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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

1,985 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,985
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 139
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
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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far333

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Although porters are among my favorite styles, I've never tried this grandaddy of them all. So how do I know I really like the style until I've sampled the standard against which all others are measured?

Pours dark and frothy, but not thick and not dark as night. It's a chestnut colored liquid with ruddy highlights around the edges of the glass. A dark beige grainy and evenly bubbled head rises up an inch high and remains for a long time, only slowly settling down to a quarter inch cap, and never disappearing.

Aroma is roasted malt, molasses, and cocoa as expected, but there are also other notes coming through that are lighter and brighter like sweet fruits and candy, and a very noticeable hop presence.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, yet viscous and easy-flowing, leading to a rich complex flavor upfront, dominated early by charred smokey bark, followed by burnt chocolate, bitter espresso and molasses. This turns quickly to tart cherry followed by a hop bitter, all with a sweet cocoa undertone. So many flavors happening in the course of a single sip. Sticky strings of lace create a web around the inside of the glass.

I can see why this is the top BA choice for porters, and it is definitely a favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 23:05:20 | More by far333
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yael6666

Mexico

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: it pours a very dark brown beer, with a good head and medium lasting lace.
S:Roasted malts,coffee, toffee, caramel and nuts... very complex.
T:Very dark roasted malts, choco-coffee and Roasted malts aftertaste, with some coffee
M:Good carbonation and a very silky mouthfeel
D:It goes down very easily because of its fine quality.

Maybe one of the best roasted malts youll ever find... very classy beer and very well balanced

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 05:10:19 | More by yael6666
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malthead

California

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best Before 2/16/05
Beautiful dark color, although I would prefer a bigger head and slightly more carbonation. Huge aromas, dark chocolate, cocoa, mocha. So many flavors, and yet all work so well together - sweet, dark chocolate to start, then coffee, then a long, bitter finish with a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is good, my only request would be for slightly more carbonation, although this still fits the style well. Great drinkability, I still can't believe this bottle is almost gone, 12 oz. is far too few for me.
A wonderful brew, from a great brewery. This is a classic session porter and one of my favorite beers. Very Highly Recommended.

On a rereview of a fresh .5 L bottle, I got a very nice, big head with lots of carbonation, so maybe the other bottle was old or something... I've bumped up Appearance half a point. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2004 02:32:50 | More by malthead
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SpecialK088

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark dark brown nearly black except against direct light, pours with a small yet good retaning creamy head.

S-Rich bold dark rosted coffee scent, as well as the rich malt, notes of nuttyness as well as simi-sweet chocolate

T&M-Rosted coffee very strong, espresso, in the front as well as the back, bittersweet chocolate. Very smooth med. body.

D-This is an excellent porter and may very well be the best one i've ever had, something even at 12.50 a six i'd be willing to pay.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 14:19:25 | More by SpecialK088
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass a deep, dark brown with a slim khaki cap of foam.
Bringing the glass to the nose reveals notes of toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Underlying roasted chocolate malts as well as a distinctly sweet smell peer through as well.
The roasted barley tastes are first and foremost in the taste. Fairly sweet with just a bit of bitterness from the roast. A bit of a coffee aftertaste. The carbonation is just a little harsh for the style , IMO. Sweet, medium-bodied, and ridiculously smooth; this porter is delightfully drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 05:05:53 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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Brunite

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown with deep ruby/garnet highlights. Some light passes through....barely. Nice tan head that leaves a constant cap & some lacing.

S: Wow. Lots going on here. Bittersweet chocolate...coffee grounds...peat...leather...pipe tobacco...and more.

T: As complex as the smell. Starts out with a very strong taste of cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. As it warms....more earthy notes and twang. Love this one. Lingering tangy goodness, bitterness, and cocoa notes; like an unsweetened brownie.

M: Medium thin but creamy at the same time. Carbonation is a bit strong but dies down with a swirl or two.

O: I love this beer. As good as Founders. Different with a bit more complexity. In my top 15-20 of all beers for sure!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:02:33 | More by Brunite
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beertaster13

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 05:08:09 | More by beertaster13
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle it pours out dark Brown,with a 1/4 inch head which goes quickly. Smells of chocolate and Sweet malts with a touch of coffee smell. Tastes of Chocolate and malted coffee a little sweetness. Feels great in your mouth. Very nice beer to drink flavorful and enjoyable. It is exspensive but it is the Best Porter I have ever tasted! I will buy it again some time and recomend trying it!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 23:01:25 | More by Schmidts
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stewart124

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why I haven't reviewed this one yet.

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby edges. Tan head that leaves just a bit of lace.

Nose is amazing! This has plenty of dark candied fruits and a great roasted malt aroma with toffee to top it off.

Rich chocolate goodness and a medium body. There is a bit of tobacco and molasses to round this out plus some bitterness from noble hops.

Truly delicious and a treat throughout. Almost desert in a bottle. There is enough dark bready character, roasted malts and melanoidins to really push this above and beyond.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:50:35 | More by stewart124
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, on draught. Had this at Elephant and Castle in DC.

LOOKS: Deep mahogany-black. Full bodied, for a porter. Narrow white head caps beer poured into pint glass.

AROMA: Have to admit wasn't blown away, but the roasted notes carried through. Make sweetness and floral good. I think it was me, not the beer.

TASTE: Decadent. Lots of toasted malts, some very tame but necessary sweetness. Finishes with a roasted bite. I detect only chocolate malt, not roasted barley or Patent. It's not that fierce. actually, this beer has a lot if composure. This soft brown sugar, crackers, and some espresso. Eaters come through enough to add something unique... man I love Fuller's yeast strain.

MOUF FEEL: Here's what makes it! Not as chewy or frothy as Guinness, but very creamy. Really thick for the style and ABV, though remaining refreshing in this 90* heat.

Overall: It's a session beer for sure...just with character and kick! If you pike malts beers with dry finish and balanced flavors seek out this one!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 19:19:03 | More by MONKandTUCK
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dtreindl

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best porter I've ever had. As someone who often prefers the American versions of European classics, I must give highest praises for this beauty of a porter. Purchased by chance because I haven't had an English porter recently. So I figured I owed it to my good friends across the pond to give one a try. Color, head, aroma - that doesn't matter. Those are all good. But the overwhelming strength of this beer is in the luscious flavor. Rich, toasty, caramelized malted barley deliciousness! In one of my first few sips I swear the flavor changed dramatically as it washed over my tongue. It progressed through waves of creamy, chocolatey, toasty, and bitter flavors. Quite the complex malt character this porter has!

If you ever find it, try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 03:59:49 | More by dtreindl
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a damn porter. It looks pitch damn black with a nice bubbly off-white head. It smells like heaven. Thick roasted dark chocolate domintes the nose with a hint of light roast coffee coming in as well. It definitely tastes like Edmund Fitzgerald with its bitter chocolate, but the milky smooth chocolate just dominates like crazy. It tastes so god damn smooth and sweet. Theres enough bitterness to offset the uber sweet body.

My god this thing is drinkable. Its already half gone and I havent even started. Holy crap.

Edmund Fitzgerald wants to be this.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:36:22 | More by VncentLIFE
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divineaudio

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. freshness dated for aug 18th, 2010.

pours black with dark brown highlights and a pinky finger of tan, foamy head that dissipates fairly quick. what's left is a thin film and a ring around the glass that gives up a few spots of lace here and there.

smells of molasses, licorice and dark chocolate with some fruity notes for good measure. taste follows nose with lots of dark chocolate and hints of dark fruit. finish is long and bittersweet, just the way it should be. gets a little bready as it warms up. incidentally, the label on the bottle doesn't lie - this one is absolutely rich, dark and complex.

mouthfeel is rich and smooth. lighter in body than you might expect from looking at it. carbonation feels a bit prickly on the tongue and for this i take a point off.

this is a beer that disappears from the glass with the quickness. drinkability is high and it's definitely sessionable. this sits permanently in my top three favorite beers.

i've had this previously in cans and remember the canned version being just a bit better, especially in the mouthfeel. went through a case in a little over a week during christmas break! i'll have to find more cans and do a comparison.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 04:38:57 | More by divineaudio
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doerickson

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a garnet hue; clingy tan head. Toffee, caramel and coffee in the nose--supremely inviting. Low carbonation and an extra-creamy mouthfeel. Sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel are dominant. Tops on my list of porters--a must-have, particularly on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2002 21:34:09 | More by doerickson
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WissBrauSean

Pennsylvania

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
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black and slightly syrupy with a very thin light brown foamy head when poured into a pint glass.

S: Wonderful abundance of chocolate and coffee

T: Powerful chocolate malt is balanced well with bittering hops that leave a mostly dry finish lingering slightly of coffee.

M: Full bodied and heavy with very light carbonation.

D: Smooth as silk texture lets this go down slow and easy

This is without a doubt the best porter I have had to date. There seems to be an enormous complexity that comes off as simple and enjoyable. Very much recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 03:32:54 | More by SIRIUS2
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generallee

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

09-10-2012 01:28:33 | More by generallee
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brainiacd1spam

California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

05-29-2012 05:09:02 | More by brainiacd1spam
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

09-12-2012 01:59:24 | More by wattoclone
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Milkysunshine

New York

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

09-17-2012 22:58:50 | More by Milkysunshine
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Sulvar


4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

02-08-2013 14:00:20 | More by Sulvar
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wehttam

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

04-15-2013 14:29:28 | More by wehttam
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

07-18-2012 22:45:45 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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AdrianMendez

Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

11-14-2012 16:03:24 | More by AdrianMendez
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nicnut45

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours jet black. Upon closer inspection it is just a really dark brown though, like coffee. There is not much head left after pouring and what is left after setteling is a creamy ring around the sides. Thin and whispy on the inside and a nice dollop in the center.

S-What a great scent. Freshly ground coffee. raw meat, dark chocolate. Smells clean and there is no funky scents going on. I cant do it justice and describe it right, but its awesome.

T-I cant get over how fresh it tastes. The flavors are really pronounced and its so smooth too. I have a hard time describing it becaus everything blends so nicely. The coffee roasted bitterness at the end is very pleasent. As it warms up the beer seems to take on more flavors.

M.F.-Creamy upfront followed by subtle carbonation. Full throughout.

D-Superb.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:49:13 | More by nicnut45
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,985 ratings.