Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.2/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-14-2003 02:36:50 | More by Sammy
4.2/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-25-2011 02:46:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.58/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
04-08-2010 03:26:27 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
05-21-2011 02:33:45 | More by metter98
3.93/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
01-31-2004 15:50:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.33/5 rDev +3.1%
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
09-11-2005 23:45:17 | More by brentk56
4.6/5 rDev +9.5%
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!
08-20-2007 23:17:26 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
09-02-2005 21:21:07 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
02-23-2004 17:04:00 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev 0%
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"!
07-15-2006 06:07:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
12-04-2011 20:59:26 | More by Knapp85
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-28-2003 22:56:54 | More by oberon
2.95/5 rDev -29.8%
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.
12-27-2009 18:53:44 | More by emerge077
4.45/5 rDev +6%
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!
02-26-2006 18:10:47 | More by zeff80
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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