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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,263 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,263
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 174
Gots: 180 | FT: 0
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:
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 steven9000
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Dark with some red coming through in the sunlight. Mocha colored head. Very nice.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts with some overtones of coffee and chocolate.

taste: Is the same as the smell but with a hint of a caramel taste. Also a bit of a nutty finish

mouthfeel: Medium

drinkability: I think its very drinkable. I think its a good beer to get if your just getting into stouts or porters. But still enjoyable for all the porter and stout fans.

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a dark brown color wit ha thick off-white foam pillow filling the top inch and a half of the glass. The head settled a bit but a frothy thin layer remained and left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very smooth chocolate and roasty malt characteristic to it. Very nice aroma and classic for the style.

The taste has a big milk chocolaty presence to it with some bitter and slightly burnt malts coming in towards the finish. It has a bit of a bready and nutty flavor to it as well. It has a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and the balance really helps it too. A very easy drinking, smooth and flavorful beer overall. A classic example of the style.

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

500ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Super-classic British Porter. Simple and delicious beer.

A: Pours a clean dark brown color with a big and bubbled beige to brown head which disappears leaving many lacings around. Beautiful

S: Simple. Roasted malts, basically

T: Wonderful. Smooth. Deliciously bitter. Brown bread, some notes of chocolate. Roasted malts, yeasts and hops in the end

M: Light to medium body. Refreshing. Medium carbonation

D: High. This is a fantastic beer. Really recommended

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Hello old friend, now in a ... can? Yes. Fuller's is about to release this classic beer in a can for the US market--not sure exactly when though. Word from the brewmaster is that they put just a touch of nitro in the can to keep things smooth--thankfully no widget.

Pours an opaque, rich dark brown--might as well call it black--with subtle ruby hues, topped with a creamy tan lace. Nose if full of malty goodness, ranging from toffee to chocolate to brown bread crust to fresh hay, with slight notes of must, earth, mineral and yeast. Super smooth, medium-bodied, and sits well rounded on the palate. Big chocolaty flavors emerge first, followed by more breadiness, chicory, a sweet dollop of caramel, cereal grains, a hint of floral pith, dry bread crusts and a lingering note of smoke and tobacco.

Delicious and so damn chocolaty, this classic stands up quite handsomely in a can and is a welcome addition to Fuller's ranks.

Photo of popery
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet with a lot of good caramel and chocolate flavor. This beer packs a good amount of flavor for its size. There's caramel, chocolate, roast and light fruitier malt touches in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by caramel and chocolate. There's a bit of herbal hopping in there, maybe. It's just a bit too sweet, ultimately. The flavors verge on candy bar, which is meant less negatively than it reads. I think my scores would go up with a stronger mouthfeel. It seems a little thin, and a full creamy feel would go a long way with this beer. I would definitely enjoy trying it from a cask. Appearance-wise, it's dark brownish-ruby with a relatively thin and dissipating beige cap.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. This one pours black with the consistency of a cola. Full 1 inch head that's nicely tan in appearance with a creamy and bubbly head. Looks gorgeous, if it's any consolation. Deep, rich, woodsy smell with mahogony and chocolate. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Roasted malt reminds me more of a dark coffee (think Sumatra if you've ever had it) than anything else. Nice clean bitterness in the finish. Hop character lends a nice amount of earthy notes to the whole affair. Overall a very enjoyable porter and a nice night cap to my Labor Day.

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown almost black colour with a decent size frothy off white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing. There is some great thick lacing and the head lasts for a while.

Smell - lots of stuff going on here, hops, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toasted nuts, and malts.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a fantastic mouth feel. The carbonation is perfectly suited for the style of beer. It is rich, and creamy and smooth. The beer also has the perfect amount of bitterness and leaves a wonderful coffee and toasted nut after taste.

Drink - An outstanding beer that I will buy again and again.

Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy, dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Thin, tan head forms then recedes quickly leaving slippery lacing.

Smell is highly roasted and chocolately, a bit earthy with a touch of bread grains.

Nice smooth roasted character of rich chocolate. Hops are faint but add a mild bite. Touch of smokey character. Very rich and sweet.

Medium-bodied and incredibly smooth in texture. Mild carbonation gives it some life.

Overall, a very solid porter. Flavors are perfectly balanced and rich but not over-the-top. A must have for porter lovers.

Photo of Crossmc1423
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best porter ive had so far

A- Very dark, pours almost black with a brownish head

S- TOASTY!

T- Coffee and Chocolate aroma fills the palate, but the aftertaste is what makes this beer exceptional...just the right amount of bitterness that blends perfectly with the sweetness of the chocolate flavors

M- the only word that comes to mind is velvety

D- rolls off the tongue

Photo of punkrkr27
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black pour with just faint hint of mahogany highlights and a big, frothy, tan head. The aroma smells like malted chocolate milk with a fair amount of roast and a hint of coffee. The malted chocolate milk flavor really continues through from the aroma with a few notes of coffee, brown sugar and dark fruit. The body is a bit on the thin side but has a nice creaminess to it and soft carbonation.

Photo of Bfarr
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with thin tan head with little retention and okay lacing. Earthy and light smoky aroma with a touch of sweetness. Coffee and roasted flavors with a chocolate sweetness. A touch of sour in the finish. Feel is thin yet clingy.

Great flavors and easy drinking, all the flavors are subtle yet this is a great porter to sit down with. It's balanced and interesting and fairly smooth. The slight sour finish just added an extra dimension that wasn't overdone and enjoyable.

Photo of Anthony1
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby with a nice thin beige head that retains nicely. One of the best smelling porters I've come across. Nutty, roasty and chocolate. creamy mouthfeel. Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.26/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark earthy pour, minimal head, little if any lace. Smell was musty, earthy, dirtish again.

Tasted like leftover meat and chocolate. No hops. Oily, alcohol too pronounced at this level. Just seems watery with very not beer flavor to it. Licorice heat. Old coffee maybe. Everything reeks of oxidation.

Too pricey ($6) for a relatively unenjoyable drinking experience. Love porters, but not this one.

Photo of droomyster
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely brilliant! Pours from the bottle a very dark with ruby highlights when held up to a light, with a frothy tan head that head that lasts about 3 minutes. Aromas are predominately of sweet malts, with roasty notes taking a back seat. Strong toffee and slightly less intense chocolate aromas hit me first; I also detect notes vaguely reminiscent of hazelnut coffee. Taste-wise, the front and mid-palate are very evenly balanced between these sweet and bitter elements. Finishes long on with a tasty toffee character. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation feels smooth through and through. Intensity-wise, it's flavors are not strong enough to pair with chocolates, but, when had all its own, this is one of my very favorite beers.

Photo of Luk13
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Nice black pour with a light tan head. Aroma is very roasted, some chocolate and malts. I really like the burn toast aroma. Awesome bready flavors and chocolate malts again. The flavors might not be as intense as what we are used to in America, but it very well integrated.
The palate is smooth and chewy but could be creamier. Drinks amazingly.

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

Beer is black and forms a thin off white / brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Bubbles are medium and small.

Aroma is mild, sweet with malt and some coffee roast. Nice.

Beer is medium body, mildly sweet. Minimal coffee in the back of the mouth with decent bitterness. Beer is quite sessionable but there is an unfortunate aftertaste of ashiness that I do not find that desirable. Its a minor problem but it does detract from the mouthfeel of the beer.

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

Appearance: Pours to a dark, murky, brown with a small light-brown head. Sticky layer of lacing.
Smell: Smells primarily of chocolate malts with slight hops.
Taste: Esspresso, chocolate, and fig up front, followed by a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied, and sticky.
Drinkability: The rich, chocolate-espresso taste is nicely balanced by the bite on the finish. The result is a complex flavor that can only truly be experienced slowly.

Photo of karait95
3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice looking, a dark reddish color almost brown with glint against the light that let see the red inside, an interesting 4 finger head that lets se a dark beige color with a creamy body.

S: Toasted aroma you can sense the hops, the malt and some sweetness.

T: Hops and toasted grain, some alcohol can be feel also very bitter end with a good balance beginning.

M: Enjoyable creamy body with a lasting ending, a little too bitter.

Photo of speter
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent deep ruby, slightly brown, with a three-finger fluffy tan head. Tons of lacing all along the glass as the head slowly fades.

S: Coffee and chocolate. Chocolate and coffee. Brown sugar and raisins. Prunes.

T: The front is sweet, but there is a non-unpleasant acrid note due to the roast malt. The center is a sea of chocolate, and the finish is dry and bitter. (Any resemblances between that finish and my personality are purely coincidental.)

M: Surprisingly watery and light in body, in spite of the good carbonation. (There is a heat wave here now, so that's not entirely unwelcome, but it is unexpected.)

D: The expense is the only barrier to this being a perfect session beer.

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

I was a little underwhelmed (if that's a word, I know it's not 'cause I looked it up... that's one of those skills that I learned in my school) by this one. I've really liked the Fuller's that I have already tried, so I figured this one would be really full and robust. Everything about it is "OK" or "good", but just that. I didn't think anything was exceptional.

It's nice and dark, & has very little head that doesn't last.

The smell is good. Chocolate and maybe a bit of coffee. Def. changes as it warms up to room temp... sweeter.

The taste is chocolate, but not overdone. Bits of coffee, and I think I can sometimes taste black licorice in there. S'good.

In the mouth, it's pretty smooth. A little more watery than I thought it would be.

Overall, quite drinkable. Not an overpowering dark beer.

Photo of dolzan
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date of tasting: 14.07.2010

A very dark with a nice head that disappears pretty quickly.

The taste is overwhelmingly rich and complex, it really reminds me of a mixture of coffee, vanilla, almonds and chocolate. Very smooth and very drinkable, with just the right balance of bitter and sweet aftertaste.

This is almost as good as it gets. It has its own very unique character and it's a beer you'll return to over and over again. I'm not sure why, but it somehow feels stronger than it really is.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one came in a 50 cl brown short-necked bottle. Label is black and purple with a picture of a griffin.

A: Pours dark brown with hints of red. Head is off-white rather large and creamy. Dissipation is slow leaving rich lacings.

S: Chocolate galore! Dry and medium roasted chocolate malt. Some bitter hops. Dried dark fruits. Dry but with some sweetness. Faint notes of smoked ham.

T: More of everything compared to the smell. More smoked ham, more chocolate, but even some caramell malt. Heavier roasted. More dark dried fruit. Dry bitterhops. Faint butter.

M: Long dry bitter aftertaste. Moderate carbonation and rather thin body.

D: Nice porter. A bit drier than other Porters I've had (interesting).

Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich black into a pint glass with around a finger of thick, creamy white head.

Mild aroma of roasty chocolate malts. Mild carbonation and a nice thick and creamy mouthfeel with prominent chocolate, biscuit, and coffee notes. A bit of caramel sweetness on the finish makes this one very pleasant and easy-drinking -- tasty to the end!

Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours exceptionally dark with a red hue. Nice burned, dark foamy head.

Smell - Creamy malted aroma with a hint of toffee.

Taste - This beer is heavy with coffee and chocolate overtones. The carmel finish makes it easy going down. The beer is rich in flavor and great for a cold winter night.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and heavy, just like a great English porter should be.

Drinkability - This beer is a meal in and of itself. It's smooth and easy to drink, but don't plan on spending a whole night with this beer. It's still a treat for the night you're wanting something dark!

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

Poured into an Irish pint glass. Gave off a 1 1/2 finger eggshell head. Color of the body is a very dark brown and shows a ruby red when held to light. The head, surprisingly, dulled to a ring after only a minute.

The aroma is really nice. Lots of dark, dark malt. There is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, gram-cracker, honey, lickerish, a little toffy/caramel and when swirled, the slightest of citric and floral, dry hops.

Taste is awesome, it has it all. There is a hopiness upfront that peaks and falls until the end. All the while, rich chocolate, coffee and a smokiness come soon after that seem to overwhelm the hops. Soft, dark bread and toffy notes come through in the middle. Finishes slightly hoppy and with a punch of chocolate leaving the pallete fairly quickly with little to no lingering bitterness.

A very well balanced porter! I like it a lot. at 5.4% ABV, this is a highly drinkable beer. I would not mind buying this again.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,263 ratings.