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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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Ratings: 2,302
Reviews: 1,167
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 190
Gots: 206 | FT: 0
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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 jazzyjeff13
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep brownish-maroon hue; carbonation not visible. Produces a large head of light-brown foam that lasts for a couple of minutes. Looks delicious. A subtle aroma of dark roasted malt with sweet undertones. Burnt notes, nuttiness, chocolate and caramel are all present.

The taste is a rich complex of sweet and bitter roasted malt followed by a dry finish. Notes of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, nuts and caramel. Dry hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Hints of sherry. Mouthfeel is unctuously smooth with a fantastic body and a light tingling sensation. Distinctive aftertaste of bitter roasted malt.

Excellent balance of sweet and bitter, with a great blend of flavours. Rich, tasty and smooth - just like a good porter should be. Top notch, and well worth trying.

Photo of DoktorZee
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - deep black in color with some ruby around the edges. Compact tan head coats the glass.

S - hint of caramel malt on the nose; not a lot there otherwise.

T - lots of great flavor in this one - slight bitterness makes way for a bit of smoke followed by some really smooth chocolate malt. Finishes practically like a chocolate milkshake.

M - really light mouthfeel with a smooth creaminess (thanks nitro).

D - extremely drinkable; could put a bunch of these down.

Very nice easy drinking but very flavorful porter. Years of practice makes this perfect!

Photo of ghetto90007
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a poor man's pint glass. Advice on this one - definitely let it warm up. It really comes into it's own at around 55 degrees and up.

Pours dark, brown-black, nearly opaque. Frothy, creamy light brown head. Sticky, resilient lacing.

Smells quite malty, elements of cocoa. Hints of some complexity I can't quite put my finger on. Sort of smokey, but not really.

Roasted malt, bitter cocoa. I can taste the smoke coming through now. Bitterness from the hops comes through once the beer settles on your tongue and mingles with the cocoa and roasted malts in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderately carbonated, but fairly soft mouthfeel.

A solid offering. This would be a great one to sit down with on a cruddy fall day in London.

Photo of teromous
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Dark beer with a dark amber tint in the light. The head has larger carbonation bubbles and is off-white. It has a pretty thin head.

S: Very malty with huge notes of caramel. It has some chocolate scent as well.

T: It has a very unique taste. It's loaded with caramel flavor and quite sweet. It's very delicious. There is a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: It's smooth but feels a little thin. With as much sweetness as it has I expected more coating but it wasn't there.

O: Overall it tastes wonderful so that weighs very heavily with me. I would recommend this to people looking for a great porter.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dark chocolate and coffee flavours, medium bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Porter.

Photo of gskitt
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Waiting to try this one for a while. Pours a dark brown, yet can see through the glass, head had lots of lacing. Smells of roasted malts, dried fruits in syrup, coffee. Taste is balanced, has some char on the tongue, bitter coffee as well. Like I said, balanced, really flavorful yet all tastes are shared. Overall, my new favorite Porter!

Photo of atis
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with dense off-white head that forms lacing reminding of icicles. Aroma is light roasted, slight burnt flavours.

Taste is similar to aroma, complex roasty malts, chocolate and bittery finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean light-medium with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable as hell, certainly one of favourite my beers.

Photo of Duhast500
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a dark black with some maroon highlights, Some brownish head on top with some slight lacing.

The smell is of toffee and some slight tobacco aroma. A definitely malty nose that is roasty and a little burnt.

The taste is roasty, some toffee flavor slights around at the beginning and makes itself welcome. Some slight coffee grind flavor comes in the middle with a slight touch of bitterness at the end round all the bases.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and seems to be just the right size beer for this style. Never throwing you a curveball this beer is smooth and creamy

Photo of garymuchow
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 11 DEC 11. Ample time to buy and enjoy.
Poured into imperial pint glass with much head space to enjoy this really nice aroma. Coffee and chocolate abound with subtle fruit and hops mixed in. Really nice.
Black on table, with deep red when held in light. Creamy looking tan head on the smallish side but attractive and prolonged. Soft lacing.
Flavor is just as complex as aroma finishing with a hoppy flavored bitterness holding a malty dryness. Yummy. Flavors very similar to aroma. Coffee, chocolate with less fruit and more hops.
So creamy for a lighter bodied ale. Carbonated perfectly.
For drinkability it's right up there and as it should be for a classic British ale. So many flavors but none knock the drinker over the head.

Photo of mattgreger
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured deep ruby red/brown color, which you can see right through if you hold up to light. It had a very nice, frothy brown head that was very creamy looking. It had pretty good retention that faded to some nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma on the brew begins with a nice rush of roasted malts. After the brew sits for a bit, the nose begins to detect doughy, nutty aroma, that feeds into a touch of chocolate. It smells delicious.

The flavors are bold in this brew. In the front is the roasted malts, which as in the aroma feed into a bready, nutty flavor. There are also some great flavors of milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Its also got a nice touch of dark fruit that give the brew a great bitterness to finish off the brew.

The mouthful on this brew is super silky. It finishes off super smouth and has a great lingering flavor that holds on even after you have finished the brew.

This is a great brew...its super dark and complex. Its also got such a rich mix of flavors that make it a great porter. I would certianly reach for it again.

Photo of Tackledorange
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very nice black with ruby highlights along the edges of the glass and about a 3 finger mocha coloured head that dies down to a thin layer leaving little lacing. It smells awesomel lots of coffee and some dark chocolate sweetness. the taste is very similar to the smell lots of coffee and lots of dark chocolate and a very faint hint of hops in there as well. it has nice carbonation and a fairly heavy and sticky mouthfeel that coats the mouth with every taste. overall i think this is an amazing beer that i could enjoy anytime of day.

Photo of ReluctantScooper
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on cask but prefer it on keg, usually in the Old Joint Stock (Birmingham) or Churchill Arms (London).

It may be served a tad too cold. It may have just a tad too much gas. It may take too long to open out. But there's something splendid about this very very very very very very very dark red beer. Vanilla sweetness, mild blend roasts, slight vineous hop edge at the end. One of those beers that I pass the hours away with when in a Fuller's pub.

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Dark Chocolate with amber undertones when held up to the light. Decent head retention and very little carbonation


Slightly roasted coffee scent and a bit of grassy hoppiness


Roasted coffee dominance followed by a nutty and slight dark chocolate essence. Mild hop bitterness the is very well balanced


Smooth clean feeling on the palate. Leaves a pleasant lingering coffee taste on the back of the tongue.


This beer went down extremely easy. The mixture of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with the hops makes for a smooth satisfying porter with a great lingering aftertaste. I'm looking forward to my next

Photo of mjurney
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown color, see through. Fairly nice head, almost creamy.

Roasted malts, nutty, touch of milk chocolate.

Roasted malts up front, nutty, milk chocolate and coffee. Slight hint of dried dark fruit, prunes and raisin. Mild bitterness at the end. Body is very silky.

Finish off very smooth, nice roasted aftertaste that lingers very well.

World class porter. The slogan says it all "Rich, Dark and Complex".

Photo of dbmernin83
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Stout in Hollywood.
A-black with a perfect inch-tall khaki head.
S-chocolate. and a little more chocolate.
T-huge chocolate bursting through the nitro smoothness. light roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate finish.
M-creamy nitro milkshake deliciousness.
D-A great English porter that shines on nitrogen. An adult chocolate milkshake. I'll be back for another.

Photo of JMad
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was dark brown with red highlights, the khaki colored head was thin and bubbly. Smells amazing, you get a lot of roasted coffee and chocolate along with a hint of molasses. When you take a sip you first notice some bitter coffee flavors, then some toasty, smokey notes and hints of bitter dark chocolate. The beer is light but full bodied, it has low but sharp carbonation and it leaves the mouth very dry. I'm glad the guy at Central Market recommended this one, it is truly a great porter.

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

Pours black with ruby highlights, large creamy tan head and lots of lacing.
Nose shows lots of chocolate, liquorice, ground coffee, nuts and caramel. Really nice!
Very similar flavours but more roasted malt. Nice coffee, cocoa and caramel characters. Finishes with a mild roasty bitterness.
Great soft carbonation, body could be a little thicker though.

Photo of paulginva
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This draft had about a 1/4" creamy light tan head by the time it got to my table. The head dissipated almost immediately with fair lacing. Body was a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and moderate carbonation.

AROMA: Big coffee and chocolate aroma with overtones of caramel, toffee, roasted malts and a bit of nuttiness combined with a light fruitiness. Smelled great.

TASTE: A greater than expected element of coffee was present along with semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted barley with a slight note of hop bitterness. All in all, pleasant and enjoyable.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium palate with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. The initial flavor was a moderate sweetness with the finish lightly bitter with moderate dryness in a medium finish length. Fair body lacing that dissipated somewhat quickly.

DRINKABILITY: A solid, easy drinking, flavorful drink that I'd definitely buy again. Flavor could be enhanced by a slight increase in hops flavor.

Photo of jman892
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. One finger head that fades quickly leaving an off white film. Moderate amount of lacing

S - Malts, cocoa powder, very faint coffee grinds

T - Taste is balanced with no one flavor standing out above all others. Molasses, chocolate, some type of nuttiness all mix together. Brown sugar sweetness emerges as it warms

M - Relatively thin mouthfeel, prickly carbonation

D - Drinkability is good on this one. Dry finish makes me keep reaching for the next sip.

Nothing extreme but a very solid porter overall.

Photo of KajII
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a very dark murky brown, almost black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium brown frothy head that diminished slowly and had some really nice lacing.

The aroma was of a cookie malt and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and roasted coffee.

The taste was good and roasty and extremely malty with hints of chocolate and brown sugar from the start, and then had a slight bitterness to it and a nice dose of coffee towards the end. The aftertaste was smooth and roasty with a nice creamy choco-coffee flavor and lasted quite a while, which I did not mind at all.

Mouthfeel was extremely creamy in texture and full in body with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall this was an EXCELLENT Porter with the flavors blended together so well that it created a very creamy and roasty brew that was a pleasure to drink...

Photo of goalie33
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 16oz pint glass. Best before 4/5/11.
A) Very dark beer, but not completely opaque. Redish hues when held up to the light. One finger of tan head. Fine bubbles slowly rise to the surface. Leave nice lacing in the glass.
S) Bitter chocolate laced with espresso, roasted malts, slight hints of dark fruit.
T) Dry, cocoa powder in the beginning gives way to a coffee bitterness on the finish.
M/D) Dry, chalky mouthfeel. Medium body, not much carbonation in the palate. Flavors are good and abv is fairly low, but the chalky mouthfeel hurts the drinkablility of this beer.

Photo of Sneers
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best-by date is 8 months from now.

Pours a deep brown with burnt red highlights, capped with a fat, tan head. Very nice looking beer.

The aroma is pretty unique: notes of black coffee and pipe tobacco mix with toffee more and more as the beer warms. It's really a pleasure smelling this.

The taste is of strong, black coffee mixes with dark, roasty notes. Like in the nose, the toffee becomes more predominate with warming. I also get a hint of smokiness. The finish is bitter and hangs around for a long time.

The mouthfeel is what I find lacking in this beer. It starts out rich and creamy, but becomes pretty watery almost immediately afterward. After the swallow, what initially feels slightly slick turns dry.

I like very much how the flavor profile lacks chocolate and sweeter notes that are to be found in some porters, but it admittedly detracts a bit from the drinkability for me and makes it a bit more of a sipper.

My first offering from a brewery I should have tried before now. I would love the opportunity to try this on cask. Recommended.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of thepeter
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours what appears to be black but has a red hue when put to light. Small compact head that is stays small and creamy

S - Robust roasted malt, fresh brown bread, coffe, cocoa and a bit of a sourish tang as well that surprised me

T - Roasty flavors similar to the smell. heavy on the roasted malt bit of coffee and the finish is where the brown bread comes in

MD - Smooth adn Creamy. the carbonation tickles th etongue at first but softens quickly. A very easy drinking beer.

Great easliy found beer that Very good. When found on Cask it is AMAZING.

Photo of pleasewearpants
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours beautifully into a Fuller's pint glass. Creamy head with a light roasty malt and chocolately aroma. Flavor is similar. Nitro really helps get er done. Light chocolate notes, perhaps a touch of coffee, amazingly smooth and clean finish. One of my ultimate rainy day beers.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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