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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,199 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,199
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 169
Gots: 147 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Buster, Mar 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

station815, Mar 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

deonreds, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mitchellaneous, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Eramen
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours very dark red-brown into a tulip pint glass. Probably a shade darker than your average cola. It also has a ane finger head which diminishes slightly but is present throughout drinking.

S - I'm getting the malts, with a very pronounced melted chocolate and brown sugar smell, add a snifter of liquorice.

T - Coffee with sugar, rich dark chocolate, fig, rye bread. Very rich indeed.

MF - Medium that is more on the thin side with little carbonation.

O - A very well crafted porter and one and dark beer lover will appreciate!

Eramen, Mar 15, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the soccer match this afternoon, England v Sweden, I gotta go with this black dark beer. My trial beer was really lacking a good head. Whatever, it has a nice aroma, but the taste is where this porter rules! Nice smooth porter. I wish it had a bit more ooomph in flavor, but nevertheless, this is quality and very drinkable.

Fullers is a *lovely* beer as my ex-lady would say. The porter is simple enough. Rich smooth well-balanced flavor with hints of sweetness that lay nicely across the tongue. It is not over powering. It's friendly. I rather drink other porters, but this would do fine for the soccer match this afternoon, and I think lot of beer lovers would prefer Fullers.

I recommend you drink this beer while listening to the English pianists Howard Riley and Tippett either in their solo or duet setting together.

frankiepop, Mar 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

OldTime, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass, and paired with a big bowl of my mothers home made stew and dumplings (heaven!)

Pours a dark black with a decent brown-ish tinged head that sticks around for a bit.

Smells dark and burnt. Really getting those malts.

Tastes damned, tasty really. Dark malts with a hoppy kick, all the while very drinkable smooth.

Overall a lovely example of the style. Immense ale.

CwrwAmByth, Mar 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

LD18, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

brewbaker, Mar 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

heffnate77, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

wesbray, Feb 29, 2012
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2/5  rDev -52.4%

OklahomeBrewed, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

slimntubbs, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of brureview
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.

brureview, Feb 24, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can to pint glass.

A - Dark brown with one finger of thick light brown head with good retention.

S - Big roasted malt and milk chocolate aromas up front. A touch of bitter coffee and a mild sweetness that is reminiscent of oatmeal.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar. A nice overall sweetness with just enough bittering to balance it out.

M - Medium body, creamy. Smooth and silky. Light to moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Feb 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

Arborescence, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

Zaphog, Feb 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, non translucent shade of amber with one finger of thin, light brown head. Retention is below average, especially given the low ABV.

S - Roasted barley, smoke, milk chocolate, cream, and yeast. There's nothing unique, and it's a bit mild, though it's highly inviting.

T - All of the notes present on the nose make their way to the tongue, though it's actually more complex. The yeast lends some tart fruit notes and the chocolate adds layers. The roast of the barley lends a welcome smoky note. For a porter, it's wonderfully complex.

M - Medium to full bodied, a bit coarse and dry on the finish. Nearly ideal.

D - This is a winner, and has further roused my interest in the brewery. I've yet to have anything bad.

blakelive784, Feb 18, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown, nearly two fingers of off white/tan head, lots of lace. Smell is roasty and malty, chocolate and coffee, rich and decadent, some yeasty notes as well. Taste is roasted, chewy malts, coffee, milk chocolates, flavours layer very nicely and are all easily decipherable, lightly bitter but in more of a bittersweet type of way. Light carbonation, smooth and creamy, light-medium body. Outstanding stuff, this is the benchmark for the style in my opinion, would love the opportunity to try the cask version of this, this will see regular rotation in my fridge thats for sure.

peensteen, Feb 17, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at fridge temp. A beautiful tan head forms on an aggressive pour and stays. The beer is very dark ruby, not entirely opaque; very pretty in the glass. The aromatics are roasted malt, cocoa, and dark caramel.That comes through in the flavor too, as does a velvety smoothness. The finish is nicely grainy. The body is light to moderate. This is a fantastic porter with a terrific balance and great drinkability.

MCDuhamel, Feb 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

jonathaniler, Feb 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Dark, showing ruby when held to the light. A thin white head stits atop the beer before quickly dissipating to thin patches atop the beer.

S: Delightful, sweet roasted malts. Mild notes of sweet chocolate, with hints of vanilla as well.

T: Lightly bitter, burnt malt. The flavor profile here is fairly light—some light chocolate notes also. Sweetness actually comes out as the beer approaches room temperature. I prefer it at this temperature to cold.

M: Thin, light body, with medium-high carbonation.

O: Thoroughly meh. The nose is quite pleasant, but the body and flavor profile are too light to back it up. If I ever wanted a super light, sessionable dark beer, perhaps I’d look to this, but it’s doubtful.

Hophead717, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ichi80, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

lommym, Feb 13, 2012
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,199 ratings.