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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,007 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 1,130
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 144
Gots: 86 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Winter

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown / near black with mahogany highlights. Tan head that shrunk to a thin brown ring. Aroma consists of coffee and chocolate, with a frosting-like sweetness to it. Nose turns a bit vinous as the porter warms. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Initial flavor of roasted coffee and vanilla beans. Middle reveals a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Finish is somewhat vinous with a mild bitterness and ends slightly dry. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 14:52:02 | More by Winter
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gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured with a golden brown color.

The head was a light brown coarse bubble layer. The head dissipated rather quickly, but that could have been prompted by my tasting glass.

Immediate definite coffee nose comingled with toasted malt. In fact to me, the coffee aroma so strong I could have had a cold and still noted it!

Flavor has definite coffee and toasted malt profile that seems to cover any other underlying characteristics, perhaps hops? The flavor dissipated quickly leaving a clean quick slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was cordial and invited me to take another sip.

Drinkability was inviting-- I could consume pint after pint if it wasn't for the alcohol, although the alcohol seemed lower than many other beers I've tasted and very much enjoyed. Perhaps this is just right for a Porter.

A satisfying brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2003 04:10:07 | More by gueuzeonhigh
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winomark

Missouri

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a sticky, light tan head that hangs around.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and light coffee tones. Nice and malty through and through.

Taste: Slightly burnt toast flavors, with chocolate and coffee lending character. Nicely balanced and quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful and somewhat coating, but carbonation lends to a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: A great porter. Could use a bit more hop flavor, but overall, great. I could see myself drinking this one quite often.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 15:30:48 | More by winomark
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oelergud

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby body and a light brown head, sparse carbonation. Smells interesting, spiced alcohol and something pleasant I cant put my finger on..., taste pretty good, very sweet and close to no bitterness, the smell and taste somehow reminds me of christmas even though I never had this beer before. The head doesn't say long unless agitated frequently, feels pretty good going down.
Maybe my expectations were too high but it's not all that great as I thought it would be, it's a good beer yes but #18, nawhh. Seems like a beefed up guinness.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2003 00:20:47 | More by oelergud
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tar

Bahamas

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown to black with reddish tones when held in the light. Capped by a thinnish light tan head consisting of many very small bubbles. Wonderfully complex aroma includes roasted coffee and chocolate scents. As expected from the aroma, coffee and chocolate flavors primarily dominate the taste. Smooth and medium to full bodied, I found this to be a highly drinkable beer. This is a very good beer in all respects and one which I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 21:35:13 | More by tar
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional black color with a long lasting, creamy head. Rich dark roasted malt aroma suggesting a full-bodied taste to follow. Roasted malt taste with hints of smoke. Flavors linger nicely into the aftertaste, which remains as a slight bitterness which is refreshing. Very smooth an ddrinkable. I put this one in my top tier of porters. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 00:35:00 | More by edchicma
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As I pour this beer fruit notes escape from the glass. As I stick my nose further in I get roasted notes of coffee and more of the fruitiness. A thick light brown head tops this fairly clear beer, which is dark brown in color with ruby notes as it is held up to the light. This beer has an incredible creamy mouthfeel to it. It is lightly sweet with a roast character in the finish. There is a very good balance between the roast character and the fruit notes. This is a wonderfully balanced beer, certainly one of the best Porters out there. The smooth creamy body of this beer is amazing.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 00:47:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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Todd

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz slender, custom bottle. Best before date on the back.

Deep, rich looking dark brown with ruby hues. Near black. Head was disappointing. It fizzed and snapped to a lifeless patchy, nearly non-existent translucent lace. Rousing the beer did nothing to help.

Sweet pipe tobacco in the aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Raw flavours of earth notes, soft charcoal, caramel and blackstrap molasses sweetness. Mild bitterness. More tobacco. Nice underlying sweetness with flavours of day old coffee, chocolate and burnt sugar. Dry in the finish with notes grain husk and a very distinct lingering smoke character.

Probably not the best tasting of this beer that I've had, carbonation-wise, but still a wonderfully delicious and complex beer. This would pair nicely with raw oysters or as a base in meat stews.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 01:41:50 | More by Todd
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woemad

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane and poured at cellar temperature. Poured what looked to be jet black until held up to light, when it took on a rubyish hue. Big tan head that huung around for a bit. Stayed foamy on the surface throughout. The smell was an intoxicating mix of dark chocolate, roasted coffeeish malts, with just a hint of what smelled like berries of some sort. The taste, I'm happy to say, is just as it smelled. This one never even went into the fridge, and I'm glad, as the flavor was truly something to savor. The mouthfeel was downright creamy. Made me wonder what beer fudge might taste like. I had to grade down a little in drinkability, as repeated doses of this in one session would make the drinker incapable of self-propulsion. This is the first time I've seen this here, and definitely not the last time I buy it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 06:43:22 | More by woemad
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ngandhi

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled (several times) at a stout/porter/brown ale tasting at The Corkscrew Wine Emporium in Urbana, Ill. It was the first in an impressive lineup that included Entire Butt English Porter, several Rogues (Morimoto Hazelnut, Imperial Stout, Crustacean, Mocha Porter), Xingu, and many others. This was the one I had to keep coming back to. With a medium dark malty nose, it tastes of rich cocoa supported by sweet subtle esters. Not overpowering in any one direction with enough of a gentle hop bittering to make this a chocolate stout, Fuller's London Porter is the spokesman for its style.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2003 23:35:46 | More by ngandhi
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby brown almost purple when held up to light if not held to the light just appears deep prune, with a full bubbly highly carbonated tan head leaves lacing in thick chunks very nice. Aroma: Chocolate deep roasted layers of aromatic bliss this one has fruit thrown in ther some deep fig brandy like nuances very well done coffe esque roasts in the finish wow. Taste: Where do we start at the chocolate covered simmered fruit or the coffee tones great creaminess these guys are the orginators. Mouthfeel: Chewy crisp chocloate very rich robust sensation on the palate fuller bodied beer meant to be sipped on and enjoyed accordingly. Drinkability: Wow, simply easy effortless drinkability yet complex and soothing toward the beer lover's sould in me.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 19:18:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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shippos

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

almost black in color with a slight ruby hue at the bottom of the glass and an excellent tannish head with small bubbles. roasty, coffee, creamy (flaked barley?) aroma. very smooth and balanced flavors, slight roasty hoppy aftertaste. excellent creamy mouthfeel, I love this beer - very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 15:06:41 | More by shippos
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown with almost no head and no lacing. Smells nutty with wisps of chocolate and dark malt.

Tastes nutty with bitter chocolate undertones. Roasted malt falvors as well. Bitter finish. Smooth and tasty. Medium bodied beer but rich tasting and complex. Very, very good porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 03:09:04 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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Mustard

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 18.6oz. brown bottle; 16/OCT/03 "best before" warning printed dot-matrix style at the bottom of the rear label's central periphery; purchased on sale for $2.39 from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington.

Appearance: Nearly opque; ruddy hints emerge if held directly to a light; fat, thick, mocha-hued head; c-cup's worth of lace; excellent head retention.

Aroma: Robustly of chocolate and a pleasing, roasty bitterness.

Taste: Decidedly like its nose; lightly sweet with hints of dark fruit, smoke and grain; ever so subtle sour twang in the finish; medium bodied with a smooth yet chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: A truly stellar brew; brilliant flavor profile for 5.4% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 07:40:22 | More by Mustard
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Rumrunner

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pint 2.6 fl.oz. bottle.

Oh yea it is porter time. A sweet rich porter. I will buy more of this for the holidays. This one feels like it should be consumed during the winter months. Forget the seasonal winter brews. Drink this porter.

An amazing dark brown with a deep beighe head. Nice lacing. The scents are fresh cut wood. Some figs (figgy pudding?) and a buttery malt.

A nice mild espresso. The fruit is sweet figs and plums. There is some unsweetend chocolate and a bit of cream finding its way through. Some hops but mostly a buttery and mild sugar finish. A mild but nice charcoal aftertaste for the ultimate end of the flavors.

A nice creamy mouthfeel. It is oh so smooth. The charcoal leaves a bite on the palate and then the butter sweeps it away. Excellent. What a great mouthfeel this porter has.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2003 07:09:02 | More by Rumrunner
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Boilermaker88

California

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented as pictured with a "best before" date of 01-13-04 on it. Sitting on my kitchen counter, Fullers LP looks black with some dark brown edges and has a creamy 1½" mocha colored head which thinned out to a smallish cap and reformed briefly when aggitated.
LP has a powerful, lush aroma of roasted malt, fresh coffee and hints of pipe tobacco and licorice. A very enticing blend of scents.
LP's taste is even better than the smell. Roasted malt and strong coffee dominate with some mild dark fruits adding a splash of sweetness. Moderate bitterness and a faint smokiness finish up a satisfying taste experience. LP gets better as it nears room temp.
Feel is of velvet creamy smoothness.
Man, this is a great beer! I'm really coming around to enjoying porters and stouts and IMO this is a clear leader in the porter style. Fullers has been brewing since 1845, according to the bottle, and they've certainly hit the bullseye with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 16:40:42 | More by Boilermaker88
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PZuke

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown to even black in dark light out of an 18.6oz bottle. It has a small tan head. The smell is very chocolaty and very strong with roasted malts. The taste is of roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and coffee. It has a very smooth feeling while still a little watery. It is bitter and has some earth tones. While this is not my favorite style of beer I would still have to say for its style it is a good beer and worth the time invested in it.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 20:58:27 | More by PZuke
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Nytemare

Oklahoma

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a very dark red with a tan head. Head disappeared pretty quick, just leaving a thin white ring around the rim. Only a little carbonation.

Smell: Rich, ripe fruit, molassis, and roasted malt. Slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: I think I served this too cold. It started out tasting heavily of ripe fruit, grapes, maybe plums, with a nice roasted malt backbone, but as it warmed, the fruit flavor became less overpowering. At that point some molassis came through with a nice creamy roasted malt coffee flavor as an aftertaste. As it started to warm, it started to really shine. It was good cold, but it was better closer to room temp.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Fairly full bodied. Left a nice oily film in the mouth with a nice aftertaste that lasted for several minutes.

Drinkability: I could be happy drinking this every night. It's one of the best porters I've had at this point.

The freshness date on this bottle was 2/3/2003 so it was 7 months past it's prime. I don't know if this had any adverse effects upon it because even at 7 months past, it's quite good. I would really like to have this fresh sometime, but in Oklahoma that'll probably be fairly difficult, and at 9 bucks a 6 pack, it won't be something I'll buy a lot of, but all in all, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 02:27:31 | More by Nytemare
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mydeadguy

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beauty pours a rich black color, giving way to a deep red in indirect light from the window. a caramel/brownish head with a scent that is hard to beat. roasted malts, sweet fruits, etc.
the taste is both smooth and slick, both sweet and bitter, with faint alcohol overtone. quite complex really. absolutely drinkable..i could have a few and smile the whole time. another quality brew from Fuller's.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 19:23:51 | More by mydeadguy
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Excellent, better turned out than the Queens Guard. A Victorian style, dark brown thick heavy glass bottle that has a distinctive shape; a tall wide body with a short thin neck contains a mighty 1 Pint 2.6 fl.oz. The oval black label with the red Fuller’s logo has the words London Porter in gold edged white letters above the words ‘Rich & Dark’. Above and below the obverse paper label the bottle has the words “Independent – Family Brewers” embossed on the bottle. The small black & gold edged paper neck label has the Fuller’s Griffin looking proud next to the words ‘Imported from England” just above similar embossed symbols on the bottles shoulder. Best before 13-Jan-04. Even the crown cap is color coordinated. Extremely High Quality presentation.

Appearance: Lovely deep brown, clear dark roasted chestnut body that looks black when not backlit. Huge brown head forms when poured. Average carbonation, swirled it quickly rebuilds the fading the head, that although it collapses, it always has a ¼” collar-like presence.

Nose: Roasted malts break the surface, some light coffee hints and a dry odor, no sweetness at all.

Taste: More, hydrophobic, ‘dry’ bitter roasted malts intermingled with some fresh coffee flavors, more astringent bitterness from the hops and a smooth lingering burnt finish that encapsulates all of the aforementioned characteristics. Another classic beer from Fuller’s - I love this beer!

Mouthfeel: Solid creamy entrance, smooth and comforting. Velvet like matt coating of the tongue, silky coffee bitterness and more malts; these are the gorgeous residue that is left in the mouth after swallowing. Sheer, wanton, luxurious and very “moor-ish”.

Drinkability: Oh yes, I would most probably pass out before I reach saturation point drinking this porter. Highly quaffable.

Overall: Another high quality offering from Fuller’s – would you expect anything less of this classic Independent London Family Brewer that always puts quality first? I think not. I simply cannot believe that this is not available in Cask format, maybe one day.
Highly Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 05:59:03 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some nice ruby highlights a lighter head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma is sweet and roasted with some light cofee aromas lingering.Nice and complex beer somewhat sweet with nice earthy tones, a rich marshmellow-like finish.A nice rich and sustaining porter very well made for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 22:56:54 | More by oberon
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Jon

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby-brown with a thin tan head. Decent retention with some lace remaining on the glass. Smell is an inviting combination of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Taste is essentially more of the same with a minor Goldings hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch watery and thin. Easily drinkable, just not as full and palate-coating as I prefer in this style. Nonetheless, a very good English porter from a world-class brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 19:29:32 | More by Jon
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.6oz imperial pint

This beer poured a small but thick off white/tan head with a black, reddish, but very dark rootbeer colored body.

The nose was big and chocolatey. Sweet milk and dark chocolate. Some slight wood, chicory even, lots of roasted barley smells. Very inviting.

It had a medium body with a very soft, but present, roasted barley taste. Slight meat flavors. A very nice subtle earth hop. Chocolate and a slight espresso/coffee touch. Surprisingly bitter with a firm touch of an earthy bitter hop.

It ends quickly and a little watery with a punch of roasted barley bitterness.

A great example of a true enlgish porter. It's not a stout and it's not an ale. It meets somewhere in the middle in perfect harmony.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 07:04:02 | More by taez555
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a low thin head that form a ring around the glass. Color is light ruby and crystal clear. aroma is roasted malt--very low-key and not loud at all. Flavor is roasted grains with sweet maltiness balanced by just the right amount of hops. Finishes with a lingering roastiness that is pleasing. Must have on tap next time if available!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2003 02:37:18 | More by EagleTalon
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HardTarget

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.26 oz brown bottle with raised lettering and a best by date (which I’m about 4 months late for)
Aroma: Smokey malt nose with hints of chocolate and some floral hops.
Appearance: Black with nice clarity and some blood red coming through with serious backlighting. Quick tan head that quickly faded into a light covering that laced the top of the glass, but didn’t last long into the beer.
Flavor: Classic porter taste. I’m not a fan of the porter style, but this was a clean taste. The roasted malts were balanced with a biscuit base, leading to a bitter/sweet combo that went down well.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, on the edge of a chew.
Overall Impression: One of the more enjoyable porters I’ve found. A well made beer with great drinkability. If you’ve had to move a lot of heavy things today, and need to reward your efforts, this is a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 07:13:32 | More by HardTarget
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,007 ratings.