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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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93
outstanding

2,288 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,288
Reviews: 1,161
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 180
Gots: 190 | FT: 0
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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 flexinwext
3.3/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of riversider76
3.31/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of Hophead717
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of frankiepop
3.35/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of Duster72
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of hickmancase
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scarflower
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of sfprint
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of Andrii
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Fastwalker19
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sstackho
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of decimator
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of jreitman
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of carln26
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of wcudwight
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of papat444
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of david131
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of sevenarts
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of mi6234
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,288 ratings.