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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 162
Gots: 127 | 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 buzzworthy
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter is dark brown on the pour with a satisfying tan head. Sweet malt dominates the nose. Tasty chocolate is up front on the taste, with some roasted flavor and slight hopiness at the finish. The taste and body is a little on the thin side or this porter would be even more appealing. In any event, justifiably a favorite.

buzzworthy, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Volo and also from cans and bottles. The beer arrives with a wonderful dark body and a nice foamy tan head. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate, and is extremely enticing! Very smooth - like drinking an espresso chocolate cake covered in cream. I find this to be far better on cask than the bottled and canned versions.

bobsy, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of bloberglawp
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Big bad dark borwn with lighter hues of red, nice head skims down to a present film on the ale. Balanced but restrained aroma of chocolate bitterness, some roasted and caramel malt flavors and hints of weak cold coffee. Flavor is a very full porter, lovely coating mouthfeel with a balanced dryness from the astringent charred malts. There is lots of caracter from the malts and a typical amount for a british ale from hops.

Exellent example of the style, knock yourself out and give it a try.

bloberglawp, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter is a beautiful dark brown and pours with a small amount of tan creamy foam. The aroma consists of chocolate and hops. The beer rolls smoothly over the palate. Roasted malt strongly comes through in the flavor with biting coffee and chocolate prominent and a mixture of hop bitterness. The finish is quick and dry. This is a nicely balanced and very drinkable beer.

BeardedBoffin, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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.

barleywinefiend, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of markaberrant
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque black. moussy tan head, eventually drops to a splotchy cap. Leaves some decent lace.

S - wonderful aroma of mocha, like a lucious truffle. Mild sweetness, with a hint of fruit.

T - figgy dark malt upfront, smooth burnt finish. Flavours develop as it warms.

M - medium-thin body, smooth, low carbonation.

D - A fine porter to be sure, but to be honest, I've had better.

I haven't had a bottle of this in a long time, so I decided to give it another go. It's not quite as good as I remembered, or maybe I've just drank lots of great beer in between! It's a little one dimensional and I wish it had more body. I had a pint of Bushwakker Palliser Porter last night, and it was better than this.

markaberrant, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of pershan
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured an impenetrable black with no head into a pint glass. Not much aroma, just a hint of malt sweetness. The taste was the classic porter combination of flavors - roasted barley with undertones of chocolate and toasted malt - excellent. Very low carbonation (no lacing down the glass), and served close to cellar temperature. Fullers is, in my opinion, the benchmark for the English Porter style.

pershan, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very rich looking dark brown,with a thick tan head,about three fingers worth before it rolled over the rim of my mug!!

S-terrific smells from this dark brew,bitter fruits,perfectly burnt malts,dark chocolates

T-carmels,light toffee flavors mix well with coffee traces,finishing with a slightly smokey aftertaste that is there until the next sip

M-great well rounded mouthfeel,medium bodied,soft carbonation that feels a lot like a frothed latte

D-rather drinkable for such a dark pour,would be hard to stop after one if there were another lying around,but for tonight this was a great beer after a long holiday filled with watery beers

orangemoustache, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of BeTheBall
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark and evil looking, black as the night. Nice 1 finger head with a hard pour, dwindling to nothing but some stickiness. Smell is of roasted, or smoked chocolate and caramel, perhaps some smoked wood as well. Taste was very smooth, smoky rich flavor, but not overwhelming at all. Mouth fell was fair, a little thin. Drinkability is way up there, as this is very smooth and mild to the mouth and nose. Nice to keep handy when you want something easy to drink that won't knock you over.

BeTheBall, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Biscuit033
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark Amber/Brown with ruby highlights, two finger tan head with great lacing.

S: Caramel, malts, smoke, and metallic hops.

T: Same as the nose but with a more smoky/roasted flavor and some vanillaand cream.

M: Thinner than expected but plenty enough bodywith nice carbination and a great long roasted finish.

D: Very easy to drink all night. This will become a regular for me.

Biscuit033, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of rodenbach99
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bouteille brune de 500ml.

très beau porter de belle couleur brune opaque, mousse brune durable, avec un nez de chocolat, de café en grain, en bouche ce porter a une belle rondeur avec un goût de malt chocolat (torréfié), bonne amertume. très bonne bière

rodenbach99, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of hellcatsjg
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin bit of dark head that sticks around for a few sips.

Smell: Coffee and malt dominate, with a slight sweet chocolate smell as well.

Taste: Sweet coffee at the front. Turns to a slight sweet malt flavor, then to a roasted coffee flavor with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tasty, but a bit thin. Doesn't detract from the taste, but just surprises you at the first sip. Coffee flavor lingers nicely for quite a while after each sip.

Drinkability: Nice flavor and easy to drink. Very good for a porter, just not my go to style. Highly recommended for porter fans, worth a try for everyone else.

hellcatsjg, Dec 23, 2007
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
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.