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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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2,052 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 150
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of DPMomutant


4/5  rDev -4.8%

The body pours cola-like black, possibly a bit darker. The head is small and fizzy and ends up at nothing quick.

The smell is subtle with hints of coffee, cocoa, and nuts. Not quite as robust as I was expecting.

The taste, however, has a bit more power. The coffee really comes out, a nice dark black coffee. There is a cocoa hint but way more coffee. Still a good taste.

There is a nice balanced carbonation in this beer considering the total lack of head in the pour. Feels pretty smooth going down, really very good.

I find this very drinkable and could easily have a few of these, although I hope future ones will have a bit more head to look better.

05-18-2004 04:04:27 | More by DPMomutant
Photo of TastyTaste


4.9/5  rDev +16.7%

Wow. One good beer.
Dark mahogany color, almost non-translucent. Tan head that fades into a solid layer on the top of the beer. Raisins, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, a lot going on in the nose. Taste is wonderfully rich. Chocolate and coffee tones dominate. Hop sare not an afterthought in this beer, however. Thick mouthfeel. Excellent beer, and a very good random selection at the liquor store.

05-15-2004 00:48:43 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of Ilacquin


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a slight tan head. Head fades quickly with very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is definitely of coffee and a hint of chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavor is awesome, and nearly overpowering. Big punch of coffee, just a little taste of malt and chocolate, and almost no bitterness. Tends to linger on the palate for a while.

Damn fine beer, but the heavy coffee flavor would prevent enjoying more than one or two. Would go great with any chocolate or coffee dessert.

05-08-2004 02:00:26 | More by Ilacquin
Photo of Salpta

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%

A ruby black up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing from the 1/2" tan head on the glass though it faded quickly. The smell is caramelly sweet, with almost no hoppyness. My first impressions are of roasted nuts, kind of a roasted peanut flavor. Only bitterness i can tell is during the long lingering aftertaste. No really this one has a very LONG lasting aftertaste, which the roasty flavor is predominate. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this porter delicious as an after-dinner or dessert beer.

05-06-2004 02:28:35 | More by Salpta
Photo of ppoitras


4.55/5  rDev +8.3%

Enjoyed at British Beer Company, Hyannis location.

Presentation is an imperial pint glass, with an excellent 3/4" super-dense nitro head over the medium brown brew. Laced excellently with foam coated the glass sides from top to bottom at the end of the drinking experience. Aroma is medium and dark malts, even apparent through the nitro head. Taste was of the malt, then softened with an almost perfect complementary amount of hops. This brew impressed me by being able to blast its flavor through the normally deadening nitro presentation. This ability combined with the nitro-smoothing effect made the mouthfeel and drinkability tops in my book.

05-02-2004 23:28:03 | More by ppoitras
Photo of goindownsouth


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Wow, wow, and wow. This porter is an amazing brew. A fantastic elixir out of the bottle, this brew had fabulous notes of coffee and chocolate, not to mention roasted malt in the background. The flavour was smooth, with little after taste, although the great flavor lingered, if that makes any sense. Again, great roasted maltiness and chocolate in the flavour. A great brew, truth be told.

Zum wohl!

05-01-2004 03:41:41 | More by goindownsouth
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

This is the gold standard of Porters, the one by which all others should be judged. Its ruby black with a big tan head. Roasty malt, earthy, chocolatey, coffeeish, delicately hoppy, aromas. The taste is very smooth and rich but not overly rich. There is good malt sweetness in the front with a complex array of other flavors (coffee, chocolate, licorice) in the end there is subtle hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the watery side of creamy (whatever that means) and is very excellent. strongly reccommended.

04-29-2004 17:13:19 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of pezoids


4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

This one poured a deep and dark reddish brown. At first the beer seems opaque, but when held up to the light, the beer reveals its clarity. Thin creamy head topped the beer off. The aroma is dark and rich with roasted coffee and sweet toffee notes and dark fruits. The taste yields sweet chewy caramel and syrupy molasses. Sort of reminds me of cough syrup. There’s some bittersweet chocolates in there, too. Strong bodied that finishes with a dark and chocolate bitterness and a pleasant sweetness. A fine porter that has a lot to offer.

04-26-2004 17:52:13 | More by pezoids
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +6%

I had the immense please of celebrating St. George's day at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philly. A very rare appearance of Fuller's on-tap. This beer is quite impressive. Off of the bottle, the coffee flavors are more powerful. On-tap, less so. But I'm rounding up. However, the flavor profile was still pretty good and in a weird way made it more drinkable. Looks great too. It was dark and a creamy head. This is an incredibly good beer from a world-class brewery.

04-24-2004 15:31:32 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Dark brown body, almost no head, what is there is tan and leaves fast. You really have got to let this warm to appreciate the flavors. The nose is very chocolatey with vanilla and dark fruits. Palate is slightly grapey vinous with lots of plums, chocolate and a nice restrained roasty bitter finish. Hints of coffee and licorice in the finish. Smooth medium mouthfeel with friendly cleaning carbonation. Complex malt flavors as it warms and remarkably balanced.

04-19-2004 19:26:45 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of dippy


3.88/5  rDev -7.6%

A good porter.

A nice dark dark brown beer. Tan thick head.

Smells of a dark roast, slightly sweet maybe bitter chocolate.

Tastes like burnt coffee, not that that is bad, I've just never had a coffe with a roast this deep. Not a as sweet in taste but the malt is evident.

Light to medium body, watery, not badly just not perfect. Light to no carbonation.

One of my favorite porters, and I don't really love them.

04-19-2004 17:22:44 | More by dippy
Photo of twilight


4.3/5  rDev +2.4%

It looks almost black, but up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing on the glass and though the head is gone, a pretty soap bubble ring lines the edges of the glass. The smell is caramelly, and even though I've not had much experiences with porters, I really can't resist the smell of caramel in a brew. My first impressions are of coffee, that roasty quality, but with the bitter acid astringency most found in java. I'm not dissing it, though. I can't drink coffee because it upset my stomach, so this is definitely a wonderful welcome. I do want to try other porters, so I'll come back to this style.

The beer is so good, it's like drinking a good strong version of coffee. Not for the faint of heart in terms of the roast, but something that would definitely go down easily. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this a quick quaffer. Beautiful.

04-19-2004 02:39:40 | More by twilight
Photo of Trentonator


3.98/5  rDev -5.2%

This beer pours nicely, and smells wonderful. The head is a bit disappointing, it starts strong, but dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing. Taste is chocolatey, coffee-like, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. This Porter is very smooth and drinkable, and is not at all bitter or heavy. It's like a cup of really really smooth cappucino. I really liked this beer.

04-03-2004 00:56:05 | More by Trentonator
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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 1pt 2.6oz bottle, this beer was a dark brown with ruby hues. Held to the light it was a glorious garnet liquid with a milk chocolate brown head. The retention was fair, although it left little lace on my pint glass. Its aroma was of chocolate and little else, but out was strong and inviting. The chocolate flavors were much more subdued than I had expected from the aroma. There is little hopping, but some burnt malts provide a balance to the sweetness. It's a decidedly British beer, light in the mouth and a little creamy. It would make a fine session brew.

04-03-2004 00:18:52 | More by AllThingsNinja
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%

Ah, it's always a pleasure for me to do business with Fuller's. This London Porter pours out nearly black in hue, a deep mahogany when held up to the light. Creamy off-white head that soon fades to a thin mottled cap upon the ale. Earthy aroma at first, faint coffee and chocolate, and a dry woody smokiness. Earthy coffee flavour, tapering off to a smoky aftertaste, like pipe tobacco. Full but very dry mouthfeel, with a lingering roasted husk aftertaste. I'm not a smoker myself, but I could see this accompanying a pipe quite nicely, or any very smoked meat dishes. A very nice change from some of the very cloyingly sweet porters that I have sampled in the past. I must salute northyorksammy for enabling me to finally sample this after itching for it for so long.

04-02-2004 01:07:46 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of 99bottles


4.03/5  rDev -4%

This beer pours rather thin. It has a mostly brown, somewhat tinted red color and a wimpy little tan head that vanishes like a magic trick.
It smells good enough. It has a strange nose. Roasted malt like a stout sticks out first with some small hop bitterness. Smoke and damp leaves, like earth (dirt) in the long afterbreath. Nice.
Taste is nutty and full. Smell follows through in taste, with more chocolate and especially nut flavor. Still very damp and musky. It's nice. It's what I imagine an old English beer ought to taste like.
Mouthfeel is thin. I guess that's not exactly bad. I could drink a bunch of these, and think I had just taken some coffee and crumpets. Boy, as you move on through the beer, the coffee really shows itself. I'm not sure that's a good thing.
All in all, this is a really good porter and one of the originals that our pals in UK have drank for centuries. It's good enough to have as many as you can grab.

03-30-2004 02:39:40 | More by 99bottles
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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%

The beer is a little light for a porter. It is a deep, transparent red, not black or brown. The nose is quite nice though. Big roasted, nutty goodness floating out of the glass. The flavor is nicely balanced between smooth, malty goodness and rough, roasted sharpness. Hops are detectable, but in balance. The finish is a little strange, quite dry. Mouthfeel is wanting, not as creamy as I'd like. Overall, a quite drinkable beer.

03-25-2004 01:13:31 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

A deep brown/mohagany pour with a nice tan head. Clear and very settled. The nose is nicely highlighted with soft chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is nicely malty with dry, unsweetened chocolate notes and a mild coffee-ish flavour. Very nice staying power. The semi-bitter finish lingers nicely. A very smooth mouthfeel with a dry, coffee-bean-bitter finish. A great example of the style.

03-23-2004 16:12:57 | More by Popsinc
Photo of ChrisBowers


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%

Served from the bottle into a 20oz nonic pint glass. Pours with virtually no head. Smell is rich with hints of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Taste is much of the same, with a smooth, not too sweet finish. Its not as heavy/filling as I expected. Quite a satisfying beer, and I usually do not even like Porters. What this one has going for it is the fact that it does not go overboard on the sweetness, instead keeping everything in balance. I do wish it had a bit more carbonation, however.

03-22-2004 01:32:11 | More by ChrisBowers
Photo of Gump


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Fuller's London Porter
Rich & Dark is what the label says. I'd say that best describes the appearance, which is also clean and fresh. Head settles within a couple minutes.

Calm mellow taste, makes for a smooth drink. Light on the tongue, not very filling. Incredible aroma.
Well crafted, and very fresh beer.

03-13-2004 03:22:57 | More by Gump
Photo of jahred


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Tried this at the Feb. Goose Island "Beer Academy."

Pours a dark, dark brown color (not quite, but almost black) with a thinnish head. The very strong scent reminds me of coffee and chocolate.

The taste? Is this liquid toffee? Or beer? Or some chocolate concoction? I can't tell! All three of those fantastic flavors blend nicely together and lead into a light hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is super thick, syrupy and and rich. Just delicious.

02-27-2004 15:42:59 | More by jahred
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Bottle - Poured a deep black brew with a nice head but lack some retention. Carbonation is average with a medium body (I was expecting a richer and ''fuller'' body). Aroma of chocolate is very subtle. Taste is a mix of roastiness, chocolate, and coffee with just enough bitterness at the end. Overall, this is a good beer but I still believe it might be a bit overrated.

02-23-2004 17:04:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -4%

Wow, what a nice brew. Have had it before but it was a long time ago, before I actually learned to love Porters and Stouts.

This brew poured to a very dark brown color, almost black with a nice large medium brown head that dissipated very slowly and left thick lacing through out the brew.

The aromas where heavy on the sweet side, with a strong hint of chocolate and lesser hints of coffee, smoky essence and alcohol. With the scents from this brew I am quite surprised by the 5.4% ABV, I thought it would be a tad higher!

The taste is excellent! You can loose yourself in the flavors of rich chocolate, roasted coffee and malt along with the nice carbonation. Also notice some smoky flavors going on that just add to the overall experience. The brew seems to finish dry?

Over all a very good brew, must say that I am very impressed. Think that this is a brew that fantastic during the cooler and colder days of fall and winter. Seems to have the ability to warm ya right up. A brew that I will definitely have again, would like to try it on tap next!

02-21-2004 04:37:37 | More by Stimack
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%

Dark pour, almost black, with a fizzy tan head that won't hang around. Some moderate lace from the film that's left.

Big solid nose full of chocolate, coffee, molasses and alcohol. Smells like some serious drinkin'.

Solid malt and coffee flavors with a roasted character. Powdery dry chocolate cocoa finish.

02-19-2004 17:04:39 | More by TerryW
Photo of mschofield


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a two finger khaki head. Leaves sticky rings of lace behind.
Robustly flavored, roasted malt, coffee and anise. Caramel note with some woodyness. Chocolate appears in the back and with the feel I get a chocolate ice cream like impression. Restrained bitterness/acidity from the black patent.
Full feel, this is a drink all the time stranded on a desert island with one beer beer.

02-18-2004 22:48:57 | More by mschofield
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,052 ratings.