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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,264 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,264
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 174
Gots: 181 | 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 Gakusei
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of twilight
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jroof1
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doerickson
4.77/5  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.

Photo of prg1976
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of TheResidentialOP
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Schmidts
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of JamesGWittel
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of madjr80
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of C63AMG
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of zduerr
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of gater_ade
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of TKempe
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mancer
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MaryW
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of erica
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of SaltyLime
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Trizzle
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Heff19
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of MaltAndHopsFC
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Chemister
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dippy
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,264 ratings.