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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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1,168 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,168
Hads: 2,419
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 222
Gots: 284 | FT: 0
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:
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 goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, and wow. This porter is an amazing brew. A fantastic elixir out of the bottle, this brew had fabulous notes of coffee and chocolate, not to mention roasted malt in the background. The flavour was smooth, with little after taste, although the great flavor lingered, if that makes any sense. Again, great roasted maltiness and chocolate in the flavour. A great brew, truth be told.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the gold standard of Porters, the one by which all others should be judged. Its ruby black with a big tan head. Roasty malt, earthy, chocolatey, coffeeish, delicately hoppy, aromas. The taste is very smooth and rich but not overly rich. There is good malt sweetness in the front with a complex array of other flavors (coffee, chocolate, licorice) in the end there is subtle hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the watery side of creamy (whatever that means) and is very excellent. strongly reccommended.

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

This one poured a deep and dark reddish brown. At first the beer seems opaque, but when held up to the light, the beer reveals its clarity. Thin creamy head topped the beer off. The aroma is dark and rich with roasted coffee and sweet toffee notes and dark fruits. The taste yields sweet chewy caramel and syrupy molasses. Sort of reminds me of cough syrup. There’s some bittersweet chocolates in there, too. Strong bodied that finishes with a dark and chocolate bitterness and a pleasant sweetness. A fine porter that has a lot to offer.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the immense please of celebrating St. George's day at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philly. A very rare appearance of Fuller's on-tap. This beer is quite impressive. Off of the bottle, the coffee flavors are more powerful. On-tap, less so. But I'm rounding up. However, the flavor profile was still pretty good and in a weird way made it more drinkable. Looks great too. It was dark and a creamy head. This is an incredibly good beer from a world-class brewery.

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Photo of Rastacouere
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown body, almost no head, what is there is tan and leaves fast. You really have got to let this warm to appreciate the flavors. The nose is very chocolatey with vanilla and dark fruits. Palate is slightly grapey vinous with lots of plums, chocolate and a nice restrained roasty bitter finish. Hints of coffee and licorice in the finish. Smooth medium mouthfeel with friendly cleaning carbonation. Complex malt flavors as it warms and remarkably balanced.

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Photo of dippy
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good porter.

A nice dark dark brown beer. Tan thick head.

Smells of a dark roast, slightly sweet maybe bitter chocolate.

Tastes like burnt coffee, not that that is bad, I've just never had a coffe with a roast this deep. Not a as sweet in taste but the malt is evident.

Light to medium body, watery, not badly just not perfect. Light to no carbonation.

One of my favorite porters, and I don't really love them.

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

It looks almost black, but up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing on the glass and though the head is gone, a pretty soap bubble ring lines the edges of the glass. The smell is caramelly, and even though I've not had much experiences with porters, I really can't resist the smell of caramel in a brew. My first impressions are of coffee, that roasty quality, but with the bitter acid astringency most found in java. I'm not dissing it, though. I can't drink coffee because it upset my stomach, so this is definitely a wonderful welcome. I do want to try other porters, so I'll come back to this style.

The beer is so good, it's like drinking a good strong version of coffee. Not for the faint of heart in terms of the roast, but something that would definitely go down easily. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this a quick quaffer. Beautiful.

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Photo of Trentonator
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours nicely, and smells wonderful. The head is a bit disappointing, it starts strong, but dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing. Taste is chocolatey, coffee-like, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. This Porter is very smooth and drinkable, and is not at all bitter or heavy. It's like a cup of really really smooth cappucino. I really liked this beer.

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

Poured from a 1pt 2.6oz bottle, this beer was a dark brown with ruby hues. Held to the light it was a glorious garnet liquid with a milk chocolate brown head. The retention was fair, although it left little lace on my pint glass. Its aroma was of chocolate and little else, but out was strong and inviting. The chocolate flavors were much more subdued than I had expected from the aroma. There is little hopping, but some burnt malts provide a balance to the sweetness. It's a decidedly British beer, light in the mouth and a little creamy. It would make a fine session brew.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, it's always a pleasure for me to do business with Fuller's. This London Porter pours out nearly black in hue, a deep mahogany when held up to the light. Creamy off-white head that soon fades to a thin mottled cap upon the ale. Earthy aroma at first, faint coffee and chocolate, and a dry woody smokiness. Earthy coffee flavour, tapering off to a smoky aftertaste, like pipe tobacco. Full but very dry mouthfeel, with a lingering roasted husk aftertaste. I'm not a smoker myself, but I could see this accompanying a pipe quite nicely, or any very smoked meat dishes. A very nice change from some of the very cloyingly sweet porters that I have sampled in the past. I must salute northyorksammy for enabling me to finally sample this after itching for it for so long.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours rather thin. It has a mostly brown, somewhat tinted red color and a wimpy little tan head that vanishes like a magic trick.
It smells good enough. It has a strange nose. Roasted malt like a stout sticks out first with some small hop bitterness. Smoke and damp leaves, like earth (dirt) in the long afterbreath. Nice.
Taste is nutty and full. Smell follows through in taste, with more chocolate and especially nut flavor. Still very damp and musky. It's nice. It's what I imagine an old English beer ought to taste like.
Mouthfeel is thin. I guess that's not exactly bad. I could drink a bunch of these, and think I had just taken some coffee and crumpets. Boy, as you move on through the beer, the coffee really shows itself. I'm not sure that's a good thing.
All in all, this is a really good porter and one of the originals that our pals in UK have drank for centuries. It's good enough to have as many as you can grab.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a little light for a porter. It is a deep, transparent red, not black or brown. The nose is quite nice though. Big roasted, nutty goodness floating out of the glass. The flavor is nicely balanced between smooth, malty goodness and rough, roasted sharpness. Hops are detectable, but in balance. The finish is a little strange, quite dry. Mouthfeel is wanting, not as creamy as I'd like. Overall, a quite drinkable beer.

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

A deep brown/mohagany pour with a nice tan head. Clear and very settled. The nose is nicely highlighted with soft chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is nicely malty with dry, unsweetened chocolate notes and a mild coffee-ish flavour. Very nice staying power. The semi-bitter finish lingers nicely. A very smooth mouthfeel with a dry, coffee-bean-bitter finish. A great example of the style.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a 20oz nonic pint glass. Pours with virtually no head. Smell is rich with hints of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Taste is much of the same, with a smooth, not too sweet finish. Its not as heavy/filling as I expected. Quite a satisfying beer, and I usually do not even like Porters. What this one has going for it is the fact that it does not go overboard on the sweetness, instead keeping everything in balance. I do wish it had a bit more carbonation, however.

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Photo of Gump
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter
Rich & Dark is what the label says. I'd say that best describes the appearance, which is also clean and fresh. Head settles within a couple minutes.

Calm mellow taste, makes for a smooth drink. Light on the tongue, not very filling. Incredible aroma.
Well crafted, and very fresh beer.

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Photo of jahred
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the Feb. Goose Island "Beer Academy."

Pours a dark, dark brown color (not quite, but almost black) with a thinnish head. The very strong scent reminds me of coffee and chocolate.

The taste? Is this liquid toffee? Or beer? Or some chocolate concoction? I can't tell! All three of those fantastic flavors blend nicely together and lead into a light hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is super thick, syrupy and and rich. Just delicious.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Stimack
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a nice brew. Have had it before but it was a long time ago, before I actually learned to love Porters and Stouts.

This brew poured to a very dark brown color, almost black with a nice large medium brown head that dissipated very slowly and left thick lacing through out the brew.

The aromas where heavy on the sweet side, with a strong hint of chocolate and lesser hints of coffee, smoky essence and alcohol. With the scents from this brew I am quite surprised by the 5.4% ABV, I thought it would be a tad higher!

The taste is excellent! You can loose yourself in the flavors of rich chocolate, roasted coffee and malt along with the nice carbonation. Also notice some smoky flavors going on that just add to the overall experience. The brew seems to finish dry?

Over all a very good brew, must say that I am very impressed. Think that this is a brew that fantastic during the cooler and colder days of fall and winter. Seems to have the ability to warm ya right up. A brew that I will definitely have again, would like to try it on tap next!

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Photo of TerryW
3.62/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of mschofield
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a two finger khaki head. Leaves sticky rings of lace behind.
Robustly flavored, roasted malt, coffee and anise. Caramel note with some woodyness. Chocolate appears in the back and with the feel I get a chocolate ice cream like impression. Restrained bitterness/acidity from the black patent.
Full feel, this is a drink all the time stranded on a desert island with one beer beer.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Nose is rum, molasses and rich malts with just a hint of dark chocolate. Head fades to just around the edges but what remains is retained all the way to the bottom.

First taste is deeply malted and dry. Roasted whole bean coffee with the slightest hint of merlot. Unsweeted dutch cocoa and sorghum again but not very sweet at all. Bitter yet smooth, medium on the palate with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste.

I would expect something like this to be overwhelming: too sweet, too bitter, too thick. But this one strikes that perfect balance.

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Photo of budsboy
3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is brown/black, with a nice bubbly tan head. The smell is a very nice roasty, dry flavor. The taste is a nice dry chocolate with a good hop bitterness to it, with a bittersweetness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, could definitely have quite a few of these.

This could well be my 2nd favorite non-robust porter after the Edmund Fitzgerald. A very rich and delicious porter, and absolutely one that I'd have again!

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.61/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of pootz
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With my favored Baltic porter off the shelves, I decided to try some of the British offerings so I got six of Fullers (big bucks here in Kanada). I can't say I like it as much as the sweeter, fuller bodied stronger Baltic porters but this is a very good example of the traditional British porter and a superbly produced beer with excellent quality. I'm quite satisfied with this as an interim substitute.

This porter came in an impressive embossed brown bottle with a Brit style understated labeling...had a freshness date and write up on the beer's traditional roots and awards. Poured a luxurious rich clear dark mahogany looks almost cola- ruby when glass held against a strong light. Large cascading puffy brown head that stayed for a while then dissipated to a beige lace that stayed to the end of the drink. It has a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smells of chocolate and Carmel with hints of carbonation.

Starts with a very sharp taste punctuated by the hops and carbonation then settles into a creamy medium-full bodied feel punctuated with a balance of musty chocolate semi sweetness and semi bitter hops...finishes rather light an thin with a pleasant hop after taste that is not as tinny as dry stouts. All in all a very good drink and a fine porter.

This is just a bit thin and not warming enough for my tastes in porter. I like this for now but continue my search for a replacement for my Okocim Porter.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.