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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
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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 bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I was a bit sad when I poured this brew and virtually no head developed. The surface had some frothiness which mostly stayed in a ring around the inside of the glass. The color is like black coffee. The smell is faint, but you can detect chocolate, coffee beans, and marshmallow aromas. Very toasty. The taste is similar, with coffee flavor that is somewhat smoky. Decent bitterness. It seems average at first but improves very much over a few sips. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, and the carbonation is fairly low, although it doesn't necessarily feel flat. The overall flavor is solid and while not one of the best I've had, it seems like a beer that I could easily have a few rounds of, especially with the moderate alcohol content.

Photo of NClifestyle
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. tall, skinny black bottle, the ale shows up dark mahogany, nearing black, with a dark tan foamy head that leaves lines of lace all down the glass. Toasted grain, chocolate/caramel and a whiff of smoky cocoa cross the nose, and smell wonderful. The flavor builds on this aroma base and adds a touch of dark chocolate and prunes, finishes with a burnt sugar and an earthy hop bite, but it is not strong at all. London porter is crisp in the mouth, medium bodies, and creamy but somewhat dry. One could drink this creamy beer for hours, and I have.

Cheers...

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

Poured into a pint glass.
Drank at around 40 degrees F. Nice orange/brown color. Head appeared light but was richer than expected.
Smell of pear, roasted malt, caramel.
Taste had slow bite of hops encircled by caramel with a roasting malt aftertaste. Went down smooth and dragged the next sip down with it.
Excellent beer

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

This beer pours a clear, slightly orange brown with a small tan head that left spotty clumps of lace. Smells sweet and tangy like caramel and a touch of green apple with the malt reminding me of a slightly roasted Dopplebock. Tastes of slight chocolate and coffee with a subtle, smooth and sweet sourness that finishes with just a touch of dry hop. Mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. For such a strong flavor, I was surprised at how easily this went down

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

(11.2 oz. ?) Brown bottle with a bulbous neck...date code greatly appreciated, this one is good til may 2006.

Deep chestnut nearly black. Fizzy head goes down to 1/4", pauses for a bit, then turns to gray wisps. The aroma of this beer is amazingly strong for a 5% non-hoppy brew! Stong and appetizing, it screams coffee and red wine to me. One of the few malt-centered beers that I could whiff all day long. Flavor is wonderful too. Charcoal and molasses, coffee and red wine. All I could ask for in a porter. Thin body and low carbonation is pulled off with help from the dryness and acidity. Very easy drinking, this one has a ton of flavor but is not as filling as most stouts or other malt-centric beers. A classic for all time!

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

Fuller''s Porter pours a solid black color with slivers of light at the extremeties and a thin cap of head. Nose is amazingly fresh and delicious with coffee and chocolate malt odors in droves. This has every sign of being a teriffic porter.
The taste is close to divine. The mouthfeel is very mellow and low on carbonation, perfect for the style and also smooth and creamy to the max. The coffee and malt flavors are extremely well presented and seep into the taste buds for a long while after each sip.
This is an outstanding product from Fuller's. I wish I could try it on cask across the pond some time soon, like this summer. If not, the bottle is not too shabby.

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

Dark brown to black with mahogany shades to a light source and a decent tan head. Very nice presentation. Roasty and sweet malt aromas with a touch of caramel on the nose. Tastes much like it smells with just a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty coffee bean finish.

An excellent English Porter ! Need to try side by side with Samual Smith's...

Best Before: 08/29/05
Tasted: 12/16/05

(16.9 oz. bottle emb with lots of brewery info)

Photo of mitchfor3
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the Fuller's bottle - so robust looking, so elegant, and so inviting.

Unfortunately, this particular bottle is a month past its best before date, so I will re-review when I get another sample.

Impressive pour, just what I expected - deep, opaque brown with a light tan head that left good lacing.

Smell has hints of caramel, coffee, but not as much chocolate as I expected.

This is a fine tasting porter, a real classic, but in my opinion it just doesn't hold a candle to Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. The biggest difference was the presence of some slightly "off" flavors late in the sip in the Fullers. Very nice beer for cold winter nights - warming and delicious. Definitely worth a try, recommended, but I do think there are better English porters out there.

Photo of jokelahoma
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep, almost opaque garnet red, bordering on black. The head is nearly non-existent, and what little there is dissipates rapidly, leaving only the faintest of rings around the edge of the beer.

The aroma is mainly of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It's vaguely reminiscent of Kahlua, but more prickly, and with the earthy hop overtones barely making their presence felt. And I do mean barely. The nose is almost all malt, with the roasted grains nearly overwhelming the hops.

The flavor is, remarkably, just like the aroma: Mostly coffee with a tiny amount of chocolate. Again, think carbonated Kahlua, but with less sticky body, far less sweetness, and just enough hop bitterness to balance everything out. Ever so slight licorice or black currant flavors seem to peek out near the end, but duck back into their hiding place before you can pinpoint them, like the beer is playing with your tongue. Simply phenomenal.

As the taste matches the aroma, so the mouthfeel matches the taste. This beer isn't thick, it isn't watery... it's just what you'd expect from a beer that tastes as it does. Just a tad oily, but in a way that enhances the experience of drinking this brew, not detracts from it.

This beer almost perfectly matches what you see with what you taste. What you expect with what you experience. It is quite possible the perfect porter. Amazing.

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

Well this was spot on for a porter. Dark and brown-black with a tanish head giving up lacing. Nice smell of toffee malty goodness meshed with some nice noble hops. Good from the first sip, tastes of dark roasted malt with a tinge of sweetness to round it out and a nice little bit of hops that leave there own floral taste. Well-rounded and very nice a good beer anytime.

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

THis one pours a dark roasted brown dark coffee color, with a tan foamy head that laces and traces in the glass until the last drop.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate malts.

Taste so robust and smokey. Hop spice to the mix and high chocolate malt strength. I can taste the warming alcohol, as I usually do with Fuller's brews. This is a very damn good drink

I just got a good deal on a 12 pack of imperial pints for only $10.99, only because the sell by date was a few months old. I don't care that's damn cheap. And I might just pick up about 5 more of those cases after drinking this bad boy.

Photo of whynot44
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very dark garnet color with a tan head that doesn't last.

Aroma is coffee, caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt.

Taste starts with strong coffee, then caramel, dark chocolate, and finishes with a hops bite and more coffee in the aftertaste.

Very smooth and creamy. If you like Porter's, this one definitely hit's the mark.

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

Poured a deep black with a creamy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of smokey dark malt, sweet caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is rich with the coffee and dark malts. Finish is pleasingly dry with a touch of the sweet flavors lingering. very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Very smooth.

I think this is an excellent example of a porter. A very pleasant session beer. I can't wait to finish the rest of my 6 pack.

Photo of Mandrake
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown that looks nearly opaque. It formed a moderate sized head that was a dark tan and dissipated gradually. The smell was of coffee, chocolate and caramel, with some slight fruitiness. The taste was excellent, with coffee and chocolate being the dominant flavours, and the fruitiness coming through in the finish. Feels substantial in the mouth, but not so thick as to be difficult to drink. Great drinkability, just a wonderful porter all around.

Photo of merlin48
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle pours dark and opaque until backlit, which reveals a clear deep brown body with radiant ruby highlights. Small khaki head is lasting and leaves some wispy lace on the glass.

Aroma is roasty dark malts, with black coffee, dark chocolate, and inviting dark fruit esters of figs and raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfectly moderated carbonation. Smooth and rich.

Taste is rich and dark, as the label proclaims. Bittersweet and milk chocolates, Columbian coffee, and soft dark fruitiness of figs and dates. Hops lend an earthy bitterness that provide an ideal balance. Finishes with a roasty malt bitterness.

This is the benchmark of the English Porter style. Tasty, well balanced, and exceedingly well crafted. Delectable drinkability.

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep black opaque body with a nice thick creamy light tan head that last and last. The few bubbles that rise up on the glass edges are tiny and fast.

S- The smell of fresh roasted malt with some notes of fresh coffee are strong. Hints of dark chocolate and pipe tobacco are faint but and a nice layer.

T- This beer has a nice dark malt and roasted barley taste with a note of sourness to it. A hint of graham cracker is in the background with a finish that is very soft on the hops bitterness but it is there. The dark malt has a nice nutty taste and it is very fresh tasting, like chewing on the malt right out of the bag. The finish has a slight coffee hint with more of a dark chocolate bitterness that offers more flavor than the hops. The finish has a very nice faint sweetness to it.

M- This beer has a medium body with a slight slippery texture. The carbonation is not real high but it is present.

D- This is an amazing porter. The flavors of fresh grain add up to make a wonderful smooth complexity. The slight sweetness is just perfect to bring out the softer flavors with out tasting syrupy.

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

Pours a deep, deep amber. Almost black, not quite. Nice head that stays for quite a bit. Mellows into nice lacing with great stickage.

Aroma is good, but overly chocolatey. It smells nice, but chocolate is very dominate. There is a touch of alcohol in the whiff, however.
Some fig and maple as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth... not harsh by any means.

Taste is excellent. Chocolatey and roasted goodness. Some hop bitterness. Pretty well balanced. Delicious.

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

Pours a clear dark red with tan head that has good retention. Aroma of chocolate and toffee with inviting fruity esters. Taste follows aroma. Well balanced medium bodied brew that is absolutely without any flaws. Finish has the perfect bitterness for this outstanding porter.

Thanks to Fred for sharing this beauty!

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

The beer is a deep brownish black color. It initially formed a smallish khaki head that has died away to a bubbly film. Fine webs of lace are forming on the glass as I drink.

The beer smells delicious—lots of dark chocolate.

The taste of this beer is a rich mixture of bittersweet dark chocolate and black coffee. Very nice.

The beer has a medium body with relatively low level of carbonation. As expected for the style.

This beer is very drinkable—so tasty, and light enough in body to make it a sheer pleasure to quaff.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thick and foamy tan head that bubbles up a bit past the rim of the glass. The body is nearly opaque, but not quite there. Lots of cool lacing patterns making their way around the glass.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts, some bitterness like mocha or coffee, and maybe some hops in there too. Husky, also. Malt sweetness is evident a bit, but not overpowering.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts, with some bitter coffee, chocolate, slight malt sweetness, and finishing dry with hop bitterness on the tongue along with a slight sourness. Top notch stuff.

Mouthfeel: I wish it was a bit creamier, as the carbonation seems a bit scant maybe. Not enough? Otherwise it's good and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: This is a great example of how a porter should be done in my opinion. There are better out there I think, but I'll certainly be having this again. Quality ingredients and a quality brew.

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

What make this porter special is the huge drinkability inherent in its black veins. It has all the roasted malts and such but the smoothness is not a lack of body but rather a perfect balance of all inside. Malty and creamy the finish is dryish with real lingering flavour. The dark cousin of the ESB.

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

Sampled on tap yesterday for "lunch" at Max's. Got confused with so many choices, but all the ABV were high and I had an afternoon meeting. I got nervous, realized porters are good for chilly weather, and went with an excellent choice.

Damn beautiful brew. Black/dark brown with only red highlights available when put up to the light. Thick, middle finger width frothy creamy tan head on top. Staying power? The head had retention all the way to the bottom of the glass. Should've taken a picture of the empty pint to explain lacing.

Sweet aromas. Mostly carmalized malts. Very little choco/cocoa/coffee wiffs. No metalic or sour smells attall

Roasty, nutty, creamy choco/coffee goodness. The mouthfeel was what set this one apart from runof the other porters I've had lately. Just the perfect combination of thick and thin. I'd call it chewy, but it went down smooth as hell.

Overall, rock solid and recommended. Regrettably, my last time in the UK, they only had Pride on cask. This would be even more enjoyable in that manner

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

Poors with a bubbly tan head, the settles down to abouts 1/4" head rather quickly, minimal lace. Mahagony body with superb clarity is a main selling point.

Smell: Choclate, toastyness& raisins, with wiffs of alcohol. a party for the nose

Taste: toastyness, more choclate, and raisins and nuts.

MF: Lots of malt (Slightlty chewy), dryness, and some hop presence on the edge of the tounge & throat. Carbination is good, not great .

I really like this, this is not an "in your face" sort of beer, I could see this as a stable in the cooler months.

BBD of 06-27-05, but I don't really think this suffered too much for it's age. The shop I bought it at takes good care of their high-end ales.

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

Appearance is very dark, which makes sense because it tastes alot like coffee, which it looks like as well. It poured very dark almost black and left a slight head that was a lighter brown that disappeared very quickly. The taste is excellent, like a nutty coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is great, its thick but not too thick. As far as dark beers this is definitely a strong flavorful one. This was served in a british pub in a pint glass here in Jax and I was pleased with it. I would drink this again, and I did, today, again times 3...
I had to edit this as I've been drinking this more and more lately, its become my favorite beer...Cheers!

Photo of neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours to a dark brown, almost black with a perfect tan head that subsides to a cm. Lacks any apparant carbonation, but has a decent spotty lacing.

The nose is of sweet caramelized malts. Only slightly chocolatey, and little to no roastiness or smoke.

The taste is quite good. Carries over from the nose quite nicely, though shows off a bit more roastiness and smoke, also with a more pronounced chocolate. Has a light lingering finish of roast and sugars. A bit nutty and earthy as well. Little hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a porter. Not too thin, but not thick or chewy either. Carbonation and a thinner body washes away most of the flavors letting only a bit of smoke linger on the palate to draw back for more. I wish I had some smoked gouda to accompany...

Quite drinkable. One of the better english porters I've had, and highly recommended.

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