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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,230 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 173
Gots: 160 | 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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Photo of Bung
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite English porter. Nice opaque black pour, one finger tan head. Scent of coffee, slight mocha. Flavor is matching with roasted malts, creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't stay with you, finish clean. Great drinkability. Smooth full flavor, more than usual for a porter.

Bottle and nitro-tap.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby hue, one finger frothy head.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate with hints of cream.

T- Chocolatly malts with a hint of roasted bitterness. Minimally hoppy finish.

M- Nice medium body, decent carbonation.

D- I wouldn't session it, but there's enough going on to keep me coming back.

Altough I'm not a huge porter fan, I'd call this a classic.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with red and amber hues, creamy head not much lacing

The aroma was a lot of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is initially sweet caramel malt. Pretty grainy. The hops are subdued and in the background. Bitterness comes through and the finish is pretty dry and bitter. A lot of coffee characteristics.

Mouthfeel is thin with a low to moderate soft carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Always a good choice, and my favourite porter.

Photo of gerardoluna
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eyes: dark colour, with a small beige head that dissapear quickly

Nouse: A good aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood, and hops.

Mouth:stron body, good caracter teh flavours of dark chocolate, and coffee are gentile balanced. The aftertaste is a little bitter... good carbonation.
A very gOoOoOood porter Bravo to a Fuller's

Serving type: bottle 500

Photo of eagles22
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a great porter

Appearance: black with a nice tannnish white head

Smell: chocolate, toffee and roasted malts and some hops

Taste: is superb taste like a nice chocolate toffee chewy candy...with great caramel taste

Mouthfeel: is great very moist and aftertaste is awesome one of my favorite porters

Drinkability: is wonderful too ..you can put down a handful of these

Photo of Clubchat
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Val-d'Or SAQ

A - Black with brown-ruby reflects, perfect carbonation for the style, fair head retention, very inviting

S - Toasty, chocolaty, nutty malt odor, discret hop

T - Chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, vanilla are all present, taste like it smells

M - Very nice palate and body, creamy and smooth, equilibrated and complex in mouth

D - A great beer, the ABV is a little low, remember me a homebrew I did some months ago, thumbs up, easy example of the Porter style

Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a pitch black with a foamy beige head. Aroma of rosted malts dark chocolate and coffee. Taste very similar to aroma with malty dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Creamy and smooth up front with a dry bitter finish.

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

500mL bottle with best-before date stamped on back label. Poured into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, almost completely opaque, but ruby-amber edges allow some light through. Large, fluffy off-white head slowly descends to a 1cm ring, leaving a few clumps on the glass.

Smell is butterscotch, chocolate, hint of vanilla. Alcohol brings a smoky warmth.

Rich chocolate taste, roasted grain flavours and a subdued coffee. Smokiness comes through on a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy up front, smooth and full-bodied, with mild carbonation on the finish.

A good after-dinner drink, great for sipping.

Photo of TKempe
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with ruby edges, a beige head, fine carbonation and creamy lacing.

Smells roasted and spicy, slightly acidic and a little buttery as well, with a fair share of chocolate on the side. Sweetness is like that of toffee or butterscotch. Little hops noticeable, but enough to make for an essential contribution for sure. An ashy kind of fragrance is there too. This would serve well as a desert or evening beer.

The taste balances out perfectly the bitter and sweeter sides of the brew. Delicate hoppy notes and a touch of sourness have their say as well. A beautiful, soft finish, after which a bitter, hoppy and very roasty flavor determines the aftertaste. Simply great.

Medium body and quite a smooth mouthfeel, gently carbonated and rather dry.

A serious beer, complicated enough to sip thoughtfully.

Photo of ajmoody76
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

number 100. have been doing a fullers thing. last one for now. pours dark brown with a thin light brown head. looks good. good lacing.

dark chocolate nose. some fruitiness. no off odors.

toasty chocolate taste. get some fruity hops toward the end. dry fruity aftertaste.

mid-full body. pretty smooth. good carbonation. i dig this beer.

Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark espresso colored with subdued brown highlights, this bear absorbs most light well. The caramel head pours rather thin and settles quickly, but leaves brilliant lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Rich and full-bodied toasted malt you could smell from three pints away. Sweet, with notes of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, coffee, and the smokiness you get from very dark malts. Just what you expect from this style. Despite the mild alcohol content,you get nice alcohol notes in the nose.

Taste: It's much the same in the taste, but with a brilliant mild and nutty bitterness added into the mix. Much richer than the aroma, this is a beer that commands your attention. Like the nose, there are occasional boozy notes that manifest themselves despite the the ABV weighing in at under six percent. The aftertaste lasts well into your next sip and really showcases the coffee and smokiness. This aftertaste alone is better than many of the beers I've reviewed here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with decent carbonation. It leaves a velvety coating on your tongue that drives the aforementioned aftertaste.

Drinkability: Porters are certainly more appropriate for sipping than chugging, but with the medium body and middling alcohol content, this is surprisingly quaffable.

Verdict: An above average Porter, this is something I'd surely recommend for someone looking for a good, easily available example of the style. Rich, but well-balanced, this beer is a complex treat and worthy of its reputation.

Photo of JamesS
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice dark black/brown color with a nice initial, very foamy head, that goes away quickly, with some good lacing. Nice scent, but not very strong, a little bit of chocolate, coffee, and burnt grains, but not a lot of any of them. Nice taste, smooth and well balanced, a little hop, a little malt, and a little burnt grains, just nothing that pops out. It goes down fine, a little rough, but good.

(On tap at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA)

Photo of flipper2gv
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours in a very dark brown/red color, almost black. Seems thick enough with a very minimal beige head but tons of lacing.

S: Strong coffee aroma up first. Dark chocolate, some pipe smoke. A hint of vanilla and alcool. Layered and complex.

T: Strong coffee taste is present just like its smell. Hint of dark chocolate and vanilla. Alcool is a bit more present than in the smell and warms up quite a lot for a beer with this ABV. Definitively a mid strong smoke taste that fits the beer. Nice dryness at the end.

M: Medium boy with medium to high carbonation. Typical English porter feel. Quite creamy.

D: seems very drinkable. The low ABV and light mouthfeel helps here.

Photo of mikemcnick
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer looks great.

Smells like a combo of coffee and chocolate, a little bit of molasses in there too.

Taste is wonderful. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel is effortless.

This is one of my favorite porters of all time. These guys really got it right.

Hightly recommended, even for non-porter fans.

Photo of tronester
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale is a very dark reddish/brown almost black in color. With a medium pour, the head is dark brown, dense, and about .5 inches tall. Smell is of vanilla, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is nice and malty, with a roasted chocolate flavor. A hint of coffee too. The English yeast strain imparts a slightly fruity, buttery flavor. In the finish is a nice, earthy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, with slightly high carbonation. Fantastically drinkable, it would be easy to drink several of these in a row. Another great one from Fuller's; I don't think they are able to create anything short of exceptional beer!

Photo of schellsbeer
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Beautiful dark brown to almost black. 1/2 inch head that quickly disappears. Very little carbonation.

Smell is quite good. Reminds me of a camping trip in northern Minnesota. Bonfire, frinds, drinking beer, sitting around just taking life in.

Taste - Smokey. Charcoal. London in the winter. Smoke stacks. Heavy snow. A man's beer. Not for the wimp!!! Beware cowards.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Light. Exceptional. Hello...can I have another?

Drinkability - Since there are so many Stouts and Porters and so little time, drinkability is aveage since I need to find that next great beer.

I am still looking for my first 5. Where can it be? Surly Darkness maybe? We will have to wait and see.

Photo of Cs1987
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Fairly strong mocha odour.

Taste - Quite chocolatey, very well balanced with the coffee taste. The bitterness level is very good.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth.

Drinkability - Surprisingly easy drinking.

Overall - Excellent, though for me it doesn't quite beat the amazing Colonial Gully Washer Winter Ale (which has been renamed Colonial Porter, and has apparently deteriorated in quality since I last tried it).

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a very dark brown....almost black. There was a thick, retentive tan head.

S: The aroma is roasted and very chocolate like.

T: The taste is bold. It has an initial bitter roasted taste. That is followed by a sweet chocolate/malt flavor. It finishes slightly bitter.

M: The mouthfeel is full and lush.

D: This is an excellent drinking porter.

Photo of mcsquint
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint mug.
A - Dark brown, nearly black, with tinges of red when held up to light. 1 finger creamy,lacy head that diminishes rather quickly leaving nice lacing down the glass.
S - Aromas of dark malt, milk, chocolate, dark dried fruits and coffee.
T - Delicious! Tastes of dark and chocolate malts,milk chocolate and a hint of coffee.
M - Full mouthfeel. Light on the carbonation. Slow on the finish.
D - This is what I've always perceived a true English should be. Very rich and flavorful. Cheers!

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow! 634 reviews as of this writing. Hit an irish pub in boston with some colleagues (I know, an irish pubin boston...) for lunch during the work week and noticed this gem on draft. Ordered it up, had a spirited round of beer discussion followed by my friends enjoying their own pints of this great beer. Rich, dark, malty, light bodied and 5.4% AND on tap. How can you go wrong???

Photo of nasty15108
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt .9oz can into t Fuller's pint glass.

A - Black with slight ruby hues around the edges. The pour produced a head of creamy tan foam. Good lacing scattered throughout.

S - Creamy aroma of chocolate and strong brewed coffee. Hints of vanilla, smoke and charcoal.

T - Creamy with lots of bitter dark chocolate sweetness. Finishes slightly smokey with a hint of bitterness. Lots of coffee in the aftertaste.

MF&D - Thin/medium bodied, but very complex and clingy. This is an absolute classic.

Photo of brdc
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excited to find a can of my favorite porter, let's see if it measures up to the bottle version. Poured into a snifter.

Black beer, with a slight reddish hue, creamy light brown head, good retention, nice lacing.
An impressive aroma, roasted malts, rich chocolate, blackberries and coffee; there is a slight metallic aroma, very faint, but it does not belong.
Nearly full-bodied, very creamy with a nice, sweetish malty taste that includes caramel, coffee, and layers of chocolate, mostly bittersweet.
Easy to drink for such a tasty beer, one of the greatest porters out there. Slightly "worse" (or better explained, not as great) than the bottle, a great can alternative.

Photo of daythree16
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Almost black, with hints of dark brown around the edges. Almost two fingers of thick, creamy head that slowly fades.

Smell is toasted malt, a little chocolate, and maybe some subtle Fuggles Hops. Taste is big on the toasted malt and has a little nuttiness. Really nice toasty aftertaste with a some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Full-bodied. Pretty decent drinkability.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving - From a pint-plus can, into a wide-mouthed glass. This comes in a big can - the glass can hold a canned Guinness or Beamish, but I need to drink about a inch's worth before I can empty this can into it.

Appearance - It sure looks like a porter. Almost black, but in the light you can see a little bit of very dark ruby red around the edges. Bubbles form down the sides of the glass and dissipate upwards towards about 3/4" of foam that forms on top and stays there.

Smell - Out of the can, a strong smell of very dark chocolate. Out of the glass, the same smell but much fainter.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability - That dark chocolate from the smell is definitely there in the taste as well. It's got a little bit of hop bitterness that I don't really think belongs there. Also some notable fizziness on the tongue that keeps it from being silky smooth like a lot of my favorite porters. The flavor lingers for a long time in the back of the mouth.

Overall - In dark beers, I'll go for a brown ale for something malty and nutty, a stout for something rich and smooth, and a porter for something sweeter and warming. This is clearly a quality beer, but it doesn't really hit any of those marks - it's sort of a porter crossed with a red ale. Probably won't be buying it again, although I'll be quite happy to finish up the 4-pack.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Just about solid black in colour, with a finger and a half of beige head that steadily reduced to a thin layer.

Smell - 4.0
A very complex aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, tobacco, charcoal and leafy hops.

Taste - 4.0
Not as sweet as the smell, flavours of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and charcoal are quite balanced against each other. A rather savoury brew this one, but very smooth.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Simply luxurious. The low, fine carbonation, coupled with a thick, heavy feel over the tongue makes this beer silky smooth.

Drinkability - 3.5
Would be higher for some, but for me the burnt character detracts from drinkability.

OVERALL - 4.05
Cleary a very good porter, although I personally found Colonial Porter to be a more enjoyable drink. I am still yet to find a Fuller's Beer that disappoints, what a great brewery. This would be a great match for a rich, meaty stew.

Re-Review:
When I first reviewed this beer I was still acquiring a palate for burnt tasting beers. Now that I have found it, beers such as this are far more enjoyable. Hence the higher score.
A - 4.0, S - 4.0, T - 4.5, M - 5.0, D - 4.0. OVERALL - 4.3

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.