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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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2,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 148
Gots: 98 | 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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Photo of mi6234

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

06-09-2011 00:25:12 | More by mi6234
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%

500mL can purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a dark brown with a bit of white head. Light malty aroma. First taste is nice, with a solid roasted malt and chocolate flavours. Nice roasty aftertaste. The canned version recently fared poorly at a blind porter and stout tasting at C'est What - but its competition was against mainly draught offerings.

06-25-2008 03:04:18 | More by sstackho
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North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

03-23-2010 00:22:46 | More by wcudwight
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

01-14-2010 02:13:24 | More by ritzkiss
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

01-23-2010 03:12:13 | More by Long813
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3.45/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

09-25-2011 09:19:36 | More by harrymel
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

12-30-2012 23:17:15 | More by sevenarts
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3.48/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

07-04-2011 04:19:16 | More by smakawhat
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United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

05-14-2007 17:28:27 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.48/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

03-13-2007 01:33:00 | More by david131
Photo of punkrkr27


3.48/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

08-30-2010 16:58:49 | More by punkrkr27
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

09-04-2013 19:43:25 | More by DannyBaldoni
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-19-2012 03:46:00 | More by acurtis
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-27-2012 16:58:12 | More by Doppelbockulus
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

04-06-2012 18:28:01 | More by thagr81us
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-03-2014 19:02:14 | More by Bjlps
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

08-02-2014 02:33:03 | More by TheWillMitch
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

02-23-2004 17:04:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

06-11-2014 01:58:19 | More by BogAl
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-20-2012 09:02:08 | More by Heff19
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

03-05-2013 07:09:11 | More by tbarris
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-16-2013 17:53:00 | More by Lewdd
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

08-05-2013 23:02:48 | More by mpalestino
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

02-18-2014 22:15:50 | More by bryc9194
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-17-2011 03:56:08 | More by ChrisPro
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,048 ratings.