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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,286 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,286
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 179
Gots: 190 | 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 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

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

A: Poured into a Rogue pint glass. Nearly black body, completely opaque with ruby hues around the edges. 2 finger coffee-colored head, dense and sticky.

S: Smells just like chocolate milk tastes. Caramel, coffee, toast.

T: Roasted malt flavor floods over the tongue, followed by a faint hop prod. Notes of burnt toast, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, cocoa powder, smoke.

M: Surprising amount of carbonation, maybe too much for the style, makes quaffing a bit rocky. The dark richness is very enjoyable though.

D: At 5.4% abv, this is supremely drinkable.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, almost black, brown color with some ruby hues. A pretty nice head after a hard pour. On my first bottle, I poured a pretty standard pour and got a very small head. Aroma is of sweet caramel, burnt sugar, mixed nuts, and as weird as it may sound, pretzels, also a bit of ash.

This beer has a pretty nutty flavor, along with some notes of charcoal, chocolate, roasted malt, and cold coffee. Not much in the form of a hop pressence, but it works. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is great. A very good porter.

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

Glugs out of the bottle a deep, translucent mahogany with a small, soapy looking head. Balanced, malty aroma: toasted caramel, cream, sugar, and some rich tobacco. Wonderful smelling stuff, if a little on the mild side. Smooth, balanced flavor, dry and roasted, even semi-charcoalesque. Hints of nuts, coffee, and vanilla beans. Flavorful, though it thins out a little towards the end. Easily drinkable.

This is a quality traditional porter, certainly good enough to have a bottle once in a while, though it doesn't blow me away enough to spend $10 on a sixer.

Best Before: 14/JUL/07

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

11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into Nonic pint glass. Best before 14/Oct/07 date printed on rear label.

Appearance: dark cola-colored brown body with soft beige colored 1" head after vigorous pour. Head recedes slowly to leave sticky layered lacing around outside of glass. Carbonation bubbles march up the sides of my glass.

Smell: you don't have to work hard to notice dark, rich chocolate
and hints of coffee with a nuttiness in the background. Sweet pitted fruits like prunes or plums.

Taste: dark coffee with it's bitter qualities and semi-sweet chocolate, along with sweet roasted grains. In the background, I taste raisins and the noticeable mineral taste of England's water.

Mouthfeel: dry up front and has slightly bitter astringency. Carbonation is soft and pleasing. A bit buttery slickness on the tongue with a medium body.

Drinkability: easy drinking mild taste and alcohol make for a desirable session beer. Real nice porter.

Photo of beeragent
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Of all the beers I have ever had, this is my favorite! Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep brown, forming a very thin head, leaving light lacing. The aroma is strong mocha coffee. The taste is just wonderful! Thick roasted malts, light chocolate, heavy smooth coffee, with a hint of toffee. Nice medium mouthfeel. Overall, this is an easy smooth porter. I can drink this all night. If you havent tried this, you dont know what your missing. Definitely my favorite beer of all time!

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the most impressive appearance, with very little head and not a lot of carbonation. Nice dark brown color with a tinge of red deep beneath.

Malty, caramel, toffee and roasted malts in the aroma. A slight hint of coffee near the end. Very good.

Taste is smooth with some malt sweetness that's not overpowering, followed by fruity yeastiness, toffee and roasted malts. Somewhat buttery as mentioned in other reviews. Balanced and fairly complex. Not much in the way of hops.

Fairly light bodied and quite drinkable. I could have used a bit more carbonation, but it was fine and appropriate as is.

Photo of billybob
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours almost black with some ruby highlights and a one inch tan head that fades quickly to just covering the beer but with sheets of lacing to the finish. smell, roasted coffee, dark caramel, brown sugar or burnt sugar. taste roasted coffee and chocolate with a slightly smoke flavor. mouthfeel is very smooth and carbonation is ok. would buy it again, very tasty enjoyable beer.

Photo of Tim2000
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL brown bottle, best before December 2007.

Dark brow brew with a tightly knit tan head.

Great aroma. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes as well a hint of burnt toast and molasses.

Flavour is dominated by black coffee and chicory. Some sweetness comes through as well, caramel and molasses with hints of raisins and dried fruit. Hops are subtle but add balance to the beer. Alcohol warms the throat slightly. Body is silky with low carbonation.

Absolutely delicious.

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

Appearance: Pours dark almost black with ruby hues when back-lit. Small tight fizzy head fade fast to a tan color around the glass. Notable lacing.

Smell: Initial burst of dark roasty malts impresses me. then the aroma fades a bit and a light hint of butteryness comes out of the center. Some dark roast coffee, molasses, syrup and also some creamy milky butterscotch caramel, and a deep earthy toffee attribute.

Taste: Roasty. I admit I have a soft-spot for roasty porters. The chocolate and coffee and the caramel and the smokiness, just make me want to lap it up like a friggin dog. There is a earthy hop nip and a dry finish. Simple. I love it!

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth but a bit light in the mouth. All things considered it work that way.

Drinkability: This is a beer that I could drink all day every day and never think twice about. It is exactly what I want in a session beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of david131
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very clear dark brown/ amber liquid. A nice off white head forms and settles to a sparse thin covering.

S- Some chocolate and a little coffee. A little bit of "buttery" aroma as well.

T- Tootsie Roll like chocolate flavor and some coffee backing. Again with the butter. A good roasty aftertaste. Slightly bitter. No noticeable alcohol.

M- Even with the good amount of carbonation that helps this beer float around in your mouth, it still feels smooth.

D- Pretty enjoyable, a good departure from your average American porter.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big & heavy bottle to i pint glass the liquid is dark with low carbonation. An agresive pour does not yield much head, The 1 finger head fades fast to a tan ring but leaves good lace.

The smell is fruity at first sniff but turns quite coffee and some dark chocolate, more so as it warms.

The taste follows. Pungent dark fruit at first, but the real deal as it warms, an explosion of coffee and great dark chocolate notes all around, Excellent

The mouthfeel is good. not great but very good. The body is better then medium, fuller then most porters. However the carbonation on this on seems low.

The drinkability is very good. At first I thought, OK a good porter but I won't be hunting it down, but that later tastes after it warms are just great and yes I will be buying more. Prosit MK

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

Pours a rich, deep brown color....like coffee from a french press. Head is tan in color, nearly 2 fingers, and fades to a nice cream cap that lasts for the duration. Aroma is a mixture of roasted malts, coffee, and fruity apple-like notes as well. Taste begins with the coffee up front, but quickly gives way to hints of dark chocolate, and toasty caramel, with an ever-so-slight hop note....also a touch of fruitiness in there too, which seems to be a signature of English styles. This brew is easy on the palate with it's medium body, and finishes with a lingering chocolate-coffee effect. I could enjoy this one as a desert, or in the pub all damn day. Good beer, worth a try for sure!

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

Pours into my nonic a ruby tinted brown with a thick tan head.

Aroma is somewhat Baltic like in that it has a heck of a lot of prune in it. Otherwise one finds a mountain of roasty/toasty malt and a touch of coffee.

Tastes strong and firm of roasty malt and chocolate with a surprising amount of boozy fruit flavor. Very odd considering the ABV. Minute amounts of charcoal and some hop bitterness add to the character. Buttery and smooth. Well rounded and balanced.

Straight forward, plain and simple…and just great. I could drink it all day long.

Photo of andebrice
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black color, white creme colored, small head that dissipates quickly. Lacing does stick around the glass though. Smells really sweet, fruity, and malty. Taste great. Dark chocolate start, bitter coffee finish, A lingering coffee with a slightly hoppy aftertaste that makes the mouth tingle. Just the right amount of carbonation to make the bitter finish stick around for a while, but doesn't allow it to overstay its welcome, inviting the drinker in for another taste. Overall a very rich complex brew that is worth drinking.

Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown-black color with moderate tannish head. Little retention or lacing.
Smell is intricate, blending roasted grains, coffee, chocolate and some dark fruits.
Taste follows through on the smell with a strong roasted taste and lots of fruit (plums, raisins). A nice dryness compliments the sweetness nicely.
Finishes strong in the mouth with perfect taste retention.
Superiorly drinkable. Great session beer.

Photo of phisig137
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium black color, with burgundy highlights, letting a bit of light through around the edges. Creamy three finger head has great retention, and slowly falls, leaving behind a creamy blanket on top of the glass, and tremendous intricate lacing. Looks beautiful in my Chouffe tulip.

Aroma is a bit unexpected. nice toasted grain aromas, with hints of fresh biscuits, and crystal malts. The huge presence though is chocolate covered raisins. Smells great.

Flavor is almost dominated by fig and raisin flavors, backed by toasted grains and fresh bread. Slightly sweet up front with malt caramel flavors, but a dry finish of lightly roasted grains. Quite complex, and very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and relatively highly carbonated. Drinkability is good.

I'm really blown away by this one. Typically, I find most "everyday" British beers to be a bit ho-hum.... This one is fantastic. Some British beers stand out, like J.W. Lee's Harvest, Fuller's Vintage, etc.... this one stand in the same category as far as quality. I could drink this all night long during the fall/winter. Highly recommended for any porter lover, and well worth seeking out.

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

This just so happens to be one of my favorite beers of all time...

Let's just start with the looks of the bottle itself. This bad boy is a 16.9oz James Bond villain with a beer cap. Pours into a pint glass with a down to business black coffee color, a dark tan, fairly lingering head followed. This beer had fantastic smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light traces of toffee. The taste...oh what a taste it is....again, dark chocolate, with a heavy backing of rich black coffee that gave a subtle bitterness to the beer, following the English Porter style wonderfully. The mouth feel was substantial, but light enough for multiple pints of this beer to be enjoyed in one sitting. I could, and have, consumed this beer on a very regular basis. Pairs phenomenally with raw oysters on the half shell, along with a hearty shepard's pie...Enjoy

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple of bottles of LP recently; bottle reviewed on 31.01.07 was a BB of 01/12/07.

Appearence was fairly lifeless very dark brown brew with ruby tinge in the light. Precious little tan head that disappeared quickly.
Smell was decent; slight bitter coffee grounds.
Tasted better; slightly bitter roast malt with dark chocolate evident.
Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly syrupy.
Overall, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. I was expecting so much more, given the reputation the brew enjoys. A good solid stout.

Photo of scorched
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a deep, dark brown. Very little head, but that may have been because I poured the beer very slowly at an extreme angle.

I may be getting a cold, but I really can't smell it all that well. Once again, probably due to the way that I poured it. Very little head, so very little initial aroma. HOWEVER; what aroma existed was amazing. Hints of chocolate and malt.

The taste was extraordinarily smooth with a nice hop balance. Not too bitter, not too malty. Smooth as hell. A hint of a smoky and charcoal taste. Definitely black patent malt. Tastes like I've smokes a fine cigar.

Mouthfeel, once again, smooth. It swims around on the palate and invigorates the taste buds. Smooth as a cuba... errr... Nicaraguan Cigar...

Drinkability: Very drinkable and very tasty. If you've never had a porter, try this one.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is smooth, dark, rich, and oh sooo good!! The head wasn't big after some time after the pour, but the lacing was there. The smell is rich in coffee, but without bitterness. The taste is unbelievable, even better than the smell. The mouthfeel is very smooth, I love it. Overall, I really hope to get more of this fine brew. It's awsome!!

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,286 ratings.