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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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2,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,074
Reviews: 1,134
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 154
Gots: 102 | FT: 1
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:
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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

A: When poured, this dark brown beer shows off some moderate red highlights when held up to a bright light, very attractive. The head is also moderate, at around one finger, but it sticks around for a while in the form of a soft, creamy lacing.

S: Chocolate complexities, roasted malts. Possibly some dark fruits in there as well with coffee and a unique sweet nuttiness. NOt much on the hops.

T: Everything detected by the nose is very well accounted for in the taste. Smooth, creamy and delicious, almost like drinking iced coffee with chocolate truffle creamer and just the right amount of sweetness. Exquisite Porter roast combines well with the specialty malts, I fell in love after the first sip.

M&D: Creamy and smooth, very very sessionable and drinkable.

11-02-2009 09:58:14 | More by BeelzeBrew
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4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

A: it pours a very dark brown beer, with a good head and medium lasting lace.
S:Roasted malts,coffee, toffee, caramel and nuts... very complex.
T:Very dark roasted malts, choco-coffee and Roasted malts aftertaste, with some coffee
M:Good carbonation and a very silky mouthfeel
D:It goes down very easily because of its fine quality.

Maybe one of the best roasted malts youll ever find... very classy beer and very well balanced

11-02-2009 05:10:19 | More by yael6666
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

A : Brown and hazy with a creamy head that was lost quickly

S : Chocolate, prune and roasted malt right there. Not dominating but mild, yet quite recognizable

T : Soft taste of chocolate and coffee. Roasted coffee beans if you know that

M : Smooth and medium bodied. Highish levels of carbonation for its style

D : Yes, very much

10-23-2009 06:44:13 | More by BeerSingh
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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

10-18-2009 16:39:30 | More by jlindros
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

On cask at Kickoff's in Waterloo.

Fell in love with this brew in cans, and was delighted to try it pumped from the cask.

A - Dark mahogany with a touch of ruby. Pours a thin tan head, which encircles the glass. A bit of lacing.

S - Malty, with hints of chocolate and caromel.

T - Simply brilliant. London Porter has always been my standard for the porter style, and on cask it does not disappoint. Lovely blend of malt, dark chocalate and bitterness. Caramel also lingers on the tongue.

M - The only drawback of the cask is the lack of carbonation, but the taste certainly masks it. A bit thinner than some porters, but still creamy and satisfying.

D - A real winner on cask draught. Great as a sessional, not too heavy and full of flavour. Fantastic as well in cans; well worth picking up!

10-16-2009 02:23:56 | More by JohnnyBarman
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District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Pours a deep, dark, garnet-brown color. The light brown head is tall, dense, and frothy/creamy. Retention is very nice, with attractive trails of sudsy lacing along the glass.

S: Roasted malt up front, with significant chocolate notes. Some hints of coffee and dark fruit. A bit earthy as well. A nice caramel sweetness is also present.

T: Thick, firm roasted malt up front, with a nice undertone of dark chocolate and caramel sweetness. Notes of coffee, dark fruit, earthiness, and a faint smoky flavor. A mild hop bitterness works well with the bite of the dark chocolate flavor.

M: Somewhat full-bodied. Smooth and somewhat creamy. A bit chewy at times.

D: A delicious English porter from Fuller's. Rich roasted chocolate flavor makes for a very nice beer. Full-bodied, tasty, and almost perfectly balanced and clean for the style. Definitely worthwhile.

10-12-2009 02:00:51 | More by Clydesdale
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

A- Jet black, 3 finger tan head. Some decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, milk chocolate and some faint coffee notes.

T- Chocolate up front followed by bitterness from the hops & coffee like flavors.

M- This is where this beer really shines in my opinion. Rich & extremly creamy. Just a great feeling on the tongue and mouth.

D- A great session beer. I could definitely drink a couple of these any given night.

10-11-2009 02:34:31 | More by Dawkfan
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A grand porter against which to judge others.

A= deep mahogany chocolate red-brown, with a light layer of head.

S= very inviting; burnt chocolate, some coffee, and hints of spices & hops.

T= dry coffee residue on the tongue which seems to add to the light bitterness of the hops; burnt chocolate; occasional flashes of prune.

M- light dry coffee residue, lingering burnt chocolate bitterness mixed with mild sweetness depending on which part of the tongue and tastebuds are reporting.

D= very drinkable if you like dark stuff, and even if you don't then you'll probably find new enlightenment from this beer.

10-07-2009 00:53:39 | More by therica
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a coca-cola brown out of the can but ends up almost black with ruby red highlights. One finger of light tan head tops the beer with excellent retention bu minimal lacing.

Smell of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee grain and some sweet brown sugar.

Sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar and a bit of caramel followed by a dry, bitter coffee like finish. Good balance but the emphasis definately seems to be on the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and semi-creamy; I think I almost quoted the can. Not too heavy, making this highly quaffable.

Overall, a solid offering from Fuller's. As stated on the can, this is an excellent after-dinner drink. Nothing is too overpowering, making this a pleasant porter to drink.

10-05-2009 23:17:09 | More by ludachris
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Dark brown with mahagony highlights. Fluffy khaki colored head that diminished quickly and leaves thin lacing towards the top of the glass.

S - medium roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate... potential hints of brown sugar

T - follows the scent... medium roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Hints of carmel and molasses. somewhat earthy. No overpowering flavors here.

M - medium bodied which puts it on the lighter scale for a porter, still semi-creamy... decent carbonation, no coating or aftertaste

D - Very good porter and another very good beer from Fullers.

10-01-2009 13:06:47 | More by rfgetz
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

First can of this...

- Can barely see through the rootbeer brown color... poured directly into the center of the glass as directed... didn't foam up and overflow.. but a nice slow micro-bubbled mocha head appeared and stuck around a very long time.

- Roasty chocolate smell... some bitterness is hiding in there too.

- Great creamy and smooth flavor... chocolate malt, light bittering... and a robust aftertaste as well.. truly good.

- Refreshing and dark, not dry at all.. just flavorful.. mouth watering.

- Very drinkable and good. Perfect for the style. Which more American Porters/Stouts were like this.

09-25-2009 16:58:20 | More by Docer
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Reviewing this again from the bottle. Got a 12 ouncer from City Beer in SF for $2.50. This is a great porter, sort of like someone who brings your bags up quickly and doesn't harass you about leaving a lousy tip.

A - Dark brown color, nearly black, with a substantial creamy tan head.

S - Strong aroma, coffee and chocolate - chocolate malt is especially noticeable.

T - Smooth and very well-rounded flavor: roasted malt, coffee, smoke and some milk chocolate.

M/D - Very smooth and creamy on the palate. Not too heavy, really drinkable.

09-23-2009 20:24:56 | More by nickd717
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

11.2-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark red, can be seen through clearly with light behind it, but is almost impenetrable otherwise. Forms medium tan head that has good retention but by the time it has settled nothing remains except a few bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S & T = Smells of coffee, caramel and milk chocolate. Some tart and sour flavors of dark chocolate, butter, long finish.

M = Medium, medium-light body, some stinging on the tongue.

D = This is a very drinkable beer which is interesting since it has pretty strong flavors.

09-22-2009 23:25:02 | More by Traquairlover
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4.45/5  rDev +6%

On nitro-tap at the Haus Staudt in Redwood City. Chris bought this round, thanks Chris.

A: Pours a pitch black in the glass (as I type this up I realize I've been drinking a lot of dark beers lately...). I watch the bartender pour it over several minutes, and realize that it takes several tries because each dispensation produces a half-foam-half liquid blend. Captivating to watch the cream-tan colored bubbles coalesce into a dark liquid. The final result is an inch of head that retains very well, resolving into a cap approximately half a finger thick. Tons of lacing down the glass as the bubbles deposit everywhere.

S: Milk chocolate, nougat, toasty malt, and nutty brown sugar. It's a little weak in the nose though.

T: Follows the nose perfectly. I realize it's like drinking a Snickers bar from the description; but it's not cloying. It opens up with chocolate and brown sugar; the mid-taste sees nuts, toast, and nougat. But the finish is dry and roasty, even slightly bitter.

M: Medium-bodied. Extremely creamy, velvety, smooth. Just a delight on the tongue.

D: Well, I did an unusual thing (for me) and had a second glass of the same beer. 'Nuff said.

09-20-2009 00:27:17 | More by Arbitrator
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United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thick, rich-looking, lingering head of cream-coloured foam, sitting above a near-black beer.

There is a rich aroma that is not as smoky as I might've expected.

The smooth mouthfeel hits me first. It's not dry like a stout. The taste is rich and creamy, with hints of chocolate and coffee. It's complex but not overpowering. Unforunately there's a bit of metallic taste in hte finish/afteraste.

Highly drinkable porter!

09-17-2009 23:34:47 | More by fullsweep
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4.83/5  rDev +15%

Beautiful brune dark appearance with whiteish head. Smell-chocolate and coffee-very nice combination. I taste beers the same way I do wines. Exceptional taste rom the first to last sip. Rich and full mouthfeel-as afte a very strong turkish coffee. One or two pints satisfy completely.

I had it bottled.

09-16-2009 11:39:00 | More by scotlandsp
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours the darkest of browns, clear where there's opacity with an opaque center. A dense two finger nitro head tops the dark body. The nose is subdued but pleasant; milk chocolate and nougat, burnt toast and light fruitiness. The taste is much bolder though still mellow, opening with a pleasant chocolate and toffee sweetness, leading into a surprisingly dry, bitter and roasty fnish. Medium-bodied, nearly flat in the usual nitro-tap fashion but quite creamy. I put down a couple pints of this in less than an hour and could've gone for another, time permitting. One of my favorite English porters, I'd love to try this on hand pump some time.

09-14-2009 05:26:37 | More by largadeer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Poured into a pint glass yeilding an overflowing billowy head. Very dark brown hint of red

S: carmalized sugar. figs. almonds.

T: Chocolate. toffee. coffee. sugar. I love english malts and this is a malt bomb. Hops are present at the end enough to make it balanced

M: medium viscosity and smooth. not clotting in the mouth or parching.

D: I dont think id mind if this were the last beer on earth. I could drink plenty of this.

I love porters and this is a good'un!

09-12-2009 02:51:50 | More by uno99
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

This beer pours a dark brown,cherry colour with ruby highlights and average carbonation that leaves a one finger head with sporadic lacing,the aroma is roasted chocolate,coffee malts very nice,it has above average mouthfeel with a nice smooth thinnish mocha start that finishes with a little dose of hops but not bitter at all once again this is a great example of the style and so perfectly balanced out i can see why this was the drink of choice all those years ago and would recommend this beer to those who like a nice uk porter.

09-09-2009 10:33:18 | More by ADZA
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United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, almost black in colour. The head is a shade darker than tan, and quite heavy. Medium carbonation

Aroma: Dark malts, liquorish, and honey. There is also an astringent iron-like metallic aroma.

Taste: Quite bitter from the start, with espresso coffee, dark chocolate, and I also get a taste a bit like burnt toast. The aftertaste is woody and smoked, and dominated by roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, and a touch oily in the texture, which gives it a clingy quality. The carbonation is light.

Drinkability: An understandable classic. The taste and the feel of this porter are world class, and the potency and fullness of the flavours at just 5.4% ABV are phenomenal. The easy in which it goes down is a worry, like most good beers are.

09-06-2009 21:32:14 | More by PartyBear
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev 0%

An aggressive pour leaves me with a thin layer of tan head over a black body. The body shows ruby highlights when held to the light. It has a deep roasted malt aroma of chocolate and coffee. It tastes of dark chocolate, black coffee, and blackstrap molasses. Bittersweet. Finishes long, with a lingering aftertaste of dark roast coffee. Medium bodied with almost flat carbonation - very smooth and creamy. It's substantial, but not overly heavy. I could drink a few of this delicious English porter, and would be more than happy doing so.

09-06-2009 01:54:30 | More by mintjellie
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

pours a redish black with a small off white head without much lacing to speak of

Smell is some bitter cocoa, coffee, and molasses

Taste is coffee, raisins, molasses

This is a great example of the style, rich yet refreshing and oh so easy to drink

09-03-2009 22:14:55 | More by benclimbs
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3.95/5  rDev -6%

On tap at the Elephant & Castle in Boston. Served in an Imperial pint glass. Dark, rich brown color. Thin white head. Roasted dark chocolate malt smell. Taste nailed what I think a porter should be. Roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, hint of vanilla, and just a bit of smoke all rolled onto the palate. I loved the mouthfeel of this beer. Smooth and creamy, yet hearty at the same time. But, very drinkable and a moderate abv % level. This should be considered a classic example of a British porter.

08-26-2009 00:24:31 | More by morebeergood
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

From the bottle to a glass-
Looks: Pours a most impressive dark brown, nearly opaque but for a bit of red where light can shine through. Average sized head, dark brown and foamy.

Smell: Very sweet, rich flavors... coffee, caramel.

Taste: On the tongue it has a complex smoky bitterness, and finishes with a strong sweet coffee flavor. The aftertaste is the ever-present coffee.

Feel: A bit heavy, but not so much carbonation.

Drink: If you want flavor, specifically smoky, rich flavors, this is one excellent porter. I can definitely see drinking a few of these at the pub.

08-23-2009 03:49:53 | More by SteveS1
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4.58/5  rDev +9%

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!

08-22-2009 21:37:20 | More by smcolw
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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