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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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93
outstanding

2,265 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,265
Reviews: 1,154
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 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.

Photo of PintOHops
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Dark brown with plenty of ruby red tinge when held to light. It produced a 1-2 finger head but dissipated to a ring rather fast. The creamy looking ring stuck around for the consumption of the beer but didn't leave any lacing.

S - Very dry with robust smokey malts, dark chocolate that's mild to moderately sweet smelling. I get a bit of licorice as well, coffee, intense toffee aroma. It's got a bit of everything really. Very nice aroma.

T - Smoky & charcoal notes flood the palate upfront, licorice follows with some dark bakers chocolate towards the finish. Mildly sweet with coffee in there somewhere as well, it finishes with roasted & charcoal notes with lingering bitterness. Chocolate covered charcoal bomb!

M - A bit slick and chewy, not oily though. Soft Co2 bite, would of liked just a bit more. Lite-medium bodied.

D - Wow! This has gotta be one of my favorite Porters, I absolutely love the intense smokey flavor & aroma, it's what Ive been seeking for a long time. This beer is so damn good! I could easily drink 4 pints of this fantastic brew, I highly recommend this one and can't wait to have it again. Cheers!

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

Porter style... bottle 0.5 l. best before feb 2011, tough beer.

Dark brown, with light brown head, good lacing. Only slightly transparant.

Smell of coffee and dark chocolate, roasted nuts and malts.
Taste is bitterness from the malts. Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, some ash even. Some sweetness from caramel. Raisins and prunes in the background?

Very solid body. Refreshing and lingering in the mouth.
Alcohol is easy. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth but still bitter in aftertaste.

Easily a recommended brew in this style.

Photo of ryno09
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first every porter I tried and still my favorite English style porter. Pours your standard dark brown color with tan head. I absolutely love the nose on this beer. It smells like brewing dark beers with that huge roast and chocolate maltiness. There are just enough bittering hops to prevent it from being too sweet. They start on the front of the tongue and fade to the huge roasty, chocolate malt flavors. Just a fantastic lingering finish to it.

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

Perfect pour into pint glass, with a creamy, fairly quickly dwindling head, leaving very little around the edges within three or four minutes. Cola appearance, with some ruby red passing through.

Aroma is chocolatey, malty, not overpowering, but enticing.

Flavour delivers what the aroma suggests with smoothness, almost creaminess. This is a very satisying porter.

Very drinkable, and can see why this is rated so highly. Detected some alcohol around halfway through. This was really nice with a piece of chocolate torte, but this would be great on it's own.

Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. 16/AUG/10 indicated on the back label. Perfect pour - entire bottle into the glass with the head neatly falling between the blue lines and the lip of the glass. Body was the color and clarity of cola with a rocky, tan-colored head that sizzled and popped as it slowly receded into a sudsy skim, leaving tiny spots of lacing in its wake. Big roasty, chocolatey, malty nose from the bottle, with a slightly metallic quality coming out in the glass. Taste consistent with nose, with a some lactose and a bit of char in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. What a delicious porter - some qualities seem to slightly mirror a milk stout (i.e. the creaminess, lactose, chocolatey goodness), but the charred character brings it all back, resulting in a highly drinkable and flavorful porter.

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My birthday today!!! and ironically I was in the mood for something bitter. So I bought this...

Dark look, pours nicely with a big off-white head that's short lived. Nice but not exactly "sexy".

Even from far away I could smell a complexity of malts in the beer, with a bit of hops and smoke in there.

Mild chocolate malt taste in the beginning, to be followed by the bitter kick of the dark malts, coffee and hops. Charcoaly aftertaste. Wonderful balance though.

Medium body, and carbonation almost right, maybe just a bit too much of it. Still, very enjoyable.

It's only 5.4 ABV, but it feels stronger. The flavor mix is very robust, this beer really has character!! I highly recommend to drink it slowly, otherwise it's kind of heavy on you. Also, you might want to pair it with some bitter chocolate!!

Photo of witster18
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow.

This is the closest any porter has come to toppling my favorite(great lakes ed fitz).

It's not quite at that level, but this is a great porter.

Nose is choco, slight hop, and fig.

Taste is incredible. Lots of coffee choco notes up front but there's a slight bitterness in the middle. At the end is when the sour ale characteristic comes in and blows you away. Clean palate with only the sour aged hints remaining - which leaves me yearning for another gulp. Missing a bit of earthiness or bread qualities... not as complex as some are making out, but still tasty.

You figure an english style porter and an old english brewery would get this one right - AND THEY DID!!!

I will make this a staple considering I can only get the great lakes when I'm up in Ohio. This stuff is scrumptious!

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

Single bottle (best by 03/26/10) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown (Mahogany - some red shades when held up the light). Poured a 1/4" tan head, but this died down to a thin foam across the top and at the edge of the glass within a few minutes. Some lacing noted.

Smell: Roasted malts, toffee, and mild chocolate. There is a tiny hint of molasses in there as well.

Taste: Roasted malts strong up front, then some coffee-like bitterness and flavor. Some toffee-like flavors noted, just a hint buttery with that toffee. Nice coffee/roasted malt finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy; the right balance of thickness and smoothness. Just a hint of carbonation on the tongue. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I finished this one fast, but I do wonder if everything above would be a hair higher in intensity/goodness if I had gotten one of these fresh. I easily would have had another if it was available. Drinkable by itself or with a meal - but a meat and potatoes sort of meal.

Photo of bigpoppacueball
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is WOW. One of my all time favs. Hard to find in my area.
S: Smells of Coffee, Chocolate with a hint of roasted nuts.
T: Its like drinking a cup a great coffee and eating chocolate cake. A very flavorful beer but do not let the chocolate fool you, this is not a super sweet beer. It has a pleasant and robust aftertaste but it dissipates quickly leaving the palate clean.
A: Dark with a white head. Leaves a heavy lace on the glass with a very noticeable notch where the beer has rested.
It is much better in the bottle then it is from the can.

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

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head that faded quickly and left little lacing.

S-Mmmm. Roasty goodness. Dark roasted malt, coffee, a bit of chocolate and it has a nutty smell I can't quite place. Smells really, really good.

T-Roasted malt, coffee, a semi sweet toffee flavor, dark fruit, with a bite of vanilla on the back end.

M-Medium body and carbonation, a bit creamy and spicy.

D-Goes down easily. Several of these is not a problem. Good session beer.

A very solid English Porter I will buy again.

Photo of alkemy
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy/brown with little to no head, though my pour was pretty weak. The smell reminded me a lot of Kahlua. It's a mixture of sweet coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The sweetened coffee is the most prominent taste followed by slightly bitter chocolate and touches of vanilla. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this. I'd really like this to be thicker, but that's a common theme for me. This is something I could sit down and drink in multiples.

Photo of samie85
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orignally reviewed 4/26.

A-Pours a cola color with a what looks like quite a bit of carbonation and a one finger white head.

S-Coffee, vanilla, chocolate and a hint of cinnamon.

T-Rich chocolate and coffee notes; also vanilla. Finishes with a dry roasty subdued bitternes.

M-Rich and luxuriously thick. The over-carbonated appearance is not present here.

D-Really, really easy drinking, delcious and complex porter. I'll be sure to revisit this one.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beerbistro (Toronto):

The beer appeared a nice dark black with red highlights when held up to light, with a tight, foamy off white head that had good retention.

The beer gave off a nice and full malty aroma, maybe coffee and/or chocolate with perhaps molasses and maybe just a hint of nut.

The taste was good, a bit of sweetness, but a nice roasted malted barley body to it with a hint of dark chocolate.

The beer had a slightly lighter medium feel to it, not heavy but not light either, and this gave the beer very good drinkability. Very much what I expected from an English-style porter and I could have drank a few more. A very good beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Moderate pour creates a semi-coarse 1.5 finger light coffee head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty but with little cling.

S: Coffee, caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, honey, cream and lactose. Very sweet and enticing nose that makes my mouth water!

T: Sweet coffee and toffee opening. Toasted dark malts mixed with chocolate. Slightly sour lactose towards the middle. Bit of booziness as malts fade. Sudden finish that's very clean and leaves a waxy, bitter chocolate coating on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, and smooth and silky. Slight liveliness on the tongue before finishing very clean with a slight aftertaste.

D: This beer smells much better than it actually is. Nice feel and good complexity but the nose builds up the character so much that I feel like when I actually get to the beer, its a bit of a let down. Still, worth trying as it is a solid porter with a sweet twist that one seldom comes across.

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

Found at M'Coul's in Greensboro, NC, this one shows a deep dark brown mohogany color with a goodly light oatmeal colored head and good lacing. The aroma is of roasted nuts and molasses malt, deep and delightful. The flavor offers thick charcoal nuttiness and malt sweetness with clear grassy hop bitterness. This is decidedly mid-plus bodied, smooth with modest carbonation. Very drinkable and definitely worth a try, a very solid porter.

Photo of divineaudio
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. freshness dated for aug 18th, 2010.

pours black with dark brown highlights and a pinky finger of tan, foamy head that dissipates fairly quick. what's left is a thin film and a ring around the glass that gives up a few spots of lace here and there.

smells of molasses, licorice and dark chocolate with some fruity notes for good measure. taste follows nose with lots of dark chocolate and hints of dark fruit. finish is long and bittersweet, just the way it should be. gets a little bready as it warms up. incidentally, the label on the bottle doesn't lie - this one is absolutely rich, dark and complex.

mouthfeel is rich and smooth. lighter in body than you might expect from looking at it. carbonation feels a bit prickly on the tongue and for this i take a point off.

this is a beer that disappears from the glass with the quickness. drinkability is high and it's definitely sessionable. this sits permanently in my top three favorite beers.

i've had this previously in cans and remember the canned version being just a bit better, especially in the mouthfeel. went through a case in a little over a week during christmas break! i'll have to find more cans and do a comparison.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Porter one of my favorite styles, picked up this one in a 500 ml can, let's give it a whirl. Following the instructions on the can, I'm having this one after dinner. Popping the top this brew smells like chocolate and black licorice. Pours to a jet black with a thin tan head. On the taste there is lots of well roasted malt, some dark chocolate and a smooth bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and thick almost chewy but not syrupy. Finish is a bit metallic with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not as tasty as an American porter in my book but for an English porter it hits the mark. Very drinkable.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is chocolate with some dark fruit, roasted malt, coffee and some English hops. The flavor is similar. Roasted malts with some earthy hops along with some bready malts and sweet chocolate. Not much coffee in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of erosier
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice dark brown with hints of red and copper at the bottom of the glass with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, deep chocolate, coffee, and some sweet tones mixed with a slightly caramel aroma as well.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted, deeper roasted, some sweet chocolate, caramel, and a hint of roasted coffee as well.
M: Very smooth, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Very drinkable, this is basically the definition of English Porter, really well done.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - translucent reddish/brown color with a beige head that thins out leaving spotty lacing.
S - toffee, caramel, roasted malt.
T - delicious malty sweetness, toffee and light chocolate without being bitter or too overly sweet, very good.
F - medium bodied with a nice smooth feel.
D - this could most surely be an 'all nighter'.

Photo of Graham5161986
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer.

So...

It pours (into my Duvel tulip) a beautiful looking dark, dark molasses colour with a nicely formed, thick, tan, tiny bubble head with great retention. Nice, thick lacing.

Smell is of rich, roasty chocolate and coffee malt with some definite dark fruit in there too. A bit of chili spice thrown in there as well.

Taste is rich and really roasty with some gorgeous chocolate and dark fruit notes mid-sip with an irresistible bready, nutty, coffee cream flavour on the finish. JUst a slight hint of bitterness from the hops on the linger. Simply delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and very creamy with a touch of spice and a nice level of carbonation (not too high) that accentuates the creaminess of this brew. Finish is mouth-coating and tingly but surprisingly clean.

Can't complain about the drinkability factor either. Goes down real smooth. I would certainly have another, or two, or three? Maybe a bit heavy for a session, but, hey, I'd rather sip and enjoy this one slow anyways. Man this stuff is tasty. I was excited about trying this beer and it really lived up to the hype.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark molasses with a moderate tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

S: Dark, roasted malts with some chocolate. A hint of dark molasses. No discernible hop bitterness. Bits of toffee.

T: Much like the smell, with the sweeter toffee and chocolate elements coming to the front.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Not nearly the best porter I've ever had. Definitely prefer the ESB and the 1845 to this. Overall, a good English brew.

Photo of mikeal1917
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at Horrock's Market in Lansing, MI. Being a huge fan of Fuller's London Pride, No reason not to give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a tan/beige medium to small head, that dissipates quickly, leaving a wisp around the glass.

Smell: strong, noticeable chocolate smell, with hints of nut. I found it to be a little overpowering, and definitely through my expectations for a loop. After smelling, I immediately thought of Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock(see my review).

Taste: Chocolate overtones, which I didn't love extremely. The English Bitter is definitely still there though, which I was pleased with. No strong after taste like you would expect in an IPA.

Mouthfeel: though dark, the beer wasn't thick and went down smooth.

Drinkability: The first beer was somewhat rough, as I'm not a huge fan of the chocolate, but the beer definitely improved as I worked on the 2nd and 3rd. A good 6-pack beer for the night if your looking for something with a little more love put into it.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,265 ratings.