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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,142 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,142
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 163
Gots: 126 | 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 Boilermaker88
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented as pictured with a "best before" date of 01-13-04 on it. Sitting on my kitchen counter, Fullers LP looks black with some dark brown edges and has a creamy 1½" mocha colored head which thinned out to a smallish cap and reformed briefly when aggitated.
LP has a powerful, lush aroma of roasted malt, fresh coffee and hints of pipe tobacco and licorice. A very enticing blend of scents.
LP's taste is even better than the smell. Roasted malt and strong coffee dominate with some mild dark fruits adding a splash of sweetness. Moderate bitterness and a faint smokiness finish up a satisfying taste experience. LP gets better as it nears room temp.
Feel is of velvet creamy smoothness.
Man, this is a great beer! I'm really coming around to enjoying porters and stouts and IMO this is a clear leader in the porter style. Fullers has been brewing since 1845, according to the bottle, and they've certainly hit the bullseye with this beer.

Boilermaker88, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of PZuke
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown to even black in dark light out of an 18.6oz bottle. It has a small tan head. The smell is very chocolaty and very strong with roasted malts. The taste is of roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and coffee. It has a very smooth feeling while still a little watery. It is bitter and has some earth tones. While this is not my favorite style of beer I would still have to say for its style it is a good beer and worth the time invested in it.

PZuke, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of Nytemare
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a very dark red with a tan head. Head disappeared pretty quick, just leaving a thin white ring around the rim. Only a little carbonation.

Smell: Rich, ripe fruit, molassis, and roasted malt. Slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: I think I served this too cold. It started out tasting heavily of ripe fruit, grapes, maybe plums, with a nice roasted malt backbone, but as it warmed, the fruit flavor became less overpowering. At that point some molassis came through with a nice creamy roasted malt coffee flavor as an aftertaste. As it started to warm, it started to really shine. It was good cold, but it was better closer to room temp.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Fairly full bodied. Left a nice oily film in the mouth with a nice aftertaste that lasted for several minutes.

Drinkability: I could be happy drinking this every night. It's one of the best porters I've had at this point.

The freshness date on this bottle was 2/3/2003 so it was 7 months past it's prime. I don't know if this had any adverse effects upon it because even at 7 months past, it's quite good. I would really like to have this fresh sometime, but in Oklahoma that'll probably be fairly difficult, and at 9 bucks a 6 pack, it won't be something I'll buy a lot of, but all in all, very tasty.

Nytemare, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of mydeadguy
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beauty pours a rich black color, giving way to a deep red in indirect light from the window. a caramel/brownish head with a scent that is hard to beat. roasted malts, sweet fruits, etc.
the taste is both smooth and slick, both sweet and bitter, with faint alcohol overtone. quite complex really. absolutely drinkable..i could have a few and smile the whole time. another quality brew from Fuller's.

mydeadguy, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Excellent, better turned out than the Queens Guard. A Victorian style, dark brown thick heavy glass bottle that has a distinctive shape; a tall wide body with a short thin neck contains a mighty 1 Pint 2.6 fl.oz. The oval black label with the red Fuller’s logo has the words London Porter in gold edged white letters above the words ‘Rich & Dark’. Above and below the obverse paper label the bottle has the words “Independent – Family Brewers” embossed on the bottle. The small black & gold edged paper neck label has the Fuller’s Griffin looking proud next to the words ‘Imported from England” just above similar embossed symbols on the bottles shoulder. Best before 13-Jan-04. Even the crown cap is color coordinated. Extremely High Quality presentation.

Appearance: Lovely deep brown, clear dark roasted chestnut body that looks black when not backlit. Huge brown head forms when poured. Average carbonation, swirled it quickly rebuilds the fading the head, that although it collapses, it always has a ¼” collar-like presence.

Nose: Roasted malts break the surface, some light coffee hints and a dry odor, no sweetness at all.

Taste: More, hydrophobic, ‘dry’ bitter roasted malts intermingled with some fresh coffee flavors, more astringent bitterness from the hops and a smooth lingering burnt finish that encapsulates all of the aforementioned characteristics. Another classic beer from Fuller’s - I love this beer!

Mouthfeel: Solid creamy entrance, smooth and comforting. Velvet like matt coating of the tongue, silky coffee bitterness and more malts; these are the gorgeous residue that is left in the mouth after swallowing. Sheer, wanton, luxurious and very “moor-ish”.

Drinkability: Oh yes, I would most probably pass out before I reach saturation point drinking this porter. Highly quaffable.

Overall: Another high quality offering from Fuller’s – would you expect anything less of this classic Independent London Family Brewer that always puts quality first? I think not. I simply cannot believe that this is not available in Cask format, maybe one day.
Highly Recommended.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some nice ruby highlights a lighter head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma is sweet and roasted with some light cofee aromas lingering.Nice and complex beer somewhat sweet with nice earthy tones, a rich marshmellow-like finish.A nice rich and sustaining porter very well made for sure.

oberon, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of Jon
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby-brown with a thin tan head. Decent retention with some lace remaining on the glass. Smell is an inviting combination of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Taste is essentially more of the same with a minor Goldings hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch watery and thin. Easily drinkable, just not as full and palate-coating as I prefer in this style. Nonetheless, a very good English porter from a world-class brewery.

Jon, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

18.6oz imperial pint

This beer poured a small but thick off white/tan head with a black, reddish, but very dark rootbeer colored body.

The nose was big and chocolatey. Sweet milk and dark chocolate. Some slight wood, chicory even, lots of roasted barley smells. Very inviting.

It had a medium body with a very soft, but present, roasted barley taste. Slight meat flavors. A very nice subtle earth hop. Chocolate and a slight espresso/coffee touch. Surprisingly bitter with a firm touch of an earthy bitter hop.

It ends quickly and a little watery with a punch of roasted barley bitterness.

A great example of a true enlgish porter. It's not a stout and it's not an ale. It meets somewhere in the middle in perfect harmony.

taez555, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a low thin head that form a ring around the glass. Color is light ruby and crystal clear. aroma is roasted malt--very low-key and not loud at all. Flavor is roasted grains with sweet maltiness balanced by just the right amount of hops. Finishes with a lingering roastiness that is pleasing. Must have on tap next time if available!

EagleTalon, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.26 oz brown bottle with raised lettering and a best by date (which I’m about 4 months late for)
Aroma: Smokey malt nose with hints of chocolate and some floral hops.
Appearance: Black with nice clarity and some blood red coming through with serious backlighting. Quick tan head that quickly faded into a light covering that laced the top of the glass, but didn’t last long into the beer.
Flavor: Classic porter taste. I’m not a fan of the porter style, but this was a clean taste. The roasted malts were balanced with a biscuit base, leading to a bitter/sweet combo that went down well.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, on the edge of a chew.
Overall Impression: One of the more enjoyable porters I’ve found. A well made beer with great drinkability. If you’ve had to move a lot of heavy things today, and need to reward your efforts, this is a good choice.

HardTarget, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of Scoats
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dang... what a perfect porter (sorry Bert Grants). Whether just having one or as a session beer this beer is perfect. Everything is just right with this beer. It's a wonderful balance of malty and hoppy and chocolatey. I have a new beer to put on my list of favorites.

Scoats, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color, medium head. Nice chocolate and coffee aroma. Full bodied porter. Deep roasted malt flavor. Rich complex flavors; cocoa, chocolate, and coffee. Smooth taste. Slightly sweet. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and round. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Very Nice beer.

beerguy101, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Fuller's London Porter

Rounding out a Fuller's tripel play this evening, I dig into a London Porter. This beer appears to be very dark and almost black, but reveals itself to be the deepest crimson when held up to a light. The head is tan and fluffy and the lacing is consistently present all the way down the glass. Aromas are of roasted malts and some light smokiness. Taste a sweet creamy milk chocolate with a slight burnt bitterness at the end. There is a light smokey feel to the taste as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but still refreshing as a porter should be. Overall this is a very unique porter and I really enjoyed the light smokey feel of it.

TripelJ, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is great. The scent of roasted barley, black patent, and crystal malts comes across well, but not too bold. The taste is sweet and rich; dark malts all the way. There is a strong taste of chocolate malt surrounded by the before mentioned patent, crystal, and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a heavy bodied ale that isn't a gusler, but is certainly one to enjoy.

WesWes, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the things I love about this beer is that it actually fills my nonic imperial pint glass. I wish all beers came in this size.

For a porter, this is definitely an assertive example, especially with hops that surprised me with their strong presence in the flavor profile. The hops start out bitter in the front and built during the middle only to fade into the finish and linger for a bit afterwards. A bit of burned bread is dominate in the middle of the flavor and while I'd be surprised if smoked malt is part of the mash, something's making me think of a campfire. A surprisingly good example of what a porter can be. Warm and toasty, but not as big and chunky as their huskier brothers, the stouts.

aracauna, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's had a very nutty flavor and goes down sweet. It finishes with a little hoppiness that balances out the initial intense malt flavors. Kind of a lighter but the taste makes up for that and then some! My favorite london style porter as of yet.

granger10, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown, thin tannish head that evaporated far to fast but leaves impressive sticky, spotty ink-blot lacing. Smell is deeply roasty/toasty malts with a slight burntness with notes of hazelnut, dark toffee, and coffee. Taste is a fair amount of roasted malts, burnt-like toast and coffee, a bit acidy in the middle into the end where a tiny little fruityness slips in, finishing with a hoppy mellow dryness that balances well. Feel is medium to thin in abundance, no real richness or heftyness to be found for my idea of a robust porter. Its a solid porter by many means and quite a good drinker, I was hoping for more though.

tavernjef, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep chestnut color, with a big, even, and foamy tan-colored head. Had some lace but a wide network of staining.

Smell was rich, of chocolate, coffee beans, and walnuts. Taste was strongly of dark coffee, roasted malt. Almost burnt tasting, it built up an almost acidic taste toward the end. Some good hops came late but don’t try to do too much, as they added the right type and amount of balance. The finish was dry.

Had the thin body of a traditional porter; its appropriate mouthfeel was a little more than watery but not coating. I'd call this more of a session version of the beer, subtle and carefully done. Not made heavy to be something it is not (i.e. a stout), and like all Fuller’s beers it is solid.

nomad, Jun 19, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ive overlooked this for far too long and it was time to try it. poured almost black, a deep brown with a small offwhite head. smells of coffee and roasted malt. the taste is near perfect, smokey roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. good balance of everything. the mouth feel is lighter than i expected, slightly creamy but not heavy at all. the drinkability is extremely high as this does not weigh you down or hit you like a brick with a high abv. this is going to become a common member of my fridge.

DESTRO, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a tall, thin 12oz bottle with a best before date stamped on the back.

Poured a clear mahogany with huge off-white head. Left clouds of lacing as the head retreated.

Aromas of roasted malt, toffee, and smoke with hints of grease and bacon.

Tasted of roasted malt, smoke, and mild grease. Great mouthfeel, clean, smooth, and creamy. Wonderful. I can't believe how good this was. I thought it would be just an average mass produced porter. I was wrong.

Loki, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this baby for years (whenever I can find it). It is the standard against which all porters should be measured. More like a stout than a porter to me, from a taste perspective.

Pours out a deep brown, almost black, with a nice tan head. The smell is enticing, but not overpowering, with a smoky hint of coffee and chocolate malt. Taste is superb, creamy hints with the malt and chocolate hint coming through nicely. Mouthfeel is on the velvety side, though not as smooth as it could be. Overall a fantastic brew that's in my top 20 easily..

euskera, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok at last i found this baby in Salem..I like my local Roth's grocer store they seem to have a good beer manager.
Comes in the rather handsome brown bottle with the great but simple Fullers label.
WEll what can one say this is the perfect porter to look at..a dark gartnet coloured beer with a massive coffee and creme head but it doesnt hang around to long and is replaced by exquisite laceing.
The aroma is perfection too very robust roasted malts good quality dark roast coffee comes to mind, Perugia dark unsweetened chocolate..lovelly could smell this all night.
Wonderful tasteing beer all of the above with a certain luxurious creaminess ..mmm delicious.
Wonderfully smooth on the tongue ( not in a bland way) yet still adventurous,
At only just above 5% this is a great drinking porter.
My first "5" and im happy I eventually gave it out : )

Reidrover, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a thick deep reddish black with only one half a finger of light tan head, which dies down right after poured. There is almost no lacing left on the glass. The smell is fabulously strong with coffee and caramel notes. The taste is very smooth for a porter. Bits of coffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate with a snap of hops at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong. At 5.4%, this is a very drinkable porter as well.

SheepNutz, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Porters to begin with and for me, Fuller's London defines the style. It epitomizes robust. Poured a deep black with a cafe au lait head that was not too think but very creamy, especially for a bottle. The smell was deep, damp and earthy with aromas of sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste was rich and dark with serious notes of coffee dominating the taste and a well placed bitter hop finish hidden deep within rolling waves of toasted malts. The mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy and thick for a porter, but it was not at all obtrusive. If you are attempting to introduce a friend to Porters use this as an archetype.

GreatPondBrewer, May 28, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Porter-brown with a light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with an alcohol presence. Very smooth and creamy. One of the creamiest porters I've had recently. Crisp and only slightly bitter. This is one of the finest Porters I've had the pleasure of knowing. I'm not real high on English bottles but this is an outstanding example. Flavor is rich and nearly perfect for it's style. Chocolate stands out with hops complimenting roasted malt. Thanks for the recommendation John!

BierReise, May 28, 2003
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,142 ratings.