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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,285
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 179
Gots: 189 | 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 BBM
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out of a brown old-world bottle a rich, deep brown color that is almost opaque. There lies a nice off-white head atop the brew, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is truly special; complex notes of chocolate, toffey, and some fruity esthers make this quite a nice smelling beer.

The taste is just as enjoyable. There is a burnt chocolate flavor, that is accompanied by hints of coffee, and a caramalized malt to accentuate the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very smooth. This beer is highly drinkable, and probably the best English Porter I've had to date. Fuller's has raised the bar for porters.

Photo of nukem5
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: When poured it was like pouring a nice black glass of fresh brewed black coffee rich and dark and a nice lace of foam sticking all over the rim of glass.

S: Intense coffee asnd rich chocolates flood the senses, hints of licorice and warm roasty malts.

T: like a sip of paradise from the first swallow whirling around the toungue is an warm flavorful burst of coffee chocholates and some biscuity malty notes.

M: Light and flavorful and the slight alchohol flavor touch base around the mouth making this one a winner in any race.

D:Very drinkable and could be a favorite with any beef influenced meal mine waas with a pot roast, and a very good pairing in my mouth.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA for a great recommendation. Picked this up at Perfect Pour (Columbia) and couldn't wait to try it. Porters are a favorite style and this was no exception. Deep, rich brown/black in the glass, with a thin head. Rich smoky malt in the nose and in the initial taste. A subtle, pleasing sweetness follows with a nice, bitter finish that adds to the drinkability. Well worth finding and trying this one.

Photo of Stunner97
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- moderate white head foams up on the pour, dark brown to black that when held up to the light can be seen through

Smell- the overwhelming smell to me on this one is lots of coffee and espresso notes, very overall malty and roasted malt smell, smell is overall quite nice

Taste- very strong coffee notes dominate the front and then is ridden out to a dry finish, the flavor is pretty long and lasting overall, and its not as sweet and malty as I would have expected on the nose, roasted malts and very slight dark chocolate notes, I do find this beer to be rather complex and it grows on you a bit as you go and the beer warms a bit up, the dry finish really provides a solid backbone and long finish,

Mouthfeel- drying finish with a very light to at most medium body weight

Drinkability- a very nice session brew, its not to heavy but not to light either, its certainly up there with some of my favorite porters, its a boat load more complex then the taddy porter but there is something about the extreme drinkability of the taddy that brings me back to that too but this is what I would go for if I was something a little more complex to sip a little slower, a fine offering from a fantastic brewery

Photo of BSuter
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of slowdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great reviews spurred me to buy a bottle of this. Hopefully it lives up to my high expectations as Fuller's typically puts out quality beers.

The 11.2 oz. bottle pours a dark brown similar in color to a Coke with a tan brown creamy head. The finger high head leaves nice sticky lacing down the walls of my glass.

Smells of toffee and chocolate with a bittering hop background that balances things out nicely.

Tastes of coffee, caramel and chocolate. Finishes with a hop flavoring that slowly develops from the malty tones rather than jumping out and biting your taste buds and imparts a roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, creamy and enjoyable. I could drink this porter all night long, although it may not be the perfect session ale.

A quintessential porter. Every other porter dreams of growing up to be like this.

Photo of ludachris
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coca-cola brown out of the can but ends up almost black with ruby red highlights. One finger of light tan head tops the beer with excellent retention bu minimal lacing.

Smell of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee grain and some sweet brown sugar.

Sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar and a bit of caramel followed by a dry, bitter coffee like finish. Good balance but the emphasis definately seems to be on the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and semi-creamy; I think I almost quoted the can. Not too heavy, making this highly quaffable.

Overall, a solid offering from Fuller's. As stated on the can, this is an excellent after-dinner drink. Nothing is too overpowering, making this a pleasant porter to drink.

Photo of kobeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of baos
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is the second Fuller's that i have had in so many days. All that i can say is: Fuller's don't fuck around.

A: Stout opaque black with ruby outlines. Uno finger tan head that sticks around pretty well with some bits of lacing here and there.

S: Wow! Und yummy! Smokey molasses. Hints of burning sage. Unique and enjoyable.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but very nice. Chocolate, roasted, and Brown malts out the wazoo. This is malt city. Perhaps the slightest wee bit of Fuggles hops in there. i get just a smattering of hop flavor but all of the bitter and dryness. A good brew. I also detect some serious Old ale notes in here as well. Bitter and maybe a wee bit off putting compared to how wunderbar the initial flavors go.

M: Very light bodies, but hey like I said before this brew doesn't fuck around. This doesn't deter the overall-ness of it all.

D: Very drinkable, but it gets kind of gluey and metallic in the late stages of aftertaste.

Photo of divineaudio
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. freshness dated for aug 18th, 2010.

pours black with dark brown highlights and a pinky finger of tan, foamy head that dissipates fairly quick. what's left is a thin film and a ring around the glass that gives up a few spots of lace here and there.

smells of molasses, licorice and dark chocolate with some fruity notes for good measure. taste follows nose with lots of dark chocolate and hints of dark fruit. finish is long and bittersweet, just the way it should be. gets a little bready as it warms up. incidentally, the label on the bottle doesn't lie - this one is absolutely rich, dark and complex.

mouthfeel is rich and smooth. lighter in body than you might expect from looking at it. carbonation feels a bit prickly on the tongue and for this i take a point off.

this is a beer that disappears from the glass with the quickness. drinkability is high and it's definitely sessionable. this sits permanently in my top three favorite beers.

i've had this previously in cans and remember the canned version being just a bit better, especially in the mouthfeel. went through a case in a little over a week during christmas break! i'll have to find more cans and do a comparison.

Photo of janubio
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of JeffSuttonTX
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of hoplover82
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep dark brown color with an amber hue to it. Has a medium to small tan cremay head that has ok retention and leaves very good lacing.

S-The aroma is full of roasted barley and chocolate with some wonderful interesting fruity esthers. I was so suprized when I cracked this one open. I just might go and get a six pack.

T-The flavor is of the same. Lots of roastiness and chocolate with some fruity esthers underneath. Wonderful in every catagory!

M-It has a full creamy body with a sweet creamy finish. Such a wonderful beer indeed.

D- This is so drinkable I can't believe. I feel like I could drink a whole sixer of this. Please, If you haven't tried this one yet, go get it for real. You won't be dissapointed.

Photo of frlrv1020
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of TubaManJack
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 21 Jul 10

G: Chalice

A: Dark chestnut body and thick creamy tanned head. Head retains throughout the drink and leaves good lacing. Nitro does wonders for appearance.

S: Very mellow & mild aromas all around. Bitter milk chocolate and light coffee beans come through. Could be stronger - still pleasant.

T: Bitter chocolates, light coffee beans, some hops in the background. Taste is very mild and well mixed.

M: Medium-light bodied and very low carbonation. Thin, smooth and creamy in the mouth and leaves a distinct coffee after taste.

D: Not bad, I prefer the non nitro version to this. This is good, but just not that great. Tasty none the less.

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

Appearance: Dark..black with an off white head. Head doesn't have too much retention, goes away fairly quickly

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

Taste: Like the smell..very good. Malty with accents of the chocolate and coffee coming through

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth..goes down well

Drinkability: Good ABV, taste and mouthfeel. Works for me in this category

Photo of gnikola
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of bmoney
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of teromous
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Dark beer with a dark amber tint in the light. The head has larger carbonation bubbles and is off-white. It has a pretty thin head.

S: Very malty with huge notes of caramel. It has some chocolate scent as well.

T: It has a very unique taste. It's loaded with caramel flavor and quite sweet. It's very delicious. There is a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: It's smooth but feels a little thin. With as much sweetness as it has I expected more coating but it wasn't there.

O: Overall it tastes wonderful so that weighs very heavily with me. I would recommend this to people looking for a great porter.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,285 ratings.