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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,099 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,099
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.

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Photo of techdiver
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam and rings of lacing.

Caramel, chocolate and coffee to the nose.

Very rich, wonderful taste. Coffee and chocolate predominant, a most amazing porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, but doesn't feel full.

Great drinkability, this one goes on my list of favorites.

techdiver, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and very drinkable. The aroma and flavor are heavy on the mocha with a touch of cream. There's a decent dry bitterness, but nothing astringent or unpleasant, and long-lasting coffee aftertaste. To me the mark of a great beer is in the aftertaste, and while this isn't the most complex porter, it's a fantastic porter. A beer worth sitting down and analyzing, or just enjoying. Quite yummy, give it a try.

tempest, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of botham
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. pours black with deep ruby highlights, and a very dense coffee colored head that remains throughout consumption.

smells malty, with notes of chocolate and toffee, and a base of a maple syrupy aroma. very sweet and rich in the nose.

taste is sweet and maple syrupy at first, then fades into a robust and smooth roasty quality. finishes with a light hoppy bitterness. very well crafted brew. the breadth of flavors here is wonderful. the slogan on the bottle says it all: "Rich & Dark." the porter side of the taste does not show itself until after swishing it a bit.

aftertaste is as good as a porter can get. light hoppyness, creating a semi-dry feel, with a touch of the roastiness from the malts lingering.

mouthfeel is syrupy and thick. the brew goes down very smooth, it is just very rich in body and taste.

drinkability is not as good due to the richness, but the low alcohol level makes it a decently drinkable brew (and a tasty one at that).

overall, this brew is masterfully crafted to provide a wide breadth of flavors and aromas to satisfy picky drinkers of any taste (myself included). extremely well done Fuller's, cheers!

botham, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of BarryNL
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep brown, bright with ruby hints.

S: Roasted coffee and caramel.

T: A very nice combination of malty flavours - dominated by the chocolate and brown malts. A slight touch of burnt flavours which are mild enough to enhance the taste.

M: Probably the weak point, a bit dominated by carbonation - but this is a porter rather than a stout so perhaps the slightly lighter body is appropriate.

D: Mmm, mine's another one of these, please. At 5.2% maybe a little strong to drink all night, but the taste is certainly unlikely to get boring.

All in all, a definite winner - more flavour than Guinness despite the lack of any roast barley.

BarryNL, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of Reed415
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark red brown color with a thick tan head

S - Roasty coffee, Nutty, Crisp, semi bitter

T - Roasted nuts, coffee, pretty malty, not too much hops present, no alcohol warmth on this

M - Light - Medium body, wish it had some thickness to it, moderate carbonation

D - Pretty good, goes done smooth because of its light body

Reed415, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to reviewing my second favourite porter. Got single bottle at NSLC.

Appearance: Poured a deep clear dark brown, very close to black. Big tan cap with lots of lace and great retention.

Aroma: Roasted coffee, blackstrap molasses, cocoa beans, rich earthy tones and bread.

Taste: Chocolatey sweetness and a lingering mocha bitterness dominate this one. A bit of wood and a bready bite and a sour Guinness like flavour in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft, not very carbonated, slick as oil.

Final Statement: A very fine porter. Try it.

MMansfield, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of SaltyLime
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would like to give positive recommendations on this one right out front. Wonderful beer.

Appearance - Dark brown with amber edges, tan thick foamy head.

Smell - fresh ground coffee beans, hint of sweet lactose

Taste - definite coffee, soft to the palate, slight chocolate finish

Mouthfeel - light to medium body, comfy carbonation, extremely smooth

Drinkability - Good. Coffee lover's enjoy!

SaltyLime, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of rkuhnel
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. How did I miss this one? From a small deli in the middle of Union Square in San Francisco this poured very dark, almost black. Big fat tan head, and good chunks of lacing. Nose of chocolate coffee and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Flavors again of chocolate and coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Very nice slightly bitter finish. A simply outstanding porter.

rkuhnel, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark, large head, lots of flecks of lacing.

S - Strong toffee and coffee - nothing else.

T - Toffee, coffee, a bit of woodsy hops. Aftertaste is a coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth, thin, very refreshing.

D - Not too bad. I wouldn't mind having this one again.

mrasskicktastic, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black with a light tan head. The slightly buttery aroma features dark roasted malts, coffee and just a touch of chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and coffee with a nice dry and bitter finish. Overall, this is an outstanding porter that is certainly among my favorites within the style. Highly recommended.

cjgator3, May 31, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is mostly chocolate (dark & sweet chocolate) with some coffee.

Appears to be black at first observation, but when you look closer or hold it up to a light you can see the deep ruby red highlights. Fair sized beige head, with a little better than average retention.

Tastes great. Chocolate, coffee. Reminiscent of a cafe mocha. Bittering hops are there to keep things under control, but only present themselves at the finish.

Mouthfeel was good too. It was full-bodied, chewy. Not too crisp, it was smooth, velvety, and silky.

Overall, I like it very much. Micro's aside this is my favourite porter.

BrewSomerville, May 31, 2007
Photo of brucepepper
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer from a can and was not disappointed.

A - opaque with hints of ruby.

S - coffee and that beloved tar smell.

T - Full, rich roasted flavour with hint of buttery.

M - Creamy

D - Very easy. I've never drank more than one but I'm sure I could put a few back.

Great beer. I enjoy it more each time I have it.

brucepepper, May 30, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown moderate opacity. Small creamy tan head looks inviting. Aroma is mostly coffee with some roasty malts and cocoa. Taste is primarily coffee with bitersweet cocoa and roasty malts. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Relatively drinkable, not my favorite style.

Duster72, May 28, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
3.05/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown but almost clear enough to see through with the proper lighting. A medium bodied head forms but dwindles very fast. Great lacing left behind.

S- smells like fresh ground roasted coffee beans

T- at first it starts roastey, coffee, smokey, and the late finish is a bit of chocolate malt. roasted coffee lingers. This really is a unique taste for a porter compared to all the american porters I've tried. The lingering roastey coffee taste is a little much for me. I wouldn't want that taste hanging around all the time or building up over the span of a couple pints.

M/D- good. Not too heavy, not too light. Carbonation is lively enough. With the taste being a bit different than other american porters I've had, I must say I prefer the american style, with a little less roastiness and a little more sweetness.

MiScusi, May 25, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

18.6 oz bottle

Pours a very dark brown, though I see quite a bit of light shining through when held to the light. Can't help but notice the excellent clarity too. Creamy light tan head fades to a thin cap before lingering to the bottom, and leaves some more than decent lacing.

Nice aroma. Nose is full and complex, with plenty of roasty character and plenty of chocolate and coffee notes. A hint of bitterness.

Very tasty - as good as I expected, and then some. Probably top 5 or 6 of the style I've had. A bit more bitterness than expected, but that isn't a bad thing. I detect no real sweetness, but wouldn't quite call it dry either. Smooth roastiness and a hint of alcohol - this could pass for something just a bit stronger. Plenty of coffee in the slightly drying finish along with the pleasant bitterness. Really well done.

Mouthfeel is a highpoint, and maybe I'll rethink and give this a 5. There was a bit of spritzy carbonation up front, but it soon settled to a damn fine velvety smoothness. Full but not quite mouthcoating - this never seems heavy.

Goes down very easy. Tastes bold, full, strong, yet I know I can safely have a few. Another is sitting on the counter warming a couple degrees even as I type this. Can't wait!

udubdawg, May 16, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before April 2008, drank May 2007.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass, it is dark, very dark mahogany, and a hint of red, with a fast shrinking coffee coloured head. I like the head to stay on my beers, this turned very quickly into no more than a wisp and collar around the glass.

Aroma of rich coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and some plum pudding.

The taste is very similar to the smell, lots of chocolate, coffee and caramel flavours in there.

Dry and a little watery for such a dark looking beer, strangely the chocolate, coffee and caramel tones do not stay for long in the mouth. It does however sweeten up as the flavours die.

Too overpowering in the coffee stakes for me, the chocolate and caramel I can handle OK, but just a little too much decaff.

BlackHaddock, May 14, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-3-07
Best before 11-6-07

Pours a deep blood-red, with a smallish tan head and ring lacing.

Smell is smooth English malt, very sweet.

Taste is much like the smell, roasty with a little bit of dark fruit. Finishes with a little smokiness, a little hop bitterness and coffee.

Mouthfeel is great, thick and creamy with. A little too much carbonation, though.

Drinkability is very good, super smooth and well balanced.

BMoney575, May 04, 2007
Photo of drinkininthewood
2.53/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

served from a 500ml tall can into a pint glass.

A- Very dark and slightly red in color. I was disappointed to see such a small head but on the other hand it laces quite nicely.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans/malts, hints of fruit.

T- rich dark chocolate, lots of coffee flavor, fairly bitter, slightly nutty character, lots of roasted malts.

M- medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- one was enough. Sessionable? i think not.

Overall im not a big coffee drinker, but someone who enjoys coffee will enjoy this brew. I really wasn't diggin this brew. Actually it was one of the more bland porters ive had. : P

drinkininthewood, May 01, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Rogue pint glass. Nearly black body, completely opaque with ruby hues around the edges. 2 finger coffee-colored head, dense and sticky.

S: Smells just like chocolate milk tastes. Caramel, coffee, toast.

T: Roasted malt flavor floods over the tongue, followed by a faint hop prod. Notes of burnt toast, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, cocoa powder, smoke.

M: Surprising amount of carbonation, maybe too much for the style, makes quaffing a bit rocky. The dark richness is very enjoyable though.

D: At 5.4% abv, this is supremely drinkable.

illidurit, May 01, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, almost black, brown color with some ruby hues. A pretty nice head after a hard pour. On my first bottle, I poured a pretty standard pour and got a very small head. Aroma is of sweet caramel, burnt sugar, mixed nuts, and as weird as it may sound, pretzels, also a bit of ash.

This beer has a pretty nutty flavor, along with some notes of charcoal, chocolate, roasted malt, and cold coffee. Not much in the form of a hop pressence, but it works. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is great. A very good porter.

hckyfn9999, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of wedge
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glugs out of the bottle a deep, translucent mahogany with a small, soapy looking head. Balanced, malty aroma: toasted caramel, cream, sugar, and some rich tobacco. Wonderful smelling stuff, if a little on the mild side. Smooth, balanced flavor, dry and roasted, even semi-charcoalesque. Hints of nuts, coffee, and vanilla beans. Flavorful, though it thins out a little towards the end. Easily drinkable.

This is a quality traditional porter, certainly good enough to have a bottle once in a while, though it doesn't blow me away enough to spend $10 on a sixer.

Best Before: 14/JUL/07

wedge, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Procrastinator
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into Nonic pint glass. Best before 14/Oct/07 date printed on rear label.

Appearance: dark cola-colored brown body with soft beige colored 1" head after vigorous pour. Head recedes slowly to leave sticky layered lacing around outside of glass. Carbonation bubbles march up the sides of my glass.

Smell: you don't have to work hard to notice dark, rich chocolate
and hints of coffee with a nuttiness in the background. Sweet pitted fruits like prunes or plums.

Taste: dark coffee with it's bitter qualities and semi-sweet chocolate, along with sweet roasted grains. In the background, I taste raisins and the noticeable mineral taste of England's water.

Mouthfeel: dry up front and has slightly bitter astringency. Carbonation is soft and pleasing. A bit buttery slickness on the tongue with a medium body.

Drinkability: easy drinking mild taste and alcohol make for a desirable session beer. Real nice porter.

Procrastinator, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of beeragent
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of all the beers I have ever had, this is my favorite! Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep brown, forming a very thin head, leaving light lacing. The aroma is strong mocha coffee. The taste is just wonderful! Thick roasted malts, light chocolate, heavy smooth coffee, with a hint of toffee. Nice medium mouthfeel. Overall, this is an easy smooth porter. I can drink this all night. If you havent tried this, you dont know what your missing. Definitely my favorite beer of all time!

beeragent, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the most impressive appearance, with very little head and not a lot of carbonation. Nice dark brown color with a tinge of red deep beneath.

Malty, caramel, toffee and roasted malts in the aroma. A slight hint of coffee near the end. Very good.

Taste is smooth with some malt sweetness that's not overpowering, followed by fruity yeastiness, toffee and roasted malts. Somewhat buttery as mentioned in other reviews. Balanced and fairly complex. Not much in the way of hops.

Fairly light bodied and quite drinkable. I could have used a bit more carbonation, but it was fine and appropriate as is.

AaronHomoya, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours almost black with some ruby highlights and a one inch tan head that fades quickly to just covering the beer but with sheets of lacing to the finish. smell, roasted coffee, dark caramel, brown sugar or burnt sugar. taste roasted coffee and chocolate with a slightly smoke flavor. mouthfeel is very smooth and carbonation is ok. would buy it again, very tasty enjoyable beer.

billybob, Mar 22, 2007
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,099 ratings.