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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,017 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,017
Reviews: 1,131
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 144
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm developing a real taste for British beers, especially the porters and stouts. This one is top-of-the-line.

Pours a solid chocolatey brown, almost black, with a foamy chocolate-milk head and lots of lacing. Cool, sturdy looking Fuller's bottle.

Smell is dry, semisweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, licorice. Little bit of butteriness.

Taste is toffee, espresso, bitter cocoa, and some smokey campfire elements. Bit of a bitter, sour aftertaste which lowered the taste score for me a bit. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than I'd like for this style. Still a great beer though! Wish it was more widely available here!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 03:45:26 | More by crwills
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bighoppymonster

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights when held up towards light with a thin tan head. Smells of malty sweetness. Traces of chocolate and perhaps some coffee/roastyness as well. Rather mild in taste, which isn't to say that it is a simple brew. Roasted maltiness rounded out with some hop bitterness, but definately on the malty/sweet side. Was a little disappointed that is wasn't so rich in taste, but this is my first porter that I've tried so perhaps its not fair of me to say. Nice, creamy and very smooth going down, I could sip on this one all night (an advantage of not being so rich).

Overall, this is my first porter, and I thought I would start out with a traditional and well reputed one. Could definately imagine myself sipping on quite a few of these in Londontown during the cold, rainy season of fall in a dark, dank pub and throwing some darts. Very delicious, but in a sort of an understated way. Englishness through and through, and I look forward to trying some more.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 03:34:42 | More by bighoppymonster
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

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

Pours a creamy light mocha head over a black body with orange-red edges. Aromas of British cola-like minerals, coffee and faint notes of bourbon in the background. Woody coffee flavors up front with a mild supporting hop bitterness. The malt has several different textures that I have trouble picking apart: there is a wine-like vinous character as well, but it is hard to pin down. The signature British/ Fuller’s mineral characters is present in the flavor as well. Medium to lean bodied, but the minerals make it seem much fuller. Smooth in the mouth with a bit of crispness at the finish.

I bet this would be murder served from a cask. From the bottle it is still a fine ale with a great deal of depth and a complexity of flavors that I have trouble picking apart.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 00:31:22 | More by Shovelbum
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ypsifly

Michigan

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

Pint bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The Ink jetted best before date is smeared and not fully readable.

Dark brown to almost black with a little more than a finger of light tan. Good retention with wispy rings of lace.

The nose has a lot of sweet, roasted malts. Has some chocolate and a whiff of smoke.

Creamy mouth with the roasted flavors becoming coffee like and the chocolate seems almost powder like. Hop bitterness towards the back as it doesn't really stand out but rather adds balance. The chocolate flavors stay through the finish and after taste.

An extremely drinkable porter. My favorite from the UK.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 04:23:04 | More by ypsifly
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Optimat0r

Texas

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

appearance - comes in a very nice 500ml bottle. almost zero foam upon pouring, this is good. deep red in color, very dark.

taste - wow very good! extremely coffee-like taste. a nice dry flavor... theres enough here to hold your interest for a while. one of the better beers ive tried, no hops at all, like i said its almost like an alcoholic coffee drink. easily the best britain/ireland beer ive had.

drinkbility - the best! its complex enough to drink tons of while staying interesting and good yet a low enough abv to drink alot of without getting trashed. very good beer, i like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 06:39:47 | More by Optimat0r
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bcollar

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance --> Deep rich brown colour allowing only a twinkling of ruby coloured light through. Head has a slightly brown hue to it with marginal lacing.

Smell --> Chocolate and caramel are predominant but coffee makes an appearance in the background.

Taste --> Chocolate characters hit you up front with caramel notes lingering closely behind. A subtle coffee flavour finds itself teasing its way through the middle and a nice soothing bitter finishes things off. Great progression!

Mouthfeel --> Smooth but not quite silky texture gently coats the tongue. The slight carbonation of the beer is just right and doesn't detract from the texture.

Drinkability --> This was an exceptional beer and matches wonderfully with chocolate dessert! It's exactly what I would expect from a great Porter. This is a definite must try!

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2006 05:40:21 | More by bcollar
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

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

Has a rich and sweet taste as well as being dark and malty. Almost like chocolate. Definatly an interesting mixture of taste. It was almost closer to a specialty coffee then a beer.

I was very impressed by this beer and would recommend it. Strong but goes down smooth. Appearance wise it has the properties of a traditional ale and has a sweet aroma.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 20:24:55 | More by CrazyMike
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With all the quiet fuss about this beer, I had a little trouble getting to it with so many local Porters available in New England. Trying not to be partial, IMO fresher = better.

Picked up this one at Ryan and Casey in Greenfield. They have a selection British beers, from what I can tell don't move very often. Considering this beer relatively low ABV I think its a bit old.

Nonetheless a tasty offering. Deep, complex chocolate and roasted malt flavor. A little flat on the nose, slight wafts of cherry. A smooth beaut on a cold evening. Goes down easy in front of a roaring fire. At $3.00 a bottle, it's good to go.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 03:25:32 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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maddamish

Tennessee

4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a porter should be.

A slight caramel is present in the nose.

But what it lacks in smell it makes up for in taste. This is one of the best porters I have had and was very pleased with the offering.

Taste: Caramel, malt and chocolate notes.

Medium bodied and thoroughly enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 03:00:49 | More by maddamish
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark purple-red-brown. So dark it's opaque. Lots of head and some lace.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses. Very heavy on molasses.

Taste: Up front tartness mellows quickly to a roasty bitterness. A little bit of fruit sneaks in as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, but not chewy.

Drinkability: Very good. Enough taste and feel to be substantial but not so much that it fills you up, or is a chore to finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 02:37:11 | More by allergictomacros
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Jredner

Florida

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

Classic Porter smell and look with a deep black body supporting a firm, two finger thick, mocha head. Roasted chocalate overtones and great malty, toasty and roasty mouthfeel. Well rounded and balanced with ample chocolate and coffee notes. Worthy of its praise.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 08:14:55 | More by Jredner
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DogFood11

California

3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best on date is 14 Jan '06. I'm sampling on 18 Jan '06. No big deal at all as it tastes fine as far as freshness. Really excited to review this as I've neglected it for years.

A chocolatey aroma slowly rolls out of the glass as I pour this dark brown to black brew. Lacing is sparing and sporadic, white head that fades to a small centered island.

Rich, rich brew...chocolate is a big part. roasted malts, and a fairly large hop bitterness in the middle. Its an amazing beer in that the taste is pretty complex and rich yet the mouthfeel is lighter and very drinkable. I could see sessioning this if the situation was right.

Notes: This is a nicely done to say the least. You must try this at least once, more for taste than for the whole package.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 05:41:08 | More by DogFood11
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I was a bit sad when I poured this brew and virtually no head developed. The surface had some frothiness which mostly stayed in a ring around the inside of the glass. The color is like black coffee. The smell is faint, but you can detect chocolate, coffee beans, and marshmallow aromas. Very toasty. The taste is similar, with coffee flavor that is somewhat smoky. Decent bitterness. It seems average at first but improves very much over a few sips. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, and the carbonation is fairly low, although it doesn't necessarily feel flat. The overall flavor is solid and while not one of the best I've had, it seems like a beer that I could easily have a few rounds of, especially with the moderate alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 00:35:16 | More by bennetj17
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NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. tall, skinny black bottle, the ale shows up dark mahogany, nearing black, with a dark tan foamy head that leaves lines of lace all down the glass. Toasted grain, chocolate/caramel and a whiff of smoky cocoa cross the nose, and smell wonderful. The flavor builds on this aroma base and adds a touch of dark chocolate and prunes, finishes with a burnt sugar and an earthy hop bite, but it is not strong at all. London porter is crisp in the mouth, medium bodies, and creamy but somewhat dry. One could drink this creamy beer for hours, and I have.

Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2006 06:57:49 | More by NClifestyle
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Poured into a pint glass.
Drank at around 40 degrees F. Nice orange/brown color. Head appeared light but was richer than expected.
Smell of pear, roasted malt, caramel.
Taste had slow bite of hops encircled by caramel with a roasting malt aftertaste. Went down smooth and dragged the next sip down with it.
Excellent beer

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 04:40:46 | More by Mebuzzard
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear, slightly orange brown with a small tan head that left spotty clumps of lace. Smells sweet and tangy like caramel and a touch of green apple with the malt reminding me of a slightly roasted Dopplebock. Tastes of slight chocolate and coffee with a subtle, smooth and sweet sourness that finishes with just a touch of dry hop. Mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. For such a strong flavor, I was surprised at how easily this went down

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 19:41:12 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(11.2 oz. ?) Brown bottle with a bulbous neck...date code greatly appreciated, this one is good til may 2006.

Deep chestnut nearly black. Fizzy head goes down to 1/4", pauses for a bit, then turns to gray wisps. The aroma of this beer is amazingly strong for a 5% non-hoppy brew! Stong and appetizing, it screams coffee and red wine to me. One of the few malt-centered beers that I could whiff all day long. Flavor is wonderful too. Charcoal and molasses, coffee and red wine. All I could ask for in a porter. Thin body and low carbonation is pulled off with help from the dryness and acidity. Very easy drinking, this one has a ton of flavor but is not as filling as most stouts or other malt-centric beers. A classic for all time!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 02:54:27 | More by waughbrew
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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

Fuller''s Porter pours a solid black color with slivers of light at the extremeties and a thin cap of head. Nose is amazingly fresh and delicious with coffee and chocolate malt odors in droves. This has every sign of being a teriffic porter.
The taste is close to divine. The mouthfeel is very mellow and low on carbonation, perfect for the style and also smooth and creamy to the max. The coffee and malt flavors are extremely well presented and seep into the taste buds for a long while after each sip.
This is an outstanding product from Fuller's. I wish I could try it on cask across the pond some time soon, like this summer. If not, the bottle is not too shabby.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2005 22:51:54 | More by daliandragon
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with mahogany shades to a light source and a decent tan head. Very nice presentation. Roasty and sweet malt aromas with a touch of caramel on the nose. Tastes much like it smells with just a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty coffee bean finish.

An excellent English Porter ! Need to try side by side with Samual Smith's...

Best Before: 08/29/05
Tasted: 12/16/05

(16.9 oz. bottle emb with lots of brewery info)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 17:31:44 | More by RBorsato
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mitchfor3

California

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the Fuller's bottle - so robust looking, so elegant, and so inviting.

Unfortunately, this particular bottle is a month past its best before date, so I will re-review when I get another sample.

Impressive pour, just what I expected - deep, opaque brown with a light tan head that left good lacing.

Smell has hints of caramel, coffee, but not as much chocolate as I expected.

This is a fine tasting porter, a real classic, but in my opinion it just doesn't hold a candle to Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. The biggest difference was the presence of some slightly "off" flavors late in the sip in the Fullers. Very nice beer for cold winter nights - warming and delicious. Definitely worth a try, recommended, but I do think there are better English porters out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 04:32:05 | More by mitchfor3
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jokelahoma

Missouri

4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep, almost opaque garnet red, bordering on black. The head is nearly non-existent, and what little there is dissipates rapidly, leaving only the faintest of rings around the edge of the beer.

The aroma is mainly of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It's vaguely reminiscent of Kahlua, but more prickly, and with the earthy hop overtones barely making their presence felt. And I do mean barely. The nose is almost all malt, with the roasted grains nearly overwhelming the hops.

The flavor is, remarkably, just like the aroma: Mostly coffee with a tiny amount of chocolate. Again, think carbonated Kahlua, but with less sticky body, far less sweetness, and just enough hop bitterness to balance everything out. Ever so slight licorice or black currant flavors seem to peek out near the end, but duck back into their hiding place before you can pinpoint them, like the beer is playing with your tongue. Simply phenomenal.

As the taste matches the aroma, so the mouthfeel matches the taste. This beer isn't thick, it isn't watery... it's just what you'd expect from a beer that tastes as it does. Just a tad oily, but in a way that enhances the experience of drinking this brew, not detracts from it.

This beer almost perfectly matches what you see with what you taste. What you expect with what you experience. It is quite possible the perfect porter. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 01:54:26 | More by jokelahoma
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Higravity

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well this was spot on for a porter. Dark and brown-black with a tanish head giving up lacing. Nice smell of toffee malty goodness meshed with some nice noble hops. Good from the first sip, tastes of dark roasted malt with a tinge of sweetness to round it out and a nice little bit of hops that leave there own floral taste. Well-rounded and very nice a good beer anytime.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 15:57:52 | More by Higravity
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metallistout

Ohio

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

THis one pours a dark roasted brown dark coffee color, with a tan foamy head that laces and traces in the glass until the last drop.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate malts.

Taste so robust and smokey. Hop spice to the mix and high chocolate malt strength. I can taste the warming alcohol, as I usually do with Fuller's brews. This is a very damn good drink

I just got a good deal on a 12 pack of imperial pints for only $10.99, only because the sell by date was a few months old. I don't care that's damn cheap. And I might just pick up about 5 more of those cases after drinking this bad boy.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 22:42:31 | More by metallistout
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whynot44

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very dark garnet color with a tan head that doesn't last.

Aroma is coffee, caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt.

Taste starts with strong coffee, then caramel, dark chocolate, and finishes with a hops bite and more coffee in the aftertaste.

Very smooth and creamy. If you like Porter's, this one definitely hit's the mark.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 02:48:07 | More by whynot44
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Blakaeris

Iowa

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

Poured a deep black with a creamy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of smokey dark malt, sweet caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is rich with the coffee and dark malts. Finish is pleasingly dry with a touch of the sweet flavors lingering. very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Very smooth.

I think this is an excellent example of a porter. A very pleasant session beer. I can't wait to finish the rest of my 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 23:47:00 | More by Blakaeris
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,017 ratings.