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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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2,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 1,134
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 154
Gots: 102 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of Tim2000

Quebec (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

500 mL brown bottle, best before December 2007.

Dark brow brew with a tightly knit tan head.

Great aroma. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes as well a hint of burnt toast and molasses.

Flavour is dominated by black coffee and chicory. Some sweetness comes through as well, caramel and molasses with hints of raisins and dried fruit. Hops are subtle but add balance to the beer. Alcohol warms the throat slightly. Body is silky with low carbonation.

Absolutely delicious.

03-22-2007 20:41:59 | More by Tim2000
Photo of Phatz


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance: Pours dark almost black with ruby hues when back-lit. Small tight fizzy head fade fast to a tan color around the glass. Notable lacing.

Smell: Initial burst of dark roasty malts impresses me. then the aroma fades a bit and a light hint of butteryness comes out of the center. Some dark roast coffee, molasses, syrup and also some creamy milky butterscotch caramel, and a deep earthy toffee attribute.

Taste: Roasty. I admit I have a soft-spot for roasty porters. The chocolate and coffee and the caramel and the smokiness, just make me want to lap it up like a friggin dog. There is a earthy hop nip and a dry finish. Simple. I love it!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth but a bit light in the mouth. All things considered it work that way.

Drinkability: This is a beer that I could drink all day every day and never think twice about. It is exactly what I want in a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.

03-21-2007 07:10:23 | More by Phatz
Photo of david131


3.48/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

03-13-2007 01:33:00 | More by david131
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a big & heavy bottle to i pint glass the liquid is dark with low carbonation. An agresive pour does not yield much head, The 1 finger head fades fast to a tan ring but leaves good lace.

The smell is fruity at first sniff but turns quite coffee and some dark chocolate, more so as it warms.

The taste follows. Pungent dark fruit at first, but the real deal as it warms, an explosion of coffee and great dark chocolate notes all around, Excellent

The mouthfeel is good. not great but very good. The body is better then medium, fuller then most porters. However the carbonation on this on seems low.

The drinkability is very good. At first I thought, OK a good porter but I won't be hunting it down, but that later tastes after it warms are just great and yes I will be buying more. Prosit MK

03-12-2007 05:01:27 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of jockstrappy


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a rich, deep brown color....like coffee from a french press. Head is tan in color, nearly 2 fingers, and fades to a nice cream cap that lasts for the duration. Aroma is a mixture of roasted malts, coffee, and fruity apple-like notes as well. Taste begins with the coffee up front, but quickly gives way to hints of dark chocolate, and toasty caramel, with an ever-so-slight hop note....also a touch of fruitiness in there too, which seems to be a signature of English styles. This brew is easy on the palate with it's medium body, and finishes with a lingering chocolate-coffee effect. I could enjoy this one as a desert, or in the pub all damn day. Good beer, worth a try for sure!

03-03-2007 23:34:18 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours into my nonic a ruby tinted brown with a thick tan head.

Aroma is somewhat Baltic like in that it has a heck of a lot of prune in it. Otherwise one finds a mountain of roasty/toasty malt and a touch of coffee.

Tastes strong and firm of roasty malt and chocolate with a surprising amount of boozy fruit flavor. Very odd considering the ABV. Minute amounts of charcoal and some hop bitterness add to the character. Buttery and smooth. Well rounded and balanced.

Straight forward, plain and simple…and just great. I could drink it all day long.

02-27-2007 20:18:29 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of andebrice


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

Dark black color, white creme colored, small head that dissipates quickly. Lacing does stick around the glass though. Smells really sweet, fruity, and malty. Taste great. Dark chocolate start, bitter coffee finish, A lingering coffee with a slightly hoppy aftertaste that makes the mouth tingle. Just the right amount of carbonation to make the bitter finish stick around for a while, but doesn't allow it to overstay its welcome, inviting the drinker in for another taste. Overall a very rich complex brew that is worth drinking.

02-24-2007 04:08:16 | More by andebrice
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured a deep brown-black color with moderate tannish head. Little retention or lacing.
Smell is intricate, blending roasted grains, coffee, chocolate and some dark fruits.
Taste follows through on the smell with a strong roasted taste and lots of fruit (plums, raisins). A nice dryness compliments the sweetness nicely.
Finishes strong in the mouth with perfect taste retention.
Superiorly drinkable. Great session beer.

02-08-2007 00:11:07 | More by tgbljb
Photo of phisig137


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a medium black color, with burgundy highlights, letting a bit of light through around the edges. Creamy three finger head has great retention, and slowly falls, leaving behind a creamy blanket on top of the glass, and tremendous intricate lacing. Looks beautiful in my Chouffe tulip.

Aroma is a bit unexpected. nice toasted grain aromas, with hints of fresh biscuits, and crystal malts. The huge presence though is chocolate covered raisins. Smells great.

Flavor is almost dominated by fig and raisin flavors, backed by toasted grains and fresh bread. Slightly sweet up front with malt caramel flavors, but a dry finish of lightly roasted grains. Quite complex, and very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and relatively highly carbonated. Drinkability is good.

I'm really blown away by this one. Typically, I find most "everyday" British beers to be a bit ho-hum.... This one is fantastic. Some British beers stand out, like J.W. Lee's Harvest, Fuller's Vintage, etc.... this one stand in the same category as far as quality. I could drink this all night long during the fall/winter. Highly recommended for any porter lover, and well worth seeking out.

02-05-2007 02:44:42 | More by phisig137
Photo of Greenfloyd


4.93/5  rDev +17.4%

This just so happens to be one of my favorite beers of all time...

Let's just start with the looks of the bottle itself. This bad boy is a 16.9oz James Bond villain with a beer cap. Pours into a pint glass with a down to business black coffee color, a dark tan, fairly lingering head followed. This beer had fantastic smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light traces of toffee. The taste...oh what a taste it is....again, dark chocolate, with a heavy backing of rich black coffee that gave a subtle bitterness to the beer, following the English Porter style wonderfully. The mouth feel was substantial, but light enough for multiple pints of this beer to be enjoyed in one sitting. I could, and have, consumed this beer on a very regular basis. Pairs phenomenally with raw oysters on the half shell, along with a hearty shepard's pie...Enjoy

02-04-2007 07:51:15 | More by Greenfloyd
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.65/5  rDev -13.1%

Had a couple of bottles of LP recently; bottle reviewed on 31.01.07 was a BB of 01/12/07.

Appearence was fairly lifeless very dark brown brew with ruby tinge in the light. Precious little tan head that disappeared quickly.
Smell was decent; slight bitter coffee grounds.
Tasted better; slightly bitter roast malt with dark chocolate evident.
Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly syrupy.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. I was expecting so much more, given the reputation the brew enjoys. A good solid stout.

02-01-2007 10:04:00 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of scorched


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

The beer poured a deep, dark brown. Very little head, but that may have been because I poured the beer very slowly at an extreme angle.

I may be getting a cold, but I really can't smell it all that well. Once again, probably due to the way that I poured it. Very little head, so very little initial aroma. HOWEVER; what aroma existed was amazing. Hints of chocolate and malt.

The taste was extraordinarily smooth with a nice hop balance. Not too bitter, not too malty. Smooth as hell. A hint of a smoky and charcoal taste. Definitely black patent malt. Tastes like I've smokes a fine cigar.

Mouthfeel, once again, smooth. It swims around on the palate and invigorates the taste buds. Smooth as a cuba... errr... Nicaraguan Cigar...

Drinkability: Very drinkable and very tasty. If you've never had a porter, try this one.

02-01-2007 03:27:05 | More by scorched
Photo of Erdinger2003


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%

This beer is smooth, dark, rich, and oh sooo good!! The head wasn't big after some time after the pour, but the lacing was there. The smell is rich in coffee, but without bitterness. The taste is unbelievable, even better than the smell. The mouthfeel is very smooth, I love it. Overall, I really hope to get more of this fine brew. It's awsome!!

01-31-2007 07:48:46 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of hellsing3


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

I realy enjoyed drinking this porter from start to finish.

A: This import has a dark brown to light black color that reminds me of coke when you pour it into a glass. It pours a tan colored head but not much of one.

S: This brew has a great smell of chocolate, coffee grounds, and i might be crazy but i think it smells like maybe bourbon.

T: When i taste this beer, i feel like i can taste the strong chocolate and coffee flavors mixed with the right amount of bitter and malty flavors.This brew has a great balance from beging to end and a very smooth finish.

M:This is a smooth soft feeling brew as it flows through my mouth, not a lot of carbination but thats fine.

D: I think this is a very easy beer to drink and i could drink alot more of these if put in front of me.

I think this is great beer to try if you have not. The most important thing is i would i purchase another six pack? The answer is yes.

01-21-2007 21:33:35 | More by hellsing3
Photo of kimcgolf


4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured to a deep, dark brown color, with medium thick tan head that lingered well and produced good lacing. Very pleasnt aroma of malty sweetness, roasted nuts, chocolate and toffee, all which carried over well into the taste, where they were mixed just slightly with a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel was nice and rich for this full bodied beer, which led to a long, smooth finish.

This beer was all it was said to be.

01-20-2007 03:10:15 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of arizcards


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Picked up a 500 ml bottle for $2.49 from Magnum's back at the beginning of August.

Beer poured a deep brack with a hint of red when held up to light. Nose is somewhat malty and a hint of chocolate and coffee. Taste is very good, of chocolate malts roasted producing a coffee flavor balanced with a nice hop finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very nice! Drinkabilty is extremely good, This is a beer that all porter fans must try!

01-18-2007 00:09:11 | More by arizcards
Photo of Cresant


4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Best by: 14/July/07. Body was a dark mohogany/black/brown, non-cloudy. Head settled to an off-white ring foam.

Smell was metallic at first, then opened to a sweet molasses, malt aroma. Moist wheat bread. Weak coffee.

Taste was complex and sweet. Aromas were reflected in the flavors as well as hints of chocolate and a light hops freshness.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium. Very smooth and highly drinkable.

01-13-2007 22:50:24 | More by Cresant
Photo of BBM

New York

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

This beer pours out of a brown old-world bottle a rich, deep brown color that is almost opaque. There lies a nice off-white head atop the brew, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is truly special; complex notes of chocolate, toffey, and some fruity esthers make this quite a nice smelling beer.

The taste is just as enjoyable. There is a burnt chocolate flavor, that is accompanied by hints of coffee, and a caramalized malt to accentuate the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very smooth. This beer is highly drinkable, and probably the best English Porter I've had to date. Fuller's has raised the bar for porters.

01-05-2007 14:07:26 | More by BBM
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours black with a one-finger tan head that reduces to a film rather quickly. Red shards visible when the glass is held up to the light. Presents an inviting bouquet of bittersweet chocolate and dark-roast coffee, with some toffee sweetness. The taste is similar -- a nice intense dark mocha with some real malty sweetness and a creamy, buttery underpinning. Balanced out by a mildly bitter finish -- like a great cup of black coffee. Mouthfeel is a little thinner and waterier than I would have liked, but this is an eminently drinkable beer and would go with breakfast as well as any breakfast stout.

A top-notch English porter -- a lot more smooth and creamy than American porters I've sampled.

12-20-2006 20:44:00 | More by eberkman
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New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

a - pours a deep brown with a slight burgundy color when held to light, one-inch off-white head with retention around the edges, little lacing

s - not a very strong aroma, mostly roasted malt with slight hints of chocolate

t - slightly sweet up front with roasted malt dominating the body of taste, coffee and chocolate in there as well, slight bitterness on the finish, but mostly chocolate

m - a little more light-bodied than I'd like, mild carbonation, pretty dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, especially with it's mild abv, though dryness of finish might wear out the palate after a few

Solid porter no doubt. Not really anything amazing to me, but a good representative of the style.

12-19-2006 02:24:58 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of BeerSox


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

1pt .9fl oz bottle into mug.

Dark, almost black, brown body with ruby red highlights. A tan head tops the brew, which slowly settles to a foamy and bubbly cap. Stacked and layered rings of lacing coat the glass.

The aroma is both creamy and spicy like dark brown coffee. Hints of chocolate and molasses hide in the background.

Dark roasted malt flavor is ripe on the palate with creamy notes. Full bodied and smooth, giving a clean finish with minimal hop bitterness (like any English Porter). A sweet buttery flavor presents itself nicely. Some malt bitterness lingers in the finish. Becomes more coffee-like as it warms. No alcohol can be tasted.

I highly enjoyed this one. Rich and malty but still complex in flavor. At 5.4% alcohol, this makes one great session beer. Highly recommended for dessert, before dinner, or whenever you feel like enjoying a great English Porter.

12-11-2006 06:17:03 | More by BeerSox
Photo of auntfloyd

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights, and about one finger of tan head with good retention and lacing.

The smell is coffee and chocolate, sweet, with a hint of maltiness.

The taste... in a word, excellent. A sweet, but not overbearing flavor of chocolate is the most notable flavor, with subtle roasted malts, followed by a smooth, slightly bitter espresso finish. Very nice flavor, everything comes together perfectly.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drinkability is high. This is a very drinkable beer that will appeal to lots of different people.

Overall, this is an absolutely outstanding beer, easily the best porter there is. Not just extremely tasty, but also easy to drink, and with a mild abv. If you are a fan of the style, you will flat out love this brew.

12-08-2006 01:01:55 | More by auntfloyd
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

this is nearly perfection in a bottle, has a head that never leaves amd lacing that just sticks to the glass forever.

I could smell the beer while i was pouring it. The scent was very strong of chocolate malts. hops are faint but there.

Taste is smooth and heavenly. The malting of this beer is awesome

mouthfeel: is crisp and full and clings well.

I could drink this forever.

12-03-2006 09:43:56 | More by jasonjlewis
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

pours a deep brown with a half inch of dense tan head. head drops fairly quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. milk chocolate. roasty. slightly sweet. toffee. coffee. bready malt.

taste is great. roasty and a little smokey. great bready malt. the combo makes me think of toast. coffee. bittersweet chocolate.

mouthfeel is great. nice body, great carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very tasty brew. a classic and delicious example of the style.

11-30-2006 01:53:15 | More by grub
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Aggressive pour from 16.9 oz. bottle yeilds a perfect light tan head on a dark but not quite black beer with light ruby edges when held to light. Head dissipates and leaves a little lacing. Aroma includes chocolate, light coffee, roasty, and slightly sweet flavors.

Big roasty character for a porter, hint of a burnt note in the aftertaste. Coffee and chocolate are again present. A big, beautiful, British porter.

Mouthfeel is good, slightly on the dry side, and drinkability is excellent, even for an English Porter. Downright sessionable. Another style defining beer from Fuller's.

11-15-2006 08:50:20 | More by Pooba001
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