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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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1,987 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,987
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 141
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 phishgator


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

Poured into a pint glass. DARK brown in color, almost opaque. Nice white head. Carbonation is hard to tell, but I think it's in there. The aroma is a sweet licorice and slightly toasted bread. The taste has some plum pudding notes and then nice roated character. The malt is the backbone of the brew. The body is medium and not too heavy. There is a coating of sweetness throughout the entire session and an overall great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 02:51:08 | More by phishgator
Photo of SpecialK088


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark dark brown nearly black except against direct light, pours with a small yet good retaning creamy head.

S-Rich bold dark rosted coffee scent, as well as the rich malt, notes of nuttyness as well as simi-sweet chocolate

T&M-Rosted coffee very strong, espresso, in the front as well as the back, bittersweet chocolate. Very smooth med. body.

D-This is an excellent porter and may very well be the best one i've ever had, something even at 12.50 a six i'd be willing to pay.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 14:19:25 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a dark brown with a bit of white head. Light malty aroma. First taste is nice, with a solid roasted malt and chocolate flavours. Nice roasty aftertaste. The canned version recently fared poorly at a blind porter and stout tasting at C'est What - but its competition was against mainly draught offerings.

Serving type: can

06-25-2008 03:04:18 | More by sstackho
Photo of omnigrits


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Porters and stouts are among my favourite beers, and this one doesn't disappoint... too much. Not much of a head on pouring into a straight glass from this 12oz bottle, and what little there is soon dissipates to a patchy couple of knots of bubbles sitting forlornly on top of the beer. The aroma is nevertheless very promising with some powerful chocolate and coffee notes coming from the glass. The taste delivers in spades - not the same huge hit of taste on the tongue that you get with something like Sierra Nevada Porter, but a nicely subtle and balanced beer. the merest hint of malt sweetness with a voluptuous bitterness and those coffee and chocolate notes again. I'm reminded of fine cigars too.

Hell, I could drink this for breakfast!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 00:22:37 | More by omnigrits
Photo of blamoe

United Kingdom (England)

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

Fullers london porter is a fine beer indeed, porters and stouts aren't my prefered type of beers but i found this one an excellent beer. It's apperence is almost black and smell is sweet and coffee like,and tasted liked it smelt with the beers body nice and smooth. Another great beer from the almighty Fullers.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 17:59:39 | More by blamoe
Photo of gunnerman


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

Poured into a pint glass, pours a back cola color with a ruby hue, a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is pretty standard sweet smell of coffee and chocolate. Taste is where this thing is at, one of the tastiest porters I have ever hard, very straight foward on the flavors of strong coffee, espresso, dark chocolate with a nice bitter sweet aftertaste of roasted coffee beans. I have had this on cask as well, the cask served is even better than the bottle if that is possible, let this one warm a tad to truly enjoy the wonders that this beer has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 19:36:27 | More by gunnerman
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown, opaque, with red around the edges. Off-white 1/4 inch head recedes quickly, minimal lacing.

S - Mainly chocolate and caramel, with smoke and sourness hiding in the background. Hints of dark fruit blend with the caramel.

T - Dry, roasted malt followed by a quick burst of caramel. Begins drying out late palate with wood and smoke, before giving way to a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

M - Sparingly carbonated and medium to full bodied.

D - I prefer Sam Smith's over this, but if I night of dark beer was at hand I wouldn't pass up one of these. Not the best, but still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 08:55:37 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of Thiestru


4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown, or maybe black. Can't quite tell. When I hold it up to the light, I can't see much cloudiness. There's a creamy brown head with, unfortunately, rather poor retention, and very little lacing - the only reasons this beer doesn't get a '5' here.

Smell: Big roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts are the first to come through, bearing a kind of coffee-like flavor. Dark chocolate also makes its presence known. Then, after letting the beer sit for a little while on the tongue, I can really taste some excellent hops. It's not really bitter, it just has that unmistakable hop taste we all know and love. This really hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, just like it should be. It could perhaps use a little more carbonation, but eh.

Drinkability: This beer never gets tiresome to me. Every time I drink one, my only regret is that I don't have five more waiting for me. (I buy singles of this at Wine World in North Augusta, SC.)

This has become one of my absolute favorite beers, and is a classic example of a fine porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 07:07:36 | More by Thiestru
Photo of drpimento


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got-damn near faultless! This is the stuff, wow! So fragrant. Really malty, grainy, a bit grassy and some molasses. Big very creamy clingy head with lotsa lace. Roasty chocolate malt flavor. Tan head wth lots of lace. This is fantastic! Not sure if a session beer; so rich. I want more! This was from a sample at Bodega.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-08-2008 21:46:43 | More by drpimento
Photo of everetends


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice dark brown, almost black. Had a nice brown head that created some nice sticky lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, malt, cream and a bit of cherries.

T: Dark chocolate, cream, malt, rich coffee and some dark fruit including cherries. Very good.

M: Very creamy and gave the mouth a good coat. After taste of slightly bitter coffee and cream.

D: I can't wait to get more. This was amazing and it was a fluke I picked it up. Very nice and will drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 00:45:32 | More by everetends
Photo of Brad007


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

Color: Dark brown with a nice frothy brown head.

Aroma: Thick and malty with a hint of coffee and caramel notes in the nose. There's even a hint of cocoa.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy with a nice mocha taste upfront. Roasted notes and caramel are also detectable. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Roasted coffee/caramel notes. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable porter in a can. Good example of the style. Easy to drink and easier to enjoy. I like it and might buy again.

Serving type: can

05-26-2008 16:26:36 | More by Brad007
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque dark-chocolate brown. Head is pretty thin even with a strong pour; not much in the way of lacing. Loses points there.
Strong, roasty aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, and a little pipe tobacco. Very nice.
Flavor is of rich roasted malts, with strong black coffee being the most dominant; hint of mocha and a touch of bittersweet molasses. Just a trace of hops keeps things nicely balanced. A faint smokiness in the finish.
Feel is heavy and full. Carbonation is a tad biting, but the beer still maintains a smoothness.
Overall a pretty delicious tasting porter. Deep and flavorful. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 01:35:34 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of swizzlenuts


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out really black but it has quite a bit of carbonation. The head on the beer has a decent size to it, but it's lacks in retention, which doesn't surprise me given that it's a Fullers beer.

The smell of the beer is of molasses and dark roasted malts. The roasted malts are more in the tone of coffee than anything else. The beer has a sweet undertone to the dark roasted coffee. It almost tastes like a coffee that has been on the burner for a bit, but has yet to burn. The beer has quite a lot of flavours which are hard to place, but it makes the beer quite unique. There is almost no hop flavour in this beer; I don't think that's an issue, but it's worth noting. The beer isn't too drinkable for me, but it is a great beer to star the evening with.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 08:44:15 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of aubuc1


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

Bottle, $10.99/ 6pk I believe. Beautiful dark brown color with cherry highlights. Minimal off white head that faded pretty quickly. Chocolate smell dominates, but trace of coffee in background. Great mouthfeel, very easy to drink for such a complex beer. Taste is very complex to me, hard to easily describe as a new rater. Overall it is one of the easiest to drink of the great beers. How very British.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 16:43:09 | More by aubuc1
Photo of donteatpoop


4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer.

Poured a chocolate brown color with a small creamy tan head.

The smell was very enticing, coffee grounds and chocolate. My mouth was watering in anticipation.

My mouth was not disappointed. The chocolate and coffee blended beautifully on my tongue. Holy crap, it's like my tongue just had an orgasm.

It had a nice full mouth feel, as I'd expect from a porter, but the carbonation level seemed a bit high to me - jabbing at my tongue with sharp little bubbles.

Great beer. Wait, did I say that already? Well it's true. Definately something I'll be drinking again and again.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 18:21:03 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is an extremely dark brown that is clear when held to light. Head grew to about 2 fingers thick and was a nice shade of tan, but had pretty poor retention.

Smell: Aroma is of milk chocolate and coffee with an earthy undertone. I really had to stick my nose in the glass to get any sort of discernable aroma. Mildly disappointing smell.

Taste: Thick and creamy with a dominant cafe de leche taste. Smooth through the midpalate with a chocolate note and a lighter roasted malt note. Finishes as black coffee. Very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 23:32:01 | More by BucBasil
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml can
5.4% ABV

I tried this beer on October 7, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured into the glass a beautiful, dark, murky brown colour with a large tan coloured head. The aroma was a combination of malt and yeast with some sweet hints. The mouthfeel was thick and full with some mild carbonation, almost creamy. The taste was malty with some hints of caramel (the possible sweetness in the aroma). This was a very good beer.

Serving type: can

04-19-2008 22:40:53 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of Schmidts


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle it pours out dark Brown,with a 1/4 inch head which goes quickly. Smells of chocolate and Sweet malts with a touch of coffee smell. Tastes of Chocolate and malted coffee a little sweetness. Feels great in your mouth. Very nice beer to drink flavorful and enjoyable. It is exspensive but it is the Best Porter I have ever tasted! I will buy it again some time and recomend trying it!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 23:01:25 | More by Schmidts
Photo of giblet


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

very good porter. this beer pours very dark - i can barely get light through it. that is perfect for a porter. good head that settles quickly. nice smokey aroma. taste is smokey caramel - coffee. very good smooth taste with nice finish. excellent lacing down the glass.

this is one of the better porters that i have had.

suckem up an movem out!


Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 20:21:12 | More by giblet
Photo of birchstick


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

This poured a deep brown, with almost no head. It smelled sweeter than I expected, with hints of dark chocolate and roasted malts. It tasted of dark chocolates, with a burnt malt and slight coffee aftertaste. It was very creamy and smooth as it went down, with a tad bit of carbonation. Overall, this was a great beer and very enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:38:48 | More by birchstick
Photo of PhageLab


3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Brownish coloration, ruby hints, nice thick head of off white froth, decent retention, spotted lacing.

S - Odd aroma of chewy chocolate fudge, malts, and chocolate candy.

T - Very dry and bitter profile with a slight hint of coffee. Not overly complex, but not too bad either.

M - Medium dry body, low carbonation level, mildly bitter aftertaste.

D - Not sure I could do more than one of these in a sitting, the candy like flavor gets to be a bit too much after a while. Not bad overall and certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 20:56:07 | More by PhageLab
Photo of GbVDave


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark, ruby-tinted black that you can see a little light through. Covering this is a creamy, but smallish, light brown head that leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Excellent aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet dark fruit.

T: Roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Also along for the ride is milk chocolate, coffee, mild dark fruit, brown sugar, and some lemony hops.

M: Smooth and creamy with a fair amount of bitter hops and roasty flavors. The finish is quite peppery and dry and is the perfect counterpart to the initial mouthfeel.

D: Extremely sessionable and very rewarding to drink. It's relatively cheap and available in most beer stores...oh yeah!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 23:17:14 | More by GbVDave
Photo of DefenCorps


4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A: Dark brown with deep ruby highlights with a thin tan head.

S: Tons of roast with hints of coffee and chocolate. Very appealing. There's just a hint of cream that comes through in the end.

T: Tons of burnt and roasted flavors right up front followed by chocolate and a bitter coffee finish. This is delicious stuff.

M:There's enough carbonation on this and the mouthfeel is neither too heavy nor too dry. Excellent.

D: Easy drinking and a classic. I will revisit this for sure

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 04:11:24 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of naterock


4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled upoon this porter in a familiar pub, they were trying it out with the clientel, I was impressed.
C: Medium head with a dark ruby color head tastes of espresso
S: Espresso with bitter chocolate aromas
T: Tastes like it smells
M: medium carbonation, better than bottled
D: Very drinkable. Drink with Red meat and sharp cheese. I am a huge fan of this porter, I will definitely look for this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2008 04:09:49 | More by naterock
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

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

Enjoyed at MCouls Public House in Greensboro, NC.

The beer arrived with a translucent black body and a thin white head. The beer tasted of a pleasant mix of dark and pale malts with a bit of British hops. Well-balanced and very filling, but I feel that there are better options out there.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2008 19:54:05 | More by cbleary
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,987 ratings.