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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
94
outstanding

1,987 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,987
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 141
Gots: 80 | 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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skineg

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark mahogany, with only a slight (1/8) head that dissipates but leaves a nice ring.

S: Subtle aroma of caramel, chocolate and nuts. Definately a little bit of a smokey smell with a hint of rye bread. Sexy is an understatement. While the smell is complex, it isn't that strong.

T: This is what the gods drink. Strong, yet clean taste of caramel, nuts and chocolate. Very complex taste. Aftertaste fades quick but still reminds you that you're drinking a beer.

M: Beer tastes almost chewy, but very smooth. Fizzes a bit on the tongue, but taste just soaks in.

D: A bit filling, but a beer everyone should have at least once. I could have a couple of these on taste alone.

Comments: One heck of a beer. Would be great with a Turkey on rye or a baked potato. Having a few Riesens wouldn't be bad either. It's one of those beers you have to say "wow" out loud after the first taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 04:14:50 | More by skineg
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this one actually intriques me, I have been hunting it down for a while and really wanted to try it for some reason. You would think this would have been available more locally to me, but I just could never find it anywhere. It just was never around. Now I finally manahed to get ahold of one in a trade, so we will see where this one takes me. I am expecting something fairly good here….

A – Poured a very thick, almost black opaque liquid with a amall tannish head. This quickly faded and was replaced by just a thin line of off whitish lace around the rim of liquid. Good side glass lace.

S – Highly roasted malts, almost overpowering. Lots of hints of coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Very robust smell. Everything was very easily picked up and noticed. It had a real thick aroma to it. Totally roasted nuts and caramel. Really one of the better smelling brews I have ever had.

T – Wow, holy london porter. Rich caramel tones mixed in with a delicous roasted maltiness that just would not quite. Hints of dark chocolate in the back gave way to a delicous dry hoppy finish, A really complex beer here. Too many flavors to even try to list, I realy loved this and it definatly lived up to my expectations!

M – Super super smooth. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavor and aroma. I almost thopught it would be somehat creamy of syrupy, but was as light as an ale. Great carbonation really let the flavors pop as it went down. Totally a smooth session porter, really creamy carbonation, great silky like feel.

D – Really great. I literally threw this one down in about 20 mins, which for me is pretty good. I could have easily made this one an all night drinker, it was just that smooth and delicous.

Overall, This was great. I really enjoyed the roasted flavor and the full on malt assault. This could have been one of my more favorite brews to date. Really a top noth offering and I would be thrilled to get some more!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 23:17:26 | More by mikesgroove
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice big black that is pretty much impenetrable, although just at the right angle light shines through and reveals a hellish dark red glow. Thin head of light toasty brown diminishes to a mere ring quickly.

Big nose of roasty chocolate notes and coffee beans, with a sweet fruity element giving it some roundness. Fruity aroma tends to take over as soon as the head dies.

Pleasant smokiness in the flavor helps bring out rich chocolate and coffee aspects, again with darker fruits giving it sweetness and a pervading nuttiness adding depth. Finish is wonderful, with a coffee bean bitterness riding out quite a long while. The mouth feels creamy and full, with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is my second Fuller's, the other being the equally good ESB. More exploration of this great brewery is in order.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 21:32:07 | More by Metalmonk
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ncvbc

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional porter. Had from the bottle and was glad to see this on-tap this evening. Medium creamy head that left great lacing and also lasted near the duration of the beer. Smell of light roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Taste was much of the same. Very clean and refreshing mix of chocolate and coffee balanced by a faint hop bite. Mouthfeel was rich and smooth. Very easy going down and unlike any other I've tried. Easy drinkability. Session is one word to describe the phenomenon. I like.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2007 05:17:15 | More by ncvbc
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick light toast colour head that has great retention and lacing as well. A deep dark brown colour that is reddish at the bottom of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and what I find to be almonds.

The taste is rather similar to the nose. Dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and the hops round up everything neatly. I will certainly make room in my fridge for this one.

Serving type: can

08-16-2007 23:22:42 | More by irishkyle21
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the beer that turned me onto porters in the first place. Ironic it was an English one when now I buy pretty much all American porters. That wasn't going to stop me from grabbing a six pack of the original.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my new Sam Adams glass a deep brown that is only the slightest bit translucent when held to light. With illumination, ruddy red highlights are apparent. The head is small and lowers to just a small bubbly patch - no doubt aided by the etchings at the bottom of the glass. As I drink further, no sign of a head can be seen.

SMELL: Roasty, ROASTY! Big and heavy on coffee aromas. Bitter black malts come through as does a soft chocolatiness. And if you try real hard, the faintest bit of diacetyl comes through.

TASTE: Starts just a tad empty but the roasty flavors kick in fast. It's a bit bitter as it crosses the palate, and the finish is where most of the flavor lies. Just a bit buttery with another huge kick of roasted and black grains. Not too complex but incredibly executed.

MOUTHFEEL: Now this is what I'm talking about! A medium full body with just the faintest hint of chewiness. Carbonation level is medium and perfect for accentuating the flavors.

DRINKABILITY: An amazing drinker that is sessionable to boot. Give me more!

This is the beer that makes me reconsider my preference for the more hoppy American style porters. I love them both, but Fuller's is downright near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 21:49:20 | More by jmalex
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Rudgers73

New York

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours exactly as a porter should. Deep brown with a thick tan head that settles very slowly. Heavy caramel/molasses aroma with a hint of bittering hops in the front. The taste is very well balanced. Thick and creamy with dark roasted malts, molasses, nutty chocolate, and mildly bitter ending. Not too strong (alcohol-wise) keeping the taste mild for such a heavy beer. One of the most drinkable porters I've ever had simply because of the mouthfeel and rich character. Very close in competition with Sam Smith.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 23:15:06 | More by Rudgers73
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a somewhat small head and okay lacing. Looks like a porter should. The smell is of lightly toasted grain and some dry caramel malt. The taste is similar. Rounded, with dry malt characteristics, licorice, and slightly nutty. A semi sweet chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable, and an excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 02:32:34 | More by Georgiabeer
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bboven

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black/brown with tinges of ruby and copper at the edges. Dirty blonde thin head. No lacing.

Smell is roasty and a bit sour/bitter. Light chocolate.

Taste is very roasty with some additional smoke, as if this barrel traded secrets with a batch of neighboring rauchbier in the same cellar.

Mouthfeel is sublimely thick and coating. Seems to be a hair too much carbonation, but I suppose that could be remedied by letting the beer breathe for a bit.

Very drinkable. Tasty and full of body, the low to middle level of alcohol makes me think I could drink three or four of these while reading a book or hanging out on BA without too much consequence.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 21:01:23 | More by bboven
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alphawolf

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this fella on tap at Dressel's in St. Louis.

A- Dark and lovely. Lacking head has the only criticism I had.

S- Roasty, like a porter should be. Smell was representative of the taste I was about to experience.

T- Excellent. I'm not very good at picking out specific tastes (like vanilla, etc), so I can't say any of that -- just that this was one of the best porters I have ever had. Delicious!

M- I tend to drink a lot of double-IPA's, so this actually seemed to have moderate body in comparison to what I'm used to. However, it was sufficiently "there", with moderate carbonation.

D- I could drink this all day, which I think is notable in a dark beer. Had a certain refreshing quality which was reminiscent of a summer barbeque.

Overall, right tasty brew. Will definitely be looking for more of this!

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2007 19:28:39 | More by alphawolf
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Absumaster

Netherlands

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pitch black beer with a thinoff-white head and very little visible carbonation.

Smell is mildly burned with coffee notes and molasses. The is a pale malty backbone, which backs up this roastiness. Then there is also a smell of dark, unsweetend chocolate.

Taste is maltbitter, but mild, with coffee, chocolate and cacoa. Hops give the beer an earthy bitter and hoppiness, which is also a bit resinous. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. This all sounds like another porter, but the amazing balance between the burned taste and malt and hops, make this beer stand out. Also the way the burned taste develops when emptying the glass is a sign of a lot of craftmanship.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 09:54:00 | More by Absumaster
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Halcyondays

California

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours dark brown with a tan head, nice lacing, a great looking pint.

S: Smooth milk chocolate, with English hops.

T: Chocolate malts, roasted malts quite a bit, mocha coffee, capuccino, with a bit of vanilla.

M: Smooth, creamy, great heft for a porter.

D: Excellent, I think that this is Fuller's best beer. It stands well and above the Sierra Nevada Porter I just had.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 03:43:18 | More by Halcyondays
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe this is my first try of this classic brew. This beer pours a dark ruby brown with a lacy malt chocolate head. Aroma is heavy roasted coffee with some chocolate hints and malt hints. Taste is nice, a little thin, but nice coffee and dark cocoa with some bitterness as the backbone. This beer goes down extra smooth and makes an easy session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 07:02:46 | More by saintwarrick
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam and rings of lacing.

Caramel, chocolate and coffee to the nose.

Very rich, wonderful taste. Coffee and chocolate predominant, a most amazing porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, but doesn't feel full.

Great drinkability, this one goes on my list of favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 17:07:38 | More by techdiver
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and very drinkable. The aroma and flavor are heavy on the mocha with a touch of cream. There's a decent dry bitterness, but nothing astringent or unpleasant, and long-lasting coffee aftertaste. To me the mark of a great beer is in the aftertaste, and while this isn't the most complex porter, it's a fantastic porter. A beer worth sitting down and analyzing, or just enjoying. Quite yummy, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 00:31:14 | More by tempest
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botham

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. pours black with deep ruby highlights, and a very dense coffee colored head that remains throughout consumption.

smells malty, with notes of chocolate and toffee, and a base of a maple syrupy aroma. very sweet and rich in the nose.

taste is sweet and maple syrupy at first, then fades into a robust and smooth roasty quality. finishes with a light hoppy bitterness. very well crafted brew. the breadth of flavors here is wonderful. the slogan on the bottle says it all: "Rich & Dark." the porter side of the taste does not show itself until after swishing it a bit.

aftertaste is as good as a porter can get. light hoppyness, creating a semi-dry feel, with a touch of the roastiness from the malts lingering.

mouthfeel is syrupy and thick. the brew goes down very smooth, it is just very rich in body and taste.

drinkability is not as good due to the richness, but the low alcohol level makes it a decently drinkable brew (and a tasty one at that).

overall, this brew is masterfully crafted to provide a wide breadth of flavors and aromas to satisfy picky drinkers of any taste (myself included). extremely well done Fuller's, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 03:15:38 | More by botham
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BarryNL

Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep brown, bright with ruby hints.

S: Roasted coffee and caramel.

T: A very nice combination of malty flavours - dominated by the chocolate and brown malts. A slight touch of burnt flavours which are mild enough to enhance the taste.

M: Probably the weak point, a bit dominated by carbonation - but this is a porter rather than a stout so perhaps the slightly lighter body is appropriate.

D: Mmm, mine's another one of these, please. At 5.2% maybe a little strong to drink all night, but the taste is certainly unlikely to get boring.

All in all, a definite winner - more flavour than Guinness despite the lack of any roast barley.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 18:17:23 | More by BarryNL
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Reed415

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark red brown color with a thick tan head

S - Roasty coffee, Nutty, Crisp, semi bitter

T - Roasted nuts, coffee, pretty malty, not too much hops present, no alcohol warmth on this

M - Light - Medium body, wish it had some thickness to it, moderate carbonation

D - Pretty good, goes done smooth because of its light body

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 02:37:39 | More by Reed415
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to reviewing my second favourite porter. Got single bottle at NSLC.

Appearance: Poured a deep clear dark brown, very close to black. Big tan cap with lots of lace and great retention.

Aroma: Roasted coffee, blackstrap molasses, cocoa beans, rich earthy tones and bread.

Taste: Chocolatey sweetness and a lingering mocha bitterness dominate this one. A bit of wood and a bready bite and a sour Guinness like flavour in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft, not very carbonated, slick as oil.

Final Statement: A very fine porter. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 21:26:26 | More by MMansfield
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SaltyLime

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would like to give positive recommendations on this one right out front. Wonderful beer.

Appearance - Dark brown with amber edges, tan thick foamy head.

Smell - fresh ground coffee beans, hint of sweet lactose

Taste - definite coffee, soft to the palate, slight chocolate finish

Mouthfeel - light to medium body, comfy carbonation, extremely smooth

Drinkability - Good. Coffee lover's enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 17:17:48 | More by SaltyLime
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rkuhnel

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. How did I miss this one? From a small deli in the middle of Union Square in San Francisco this poured very dark, almost black. Big fat tan head, and good chunks of lacing. Nose of chocolate coffee and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Flavors again of chocolate and coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Very nice slightly bitter finish. A simply outstanding porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 01:58:13 | More by rkuhnel
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark, large head, lots of flecks of lacing.

S - Strong toffee and coffee - nothing else.

T - Toffee, coffee, a bit of woodsy hops. Aftertaste is a coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth, thin, very refreshing.

D - Not too bad. I wouldn't mind having this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2007 00:52:01 | More by mrasskicktastic
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cjgator3

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black with a light tan head. The slightly buttery aroma features dark roasted malts, coffee and just a touch of chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and coffee with a nice dry and bitter finish. Overall, this is an outstanding porter that is certainly among my favorites within the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 04:31:02 | More by cjgator3
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BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is mostly chocolate (dark & sweet chocolate) with some coffee.

Appears to be black at first observation, but when you look closer or hold it up to a light you can see the deep ruby red highlights. Fair sized beige head, with a little better than average retention.

Tastes great. Chocolate, coffee. Reminiscent of a cafe mocha. Bittering hops are there to keep things under control, but only present themselves at the finish.

Mouthfeel was good too. It was full-bodied, chewy. Not too crisp, it was smooth, velvety, and silky.

Overall, I like it very much. Micro's aside this is my favourite porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 00:17:24 | More by BrewSomerville
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brucepepper

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer from a can and was not disappointed.

A - opaque with hints of ruby.

S - coffee and that beloved tar smell.

T - Full, rich roasted flavour with hint of buttery.

M - Creamy

D - Very easy. I've never drank more than one but I'm sure I could put a few back.

Great beer. I enjoy it more each time I have it.

Serving type: can

05-29-2007 23:07:54 | More by brucepepper
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,987 ratings.