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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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2,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,010
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 144
Gots: 89 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into an English stein.

Appearance - dark, cola black appearance with light brown foam head.

Smell - licorice and chocolate aromas.

Taste - unbelievable, complex flavors layered upon each other. Alternates between malty and dessert ingredient unsweetened chocolate, with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - rich tasting and delicate, filled with character.

Drinkability - one only. This is a treat. I wouldn't have another until next Sunday.

Serving type: can

02-15-2009 22:48:49 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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Quebec (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted February 13th, 2009.

Appearance is good. Nothing out of the usual. However, this is black so it does look black but not pitch black. Hard to be out of the ordinary with black. Uh!

Smell some chocolate and coffee. Not overwhelming just enough to make me salivate. I like very much. Nice taste.

Pours with a good head that collapse really quickly. Half a finger remain.

Taste:Some dark malt at the beginning which transform with coffee and chocolate taste at the end and in the aftertaste. This is very well balanced. I like it. Second sip, still very good. Taste a little more chocolate than coffee now.

The head is completely gone now. :(

Mouthfeel is thin and clear. Could drink more than one pint of this beer in an evening. Definitely a good beer but not exceptional by my standards.


Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 01:25:48 | More by ZorPrime
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller brews good beer so I feel fairly safe reviewing this. Wow! I had to wait 5 minutes before the head settled down enough to even have a hope of getting a decent aroma. Lacing coats more of the glass than it leaves blank. Color of dark, rich roast coffee.

Lot's of dark roast coffee and chocolate, with hints of black forest cake.

Certainly more dark roast coffee than chocolate in flavour. Slight smokiness, definite mineral water presence. Hop adds a nice element of bitterness. End with a smoky/coffee/tea-like dry bitterness.

Smooth, but could use just a bit more ooomph in the fullness dept. to put it over the top.

Oh to be able to have this one on tap in the wintertime. Very, very drinkable dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 02:09:07 | More by Shadman
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very deep rusty brown. It is very close to being opaque, but falls just a little short of it. Puffy tannish head forums beautifully and immediatly begins to leave sticky clumps of lacing

S: Rich and full, but nothing incredibly explosive. Rather, the aromas of roasted malts, lighter coffee and soft chocolate blend together subtly and modest... even noting some scents like nut oils. Quite nice.

T + M: Nice roasted flavours, and a nice hoppy note that doesn't often get noticed - at least not as much - in others. A nice, chocolatey creaminess adds a pleasant touch. The body is very similar in that it is not too heavy or creamy... modest, but certainly not bashful! :P

D: A very nice porter, and one I'd be happy to have again. I've come to find that Fuller's tends to have a knack for making very nice beers, and this is no exception. Well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 01:04:01 | More by Proteus93
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black with an average rocky light brown head that lasted most of the brew with good lacing. Aroma was heavy roasted malt with a chocolate tone. Flavor was complex with the same roasted moderated sweet but moderate average bitter finish. Medium to full body with creamy texture.

Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 16:59:56 | More by tmoneyba
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark..black with an off white head. Head doesn't have too much retention, goes away fairly quickly

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

Taste: Like the smell..very good. Malty with accents of the chocolate and coffee coming through

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth..goes down well

Drinkability: Good ABV, taste and mouthfeel. Works for me in this category

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2009 03:20:46 | More by kshankar
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark opague almost black with a hint of red, however very unimpressive head size and retention.

roasty, chocolaty smell, hoppiness is apparent in the smell as well

rich taste of barley and other roasty malts with a hint of toffee. a hoppy finish that seemed just right to me.

very impressive full bodied, soft mouthfeel.

a very drinkable brew, went well with my pancakes and home fries. a porter that i will be sure to remember and keep high on my list.

on-tap at the diner in adams morgan, dc

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 05:55:39 | More by mjw06
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pich black colored beer with a slowly fading rich creamy head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is cocoa,coffee and sweet cream.Incredibly smooth and easy drinking.This is one of the top beers I've had in the past couple of years.Highly recommended and I can't wait to get my next one!!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 05:23:29 | More by matty
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Visited the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA 2/7

Beer poured a deep brown with ruby highlights, one finger off white head that dissapates slowly leaving think lacing behind. Nose is smokey and dark roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee notes as well. Taste is initially of smokey chocolate and coffee. There is a slight hop undertone that gives some bitterness to the beer. Overall, I thought very well balanced. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, slightly creamy feel to it. This is a great beer - certainly one to sit with for a session.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2009 03:54:41 | More by Jayli
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice two finger head with some nice lacing on the glass as I drank the beer down.

Black color in the glass a nice dark ruby red hue. Sugary sweet smell along with a nice roasted grain smell.

Sugary chocolate taste as well burnt malt. Mouthfeel is thick but smoothe. An excellent porter. This one is my favorite porter at the present time.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 01:40:40 | More by lionking
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Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2009 01:21:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A blackish body with a small tan head and minor lacings. A semi-sweet malt smell with caramel notes and hints of coffee malt. Very sweet and somewhat creamy, medium-bodied, with hints of toffee, roasted, coffee and chocolate malts all in there and balances with a dry, satisfying finish (a mix of roasted malt and hops) despite a tad syrupiness from the beer. I could relax with a pint of this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 18:11:28 | More by clayrock81
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New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany body with amber tints around the edges. Has a pillowy, creamy large off-white head that settles into a nice cap. Good retention with stubborn lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted coffee and milk. Hints of chocolate, but not much. Roasted, smoked barley with a blast of sweet caramel.

Tastes of rich malts - touches of chocolate and caramel. Roasty goodness with nutty undertones. Finishes with a great dash of hop bitterness - not citrus, just a dab of bitter. Extremely well-balanced. The flavors are so delicate and blend together very well.

Mouthfeel is about as rich as a beer can get. One of the more creamy brews I've had the pleasure to try. Has a pillowy, fluffy feel in the mouth - if that makes any sense. Easy to drink and I would have no problem downing a few of these during dinner or just relaxing before bed. Outstanding brew - simply a must try.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 05:06:27 | More by TMB0424
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty and a sweet oatmeal malt. In the taste, roasty malt, sweet, and a small oatmeal presence. A smooth medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasty oatmeal aftertaste. Almost like a oatmeal stout minus the hops, mellow and nice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2009 00:25:07 | More by OWSLEY069
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown color that produced a tan head that retained and left a nice lacing

S - Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate

T - Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and cream

M - A creamy, medium body, and light carbonation

D - A great porter, something that all that enjoy the dark beers should try

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 23:10:12 | More by cvfish
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United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from handpull in Fullers "Old Joint Stock" pub in Birmingham UK. Is not normally available on hand pull here, only during winter or Christmas season.

Reasonable head on the pour, the head reflecting the very dark (but not black) colour of the beer. Aroma was sweet, malty, hint of roasted grains and coffee. Taste reflects this, initially fairly sweet, with smooth fairly rich texture. The beer - on this occasion - was served too cool for the style for my liking, so maybe muted as a result. The taste developes more in the mouth, with roasted grains, hints of dark chocolate and coffee, but not the very burnt flavours of some porters. Very little hint of any hop bitterness, the overiding taste is sweeter and roasted grains, making it a warming satisfying beer for cooler weather.

I enjoyed this - though reckon it should be served at cellar temperature - not chilled - to get the full flavours.

A very tasty enjoyable dark porter style beer for the winter months, though not a session beer for summer days!

B'ham UK January 2009

Serving type: cask

01-19-2009 10:21:11 | More by JohnW
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2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/14/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours a black colored body with a big tan head, with good lacing, but diminishing. Has an extremely malty aroma, coffee notes. Very light tasting, with some bitterness, some acid, and coffee tastes. Okay beer, kind of a session ale type drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 06:27:56 | More by jujubeast6000
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
One in. tan head-cola colored
SCent of coffee and cocoa
Taste-light coffee and chocolate, smooth and creamy, a faint bitterness in the finish-
-warmed to a more roasted coffee and more cocoa flavor
Overall, very pleasant and drinkable--a good session beer at 5.4 abv. Perfect to have on a cold wet January day(or any other day)

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 18:56:04 | More by hosehead83
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer in a mug. The temperature was about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: The beer is a medium dark brown color with an elegant ruby highlight that showcase the beers beauty. There was head when the beer was poured. There is now an eighth inch off white almost a tan ring around the glass. There are carbonation bubble coming from the bottom of the glass. The clarity of the beer is close to opaque.

Nose: A mild roasted malt, a smooth chocolate, caramel, and there is a toffee note. No fruity esters noticed, but there is a subtle hint of diacetyl.

Taste: A nice mild roasted malt, with chocolate, and caramel. There are notes of coffee, hops and a touch of sweetness.

Overall: The beer doesn't have the burnt sugar or harsh notes to it. The roasted malt seems held back a bit to allow for a very smooth beer. The beer has a medium body and a velvety mouth feel that slightly astringent. The beer gives of a nice complex character but in a refined English way. The finish is slightly bitter allowing the drinker to find the hops that is hidden in this beer. A very well made and on point with its style. There are a few character flaws in the beer I feel could be a bit better probably from shipping.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:44:31 | More by colts9016
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: review notes were taken during NYE dinner and brief
poored a medium brown with ruby hints shining through in the light, thin film like head
the smell was all malt from what I could detect
the taste (directly from my note which means I had a few to many Benchwarmer's) was like 3/4 Edmund Fitzgerald 1/4 water add to glass, drink
mouthfeel was light but pleasant, suspecting the English versions aren't as "heavy" as the American
very drinkable and easy to session, went well with my steak dinner

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 17:04:31 | More by sliverX
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3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with an off white half inch sustaining head and moderate lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasty malts. A hint of noble hop is also present.

Taste is a smooth roasted chocolate and slightly burnt toast.

Full bodied with moderate drinkability. I would say this is a good after diner beer with a slice of chocolate cheese cake or the classic King Dong.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2009 13:05:11 | More by GordonQuid
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4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured dark brown with garnet hues in the light. 1" tan head with some nice lacing in a tulip.

S - roasted malts, carob, strong coffee, some roasted nuts as well. Absolutely divine.

T - follows the smell but in a much more pronounced fashion. Very rich and flavorful.

M - medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - quite drinkable. In fact, the most drinkable porter I have ever had.

Overall - This is the paradigm porter. Simply one of the best porters I have ever had. Rich, tasty, roasty, and lightly nutty. Everything a good English porter needs and everything a good English porter has. If there was a standard of porter brewing, this would be it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 05:23:21 | More by DmanGTR
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time reviewing a porter. I'll get more practice later since I bought 8 cans of this well regarded brand.

Drinkability - I could definitely have another but this is not my personal preference for a session beer. It makes for a great drink on a cold winter night and I look forward to having another in the future.

Appearance - black about 95% opague and I believe it's clear as far as I can tell. Carbonation gives an initial creamy head which thins and is well retained. Spotted lacing is left behind through the drink. A good looking meal.

Smell - mild complexity of sweet molasses and roasted coffee. Also has chocolate, nut and dried fruit.

Taste - just like what you smell but more pronounced. From what I've read, this is brewed to fit the style. Mild bitterness throughout and the complexity lingers nicely and mild well after the finish. I think there's some smokiness in the background which is quite nice.

Mouthfeel - heavy and chewy to start but is smooth and watery as it goes down. Almost makes this rich beer refreshing - probably, in part, from the low carbonation.

Having finished 2/3 of the beer for the review, I'm now enjoying this with a Porter Chedder from Ireland.

Serving type: can

12-23-2008 04:22:21 | More by ecoastman
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3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a can of this at a local store. I hadn't seen any new Fuller's on the shelves around here, so I snagged one.

A: Poured from a non-widget can into an imperial pint glass. Pinkie finger tall tight head, with a looser, bubbly top. Dark, dark auburn, nearly opaque.

S: Sweet malt and nutty. Slightly smoky bitterness as well.

T: Nice restrained caramel with nutty and roasty elements. Little on the weak side. I expect a little more flavor and oomph from any kind of porter.

M: Little too empty for me. Smoothness I can expect in a porter, but this was just on the weak side.

D: Would certainly be a great session brew. Drinkable, tasty, with no real glaring flaws.

Serving type: can

12-22-2008 20:15:30 | More by Pamola
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color, borderline black. Smooth, light tan, elegant looking head, nice retention, some lacings sticking to the glass. Toasted malts and cookie dough on the nose. Rich and creamy, some toasted malts, mocha, Milky Way Bar, with a subtle hint of hops. Nice complex rendition of a Porter. This is probably, if not the best Porter out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 22:16:49 | More by thartman
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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