Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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93
outstanding

2,355 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 203
Gots: 244 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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.
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Photo of fretlessman71
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Griffin is London’s Oldest Brewery, according to the bottle. I’ve heard and read such great things about this porter, and I’ve enjoyed a few bottles of the 1845 as well. Lot of folks I know say this is their favorite of the porters. The griffin on the label reminds me of the Griffin Wheel Company, which I believe still operates somewhere near Chicago. Used to have a set of highball glasses from them. Hope this bottle isn’t THAT old…

APPEARANCE: Gorgeous translucent ruby/mahogany with a very dense tan head. If I had an ice cream scoop I could make porter head sundaes! Leaving some pretty good lacing as head withdraws.

AROMA: Dark fruit and milk chocolate. Maybe they use Ovaltine! Getting a little bit of metallic/pencil shaving as well, probably due to their yeast – I’m vaguely reminded of a bottle of 1845 I had a while back.

FLAVOR: So many flavors are coming through here – chocolate, roasted peanuts, caramel, coffee (light and tasty, not black and burnt like I usually drink mine!), just a touch of hops, enough to balance the sweetness of the malt and no more. Dark fruit from the aroma is more apparent on the swallow. Somewhat dry finish; maybe clean is a better word for it. Gets even better as the beer warms.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light weight, carbonation not a huge factor – the large head doesn’t seem to translate into a fizzy feel. Very smooth.

DRINKABILITY: Very good at 5.4% - almost in the realm of a session brew. The complexity means that I won’t get bored of it after the first pint (or pint-and-13/80 - what an odd size bottle at 1 pt., 2.6 oz.).

OVERALL COMMENTS: I don’t think that Fuller’s can make a bad beer – this is further proof of that. Distinctive, recognizable flavors, smoothness, that yearning for malted chocolate milk – can’t think of a more wonderful way to spend an evening.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark Amber/Brown with ruby highlights, two finger tan head with great lacing.

S: Caramel, malts, smoke, and metallic hops.

T: Same as the nose but with a more smoky/roasted flavor and some vanillaand cream.

M: Thinner than expected but plenty enough bodywith nice carbination and a great long roasted finish.

D: Very easy to drink all night. This will become a regular for me.

Photo of rangerred
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown but not quite opaque. Thick fluffy one finger head with decent lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee along with a little bit of dark fruit. Wonderful roasted aroma.

The taste is very chocolaty up front followed by the coffee. Dark fruit is present as well all though it is restrained. Plenty of roast with this one which leads to a pretty crisp finish. Mouthfeel is maybe a tad bit thin but still acceptable.

This beer is really the benchmark for the style and one that I will go back to again and again.

Photo of lagomswedish
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this from a keg at the Bishops Arms in Umeå in northern Sweden just as the long winter is rolling in - the perfect moment for a porter!
Appearence - dark brown, almost ink black, with a creamy tan head that followed me all the way down to the bottom of the pint glass.
Smell - Wow!!! Huge nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, treacle and butter.
Taste - Masses of raisins, dark fruits overlaid with chocolate, butter and expresso coffee. A slight ash/burnt aftertaste, dry and crisp, with a residual burnt sugar taste.
Mouthfeel - luxurious and sensual (steady on). Creamy and smooth with low carbonation.
Drinkability - If this is really what they drank in London in the early nineteenth century then I was born a hundred years too late!

Photo of oggg
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lovely bomber with expiration date Nov 04

This beer pours black with brown tints at the edges. The head is a large bubbled small tan foam that sinks quickly.

The aroma has intense chocolate and the faint burnt smell of roasted grains. The taste is full of chocolate and roasted grains. The roasted flavor hangs around for a bit, and underneath is a raw graininess. Bitterness from the roasted stuff fades and the finish is somewhat dry. Certainly not syrupy.

Mouthfeel is medium. Very smooth. Subtle alcohol.
This is an excellent brew that is very drinkable. Probably would do well with a newbie drinker that can handle a little roastiness.

Photo of brendan13
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very dark brown with a 2cm dense tan coloured head that persists. Plenty of lacing.
S - Light notes of bitter chocolate as well as dark fruit, undoubtedly from dark crystal malts. Sublte hint of roasted barley.
T - Smooth blend of cocoa, stewed dark fruit & roastiness.
M - Medium to full bodied with a low, smooth carbonation. Ever so slight bitterness to balance.
D - A classic example of the style. Something I'd drink lots of. Was so happy to find it here.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Beer of the Month selection I recieved that is making me more and more a Porter man!

Great tasting body,wonderful creamy foam head.
Not too strong in alchohol and not bitter at all!

If they didn't export it to America it would be worth flying to England to try!!

Photo of noclue
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 550ml bottle served in a 20oz 'nonic' glass.

Appearance: Rich, dark brown. Almost black with hints of ruby. Medium sized tan creamy head that died slowly but completely. Little to no lace. Streaming carbonation.

Smell: Smokey and roasted. Coffee and caramel.

Taste: Rich and earthy. Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Spicy hops in the finish. Smooth as could be.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. Watery texture.

Drinkability/Overall: Smooth, complex, and easy to drink. Very good!.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is smooth, dark, rich, and oh sooo good!! The head wasn't big after some time after the pour, but the lacing was there. The smell is rich in coffee, but without bitterness. The taste is unbelievable, even better than the smell. The mouthfeel is very smooth, I love it. Overall, I really hope to get more of this fine brew. It's awsome!!

Photo of JMad
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was dark brown with red highlights, the khaki colored head was thin and bubbly. Smells amazing, you get a lot of roasted coffee and chocolate along with a hint of molasses. When you take a sip you first notice some bitter coffee flavors, then some toasty, smokey notes and hints of bitter dark chocolate. The beer is light but full bodied, it has low but sharp carbonation and it leaves the mouth very dry. I'm glad the guy at Central Market recommended this one, it is truly a great porter.

Photo of NForr
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Little to no head, dark brown, just shy of a stout

Sweet dark roasted smell, coco, coffee. Hint of hops, floral.

Nice bitter combo from the roast and the hops. Moka taste - same as smell. Fruity flavor emerges that I didn't get in the nose.

Medium body, surprisingly light,
Incredibly drinkable. Great porter, I always enjoy fuller products.

Photo of egajdzis
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark, reddish brown color with a medium-sized, creamy, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. ARoma of roasted and chocolate malts, vanilla, and light dark fruits in the background. Slight chocolate and roasted malt, with vanilla beans, and light caramel in the taste. Creamy and full mouthfeel.

Photo of scratch69
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear, dark cola brown with a fingers worth of tan head. Generous amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Rich malt and chocolate aromas with a hint of some dark fruit as well.

Taste- Dark chocolate and coffee flavors with notes of toffee and nuts.

Mouthfeel- A very smooth, creamy medium body with a light amount of carbonation that's perfect in this beer.

Overall- This is one of the best porters that I've tried. I will be seeking this one again.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark brownish beer with tints of ruby in it, a nice beige head appeared who was greatly generous then slowly let herself go away.

smell of malt, roasted coffee with a light smell of shy hops in the background.

Her taste is magnificient sorry but im falling in love with this beer, either it is the bottle of wine(yup I did drink wine, yes yes I will burn in beer hell for eternity). First thing you notice when you open your mouth to enjoy this beer is the aromas of roasted coffee, then caramel, some maltish flavours are present but everything is end up with a roasted coffee taste and a finish of butterscotch. Some notes of dark chocolate are also present but a bit too shy to my desire!

Photo of daliandragon
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
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 cervezango
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is a meal of a beer.

black reddish tint(porter colored)
smells like dark coffee beans, licorice , and dark fermented black currant ,cherry& Christmas pudding
taste. dark roasted fruits rasins and tobacco.smokey bacon,whiny , thick.

this beer urges you to gulp copious amounts down. you dont take long to finish this beer.

miles better on tap then in a bottle.

Photo of mithrascruor
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a rich, deep black color. Head is about 1/2 in. and rather thick and creamy, with a strong tan hue. The head doesn't linger for too long, but after a few sips becomes a thin film atop the beer, with a bit more around the edges.

Smell: A nice aroma of chocolate, malts, and coffee emerges from this beer, along with a hint of some other rich flavors that I can't quite identify. All very nicely balanced in a complex fashion.

Taste: The taste is very much like the smell, but with a stronger dose of the roasted malts. In addition, there is just the right balance of bitter hops to contrast with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beer feels very smooth, with a slight bit of carbonation. A bit lighter than you might expect from the looks, but still very solid.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, goes down very nice. The ABV is somewhat higher than your typical beer, but it's not that noticable.

I'd never had more than a few sips of porter in the past, but figured I would give this one a try. Although typically I don't really enjoy the flavors of coffee and chocolate, here they come across (somewhat to my surprise) in a extremely enjoyable manner, especially with regards to the smell. I will definitely be having this again.

Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark ruby with a nice thin beige head that retains nicely. One of the best smelling porters I've come across. Nutty, roasty and chocolatey. Very, very nice. Wow. What a creamy mouthfeel. This is really an outstanding porter. I've had this before but never had this type of experience. (They were probably old beers in past.) Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body. What a treat. Great way to cap the night.

Photo of tmm313
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark, dark brown with a slight reddish hue. 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates into nice ring. OK lacing.

Fruity malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel and toffee, brown sugar, almost faint butterscotch.

Incredibly drinkable. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness and faint hops. Finish leaves nice chocolatey aftertaste with slight bitterness. Beautifully balanced.

Medium, creamy body with nice carbonation. Feels light on the tongue. Dry finish with slight lingering bitterness.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I can easily picture myself drinking this as a session beer for a BBQ or steak cookout. Very well balanced, flavorful and light. I believe I've found myself a new go-to.

Photo of pkalix
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmmm. okay. this is pretty good. another england, another decent brew.
very dark appearance with little head, although that just may be the bottle's trait.
dark chocolate and coffee (no, more espresso) smells and tastes, although not as 'thick' as others in this class. i really like the smell of this. for the style, i gave it a 5 due to the sweet/bitter character but pleasingly refreshing darker notes.
i really enjoyed reading the other reviews. i very much like the taste of this but it's assuring to hear the way others are clamoring over it. i like the lower abv and believe it contributes to the overall taste, but it's not so low that it cancels out the reason for tasting it. i like MAYDAY's review but i cant fathom someone enjoying a brew (MORE?) warm than cooled? especially a stout? i'll have to try this someday. (has anyone ever heard of a BASS CREAM ALE? i thought i remember trying that years ago at DER BARON's in las vegas and it was tart, but creamy. this kind of reminds me of that although i cannot find any tags relating to it...).
overall... what a darn fine product. i didnt expect to see "the bros" rate it so highly, especially since i cosider it more of a 'commercial' brew, but everyone else's reviews support my feelings about this stuff. less of a stout drinker, but i appreciate a really good stout, or porter, once in awhile but more accustomed to the higher abv'ed versions. i recommend this heartily. and because it's 'commercial', it shouldnt be too difficult to find if you have a BEVMO or TOTAL WINE near you . . . . . i would definitely like to find this in a keg somewhere....

Photo of andebrice
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black color, white creme colored, small head that dissipates quickly. Lacing does stick around the glass though. Smells really sweet, fruity, and malty. Taste great. Dark chocolate start, bitter coffee finish, A lingering coffee with a slightly hoppy aftertaste that makes the mouth tingle. Just the right amount of carbonation to make the bitter finish stick around for a while, but doesn't allow it to overstay its welcome, inviting the drinker in for another taste. Overall a very rich complex brew that is worth drinking.

Photo of naterock
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I stumbled upoon this porter in a familiar pub, they were trying it out with the clientel, I was impressed.
C: Medium head with a dark ruby color head tastes of espresso
S: Espresso with bitter chocolate aromas
T: Tastes like it smells
M: medium carbonation, better than bottled
D: Very drinkable. Drink with Red meat and sharp cheese. I am a huge fan of this porter, I will definitely look for this one again.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this one actually intriques me, I have been hunting it down for a while and really wanted to try it for some reason. You would think this would have been available more locally to me, but I just could never find it anywhere. It just was never around. Now I finally manahed to get ahold of one in a trade, so we will see where this one takes me. I am expecting something fairly good here….

A – Poured a very thick, almost black opaque liquid with a amall tannish head. This quickly faded and was replaced by just a thin line of off whitish lace around the rim of liquid. Good side glass lace.

S – Highly roasted malts, almost overpowering. Lots of hints of coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Very robust smell. Everything was very easily picked up and noticed. It had a real thick aroma to it. Totally roasted nuts and caramel. Really one of the better smelling brews I have ever had.

T – Wow, holy london porter. Rich caramel tones mixed in with a delicous roasted maltiness that just would not quite. Hints of dark chocolate in the back gave way to a delicous dry hoppy finish, A really complex beer here. Too many flavors to even try to list, I realy loved this and it definatly lived up to my expectations!

M – Super super smooth. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavor and aroma. I almost thopught it would be somehat creamy of syrupy, but was as light as an ale. Great carbonation really let the flavors pop as it went down. Totally a smooth session porter, really creamy carbonation, great silky like feel.

D – Really great. I literally threw this one down in about 20 mins, which for me is pretty good. I could have easily made this one an all night drinker, it was just that smooth and delicous.

Overall, This was great. I really enjoyed the roasted flavor and the full on malt assault. This could have been one of my more favorite brews to date. Really a top noth offering and I would be thrilled to get some more!

Photo of maddamish
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a porter should be.

A slight caramel is present in the nose.

But what it lacks in smell it makes up for in taste. This is one of the best porters I have had and was very pleased with the offering.

Taste: Caramel, malt and chocolate notes.

Medium bodied and thoroughly enjoyable

Photo of OStrungT
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a chocolatey aroma. It has a sweet caramel aroma also. A slight coffee aroma is present, but only just a touch. Hop aroma is very low.

This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolate is the strongest flavor I get. Coffee is also noticable. This beer has a plesent roasted malt flavor to it.

This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a chocolate like aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is quite mild. I havent hd this beer in a while, and I forgot how good it is. I will definately be having many more in the future.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.