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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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1,989 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,989
Reviews: 1,127
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 141
Gots: 81 | 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:
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to nearly black, with a long-lasting dark tan head. A generous amount of lacing adds to the visual experience. Cocoa and molasses scents were pleasant but a bit weak. This is a very chocolate-tasting beer; more so than any other I've had. Slight roasty and bready flavors are noticed as well. Quite rich and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 03:02:01 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before April 2012. Tried this stuff years ago and I recall being rather fond of it... so why not give it another go?

Pours a virtually opaque black colour, with only a few deep red highlights under the light. Topped with a finger of creamy, foamy tan-coloured head that holds up until well into the session. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides. Very malty aroma, lots of roasted dark malts, chocolate and molasses sweetness, with a bit of coffee and cream. Some earthy notes but mostly just sweet malts.

Very tasty porter, with most of the same notes above being present on the palate as well. Toasted bread, molasses and caramel sweetness dominate along with nutty malts and bittersweet chocolate. Coffee and vanilla notes as well, with plenty of roasted malt throughout. Earthy, herbal hops are more noticeable toward the finish. Roasted malts provide a bit of earthy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice balance between the chocolate and coffee flavours; neither are especially dominant but they're both loud and clear - this is a very rich-tasting beer. Full-bodied, maybe leaning toward medium body, with low carbonation for a silky smooth, creamy mouthfeel going down.

This is a world-class porter that I can't really find much to complain about. Superb, rich malt flavours, good body, and a very satisfying brew all around, this porter is definitely worth a try and is basically the gold standard of the style to me. Not much of a session ale, this is a quick sipper for during or after dinner.

Serving type: can

10-27-2011 03:27:50 | More by thehyperduck
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle itself looks very interesting, and is what caught my eye. It reminds me of a bottle of Kahlua.

A: When it's first poured it is a very dark red, almost brown color. A small head appeared at first, but quickly dissipated.

S: It has a very lovely smell to it that is a mix of brown sugar and coffee. When smelled for longer periods of time you can pick up the chocolate smell that is advertised.

T: The coffee is definitely the first thing that crops up on the taste bud. The aftertaste has a very nice dark chocolate flavor to it that is bitter and lingers for a while.

M: Low carbonation, and a very smooth feel to the beer. It's not as thick as I would have expected it to be though.

O: I highly enjoyed this, and would probably get it again. I recommend that everyone at least try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 20:49:28 | More by Craibcr
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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and nice chocolate aromas. There is also a slight milk-like aroma I am getting from this one.Taste is of dark roasted malt, brewed coffee, and some cocoa powder. A mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good English porter that is very easy to drink. With a lower ABV it is also something you could drink all night without getting too sloshed.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:46:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle from Total Wine - been looking around for this one lately, after hearing the review on Craft Beer Radio - served in a Fuller’s imperial pint glass...

A: Pours a dark brown, with a nice inch of khaki foam; deep garnet when held to light; some specky lace gets left on the glass.

S: Toffee malt aroma; some dark chocolate and caramel, too; roasted grains aren’t too bitter / charred = pretty smooth coffee.

T: Roasted malt / coffee comes out a little more than in the aroma; rich, toasted grains; some bitter chocolate and tobacco / leafy hops on the end.

M: Full bodied; lower carbonation; very smooth and silky.

D/O: A satisfying porter for sure; ample drinkability and smooth; traditional and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 02:08:37 | More by jpro
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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that a good porter is always welcome in my fridge, saying that this should have a case setting there waiting to be consumed! WOW! world class is a good place to begin.

A- Poured a very dark brown/Mahogony with a light carmel colored head that leeft some lacing behind.

S- smelled of chocolate, fresh bread, earthy, and carmelish

T- Damn just like it smelled only more intense. Was very well balanced between the malts and slightly hop-ish(is that a word).

M- Smooth, smooth did I say SMOOTH? med to light carbonation, mild chewiness, was very hard to just sip this one, I wanted to chug it then refill it and sip the second one (alas I only had the one that was a gift from Chewystheman - THANKS)

O- World class in taste, mouthfeel and so very well balanced!

I want more!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 19:06:37 | More by Mario61Aler
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7 March 2012

A: Dark reddish brown without much head.

S: Roast with a little smoke and the fainest hint of soy sauce.

T: Pretty rich roasty taste. Creamy caramel and chocolate with a touch of char. A slight earthiness. No soy sauce, but I get an off-putting Guinness-like sour note every now and again.

M: Solid but perhaps a little thinner than ideal.

O: A solid, drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:43:06 | More by greybeardloon
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost black with a red tint capped by two fingers of super creamy pale tan head with exceptional retention. Lace curtains all around.

S - Roast coffee and cream, bitter dark chocolate, a slight smokiness.

T - Follows the nose with precision. Coffee, dark chocolate and brown sugar.

M - The full creaminess and low carbonation.

O - A really top British beer. Rich, full flavoured and supremely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 12:51:38 | More by dansmcd
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is rich and malty with molasses, cardboard, soy and a kind of weird Sharpie marker note. Balance is alright.
Taste is molasses, wheat, toasted, almost burnt chocolate malt, soy and a hint of cardboard. Good balance.
Rich, full-bodied, medium effervescence. Aftertaste gets a bit ashy but otherwise its a really good Porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:44:30 | More by PorterLambic
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District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Elephant and Castle in Washington, DC. Poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown and opaque. A small whitish head leaves some lacing. Impressive.

Smell: Semisweet chocolate and caramel predominate, with a bit of herbal hops on the back end.

Taste: "Rich, Dark, and Complex" is right. Very robust roasty flavor that stops just short of being burnt, with some accompanying coffee flavor and a little bit of lighter malt character. Light herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: A bit prickly with the carb. Fairly slick.

Overall: Very flavorful and something I'd definitely get again where offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 02:10:24 | More by fountainofyouth
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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with ruby highlights and great clarity. Light brownish, moderate head has decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Awesome malt profile-bready, bread crusts, toast, chocolate, light roast, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Runs an enormous spectrum of malt characteristics. Some earthy green hops, with low esters and a light orange marmalade character to it.

Flavor-Chocolate and bread crusts up front with light sweetness. The mid-palate is very chocolatey with fruity esters and light orange marmalade. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, some earthy hop flavors, and roasty chocolate/roasted malt. Aftertaste lingers with chocolate malt and leathery tobacco. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and silky. Medium body with a soft, moderately low carbonation. Awesome.

This is the definitive brown/english porter in my opinion. Fantastic, delicious, and abounding with subtle complexities. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 06:00:12 | More by plfahey
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter is a very nice and pretty dry porter. Not that complex but really tasty.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Strong roasty malt. Very bready. 4.5

T: Dry blackened malt flavour with a hint of bitterness in the finish. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 00:43:37 | More by vandemonian
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3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 09:19:36 | More by harrymel
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is nearly black. Poured with a nice foamy head that quickly went down to a solid patch of lacing.

A bit of hops in the aroma. There are a lot of coffee and chocolate in the aroma as well.

This beer is a favorite. It's so chocolately and with a nice bit of coffee to keep it from being too sweet.

It's got a pretty thick mouthfeel, with just a bit of carbonation.

This beer is a classic and I would love to keep it in steady rotation in my fridge but it's a bit too pricey for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:16:09 | More by TippySelenoid
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with a good tan head that fades slowly and ample lacing.

S: Rich aroma of roasted malts with chocolate and caramel. Trace of coffee. Smell is inviting.

T: Roasted malt flavor with a mixture of chocolate and coffee. Nice trace of bittersweet chocolate and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, very smooth and creamy. Excellent balance, very rich and delicious.

O: Excellent Porter with lots of character. A good choice to compare other porters to.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:21:50 | More by soju6
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a solid brown. Well, I turned on the lamp and now it looks a bit red. Head is one finger, tan, and holds well. A slight bit of lacing.
S- Smell is quite strong of coffee with a bit of lingering molasses aroma as well.
T- The taste is a bit stronger of molasses than I perceived on the nose. At first it comes off a bit too sweet and not roasted enough, but the finish brings through a really well done coffee flavor.
M- Medium body, medium-light carbonation. just a touch astringent at times in the finish, with a dry finish.
O- A good porter, but I'm not sure the price point merits me buying it. Good, not great, but I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:11:44 | More by jsprain1
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle says best by Dec 11 2011.

Appearance: Dark brown with amber red color when held to light. Lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of light tan head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Full and lively aroma of dark roasted malts with a strong presence of chocolate. Lots of caramel and toffee. Good hints of dark and bitter coffee with some light hints of earthy hops, dark fruits, and vanilla. Smells very rich.

Taste: Burnt and roasted dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Hints of lightly bitter coffee that linger through the finish. Also some hints of vanilla and dark fruit. Hop presence is very subtle. Taste is more mild than the smell leads on, but the flavors are still full and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good English Porter. Full flavored and tasty while still being light and smooth enough to be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 04:59:38 | More by MattyG85
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Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice black colour to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts with some nice chocolate, caramel and slight coffee notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice roasty/coffee malt feel to it with a bit of chocolate and caramel and a slight earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice rich balance of malts.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 18:18:21 | More by SebD
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is the same except not as strong as the smell, still chocolaty with some malts and coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 14:53:13 | More by tone77
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown with ruby tinted edges and a long-lasting tan head.

Smell - deep and roasty without being overpoweringly malty. Rich and complex with aromas of chocolate, brown bread, dark malts, earthy hops and mineal.

Taste - Chocolate, bread, and molasses, but only moderately sweet with a subtle spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Extremely smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 20:24:41 | More by
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL can. Brew Date: May 9, 2011. Best by May 9, 2012. 5.4% ABV, 11.4 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Very dark brown with just a hint of red when held to a light. Low carbonation, giving less than half a finger of dense tan foam. Head retention was good, and left tons of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, cocoa, slight roast aroma. As expected, no hops aroma.

Taste: Mostly roast malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Bittersweet, all due to grain profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation allows the beer to comfortably coat the mouth. Velvety. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Moderately dry finish.

Overall: Very refreshing and drinkable. I would highly recommend this porter. Don't get too many great porters here in China, so I appreciate this one.

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 14:02:49 | More by dbaker61
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black body, light brn finger head, solid lacing

S: light chocolate, hint of roasted malt.

T: sweet vanilla, roasted malt, light cocoa,
mild bitter finish

M: med/light body, smooth mouth

O: Nice sessionable English porter.
Would get it again and recommend it
to others.


Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 21:19:46 | More by BeerLover99
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle that i was pumped to see with the fuller's lineup at my local booze store.

A: black body with a gentle, solid very light brown head. retention is decent and lacing is good.

S: a mild chocolate aroma is worked in with some solid roast. good aroma, not overwhelming with roast or chocolate, but more of a middle ground balance.

T: the body on this thing is light but refreshingly roasty. vanilla and ice-cream-like in the soft sweetness. soft flavors but very tasty.

M: moderately soft carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: very tasty english porter. soft, elegant flavors make a rich and fulfilling drink. i love an intense stout/porter, but this is perfect for the the drinkability/light body that backs it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:07:27 | More by Jimmys
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: i should have served this warmer than it was. extremely dark brown in color yet not completely jet black (light is visible through the body). fairly thin tan head simmers into a thin lacing. as i said, if i had poured it warmer i would have had better results.

s: nice roasted malt aroma with no hop aroma (duh). you can definitely tell it's going to be nice and rich without even drinking it.

t: roasted malt flavor is there but not too strong at all. strong chocolate and mocha (coffee) flavor and minimal hop bitterness. a little on the sweet side yet drinkable.

m: smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

this is a fantastic english porter. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:27:30 | More by tzieser
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Beer of the Month selection I recieved that is making me more and more a Porter man!

Great tasting body,wonderful creamy foam head.
Not too strong in alchohol and not bitter at all!

If they didn't export it to America it would be worth flying to England to try!!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:39:25 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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