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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
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2,146 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,146
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 162
Gots: 127 | 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:
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 RomaniIteDomum
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured very thick into my pint glass. The finger thick crealy head dissolved nicely into a fine layer continually rising bubbles layerying on the top and forming a nice ring around the glass. The beer is almost opaque black.

The smell was a wonderful mix of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, both sweet and bitter.

The taste is almost exactly like the smell indicates. The beautifully roasted malts bring out roasted coffee bitterness and the subtle sweetness fo a hint of dark chocolate. This definately a beer to be savored.

The feeling in the mouth is good. Time was definately taken to ensure the beer wasn't too thick yet still nice and creamy.

This beer is exemplary in questioning the notion of drinkability. Would you drink more than one in a sitting? Like any porter, probably not. Would I want to? Yes. Will I buy more? Hell yes. I am excited to try this beer again and sample more from the Fuller stable.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of plastik
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Very dark reddish brown, almost opaque. Quarter inch of tan head.

S: Chocolate and coffee, roasted malt.

T: Very smooth and balanced. Chocolate, with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Silky smooth and a bit sticky on the lips.

D: Great. Goes down easy. A delicious brew that I'll certainly have again.

Overall, a great beer. I've had others of the same style that perhaps have a bit more character, but this is amongst the most balanced and drinkable Porters that I've had. I'd recommend it as a great introduction to the style.

plastik, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- big khaki head, active and bubbly, seems like it's alive as it pops and opens and closes pores in the foam. body is a clear dark ebony brown with highs of mahogany shining through the darkness. head doesn't last long, but when it's down to a thin disk it maintains that state and give me some nice drippy lace.

S- roasted nuts, coffee, and cocoa, with some sweet burnt wood and oats and earthy english hops. toasted caramel, a touch of diacetyl, and mild cognac.

T- nutty, coffee, and cocoa, leather, very woodsy like a maduro cigar wrapper, with soil and stone notes, charcoal, and a great blend of roasted and hop bitterness. flavor of the fuggles stands up to all the roasted stuff and provides a nice complementary citrus-herb taste in the background. some raisin and tart black cherry linger in there also. finishes all roasty and good with mild lingering hop bitterness.

MF- smooth and milky with a grainy coating on the cheeks, low carbonation hits it peak at the back of the throat.

D- good english stuff, very enjoyable and easy to drink.

hustlesworth, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with a half finger tan head that soon dies down completely while leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smells of coffee and chocolate along with some prominent notes of roasted malt, bread and nuts.

Taste is predominantly roasted malt and bitter chocolate. There is also some coffee and caramel noticeable to a lesser degree and some lightly roasted nuts in the finish.

The mouthfeel came off a little light and felt a bit watered down. Started off creamy but the carbonation completely disappeared by about halfway through. Altogether this was a very good porter. The initial aroma was very pleasing and my only real complaint about this one was the mouthfeel being a little too light.

Vengeance526, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of seand
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brownish red, near black, with a large creamy bubbly tan head, which retains quite well and leaves good lacing. It's a very nice looking beer.

S: Chocolate, coffee, and grainy oatmeal, the malts come out strong hear, with a bit of burnt bitterness.

T: Full flavored, sweet chocolate notes with a strong coffee background, finishing with bitterness. I think it works quite nicely.

M: Medium to full bodied, not much carbonation so almost like thick water.

D: The smoothness and low carbonation make this an easy one to quaff.

seand, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of HansBlix
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer was poured from the tap into a pint glass. I tried to take notice of the initial pour. The head at the first pour was at first 3 fingers and then quickly dissipated with the second pour leaving 1 finger at most . There was some lacing but nothing to impressive. Color was dark brown and carbonation was minimal.

Smell - Roasted Malt was the most prominent smell with a roasted coffee finish.

Taste - Somewhat mild. Roasted malt or coffee was the backbone of this brew with minimal undertones of other flavors.

Mouth Feel - Very light carbonation. Somewhat medium body. Very Smooth.

Drinkability - This beer seems to be kind of a fall back Porter. Its good, I would drink it again, just nothing spectacular.

I miss my beer drinking friend a great deal. Its just not the same.

HansBlix, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, clear--for those that understand--like New Jersey Barrens creek water full of tannic acid. A thin tan head quickly fades to a thin ring of retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Dry oak, licorice, roasted malts and toasted biscuit.

T-Full flavoured rich licorice with roasted malt and some bitter chocolate. Light toasted oak and biscuit. Quite complex.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth and flavours that last throughout.

D-Beyond drinkable--->Full of flavour yet "light"! How can this be? Super smooth and absolutely poundable. A near perfect example of the cask delivered English Porter...this is my benchmark!

Deuane, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at Elephant and Castle.

For an English porter, rather typical of the style. But not really exceptional in any way, just a solid beer.

Dark brown, a touch clear and watery on the edges. Can't really see through it, but the head dissipates quickly.

Smell is a touch smoky, nutty, and malty with a touch of dark chocolate on the end.

A creamy texture despite a relatively watery body for a porter. Low ABV of 5.4% (for an English porter) drinks well, but a little too light-bodied. Has a nice balance and a little cherry and plum on the back end, which, combined with the minimal carbonation, make the beer a touch sour, but finishes well.

TLove, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a rich dark black slightly tainted by the thin brownish head

S - Rich dark chocolate, coffee, nuts a bit faint

T - Tastes the way it smells but not quite as complex as others and little fruit

M - Nice and creamy but a bit flat due to low carbonation - try a dark doppelbock from bavaria and you know what a dark chocolatey beer should feel and taste like

D - Good!

DerBayer, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. It pours a dark brown and is practically opaque when held to the light with a deep ruby appearance. A 1/2 inch beige head forms and reduces to a very nice lacy.

The aroma is quite good with some roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate, and a pleasant earthy hops present in the background. Mild but nice nuttiness.

The taste is very good. There is a good mix of coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. Some english hops again lurk in the middle.

The mouthfeel was a bit light for me. It was light/medium bodied with a light level of carbonation, which could have improved the beverage. Reasonably smooth and mildly creamy was to its benefit.

Overall, I did feel this beer was quite drinkable for a multitude of reasons, although there was definitely room for improvement. I would happily enjoy another and hope to have one in its homeland sometime in the near future.

SykDoc, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with what appears to be some decent clarity near the edges of the glass. Head is dark beige in color and has slightly below average retention and some lacing.

Nose is excellently porter-ish, with nutty and roasty malts leading the way with hints of toffee and coffee. Pretty big for a fairly low ABV and English style. Fuggles hops are mild and barely noticeable in the smell.

This porter is easy to drink and somewhat light-ish bodied, but still has a velvety, creamy, full-flavored texture. Great balance of sweet, roasty malts and toasty and hop bitterness. Just a touch of dark fruitiness enters the palate as the beer warms. Makes a great party sixer as it never gets boring and can easily be sipped (or gulped) all night. Fantastic, well balanced beer.

twiggamortis420, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of SAmori
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this ale on a whim when I saw it on a specialty store shelf. I had heard about this porter and only good things about this porter.

The beer poured beautifully into an ale glass with a head which developed to about half an inch. The first characteristic you notice is the color. The deep brown brew is opaque with small rising bubbles. The glass held the odor and a deep sniff revealed the toasty, toffee-like smells you would expect. The moderate bitterness permits the smells to translate into the flavor you expect. The flavors continue through the finish with the toastiness almost adding a chocolate background. It is a delicious beverage, with moderate alcohol, so you can enjoy more than one.

This ale is expensive. But you get what you pay for. I will buy this one repeatedly.

SAmori, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of DoctorB2B
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. First time trying.

A - Dark red when held to the light ... otherwise a mahogany color. Head was very thin and light brown in color.

S - Mainly roasted coffee, I didn't really get the chocolate hints I was hoping for.

T - Mild for a Porter I thought. Just as it smelled, it had a strong coffee taste to it, which I like. After letting it find it's way down the hatch, I found a bit of a black-strap molasses aftertaste.

M - Very light carbonation with light-medium body ... more light than medium. Coated the tongue nicely.

D - I like porters. This one falls toward the middle of my list of favorites. I say that because it didn't blow me away. I would drink it again over and over.

DoctorB2B, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of halfP1NT
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is close to opaqe brown, like cola. Ruby highlights when held up to the light. Light tan head is huge and rocky, and eventually settled into a nice foamy cap.

Smell is toasted bread, moist chocolate cake, slightly woody and bitter chocolate.

Tastes like biting into a slice of chocolate cake. Robust, sweet, a little smoky, but the maltiness never gets cloying. This is a delicious, well rounded porter. The flavor is warmer, smoother, not as roasty as most American Porters.

Carbonation is abundant but not overdone. The bubbles are small and prickly, and together with the sweet malty flavor, they make for a soft, velvety mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer, a little different, great take on a great beer style.

halfP1NT, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of hiikeeba
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours upa very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights and a tan head that dissipates to a thin cap of foam on top. Gorgeous.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malt, almost coffee like.

T - Starts with a hint of sweet malt, quickly replaced with roast malt/coffee flavor, and finishing with a cream-like sweetness.

M - Slightly thin. Probably appropriate for the style in the UK, but I'm an American dammit, and I want a thicker porter. Just kidding.

D - Fortunately, the roast malt finish is fleeting otherwise this would be an oppressive beer. As it is, there is no lingering bitterness, making this an extremely drinkable beer.

hiikeeba, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12oz into a snifter. Dark with a cherry glow, not quite opaque. Creamy head is small but sits atop what looks like a lot more carbonation.

S: roasted malts with mild chocolate overtones

T: nicely fills out the elements I smelled. Nothing too extravagant, just a nice malty goodness. Slight mocha-like bitterness on the tongue, but the finish smoothly returns to form. No appreciable hops or other elements (maybe a bit of yeast).

M: pleasantly creamy. Doesn't have the ultra chewy feel of a stout, but well above average for its style.

D: highly enjoyable porter that doesn't try to do too much. Picks a classic style and executes to perfection. Simple flavors and low ABV make it easy to order another.

Richardberg, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date 7/11/09.

Pours from 11.2 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. It's coke brown with similar clarity. nice creamy white head settles fairly quickly.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a nice roasted chocolatey character.

Flavor is mild and sweet with good chocolate and roasted coffee. Well rounded with good sweet/bitter balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth and low in carbonation. Medium body.

Very good drinkability in that it has a lot of flavor but it isn't overwhelming. Very enjoyable porter.

GilGarp, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the LCBO in the London, Ontario - served in a pint glass. Best before April 18th, 2010.

A - Two fingers of tan foam that quickly dissipates to a half-inch cap with minimal lace. Dark transparent cherry-wood-finish brown color that's quite attractive. Lots of visible carbonation.

S - Lots of roastiness, coffee, cocoa, and maybe some Christmas-y cookie spice in there too. Really intense smell that jumps out of the glass.

T - Flavor is largely baker's chocolate, without anywhere near as much depth as the smell. The roastiness really only makes an appearance in the aftertaste, and it's pretty mild even then. Solid, but very straightforward.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with active carbonation that isn't overdone. Pretty creamy other than the slight carbonation tingle. There's lots of residual stickiness in the finish. Could use a little more viscosity, even though it's a lower ABV porter.

D - Drinking a 500ml can is no problem - the roastiness never gets out of hand and the ABV is pretty forgiving. This is one of the best options that is always available at the LCBO.

MasterSki, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of katan
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown to almost amber color. 95% opaque. Head formation is light, and white in color. Only leaves behind a film. Little hazing is detected.

S - Bittersweet chocolate and roasted malts - light sweetness overall. Some yeast spice. No hopping or off scents detected.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness with only a hint of roasted chocolate malts. Mid-stream starts to show a bitterness, building to a balanced flavor. No hopping detected. Finishes with a more direct hit of bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is light, but almost seems more yeasty than malt.

M - Moderate body - could be a lean towards the thin side. Not an attribute I would want in my EP.

D - Easy drinking beer, flavors are well integrated and not overbearing. ABV is manageable. Roasted malts due become a bit tiring.

katan, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been used to this beer from the bottle but recently had it on nitro-tap and it far surpassed just about everyother porter or stout I've had on a nitro tap before, smooth and creamy, not watery, and with full-bodied flavour and character.

It is practically black, just barely a deep red-brown colour being visible. It has a big, thick, creamy dark tan head, shrinking very slowly, leaving ltos of lace, and staying rich and creamy the whole way through.

The aroma is rich chocolate, earthy leaves, light roasted coffee, and hints of caramelised prunes and licorice.

The taste is wonderfully full-bodied with rich chocolate, caramelised fruit, coffee, earthy singed leaves, anise, and fermented prunes near the finish, slightly vinegary. The character is wonderfully balanced and smooth, the elements integrated nicely, and it has definite light sweetness and bitterness.

The feel is excellent. Not only does it have a rich, very creamy had but, unlike others on nitro which may be watery underneath the head, the whole thing is nicely full, creamy, and a bit oily.

This is simply an outstandin porter however you have it.

Offa, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Goliath
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, with some ruby hues. A large inch and a half light tan head forms on the pour and lingers with excellent retention.

The aroma is really nice. A little roasty with some big chocolate tones and a hint of coffee.

The taste is very nice with a big smack of roasted grain giving some bitter dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee. It's really quite good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a rather flat and watery feel.

Drinkability is high. The ABV is easily managed making for a more sessionable beer. The flavor profile is quite nice as well making it easy to sit back and enjoy this British pint. Can't believe I let this sit on the store shelf so long before taking one of my own home.

Goliath, May 30, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with an initially stiff toffee/caramel colored head that sticks around for a while before settling to a creamy layer over the top. Some lacing, but nothing too impressive.

S: Sweet dark toffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Very smooth and inviting. The second I stuck my nose towards the glass I could tell this one was gonna be good.

T&M: Initially sweet chocolate flavor that yields to some dark roasted barley flavors. There's a spiciness from the hops near the end, and the finish is long and filled with coffee and roasted malt. Complex and bold. The body is medium, but light for a porter. Carbonation is light and restrained, just right.

D: In my book, porters should have the malty flavors of a stout with the drinkability of a pale ale. Fuller's London Porter has both, and drinks easier than your average pale ale. This is a highly drinkable, flavorful beer that I will definitely be seeking out again.

BamaBeerBuff, May 28, 2009
Photo of wiseguy142
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a chance to pick up a pint of this on cask at the Old Toad the other night. Really great stuff. Smooth and creamy off the cask with a decent head. Brown, thick, and real beer. Makes me thirsty.

Taste is really out of this world. Rich with chocolate and real ale taste but not fruity like a lot of other American porters which keeps it a little more quaffable and unique. Not overly bitter at any point during the beer from either hops or roasted malt. Just amazing balance.

wiseguy142, May 27, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A--Pours a very deep shade of brown in my Dogfish Head signature glass. I thought I gave it a careful pour, but within seconds an out of control four finger head billowed up and made me abruptly stop the pour. This usually only happens with Belgians for me...oops. Some lacing is left in spots.

S--Smell is sweet dark malts, nuts, spices, clove, cocoa. Nice and complex, and somewhat unique.

T--Sweet roasted malts make up most of the flavor profile, some coffee bitterness emerges. Hmm...have to say that I am underwhelmed (seems to be the norm for me with porters). There is really not even much for me to describe here. Its a nice porter but "nice" is about it

M--On the heavier side of medium bodied

D--This just doesn't do it for me, it's solid but I don't really care to have any more

alcstradamus, May 26, 2009
Photo of Orangevango
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: It is a nice dark brown (bordering on black) with a thin, cream colored head that sticks around a while.

S: My first impression is GRAPE SODA, but it morphs into coffee and chocolate, maybe toffee?

T: very mild, not too roasty, nor too bitter. Light roast notes accentuate a slight sweetness. Very round and balanced. The only flavor fault in my book is a slight metalic aftertaste.

M: Very low carbonation, silky. Almost oily.

D: This is a session beer, I could sit down to several pints of this easily. Tasty and downright quaffable.

Orangevango, May 23, 2009
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,146 ratings.