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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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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,266 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,266
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 erz316
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

better head than the bottle. good dark brown colour. abundant dark roasted malts with a strong dark chocolate backbone, a little coffee behind the chocolate with even less caramel notes in the far back. the taste is a close version of the nose. initial notes are coffee and some maltiness; there is also some caramilzed sweetness in the elusive midground.

Photo of Trizzle
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near opaque black with ruby highlights. Small head fades to a thin sparse layer of bubbles. Tidy lacing.

Intense toffee and charcoal in the nose. Background Xmas fruits.

Big toasted malts dominate initially, some whole grain cereal and a touch of sweet. Lingering dryness of hops and charcoal.

Gorgeous medium full body mostly from malt with minor carbonation.

Thoroughly enjoy contemplating a couple of pints of this bad boy over a few hours.

Currently my favourite English dark ale. Hope it comes in cask somewhere nearby.

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, clear rosewood with amber highlights and a whipped, dense head of fine cream colored head that leaves silky sheets of blonde lace on the glass. The nose is roasty and rich with dark chocolate, coffee and a touch of vanilla bean. Nice roasted malty flavors with cocoa and black coffee. Silky smooth and medium light bodied with mild carbonation. This is by far the best "pub can" offering I've ever had.

Photo of joshstevens87
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a black brown with a quarter inch mostly white slightly tan head which leaves little lacing
S-strong choclate presence with a hint of coffee maybe a liqourice in the background to bring balance to the choclate flavor
T-very rich taste huge chocolate and a nice bitterness from the chocolate notes and a bit of hops very rich for a porter with a perfect balance one of my favorite beers for the style
M-medium/light body with a generous carbonation though it seems a bit watery to me which is the only downside to this beer IMO
D-pretty drinkable very strong taste not too heavy definately sessionable and while it seems a bit light in the mouth it is as the bottle says rich, complex, and dark and not over the top

Photo of decimator
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very dark mahogany brown with a 1cm creamy head.

S - Mostly a mixture of toasts, chocolate & coffee at first. Another whiff and I pick up yeasty aromas.

T - Dark chocolate and toasts with a hint of coffee and some hops in the finish.

M - Very creamy and satisfying.

D - Not my favourite style of beer but I still found it pretty drinkable.

Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 21 Jul 10

G: Chalice

A: Dark chestnut body and thick creamy tanned head. Head retains throughout the drink and leaves good lacing. Nitro does wonders for appearance.

S: Very mellow & mild aromas all around. Bitter milk chocolate and light coffee beans come through. Could be stronger - still pleasant.

T: Bitter chocolates, light coffee beans, some hops in the background. Taste is very mild and well mixed.

M: Medium-light bodied and very low carbonation. Thin, smooth and creamy in the mouth and leaves a distinct coffee after taste.

D: Not bad, I prefer the non nitro version to this. This is good, but just not that great. Tasty none the less.

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

A: Coming from the can the liquid is a muddy brown, but it settles into a nice dark roasted color in the glass, opaque but with a somewhat "thin" look. A thick foam settles on top and sticks around. About as nice a presentation as one could ask for.

S: Aroma is sweet, chocolatey, lots of black patent malt. Hints of dryness, slightly oaty, maybe even a touch of astringency. Approachable.

T: Flavor is similar, lots of roasted malts with a significant astringency on the backend. Slightly sweet in the aftertaste, lots of licorice.

M: Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, with a mild carbonation that tickles the tongue.

D: Overall this is a very nice, even a world-class English Porter. Not that I'm saying anything new about the beer. I'd love to be able to get this on cask one day.

Photo of flagmantho
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark brown color with hints of ruby when held up to the light. Head is one finger of compact tan foam; quite attractive.

Smell: very nice, smooth chocolate/coffee aroma. True, they are the standard aromas of a good porter, but in this case they are melded very well. To me this beer smells like a mocha truffle -- a good thing indeed.

Taste: flavor is very good; a nice realization of the aroma. The aftertaste is just like the aroma: a delicious mocha truffle. Up front we get a little more chocolate and even some nice floral hops. Bitterness is not too high, and complements the flavor very well. Despite its candylike flavor, this beer is not too sweet. I love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good creaminess despite the relatively low carbonation. The folks at Fuller's have done well.

Drinkability: this is one smooth, delicious porter. I will have to find a regular source for this, as it is simply wonderful.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.54/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best example of black marker in a beer! Pours a mostly black color with a red hue around the edges. A soft off white head with decent retention. Did not last through the full tasting.

The nose has a mix of malt, roast and distinct black marker. I think this is more of an English black malt thing. Some minor yeast notes. Some minor esters but light. A hint of herbal and earthy hops but light.

The taste really has the distinct black marker taste. The malt comes out with a caramel and light coffee notes. But in the finish the marker flavor hides a lot. Some minor yeast notes and a like vegi taste that lingers in the finish. Some earthy hop notes that balances well.

The body is moderate to light. Would like a touch more depth but still good. Overall, the black marker thing is off setting. I know I am sensitive to it so leave it at that.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Taco Mac just added this to the wall when I had it.

It came in a dimpled mug, black with some redish on edges absolutely no head, well maybe a bubble or two.

It had an oak and smokey roasted malt aroma not too heavy, the taste paralleled the aroma with the addition of molasses at the finish.

It felt thin and light on the tongue with a bitter aftertaste. Good, not all that noteworthy, just a plain old porter.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO, best before date of Nov. 2010, lots of time there.

Pours a dark brown with little bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, a half creamy, half big bubbly head forms and recedes to a few splotches of head. Leaves an odd patch of lacing or two on the glass.

Nose is... mysteriously absent? No, it's just light. Folgers coffee, a biscuity yeast smell (reminds me of an English brown) and a hint of brown sugar.

Taste is a little more bold but that's not saying much. Light coffee notes are most prominent, a hint of roast, a light sweetness that plays in and out, a pleasant bitterness in the finish that is absent elsewhere, bit of creaminess in there. Thin, watery body is not exactly what I would choose for a porter but as I drink it I do imagine myself chugging litres of this all day in some English pub and it does seem to fit then... still, I would pick something with a more prominent roast.

Certainly drinkable (not bad, not good) and if I ever find myself in an English pub and this was on cask, I would probably order a pint to see. Otherwise, not really my cup of tea.

Photo of Josievan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown color. If you aren't careful when pouring, the head can get out of control on this sucker. I could swear I had one bottle of this that it took 10 minutes for the fizz to go down enough that I could start drinking!

Smell: Smells toasty. Big dark malt presence. A little coffee or dark chocolate, too.

Taste: Roasted malts are big. A tad bit of chocolate. Leads to a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers. Complex, if somewhat indistinct flavors going on, yet doesn't weigh you down.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium-bodied. Kind of chewy. Relatively low carbonation gives it a nice smoothness.

Drinkability: Goes down easily for a porter, a few at a time would be possible.

Notes: I had a 4 oz. sample of this at a beerfest awhile back which really blew me away. It doesn't seem as amazing having a full bottle of it, but I can still see why it's a benchmark for English porters. I think my sample was from a nitro-can; I'll have to check this beer out in that format.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, dark brown, nearly black color with minimal highlights. Some lively carbonation inside the glass, helping to force up a head of about a half-finger to a finger high of tan, bubbly froth. This would get a higher score if it gave a little more head, but this is still a pretty good looking beer.

The nose boasts copious amounts of dark malt and coffee laced with chocolate, with a slight earthiness behind it all. Smells good, and is pretty damn aromatic, I could smell it as soon as I popped top. Good stuff.

Once the beer hits your tongue, you can see why it is considered one of the better English Porters out there. Sweet chocolate and dark malts up front, fading into a bit of roastiness, then spiraling down a dark path strewn with bittering coffee and earthy hops. Pretty complex and wonderfully flavorful.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, and I know I say this a lot, but I would like it a bit more thick. Still, the mouthfeel doesn't sacrifice smoothness or creaminess with its medium body. The carbonation works well with the feel by showing up, but remaining in the background.

This beer is pretty drinkable, even for someone like me who'd much rather have two IPAs back to back rather than two Porters or Stouts. I could put back a few of these in a sitting. This is definitely a beer I will be returning to in the future.

Photo of prosper
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one does not disappoint!

Pours a very dark reddish-brown. Nearly black and opaque.

Smells mainly of estery english yeast, accented with some toffee malts and a black patent burnt malt aroma. Very good.

Taste is something quite special. Malty caramelly sweetness, with black malts and dark roasty nuttiness. Finishes on the bitter side, burnt toast. Bitterness comes predominantly from dark malts, hops only play a supporting role.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Very nice

I could drink these all night.

Photo of jhall00
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown to black beer with medium carbonation and a good sized golden sandy head.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate with malty tones

T- Tastes similar to its aroma...malty with a deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. The roasted coffee/chocolate taste lingers

M- Smooth and medium to heavy.

D- A good drinkable beer.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black. Small head, and lacing.

S: A burnt chocolate and malty smell.

T: Upfront is bitter-sweet chocolate. Somewhat rich.

M: Smooth, but much more carbonated than expected. Also much thinner than expected, after reading other reviews.

D: It's tasty, but I don't find this to be all that special.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molasses or rasiny color with a very moderate and short lived head. Fizzles away rather quickly, leaving a nice amount of lacing. Aroma is roasted and a tad bit sour. Lots of dark malts in there. Flavor is also well roasted, slightly sour, almost in a dark chocolate way. Stands well on its own or would certainly go well with any red meat. Lasting aftertaste and lighter body than one would imagine.

Photo of jeranbrews
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Small quickly receding sand-colored head. Pours a dark sorghum molasses color. Minimal visible continued carbonation.

S - Chocolate malts, nutmeg (eggnog), oak / rum, roasted malts, yeast and hop smells mild. Smells could be a little bit stronger.

T - Rich, devil's food cake rum raisin frosting. Chocolate sugars, a tiny tiny bit of fusil, and some raisin esters. Overall a very positive balance. The aftertaste is of roasted malt, but mild.

M - Unusually fizzy for this style. Medium body, I would prefer a bit more thickness. Just a tiny bit of fusil burn.

D - I'm having trouble finding places to mark down with this beer. This is a drinkable well balanced delightful beer.

Photo of Dentist666
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkbrown-bodied with tan tight resistant 2-finger head
Sensations of chocolate, tobacco, coffee and charcoal in aroma.
Medium-carbonated, taste is smooth, rich, chocolate & roasted malt prevail, aftertaste is medium bitter, mostly hop & tobacco leaf.
Drinkability is high, an exceptional sample!

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce can into a metric pint glass.

A: Poured a deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights which makes it appear almost black when no light is shown at it. The one finger head of creamy tan foam leaves a few trails of sticky lace.

S: Smells sweet and roasty, like bittersweet baking chocolate, molasses and charcoal. A faint herbal hop aroma is picked up among the roasted malt blend.

T: A big, sweet combo of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, charcoal and smoky tobacco flavors combine with a mellow, grassy hop flavor to produce a smooth, creamy English porter. The finish is sticky smooth and slightly bitter, with lingering flavors of cocoa, coal and cigar.

M: Mouthfeel is robust, creamy and slightly bitter towards the finish.

D: This would go great with a whiskey marinaded beef dish, a chocolate tort or plate of bittersweet chocolates and is very serviceable on its own. A very rich and malty brew, and at 5.4%, this classic English porter is just what the doctor ordered for a winter brew sit-in. Quite nice indeed.

Photo of emerge077
2.96/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date on can: 22 Feb 2009
This has been better in bottles, but I spotted a rare can and took notes.

Pours dark brown/black, ruby glint in the light. Good retention with sticky tan foam. Smells a little oxidized, papery, weak coffee roast. Flavor is a little too much on the sweet side, roasty malt notes dominate. In the finish there's a distinct raisin/prune note. The coffee element is like weak instant maxwell house. Feel is smooth and slick, the sweetness borders on unpleasant though. Didn't really want to finish this. Will amend review with a fresher sample when I find one.

Photo of yesyouam
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter is a dark brown ale with a cappucino colored head that leaves foam all over the glass. It has an aroma like toffee-- but not too sweet. It smells roasty, like chocolate, coffee and baked goods. here's an earthy twang to it that's unambiguously English. It's medium-light bodied and quite smooth. he finish is ever-so-slightly chalky. It's not that sweet on the tongue, really. It's chocolatey and slightly bitter. It's perfectly balanced. It's a bit grassy and almost umami. Very classic; very drinkable.

Photo of MattyV
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cola that gives way to nice amber highlights when held up to the light. A very creamy half finger beige head quickly recedes to a nice cap

S: Pretty subdued, pick up some nice toasted malts along with a bit of coffee and chocolate

T: all of the different flavours picked up in the aroma are present in the taste, along with a slight burnt bitterness that blends everything together

M: nice and creamy, easy on the carbonation but a tad thin

D: a great session beer for the cooler months. Very tasty and not heavy feeling at all, could definitely handle a few of these in succession

One of the few solid choices available at my hometown rural northern Ontario LCBO. Will likely be picking up a few more of these over the next few weeks of Christmas holidays

Photo of glamphetamine
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an almost fully opaque black with just a touch of brown. Generates a nice, foamy tan head that dissipates to a film across the surface of the beer.

S - Prunes and raisins come to the forefront, mixed nicely with coffee and a hint of chocolate.

T - Warm and malty. The chocolate really dominates here, with just the slightest trace of alcohol piggybacking the flavor near the end. There's also a hint of coffee and raisins in the flavor. The taste is very mild and simple at first, but the flavors open up just before the finish.

M - Finishes very smoothly. There is NOTHING unpleasant about the mouthfeel on this one. It's smooth, washes down clean, and leaves a mild and pleasant aftertaste. The carbonation is very mild.

D - Very drinkable. Flavorful enough to be interesting, but not overpowering or cloying. I think this would be a good intro beer for people who've never had a porter or a really dark beer, but it's still good enough to satisfy an experienced beer geek. I might pick myself up a six-pack if I ever spot one.

Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec20 2009

A deep cola in color with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S some sweet malt and a little coffee

T a little smokey with some chocolate much stronger then the smell and pretty tasty

M a little chewy with low carbonation

D good beer for this cold winter day and easy drinking

no reason not to drink this beer try it if you have a chance

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,266 ratings.