Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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3.68/5 rDev -12.4%
980th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
Best before 4/4/12
Purchased a single bottle from Total Wine, Brea, CA
App- A darker porter than Ive seen. This one has a good 1-1/2" head that fell pretty slowly. Left a good few lines of cling and lace.
Smell- Opens very roasty and deep. A good bit of rich chocolate. Black licorice, some thick malts and burnt toast
Taste- This was all over the place in terms of flavors. It opens with rich roasted malts and continues with some burnt cocoa nibs flavors. A little bit more in depth is some sweet toffee and even some fresh roasted coffee flavors and even a bit of berry notes (hard pressed to name the specific berry)
Mouth- Smooth medium bodied with a nice chocolate roast residual flavors. A medium carbonation level with a nice creamy complex feel to it.
Drink- I wanted more and I think this one maybe a bit on cask would be better with the creamy feel. Still much more above than most american tries at a classic style.
12-13-2011 23:16:22 | More by FosterJM
4.08/5 rDev -2.9%
Serving type: 330 ml bottle. The “BEST BEFORE” date is “ 04 JUN 12.”
Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black but not opaque; light passed through when I held it to a window that receives no direct sunlight. Two fingers of dense, tan head dissipated to leave a cappuccino-like lacing with creamy bubbles, a ring around the edge, and a lacing on the glass.
Smell: More toasty than roasty. Dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, toasted caramel, molasses, black licorice, and brown sugar. A hint of coffee gives it a little bitterness, and there is also dark fruit cherry and perhaps black raspberry.
Taste: The taste has a much stronger roasted character than the smell led me to believe. Lots of coffee and roasted malts. As the taste buds adjust, flavors of dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, and molasses emerge. The roasted character continues to be the backbone, though. As it warms, flavors of dark fruit (cherry, plum, black raspberry) emerge as well.
Drinkability: The flavor and aroma are well crafted and true to style. Though I expect a much thicker body, I think it does the job.
12-10-2011 18:45:28 | More by TheQuietMan22
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
Deep burnt brown pour capped with a caramel single finger of head. The froth shrinks away quickly leaving behind a slight but even lace.
Great aromas of malt, coffee, and cocoa. All of the reasons I drink porter.
Perfect consistency neither thick nor thin, but to silky to be described as simply "medium". There's is an unctiousness to it that few porters possess.
Great drink! While the flavor is nice, it is this porter's complimentary qualities that bring it to the top of my list of best porters.
12-10-2011 04:34:21 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint.
This brew pours a brown color with two fingers of head that quickly drops down to a tiny cap. Aroma is full roast and chocolate with a touch of dark fruits. The taste is very good, it's a nice bitter brew driven by the roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. The dark fruits are also present on the taste rounding out the flavor spectrum. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch less carbonated than I'd like. The drinkability is very good. Overall, a great porter.
12-08-2011 23:21:51 | More by shand
4.68/5 rDev +11.4%
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a dark brown but not quite opaque. Thick fluffy one finger head with decent lacing.
Smells of dark chocolate and coffee along with a little bit of dark fruit. Wonderful roasted aroma.
The taste is very chocolaty up front followed by the coffee. Dark fruit is present as well all though it is restrained. Plenty of roast with this one which leads to a pretty crisp finish. Mouthfeel is maybe a tad bit thin but still acceptable.
This beer is really the benchmark for the style and one that I will go back to again and again.
12-06-2011 22:34:07 | More by rangerred
4/5 rDev -4.8%
12oz bottle, best by March 3, 2012. Served at around 50F.
Pours dark brown with a one finger light brown head that leaves a few clumps of lacing and holds a light cap.
Aroma is roasted malts, nuts, dark breads, some hints of chocolate and coffee, a bit of dark fruit and toffee. Good strength.
Flavor mirrors the aroma with roasted malts, bread, nuts, some chocolate and coffee, dark fruit notes, some caramel and toffee, virtually no alcohol, some astringent tang on the finish.
Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, good carbonation.
Good Porter, although I’m generally more partial to robust American versions than classic English Porters, but this definitely fits its style category very well.
12-04-2011 23:52:15 | More by elgiacomo
4/5 rDev -4.8%
This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking brown color with a creamy tan head on top. The smell of the beer had some wood like aromas blended with some roasted malts and other earthy aromas. The taste of beer is bold and bitter with some roasted chocolaty flavors. The mouthfeel was thin and dry with just a enought carbonation to keep this one alive. Overall this beer was pretty good. I'd drink it again.
12-04-2011 20:59:26 | More by Knapp85
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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