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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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94
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Reviews: 1,183
Hads: 2,490
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 239
Gots: 326 | FT: 0
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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style | ABV
English Porter | 5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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 AlexJ
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch-black with a light brown head that dissipates quickly into a thin veil. Very little lacing. Smells sweet and malty, toasted grains, cocoa and espresso. Taste is full of chocolate, coffe, and dark roasted malts. There is a modest hop flavor but it's enough to provide balance. Light mouthfeel with smooth and light carbonation. A yummy porter that is fit to drink all night long.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter is by far my favourite style. This was the first porter I ever had, and I bought purely to give a genuine English beer a try. I fell in love with it instantly.

Sadly, porter is not widely available here in Vancouver, so I have sampled but a few. Fuller's is one I keep returning too and buying in quantity.

It pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head. The head disipates quickly, but leaves a nice lace. It smells vaguely of chocolates with a definite malt scent. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts. Smoky and strong, fit for drinking with a meal or as a meal. Thick mouthfeel, as a porter should be, but not so thick as to be undrinkable.

I could definitely drink three or four of these, but it can be overwhelming to some. Like a true porter, almost a meal in itself.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.Dark brown, nearly black with some slight ruby highlights. Very thin wispy head. No retention. Not much lace on the glass. Slight chocolate and roast smell. Also notes of charcoal. Nice rich roast flavor with a hint of coffee. Slight hop bitterness to help balance out the beer. Medium body, low carbonation. Overall a good beer. Nice example of the English style. Good drinkability.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy slightly tan head with good retention; fades to a thin whispy sheet that remains throughout the pint. Some spotty lacing with above average strength. Dark brown, slight black in color with a deep reddish hue.

Vanilla, milk chocolate, and light coffee tones. Mild roasted malt sweetness. The aromatics are similar to a coffee frappe with a lot of chocolate syrup.

Milk chocolate and vanilla flavors followed by a medium hop bite. A roasted coffee malt bitterness at mid sip. The aftertaste is extremely inviting: vanilla, coffee, and a bit of hazlenut. Very flavorful and pleasant.

Medium bodied; this porter's low amount of carbonation really makes its flavors stand out. Smooth, creamy, and warming on the palate.

A great choice for a Fall/Winter night yet packed with flavor to enjoy year round. This drinks a lot like a stout, but it's light enough on the palate and tasty enough to drink as a nice session porter. Worth a try.

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Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial pint bottle, in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark, very opaque, with a reddish tint around the edges. Slight tan head.

Aroma: Sweet, caramel-chocolatey malt.

Flavor/Body: Dark-chocolate, coffee-like malt flavor, slight bitterness to keep it from being cloying, but still sweet, especially at the end, when coffee flavors develop more fully.

Porters and stouts are among the beers I'm least inclined to drink much of, but there's a lot of good stuff to appreciate in this one.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.92/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you decant the beer it appears brown, but in the glass it looks pitch black and has fine carbonation. The head is tan and chunky and is sticking around for most of the pint and it leaves rings of sticky lace around my glass.

The aromas of chocolate and tobacco make this beer irresistible. I have never experienced a beer that smells like this. I am very impressed by this porter. The flavor is soft and balanced and bitter dark chocolate dominates, with just enough hops to dry up the finish. This is a very well balanced porter and I will be revisiting this beer often.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer served to warm up my beer sense this evening. It poured a very dark brown, with just hints of ruby coming through and without any head and no ring around the top of the beer. The nose is really nice full of coffee and hints of chocolate. I really like this one. The taste is outstanding. It starts out very much chocolate and fades to a really nice bitter coffee. There is just a touch of hop bite to let you know it is there as well. The feel is moderate to thick, pretty good for the style. The drinkability is as good as it gets. The is one of the best porters I have ever had. I will definately be trying this beer again soon.

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Photo of chunkylover53
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is blacker than the blackest recesses of my withered little heart. It's got a beautiful, off-white head that dissipates quickly but laces really nicely.

Smell is nutty and full of roasty goodness.

The taste is quite complex. Chocolate with hints of banana and caramel. The caramel gets stronger as the beer warms.

Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of watermelonman
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice dark brown with slight ruby tones. The head faded away but there's still some pretty good lace being left behind.

Roasted malts dominate the smell and the front of the taste. Slight chocolate and coffee bean flavors set in, then hops take the finish. It's balanced and very well done. The taste really gets good after it warms a bit.

This is a great beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours darkest of browns. Rich chocolaty nose. Minimal off white head, some light lacing. Medium body and light carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel, lots going on here. Lots of chocolate, expresso and mocho flavors. Classic of the style, wonderful tasty brew. Great with BBQ.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with an off-white head that subsides quickly. The aroma is of sweet malt balanced by a dry, burnt black malt aroma with no hops to be detected. The taste is very flavorful as the dark malts are no the only thing to be tasted in this beer. Porter was a blend of stale/old ale and new pale ale and brown ale, if this is to be a single sytle that incorporates all three then i will say that i believe iot could be true. The dark malts give us the brown aleish character as well as the dry, sharp stale ale flavor while possesing more hops than a stout so we can attribute these flavors to the pale aleness. With a rich malt profile the dark malts dont; overpower this brew due to a sweet maltiness that is hard to percieve as it blends into the whole malt flavor. A bit of hop flavor in the mix keeps thing interesting so that it is clear this is not a stout. Light carbonation lends a smooth mouthfeel to this beer and it is a nice porter that would make a pretty good session beer as well.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent head that laces the glass as it recedes. The head is dense but settles quickly. The aroma is of rich chocolate - not the type in most candy bars - and coffee grounds. The taste is great, more chocolate than coffee and a very smooth mouthfeel with a creamy finish. Highly drinkable too. I haven't had a porter before and this sat in my fridge for two weeks because I didn't think I'd like it but this is an awesome brew.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pub Italia in Ottawa, ON. Dark black with ruby edges and a ruddy brown head that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. Aromas are all deep roastd malts, chocolate, espresso, green herbal hops, and biscuity breads. The taste is a wonderful blend of espresso flavors, green herbal hops, biscuity malts and lovely roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and nice, but noticeably inferior to the cask version of this beauty. The drinkability, as always, is excellent. Quite a good pint on tap, but simply sublime in it's cask conditioned form.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown color with dark amber highlights and a nice cap of fine, dense tan head that laces quite well. Aromas of toasted malts and caramel highlight the rich, soft nose. Unexpected light crispeness at the start of the taste quickly yields to roasted flavors than then share the stage with nicely incorporated bitterness. While the smell and taste are quite full, the mouthfeel is pleasantly balanced, which goes a long way in making this an exceedingly drinkable porter.

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Photo of oggg
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lovely bomber with expiration date Nov 04

This beer pours black with brown tints at the edges. The head is a large bubbled small tan foam that sinks quickly.

The aroma has intense chocolate and the faint burnt smell of roasted grains. The taste is full of chocolate and roasted grains. The roasted flavor hangs around for a bit, and underneath is a raw graininess. Bitterness from the roasted stuff fades and the finish is somewhat dry. Certainly not syrupy.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very smooth. Subtle alcohol.
This is an excellent brew that is very drinkable. Probably would do well with a newbie drinker that can handle a little roastiness.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in an imperial pint glass. Nice looking bottle with a best before date that reads March 11, 2005. Plenty of shelf life left on this beer.

Dark brown, almost black appearance with a good 1" head. Off white lacings that stick and stay on the sides of the glass.

Attractive and full aromas of chocolate, toffee, and espresso.

This is a complex tasting porter that blends chocolate, molasses, caramel, coffee, and smokey malt flavors together. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.15/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The London Porter pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a smallish brown head that quickly goes down to a thin film and then completely disappears.

Its aroma is chocolate and caramel malts and some dry, chalky toffee / butterscotch.

The flavor is acidic, bitter chocolate with some caramel malts and a strong butterscotch flavor. The butterscotch became a little overwhelming as it warmed - both in flavor and aroma. It has a chalky, slightly bitter finish. It is thinner than I expected and under-carbonated.

Overall, I was expecting a lot from this, and was very disappointed. I've had much better porters. I wonder if I had a bad bottle - it is 3 months before the best by date though.

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Photo of danadeny
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the British brewing company, Hyannis MA. Nice dark brown / black body with a creamy off white head. There is a dark roasted malt smell, with a hint of coffee. The beginning is what you would expect from a porter, a roasted malt type flavor which leads to a certain malty sweetness in the middle. The aftertaste is light and of coffee. The mouth feel at the end is water which leads to a high drink ability, smooth and almost creamy. They way that all the flavors blend smoothly and subtly together in this beer is what makes it great. One that will fool people who don’t know that dark beer doesn’t necessarily mean strong and bold flavors. This is what I would call a perfect intro to porters.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Dark brown in color and a bit hazy with a nice head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is mild yet very complex. It is dark, with burnt coffee and some hints of baker’s chocolate leading the way. Prune is about the only fruit I can get, but I really enjoy the classic roasted malts. They are done particularly well.

Taste – Ah, yes, done in the classic English style. The roasted malts, which are the highlight for me, come out beautifully. The coffee especially is very sophisticated. It has a tinge of Turkish coffee flavor to it. The chocolate is soft and barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is the Porter’s strong point, IMO. This is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. It is almost medium-bodied. The varying sensations in the mouth are nearly seamless.

Drinkability – Could this be more drinkable than it already is? No, I think not.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, with a minimal tan head. A very lifeless head. Aroma is of coffee, some chocolate, and pipe tobacco. Taste is very winey, yet coffee-like. A little on the bitter side. Finishes dry with charcoal notes. Creamy, yet prickly mouthfeel. This is a nice porter. Not in my top five, but still quite good all around.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 18.6 oz size. Best by date clearly printed on back label.

Lovely shade of deep brown. Topped by a beige coloured head that bubbles quite vigorously.

Burnt grain aromas - almost smokey - leap right of the glass. Dark raisins & prunes lurk in the background, along with hints of dark chocolate.

Full roast character. Bitter espresso, with fruity accents swirling around. A decent chocolate note, and a short dry finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of noclue
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 550ml bottle served in a 20oz 'nonic' glass.

Appearance: Rich, dark brown. Almost black with hints of ruby. Medium sized tan creamy head that died slowly but completely. Little to no lace. Streaming carbonation.

Smell: Smokey and roasted. Coffee and caramel.

Taste: Rich and earthy. Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Spicy hops in the finish. Smooth as could be.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. Watery texture.

Drinkability/Overall: Smooth, complex, and easy to drink. Very good!.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

London Porter sits comfortably in the British pint glass, giving out dark ebony and super-dark red hues, looking thick and syrupy. The head is a copious, creamy, thick and viscous light-brown foam. The lacing sticks very well, leaving a screen of fine bubbles, and scarcely moving at all. The appearance is excellent by any standard, but, at the same time, I have seen many porters that look just as impressive. Rich is the word to describe the aroma: yes, rich, robust, heavy, full, nutritious, earthy, and very sustaining. A warm creamy smell greeted my nose first, next vanilla, strong dark licorice, then the chocolate/coffee malt. The aroma definitely exudes a literal warmness; small wonder this is a perfect brew for the colder season. Raisins, milk/cream, vanilla, mollasses, definite butter, with deep grain and malt. The taste is also full and robust. Sweet chocolate, coffee beans, mollasses, slight milky tartness, and on the finish chalky, grainy feelings; dusty, with a fitting hop dryness. The alcohol shows up in the finish as well, warming the stomach nicely. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and buttery, almost oil-like slickness. This creaminess makes it easy to drink, though the dryness in the finish might become excessive after too many, not to mention the fullness it leaves in the stomach(which is a good thing). Well, I tried this out of season, in the hellish heat of July; perhaps this winter I will visit London Porter again. Right now, however, it rates high for me, but not as high as others I have tried. I cannot help but point to Samuel Smith, though I hate comparing. Something in the beers of SM, the water perhaps, make them far more complex than any other brewer of good darks in Britain right now. Still, Fuller's has not disappointed me in the in least with this, though I prefer their ESB and London Pride.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, deep brown/black color, with foamy. mocha colored head. Very strong coffee crounds aroma. Same scent as if you were to take a wiff of used coffee grounds. Very thick feel, almost creamy. Strong coffee and roasted malt flavor in both the front taste and the finish. Hardly no carbonation, which fits well. Missing the chocolate taste to round it out, but it has it in the feel.

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Photo of Garin
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark chestnut black beer, with a creamy tan head on top that leaves beautiful lace on my glass. I can't believe I've let it sit long enough to leave lace..

The nose is toasty sweet, with chocolate, molasses, black licorice, and so many other things. The flavour is rich chocolate and malt, toffee, coffee, rich fruitiness underneath a slightly smoky burny layer. A maltish bitterness finishes the whole thing off and nips the flavour off in the swallow.

I think I understand porter a whole lot better now.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.