Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 174
Gots: 164 | FT: 0
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of uno99
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass yeilding an overflowing billowy head. Very dark brown hint of red

S: carmalized sugar. figs. almonds.

T: Chocolate. toffee. coffee. sugar. I love english malts and this is a malt bomb. Hops are present at the end enough to make it balanced

M: medium viscosity and smooth. not clotting in the mouth or parching.

D: I dont think id mind if this were the last beer on earth. I could drink plenty of this.

I love porters and this is a good'un!

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown,cherry colour with ruby highlights and average carbonation that leaves a one finger head with sporadic lacing,the aroma is roasted chocolate,coffee malts very nice,it has above average mouthfeel with a nice smooth thinnish mocha start that finishes with a little dose of hops but not bitter at all once again this is a great example of the style and so perfectly balanced out i can see why this was the drink of choice all those years ago and would recommend this beer to those who like a nice uk porter.

Photo of PartyBear
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, almost black in colour. The head is a shade darker than tan, and quite heavy. Medium carbonation

Aroma: Dark malts, liquorish, and honey. There is also an astringent iron-like metallic aroma.

Taste: Quite bitter from the start, with espresso coffee, dark chocolate, and I also get a taste a bit like burnt toast. The aftertaste is woody and smoked, and dominated by roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, and a touch oily in the texture, which gives it a clingy quality. The carbonation is light.

Drinkability: An understandable classic. The taste and the feel of this porter are world class, and the potency and fullness of the flavours at just 5.4% ABV are phenomenal. The easy in which it goes down is a worry, like most good beers are.

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

An aggressive pour leaves me with a thin layer of tan head over a black body. The body shows ruby highlights when held to the light. It has a deep roasted malt aroma of chocolate and coffee. It tastes of dark chocolate, black coffee, and blackstrap molasses. Bittersweet. Finishes long, with a lingering aftertaste of dark roast coffee. Medium bodied with almost flat carbonation - very smooth and creamy. It's substantial, but not overly heavy. I could drink a few of this delicious English porter, and would be more than happy doing so.

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

pours a redish black with a small off white head without much lacing to speak of

Smell is some bitter cocoa, coffee, and molasses

Taste is coffee, raisins, molasses

This is a great example of the style, rich yet refreshing and oh so easy to drink

Photo of morebeergood
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Elephant & Castle in Boston. Served in an Imperial pint glass. Dark, rich brown color. Thin white head. Roasted dark chocolate malt smell. Taste nailed what I think a porter should be. Roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, hint of vanilla, and just a bit of smoke all rolled onto the palate. I loved the mouthfeel of this beer. Smooth and creamy, yet hearty at the same time. But, very drinkable and a moderate abv % level. This should be considered a classic example of a British porter.

Photo of SteveS1
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a glass-
Looks: Pours a most impressive dark brown, nearly opaque but for a bit of red where light can shine through. Average sized head, dark brown and foamy.

Smell: Very sweet, rich flavors... coffee, caramel.

Taste: On the tongue it has a complex smoky bitterness, and finishes with a strong sweet coffee flavor. The aftertaste is the ever-present coffee.

Feel: A bit heavy, but not so much carbonation.

Drink: If you want flavor, specifically smoky, rich flavors, this is one excellent porter. I can definitely see drinking a few of these at the pub.

Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown--only a touch of light shines through (and it appears ruby in color). Dense, one-finger beige head. Great, thick ring lace on the glass.

Delicious nose of cocoa and cream. There's another element that I've yet to identify, but it is attractive and drawing. It's almost like burnt toast or a mild smokiness.

Now that I've identified, I really notice the smoke, although it is subtle (not like a rauchbier). Some burnt biscuit with a dollop of whipped cream. The swallow features bitter chocolate and touch of cherry. Wonderfully complex. If there is a moderation of the excellence, it would be in the body--modest with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is more cocoa.

Simply a wonderfully complex beer--exceptional!

Photo of weissbierdrinker
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice head and sticky lacing.
Smell is coffee like.
Taste is roasted, coffee, very nice. Has a nice finish and some carbonation. Very tasty beer.
Nice beer with some complex taste to it.
I'd drink this beer over and over again. A beer you should buy. Although it's a bit pricey.

Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by 10/11/09

pours dark amber brown with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells like an english pale with coffee

taste is rich with pale malts coffee buttery toffee

mouthfeel is light and smooth

drinkability - great - i would rather drink this beer then some light pales on a hot summer day

Photo of hoplover82
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep dark brown color with an amber hue to it. Has a medium to small tan cremay head that has ok retention and leaves very good lacing.

S-The aroma is full of roasted barley and chocolate with some wonderful interesting fruity esthers. I was so suprized when I cracked this one open. I just might go and get a six pack.

T-The flavor is of the same. Lots of roastiness and chocolate with some fruity esthers underneath. Wonderful in every catagory!

M-It has a full creamy body with a sweet creamy finish. Such a wonderful beer indeed.

D- This is so drinkable I can't believe. I feel like I could drink a whole sixer of this. Please, If you haven't tried this one yet, go get it for real. You won't be dissapointed.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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