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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,142
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 163
Gots: 126 | 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.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark, near opaque liquid. Burnt caramel perhaps.
S: Comes at you with a roasty, malty smell. Definitley some coffee and bitter chocolate as well.
T: The bitter chocolate comes into play here, as well as the coffee and malt. A little bitter, but sweetens just a bit when the chocolate comes to play.
M: Very smooth, but not creamy. Goes down quite easy. Very little hang.
D: One could drink this a session beer, but I don't believe I would. Good for a cold night.

I had high hopes for this brew and while it wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, it didn't measure up to what I was expecting.

Infamous7100, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of bigdeuce
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a great porter. I have seen better looking porters, but the taste, holy cow!! Pours a dark, opaque color, in the true porter style. Head retention was not high, but honorable. Tastes of chocolate malts, heavy mouthfeel, full of flavor. Damn, did I mention this is great. Smokey traces come through and cut through the malts. Ends dry with a touch of hops. Great, great porter!

bigdeuce, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of TMinton22
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured a dark brown color that produced a tan head that retained and left a nice lacing

S - Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate

T - Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and cream

M - A creamy, medium body, and light carbonation

D - A great porter, something that all that enjoy the dark beers should try

TMinton22, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown color with a head that dissipates rather quickly.
Honey is the predominant smell, with a hint of coffee and molasses.
Honey is once again the key factor to this beer. A slight roasted character is in the mix with a subtle sour taste.
Good mouthfeel. Carbonation right where I would expect it as well as viscosity, not to thick.
A reliable porter, this beer will always be a good choice.

alovesupreme, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with a small head

Smell: roasted coffee, and come caramel, small chocolate

Taste: coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, and some chocolate--very complex

Mouthfeel: light and smooth, but filling

Drinkability: Another great porter that is very complex...I could easily have a six.

tigg924, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown color - almost black with a half inch tan head that left adequate lacing on the lacing.

Aroma was of sweet roasted almonds, coffee, dark chocolate, and nutmeg.

Had a smooth caramel flavor with a hint of coffee and a slight hop bitterness.

Medium-full bodied with perfect carbonation. A slight lingering aftertaste begs you to sip some more.

Excellent drinkability, not too heavy on the palate and a decent abv make this brew a good choice to pound all night long.

davexisxrabid, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this one pours about as black as a stout with a nice tan head that fades kinda of slowly to a thin frothy head that almost reminds me of a nitrogen conditioned beer. when held up to the light it shows a dark dark brown color, almost ruby. the nose almost reminds me of a guiness only way more complex. lots of coffee aparent, some chocolate, and some really nice roasted malt aromas. a lot of the coffee and chocolate come through in the taste with a little roastiness, finishing with a nice semi bitter chocolate finish that leaves you longing for more. its medium bodied and not too much carbonation, just perfect. this has some great drinkability both cause great taste and average ABV. this is the first one from fuller's that ive had and i really enjoyed, ill definately be picking up some of their other brews. i highly suggest seeking this one out, i only wish that my porter turned out have as good.

dogfishandi, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into an English stein.

Appearance - dark, cola black appearance with light brown foam head.

Smell - licorice and chocolate aromas.

Taste - unbelievable, complex flavors layered upon each other. Alternates between malty and dessert ingredient unsweetened chocolate, with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - rich tasting and delicate, filled with character.

Drinkability - one only. This is a treat. I wouldn't have another until next Sunday.

DoctorStrangiato, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted February 13th, 2009.

Appearance is good. Nothing out of the usual. However, this is black so it does look black but not pitch black. Hard to be out of the ordinary with black. Uh!

Smell some chocolate and coffee. Not overwhelming just enough to make me salivate. I like very much. Nice taste.

Pours with a good head that collapse really quickly. Half a finger remain.

Taste:Some dark malt at the beginning which transform with coffee and chocolate taste at the end and in the aftertaste. This is very well balanced. I like it. Second sip, still very good. Taste a little more chocolate than coffee now.

The head is completely gone now. :(

Mouthfeel is thin and clear. Could drink more than one pint of this beer in an evening. Definitely a good beer but not exceptional by my standards.


ZorPrime, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Shadman
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller brews good beer so I feel fairly safe reviewing this. Wow! I had to wait 5 minutes before the head settled down enough to even have a hope of getting a decent aroma. Lacing coats more of the glass than it leaves blank. Color of dark, rich roast coffee.

Lot's of dark roast coffee and chocolate, with hints of black forest cake.

Certainly more dark roast coffee than chocolate in flavour. Slight smokiness, definite mineral water presence. Hop adds a nice element of bitterness. End with a smoky/coffee/tea-like dry bitterness.

Smooth, but could use just a bit more ooomph in the fullness dept. to put it over the top.

Oh to be able to have this one on tap in the wintertime. Very, very drinkable dark beer.

Shadman, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very deep rusty brown. It is very close to being opaque, but falls just a little short of it. Puffy tannish head forums beautifully and immediatly begins to leave sticky clumps of lacing

S: Rich and full, but nothing incredibly explosive. Rather, the aromas of roasted malts, lighter coffee and soft chocolate blend together subtly and modest... even noting some scents like nut oils. Quite nice.

T + M: Nice roasted flavours, and a nice hoppy note that doesn't often get noticed - at least not as much - in others. A nice, chocolatey creaminess adds a pleasant touch. The body is very similar in that it is not too heavy or creamy... modest, but certainly not bashful! :P

D: A very nice porter, and one I'd be happy to have again. I've come to find that Fuller's tends to have a knack for making very nice beers, and this is no exception. Well worth it.

Proteus93, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black with an average rocky light brown head that lasted most of the brew with good lacing. Aroma was heavy roasted malt with a chocolate tone. Flavor was complex with the same roasted moderated sweet but moderate average bitter finish. Medium to full body with creamy texture.

Very good brew.

tmoneyba, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark..black with an off white head. Head doesn't have too much retention, goes away fairly quickly

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

Taste: Like the smell..very good. Malty with accents of the chocolate and coffee coming through

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth..goes down well

Drinkability: Good ABV, taste and mouthfeel. Works for me in this category

kshankar, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of mjw06
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark opague almost black with a hint of red, however very unimpressive head size and retention.

roasty, chocolaty smell, hoppiness is apparent in the smell as well

rich taste of barley and other roasty malts with a hint of toffee. a hoppy finish that seemed just right to me.

very impressive full bodied, soft mouthfeel.

a very drinkable brew, went well with my pancakes and home fries. a porter that i will be sure to remember and keep high on my list.

on-tap at the diner in adams morgan, dc

mjw06, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of matty
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pich black colored beer with a slowly fading rich creamy head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is cocoa,coffee and sweet cream.Incredibly smooth and easy drinking.This is one of the top beers I've had in the past couple of years.Highly recommended and I can't wait to get my next one!!

matty, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA 2/7

Beer poured a deep brown with ruby highlights, one finger off white head that dissapates slowly leaving think lacing behind. Nose is smokey and dark roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee notes as well. Taste is initially of smokey chocolate and coffee. There is a slight hop undertone that gives some bitterness to the beer. Overall, I thought very well balanced. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, slightly creamy feel to it. This is a great beer - certainly one to sit with for a session.

Jayli, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of lionking
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice two finger head with some nice lacing on the glass as I drank the beer down.

Black color in the glass a nice dark ruby red hue. Sugary sweet smell along with a nice roasted grain smell.

Sugary chocolate taste as well burnt malt. Mouthfeel is thick but smoothe. An excellent porter. This one is my favorite porter at the present time.

lionking, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 2/7/09 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and slightly smoky up front with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. The smokiness is done with just the right amount and the beer is well-balanced overall. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good dark beer to drink for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A blackish body with a small tan head and minor lacings. A semi-sweet malt smell with caramel notes and hints of coffee malt. Very sweet and somewhat creamy, medium-bodied, with hints of toffee, roasted, coffee and chocolate malts all in there and balances with a dry, satisfying finish (a mix of roasted malt and hops) despite a tad syrupiness from the beer. I could relax with a pint of this anytime.

clayrock81, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany body with amber tints around the edges. Has a pillowy, creamy large off-white head that settles into a nice cap. Good retention with stubborn lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted coffee and milk. Hints of chocolate, but not much. Roasted, smoked barley with a blast of sweet caramel.

Tastes of rich malts - touches of chocolate and caramel. Roasty goodness with nutty undertones. Finishes with a great dash of hop bitterness - not citrus, just a dab of bitter. Extremely well-balanced. The flavors are so delicate and blend together very well.

Mouthfeel is about as rich as a beer can get. One of the more creamy brews I've had the pleasure to try. Has a pillowy, fluffy feel in the mouth - if that makes any sense. Easy to drink and I would have no problem downing a few of these during dinner or just relaxing before bed. Outstanding brew - simply a must try.

TMB0424, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty and a sweet oatmeal malt. In the taste, roasty malt, sweet, and a small oatmeal presence. A smooth medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasty oatmeal aftertaste. Almost like a oatmeal stout minus the hops, mellow and nice.

OWSLEY069, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown color that produced a tan head that retained and left a nice lacing

S - Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate

T - Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and cream

M - A creamy, medium body, and light carbonation

D - A great porter, something that all that enjoy the dark beers should try

cvfish, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of JohnW
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from handpull in Fullers "Old Joint Stock" pub in Birmingham UK. Is not normally available on hand pull here, only during winter or Christmas season.

Reasonable head on the pour, the head reflecting the very dark (but not black) colour of the beer. Aroma was sweet, malty, hint of roasted grains and coffee. Taste reflects this, initially fairly sweet, with smooth fairly rich texture. The beer - on this occasion - was served too cool for the style for my liking, so maybe muted as a result. The taste developes more in the mouth, with roasted grains, hints of dark chocolate and coffee, but not the very burnt flavours of some porters. Very little hint of any hop bitterness, the overiding taste is sweeter and roasted grains, making it a warming satisfying beer for cooler weather.

I enjoyed this - though reckon it should be served at cellar temperature - not chilled - to get the full flavours.

A very tasty enjoyable dark porter style beer for the winter months, though not a session beer for summer days!

B'ham UK January 2009

JohnW, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/14/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours a black colored body with a big tan head, with good lacing, but diminishing. Has an extremely malty aroma, coffee notes. Very light tasting, with some bitterness, some acid, and coffee tastes. Okay beer, kind of a session ale type drink.

jujubeast6000, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
One in. tan head-cola colored
SCent of coffee and cocoa
Taste-light coffee and chocolate, smooth and creamy, a faint bitterness in the finish-
-warmed to a more roasted coffee and more cocoa flavor
Overall, very pleasant and drinkable--a good session beer at 5.4 abv. Perfect to have on a cold wet January day(or any other day)

hosehead83, Jan 12, 2009
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,142 ratings.