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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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1,173 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,173
Hads: 2,438
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 232
Gots: 303 | 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 assurbanipaul
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Nose is rum, molasses and rich malts with just a hint of dark chocolate. Head fades to just around the edges but what remains is retained all the way to the bottom.

First taste is deeply malted and dry. Roasted whole bean coffee with the slightest hint of merlot. Unsweeted dutch cocoa and sorghum again but not very sweet at all. Bitter yet smooth, medium on the palate with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste.

I would expect something like this to be overwhelming: too sweet, too bitter, too thick. But this one strikes that perfect balance.

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Photo of budsboy
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle given to me as a sample at my local brew store (another good reason to support the local guys). Bottle embossed with "independent family brewers." I like the sound of that. Best before date 11/04.

Poured a deep brown with touch of blood red, full straw-colored head with a bit of lacing.

Smell is coffee, strong and dark. Some malt there and more coffee in the back of the throat. This would be an excellent brew to get a coffee drinker started on the micros.

Taste is strong coffee just like grandpa used to make. Bitter finish, some chocolate in there as well. Pretty much what you'd expect after getting a whif of the stuff. It gets better as it warms. Last of the stuff was more bitter chocolate and espresso that coffee.

Full- to medium-bodied. Very reminiscent of Guinness Extra Stout in mouthfeel and drinkability.

Fairly lightweight porter, but an elegant, restrained beer. A great nightcap. I'll get some more of this stuff -- I'll even pay for it this time.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is brown/black, with a nice bubbly tan head. The smell is a very nice roasty, dry flavor. The taste is a nice dry chocolate with a good hop bitterness to it, with a bittersweetness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, could definitely have quite a few of these.

This could well be my 2nd favorite non-robust porter after the Edmund Fitzgerald. A very rich and delicious porter, and absolutely one that I'd have again!

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely brackish black/brown with a creamy puffy light tan head. Lots of retention and solid lacing.

Smells weakly of cofee and toasted almond.

Tastes like a good porter should. Doesn't try to overwhelm you. Lots of subtle coffee and light chocolate notes. Lightly hopped, finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is moderate with the carbonation being in the back where it belongs.

Very very drinkable. Goes down like liquid silk.

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

With my favored Baltic porter off the shelves, I decided to try some of the British offerings so I got six of Fullers (big bucks here in Kanada). I can't say I like it as much as the sweeter, fuller bodied stronger Baltic porters but this is a very good example of the traditional British porter and a superbly produced beer with excellent quality. I'm quite satisfied with this as an interim substitute.

This porter came in an impressive embossed brown bottle with a Brit style understated labeling...had a freshness date and write up on the beer's traditional roots and awards. Poured a luxurious rich clear dark mahogany looks almost cola- ruby when glass held against a strong light. Large cascading puffy brown head that stayed for a while then dissipated to a beige lace that stayed to the end of the drink. It has a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smells of chocolate and Carmel with hints of carbonation.

Starts with a very sharp taste punctuated by the hops and carbonation then settles into a creamy medium-full bodied feel punctuated with a balance of musty chocolate semi sweetness and semi bitter hops...finishes rather light an thin with a pleasant hop after taste that is not as tinny as dry stouts. All in all a very good drink and a fine porter.

This is just a bit thin and not warming enough for my tastes in porter. I like this for now but continue my search for a replacement for my Okocim Porter.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm about done with Fuller's. This porter was fine. It just wan't special. The pour was a dark brown almost ruby with a good sized head and huge lacing all the way down the pint. It smelled mostly of roasted, smoky malt. It was okay but not very complex. The taste was the same, but I have had some porters that had a lot more complex smell and flavors. It does have a coffee-like taste that is nice. It was strong in the mouth, but one and done is the order of the day for this porter. I have to mention that in our area this retails for over $9.00. I can get a really good Heavyweight porter for a lot less than that. Brewpubs in the Philly area produce much better porters.

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Photo of rkhaze
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Medium sized bubbly tan head. Good lacing. Big smells of roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of caramel.
Earthy roasted malt flavor. Dark chocolate, espresso and hints of raisins and molasses. Finishes bittersweet with an almost charred character and a mild, spicy hop presence.
Lighter bodied than expected with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. Great drinkability.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany brown tinged with ruby. London Porter isn't as dark as some porters; less than bright light travels through it fairly easily. The head is pale toffee in color and has a pitting surface. It deflates to a thin film and leaves better than average lace.

The nose features roasted malt with a great deal of black coffee and a modest amount of chocolate. Flavor mirrors aroma, but isn't very deep or rich. Things start out well enough, then fall just a little flat thanks to a thinner than expected mouthfeel that still manages a little light creaminess.

Fuller's London Porter is a solid English porter. Sure, it's much better than average, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype as far as I'm concerned. If you can manage it, get your hands on Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Now *that* is an amazing brew.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very long way from my favourite style of beer, but damn, this is good.
Blackish/brown brew with redish hilites, limited crown with minor lace, ring & cling.
Full bodied.
Nose had a light sweetness to it.
Taste had a mixture of dark chocolate & coffee beans with a minor fruit mash. Toffee finish.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice and dark pour results in a light tan head of dense, tight bubbles with some variegation in the size. The head dies away with some spottiness, not really returning even with a swirl of the glass. The beer's color is dark, very dark brown; when held to light, fairly glows with a ruby-brown translucence. A lazy streamer glides upwards... Aroma is dusky and rich, deeply toffeeish. Toasting caramel sugars, brown sugar on white buttered toast (cinnamon might be stretching it a bit), enormous molasses; chocolate shavings and a nuttiness; and yet to all this sweetness there is a dryish "snap," a "pucker," if you will... and a plush, mallowy nosefeel. Quite nice. Flavor is wow big molasses with a gingery snap across the tongue. Chocolate brownies, liquid Oreo cookie sweetnesses in the forepalate resolve into coffee-with-sugar-and-cream bitterness at the back; the hops never outstanding but rounding this off well. Perhaps a bit of hazelnut syrup in that coffee? Mouthfeel is almost fluffy, not heavy in the least, and perfectly coating without being viscous; a softly dry finish. Mouthwatering. I cannot keep the glass away from my lips. Trying not to gush. Just. Great.

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

From the wonderful Imperial Pint bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Lightly roasted espresson smell. Fantastic espresso flavors with a clean dry finish. Nothing heavy or cloying about this beer. Made to be drank for an evenings pleasure of socializing. Great stuff and a world classic.

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

The beer poured black with translucent ruby highlights. The tan head fell back quickly to the edges of the surface, but laced the glass.

The aroma is chocolate, some roasted, and coffee aroma. Very slight sourness in aroma.

The flavor is chocolate and coffee. Slight complex sour flavor is also present.

The finish is dry slightly bitter coffee, much like expresso. The body is medium. I'm going all the way on drinkability.

12 ounce bottle. Best before 22/NOV/04.

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Photo of mickeymac
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the classic "1 pt. 2.6 fl. oz." brown Fuller's bottle with the gold griffin on the label. Appears quite dark brown sitting on the tabel but shows substantial amber when held to the light. The head foamed up nicely and stuck around the edges in a fairly thick formation. Coffee, chocolate, and bits of fruit with a trace of hops make a delightfully complex smell. The taste is equally enjoyable, with everything melding together impecably. The mouthfeel is just slight thinner than some other favorite porters. Drinkability? I was amazed to look down and find the glass empty already. A classic for good reason.

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Photo of Crosling
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark mahogany with a modest sized light tan head. Head fell fast and this laced up pretty well but no big deal.

Nice rich and malty nose! Smells big and robust. Smells smoky and dry with chocolate malts and sweet toffee. Fantastic nose on this one!

This is one BIG porter! Rich and full bodied! Seems to be lacking a bit of complexity up front on the palate but makes up for it on the mid-palate and the finish. Cocoa, chocolate, coffee, toffee and light fruits. This is really tasty!

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Came packaged in a Fuller's gift set, sadly, from a year ago. I was angered to find out that the local package store would even sell this, let alone at $20 for 8 12 oz. beers and a pint glass. A great gift, though its too bad I couldn't have sampled these beers at the peak of freshness.

This beer pours out a beautiful middle-of-the-night ruby. It had a beautiful frothy tan head that Arthur Guinness would have sold his soul for. There were only a few leaves of lacing throughout the beer.

The nose of this beer was quite enticing and impressive, smelling both sweet, slightly hoppy, and sour. The first taste revealed a delightful blend of coffee, toffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Majorly drinkable. While in London, I was too busy wolfing down of pints of their London Pride to pay attention to this beer and i'm kicking myself for it.

All I could think the whole time while drinking it was, "Wow, this is where Sierra Nevada's Stout inspiration came from!" Some BA's noted that this beer would be a bit better with a higher ABV, but I love it just the way it is.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I quickly picked this up at the LCBO, seeing the word "porter" and knowing it was a beer I've yet to have. Little did I know this quick snatch off a shelf was such a beautiful gemstone. Pours a light black colour. Yes, light black. It was a little transluscent. Not much change when held to the light. Just different shades of black. A big, beautiful 2 finger head that slowly dissipates with each sip. Ooooh, what a smell. Roasted malts, bread, sugar, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, blackberries, raisins are smelled. Great taste. Starts out sweet, with the malt kicking, leaves burnt and bitter, with the dark chocolate and slight hint of hops exiting the mouth. Something is out of place, however. Is that licorice, or another dark fruit? I couldn't place my tongue on it. Whatever it be, it's pleasant. A little odd, but pleasant. Silky, creamy, smoooth mouthfeel. It coats the throat in sinful pleasure. Drinkable? Damn straight. One could drink a dozen in a row and still enjoy the last as if it were the first. And with the low ABV, it doesn't surprise the weak when they try to stand. A terrific brew. I'm still excited I picked it up.

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Photo of Ardon
3.61/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black, purple hues.
Smell: Raisin, malt.
Taste: Raisin, bitter dark chocolate, dry coffee bean finish.
Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation, syrupy.
Drinkability: Would get a bit bored after a couple.

Notes: Not a bad drink, but doesn't compare to the Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with som maroon tints. Deep tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is dominated by roast coffee and dark chocolate with a little bit of alcohol smell. As the beer warms some sour notes come out in the aroma. Flavors of roast barley and coffee are predominant with a faint hint of chocolate. The finish is a mild to medium bitter that turns more sour as the beer warms.
To me this beer defines the porter and all others should be compared to this beer. Absolutly perfect to style and my only improvement would be make it a bit more alcoholic.

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

Pours a beautiful dark opaque brown with a nice head and the head leaves a nice lace. Sweet coffee, malt and chocolate nose. taste is smokey, chocolate, malt and coffee. This is a nice strong beer but not overbearing. I did not chill this much.

A fine offering

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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown / near black with mahogany highlights. Tan head that shrunk to a thin brown ring. Aroma consists of coffee and chocolate, with a frosting-like sweetness to it. Nose turns a bit vinous as the porter warms. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Initial flavor of roasted coffee and vanilla beans. Middle reveals a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Finish is somewhat vinous with a mild bitterness and ends slightly dry. Very nice.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured with a golden brown color.

The head was a light brown coarse bubble layer. The head dissipated rather quickly, but that could have been prompted by my tasting glass.

Immediate definite coffee nose comingled with toasted malt. In fact to me, the coffee aroma so strong I could have had a cold and still noted it!

Flavor has definite coffee and toasted malt profile that seems to cover any other underlying characteristics, perhaps hops? The flavor dissipated quickly leaving a clean quick slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was cordial and invited me to take another sip.

Drinkability was inviting-- I could consume pint after pint if it wasn't for the alcohol, although the alcohol seemed lower than many other beers I've tasted and very much enjoyed. Perhaps this is just right for a Porter.

A satisfying brew.

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

Appearance: Dark brown with a sticky, light tan head that hangs around.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and light coffee tones. Nice and malty through and through.

Taste: Slightly burnt toast flavors, with chocolate and coffee lending character. Nicely balanced and quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful and somewhat coating, but carbonation lends to a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: A great porter. Could use a bit more hop flavor, but overall, great. I could see myself drinking this one quite often.

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Photo of oelergud
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby body and a light brown head, sparse carbonation. Smells interesting, spiced alcohol and something pleasant I cant put my finger on..., taste pretty good, very sweet and close to no bitterness, the smell and taste somehow reminds me of christmas even though I never had this beer before. The head doesn't say long unless agitated frequently, feels pretty good going down.
Maybe my expectations were too high but it's not all that great as I thought it would be, it's a good beer yes but #18, nawhh. Seems like a beefed up guinness.


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Photo of tar
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown to black with reddish tones when held in the light. Capped by a thinnish light tan head consisting of many very small bubbles. Wonderfully complex aroma includes roasted coffee and chocolate scents. As expected from the aroma, coffee and chocolate flavors primarily dominate the taste. Smooth and medium to full bodied, I found this to be a highly drinkable beer. This is a very good beer in all respects and one which I will definitely have again.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,173 ratings.