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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,199 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,199
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 169
Gots: 147 | 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 avylover
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice looking brew. Not straight black, rather a deep,deep mahogony that one can see through and a creamy white head. The aroma is subtle, but very good. mostly coffee bean notes along with a few fruity esters. The taste...wow. This is by far one of the tastiest beers i've had in awhile. Strong coffee,malted milk, some lactose type sweetness, and a very slight butterscotch kick in the finish....just all around yummy. And the finish is good and dry. Great slick mouthfeel with tiny bubbles, making this one drinkable brew, regardless of style....awesome!

avylover, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of FirstMan
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shapely bottle and tasteful label lend credibility. A nice change from the basic bottle.

Pours out dark, almost black with ruby hues along the edges. These stand out beautifully against the light. The head isn't foamy like some porters, but rather made up of tiny bubbles. It quickly dissipates into a thin layer that never quite breaks to reveal the beer beneith and sends little arms up the side of the glass.

The smell is complex and my favorite part of this beer. Strong notes of dark chocolate and a light smoky presence. A good strong inhale brings out the complexities and sweetness of the malt.

A somewhat tart start on the tip of the tongue almost immediately dissipates into a mellow, warm, smoky flavor filling the mouth. Strong chocolate flavors are balanced by a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but with enough carbination to keep it interesting.

Overall just a really wonderful English Porter. If you get a chance to have it on tap, don't pass it up. It's good in the bottle, but the draft is just splendid.

FirstMan, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

They recently got this on cask and beer engine at my local pub, so I had to try it. It poured a very dark color with red around the edges, a small head that had really good retention and left a little lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very subdued. Lots of chocolate flavors with a small bit of coffee in the back. Slightly bitter finish. Very clean. Thick and creamy body. Drinkability on this one was wonderful. I'm not sure how it is out of the bottle, but I'm sure I'll be finding out really soon.

clvand0, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, ruby-tinted mahogany color. Smells of malted chocolate. Taste is quite good, although a bit different from other porters I've had. It has a malted chocolate flavor, with some coffee-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly full.

Overall, this is a darn good porter. I've been meaning to try it for a while now, but this single I bought by mistake (I thought I had grabbed a London Pride). I'm glad I did. Although it's not super-special, it's definitely worth a try, more than once in a while. A nice break from those big winter brews.

skybluewater, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of wisnerd
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark with a red hue, but still translucent under the right light. A well rounded creamy head appears on entry but reduces to a lace around the edge of the glass within a minute. Has the distinct aroma of a porter, coffee-like and smokey but this one smells slightly sweet. This is confirmed by the taste but it is not overpowering- the beer still retains a strong malty flavour. Goes down smooth and not too thick, just the right amount of carbonation, with an aftertaste that lingers nicely and encourages me not to let my glass sit idly.

I love this beer and will readily chose it when I'm in the mood for a tasty and hearty beer, however its cost does influence me at times. I like to enjoy this with spicy foods like wings or chili, it's a good contrast and cuts the heat if I need it. Highly recommended for all occasions though.

wisnerd, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of rousee
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of what I expected of this. Nice beer though. Pours a ruby tinted dark chocolate color. Very little head and some wispy foam on top. Leaves no lace. Some dark roasted malt and vinous character too. Pretty good on a winter night. Tastes like a basic porter should. Similar to the nose--dark roasted malt, chocolate caramel coffee profile not nearly as bitter as some porters. Mouthfeel is nothing noteable but good still. This thing excels in drinkability--very smooth not too high on the ABV--a pretty nice example of this style.

rousee, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a very dark ruby body, without much light it looks almost jet black, tan head with fair retention and some lacing

Smell, malt, some hint of smoke, charcoal, dark chocolate

Taste, thick dry coffee flavour, strong espresso coming through, strong hint of smoke again

A fantastic example of an english porter, everything you could ever want from a porter. I had this with profiteroles and it complemented them beyond belief, fantastic

cypressbob, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of CVC
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Best before 16/Oct/03."

Came in an 18.8 oz. dark bottle; served in a pint glass.

Pours black with a thick, slow-dying, tannish three-finger head. Leaves rings of lace all the way from the top of the glass to the bottom. Smells and tastes heavily of roasted malts, and some chocolate, toffee, and raisins. Not much hops, medium carbonation. Medium-bodied and creamy mouthfeel, and is very drinkable.

An excellent porter all around. This is one of the more popular beers by Fuller's, and for a good reason: it's damn good. Can pair-up easily with anything meaty. And even though this particular bottle is over a year expired, it still tastes just as good as it always does.

CVC, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of walleye
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle best before 10/17/04. pured a deep mahogany, with a nice tan head. aroma bitter sweet chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, plums and prunes, hard time taking my nose away from this one. flavor, toffee, chocolate, raisins, honey, malts, cherries. mouthfeel was a nice and smooth and just enough bitterness

walleye, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this one is a classic, not sure why I have taken so long to write some notes on this one. On tap at 'bones. Very black, low head. Aroma is low and roasty. Medium body, this one is all about the malt. There's some pleasant roasty flavors, followed by a low hop finish. The beer does exactly what's expected with having any over the top notes or sore thumbs sticking out.

PatandDavid, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of unit555
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color in the class the is actually a deep, very dark red when held to the light. The initial head was excellent but disappeared quickly leaving lots of spiderwebs on the side of the glass.

The smell is full and makes you believe the beer will be quite hoppy but the taste is quite smooth and sweet. I think I get chocolate off the taste but it is difficult to describe.

The mouthfeel is smooth initially but has a but of a bite right after you swallow. Overall an easy drinking beer with a lot of taste.

unit555, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of John1985
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a velvety black with an ample head that laces down the glass. Aroma of chocolate and raisins, the taste was full of rich malt gliding across the palate. The mouthfeel was a bit thin but the porter was very easy drinking. This is the only porter I could call quaffable. Overall a fine porter but I wished it was a bit more hoppy for my taste.

John1985, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of AlexJ
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch-black with a light brown head that dissipates quickly into a thin veil. Very little lacing. Smells sweet and malty, toasted grains, cocoa and espresso. Taste is full of chocolate, coffe, and dark roasted malts. There is a modest hop flavor but it's enough to provide balance. Light mouthfeel with smooth and light carbonation. A yummy porter that is fit to drink all night long.

AlexJ, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of BDTyre
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter is by far my favourite style. This was the first porter I ever had, and I bought purely to give a genuine English beer a try. I fell in love with it instantly.

Sadly, porter is not widely available here in Vancouver, so I have sampled but a few. Fuller's is one I keep returning too and buying in quantity.

It pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head. The head disipates quickly, but leaves a nice lace. It smells vaguely of chocolates with a definite malt scent. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts. Smoky and strong, fit for drinking with a meal or as a meal. Thick mouthfeel, as a porter should be, but not so thick as to be undrinkable.

I could definitely drink three or four of these, but it can be overwhelming to some. Like a true porter, almost a meal in itself.

BDTyre, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.Dark brown, nearly black with some slight ruby highlights. Very thin wispy head. No retention. Not much lace on the glass. Slight chocolate and roast smell. Also notes of charcoal. Nice rich roast flavor with a hint of coffee. Slight hop bitterness to help balance out the beer. Medium body, low carbonation. Overall a good beer. Nice example of the English style. Good drinkability.

Bierguy5, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy slightly tan head with good retention; fades to a thin whispy sheet that remains throughout the pint. Some spotty lacing with above average strength. Dark brown, slight black in color with a deep reddish hue.

Vanilla, milk chocolate, and light coffee tones. Mild roasted malt sweetness. The aromatics are similar to a coffee frappe with a lot of chocolate syrup.

Milk chocolate and vanilla flavors followed by a medium hop bite. A roasted coffee malt bitterness at mid sip. The aftertaste is extremely inviting: vanilla, coffee, and a bit of hazlenut. Very flavorful and pleasant.

Medium bodied; this porter's low amount of carbonation really makes its flavors stand out. Smooth, creamy, and warming on the palate.

A great choice for a Fall/Winter night yet packed with flavor to enjoy year round. This drinks a lot like a stout, but it's light enough on the palate and tasty enough to drink as a nice session porter. Worth a try.

NEhophead, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial pint bottle, in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark, very opaque, with a reddish tint around the edges. Slight tan head.

Aroma: Sweet, caramel-chocolatey malt.

Flavor/Body: Dark-chocolate, coffee-like malt flavor, slight bitterness to keep it from being cloying, but still sweet, especially at the end, when coffee flavors develop more fully.

Porters and stouts are among the beers I'm least inclined to drink much of, but there's a lot of good stuff to appreciate in this one.

allengarvin, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you decant the beer it appears brown, but in the glass it looks pitch black and has fine carbonation. The head is tan and chunky and is sticking around for most of the pint and it leaves rings of sticky lace around my glass.

The aromas of chocolate and tobacco make this beer irresistible. I have never experienced a beer that smells like this. I am very impressed by this porter. The flavor is soft and balanced and bitter dark chocolate dominates, with just enough hops to dry up the finish. This is a very well balanced porter and I will be revisiting this beer often.

RushLimbmalt, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer served to warm up my beer sense this evening. It poured a very dark brown, with just hints of ruby coming through and without any head and no ring around the top of the beer. The nose is really nice full of coffee and hints of chocolate. I really like this one. The taste is outstanding. It starts out very much chocolate and fades to a really nice bitter coffee. There is just a touch of hop bite to let you know it is there as well. The feel is moderate to thick, pretty good for the style. The drinkability is as good as it gets. The is one of the best porters I have ever had. I will definately be trying this beer again soon.

kmpitz2, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of chunkylover53
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is blacker than the blackest recesses of my withered little heart. It's got a beautiful, off-white head that dissipates quickly but laces really nicely.

Smell is nutty and full of roasty goodness.

The taste is quite complex. Chocolate with hints of banana and caramel. The caramel gets stronger as the beer warms.

Overall an excellent beer.

chunkylover53, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice dark brown with slight ruby tones. The head faded away but there's still some pretty good lace being left behind.

Roasted malts dominate the smell and the front of the taste. Slight chocolate and coffee bean flavors set in, then hops take the finish. It's balanced and very well done. The taste really gets good after it warms a bit.

This is a great beer.

watermelonman, Oct 27, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours darkest of browns. Rich chocolaty nose. Minimal off white head, some light lacing. Medium body and light carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel, lots going on here. Lots of chocolate, expresso and mocho flavors. Classic of the style, wonderful tasty brew. Great with BBQ.

Billolick, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with an off-white head that subsides quickly. The aroma is of sweet malt balanced by a dry, burnt black malt aroma with no hops to be detected. The taste is very flavorful as the dark malts are no the only thing to be tasted in this beer. Porter was a blend of stale/old ale and new pale ale and brown ale, if this is to be a single sytle that incorporates all three then i will say that i believe iot could be true. The dark malts give us the brown aleish character as well as the dry, sharp stale ale flavor while possesing more hops than a stout so we can attribute these flavors to the pale aleness. With a rich malt profile the dark malts dont; overpower this brew due to a sweet maltiness that is hard to percieve as it blends into the whole malt flavor. A bit of hop flavor in the mix keeps thing interesting so that it is clear this is not a stout. Light carbonation lends a smooth mouthfeel to this beer and it is a nice porter that would make a pretty good session beer as well.

RenoZymurgist, Oct 09, 2004
Photo of SaunaKing
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent head that laces the glass as it recedes. The head is dense but settles quickly. The aroma is of rich chocolate - not the type in most candy bars - and coffee grounds. The taste is great, more chocolate than coffee and a very smooth mouthfeel with a creamy finish. Highly drinkable too. I haven't had a porter before and this sat in my fridge for two weeks because I didn't think I'd like it but this is an awesome brew.

SaunaKing, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pub Italia in Ottawa, ON. Dark black with ruby edges and a ruddy brown head that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. Aromas are all deep roastd malts, chocolate, espresso, green herbal hops, and biscuity breads. The taste is a wonderful blend of espresso flavors, green herbal hops, biscuity malts and lovely roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and nice, but noticeably inferior to the cask version of this beauty. The drinkability, as always, is excellent. Quite a good pint on tap, but simply sublime in it's cask conditioned form.

francisweizen, Sep 21, 2004
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,199 ratings.