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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,164 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,164
Hads: 2,391
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 212
Gots: 265 | 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 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 Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a somewhat small head and okay lacing. Looks like a porter should. The smell is of lightly toasted grain and some dry caramel malt. The taste is similar. Rounded, with dry malt characteristics, licorice, and slightly nutty. A semi sweet chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable, and an excellent example of the style. (378 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the British beer company.
It comes to the table in a proper English pint a solid dark brown color with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Creamy tan/brown head shows great retention and covers most of the glass on the way down. Smells heavy on the chocolate, but also has generous helpings of caramel, brown sugar, earthy, and mineral aromas. The flavor leans to the malty side with chocolate and caramel dominating the flavor. There's an earthy and mineral flavor that does nicely to cut through the malt and provide some balance. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy sweet mouthfeel. This is a really nice porter with a great expression of chocolate malt. I might have to drink more of these. (750 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a pitch black with a foamy beige head. Aroma of rosted malts dark chocolate and coffee. Taste very similar to aroma with malty dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Creamy and smooth up front with a dry bitter finish. (271 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown beer with an OK tan head.

Smell is good scotch. Smoke, chocolate and coffee are the strongest scents. Sweetness, musk, and a mild floral scent are backup odors. Faint scent of alcohol permeates the whole thing.

Taste is smoke at first. Chocolate and coffee flavors come next. Herbal hop flavors appear next. Strong roasted flavor never leaves. Fruity flavors are in here but the hop flavor hides it a bit.

Mouthfeel is good even thick.

Nice drinkable porter here. I do believe the Samuel Smith's version is better though. (558 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a dark, nutty brown color with a healthy, inch thick, mocha colored head. There is a nose of coffee, a little choco-toffee, and a littly earthy-nutty. The beer has a very smooth body, with coffee flavors right off the bat, bringing a decent amount of bitter to the beer. Other flavors are sweet to balance, including a slightly dark molasses taste. The beer is surprisingly light and smooth in mouth, and it leaves a great lacing on the glass as you drink it. Very light coffee aftertaste with chocolate highlights that diminishes very quickly. Great finish, nice and smooth, and this is a very tasty beer to drink that remains light and easy to consume. (706 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, burnished brown, with tints of red amber at the edges. Head is fine, although it retains only as a filmy remainder on the top, but it leaves some impressive English lace. Looks very decent indeed.

Nose is nicely mixed between deep chocolate and roasted grain notes, and a sweet almost vanilla sweetness. There's almost a hint of something spicy and peppery coming through as well, but it just gives tiny staccato accents to the other very mellow characters. Quite mild but extremely delectable. There's a wonderful complexity to it.

Taste is also extremely good, and exceptionally well balanced. Throughout there are nuanced flavours peeking and then receding. Hints of chocolate, heather, liquorice, vanilla, roasted grain, and a light astringency on the back to clear it out. Ah, it's a lovely nuanced and complex palate. Feel is smooth but slick and relatively clean.

What a cracking beer, a lovely example of what the English can do so well. A smooth and mild beer, with nuanced and subtle complexity that makes the experience worthwhile. (1,059 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black with a light tan head. The slightly buttery aroma features dark roasted malts, coffee and just a touch of chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and coffee with a nice dry and bitter finish. Overall, this is an outstanding porter that is certainly among my favorites within the style. Highly recommended. (369 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soot covered chestnut, the beer is largely black although bright spots of iron oxide are easy for the eye to spot. Despite the polish, it remains opaque even when held up against the light. A fast-paced pour could invigorate no cream but rather a tiny comb over and a collection of airy bubbles (is it just me or do all these UK cans produce flat beers?) This looks as though it were drawn from hand pump.

The aroma brings to mind a few things. First thing to pop in my head was ashes, something like the scent of charred wood. Second, and I believe this now to be more obvious than the first, is the smell of chocolate brownies that are maybe a little crusty on top and perhaps a little burnt on the bottom. Lastly, really stale and flat black coffee makes a minor contribution. Altogether it smells dark and roasty, just like it should!

You know how I know this mouthfeel has been massacred by the can? Because I've tried it from bottle and from tap and can tell you for a fact that this beer is capable of being far more roasty, chocolaty, gratifyingly bitter and pronounced in other serving types. I'm not necessarily one to say that bottles are better than cans, but I do certainly feel that way about most British offerings. This is one of them.

All that said, the beer remains wonderfully tasty and enjoyable nonetheless. Notes of sweetened milk chocolate, bitter coffee grinds and a handful of toasted almonds make for a delicious porter no matter how it's served. The roast is vivid (nearly burnt) and conjures thoughts of rich, dark cocoa solids bubbling over the stove top. A flavour profile like this could pair up with just about any barbecued meat, heavy cheese or chocolaty dessert.

I'm sure if you ask around a lot of people might tell you that Fuller's London Porter is what turned them onto dark beer; it certainly isn't hard to acquire a taste for gratifying, bittersweet flavours like these. Nor is it hard to acknowledge the fullness and satisfaction you have come an empty glass. Fuller's calls their London Porter "the world's finest" which may be an exaggeration, but not by much... (2,114 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB date 17/04/06.
A: in a goblet it pours a very very dark brown, next to black, colour, coming with a beige head disappearing slowly. Nice flow of bubbles in the glass is detectable.
S: deeply dark-chocolatey note mixed well with a juicy dark malty flavour overwhelms the nose; lots of rawness of crushed dark malts like calcium-pills at present too, along with dried dark-fruits (raisins and longan-fruit) and a tinge of tobaco sustaining well in the background--overall very dark-malty as well as fruity.
T: a flow of chocolatey flavour of chocolate and crystal malts (?) pours in my mouth, accompanied by a rounded but mild flavour of coffee beans, tiny bit of tart dark fruits, lightly diacetyl flavour, and a touch of divine intervention of smokiness... against such rich flavour of dark malts, quite mild hoppyness cuts its way through. Overall a very complex and balanced taste, not having the chocolatey theme overpowering everything else. The aftertaste is smoothly bitter, turning dryish and lingerings well down the throat.
M: very refreshing on the tongue as provided by mildly fizzy body, while rounded mouthfeel of malts is balanced quite well with a nice tinge of fruitiness, resulting in an overall smooth palate, not overly sweet and overly rich.
D: What more can I say about this beer... simply gorgeous~~ with such a glass of full-flavoured porter retaining a refreshing body and dryish aftertaste, it doesn't take a great Porter fan to fully appreciate its fullness and complexity--look what's happened to me! (1,535 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from the LCBO, BBD of November 17, 2011. Into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a solid 3 finger tan head. Sheets of lacing, with solid retention. Nose is equally as solid, caramel, dark and milk chocolates, light smoke (maybe some smoked meats) and some roastiness. Quite complex and mouthwatering. Starts off smooth and super silky on the palate, chocolate up front with some caramel sweetness, dark roasted coffee, a touch metallic before it warmed up a bit more. Mouthfeel was great, creamy and silky. Drinkability is awesome, an everyday porter and something that may become a staple in my fridge. (621 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep black opaque body with a nice thick creamy light tan head that last and last. The few bubbles that rise up on the glass edges are tiny and fast.

S- The smell of fresh roasted malt with some notes of fresh coffee are strong. Hints of dark chocolate and pipe tobacco are faint but and a nice layer.

T- This beer has a nice dark malt and roasted barley taste with a note of sourness to it. A hint of graham cracker is in the background with a finish that is very soft on the hops bitterness but it is there. The dark malt has a nice nutty taste and it is very fresh tasting, like chewing on the malt right out of the bag. The finish has a slight coffee hint with more of a dark chocolate bitterness that offers more flavor than the hops. The finish has a very nice faint sweetness to it.

M- This beer has a medium body with a slight slippery texture. The carbonation is not real high but it is present.

D- This is an amazing porter. The flavors of fresh grain add up to make a wonderful smooth complexity. The slight sweetness is just perfect to bring out the softer flavors with out tasting syrupy. (1,174 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer with beef and just like their site points out - a deep, dark, coffee-colored ale. Good head and carbonation. Some roasty maltiness and slightly hoppy finish. The ABV is 5.2%. (192 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Chop Shop, Brooklyn.

Poured a deep black hue with a half finger foamy off white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured burnt caramel, charcoal and dry coffee.

The taste consisted of a dry roasted malt with residual charcoal and coffee flavors. There was a slight constant sweetness as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style and milky in character.

Overall a full flavored and full bodied porter. (472 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 330 mL bottle of London Porter served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool.

A: The porter has a 3 finger head and deep brown color. When held to light, ruby red highlights emerge.

S: The porter has a wonderfully strong coffee and chocolate nose, resembling a java estate blend.

T: The flavor is a slightly sour chocolate taste, very vibrant and tangy. There is a stale beer undertone that adds just a hint of extra flavor.

M: Great mouthfeel, by far the best tasting English Porter available.

D: Excellent representative of an english porter, I wish I had a second bottle. (596 characters)

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

Best by 30 Jul 06

A - Pours a clear dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, tiny head though, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of slightly roasted malts, toffee, and caramel.

T - The taste is awesome sweet malty with some toffer/caramel overtones. Also and nice slightly dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. A very tasty brew. I've had a few Fuller's brew's and there all great. Highly recommended. (436 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can to pint glass.

A - Dark brown with one finger of thick light brown head with good retention.

S - Big roasted malt and milk chocolate aromas up front. A touch of bitter coffee and a mild sweetness that is reminiscent of oatmeal.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar. A nice overall sweetness with just enough bittering to balance it out.

M - Medium body, creamy. Smooth and silky. Light to moderate carbonation. (425 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at British Beer Company, Hyannis location.

Presentation is an imperial pint glass, with an excellent 3/4" super-dense nitro head over the medium brown brew. Laced excellently with foam coated the glass sides from top to bottom at the end of the drinking experience. Aroma is medium and dark malts, even apparent through the nitro head. Taste was of the malt, then softened with an almost perfect complementary amount of hops. This brew impressed me by being able to blast its flavor through the normally deadening nitro presentation. This ability combined with the nitro-smoothing effect made the mouthfeel and drinkability tops in my book. (651 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark,near opaque nature (deep chestnut brown with dark plum highlights around the edges when held up to the light). A one finger frothy dark khaki colored head sits atop with moderately lasting results before leveling to a thin sudsy covering leaving only a slight thin lacing around the glass edges.

S: a dark roasted coffee bean aroma with dried cherries, dark fruit and some bitter chocolate.

T: smooth with a well polished, but deep roasted coffee bean flavor with a dried creamer sweetness sneaking through. The coffee bitterness and earthy minerality (soil) truly highlight the rich nature of this drink. Some dried grapeskins, raisins and a faint dried creamer/chalkiness is found on the finish.

M: nice providing a light-medium viscosity, oily texture while leaving a dry earthy and roasted bitterness behind. The carbonation is soft while there was slight traces of dried coffee creamer/chalkiness left behind.

D: Really good drinkability, rich and dark with a fresh roasted coffee flavor that is sure to put this on the top of your list per style. (1,076 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark brown color with hints of ruby when held up to the light. Head is one finger of compact tan foam; quite attractive.

Smell: very nice, smooth chocolate/coffee aroma. True, they are the standard aromas of a good porter, but in this case they are melded very well. To me this beer smells like a mocha truffle -- a good thing indeed.

Taste: flavor is very good; a nice realization of the aroma. The aftertaste is just like the aroma: a delicious mocha truffle. Up front we get a little more chocolate and even some nice floral hops. Bitterness is not too high, and complements the flavor very well. Despite its candylike flavor, this beer is not too sweet. I love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good creaminess despite the relatively low carbonation. The folks at Fuller's have done well.

Drinkability: this is one smooth, delicious porter. I will have to find a regular source for this, as it is simply wonderful. (987 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-black, pours a nice off-white/tan head, not much retention, but great lace.

S: Dark malt, chocolate, burnt caramel, a little spice (jaggery/treacle?), with a touch of British fruity esters.

T: Bittersweet, with the bitterness comming from the chocolate malt. Caramel, licorice, treacle, molases. Slight alcoholic warmth in the finish. A little fruitiness from the British yeast. Considerable depth of flavour.

M: Moderate body, light to moderate carbonation. Chalky after-taste.

D: Quite good, but it's a little bold for a session beer. (556 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came in a 50 cl brown short-necked bottle. Label is black and purple with a picture of a griffin.

A: Pours dark brown with hints of red. Head is off-white rather large and creamy. Dissipation is slow leaving rich lacings.

S: Chocolate galore! Dry and medium roasted chocolate malt. Some bitter hops. Dried dark fruits. Dry but with some sweetness. Faint notes of smoked ham.

T: More of everything compared to the smell. More smoked ham, more chocolate, but even some caramell malt. Heavier roasted. More dark dried fruit. Dry bitterhops. Faint butter.

M: Long dry bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and rather thin body.

D: Nice porter. A bit drier than other Porters I've had (interesting). (714 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is the same except not as strong as the smell, still chocolaty with some malts and coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer. (305 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Generous light brown head disappeared rather quickly leaving a thin lace on top of the beer and on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very reminiscent of coffee, with strong roasted barley, dark malts and slight graininess. The roasted and dark malts shine through in the flavour, but are nicely balanced by bitterness. Hints of chocolate and molasses. Full bodied with a velvety smooth texture. The finish is dry and has the flavour of roasted malt grains, but without the astringency that often accompanies it. Definitely a world class porter. (585 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black with a light tan head. The slightly buttery aroma features dark roasted malts, coffee and just a touch of chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and coffee with a nice dry and bitter finish. Overall, this is an outstanding porter that is certainly among my favorites within the style. Highly recommended. (369 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.