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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,110 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,110
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 158
Gots: 116 | 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 DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Generous light brown head disappeared rather quickly leaving a thin lace on top of the beer and on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very reminiscent of coffee, with strong roasted barley, dark malts and slight graininess. The roasted and dark malts shine through in the flavour, but are nicely balanced by bitterness. Hints of chocolate and molasses. Full bodied with a velvety smooth texture. The finish is dry and has the flavour of roasted malt grains, but without the astringency that often accompanies it. Definitely a world class porter.

DrJay, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours a deep dark black abyss that has a beautiful tan head that is amazing to see. Smell is of brown sugar and molasses, dark chocolate and mocha/coffee smells linger that will melt your heart. Taste is very sweet, brown sugar and molasses/caramel forefront, with roasted malt/coffee aftertones. Beer is light enough where you can drink it in the heat but thick enough to feel you up after a nice meal. Full bodied but smooth and slick as butter, goes down very nicely. Probably the best porter I've had to date, when you are done you will wish you had more.

beertaster13, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black/brown with a nice foamy tan head. Not much going on in the smell department but I did pick up hints of malt and carmel. The taste is where this beer really shines. I like the balance of roasted malts, coffee, and a little sweetness. The carbonation adds a nice balance to all the flavoring and makes it easy drinking. I had to be careful because this was so smooth and went down so easy. I really enjoyed this beer. This is a great example of a porter and I would definitely recommend it.

mattcrill, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of beckerboots
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid after dinner porter. Perhaps a little light for my liking but certainly worth the adventure. Pours deep red/brown with little head and even less lacing. The real gem of this porter is the aroma. Wafting sents of coffee bean and dark chocolate are very apparent but not too overwhelming. Lacks the richness of taste and robustness for a post dinner sipping drink but is still very palate friendly. Little to no aftertaste to speak of and the lack of hardiness helps you almost crave another (Or at least another smell)

beckerboots, Jun 04, 2004
Photo of Ellbert
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights as the light shows through. A light tan head sits atop this beer and leaves a nice layer of foam on top. The lacing is pretty.

Smell: The smell is slight caramel and hints of chocolate. Some roasted character shows up in the nose. A very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Smoky and sweet upfront. I taste some raisins and a cafe mocha type taste. The closing is roasted goodness. It leaves a wonderful aftertaste to close the beer. Very good.

Mouthfeel: This is wonderful. It is very creamy with a medium body. The carbonation is there but subdued with many small bubbles.

Overall a great beer. Even though it is fairly rich it makes a good session beer.

Ellbert, Jun 03, 2004
Photo of Onceeven
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this out by a nice campfire on a cool night, what a treat.

Poured almost black, but transparent with a rich amber when held up to the light. Not much of a head, the tiny one that did show up only lasted a few seconds and was gone. Lacing was spotty, kind of disappointing. This beer smelled great, with a mixture of caramel sweetness, and an earthiness that reminded me of wet leaves. Caramel flavor came through big mixed with a hint of roastiness, and chocolate. I've had a few porters that tasted more like stouts to me, but this one had no identity issues. I did get a little tired of the caramel flavors towards the end of the glass, but this beer still remains a great porter.

Onceeven, May 30, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very thick creamy chocolate milk colored head topped the dark red-brown beer in the glass.

The smell was awesome. A huge coffee and carmel smell.

The taste starts off with a huge rush of coffee flavors that coat the mouth. It turns slightly sweet, taste of carmel much as the smell, and finishs quite dry with a bit of smokieness at the very end.

HochFliegen, May 28, 2004
Photo of irishmoss
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been trying to get this one for a while, and I'm not disappointed.
The appearance deep, dark, opaque black with dense chocolate milk colored head that doesn't go away. There lots of nicely spaced out patches of lace that are tan in color.
The aroma is a deep dark roasted espresso bean that is nearly burnt, awesome. There are also faint malt and caramel whiffs here. When I drank this, there was again espresso, but with chocolate and hints of malt. Nice slight bitterness in the finish that was perfect with a great crisp after taste. Nice thick mouthfeel that's chewy and refreshing. Great drinkability, no matter what time of the day. As a testament to that last statement, I had this for breakfast the other day and the coffee flavors complimented the time of day perfectly. Note: review not written from the morning session...but it was just as good

irishmoss, May 26, 2004
Photo of DPMomutant
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body pours cola-like black, possibly a bit darker. The head is small and fizzy and ends up at nothing quick.

The smell is subtle with hints of coffee, cocoa, and nuts. Not quite as robust as I was expecting.

The taste, however, has a bit more power. The coffee really comes out, a nice dark black coffee. There is a cocoa hint but way more coffee. Still a good taste.

There is a nice balanced carbonation in this beer considering the total lack of head in the pour. Feels pretty smooth going down, really very good.

I find this very drinkable and could easily have a few of these, although I hope future ones will have a bit more head to look better.

DPMomutant, May 18, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. One good beer.
Anyways....
Dark mahogany color, almost non-translucent. Tan head that fades into a solid layer on the top of the beer. Raisins, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, a lot going on in the nose. Taste is wonderfully rich. Chocolate and coffee tones dominate. Hop sare not an afterthought in this beer, however. Thick mouthfeel. Excellent beer, and a very good random selection at the liquor store.

TastyTaste, May 15, 2004
Photo of Ilacquin
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a slight tan head. Head fades quickly with very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is definitely of coffee and a hint of chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavor is awesome, and nearly overpowering. Big punch of coffee, just a little taste of malt and chocolate, and almost no bitterness. Tends to linger on the palate for a while.

Damn fine beer, but the heavy coffee flavor would prevent enjoying more than one or two. Would go great with any chocolate or coffee dessert.

Ilacquin, May 08, 2004
Photo of Salpta
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ruby black up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing from the 1/2" tan head on the glass though it faded quickly. The smell is caramelly sweet, with almost no hoppyness. My first impressions are of roasted nuts, kind of a roasted peanut flavor. Only bitterness i can tell is during the long lingering aftertaste. No really this one has a very LONG lasting aftertaste, which the roasty flavor is predominate. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this porter delicious as an after-dinner or dessert beer.

Salpta, May 06, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at British Beer Company, Hyannis location.

Presentation is an imperial pint glass, with an excellent 3/4" super-dense nitro head over the medium brown brew. Laced excellently with foam coated the glass sides from top to bottom at the end of the drinking experience. Aroma is medium and dark malts, even apparent through the nitro head. Taste was of the malt, then softened with an almost perfect complementary amount of hops. This brew impressed me by being able to blast its flavor through the normally deadening nitro presentation. This ability combined with the nitro-smoothing effect made the mouthfeel and drinkability tops in my book.

ppoitras, May 03, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, and wow. This porter is an amazing brew. A fantastic elixir out of the bottle, this brew had fabulous notes of coffee and chocolate, not to mention roasted malt in the background. The flavour was smooth, with little after taste, although the great flavor lingered, if that makes any sense. Again, great roasted maltiness and chocolate in the flavour. A great brew, truth be told.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, May 01, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the gold standard of Porters, the one by which all others should be judged. Its ruby black with a big tan head. Roasty malt, earthy, chocolatey, coffeeish, delicately hoppy, aromas. The taste is very smooth and rich but not overly rich. There is good malt sweetness in the front with a complex array of other flavors (coffee, chocolate, licorice) in the end there is subtle hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the watery side of creamy (whatever that means) and is very excellent. strongly reccommended.

CAMRAhardliner, Apr 29, 2004
Photo of pezoids
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a deep and dark reddish brown. At first the beer seems opaque, but when held up to the light, the beer reveals its clarity. Thin creamy head topped the beer off. The aroma is dark and rich with roasted coffee and sweet toffee notes and dark fruits. The taste yields sweet chewy caramel and syrupy molasses. Sort of reminds me of cough syrup. There?s some bittersweet chocolates in there, too. Strong bodied that finishes with a dark and chocolate bitterness and a pleasant sweetness. A fine porter that has a lot to offer.

pezoids, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the immense please of celebrating St. George's day at the Grey Lodge Pub in Philly. A very rare appearance of Fuller's on-tap. This beer is quite impressive. Off of the bottle, the coffee flavors are more powerful. On-tap, less so. But I'm rounding up. However, the flavor profile was still pretty good and in a weird way made it more drinkable. Looks great too. It was dark and a creamy head. This is an incredibly good beer from a world-class brewery.

GeoffFromSJ, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown body, almost no head, what is there is tan and leaves fast. You really have got to let this warm to appreciate the flavors. The nose is very chocolatey with vanilla and dark fruits. Palate is slightly grapey vinous with lots of plums, chocolate and a nice restrained roasty bitter finish. Hints of coffee and licorice in the finish. Smooth medium mouthfeel with friendly cleaning carbonation. Complex malt flavors as it warms and remarkably balanced.

Rastacouere, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of dippy
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good porter.

A nice dark dark brown beer. Tan thick head.

Smells of a dark roast, slightly sweet maybe bitter chocolate.

Tastes like burnt coffee, not that that is bad, I've just never had a coffe with a roast this deep. Not a as sweet in taste but the malt is evident.

Light to medium body, watery, not badly just not perfect. Light to no carbonation.

One of my favorite porters, and I don't really love them.

dippy, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of twilight
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks almost black, but up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing on the glass and though the head is gone, a pretty soap bubble ring lines the edges of the glass. The smell is caramelly, and even though I've not had much experiences with porters, I really can't resist the smell of caramel in a brew. My first impressions are of coffee, that roasty quality, but with the bitter acid astringency most found in java. I'm not dissing it, though. I can't drink coffee because it upset my stomach, so this is definitely a wonderful welcome. I do want to try other porters, so I'll come back to this style.

The beer is so good, it's like drinking a good strong version of coffee. Not for the faint of heart in terms of the roast, but something that would definitely go down easily. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this a quick quaffer. Beautiful.

twilight, Apr 19, 2004
Photo of Trentonator
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours nicely, and smells wonderful. The head is a bit disappointing, it starts strong, but dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing. Taste is chocolatey, coffee-like, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. This Porter is very smooth and drinkable, and is not at all bitter or heavy. It's like a cup of really really smooth cappucino. I really liked this beer.

Trentonator, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 2.6oz bottle, this beer was a dark brown with ruby hues. Held to the light it was a glorious garnet liquid with a milk chocolate brown head. The retention was fair, although it left little lace on my pint glass. Its aroma was of chocolate and little else, but out was strong and inviting. The chocolate flavors were much more subdued than I had expected from the aroma. There is little hopping, but some burnt malts provide a balance to the sweetness. It's a decidedly British beer, light in the mouth and a little creamy. It would make a fine session brew.

AllThingsNinja, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of IronDjinn
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, it's always a pleasure for me to do business with Fuller's. This London Porter pours out nearly black in hue, a deep mahogany when held up to the light. Creamy off-white head that soon fades to a thin mottled cap upon the ale. Earthy aroma at first, faint coffee and chocolate, and a dry woody smokiness. Earthy coffee flavour, tapering off to a smoky aftertaste, like pipe tobacco. Full but very dry mouthfeel, with a lingering roasted husk aftertaste. I'm not a smoker myself, but I could see this accompanying a pipe quite nicely, or any very smoked meat dishes. A very nice change from some of the very cloyingly sweet porters that I have sampled in the past. I must salute northyorksammy for enabling me to finally sample this after itching for it for so long.

IronDjinn, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of 99bottles
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours rather thin. It has a mostly brown, somewhat tinted red color and a wimpy little tan head that vanishes like a magic trick.
It smells good enough. It has a strange nose. Roasted malt like a stout sticks out first with some small hop bitterness. Smoke and damp leaves, like earth (dirt) in the long afterbreath. Nice.
Taste is nutty and full. Smell follows through in taste, with more chocolate and especially nut flavor. Still very damp and musky. It's nice. It's what I imagine an old English beer ought to taste like.
Mouthfeel is thin. I guess that's not exactly bad. I could drink a bunch of these, and think I had just taken some coffee and crumpets. Boy, as you move on through the beer, the coffee really shows itself. I'm not sure that's a good thing.
All in all, this is a really good porter and one of the originals that our pals in UK have drank for centuries. It's good enough to have as many as you can grab.

99bottles, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a little light for a porter. It is a deep, transparent red, not black or brown. The nose is quite nice though. Big roasted, nutty goodness floating out of the glass. The flavor is nicely balanced between smooth, malty goodness and rough, roasted sharpness. Hops are detectable, but in balance. The finish is a little strange, quite dry. Mouthfeel is wanting, not as creamy as I'd like. Overall, a quite drinkable beer.

cerevisiaephilus, Mar 25, 2004
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,110 ratings.