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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,092 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 156
Gots: 110 | 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 BigBry
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

500 ml embossed bottle with BB date on back label.
This is a very dark brown beer. Holding my tulip up to the light there are a few ruby red hilights around the edges. Only a half inch of thick creamy beige foam, that shrank away to a thin ring around the edge. The smell has some definite chocolate aromas, along with the roasted grains, and maybe some dried fruit. Medium to full bodied flavor with lots of chocolate and coffee. Solid dark roasted malt flavor. Rich and complex but still well balanced give it a nice mouthfeel - full and creamy, but not heavy or sticky. Dry and well balanced finish. I would definatley have this one again, but to savor as an after dinner drink, wouldn't really want more than one at a time though.
I like this one better than Sam Smith's Taddy Porter, well worth it's 'Outstanding' rating.

BigBry, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.95/5  rDev -6%

A - Pours a very dark brown with barely any light passing through it when held up to the light. Two fingers of dark tan head sit atop the body and retain well.

S - Chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, some sweet spice

T - Starts off with the caramel/molasses flavour before transitioning into the roasted malts. Dark chocolate and sweetness with a bitter tang come through toward the end.

M - Medium body, low carbonation and slightly slick.

D - An good beer overall. Worth trying.

haz77, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of scottoale
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

From the cool looking 12 fl.oz. brown bottle, with a best before date: 06/MAR/03, pours a very dark mahogany-brown (nearly black) Porter with a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head. The head fades pretty quickly leaving no lace behind.

The smell is sweet and roasty malt with caramel, coffee, chocolate, tobacco and toffee creating an incredibly aeromatic and inviting brew. It truly smells as the label says: Rich & Dark...very nice.

The taste is roasted and sweet, with all the flavors the smell suggests and a bit extra as it warms a bit. This is a great tasting Porter that finishes dry and leaves a superb roasty aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

A medium-plus body with the right amount of carbonation and alcohol give it a good, smooth mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable Porter that is a "must try" for sure. I had forgotten how good this stuff is...cheers!

scottoale, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Best by 30 Jul 06

A - Pours a clear dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, tiny head though, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of slightly roasted malts, toffee, and caramel.

T - The taste is awesome sweet malty with some toffer/caramel overtones. Also and nice slightly dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. A very tasty brew. I've had a few Fuller's brew's and there all great. Highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of sacfly
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

11.2oz, best before 14/DEC/06
Pours an opaque black/brown color with a large head of small brown bubbles. Strong roasted barley aroma. Biscuits. Taste is perfectly roasted grain. Fresh baked bread and malt. Chewy, but not syrupy. Excellent mouthfeel and body. The burnt, coffee like dryness lingers long into the aftertaste. Awesome brew. I will buy this again and again.

sacfly, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Poured this beer into a pint glass, with a best before date of 14/Aug/06.
Appearance- Has a dark tan head that leaves lacing on the glass when the head receades. Pitch black with brown ruby highlights.

Smell- Very strong coffee smell with malt, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste- Def. the best part of the brew. Espresso and chocolate taste first and a pretty strong hint of hops and malts. Very evenly balanced. One of the best porters I have had.

One of the best beers I have had. Will be buying this a lot more but to bad I have to drive about 25 mins to get some.

MrHolland, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of tfp4268
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%

I wanted to give this brew all 5's, because it is my my favorite, but in the interest of unbiased fairness, I couldn't.

Pours (from a really neat bottle) really dark brown, ruby against the lights, with a darker-than-most tan two finger head that leaves a sticky lace all the way down the glass, It looks really good, but not what I could call exceptional. :(

Smells of dark malt, mollasses, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is my favorite part. Very robust, strong black coffee with just a hint of chocolate. A strong hops finish that balances perfectly with the strong coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but not thick enough to merit exceptional. :(

I could drink these all day! IMHO, the ruler by which all porters should be measured by. I absolutely LOVE this beer. It's a little hard to find around here, and a little pricey, but well worth it.

Oh, did I mention the "best by" date on the label? Pay close attention to that :)

tfp4268, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.2/5  rDev 0%

Appearance: Pours out a clear, translucent dark brown color with a frothy khaki-colored head that deflated rather abruptly leaving a ring of fine bubbles around the glass.

Smell: A fine, hearty scent of dark toffee, bittersweet chocolate, and rum raisin ice cream.

Taste: The taste is not nearly as profound as the aroma. Some chocolate, vaguely coffee-like flavors within. A delectable roasted sweetness permeates every sip. A hint of licorice and vanilla as well, no questions there. Finishes with a very mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Notably smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. I give Fuller's London Porter a hearty "fine & dandy"!

ChainGangGuy, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Fuller's London Porter pours an opaque, deep, dark, brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Really nice aroma, dark chocolate and coffee. Outstanding flavor, coffee. dark chocolate, even tobacco flavors. Highly recommended. I will be buying some more of this.

Drew966, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of egajdzis
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured a very dark, reddish brown color with a medium-sized, creamy, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. ARoma of roasted and chocolate malts, vanilla, and light dark fruits in the background. Slight chocolate and roasted malt, with vanilla beans, and light caramel in the taste. Creamy and full mouthfeel.

egajdzis, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of trep
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%

Been wanting to try this for ages now and finally saw it on the shelf at Kenny Road Market in Columbus so I thought i'd give it a try.

Poured into over-sized wine glass. Dark black, but not completely opaque. Creamy vanilla ice-cream head slowly fades and leaves a nice barrier around the glass, leaving some lacing.

Oh my. Nose is astonishingly complex. Vanilla, coffee, caramel, chocolate malt ice-cream. Very creamy smelling, I hope it tastes as good as it smells.

Super rich initially then slides down a river of vanilla, toffee, oak, and milk chocolate. Finishes kind of dry and ashey, like charred wood, with the most subtle mocha aftertaste. I feel like Augustus Gloupe in Wonka's Chocolate Factory must have felt like. Absolutely delicious, balanced and smooth as can be, truely an outstanding beer.

Creamy as can be. Chocolate milky smooth, and appropriate carbonation. Medium body. Incredibly easy drinking and likely the world's best session beer at a mere 5.4%.

I could go on and on about this beer. If you haven't tried it yet, seek out a bottle and you won't be disappointed. World Class stuff from Fuller's.

trep, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of shererjt
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured a clear, deep ruby red/black with a thick, rich, tan head. Aroma was lots of fruit and roasted malt with some vanilla thrown in. Body was medium. Plenty of flavor: roasted malt up front, then fruit, then roast again. Had a fairly strong coffee flavor. Bit of a bite to it and not as sweet as some British porters, but quite nice in its own way. Mouthfeel was good with a bit of tartness; drinkability was significantly above average.

A unique and tasty porter. Has a little sharper flavor than many porters, but a classic in its own way.

shererjt, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.45/5  rDev +6%

Pours out a very dark brown clear amber, little light gets through. Nice tan head. good lacing.

Smell. very roasty with the malts and sweet. good notes of some coffee.

Taste. First i get the coffee flavors, but as it rolls in my mouth i get the heavy roasted malts. has a nice hop bitterness to really balance the taste out. aftertaste is dry with a good smokiness to it.

Mouthfeel is ok. body is medium to full, good for the style. carbonation is on the lower side. i think this part of the beer is the least best.

Overall a very tasty beer. excellent malt flavors. very good

acrawf6, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a chocolatey aroma. It has a sweet caramel aroma also. A slight coffee aroma is present, but only just a touch. Hop aroma is very low.

This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolate is the strongest flavor I get. Coffee is also noticable. This beer has a plesent roasted malt flavor to it.

This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a chocolate like aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is quite mild. I havent hd this beer in a while, and I forgot how good it is. I will definately be having many more in the future.

OStrungT, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

Nice dark look to it. Not pitch black but close. Solid one finger off white head with some staying power. Smells like molasses. Tastes a good deal like molasses as well. Am I spelling molasses right? Anywho, heavy maltiness. Fairly full body. Creamy, good carbonation. Very drinkable if you like that sort of flavor, but since it's so flavorful it might be a turn-off otherwise.

JayTheFinn, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of bklynbeerbaron
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 1 pint, 0.9 oz. bottle into a Redhook porter glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark. Only holding it up to the light can you see the dark reddish-brown color. The head dissipated rather quickly, but the lacing held up about halfway down the glass.

Smell: Outstanding. Like roast coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Bitterness hits right away but goes away quickly, followed by a pleasing mix of roast coffee and dark chocolate flavors, with nutty overtones. Finishes surprisingly smooth, especially if you let it warm up a bit.

Drinkability: Don't think I could make a night out of drinking these, but could definitely put down more than one in a sitting.

Notes: I love dark, malty beers, and this is one of the best I've had. A real full-flavored porter.

bklynbeerbaron, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%

If there was a textbook pour for a Porter, there'd be a picture of this beer in said book. Black body that is dark ruby around the edges. Head is one inch of nappy brown foam. Nose is espresso, chocolate and a hint of molasses. Taste is pretty much the same with the chocolate reminding me of chocolate syrup. I also get just the barest suggestion of smoke. Mouth is thick with sparse carbonation. If you enjoy porters, this one is a beer that you'd surely be able to drink all night long.

TheBungyo, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle into hotel glasses. Dark reddish brown color, actually sort of clear when you put a light behind it. The smell was chocolaty and a little bready. The taste was mostly chocolate with a faint coffee flavor. Pretty mild carbonation which gave it a creamy kind of texture.

I don't like porters all that much, so I'm not a fair judge of this beer. I'd say it was all right, actually in pretty good shape considering it was 10 months past its "best by" date. I'd like to try it fresh and on tap in London for a re-review.

TurdFurgison, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4/5  rDev -4.8%

A very good example of an english porter. Maybe one of the best.

Pours a deep, rich black with a one finger thick, creamy tan head.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toffee.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and a slight smokey character.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Hey Porter!

BillyB, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

16 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a rich, deep black color. Head is about 1/2 in. and rather thick and creamy, with a strong tan hue. The head doesn't linger for too long, but after a few sips becomes a thin film atop the beer, with a bit more around the edges.

Smell: A nice aroma of chocolate, malts, and coffee emerges from this beer, along with a hint of some other rich flavors that I can't quite identify. All very nicely balanced in a complex fashion.

Taste: The taste is very much like the smell, but with a stronger dose of the roasted malts. In addition, there is just the right balance of bitter hops to contrast with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beer feels very smooth, with a slight bit of carbonation. A bit lighter than you might expect from the looks, but still very solid.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, goes down very nice. The ABV is somewhat higher than your typical beer, but it's not that noticable.

I'd never had more than a few sips of porter in the past, but figured I would give this one a try. Although typically I don't really enjoy the flavors of coffee and chocolate, here they come across (somewhat to my surprise) in a extremely enjoyable manner, especially with regards to the smell. I will definitely be having this again.

mithrascruor, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Very, very dark brown brew with ruby highlights. Half inch off-white head after a vigorous pour. Slowly dissipated, leaving only slight lacing on the glass. This was about the only thing I could find not perfect about this beer.

Smelled of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, some coffee and cream, maybe even some cinnamon toast. Very complex and layered, and it keeps improving as the beer warms. Boy, does this aroma ever make me want to drink this beer!

The taste was fabulous. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, molasses, and just enough hop bitterness to cleanse the palate. The flavors are layered and keep evolving as this beer warms. It is quite possibly the best tasting beer I've ever had!

Smooth, creamy, just thick enough to provide great body without being sticky or cloying. Enough carbonation to keep it light without being fizzy. A slight lingering flavor of coffee and dark chocolate that leaves you wanting more and more.

Extremely drinkable. Moderate ABV and awesome flavor makes for a great drinking experience. I wish I had a few more bottles of this available. It is fantastic.

This ranks as one of the finest beers I've ever had! I was expecting a good beer, and was pleasantly surprised to find a great beer. I've recently tried Stone RIS, and I rate the Fuller's London Porter much higher.

doppelmeup, May 23, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

London Porter is almost black in color with a tall, creamy head. Head's color is a dark tan. Aroma is of roasted malt alongside a sweet caramel. A sip starts with a blast of roasted malt with notes of coffee and charcoal. An underlying caramel sweetness is noticed towards the middle of a sip and only increases towards the finish. This porter has the most roasted malt flavor that I've tasted in a long time which makes the overall mouthfeel very dry. A strong, steady malt flavor make this beer a winner.

Gagnonsux, May 21, 2006
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -4.8%

This one pours dark black with a big fluffy off-white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing.

The aroma has some roastiness and some fruit as well. The smell is like raisins.

The flavor is of dark fruit and chocolate. There seems to be a very mild penny flavor in the finish/slightly metallic.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a great beer and very drinkable. I will always go back to this one.

Brian700, May 20, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured ruby/dark brown - almost black with ruby highlights around the bottom edges - with a 1" bubbly tan head.
The smell was a complex, sweet aroma of chocolate and caramel.
The taste was also complex. Sweet chocolate, rich dark chocolate and caramel all swirled together. It had a smoky, full-bodied taste. It started sweet but was balanced by a bitter/pale ale type of blend in the background.
It was like eating a very rich chocolate cake. It was silky and smooth, but the richness made it akin to eating a heavy chocolate cake. No matter how much you love the taste, you can only eat so much. This is a beer to treat yourself and indulge as a desert or a nightcap!

jwc215, May 12, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Appearance: dark brown in color with a thick two finger head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: nice roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: a well balanced combination of roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild bitterness, hint of licorice, and a bit of molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this has always been the enjoyable porter in my book, as I find this easy drinking and nicely flavorful. Solid brew.

Gavage, May 03, 2006
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,092 ratings.