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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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93
outstanding

2,301 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,301
Reviews: 1,166
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 189
Gots: 203 | 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 tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This is the definition of a creamy head, leaving tons of thick lacing down the glass. Nice one and a half finger, soft, lovely, mocha colour. Pours a really deep ruby colour, not quite opaque and you can only see through anything if you hold it up to the light or look at the corners. Otherwise black with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Great roasted malts grab you first. Backed up by bitter coffee and a complimentary dose of semi sweet chocolate. Nice.

T - Great roasty malts that aren't too roasted complimented by bitter coffee and an equal amount of that semi sweet chocolate. Lovely stuff. Not too sweet, nothing off.

M - Medium body with mild-medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

D - I could drink alot of this on a cold night. Lovely balance, not too sweet and a complexity complimenting its abv. Fuller's never disapoints. I've had so many porters I hated because they are so hit or miss for me, so I really appreciate a well crafted one.

Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 330 ml. brown bottle and claiming to be 'Rich, Dark & Complex'. Shows a deep brown in color with some deep mahogany highlights, and supports a somewhat resilient cap of tan foam.

Offers a clean and nutty nose, with hazelnut and coffee notes prominent along with some roasted/charred malts. Good but a bit one sided to rally too much of a score.

Flavor is likewise pleasant but a bit too middle of the road. Smoked malt notes are quite notable and with just a hint of fruit piercing through. Solid feel, slightly viscous in nature and with a creamy finish. Drinkability is kept in check for me by the smoky but simple finish. Bottom line: Rich, check; Dark, check; Complex, I don't think so.

Photo of Jeffo
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Note: Drank this one directly after St. Peter's Old Style Porter. Fuller's won.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pout yields a 1+ finger, medium-thick looking, fluffy, light beige head with good retention. Dark brown in color, clear, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings all around the glass. A good wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Nice, but way too muted, unfortunately. Some dark malts, earthy hops and hints of leather. Touches of chocolate, but still way too muted. What's there is fine, but just not enough of it.

TASTE: Much more impressive than the nose. Huge improvement. Dark malts, roasted touches, toffee, and some bolder earthy hops. Moves into a good does of cocoa powder and some roasted notes into the finish. Aftertaste is pretty bold and lingering with lots of cocoa and mildly bitter, earthy hop notes. Flavorful, especially after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Pretty solid here.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. If it weren't for the overly unimpressive nose, this would be one worth writing home about. Lots of nice flavor, and it looked great for the style. One of my favorite English beers. Recommended.

Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/7/11

A: red/orange hues shine through this black colored beer, with a 1½ finger head, leaves spotty lacing down the glass

S: not much to note, just caramel and malts

T: roasted barley, toffee/caramel

M: mild carbonation, smooth, but thin, and very dry on the end

D: it goes down easy, just nothing extraordinary as far as taste profile goes, it seems almost more of a brown ale than a porter

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from the LCBO, BBD of November 17, 2011. Into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a solid 3 finger tan head. Sheets of lacing, with solid retention. Nose is equally as solid, caramel, dark and milk chocolates, light smoke (maybe some smoked meats) and some roastiness. Quite complex and mouthwatering. Starts off smooth and super silky on the palate, chocolate up front with some caramel sweetness, dark roasted coffee, a touch metallic before it warmed up a bit more. Mouthfeel was great, creamy and silky. Drinkability is awesome, an everyday porter and something that may become a staple in my fridge.

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

Pours dark brown in color. Deep red when it's held up to the light. When held to the light, this beer also reveals it's brilliant clarity. Tan colored head faded rather quickly into a thin lace. Minimal head retention.

Typical aroma for the style....roasted malts and ripe fruit, but it's rather tame overall.

Good mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a slight hop bite. Finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, yet somehow....it's still kind of creamy. Nice low level carbonation.

I could have a few in a sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: This particular bottle had a best by date of last month, but I'm a little let down by this beer. I would take an Anchor, SN, or Taddy over this in a heartbeat. That being said, it's still pretty decent.

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle - best by Aug/11/2011.

Poured deep brown /black with two finger head that dissipated quickly leaving behind a thin lacing ,decent carbonation.

Smell - Roasted malts ,coffee.

Taste - Bitter coffees upfront followed with hints of bitter chocolate and roasted malts.

Drinkability - Creamy porter that is very easy to drink , the flavors of the coffee and roasted malts are blended together beautifully .

Photo of mdunman
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark beer with a thick head that lingered for a while

S: Roasted malt, alcohol, lemon and spices

T: Very nice cream soda flavor along with the roasted malt

M: Full body with good carbonation

Overall this is one of my favorite porters. Very enjoyable and not overly difficult to find.

Photo of McNealc31
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with a thin khaki head. Bittersweet chocolate hits the nose with a bit of roast. Starts off with sweet malt, very full mouthfeel and finishes full of bittersweet chocolate. This has more chocolate and less coffee than most porters, but I don't see anything wrong with that! An outstanding beer that I will be looking out for.

Photo of foogerd
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body can see some chocolate brown along the edges, nicely packed head with full lacing surrounding the glass.

S- Creamy lactose, milk chocolate, light coffee.

T- Nice fresh bitter chocolate bite to this with all the flavors of the nose.

M- As creamy as it gets without being nitro, full feel without being chewy.

D- Pretty sessionable with consistent taste, I can drink a few pints of this.

Photo of cooch69
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours a very dark brown along with a beutiful two finger pancake batter thick beige head.

Aromas of light roast black coffee, roasted dark malts and bitterness, and a bit of 45% chocolate.

Chocolate comes through first in the taste. It's a very rich and fresh cocoa note. Almost like there really is chocolate in here. There is a decent amount of bitterness on the finish from both the roasted grains and a good hopping.

This beer is creamy and luxurious. A good example of a porter, even though I've had better I'm glad I got a sixer instead of singles.

Photo of Samp01
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark black opal with a nice brown head. Aroma of toasted caramel malt and roasted espresso and cacao. Tastes is toasted malts and espresso with some dark fruits and licorice notes. Palate is rich full body and smooth creamy mouth feel, with moderate carbonation. Finish is toasted caramel malt, dark plums, espresso ending with some lingering licorice and cacao. Overall a very nicely balanced and tasty porter.

Photo of haddon
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tried Fuller's London Pale recently and was a little disappointed. ready to see if the porter backs up its label that says "the world's finest."

pours very dark with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. nothing great from the appearance.

I like the nose... sweet molasses, brown sugar, dark cola, & malts.

tastes of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark malts, licorice.

medium body that finishes a little light. not much creaminess. the feel is what always seems to keep many porters from excellence.

as far as porters go, this is good. would definitely drink again. nice sipper this Jan. evening as I watch The Dark Knight with a dark porter.

Photo of prg1976
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost totally black. Thin, beige head dissipates quickly.

Smell is smokey, caramel and dark chocolate.

Taste is a little like slightly burnt bread, with some bittersweet chocolate and light caramel.

Very smooth, easy to drink. Great classic example of the English porter style.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 04/13/2011. 330 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours black but not quite opaque with a finger of tan head that recedes quickly to the edges and doesn't lace well.

S: Coffee, chocolate, biscuit, and caramel. It isn't very dynamic but, then again, not many English Porters are.

T: Bitter chocolate, dark-roast coffee, some sour fruitiness, and the taste of dry toast on the back end.

M: It has a medium-light body with a rich and creamy feel and the flavors sticking to the palate.

D: This is tasty, has a nice feel, and is quite quaffable: all you can ask for from the style.

Photo of ElGeordie
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 3 pints of Fullers Porter at the Capital Alehouse; it was steal the glass night so I also got 3 imperial pint glasses to take home !
This is a great example of a porter; no gimmicky additions (vanilla, chocolate etc) just a straight ahead mans beer.
Dark and tasty but not rich enough to be a stout.
It looks great in the glass; almost black with half an inch of head. The malts and hops stay with you and make you wanna pick up the glass again.

Photo of obywan59
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Whitbread half-pint mug. Best before 15 Jul 2011. Getting up there.

Dark brown with deep amber or reddish highlights. 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Light but attractive lacing.

Nicely sweet malt. Rich coffee and dark chocolate. A bit smokey.

Pretty dry for a porter, more tart than sweet. Plenty of dark chocolate, only the barest hint of coffee. Very smokey.

Pleasant mouthfeel, call it medium-bodied. Some nice warm alcohol in the finish.

I would have preferred it to be a bit sweeter like I remembered (it's probably just the age), but this is a very good beer nonetheless. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

Photo of Brenden
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dark brown in color with some clarity seeping through the edges and shining through a medium brown in the light. A small tan head forms and doesn't take particularly long to dissipate, though a strong foam remains behind and leaves moderate amounts of lacing.
First off the nose is chocolate with a hint of caramel, then some barley gives way to a touch of charcoal. There's a bit of earthiness to the aroma, and the main standout is the dark semi-sweet chocolate.
There's some nice complexity to the flavor, as a strongly malty backbone offers, as in the nose, mainly semi-sweet chocolate, followed by a light smoky charcoal note, a touch of coffee, and a touch of nutiness. A bit of astringency can be found at the back of the throat that leads an otherwise delicious flavor to finish with a bit of sourness at the end.
The mouthfeel is just full enough and well to style, with light carbonation. Each sip is crisp with a touch of smoothness.
This is a very nice porter and certainly an extremely accessible go-to well worth stocking.

Photo of NODAK
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has an aroma that is somewhat muted for style, but shows roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of licorice perhaps.

Pours perfectly black, with a very fleeting head.

Taste is also a little reserved for style, but still quite good. Body has a good chocolate character to it that straddles the border between being a little sweet and roasted. Mild, but again, tasty. There is a hint of espresso in there as well that shows up near the backend. Really not much of anything in the hops department except a twinge at the finish. A note of licorice pops up after the swallow.

One of the most approachable and drinkable porters that is out there today. Not bold, but just delicious. You cannot go wrong here.

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

Pours a slightly reddish-brown colour with modest beige head, sinks to a thin film with a ring of medium-sized bubbles forming lace around the edge. Good-looking porter; more head would be nice, though.

Smells quite mild with lots of sweet, chocolatey notes. Slight sour note with a hint of cherry. Some espresso characters and a mild peat smoke note as well. Very nice, with all the right porter notes in good abundance; and yet more.

Tastes roastier. Fair wallop of toasty malt notes on the assault, with a slight chocolatey tinge and mild vanilla sweetness. Flavour dips quite a bit on the mid, but retains an underlying creaminess, then roasty/sour notes return for the finish: underplayed espresso bean and cocoa mostly. Not bad, the right flavours are there but I'm not hugely interested in the palate; actually borders on insipid at times.

Good full body though, never feels heavy, just slips through the mouth. Very decent indeed.

A superbly mild and sessionable beer. The first truly quaffable porter I think I've really encountered.

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

Pours a deep, burnished brown, with tints of red amber at the edges. Head is fine, although it retains only as a filmy remainder on the top, but it leaves some impressive English lace. Looks very decent indeed.

Nose is nicely mixed between deep chocolate and roasted grain notes, and a sweet almost vanilla sweetness. There's almost a hint of something spicy and peppery coming through as well, but it just gives tiny staccato accents to the other very mellow characters. Quite mild but extremely delectable. There's a wonderful complexity to it.

Taste is also extremely good, and exceptionally well balanced. Throughout there are nuanced flavours peeking and then receding. Hints of chocolate, heather, liquorice, vanilla, roasted grain, and a light astringency on the back to clear it out. Ah, it's a lovely nuanced and complex palate. Feel is smooth but slick and relatively clean.

What a cracking beer, a lovely example of what the English can do so well. A smooth and mild beer, with nuanced and subtle complexity that makes the experience worthwhile.

Photo of Shrews629
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very, very dark brown color with some ruby highlights showing through. Tremendously thick, creamy, smooth looking tan head that stayed around for a long time and had more than sufficient lacing. Looks very inviting in the glass.

Smell - Calm hints of coffee and "dark" chocolate. Smells of toffee with some roastiness. Smells sweet, almost like and Oatmeal Stout.

Taste - The taste provided subtle coffee and chocolate flavors. The coffee seems to be roasted and it stood out only a touch more than the chocolate. Didn't pick up the toffee as much in the taste, but I picked up a touch of nuttiness. Like almond or something.

Mouthfeel - Very nice medium mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy. Easy going. Covers the palate with a slight oiliness and leaves plenty of flavor. Very nice.

Drinkability - This is a super easy drinking Porter. Very good and inviting. Worth a try and a great session brew. I could see myself having this on a cold night with some friends just relaxing. Actually, having several of these on a cold night just relaxing!!!

Photo of DannyDan
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out to a black body with a tan head that has good retention and solid tan lacing clinging to the sides of the beer mug. The smell is strong in chocolate with hints of coffee, roasted malts and a smoked flavor. The taste at first is chocolate followed by some coffee, some bitter hops, and roasted malts. The finishing taste is of smoked hickory and leaves a chocolaty aftertaste.This beer is also well balanced so it is not too bitter, but not to sweet either. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy that clings to the mouth, tongue, and cheeks. This is a really nice medium to full bodied beer with decent carbonation that would go good with dark chocolates, or as a good after dinner beer. Just be careful because once you have one I'm very sure you will want another.

Photo of midwestbrewers
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

A: Pours with an almost black but when held up to the light has a beautiful very dark amber color. There is a 1 finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Chocolaty, malty smell. Very balanced in nose appeal. Some slight coffee notes are present as well.

T: The taste of coffee is present right away on the tongue. Half-way through the tongue the chocolate starts to make an appearance. The end is full-blown chocolate. Nice bitter chocolate finish.

Overall this is a great beer. I love chocolate and this pairs exceptionally well with dark chocolate. One of the better porters I've had recently. Very full in flavor but smooth and balanced. Great Beer Fuller Smith & Turner PLC!!!!

Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with about a finger of light brown head that quickly faded into a thin bubbly film. Collar leaves some soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Mmmmm...chocolate covered hazelnuts fill my nostrils. I get big notes of milk chocolate and toasted nuts like almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts. There are subtle notes of sweet caramel and toffee in there as well.
T: All the nuts and chocolate from the nose translate to the mouth, but this beer is a lot sweeter than it smelled. I taste way more caramel and sweet brown sugar than the scent let on. Finish is sweet with hints of molasses, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter with a touch of smoke to it.
M: Medium body with soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and slick but the finish is fairly dry.
D: This one had a really good flavor to it. I'm excited to hear this will be out in nitro-cans because the moutfeel and carbonation could use a little work. Overall pretty solid though.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,301 ratings.