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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,111 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,111
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 158
Gots: 116 | 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 zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

The London Porter pours out a deep, dark brown color with a two finger head. It leaves very nice lacing on the glass, too. Instantly, you can smell the chocolate and malt. It manages that chocolate taste without coming off too sweet. It wasn't very heavy for a porter. It really went down smooth. When I finished it I really wished I had another one on hand. Very Good!

zeff80, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Had this a few times on tap around town, time to see what it's like in this more portable format, methinks.

This beer pours a clear, deep, very dark ruddy brown hue, with strong hints of more reddish highlights at the lower edges, with a puffy thicket of densely foamy beige head, which leaves some randomly splattered swaths of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells rather strongly of roasted chocolate malt, bitter cold coffee, a bit of sticky molasses, and musty leafy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is more toasted caramel malt, medium baker's chocolate, somewhat dry, and faintly sour cafe-au-lait, a smooth oily nuttiness, with those subtle noble English hops rounding things out nicely.

The carbonation is pretty tame, and understated in its workings, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, dead smooth, and a bit creamy on top of it all. It finishes well off-dry, the rich, nutty chocolate maltiness really having the run of the house.

This is a paragon for the style - a slick, smooth as silk operator, and deftly commendable as a cold-weather sipper, though worthy of a go anytime you might come across it, I would put forth.

biboergosum, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -4.8%

JAHMUR, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby brown almost purple when held up to light if not held to the light just appears deep prune, with a full bubbly highly carbonated tan head leaves lacing in thick chunks very nice. Aroma: Chocolate deep roasted layers of aromatic bliss this one has fruit thrown in ther some deep fig brandy like nuances very well done coffe esque roasts in the finish wow. Taste: Where do we start at the chocolate covered simmered fruit or the coffee tones great creaminess these guys are the orginators. Mouthfeel: Chewy crisp chocloate very rich robust sensation on the palate fuller bodied beer meant to be sipped on and enjoyed accordingly. Drinkability: Wow, simply easy effortless drinkability yet complex and soothing toward the beer lover's sould in me.

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

nickfl, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz old style Euro brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, nearly black, with a floating light tan lace that leaves a trail of sticky patches of lace down the glass.

Smell: Caramelized sugar, creamy in the nose with chocolate, hints of coffee and a ghost like charcoal smokiness.

Taste: Stable medium body, crisp up front with a wave of smoothness after the moderate carbonation goes by. Richly layered with hints of charcoal, dark unsweetened chocolate and highly roasted coffee ... a ghost like smoke and buttery diacetyl coat the tongue yet vanishes in the end. Slight warmth and light ester stay out of the way. Hops add to the foundation of bitterness from the roasted malts and keep things in balance. Finishes somewhat clean with a fading charcoal flavour.

Notes: A more than decent porter ... a great brew during the wet raw days of late fall / early winter. Goes great with imported chocolates also.

Jason, Feb 12, 2002
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 2/7/09 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and slightly smoky up front with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. The smokiness is done with just the right amount and the beer is well-balanced overall. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good dark beer to drink for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors with a bubbly tan head, the settles down to abouts 1/4" head rather quickly, minimal lace. Mahagony body with superb clarity is a main selling point.

Smell: Choclate, toastyness& raisins, with wiffs of alcohol. a party for the nose

Taste: toastyness, more choclate, and raisins and nuts.

MF: Lots of malt (Slightlty chewy), dryness, and some hop presence on the edge of the tounge & throat. Carbination is good, not great .

I really like this, this is not an "in your face" sort of beer, I could see this as a stable in the cooler months.

BBD of 06-27-05, but I don't really think this suffered too much for it's age. The shop I bought it at takes good care of their high-end ales.

russpowell, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the LCBO in the London, Ontario - served in a pint glass. Best before April 18th, 2010.

A - Two fingers of tan foam that quickly dissipates to a half-inch cap with minimal lace. Dark transparent cherry-wood-finish brown color that's quite attractive. Lots of visible carbonation.

S - Lots of roastiness, coffee, cocoa, and maybe some Christmas-y cookie spice in there too. Really intense smell that jumps out of the glass.

T - Flavor is largely baker's chocolate, without anywhere near as much depth as the smell. The roastiness really only makes an appearance in the aftertaste, and it's pretty mild even then. Solid, but very straightforward.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with active carbonation that isn't overdone. Pretty creamy other than the slight carbonation tingle. There's lots of residual stickiness in the finish. Could use a little more viscosity, even though it's a lower ABV porter.

D - Drinking a 500ml can is no problem - the roastiness never gets out of hand and the ABV is pretty forgiving. This is one of the best options that is always available at the LCBO.

MasterSki, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA. Served cool poured into a half pint.
A - Deep coffee brown w/ a caramel highlight and 1/4 inch of light tan head. A minute amount of lace is observed.

S - Rich toffee and caramel w/ subtle coffee and chocolate notes w/ subtle fruit esters.

M - Medium w/ a sweet caramel edge. Mild carbonation and roasted notes.

T - A smooth ale yeast taste at the start w/ subtle sweet caramel and toffee flavors. The coffee-like roasted barley and dark malt flavor joins and stays for the duration. Slight vinous tastes w/ a hint of vanilla bounce in and out w/ a slight burned toast taste. Nuts and light brown sugar w/ a touch of chocolate rounds out the excellent flavor.

D - A great Porter - Rich, yet easy to drink many more than 2 at a time. This ale is a fine blend of malty flavors w/ subtle roast and char notes. Excellent tasting porter from the 1st sip to the last.

Slatetank, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: a somewhat clear russet brown, head: 1/2" of toasted tan. Nose is on the burnt side, very roasty and sharp, bitter, hot, with flavors of pepper and espresso.
Mouthfeel is warm, texture is smooth, hops are hard to notice. Malt stands up proudly, though, in all it's lushly roastedness.
This is quite a consumable porter, a very flavorful session ale, to say the least. Finish is sweet and nutty, and lasts just long enough.
A darn good porter.

feloniousmonk, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a nitro tap @ BBC in Walpole.

A: Pours with rich thick creamy head of a finger, pitch black color letting no light permeate its walls.

N: creamy nitrous like aromas with touches of roasted malt and chocolate. Pretty smooth aroma.

T: Starts with more of the creamy nitrous and moves to roasted and chocolate malts. More chocolate milk runs over the tongue. A slight coffee taste hits you. Pretty rich and creamy but maintains a light feel.

M: Very rich and creamy, sticks to the sides of the mouth, and as thick as a bull's ass.

F: Finishes not too long but the creamy chocolate hangs around at any part of the mouth it can hide. Stays light on abv and bitterness, but has a nice stouty taste. Light but rich and easy drinking.

jlindros, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev -4%
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.

WesWes, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  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.

mdfb79, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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 desert or a nightcap!

jwc215, May 12, 2006
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5/5  rDev +19%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown--only a touch of light shines through (and it appears ruby in color). Dense, one-finger beige head. Great, thick ring lace on the glass.

Delicious nose of cocoa and cream. There's another element that I've yet to identify, but it is attractive and drawing. It's almost like burnt toast or a mild smokiness.

Now that I've identified, I really notice the smoke, although it is subtle (not like a rauchbier). Some burnt biscuit with a dollop of whipped cream. The swallow features bitter chocolate and touch of cherry. Wonderfully complex. If there is a moderation of the excellence, it would be in the body--modest with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is more cocoa.

Simply a wonderfully complex beer--exceptional!

smcolw, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 18, 2003
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Halcyondays, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

BlackHaddock, May 14, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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.

GClarkage, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Gavage, May 03, 2006
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,111 ratings.