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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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1,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 139
Gots: 80 | 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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Photo of Dodo2step


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a nice dark soda colored pour. A minimal head but it is a caramel colored head. Somewhat opaque but allows some light through.

S- lots of chocolate in the nose here. It smells like creamy chocolate. Coffe rounds it out beautifully on the back end.

T-a dark roasted coffee with hints of malt. Very unque and tasty. Chocolate does come out but not as much as in the smell.

M-coffee coffe and more coffee. It is like drinking an iced coffee. smooth but not creamy. Carbonated as well.

D- i like the flavor and i could pound a few of these back especially during the winter. A very heavy beer though.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 18:55:45 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle. Best before 21/06/09

A- Dark brown with amber highlights. Small beige head that dissappears quickly.

S- Chocolte with faint mocha coffee. Touch of prunes. Nice overall.

T- Nice coffee/chocolate flavours. Sweet background. Decent mildly bitter aftertaste. Some complexity but a little mild for my tastes.

MF- A bit thin and watery, but not too bad. A pop like fizz that matches the weak head.

D- Acceptable evening sipping beer. Goes down easily but is a little to mild in character.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 03:16:13 | More by JOaikido
Photo of selecter70


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a wonderful porter! I just wish places still had it on draught again (ahem, Cornwall's...). The bottle pours out a dark, near black, brown with minimal head that holds onto it's retention all the way down. The smell is what you expect, chocolate-coffee-licorice, with a sharp alcohol nose. The flavor likewise incorporates the above with a bit of hops & malt, and a carbonation that lets the alcohol linger. The taste turns from the sweeter components to a more bitter flavor that rests nicely throughout your mouth and in particular, on the sides of your tongue. I just to sit in a pub with a fire going, then all would be fine....

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 22:38:20 | More by selecter70
Photo of johnd513


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slim custom bottle poured into my Duvel glass. This beer pours a real dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Smells of coffee, fruit and the black patent and roasted barley really come through. The taste is very complex as the bottle suggests. Tastes sweet at the beginning and is bitter at the end with chocolate and roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with nice carbonated. Drinkability is high and is limited only by the high price tag.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 02:07:43 | More by johnd513
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a small, light tan head. Some nice roased malts show up on the nose, along with chocolate. It smells a bit like a chocolate milk shake with some grassy hops thrown in.

The flavor is nice and sweet, with chocolate being the dominant flavor along with some breadiness. It's a little like a 3 Musketeers bar mixed in with the bread you get at Outback Steakhouse, with a bit of bitterness showing up at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with low carbonation.

Overall, this is a super-yummy, very drinkable porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 03:20:02 | More by Spidey13
Photo of Bung


4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite English porter. Nice opaque black pour, one finger tan head. Scent of coffee, slight mocha. Flavor is matching with roasted malts, creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't stay with you, finish clean. Great drinkability. Smooth full flavor, more than usual for a porter.

Bottle and nitro-tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:17:46 | More by Bung
Photo of Pauly2X


4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby hue, one finger frothy head.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate with hints of cream.

T- Chocolatly malts with a hint of roasted bitterness. Minimally hoppy finish.

M- Nice medium body, decent carbonation.

D- I wouldn't session it, but there's enough going on to keep me coming back.

Altough I'm not a huge porter fan, I'd call this a classic.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 15:28:01 | More by Pauly2X
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Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with red and amber hues, creamy head not much lacing

The aroma was a lot of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is initially sweet caramel malt. Pretty grainy. The hops are subdued and in the background. Bitterness comes through and the finish is pretty dry and bitter. A lot of coffee characteristics.

Mouthfeel is thin with a low to moderate soft carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Always a good choice, and my favourite porter.

Serving type: can

12-09-2008 05:19:56 | More by EatsTacos
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eyes: dark colour, with a small beige head that dissapear quickly

Nouse: A good aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood, and hops.

Mouth:stron body, good caracter teh flavours of dark chocolate, and coffee are gentile balanced. The aftertaste is a little bitter... good carbonation.
A very gOoOoOood porter Bravo to a Fuller's

Serving type: bottle 500

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 02:19:47 | More by gerardoluna
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a great porter

Appearance: black with a nice tannnish white head

Smell: chocolate, toffee and roasted malts and some hops

Taste: is superb taste like a nice chocolate toffee chewy candy...with great caramel taste

Mouthfeel: is great very moist and aftertaste is awesome one of my favorite porters

Drinkability: is wonderful too ..you can put down a handful of these

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 00:52:58 | More by eagles22
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Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Val-d'Or SAQ

A - Black with brown-ruby reflects, perfect carbonation for the style, fair head retention, very inviting

S - Toasty, chocolaty, nutty malt odor, discret hop

T - Chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, vanilla are all present, taste like it smells

M - Very nice palate and body, creamy and smooth, equilibrated and complex in mouth

D - A great beer, the ABV is a little low, remember me a homebrew I did some months ago, thumbs up, easy example of the Porter style

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 16:36:54 | More by Clubchat
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4.13/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2008 08:53:27 | More by corby112
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

500mL bottle with best-before date stamped on back label. Poured into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, almost completely opaque, but ruby-amber edges allow some light through. Large, fluffy off-white head slowly descends to a 1cm ring, leaving a few clumps on the glass.

Smell is butterscotch, chocolate, hint of vanilla. Alcohol brings a smoky warmth.

Rich chocolate taste, roasted grain flavours and a subdued coffee. Smokiness comes through on a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy up front, smooth and full-bodied, with mild carbonation on the finish.

A good after-dinner drink, great for sipping.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 16:26:15 | More by nighthawk
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with ruby edges, a beige head, fine carbonation and creamy lacing.

Smells roasted and spicy, slightly acidic and a little buttery as well, with a fair share of chocolate on the side. Sweetness is like that of toffee or butterscotch. Little hops noticeable, but enough to make for an essential contribution for sure. An ashy kind of fragrance is there too. This would serve well as a desert or evening beer.

The taste balances out perfectly the bitter and sweeter sides of the brew. Delicate hoppy notes and a touch of sourness have their say as well. A beautiful, soft finish, after which a bitter, hoppy and very roasty flavor determines the aftertaste. Simply great.

Medium body and quite a smooth mouthfeel, gently carbonated and rather dry.

A serious beer, complicated enough to sip thoughtfully.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 21:54:55 | More by TKempe
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4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

number 100. have been doing a fullers thing. last one for now. pours dark brown with a thin light brown head. looks good. good lacing.

dark chocolate nose. some fruitiness. no off odors.

toasty chocolate taste. get some fruity hops toward the end. dry fruity aftertaste.

mid-full body. pretty smooth. good carbonation. i dig this beer.

Serving type: can

11-22-2008 03:06:54 | More by ajmoody76
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark espresso colored with subdued brown highlights, this bear absorbs most light well. The caramel head pours rather thin and settles quickly, but leaves brilliant lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Rich and full-bodied toasted malt you could smell from three pints away. Sweet, with notes of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, coffee, and the smokiness you get from very dark malts. Just what you expect from this style. Despite the mild alcohol content,you get nice alcohol notes in the nose.

Taste: It's much the same in the taste, but with a brilliant mild and nutty bitterness added into the mix. Much richer than the aroma, this is a beer that commands your attention. Like the nose, there are occasional boozy notes that manifest themselves despite the the ABV weighing in at under six percent. The aftertaste lasts well into your next sip and really showcases the coffee and smokiness. This aftertaste alone is better than many of the beers I've reviewed here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with decent carbonation. It leaves a velvety coating on your tongue that drives the aforementioned aftertaste.

Drinkability: Porters are certainly more appropriate for sipping than chugging, but with the medium body and middling alcohol content, this is surprisingly quaffable.

Verdict: An above average Porter, this is something I'd surely recommend for someone looking for a good, easily available example of the style. Rich, but well-balanced, this beer is a complex treat and worthy of its reputation.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 22:42:52 | More by BeanBone
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3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice dark black/brown color with a nice initial, very foamy head, that goes away quickly, with some good lacing. Nice scent, but not very strong, a little bit of chocolate, coffee, and burnt grains, but not a lot of any of them. Nice taste, smooth and well balanced, a little hop, a little malt, and a little burnt grains, just nothing that pops out. It goes down fine, a little rough, but good.

(On tap at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA)

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 02:50:38 | More by JamesS
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Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours in a very dark brown/red color, almost black. Seems thick enough with a very minimal beige head but tons of lacing.

S: Strong coffee aroma up first. Dark chocolate, some pipe smoke. A hint of vanilla and alcool. Layered and complex.

T: Strong coffee taste is present just like its smell. Hint of dark chocolate and vanilla. Alcool is a bit more present than in the smell and warms up quite a lot for a beer with this ABV. Definitively a mid strong smoke taste that fits the beer. Nice dryness at the end.

M: Medium boy with medium to high carbonation. Typical English porter feel. Quite creamy.

D: seems very drinkable. The low ABV and light mouthfeel helps here.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 03:33:59 | More by flipper2gv
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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer looks great.

Smells like a combo of coffee and chocolate, a little bit of molasses in there too.

Taste is wonderful. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel is effortless.

This is one of my favorite porters of all time. These guys really got it right.

Hightly recommended, even for non-porter fans.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 00:49:54 | More by mikemcnick
Photo of tronester


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale is a very dark reddish/brown almost black in color. With a medium pour, the head is dark brown, dense, and about .5 inches tall. Smell is of vanilla, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is nice and malty, with a roasted chocolate flavor. A hint of coffee too. The English yeast strain imparts a slightly fruity, buttery flavor. In the finish is a nice, earthy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, with slightly high carbonation. Fantastically drinkable, it would be easy to drink several of these in a row. Another great one from Fuller's; I don't think they are able to create anything short of exceptional beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 00:33:54 | More by tronester
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Beautiful dark brown to almost black. 1/2 inch head that quickly disappears. Very little carbonation.

Smell is quite good. Reminds me of a camping trip in northern Minnesota. Bonfire, frinds, drinking beer, sitting around just taking life in.

Taste - Smokey. Charcoal. London in the winter. Smoke stacks. Heavy snow. A man's beer. Not for the wimp!!! Beware cowards.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Light. Exceptional. Hello...can I have another?

Drinkability - Since there are so many Stouts and Porters and so little time, drinkability is aveage since I need to find that next great beer.

I am still looking for my first 5. Where can it be? Surly Darkness maybe? We will have to wait and see.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 06:33:04 | More by schellsbeer
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black, 1 finger of head which reduced.

Smell - Fairly strong mocha odour.

Taste - Quite chocolatey, very well balanced with the coffee taste. The bitterness level is very good.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth.

Drinkability - Surprisingly easy drinking.

Overall - Excellent, though for me it doesn't quite beat the amazing Colonial Gully Washer Winter Ale (which has been renamed Colonial Porter, and has apparently deteriorated in quality since I last tried it).

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 00:09:12 | More by Cs1987
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4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a very dark brown....almost black. There was a thick, retentive tan head.

S: The aroma is roasted and very chocolate like.

T: The taste is bold. It has an initial bitter roasted taste. That is followed by a sweet chocolate/malt flavor. It finishes slightly bitter.

M: The mouthfeel is full and lush.

D: This is an excellent drinking porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2008 22:52:14 | More by barefootbrewer
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint mug.
A - Dark brown, nearly black, with tinges of red when held up to light. 1 finger creamy,lacy head that diminishes rather quickly leaving nice lacing down the glass.
S - Aromas of dark malt, milk, chocolate, dark dried fruits and coffee.
T - Delicious! Tastes of dark and chocolate malts,milk chocolate and a hint of coffee.
M - Full mouthfeel. Light on the carbonation. Slow on the finish.
D - This is what I've always perceived a true English should be. Very rich and flavorful. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 23:44:21 | More by mcsquint
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New Hampshire

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

wow! 634 reviews as of this writing. Hit an irish pub in boston with some colleagues (I know, an irish pubin boston...) for lunch during the work week and noticed this gem on draft. Ordered it up, had a spirited round of beer discussion followed by my friends enjoying their own pints of this great beer. Rich, dark, malty, light bodied and 5.4% AND on tap. How can you go wrong???

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2008 17:27:12 | More by barleywinebrewer
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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