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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
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2,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,110
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 158
Gots: 116 | 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.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, 20 ounce "tulip" shaped pint glass.

A - Very dark brown beer, with a one finger head. Head is off white and bubbles and shrinks but stays well.

S - Coffee, malt

T - Taste is of dark, roasty malts. Lighter on the roasty flavor than I expected but still present. Finish is of black coffee and lingers a bit, very nice taste.

M - Fairly light in body, which gives way well to that roasty, coffee like aftertaste.

D - Very good. A fantastic dark session brew with the 5.4 % abv and satisfying coffee flavor.

EStreet20, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass. I tried this one at a British Beer Company in Plymouth, Mass.

Very dark and inviting, thin creamy head that does not stay around too long. Seemed to dissipate after a short while. Some roasty, burnt flavors in the nose with a hint chocolate. The taste was full of roasted malt and coffee, with a little bit of sugar and chocolate. It was more smoky than I expected, but still very good. The mouth-feel was surprisingly thin judging by it’s appearance, but not too thin. This was a decent pint and will tag it as a safe-bet porter whenever I see it on tap anywhere.

IgnatiusReilly, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.38/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Walnut Liquorette for two dollars, split with my friend last night

Poured into my Ballast Point glass with a dark brown color, creamy 1/2 inch white head, minimal lacing

Smell was really subtle and some hints of coffee, roasted malt, and some dark fruit aromas but nothing too noticeable

Taste was dominated by dark chewy malt, left a somewhat nasty dryness in the mouth, coffee used tasted sour in a way, knew it was not old because bottle said best by 2008 on the back of it, not much going on and as it warmed, there was no sweetness than came out, just that same undesirable dryness with a funky aftertaste

Body was weak and really thin, not much carbonbation at all, taste faded away quickly

Could drink much of this at all, heavy on the stomach with a taste that gets old fast, low alcohol content though,

First beer from Fuller's and it was quite disappointing, not one of the better porters I have had, first place I have ever seen a bottle so I grabbed one, not recommended and would not drink again

Floydster, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of ManWithHat
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark nearly black/red with a thin beige lace of head.

S - A subtle mix of roasted coffee and and an almost fruity sweetness.

T - Starts with a smooth sweetness that fades into burnt/earthy chocolate flavours. Finishes with a delicate dry bitterness. Lots of balanced complex flavours.

M - Smooth, if somewhat watery with a significant amount of carbonation.

D - A highly drinkable and well rounded beer with a great mix of flavours.

ManWithHat, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter night continues. Split a 12oz bottle

A: Super dark brown color. Off white head. Decent retention

S: Smoked meat, chocolate, raisins, coffee. Really great smell on this one.

T: Smoke, coffee, dark roasted malt. Finishes with a sweet note. Almost no hops are detectable. Awesome beer with 3 stages of taste. Super complex.

M: Thin body for the style but it works. Feels excellent in the mouth. Carbonation is just right for the style.

D: Really good beer. Complex and enjoyable. At 5.4% you can enjoy more than one of these. If I had another bottle I would get into it. I have other porters to try tonight though.

aerozeppl, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried it for the first time tonight after coming home from my grandparents house, on to the beer:

A creamy white head sits on top of the black body known as London Porter. It's both light and full of flavor. The taste is a fight between molasses, chocolate, and coffee, but overall it won't wreck your palate and goes down very easy. Finish is semi-dry with smoky tones. This would be some devastating stuff if the pub I had this on-tap tonight served it in a huge one liter mug.

DoubleJ, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of madjr80
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of best beers i have ever had in my whole life. There is so much flavor in this beer. So rich in flavor that you should drink very slowly to make sure you get the full effect. Alot of effort was put into this beer, so I really can't describe it to a T. Just go try it for yourself. It is worth the few extra bucks.

madjr80, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, good tasting porter. Pours a dark clear mahogany color with reddish highlights at the edges. Medium size tan head. Fairly good retention and spotty lacing. Good nose of toasted malts

Really good taste. Malty, coffee tastes with a hint of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is better than average. The variety of flavors and crisp mouthfeel combined with @ 5.5 abv make this an ideal session / sipping beer.

Would love to try this one on tap.

JayQue, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

I've had this beer on draught previously and seem to recall it being more viscous, but the pour seems thin and the head is virtually nonexistent. The appearance reminds me of soda like root beer or coke with less carbonation. In the nose we have chocolate, coffee, and a good amount of black licorice. Milk chocolate and licorice are the first taste followed by a dry hop bitterness. A decent amount of complexity makes this a delightful tasting beer. The mouthfeel could be richer for this style. Regardless of that, this is a really tasty and well made beer - easy drinking. Highly Recommended.

montageman, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of rye726
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured at 45F into a goblet.

Very dark, shades of brown with light. Nice creamy light tan head. The nose was strong of dark chocolate and fresh coffee. Aromas of the delicious English hops are present. Again, the taste is well balance with coffee, chocolate and the English fuggle hops. This is a very smooth and drinkable classic porter. I would recommend it with a good burger or fish and chips.

rye726, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of ablaze
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy tan head on a cola-like, solid black brew with minimal brown on the edges. Light lacing.

Bittersweet chocolate, earthy, coffee notes, and a nice clean roast scent that doesn't shy away.

Medium body, slick, with average carbonation. Crisp and dry. Earthy coffee beans, dry pumpernickel bread, light chocolate notes with a very good offering of fresh Fuggles hops. Sugary, light caramel drizzled over burnt toast.

Standard, well-rounded porter. Delicious and madly drinkable, but doesn't leave you entirely satisfied.

ablaze, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of burnstar
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with coffee notes and some floral hops. Nice malty taste. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Nice background sweetness. A few herbal hops. Just a bit of bitterness from the dark malt. Quite balanced, nuanced, and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium and just about right for this beer. Very drinkable and a great porter overall.

burnstar, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of biggmike
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very, dark brown attractive pour with off-white head that lingered for a while. Aroma is of coffee. Taste is also of coffee, but this beer is not too bitter. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is nice as carbonation level is just just right. A nice sessionable porter.

biggmike, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a couple fingers of quickly fading head. Smells very roasty, some chocolate and a hint of coffee grounds. Tastes of sweet roast, a little coffee grounds show as it warms along bakers chocolate and a minor bite in the finish. Light in the mouth with good carbonation. Easy going session beer with a little oomph.

franksnbeans, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of champ103
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Black-Brown-Redish color with a one finger tan head that fades to almost nothing. Light lace is left as the foam recedes
S: A wonderful aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Very complex.
T: Similar to the smell. Roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and a ton of toffee flavors. The toffee flavor seems to coat the mouth. Though it never becomes cloying. A great malt character and a slit taste of hops.
M/D: A medium to full body. At first a snap of carbonation, but it becomes very creamy as the beer warms. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is more than a winter warmer, and can be enjoyed during all season's.

Not much more to say. This is a great beer, and like the ESB this is the standard for the style IMO. Highly recommended.

champ103, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great reviews spurred me to buy a bottle of this. Hopefully it lives up to my high expectations as Fuller's typically puts out quality beers.

The 11.2 oz. bottle pours a dark brown similar in color to a Coke with a tan brown creamy head. The finger high head leaves nice sticky lacing down the walls of my glass.

Smells of toffee and chocolate with a bittering hop background that balances things out nicely.

Tastes of coffee, caramel and chocolate. Finishes with a hop flavoring that slowly develops from the malty tones rather than jumping out and biting your taste buds and imparts a roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, creamy and enjoyable. I could drink this porter all night long, although it may not be the perfect session ale.

A quintessential porter. Every other porter dreams of growing up to be like this.

Jmamay22, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I enjoyed a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA. Served cool poured into a half pint.
A - Deep coffee brown w/ a caramel highlight and 1/4 inch of light tan head. A minute amount of lace is observed.

S - Rich toffee and caramel w/ subtle coffee and chocolate notes w/ subtle fruit esters.

M - Medium w/ a sweet caramel edge. Mild carbonation and roasted notes.

T - A smooth ale yeast taste at the start w/ subtle sweet caramel and toffee flavors. The coffee-like roasted barley and dark malt flavor joins and stays for the duration. Slight vinous tastes w/ a hint of vanilla bounce in and out w/ a slight burned toast taste. Nuts and light brown sugar w/ a touch of chocolate rounds out the excellent flavor.

D - A great Porter - Rich, yet easy to drink many more than 2 at a time. This ale is a fine blend of malty flavors w/ subtle roast and char notes. Excellent tasting porter from the 1st sip to the last.

Slatetank, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of etenbus
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers on the planet and considered the top porter on the market. I first had this beer at Little Jack Horner's pub on Tottenham Court Road in central London, a Fuller's pub. On tap the beer is unparalleled. This was the bottle version I picked up at Gomer's in Kansas City.

It pours blackish-brown, until you hold it up to the light when a reddish hue comes through. A small tan head formed but faded quickly.

The aroma is complex and a real treat. I detect coffee, toffee, caramel, leather, and perhaps a little citrus and even that unique Bass-type wet horseblanket aroma that lays on the best British ales.

The taste is exceptional. There is sweetness up front, but not cloying at all. And it fades when the hops shine through. There is a heady mix of sweet candy, espresso, a hint of orange, and just a trace of smoke lingering at the end. This is not a sweet porter at all, as the hops equalize the sweet wort effectively. There is almost a bit of that sour Guinness flavor in there too, which adds great depth.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker on the draft version. The bottle version seemed a little thinner but still adequate for a porter.

This is a very drinkable ale. I've had porters that are heavy on the sweet side, which goes against type, or are too bitter. Well, this one's just right. I'll have another.

etenbus, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one confused me a little initially, but after I got used to it, turned out to be quite tasty. Poured a solid deep mahogany color with a finger of off-white head that dissolves a little quick for me. Solid lacing. Nose is pure, almost sweet roasted malt - roasted molasses maybe. Some light prunes, even pomegranate. Flavor is interesting. First off is actually tons of toasted malt. Some orange. Coffee. Not nearly as fruity and sweet as the aromas would suggest. A taste reminiscent of cigarettes as well, which I'm not loving. Light nuts and a hint of chocolate. Body is fairly full, with solid carbonation. I was totally turned off by that initial cigarette-y flavor (I have no idea what it could be), but it faded as I drank, and by the end I was quite enjoying this one.

soupyman10, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Fisherman34. Pours out a cola redish hue, with surprising clarity. Excellent head retention, followed by a nice string of lacing. Nose is of a mild mocha coffee. Taste is medium roast and nuts. Slightly bitter finish from the roasted barley and some herbal hops. Not at all sweet and has a nice body to it. Great example of a sessionable porter.

oakbluff, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown,with a ruby red highlight in the light. Aroma is of roasted malts,and dark chocolate. Body is on the thin side,with a bit of carbionation. Taste is of bitter dark chocolate,and carmel,with a hint of butterscotch in the finish. Good,but not out standing in my opinion.

riversider76, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of cichief
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille and Cantina, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours nice ad dark, nearly black with a thinnish tan head.

S- Smells of roasted barley and coffee, little hops in the nose.

T- Tastes of coffee and chocolate with a dryish finish, not too syrupy like many American porters.

M- Smooth, medium to thick in body, well carbonated.

D- Very drinkable, even in warm weather, a great example of the style. Fullers seldom disappoints, and this is one of their better beers.

cichief, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times in the past so really looked forward to finally reviewing it. Poured a dark although not completely opaque liquid with a light mocha-tan head that was a finger thick and had staying power. Good lacing. An understated aroma of figs gave way to the smell of a freshly opened box of dark chocolates, very subtle, not overpowering. Very good taste and mouthfeel with a smooth texture, well balanced bitterness and chicory overtones. The pleasant finish leaves you wanting more. I found this, as I have in the past, a clean and not overly complicated porter that always satisfies.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of skineg
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.

skineg, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
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!

mikesgroove, Aug 21, 2007
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,110 ratings.