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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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Reviews: 1,168
Hads: 2,419
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 222
Gots: 284 | 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 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...


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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


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


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


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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Photo of HochFliegen
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of SAmori
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of avylover
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of The_1084
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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

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Photo of Radome
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of Tim2000
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of dtreindl
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.