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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,161 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,375
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 205
Gots: 257 | 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 doerickson
4.77/5  rDev +13%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of BKotch
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A typically fine product from Fullers. Pours with a big tan head that leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass as you drink. Very smooth, with hints of coffee and chocolate. A creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel that leads to a fairly dry finish. (250 characters)

Photo of stewart124
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of ThreePistols
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuller's London Porter in the bottle. Ruby black in color. Sweet malty aroma with a lot of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Strong hops with dark roast coffee and dark chocolate taste. A very good bitter mocha aftertaste. This is my first porter and in my opinion it is an excellent beer. I hope to find this one on tap one day. (340 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep dark brown with ruby highlights when held up o the light. 1” light brown head, reduces to a thick film, leaves delicate lacing that clings to the glass from top to bottom.
S: moderate dark dried fruits, dark malts, dark sugars – molasses or treacle, restrained roast malt, grainy lighter malts, touch of chocolate, mild roastiness, no hops, no diacetyl.
T: Starts with malty sweetness that quickly gives way to a touch of coffee and dark dried fruit. There is a touch of chocolate behind the coffee. Starts slightly sweet and evolves to a lingering. Pleasantly dry finish. The hops and the roasty bitterness mingle together and make it hard to determine which is which.
F: medium body and medium carbonation with very fine bubbles that give a very full and luscious mouthfeel.
O: drinkable substantial porter with a nice touch of restrained roast malt. (868 characters)

Photo of far333
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,237 characters)

Photo of malthead
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A perennial favorite at the BBC on tap, I've never had this in a bottle.

Looks black from afar but it's clear, dark brown up close and personal. Large tan head. Frothy skim leaves so many lacey squiggles it looks like my grandma's vericose calves.

Seductive aroma of roast malt, milk chocolate, toffee, and charcoal.

Smooth, sparsely carbonated--but good. Iced coffee, chocolate and a smokey bacon tobacco in back. Roasty fade.

Has depth and flavor but is still sessionable as all Jimminey. Just one of those perfect beers. Beats out Mayflower and Sam Smith's for the best English porter I've had to date. (610 characters)

Photo of Brunite
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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!!! (741 characters)

Photo of beertaster13
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Schmidts
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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! (402 characters)

Photo of TitanTake
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a mug.

A - dark, thick liquid; dark chocolate with a malt colored, 1-inch head; nice lacing

S - deep aroma of malt with a hint of hops; woodsy

T - oaks and malts

M - smooth with a mild carbonation

This was one of the best porters I have had the pleasure of tasting. (292 characters)

Photo of Bestuurder
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Full bodied from a standard 50cl can. Nice can actually, very appropriate for the liquid GOLD that lies within!

Poured a very dark red, almost, and I say 'almost' black. With a beautiful head that nice and thick, with a creamy feel to the palate. The lacing was extraordinary; with simple lacing throughout the entire glass upon drinking.

One of the best tasting brews I have ever had. Complex with chocolate and coffee flavours. Deep and delicious! Unbelievably easy to drink with a full flavour and aggressive, yet not overly. (530 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I quickly picked this up at the LCBO, seeing the word "porter" and knowing it was a beer I've yet to have. Little did I know this quick snatch off a shelf was such a beautiful gemstone. Pours a light black colour. Yes, light black. It was a little transluscent. Not much change when held to the light. Just different shades of black. A big, beautiful 2 finger head that slowly dissipates with each sip. Ooooh, what a smell. Roasted malts, bread, sugar, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, blackberries, raisins are smelled. Great taste. Starts out sweet, with the malt kicking, leaves burnt and bitter, with the dark chocolate and slight hint of hops exiting the mouth. Something is out of place, however. Is that licorice, or another dark fruit? I couldn't place my tongue on it. Whatever it be, it's pleasant. A little odd, but pleasant. Silky, creamy, smoooth mouthfeel. It coats the throat in sinful pleasure. Drinkable? Damn straight. One could drink a dozen in a row and still enjoy the last as if it were the first. And with the low ABV, it doesn't surprise the weak when they try to stand. A terrific brew. I'm still excited I picked it up. (1,142 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,224 characters)

Photo of WissBrauSean
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
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* (2,456 characters)

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
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! (1,006 characters)

Photo of dtreindl
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (746 characters)

Photo of The_1084
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a caramel colored head roughly 1 finger in width. The head fades pretty quickly with a small trace of lacing.

S - Sweet aroma with hints of malt and coffee.

T - Easily recognizable taste of dark chocolate with a mildly bitter aftertaste of coffee.

M - Not as thick as one would imagine based on appearance, but has a dry feel with moderate carbonation.

O - Overall one of the best porter's I have drank thus far. (464 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow...this will be my porter for all other porter comparison

Color was dark brown with ruby highlights...nice thick tan head stayed for a while...
Aroma was roast malt, coco powder, and burnt chocolate...taste is amazing...complex roasted malt...but more chocolate/coffee flavor...the aftertaste is the best...dry coffee flavor...mmmmm
went down smooth with a filling feeling...this is going to the top of my beer purchase rotation (436 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Llywelyn's Pub in St Charles, MO. [Note-Llewelyn's has hand pumps that imply these Fuller's beers are casked, but I'm told they are actually standard kegs with phony hand pumps.]

A-Very dark brown but with ruby highlights. Clear. Head was thick initially but faded, good lace lasted throughout.

S - Caramel, rum, plums, nutty grains. The aroma is incredible.

T - Similar to the smell. I also get raisins, melted butter and a hint of alcohol. This draft version is softer and more complex than the bottled version I reviewed on another occasion.

M - Moderate body, no carbonation noticeable in the mouth. The feel is silky smooth and very soft, much more memorable than the bottled version.

D - Delicious and oh so complex. The bottled version is a good porter, but this draft is an incredible and world-class beer. (839 characters)

Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was surprise with how damn good this brew taste, it was all I expected and more. Like the label on the bottle states, Dark, Rich And Complex...and I couldn't agree more.

Pours a dark brownish brew with a thick creamy beige crown. Nice and inviting coffe and cocoa aromas, no alchol scent. Coffe beans hit strong at first sip, then it mellows down to a dark sweet chocolate medley with a taste very near the aroma. Nice round body with a pleasant mouthfull of coffe beans and chocolate ones. Great drinkability. This is one smooth english porter. (546 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,161 ratings.