Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,374
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 205
Gots: 256 | FT: 0
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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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/29/11 notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best by Feb 24 2012 on the bottle.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, and light caramel malts. Really nice nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, cream/vanilla, dark fruits. Again, pretty nice, with slight bitterness from the coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice English porter. I really liked the nose and this is a great example of the style. easy to drink and available all over, I'd certainly pick this up again. (724 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black and forms a thin off white / brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Bubbles are medium and small.

Aroma is mild, sweet with malt and some coffee roast. Nice.

Beer is medium body, mildly sweet. Minimal coffee in the back of the mouth with decent bitterness. Beer is quite sessionable but there is an unfortunate aftertaste of ashiness that I do not find that desirable. Its a minor problem but it does detract from the mouthfeel of the beer. (466 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ruby/dark brown - almost black with ruby highlights around the bottom edges - with a 1" bubbly tan head.
The smell was a complex, sweet aroma of chocolate and caramel.
The taste was also complex. Sweet chocolate, rich dark chocolate and caramel all swirled together. It had a smoky, full-bodied taste. It started sweet but was balanced by a bitter/pale ale type of blend in the background.
It was like eating a very rich chocolate cake. It was silky and smooth, but the richness made it akin to eating a heavy chocolate cake. No matter how much you love the taste, you can only eat so much. This is a beer to treat yourself and indulge as a dessert or a nightcap! (670 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 8/6/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light dark fruit, and light herbal hops. Fantastic aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, citrus, toast, and herbal. Good amount of citrus and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, toast, cocoa, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and robustness; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol presence is invisible, with zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic English porter! Great flavor robustness and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. Simply outstanding. I can’t believe I haven’t had this before. (1,122 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter. Distinctive dark bottle is dated "best before" 28 August 2012.

Appearance: Sparkling clear; mahogany brown in color; multi-density tan head that fairly soon reduces to a ring and an island. Decent lacing.

Smell: nice roasted malts with toffee, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Hints of brandy after warming.

Taste:A load of dark, choco-coffee malt here, yet no off- or burnt-notes. Mildly earthy, bitter and spicy -- partly from the Fuggles hops. Some coffee in the aftertaste with dark roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Excellent medium body; lightly crisp from start to the semi-dry finish. Creamy smooth.

O: "Rich, dark & complex", as advertised. Easy drinking (or sipping), flavorful porter that leans towards a dry UK stout. (812 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark brown to just shy of black in color with some dark red highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer with a single thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are strong aromas of coffee and dark roasted malts. Quite pleasant with a nice amount of complexity.

T: The taste is even more complex than the aroma and is very delicious. There are elements of coffee, dark roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. There is a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very tasty with excellent complexity in the smell and taste. I really enjoyed this beer and would like to have it again. The beer is very easy to drink and could be sessionable. (930 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is great. The scent of roasted barley, black patent, and crystal malts comes across well, but not too bold. The taste is sweet and rich; dark malts all the way. There is a strong taste of chocolate malt surrounded by the before mentioned patent, crystal, and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a heavy bodied ale that isn't a gusler, but is certainly one to enjoy. (455 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is chocolate with some dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee and some English hops. The flavor is similar. Roasted malts with some earthy hops along with some bready malts and sweet chocolate. Not much coffee in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (322 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick, dark black, quite opaque. There is a slight ruby tinge around the edges when held up to the light. A one finger tan head formed and reduced to a ring of foam around the edges and a little bit in the center. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Some roasted malt, nice milk chocolate, and hints of coffee. There are some caramel and nutty undertones as well.

T: Very nice combination of caramel and roasted malts. Hints of dark chocolate, not as much as the aroma indicates. Very nice combination of flavors. Complex, hard to pick everything out.

M: Extremely smooth, a lot lighter than I thought it would be, but with the flavor its not really a problem. Nice carbonation.

O: Really nice, extremely drinkable, goes down easy. (744 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic, thanks to pmsaywer for sharing this with me so I could scratch down some notes. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a rich tan cap. Spotty lace work sticks to the glass all over. A swirl revives a finger of fluffy head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is primarily anise initially smell of black licorice and dark roasted grain that borders on being smoked. A sweet milky chocolate inclusion through the body before the onset of some fruity indications of raisins and light molasses. There is a bit of a char quality to the nose from the deep roast of the malt and some light fruity hops round out the nose with a touch of citrus as well once the brew warms up.

The taste is bitter and roasty with notes of chocolate and a bit of a nutty grain taste. Raisins and molasses hints are evident through the body of this brew. There is a light fruited quality somewhat like raisins. This brew finishes with a chocolate grain taste and a lingering flavor of charred grain lasts inside the mouth mildly reminiscent of smoke. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. This is quite a smooth and creamy offering to the feel. Quite easy drinking with seemingly no indication of alcohol outside of the estery alcohol flavors. Quite a solid example that tastes strangely similar to another popular famous english porter. A must try. (1,413 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/22/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 18.6oz bottle with a best before April code marked on the back label. Poured into a standard nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a lucid garnet or dark cherry coloring. Reasonable dirty white creamy head and fair lacing.

Smell- Scents of Chocolate, coffee and maybe charcoal (deep deep burnt malts)

Taste- I first noticed the heavy roasted malts, almost a bit smoky in nature. Then the hop bitterness came through and lastly the nice portion of dark chocolate and the smallest detectable amount of coffee. Pretty good mixture.

Mouthfeel- This one was a pretty carbonated porter for me. Even after I let it calm for a good 30 minutes before drinking. This dude was pretty fizzy.

Drinkability- Good flavors and scent, the carbonation kind threw me for a loop though. Otherwise a very decent porter. (888 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is a deep, dark brown with crimson / ruby highlights that emerge when held to the light. The color is deep, but the beer is not opaque. After a vigorous pour, the head stands in at nearly two inches thick, rising to the crest of the tulip glass. It gradually fades over a few minutes, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma grows stronger as the beer warms, but overall, it's the weakest aspect of the beer, in my opinion. Nice notes of chocolate and subtle roast aromas are the most prominent scents.

T: The beer tastes quite good. The beer leads off with a heavy chocolate flavor, followed by subtle coffee notes. The roast character is subtle, with extremely little hop presence in the finish. Overall, the flavor could be a bit more aggressive, or bolder. However, the beer is balanced very well and it's quite easy to drink and enjoy.

M: Carbonation level is great. The beer is light to medium bodied with alcohol presence virtually non-existent.

D: A solid example of the style. It's not my favorite porter, but I definitely recommend it. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As I pour this beer fruit notes escape from the glass. As I stick my nose further in I get roasted notes of coffee and more of the fruitiness. A thick light brown head tops this fairly clear beer, which is dark brown in color with ruby notes as it is held up to the light. This beer has an incredible creamy mouthfeel to it. It is lightly sweet with a roast character in the finish. There is a very good balance between the roast character and the fruit notes. This is a wonderfully balanced beer, certainly one of the best Porters out there. The smooth creamy body of this beer is amazing. (590 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the hand pump at Memphis taproom in a pint glass.

A- Fuller's London Porter came to me looking a very dark brown bordering on black. A tight off white head was on the top of the liquid while there was a nice amount of lacing.

S- Very pleasant with dark roasted malts chocolate and more roasted coffee in the forefront. Getting more into it some burnt aroma's come forth.

T- Mirrors the smell with a nice balance between the sweet chocolate and burnt coffee bean like flavor. Deep roasted malts are all around this and make up for a good amount of the taste. Some dry bitterness after a few ounces or so.

M- Smooth off the hand pump and steps above the bottled version. This one glides down the mouth with just a few rough edges here and there. a step above medium bodied with minimal carbonation and just a pleasure to sip or gulp depending on your mood.

D- In the realm of a sessionable beer with enough flavor to keep the good times rolling. I probably will never attempt to drink this from a bottle after having it this way. Smooth and silky with a stand out roasted character to itself. Would love to try this with some dark meats to go along with it. One of my favorites from the u.k. (1,198 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with a thick two finger head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: nice roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: a well balanced combination of roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild bitterness, hint of licorice, and a bit of molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this has always been the enjoyable porter in my book, as I find this easy drinking and nicely flavorful. Solid brew. (542 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brownish black with a thick, brownish head that fades to a thin lacing rather quickly

S - caramel, maybe some toffee, some faint roasted malts, maybe even some faint coffee

T - roasted malts, caramel, faint toffee, burnt sugar

M - chewy, sugary, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really solid, balanced, and complex beer. There are layers of caramel interspersed with roasted malts and faint toffee-like notes. There is also some sugar present which isn't cloying, but in fact add depth and balance.

This is one of the better imports I have had in a good while. This is definitely a porter that is worth checking out. (647 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours dark brown with a tan head, nice lacing, a great looking pint.

S: Smooth milk chocolate, with English hops.

T: Chocolate malts, roasted malts quite a bit, mocha coffee, capuccino, with a bit of vanilla.

M: Smooth, creamy, great heft for a porter.

D: Excellent, I think that this is Fuller's best beer. It stands well and above the Sierra Nevada Porter I just had. (392 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours darkest of browns. Rich chocolaty nose. Minimal off white head, some light lacing. Medium body and light carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel, lots going on here. Lots of chocolate, expresso and mocho flavors. Classic of the style, wonderful tasty brew. Great with BBQ. (310 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.47/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before April 2008, drank May 2007.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass, it is dark, very dark mahogany, and a hint of red, with a fast shrinking coffee coloured head. I like the head to stay on my beers, this turned very quickly into no more than a wisp and collar around the glass.

Aroma of rich coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and some plum pudding.

The taste is very similar to the smell, lots of chocolate, coffee and caramel flavours in there.

Dry and a little watery for such a dark looking beer, strangely the chocolate, coffee and caramel tones do not stay for long in the mouth. It does however sweeten up as the flavours die.

Too overpowering in the coffee stakes for me, the chocolate and caramel I can handle OK, but just a little too much decaff. (801 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a dark brown color wit ha thick off-white foam pillow filling the top inch and a half of the glass. The head settled a bit but a frothy thin layer remained and left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very smooth chocolate and roasty malt characteristic to it. Very nice aroma and classic for the style.

The taste has a big milk chocolaty presence to it with some bitter and slightly burnt malts coming in towards the finish. It has a bit of a bready and nutty flavor to it as well. It has a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and the balance really helps it too. A very easy drinking, smooth and flavorful beer overall. A classic example of the style. (883 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.
Drank at around 40 degrees F. Nice orange/brown color. Head appeared light but was richer than expected.
Smell of pear, roasted malt, caramel.
Taste had slow bite of hops encircled by caramel with a roasting malt aftertaste. Went down smooth and dragged the next sip down with it.
Excellent beer (326 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before Feb 2012 so plenty of time to crush this one!

A nice simple creamy head of two fingers that seems to have some foamy character. Bubbles in the head are uneven, but also seem to slowly subside. Body is a nice brown walnut almost getting into black but not really.

Mild chocolate and cigarette nose of tobacco for this bouquet. Something else though is kind of a sour and funky grain smell. Sort of a mish mash of real nice and an off putting blast. I actually get a small sense of summer sausage on this (meaty).

Taste is weak bodied and virtually just a wet bodied roast character of malt. Papery... thin... giving to cheap tobacco notes and wet bodied malts. Borderline cola milk stout without even the sweetness on the finish.

Wow this is one of the top English Porters? Forget it, this makes me want more Olde Engine Oil.... Pass. (898 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fullers : London Porter

LOOK: Pours a dark brown with amber hues.

SMELL: Roasted malt and toffee. Caramel.

TASTE: Nice caramelized malt flavor, a touch of peat like smoke. Dry English style noble hopping. Tea like hopping and toasty malts. Faint cocoa. Even balance.

FEEL: Medium bodied, good medium level of carbonation, lasting malty flavor with a suggestion of hop.

OVERALL: A classic beer. Maybe has lost a touch over the years, or it could be modern extreme beers stealing the spotlight, but there still is something to be said for simple, full flavored, modest ABV beers. I'd always be willing to include a few of these in a session. (645 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried it for the first time tonight after coming home from my grandparents house, on to the beer:

A creamy white head sits on top of the black body known as London Porter. It's both light and full of flavor. The taste is a fight between molasses, chocolate, and coffee, but overall it won't wreck your palate and goes down very easy. Finish is semi-dry with smoky tones. This would be some devastating stuff if the pub I had this on-tap tonight served it in a huge one liter mug. (480 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and very drinkable. The aroma and flavor are heavy on the mocha with a touch of cream. There's a decent dry bitterness, but nothing astringent or unpleasant, and long-lasting coffee aftertaste. To me the mark of a great beer is in the aftertaste, and while this isn't the most complex porter, it's a fantastic porter. A beer worth sitting down and analyzing, or just enjoying. Quite yummy, give it a try. (416 characters)

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