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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,098 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,098
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 157
Gots: 113 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

tmrocker, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of ScorpyX
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The expected very dark pour with a thin, creamy, tan head. Even holding it up to the light only lets a little through. Leaves a thick lacing behind.

S: Chocolate and smoke detectable in the scent. There's a roastiness to it as well.

T: Taste starts with a strong coffee flavor and has a touch of sweetness that transitions into a bitter swallow. Lot of roasted, malty flavor in there as well. Just a touch of chocolate in that sweetness I mentioned, but mostly overwhelmed by the more bitter coffee flavoring.

M: Strong-bodied and thick, complemented by a smooth, cool swallow. Leaves an aftertaste like I just finished drinking an iced latte.

D: Quite tasty overall, which really surprised me after an underwhelming smell. A wonderful example of the English porter and certainly high on my list of beers. Love the bottle design, too.

ScorpyX, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

bladman, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jak
5/5  rDev +19%

jak, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.8%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

PhineasGage, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

980th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
11.2 oz

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.

FosterJM, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

2neardead, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

valkyre65, Dec 11, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

pirmannt1, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of syndelee
5/5  rDev +19%

syndelee, Dec 11, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

brokentee, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheQuietMan22, Dec 10, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Dec 10, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

shand, Dec 08, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

stevecooks, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

dwaz, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of rangerred
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rangerred, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Oboogie, Dec 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

benbou17, Dec 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

Anew, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

elgiacomo, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Knapp85, Dec 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

MystikCelt, Dec 04, 2011
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,098 ratings.