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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 1,183
Hads: 2,490
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 238
Gots: 329 | FT: 0
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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 jayc333
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a two finger head. The head, (like most English beers) ended up turning quite minimal. Very good lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, chocolate, and coffee. The smell was by-far the most satisfying and my personal favourite aspect of the beer.

Taste was somewhat disapointing. Don't get me wrong, it was still very nice, and i really enjoyed it, but I was just expecting so much more because of its sweet aroma. The coffee flavour simply overpowers everything.

I'm on the same boat with mouthfeel as I was with taste. Just a little disapointing. The main factor again is that there was just way too much of the coffee flavour.

Overall, not bad. I don't think that I will be buying this again, but that shouldn't stop you.

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Photo of hellcatsjg
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin bit of dark head that sticks around for a few sips.

Smell: Coffee and malt dominate, with a slight sweet chocolate smell as well.

Taste: Sweet coffee at the front. Turns to a slight sweet malt flavor, then to a roasted coffee flavor with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and tasty, but a bit thin. Doesn't detract from the taste, but just surprises you at the first sip. Coffee flavor lingers nicely for quite a while after each sip.

Drinkability: Nice flavor and easy to drink. Very good for a porter, just not my go to style. Highly recommended for porter fans, worth a try for everyone else.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with tan head that dissipates.
Aroma and taste feature roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and even some tea like flavors in the finish. Mild hops. Smooth, medium bodied and easy to drink. Overall a mild and pleasant drink.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL can

I should mention that this is not my first can of Fullers London Pride. That being said, my thoughts and opinions on this wonderful porter have not changed.

A - Pours black and is crowned by a beautiful tan head about 2 fingers tall. Looks like your average stout/porter until you shine a light on it; with the assistance of a flashlight, this beer sports an extremely sexy ruby, almost crimson colour.

S- Fairly common porter smell of very dark, burnt malts; a little bit of dark coffee. A little bit of sweetness comes through that really adds to the maltiness.

T- What a flavour bomb this is! Quite creamy and nutty! Lots of roasty malts and just the right amount of hop flavour.

M- Medium body with medium carbination; silky smooth!

O- I would highly recommend this to anyone who is into porters/stouts and isn't looking for an over abundance of bitterness. Fullers London Porter is packed with malty goodness that will not disappoint.

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Photo of shererjt
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, deep ruby red/black with a thick, rich, tan head. Aroma was lots of fruit and roasted malt with some vanilla thrown in. Body was medium. Plenty of flavor: roasted malt up front, then fruit, then roast again. Had a fairly strong coffee flavor. Bit of a bite to it and not as sweet as some British porters, but quite nice in its own way. Mouthfeel was good with a bit of tartness; drinkability was significantly above average.

A unique and tasty porter. Has a little sharper flavor than many porters, but a classic in its own way.

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Photo of TheDM
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over all a very nice beer. Almost no carbonation in the bottle I pored. Very little head. It was ver dark in color to the point of being unable to see through it. It goes down very smoothly with little afterbite. The taste lingers for a while then fades. And the GF gave it a so-so rating over all. Hmm and I thought I was beginning to teach her something.

Im Himmel gibt es kein bier darum truinken vir es heir!
In Heaven there is no beer that is why we drink it here!

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Photo of mjtiernan
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a straight-sided pint glass. Best before 29 APR 13.

A: Three fingers of khaki head. Body is mostly opaque with some brown highlights around the edges of the glass. Quite a bit of lacing.

S: Light toffee/caramel, toasted grain and some breadiness.

T: Subtle floral hops show first, followed by pronounced toasted grain and nuttiness that leads you through the middle and into the dry finish. There is a slight vegetal aftertaste.

M: Body is light to medium and texture is somewhere between watery and oily. Soft carbonation and a dry somewhat astringent finish.

O: As with others of this style, it gets high marks for drinkability. Not quite as good as Taddy Porter, but certainly a great beer for a cool fall evening like tonight.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Almost completely black; very dark brown if held through light. Some bubbles are to be seen on the sides of the glass. Medium light brown head with decent retention and a lot of lacing

S- Coffee is what firts comes to mind, though there is a very nice malty aroma (with a roasted hint to it) to bring some balancing sweetness. What is most surprising in a porter is that the aroma feels quite fresh: if i'm not wrong there's a detectable hint of herbal freshness from the hops

T- Mostly a malty flavour: chocolate and coffee, overall quite sweet for the style (caramel maybe?). A hint of smokiness brings complexity. The beer feels decently fresh on the taste too, i still think i can recognize a hint of fresh herbal hops. A delicate bitter feel builds up on the palate in the aftertaste

M- Medium body. Very smooth and quite creamy. Little carbonated but this is adequate for the style

O- Not an amazing range of flavours nor a particularly rich mouthfeel. Everything is perfectly mixed though and drinkability is very good. A classy beer

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Porter pours to a thin, off-white head on a dark brown body; the head quickly disperses to a ring that leaves sporadic bits of symbol-like lacing. The nose is moderate-intensity dark malt: a nice blend of sweet chocolate and molasses with a hint of bitter coffee. On the palate, it is a medley of subdued roasted notes, chocolatey and a bit sweet. The finish is clean, leaving behind only a bit of bitter coffee and a hint of dark toffee-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the medium body would lead one to expect; the carbonation makes itself felt here as well. Very easy-drinking. (11.2 oz bottle, 44 days before best-by date)

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Photo of Anthony1
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 chocolate. creamy mouthfeel. Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec20 2009

A deep cola in color with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S some sweet malt and a little coffee

T a little smokey with some chocolate much stronger then the smell and pretty tasty

M a little chewy with low carbonation

D good beer for this cold winter day and easy drinking

no reason not to drink this beer try it if you have a chance

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Photo of Clubchat
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Val-d'Or SAQ

A - Black with brown-ruby reflects, perfect carbonation for the style, fair head retention, very inviting

S - Toasty, chocolaty, nutty malt odor, discret hop

T - Chocolate, roasted barley, coffee, vanilla are all present, taste like it smells

M - Very nice palate and body, creamy and smooth, equilibrated and complex in mouth

D - A great beer, the ABV is a little low, remember me a homebrew I did some months ago, thumbs up, easy example of the Porter style

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Photo of silentjay
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very light for a porter (even an english one) as its a brown with mahogany tints that light easily penetrates. a light tan head rises, yet quickly recedes, leaving some decent lacing along the way.

aroma is very nutty, with a touch of chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, and other malty aromas.

flavor is exceedingly better than the aroma, introducing more roast. nuttiness is still there, but chocolate, coffee, and toffee are more pronounced. the "rich, dark & complex" advertisement on the bottle is not too far off, as the flavor is rich, dark, and complex. definitely an english-styled porter, so if that's your thing, this is a good option flavor-wise.

sticky medium body with just enough carbonation to be present, but not overtake the subtle flavors.

drinks well. not robust, but there is some flavor there. won't be a regular, but I would drink again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of SSEngelbrecht
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

London Porter pours a rich, dark brown with a nice head that remains for a while before leaving a nice sticky lacing.

The aroma does not give away all that this beer has to offer in taste.

The big flavors from the roasted barley and bitter hops are apparent as soon as this touches your tongue. What I found was that this beer really doesn't open up until it comes close to room temperature.

Once warmed, the caramel and cocoa shine through as well as notes of spice and coffee that were hidden at lower temperatures.

This has a medium mouthfeel that gets thicker as the brew warms.

Overall, there is a reason this is a classic. It is not as adventurous as many new craft porters, but it is solid and there is a lot to appreciate.

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Photo of BrewSomerville
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is mostly chocolate (dark & sweet chocolate) with some coffee.

Appears to be black at first observation, but when you look closer or hold it up to a light you can see the deep ruby red highlights. Fair sized beige head, with a little better than average retention.

Tastes great. Chocolate, coffee. Reminiscent of a cafe mocha. Bittering hops are there to keep things under control, but only present themselves at the finish.

Mouthfeel was good too. It was full-bodied, chewy. Not too crisp, it was smooth, velvety, and silky.

Overall, I like it very much. Micro's aside this is my favourite porter.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass slightly chilled

a-dark brown black color..tiny head the dissipated quickly...fell to a nice lacy cap with a decent off white collar..active level of bubbles

s-sweet malts and a little roast..has some toffee and caramel qualities that work well together..no hops in the nose

t-sweet caramel and toffee up front...a little roast and bitter coffee in the middle...tiniest bit of vegetal hops to hold it together..finishes bitter and dry

m-weak and watery...no chewy porter here...nice level of carbonation..not the worst but not the best

d-the subtlety of this brew make it a easy drink..nothing over the top but a decent solid porter..can think of a few i would rather have..but this is good in a pinch

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With all the quiet fuss about this beer, I had a little trouble getting to it with so many local Porters available in New England. Trying not to be partial, IMO fresher = better.

Picked up this one at Ryan and Casey in Greenfield. They have a selection British beers, from what I can tell don't move very often. Considering this beer relatively low ABV I think its a bit old.

Nonetheless a tasty offering. Deep, complex chocolate and roasted malt flavor. A little flat on the nose, slight wafts of cherry. A smooth beaut on a cold evening. Goes down easy in front of a roaring fire. At $3.00 a bottle, it's good to go.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, it's always a pleasure for me to do business with Fuller's. This London Porter pours out nearly black in hue, a deep mahogany when held up to the light. Creamy off-white head that soon fades to a thin mottled cap upon the ale. Earthy aroma at first, faint coffee and chocolate, and a dry woody smokiness. Earthy coffee flavour, tapering off to a smoky aftertaste, like pipe tobacco. Full but very dry mouthfeel, with a lingering roasted husk aftertaste. I'm not a smoker myself, but I could see this accompanying a pipe quite nicely, or any very smoked meat dishes. A very nice change from some of the very cloyingly sweet porters that I have sampled in the past. I must salute northyorksammy for enabling me to finally sample this after itching for it for so long.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep brown with a slight burgundy color when held to light, one-inch off-white head with retention around the edges, little lacing

s - not a very strong aroma, mostly roasted malt with slight hints of chocolate

t - slightly sweet up front with roasted malt dominating the body of taste, coffee and chocolate in there as well, slight bitterness on the finish, but mostly chocolate

m - a little more light-bodied than I'd like, mild carbonation, pretty dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, especially with it's mild abv, though dryness of finish might wear out the palate after a few

Solid porter no doubt. Not really anything amazing to me, but a good representative of the style.

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Beautiful dark brown to almost black. 1/2 inch head that quickly disappears. Very little carbonation.

Smell is quite good. Reminds me of a camping trip in northern Minnesota. Bonfire, frinds, drinking beer, sitting around just taking life in.

Taste - Smokey. Charcoal. London in the winter. Smoke stacks. Heavy snow. A man's beer. Not for the wimp!!! Beware cowards.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Light. Exceptional. Hello...can I have another?

Drinkability - Since there are so many Stouts and Porters and so little time, drinkability is aveage since I need to find that next great beer.

I am still looking for my first 5. Where can it be? Surly Darkness maybe? We will have to wait and see.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark look to it. Not pitch black but close. Solid one finger off white head with some staying power. Smells like molasses. Tastes a good deal like molasses as well. Am I spelling molasses right? Anywho, heavy maltiness. Fairly full body. Creamy, good carbonation. Very drinkable if you like that sort of flavor, but since it's so flavorful it might be a turn-off otherwise.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is that of coffee and chocolate. Malt also fills the nose. First taste is bitter chocolate and coffee finish. This beer really shows well when a little warmer, allowing many complex flavors to show trough. Overall very nice porter, great dark brown/red color. Recommend at least giving this one a shot, definitely well put together.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish color and a somewhat thick consistency. Not a lot of head. Decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma - typical of most British beers -with a mild malty quality.

T: Had a blend of malt, chocolate and a toasty aspect. A nicely done, underplayed taste.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a good example of a porter. It's a well made beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with about a finger of light brown head that quickly faded into a thin bubbly film. Collar leaves some soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Mmmmm...chocolate covered hazelnuts fill my nostrils. I get big notes of milk chocolate and toasted nuts like almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts. There are subtle notes of sweet caramel and toffee in there as well.
T: All the nuts and chocolate from the nose translate to the mouth, but this beer is a lot sweeter than it smelled. I taste way more caramel and sweet brown sugar than the scent let on. Finish is sweet with hints of molasses, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter with a touch of smoke to it.
M: Medium body with soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and slick but the finish is fairly dry.
D: This one had a really good flavor to it. I'm excited to hear this will be out in nitro-cans because the moutfeel and carbonation could use a little work. Overall pretty solid though.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.