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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,264 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,264
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 174
Gots: 181 | FT: 0
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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 naterock
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled upoon this porter in a familiar pub, they were trying it out with the clientel, I was impressed.
C: Medium head with a dark ruby color head tastes of espresso
S: Espresso with bitter chocolate aromas
T: Tastes like it smells
M: medium carbonation, better than bottled
D: Very drinkable. Drink with Red meat and sharp cheese. I am a huge fan of this porter, I will definitely look for this one again.

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

Enjoyed at MCouls Public House in Greensboro, NC.

The beer arrived with a translucent black body and a thin white head. The beer tasted of a pleasant mix of dark and pale malts with a bit of British hops. Well-balanced and very filling, but I feel that there are better options out there.

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

Pours a transparent mahogany color with dark red hues, a pinky's width of beige lacing with little retention but good lacing. Smells of caramel, toffee, nuts, chocolate, dark fruit, and espresso. Taste starts of with roasted malts, caramel, molasses, and chocolate, with a touch of cherries and a bitter coffee finish. Medium in body and very smooth and creamy, but with a dry finish. Being lower in alcohol and rich in flavors make this a very easy beer to drink, especially during the winter months.

Photo of Antilochus
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with extra old English cheddar and some crackers. Just after eating a steak. Good night. This one's been in my cellar for a while, I've had it before but never reviewed it. Canned, unfortunately. At cellar temp. 5.40% abv, 500mL. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours brownish black, with ruby-red accents. Not completely opaque. Big fizzy tan head that descends to a thin coating.

Nose of espresso, dark, dark chocolate, a little roastedness. I am getting a bit of sourness but nothing too bad. Cherries and alcohol - like those chocolate cherries in brandy. Yum.

Mouthfeel is light, med-low carbonation but you can feel it if you slosh is around. I suppose this is appropriate for the style. A little woody sweet on the palate, with strong bitterness, cup of coffee/dark chocolate malt bitterness. Subtly fruity. Finishes on a big malt note, old coffee with sugar or two stands out for me, drying with some sourness. Some smoke in there too, finish is super long and bitter. Not really all that complex. Goes down easy though.

Mmm, with the cheese this is divine. A solid porter.

Photo of horshack7
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle it pours a very dark brown with amber hues. The head is lacey and foamy about an inch worths.

Aromas: Tremendous chocolate malt notes along with hints of coffee. Slight burnt hop notes.

Taste: A slightly crisp mouthfeel. Big chocolate malt notes with slight caramel notes. Very full bodied with robust coffee flavors. Burnt hops dance around the pallate with a smooth finish.

Notes: This is a remarkable English porter. This one could me through the coldest of winter nights.Cheers

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

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys as part of a brewery tour 4 pack...

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Big mocha tan head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy... medium bodied... at only 5.4% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supremely well balanced stout... another world class brew from Fullers...

Photo of DIM
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This one is a clear deep ruby red, or maybe a dark mahogany color. It pours with a medium sized mocha head; good lace and retention.

s: Wonderful aromas of dark chocolate backed by some mild coffee bitterness.

t: More coffee than chocolate here, just the opposite of the smell. Bitter, roasty coffee flavors dominate from start to finish. Along the way toasty grains and some cocoa flavors emerge.

m: Decently thick body and nice mouth filling carbonation.

d: Very different from it's American cousins. I absolutely love this beer! It is not at all complex, it's just an amazing brew.

Photo of Bestuurder
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Full bodied from a standard 50cl can. Nice can actually, very appropriate for the liquid GOLD that lies within!

Poured a very dark red, almost, and I say 'almost' black. With a beautiful head that nice and thick, with a creamy feel to the palate. The lacing was extraordinary; with simple lacing throughout the entire glass upon drinking.

One of the best tasting brews I have ever had. Complex with chocolate and coffee flavours. Deep and delicious! Unbelievably easy to drink with a full flavour and aggressive, yet not overly.

Photo of djeffbee
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a good one any time of year....

A = Dark, thick and sexy

S = Dark chocolate, mocha, roasted malts.

T = Super smooth, roasty nice chocolate malt start with appropriate bitterness.

M = Very, very smooth, creamy.

D = This is an easy one to pound a sixer at a sitting. Great drinkability

Love this beer - I get all giddy when I see this at a friends house...

Photo of iceviper22
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with best before 08/08 on it. Pours a real deep dark reddish brown with some light shining through it. The aromas are very welcoming with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramels, nuts, and some sweet fruity notes. It has a nice smooth mouthfeel and texture to it with a slight carbonation to it. Tastes of dark chocolate and expresso take control with subtle fruity and sweet tastes round it out for a very solid drinkable porter. I'll definitly keep and eye out for some more of this if I see it in the future. Great stuff.

Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single 11.2 oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Have always heard remarkable things about this beer so I decided to finally give it a go...
Pours a jet-black, opaque, ebony appearance with a decent head that left copious amounts of lacing before quietly receding...
Smell was fairly on-point for a Porter, filled with rich nuances of cocoa, espresso, mocha, and dark, burnt chocolates...
Taste was replete with roasted malts, syrup, mollasses, dark latte, rich coffee, and a slight suggestion of dehydrated fruits...
Solid mouthfeel and easy drinkability due to the relatively low ABV...
Good stuff... Recommended...

Photo of MisterClean
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro at Bonn Lair in Sac.

A - Poured a deep, deep brown, appeared fully-filtered with lots of head from the nitro tap. Light lacing as well.

S - Rich, creamy roasted malts, with a slightly smoky flavor.

T - This beer was very chewy, with a taste of moderate malts, and a slighlty smoky flavor.

M - Very chewy, not bitter whatsoever, but a clean finish.

D - Definitely easy to drink, but would have appreciated something with more taste than smokiness and moderate malt-feel.

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

I picked this up as a single and had been saving it for a while, figured today would be a good day for a porter.

A: Pours a very deep brown, not quite black with a tan head about a half inch thick which subsides to a film. Ruby tints at the edge. Looks good so far.

S: Coffee, chocolate syrup, smoky malt smells, very aromatic.

T: Chocolatey with a big, smoky malt flavor, a hint of hop bitterness that lingers along with a coffee taste on the palette. Excellent porter, some sweet over ripened fruit tastes as well.

M: Nicely balanced in the mouth. Good carbonation, plenty thick, coats the tongue nicely.

D: This is definitely a beer I could drink all night. Delicious, not too filling, not too sweet and in general a very delicious porter. Wish I had more than just one!

Photo of jaz58
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown clear colour in the glass. A very thin head when first poured yet it came together shortly after to create a thin creamy top.

Honey, caramel and dark roast coffee taste. Not alot in the nose, slight hint of coffee. Hardly any legs on the glass

A gentle bitter finish at the end.

All in all a decent porter.

Photo of JDV
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap @ Gingerman; poured very dark brown/black with a light thin beige head. Smell was great, and of dark fruitiness, dried fig, alcohol, and a definite mocha coffee smell. Taste was rich, creamy, and coffee like, with bitterness in the back of the mouth, and mouthfeel was almost a bit oily, and nicely thick for a porter.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black and slightly syrupy with a very thin light brown foamy head when poured into a pint glass.

S: Wonderful abundance of chocolate and coffee

T: Powerful chocolate malt is balanced well with bittering hops that leave a mostly dry finish lingering slightly of coffee.

M: Full bodied and heavy with very light carbonation.

D: Smooth as silk texture lets this go down slow and easy

This is without a doubt the best porter I have had to date. There seems to be an enormous complexity that comes off as simple and enjoyable. Very much recommended.

Photo of Minkybut
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The bber was a black ebony delight with a very tan head. The smell was of nice roasted malts and nuts. The taste was smooth coffee with toasted goodies that were just wonderful to savor. I can only imagine hoe fine this beer would be on tap and reallly fresh. I will certainly buy again.

Photo of buzzworthy
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of bobsy
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of markaberrant
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of pershan
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,264 ratings.