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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,375
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 205
Gots: 257 | FT: 0
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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 Sammy
4.22/5  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. (405 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and nice chocolate aromas. There is also a slight milk-like aroma I am getting from this one.Taste is of dark roasted malt, brewed coffee, and some cocoa powder. A mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good English porter that is very easy to drink. With a lower ABV it is also something you could drink all night without getting too sloshed. (651 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down but left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark roasted malts and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is slightly more complex with additional notes of chocolate and hints of toffee. There are some notes of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it is well balanced, although I would prefer to sip this and savor its interesting flavors. (731 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark molasses with a moderate tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

S: Dark, roasted malts with some chocolate. A hint of dark molasses. No discernible hop bitterness. Bits of toffee.

T: Much like the smell, with the sweeter toffee and chocolate elements coming to the front.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Not nearly the best porter I've ever had. Definitely prefer the ESB and the 1845 to this. Overall, a good English brew. (461 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a very dark, but clear, brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel and mocha

Taste: Rich and perky roasted, chocolate and caramel flavors spread across the tongue and, as time passes, the mocha flavors assert themselves ever more aggressively; in the middle, the hops are also discernable and add a nice balancing effect to the sweeter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation; rather creamy

Drinkability: One fine porter that really blossoms as the beer warms (553 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a milestone of a beer. Much like a strong stout without the roasted grain bitterness, but with sweet dark fruits. Pours black with a soft tan head (like whipped cream for the beer lover). Smells solidly of dark grains, chocolate, and coffee. A mild tartness comes through, much like raspberries. Tastes sweetly of chocolate, dark grain, toast, coffee, and a little cream like. Add in slight raspberry and plumb flavors. A mild sourness runs through, maybe lactic acid; albeit light. Body is silky smooth, yet bold. Finishes sweet and lingering. A must-drink for porter lovers. (584 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking brown color with a creamy tan head on top. The smell of the beer had some wood like aromas blended with some roasted malts and other earthy aromas. The taste of beer is bold and bitter with some roasted chocolaty flavors. The mouthfeel was thin and dry with just a enought carbonation to keep this one alive. Overall this beer was pretty good. I'd drink it again. (409 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Poured a deep black brew with a nice head but lack some retention. Carbonation is average with a medium body (I was expecting a richer and ''fuller'' body). Aroma of chocolate is very subtle. Taste is a mix of roastiness, chocolate, and coffee with just enough bitterness at the end. Overall, this is a good beer but I still believe it might be a bit overrated. (370 characters)

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

Pours the darkest of browns, clear where there's opacity with an opaque center. A dense two finger nitro head tops the dark body. The nose is subdued but pleasant; milk chocolate and nougat, burnt toast and light fruitiness. The taste is much bolder though still mellow, opening with a pleasant chocolate and toffee sweetness, leading into a surprisingly dry, bitter and roasty fnish. Medium-bodied, nearly flat in the usual nitro-tap fashion but quite creamy. I put down a couple pints of this in less than an hour and could've gone for another, time permitting. One of my favorite English porters, I'd love to try this on hand pump some time. (644 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (827 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Had this a few times on tap around town, time to see what it's like in this more portable format, methinks.

This beer pours a clear, deep, very dark ruddy brown hue, with strong hints of more reddish highlights at the lower edges, with a puffy thicket of densely foamy beige head, which leaves some randomly splattered swaths of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells rather strongly of roasted chocolate malt, bitter cold coffee, a bit of sticky molasses, and musty leafy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is more toasted caramel malt, medium baker's chocolate, somewhat dry, and faintly sour cafe-au-lait, a smooth oily nuttiness, with those subtle noble English hops rounding things out nicely.

The carbonation is pretty tame, and understated in its workings, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, dead smooth, and a bit creamy on top of it all. It finishes well off-dry, the rich, nutty chocolate maltiness really having the run of the house.

This is a paragon for the style - a slick, smooth as silk operator, and deftly commendable as a cold-weather sipper, though worthy of a go anytime you might come across it, I would put forth. (1,186 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.96/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date on can: 22 Feb 2009
This has been better in bottles, but I spotted a rare can and took notes.

Pours dark brown/black, ruby glint in the light. Good retention with sticky tan foam. Smells a little oxidized, papery, weak coffee roast. Flavor is a little too much on the sweet side, roasty malt notes dominate. In the finish there's a distinct raisin/prune note. The coffee element is like weak instant maxwell house. Feel is smooth and slick, the sweetness borders on unpleasant though. Didn't really want to finish this. Will amend review with a fresher sample when I find one. (582 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this one actually intriques me, I have been hunting it down for a while and really wanted to try it for some reason. You would think this would have been available more locally to me, but I just could never find it anywhere. It just was never around. Now I finally manahed to get ahold of one in a trade, so we will see where this one takes me. I am expecting something fairly good here….

A – Poured a very thick, almost black opaque liquid with a amall tannish head. This quickly faded and was replaced by just a thin line of off whitish lace around the rim of liquid. Good side glass lace.

S – Highly roasted malts, almost overpowering. Lots of hints of coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Very robust smell. Everything was very easily picked up and noticed. It had a real thick aroma to it. Totally roasted nuts and caramel. Really one of the better smelling brews I have ever had.

T – Wow, holy london porter. Rich caramel tones mixed in with a delicous roasted maltiness that just would not quite. Hints of dark chocolate in the back gave way to a delicous dry hoppy finish, A really complex beer here. Too many flavors to even try to list, I realy loved this and it definatly lived up to my expectations!

M – Super super smooth. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavor and aroma. I almost thopught it would be somehat creamy of syrupy, but was as light as an ale. Great carbonation really let the flavors pop as it went down. Totally a smooth session porter, really creamy carbonation, great silky like feel.

D – Really great. I literally threw this one down in about 20 mins, which for me is pretty good. I could have easily made this one an all night drinker, it was just that smooth and delicous.

Overall, This was great. I really enjoyed the roasted flavor and the full on malt assault. This could have been one of my more favorite brews to date. Really a top noth offering and I would be thrilled to get some more! (1,958 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

The London Porter pours out a deep, dark brown color with a two finger head. It leaves very nice lacing on the glass, too. Instantly, you can smell the chocolate and malt. It manages that chocolate taste without coming off too sweet. It wasn't very heavy for a porter. It really went down smooth. When I finished it I really wished I had another one on hand. Very Good! (386 characters)

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

Pours a deep brown with some nice ruby highlights a lighter head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma is sweet and roasted with some light cofee aromas lingering.Nice and complex beer somewhat sweet with nice earthy tones, a rich marshmellow-like finish.A nice rich and sustaining porter very well made for sure. (310 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, translucent dark brown color with a frothy khaki-colored head that deflated rather abruptly leaving a ring of fine bubbles around the glass.

Smell: A fine, hearty scent of dark toffee, bittersweet chocolate, and rum raisin ice cream.

Taste: The taste is not nearly as profound as the aroma. Some chocolate, vaguely coffee-like flavors within. A delectable roasted sweetness permeates every sip. A hint of licorice and vanilla as well, no questions there. Finishes with a very mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Notably smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. I give Fuller's London Porter a hearty "fine & dandy"! (721 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 2/7/09 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and slightly smoky up front with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. The smokiness is done with just the right amount and the beer is well-balanced overall. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good dark beer to drink for a whole evening. (799 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a nitro tap @ BBC in Walpole.

A: Pours with rich thick creamy head of a finger, pitch black color letting no light permeate its walls.

N: creamy nitrous like aromas with touches of roasted malt and chocolate. Pretty smooth aroma.

T: Starts with more of the creamy nitrous and moves to roasted and chocolate malts. More chocolate milk runs over the tongue. A slight coffee taste hits you. Pretty rich and creamy but maintains a light feel.

M: Very rich and creamy, sticks to the sides of the mouth, and as thick as a bull's ass.

F: Finishes not too long but the creamy chocolate hangs around at any part of the mouth it can hide. Stays light on abv and bitterness, but has a nice stouty taste. Light but rich and easy drinking. (736 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA. Served cool poured into a half pint.
A - Deep coffee brown w/ a caramel highlight and 1/4 inch of light tan head. A minute amount of lace is observed.

S - Rich toffee and caramel w/ subtle coffee and chocolate notes w/ subtle fruit esters.

M - Medium w/ a sweet caramel edge. Mild carbonation and roasted notes.

T - A smooth ale yeast taste at the start w/ subtle sweet caramel and toffee flavors. The coffee-like roasted barley and dark malt flavor joins and stays for the duration. Slight vinous tastes w/ a hint of vanilla bounce in and out w/ a slight burned toast taste. Nuts and light brown sugar w/ a touch of chocolate rounds out the excellent flavor.

D - A great Porter - Rich, yet easy to drink many more than 2 at a time. This ale is a fine blend of malty flavors w/ subtle roast and char notes. Excellent tasting porter from the 1st sip to the last. (941 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz old style Euro brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, nearly black, with a floating light tan lace that leaves a trail of sticky patches of lace down the glass.

Smell: Caramelized sugar, creamy in the nose with chocolate, hints of coffee and a ghost like charcoal smokiness.

Taste: Stable medium body, crisp up front with a wave of smoothness after the moderate carbonation goes by. Richly layered with hints of charcoal, dark unsweetened chocolate and highly roasted coffee ... a ghost like smoke and buttery diacetyl coat the tongue yet vanishes in the end. Slight warmth and light ester stay out of the way. Hops add to the foundation of bitterness from the roasted malts and keep things in balance. Finishes somewhat clean with a fading charcoal flavour.

Notes: A more than decent porter ... a great brew during the wet raw days of late fall / early winter. Goes great with imported chocolates also. (981 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors with a bubbly tan head, the settles down to abouts 1/4" head rather quickly, minimal lace. Mahagony body with superb clarity is a main selling point.

Smell: Choclate, toastyness& raisins, with wiffs of alcohol. a party for the nose

Taste: toastyness, more choclate, and raisins and nuts.

MF: Lots of malt (Slightlty chewy), dryness, and some hop presence on the edge of the tounge & throat. Carbination is good, not great .

I really like this, this is not an "in your face" sort of beer, I could see this as a stable in the cooler months.

BBD of 06-27-05, but I don't really think this suffered too much for it's age. The shop I bought it at takes good care of their high-end ales. (703 characters)

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

Appearance: Deep ruby brown almost purple when held up to light if not held to the light just appears deep prune, with a full bubbly highly carbonated tan head leaves lacing in thick chunks very nice. Aroma: Chocolate deep roasted layers of aromatic bliss this one has fruit thrown in ther some deep fig brandy like nuances very well done coffe esque roasts in the finish wow. Taste: Where do we start at the chocolate covered simmered fruit or the coffee tones great creaminess these guys are the orginators. Mouthfeel: Chewy crisp chocloate very rich robust sensation on the palate fuller bodied beer meant to be sipped on and enjoyed accordingly. Drinkability: Wow, simply easy effortless drinkability yet complex and soothing toward the beer lover's sould in me. (766 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the LCBO in the London, Ontario - served in a pint glass. Best before April 18th, 2010.

A - Two fingers of tan foam that quickly dissipates to a half-inch cap with minimal lace. Dark transparent cherry-wood-finish brown color that's quite attractive. Lots of visible carbonation.

S - Lots of roastiness, coffee, cocoa, and maybe some Christmas-y cookie spice in there too. Really intense smell that jumps out of the glass.

T - Flavor is largely baker's chocolate, without anywhere near as much depth as the smell. The roastiness really only makes an appearance in the aftertaste, and it's pretty mild even then. Solid, but very straightforward.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with active carbonation that isn't overdone. Pretty creamy other than the slight carbonation tingle. There's lots of residual stickiness in the finish. Could use a little more viscosity, even though it's a lower ABV porter.

D - Drinking a 500ml can is no problem - the roastiness never gets out of hand and the ABV is pretty forgiving. This is one of the best options that is always available at the LCBO. (1,115 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown--only a touch of light shines through (and it appears ruby in color). Dense, one-finger beige head. Great, thick ring lace on the glass.

Delicious nose of cocoa and cream. There's another element that I've yet to identify, but it is attractive and drawing. It's almost like burnt toast or a mild smokiness.

Now that I've identified, I really notice the smoke, although it is subtle (not like a rauchbier). Some burnt biscuit with a dollop of whipped cream. The swallow features bitter chocolate and touch of cherry. Wonderfully complex. If there is a moderation of the excellence, it would be in the body--modest with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is more cocoa.

Simply a wonderfully complex beer--exceptional! (754 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: a somewhat clear russet brown, head: 1/2" of toasted tan. Nose is on the burnt side, very roasty and sharp, bitter, hot, with flavors of pepper and espresso.
Mouthfeel is warm, texture is smooth, hops are hard to notice. Malt stands up proudly, though, in all it's lushly roastedness.
This is quite a consumable porter, a very flavorful session ale, to say the least. Finish is sweet and nutty, and lasts just long enough.
A darn good porter. (453 characters)

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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