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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

2,096 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,096
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 157
Gots: 112 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of BeTheBall
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark and evil looking, black as the night. Nice 1 finger head with a hard pour, dwindling to nothing but some stickiness. Smell is of roasted, or smoked chocolate and caramel, perhaps some smoked wood as well. Taste was very smooth, smoky rich flavor, but not overwhelming at all. Mouth fell was fair, a little thin. Drinkability is way up there, as this is very smooth and mild to the mouth and nose. Nice to keep handy when you want something easy to drink that won't knock you over.

BeTheBall, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of sodensp
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

sodensp, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of CellarGimp
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

CellarGimp, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Stobin
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Stobin, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of ImusBeer
3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Taco Mac just added this to the wall when I had it.

It came in a dimpled mug, black with some redish on edges absolutely no head, well maybe a bubble or two.

It had an oak and smokey roasted malt aroma not too heavy, the taste paralleled the aroma with the addition of molasses at the finish.

It felt thin and light on the tongue with a bitter aftertaste. Good, not all that noteworthy, just a plain old porter.

ImusBeer, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of arkanu
4/5  rDev -4.8%

arkanu, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of Bruiser81
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a black color but there was a very deep ruby hue towards the bottom of the glass. Their was a creamy tan head cresting at three fingers and eventually settling down to about a quarter of an inch, with good lacing. The aroma was of dark chocolate, carmel, and roasted malts. The taste was similiar to the nose. It started off with the dark chocolate and malts and finished with a creamy buttery taste. There was a strong coffee aftertaste and the mouthfeel was very smooth. This is the kind of brew I could drink all night, so delicious. This is definitely one of the best porters I've had so far.

Bruiser81, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of Liquids
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogony-black with a half a finger, bubled, tan colored head. The head on the beer is unappealing and macro-like. The Aroma is caramelly, minimally hopped, and nothing special here either. Taste is very brownish, rather light, mostly sweet malts and a bit of chocolate in there as well. The flavor is rather fleeting, it appears and then disapears. Mouthfeel is medium light with a tangy carbonation. On the edge of too light for a porter in my estimation. Drinability-wise, this is extremely sessionable and a decent beer, nothing worth avoiding...it's a good drinking beer but doesn't scream "made with pride" given its characteristics. It's just a drinker. A step down from Samual Smith.

Liquids, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of Jimbo4430
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Jimbo4430, May 21, 2013
Photo of twilight
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks almost black, but up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing on the glass and though the head is gone, a pretty soap bubble ring lines the edges of the glass. The smell is caramelly, and even though I've not had much experiences with porters, I really can't resist the smell of caramel in a brew. My first impressions are of coffee, that roasty quality, but with the bitter acid astringency most found in java. I'm not dissing it, though. I can't drink coffee because it upset my stomach, so this is definitely a wonderful welcome. I do want to try other porters, so I'll come back to this style.

The beer is so good, it's like drinking a good strong version of coffee. Not for the faint of heart in terms of the roast, but something that would definitely go down easily. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this a quick quaffer. Beautiful.

twilight, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of tscanlon51
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

tscanlon51, Jan 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

carlitosbronson1, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of MidloRapid
4/5  rDev -4.8%

MidloRapid, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Black and thick looking. Cream head and some lacing on the sides.

S: Chocolate and malt. The aroma is more intense than I expected.

T: Wow. This is just great. Chocolate, yeast, toast, toffee and caramel, brown sugar. The flavors all work well together and are very intense. Awesome.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium but heavy side.

O: Great porter. It's smooth, perfectly balanced, and has those wonderful English style flavors.

titty_mcbitty, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Beer-Ed, Aug 10, 2014
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4.64/5  rDev +10.5%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of Fantalek
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Fantalek, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of doerickson
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a garnet hue; clingy tan head. Toffee, caramel and coffee in the nose--supremely inviting. Low carbonation and an extra-creamy mouthfeel. Sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel are dominant. Tops on my list of porters--a must-have, particularly on draft.

doerickson, Sep 26, 2002
Photo of templar316
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

templar316, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of prg1976
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost totally black. Thin, beige head dissipates quickly.

Smell is smokey, caramel and dark chocolate.

Taste is a little like slightly burnt bread, with some bittersweet chocolate and light caramel.

Very smooth, easy to drink. Great classic example of the English porter style.

prg1976, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of TheResidentialOP
4/5  rDev -4.8%

TheResidentialOP, Mar 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

JamesGWittel, May 09, 2013
Photo of Schmidts
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Schmidts, Apr 13, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

madjr80, Nov 28, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,096 ratings.