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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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Ratings: 1894
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%


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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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HoposaurusRex

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 18:21:39 | More by HoposaurusRex
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a just a bit of light coming through. Excellent lacing and good foam. Surprisingly light in appearance despite the color.

Smell: Tobacco is the main thing here. Some molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate. A hint of coffee. I love the smell, but would like it to be a bit stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Roasted tobacco and some maple syrup. A bit too subtle for my liking, but it is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is definitely too thin, but not flat.

Overall Drinkability: This strikes me as an excellent example of an English Porter. Not my favorite style of porter, but this one is worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 21:52:55 | More by tjsdomer2
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FLima

Brazil

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it fresh at Fuller’s. Dark brown color with a beige and thin head.
Nice aroma of toasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Likewise, though relatively less intense, it has a taste of toasted malts with coffee notes. Hops come at a second stage. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
Medium body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Very pleasant beer, excellent drinkability and still flavorful. My recommendation, never buy just one bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 21:36:07 | More by FLima
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours black with a good-sized tan head. Good retention and lacing. A very nice-looking beer.

Smell contains roast malt, a bit of dark fruit and some chocolate. I get a bit of a marmite scent, oddly.

Roast malt is the focus of the taste as well, along with chocolate and a bit of a creamy flavour. Some dark fruit (prune). Bitter finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Moderately carbonated.

Overall, very good indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 01:04:32 | More by jrenihan
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Gregfalone

California

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre California. Standard pint glass

This beer pours beautifully. As it pours int the cup from the tap it turns to a light brown froth that billows from the bottom up, slowly turning from a dense foam into a brownish black liquid with a 1/2 inch head that last until empty, leaving the most perfect lacing ive ever seen, all the way to the bottom of the glass. even on the bottom of the glass... Very beautiful to watch. This only seems to happen on tap, I haven't been able to pour this effect with a bottle.

The smell is dark chocolate with coffee, some toasty malt, and a light sweetness. Nothing that particularly stands out.

The taste is fantastic and matches the nose only with the sweetness less prominent.

Mouthfeel is medium body, and silky smooth, among the smoothest, if not THE smoothest beer I've ever had the pleasure to drink.

Overall I think this is one of my favorite beers of all time. Enlih porter is my favorite style, and I'm not sure if I prefer this or taddy porter. In bottle form I'd choose the taddy, but the London porter on tap takes the cake... Until I can find taddy on tap, I can't say which is my top beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 08:41:10 | More by Gregfalone
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the British beer company.
It comes to the table in a proper English pint a solid dark brown color with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Creamy tan/brown head shows great retention and covers most of the glass on the way down. Smells heavy on the chocolate, but also has generous helpings of caramel, brown sugar, earthy, and mineral aromas. The flavor leans to the malty side with chocolate and caramel dominating the flavor. There's an earthy and mineral flavor that does nicely to cut through the malt and provide some balance. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy sweet mouthfeel. This is a really nice porter with a great expression of chocolate malt. I might have to drink more of these.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 00:56:18 | More by johnnnniee
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA.

The beer poured into a dark coffee color with a small head.

The effervescent mouthfeel leads to the highlight of the porter:
a light lemon finish, with hints of coffee.

Overall, an excellent classic English porter. Will try again and highly recommended especially on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2012 22:45:59 | More by brureview
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Illtryit

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me at Llewellyns in Webster, MO

Smell is sweet chocolate and toffee.

Black. Tan head, Creamy as if nitro tap (although it wasnt)

Taste, chocolate, toffee, coffee.

Had this both on tap and by the bottle. Taste are identical. Very good beer. Definitely makes my rotation.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 01:35:29 | More by Illtryit
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cervezango

Bolivia

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

wow this is pure beauty.

this is a meal of a beer.

cant think of anything that would add to this beers goodness, maybe a beautiful woman to drink it next to.

black reddish tint(porter colored)
smells like dark coffee beans, licorice , and dark fermented black currant ,cherry& Christmas pudding
taste. dark roasted fruits rasins and tobacco.smokey bacon,whiny , thick.

this beer urges you to gulp copious amounts down. you dont take long to finish this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 01:23:00 | More by cervezango
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

76th Review
Served in pint glass

Enjoyed at Churchill Arms on Christmas Eve.

A: Deep brown. 1.5 (mocha) fingernail head.

S: Dark roasted malt, chocolate, toasty, caramelised brown sugar, vanilla, and hint of coffee. Beautiful.

T: Just like it smells...complex and well-rounded. Very nice.

M: Medium-full bodied and medium carbonation.

O: A very nice and enjoyable brew. Smooth, toasty, big, and robust. Think it should definitely be enjoyed on-draft though. Great job Fuller's!

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2011 21:05:23 | More by spdyfire83
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Kendo

New York

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

A: Got it on tap at the Olde English Pub, where they serve it in a large (20 oz) dimpled mug. . . . Body is black with a tannish/light-brown head. Leaves behind some splotchy lace.

S: Nice - first impression is of overall roastiness. There's also some dark fruit (raisins, plums) and chocolate malt.

T: Roasted barley malt, chocolatey malt and a touch of charcoal bitterness lingering at the finish. Real nice balance between the roasted barley, sweet chocolate malt and bitter finish.

M: Medium heft, carbonation is mild, doesn't get in the way at all.

O: Excellent. A world-class Porter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 17:06:54 | More by Kendo
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gerite

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently had this beer at my favorite watering hole, The Nook Tavern in Huntsville, AL.

I could tell this would be a good porter by the deep dark color topped with about a finger of tan lace. Both the taste and smell provided a rich sense of cocoa and coffee balanced with roasted malt and a hint of hops.

I picked this porter to go with my German meal and it complemented it perfectly with both the food and drink being hearty but not heavy.

This is a good full-bodied beer that can stand on it's own merits or complement any meal.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 00:30:58 | More by gerite
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, on draught. Had this at Elephant and Castle in DC.

LOOKS: Deep mahogany-black. Full bodied, for a porter. Narrow white head caps beer poured into pint glass.

AROMA: Have to admit wasn't blown away, but the roasted notes carried through. Make sweetness and floral good. I think it was me, not the beer.

TASTE: Decadent. Lots of toasted malts, some very tame but necessary sweetness. Finishes with a roasted bite. I detect only chocolate malt, not roasted barley or Patent. It's not that fierce. actually, this beer has a lot if composure. This soft brown sugar, crackers, and some espresso. Eaters come through enough to add something unique... man I love Fuller's yeast strain.

MOUF FEEL: Here's what makes it! Not as chewy or frothy as Guinness, but very creamy. Really thick for the style and ABV, though remaining refreshing in this 90* heat.

Overall: It's a session beer for sure...just with character and kick! If you pike malts beers with dry finish and balanced flavors seek out this one!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 19:19:03 | More by MONKandTUCK
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atis

Finland

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with dense off-white head that forms lacing reminding of icicles. Aroma is light roasted, slight burnt flavours.

Taste is similar to aroma, complex roasty malts, chocolate and bittery finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean light-medium with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable as hell, certainly one of favourite my beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 19:53:12 | More by atis
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a dark black with some maroon highlights, Some brownish head on top with some slight lacing.

The smell is of toffee and some slight tobacco aroma. A definitely malty nose that is roasty and a little burnt.

The taste is roasty, some toffee flavor slights around at the beginning and makes itself welcome. Some slight coffee grind flavor comes in the middle with a slight touch of bitterness at the end round all the bases.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and seems to be just the right size beer for this style. Never throwing you a curveball this beer is smooth and creamy

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 12:57:00 | More by Duhast500
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ReluctantScooper

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on cask but prefer it on keg, usually in the Old Joint Stock (Birmingham) or Churchill Arms (London).

It may be served a tad too cold. It may have just a tad too much gas. It may take too long to open out. But there's something splendid about this very very very very very very very dark red beer. Vanilla sweetness, mild blend roasts, slight vineous hop edge at the end. One of those beers that I pass the hours away with when in a Fuller's pub.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 14:57:45 | More by ReluctantScooper
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paulginva

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This draft had about a 1/4" creamy light tan head by the time it got to my table. The head dissipated almost immediately with fair lacing. Body was a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and moderate carbonation.

AROMA: Big coffee and chocolate aroma with overtones of caramel, toffee, roasted malts and a bit of nuttiness combined with a light fruitiness. Smelled great.

TASTE: A greater than expected element of coffee was present along with semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted barley with a slight note of hop bitterness. All in all, pleasant and enjoyable.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium palate with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. The initial flavor was a moderate sweetness with the finish lightly bitter with moderate dryness in a medium finish length. Fair body lacing that dissipated somewhat quickly.

DRINKABILITY: A solid, easy drinking, flavorful drink that I'd definitely buy again. Flavor could be enhanced by a slight increase in hops flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 23:40:50 | More by paulginva
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mdunman

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark beer with a thick head that lingered for a while

S: Roasted malt, alcohol, lemon and spices

T: Very nice cream soda flavor along with the roasted malt

M: Full body with good carbonation

Overall this is one of my favorite porters. Very enjoyable and not overly difficult to find.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 01:13:04 | More by mdunman
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ElGeordie

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 3 pints of Fullers Porter at the Capital Alehouse; it was steal the glass night so I also got 3 imperial pint glasses to take home !
This is a great example of a porter; no gimmicky additions (vanilla, chocolate etc) just a straight ahead mans beer.
Dark and tasty but not rich enough to be a stout.
It looks great in the glass; almost black with half an inch of head. The malts and hops stay with you and make you wanna pick up the glass again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 14:56:01 | More by ElGeordie
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dragonWhale

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Skep.. Can't remember seeing this on draught anywhere else before. Maybe I never looked..

Dark brown with a beige head creaming my tremens snifter. I shake at the possibilities.
Big chocolatey nose, some roast in there, and a secret something, slightly fruity, esters buried?
Fantastic smooth chocolate bite that finishes very dry, roast and coffee in excellent complement.
First sip and I was hooked, even slightly too cold. Dry and smashing the entirety of my mouth. Brilliant malt bill. Extremely drinkable, didn't realize I was going to be such a fan.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2010 08:14:28 | More by dragonWhale
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local 44, despite not liking it last year. Must have had a bad one then, loved it this time around. Poured a dark, thick black with some red when the light htis, frothy cream head, great retention and lacing. Smell super roasty of malts and chocolate, coffee too, very sweet. Taste incredibly chewing, almost like biting into a steak, clings to the mouth with sweet mellow and roasty. Incredible beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 23:43:06 | More by stingrayvr6
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Radome

Texas

4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Llywelyn's Pub in St Charles, MO. [Note-Llewelyn's has hand pumps that imply these Fuller's beers are casked, but I'm told they are actually standard kegs with phony hand pumps.]

A-Very dark brown but with ruby highlights. Clear. Head was thick initially but faded, good lace lasted throughout.

S - Caramel, rum, plums, nutty grains. The aroma is incredible.

T - Similar to the smell. I also get raisins, melted butter and a hint of alcohol. This draft version is softer and more complex than the bottled version I reviewed on another occasion.

M - Moderate body, no carbonation noticeable in the mouth. The feel is silky smooth and very soft, much more memorable than the bottled version.

D - Delicious and oh so complex. The bottled version is a good porter, but this draft is an incredible and world-class beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 05:50:12 | More by Radome
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californiakulak

California

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

I had this beer on tap at the now closed Public House is Fresno.

A. Very dark brown color with a nice off white head. Head vanishes quickly and lacing is almost nonexistent.

S. Nice roasted scents. Malty, sweet aromas as well. Some coffee and chocolate.

T. Very good beer. Toffee, sweet malt, and a little chocolate.

M. Kind of thin for the style. Slight bitterness and low carbonation.

D. Good, easy drinking beer. I could, and did, have multiple pints at one sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 15:20:50 | More by californiakulak
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Local 44.

Fuller's London Porter is a deep dark brown with a thin tan khaki head. Aroma was a minimal with a little roasted malt, but not too much, although this is certainly due to the very low carbonation. The flavor is dominated by bittersweet chocolate, caramel, a touch of coffee with a clean dry finish. The beer was smooth and carbed appropriately low.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 05:18:02 | More by Soonami
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Bfarr

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with thin tan head with little retention and okay lacing. Earthy and light smoky aroma with a touch of sweetness. Coffee and roasted flavors with a chocolate sweetness. A touch of sour in the finish. Feel is thin yet clingy.

Great flavors and easy drinking, all the flavors are subtle yet this is a great porter to sit down with. It's balanced and interesting and fairly smooth. The slight sour finish just added an extra dimension that wasn't overdone and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 13:54:51 | More by Bfarr
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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.