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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,303
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 192
Gots: 207 | 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:
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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Ratings: 2,303 | Reviews: 1,167
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of morimech
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown color with just over one finger of head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Spotty lacing is left down the glass.

What a wonderful aroma. Dark malt gives nice chocolate notes. English hops add pleasant floral and herbal aromas. And the yeast adds a touch of esters.

The flavor follows the path of the aroma. Nice dark malt flavor featuring chocolate and coffee. Surprising level of English hop flavor that I just cannot get enough of. Despite the hop flavor, bitterness is low and mellow. Just hard to imagine this could be improved upon.

The body is not the fullest but for a beer with this ABV, is adequate. Pleasant level of carbonation.

The classic English porter that is one of the best porters brewed today. Just a wonderfully crafted ale.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of crnipeter
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently opaque dark-brown body approaches to clear and shows ruby hue when held
to light. Light tan head is fairly thick and holds well supported by moderate carbonation.

Nose is a blend of mild roasted malt with chocolate qualities and non-roasted malt that contributes sweet and nutty aromas. A careful sniffing reveals brown sugar/caramel and a even a faint vestige of dark-fruit esters.

Flavor is marked by heavily roasted malt that yields bitter dark chocolate & mocha yet is neither acrid nor burnt. Body is well attenuated and the overall flavor hangs suspended somewhere between being slightly malty or slightly bitter from vegetal hops and roastiness; the later two combined with carbonation lend dry finish.

Medium-light body with creamy texture and silk-smoothness.

Overall, a fundamental, wonderful porter that is not called "world's finest" for nothing. (500 ml into pint, BB 2013-08-06)

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Mavigo
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a fine black with tinges of red, doesn't have much of a head, tan in color, dissipates quickly with minimal amounts of lacing.

S: like dark chocolate, hops, caramel, coffee, toasted malt, smokey

T: Very complex, coffee flavors, chocolate, vanilla, hops, very smokey flavor

M: very fulfilling and refreshing, lots of texture, very carbonated but it adds to the refreshing nature of the beer

O: First beer I've tried from England and its pretty good, very complex but yet not overbearing and very refreshing. Little bit lacking on the flavor side especially for a porter in my opinion, but I like the style going here so it's a beer to get a hold of, the pros way exceed the cons.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of pkalix
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmmm. okay. this is pretty good. another england, another decent brew.
very dark appearance with little head, although that just may be the bottle's trait.
dark chocolate and coffee (no, more espresso) smells and tastes, although not as 'thick' as others in this class. i really like the smell of this. for the style, i gave it a 5 due to the sweet/bitter character but pleasingly refreshing darker notes.
i really enjoyed reading the other reviews. i very much like the taste of this but it's assuring to hear the way others are clamoring over it. i like the lower abv and believe it contributes to the overall taste, but it's not so low that it cancels out the reason for tasting it. i like MAYDAY's review but i cant fathom someone enjoying a brew (MORE?) warm than cooled? especially a stout? i'll have to try this someday. (has anyone ever heard of a BASS CREAM ALE? i thought i remember trying that years ago at DER BARON's in las vegas and it was tart, but creamy. this kind of reminds me of that although i cannot find any tags relating to it...).
overall... what a darn fine product. i didnt expect to see "the bros" rate it so highly, especially since i cosider it more of a 'commercial' brew, but everyone else's reviews support my feelings about this stuff. less of a stout drinker, but i appreciate a really good stout, or porter, once in awhile but more accustomed to the higher abv'ed versions. i recommend this heartily. and because it's 'commercial', it shouldnt be too difficult to find if you have a BEVMO or TOTAL WINE near you . . . . . i would definitely like to find this in a keg somewhere....

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a damn porter. It looks pitch damn black with a nice bubbly off-white head. It smells like heaven. Thick roasted dark chocolate domintes the nose with a hint of light roast coffee coming in as well. It definitely tastes like Edmund Fitzgerald with its bitter chocolate, but the milky smooth chocolate just dominates like crazy. It tastes so god damn smooth and sweet. Theres enough bitterness to offset the uber sweet body.

My god this thing is drinkable. Its already half gone and I havent even started. Holy crap.

Edmund Fitzgerald wants to be this.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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