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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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93
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2,306 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,306
Reviews: 1,168
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 195
Gots: 208 | 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:
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 Rudgers73
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours exactly as a porter should. Deep brown with a thick tan head that settles very slowly. Heavy caramel/molasses aroma with a hint of bittering hops in the front. The taste is very well balanced. Thick and creamy with dark roasted malts, molasses, nutty chocolate, and mildly bitter ending. Not too strong (alcohol-wise) keeping the taste mild for such a heavy beer. One of the most drinkable porters I've ever had simply because of the mouthfeel and rich character. Very close in competition with Sam Smith.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a somewhat small head and okay lacing. Looks like a porter should. The smell is of lightly toasted grain and some dry caramel malt. The taste is similar. Rounded, with dry malt characteristics, licorice, and slightly nutty. A semi sweet chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable, and an excellent example of the style.

Photo of bboven
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black/brown with tinges of ruby and copper at the edges. Dirty blonde thin head. No lacing.

Smell is roasty and a bit sour/bitter. Light chocolate.

Taste is very roasty with some additional smoke, as if this barrel traded secrets with a batch of neighboring rauchbier in the same cellar.

Mouthfeel is sublimely thick and coating. Seems to be a hair too much carbonation, but I suppose that could be remedied by letting the beer breathe for a bit.

Very drinkable. Tasty and full of body, the low to middle level of alcohol makes me think I could drink three or four of these while reading a book or hanging out on BA without too much consequence.

Photo of alphawolf
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this fella on tap at Dressel's in St. Louis.

A- Dark and lovely. Lacking head has the only criticism I had.

S- Roasty, like a porter should be. Smell was representative of the taste I was about to experience.

T- Excellent. I'm not very good at picking out specific tastes (like vanilla, etc), so I can't say any of that -- just that this was one of the best porters I have ever had. Delicious!

M- I tend to drink a lot of double-IPA's, so this actually seemed to have moderate body in comparison to what I'm used to. However, it was sufficiently "there", with moderate carbonation.

D- I could drink this all day, which I think is notable in a dark beer. Had a certain refreshing quality which was reminiscent of a summer barbeque.

Overall, right tasty brew. Will definitely be looking for more of this!

Photo of Absumaster
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A pitch black beer with a thinoff-white head and very little visible carbonation.

Smell is mildly burned with coffee notes and molasses. The is a pale malty backbone, which backs up this roastiness. Then there is also a smell of dark, unsweetend chocolate.

Taste is maltbitter, but mild, with coffee, chocolate and cacoa. Hops give the beer an earthy bitter and hoppiness, which is also a bit resinous. Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. This all sounds like another porter, but the amazing balance between the burned taste and malt and hops, make this beer stand out. Also the way the burned taste develops when emptying the glass is a sign of a lot of craftmanship.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours dark brown with a tan head, nice lacing, a great looking pint.

S: Smooth milk chocolate, with English hops.

T: Chocolate malts, roasted malts quite a bit, mocha coffee, capuccino, with a bit of vanilla.

M: Smooth, creamy, great heft for a porter.

D: Excellent, I think that this is Fuller's best beer. It stands well and above the Sierra Nevada Porter I just had.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can't believe this is my first try of this classic brew. This beer pours a dark ruby brown with a lacy malt chocolate head. Aroma is heavy roasted coffee with some chocolate hints and malt hints. Taste is nice, a little thin, but nice coffee and dark cocoa with some bitterness as the backbone. This beer goes down extra smooth and makes an easy session beer.

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

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam and rings of lacing.

Caramel, chocolate and coffee to the nose.

Very rich, wonderful taste. Coffee and chocolate predominant, a most amazing porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, but doesn't feel full.

Great drinkability, this one goes on my list of favorites.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and very drinkable. The aroma and flavor are heavy on the mocha with a touch of cream. There's a decent dry bitterness, but nothing astringent or unpleasant, and long-lasting coffee aftertaste. To me the mark of a great beer is in the aftertaste, and while this isn't the most complex porter, it's a fantastic porter. A beer worth sitting down and analyzing, or just enjoying. Quite yummy, give it a try.

Photo of botham
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. pours black with deep ruby highlights, and a very dense coffee colored head that remains throughout consumption.

smells malty, with notes of chocolate and toffee, and a base of a maple syrupy aroma. very sweet and rich in the nose.

taste is sweet and maple syrupy at first, then fades into a robust and smooth roasty quality. finishes with a light hoppy bitterness. very well crafted brew. the breadth of flavors here is wonderful. the slogan on the bottle says it all: "Rich & Dark." the porter side of the taste does not show itself until after swishing it a bit.

aftertaste is as good as a porter can get. light hoppyness, creating a semi-dry feel, with a touch of the roastiness from the malts lingering.

mouthfeel is syrupy and thick. the brew goes down very smooth, it is just very rich in body and taste.

drinkability is not as good due to the richness, but the low alcohol level makes it a decently drinkable brew (and a tasty one at that).

overall, this brew is masterfully crafted to provide a wide breadth of flavors and aromas to satisfy picky drinkers of any taste (myself included). extremely well done Fuller's, cheers!

Photo of BarryNL
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep brown, bright with ruby hints.

S: Roasted coffee and caramel.

T: A very nice combination of malty flavours - dominated by the chocolate and brown malts. A slight touch of burnt flavours which are mild enough to enhance the taste.

M: Probably the weak point, a bit dominated by carbonation - but this is a porter rather than a stout so perhaps the slightly lighter body is appropriate.

D: Mmm, mine's another one of these, please. At 5.2% maybe a little strong to drink all night, but the taste is certainly unlikely to get boring.

All in all, a definite winner - more flavour than Guinness despite the lack of any roast barley.

Photo of Reed415
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark red brown color with a thick tan head

S - Roasty coffee, Nutty, Crisp, semi bitter

T - Roasted nuts, coffee, pretty malty, not too much hops present, no alcohol warmth on this

M - Light - Medium body, wish it had some thickness to it, moderate carbonation

D - Pretty good, goes done smooth because of its light body

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

Finally got around to reviewing my second favourite porter. Got single bottle at NSLC.

Appearance: Poured a deep clear dark brown, very close to black. Big tan cap with lots of lace and great retention.

Aroma: Roasted coffee, blackstrap molasses, cocoa beans, rich earthy tones and bread.

Taste: Chocolatey sweetness and a lingering mocha bitterness dominate this one. A bit of wood and a bready bite and a sour Guinness like flavour in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft, not very carbonated, slick as oil.

Final Statement: A very fine porter. Try it.

Photo of SaltyLime
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would like to give positive recommendations on this one right out front. Wonderful beer.

Appearance - Dark brown with amber edges, tan thick foamy head.

Smell - fresh ground coffee beans, hint of sweet lactose

Taste - definite coffee, soft to the palate, slight chocolate finish

Mouthfeel - light to medium body, comfy carbonation, extremely smooth

Drinkability - Good. Coffee lover's enjoy!

Photo of rkuhnel
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. How did I miss this one? From a small deli in the middle of Union Square in San Francisco this poured very dark, almost black. Big fat tan head, and good chunks of lacing. Nose of chocolate coffee and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Flavors again of chocolate and coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Very nice slightly bitter finish. A simply outstanding porter.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Extremely dark, large head, lots of flecks of lacing.

S - Strong toffee and coffee - nothing else.

T - Toffee, coffee, a bit of woodsy hops. Aftertaste is a coffee bitterness.

M - Smooth, thin, very refreshing.

D - Not too bad. I wouldn't mind having this one again.

Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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 BrewSomerville
3.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is mostly chocolate (dark & sweet chocolate) with some coffee.

Appears to be black at first observation, but when you look closer or hold it up to a light you can see the deep ruby red highlights. Fair sized beige head, with a little better than average retention.

Tastes great. Chocolate, coffee. Reminiscent of a cafe mocha. Bittering hops are there to keep things under control, but only present themselves at the finish.

Mouthfeel was good too. It was full-bodied, chewy. Not too crisp, it was smooth, velvety, and silky.

Overall, I like it very much. Micro's aside this is my favourite porter.

Photo of brucepepper
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer from a can and was not disappointed.

A - opaque with hints of ruby.

S - coffee and that beloved tar smell.

T - Full, rich roasted flavour with hint of buttery.

M - Creamy

D - Very easy. I've never drank more than one but I'm sure I could put a few back.

Great beer. I enjoy it more each time I have it.

Photo of Duster72
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown moderate opacity. Small creamy tan head looks inviting. Aroma is mostly coffee with some roasty malts and cocoa. Taste is primarily coffee with bitersweet cocoa and roasty malts. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Relatively drinkable, not my favorite style.

Photo of MiScusi
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown but almost clear enough to see through with the proper lighting. A medium bodied head forms but dwindles very fast. Great lacing left behind.

S- smells like fresh ground roasted coffee beans

T- at first it starts roastey, coffee, smokey, and the late finish is a bit of chocolate malt. roasted coffee lingers. This really is a unique taste for a porter compared to all the american porters I've tried. The lingering roastey coffee taste is a little much for me. I wouldn't want that taste hanging around all the time or building up over the span of a couple pints.

M/D- good. Not too heavy, not too light. Carbonation is lively enough. With the taste being a bit different than other american porters I've had, I must say I prefer the american style, with a little less roastiness and a little more sweetness.

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

18.6 oz bottle

Pours a very dark brown, though I see quite a bit of light shining through when held to the light. Can't help but notice the excellent clarity too. Creamy light tan head fades to a thin cap before lingering to the bottom, and leaves some more than decent lacing.

Nice aroma. Nose is full and complex, with plenty of roasty character and plenty of chocolate and coffee notes. A hint of bitterness.

Very tasty - as good as I expected, and then some. Probably top 5 or 6 of the style I've had. A bit more bitterness than expected, but that isn't a bad thing. I detect no real sweetness, but wouldn't quite call it dry either. Smooth roastiness and a hint of alcohol - this could pass for something just a bit stronger. Plenty of coffee in the slightly drying finish along with the pleasant bitterness. Really well done.

Mouthfeel is a highpoint, and maybe I'll rethink and give this a 5. There was a bit of spritzy carbonation up front, but it soon settled to a damn fine velvety smoothness. Full but not quite mouthcoating - this never seems heavy.

Goes down very easy. Tastes bold, full, strong, yet I know I can safely have a few. Another is sitting on the counter warming a couple degrees even as I type this. Can't wait!

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before April 2008, drank May 2007.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass, it is dark, very dark mahogany, and a hint of red, with a fast shrinking coffee coloured head. I like the head to stay on my beers, this turned very quickly into no more than a wisp and collar around the glass.

Aroma of rich coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and some plum pudding.

The taste is very similar to the smell, lots of chocolate, coffee and caramel flavours in there.

Dry and a little watery for such a dark looking beer, strangely the chocolate, coffee and caramel tones do not stay for long in the mouth. It does however sweeten up as the flavours die.

Too overpowering in the coffee stakes for me, the chocolate and caramel I can handle OK, but just a little too much decaff.

Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-3-07
Best before 11-6-07

Pours a deep blood-red, with a smallish tan head and ring lacing.

Smell is smooth English malt, very sweet.

Taste is much like the smell, roasty with a little bit of dark fruit. Finishes with a little smokiness, a little hop bitterness and coffee.

Mouthfeel is great, thick and creamy with. A little too much carbonation, though.

Drinkability is very good, super smooth and well balanced.

Photo of drinkininthewood
2.56/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

served from a 500ml tall can into a pint glass.

A- Very dark and slightly red in color. I was disappointed to see such a small head but on the other hand it laces quite nicely.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans/malts, hints of fruit.

T- rich dark chocolate, lots of coffee flavor, fairly bitter, slightly nutty character, lots of roasted malts.

M- medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D- one was enough. Sessionable? i think not.

Overall im not a big coffee drinker, but someone who enjoys coffee will enjoy this brew. I really wasn't diggin this brew. Actually it was one of the more bland porters ive had. : P

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,306 ratings.