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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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2,260 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,260
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 174
Gots: 181 | 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 BigRedN
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Notes. Purchased in Ft. Worth, TX.

Appearance: Poured from a 17 fl oz bottle with Best by 6FEB07 on bottle, into a pint glass. The beer is a solid dark mass. Black with an off white head, about a 1/4 inch, fell to a ring with some lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee. While it is one-dimensional, it is absolutely what I would expect in a good porter.

Taste: Malty, just about "malt bomb". Roasted malts as indicated in the nose. Burnt chocolate and coffee. Touch bitter on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fuller in body than expected. Good enough carbonation that keeps this from being "heavy".

Drinkability: High drinkability, low alcohol, I could drink many of these. Alas, I can not get more.

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

Jeez, i love this stuff. I think it's one of my favorite porters.

Pours a very deep mohogany that pretty much only shows when you hold it up to the light. Otherwise it's a pool of tantalizing darkness with a solid finger of oatmeal colored foamy head.

Aromas of cocoa, toffee with some faint figs and a little burnt toast tease my nose. Very fragrant aromatic.

The taste is just a symphony of delicous flavors. Butterscotch, caramel and percolating coffee first bless my tongue followed by a little bitterness on roasted malt. Quite the delight.

Smooth and a little silky on the tongue with solid carbonation make this a nice feeling on the palate. This is a porter you want to always have in stock for those rainy days, and heck, sunny days too with all other days in between. Friggen amazing this one!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass the beer pours dark brown, with a small sized tan head. It smells very sweet, like coffee, molasses, brown sugar and chocolate. It tastes the same way, except I can also taste some caramel and that it has a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth. It's also very drinkable, it goes down pretty easy. Overall this is a very good beer, I think it could become a great session beer for me.

Photo of hunteraw
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mahogany brown in the glass, good head and lacing.

Smell: Molasses and brown sugar in the nose. I had a bad experience with an awful molasses-y beer recently, but the brown sugar is alluring.

Taste: Good bit of molasses flavor, with a distinct mocha finish. Very little in the way of hops character.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Mouthfeel is a little on the rich side. Drinkability is limited for the same reason. I liked it, but I have to call it overrated.

Photo of lagomswedish
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this from a keg at the Bishops Arms in Umeå in northern Sweden just as the long winter is rolling in - the perfect moment for a porter!
Appearence - dark brown, almost ink black, with a creamy tan head that followed me all the way down to the bottom of the pint glass.
Smell - Wow!!! Huge nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, treacle and butter.
Taste - Masses of raisins, dark fruits overlaid with chocolate, butter and expresso coffee. A slight ash/burnt aftertaste, dry and crisp, with a residual burnt sugar taste.
Mouthfeel - luxurious and sensual (steady on). Creamy and smooth with low carbonation.
Drinkability - If this is really what they drank in London in the early nineteenth century then I was born a hundred years too late!

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice-looking 500ml bottle, as pictured.

Poured an ample tan head that became chunky and rocky and tight before fading to a thing ring that left slight lacing. Cola-brown body.

Smell of caramel malt, dark malt, crystal malt. Really nice aroma. Hops? Not there.

Taste is a bit disappointing after the smell, but is clearly to style: a sour-stale bitterness, crackers, rye bread, dark malt but not much of it. Not malty enough to match the smell.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Very drinkable. This would make a good session beer.

Overall, after reading other reviews, I'm a bit non-plussed. Good, but nothing great to me. I was expecting a bit maltier and chewier brew.

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

A: A cola like brew, fairly thin when held up to the light. Crystal clean with no hints of haze. The head is full and substantial....a creamy latte colored head.

S: Deep roasted grains, fresh coffee grounds, lactose, slight pungent astringentness and some grape juice.

T: Starts with profound malty sweetness...rounded with aspects of butter and brown sugar deeply carmelized. Molasses, soy and honey all play a hand in the experience. As the sweetness peaks on the center of the tongue and starts to subside, charred wood and specific bittering hops hit the palate for the friendly reminder "you are drinking a porter". Finishes dry with lingering caramel and roasted grains. Tasty beer.

M: Full bodied, but not overly thick. Certainly not syrupy by any means.

D: I don't really need to go into details...perfectly balanced and quite drinkable. There you go.

Photo of jglazer75
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had one of these in a while, and my general preference isn't for darker beers. But, I'd had a nice run of porters lately, so I thought I give this one a shot again. End result: I'm glad this is starting show back up in bars again.

appearance: huge cream-brown head, strong lacing

smell: big nose, robust and toasted malt, smells of coffee

taste: sweet bread and coffee upfront and chocolate going down

mouthfeel: reminds me a lot of coffee; smooth and slightly sticky with subtle carbonation;

drinkability: a little heavy for everyday use, but supremely pleasant nonetheless.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one comes packaged in a very attractive black and red bottle. Pours black with brown edges and a very minimal head that is milky and tan. Nice tan laces are left on the glass.

Smells of rich cappucino and mocha latte (heaven for this coffee lover and Starbucks addict). Strong whiffs of vanilla and caramel. Hints of peanut butter. This is simply beautiful to smell. I don't even want to drink it yet! I'm not done enjoying the scent!

Tates of good bitter coffee, dark chocolate, sweet caramel candy. I'm getting earthy, peaty, and smokey flavors too. This is GOOD! Wow!

This brew is near perfect for this porter fan, but the mouthfeel could be thicker and a bigger head would be nice. Other tham those two small gripes, this beer really has my respect. It's just friggin' awesome!

This one rivals my all time favorite, Okocim, which I hold in almost religious esteem. That this one even approaches my hallowed beer among beers is really saying something.

Photo of akorsak
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 330 mL bottle of London Porter served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool.

A: The porter has a 3 finger head and deep brown color. When held to light, ruby red highlights emerge.

S: The porter has a wonderfully strong coffee and chocolate nose, resembling a java estate blend.

T: The flavor is a slightly sour chocolate taste, very vibrant and tangy. There is a stale beer undertone that adds just a hint of extra flavor.

M: Great mouthfeel, by far the best tasting English Porter available.

D: Excellent representative of an english porter, I wish I had a second bottle.

Photo of hero27
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.
5.4% abv

It's been a while since I've drank this, which is a shame because it's a great beer.
Dark mahogany, sticky tan head of foam.
Very rich, sweet aroma of chocolate, cream, butterscotch, caramel, and toasted malts...
This really is delicious. Reminds me a lot of Mackeson's XXX Stout because the flavors in both beers blend so perfectly together and make for a rich, chocolatey brew. The sweet malts yield to a soft, slightly bitter, dry finish. Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy.
One of the best porters out there, for sure.

Photo of StonyB
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had previously tried Fuller's London Porter a couple of times, but not recently. This review was from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Gary's Wine & Marketplace in Madison, NJ. Best before date of Feb. 19 '07 on rear label.

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown. Foam dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smell - Roasty espresso dominates. Coffee grounds. A hint of milk/lactose, maybe. Roasty, Roasty, Roasty.

Taste - Strong coffee and dark chocolate. Roasty (yes, there's that word again) though not unpleasant bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, thick. Covers the tongue like melting butter. Smooth.

Drinkability - Rich and filling. Easy to drink, but not a great session beer.

Fuller's London Porter is perfect after a hard day at work, a wonderful stress-reliever. An excellent example of the style, and a very good beer, period.

Photo of JustinOSU99
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin layer of white foam which quickly dissolved. Very dark black with a shade of amber coloring.

S: Coffee, sweat cream and chocolate seem to dominate the smell. I like the sweet ale smell and can't wait to taste.

T: Immediately tart but quickly transitions into delicous sweetness on the tongue. Still dominated by mostly porter tastes such as the aforementioned chocolate, and coffee. Really tastes delicious compared to other beers of the same style that I've had.

M: Feels great on the palate, as it is not too thick nor thin. Lightly carbonated so that it continues to drink smooth without overdoing it.

D: I would drink this beer anytime it was offered. Simply tastes great and is surprisingly refreshing for a porter!

Photo of cbl2
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Viscous black with a half inch creamy tan/brown head.


Burnt raisins, chocolate, coffee, tar; Very aromatic!!!


Rich and creamy with carmelized fruit flavors as well as black coffee and chocolate with smoky finish. Extremely drinkable, especially considering the cost of $4/bottle.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall 11.2 oz. bottle, best by 2/9/07. It pours a deep deep brown that is practically black with a 2 finger, light brown head that leaves some lacing. Smells creamy/milky with rich, almost sweet coffee, chocolate, kaluha, cocoa, and a touch of green hops. Absolutely divine. The flavor is roasty with burnt/charred malts, coffee, chocolate, and a medium bitterness. It has medium carbonation, finish, and a body that is medium, slightly drying, and becomes creamy by the end. Overall a quality porter that I would definitely revisit.

Photo of Dizzy
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, carmel and coffee. Taste is carmel and roasted malt, finish is pleasant roasted flavor without too much bitterness. Medium body and with a fair amount of carbonation. This beer is too expensive to session, but this is a quality beer.

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

Fuller's London Porter -

Pours a very dark brown. Mocha colored decent sized head. Good amount of sticky lacing, and retention is on par. Next to the smell. Wow, the smell really makes the drink. Lovely, and strongly intoxicating. Fruity chocolate and orange peels in strong amounts, mmm. Malted milkballs to top it all off. Best smelling Porter thus far. Now on to the taste. Tangy and sweet upfront, with heavy chocolate/toffee malts. Which soon fades to a hoppy bitter coffee aftertaste. Fuller's did a really nice job on the hops for this Porter. Perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is creamy and coating, fading to semi-dry. Drinkability is average as this is one incredible sipper.

A very nice English Porter, and one of my favorite Porters overall.

Photo of Liquids
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogony-black with a half a finger, bubled, tan colored head. The head on the beer is unappealing and macro-like. The Aroma is caramelly, minimally hopped, and nothing special here either. Taste is very brownish, rather light, mostly sweet malts and a bit of chocolate in there as well. The flavor is rather fleeting, it appears and then disapears. Mouthfeel is medium light with a tangy carbonation. On the edge of too light for a porter in my estimation. Drinability-wise, this is extremely sessionable and a decent beer, nothing worth avoiding...it's a good drinking beer but doesn't scream "made with pride" given its characteristics. It's just a drinker. A step down from Samual Smith.

Photo of BigBry
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml embossed bottle with BB date on back label.
This is a very dark brown beer. Holding my tulip up to the light there are a few ruby red hilights around the edges. Only a half inch of thick creamy beige foam, that shrank away to a thin ring around the edge. The smell has some definite chocolate aromas, along with the roasted grains, and maybe some dried fruit. Medium to full bodied flavor with lots of chocolate and coffee. Solid dark roasted malt flavor. Rich and complex but still well balanced give it a nice mouthfeel - full and creamy, but not heavy or sticky. Dry and well balanced finish. I would definatley have this one again, but to savor as an after dinner drink, wouldn't really want more than one at a time though.
I like this one better than Sam Smith's Taddy Porter, well worth it's 'Outstanding' rating.

Photo of haz77
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with barely any light passing through it when held up to the light. Two fingers of dark tan head sit atop the body and retain well.

S - Chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, some sweet spice

T - Starts off with the caramel/molasses flavour before transitioning into the roasted malts. Dark chocolate and sweetness with a bitter tang come through toward the end.

M - Medium body, low carbonation and slightly slick.

D - An good beer overall. Worth trying.

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

From the cool looking 12 fl.oz. brown bottle, with a best before date: 06/MAR/03, pours a very dark mahogany-brown (nearly black) Porter with a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head. The head fades pretty quickly leaving no lace behind.

The smell is sweet and roasty malt with caramel, coffee, chocolate, tobacco and toffee creating an incredibly aeromatic and inviting brew. It truly smells as the label says: Rich & Dark...very nice.

The taste is roasted and sweet, with all the flavors the smell suggests and a bit extra as it warms a bit. This is a great tasting Porter that finishes dry and leaves a superb roasty aftertaste that lingers on the tongue.

A medium-plus body with the right amount of carbonation and alcohol give it a good, smooth mouthfeel. This is a very drinkable Porter that is a "must try" for sure. I had forgotten how good this stuff is...cheers!

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

Best by 30 Jul 06

A - Pours a clear dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, tiny head though, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of slightly roasted malts, toffee, and caramel.

T - The taste is awesome sweet malty with some toffer/caramel overtones. Also and nice slightly dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. A very tasty brew. I've had a few Fuller's brew's and there all great. Highly recommended.

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

11.2oz, best before 14/DEC/06
Pours an opaque black/brown color with a large head of small brown bubbles. Strong roasted barley aroma. Biscuits. Taste is perfectly roasted grain. Fresh baked bread and malt. Chewy, but not syrupy. Excellent mouthfeel and body. The burnt, coffee like dryness lingers long into the aftertaste. Awesome brew. I will buy this again and again.

Photo of MrHolland
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass, with a best before date of 14/Aug/06.
Appearance- Has a dark tan head that leaves lacing on the glass when the head receades. Pitch black with brown ruby highlights.

Smell- Very strong coffee smell with malt, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste- Def. the best part of the brew. Espresso and chocolate taste first and a pretty strong hint of hops and malts. Very evenly balanced. One of the best porters I have had.

One of the best beers I have had. Will be buying this a lot more but to bad I have to drive about 25 mins to get some.

Photo of tfp4268
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wanted to give this brew all 5's, because it is my my favorite, but in the interest of unbiased fairness, I couldn't.

Pours (from a really neat bottle) really dark brown, ruby against the lights, with a darker-than-most tan two finger head that leaves a sticky lace all the way down the glass, It looks really good, but not what I could call exceptional. :(

Smells of dark malt, mollasses, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is my favorite part. Very robust, strong black coffee with just a hint of chocolate. A strong hops finish that balances perfectly with the strong coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but not thick enough to merit exceptional. :(

I could drink these all day! IMHO, the ruler by which all porters should be measured by. I absolutely LOVE this beer. It's a little hard to find around here, and a little pricey, but well worth it.

Oh, did I mention the "best by" date on the label? Pay close attention to that :)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,260 ratings.