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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,004 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,004
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 144
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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DuffDaddy

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-02-2014 14:38:51 | More by DuffDaddy
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Mister_Joshy

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

05-30-2012 05:37:07 | More by Mister_Joshy
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with just under two fingers of thick, mocha-tan head. There are some slight amber-ruby highlights when held up to the light, but for the most part this one is totally jet black. The aforementioned mocha head quickly settles down to a soapy tan cap and leaves a trail of lacing down the glass.

S - Dark chocolate sweetness and bitter, roasted malt make up most of the aroma. Distinct coffee aroma comes through nicely as well, with some very earthy brown sugar and caramel like sweetness in there as well.

T - Simple roasted malt bitterness upfront eventually opens up to a barrage of rich, dark flavors. Strong espresso aftertaste with mild bitterness. The roasted malt doesn't really yield a very harsh bitterness throughout, which might chase away a more discriminating palate, but I feel it allows the smooth dark chocolate flavors to really come through. It certainly has a rich sweetness to it, but remains exceptionally smooth. I feel like this beer still lacks a little something, however. While the slight lack in roasted malt bitterness gives the sweet chocolatey flavors an opportunity to shine, they never really come to fruition fully. Still, just as the bottle says, this porter is rich, dark, and complex.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel for sure. The carbonation is low, giving the beer a smooth texture that feels great. The body is on the thicker, heavier side; no surprise.

D - Extremely drinkable and goes down really easy. Although the the sweet chocolate flavor isn't exactly at the forefront here, it was still easily detectable and thoroughly enjoyable. I especially like that the roasted malt and coffee-like bitterness didn't bury the smooth chocolatey side of this carefully crafted flavor profile. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 07:27:22 | More by Converge
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JLeet

Virginia

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-11-2014 17:21:36 | More by JLeet
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque black. moussy tan head, eventually drops to a splotchy cap. Leaves some decent lace.

S - wonderful aroma of mocha, like a lucious truffle. Mild sweetness, with a hint of fruit.

T - figgy dark malt upfront, smooth burnt finish. Flavours develop as it warms.

M - medium-thin body, smooth, low carbonation.

D - A fine porter to be sure, but to be honest, I've had better.

I haven't had a bottle of this in a long time, so I decided to give it another go. It's not quite as good as I remembered, or maybe I've just drank lots of great beer in between! It's a little one dimensional and I wish it had more body. I had a pint of Bushwakker Palliser Porter last night, and it was better than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 23:01:51 | More by markaberrant
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djcira

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

02-16-2013 13:58:44 | More by djcira
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nasty15108

New York

4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt .9oz can into t Fuller's pint glass.

A - Black with slight ruby hues around the edges. The pour produced a head of creamy tan foam. Good lacing scattered throughout.

S - Creamy aroma of chocolate and strong brewed coffee. Hints of vanilla, smoke and charcoal.

T - Creamy with lots of bitter dark chocolate sweetness. Finishes slightly smokey with a hint of bitterness. Lots of coffee in the aftertaste.

MF&D - Thin/medium bodied, but very complex and clingy. This is an absolute classic.

Serving type: can

10-13-2008 21:13:17 | More by nasty15108
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2neardead

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-11-2011 22:13:49 | More by 2neardead
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GreatPondBrewer

California

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Porters to begin with and for me, Fuller's London defines the style. It epitomizes robust. Poured a deep black with a cafe au lait head that was not too think but very creamy, especially for a bottle. The smell was deep, damp and earthy with aromas of sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste was rich and dark with serious notes of coffee dominating the taste and a well placed bitter hop finish hidden deep within rolling waves of toasted malts. The mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy and thick for a porter, but it was not at all obtrusive. If you are attempting to introduce a friend to Porters use this as an archetype.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 18:22:44 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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beertardis

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

03-14-2013 18:28:34 | More by beertardis
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This classic Porter has a dark drown earthy color, near black, with a tall head of soft foam. This beer has minimal carbonation, and gains some points for excellent head retention and lacing. The pleasant aroma I've drawn in is mostly dark fruit esters and molasses. After a tasting, more complexity is noted, bringing to mind mocha, toffee, and graham cracker crust. The mouth feel is very creamy and smooth, and the finish even has a light touch of hop bitterness. This could be my favorite overall low ABV beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 19:45:58 | More by Neorebel
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core42

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

11-19-2013 14:41:07 | More by core42
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MJR

Missouri

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

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown/garnet color. A light tan head starts thick and sticks like a champ with lovely lace down the side of my imperial pint.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee...coffee and chocolate. Mmmmmmmmm.......

Taste: Has a wonderful mixture of roasted coffee and chocolate with a bitter hop note that tags along for the ride from start to finish. There's also a slight butterscotch/toffee note that shows up later on my palate. Perhaps a touch of licorice as well. Finishes with an incredible roasted flavor that begs for another mouthful...

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the style, but with this kind of flavor, who cares?!

Drinkability: Damn high! This is one kick-a*s porter! Like their ESB, I could drink this all night. I'm going to have to get another pint of this from the handpump, like I had two months ago. Amazing stuff!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 22:01:52 | More by MJR
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

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

Had on tap at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Mass. A 12oz serving in a toulip glass that produced about two fingers of light brown head and ample lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell was faint toffee and caramel and strong dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

Taste yeilded to its smell. Rich and creamy and strong coffee flavors with undertones of chocolate, malt, caramel, and an ever so slight bitterness but overall very smooth and well balanced finish in which all flavors are present but not over powering.

Moderate to heavy on the palate with virtually no carbonation to speak of.

Very easy to drink and great to enjoy as I did here, as a dessert in and of itself. Not an outstanding porter, but certainly an all-around solid one that I will soon revisit.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2005 11:02:09 | More by Sycodrummer
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

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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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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

A deep brown/mohagany pour with a nice tan head. Clear and very settled. The nose is nicely highlighted with soft chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is nicely malty with dry, unsweetened chocolate notes and a mild coffee-ish flavour. Very nice staying power. The semi-bitter finish lingers nicely. A very smooth mouthfeel with a dry, coffee-bean-bitter finish. A great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2004 16:12:57 | More by Popsinc
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xav33

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter
English pint bottle
Best before 02/07, filled up on 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured a clear deep dark mahogony brown with a large frothy somewhat lasting light brown head with fair lacing.

Smelt strongly of molasses, coffee, roast, mild chocolate.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet dark chocolate with molasses and coffee tones followed by a strong burnt malt bitterness that turns into a clean crisp long bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, oily, lively carbonated, with moderate astringency.

Overall, a classic. Drinkable, plenty of taste, well balanced. Just straightforward excellent porter taste. One of the easiest porters to enjoy out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 05:15:25 | More by xav33
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

01-20-2013 04:49:55 | More by seanwhite
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benclimbs

California

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

pours a redish black with a small off white head without much lacing to speak of

Smell is some bitter cocoa, coffee, and molasses

Taste is coffee, raisins, molasses

This is a great example of the style, rich yet refreshing and oh so easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 22:14:55 | More by benclimbs
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rredshift

Germany

4/5  rDev -4.8%

12-04-2013 12:10:36 | More by rredshift
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -4.8%

03-06-2014 02:52:07 | More by bulldogg915
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, but not quite opaque. One finger of foam that leaves a small lace crown around the pint glass. Nutty and chocolatey aromas. Generic roasted nut aroma, but it's a freshly roasted scent that's very nice. Hazelnut and chocolate note, think Nutella. The first whiff is very pleasurable, probably this beer's best attribute.

Roasted malt flavors with a balancing bitterness throughout. Closer to a brown ale than a rich stout in terms of dark malt character. Fruity esters can still be detected. Some coffee and licorice on the finish. Soft, slick mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation would help, but this is pleasantly smooth without a trace of harshness as-is.

London Pride is a great dark ale that's more than the sum of its parts. Everything comes together to yield a porter that's tasty and easy to knock back, if not quite at sessionable ABV levels. While generally $10+ per sixer (in NJ, eastern US), it's worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 03:10:36 | More by gr0g
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brokentee

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

12-10-2011 23:24:28 | More by brokentee
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Realale

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly opaque dark brown/black. Lacy brown head settles to a whispy 1/4" collar that remains throughout the pint, leaving nice lace down the glass.

Nose is primarily licorice, with a strong roasty malt undertone. Some spicy notes come out - nutmeg? - but they are minor.

Palate is intensely malty, with a strong licorice element. A bit of bitterness is apparent, but its unclear to me whether its from hops or dark malts. Well balanced and long, with a nice streak of acidity keeping the maltiness in check. A lovely pint of traditional porter.

[edited 4/18/05 to reflect fact that this is not cask-conditioned, but keg served through handpump]

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2002 07:34:30 | More by Realale
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caverog

California

4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-03-2012 04:43:25 | More by caverog
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,004 ratings.