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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

2,230 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 173
Gots: 160 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of acrawf6
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark brown clear amber, little light gets through. Nice tan head. good lacing.

Smell. very roasty with the malts and sweet. good notes of some coffee.

Taste. First i get the coffee flavors, but as it rolls in my mouth i get the heavy roasted malts. has a nice hop bitterness to really balance the taste out. aftertaste is dry with a good smokiness to it.

Mouthfeel is ok. body is medium to full, good for the style. carbonation is on the lower side. i think this part of the beer is the least best.

Overall a very tasty beer. excellent malt flavors. very good

Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a chocolatey aroma. It has a sweet caramel aroma also. A slight coffee aroma is present, but only just a touch. Hop aroma is very low.

This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolate is the strongest flavor I get. Coffee is also noticable. This beer has a plesent roasted malt flavor to it.

This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a chocolate like aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is quite mild. I havent hd this beer in a while, and I forgot how good it is. I will definately be having many more in the future.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark look to it. Not pitch black but close. Solid one finger off white head with some staying power. Smells like molasses. Tastes a good deal like molasses as well. Am I spelling molasses right? Anywho, heavy maltiness. Fairly full body. Creamy, good carbonation. Very drinkable if you like that sort of flavor, but since it's so flavorful it might be a turn-off otherwise.

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

Poured from a 1 pint, 0.9 oz. bottle into a Redhook porter glass.

Appearance: Dark, dark, dark. Only holding it up to the light can you see the dark reddish-brown color. The head dissipated rather quickly, but the lacing held up about halfway down the glass.

Smell: Outstanding. Like roast coffee and dark chocolate.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Bitterness hits right away but goes away quickly, followed by a pleasing mix of roast coffee and dark chocolate flavors, with nutty overtones. Finishes surprisingly smooth, especially if you let it warm up a bit.

Drinkability: Don't think I could make a night out of drinking these, but could definitely put down more than one in a sitting.

Notes: I love dark, malty beers, and this is one of the best I've had. A real full-flavored porter.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If there was a textbook pour for a Porter, there'd be a picture of this beer in said book. Black body that is dark ruby around the edges. Head is one inch of nappy brown foam. Nose is espresso, chocolate and a hint of molasses. Taste is pretty much the same with the chocolate reminding me of chocolate syrup. I also get just the barest suggestion of smoke. Mouth is thick with sparse carbonation. If you enjoy porters, this one is a beer that you'd surely be able to drink all night long.

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

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle into hotel glasses. Dark reddish brown color, actually sort of clear when you put a light behind it. The smell was chocolaty and a little bready. The taste was mostly chocolate with a faint coffee flavor. Pretty mild carbonation which gave it a creamy kind of texture.

I don't like porters all that much, so I'm not a fair judge of this beer. I'd say it was all right, actually in pretty good shape considering it was 10 months past its "best by" date. I'd like to try it fresh and on tap in London for a re-review.

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

A very good example of an english porter. Maybe one of the best.

Pours a deep, rich black with a one finger thick, creamy tan head.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toffee.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and a slight smokey character.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Hey Porter!

Photo of mithrascruor
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a rich, deep black color. Head is about 1/2 in. and rather thick and creamy, with a strong tan hue. The head doesn't linger for too long, but after a few sips becomes a thin film atop the beer, with a bit more around the edges.

Smell: A nice aroma of chocolate, malts, and coffee emerges from this beer, along with a hint of some other rich flavors that I can't quite identify. All very nicely balanced in a complex fashion.

Taste: The taste is very much like the smell, but with a stronger dose of the roasted malts. In addition, there is just the right balance of bitter hops to contrast with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beer feels very smooth, with a slight bit of carbonation. A bit lighter than you might expect from the looks, but still very solid.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, goes down very nice. The ABV is somewhat higher than your typical beer, but it's not that noticable.

I'd never had more than a few sips of porter in the past, but figured I would give this one a try. Although typically I don't really enjoy the flavors of coffee and chocolate, here they come across (somewhat to my surprise) in a extremely enjoyable manner, especially with regards to the smell. I will definitely be having this again.

Photo of doppelmeup
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Very, very dark brown brew with ruby highlights. Half inch off-white head after a vigorous pour. Slowly dissipated, leaving only slight lacing on the glass. This was about the only thing I could find not perfect about this beer.

Smelled of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, some coffee and cream, maybe even some cinnamon toast. Very complex and layered, and it keeps improving as the beer warms. Boy, does this aroma ever make me want to drink this beer!

The taste was fabulous. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, molasses, and just enough hop bitterness to cleanse the palate. The flavors are layered and keep evolving as this beer warms. It is quite possibly the best tasting beer I've ever had!

Smooth, creamy, just thick enough to provide great body without being sticky or cloying. Enough carbonation to keep it light without being fizzy. A slight lingering flavor of coffee and dark chocolate that leaves you wanting more and more.

Extremely drinkable. Moderate ABV and awesome flavor makes for a great drinking experience. I wish I had a few more bottles of this available. It is fantastic.

This ranks as one of the finest beers I've ever had! I was expecting a good beer, and was pleasantly surprised to find a great beer. I've recently tried Stone RIS, and I rate the Fuller's London Porter much higher.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

London Porter is almost black in color with a tall, creamy head. Head's color is a dark tan. Aroma is of roasted malt alongside a sweet caramel. A sip starts with a blast of roasted malt with notes of coffee and charcoal. An underlying caramel sweetness is noticed towards the middle of a sip and only increases towards the finish. This porter has the most roasted malt flavor that I've tasted in a long time which makes the overall mouthfeel very dry. A strong, steady malt flavor make this beer a winner.

Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours dark black with a big fluffy off-white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing.

The aroma has some roastiness and some fruit as well. The smell is like raisins.

The flavor is of dark fruit and chocolate. There seems to be a very mild penny flavor in the finish/slightly metallic.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a great beer and very drinkable. I will always go back to this one.

Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ruby/dark brown - almost black with ruby highlights around the bottom edges - with a 1" bubbly tan head.
The smell was a complex, sweet aroma of chocolate and caramel.
The taste was also complex. Sweet chocolate, rich dark chocolate and caramel all swirled together. It had a smoky, full-bodied taste. It started sweet but was balanced by a bitter/pale ale type of blend in the background.
It was like eating a very rich chocolate cake. It was silky and smooth, but the richness made it akin to eating a heavy chocolate cake. No matter how much you love the taste, you can only eat so much. This is a beer to treat yourself and indulge as a desert or a nightcap!

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

Appearance: dark brown in color with a thick two finger head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: nice roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: a well balanced combination of roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild bitterness, hint of licorice, and a bit of molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this has always been the enjoyable porter in my book, as I find this easy drinking and nicely flavorful. Solid brew.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, rich brown color, the head is a dense frothy caramel mocha cap. Lace is thick and sticky.

Smell is dark fruit, dark roasted malt, chocolate and, yes like the label says, a tad of coffee.

Medium light body, buttery smooth mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one. This was my first Fuller's product, I will have to try the rest of their offerings.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance- Poured a deep, deep brown with some tan/garnet highlights. Head was one finger after pour and left a thick foam throughout the entire beer.

Smell- Nutty, creamy, milky, half and half-ey, slight hints of mocha and toffee.

Taste- Starts out with depply roasted malts. The malt flavors are molasses thick. The nuts and cream come into play in the middle of the tasting. The finish brings together all the malts, nuts, and cream flavors into a nice semi-sweet chocolatey melange.

Mouthfeel- Pretty medium bodied for a pretty dark and creamy looking brew. There were lots of dark tasting flavors to back up the look and smell of this Brew. The palate of this brew is would go very nice with some Hershey's chocolate.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fuller's London Porter

Appearance- dark reddish brown close to black with a moderate head.
Smell- creamy cocoa with a light roasted coffee bean hop aroma.
Taste- very smooth burnt coffee. Very faint flavor.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth, maybe too watered down.

Overall- A decent porter that needs a little more flavor. Not bad.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison. Had been looking for it for a while.

Pours black with ruby highlights under a finger or two of dark khaki foam that lasts to the final drop. Nose is sweet and toasty with notes of toffee and cocoa powder. Taste starts off with the milky-sweet toffee/caramel and transitions nicely into roasted malt, toasted biscuit and a nice coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, gliding through the mouth. Probably the best English porter I've had to date as I have found them to be characterized by thin body and metallic aftertaste, neither of which were found here. Glad to finally find this classic gem.

Photo of goochpunch
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark brown. Almost black. The head is a frothy milk chocolate color, but does not have much of a presence. The first thing noticed as I smell this is fruit. A big, sweet punch of dark fruit. This is shortly followed by a smooth chocolate and coffee mix. I get a lot of dried fruit, nuttiness, honey, and chocolate in the first wave of flavor, which mutes slightly to allow the roasted malt character to shine through. Delicate, lingering bitterness from the malt reminds me of chocolate-covered espresso beans. This is magnificent. The best way to describe what I'm experiencing is to imagine a piece of baklava, drizzled generously with a dark chocolate ganache, dusted with finely ground espresso beans, and served with a side of dates and preserved figs. Mouthfeel is of moderate body, lightly carbonated, with a slight slickness. Really, the mouthfeel here is perfect and is essential in bringing all of these flavors home. Highly drinkable.

At a measly 5.4%, this beer has more character and charm than a lot of the bigger beers people lose their shit over. A nearly flawless porter, and I've yet to find another that even comes close to this.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 12/15/06.

Wow! That's a midnight black pour! No light rays have a prayer escaping this one! Not even when held up to the light.

Aroma is a delicate roasted malt with a touch of sugar. Some baker's chocolate in the nose also.

First swigs: Rich cocoa flavors front the taste. A bit of vanilla bean suggestion with a linger of chocolate milk. Could be some black strap molasses?

Medium to full bodied, some chewiness, and soflty carbonated.

Last swigs: A pleasure to try the model version. Surprised that it took me this long to try it.

Beer is good. Happy world renowned eering.

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

This was a clear, medium-dark brown porter with a two finger head. The head was light beige, much lighter than the color led me to believe is would be.

Aroma was of light roasted malts, with a hint of bitter chocolate accompanied by a bit of sweetness. There were some dark fruits far underneath. Quite good and balanced.

Taste was complex blended roasted malts, with hints of roasted barley and coffee. It was ever so slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel was smooth and silky. Quite good.

Drinkability is rather good... this went down easily. If you're in the mood for a porter, this one is a great choice.

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

Bloody L right, mate! I haven't had this fine ale in about 6-7 years! Granted it's an 11.2 oz. bottle that's dated best before Mar 1, 06, but what the 'ell, I'll give it the the ol' college try. Pours a translucent deep cola color with a fizzy, beige colored head that dissipates rather quickly. I'm not so sure I want to drink this beer because it smells too damn good. Toffee, chocolate-covered-raisin, faint whiffs of chocolate-laden alcohol. The best porter to come from the UK. Spot on. My goodness, I'm in love! I knew I remembered loving this beer, and memories are a fun thing to revisit! The quintessential porter from across the pond.

Revisit 8/24/2007:
Just as good as it's ever been, the bottle I'm savoring now is fresher than the one I reviewed. Full tilt roasty goodness with coffee, chocolate and toffee/caramel notes. An awesome porter.

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

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

pours a deep brown that shines clear purple-ruby against the light. half an inch of off-white head that falls quickly and leaves rings of lace.

powdery chocolate dominates the aroma, with some coffee, raisins, caramel and plums. just a hint of piney hops.

medium-full body with a medium-high carbonation; not incredibly rich, but very smooth. chocolate and dark fruits with a clean, coffee bitter finish. nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable.

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

Poured blackish brown with ruby edges and a half inch head. Aroma is of creamed and dark roasted coffee and chocolate , dark maltiness , and tinge of buttery diactyl. Taste is rich and roasty. Chocolate and coffee flavors dominate , some slightly bittersweet molasses and a bit of hops and smoke. Mouthfeel is creamy with a pleasant bitter/coalish aftertaste. An exellent English porter. Flavorfull and smooth , very drinkable.

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

Pours black with red highlights around the edges, with a one inch tan head that fades to a swirling cap and leaves quite a lot of lace.

Smell; coffee and chocolate are the dominant aromas, along with a bit of toffee and licorice. It's sweet without being overpoweringly so.

Taste; The coffee and bittersweet chocolate come out first as with the smell, followed by the toffee and a bit of a toasted flavor, and in the finish there's a touch of black licorice. There's very little bitterness to this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit dry, and so easy to drink.

Photo of jj21
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan head with good lacing covers a dark brown beer. Aromas of Caramel, chocolate and malt on the nose. Well rounded balance in this beer. The Chocolate and Caramel sweetness works well with the hint of hops. Goes down so smooth. No heavy alcohol presence makes this easy to drink.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.