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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,163 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,163
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 163
Gots: 132 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a very dark brown....almost black. There was a thick, retentive tan head.

S: The aroma is roasted and very chocolate like.

T: The taste is bold. It has an initial bitter roasted taste. That is followed by a sweet chocolate/malt flavor. It finishes slightly bitter.

M: The mouthfeel is full and lush.

D: This is an excellent drinking porter.

barefootbrewer, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of mcsquint
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint mug.
A - Dark brown, nearly black, with tinges of red when held up to light. 1 finger creamy,lacy head that diminishes rather quickly leaving nice lacing down the glass.
S - Aromas of dark malt, milk, chocolate, dark dried fruits and coffee.
T - Delicious! Tastes of dark and chocolate malts,milk chocolate and a hint of coffee.
M - Full mouthfeel. Light on the carbonation. Slow on the finish.
D - This is what I've always perceived a true English should be. Very rich and flavorful. Cheers!

mcsquint, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow! 634 reviews as of this writing. Hit an irish pub in boston with some colleagues (I know, an irish pubin boston...) for lunch during the work week and noticed this gem on draft. Ordered it up, had a spirited round of beer discussion followed by my friends enjoying their own pints of this great beer. Rich, dark, malty, light bodied and 5.4% AND on tap. How can you go wrong???

barleywinebrewer, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt .9oz can into t Fuller's pint glass.

A - Black with slight ruby hues around the edges. The pour produced a head of creamy tan foam. Good lacing scattered throughout.

S - Creamy aroma of chocolate and strong brewed coffee. Hints of vanilla, smoke and charcoal.

T - Creamy with lots of bitter dark chocolate sweetness. Finishes slightly smokey with a hint of bitterness. Lots of coffee in the aftertaste.

MF&D - Thin/medium bodied, but very complex and clingy. This is an absolute classic.

nasty15108, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excited to find a can of my favorite porter, let's see if it measures up to the bottle version. Poured into a snifter.

Black beer, with a slight reddish hue, creamy light brown head, good retention, nice lacing.
An impressive aroma, roasted malts, rich chocolate, blackberries and coffee; there is a slight metallic aroma, very faint, but it does not belong.
Nearly full-bodied, very creamy with a nice, sweetish malty taste that includes caramel, coffee, and layers of chocolate, mostly bittersweet.
Easy to drink for such a tasty beer, one of the greatest porters out there. Slightly "worse" (or better explained, not as great) than the bottle, a great can alternative.

brdc, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Almost black, with hints of dark brown around the edges. Almost two fingers of thick, creamy head that slowly fades.

Smell is toasted malt, a little chocolate, and maybe some subtle Fuggles Hops. Taste is big on the toasted malt and has a little nuttiness. Really nice toasty aftertaste with a some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Full-bodied. Pretty decent drinkability.

daythree16, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of MadTown1000
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving - From a pint-plus can, into a wide-mouthed glass. This comes in a big can - the glass can hold a canned Guinness or Beamish, but I need to drink about a inch's worth before I can empty this can into it.

Appearance - It sure looks like a porter. Almost black, but in the light you can see a little bit of very dark ruby red around the edges. Bubbles form down the sides of the glass and dissipate upwards towards about 3/4" of foam that forms on top and stays there.

Smell - Out of the can, a strong smell of very dark chocolate. Out of the glass, the same smell but much fainter.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability - That dark chocolate from the smell is definitely there in the taste as well. It's got a little bit of hop bitterness that I don't really think belongs there. Also some notable fizziness on the tongue that keeps it from being silky smooth like a lot of my favorite porters. The flavor lingers for a long time in the back of the mouth.

Overall - In dark beers, I'll go for a brown ale for something malty and nutty, a stout for something rich and smooth, and a porter for something sweeter and warming. This is clearly a quality beer, but it doesn't really hit any of those marks - it's sort of a porter crossed with a red ale. Probably won't be buying it again, although I'll be quite happy to finish up the 4-pack.

MadTown1000, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Just about solid black in colour, with a finger and a half of beige head that steadily reduced to a thin layer.

Smell - 4.0
A very complex aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, tobacco, charcoal and leafy hops.

Taste - 4.0
Not as sweet as the smell, flavours of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and charcoal are quite balanced against each other. A rather savoury brew this one, but very smooth.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Simply luxurious. The low, fine carbonation, coupled with a thick, heavy feel over the tongue makes this beer silky smooth.

Drinkability - 3.5
Would be higher for some, but for me the burnt character detracts from drinkability.

OVERALL - 4.05
Cleary a very good porter, although I personally found Colonial Porter to be a more enjoyable drink. I am still yet to find a Fuller's Beer that disappoints, what a great brewery. This would be a great match for a rich, meaty stew.

Re-Review:
When I first reviewed this beer I was still acquiring a palate for burnt tasting beers. Now that I have found it, beers such as this are far more enjoyable. Hence the higher score.
A - 4.0, S - 4.0, T - 4.5, M - 5.0, D - 4.0. OVERALL - 4.3

LittleCreature, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish color and a somewhat thick consistency. Not a lot of head. Decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma - typical of most British beers -with a mild malty quality.

T: Had a blend of malt, chocolate and a toasty aspect. A nicely done, underplayed taste.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a good example of a porter. It's a well made beer and easy to drink.

avalon07, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. brown bottle with freshness date clearly printed on the label.

Pours a nearly opaque black hue with deep ruby-brown highlights on the edges when viewed against the light. A small, tan-colored head bubbles up and disappears rather quickly, leaving nary a trace behind on the glass.

Smells mostly of bitter chocolate, lightly roasted coffee and burnt toast.

Similar notes appear on the tongue, dominated mostly by bitter, burnt flavors. Light in body, with a rather refreshing middling bitterness that lingers afterward in the finish, leaving me wishing for another.

superdedooperboy, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep obsidian with minimal head and lacing. Enticing aroma and similar taste of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but overall not a problem. A fine English porter that I will come back to without question.

itcomesnpints, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerthulhu, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of eweneek83
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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!

eweneek83, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

thirtysixbelow, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of tugdriver7
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

tugdriver7, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Sage
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Sage, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

TexIndy, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of AMo
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AMo, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

roadhouse, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

spointon, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

cvstrickland, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of elniko
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

elniko, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Slynger, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tai4ji2x, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of templar316
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

templar316, Jul 30, 2008
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,163 ratings.