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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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2,070 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,070
Reviews: 1,134
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 153
Gots: 101 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

07-03-2012 22:03:50 | More by MidloRapid
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

09-02-2012 01:13:48 | More by Fantalek
Photo of tscanlon51


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-26-2013 03:17:24 | More by tscanlon51
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

05-09-2013 15:56:29 | More by JamesGWittel
Photo of templar316


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a nice foamy kakhi head into english pint. One finger which dissapears quickly, nice deep brown color with ruby highlights when held to the light. A delicious aroma of coffee, and bready malts, and a flavor which delivers with a nice hop bitterness at the finish. A beer which rolls across the tongue leaving a smile on the face quickly inviting another sip to identify a characteristic you missed. Complex enough to try again and again.

07-30-2008 04:38:34 | More by templar316
Photo of Schmidts


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured from a bottle it pours out dark Brown,with a 1/4 inch head which goes quickly. Smells of chocolate and Sweet malts with a touch of coffee smell. Tastes of Chocolate and malted coffee a little sweetness. Feels great in your mouth. Very nice beer to drink flavorful and enjoyable. It is exspensive but it is the Best Porter I have ever tasted! I will buy it again some time and recomend trying it!

04-12-2008 23:01:25 | More by Schmidts
Photo of madjr80


4.45/5  rDev +6%

This is one of best beers i have ever had in my whole life. There is so much flavor in this beer. So rich in flavor that you should drink very slowly to make sure you get the full effect. Alot of effort was put into this beer, so I really can't describe it to a T. Just go try it for yourself. It is worth the few extra bucks.

11-28-2007 02:05:01 | More by madjr80
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-02-2012 00:08:34 | More by C63AMG
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

07-14-2012 04:45:35 | More by zduerr
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

03-16-2013 18:44:01 | More by saeh
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Very dark with ruby edges, a beige head, fine carbonation and creamy lacing.

Smells roasted and spicy, slightly acidic and a little buttery as well, with a fair share of chocolate on the side. Sweetness is like that of toffee or butterscotch. Little hops noticeable, but enough to make for an essential contribution for sure. An ashy kind of fragrance is there too. This would serve well as a desert or evening beer.

The taste balances out perfectly the bitter and sweeter sides of the brew. Delicate hoppy notes and a touch of sourness have their say as well. A beautiful, soft finish, after which a bitter, hoppy and very roasty flavor determines the aftertaste. Simply great.

Medium body and quite a smooth mouthfeel, gently carbonated and rather dry.

A serious beer, complicated enough to sip thoughtfully.

11-25-2008 21:54:55 | More by TKempe
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New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured a dark brown, almost black, but had a very quick dissipating head and remained non-existent for the life of the beer. Additionally, there was very little to no lacing on the glass. The smell is that of roasted chocolate, a hint of espresso and malts. The initial taste of the beer is that of burnt/roasted chocolate, paving the way for the coffee, espresso, and roasted/burnt caramel malt. The carbonation in this brew seems weak and barely any bubbles are seen half way through drinking this beer. This is without a doubt a beer I will purchase again.

03-20-2010 05:10:12 | More by Mancer
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

I bought a case of this, because I had a coupon for a $10 rebate, so, when I receive my $10 in the mail like 80 years from now, It's the same price as Smuttynose IPA, which was the other beer I was thinking of getting. It's freakin hot here, end of July, and here I am sitting in a non-air conditioned 2nd floor room, drinking a sticky Porter. What's wrong with me, you may ask? Nothing, I just had enough of IPAs for a while.

So. The appearance of our Lovely London Porter is nice enough, nothing to rave about; a dark brown that looks reddish when held up to the light, not a thick black like you might imagine. About an inch of a creamy, light tan head that settles into a ring around the glass with a few straggling micro-bubbles. The kind where you can play 'what shape is that?' like with clouds. Right now it looks like there's either a fat hockey stick about to hit a puck or ball, or a booted lower leg that just kicked a snail. A bit of lacing as well.

Smells... a bit too sweet for my tastes. Very syrupy, molasses, maple, even like a super-sweet chocolate fudge. Not bad but I'm not drinking this one with my nose stuck in the glass the whole time. Tastes better than it smells- sweet coffee candy in the very beginning, almost like a coffee flavoring, maybe even a syrup over pancakes, followed by chocolate, dark chocolate brownies I'd say, then more roasted coffee, like maybe the brownies were frosted with a coffee or espresso, just slightly sweetened frosting. And just the faintest hint of a bitterness in the finish, and a very slighty larger hint of alcohol. That may be my imagination though, since it's apparently only 5.4%. The prominent flavor in this one is Roasty. Yes, I am using Roasty as a noun rather than the conventional use as an adjective. I should've thought of that earlier and used it in previous reviews. Next time.. hahaha.

Ahem.. Yes, moving on, mouthfeel is good, it's got a light carbonation that cuts through the sweet/syrupy taste so that it doesn't become like actual syrup. A nice refreshing tingle on the tongue, and not too thin either. Just right. Drinkability, well I'd say it's quite good, even on this hot hot night, though I would say it'd be better suited for a winter evening or something like that. Anyway, it is easy drinking, smooth and never boring. Something I do not regret buying a whole case of, which is a good thing, considering that is the most likely way I'd be able to get this one around my area. A good one!

07-26-2005 02:05:41 | More by erica
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

I would like to give positive recommendations on this one right out front. Wonderful beer.

Appearance - Dark brown with amber edges, tan thick foamy head.

Smell - fresh ground coffee beans, hint of sweet lactose

Taste - definite coffee, soft to the palate, slight chocolate finish

Mouthfeel - light to medium body, comfy carbonation, extremely smooth

Drinkability - Good. Coffee lover's enjoy!

06-21-2007 17:17:48 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of Trizzle

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Near opaque black with ruby highlights. Small head fades to a thin sparse layer of bubbles. Tidy lacing.

Intense toffee and charcoal in the nose. Background Xmas fruits.

Big toasted malts dominate initially, some whole grain cereal and a touch of sweet. Lingering dryness of hops and charcoal.

Gorgeous medium full body mostly from malt with minor carbonation.

Thoroughly enjoy contemplating a couple of pints of this bad boy over a few hours.

Currently my favourite English dark ale. Hope it comes in cask somewhere nearby.

01-30-2010 19:11:25 | More by Trizzle
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

08-10-2014 06:24:17 | More by Beer-Ed
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

01-20-2012 09:02:08 | More by Heff19
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

01-04-2013 09:23:58 | More by MaltAndHopsFC
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4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Fuller's London Porter in the bottle. Ruby black in color. Sweet malty aroma with a lot of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Strong hops with dark roast coffee and dark chocolate taste. A very good bitter mocha aftertaste. This is my first porter and in my opinion it is an excellent beer. I hope to find this one on tap one day.

11-20-2001 08:04:37 | More by ThreePistols
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Fuller's London Porter
Rich & Dark is what the label says. I'd say that best describes the appearance, which is also clean and fresh. Head settles within a couple minutes.

Calm mellow taste, makes for a smooth drink. Light on the tongue, not very filling. Incredible aroma.
Well crafted, and very fresh beer.

03-13-2004 03:22:57 | More by Gump
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

01-25-2004 22:38:16 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

A good porter.

A nice dark dark brown beer. Tan thick head.

Smells of a dark roast, slightly sweet maybe bitter chocolate.

Tastes like burnt coffee, not that that is bad, I've just never had a coffe with a roast this deep. Not a as sweet in taste but the malt is evident.

Light to medium body, watery, not badly just not perfect. Light to no carbonation.

One of my favorite porters, and I don't really love them.

04-19-2004 17:22:44 | More by dippy
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

12-08-2013 01:30:23 | More by KelsoSaaz
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Almost black in color with tannish colored lace. Great taste and full bodied. Another great brew from a great brewery.

05-22-2002 00:40:24 | More by Reverand
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

Wow, on draught. Had this at Elephant and Castle in DC.

LOOKS: Deep mahogany-black. Full bodied, for a porter. Narrow white head caps beer poured into pint glass.

AROMA: Have to admit wasn't blown away, but the roasted notes carried through. Make sweetness and floral good. I think it was me, not the beer.

TASTE: Decadent. Lots of toasted malts, some very tame but necessary sweetness. Finishes with a roasted bite. I detect only chocolate malt, not roasted barley or Patent. It's not that fierce. actually, this beer has a lot if composure. This soft brown sugar, crackers, and some espresso. Eaters come through enough to add something unique... man I love Fuller's yeast strain.

MOUF FEEL: Here's what makes it! Not as chewy or frothy as Guinness, but very creamy. Really thick for the style and ABV, though remaining refreshing in this 90* heat.

Overall: It's a session beer for sure...just with character and kick! If you pike malts beers with dry finish and balanced flavors seek out this one!

06-18-2011 19:19:03 | More by MONKandTUCK
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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