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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,290
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 184
Gots: 195 | 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 mikeal1917
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at Horrock's Market in Lansing, MI. Being a huge fan of Fuller's London Pride, No reason not to give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a tan/beige medium to small head, that dissipates quickly, leaving a wisp around the glass.

Smell: strong, noticeable chocolate smell, with hints of nut. I found it to be a little overpowering, and definitely through my expectations for a loop. After smelling, I immediately thought of Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock(see my review).

Taste: Chocolate overtones, which I didn't love extremely. The English Bitter is definitely still there though, which I was pleased with. No strong after taste like you would expect in an IPA.

Mouthfeel: though dark, the beer wasn't thick and went down smooth.

Drinkability: The first beer was somewhat rough, as I'm not a huge fan of the chocolate, but the beer definitely improved as I worked on the 2nd and 3rd. A good 6-pack beer for the night if your looking for something with a little more love put into it.

Photo of nukem5
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured it was like pouring a nice black glass of fresh brewed black coffee rich and dark and a nice lace of foam sticking all over the rim of glass.

S: Intense coffee asnd rich chocolates flood the senses, hints of licorice and warm roasty malts.

T: like a sip of paradise from the first swallow whirling around the toungue is an warm flavorful burst of coffee chocholates and some biscuity malty notes.

M: Light and flavorful and the slight alchohol flavor touch base around the mouth making this one a winner in any race.

D:Very drinkable and could be a favorite with any beef influenced meal mine waas with a pot roast, and a very good pairing in my mouth.

Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into my glass to a finger of mocha head. It is brown in color. I can see the lettering on my glass through the beer. The smell is a pleasing chocolate roasted malt. The taste follows with the addition of a roasted aftertaste. It is silky smooth. The mouthfeel is almost perfect. This is a beer that I have had on my list to try for some time, and I am not disappointed.


Photo of notdan
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark ruby-brown with medium light-coloured head. Nice colour, but the head died fast and not much lacing to speak of.

Smells of earthy roasted coffee, some malty sweetness. Taste is full of molasses and coffee, bit of chocolate and a nice light British hopping. A little sweet but very pleasant.

Carbonation is perfect, with a smooth, if slightly thin body. Drinks very easily, would be happy to spend an evening with this one.

Photo of jhp40219
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers, so you can see where this review is going to go. Poured from 11.2oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black pour. Thick, two-finger caramel brown head.

S - Wonderful aroma of coffee and roasted malts with a solid hint of chocolate. I wish they made a candle with this smell, as I would love to have my home smell like this.

T - Taste is that of the smell amplified with a bit more chocolate. Great roasted chocolate aftertaste!

M - Creamy, not unlike Guinness. Medium body with a bot of carbonation. Nothing overpowering and quite easy on the pallet.

D - Very easy to drink and a perfect example of what a porter should be. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fuller's London Porter has a very dark brown body that is the color of mahogany, but remains translucent throughout. The head is a very light brown and about a finger in thickness. Not a lot of retention, but some scraggly lacing is left behind.

The aroma is packed with roasted malts, and even has a smoky character to it. There is a little bit of mustiness in there also.

The smoke carries over to the flavor, and it is actually fairly pronounced. I know this isn't a smoked beer, but it definitely has a little bit of a smoky character to it. The roasted malts are here too, packed a big, slightly bitter flavor. The malts also supply toffee, coffee and a touch of bitter chocolate flavors. There is even a little bit of sourness and some fruit. Honestly, all of these flavors come together in a strange way to taste a bit like pipe tobacco. Although this doesn't sound pleasant, I like it. The aftertaste is a nice roasted, malty and slightly smoky flavor. I think the aftertaste is actually my favorite part of Fuller's London Porter.

The mouthfeel of London Porter is very well done; nice and creamy.

Fuller's London Porter is an icon, so it's no surprise it is a good beer. I have to admit that I don't love it, but I do like it.

Photo of washburnkid
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes.

A: Aggressive pour yields about a finger of a darkish beige froth of head. Brew is dark brown and chestnut on the edges. Very light retention and not too much lacing.
S: Roasted malts with the typical coffee and chocolate tones. Some delicious ripe fruity esters...so inviting! Not much of a hop characteristic is noticeable yet. I'm used to the american-style porter featuring a hint of citrus to balance out the malt. But this porter is still wonderful on the nose.
T: Flavors are SO super roasty. Just a ton of maltiness here. Mildly bitter chocolate with a nice dose of coffee (sugary and full-bodied/flavored). Chocolate becomes much more prominent with warmth. There is just nothing in the flavors that I don't like.
M: Light in mouthfeel but still has some weight behind it. Mild carbonation, though that may have resulted from the heavy pour.
D: Very easy and smooth going down. Tasty as hell. I would highly recommend this one to porter lovers.

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 kwjd
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a nice head. Good head retention with lacing down the glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The taste starts with coffee and the roasted malt and I can notice the chocolate a bit more in the aftertaste. There is also some sweetness of almost a caramel flavour too. This feels almost as smooth as a glass of milk. I frequently go back to this as it is the porter to which I judge all others.

Photo of Mancer
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black, but had a very quick dissipating head and remained non-existent for the life of the beer. Additionally, there was very little to no lacing on the glass. The smell is that of roasted chocolate, a hint of espresso and malts. The initial taste of the beer is that of burnt/roasted chocolate, paving the way for the coffee, espresso, and roasted/burnt caramel malt. The carbonation in this brew seems weak and barely any bubbles are seen half way through drinking this beer. This is without a doubt a beer I will purchase again.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep mahogany brown to black with ruby hues on the edge (cola colored). Good sized, thick, foamy, creamy light beige head with good retention and leaving a nice lacing.

S - A lot of coffee and roasted/burnt malt. Also a fair amount of caramel and toffee, but not a great amount of chocolate.

T - Rich roasted malt, chocolate and caramel flavors start the sip with a somewhat sweet taste with a little bitter roasted malt. This gives way to a good amount of espresso and coffee flavors along with some more profound roasted malt, giving it a bit more of a bitter taste. The finish has some more of those sweet flavors along with some vanilla, and the coffee still has some presence.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

D - A very drinkable beer. Good porter tastes with a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Easy to drink a number of these in one sitting. Good and easy to drink beer.

Notes: Nice drinkable porter that has a good balance of flavors. A very nice example of a porter, not an amazing beer, but a solid choice that I would gladly drink again.

Photo of sdj5
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black. Two-finger head that goes down to one-finger head.

S: Roasted malt, scotch

T: Roasted malt, scotch, black coffee, dark chocolate, caramel

M: Medium-body, creamy, not a ton of carbonation

D: I could drink this for quite a while.

An excellent beer.

Photo of righthereisay
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am pretty impressed. I was given a couple of these. As I'm not a fan or porters, I wasn't exactly looking forward to them.

It was sensational.

Nice and black with some lacing. Very flavorful. I swear there was some chocolate, but not enough to say it tastes like chocolate. A bit of a smokey flavor, but not too much. not too much sugar either, almost perfect amount. Nice full body...very surprised.

I could see myself drinking a bunch of these. Really nice flavor.

Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, small head. Smells of rich sweet cream, some vanilla, chocolate, some coffee, tobacco, leather. Tastes of rich malty sweetness with a good amount of chocolate. Some faint fruitiness, coffee and molasses. Earthy and slightly herbal hops brings a slight bitterness leading to roasty elements. Finishes fairly dry with a touch of herbal hops. Decent body, low carbonation.

Just a fantastic English porter, everything reminded me of very rustic elements, but in a very good way, almost nostalgic. I could drink this beer forever.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown with a foamy light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing.

Light coffee, burnt sugar, and charred aromas. Pleasant, but not in your face.

Smooth combination of sweet, charred, and bitter. French roast coffee, some light molasses bite, bitter chocolate, and some brown bread. Light hop bitterness, Light lingering coffee finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, but enough prickly carbonation to keep this from being overly cloying or even mouth coating. Drinks lighter than it is, and is very easy to put down. Nothing overdone or out of balance on this one, and no off flavors at all. Another one of those beers that makes you wonder why you don't drink this more often (too much choice out there I guess). A good reminder that this beer needs to get revisited often.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown in color with a head that dissiaptes a bit too quickly.

Aromas of raosted malt and dry cocoa, taste delivers the same. A bit undercarbonated perhaps, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel appropriate for the style. Quite drinkable.

Photo of cratez
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a beer geek in Ontario, Fuller's London Porter is a reliable and immensely drinkable fallback brew, something you can grab with confidence when nothing else sparks your interest. 500ml can from the LCBO poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Blackish brown in colour with sharp ruby hues, a finger of tan head, and dots of lacing. Smell and taste are dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, toffee, cream, and a mild hop bitterness that resembles an English pale. Burnt grains and ash in the finish, very subtle. After a few sips, I get some nuts and molasses on the nose. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and chocolaty, on the full side of medium-bodied. This has much less dryness and roast than your typical porter, but that's not a bad thing. A tasty drinker from a brewer that never disappoints.

Photo of baos
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is the second Fuller's that i have had in so many days. All that i can say is: Fuller's don't fuck around.

A: Stout opaque black with ruby outlines. Uno finger tan head that sticks around pretty well with some bits of lacing here and there.

S: Wow! Und yummy! Smokey molasses. Hints of burning sage. Unique and enjoyable.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but very nice. Chocolate, roasted, and Brown malts out the wazoo. This is malt city. Perhaps the slightest wee bit of Fuggles hops in there. i get just a smattering of hop flavor but all of the bitter and dryness. A good brew. I also detect some serious Old ale notes in here as well. Bitter and maybe a wee bit off putting compared to how wunderbar the initial flavors go.

M: Very light bodies, but hey like I said before this brew doesn't fuck around. This doesn't deter the overall-ness of it all.

D: Very drinkable, but it gets kind of gluey and metallic in the late stages of aftertaste.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is, to me, a paradigm of the style.

G - Williams-Sonoma haughty mug.

A - Luxurious deep coffee brown, nearly impermeable to light, with a thick tan head that recedes into serious lacing.

S - Great coffee and cocoa tones emanate from this obviously decadent brew.

T - Greatly flavorful. Initially there are very strong notes of roasted grain; they are then balanced by an appearance of a pale malt flavor coupled with a light aromatic hop, ending with a brief sweetness before the resurgence of the roasted flavors. There is a lingering hop aftertaste that is hard to pinpoint because it couples with the roastiness. Just a great, complex brew.

M - Full and rich and creamy.

D - This is a superb brew on any occasion.

Photo of Stunner97
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- moderate white head foams up on the pour, dark brown to black that when held up to the light can be seen through

Smell- the overwhelming smell to me on this one is lots of coffee and espresso notes, very overall malty and roasted malt smell, smell is overall quite nice

Taste- very strong coffee notes dominate the front and then is ridden out to a dry finish, the flavor is pretty long and lasting overall, and its not as sweet and malty as I would have expected on the nose, roasted malts and very slight dark chocolate notes, I do find this beer to be rather complex and it grows on you a bit as you go and the beer warms a bit up, the dry finish really provides a solid backbone and long finish,

Mouthfeel- drying finish with a very light to at most medium body weight

Drinkability- a very nice session brew, its not to heavy but not to light either, its certainly up there with some of my favorite porters, its a boat load more complex then the taddy porter but there is something about the extreme drinkability of the taddy that brings me back to that too but this is what I would go for if I was something a little more complex to sip a little slower, a fine offering from a fantastic brewery

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a deep, dark brown with a slim khaki cap of foam.
Bringing the glass to the nose reveals notes of toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Underlying roasted chocolate malts as well as a distinctly sweet smell peer through as well.
The roasted barley tastes are first and foremost in the taste. Fairly sweet with just a bit of bitterness from the roast. A bit of a coffee aftertaste. The carbonation is just a little harsh for the style , IMO. Sweet, medium-bodied, and ridiculously smooth; this porter is delightfully drinkable.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured straight from the hand pump at Tap and Mallet.

A: Pours an opaque chestnut color with a thin ring of off-white head. Foamy lace coats the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh roasted coffee mixed with cream and sweetener dominate the aroma. Vanilla and mixed dark malts add to a great smelling beer.

T: Not quite as good as I was hoping after the great nose; but still nice nonetheless. Espresso and roasted malt are really the only flavors I can pick out of this one. It's good, but pretty one dimensional.

M: The epitome of smooth! If you could turn silk into a drink, this is what it would feel like.

D: Not the best tasting porter I've ever had, but the smoothness of the cask version is, simply put, amazing. Give this one a try regardless, but especially if you have a chance to taste the cask version.

Photo of biglite351
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark with nice foam.

S - I really liked the smell of this one . It made me want to drink the brew. I can not say that about any other beer to this point.

T - starts pit very well. Rich and full. The flavor relatively vanishes after a few seconds though. While a lack of bad after taste is a good thing, no after taste at all is very odd.

M - no tingled.

D - this is a beer that you don't mind having another of.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark mahogany body turns ruby against the light. All the retention and lacing you could ask for.

Nutty, roasty, chocolaty aromas seduce the nostrils.
And then I took a sip...

I went through a Fullers/Sammy Smith/Youngs kick a few years back. I remembered that this was a wonderful beer, but...DAMN! I love Taddy Porter, but this has to be the best English Porter out there. A layer of caramel over a layer of cocoa atop a layer of roasted pecans. Nice fruity bitterness on the finish. All the creamy, smooth deliciousness you could ask for in a beer. A liquid lesson in beer history.

Photo of jminsc76
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-size head of light espresso brown atop a dark body. A little tinge of red as I hold it up to the light, and a bit of lacing around the glass, but the strength is in the head.

Coffee aromas dominate the nose, with some fruity smells also exhibited, which is not unusual for many English ales, even if this is a roasty porter. Ahhhh, quite nice.

Wow! Now I know where that delicious coffee flavor found in so many porters is inspired from. This is incredible. Plenty of coffee goodness, a little cocoa, some creamer, and a slight quantity of baked breadiness. A wide flavor spectrum that comes together like the Constructicons forming Devastator.

The mouthfeel is light and tingly, with some thickness on the palate as I swish. Almost as soft as a good oatmeal stout.

Overall, I can see why this receives the top rating it does on BA. For an English ale, it's intense yet balanced without being too overpowering. I could consume at least three of these in a row and probably come back for a fourth or fifth. A highly session-able and complex beer. Cheers Fuller's!

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,290 ratings.