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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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2,052 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 149
Gots: 98 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Poured a dark,near opaque nature (deep chestnut brown with dark plum highlights around the edges when held up to the light). A one finger frothy dark khaki colored head sits atop with moderately lasting results before leveling to a thin sudsy covering leaving only a slight thin lacing around the glass edges.

S: a dark roasted coffee bean aroma with dried cherries, dark fruit and some bitter chocolate.

T: smooth with a well polished, but deep roasted coffee bean flavor with a dried creamer sweetness sneaking through. The coffee bitterness and earthy minerality (soil) truly highlight the rich nature of this drink. Some dried grapeskins, raisins and a faint dried creamer/chalkiness is found on the finish.

M: nice providing a light-medium viscosity, oily texture while leaving a dry earthy and roasted bitterness behind. The carbonation is soft while there was slight traces of dried coffee creamer/chalkiness left behind.

D: Really good drinkability, rich and dark with a fresh roasted coffee flavor that is sure to put this on the top of your list per style.

09-23-2008 23:15:39 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of eweneek83

West Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

The appearance deep, dark, opaque black with dense chocolate milk colored head that doesn't go away. There lots of nicely spaced out patches of lace that are tan in color.
The aroma is a deep dark roasted espresso bean that is nearly burnt, awesome. There are also faint malt and caramel whiffs here. When I drank this, there was again espresso, but with chocolate and hints of malt. Nice slight bitterness in the finish that was perfect with a great crisp after taste. Nice thick mouthfeel that's chewy and refreshing. A great example of a great porter.... yummy!

09-22-2008 04:04:56 | More by eweneek83
Photo of thirtysixbelow


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

a - nice looking dark tan head sits on top of an almost opaque beer. A little brown comes through when held up to the light. Not much head retention or lacing. Style points for a great looking bottle though.

s - sweet malty chocolate and coffee notes.

t - sweet molasses and nutty flavor start off and are followed by a pretty intense smokiness. A little burnt flavor relieves the smokiness and leaves behind a semi dry finish. I've had quite a few beers but this one just has something about it I can't figure out. Pretty distinct even for a porter.

m - right down the middle in all categories... smoothness, carbonation, weight

d - It might have been because it has been a week since I have had a beer, but when I took the first sip of this it was freaking amazing. The uniqueness seemed to subside a little as I continued to drink. Not sure if my taste buds were just adapting or what. Definitely a great porter. I will have to try this one again.

09-17-2008 04:43:13 | More by thirtysixbelow
Photo of tugdriver7


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to BA for a great recommendation. Picked this up at Perfect Pour (Columbia) and couldn't wait to try it. Porters are a favorite style and this was no exception. Deep, rich brown/black in the glass, with a thin head. Rich smoky malt in the nose and in the initial taste. A subtle, pleasing sweetness follows with a nice, bitter finish that adds to the drinkability. Well worth finding and trying this one.

09-13-2008 00:53:58 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of Sage

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

I was delighted to discover this elusive Fuller's beer on tap at the Barrow Boy and Banker in London Bridge. Served in a Honeydew tulip glass, the deep colour and bitter chocolaty smell came across well. The taste is full of rich dark chocolate and coffee, the richness balanced however by a powerful bitterness making this a remarkably rounded beer for the strength of flavour. The richness again comes through satisfyingly in the mouthfeel.

This beer may be black as night, but the bitterness makes it surprisingly refreshing. Very drinkable.

09-11-2008 11:12:44 | More by Sage
Photo of TexIndy


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. Back label had a best by date. It was deep black with mahogany highlights against a strong light. It had a smaller than expected tan head that also faded quicker than expected. Good carb fountain in center of glass. Little lacing.

The aroma was strong. It was coffee and chocolate malts with a little sweet mixed in there. The taste was really good as well. You can definitely taste the coffee as the dominant flavor. It has a dry finish as well. Mouthfeel was good but I found the dry end a bit too much for my liking. Left me thirsty for a splash of water to cleanse the palate.

Overall a really good beer that I'm glad is finally available in Texas again. I really like porters in the cooler months and could see this one being part of that rotation.

09-10-2008 01:45:15 | More by TexIndy
Photo of AMo


3.78/5  rDev -10%

Fullers London Porter pours a medium dense dark ebony with a short lasting fizzy head. The smell is good, but only moderately strong. Taste has similar characteristics; its a fair tasting porter, but there isn't any boldness to the taste. Notable charactieristics include a smooth malt flavor with a slight smokeyness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and a bit on the thin side. Overall drinkability was good, but I though this could have been a lot bolder in just about every aspect. If this was a reasonably priced six pack I'd say its worth picking up, but for what they are charging the quality is not worth the price.

09-04-2008 21:34:57 | More by AMo
Photo of roadhouse


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Finally got some of this stuff, picked it up at the Liquor Stop after I asked the owner to order some. Poured it from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a very dark brown with some red highlights and a one and a half finger light tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet up front like caramel but there is also some nice dark chocolate and coffee tones. Subtle hints of charred wood and some earthiness.

Taste starts out with some sweet chocolate then finishes a with some coffee-like roasted bitterness, some nuttiness, and a bit of a minerally taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

Very good stuff, it's hard to say whether I like this one of the Taddy Porter more. They are distinctly different however. If you can get your hands on some of this (it seems to have been eluding me for quite some time) then I would highly recommend doing so.

08-21-2008 23:25:57 | More by roadhouse
Photo of spointon


3.95/5  rDev -6%

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This one poured the color of dark cola with a nice 1.5 inch tan head. The head dropped quickly to a skim but the carbonation release was significant throughout. Minimal lacing down the glass.

S= This porter smelled of burnt caramel, roasted coffee, treacle, and hints of chocolate. Call me crazy but it also seemed to hint at a smoky essense too.

T= This ale tasted of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and the same smokey hints that were in the nose. The finish was sort of bitter from the roasty (burnt) malt flavors.

MF= Body was medium-heavy, but lightened considerably by the higher than expected carbonation.

D= Definitely a good porter, but with a few minor shortcomings. I would have preferred a bit less carbonation, however I was totally intrigued by the mild smokiness of this beer.

08-13-2008 01:44:42 | More by spointon
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev 0%

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a rich clear mahogany body that glows a dark ruby when held up to the light. A finger of soapy, mottled ecru-and-ivory foam settles to a bubbly sheet

The smell of the drink is darkly malty and tangy with a bit of syrupy coffee laced with toffee and dry cocoa. As the drink sits a bit it becomes more chocolatey, toasty, roasty, and highly aromatic when swirled.

The drink is soft, roasty, and sweet, with plenty of malty chocolate and a drying dark-roast coffee finish. A bit of cola nut and a dash of earthy hops linger in the finish.

Medium-bodied with superb carbonation and feel. Outstanding drinkability.

08-09-2008 14:47:23 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of elniko


4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into pint glass

A: Dark, opaque looking. Very little tan head that quickly dissipated. I am new to drinking porters so I'm not sure if a frothy head is to be expected.

S: Smells as I would suspect, chocolate and tones strong on the nose.

T & M: Taste definitely has some bitterness, strong chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste which I quite liked. Has a toasty quality as well. I'm impressed by this beer. I'm pretty excited too because I used to hate porters but as my beer journey has progressed my tastes have definitely expanded.

D: Definitely drinkable, not too much on the coffee or chocolate notes in the taste. I can definitely see myself having this brew again.

08-05-2008 23:54:39 | More by elniko
Photo of Slynger


3.78/5  rDev -10%

Very dark blackish brown with a large, creamy lid of light tan.

Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted, charred, black malts, and hints of coffee.

Lightly sweet milky-chocolate flavors with light charred, dark roasted, and coffee flavors. Fairly lightish body by porter standards, but with good amount of light and creamy carb.

Definitely a good beer, but not as good as I had hoped.

08-05-2008 02:47:49 | More by Slynger
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

on tap at british beer company in framingham, ma. pretty sure it was nitro tap.

not too different from the (non-nitro) canned version, it seems. maybe less pronounced chocolate and coffee notes, and overall sweeter, but still just as good. perhaps the nitro also helps with smoothness, but not so much that it really ups the score any bit further.

08-01-2008 09:15:49 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of templar316


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a nice foamy kakhi head into english pint. One finger which dissapears quickly, nice deep brown color with ruby highlights when held to the light. A delicious aroma of coffee, and bready malts, and a flavor which delivers with a nice hop bitterness at the finish. A beer which rolls across the tongue leaving a smile on the face quickly inviting another sip to identify a characteristic you missed. Complex enough to try again and again.

07-30-2008 04:38:34 | More by templar316
Photo of HoppyMcStout


4/5  rDev -4.8%

This beer had a deliciously creamy head on it, with a nice dark body. Smell was pleasant - could definitely detect a hop presence more so than the malts, at least in my opinion. The taste had the presence of chocolate and coffee. The finish was superb! A very subtle diacetyl presence, along with a toffee-like sweetness in the aftertaste. A fantastic example of a true porter.

07-27-2008 00:35:18 | More by HoppyMcStout
Photo of phishgator


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

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


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

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

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

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

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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


4.83/5  rDev +15%

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.

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


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

06-02-2008 00:45:32 | More by everetends
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,052 ratings.