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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

2,052 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,052
Reviews: 1,133
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 149
Gots: 98 | 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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NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured from a 12oz. tall, skinny black bottle, the ale shows up dark mahogany, nearing black, with a dark tan foamy head that leaves lines of lace all down the glass. Toasted grain, chocolate/caramel and a whiff of smoky cocoa cross the nose, and smell wonderful. The flavor builds on this aroma base and adds a touch of dark chocolate and prunes, finishes with a burnt sugar and an earthy hop bite, but it is not strong at all. London porter is crisp in the mouth, medium bodies, and creamy but somewhat dry. One could drink this creamy beer for hours, and I have.

Cheers...

01-13-2006 06:57:49 | More by NClifestyle
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Pours a bubbly dark brown with a very thick head, evaporating rather quickly, but some fine lacing throughout. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee beans, enough complexity to keep sniffing! Very smooth and crisp, a wonderful blend of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark roasted coffee mixed well. A creamy body, yet stays smooth throughout, a smokey and coffee beans feel left on the palate, leaves you yearning for more. Should be enjoyed by most, try one ASAP.

05-12-2003 18:49:17 | More by GeoffRizzo
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.4% ABV, Best Before 04 JUN 12

A - Brief cascading results in a tall but short-lived tan head which drapes sheets of lace on the pint above the incredibly dark mahogany brown colored beer.

S - Fuller's London Porter has a rich chocolaty aroma to it that suggests a dark chocolate bar dusted with cocoa and perhaps, some coffee grounds. It's earthy and "old", London Porter has a subtle woody, musty-like aroma which really helps it out, keeping some balance going on.

T - Rich and dark, the flavor is a complex explosion that coats the tongue, requiring many more sips to fully grasp. Bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the initial flavors, while earthy wood-like flavors follow closely with a nuttiness in tow. Sweeping in towards the end is a light but balancing caramel flavor which tops it off nicely.

M - Full-bodied and creamy, the moderate carbonation is almost ignored as this smooth beer glides over the tongue and down the throat with a lingering hard dryness and acrid bitterness from the roasted malt.

O - Roasted and robust, Fuller's London Porter is a chocolate and coffee-like flavored treat which all comes from the malt complexity, no added ingredients! It's full-bodied but at no point does it become thick or undrinkable and it's so bold in flavor, it's impressive the beer remains around 5% alcohol. Fuller's London Porter is a stellar beer for any occasion.

07-27-2012 22:29:24 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Illtryit

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Served to me at Llewellyns in Webster, MO

Smell is sweet chocolate and toffee.

Black. Tan head, Creamy as if nitro tap (although it wasnt)

Taste, chocolate, toffee, coffee.

Had this both on tap and by the bottle. Taste are identical. Very good beer. Definitely makes my rotation.

02-07-2012 01:35:29 | More by Illtryit
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MrHolland

South Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Poured this beer into a pint glass, with a best before date of 14/Aug/06.
Appearance- Has a dark tan head that leaves lacing on the glass when the head receades. Pitch black with brown ruby highlights.

Smell- Very strong coffee smell with malt, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste- Def. the best part of the brew. Espresso and chocolate taste first and a pretty strong hint of hops and malts. Very evenly balanced. One of the best porters I have had.

One of the best beers I have had. Will be buying this a lot more but to bad I have to drive about 25 mins to get some.

07-23-2006 03:21:08 | More by MrHolland
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champ103

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

A: Black-Brown-Redish color with a one finger tan head that fades to almost nothing. Light lace is left as the foam recedes
S: A wonderful aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Very complex.
T: Similar to the smell. Roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and a ton of toffee flavors. The toffee flavor seems to coat the mouth. Though it never becomes cloying. A great malt character and a slit taste of hops.
M/D: A medium to full body. At first a snap of carbonation, but it becomes very creamy as the beer warms. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is more than a winter warmer, and can be enjoyed during all season's.

Not much more to say. This is a great beer, and like the ESB this is the standard for the style IMO. Highly recommended.

10-04-2007 22:39:50 | More by champ103
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Mario61Aler

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Let me start by saying that a good porter is always welcome in my fridge, saying that this should have a case setting there waiting to be consumed! WOW! world class is a good place to begin.

A- Poured a very dark brown/Mahogony with a light carmel colored head that leeft some lacing behind.

S- smelled of chocolate, fresh bread, earthy, and carmelish

T- Damn just like it smelled only more intense. Was very well balanced between the malts and slightly hop-ish(is that a word).

M- Smooth, smooth did I say SMOOTH? med to light carbonation, mild chewiness, was very hard to just sip this one, I wanted to chug it then refill it and sip the second one (alas I only had the one that was a gift from Chewystheman - THANKS)

O- World class in taste, mouthfeel and so very well balanced!

I want more!

10-23-2011 19:06:37 | More by Mario61Aler
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Zonthark

Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Came out of a nitro can, It looks really good the head looks like coffee flavoured ice cream and it smells like a good esspresso. It is near pitch black in colour almost like a coffee. It tastes like dark chocolate and coffee. I taste hints of wine, a very bitter beer. A real robust body, that stays with you.

A must taste for any serious beer drinker.

11-11-2011 06:15:29 | More by Zonthark
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goochpunch

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Pours a deep, dark brown. Almost black. The head is a frothy milk chocolate color, but does not have much of a presence. The first thing noticed as I smell this is fruit. A big, sweet punch of dark fruit. This is shortly followed by a smooth chocolate and coffee mix. I get a lot of dried fruit, nuttiness, honey, and chocolate in the first wave of flavor, which mutes slightly to allow the roasted malt character to shine through. Delicate, lingering bitterness from the malt reminds me of chocolate-covered espresso beans. This is magnificent. The best way to describe what I'm experiencing is to imagine a piece of baklava, drizzled generously with a dark chocolate ganache, dusted with finely ground espresso beans, and served with a side of dates and preserved figs. Mouthfeel is of moderate body, lightly carbonated, with a slight slickness. Really, the mouthfeel here is perfect and is essential in bringing all of these flavors home. Highly drinkable.

At a measly 5.4%, this beer has more character and charm than a lot of the bigger beers people lose their shit over. A nearly flawless porter, and I've yet to find another that even comes close to this.

04-18-2006 05:37:50 | More by goochpunch
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam and rings of lacing.

Caramel, chocolate and coffee to the nose.

Very rich, wonderful taste. Coffee and chocolate predominant, a most amazing porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, but doesn't feel full.

Great drinkability, this one goes on my list of favorites.

07-14-2007 17:07:38 | More by techdiver
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djeffbee

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

This is a good one any time of year....

A = Dark, thick and sexy

S = Dark chocolate, mocha, roasted malts.

T = Super smooth, roasty nice chocolate malt start with appropriate bitterness.

M = Very, very smooth, creamy.

D = This is an easy one to pound a sixer at a sitting. Great drinkability

Love this beer - I get all giddy when I see this at a friends house...

02-28-2008 03:03:30 | More by djeffbee
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irishmoss

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

I've been trying to get this one for a while, and I'm not disappointed.
The appearance deep, dark, opaque black with dense chocolate milk colored head that doesn't go away. There lots of nicely spaced out patches of lace that are tan in color.
The aroma is a deep dark roasted espresso bean that is nearly burnt, awesome. There are also faint malt and caramel whiffs here. When I drank this, there was again espresso, but with chocolate and hints of malt. Nice slight bitterness in the finish that was perfect with a great crisp after taste. Nice thick mouthfeel that's chewy and refreshing. Great drinkability, no matter what time of the day. As a testament to that last statement, I had this for breakfast the other day and the coffee flavors complimented the time of day perfectly. Note: review not written from the morning session...but it was just as good

05-26-2004 05:13:36 | More by irishmoss
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

(11.2 oz. ?) Brown bottle with a bulbous neck...date code greatly appreciated, this one is good til may 2006.

Deep chestnut nearly black. Fizzy head goes down to 1/4", pauses for a bit, then turns to gray wisps. The aroma of this beer is amazingly strong for a 5% non-hoppy brew! Stong and appetizing, it screams coffee and red wine to me. One of the few malt-centered beers that I could whiff all day long. Flavor is wonderful too. Charcoal and molasses, coffee and red wine. All I could ask for in a porter. Thin body and low carbonation is pulled off with help from the dryness and acidity. Very easy drinking, this one has a ton of flavor but is not as filling as most stouts or other malt-centric beers. A classic for all time!

12-29-2005 02:54:27 | More by waughbrew
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sjtmbg

United Kingdom (England)

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

If kept cold it will pour to a large, mocha-colored head, but it should be left to warm to cellar temperature to fully enjoy the flavors.

Appearance is the rich deep-brown coffee color that portends the flavor of this classic of the porter style. I don't know of a mass-produced bottled beer that's better than this one. Coffee notes are accompanied by the roasted malt that one would expect of a great porter.

Fortunately this beer is a regular on the shelves of Waitrose and many other places with good selections of bottled beer.

09-01-2012 09:34:26 | More by sjtmbg
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bigpoppacueball

Illinois

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

All I can say is WOW. One of my all time favs. Hard to find in my area.
S: Smells of Coffee, Chocolate with a hint of roasted nuts.
T: Its like drinking a cup a great coffee and eating chocolate cake. A very flavorful beer but do not let the chocolate fool you, this is not a super sweet beer. It has a pleasant and robust aftertaste but it dissipates quickly leaving the palate clean.
A: Dark with a white head. Leaves a heavy lace on the glass with a very noticeable notch where the beer has rested.
It is much better in the bottle then it is from the can.

05-12-2010 05:06:38 | More by bigpoppacueball
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Crossmc1423

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +15.5%

This is probably the best porter ive had so far

A- Very dark, pours almost black with a brownish head

S- TOASTY!

T- Coffee and Chocolate aroma fills the palate, but the aftertaste is what makes this beer exceptional...just the right amount of bitterness that blends perfectly with the sweetness of the chocolate flavors

M- the only word that comes to mind is velvety

D- rolls off the tongue

09-03-2010 08:05:47 | More by Crossmc1423
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +15%

This one comes packaged in a very attractive black and red bottle. Pours black with brown edges and a very minimal head that is milky and tan. Nice tan laces are left on the glass.

Smells of rich cappucino and mocha latte (heaven for this coffee lover and Starbucks addict). Strong whiffs of vanilla and caramel. Hints of peanut butter. This is simply beautiful to smell. I don't even want to drink it yet! I'm not done enjoying the scent!

Tates of good bitter coffee, dark chocolate, sweet caramel candy. I'm getting earthy, peaty, and smokey flavors too. This is GOOD! Wow!

This brew is near perfect for this porter fan, but the mouthfeel could be thicker and a bigger head would be nice. Other tham those two small gripes, this beer really has my respect. It's just friggin' awesome!

This one rivals my all time favorite, Okocim, which I hold in almost religious esteem. That this one even approaches my hallowed beer among beers is really saying something.

09-10-2006 19:02:53 | More by pmcadamis
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Thiestru

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +15%

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown, or maybe black. Can't quite tell. When I hold it up to the light, I can't see much cloudiness. There's a creamy brown head with, unfortunately, rather poor retention, and very little lacing - the only reasons this beer doesn't get a '5' here.

Smell: Big roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts are the first to come through, bearing a kind of coffee-like flavor. Dark chocolate also makes its presence known. Then, after letting the beer sit for a little while on the tongue, I can really taste some excellent hops. It's not really bitter, it just has that unmistakable hop taste we all know and love. This really hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, just like it should be. It could perhaps use a little more carbonation, but eh.

Drinkability: This beer never gets tiresome to me. Every time I drink one, my only regret is that I don't have five more waiting for me. (I buy singles of this at Wine World in North Augusta, SC.)

This has become one of my absolute favorite beers, and is a classic example of a fine porter.

06-13-2008 07:07:36 | More by Thiestru
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +15%

Excited to find a can of my favorite porter, let's see if it measures up to the bottle version. Poured into a snifter.

Black beer, with a slight reddish hue, creamy light brown head, good retention, nice lacing.
An impressive aroma, roasted malts, rich chocolate, blackberries and coffee; there is a slight metallic aroma, very faint, but it does not belong.
Nearly full-bodied, very creamy with a nice, sweetish malty taste that includes caramel, coffee, and layers of chocolate, mostly bittersweet.
Easy to drink for such a tasty beer, one of the greatest porters out there. Slightly "worse" (or better explained, not as great) than the bottle, a great can alternative.

10-11-2008 05:23:05 | More by brdc
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Zekezilla

Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +15%

I've had this beer twice now and have been mightily impressed each time. I've only had a porter one other time and did not care for it (can't remember the name). I hope to explore other porters and this will be a good one to judge them by. I welcome suggestions for other good porters.

What I liked a/b this one: smooth, virtually carbonation, slightly sweet, highly drinkable.

11-30-2009 15:09:12 | More by Zekezilla
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +15%

Porter is by far my favourite style. This was the first porter I ever had, and I bought purely to give a genuine English beer a try. I fell in love with it instantly.

Sadly, porter is not widely available here in Vancouver, so I have sampled but a few. Fuller's is one I keep returning too and buying in quantity.

It pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head. The head disipates quickly, but leaves a nice lace. It smells vaguely of chocolates with a definite malt scent. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts. Smoky and strong, fit for drinking with a meal or as a meal. Thick mouthfeel, as a porter should be, but not so thick as to be undrinkable.

I could definitely drink three or four of these, but it can be overwhelming to some. Like a true porter, almost a meal in itself.

11-27-2004 08:54:37 | More by BDTyre
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DmanGTR

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +15%

A - poured dark brown with garnet hues in the light. 1" tan head with some nice lacing in a tulip.

S - roasted malts, carob, strong coffee, some roasted nuts as well. Absolutely divine.

T - follows the smell but in a much more pronounced fashion. Very rich and flavorful.

M - medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - quite drinkable. In fact, the most drinkable porter I have ever had.

Overall - This is the paradigm porter. Simply one of the best porters I have ever had. Rich, tasty, roasty, and lightly nutty. Everything a good English porter needs and everything a good English porter has. If there was a standard of porter brewing, this would be it. Cheers!

12-29-2008 05:23:21 | More by DmanGTR
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scotlandsp

Slovenia

4.83/5  rDev +15%

Beautiful brune dark appearance with whiteish head. Smell-chocolate and coffee-very nice combination. I taste beers the same way I do wines. Exceptional taste rom the first to last sip. Rich and full mouthfeel-as afte a very strong turkish coffee. One or two pints satisfy completely.

I had it bottled.

09-16-2009 11:39:00 | More by scotlandsp
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BKotch

Texas

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

10-23-2001 13:33:46 | More by BKotch
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Brent

Kentucky

4.8/5  rDev +14.3%

A great porter. Lots of depth of flavor, with dark coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. If it were any more substantial, it would be a stout.

06-20-2001 16:52:55 | More by Brent
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,052 ratings.