Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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94
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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,375
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 206
Gots: 257 | 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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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL can into a conical pint glass.

Extremely dark. One-finger head that settles in about a minute and a half.

Smells great. Nose is sweet, chocolately, with notes of dark berries. Very inviting.

Taste is like dark chocolate with coffee flavours. Fantastic. First few sips gave a metallic / iron aftertaste, but that soon disappeared as I continued to enjoy the beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thicker side. Little carbonation (which is fine).

This is just an awesome beer all around. Definitely a buy-again. (529 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy brown-white head. Rising effervescence and pockets of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass are pervasive. Slight spiderweb lacing.

S: Coffee, plenty of oak, and bittersweet dark chocolate.

T: Coffee beans, tea leaf, wood chips, peat, black licorice, and unsweetened bitter dark chocolate.

M: Hearty and very roasty. Lightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is excellent. Dark hue, nice head, lots of carbonation, and some fair lacing. Nose is great combination of coffee, wood, and bitter dark chocolate. Complex combination of coffee and tea, wood and peat, bitter chocolate and licorice. Has a very roasted character to it. Overall, this is a great quaff. (777 characters)

Photo of janubio
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. bottle, pours a dark, almost black colour, with an off white head that leaves a big lace. Smell is earthy, coffee, dark fruits, chocolate. It goes caressing your tongue with a coffee palate, then comes a chocolate, cherries and dark fruits. Coffee liquor like Kahlua or Tia Maria comes to mind. More complex than what I really said, it's a great beer. (359 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL can

I should mention that this is not my first can of Fullers London Pride. That being said, my thoughts and opinions on this wonderful porter have not changed.

A - Pours black and is crowned by a beautiful tan head about 2 fingers tall. Looks like your average stout/porter until you shine a light on it; with the assistance of a flashlight, this beer sports an extremely sexy ruby, almost crimson colour.

S- Fairly common porter smell of very dark, burnt malts; a little bit of dark coffee. A little bit of sweetness comes through that really adds to the maltiness.

T- What a flavour bomb this is! Quite creamy and nutty! Lots of roasty malts and just the right amount of hop flavour.

M- Medium body with medium carbination; silky smooth!

O- I would highly recommend this to anyone who is into porters/stouts and isn't looking for an over abundance of bitterness. Fullers London Porter is packed with malty goodness that will not disappoint. (972 characters)

Photo of sjones5045
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass and immediately thought it looks a little light for a porter but it has a nice white head and lace. Or at least a little lighter than most porters. The smell has that burnt malt smell you'd expect but is also has a sweetness to it that you usually don't smell in a porter. At this point I'm not really expecting much out of this beer. The first sip changed my thinking quick. Very creamy and bold. It might be a little light but not to extreme to discount this as a porter. I very much enjoyed the consistency and drinkability. I think you can have a few of these in one session. Overall, I really liked this and will definitely have more of these is the fall and winter with some chilli. (711 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a clearish, cola black with a half-inch tan head that quickly settles to a film. Okay retention; good, stringy lacing.

S:
Rich and earthy. Nuts, malt, licorice, coffee.

T:
Tastes rich and slightly creamy. Nutty and almost burnt with some dirty notes and rich, mouth-coating roasted malt flavors. Really nice!

M:
Medium body. Good crisp carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Nice.

O:
A damn fine porter! It seems very "Porter-esque" to me. That is, it has all that I like in porters and nothing of what I don't. Rich and hearty. Warming and dank.
Would have again.
Worth trying. (588 characters)

Photo of Geert
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, relatively large head but quickly dissipates to a small ring.
S: Chocolate, dark breadcrust.
T: Full toffee, dark chocolate. Quite bitter.
M: Very smooth, full-bodied. Slight (acidic) astringency in the finish.
O: very nice beer, interesting complex flavours but very drinkable nonetheless. (309 characters)

Photo of Jetulio
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... black beer with head colour beige of almost 2 fingers
Aroma...malt, roasted cofee, caramel,. Strong smell with a touch of malty aroma
Taste...toast spresso and chocolate with a sweet malty touch, bitterness appears soon lasting all the time,
Mouthfeel... full body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... a very nice porter, bitterness is present but in a perfect combination with this classic English style . One to revisit (477 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fullers : London Porter

LOOK: Pours a dark brown with amber hues.

SMELL: Roasted malt and toffee. Caramel.

TASTE: Nice caramelized malt flavor, a touch of peat like smoke. Dry English style noble hopping. Tea like hopping and toasty malts. Faint cocoa. Even balance.

FEEL: Medium bodied, good medium level of carbonation, lasting malty flavor with a suggestion of hop.

OVERALL: A classic beer. Maybe has lost a touch over the years, or it could be modern extreme beers stealing the spotlight, but there still is something to be said for simple, full flavored, modest ABV beers. I'd always be willing to include a few of these in a session. (645 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass, red orange brown with a light tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: coffee, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted malt, bread

T: smooth flavors of toasty malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, bitter hops on finish

M: medium with lower carbonation

O: a fantastic malt forward porter well balanced with an English hop finish (395 characters)

Photo of HoposaurusRex
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with deep ruby trim, khaki head that dissapates quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - dark ripe fruits, toffee, hint of chocolate and espresso

T- sweet toffee, milk chocolate, fruity esters. Very mild roast character with slight hint of espresso.

M- silky with low carbonation. One of those beers you want to swish around in your mouth.

O- lovin' it! Excellent example of an English brown porter. Lower hop and roast bitterness than many American examples. Easy drinking and superbly balanced. (505 characters)

Photo of crazyfoMostout
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle: label proudly proclaims "world's finest". We shall see. Poured into a proper porter / stout pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby brown. A little disappointing considering the style. Would have expected a darker hue. Almost no head : very low carbonation on this one.

S: Pleasant aroma of sweet pipe tobacco dominates the nose. Milk chocolate and light roasted coffee are a distant second.

T: Well, what do you know, looks can be deceiving, this has a lot going on with the taste profile. Hint of bittersweet chocolate, morning roast coffee with a very subtle and satisfying bitter hop finish.

M: Not overly malty or dry . it's just right.

O: I've had many examples of american porters and enjoyed most of them . But this is the real deal. It's even brewed in jolly ole" England. I found it to be extremely balanced with every facet playing off of and complimenting the other. I also liked that it wasn't all hopped up like so many of its american counterparts. I can envision myself pounding back several pints of it with me mates at a London pub. (1,064 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; 2 finger, light brown head; excellent lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grain; coffee;

Taste: Juicy malt on start, quickly followed by bitter roast; bitter mid and finish; seems to be hoppier than a normal Porter, but not bad overall

Remarks: Very good British Ale

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (364 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - almost black with ruby highlights. Tan head dissipates quickly.

Aroma - chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

Taste - chocolate at the front of the tongue gives way to a nice chicory-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel - silky with low carbonation.

Overall - an outstanding porter! (292 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This classic Porter has a dark drown earthy color, near black, with a tall head of soft foam. This beer has minimal carbonation, and gains some points for excellent head retention and lacing. The pleasant aroma I've drawn in is mostly dark fruit esters and molasses. After a tasting, more complexity is noted, bringing to mind mocha, toffee, and graham cracker crust. The mouth feel is very creamy and smooth, and the finish even has a light touch of hop bitterness. This could be my favorite overall low ABV beer! (514 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into nonic pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown color. Sort of cola coloured when held up to the light. 1/1.5 fingers of off white, creamy coloured fluffy head crown the beer. The head shows no signs of going away. Quite pretty.

Smell - Strong smell of chocolate right away, followed by some caramel notes. Some light coffee and roasted malts. Another reviewer pointed out mollasses which is present as well.

Taste - Very chocolatey, more so that i expected. There are also some coffee and roasted malts that were in the aroma as well. There is also a light taste of nut towards the middle. Yumm

Mouthfeel - Very low carbonation. Heavy body makes this one a sipper. A truly world class beer (almost) ruined by nitro. Bleh (spit).

Overall - 3.75/5 (794 characters)

Photo of gr0g
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, but not quite opaque. One finger of foam that leaves a small lace crown around the pint glass. Nutty and chocolatey aromas. Generic roasted nut aroma, but it's a freshly roasted scent that's very nice. Hazelnut and chocolate note, think Nutella. The first whiff is very pleasurable, probably this beer's best attribute.

Roasted malt flavors with a balancing bitterness throughout. Closer to a brown ale than a rich stout in terms of dark malt character. Fruity esters can still be detected. Some coffee and licorice on the finish. Soft, slick mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation would help, but this is pleasantly smooth without a trace of harshness as-is.

London Pride is a great dark ale that's more than the sum of its parts. Everything comes together to yield a porter that's tasty and easy to knock back, if not quite at sessionable ABV levels. While generally $10+ per sixer (in NJ, eastern US), it's worth the price tag. (944 characters)

Photo of MeadEater
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Immediate off putting aroma. Wasn't pleasant in my opinion. Smelled a bit like something rotted. Poured to a mild 1" head. Solid lacing. Dark walnut colour, almost opaque.
Heavy molasses taste. For me, that's a good thing! Subtle chocolate and caramel notes, but overall sweet and molassesy. Not too astringent. A little thick on the tongue, but it is a porter.
Would definitely have bought a few for tonight had I known I would have liked it so much. (452 characters)

Photo of SSEngelbrecht
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

London Porter pours a rich, dark brown with a nice head that remains for a while before leaving a nice sticky lacing.

The aroma does not give away all that this beer has to offer in taste.

The big flavors from the roasted barley and bitter hops are apparent as soon as this touches your tongue. What I found was that this beer really doesn't open up until it comes close to room temperature.

Once warmed, the caramel and cocoa shine through as well as notes of spice and coffee that were hidden at lower temperatures.

This has a medium mouthfeel that gets thicker as the brew warms.

Overall, there is a reason this is a classic. It is not as adventurous as many new craft porters, but it is solid and there is a lot to appreciate. (736 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a very dark mohagany that is almost black. 1 finger tan head that's quite fluffy. It quickly dissipates, but I won't knock it too much since a smaller layer of foam continues to linger throughout the drink. Fantastic sticky lacing.

S- Some intense roasted notes. Chocolate, coffee bean, mocha, molasis, english/crystal malts, and a touch of smoke.

T- A lot going on here. Nicely follows the headway the nose made. Sweet up front with the coffee and chocolate. A great roasted, warm finish with just a touch of bitterness from the hops to create the right amount of balance for the style. Layers of flavor.

M- Creamy, smooth, and drinkable. A little wet as it covers the tounge, but generates a dry finish. Everything you want here.

O- Another classic by Fullers. One of my favorite porters. So complex and so delicious. A brew that is tough to set the glass down. I felt like I just poured it, started making notes on the review, and before i knew it, it was all gone. Now I'm a little sad that I don't have another. (1,071 characters)

Photo of Stew4106
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I feel that the beer has the same appearance, smell, and taste as previouse reviews. I am writing this to note that the roasted hops come on strong and one would expect a powerful taste, but this beer is suprisingly light an complex given its rich and dark smell and appearance. (278 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost opaque deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy half inch khaki head that dissipates moderately, leaving sheets of lacing.

Chocolate and toasted malt are evident as soon as the bottle is opened. Rich roasted malt is not at all charred, giving a coffee-like impression. Caramel nuttiness and hints of dark fruit add complexity.

Chocolate and a hint of roast open the flavor profile, initially dominating the slightly buttery, toasted, nutty caramel malt backbone. The finish is slightly dry. Malt character is very rich, with hints of dark cherries and coffee complementing the slightly sweet malt body.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer. Not at all acrid, plenty of chocolate, not overly sweet. Very well balanced. (768 characters)

Photo of PaterMorse
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I sit in the loft of a favorite London pub, I swear the setting has nothing to do with the fact that I've happened upon one of my favorite beers. OK, very little to do with it....

Either way, this beer is simply a winner all around.

A quick review follows (pecked out on PDA, to commemorate a new friend):

A: Raisin colored, translucent. Think Pepsi after ice starts to melt. Quarter-inch head remains for a good little while, giving way to some nice lacing.

S: Very pleasant, mild. Choco-coffee, but yet earthy/grassy. Hints of red berries.

T: Very easy, very drinkable (dangerously drinkable, in fact!). Coffee aftertaste (coffee ice cream, to be precise).

M: Excellent balance. Perhaps I'm just off here, but it seemed wet on the tongue but dry on the finish. Near perfect. A bit higher carbonation than I'd expect and not "Guinness velvety smooth" -- which isn't a knock, but a point of comparison (and a note that the taste and aroma are silkier than mouthfeel).

O: A great new staple. Recognizing that the following is relative to taste preferences, the universe of beers you've tried, and how one defines a "macro-brew," this is [by far] the best macro-brew dark beer / porter / stout that I've had to date -- with the exception of Samuel Smith's very fine pours. Very enjoyable, great drinkability. For whatever it's worth, it also kicks more than 5.4% would suggest.

Repeat? Absolutely. It will rival Sam Smith, nudge Guinness to the back of the 'fridge, and all but extinguish future purchase of Murphy's when stocking good macro-brew stouts/porters for gatherings. {Two disclaimers: I'm not seeking to provoke debate by suggesting porters and stouts are interchangeable; I'm only confessing that porters & stouts are my favorite beers and the only types of beer regularly stocked in my refrigerator. I'm also not suggesting London Porter is as fun or complex or even as tasty as some other craft stouts/porters I've enjoyed/reviewed; but for the beers brewed by a seemingly large scale brewer (and, heck, for ANY brewer anywhere), this is VERY tough to beat!!}.

Where Best Enjoyed? I suspect anywhere, anytime. That said, I can guarantee it will be wildly enjoyed if any / all of the following are true: (a) you're in a pub on the fringe of Covent Garden with friends and family; (b) you're just digging in to a piping hot Sunday roast; and/or (c) it's one of those piercingly cold English days outside and yet you're sitting near a fireplace with no place to be anytime soon.

Two Words: London Perfect (2,529 characters)

Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: Quintessential porter. Deep dark black. Perfectly fluffy tan head.

Nose: Chocolate and smoke. Burnt toast. Creamy vanilla.

Taste: Restrained doses of chocolate and charcoal. Super balanced and drinkable. There's a wisp of smoke over everything and an earthiness keeping it from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light but creamy. Endlessly drinkable.

Overall: The shining example of a quaffable porter. Packed full of earthy flavors with just enough sweetness to keep you coming back for more. (527 characters)

Photo of John_Henry
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a great porter. Pretty much what you would expect. My only concern is that this is a little thin, especially in comparison to the Kernel and a number of other exceptional porters I've had lately. That said, I would certainly have this again, and could even see myself having a session of it if it were on tap.

Overall, certainly worth a go, but not in the same league as the Kernel. (391 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.