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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 158
Gots: 111 | 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Stoffel, Jan 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

EdLenin, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev -4.8%

animal69, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Scout11, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown pop top, nice raised glass, classy, simple label. I've said it before and I'll say it again...THANK YOU Fullers, for putting dates on your beers that are imported to the States. This one's best by date is 2-13-12. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark cola-colored beer with bright clarity and beautiful garnet highlights when held up to the light. Nice light tan cap with pretty good retention.

Smell: Mild roast, lots of brown malt, and a hint of dark fruit esters and minerality. Not much if anything in the way of hops. Simple, but pleasant.

Taste: Dry, mildly bitter roast, along with a lot of brown malt character. This is a fairly bitter beer, a bit more than I was expecting, but it goes nicely with the roasted character.

Mouthfeel: Firmly on the light side of medium-bodied, HIGHLY drinkable.

Overall: Really nice English-style porter with a nice balance of brown malt charater, roasted malt, and mild dark fruit esters. Quite drinkable. It runs about $12.00 a sixer. At that price point, it's certainly not something I'd buy regularly. Nice counterpoint to many American Robust Porters, but a bit 2-dimensional and lacking just a bit of depth. I'd give this a mid-high B: something I'd purchase every once in awhile for a change of pace.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 02, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a very dark red body with a one-finger, mocha colored head that features decent retention and lacing.

S: Some roast, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and toffee. This smells amazing, to be honest.

T: Very roasty up front, featuring caramel and coffee sneaking up on the back end. I will say, the coffee finish is a little disagreeable with me, but otherwise, it's great tasting.

M: Nicely creamy, medium bodied, yet it features high carbonation, as well. Good combination. The finish isn't that dry, which helps keep the bitter aftertaste in check.

O: Though I can't justify buying this stuff everyday at $13 a six pack, this is still a great session porter overall. Thumbs up.

ThisWangsChung, Dec 31, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

taigor, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of SargeC
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown colored brew with a frothy tan head.

Smell: Roast malt, brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Good roast malt profile, extremely smooth. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium/Heavy body. Good density for the style.

Drinkablity: Very tasty. A sessionable porter is good to find.

SargeC, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Star80
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown almost black color with a sticky looking head. The smell is immediately bittersweet cocoa and coffee and again the vinous smell that I get from these English ales. It is nice roasty smell of a deliciously dark rich porter. The taste is wonderfully complex and rich. I'm getting plenty of dark chocolate notes, coffee, smoke, and some sweetness like a toasted marshmallow. The hops are in the background adding a nice finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is a superb Porter which most should be judged against.

Star80, Dec 28, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thin off-white head that leaves some lace.

S- Roasted charred malt and loads of toffee. A slight whiff of coffee in there as well.

T- Very similar to the nose with a roasted black coffee flavor and creamy rich bittersweet chocolate coming through as it warms. The alcohol is well hidden and the sweetness in the finish is balanced out by the bitterness of the coffee flavors.

M- Medium bodied with medium/low carbonation. Smooth feel.

O- Overall a very delicious English Porter. I don't think it would be a stretch to call it one of the best of it's style.

projectflam86, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

CP20, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

76th Review
Served in pint glass

Enjoyed at Churchill Arms on Christmas Eve.

A: Deep brown. 1.5 (mocha) fingernail head.

S: Dark roasted malt, chocolate, toasty, caramelised brown sugar, vanilla, and hint of coffee. Beautiful.

T: Just like it smells...complex and well-rounded. Very nice.

M: Medium-full bodied and medium carbonation.

O: A very nice and enjoyable brew. Smooth, toasty, big, and robust. Think it should definitely be enjoyed on-draft though. Great job Fuller's!

spdyfire83, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Telestic, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

JacketIPA, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

BuxMontBeerLover, Dec 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. special branded bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Most of the beer in my glass has a mahogany or ebony color, but a good amount of the edge has a cranberry tint to it. A rocky beige head forms on top before fading to some scattered patches. No real lace to speak of, and it took a decently aggressive pour just to create any real head.

Smell: Deep bitter chocolate, burnt roasted malts, a bit of smoke, vanilla, some oak, and a touch of charred molasses give this complex aroma.

Taste: There is a touch of molasses sweetness up front, but this beer is fairly bitter all the way through. A bitter dark and charred malt brings a bit of tobacco and smoke with it, setting the tone for a bitter dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee bitterness that persists for the rest of each sip. The finish remains bitter.

Mouthfeel: The burnt nature of the malt imparts a slightly acrid feel, and the residue left around the inside of my lips is bitter and oily. It is dry with a noticeable acidity to it as well. The carbonation is on the light side and neither is overly creamy or crisp. A medium body compared to other porters I have had.

Overall: This is not a bad beer by any stretch, but I would not choose it over any handful of solid American porters.

KickInTheChalice, Dec 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

tmrocker, Dec 18, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The expected very dark pour with a thin, creamy, tan head. Even holding it up to the light only lets a little through. Leaves a thick lacing behind.

S: Chocolate and smoke detectable in the scent. There's a roastiness to it as well.

T: Taste starts with a strong coffee flavor and has a touch of sweetness that transitions into a bitter swallow. Lot of roasted, malty flavor in there as well. Just a touch of chocolate in that sweetness I mentioned, but mostly overwhelmed by the more bitter coffee flavoring.

M: Strong-bodied and thick, complemented by a smooth, cool swallow. Leaves an aftertaste like I just finished drinking an iced latte.

D: Quite tasty overall, which really surprised me after an underwhelming smell. A wonderful example of the English porter and certainly high on my list of beers. Love the bottle design, too.

ScorpyX, Dec 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

bladman, Dec 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

jak, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.