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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,288 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,288
Reviews: 1,161
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 180
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 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!!

Photo of hellsing3
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realy enjoyed drinking this porter from start to finish.

A: This import has a dark brown to light black color that reminds me of coke when you pour it into a glass. It pours a tan colored head but not much of one.

S: This brew has a great smell of chocolate, coffee grounds, and i might be crazy but i think it smells like maybe bourbon.

T: When i taste this beer, i feel like i can taste the strong chocolate and coffee flavors mixed with the right amount of bitter and malty flavors.This brew has a great balance from beging to end and a very smooth finish.

M:This is a smooth soft feeling brew as it flows through my mouth, not a lot of carbination but thats fine.

D: I think this is a very easy beer to drink and i could drink alot more of these if put in front of me.

I think this is great beer to try if you have not. The most important thing is i would i purchase another six pack? The answer is yes.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a deep, dark brown color, with medium thick tan head that lingered well and produced good lacing. Very pleasnt aroma of malty sweetness, roasted nuts, chocolate and toffee, all which carried over well into the taste, where they were mixed just slightly with a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel was nice and rich for this full bodied beer, which led to a long, smooth finish.

This beer was all it was said to be.

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

Picked up a 500 ml bottle for $2.49 from Magnum's back at the beginning of August.

Beer poured a deep brack with a hint of red when held up to light. Nose is somewhat malty and a hint of chocolate and coffee. Taste is very good, of chocolate malts roasted producing a coffee flavor balanced with a nice hop finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very nice! Drinkabilty is extremely good, This is a beer that all porter fans must try!

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

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Samuel Smith tulip glass. Best by: 14/July/07. Body was a dark mohogany/black/brown, non-cloudy. Head settled to an off-white ring foam.

Smell was metallic at first, then opened to a sweet molasses, malt aroma. Moist wheat bread. Weak coffee.

Taste was complex and sweet. Aromas were reflected in the flavors as well as hints of chocolate and a light hops freshness.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium. Very smooth and highly drinkable.

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

This beer pours out of a brown old-world bottle a rich, deep brown color that is almost opaque. There lies a nice off-white head atop the brew, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is truly special; complex notes of chocolate, toffey, and some fruity esthers make this quite a nice smelling beer.

The taste is just as enjoyable. There is a burnt chocolate flavor, that is accompanied by hints of coffee, and a caramalized malt to accentuate the sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and very smooth. This beer is highly drinkable, and probably the best English Porter I've had to date. Fuller's has raised the bar for porters.

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

Pours black with a one-finger tan head that reduces to a film rather quickly. Red shards visible when the glass is held up to the light. Presents an inviting bouquet of bittersweet chocolate and dark-roast coffee, with some toffee sweetness. The taste is similar -- a nice intense dark mocha with some real malty sweetness and a creamy, buttery underpinning. Balanced out by a mildly bitter finish -- like a great cup of black coffee. Mouthfeel is a little thinner and waterier than I would have liked, but this is an eminently drinkable beer and would go with breakfast as well as any breakfast stout.

A top-notch English porter -- a lot more smooth and creamy than American porters I've sampled.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep brown with a slight burgundy color when held to light, one-inch off-white head with retention around the edges, little lacing

s - not a very strong aroma, mostly roasted malt with slight hints of chocolate

t - slightly sweet up front with roasted malt dominating the body of taste, coffee and chocolate in there as well, slight bitterness on the finish, but mostly chocolate

m - a little more light-bodied than I'd like, mild carbonation, pretty dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, especially with it's mild abv, though dryness of finish might wear out the palate after a few

Solid porter no doubt. Not really anything amazing to me, but a good representative of the style.

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

1pt .9fl oz bottle into mug.

Dark, almost black, brown body with ruby red highlights. A tan head tops the brew, which slowly settles to a foamy and bubbly cap. Stacked and layered rings of lacing coat the glass.

The aroma is both creamy and spicy like dark brown coffee. Hints of chocolate and molasses hide in the background.

Dark roasted malt flavor is ripe on the palate with creamy notes. Full bodied and smooth, giving a clean finish with minimal hop bitterness (like any English Porter). A sweet buttery flavor presents itself nicely. Some malt bitterness lingers in the finish. Becomes more coffee-like as it warms. No alcohol can be tasted.

I highly enjoyed this one. Rich and malty but still complex in flavor. At 5.4% alcohol, this makes one great session beer. Highly recommended for dessert, before dinner, or whenever you feel like enjoying a great English Porter.

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

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights, and about one finger of tan head with good retention and lacing.

The smell is coffee and chocolate, sweet, with a hint of maltiness.

The taste... in a word, excellent. A sweet, but not overbearing flavor of chocolate is the most notable flavor, with subtle roasted malts, followed by a smooth, slightly bitter espresso finish. Very nice flavor, everything comes together perfectly.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drinkability is high. This is a very drinkable beer that will appeal to lots of different people.

Overall, this is an absolutely outstanding beer, easily the best porter there is. Not just extremely tasty, but also easy to drink, and with a mild abv. If you are a fan of the style, you will flat out love this brew.

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

this is nearly perfection in a bottle, has a head that never leaves amd lacing that just sticks to the glass forever.

I could smell the beer while i was pouring it. The scent was very strong of chocolate malts. hops are faint but there.

Taste is smooth and heavenly. The malting of this beer is awesome

mouthfeel: is crisp and full and clings well.

I could drink this forever.

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

pours a deep brown with a half inch of dense tan head. head drops fairly quickly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. milk chocolate. roasty. slightly sweet. toffee. coffee. bready malt.

taste is great. roasty and a little smokey. great bready malt. the combo makes me think of toast. coffee. bittersweet chocolate.

mouthfeel is great. nice body, great carbonation level.

drinkability is great. well balanced and very tasty brew. a classic and delicious example of the style.

Photo of Pooba001
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour from 16.9 oz. bottle yeilds a perfect light tan head on a dark but not quite black beer with light ruby edges when held to light. Head dissipates and leaves a little lacing. Aroma includes chocolate, light coffee, roasty, and slightly sweet flavors.

Big roasty character for a porter, hint of a burnt note in the aftertaste. Coffee and chocolate are again present. A big, beautiful, British porter.

Mouthfeel is good, slightly on the dry side, and drinkability is excellent, even for an English Porter. Downright sessionable. Another style defining beer from Fuller's.

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

This beer earned its acclaim among English porters with good reason. It's not a style I would normally reach for, but I enjoyed this beer.

The beer poured virtually opaque into my pint glass, with a creamy head that dwindled and left symmetrical rings on the sides as I drank. It smelled mainly of malted milk chocolate (as opposed to a dark chocolate aroma) and some mild — but not bitter — coffee notes.

The flavour started with a bit of sharp coffee bitterness, but that quickly yielded to a smooth, chocolately taste. Low carbonation and medium body made this exceptionally easy-drinking — and a guaranteed repeat purchase.

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

pours a very deep dark color not quite black, but when you hold it up to the light it has some ruby hues, the head is thick and tan made up of small and large bubbles. the head has retention survived the duration of consumption.
the aroma is dark, malty and rich with hints of cocoa.
the flavor is rich and malty with cocoa and a pleasent hop spice.
this is a great porter, fullers is one of the best.

Photo of xav33
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter
English pint bottle
Best before 02/07, filled up on 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured a clear deep dark mahogony brown with a large frothy somewhat lasting light brown head with fair lacing.

Smelt strongly of molasses, coffee, roast, mild chocolate.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet dark chocolate with molasses and coffee tones followed by a strong burnt malt bitterness that turns into a clean crisp long bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, oily, lively carbonated, with moderate astringency.

Overall, a classic. Drinkable, plenty of taste, well balanced. Just straightforward excellent porter taste. One of the easiest porters to enjoy out there.

Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying I could drink this beer everyday, it is delicious!!!

Appearance: Dark, somewhat transparent

Smell: Light coffee and chocolate odor

Taste: Absolutely delectable

Mouthfeel: Not quite full-bodied but good as an everyday brew

Drinkability: All the time please

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

Appearance: Fuller's London Porter pours a deep red, almost black color with a thin tan head that sticks in a thin ring.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee, maybe some raisin-like notes.

Taste: A mild coffee taste dominates with a clean finish. This beer is yummy!

Mouthfeel: Velvety and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable porter. I wouldn't drink it all night, but a couple are nice.


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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a finger-thick light tan and creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly settling at a thin layer of head. It leaves full sticky lacing as you drink. The color is dark ruby and quite clear.

Smell - Notes of dates and fig up front, with moderate scents of sweet milk chocolate and mild coffee. Toasted malt abounds on the nose as per the style. Rich sweet buttery caramel is also present throughout with a hint of cream soda. Slightly sour/bitter hops are barely traceable. Little alcohol is present. This stuff smells delicious!

Taste - Coffee, cream, milk chocolate, buttery caramel, slight fig-like fruitiness and other notes of dark ripe fruits, though subtle. Oily and slick hops that are only mildly bitter and a bit sour. A rich toasted malt character in the background ties it all up for the finish. The aftertaste has a remaining presence of the oily hops and a bitter coffee flavor as well. Little alcohol is present in any of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Darn smooth with a medium body. Good carbonation with a slight bite up front, but it drastically dies down immediately afterward, leaving a slight tingling effect for the remainder of the taste. Has a generally slick and wet mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability - Full flavors and a generally thick and rich character. Two of these and that would be my dessert for the night.

A great English porter. I love the creaminess in the smell and taste, along with the buttery caramel sweetness. A great medley of flavors. This is a perfect pairing to any rich and chocolatey dessert. Highly recommended and a must have for porter lovers.

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

This was my first taste of Fuller's London Porter. I am a big fan of American Porter styles, so this was an attempt to try the original Porter style from Britain. I poured the bottle in a thick pint glass, and noticed very little carbonation. Short, caramel head. The aroma of this beer is excellent... mostly chocolate with some caramel. First taste hits the buds quite a lot more than other Porters I've tried. Reminiscent of a dark-roasted coffee. More hops that I expected, and not very heavy. After a few sips, the flavor settles into a very smooth and malty taste. This is an excellent Porter, no doubt about it.

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

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz. bottle

Poured a pitch black with hints of caramel and crimson only noticeable when placed in front of a light. One finger, frothy head faded to a ring of lace along the edge of the glass and a thin coating on top. Spotty drops of lacing.

Smell was sweet, rich and intense. Cocoa and caramel malts were apparent with hints of whole grain oats and dried fruits.

Taste was malty sweet on the front end with roasted malts and a strong, bitter coffee-like taste coming in mid-palate. A general oakiness with hints of vanilla were also detectable. Overall, quite deep and rich. Slighty hoppy and smoky on the back end, with the hoppiness becoming more apparent as the beer warmed. Intense, coffee-like, bitter aftertaste with a touch of residual, sugary sweetness.

Medium to heavy bodied. Rich, full and creamy mouthfeel.

Quite easy drinking.

Photo of geexploitation
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with molasses highights. Big, vulgar bubbles form the head and quickly fade to just a ring. The aroma is a huge improvement on the appearance; big malty chocolate aromas (think malted chocolate milk) jump right out, along with crispy roasted malts and just a hint of fruity sweetness (raspberry?). Beautifully balanced mouthfeel, with some roughness from roasted malts and some hops coexisting perfectly with a slickness not far from an oatmeal stout's. Tasty chocolate notes, along with dry roasted malt notes, form the backbone of this beer, but there are also earthy hops and a bit of smoke in the palate. This is truly a wonderful porter, one of the best English examples of the style that I have ever tasted.

Photo of wanker
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The most remarkable thing about this beer to me is its finish. I taste a very clear -- and pleasant -- molasses finish. I find it a rather sweet beer, with low hoppiness. Small but persistent head; little lacing. Average mouthfeel, but very pleasant taste. A winner; I'd definitely drink it again.

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

Pours out a reddish black with very little brown to off-white suds. Slight lacing here around the pint glass.
Smell is like a grape cherry coffee/chocolate aroma with hops having the last say.
Taste is very mellow. Sweet bitter coffee and chocolate followed by the bitter hops. Then the sugars come through.
Aftertaste is coffee and caramel. Mouthfeel is very clean and tastes all over the spectrum.This is what a Porter should be.
The low abv could make this a great session beer and I would like to be a part of that session!

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,288 ratings.