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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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1,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 1896
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%

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:
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 13:55:40 | More by Liquids
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a can of this at a local store. I hadn't seen any new Fuller's on the shelves around here, so I snagged one.

A: Poured from a non-widget can into an imperial pint glass. Pinkie finger tall tight head, with a looser, bubbly top. Dark, dark auburn, nearly opaque.

S: Sweet malt and nutty. Slightly smoky bitterness as well.

T: Nice restrained caramel with nutty and roasty elements. Little on the weak side. I expect a little more flavor and oomph from any kind of porter.

M: Little too empty for me. Smoothness I can expect in a porter, but this was just on the weak side.

D: Would certainly be a great session brew. Drinkable, tasty, with no real glaring flaws.

Serving type: can

12-22-2008 20:15:30 | More by Pamola
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

London Porter pours a dark brown cola color. Light easily slices through revealing nice ruby highlights. A gorgeous mocha tan head covers it and stands a couple of fingers tall. It receded slowly and left a light, but sticky lacing lining the glass.

The nose is underpowered and a little lacking. Roasted malts are easily the strongest scent. Chocolate malts give it a light cocoa aroma and round it its malty characteristics. They're not a bad mix, just on the weak side. Roasted coffee or espresso is a secondary feature, but it adds a lot to the nose and drives it above average. There's a lingering graininess to it. All in all, it's easily above average. Just a little more strength would help.

The flavor is very consistent with the nose. Roasted and chocolate malts give it a nice, flavorful kickoff. Roasted malts are stronger. The chocolate variety's a little bittersweet. Coffee does complement the malty flavors well and proves to be the force behind the flavor as a whole. It's a little acidic toward the end. Grain and barley flavors permeate. It can't be characterized as deep or complex, but it is a fine tasting English Porter. The flavors come through stronger than the nose would suggest and it's impressive overall.

It has a light body that feels too thin. Carbonation feels light, but doesn't really help smooth it out much. It's just doesn't have enough body to satisfy. Pretty average in that respect. Drinkability, on the other hand, is above average. London Porter goes down easy and has a good flavor. There's not enough to entertain me for an entire night. But, there's enough to get by for a beer or two.

London Porter's a very solid English Porter. If you're looking for a pretty flavorful beer that's easy to toss back, you've come to the right place. To be honest, it's not quite as good as I expected. I anticipated more flavor, depth, and character. But, it's a pretty well put together beer for the style. Perhaps I'm just not the biggest English Porter fan. Well worth checking out in any event.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 01:03:00 | More by prototypic
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A--Pours a very deep shade of brown in my Dogfish Head signature glass. I thought I gave it a careful pour, but within seconds an out of control four finger head billowed up and made me abruptly stop the pour. This usually only happens with Belgians for me...oops. Some lacing is left in spots.

S--Smell is sweet dark malts, nuts, spices, clove, cocoa. Nice and complex, and somewhat unique.

T--Sweet roasted malts make up most of the flavor profile, some coffee bitterness emerges. Hmm...have to say that I am underwhelmed (seems to be the norm for me with porters). There is really not even much for me to describe here. Its a nice porter but "nice" is about it

M--On the heavier side of medium bodied

D--This just doesn't do it for me, it's solid but I don't really care to have any more

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 12:59:29 | More by alcstradamus
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown to almost amber color. 95% opaque. Head formation is light, and white in color. Only leaves behind a film. Little hazing is detected.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts - light sweetness overall. Some yeast spice. No hopping or off scents detected.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness with only a hint of roasted chocolate malts. Mid-stream starts to show a bitterness, building to a balanced flavor. No hopping detected. Finishes with a more direct hit of bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is light, but almost seems more yeasty than malt.

M - Moderate body - could be a lean towards the thin side. Not an attribute I would want in my EP.

D - Easy drinking beer, flavors are well integrated and not overbearing. ABV is manageable. Roasted malts due become a bit tiring.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 03:54:29 | More by katan
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark molasses with a moderate tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

S: Dark, roasted malts with some chocolate. A hint of dark molasses. No discernible hop bitterness. Bits of toffee.

T: Much like the smell, with the sweeter toffee and chocolate elements coming to the front.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Not nearly the best porter I've ever had. Definitely prefer the ESB and the 1845 to this. Overall, a good English brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 03:26:27 | More by Thorpe429
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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 330 ml. brown bottle and claiming to be 'Rich, Dark & Complex'. Shows a deep brown in color with some deep mahogany highlights, and supports a somewhat resilient cap of tan foam.

Offers a clean and nutty nose, with hazelnut and coffee notes prominent along with some roasted/charred malts. Good but a bit one sided to rally too much of a score.

Flavor is likewise pleasant but a bit too middle of the road. Smoked malt notes are quite notable and with just a hint of fruit piercing through. Solid feel, slightly viscous in nature and with a creamy finish. Drinkability is kept in check for me by the smoky but simple finish. Bottom line: Rich, check; Dark, check; Complex, I don't think so.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 01:57:44 | More by HalfFull
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber appearance with not too much head. Roasted chestnut aroma. The flavor kind of falls flat for us. The roasted nutty malted flavor and creaminess are apparent and taste great but without much depth or many nuances. It seems to not go the distance. Good beer but there are others that are more complete. Drinkability is also great as well as the finish. It finished a bit sweeter and it's flavor stayed strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 07:10:32 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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Ontario (Canada)

3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 03:02:12 | More by MeadEater
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black, purple hues.
Smell: Raisin, malt.
Taste: Raisin, bitter dark chocolate, dry coffee bean finish.
Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation, syrupy.
Drinkability: Would get a bit bored after a couple.

Notes: Not a bad drink, but doesn't compare to the Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2003 09:00:50 | More by Ardon
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour, almost black, with a fizzy tan head that won't hang around. Some moderate lace from the film that's left.

Big solid nose full of chocolate, coffee, molasses and alcohol. Smells like some serious drinkin'.

Solid malt and coffee flavors with a roasted character. Powdery dry chocolate cocoa finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 17:04:39 | More by TerryW
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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely brackish black/brown with a creamy puffy light tan head. Lots of retention and solid lacing.

Smells weakly of cofee and toasted almond.

Tastes like a good porter should. Doesn't try to overwhelm you. Lots of subtle coffee and light chocolate notes. Lightly hopped, finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is moderate with the carbonation being in the back where it belongs.

Very very drinkable. Goes down like liquid silk.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 01:34:02 | More by yankeeheel
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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle given to me as a sample at my local brew store (another good reason to support the local guys). Bottle embossed with "independent family brewers." I like the sound of that. Best before date 11/04.

Poured a deep brown with touch of blood red, full straw-colored head with a bit of lacing.

Smell is coffee, strong and dark. Some malt there and more coffee in the back of the throat. This would be an excellent brew to get a coffee drinker started on the micros.

Taste is strong coffee just like grandpa used to make. Bitter finish, some chocolate in there as well. Pretty much what you'd expect after getting a whif of the stuff. It gets better as it warms. Last of the stuff was more bitter chocolate and espresso that coffee.

Full- to medium-bodied. Very reminiscent of Guinness Extra Stout in mouthfeel and drinkability.

Fairly lightweight porter, but an elegant, restrained beer. A great nightcap. I'll get some more of this stuff -- I'll even pay for it this time.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 14:58:40 | More by budsboy
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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best on date is 14 Jan '06. I'm sampling on 18 Jan '06. No big deal at all as it tastes fine as far as freshness. Really excited to review this as I've neglected it for years.

A chocolatey aroma slowly rolls out of the glass as I pour this dark brown to black brew. Lacing is sparing and sporadic, white head that fades to a small centered island.

Rich, rich brew...chocolate is a big part. roasted malts, and a fairly large hop bitterness in the middle. Its an amazing beer in that the taste is pretty complex and rich yet the mouthfeel is lighter and very drinkable. I could see sessioning this if the situation was right.

Notes: This is a nicely done to say the least. You must try this at least once, more for taste than for the whole package.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 05:41:08 | More by DogFood11
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque black. moussy tan head, eventually drops to a splotchy cap. Leaves some decent lace.

S - wonderful aroma of mocha, like a lucious truffle. Mild sweetness, with a hint of fruit.

T - figgy dark malt upfront, smooth burnt finish. Flavours develop as it warms.

M - medium-thin body, smooth, low carbonation.

D - A fine porter to be sure, but to be honest, I've had better.

I haven't had a bottle of this in a long time, so I decided to give it another go. It's not quite as good as I remembered, or maybe I've just drank lots of great beer in between! It's a little one dimensional and I wish it had more body. I had a pint of Bushwakker Palliser Porter last night, and it was better than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 23:01:51 | More by markaberrant
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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving - From a pint-plus can, into a wide-mouthed glass. This comes in a big can - the glass can hold a canned Guinness or Beamish, but I need to drink about a inch's worth before I can empty this can into it.

Appearance - It sure looks like a porter. Almost black, but in the light you can see a little bit of very dark ruby red around the edges. Bubbles form down the sides of the glass and dissipate upwards towards about 3/4" of foam that forms on top and stays there.

Smell - Out of the can, a strong smell of very dark chocolate. Out of the glass, the same smell but much fainter.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability - That dark chocolate from the smell is definitely there in the taste as well. It's got a little bit of hop bitterness that I don't really think belongs there. Also some notable fizziness on the tongue that keeps it from being silky smooth like a lot of my favorite porters. The flavor lingers for a long time in the back of the mouth.

Overall - In dark beers, I'll go for a brown ale for something malty and nutty, a stout for something rich and smooth, and a porter for something sweeter and warming. This is clearly a quality beer, but it doesn't really hit any of those marks - it's sort of a porter crossed with a red ale. Probably won't be buying it again, although I'll be quite happy to finish up the 4-pack.

Serving type: can

10-06-2008 00:32:47 | More by MadTown1000
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was quite pleased to find this stuff in (non-nitro) 16.9 oz cans. This is why I bought that Guinness pint glass!

Appearance was good, typical of a porter - dark but not opaque, I could see some light through the red-brown body. Nice tight 3/4" head, it looked almost like a nitro pour. Smell was roasty, bordering on stout.

What struck me about the taste is how much this reminded me of the Irish stouts. I gather that way way back when, Guinness draught was their version of porter, so that makes sense. Both brews have that astringent roasty flavor, but where Guinness tends toward a sour finish, Fuller's goes to astringent bitterness, something I associate with black malt. All in all a decent brew, but not as rich or sweet as I would like.

Serving type: can

03-02-2009 14:44:09 | More by Folderol
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3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple of bottles of LP recently; bottle reviewed on 31.01.07 was a BB of 01/12/07.

Appearence was fairly lifeless very dark brown brew with ruby tinge in the light. Precious little tan head that disappeared quickly.
Smell was decent; slight bitter coffee grounds.
Tasted better; slightly bitter roast malt with dark chocolate evident.
Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly syrupy.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. I was expecting so much more, given the reputation the brew enjoys. A good solid stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 10:04:00 | More by JohnfromDublin
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: review notes were taken during NYE dinner and brief
poored a medium brown with ruby hints shining through in the light, thin film like head
the smell was all malt from what I could detect
the taste (directly from my note which means I had a few to many Benchwarmer's) was like 3/4 Edmund Fitzgerald 1/4 water add to glass, drink
mouthfeel was light but pleasant, suspecting the English versions aren't as "heavy" as the American
very drinkable and easy to session, went well with my steak dinner

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 17:04:31 | More by sliverX
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3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black, a lot of tan head

S-dark roasted malts and a lot of sweet creamy chocolate, there's hint of caramel as well

T-hits with a very light hint of roasted malts and chocolate but they come in quite strong within the after-taste. the chocolate is very creamy

M-almost no carbonation. very creamy. very expected of an english ale

D-its a pretty sessionable brew. its very easy to drink and the taste stays fairly well.

Serving type: can

11-07-2010 22:15:57 | More by AdamBear
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3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown in color. Deep red when it's held up to the light. When held to the light, this beer also reveals it's brilliant clarity. Tan colored head faded rather quickly into a thin lace. Minimal head retention.

Typical aroma for the style....roasted malts and ripe fruit, but it's rather tame overall.

Good mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a slight hop bite. Finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, yet somehow....it's still kind of creamy. Nice low level carbonation.

I could have a few in a sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: This particular bottle had a best by date of last month, but I'm a little let down by this beer. I would take an Anchor, SN, or Taddy over this in a heartbeat. That being said, it's still pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 17:53:20 | More by Morey
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United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, crimson red when held to light. Attractive creamy head.
Aroma is forest floor with light smoky finish. Touches of burnt malt.
Taste is oaty, smoky, rich black forest gateaux.
Mouthfeel nice and creamy with a dry finish.
Overall a nice example of an English porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 20:17:21 | More by WGO
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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a low thin head that form a ring around the glass. Color is light ruby and crystal clear. aroma is roasted malt--very low-key and not loud at all. Flavor is roasted grains with sweet maltiness balanced by just the right amount of hops. Finishes with a lingering roastiness that is pleasing. Must have on tap next time if available!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 02:37:18 | More by EagleTalon
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass. I tried this one at a British Beer Company in Plymouth, Mass.

Very dark and inviting, thin creamy head that does not stay around too long. Seemed to dissipate after a short while. Some roasty, burnt flavors in the nose with a hint chocolate. The taste was full of roasted malt and coffee, with a little bit of sugar and chocolate. It was more smoky than I expected, but still very good. The mouth-feel was surprisingly thin judging by it’s appearance, but not too thin. This was a decent pint and will tag it as a safe-bet porter whenever I see it on tap anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2007 14:36:45 | More by IgnatiusReilly
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3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and opaque. Aromas of charcoal smoke and black olives. Taste is initially of chocolate, followed by coffee and finishes with a lingering bitter and smoky aftertaste. There's a metallic aftertaste that goes away after a couple of sips. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Good drinkability although I have had better porters.

Serving type: cask

03-11-2009 22:37:44 | More by dude
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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