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Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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Photo of twelvsies
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really impressed with Fuller's. I've only recently been trying their beers but they really are a fantastic brewery producing unique beers. This porter isn't as dark as others I've seen, a bit of red showing through the edges of the glass. Smell is strong bitter coffe, roasted malts, and something that oddly reminds me of those little bacon bits things. Odd, because I've been a vegetarian since 8th grade. But strangely interesting. Taste is nice and bitter, unusual for a porter. It's got a nice hoppy backbone, which I usually don't notice in English beers, which I've just recently gotten into. Of course all the roasty toasty qualities of a typical porter are there too, and in full effect. Nice dark bitter malts and creamy undertones. A medium bodied porter like this goes down effortlessly. Another great brew from a classic English brewery. Between their ESB, 1845, and Porter, which I've all just recently tried, I'll be supporting Fuller's a lot in the near future.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ British Beer Company in Plymouth, MA.

Pours out very dark, pretty much black with a small head. Nutty aroma and taste that reminded me of Guinness in a way. Very smooth beer, easy on the palate, and extremely drinkable. Went great with an American Pasty. Not too complex, but definitely drinkable. Very dark, even for a porter. Would like to try again, possibly from a bottle next time.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, small amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong, coffee, molasses, a little licorice. Taste is smooth and smoky, more coffee, with licorice toward the end. Mouthfeel was full, flavors keep things in place for a long finish. Nothing overpowering, balanced between the malts and bitterness. I could see drinking two or three of these after dinner with a good book in the cigar chair.

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Photo of avylover
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice looking brew. Not straight black, rather a deep,deep mahogony that one can see through and a creamy white head. The aroma is subtle, but very good. mostly coffee bean notes along with a few fruity esters. The taste...wow. This is by far one of the tastiest beers i've had in awhile. Strong coffee,malted milk, some lactose type sweetness, and a very slight butterscotch kick in the finish....just all around yummy. And the finish is good and dry. Great slick mouthfeel with tiny bubbles, making this one drinkable brew, regardless of style....awesome!

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Photo of FirstMan
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shapely bottle and tasteful label lend credibility. A nice change from the basic bottle.

Pours out dark, almost black with ruby hues along the edges. These stand out beautifully against the light. The head isn't foamy like some porters, but rather made up of tiny bubbles. It quickly dissipates into a thin layer that never quite breaks to reveal the beer beneith and sends little arms up the side of the glass.

The smell is complex and my favorite part of this beer. Strong notes of dark chocolate and a light smoky presence. A good strong inhale brings out the complexities and sweetness of the malt.

A somewhat tart start on the tip of the tongue almost immediately dissipates into a mellow, warm, smoky flavor filling the mouth. Strong chocolate flavors are balanced by a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but with enough carbination to keep it interesting.

Overall just a really wonderful English Porter. If you get a chance to have it on tap, don't pass it up. It's good in the bottle, but the draft is just splendid.

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Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

They recently got this on cask and beer engine at my local pub, so I had to try it. It poured a very dark color with red around the edges, a small head that had really good retention and left a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very subdued. Lots of chocolate flavors with a small bit of coffee in the back. Slightly bitter finish. Very clean. Thick and creamy body. Drinkability on this one was wonderful. I'm not sure how it is out of the bottle, but I'm sure I'll be finding out really soon.

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

Pours a dark, ruby-tinted mahogany color. Smells of malted chocolate. Taste is quite good, although a bit different from other porters I've had. It has a malted chocolate flavor, with some coffee-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly full.

Overall, this is a darn good porter. I've been meaning to try it for a while now, but this single I bought by mistake (I thought I had grabbed a London Pride). I'm glad I did. Although it's not super-special, it's definitely worth a try, more than once in a while. A nice break from those big winter brews.

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Photo of wisnerd
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark with a red hue, but still translucent under the right light. A well rounded creamy head appears on entry but reduces to a lace around the edge of the glass within a minute. Has the distinct aroma of a porter, coffee-like and smokey but this one smells slightly sweet. This is confirmed by the taste but it is not overpowering- the beer still retains a strong malty flavour. Goes down smooth and not too thick, just the right amount of carbonation, with an aftertaste that lingers nicely and encourages me not to let my glass sit idly.

I love this beer and will readily chose it when I'm in the mood for a tasty and hearty beer, however its cost does influence me at times. I like to enjoy this with spicy foods like wings or chili, it's a good contrast and cuts the heat if I need it. Highly recommended for all occasions though.

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Photo of rousee
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of what I expected of this. Nice beer though. Pours a ruby tinted dark chocolate color. Very little head and some wispy foam on top. Leaves no lace. Some dark roasted malt and vinous character too. Pretty good on a winter night. Tastes like a basic porter should. Similar to the nose--dark roasted malt, chocolate caramel coffee profile not nearly as bitter as some porters. Mouthfeel is nothing noteable but good still. This thing excels in drinkability--very smooth not too high on the ABV--a pretty nice example of this style.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a very dark ruby body, without much light it looks almost jet black, tan head with fair retention and some lacing

Smell, malt, some hint of smoke, charcoal, dark chocolate

Taste, thick dry coffee flavour, strong espresso coming through, strong hint of smoke again

A fantastic example of an english porter, everything you could ever want from a porter. I had this with profiteroles and it complemented them beyond belief, fantastic

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Photo of CVC
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Best before 16/Oct/03."

Came in an 18.8 oz. dark bottle; served in a pint glass.

Pours black with a thick, slow-dying, tannish three-finger head. Leaves rings of lace all the way from the top of the glass to the bottom. Smells and tastes heavily of roasted malts, and some chocolate, toffee, and raisins. Not much hops, medium carbonation. Medium-bodied and creamy mouthfeel, and is very drinkable.

An excellent porter all around. This is one of the more popular beers by Fuller's, and for a good reason: it's damn good. Can pair-up easily with anything meaty. And even though this particular bottle is over a year expired, it still tastes just as good as it always does.

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Photo of walleye
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle best before 10/17/04. pured a deep mahogany, with a nice tan head. aroma bitter sweet chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, plums and prunes, hard time taking my nose away from this one. flavor, toffee, chocolate, raisins, honey, malts, cherries. mouthfeel was a nice and smooth and just enough bitterness

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

Well, this one is a classic, not sure why I have taken so long to write some notes on this one. On tap at 'bones. Very black, low head. Aroma is low and roasty. Medium body, this one is all about the malt. There's some pleasant roasty flavors, followed by a low hop finish. The beer does exactly what's expected with having any over the top notes or sore thumbs sticking out.

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Photo of unit555
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color in the class the is actually a deep, very dark red when held to the light. The initial head was excellent but disappeared quickly leaving lots of spiderwebs on the side of the glass.

The smell is full and makes you believe the beer will be quite hoppy but the taste is quite smooth and sweet. I think I get chocolate off the taste but it is difficult to describe.

The mouthfeel is smooth initially but has a but of a bite right after you swallow. Overall an easy drinking beer with a lot of taste.

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Photo of John1985
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a velvety black with an ample head that laces down the glass. Aroma of chocolate and raisins, the taste was full of rich malt gliding across the palate. The mouthfeel was a bit thin but the porter was very easy drinking. This is the only porter I could call quaffable. Overall a fine porter but I wished it was a bit more hoppy for my taste.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
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 +14.8%
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 -6.2%
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 +3.6%
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 -4.8%
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 +17.1%
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 +12.4%
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%
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 +6.4%
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 +2.4%
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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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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