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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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1,897 Ratings

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Ratings: 1897
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Barrowboy and Banker, London Bridge, half pint, dark mahogany colour, almost opaque, small fading tanned head, kept some lacing. Aroma was roasted coffee. Could taste raisins after an initial burst of coffee and toffee. Smooth, soft carbonation, body on the heavy side. Decent depth, beer for colder weather.

Serving type: cask

10-18-2010 13:11:56 | More by jonb5
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured straight from the hand pump at Tap and Mallet.

A: Pours an opaque chestnut color with a thin ring of off-white head. Foamy lace coats the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh roasted coffee mixed with cream and sweetener dominate the aroma. Vanilla and mixed dark malts add to a great smelling beer.

T: Not quite as good as I was hoping after the great nose; but still nice nonetheless. Espresso and roasted malt are really the only flavors I can pick out of this one. It's good, but pretty one dimensional.

M: The epitome of smooth! If you could turn silk into a drink, this is what it would feel like.

D: Not the best tasting porter I've ever had, but the smoothness of the cask version is, simply put, amazing. Give this one a try regardless, but especially if you have a chance to taste the cask version.

Serving type: cask

02-11-2010 05:25:41 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Kickoff's in Waterloo.

Fell in love with this brew in cans, and was delighted to try it pumped from the cask.

A - Dark mahogany with a touch of ruby. Pours a thin tan head, which encircles the glass. A bit of lacing.

S - Malty, with hints of chocolate and caromel.

T - Simply brilliant. London Porter has always been my standard for the porter style, and on cask it does not disappoint. Lovely blend of malt, dark chocalate and bitterness. Caramel also lingers on the tongue.

M - The only drawback of the cask is the lack of carbonation, but the taste certainly masks it. A bit thinner than some porters, but still creamy and satisfying.

D - A real winner on cask draught. Great as a sessional, not too heavy and full of flavour. Fantastic as well in cans; well worth picking up!

Serving type: cask

10-16-2009 02:23:56 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Deuane


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, clear--for those that understand--like New Jersey Barrens creek water full of tannic acid. A thin tan head quickly fades to a thin ring of retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Dry oak, licorice, roasted malts and toasted biscuit.

T-Full flavoured rich licorice with roasted malt and some bitter chocolate. Light toasted oak and biscuit. Quite complex.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth and flavours that last throughout.

D-Beyond drinkable--->Full of flavour yet "light"! How can this be? Super smooth and absolutely poundable. A near perfect example of the cask delivered English Porter...this is my benchmark!

Serving type: cask

07-21-2009 13:08:49 | More by Deuane
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New York

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

Got a chance to pick up a pint of this on cask at the Old Toad the other night. Really great stuff. Smooth and creamy off the cask with a decent head. Brown, thick, and real beer. Makes me thirsty.

Taste is really out of this world. Rich with chocolate and real ale taste but not fruity like a lot of other American porters which keeps it a little more quaffable and unique. Not overly bitter at any point during the beer from either hops or roasted malt. Just amazing balance.

Serving type: cask

05-27-2009 04:55:53 | More by wiseguy142
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3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and opaque. Aromas of charcoal smoke and black olives. Taste is initially of chocolate, followed by coffee and finishes with a lingering bitter and smoky aftertaste. There's a metallic aftertaste that goes away after a couple of sips. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Good drinkability although I have had better porters.

Serving type: cask

03-11-2009 22:37:44 | More by dude
Photo of JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from handpull in Fullers "Old Joint Stock" pub in Birmingham UK. Is not normally available on hand pull here, only during winter or Christmas season.

Reasonable head on the pour, the head reflecting the very dark (but not black) colour of the beer. Aroma was sweet, malty, hint of roasted grains and coffee. Taste reflects this, initially fairly sweet, with smooth fairly rich texture. The beer - on this occasion - was served too cool for the style for my liking, so maybe muted as a result. The taste developes more in the mouth, with roasted grains, hints of dark chocolate and coffee, but not the very burnt flavours of some porters. Very little hint of any hop bitterness, the overiding taste is sweeter and roasted grains, making it a warming satisfying beer for cooler weather.

I enjoyed this - though reckon it should be served at cellar temperature - not chilled - to get the full flavours.

A very tasty enjoyable dark porter style beer for the winter months, though not a session beer for summer days!

B'ham UK January 2009

Serving type: cask

01-19-2009 10:21:11 | More by JohnW
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Volo and also from cans and bottles. The beer arrives with a wonderful dark body and a nice foamy tan head. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate, and is extremely enticing! Very smooth - like drinking an espresso chocolate cake covered in cream. I find this to be far better on cask than the bottled and canned versions.

Serving type: cask

01-12-2008 19:36:10 | More by bobsy
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-15-2005 15:58:23 | More by clvand0
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Ontario (Canada)

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

My score is based on the cask version in December 2007 which makes it an ideal cask, with just the required bitterness and stouty roast coffee. In bottle, Looks, smells and tastes like a chocolate liquor, a bit bitter, with some coffee and coffee roast. Rich and smooth in taste, aroma and colour. Drying finish. Had Feb 2005 again on tap and it just does it again.Fuller's and maybe all of the UK's best.

Serving type: cask

12-14-2003 02:36:50 | More by Sammy
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New York

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to say that this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Because it was hand-pumped, I know this review is slightly inflated; but I don't care. Tremendous beer, beautiful dark color with tan head- you could see the richness ebbing from the top. Carmel sweetness, but a rich, dark chocolate flavor, with some bitterness pulls you in and never lets you out. So fresh, nothing to distract from the taste. Creamy, but not in a nitro way- just and abundace of flavor. Wonderful.

Serving type: cask

06-21-2002 11:54:55 | More by AaronRed
Photo of Bone53


3.54/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Brown with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. Small off white head

Smell: Sweet caramel malt and toffee

Taste: Identical to the smell

Mouthfeel: Medium body; slight bitterness and goes down smooth

Overall: I shouldve known what I was getting into after trying Anchor Porter the other week. This was just too sweet with not enough coffee notes. I prefer American style porters all the way (Founders, Smuttynose, Eddy Fitz)

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 08:58:39 | More by Bone53
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear dark ruby with a two inch tall tan head which receded slowly to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Caramel malt and black coffee.

t: Similar to the nose, a nice combination of sweet caramel malt, black coffee and dark chocolate. At first bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue, but this smooths out later. Slight black coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste.

m: Light to medium with good body, although there are some hints of wateriness.

o: A tasty and refined porter. Very easy drinking and sippable. I'll have to revisit Founders' Breakfast Stout to recall what that has that this one apparently does not besides higher ABV and "fuller" body, based on the differences in the BA ratings of the two.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 03:43:36 | More by scotorum
Photo of SFNC

North Carolina

4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 9/19/2013,

The color is dark brown, nearly black, but with ruby highlights when struck by light. A short tan head quickly disolves with minimal lacing.

This smells rich, with char, coffee and dark chocolate tempered with a sweet toffee scent. The taste is even better. The heavy roasted malts and coffee flavor is upfront and strong, but without any harshness. After the intial taste, it mellows with a bittersett toffee flavor that lingers at the finish. This beer has great balance!

It's very creamy, maybe a little thinner than expected, but has the just right carbonation to leave you wanting to take another sip.

This was a treat that I will not hestiate to go back to when in the mood for a lower ABV dark beer or Porter. Fuller's London Porter has earned it's world class reputation in my book. Well done, indeed!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:47:45 | More by SFNC
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4.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever tasted. I love porters and Fuller's London Porter is the Porter all other Porter's want to live up to.

I know. You never want to say one beer is the best. You want to keep searching for the perfect beer. The fun is in the hunt. I'll say this is the Pest beer I've tasted so far. But just as I'm getting sick of the coffee and chocolate added flavoring, this one blends the tastes right without tasting like their just adding fake flavorings. Yes, you've got the tastes of chocolate and coffee and maybe a little dark honey or whatever, but what I really taste is a great heavy (as in rich), complex Porter without the heaving overpowering flavors added.

This Porter just blends the flavors together so they just flow over the palette to make a smooth, velvet flow of deliciousness.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 23:00:08 | More by Rowlaw
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good porter, a GOOD porter, and this one is up there with the titans of porter - along with Irish dry stout one of the first styles of beer I actually got in to (Guinness being my first beer love). When I finally noticed a bottle of this at my not-so-local-but-on-the-way-to-work I had to immediately get it and review it. And so I did dammit. After 8hrs of work that is.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Dark chocolate (a word I suspect I will be using frequently in this review) body with a firm 0.5cm tan head. Looks like a grand old porter to me.

S: Dark chocolate (yep!) gives way to some roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and a hint of lingering smoke. Suitably impressed with all the hallmark porter characters together at last ready to act out some supreme theatre on my taste buds.

T: Velvety smooth flavours of the above: dark chocolate, roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and smoke. This is one classic porter feast for the tongue. One criticism though, and it is very true to style so it's not a problem of this ale, but it's a bit too smooth and the flavours are less pronounced than I would like them to be. Again this is more an underlying personal view on porters as a whole due to my changing tastes than a direct criticism of this fine ale.

M: Heavy like a good porter/stout with a creamy texture and light carbonation.

D: As previously mentioned my tastes have changed over the years - I used to hate mushrooms and eggplant (I would have made a terrible Italian) but now I love them. I used to love porters and stouts but now I find them a bit boring. And that is the case with this ale, ten years ago we would have been best of friends but now I'm hanging out with Belgian tripels and IPA's and you know what those Belgians are like, bunch of troublemakers! I wont however let this diminish my rating of this fine example of a porter though.

Food match: I'm gonna have to stew on this one [literally].

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 13:53:38 | More by doktorhops
Photo of Flounder57


4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown/black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Robust, milk chocolate, bready malts, smoke, toffee, raisins, and caramel.

Taste: A nice blend of above aromas. Tasty and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the best porters you could have. Another please.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:41:54 | More by Flounder57
Photo of fourstringer


4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Label reads: Best before 25 Jul 14.

A: Very dark, essentially black, ruby-brown. 3 fingers of cream-colored head with good retention. Light lacing.

S: Roasted malt with nice toffee, chocolate and lesser coffee notes. Great nuttiness. Faint raisin. English hops.

T: Rich, chocolately malt initially. Blends with a fine English hopping. Semi-dry finish with roasted malty goodness residing in the aftertaste. No alcohol to speak of.

M: Moderate-to-low carbonation with a moderate-to-light body. Smooth & silky, although I could use a touch more fullness.

O: Solid porter with great chocolate notes and pleasant nuttiness. Great balance. Really drinks itself. Classic tastes. Highly sessionable.


Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:56:01 | More by fourstringer
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4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had in a shaker pint. Best before July 25, 2014 bottle date.

An opaque dark brown body with crimson highlights greets the drinker. The creamy mocha-colored foam swells to two -fingers of bubbly stuff before receding, leaving behind a modest wall of almost sheet lace.

The nose reminds strongly of chocolate covered raisins, also some brown sugar. This porter has an incredibly decadent bouquet. Also a bit of wheat bread scent comes through when the glass is agitated, really, incredibly rich.

Flavors of coffee roast and dark breads are much larger on the palate than were noticed in the aromas. Mid-palate is where the bittersweet dark chocolate resides, fig also follows into the heavily roasted finish. There is a flash of chocolate covered raisin, but dissipates quickly. A light nuttiness blends with the roasted qualities and helps smooth out the finish. Very well balanced, and more bittersweet than the nose.

Appropriate for the style, this porter has a watery edge to it, slick over the tongue. The heft is on the lighter side of medium with a subtle creaminess, more dry than crisp.

Fuller's London Porter was a blast to drink, and so quaff-able. I could make an evening of just drinking this beer. The wonderfully sweet nose blends well with the complex palate of bittersweet, roasty, and bready flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 06:02:29 | More by Pintofbrown
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Quebec (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, best before 27 OCT 14.

Pours a molasses-colored body, good head at first but doesn't stay long and not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is coffee grains, dark chocolate with roasted malt in the back. Medium strength coffee as main flavor, bit of bitter chocolate but the depth of the taste is not great. Slight metallic finish. Not full-bodied at all, middling. Average on most accounts.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 16:13:39 | More by papat444
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AROMA - caramel, nut, goldings hops, creamy mocha-like character, - all medium-high in intensity, soft bready-nougat basemalt character manages to shine through amazingly...big plum and red apple notes, blackberry comes out eventually, no diacetyl, - really lovely.

APP- deep molasses with ruby highlights, low off-white head fades fast, medium low carbonation,

FLAVOR- medium-high sweetness balanced by coacoa flavor and roasty astringency, with medium-low burnt character in a long finish. low woody dimension and medium-high herbal hop flavor. medium coffee and blackberry is back again, as is the red apple...not much hop bitterness, no diacetyl, toasted nut on mid palate,

MF- full bodied, velvety, lightly and pleasantly astringent, medium-low carbonation,

OVERALL - complexity and depth of flavor are excellent, balance is sweet and then wiped off the palate by gentle but creeping roasted qualities, hoppiness comes through, I revisited this old favorite because BJCP has it listed as an example of "Brown Porter"...brown porter my ass, this is as robust as they come.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 06:30:09 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: All right looking, out of a killer old fashioned bottle, ruby highlights, tan head, not much retention or lace. 3.5

S: Smoke, old wood, roasted malts, coffee, caramel. (very inviting - just right) 4

T: Powerful! Follows the smell. Wood fire, smoke, outdoors in fall leaves, coffee, toffee, caramel, roasted malts. Plenty complex, and arcs toward a smokey, dry, bitter finish. Nice ending. 4.25

M: Great weight and feel. Could session another. Finishes dry, bitter. Makes you immediately go for cheese, walnuts, grapes. (which I did) 4.25

O: Easy drinking, complex, balanced, urges you to sip it with some air coming in as you do to enhance the lovely smokey bouquet. Almost tobacco- smoke like, a sweet unfiltered Churchman's cigarette. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 04:18:12 | More by Act25
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4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint draft served very cold; served from bar tap

A) Dark brown/black root beer float. Light barely penetrates but cola clear.

S) Burnt baked goods, mild esters, licorice, fruity. Inviting.

T) Toasted malt, hints of espresso & dark bitter chocolate. I really enjoyed this beer. Very complex, I sipped it slowly.... Stout like in both taste and texture.

M) Ample carbonation, smooth, mild alcohol, slightly bitter

O) I really enjoyed this beer and would characterize it as a prime example of the Porter category.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 02:09:38 | More by bskrtz
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fuller's 'London Porter' @ 5.4% , served from a 4pack of 440 ml cans purchased for $14

A-the pour is a dark brown from the can to to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru a big tan head which is leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-baker's chocolate

T-so smooth & creamy , slight bitter chocolate finish , so easy drinking

MF-good carbonation , weak meadium body

Ov-good beer , excellent English porter , seek and enjoy

prost LampertLand

Serving type: can

12-24-2013 21:22:48 | More by LampertLand
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4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pitch black with a small bubbly tan head.

S - Roasted malt, milk chocolate, a bit earthy but very pleasant.

T - Tasty blend of dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Just the right amount of sweetness. Finishes earthy with light coffee notes.

M - Smooth as silk. Medium bodied, creamy, low carbonation.

O - A porter that fully lives up to it's reputation. Delicious and easy to drink with a wide range of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 05:06:32 | More by mooseo
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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,897 ratings.