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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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1,171 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,171
Hads: 2,432
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 232
Gots: 301 | 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 mverity
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Deep clear brown with a finger of tan head. Fair lacing with good head retention. Tons of caramel in the aroma with some noticeable toasted malt. Taste is still lots of caramel and dreads, with some deep maltiness. Great mouthfeel! Good carbonation, medium to full body. Perfect for the style!

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Photo of ghisty
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours smooth and dark, smooth head, amazing darkness, without visible gravity,
sandy colored silky foam, deep black with great lacing,

complex, deep, sweet almost nutty chocolate scent, with hints of malt,
reminds me of a warm plate of cake, and a creamy black espresso

once again complex, easy drinking, with a slight bitterness about halfway thru its range,takes a few seconds to level out, to a sweet flat end, the taste was initally alot sweeter, and as the pint sunk in it got more bitter and refined with the malts,
leaves a bitter aftertaste similar to strong coffee, not in a bad way tho.

starts sharp, once past the lips it gets levelled out and the taste kicks in,
goes almost flat before swallow which i one thing i love about fullers
makes it such an enjoyable drink as the amount of carb is perfect for the style.

so much I could say about this, fuller's has impressed me with all the offerings I've tried, seems most of the beer they make is very drinkable yet flavourful and not overstated, a porter like this, is perfect for an after dinner, and best enjoyed slowly,
although it is impressive, It isnt something I would drink regularly as the style is a bit heavy for my usual, but in the future I am sure I will buy this again , and if porters are your thing, you probably already know, this is a great one.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Fuller's as a brewery and I have waited a while to try this classic porter, not because it is particularly difficult to track down but because as a darker malty beer it keeps longer in my way overstocked beer fridge: Gotta drink the hoppy ones first to capture the fresh aromatics. Finally fished a bottle out because it was a cold porter or stout kind of night. Anyhow, many sources claim that a good porter is dark brown to blackish with beautiful ruby red highlights (e.g., see Foster's book on Porter in the Classic Beer Styles series). Lo and behold, that's exactly what this brew looks like, quite sexy. Yes, sexy. Aroma is rich chocolate, roasted chicory, sweet dried fruit, and a little English hop earthiness. A little like sniffing a bag of chocolate-covered raisins. Palate lives up to the hype, massive English malt rustic complexity coupled with dark rich aromatic flavors of treacle, butterscotch toffee, pipe tobacco, and a little leather. Some floral aromatics and a tangy sour note dance on top, and there is also a healthy blast of dark bread crust likely from genuine brown malt (highly kilned rather than stewed, but there's chocolate malt in here too), with the latter particularly prominent in the finish along with a little charcoal. Less sweet and sour and more rich and toasty than some other London porters, probably this one is the benchmark for the lot. Moderately thick body with a decent amount of carbonation but the finish is a nice earthy bitterness that prevents things from getting too sweet or bubbly. Should be on any English beer fan's top 10 list and you can even get this in cans now.

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Photo of scratch69
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear, dark cola brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Generous amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Rich malt and chocolate aromas with a hint of some dark fruit as well.

Taste- Dark chocolate and coffee flavors with notes of toffee and nuts.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth, creamy medium body with a light amount of carbonation that's perfect in this beer.

Overall- This is one of the best porters that I've tried. I will be seeking this one again.

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Photo of Mojo
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

As a major fan of porters, this one is about as good as they get. The pour is a beautiful mahogany brown, almost ebony with a luscious full two finger head which eventually fades to a small retention ring. Lacing is impressive too. All the great porter notes are present, coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, licorice, roasted nuts. The taste, easy drinking, follows the nose almost perfectly. What is really impressive is that flavors are very subtle and move seamlessly from one to the other culminating in a delightful roasted bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full, but not thick, and satisfying. This one is a must for fans of porters.

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Photo of tmm313
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark, dark brown with a slight reddish hue. 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates into nice ring. OK lacing.

Fruity malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel and toffee, brown sugar, almost faint butterscotch.

Incredibly drinkable. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness and faint hops. Finish leaves nice chocolatey aftertaste with slight bitterness. Beautifully balanced.

Medium, creamy body with nice carbonation. Feels light on the tongue. Dry finish with slight lingering bitterness.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I can easily picture myself drinking this as a session beer for a BBQ or steak cookout. Very well balanced, flavorful and light. I believe I've found myself a new go-to.

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Photo of Maakun
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very, very dark. Almost completely blacl. Nice beige head that disappears quick.

Smell: burned sugar, hops, grass, coffeebeans, liquorice, christmas cake.

Taste: Roasted malts at first. Then a big hit of liquorice, which fades into a nice espresso bitterness. Later more fruits, over-ripe cherry, and blackcurrant. Aftertaste has tobacco, burned sugar, and a touch of sweetness.

Mouth: medium, but quite full for the ABV. Creamy. Not much carbonation which makes it slightly flat after a while. Slightly syruppy on the lips too.

Overall: very complex beer. It's not my favority profile, but really interesting and well made. But love the complexity and balance, will definately drink this again.

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Photo of WGO
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, crimson red when held to light. Attractive creamy head.
Aroma is forest floor with light smoky finish. Touches of burnt malt.
Taste is oaty, smoky, rich black forest gateaux.
Mouthfeel nice and creamy with a dry finish.
Overall a nice example of an English porter.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml can poured into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO. Served just out of the fridge.

Appearance - thick looking dark brown nearly black liquid spills into the glass. Leaves about a finger of bubbly tan head that stays awhile. Hues of red in the beer when looking a direct light. Good looking so far.

Smell - Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and rich malts dominate. Some nuttiness in there too, I'm thinking walnuts. Really pleasant and fragrant, much more than anticipated.

Taste - Chocolaty, especially on any aftertaste. Lots of coffee mixed in there for good measure. All flavors linger here for a while, but remain pleasant and not terribly intense, just a friendly reminder of whats waiting in your next sip. Bit of spiciness in the back of the throat after a couple gulps.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation, rich and creamy and full tasting without being as heavy as the appearance. Makes me keep wanting to go back for more.

Overall - Was hoping this would be a good beer (hadn't viewed any ratings here, to know what the expectations were) and expectations were shattered. Brilliant beer, one that keeps you looking for the next sip constantly. A great sipper that i hope to enjoy soon by allowing it to warm a bit first for added effect.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours a mostly clear ruby-brown, with a one-finger off-white head which dissipated very quickly. Minimal head retention.

S - Healthy aroma of cocoa, roasted grain, and molasses. Smells inviting.

T - Taste matches the nose, with sweet chocolate and caramel forward. Hints of molasses and black coffee. Hops are extremely subdued, but what is there adds an earthly bitterness that blends wonderfully with the sweeter elements. I could never call a beer this sweet truly "balanced", but it sure is tasty!

M - Medium bodied, with low carbonation. What excels here is that this beer has an amazing creamy, velvety texture. It all comes together perfectly.

O - A damn near perfect English porter. Simple. Classic. Elegant. It's east to see why Fuller's has been around so long; by cranking out quality products like this for the last 150 odd years. I'm thrilled that this is now available in my area, and will be buying it often.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL can into a conical pint glass.

Extremely dark. One-finger head that settles in about a minute and a half.

Smells great. Nose is sweet, chocolately, with notes of dark berries. Very inviting.

Taste is like dark chocolate with coffee flavours. Fantastic. First few sips gave a metallic / iron aftertaste, but that soon disappeared as I continued to enjoy the beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thicker side. Little carbonation (which is fine).

This is just an awesome beer all around. Definitely a buy-again.

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Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy brown-white head. Rising effervescence and pockets of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass are pervasive. Slight spiderweb lacing.

S: Coffee, plenty of oak, and bittersweet dark chocolate.

T: Coffee beans, tea leaf, wood chips, peat, black licorice, and unsweetened bitter dark chocolate.

M: Hearty and very roasty. Lightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is excellent. Dark hue, nice head, lots of carbonation, and some fair lacing. Nose is great combination of coffee, wood, and bitter dark chocolate. Complex combination of coffee and tea, wood and peat, bitter chocolate and licorice. Has a very roasted character to it. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of janubio
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. bottle, pours a dark, almost black colour, with an off white head that leaves a big lace. Smell is earthy, coffee, dark fruits, chocolate. It goes caressing your tongue with a coffee palate, then comes a chocolate, cherries and dark fruits. Coffee liquor like Kahlua or Tia Maria comes to mind. More complex than what I really said, it's a great beer.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL can

I should mention that this is not my first can of Fullers London Pride. That being said, my thoughts and opinions on this wonderful porter have not changed.

A - Pours black and is crowned by a beautiful tan head about 2 fingers tall. Looks like your average stout/porter until you shine a light on it; with the assistance of a flashlight, this beer sports an extremely sexy ruby, almost crimson colour.

S- Fairly common porter smell of very dark, burnt malts; a little bit of dark coffee. A little bit of sweetness comes through that really adds to the maltiness.

T- What a flavour bomb this is! Quite creamy and nutty! Lots of roasty malts and just the right amount of hop flavour.

M- Medium body with medium carbination; silky smooth!

O- I would highly recommend this to anyone who is into porters/stouts and isn't looking for an over abundance of bitterness. Fullers London Porter is packed with malty goodness that will not disappoint.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass and immediately thought it looks a little light for a porter but it has a nice white head and lace. Or at least a little lighter than most porters. The smell has that burnt malt smell you'd expect but is also has a sweetness to it that you usually don't smell in a porter. At this point I'm not really expecting much out of this beer. The first sip changed my thinking quick. Very creamy and bold. It might be a little light but not to extreme to discount this as a porter. I very much enjoyed the consistency and drinkability. I think you can have a few of these in one session. Overall, I really liked this and will definitely have more of these is the fall and winter with some chilli.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clearish, cola black with a half-inch tan head that quickly settles to a film. Okay retention; good, stringy lacing.

Rich and earthy. Nuts, malt, licorice, coffee.

Tastes rich and slightly creamy. Nutty and almost burnt with some dirty notes and rich, mouth-coating roasted malt flavors. Really nice!

Medium body. Good crisp carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Nice.

A damn fine porter! It seems very "Porter-esque" to me. That is, it has all that I like in porters and nothing of what I don't. Rich and hearty. Warming and dank.
Would have again.
Worth trying.

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Photo of Geert
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, relatively large head but quickly dissipates to a small ring.
S: Chocolate, dark breadcrust.
T: Full toffee, dark chocolate. Quite bitter.
M: Very smooth, full-bodied. Slight (acidic) astringency in the finish.
O: very nice beer, interesting complex flavours but very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... black beer with head colour beige of almost 2 fingers
Aroma...malt, roasted cofee, caramel,. Strong smell with a touch of malty aroma
Taste...toast spresso and chocolate with a sweet malty touch, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time,
Mouthfeel... full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice porter, bitterness is present but in a perfect combination with this classic English style . One to revisit

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fullers : London Porter

LOOK: Pours a dark brown with amber hues.

SMELL: Roasted malt and toffee. Caramel.

TASTE: Nice caramelized malt flavor, a touch of peat like smoke. Dry English style noble hopping. Tea like hopping and toasty malts. Faint cocoa. Even balance.

FEEL: Medium bodied, good medium level of carbonation, lasting malty flavor with a suggestion of hop.

OVERALL: A classic beer. Maybe has lost a touch over the years, or it could be modern extreme beers stealing the spotlight, but there still is something to be said for simple, full flavored, modest ABV beers. I'd always be willing to include a few of these in a session.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass, red orange brown with a light tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: coffee, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted malt, bread

T: smooth flavors of toasty malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, bitter hops on finish

M: medium with lower carbonation

O: a fantastic malt forward porter well balanced with an English hop finish

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Photo of HoposaurusRex
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with deep ruby trim, khaki head that dissapates quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - dark ripe fruits, toffee, hint of chocolate and espresso

T- sweet toffee, milk chocolate, fruity esters. Very mild roast character with slight hint of espresso.

M- silky with low carbonation. One of those beers you want to swish around in your mouth.

O- lovin' it! Excellent example of an English brown porter. Lower hop and roast bitterness than many American examples. Easy drinking and superbly balanced.

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Photo of crazyfoMostout
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle: label proudly proclaims "world's finest". We shall see. Poured into a proper porter / stout pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown. A little disappointing considering the style. Would have expected a darker hue. Almost no head : very low carbonation on this one.

S: Pleasant aroma of sweet pipe tobacco dominates the nose. Milk chocolate and light roasted coffee are a distant second.

T: Well, what do you know, looks can be deceiving, this has a lot going on with the taste profile. Hint of bittersweet chocolate, morning roast coffee with a very subtle and satisfying bitter hop finish.

M: Not overly malty or dry . it's just right.

O: I've had many examples of american porters and enjoyed most of them . But this is the real deal. It's even brewed in jolly ole" England. I found it to be extremely balanced with every facet playing off of and complimenting the other. I also liked that it wasn't all hopped up like so many of its american counterparts. I can envision myself pounding back several pints of it with me mates at a London pub.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; 2 finger, light brown head; excellent lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grain; coffee;

Taste: Juicy malt on start, quickly followed by bitter roast; bitter mid and finish; seems to be hoppier than a normal Porter, but not bad overall

Remarks: Very good British Ale

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of JohnG190
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - almost black with ruby highlights. Tan head dissipates quickly.

Aroma - chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

Taste - chocolate at the front of the tongue gives way to a nice chicory-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel - silky with low carbonation.

Overall - an outstanding porter!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This classic Porter has a dark drown earthy color, near black, with a tall head of soft foam. This beer has minimal carbonation, and gains some points for excellent head retention and lacing. The pleasant aroma I've drawn in is mostly dark fruit esters and molasses. After a tasting, more complexity is noted, bringing to mind mocha, toffee, and graham cracker crust. The mouth feel is very creamy and smooth, and the finish even has a light touch of hop bitterness. This could be my favorite overall low ABV beer!

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.