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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,230 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 173
Gots: 160 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of WeisGuy
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep brown with a slight burgundy color when held to light, one-inch off-white head with retention around the edges, little lacing

s - not a very strong aroma, mostly roasted malt with slight hints of chocolate

t - slightly sweet up front with roasted malt dominating the body of taste, coffee and chocolate in there as well, slight bitterness on the finish, but mostly chocolate

m - a little more light-bodied than I'd like, mild carbonation, pretty dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, especially with it's mild abv, though dryness of finish might wear out the palate after a few

Solid porter no doubt. Not really anything amazing to me, but a good representative of the style.

Photo of BeerSox
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9fl oz bottle into mug.

Dark, almost black, brown body with ruby red highlights. A tan head tops the brew, which slowly settles to a foamy and bubbly cap. Stacked and layered rings of lacing coat the glass.

The aroma is both creamy and spicy like dark brown coffee. Hints of chocolate and molasses hide in the background.

Dark roasted malt flavor is ripe on the palate with creamy notes. Full bodied and smooth, giving a clean finish with minimal hop bitterness (like any English Porter). A sweet buttery flavor presents itself nicely. Some malt bitterness lingers in the finish. Becomes more coffee-like as it warms. No alcohol can be tasted.

I highly enjoyed this one. Rich and malty but still complex in flavor. At 5.4% alcohol, this makes one great session beer. Highly recommended for dessert, before dinner, or whenever you feel like enjoying a great English Porter.

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

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights, and about one finger of tan head with good retention and lacing.

The smell is coffee and chocolate, sweet, with a hint of maltiness.

The taste... in a word, excellent. A sweet, but not overbearing flavor of chocolate is the most notable flavor, with subtle roasted malts, followed by a smooth, slightly bitter espresso finish. Very nice flavor, everything comes together perfectly.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drinkability is high. This is a very drinkable beer that will appeal to lots of different people.

Overall, this is an absolutely outstanding beer, easily the best porter there is. Not just extremely tasty, but also easy to drink, and with a mild abv. If you are a fan of the style, you will flat out love this brew.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is nearly perfection in a bottle, has a head that never leaves amd lacing that just sticks to the glass forever.

I could smell the beer while i was pouring it. The scent was very strong of chocolate malts. hops are faint but there.

Taste is smooth and heavenly. The malting of this beer is awesome

mouthfeel: is crisp and full and clings well.

I could drink this forever.

Photo of grub
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep brown with a half inch of dense tan head. head drops fairly quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. milk chocolate. roasty. slightly sweet. toffee. coffee. bready malt.

taste is great. roasty and a little smokey. great bready malt. the combo makes me think of toast. coffee. bittersweet chocolate.

mouthfeel is great. nice body, great carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very tasty brew. a classic and delicious example of the style.

Photo of Pooba001
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour from 16.9 oz. bottle yeilds a perfect light tan head on a dark but not quite black beer with light ruby edges when held to light. Head dissipates and leaves a little lacing. Aroma includes chocolate, light coffee, roasty, and slightly sweet flavors.

Big roasty character for a porter, hint of a burnt note in the aftertaste. Coffee and chocolate are again present. A big, beautiful, British porter.

Mouthfeel is good, slightly on the dry side, and drinkability is excellent, even for an English Porter. Downright sessionable. Another style defining beer from Fuller's.

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

This beer earned its acclaim among English porters with good reason. It's not a style I would normally reach for, but I enjoyed this beer.

The beer poured virtually opaque into my pint glass, with a creamy head that dwindled and left symmetrical rings on the sides as I drank. It smelled mainly of malted milk chocolate (as opposed to a dark chocolate aroma) and some mild — but not bitter — coffee notes.

The flavour started with a bit of sharp coffee bitterness, but that quickly yielded to a smooth, chocolately taste. Low carbonation and medium body made this exceptionally easy-drinking — and a guaranteed repeat purchase.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very deep dark color not quite black, but when you hold it up to the light it has some ruby hues, the head is thick and tan made up of small and large bubbles. the head has retention survived the duration of consumption.
the aroma is dark, malty and rich with hints of cocoa.
the flavor is rich and malty with cocoa and a pleasent hop spice.
this is a great porter, fullers is one of the best.

Photo of xav33
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter
English pint bottle
Best before 02/07, filled up on 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured a clear deep dark mahogony brown with a large frothy somewhat lasting light brown head with fair lacing.

Smelt strongly of molasses, coffee, roast, mild chocolate.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet dark chocolate with molasses and coffee tones followed by a strong burnt malt bitterness that turns into a clean crisp long bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, oily, lively carbonated, with moderate astringency.

Overall, a classic. Drinkable, plenty of taste, well balanced. Just straightforward excellent porter taste. One of the easiest porters to enjoy out there.

Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying I could drink this beer everyday, it is delicious!!!

Appearance: Dark, somewhat transparent

Smell: Light coffee and chocolate odor

Taste: Absolutely delectable

Mouthfeel: Not quite full-bodied but good as an everyday brew

Drinkability: All the time please

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

Appearance: Fuller's London Porter pours a deep red, almost black color with a thin tan head that sticks in a thin ring.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, maybe some raisin-like notes.

Taste: A mild coffee taste dominates with a clean finish. This beer is yummy!

Mouthfeel: Velvety and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable porter. I wouldn't drink it all night, but a couple are nice.


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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a finger-thick light tan and creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly settling at a thin layer of head. It leaves full sticky lacing as you drink. The color is dark ruby and quite clear.

Smell - Notes of dates and fig up front, with moderate scents of sweet milk chocolate and mild coffee. Toasted malt abounds on the nose as per the style. Rich sweet buttery caramel is also present throughout with a hint of cream soda. Slightly sour/bitter hops are barely traceable. Little alcohol is present. This stuff smells delicious!

Taste - Coffee, cream, milk chocolate, buttery caramel, slight fig-like fruitiness and other notes of dark ripe fruits, though subtle. Oily and slick hops that are only mildly bitter and a bit sour. A rich toasted malt character in the background ties it all up for the finish. The aftertaste has a remaining presence of the oily hops and a bitter coffee flavor as well. Little alcohol is present in any of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Darn smooth with a medium body. Good carbonation with a slight bite up front, but it drastically dies down immediately afterward, leaving a slight tingling effect for the remainder of the taste. Has a generally slick and wet mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability - Full flavors and a generally thick and rich character. Two of these and that would be my dessert for the night.

A great English porter. I love the creaminess in the smell and taste, along with the buttery caramel sweetness. A great medley of flavors. This is a perfect pairing to any rich and chocolatey dessert. Highly recommended and a must have for porter lovers.

Photo of bdupree
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first taste of Fuller's London Porter. I am a big fan of American Porter styles, so this was an attempt to try the original Porter style from Britain. I poured the bottle in a thick pint glass, and noticed very little carbonation. Short, caramel head. The aroma of this beer is excellent... mostly chocolate with some caramel. First taste hits the buds quite a lot more than other Porters I've tried. Reminiscent of a dark-roasted coffee. More hops that I expected, and not very heavy. After a few sips, the flavor settles into a very smooth and malty taste. This is an excellent Porter, no doubt about it.

Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz. bottle

Poured a pitch black with hints of caramel and crimson only noticeable when placed in front of a light. One finger, frothy head faded to a ring of lace along the edge of the glass and a thin coating on top. Spotty drops of lacing.

Smell was sweet, rich and intense. Cocoa and caramel malts were apparent with hints of whole grain oats and dried fruits.

Taste was malty sweet on the front end with roasted malts and a strong, bitter coffee-like taste coming in mid-palate. A general oakiness with hints of vanilla were also detectable. Overall, quite deep and rich. Slighty hoppy and smoky on the back end, with the hoppiness becoming more apparent as the beer warmed. Intense, coffee-like, bitter aftertaste with a touch of residual, sugary sweetness.

Medium to heavy bodied. Rich, full and creamy mouthfeel.

Quite easy drinking.

Photo of geexploitation
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with molasses highights. Big, vulgar bubbles form the head and quickly fade to just a ring. The aroma is a huge improvement on the appearance; big malty chocolate aromas (think malted chocolate milk) jump right out, along with crispy roasted malts and just a hint of fruity sweetness (raspberry?). Beautifully balanced mouthfeel, with some roughness from roasted malts and some hops coexisting perfectly with a slickness not far from an oatmeal stout's. Tasty chocolate notes, along with dry roasted malt notes, form the backbone of this beer, but there are also earthy hops and a bit of smoke in the palate. This is truly a wonderful porter, one of the best English examples of the style that I have ever tasted.

Photo of wanker
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The most remarkable thing about this beer to me is its finish. I taste a very clear -- and pleasant -- molasses finish. I find it a rather sweet beer, with low hoppiness. Small but persistent head; little lacing. Average mouthfeel, but very pleasant taste. A winner; I'd definitely drink it again.

Photo of peabody
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a reddish black with very little brown to off-white suds. Slight lacing here around the pint glass.
Smell is like a grape cherry coffee/chocolate aroma with hops having the last say.
Taste is very mellow. Sweet bitter coffee and chocolate followed by the bitter hops. Then the sugars come through.
Aftertaste is coffee and caramel. Mouthfeel is very clean and tastes all over the spectrum.This is what a Porter should be.
The low abv could make this a great session beer and I would like to be a part of that session!

Photo of demcorhip
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beer. Went for a walk earlier today with the wife and little one on a decent but somewhat crisp fall day. In the shady spots along the trail their were still wisps of snow that remained from the last few days of snow flurries. Picked it up last night along with some Westmalle dubbels and the Mill st tankhouse. The Fullers was a great way to treat myself when we got home and the little one napped.

Black, yet reddish hues shone through when examined in the light. Generous two finger tan head formed on the pour. Decent medium bodied lacings graced my glass as i drank this very mildly carbonated black beauty.

Nice chocolaty aroma with lesser hints of treacle and dark fruits. Nice earthiness about it with just the faintest hint of spice.

Chocolate roasted malts are on the forefront, with lesser complimentary flavours of hazel nuts, treacle, and dark fruits (figs and prunes?). Pleasant and substantial earthiness and hint of spice also evident in the taste. Finishes with a pleasing slightly sour touch.

Great mouthfeel in this medium bodied porter. Subtle carbonation allows the malt body and their diverse contribution to this porter take the centre stage. Wonderful balance between medium roasted malts and the more bitter dark roasted malts, nicely complimented by an earthy hoppiness and the slight sour finish.

Great drink on a cool fall day. What a way to treat myself this fine fall afternoon. Could make a session of this, and what a rich and decadent session it would be. Also a great introduction to just what a porter is for those new to the style but ready to do some adventuring.

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

Handsome, mature bottle matches the beer itself. Dark with a thick two finger head, dense and tan with nice staying power and lacing. Almost black with hints of red. Great looking beer.

Smells of freshly ground coffee without any bitterness, reminds me most of fresh coffee flavored ice cream. A sweet nuttiness as well. Smell is strong and enticing. Malts are complex, not getting any hops on the nose.

Tastes of toffee, nutty cookies and cold milk. A hint of mint, probably the hops on the finish coming up piney. Chocolate malts and a general roastedness. A barely sour finish with dark fruits. Complex, strong, and no off notes at all.

Mouthfeel is solid, I am big on heavy thick porters and I think Fuller's could dial this one up a little more. Carbonation is balanced. Finish is lingering.

Without any exaggeration, simply an excellent beer. Complex but approachable and solidly tasty. Not too expensive. Too bad this isn't on tap near me, as I could session it easily.

Note: Just noticed a "best before 9 Sept 06" on the label. Stupid low turnover store. From how good it was, I can't imagine the bottle was tainted.

Photo of calinative68
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer in Idaho as I wanted to expand my English beer knowledge. Deep and dark color as a porter should be. Superior malt scent. Espresso/chocolate taste that is remarkable. Low alcohol and very good drinkability. To me this is a porter that should be drank when it's cold outside, in the evening, by the fire. Sit back, relax and enjoy ths wonderful porter!

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

From Notes. Purchased in Ft. Worth, TX.

Appearance: Poured from a 17 fl oz bottle with Best by 6FEB07 on bottle, into a pint glass. The beer is a solid dark mass. Black with an off white head, about a 1/4 inch, fell to a ring with some lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee. While it is one-dimensional, it is absolutely what I would expect in a good porter.

Taste: Malty, just about "malt bomb". Roasted malts as indicated in the nose. Burnt chocolate and coffee. Touch bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fuller in body than expected. Good enough carbonation that keeps this from being "heavy".

Drinkability: High drinkability, low alcohol, I could drink many of these. Alas, I can not get more.

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

Jeez, i love this stuff. I think it's one of my favorite porters.

Pours a very deep mohogany that pretty much only shows when you hold it up to the light. Otherwise it's a pool of tantalizing darkness with a solid finger of oatmeal colored foamy head.

Aromas of cocoa, toffee with some faint figs and a little burnt toast tease my nose. Very fragrant aromatic.

The taste is just a symphony of delicous flavors. Butterscotch, caramel and percolating coffee first bless my tongue followed by a little bitterness on roasted malt. Quite the delight.

Smooth and a little silky on the tongue with solid carbonation make this a nice feeling on the palate. This is a porter you want to always have in stock for those rainy days, and heck, sunny days too with all other days in between. Friggen amazing this one!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass the beer pours dark brown, with a small sized tan head. It smells very sweet, like coffee, molasses, brown sugar and chocolate. It tastes the same way, except I can also taste some caramel and that it has a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth. It's also very drinkable, it goes down pretty easy. Overall this is a very good beer, I think it could become a great session beer for me.

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

Appearance: Mahogany brown in the glass, good head and lacing.

Smell: Molasses and brown sugar in the nose. I had a bad experience with an awful molasses-y beer recently, but the brown sugar is alluring.

Taste: Good bit of molasses flavor, with a distinct mocha finish. Very little in the way of hops character.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Mouthfeel is a little on the rich side. Drinkability is limited for the same reason. I liked it, but I have to call it overrated.

Photo of lagomswedish
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this from a keg at the Bishops Arms in Umeå in northern Sweden just as the long winter is rolling in - the perfect moment for a porter!
Appearence - dark brown, almost ink black, with a creamy tan head that followed me all the way down to the bottom of the pint glass.
Smell - Wow!!! Huge nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, treacle and butter.
Taste - Masses of raisins, dark fruits overlaid with chocolate, butter and expresso coffee. A slight ash/burnt aftertaste, dry and crisp, with a residual burnt sugar taste.
Mouthfeel - luxurious and sensual (steady on). Creamy and smooth with low carbonation.
Drinkability - If this is really what they drank in London in the early nineteenth century then I was born a hundred years too late!

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.