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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,146 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,146
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 162
Gots: 127 | 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 funkengruven
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful taste experience. It pours a perfectly dark black chocolately coffee appearance that exceeds even Guinness. Smell is that of roasted coffee, exceptional. Taste is pretty good, bitter, with pronounced hints of mocha. It has a very thick consistency, somewhat heavy but still really good. Overall this is pretty drinkable, very nice change from ordinary beer that is for sure.

funkengruven, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Best before date 04/11/05.

Opaque black with just a hint of brown at the edges where a little light can slice through. Tan 1/2 inch head is dense but does recede to a thin cap. Sporadic lacing throughout the glass.

Aroma is very inviting. Just catching the faintest hints as I carried this from my kitchen to my computer had my mouth watering. Mostly sweet with tones of caramel and chocolate accented by hints of coffee and a burnt smell.

A light fizzyness plays across the tongue while a complementary burnt sensation hangs around in the background. Once the carbonation fades away there is dark roasted coffee, unsweetened dark chocolate and burnt biscuit. The burnt biscuit hangs around in the aftertaste for a good long while. The mild burnt/charcoal flavour balances nicely with the subtle bitterness.

Medium bodied and fairly creamy and smooth with a bit of a harsh bite from the burnt biscuit at the end. As the glass disappears, the fizzyness gradually fades.

A very well balanced treat, this porter plays it's varying flavours off one another beautifully. Fuller's London Porter is a fine example of a beer that is full of flavour, but doesn't go overboard or "extreme" with any particular aspect. Highly recommended.

Noxious26, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

presentation: tall, thin 12oz. bottle with an oval black label with gold, red and white graphics. the fullers griffin logo dons the top of the label. "brewed in london's oldest brewery" on bottle of label. explanation of fuller's porter is on the back label along with an abv of 5.4%. best before date is: june 24, '05. today is sept. 20, '05.

appearance: deep dark brown and almost black with a dense thick light tan head in a stein mug. head is pillowy and 2 inches thick. retention and lacing is very good. not quite opaque as being held up to the light exposes extremely dark red highlights. quite pretty for a dark beer.

smell: malty nose with a touch of alcohol. sweet caramel with light chocolate and coffee notes. campfire aroma as well.

taste: very malty with sweet chocolate and coffee flavors. lightly hop bitter mostly in the finish. there is a lightly smokey flavor to accompany the campfire aroma listed above. mild amalgamation of flavors. as the brew warms, there is a sweet almost buttery tongue tingle mixed in with the lightly bitter finish.

mouthfeel: light-medium body, but very smooth. carbonation is nice and a little abrasive at first, but not over the top. swallow is very smooth. i like my porters a little heavier, but this is quite nice for the english style.

drinkability: oh yeah, this is one drinkable porter. i need another before i'm finished with the review. could definitely be a session porter. alcohol is non-existant. bottom's up.

overall: very nice english porter. daddy likey. plenty of flavor to reward the palate, but not overwhelming. highly recommended.

Px2GrafX, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of wl0307
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB date 17/04/06.
A: in a goblet it pours a very very dark brown, next to black, colour, coming with a beige head disappearing slowly. Nice flow of bubbles in the glass is detectable.
S: deeply dark-chocolatey note mixed well with a juicy dark malty flavour overwhelms the nose; lots of rawness of crushed dark malts like calcium-pills at present too, along with dried dark-fruits (raisins and longan-fruit) and a tinge of tobaco sustaining well in the background--overall very dark-malty as well as fruity.
T: a flow of chocolatey flavour of chocolate and crystal malts (?) pours in my mouth, accompanied by a rounded but mild flavour of coffee beans, tiny bit of tart dark fruits, lightly diacetyl flavour, and a touch of divine intervention of smokiness... against such rich flavour of dark malts, quite mild hoppyness cuts its way through. Overall a very complex and balanced taste, not having the chocolatey theme overpowering everything else. The aftertaste is smoothly bitter, turning dryish and lingerings well down the throat.
M: very refreshing on the tongue as provided by mildly fizzy body, while rounded mouthfeel of malts is balanced quite well with a nice tinge of fruitiness, resulting in an overall smooth palate, not overly sweet and overly rich.
D: What more can I say about this beer... simply gorgeous~~ with such a glass of full-flavoured porter retaining a refreshing body and dryish aftertaste, it doesn't take a great Porter fan to fully appreciate its fullness and complexity--look what's happened to me!

wl0307, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of meathookjones
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost black with color with a tall light tan head of foam. Some scattered lace was left as the head held together nicely. Chocolate malt with a big roastiness and smokiness taking over. A good bit of sweetness underneath all that roast as well. Sweet caramel and lightly bitter dark chocolate flavors up front. After that the huge roasted flavors take over with a light smokiness as well. Finishes out on a lingering roasty and dark chocolate note. Pretty slick and creamy feel to it but could use a bit more body. Easily drinkable and sessionable. Lots of flavor packed in here and it stays interesting.

meathookjones, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown beer with an OK tan head.

Smell is good scotch. Smoke, chocolate and coffee are the strongest scents. Sweetness, musk, and a mild floral scent are backup odors. Faint scent of alcohol permeates the whole thing.

Taste is smoke at first. Chocolate and coffee flavors come next. Herbal hop flavors appear next. Strong roasted flavor never leaves. Fruity flavors are in here but the hop flavor hides it a bit.

Mouthfeel is good even thick.

Nice drinkable porter here. I do believe the Samuel Smith's version is better though.

Zorro, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a very dark, but clear, brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel and mocha

Taste: Rich and perky roasted, chocolate and caramel flavors spread across the tongue and, as time passes, the mocha flavors assert themselves ever more aggressively; in the middle, the hops are also discernable and add a nice balancing effect to the sweeter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation; rather creamy

Drinkability: One fine porter that really blossoms as the beer warms

brentk56, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of Troyone
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rather darkish brown/amber, maybe an off black, color with an amber hue and clear. The beige almost tan head is minimal but long lasting and has some carb action.

The smell is a rich milk chocolate and molasses malt with some hints of a citrus hop aroma.

Lightly sweet and acidic, and lightly/moderately bitter molasses malt with dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Has some grapefruit and resin hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry almost syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a metallic and astringent finish.

Not enough alcohol for a night capper and the metallic and astringent finish does not work for me.

Troyone, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of Bonhoeffer
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exxxxcellent. Interesting that in low light, this thing's opaque, but when you hold it up to a light, it's a deep ruby red. Many a stout maintains its opacity even in bright light... i guess thus this is a porter.

Chocolate. Toffee. Coffee. Roasted flavors. An aftertaste of tobacco, but not stale; good. Complex. Magnificent.

A fitting brew to celebrate my 27th birthday last night. Hope it'll make its way into AL once we reform the container laws...

Cheers.

Bonhoeffer, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a milestone of a beer. Much like a strong stout without the roasted grain bitterness, but with sweet dark fruits. Pours black with a soft tan head (like whipped cream for the beer lover). Smells solidly of dark grains, chocolate, and coffee. A mild tartness comes through, much like raspberries. Tastes sweetly of chocolate, dark grain, toast, coffee, and a little cream like. Add in slight raspberry and plumb flavors. A mild sourness runs through, maybe lactic acid; albeit light. Body is silky smooth, yet bold. Finishes sweet and lingering. A must-drink for porter lovers.

BEERchitect, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess this may be the first time I've had Fuller's Porter in the past year, although it is relatively available in the area. Paid $3.50 for a bottle tonight, which is about the same price you can find at the grocery store for a single. Deep brown with nice chocolate, caramel, and coffee smell and tatse. I've tasted better porter's but few compare in their drinkability. Nice lacing and not too heavy.

Backer2004, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the Sunset.

This porter poured a black color with brown near the edges. The foam was creamy and light brown, and it settled but coated the glass and left lace. The smell was malty, with notes of roated malt and light chocolate malt. The taste was malty with very light roastiness and light chocolate with a hint of licorice and a very light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium-full body and low carbonation feel. The finish and aftertaste were dry and malty. This was a very nice pint and was very drinkable.

UncleJimbo, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 0.9 fl.oz.
Alc. 5.4% Vol.
BEST BEFORE 14/JAN/06

Beautiful traditional bottle design

Appearance – black-cored/purple-edged body; 3-finger thick, frothy tan head to open with reasonable life throughout; moderate spackle of lace

Smell – out of the gates at cap pop, there was an intense burst at the nose; there’s no holding back; roasted malt; coffee; some chocolate

Taste – dark fruit; light smoke; bitter chocolate; bit of a hoppy zip in the close but from front to back, malts run the show and they are kings of management; one heck of a back half even with the narrowing feel

Mouthfeel – moderate (almost buttery smooth) and slightly descending throughout; light carbonation is porter perfect; a bit dry to close

Drinkability – the sliding feel makes a return easy; taste and its passage into the aftertaste are 'so choice' in the words of Ferris

On this beer’s birth certificate the name reads Elegance E. Porter. Incredible. The entire package is complimentary. Home run.

Wonka, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of cracgor
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown...almost black. A creamy rocky tan head.

Smell: First impression is sweet, roasted malt. Fruity, a mellon like smell. Also a little sour smelling, but in an appealing way. As much retention and sticking as I would expect

Taste: Not overly roasted malt. Not something i'd describe as chocolate or coffee, just a delicious burnt flavor that sticks with me.It also seems to be a little weaker than I prefer in overall taste. It also has a bit of a sweet flavor that is just bitter enough from the hops. And a bit of a nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body. a little sour. just a good feel.

Drinkability: A good beer to just sit around and drink. Interesting, just a little out of balance in my taste.

cracgor, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of far333
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Although porters are among my favorite styles, I've never tried this grandaddy of them all. So how do I know I really like the style until I've sampled the standard against which all others are measured?

Pours dark and frothy, but not thick and not dark as night. It's a chestnut colored liquid with ruddy highlights around the edges of the glass. A dark beige grainy and evenly bubbled head rises up an inch high and remains for a long time, only slowly settling down to a quarter inch cap, and never disappearing.

Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, and cocoa as expected, but there are also other notes coming through that are lighter and brighter like sweet fruits and candy, and a very noticeable hop presence.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, yet viscous and easy-flowing, leading to a rich complex flavor upfront, dominated early by charred smokey bark, followed by burnt chocolate, bitter espresso and molasses. This turns quickly to tart cherry followed by a hop bitter, all with a sweet cocoa undertone. So many flavors happening in the course of a single sip. Sticky strings of lace create a web around the inside of the glass.

I can see why this is the top BA choice for porters, and it is definitely a favorite style.

far333, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

At last - the elusive London Porter is mine! 500 ml bottle, bought in Denmark. Very dark reddish brown colour, large tan head. Aroma is first and foremost dark chocolate, but also rye bread, leather and oak. Flavour is again chocolate on a nice roasty background, decent hops linger in the aftertaste. Clearly a first class beer - I’m sure it’s even better cask conditioned.

Sigmund, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of Puddleglum
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only dissapointing aspect of this particular Ale was the head. Other than that it was spectacular. The smell was very complex with chocolate, roasted coffee along with slight sweetness of berry. The flavor was right in line with the smell and the mouthfeel was an appropriate carbonation. I could drink far too many of these in one sitting. Yikes. Better keep me away from Jack Quinn's.

Puddleglum, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of erica
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this, because I had a coupon for a $10 rebate, so, when I receive my $10 in the mail like 80 years from now, It's the same price as Smuttynose IPA, which was the other beer I was thinking of getting. It's freakin hot here, end of July, and here I am sitting in a non-air conditioned 2nd floor room, drinking a sticky Porter. What's wrong with me, you may ask? Nothing, I just had enough of IPAs for a while.

So. The appearance of our Lovely London Porter is nice enough, nothing to rave about; a dark brown that looks reddish when held up to the light, not a thick black like you might imagine. About an inch of a creamy, light tan head that settles into a ring around the glass with a few straggling micro-bubbles. The kind where you can play 'what shape is that?' like with clouds. Right now it looks like there's either a fat hockey stick about to hit a puck or ball, or a booted lower leg that just kicked a snail. A bit of lacing as well.

Smells... a bit too sweet for my tastes. Very syrupy, molasses, maple, even like a super-sweet chocolate fudge. Not bad but I'm not drinking this one with my nose stuck in the glass the whole time. Tastes better than it smells- sweet coffee candy in the very beginning, almost like a coffee flavoring, maybe even a syrup over pancakes, followed by chocolate, dark chocolate brownies I'd say, then more roasted coffee, like maybe the brownies were frosted with a coffee or espresso, just slightly sweetened frosting. And just the faintest hint of a bitterness in the finish, and a very slighty larger hint of alcohol. That may be my imagination though, since it's apparently only 5.4%. The prominent flavor in this one is Roasty. Yes, I am using Roasty as a noun rather than the conventional use as an adjective. I should've thought of that earlier and used it in previous reviews. Next time.. hahaha.

Ahem.. Yes, moving on, mouthfeel is good, it's got a light carbonation that cuts through the sweet/syrupy taste so that it doesn't become like actual syrup. A nice refreshing tingle on the tongue, and not too thin either. Just right. Drinkability, well I'd say it's quite good, even on this hot hot night, though I would say it'd be better suited for a winter evening or something like that. Anyway, it is easy drinking, smooth and never boring. Something I do not regret buying a whole case of, which is a good thing, considering that is the most likely way I'd be able to get this one around my area. A good one!

erica, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of carln26
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark brown almost black with a thick tan head. The head receded quickly and there was no lace. Light aroma with roast malt a bit of chocolate and hard candy. The flavor has roast malt coffee sweet candy and a mild smoke finish. Smooth slick mouth feel. Decent drinkability. This was the most “stout-like” porter I’ve ever had (I’m not a huge stout fan), yet, I found this to be uninspiring.

carln26, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with slight ruby highlights and a thick tan head. Incredible aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, spicy fuggles hops and toffee. Taste is complex melding of roaste and sweet flavors, roasted and bitter coffee beans and sweet chocolate and blackstrap molasses. Also hints of burnt toffee and that signature english fuggles hops flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and light carbonation. The drinkability is quite good, an excellent porter.

silver0rlead, Jul 18, 2005
Photo of Naes
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its appearance is black with a large tan head that laces good.

Aroma is of chocolate and malty goodness.

The flavor is roasty, with huge accents of coffee and chocolate. The hops make a slight appearance in the end.

The mouth feel is a bit light for such a porter. Although it is incredibly smooth and leaves a small film over the tongue. I will definitely have another some time.

Worth trying.

Naes, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of jayc333
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a two finger head. The head, (like most English beers) ended up turning quite minimal. Very good lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, chocolate, and coffee. The smell was by-far the most satisfying and my personal favourite aspect of the beer.

Taste was somewhat disapointing. Don't get me wrong, it was still very nice, and i really enjoyed it, but I was just expecting so much more because of its sweet aroma. The coffee flavour simply overpowers everything.

I'm on the same boat with mouthfeel as I was with taste. Just a little disapointing. The main factor again is that there was just way too much of the coffee flavour.

Overall, not bad. I don't think that I will be buying this again, but that shouldn't stop you.

jayc333, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, very black. This is beyond opaque. Champagne lines here and there--lines of bubbles shooting intently upward like ants into a flame.

Very deep and intense odor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Nothing original here, but everything good. If I were to rubber stamp a Good Porter Smell, this would be the template. Excellent.

Smoke and roasted malt upfront, alcohol and chocolate in the middle, coffee and more roasted malt in the back. Leaves a nice, dry aftertaste.

Very full body. Very full flavor. Goes down quite smooth. One hell of a beer.

mynie, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle: best before 11-05-05. Pours a deep brown with crimson highlights. Foam quickly subsides to a very thin cap.

Smell: sweet caramel, chocolate, and a hint of coffee bean.

Taste is quite satisfying. This brew has a medium body with a chewy base that coats the palate nicely. Chocolate notes are evident as is a slight tinge of coffee. Hops warm up the middle but soon vanish as the brew takes on a smooth smoky-chocolate finish. A solid porter no doubt.

sinistermadman, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Valentine's 2005, so this isn't the freshest of samples.
Smokey, almost meaty. Smoked meat... maybe beef jerky. Smokey, meaty jerky is what the taste brings to mind.
Reminds me of many stouts I've had in the overall experience; I might think this a stout if not told ahead of time what this is.
Sweet, roasted malts, some hops to dry things out.
Solid stuff... perhaps better when fresher...
I intend to find out.

ommegangpbr, Jun 19, 2005
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,146 ratings.