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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,100 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,100
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 157
Gots: 114 | 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 TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 2/7/09 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and slightly smoky up front with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. The smokiness is done with just the right amount and the beer is well-balanced overall. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good dark beer to drink for a whole evening.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A blackish body with a small tan head and minor lacings. A semi-sweet malt smell with caramel notes and hints of coffee malt. Very sweet and somewhat creamy, medium-bodied, with hints of toffee, roasted, coffee and chocolate malts all in there and balances with a dry, satisfying finish (a mix of roasted malt and hops) despite a tad syrupiness from the beer. I could relax with a pint of this anytime.

clayrock81, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany body with amber tints around the edges. Has a pillowy, creamy large off-white head that settles into a nice cap. Good retention with stubborn lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted coffee and milk. Hints of chocolate, but not much. Roasted, smoked barley with a blast of sweet caramel.

Tastes of rich malts - touches of chocolate and caramel. Roasty goodness with nutty undertones. Finishes with a great dash of hop bitterness - not citrus, just a dab of bitter. Extremely well-balanced. The flavors are so delicate and blend together very well.

Mouthfeel is about as rich as a beer can get. One of the more creamy brews I've had the pleasure to try. Has a pillowy, fluffy feel in the mouth - if that makes any sense. Easy to drink and I would have no problem downing a few of these during dinner or just relaxing before bed. Outstanding brew - simply a must try.

TMB0424, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty and a sweet oatmeal malt. In the taste, roasty malt, sweet, and a small oatmeal presence. A smooth medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasty oatmeal aftertaste. Almost like a oatmeal stout minus the hops, mellow and nice.

OWSLEY069, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a dark brown color that produced a tan head that retained and left a nice lacing

S - Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate

T - Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and cream

M - A creamy, medium body, and light carbonation

D - A great porter, something that all that enjoy the dark beers should try

cvfish, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of JohnW
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from handpull in Fullers "Old Joint Stock" pub in Birmingham UK. Is not normally available on hand pull here, only during winter or Christmas season.

Reasonable head on the pour, the head reflecting the very dark (but not black) colour of the beer. Aroma was sweet, malty, hint of roasted grains and coffee. Taste reflects this, initially fairly sweet, with smooth fairly rich texture. The beer - on this occasion - was served too cool for the style for my liking, so maybe muted as a result. The taste developes more in the mouth, with roasted grains, hints of dark chocolate and coffee, but not the very burnt flavours of some porters. Very little hint of any hop bitterness, the overiding taste is sweeter and roasted grains, making it a warming satisfying beer for cooler weather.

I enjoyed this - though reckon it should be served at cellar temperature - not chilled - to get the full flavours.

A very tasty enjoyable dark porter style beer for the winter months, though not a session beer for summer days!

B'ham UK January 2009

JohnW, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 5/14/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours a black colored body with a big tan head, with good lacing, but diminishing. Has an extremely malty aroma, coffee notes. Very light tasting, with some bitterness, some acid, and coffee tastes. Okay beer, kind of a session ale type drink.

jujubeast6000, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
One in. tan head-cola colored
SCent of coffee and cocoa
Taste-light coffee and chocolate, smooth and creamy, a faint bitterness in the finish-
-warmed to a more roasted coffee and more cocoa flavor
Overall, very pleasant and drinkable--a good session beer at 5.4 abv. Perfect to have on a cold wet January day(or any other day)

hosehead83, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer in a mug. The temperature was about 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: The beer is a medium dark brown color with an elegant ruby highlight that showcase the beers beauty. There was head when the beer was poured. There is now an eighth inch off white almost a tan ring around the glass. There are carbonation bubble coming from the bottom of the glass. The clarity of the beer is close to opaque.

Nose: A mild roasted malt, a smooth chocolate, caramel, and there is a toffee note. No fruity esters noticed, but there is a subtle hint of diacetyl.

Taste: A nice mild roasted malt, with chocolate, and caramel. There are notes of coffee, hops and a touch of sweetness.

Overall: The beer doesn't have the burnt sugar or harsh notes to it. The roasted malt seems held back a bit to allow for a very smooth beer. The beer has a medium body and a velvety mouth feel that slightly astringent. The beer gives of a nice complex character but in a refined English way. The finish is slightly bitter allowing the drinker to find the hops that is hidden in this beer. A very well made and on point with its style. There are a few character flaws in the beer I feel could be a bit better probably from shipping.

colts9016, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of sliverX
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

note: review notes were taken during NYE dinner and brief
poored a medium brown with ruby hints shining through in the light, thin film like head
the smell was all malt from what I could detect
the taste (directly from my note which means I had a few to many Benchwarmer's) was like 3/4 Edmund Fitzgerald 1/4 water add to glass, drink
mouthfeel was light but pleasant, suspecting the English versions aren't as "heavy" as the American
very drinkable and easy to session, went well with my steak dinner

sliverX, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with an off white half inch sustaining head and moderate lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasty malts. A hint of noble hop is also present.

Taste is a smooth roasted chocolate and slightly burnt toast.

Full bodied with moderate drinkability. I would say this is a good after diner beer with a slice of chocolate cheese cake or the classic King Dong.

GordonQuid, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of DmanGTR
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured dark brown with garnet hues in the light. 1" tan head with some nice lacing in a tulip.

S - roasted malts, carob, strong coffee, some roasted nuts as well. Absolutely divine.

T - follows the smell but in a much more pronounced fashion. Very rich and flavorful.

M - medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - quite drinkable. In fact, the most drinkable porter I have ever had.

Overall - This is the paradigm porter. Simply one of the best porters I have ever had. Rich, tasty, roasty, and lightly nutty. Everything a good English porter needs and everything a good English porter has. If there was a standard of porter brewing, this would be it. Cheers!

DmanGTR, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of ecoastman
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time reviewing a porter. I'll get more practice later since I bought 8 cans of this well regarded brand.

Drinkability - I could definitely have another but this is not my personal preference for a session beer. It makes for a great drink on a cold winter night and I look forward to having another in the future.

Appearance - black about 95% opague and I believe it's clear as far as I can tell. Carbonation gives an initial creamy head which thins and is well retained. Spotted lacing is left behind through the drink. A good looking meal.

Smell - mild complexity of sweet molasses and roasted coffee. Also has chocolate, nut and dried fruit.

Taste - just like what you smell but more pronounced. From what I've read, this is brewed to fit the style. Mild bitterness throughout and the complexity lingers nicely and mild well after the finish. I think there's some smokiness in the background which is quite nice.

Mouthfeel - heavy and chewy to start but is smooth and watery as it goes down. Almost makes this rich beer refreshing - probably, in part, from the low carbonation.

Having finished 2/3 of the beer for the review, I'm now enjoying this with a Porter Chedder from Ireland.

ecoastman, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Pamola
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a can of this at a local store. I hadn't seen any new Fuller's on the shelves around here, so I snagged one.

A: Poured from a non-widget can into an imperial pint glass. Pinkie finger tall tight head, with a looser, bubbly top. Dark, dark auburn, nearly opaque.

S: Sweet malt and nutty. Slightly smoky bitterness as well.

T: Nice restrained caramel with nutty and roasty elements. Little on the weak side. I expect a little more flavor and oomph from any kind of porter.

M: Little too empty for me. Smoothness I can expect in a porter, but this was just on the weak side.

D: Would certainly be a great session brew. Drinkable, tasty, with no real glaring flaws.

Pamola, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of thartman
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color, borderline black. Smooth, light tan, elegant looking head, nice retention, some lacings sticking to the glass. Toasted malts and cookie dough on the nose. Rich and creamy, some toasted malts, mocha, Milky Way Bar, with a subtle hint of hops. Nice complex rendition of a Porter. This is probably, if not the best Porter out there.

thartman, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a nice dark soda colored pour. A minimal head but it is a caramel colored head. Somewhat opaque but allows some light through.

S- lots of chocolate in the nose here. It smells like creamy chocolate. Coffe rounds it out beautifully on the back end.

T-a dark roasted coffee with hints of malt. Very unque and tasty. Chocolate does come out but not as much as in the smell.

M-coffee coffe and more coffee. It is like drinking an iced coffee. smooth but not creamy. Carbonated as well.

D- i like the flavor and i could pound a few of these back especially during the winter. A very heavy beer though.

Dodo2step, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of JOaikido
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle. Best before 21/06/09

A- Dark brown with amber highlights. Small beige head that dissappears quickly.

S- Chocolte with faint mocha coffee. Touch of prunes. Nice overall.

T- Nice coffee/chocolate flavours. Sweet background. Decent mildly bitter aftertaste. Some complexity but a little mild for my tastes.

MF- A bit thin and watery, but not too bad. A pop like fizz that matches the weak head.

D- Acceptable evening sipping beer. Goes down easily but is a little to mild in character.

JOaikido, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of selecter70
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a wonderful porter! I just wish places still had it on draught again (ahem, Cornwall's...). The bottle pours out a dark, near black, brown with minimal head that holds onto it's retention all the way down. The smell is what you expect, chocolate-coffee-licorice, with a sharp alcohol nose. The flavor likewise incorporates the above with a bit of hops & malt, and a carbonation that lets the alcohol linger. The taste turns from the sweeter components to a more bitter flavor that rests nicely throughout your mouth and in particular, on the sides of your tongue. I just to sit in a pub with a fire going, then all would be fine....

selecter70, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of johnd513
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slim custom bottle poured into my Duvel glass. This beer pours a real dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Smells of coffee, fruit and the black patent and roasted barley really come through. The taste is very complex as the bottle suggests. Tastes sweet at the beginning and is bitter at the end with chocolate and roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with nice carbonated. Drinkability is high and is limited only by the high price tag.

johnd513, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a small, light tan head. Some nice roased malts show up on the nose, along with chocolate. It smells a bit like a chocolate milk shake with some grassy hops thrown in.

The flavor is nice and sweet, with chocolate being the dominant flavor along with some breadiness. It's a little like a 3 Musketeers bar mixed in with the bread you get at Outback Steakhouse, with a bit of bitterness showing up at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with low carbonation.

Overall, this is a super-yummy, very drinkable porter.

Spidey13, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Bung
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite English porter. Nice opaque black pour, one finger tan head. Scent of coffee, slight mocha. Flavor is matching with roasted malts, creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't stay with you, finish clean. Great drinkability. Smooth full flavor, more than usual for a porter.

Bottle and nitro-tap.

Bung, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby hue, one finger frothy head.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate with hints of cream.

T- Chocolatly malts with a hint of roasted bitterness. Minimally hoppy finish.

M- Nice medium body, decent carbonation.

D- I wouldn't session it, but there's enough going on to keep me coming back.

Altough I'm not a huge porter fan, I'd call this a classic.

Pauly2X, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of EatsTacos
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with red and amber hues, creamy head not much lacing

The aroma was a lot of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is initially sweet caramel malt. Pretty grainy. The hops are subdued and in the background. Bitterness comes through and the finish is pretty dry and bitter. A lot of coffee characteristics.

Mouthfeel is thin with a low to moderate soft carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Always a good choice, and my favourite porter.

EatsTacos, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of gerardoluna
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eyes: dark colour, with a small beige head that dissapear quickly

Nouse: A good aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood, and hops.

Mouth:stron body, good caracter teh flavours of dark chocolate, and coffee are gentile balanced. The aftertaste is a little bitter... good carbonation.
A very gOoOoOood porter Bravo to a Fuller's

Serving type: bottle 500

gerardoluna, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of eagles22
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a great porter

Appearance: black with a nice tannnish white head

Smell: chocolate, toffee and roasted malts and some hops

Taste: is superb taste like a nice chocolate toffee chewy candy...with great caramel taste

Mouthfeel: is great very moist and aftertaste is awesome one of my favorite porters

Drinkability: is wonderful too ..you can put down a handful of these

eagles22, Dec 02, 2008
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,100 ratings.