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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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1,898 Ratings

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Ratings: 1898
Reviews: 1118
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of MonkeymooTJ


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


Dark Chocolate with amber undertones when held up to the light. Decent head retention and very little carbonation


Slightly roasted coffee scent and a bit of grassy hoppiness


Roasted coffee dominance followed by a nutty and slight dark chocolate essence. Mild hop bitterness the is very well balanced


Smooth clean feeling on the palate. Leaves a pleasant lingering coffee taste on the back of the tongue.


This beer went down extremely easy. The mixture of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with the hops makes for a smooth satisfying porter with a great lingering aftertaste. I'm looking forward to my next

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-20-2011 13:27:13 | More by MonkeymooTJ
Photo of dbmernin83


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Stout in Hollywood.
A-black with a perfect inch-tall khaki head.
S-chocolate. and a little more chocolate.
T-huge chocolate bursting through the nitro smoothness. light roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate finish.
M-creamy nitro milkshake deliciousness.
D-A great English porter that shines on nitrogen. An adult chocolate milkshake. I'll be back for another.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-17-2011 09:43:33 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of pleasewearpants


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours beautifully into a Fuller's pint glass. Creamy head with a light roasty malt and chocolately aroma. Flavor is similar. Nitro really helps get er done. Light chocolate notes, perhaps a touch of coffee, amazingly smooth and clean finish. One of my ultimate rainy day beers.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-25-2011 10:44:20 | More by pleasewearpants
Photo of msubulldog25


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On a whim, picked up a 500ml/16.9 oz nitro-can. Popped the top with a lengthy 'pfffft', poured to a standard pint glass. Printing on the can bottom shows 'FEB 22 09', along with some nonsense...assuming this is around 8.5 months old?

A: Nitro typically earns a better score from me...BUT this only SEEMS like nitro...dunno, just love the cascading head, the effervescing bubbles, the dense cap. No widget, no indication of nitro...looks-wise I was duped, I guess. At its best, a 1+ finger sandy tan head, firm. Quite dark, an ebony that shows amber traces when held to light. Great dollops of foamy lace with a ringing, never-faltering cream.

S: Roasted malt aroma, cocoa nibs and a light vanilla. A pleasant but mentionable mineral twinge.

T: Roast coffee and dark chocolate malts. Soured vagueness ebbs and flows. At times, a softer cocoa, a malted milkball, then rebounds to a deeper and huskier char. Grainy sweetness the intense bitterness, an interesting flavor without being overly complex. Or is it?

M: Creamy is an understatement; thickened feel upfront then a completely silky lightness. Building bitterness rests toward the back of the tongue, a light coffee/dark chocolate roast.

D: A very nice porter, sessionably quaffable. I've had this from a regular tap and bottle, but really enjoy it from the nitro-can best...better yet, I'll search for it on cask! Epitomizes what an English Porter ought to be: rich and roasted malt, chocolate-y aroma, moderate ABV that makes having a couple almost requisite. Alas, I have but one. Recommended.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-05-2009 03:47:22 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of jlindros


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a nitro tap @ BBC in Walpole.

A: Pours with rich thick creamy head of a finger, pitch black color letting no light permeate its walls.

N: creamy nitrous like aromas with touches of roasted malt and chocolate. Pretty smooth aroma.

T: Starts with more of the creamy nitrous and moves to roasted and chocolate malts. More chocolate milk runs over the tongue. A slight coffee taste hits you. Pretty rich and creamy but maintains a light feel.

M: Very rich and creamy, sticks to the sides of the mouth, and as thick as a bull's ass.

F: Finishes not too long but the creamy chocolate hangs around at any part of the mouth it can hide. Stays light on abv and bitterness, but has a nice stouty taste. Light but rich and easy drinking.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-18-2009 16:39:30 | More by jlindros
Photo of Arbitrator


4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On nitro-tap at the Haus Staudt in Redwood City. Chris bought this round, thanks Chris.

A: Pours a pitch black in the glass (as I type this up I realize I've been drinking a lot of dark beers lately...). I watch the bartender pour it over several minutes, and realize that it takes several tries because each dispensation produces a half-foam-half liquid blend. Captivating to watch the cream-tan colored bubbles coalesce into a dark liquid. The final result is an inch of head that retains very well, resolving into a cap approximately half a finger thick. Tons of lacing down the glass as the bubbles deposit everywhere.

S: Milk chocolate, nougat, toasty malt, and nutty brown sugar. It's a little weak in the nose though.

T: Follows the nose perfectly. I realize it's like drinking a Snickers bar from the description; but it's not cloying. It opens up with chocolate and brown sugar; the mid-taste sees nuts, toast, and nougat. But the finish is dry and roasty, even slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied. Extremely creamy, velvety, smooth. Just a delight on the tongue.

D: Well, I did an unusual thing (for me) and had a second glass of the same beer. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-20-2009 00:27:17 | More by Arbitrator
Photo of largadeer


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns, clear where there's opacity with an opaque center. A dense two finger nitro head tops the dark body. The nose is subdued but pleasant; milk chocolate and nougat, burnt toast and light fruitiness. The taste is much bolder though still mellow, opening with a pleasant chocolate and toffee sweetness, leading into a surprisingly dry, bitter and roasty fnish. Medium-bodied, nearly flat in the usual nitro-tap fashion but quite creamy. I put down a couple pints of this in less than an hour and could've gone for another, time permitting. One of my favorite English porters, I'd love to try this on hand pump some time.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-14-2009 05:26:37 | More by largadeer
Photo of Offa


4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been used to this beer from the bottle but recently had it on nitro-tap and it far surpassed just about everyother porter or stout I've had on a nitro tap before, smooth and creamy, not watery, and with full-bodied flavour and character.

It is practically black, just barely a deep red-brown colour being visible. It has a big, thick, creamy dark tan head, shrinking very slowly, leaving ltos of lace, and staying rich and creamy the whole way through.

The aroma is rich chocolate, earthy leaves, light roasted coffee, and hints of caramelised prunes and licorice.

The taste is wonderfully full-bodied with rich chocolate, caramelised fruit, coffee, earthy singed leaves, anise, and fermented prunes near the finish, slightly vinegary. The character is wonderfully balanced and smooth, the elements integrated nicely, and it has definite light sweetness and bitterness.

The feel is excellent. Not only does it have a rich, very creamy had but, unlike others on nitro which may be watery underneath the head, the whole thing is nicely full, creamy, and a bit oily.

This is simply an outstandin porter however you have it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-05-2009 17:55:40 | More by Offa
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2009 03:54:41 | More by Jayli
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2009 01:21:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

on tap at british beer company in framingham, ma. pretty sure it was nitro tap.

not too different from the (non-nitro) canned version, it seems. maybe less pronounced chocolate and coffee notes, and overall sweeter, but still just as good. perhaps the nitro also helps with smoothness, but not so much that it really ups the score any bit further.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-01-2008 09:15:49 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of MisterClean


3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Bonn Lair in Sac.

A - Poured a deep, deep brown, appeared fully-filtered with lots of head from the nitro tap. Light lacing as well.

S - Rich, creamy roasted malts, with a slightly smoky flavor.

T - This beer was very chewy, with a taste of moderate malts, and a slighlty smoky flavor.

M - Very chewy, not bitter whatsoever, but a clean finish.

D - Definitely easy to drink, but would have appreciated something with more taste than smokiness and moderate malt-feel.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-23-2008 07:27:35 | More by MisterClean
Photo of DoubleJ


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

Tried it for the first time tonight after coming home from my grandparents house, on to the beer:

A creamy white head sits on top of the black body known as London Porter. It's both light and full of flavor. The taste is a fight between molasses, chocolate, and coffee, but overall it won't wreck your palate and goes down very easy. Finish is semi-dry with smoky tones. This would be some devastating stuff if the pub I had this on-tap tonight served it in a huge one liter mug.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-30-2007 06:27:10 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of ppoitras


4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at British Beer Company, Hyannis location.

Presentation is an imperial pint glass, with an excellent 3/4" super-dense nitro head over the medium brown brew. Laced excellently with foam coated the glass sides from top to bottom at the end of the drinking experience. Aroma is medium and dark malts, even apparent through the nitro head. Taste was of the malt, then softened with an almost perfect complementary amount of hops. This brew impressed me by being able to blast its flavor through the normally deadening nitro presentation. This ability combined with the nitro-smoothing effect made the mouthfeel and drinkability tops in my book.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-02-2004 23:28:03 | More by ppoitras
Photo of jreitman


3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful black with that oh so beautiful nitro head. Smell was rather subdued. Overall I found the beer pretty bland. Their was a rather odd, "fruity but not in a good way" taste that I couldn't quite pin. Will have to try this one at another bar and see if it is any better. General overall impressions was not positive.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-17-2003 11:31:20 | More by jreitman
Photo of abeeronthebeach


3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep, dark brown. Sloshes around in the glass nicely with a solid head.

S - Burned sugar, char, peat and roasted malt. Could be fuller.

T - Char, mildly toasted malt. Roastiness and burned caramel. Unfortunately I can't help finding regular porters taste watered down compared to their Imperial brethren.

M - Smooth, and appropriately carbonated. A little thin and watery.

O - An easy-drinking and very sessionable porter which I'd gladly opt for if having a few pints with friends at a pub.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2014 07:12:57 | More by abeeronthebeach
Photo of Bone53


3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Brown with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. Small off white head

Smell: Sweet caramel malt and toffee

Taste: Identical to the smell

Mouthfeel: Medium body; slight bitterness and goes down smooth

Overall: I shouldve known what I was getting into after trying Anchor Porter the other week. This was just too sweet with not enough coffee notes. I prefer American style porters all the way (Founders, Smuttynose, Eddy Fitz)

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 08:58:39 | More by Bone53
Photo of scotorum


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear dark ruby with a two inch tall tan head which receded slowly to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Caramel malt and black coffee.

t: Similar to the nose, a nice combination of sweet caramel malt, black coffee and dark chocolate. At first bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue, but this smooths out later. Slight black coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste.

m: Light to medium with good body, although there are some hints of wateriness.

o: A tasty and refined porter. Very easy drinking and sippable. I'll have to revisit Founders' Breakfast Stout to recall what that has that this one apparently does not besides higher ABV and "fuller" body, based on the differences in the BA ratings of the two.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 03:43:36 | More by scotorum
Photo of SFNC

North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 9/19/2013,

The color is dark brown, nearly black, but with ruby highlights when struck by light. A short tan head quickly disolves with minimal lacing.

This smells rich, with char, coffee and dark chocolate tempered with a sweet toffee scent. The taste is even better. The heavy roasted malts and coffee flavor is upfront and strong, but without any harshness. After the intial taste, it mellows with a bittersett toffee flavor that lingers at the finish. This beer has great balance!

It's very creamy, maybe a little thinner than expected, but has the just right carbonation to leave you wanting to take another sip.

This was a treat that I will not hestiate to go back to when in the mood for a lower ABV dark beer or Porter. Fuller's London Porter has earned it's world class reputation in my book. Well done, indeed!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:47:45 | More by SFNC
Photo of Rowlaw


4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever tasted. I love porters and Fuller's London Porter is the Porter all other Porter's want to live up to.

I know. You never want to say one beer is the best. You want to keep searching for the perfect beer. The fun is in the hunt. I'll say this is the Pest beer I've tasted so far. But just as I'm getting sick of the coffee and chocolate added flavoring, this one blends the tastes right without tasting like their just adding fake flavorings. Yes, you've got the tastes of chocolate and coffee and maybe a little dark honey or whatever, but what I really taste is a great heavy (as in rich), complex Porter without the heaving overpowering flavors added.

This Porter just blends the flavors together so they just flow over the palette to make a smooth, velvet flow of deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:00:08 | More by Rowlaw
Photo of doktorhops


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good porter, a GOOD porter, and this one is up there with the titans of porter - along with Irish dry stout one of the first styles of beer I actually got in to (Guinness being my first beer love). When I finally noticed a bottle of this at my not-so-local-but-on-the-way-to-work I had to immediately get it and review it. And so I did dammit. After 8hrs of work that is.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Dark chocolate (a word I suspect I will be using frequently in this review) body with a firm 0.5cm tan head. Looks like a grand old porter to me.

S: Dark chocolate (yep!) gives way to some roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and a hint of lingering smoke. Suitably impressed with all the hallmark porter characters together at last ready to act out some supreme theatre on my taste buds.

T: Velvety smooth flavours of the above: dark chocolate, roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and smoke. This is one classic porter feast for the tongue. One criticism though, and it is very true to style so it's not a problem of this ale, but it's a bit too smooth and the flavours are less pronounced than I would like them to be. Again this is more an underlying personal view on porters as a whole due to my changing tastes than a direct criticism of this fine ale.

M: Heavy like a good porter/stout with a creamy texture and light carbonation.

D: As previously mentioned my tastes have changed over the years - I used to hate mushrooms and eggplant (I would have made a terrible Italian) but now I love them. I used to love porters and stouts but now I find them a bit boring. And that is the case with this ale, ten years ago we would have been best of friends but now I'm hanging out with Belgian tripels and IPA's and you know what those Belgians are like, bunch of troublemakers! I wont however let this diminish my rating of this fine example of a porter though.

Food match: I'm gonna have to stew on this one [literally].

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 13:53:38 | More by doktorhops
Photo of Flounder57


4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown/black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Robust, milk chocolate, bready malts, smoke, toffee, raisins, and caramel.

Taste: A nice blend of above aromas. Tasty and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the best porters you could have. Another please.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:41:54 | More by Flounder57
Photo of fourstringer


4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Label reads: Best before 25 Jul 14.

A: Very dark, essentially black, ruby-brown. 3 fingers of cream-colored head with good retention. Light lacing.

S: Roasted malt with nice toffee, chocolate and lesser coffee notes. Great nuttiness. Faint raisin. English hops.

T: Rich, chocolately malt initially. Blends with a fine English hopping. Semi-dry finish with roasted malty goodness residing in the aftertaste. No alcohol to speak of.

M: Moderate-to-low carbonation with a moderate-to-light body. Smooth & silky, although I could use a touch more fullness.

O: Solid porter with great chocolate notes and pleasant nuttiness. Great balance. Really drinks itself. Classic tastes. Highly sessionable.


Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:56:01 | More by fourstringer
Photo of Pintofbrown


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

Had in a shaker pint. Best before July 25, 2014 bottle date.

An opaque dark brown body with crimson highlights greets the drinker. The creamy mocha-colored foam swells to two -fingers of bubbly stuff before receding, leaving behind a modest wall of almost sheet lace.

The nose reminds strongly of chocolate covered raisins, also some brown sugar. This porter has an incredibly decadent bouquet. Also a bit of wheat bread scent comes through when the glass is agitated, really, incredibly rich.

Flavors of coffee roast and dark breads are much larger on the palate than were noticed in the aromas. Mid-palate is where the bittersweet dark chocolate resides, fig also follows into the heavily roasted finish. There is a flash of chocolate covered raisin, but dissipates quickly. A light nuttiness blends with the roasted qualities and helps smooth out the finish. Very well balanced, and more bittersweet than the nose.

Appropriate for the style, this porter has a watery edge to it, slick over the tongue. The heft is on the lighter side of medium with a subtle creaminess, more dry than crisp.

Fuller's London Porter was a blast to drink, and so quaff-able. I could make an evening of just drinking this beer. The wonderfully sweet nose blends well with the complex palate of bittersweet, roasty, and bready flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 06:02:29 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, best before 27 OCT 14.

Pours a molasses-colored body, good head at first but doesn't stay long and not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is coffee grains, dark chocolate with roasted malt in the back. Medium strength coffee as main flavor, bit of bitter chocolate but the depth of the taste is not great. Slight metallic finish. Not full-bodied at all, middling. Average on most accounts.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 16:13:39 | More by papat444
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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,898 ratings.