and bold. It might be a little light but not to extreme to discount this as a porter. I very much enjoyed the consistency and drinkability. I think you can have a few of these in one session. Overall, I really liked this and will definitely have more of these is the fall and winter with some chilli.

Photo of Thur123
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a very dark brown that just barely lets the light through. There is very little head to be found. The smell is so nice. Very full with each aspect getting room to come through, chocolate a bit of toffee and a slight a dry roasted malt edge.

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The flavor is smoky, dry malt, choclat. The flavor is robust but at the same time tame. Very concise and the after taste is drier with all the sweet parts still present. Maybe even a bit of dark fruits beneath the whole profile. Overall a very drinkable and tasty porter.

Photo of teddibrewski
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TRiGS
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of vma
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DackinaBox
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Fuller's beer ever. I'm more of an American IPA/DIPA guy, so I don't get into the English beers too much. Gift from my boss poured into a Guinness pint glass

A - Very dark chestnut brown, but not completely opaque with about a half finger of light tan head. Head quickly dissipates but the lacing is very persistent and sticky.

S - Coffee dominates overall, with dark chocolate and roasted molasses following.

T - Whoa! More chocolate in the taste than anything else. There is also a fair amount of roasted coffee. You can definitely taste a slightly metallic tinge in the finish, but the flavor and aroma hide it pretty well. A little bit bitter and earthy in the finish, maybe a hint of smokiness. Superbly well balanced.

M - Leaves the lips sticky. Creamy and smooth yet surprisingly light bodied for all the flavor here. Low carbonation.

O - A fantastic sipping, English style porter that is perfect for the colder months of the year. A must try if you like darker beers.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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