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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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1,897 Ratings

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Ratings: 1897
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of WissBrauSean


4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle on this beer is great. Not only is it an attractive label, but homebrewers can reuse it to showcase their beers as well.

It pours a very dark brown/black that is almost opaque, but does allow light through highlighting some deep reds. It's not hazy but clear as you can tell by the bottom of the pint glass in my picture. The head is minimal and stays as a tan/brown ring around the glass mostly and has a decent dispersed polka-dot pattern that is pretty minimal.

I served this beer to myself too cold, which means that I am going to have to drink it slower that I desire so I can experience more of the aromas. I was first struck with roasted coffee and chocolate. I feel like dipping it in my fish tank water to heat it up. There are some notes of vanilla, caramel sweetness and some bread along for the ride. As I drink it and it warms up, I will make note of any other aromas if they occur.

The flavour is pretty much the same as the aroma. Creamy sweet maltiness starts off on the tip of the tongue and works its way back. By time it reaches midway it is in full force and the bittering hops become palpable while tastes like coffee, chocolate and, most importantly, vanilla start to show through to the end making it truly very smooth and creamy. Hints of bread also dabble in the mix.

The mouthfeel is sensational. Smooth and creamy dominate the drink with a nice moderately full body. The bittering hops take you through to the end leaving a medium dry, wanting feeling on your palate begging for another sip. The carbonation, mildly moderate to really help with the creamy soothing feel of the beer.

Overall, I would have to say that this is TOTALLY world class! I'm going to have to give this high 4's in most of the categories and ultimately the same for the overall score.

To H.E. double hockeysticks with the big boy beers! Get out there and taste what really makes a beer like this a craft. It was crafted long ago and perfected over the years. There is ages of experience in this beer and you have to give it a try. If you hate dark beers, this is by no means a mild dark beer, but it is one of the best and you owe it to yourself to try it. I guarantee that in the least you will appreciate this beer as a quality beer. You may not like it, in which case I would deem you insane, BUT you will know what a good beer truly is. Life is too short to waste on watered down experiences, go full throttle! *enter rebel yell here*

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 00:40:17 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a just a bit of light coming through. Excellent lacing and good foam. Surprisingly light in appearance despite the color.

Smell: Tobacco is the main thing here. Some molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate. A hint of coffee. I love the smell, but would like it to be a bit stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Roasted tobacco and some maple syrup. A bit too subtle for my liking, but it is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is definitely too thin, but not flat.

Overall Drinkability: This strikes me as an excellent example of an English Porter. Not my favorite style of porter, but this one is worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 21:52:55 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of T100Mark


4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce Euro bottle in a shaker pint glass. A very nice looking bottle.

Appearance - Very dark. Tan head that doesn't stay around for long. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Big nose. Semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste - Semi-sweet chocolate. Malty. Oatmeal. Really smooth.

Mouth - Full bodied. Again, really smooth. Light on the carbonation.

Overall - What a great beer! Bold yet smooth. Complex yet chugable. How do the English do it?

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 02:49:21 | More by T100Mark
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Fuller's beer ever. I'm more of an American IPA/DIPA guy, so I don't get into the English beers too much. Gift from my boss poured into a Guinness pint glass

A - Very dark chestnut brown, but not completely opaque with about a half finger of light tan head. Head quickly dissipates but the lacing is very persistent and sticky.

S - Coffee dominates overall, with dark chocolate and roasted molasses following.

T - Whoa! More chocolate in the taste than anything else. There is also a fair amount of roasted coffee. You can definitely taste a slightly metallic tinge in the finish, but the flavor and aroma hide it pretty well. A little bit bitter and earthy in the finish, maybe a hint of smokiness. Superbly well balanced.

M - Leaves the lips sticky. Creamy and smooth yet surprisingly light bodied for all the flavor here. Low carbonation.

O - A fantastic sipping, English style porter that is perfect for the colder months of the year. A must try if you like darker beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 02:34:13 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of atr2605

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a creamy tan head with nice retention
S-toffee, chocolate, grain
T-Bittersweet chocolate, with a slight roasted toasty flavor that leads to a toffee and sweet chocolate flavor
M-medium bodied with a bit of smoothness and fair amount of carbonation
O-First english style porter I have had and its delicious. Well balanced with great flavors that transition nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:21:31 | More by atr2605
Photo of themind

New Jersey

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

Fullers Porter is a good representation of the style. If you like Porters then this one should be on the top of your list to try. Deep, dark head with a smooth mouthfeel put this Porter among the best in it's class. This is the type of brew you could drink multiples of.

Bottom Line: Quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 19:29:26 | More by themind
Photo of ArrogantB


3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, decent head, surprised I haven't reviewed this before. Maybe I've never had it? Aroma was malty, decent. Flavor was malty with slight bits of cocoa and coffee as promised by the label. Overall, a decent porter and something I might pick up if the price happened to be right.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:03:34 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber appearance with not too much head. Roasted chestnut aroma. The flavor kind of falls flat for us. The roasted nutty malted flavor and creaminess are apparent and taste great but without much depth or many nuances. It seems to not go the distance. Good beer but there are others that are more complete. Drinkability is also great as well as the finish. It finished a bit sweeter and it's flavor stayed strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 07:10:32 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark mahogany colour with tan head

Smell - cocoa powder, toffee, molasses

Taste - cocoa powder, toffee, molasses, hint of coffee, hint of tobacco

mouthfeel - medium bodied, low/faint carbonation, slightly sweet upfront and slight bitterness to balance it out

overall - this is a decent porter that I'm glad to have tried

Price Point - $9.99/6pk 11.2oz bottles

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 23:39:17 | More by keithmurray
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brownish black with a thick, brownish head that fades to a thin lacing rather quickly

S - caramel, maybe some toffee, some faint roasted malts, maybe even some faint coffee

T - roasted malts, caramel, faint toffee, burnt sugar

M - chewy, sugary, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really solid, balanced, and complex beer. There are layers of caramel interspersed with roasted malts and faint toffee-like notes. There is also some sugar present which isn't cloying, but in fact add depth and balance.

This is one of the better imports I have had in a good while. This is definitely a porter that is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 00:11:29 | More by tdm168
Photo of Bashao


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with nice froth.
Toasted and caramel smell.
The taste is chocolaty with toasted taste at the end of the swallow.
Full body almost creamy, feels like lunch in a glass.
A very good porter, not too much flavors and well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 20:30:23 | More by Bashao
Photo of confer


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, with a small layer of tan froth.
Smell is lightly toasted caramel.
The taste is so smooth. Just a hint of roastiness in the finish but starting with a not to sweet caramel candy flavor.
Feel is a little on thick thick side.
Overall a wonderful porter. Definitely worth getting again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 23:32:33 | More by confer
Photo of KYGunner


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Before I had ever experienced the craft beer culture, Fullers was my go to Ale. It excites me to review this Porter.

Very dark in color you can catch a touch of the Porters notorious ruby hue at the edges. Darker than most the head does present itself with the telltale khaki color.
The head it stiff and bubbly and laced at the edge.

The scent is varied with a sweet malt and bready mix. Hints of chocolate and toffee are present ; I get a mousse like scent that is simply incredible.

The taste is quite frankly, awesome! Complexities abound with breads, burnt malt, coffee, cocoa, sweetness, bitterness, brownie and even prune. There's a malty dryness as well. A must try ale

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 23:03:36 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Giggy


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

Beginning to really enjoy Fuller's brews. I have been pleasantly surprised with every one I have tried. This is a great Porter. Very simple but full of character.

A: dark chocolate brown with a fluffy brown to tan head as you would expect.

S: roasted malts and coffee. The aroma gets the saliva flowing.

T: chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts with a slight bitterness to it.

M: creamy and smooth. Light in body in comparison to the smell and flavor.

O: very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 22:10:03 | More by Giggy
Photo of RichD

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured this British bad boy into my pint glass.

A: Pours a deep deep brown, almost black color. Small tannish head quickly dissipates into a rim of nothingness. Not too shabby.

S: Caramel is the overpowering aroma with some toffee and chocolate backing it. Smells so good I accidentally put my nose in it.

T: Oh man, is this good. Caramel and toffee start with some chocolate swiftly arriving. Some delicious roasted coffee beans come in for the finish. Some breadiness is also picked up as I continue sipping on this beaut.

M: This is a medium bodied brew with not much carbonation. Kinda leaves a creamy like feel which is ok, but I'd prefer this in a beer that has a higher ABV than 5.4%. Just ok.

Overall. This is a great brew. There's a reason why this is in the top 100. It's definitely one of the best English Porters I've ever had and it's a fantastic representation of the style. The drinkability is nice and this is a beer that I'll definitely revisit. I could picture myself drinking this in the rainy climate of London. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 19:03:17 | More by RichD
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before October 04, 2013.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a dense 1.5 finger light khaki head. Dissipates down to a thin covering where it sits. Dark ruby brown when held up to the light which penetrates only an inch or so. Spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Very roasty and robust aroma on this brew. Can get a solid coffee as well as sweet milky chocolate. A bit of smokiness as well as some dark fruits. Focus is on the roasted malts and the chocolate.

T: First sip I get a decent amount of coffee with a heft of roastiness. A semi sweet chocolate backing comes through mid sip. Hints of breadiness, smokiness, dark fruits and toffee. Lingers with a delicious roasted malt.

M: Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, not as watery feeling as most porters. Just enough carbonation. Pretty clean finish isnt too sticky or anything.

Overall happy to finally get a fresh enough bottle to review and am very impressed. Can easily see why this is the #1 English Porter. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 22:40:31 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle

A: Very nice looking dark appearance typical of this style of beer. Nice brownish one finger head.

S: Smells very appealing. Burnt/roasted scents with touches of coffee. Maybe a slight bit of tobacco, in a good way.

T: Burnt coffee flavors. Fairly bold tasting and quite complex. Some hop flavor but not extreme. Medium to medium-high bitterness levels. Some of that slight tobacco flavor mentioned into the smell. Good and very flavorful tasting.

M: Fairly thin for what I was expecting. Not to thick or creamy and went down easily. Had a different mouth feel to it.

O: It was a good beer. 50/50 chance I would buy this again. Bold and strong with an interesting mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:25:18 | More by Haydn-Juby
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New York

3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a ruddy tinge in the light. Small tan head, not much lacing or retention.

S: Dark fruits and licorice, some mild sweet maltiness, hints of caramel and toffee. Mild and pleasant.

T/M: Sweet and malty up front, with some caramel and sugar. Some hop bitterness and burnt flavors in the middle. Slightly bitter and odd aftertaste.

O: Pretty good English style porter, not perfect and it could benefit from a bit more punch in terms of flavor. Easily drinkable and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:17:15 | More by sevenarts
Photo of FLima


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it fresh at Fuller’s. Dark brown color with a beige and thin head.
Nice aroma of toasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Likewise, though relatively less intense, it has a taste of toasted malts with coffee notes. Hops come at a second stage. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
Medium body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Very pleasant beer, excellent drinkability and still flavorful. My recommendation, never buy just one bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 21:36:07 | More by FLima
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4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle

Fullers London Porter filled my mug with a very dark brown almost black color that formed a bubbly 1-finger tan head. The head shrunk rather fast leaving a ring of fine bubbles. The aroma is dominated by roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. The taste matches the aroma with the addition of light coffee. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a light-medium body and just the right amount of carbonation
Fullers London Porter is a tasty, easy drinking and flavorful English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 17:58:30 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of CuriousMonk


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

Pours dark brown with a creamy, fully lasting, brown head. Aromas are roasted, toasted malts, with some coffee and dark chocolate hints. The taste is again characterized by roasted malts, mild coffee, caramel. Leaves a well balanced flavor, between bitter, sweet, and dry, with a pleasant watery texture. Great example of an English porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 18:16:04 | More by CuriousMonk
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3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage for $1.85 a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. "Best Before 27 Nov 12 300" printed on bottom of back label. I should be alright. That was last week.

A Nice medium brown one inch head lingers for 2 minutes over a dark mahogany body that only shows its color in front of direct light. Otherwise it looks dark, dark brown. Good look with good lacing on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Nice medium roast molasses smell with a sense of dark chocolate as well. Good, robust smell. 4.0

T Nice medium to dark roast malt with molasses and sense of chocolate flows right into the taste. Nice, classic porter. 4.0

M There is a sense of molasses thickness but this is actually a somewhat of a thin porter compared to some. Nothing like the excellent feel of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is good. ABV is manageable. Overall this is a classic porter. That is not a surprise. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:42:39 | More by adamette
Photo of Scotchboy


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

11.2oz bottle from Will (thanks man!) poured into a Firestone Walker taster...

A: Dark brown and transparent with red edges...creamy off-white head and some lacing...

S: Aromas of sweeter roasted malts and and bakers chocolate, roasted malt sweetness seems interwoven with notes of caramel, moderate suggestions of freshly brewed coffee, hints of burnt malt and dark coffee beans.

T: Taste follows the nose with the same notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee...full range of malty notes from sweeter chocolate to suggestions of acrid, burnt malt with faint whiffs of a smoky edge. Fairly balanced with plenty of flavor.

MF: Creamy mouthfeel, lighter medium body, lower carbonation levels...

O: Pleasant drinker, fairly unremarkable but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 17:01:36 | More by Scotchboy
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Beer pours black with a good-sized tan head. Good retention and lacing. A very nice-looking beer.

Smell contains roast malt, a bit of dark fruit and some chocolate. I get a bit of a marmite scent, oddly.

Roast malt is the focus of the taste as well, along with chocolate and a bit of a creamy flavour. Some dark fruit (prune). Bitter finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Moderately carbonated.

Overall, very good indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 01:04:32 | More by jrenihan
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

LIving in Korea it's not everyday you come accross one of these. It was on my 'to drink' list when I went back to England for summer but I never saw it in any shops. So, I was surprised... no, gobsmacked to find a fresh bottle in Seoul at the weekend.

A: Not black, more of a dark copper. Looks like it's been pulled from the pump. Doesn't have that creamy porter look. Has a head of large irregular iridescent bubbles, which isn't massive but I don't care.

S: Lovely. Upfront brown sugar and smokey malts.

T: Very nicely balanced mixture of sensual brown sugar (I'm not even joking), floral hops, roasted malt and coffee. Much less engine oily than most other English porters. You could even say it leans towards being a hoppy dark ale, save for the obvious roasted maltiness. Less tart than a lot of English porters too.

M: Very silky and soft in the mouth.

O: Very nice beer. I love Fullers.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 10:21:26 | More by Hoppsbabo
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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