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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
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,092
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 158
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 3Vandoo
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

A deep dark brownish beer with tints of ruby in it, a nice beige head appeared who was greatly generous then slowly let herself go away.

smell of malt, roasted coffee with a light smell of shy hops in the background.

Her taste is magnificient sorry but im falling in love with this beer, either it is the bottle of wine(yup I did drink wine, yes yes I will burn in beer hell for eternity). First thing you notice when you open your mouth to enjoy this beer is the aromas of roasted coffee, then caramel, some maltish flavours are present but everything is end up with a roasted coffee taste and a finish of butterscotch. Some notes of dark chocolate are also present but a bit too shy to my desire!

3Vandoo, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of malty
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a slender 11.2 oz. longneck bottle - best before Mar.1 '06. Color is dark mahogany nearly black hue with dark ruby highlights. Bright cream colored head that descends to an 1/8th inch with spotty globs.

Powerful and fresh scents of fudge brownies, roasted walnuts, malted milk balls and dark fruits. Another swirl awakens the fruit component even more...figs, (chocolate covered) cherries and concord grapes.

Flavors of well balanced roasted malts intertwined with calm fruity elements. The flavors come-off very subtle compared to the previous onslaught of glorious scents (above). A soft tobacco and leather flavor lingers in the background of the finish.

Mouthfeel is very soft and silky. Carbonation is present but very tame. Medium body with a modest oily feel. Creamy smooth finish.

Drinkability is high - very quaffable. Enough flavor & body to satisfy without any heaviness to bloat.

Overall an outstanding porter. I believe the reason I love this so much is that it's not trying to encroach into 'stout' territory. It seems the porters today are harder to discern from a stout. Very elegant and stylistic, but still an ale for the common man/woman. A porter of utmost class and distinction.

malty, May 31, 2005
Photo of TongoRad
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours a translucent brown/black with ruby hints and a tall dense head.

It has a formidable layered aroma. Roasted malt comes on first. Floral hops come on next, then prunes, the dark caramel, then a touch of cellar-like aromas. Coffee and chocolate are always present, though. Man...I just love smelling this beer!

Flavor is full of coffee and chocolate, backed by the fruit, nuts and caramel. Bitterness is at a perfect level. The finish is long and satisfying. My only nit is that the mouthfeel could be a touch more full.

You just can't ask for much more from a porter. A real classic!

Bottle dated 25/JUN/05

TongoRad, May 26, 2005
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

12oz dark brown bottle. Freshness date on back label.
Pours a roofing tar/brown-tinged black with a tan fast-fading head.
The aroma of fresh-brewed coffee billows out. Smells of toasted brown bread and dark roasted malt are lasting.
Flavors of deep roasted barley malt, rich coffee and dark chocolate flow together in the full creamy body.
The ample hop bitterness has a tea-like, and light citrus bitterness.
A nice, easy to drink Porter, that tastes more potent than it's listed 5.4%abv. Decadent!

BeerResearcher, May 25, 2005
Photo of goschool
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

Fuller's London Porter pours a lovely dark amber with a tan head and lacing that snaps, crackles and pops. Chocolate and toffee aromas dominate and foreshadow its flavor. At first, the carbonation dances inside your mouth, that gives way to a chewy, yet smooth texture. This porter is roasted, toasty, chocolatey goodness that's more than quaffable. Spot on.

goschool, May 12, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.58/5  rDev +9%

Yeah, baby! From the great deep, clear, mahogany brown pour with tan head that laced, to the intense chocolate malt aroma, this one’s a winner. Sips tasted malty with powdery burnt toast/charcoal, and finished hoppy. Rich, full bodied – thinning as it warms. Defiantly a smooth porter to quaff and judge others.

Vancer, May 10, 2005
Photo of tjthresh
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%

Best Before 29/AUG/05
Served in a Nonik

Poured with a thick frothy tan head, but faded to just some whisping. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty light carbonation. Dark chocolate, mild roasted coffee, maybe some prunish notes in the nose. No hops. I get the chocolate and coffee flavor also, but in the end it has this undesireable something that I find in most Fullers brews. Its pretty think in the mouth, and the finish stick with you for a bit.

Not a bad beer, but I won’t search it out again. Wouldn’t turn it away either.

tjthresh, May 08, 2005
Photo of sitbooboosit
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

pours a very dark brown with hiints of burgundy when the light is right or the glass half full (empty?)
head is tight and dense, the colour of hagen-daas vanilla ice cream, not bad lacing
aroma is of rich chocolate and coffee-like, a slight sweetness, english hops
wow, tastes of roasted malt, dark dark chocolate (the good stuff), cocoa, sweet black coffee, finishes with a bite and a nice rounding out
mouth feel is is like a foi gras sandwich to begin with, but thins out a bit at the end.
great beer, sorry i hadn't had it until now. probably better with food. on it's on a 500ml bottle is a bit much at once. something to keep the palate clean would allow the flavour to stay fresh. by the end of the bottle it's a bit sour.

sitbooboosit, May 06, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Thanks to Robbeer for bringing this to Japan.

Pure black body with tight, light colored head.
Light aroma of malt and tobacco.
Was this beer brewed at a cigar rolling facility? Rich coffee, dark toffee, spicyness, lite pepper. Mild bitterness and little to no sweetness.
Nice smooth MF, medium body, silky.
This was a great little treat, nice and complex.

Naerhu, Apr 28, 2005
Photo of dgallina
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours a translucent dark mahogany with slight head, but a solid layer of foam and light lace. Smells of deeply roasted coffee and caramel malts with a touch of fruity bitterness. Flavors start with sweet caramel malts and build into quite strong toasted coffee. Becomes fruity and slightly bitter in the finish with a very good lingering powdered chocolate after-taste. Smooth and lightly carbonated in the mouth, though perhaps slightly thin in body.

A really enjoyable porter with absolutely superlative flavor!

dgallina, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of tweeder263
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours out dark brew with light showing through ruby coloring.Nice 1-2 finger head that hangs around for a little bit.My smell is off today but coffee definitely coming through. Taste is dry with dominant coffee that lingers. I could drink a few of these.Mouthfeel is just ok a little thin. Definitely one of the best porters ive had,i drank the whole thing before i finished typing this review.

tweeder263, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Had on tap at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Mass. A 12oz serving in a toulip glass that produced about two fingers of light brown head and ample lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell was faint toffee and caramel and strong dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

Taste yeilded to its smell. Rich and creamy and strong coffee flavors with undertones of chocolate, malt, caramel, and an ever so slight bitterness but overall very smooth and well balanced finish in which all flavors are present but not over powering.

Moderate to heavy on the palate with virtually no carbonation to speak of.

Very easy to drink and great to enjoy as I did here, as a dessert in and of itself. Not an outstanding porter, but certainly an all-around solid one that I will soon revisit.

Sycodrummer, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of elricorico
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%

After popping the cap from a beer, I tend to smell it in the bottle before pouring it. This one smells like hot chocolate powder. Pouring it reveals that it is near opaque, with some hints of auburn around the edges. It started with a thick creamy tan head, which has sunk down to a finger of sticky foam. Makes my mouth water.

The beer smells of coffee and chocolate, the chocolate is sweeter than most that I smell in beers. Smells nice.

My mouth is full of a roasted malty flavour, coffee and chocolate, with a long smooth finish of bitter chocolate. I immediately want to take another large mouthfull.

Follow-up swigs are very nice, with the finish becoming a bit drier as I go along. The mouthfeel is creamy, almost milky thick, with a light carbonation.

I'd put this among the most pleasant beers I've had. Not a beer to be missed.

elricorico, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev -6%

03/22/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 18.6oz bottle with a best before April code marked on the back label. Poured into a standard nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a lucid garnet or dark cherry coloring. Reasonable dirty white creamy head and fair lacing.

Smell- Scents of Chocolate, coffee and maybe charcoal (deep deep burnt malts)

Taste- I first noticed the heavy roasted malts, almost a bit smoky in nature. Then the hop bitterness came through and lastly the nice portion of dark chocolate and the smallest detectable amount of coffee. Pretty good mixture.

Mouthfeel- This one was a pretty carbonated porter for me. Even after I let it calm for a good 30 minutes before drinking. This dude was pretty fizzy.

Drinkability- Good flavors and scent, the carbonation kind threw me for a loop though. Otherwise a very decent porter.

GClarkage, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of baiser
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

Much better mouthfeel and body on tap than from the bottle. Luscious chocolate, licorice, coffee aromas, matched by the taste. Appears almost opaque, with deep ruby highlights, tan head. Roasty, caramel flavours. Palatable, easy drinking, well balanced. Easily my favourite porter. Nothing beats fuller's london porter for me.

baiser, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

I'm really impressed with Fuller's. I've only recently been trying their beers but they really are a fantastic brewery producing unique beers. This porter isn't as dark as others I've seen, a bit of red showing through the edges of the glass. Smell is strong bitter coffe, roasted malts, and something that oddly reminds me of those little bacon bits things. Odd, because I've been a vegetarian since 8th grade. But strangely interesting. Taste is nice and bitter, unusual for a porter. It's got a nice hoppy backbone, which I usually don't notice in English beers, which I've just recently gotten into. Of course all the roasty toasty qualities of a typical porter are there too, and in full effect. Nice dark bitter malts and creamy undertones. A medium bodied porter like this goes down effortlessly. Another great brew from a classic English brewery. Between their ESB, 1845, and Porter, which I've all just recently tried, I'll be supporting Fuller's a lot in the near future.

twelvsies, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

On-tap @ British Beer Company in Plymouth, MA.

Pours out very dark, pretty much black with a small head. Nutty aroma and taste that reminded me of Guinness in a way. Very smooth beer, easy on the palate, and extremely drinkable. Went great with an American Pasty. Not too complex, but definitely drinkable. Very dark, even for a porter. Would like to try again, possibly from a bottle next time.

Jacobob10, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Deep dark brown, small amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong, coffee, molasses, a little licorice. Taste is smooth and smoky, more coffee, with licorice toward the end. Mouthfeel was full, flavors keep things in place for a long finish. Nothing overpowering, balanced between the malts and bitterness. I could see drinking two or three of these after dinner with a good book in the cigar chair.

pentathlete, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of avylover
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Very nice looking brew. Not straight black, rather a deep,deep mahogony that one can see through and a creamy white head. The aroma is subtle, but very good. mostly coffee bean notes along with a few fruity esters. The taste...wow. This is by far one of the tastiest beers i've had in awhile. Strong coffee,malted milk, some lactose type sweetness, and a very slight butterscotch kick in the finish....just all around yummy. And the finish is good and dry. Great slick mouthfeel with tiny bubbles, making this one drinkable brew, regardless of style....awesome!

avylover, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of FirstMan
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Shapely bottle and tasteful label lend credibility. A nice change from the basic bottle.

Pours out dark, almost black with ruby hues along the edges. These stand out beautifully against the light. The head isn't foamy like some porters, but rather made up of tiny bubbles. It quickly dissipates into a thin layer that never quite breaks to reveal the beer beneith and sends little arms up the side of the glass.

The smell is complex and my favorite part of this beer. Strong notes of dark chocolate and a light smoky presence. A good strong inhale brings out the complexities and sweetness of the malt.

A somewhat tart start on the tip of the tongue almost immediately dissipates into a mellow, warm, smoky flavor filling the mouth. Strong chocolate flavors are balanced by a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but with enough carbination to keep it interesting.

Overall just a really wonderful English Porter. If you get a chance to have it on tap, don't pass it up. It's good in the bottle, but the draft is just splendid.

FirstMan, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%

They recently got this on cask and beer engine at my local pub, so I had to try it. It poured a very dark color with red around the edges, a small head that had really good retention and left a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very subdued. Lots of chocolate flavors with a small bit of coffee in the back. Slightly bitter finish. Very clean. Thick and creamy body. Drinkability on this one was wonderful. I'm not sure how it is out of the bottle, but I'm sure I'll be finding out really soon.

clvand0, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a dark, ruby-tinted mahogany color. Smells of malted chocolate. Taste is quite good, although a bit different from other porters I've had. It has a malted chocolate flavor, with some coffee-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly full.

Overall, this is a darn good porter. I've been meaning to try it for a while now, but this single I bought by mistake (I thought I had grabbed a London Pride). I'm glad I did. Although it's not super-special, it's definitely worth a try, more than once in a while. A nice break from those big winter brews.

skybluewater, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of wisnerd
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured dark with a red hue, but still translucent under the right light. A well rounded creamy head appears on entry but reduces to a lace around the edge of the glass within a minute. Has the distinct aroma of a porter, coffee-like and smokey but this one smells slightly sweet. This is confirmed by the taste but it is not overpowering- the beer still retains a strong malty flavour. Goes down smooth and not too thick, just the right amount of carbonation, with an aftertaste that lingers nicely and encourages me not to let my glass sit idly.

I love this beer and will readily chose it when I'm in the mood for a tasty and hearty beer, however its cost does influence me at times. I like to enjoy this with spicy foods like wings or chili, it's a good contrast and cuts the heat if I need it. Highly recommended for all occasions though.

wisnerd, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of rousee
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Kind of what I expected of this. Nice beer though. Pours a ruby tinted dark chocolate color. Very little head and some wispy foam on top. Leaves no lace. Some dark roasted malt and vinous character too. Pretty good on a winter night. Tastes like a basic porter should. Similar to the nose--dark roasted malt, chocolate caramel coffee profile not nearly as bitter as some porters. Mouthfeel is nothing noteable but good still. This thing excels in drinkability--very smooth not too high on the ABV--a pretty nice example of this style.

rousee, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

500ml bottle

Pours with a very dark ruby body, without much light it looks almost jet black, tan head with fair retention and some lacing

Smell, malt, some hint of smoke, charcoal, dark chocolate

Taste, thick dry coffee flavour, strong espresso coming through, strong hint of smoke again

A fantastic example of an english porter, everything you could ever want from a porter. I had this with profiteroles and it complemented them beyond belief, fantastic

cypressbob, Jan 28, 2005
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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