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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of danielharper


4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coming from the can the liquid is a muddy brown, but it settles into a nice dark roasted color in the glass, opaque but with a somewhat "thin" look. A thick foam settles on top and sticks around. About as nice a presentation as one could ask for.

S: Aroma is sweet, chocolatey, lots of black patent malt. Hints of dryness, slightly oaty, maybe even a touch of astringency. Approachable.

T: Flavor is similar, lots of roasted malts with a significant astringency on the backend. Slightly sweet in the aftertaste, lots of licorice.

M: Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, with a mild carbonation that tickles the tongue.

D: Overall this is a very nice, even a world-class English Porter. Not that I'm saying anything new about the beer. I'd love to be able to get this on cask one day.

Serving type: can

01-23-2010 01:57:37 | More by danielharper
Photo of flagmantho


4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark brown color with hints of ruby when held up to the light. Head is one finger of compact tan foam; quite attractive.

Smell: very nice, smooth chocolate/coffee aroma. True, they are the standard aromas of a good porter, but in this case they are melded very well. To me this beer smells like a mocha truffle -- a good thing indeed.

Taste: flavor is very good; a nice realization of the aroma. The aftertaste is just like the aroma: a delicious mocha truffle. Up front we get a little more chocolate and even some nice floral hops. Bitterness is not too high, and complements the flavor very well. Despite its candylike flavor, this beer is not too sweet. I love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good creaminess despite the relatively low carbonation. The folks at Fuller's have done well.

Drinkability: this is one smooth, delicious porter. I will have to find a regular source for this, as it is simply wonderful.

Serving type: can

01-20-2010 02:07:13 | More by flagmantho
Photo of ImusBeer


3.4/5  rDev -19.2%
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  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.

Serving type: can

01-14-2010 02:13:24 | More by ritzkiss
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown to black beer with medium carbonation and a good sized golden sandy head.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate with malty tones

T- Tastes similar to its aroma...malty with a deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. The roasted coffee/chocolate taste lingers

M- Smooth and medium to heavy.

D- A good drinkable beer.

Serving type: can

01-10-2010 20:45:19 | More by jhall00
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce can into a metric pint glass.

A: Poured a deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights which makes it appear almost black when no light is shown at it. The one finger head of creamy tan foam leaves a few trails of sticky lace.

S: Smells sweet and roasty, like bittersweet baking chocolate, molasses and charcoal. A faint herbal hop aroma is picked up among the roasted malt blend.

T: A big, sweet combo of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, charcoal and smoky tobacco flavors combine with a mellow, grassy hop flavor to produce a smooth, creamy English porter. The finish is sticky smooth and slightly bitter, with lingering flavors of cocoa, coal and cigar.

M: Mouthfeel is robust, creamy and slightly bitter towards the finish.

D: This would go great with a whiskey marinaded beef dish, a chocolate tort or plate of bittersweet chocolates and is very serviceable on its own. A very rich and malty brew, and at 5.4%, this classic English porter is just what the doctor ordered for a winter brew sit-in. Quite nice indeed.

Serving type: can

12-28-2009 04:21:20 | More by Gambrinus1184
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2.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date on can: 22 Feb 2009
This has been better in bottles, but I spotted a rare can and took notes.

Pours dark brown/black, ruby glint in the light. Good retention with sticky tan foam. Smells a little oxidized, papery, weak coffee roast. Flavor is a little too much on the sweet side, roasty malt notes dominate. In the finish there's a distinct raisin/prune note. The coffee element is like weak instant maxwell house. Feel is smooth and slick, the sweetness borders on unpleasant though. Didn't really want to finish this. Will amend review with a fresher sample when I find one.

Serving type: can

12-27-2009 18:53:44 | More by emerge077
Photo of MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cola that gives way to nice amber highlights when held up to the light. A very creamy half finger beige head quickly recedes to a nice cap

S: Pretty subdued, pick up some nice toasted malts along with a bit of coffee and chocolate

T: all of the different flavours picked up in the aroma are present in the taste, along with a slight burnt bitterness that blends everything together

M: nice and creamy, easy on the carbonation but a tad thin

D: a great session beer for the cooler months. Very tasty and not heavy feeling at all, could definitely handle a few of these in succession

One of the few solid choices available at my hometown rural northern Ontario LCBO. Will likely be picking up a few more of these over the next few weeks of Christmas holidays

Serving type: can

12-23-2009 05:20:29 | More by MattyV
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/21/09. 16 oz. can. Pours black with a thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate malts. Flavor of the same chocolate malts, sweet crystal malts, a touch of hops. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Kind of bland overall, just a boring porter.

Serving type: can

12-19-2009 01:20:52 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured jet black with a tan head that receded to a small ring of foam faily quickly. There are some reddish highlights on the outer edge but overall this is a dark drink.

The smell is of toasted malts. It's nice and soft. When you taste the beer you expect a bit more of the same but get hit with dose of mocha coffee. As you drink more flavours are evident though.. chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. It's a nice blend. Not too sweet.. not too bitter.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and as a result it goes down well. I could easily session these. Once again Fullers delivers another great product.

Serving type: can

12-13-2009 22:37:57 | More by Ralphus
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New York

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

On draft at the Chop Shop, Brooklyn.

Poured a deep black hue with a half finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured burnt caramel, charcoal and dry coffee.

The taste consisted of a dry roasted malt with residual charcoal and coffee flavors. There was a slight constant sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style and milky in character.

Overall a full flavored and full bodied porter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 17:36:17 | More by plaid75
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4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a whim, picked up a 500ml/16.9 oz nitro-can. Popped the top with a lengthy 'pfffft', poured to a standard pint glass. Printing on the can bottom shows 'FEB 22 09', along with some nonsense...assuming this is around 8.5 months old?

A: Nitro typically earns a better score from me...BUT this only SEEMS like nitro...dunno, just love the cascading head, the effervescing bubbles, the dense cap. No widget, no indication of nitro...looks-wise I was duped, I guess. At its best, a 1+ finger sandy tan head, firm. Quite dark, an ebony that shows amber traces when held to light. Great dollops of foamy lace with a ringing, never-faltering cream.

S: Roasted malt aroma, cocoa nibs and a light vanilla. A pleasant but mentionable mineral twinge.

T: Roast coffee and dark chocolate malts. Soured vagueness ebbs and flows. At times, a softer cocoa, a malted milkball, then rebounds to a deeper and huskier char. Grainy sweetness the intense bitterness, an interesting flavor without being overly complex. Or is it?

M: Creamy is an understatement; thickened feel upfront then a completely silky lightness. Building bitterness rests toward the back of the tongue, a light coffee/dark chocolate roast.

D: A very nice porter, sessionably quaffable. I've had this from a regular tap and bottle, but really enjoy it from the nitro-can best...better yet, I'll search for it on cask! Epitomizes what an English Porter ought to be: rich and roasted malt, chocolate-y aroma, moderate ABV that makes having a couple almost requisite. Alas, I have but one. Recommended.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-05-2009 03:47:22 | More by msubulldog25
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown thick viscous liquid with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, malt and dark fruit. Taste is rich, with chocolate and malt with a full finish and a dry mouthfeel. Quite the porter, I really enjoyed this. Although Fuller's rarely does anything wrong!

Serving type: can

11-03-2009 16:33:24 | More by cfrancis
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4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: When poured, this dark brown beer shows off some moderate red highlights when held up to a bright light, very attractive. The head is also moderate, at around one finger, but it sticks around for a while in the form of a soft, creamy lacing.

S: Chocolate complexities, roasted malts. Possibly some dark fruits in there as well with coffee and a unique sweet nuttiness. NOt much on the hops.

T: Everything detected by the nose is very well accounted for in the taste. Smooth, creamy and delicious, almost like drinking iced coffee with chocolate truffle creamer and just the right amount of sweetness. Exquisite Porter roast combines well with the specialty malts, I fell in love after the first sip.

M&D: Creamy and smooth, very very sessionable and drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-02-2009 09:58:14 | More by BeelzeBrew
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4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a nitro tap @ BBC in Walpole.

A: Pours with rich thick creamy head of a finger, pitch black color letting no light permeate its walls.

N: creamy nitrous like aromas with touches of roasted malt and chocolate. Pretty smooth aroma.

T: Starts with more of the creamy nitrous and moves to roasted and chocolate malts. More chocolate milk runs over the tongue. A slight coffee taste hits you. Pretty rich and creamy but maintains a light feel.

M: Very rich and creamy, sticks to the sides of the mouth, and as thick as a bull's ass.

F: Finishes not too long but the creamy chocolate hangs around at any part of the mouth it can hide. Stays light on abv and bitterness, but has a nice stouty taste. Light but rich and easy drinking.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-18-2009 16:39:30 | More by jlindros
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Kickoff's in Waterloo.

Fell in love with this brew in cans, and was delighted to try it pumped from the cask.

A - Dark mahogany with a touch of ruby. Pours a thin tan head, which encircles the glass. A bit of lacing.

S - Malty, with hints of chocolate and caromel.

T - Simply brilliant. London Porter has always been my standard for the porter style, and on cask it does not disappoint. Lovely blend of malt, dark chocalate and bitterness. Caramel also lingers on the tongue.

M - The only drawback of the cask is the lack of carbonation, but the taste certainly masks it. A bit thinner than some porters, but still creamy and satisfying.

D - A real winner on cask draught. Great as a sessional, not too heavy and full of flavour. Fantastic as well in cans; well worth picking up!

Serving type: cask

10-16-2009 02:23:56 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coca-cola brown out of the can but ends up almost black with ruby red highlights. One finger of light tan head tops the beer with excellent retention bu minimal lacing.

Smell of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee grain and some sweet brown sugar.

Sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar and a bit of caramel followed by a dry, bitter coffee like finish. Good balance but the emphasis definately seems to be on the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and semi-creamy; I think I almost quoted the can. Not too heavy, making this highly quaffable.

Overall, a solid offering from Fuller's. As stated on the can, this is an excellent after-dinner drink. Nothing is too overpowering, making this a pleasant porter to drink.

Serving type: can

10-05-2009 23:17:09 | More by ludachris
Photo of Docer


4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First can of this...

- Can barely see through the rootbeer brown color... poured directly into the center of the glass as directed... didn't foam up and overflow.. but a nice slow micro-bubbled mocha head appeared and stuck around a very long time.

- Roasty chocolate smell... some bitterness is hiding in there too.

- Great creamy and smooth flavor... chocolate malt, light bittering... and a robust aftertaste as well.. truly good.

- Refreshing and dark, not dry at all.. just flavorful.. mouth watering.

- Very drinkable and good. Perfect for the style. Which more American Porters/Stouts were like this.

Serving type: can

09-25-2009 16:58:20 | More by Docer
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On nitro-tap at the Haus Staudt in Redwood City. Chris bought this round, thanks Chris.

A: Pours a pitch black in the glass (as I type this up I realize I've been drinking a lot of dark beers lately...). I watch the bartender pour it over several minutes, and realize that it takes several tries because each dispensation produces a half-foam-half liquid blend. Captivating to watch the cream-tan colored bubbles coalesce into a dark liquid. The final result is an inch of head that retains very well, resolving into a cap approximately half a finger thick. Tons of lacing down the glass as the bubbles deposit everywhere.

S: Milk chocolate, nougat, toasty malt, and nutty brown sugar. It's a little weak in the nose though.

T: Follows the nose perfectly. I realize it's like drinking a Snickers bar from the description; but it's not cloying. It opens up with chocolate and brown sugar; the mid-taste sees nuts, toast, and nougat. But the finish is dry and roasty, even slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied. Extremely creamy, velvety, smooth. Just a delight on the tongue.

D: Well, I did an unusual thing (for me) and had a second glass of the same beer. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-20-2009 00:27:17 | More by Arbitrator
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4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns, clear where there's opacity with an opaque center. A dense two finger nitro head tops the dark body. The nose is subdued but pleasant; milk chocolate and nougat, burnt toast and light fruitiness. The taste is much bolder though still mellow, opening with a pleasant chocolate and toffee sweetness, leading into a surprisingly dry, bitter and roasty fnish. Medium-bodied, nearly flat in the usual nitro-tap fashion but quite creamy. I put down a couple pints of this in less than an hour and could've gone for another, time permitting. One of my favorite English porters, I'd love to try this on hand pump some time.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-14-2009 05:26:37 | More by largadeer
Photo of uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass yeilding an overflowing billowy head. Very dark brown hint of red

S: carmalized sugar. figs. almonds.

T: Chocolate. toffee. coffee. sugar. I love english malts and this is a malt bomb. Hops are present at the end enough to make it balanced

M: medium viscosity and smooth. not clotting in the mouth or parching.

D: I dont think id mind if this were the last beer on earth. I could drink plenty of this.

I love porters and this is a good'un!

Serving type: can

09-12-2009 02:51:50 | More by uno99
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour leaves me with a thin layer of tan head over a black body. The body shows ruby highlights when held to the light. It has a deep roasted malt aroma of chocolate and coffee. It tastes of dark chocolate, black coffee, and blackstrap molasses. Bittersweet. Finishes long, with a lingering aftertaste of dark roast coffee. Medium bodied with almost flat carbonation - very smooth and creamy. It's substantial, but not overly heavy. I could drink a few of this delicious English porter, and would be more than happy doing so.

Serving type: can

09-06-2009 01:54:30 | More by mintjellie
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3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Elephant & Castle in Boston. Served in an Imperial pint glass. Dark, rich brown color. Thin white head. Roasted dark chocolate malt smell. Taste nailed what I think a porter should be. Roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, hint of vanilla, and just a bit of smoke all rolled onto the palate. I loved the mouthfeel of this beer. Smooth and creamy, yet hearty at the same time. But, very drinkable and a moderate abv % level. This should be considered a classic example of a British porter.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 00:24:31 | More by morebeergood
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4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown--only a touch of light shines through (and it appears ruby in color). Dense, one-finger beige head. Great, thick ring lace on the glass.

Delicious nose of cocoa and cream. There's another element that I've yet to identify, but it is attractive and drawing. It's almost like burnt toast or a mild smokiness.

Now that I've identified, I really notice the smoke, although it is subtle (not like a rauchbier). Some burnt biscuit with a dollop of whipped cream. The swallow features bitter chocolate and touch of cherry. Wonderfully complex. If there is a moderation of the excellence, it would be in the body--modest with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is more cocoa.

Simply a wonderfully complex beer--exceptional!

Serving type: can

08-22-2009 21:37:20 | More by smcolw
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4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brownish red, near black, with a large creamy bubbly tan head, which retains quite well and leaves good lacing. It's a very nice looking beer.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and grainy oatmeal, the malts come out strong hear, with a bit of burnt bitterness.

T: Full flavored, sweet chocolate notes with a strong coffee background, finishing with bitterness. I think it works quite nicely.

M: Medium to full bodied, not much carbonation so almost like thick water.

D: The smoothness and low carbonation make this an easy one to quaff.

Serving type: can

07-25-2009 23:20:50 | More by seand
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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