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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

1,999 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,999
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 143
Gots: 84 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Dark, showing ruby when held to the light. A thin white head stits atop the beer before quickly dissipating to thin patches atop the beer.

S: Delightful, sweet roasted malts. Mild notes of sweet chocolate, with hints of vanilla as well.

T: Lightly bitter, burnt malt. The flavor profile here is fairly light—some light chocolate notes also. Sweetness actually comes out as the beer approaches room temperature. I prefer it at this temperature to cold.

M: Thin, light body, with medium-high carbonation.

O: Thoroughly meh. The nose is quite pleasant, but the body and flavor profile are too light to back it up. If I ever wanted a super light, sessionable dark beer, perhaps I’d look to this, but it’s doubtful.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 23:37:50 | More by Hophead717
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

11-14-2012 21:06:44 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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DustinSWB

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

03-23-2014 23:45:44 | More by DustinSWB
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

01-20-2013 04:49:55 | More by seanwhite
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Dbr

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

02-01-2014 20:09:02 | More by Dbr
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

04-10-2012 01:26:35 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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Darkhnum

Israel

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

08-09-2013 17:57:45 | More by Darkhnum
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bennettj1087

New York

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

08-01-2013 19:41:05 | More by bennettj1087
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deonreds

New York

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

03-18-2012 06:05:01 | More by deonreds
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fullers London Porter

I swear I’ve had this one, but wow I can’t recall.

Pours a typical porter dark but not deep black, far from, thick but not watery, and pours a brown head that’s nice, but dies with marginal lacing. This looks like many of the English porters I’ve seen so nothing special.

Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee ,roasted malt…really enjoyable notes. A touch on the sweet vs roasted side but enjoyable.

This has some light hints of roasted coffee, chocolate malt, and finishing with some English hops….why do the English even have hops?

5.4% so I suppose it should be a bit weak, but man this is weak and watery. It could use the magic of a cask treatment or nitro tapping to up the body. Still has some carbonation and a bit of body so it doesn’t embarrass the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:19:16 | More by bobhits
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

12-11-2013 06:43:28 | More by Giantspace
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flexinwext

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown/black color. Completely opaque. Tons of burnt coffee aroma eminating from the glass. Little to no head, no lacing present. Very little carbonation to speak of but I suppose thats to style. This beer as a pretty decent body and goes down smooth. Of all the porters I've tried, this is about middle ground. Very drinkable due to low ABV and I could probably drink a few of these happily.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 00:33:58 | More by flexinwext
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warnerry

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Best by 8/30/11. Consumed 1/7/11.

A - Pours very dark brown with three fingers of tan head. Head is pretty persistant and leaves nice lacing.

S - Earthy roasted malt with some chocolate in the aroma as well. Also getting a slightly unpleasant aroma as well, but can't quite place what it is.

T- Again dominated by earthy roasted malt. A slight funkiness as well. Bits of coffee come through. Has a drying character as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not as creamy as I expected. Finishes quite dry.

O - Drinkability is fine, but not something I would go for that often. Was expecting more and came away disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:57:36 | More by warnerry
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dammit, I hate getting screwed out of 0.8 ounces of beer with these British bottles. Best by date of April 2011.

Dark dark brown in the pint glass with hints of red velvet when held up to the light. Head? None to speak of here. Some coffee in the nose but more chocolate, toffee and other sugars. Taste follows suit but the roasted coffee comes through more strongly here, and there's a detectable char in the finish. You'd think with low carbonation it would be much more creamy, but it ain't. I can immediately think of a handful of more accessible and superior porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 00:24:51 | More by coachdonovan
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riversider76

New York

3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown,with a ruby red highlight in the light. Aroma is of roasted malts,and dark chocolate. Body is on the thin side,with a bit of carbionation. Taste is of bitter dark chocolate,and carmel,with a hint of butterscotch in the finish. Good,but not out standing in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 23:35:52 | More by riversider76
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Duster72

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown moderate opacity. Small creamy tan head looks inviting. Aroma is mostly coffee with some roasty malts and cocoa. Taste is primarily coffee with bitersweet cocoa and roasty malts. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Relatively drinkable, not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 16:51:37 | More by Duster72
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very dark mahogany brown with a 1cm creamy head.

S - Mostly a mixture of toasts, chocolate & coffee at first. Another whiff and I pick up yeasty aromas.

T - Dark chocolate and toasts with a hint of coffee and some hops in the finish.

M - Very creamy and satisfying.

D - Not my favourite style of beer but I still found it pretty drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-24-2010 14:20:16 | More by decimator
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the soccer match this afternoon, England v Sweden, I gotta go with this black dark beer. My trial beer was really lacking a good head. Whatever, it has a nice aroma, but the taste is where this porter rules! Nice smooth porter. I wish it had a bit more ooomph in flavor, but nevertheless, this is quality and very drinkable.

Fullers is a *lovely* beer as my ex-lady would say. The porter is simple enough. Rich smooth well-balanced flavor with hints of sweetness that lay nicely across the tongue. It is not over powering. It's friendly. I rather drink other porters, but this would do fine for the soccer match this afternoon, and I think lot of beer lovers would prefer Fullers.

I recommend you drink this beer while listening to the English pianists Howard Riley and Tippett either in their solo or duet setting together.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 03:46:58 | More by frankiepop
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sfprint

Germany

3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very dark and thick, no visible rising carbonation, 2 finger soft fluffy foam head.
S: malt coffee with a hair of cocoa. not sweet or bitter. very coffee like.
T/M: metalic, almost black coffee. Above average I suppose. A bit bitter and slightly astringent. Above average but not outstanding. Fairly plain.
O: Ok. A bit disappointing considering the great reviews it has, but I'm not a porter person.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 05:26:26 | More by sfprint
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carln26

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark brown almost black with a thick tan head. The head receded quickly and there was no lace. Light aroma with roast malt a bit of chocolate and hard candy. The flavor has roast malt coffee sweet candy and a mild smoke finish. Smooth slick mouth feel. Decent drinkability. This was the most “stout-like” porter I’ve ever had (I’m not a huge stout fan), yet, I found this to be uninspiring.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2005 19:10:13 | More by carln26
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jreitman

California

3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful black with that oh so beautiful nitro head. Smell was rather subdued. Overall I found the beer pretty bland. Their was a rather odd, "fruity but not in a good way" taste that I couldn't quite pin. Will have to try this one at another bar and see if it is any better. General overall impressions was not positive.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-17-2003 11:31:20 | More by jreitman
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ImusBeer

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Taco Mac just added this to the wall when I had it.

It came in a dimpled mug, black with some redish on edges absolutely no head, well maybe a bubble or two.

It had an oak and smokey roasted malt aroma not too heavy, the taste paralleled the aroma with the addition of molasses at the finish.

It felt thin and light on the tongue with a bitter aftertaste. Good, not all that noteworthy, just a plain old porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2010 15:24:44 | More by ImusBeer
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MisterClean

California

3.4/5  rDev -19%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-23-2008 07:27:35 | More by MisterClean
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 16:13:39 | More by papat444
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,999 ratings.