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94
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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,375
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 205
Gots: 257 | FT: 0
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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 wcudwight
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a moderate but perseverant khaki tan head. Lot's a sticky lacing.
Smells of bakers chocolate and day old coffee.
Well balanced between roasted grain, chocolate, and mild coffee. Smooth mouthfeel that could use a bit more umph. Easy to drink, easy to session. Nice all around beer but it lacks the "wow" factor. (326 characters)

Photo of ritzkiss
3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO, best before date of Nov. 2010, lots of time there.

Pours a dark brown with little bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, a half creamy, half big bubbly head forms and recedes to a few splotches of head. Leaves an odd patch of lacing or two on the glass.

Nose is... mysteriously absent? No, it's just light. Folgers coffee, a biscuity yeast smell (reminds me of an English brown) and a hint of brown sugar.

Taste is a little more bold but that's not saying much. Light coffee notes are most prominent, a hint of roast, a light sweetness that plays in and out, a pleasant bitterness in the finish that is absent elsewhere, bit of creaminess in there. Thin, watery body is not exactly what I would choose for a porter but as I drink it I do imagine myself chugging litres of this all day in some English pub and it does seem to fit then... still, I would pick something with a more prominent roast.

Certainly drinkable (not bad, not good) and if I ever find myself in an English pub and this was on cask, I would probably order a pint to see. Otherwise, not really my cup of tea. (1,110 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, best before 27 OCT 14.

Pours a molasses-colored body, good head at first but doesn't stay long and not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is coffee grains, dark chocolate with roasted malt in the back. Medium strength coffee as main flavor, bit of bitter chocolate but the depth of the taste is not great. Slight metallic finish. Not full-bodied at all, middling. Average on most accounts. (414 characters)

Photo of david131
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very clear dark brown/ amber liquid. A nice off white head forms and settles to a sparse thin covering.

S- Some chocolate and a little coffee. A little bit of "buttery" aroma as well.

T- Tootsie Roll like chocolate flavor and some coffee backing. Again with the butter. A good roasty aftertaste. Slightly bitter. No noticeable alcohol.

M- Even with the good amount of carbonation that helps this beer float around in your mouth, it still feels smooth.

D- Pretty enjoyable, a good departure from your average American porter. (543 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Bonn Lair in Sac.

A - Poured a deep, deep brown, appeared fully-filtered with lots of head from the nitro tap. Light lacing as well.

S - Rich, creamy roasted malts, with a slightly smoky flavor.

T - This beer was very chewy, with a taste of moderate malts, and a slighlty smoky flavor.

M - Very chewy, not bitter whatsoever, but a clean finish.

D - Definitely easy to drink, but would have appreciated something with more taste than smokiness and moderate malt-feel. (483 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 3MAR11

A: pours a dark brown ale with under a finger of tan foam which falls rather quickly to a sheet (broken) of the same. No lace, and overly excellent clarity for the style.

S: barley, toast, brown sugar, some nice smoky tones here as well. Smells nice.

T: Nice and roasty beer. plenty of roasty malts, some dry coffee tones. Some interesting raisin notes as well. Some nutty flavors as well.

M: Medium on thin body for the style with moderate carb. dry finish.

O: quality porter for sure, not really stacking up with the greats for me. (554 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a ruddy tinge in the light. Small tan head, not much lacing or retention.

S: Dark fruits and licorice, some mild sweet maltiness, hints of caramel and toffee. Mild and pleasant.

T/M: Sweet and malty up front, with some caramel and sugar. Some hop bitterness and burnt flavors in the middle. Slightly bitter and odd aftertaste.

O: Pretty good English style porter, not perfect and it could benefit from a bit more punch in terms of flavor. Easily drinkable and pleasant. (511 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before April 2008, drank May 2007.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass, it is dark, very dark mahogany, and a hint of red, with a fast shrinking coffee coloured head. I like the head to stay on my beers, this turned very quickly into no more than a wisp and collar around the glass.

Aroma of rich coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and some plum pudding.

The taste is very similar to the smell, lots of chocolate, coffee and caramel flavours in there.

Dry and a little watery for such a dark looking beer, strangely the chocolate, coffee and caramel tones do not stay for long in the mouth. It does however sweeten up as the flavours die.

Too overpowering in the coffee stakes for me, the chocolate and caramel I can handle OK, but just a little too much decaff. (801 characters)

Photo of mi6234
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours three fingers with no lacing to speak of. Almost opaque. When held to the light it's dark brown to amber at the edges.

Smell is strong chocolate and roasted malt. Some coffee notes and mustiness. Faint smell of spicy hops.

Taste is very chocolaty. A little char and some hop bitterness and spice on the finish.

Super smooth mouth feel but not as think as I like. I will say I generally prefer stout due to the chewier mouth feel. Great for the style though.

Overall a very good beer. One of the better porters I've had though I don't love the style. (560 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black pour with just faint hint of mahogany highlights and a big, frothy, tan head. The aroma smells like malted chocolate milk with a fair amount of roast and a hint of coffee. The malted chocolate milk flavor really continues through from the aroma with a few notes of coffee, brown sugar and dark fruit. The body is a bit on the thin side but has a nice creaminess to it and soft carbonation. (400 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, subtle coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, subtle coffee, earth, and earth hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really enjoyed the cream aspect I got on this one as it really did a nice job of balancing out the subtle coffee bitterness I got on this one. The aroma on this one pretty much let you know what you were in for on the flavor. Decent example of the style that I would suggest to a new Porter drinker. (688 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Poured a deep black brew with a nice head but lack some retention. Carbonation is average with a medium body (I was expecting a richer and ''fuller'' body). Aroma of chocolate is very subtle. Taste is a mix of roastiness, chocolate, and coffee with just enough bitterness at the end. Overall, this is a good beer but I still believe it might be a bit overrated. (370 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before Feb 2012 so plenty of time to crush this one!

A nice simple creamy head of two fingers that seems to have some foamy character. Bubbles in the head are uneven, but also seem to slowly subside. Body is a nice brown walnut almost getting into black but not really.

Mild chocolate and cigarette nose of tobacco for this bouquet. Something else though is kind of a sour and funky grain smell. Sort of a mish mash of real nice and an off putting blast. I actually get a small sense of summer sausage on this (meaty).

Taste is weak bodied and virtually just a wet bodied roast character of malt. Papery... thin... giving to cheap tobacco notes and wet bodied malts. Borderline cola milk stout without even the sweetness on the finish.

Wow this is one of the top English Porters? Forget it, this makes me want more Olde Engine Oil.... Pass. (898 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 21 Jul 10

G: Chalice

A: Dark chestnut body and thick creamy tanned head. Head retains throughout the drink and leaves good lacing. Nitro does wonders for appearance.

S: Very mellow & mild aromas all around. Bitter milk chocolate and light coffee beans come through. Could be stronger - still pleasant.

T: Bitter chocolates, light coffee beans, some hops in the background. Taste is very mild and well mixed.

M: Medium-light bodied and very low carbonation. Thin, smooth and creamy in the mouth and leaves a distinct coffee after taste.

D: Not bad, I prefer the non nitro version to this. This is good, but just not that great. Tasty none the less. (664 characters)

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black. Small head, and lacing.

S: A burnt chocolate and malty smell.

T: Upfront is bitter-sweet chocolate. Somewhat rich.

M: Smooth, but much more carbonated than expected. Also much thinner than expected, after reading other reviews.

D: It's tasty, but I don't find this to be all that special. (321 characters)

Photo of mikeal1917
3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at Horrock's Market in Lansing, MI. Being a huge fan of Fuller's London Pride, No reason not to give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a tan/beige medium to small head, that dissipates quickly, leaving a wisp around the glass.

Smell: strong, noticeable chocolate smell, with hints of nut. I found it to be a little overpowering, and definitely through my expectations for a loop. After smelling, I immediately thought of Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock(see my review).

Taste: Chocolate overtones, which I didn't love extremely. The English Bitter is definitely still there though, which I was pleased with. No strong after taste like you would expect in an IPA.

Mouthfeel: though dark, the beer wasn't thick and went down smooth.

Drinkability: The first beer was somewhat rough, as I'm not a huge fan of the chocolate, but the beer definitely improved as I worked on the 2nd and 3rd. A good 6-pack beer for the night if your looking for something with a little more love put into it. (1,006 characters)

Photo of MeadEater
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immediate off putting aroma. Wasn't pleasant in my opinion. Smelled a bit like something rotted. Poured to a mild 1" head. Solid lacing. Dark walnut colour, almost opaque.
Heavy molasses taste. For me, that's a good thing! Subtle chocolate and caramel notes, but overall sweet and molassesy. Not too astringent. A little thick on the tongue, but it is a porter.
Would definitely have bought a few for tonight had I known I would have liked it so much. (452 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fuller's London Porter

Appearance- dark reddish brown close to black with a moderate head.
Smell- creamy cocoa with a light roasted coffee bean hop aroma.
Taste- very smooth burnt coffee. Very faint flavor.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth, maybe too watered down.

Overall- A decent porter that needs a little more flavor. Not bad. (330 characters)

Photo of andyo
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark ruby red. Not much head to speak of. Smell was very minimal though there was a faint roastiness and cocoa aroma that came through.

Tastes of molasses and coffee. A creamy beer, yet seemed somewhat rough around the edges for me.

A really good porter, though I am not sure I will visit this one again in the near future. (339 characters)

Photo of JamesS
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice dark black/brown color with a nice initial, very foamy head, that goes away quickly, with some good lacing. Nice scent, but not very strong, a little bit of chocolate, coffee, and burnt grains, but not a lot of any of them. Nice taste, smooth and well balanced, a little hop, a little malt, and a little burnt grains, just nothing that pops out. It goes down fine, a little rough, but good.

(On tap at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA) (449 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.55/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown pop top, nice raised glass, classy, simple label. I've said it before and I'll say it again...THANK YOU Fullers, for putting dates on your beers that are imported to the States. This one's best by date is 2-13-12. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark cola-colored beer with bright clarity and beautiful garnet highlights when held up to the light. Nice light tan cap with pretty good retention.

Smell: Mild roast, lots of brown malt, and a hint of dark fruit esters and minerality. Not much if anything in the way of hops. Simple, but pleasant.

Taste: Dry, mildly bitter roast, along with a lot of brown malt character. This is a fairly bitter beer, a bit more than I was expecting, but it goes nicely with the roasted character.

Mouthfeel: Firmly on the light side of medium-bodied, HIGHLY drinkable.

Overall: Really nice English-style porter with a nice balance of brown malt charater, roasted malt, and mild dark fruit esters. Quite drinkable. It runs about $12.00 a sixer. At that price point, it's certainly not something I'd buy regularly. Nice counterpoint to many American Robust Porters, but a bit 2-dimensional and lacking just a bit of depth. I'd give this a mid-high B: something I'd purchase every once in awhile for a change of pace. (1,305 characters)

Photo of Mjoepp
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black liquid, gorgeous large creamy light brown head which.

S: Black malt, roasted, coffee, little spiciness. Some "deep" ( mixed with the roasted tones) dried fruits.

T&M: Coffee, roasted. Some peppery notes for the aftertaste. Quite watery as the most English Porters. Carbonation is between light and medium. (317 characters)

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a pint glass results in a jet black ale with a bit of head that evaporates quickly, leaving minor lacing on the glass. Smell is very slight, but contains some mocha hints. Taste starts out bitter with some medium roasted coffee flavor, but evolves into more chocolaty than coffee flavor. Slightly dry, but very drinkable overall. I would probably save it for after a meal, instead of a complement to one, like a post-dinner coffee or chocolate. (457 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark, near opaque liquid. Burnt caramel perhaps.
S: Comes at you with a roasty, malty smell. Definitley some coffee and bitter chocolate as well.
T: The bitter chocolate comes into play here, as well as the coffee and malt. A little bitter, but sweetens just a bit when the chocolate comes to play.
M: Very smooth, but not creamy. Goes down quite easy. Very little hang.
D: One could drink this a session beer, but I don't believe I would. Good for a cold night.

I had high hopes for this brew and while it wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, it didn't measure up to what I was expecting. (610 characters)

Photo of Liquids
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogony-black with a half a finger, bubled, tan colored head. The head on the beer is unappealing and macro-like. The Aroma is caramelly, minimally hopped, and nothing special here either. Taste is very brownish, rather light, mostly sweet malts and a bit of chocolate in there as well. The flavor is rather fleeting, it appears and then disapears. Mouthfeel is medium light with a tangy carbonation. On the edge of too light for a porter in my estimation. Drinability-wise, this is extremely sessionable and a decent beer, nothing worth avoiding...it's a good drinking beer but doesn't scream "made with pride" given its characteristics. It's just a drinker. A step down from Samual Smith. (704 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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