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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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2,290 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,290
Reviews: 1,162
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 185
Gots: 195 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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 GordonQuid
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with an off white half inch sustaining head and moderate lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and roasty malts. A hint of noble hop is also present.

Taste is a smooth roasted chocolate and slightly burnt toast.

Full bodied with moderate drinkability. I would say this is a good after diner beer with a slice of chocolate cheese cake or the classic King Dong.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured dark brown with garnet hues in the light. 1" tan head with some nice lacing in a tulip.

S - roasted malts, carob, strong coffee, some roasted nuts as well. Absolutely divine.

T - follows the smell but in a much more pronounced fashion. Very rich and flavorful.

M - medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - quite drinkable. In fact, the most drinkable porter I have ever had.

Overall - This is the paradigm porter. Simply one of the best porters I have ever had. Rich, tasty, roasty, and lightly nutty. Everything a good English porter needs and everything a good English porter has. If there was a standard of porter brewing, this would be it. Cheers!

Photo of ecoastman
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first time reviewing a porter. I'll get more practice later since I bought 8 cans of this well regarded brand.

Drinkability - I could definitely have another but this is not my personal preference for a session beer. It makes for a great drink on a cold winter night and I look forward to having another in the future.

Appearance - black about 95% opague and I believe it's clear as far as I can tell. Carbonation gives an initial creamy head which thins and is well retained. Spotted lacing is left behind through the drink. A good looking meal.

Smell - mild complexity of sweet molasses and roasted coffee. Also has chocolate, nut and dried fruit.

Taste - just like what you smell but more pronounced. From what I've read, this is brewed to fit the style. Mild bitterness throughout and the complexity lingers nicely and mild well after the finish. I think there's some smokiness in the background which is quite nice.

Mouthfeel - heavy and chewy to start but is smooth and watery as it goes down. Almost makes this rich beer refreshing - probably, in part, from the low carbonation.

Having finished 2/3 of the beer for the review, I'm now enjoying this with a Porter Chedder from Ireland.

Photo of Pamola
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a can of this at a local store. I hadn't seen any new Fuller's on the shelves around here, so I snagged one.

A: Poured from a non-widget can into an imperial pint glass. Pinkie finger tall tight head, with a looser, bubbly top. Dark, dark auburn, nearly opaque.

S: Sweet malt and nutty. Slightly smoky bitterness as well.

T: Nice restrained caramel with nutty and roasty elements. Little on the weak side. I expect a little more flavor and oomph from any kind of porter.

M: Little too empty for me. Smoothness I can expect in a porter, but this was just on the weak side.

D: Would certainly be a great session brew. Drinkable, tasty, with no real glaring flaws.

Photo of thartman
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown color, borderline black. Smooth, light tan, elegant looking head, nice retention, some lacings sticking to the glass. Toasted malts and cookie dough on the nose. Rich and creamy, some toasted malts, mocha, Milky Way Bar, with a subtle hint of hops. Nice complex rendition of a Porter. This is probably, if not the best Porter out there.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a nice dark soda colored pour. A minimal head but it is a caramel colored head. Somewhat opaque but allows some light through.

S- lots of chocolate in the nose here. It smells like creamy chocolate. Coffe rounds it out beautifully on the back end.

T-a dark roasted coffee with hints of malt. Very unque and tasty. Chocolate does come out but not as much as in the smell.

M-coffee coffe and more coffee. It is like drinking an iced coffee. smooth but not creamy. Carbonated as well.

D- i like the flavor and i could pound a few of these back especially during the winter. A very heavy beer though.

Photo of JOaikido
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle. Best before 21/06/09

A- Dark brown with amber highlights. Small beige head that dissappears quickly.

S- Chocolte with faint mocha coffee. Touch of prunes. Nice overall.

T- Nice coffee/chocolate flavours. Sweet background. Decent mildly bitter aftertaste. Some complexity but a little mild for my tastes.

MF- A bit thin and watery, but not too bad. A pop like fizz that matches the weak head.

D- Acceptable evening sipping beer. Goes down easily but is a little to mild in character.

Photo of selecter70
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, a wonderful porter! I just wish places still had it on draught again (ahem, Cornwall's...). The bottle pours out a dark, near black, brown with minimal head that holds onto it's retention all the way down. The smell is what you expect, chocolate-coffee-licorice, with a sharp alcohol nose. The flavor likewise incorporates the above with a bit of hops & malt, and a carbonation that lets the alcohol linger. The taste turns from the sweeter components to a more bitter flavor that rests nicely throughout your mouth and in particular, on the sides of your tongue. I just to sit in a pub with a fire going, then all would be fine....

Photo of johnd513
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slim custom bottle poured into my Duvel glass. This beer pours a real dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Smells of coffee, fruit and the black patent and roasted barley really come through. The taste is very complex as the bottle suggests. Tastes sweet at the beginning and is bitter at the end with chocolate and roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is silky and smooth with nice carbonated. Drinkability is high and is limited only by the high price tag.

Photo of Spidey13
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights and a small, light tan head. Some nice roased malts show up on the nose, along with chocolate. It smells a bit like a chocolate milk shake with some grassy hops thrown in.

The flavor is nice and sweet, with chocolate being the dominant flavor along with some breadiness. It's a little like a 3 Musketeers bar mixed in with the bread you get at Outback Steakhouse, with a bit of bitterness showing up at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with low carbonation.

Overall, this is a super-yummy, very drinkable porter.

Photo of Bung
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite English porter. Nice opaque black pour, one finger tan head. Scent of coffee, slight mocha. Flavor is matching with roasted malts, creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't stay with you, finish clean. Great drinkability. Smooth full flavor, more than usual for a porter.

Bottle and nitro-tap.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby hue, one finger frothy head.

S- Chocolate and coffee dominate with hints of cream.

T- Chocolatly malts with a hint of roasted bitterness. Minimally hoppy finish.

M- Nice medium body, decent carbonation.

D- I wouldn't session it, but there's enough going on to keep me coming back.

Altough I'm not a huge porter fan, I'd call this a classic.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with red and amber hues, creamy head not much lacing

The aroma was a lot of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is initially sweet caramel malt. Pretty grainy. The hops are subdued and in the background. Bitterness comes through and the finish is pretty dry and bitter. A lot of coffee characteristics.

Mouthfeel is thin with a low to moderate soft carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Always a good choice, and my favourite porter.

Photo of gerardoluna
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eyes: dark colour, with a small beige head that dissapear quickly

Nouse: A good aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood, and hops.

Mouth:stron body, good caracter teh flavours of dark chocolate, and coffee are gentile balanced. The aftertaste is a little bitter... good carbonation.
A very gOoOoOood porter Bravo to a Fuller's

Serving type: bottle 500

Photo of eagles22
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a great porter

Appearance: black with a nice tannnish white head

Smell: chocolate, toffee and roasted malts and some hops

Taste: is superb taste like a nice chocolate toffee chewy candy...with great caramel taste

Mouthfeel: is great very moist and aftertaste is awesome one of my favorite porters

Drinkability: is wonderful too ..you can put down a handful of these

Photo of Clubchat
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Val-d'Or SAQ

A - Black with brown-ruby reflects, perfect carbonation for the style, fair head retention, very inviting

S - Toasty, chocolaty, nutty malt odor, discret hop

T - Chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, vanilla are all present, taste like it smells

M - Very nice palate and body, creamy and smooth, equilibrated and complex in mouth

D - A great beer, the ABV is a little low, remember me a homebrew I did some months ago, thumbs up, easy example of the Porter style

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a pitch black with a foamy beige head. Aroma of rosted malts dark chocolate and coffee. Taste very similar to aroma with malty dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Creamy and smooth up front with a dry bitter finish.

Photo of nighthawk
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle with best-before date stamped on back label. Poured into Imperial Pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, almost completely opaque, but ruby-amber edges allow some light through. Large, fluffy off-white head slowly descends to a 1cm ring, leaving a few clumps on the glass.

Smell is butterscotch, chocolate, hint of vanilla. Alcohol brings a smoky warmth.

Rich chocolate taste, roasted grain flavours and a subdued coffee. Smokiness comes through on a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy up front, smooth and full-bodied, with mild carbonation on the finish.

A good after-dinner drink, great for sipping.

Photo of TKempe
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with ruby edges, a beige head, fine carbonation and creamy lacing.

Smells roasted and spicy, slightly acidic and a little buttery as well, with a fair share of chocolate on the side. Sweetness is like that of toffee or butterscotch. Little hops noticeable, but enough to make for an essential contribution for sure. An ashy kind of fragrance is there too. This would serve well as a desert or evening beer.

The taste balances out perfectly the bitter and sweeter sides of the brew. Delicate hoppy notes and a touch of sourness have their say as well. A beautiful, soft finish, after which a bitter, hoppy and very roasty flavor determines the aftertaste. Simply great.

Medium body and quite a smooth mouthfeel, gently carbonated and rather dry.

A serious beer, complicated enough to sip thoughtfully.

Photo of ajmoody76
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

number 100. have been doing a fullers thing. last one for now. pours dark brown with a thin light brown head. looks good. good lacing.

dark chocolate nose. some fruitiness. no off odors.

toasty chocolate taste. get some fruity hops toward the end. dry fruity aftertaste.

mid-full body. pretty smooth. good carbonation. i dig this beer.

Photo of BeanBone
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark espresso colored with subdued brown highlights, this bear absorbs most light well. The caramel head pours rather thin and settles quickly, but leaves brilliant lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Rich and full-bodied toasted malt you could smell from three pints away. Sweet, with notes of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, coffee, and the smokiness you get from very dark malts. Just what you expect from this style. Despite the mild alcohol content,you get nice alcohol notes in the nose.

Taste: It's much the same in the taste, but with a brilliant mild and nutty bitterness added into the mix. Much richer than the aroma, this is a beer that commands your attention. Like the nose, there are occasional boozy notes that manifest themselves despite the the ABV weighing in at under six percent. The aftertaste lasts well into your next sip and really showcases the coffee and smokiness. This aftertaste alone is better than many of the beers I've reviewed here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with decent carbonation. It leaves a velvety coating on your tongue that drives the aforementioned aftertaste.

Drinkability: Porters are certainly more appropriate for sipping than chugging, but with the medium body and middling alcohol content, this is surprisingly quaffable.

Verdict: An above average Porter, this is something I'd surely recommend for someone looking for a good, easily available example of the style. Rich, but well-balanced, this beer is a complex treat and worthy of its reputation.

Photo of JamesS
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice dark black/brown color with a nice initial, very foamy head, that goes away quickly, with some good lacing. Nice scent, but not very strong, a little bit of chocolate, coffee, and burnt grains, but not a lot of any of them. Nice taste, smooth and well balanced, a little hop, a little malt, and a little burnt grains, just nothing that pops out. It goes down fine, a little rough, but good.

(On tap at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA)

Photo of flipper2gv
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours in a very dark brown/red color, almost black. Seems thick enough with a very minimal beige head but tons of lacing.

S: Strong coffee aroma up first. Dark chocolate, some pipe smoke. A hint of vanilla and alcool. Layered and complex.

T: Strong coffee taste is present just like its smell. Hint of dark chocolate and vanilla. Alcool is a bit more present than in the smell and warms up quite a lot for a beer with this ABV. Definitively a mid strong smoke taste that fits the beer. Nice dryness at the end.

M: Medium boy with medium to high carbonation. Typical English porter feel. Quite creamy.

D: seems very drinkable. The low ABV and light mouthfeel helps here.

Photo of mikemcnick
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer looks great.

Smells like a combo of coffee and chocolate, a little bit of molasses in there too.

Taste is wonderful. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel is effortless.

This is one of my favorite porters of all time. These guys really got it right.

Hightly recommended, even for non-porter fans.

Photo of tronester
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale is a very dark reddish/brown almost black in color. With a medium pour, the head is dark brown, dense, and about .5 inches tall. Smell is of vanilla, dark chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is nice and malty, with a roasted chocolate flavor. A hint of coffee too. The English yeast strain imparts a slightly fruity, buttery flavor. In the finish is a nice, earthy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, with slightly high carbonation. Fantastically drinkable, it would be easy to drink several of these in a row. Another great one from Fuller's; I don't think they are able to create anything short of exceptional beer!

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,290 ratings.