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94
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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,374
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 205
Gots: 256 | FT: 0
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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 TheBierdimpfe
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark brown color with a copper hue. Nice light brown head but weak retention.

Perfectly balanced aromas and flavors of toasty coffee and chocolate with a fruity sensation, like apples. A really fresh and tender taste with notes of toffee.

Rich and creamy, super smoky and almost chalky. Dense body with slight carbonation. The only drawback: the finish is too short...I want more!

Overall this is a wonderful beer, super flavorful with great balance in all aspects. (475 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, almost opaque black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malt with notes of freshly baked dark bread, caramel, some notes of chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Taste: Great! Roasty up front, imparting notes of coffee with a hint of smoke. Malty with notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread. Some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness as well. The beer finishes with just a hint of dark chocolate-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. Pretty smooth as there is practically no carbonation at all. With an ABV of 5.4%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a great porter, one of the best actually! Traditional flavors of roasted malt and coffee beans, balanced perfectly with some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness. A perfect porter and a perfect session beer! (1,030 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(best by June 20, 2015)

L: dark brown-amber and clear up to light ... beautiful color and clarity; weak, soapy head barely 1/4-inch tall that disappears quickly; keeps a wimpy collar, no skin; no stick and very little lacing

S: grapes; dark dried fruits ... plums, too ... kind of sweet; roasted wood (not burnt) ... very subtle roasting throughout, roasted malt is nice; coffee ... kind of acidic coffee

T: sweet roasted malt and fruity ... almost like a toasted English pale ale, for the malt is thorough with just a hint of earthy bitterness; slight coffee; semi-sweet chocolate ... not as sweet as the nose; at times almost has a rye-like twang, like the Irish dry stout -- but it's so weak it's hard to say for sure if that's rye or something else

F: lightweight but solid, good carbonation (much more than there appears to be in the weak pour)

O: great brew and the brewmaster's deft hand at handling roasted (not burnt) malt here is excellent; it's almost too easy to drink; never too bitter nor too sweet (1,056 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 17, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint ... OCCASION: Silver Linings Playbook watching requires a comparable libation.. APPEARANCE: ruby black body; brown, fizzing, simmering head; holds to a quarter-inch that sits throughout; attractive... AROMA: robust chocolate, coffee, and that peat scent that is undeniably porter; light and alluring... PALATE: milky, silky smooth; an unbelievably agreeable beer to sip--I found half the glass drained before I even began the palate/taste analysis...TASTE: as lactic and chocolaty as a porter could be; the hops balance this extraordinarily; sugary and sweet--a dessert in a bottle...OVERALL: God, what a joy it is to revisit the greats; a beer this fluid should not be this flavorful and enjoyable... (763 characters)

Photo of iJul1609
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Rich, dark and complex" says the bottle, and that about summarizes it. A very strong flavor a bit like a roasted stout, but softer. Good for social events or personal degustations, a bit overkill for sports or outside events. (226 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 11, 2015

550 ml bottle, English dimpled pint

A – Dark brown but very clear. Very small amount of off-white bubbles on top, with low retention.

S – Cold pressed coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, lightly toasted bread. Very earthy, somewhat herbal hop aroma. Some very bitter aroma in the background. A very slight fruity, estery note.

T – A lot of chocolate malt and some roasty, but not bitter, coffee. Earthy, slightly medicinal hops, and a pleasant level of hop bitterness.

M – Moderate-low carbonation, just enough to cleanse the palate, the hop bitterness complementing the mildly sweet malts. Somewhat dry on the finish but not overly so.

O – An interpretation of porter that blurs the line with English stout, basically lighter in color and in bitterness but with the coffee-ish notes. Enjoyed this very much. (844 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it definitely won me over. It poured very dark but not opaque brown with light dissipating head. Delicious dark chocolate coffee dark fruit nose. Palate follows suit with ideal balance between bready sweetness, fruity acidity and chocolate bitterness. Gentle but noticeable lingering hops finish. Looking forward to trying more from Fuller's! (390 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Pours a deep, dark brown, hints of red when held to a light, very fine effervescence and off white lace

S: Super malty, chocolate, freshly baked bread and earthy, autumn aromas

T: Malty and chocolaty up from, woodsy, mineral and sweet molasses, hint of leather and just enough hop to cleanse the palate and balance the malty sweetness

M: Very light, very carbonated, sweet without being syrupy, smooth with a good mouthfeel (2percent milk)

O: An excellent example of the style (perhaps the archetype given its longevity). Complex flavor profile, great autumn beer and easily quaffable . (596 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

500 ml bottle poured into English pint glass. very dark. 3 finger head that leaves some lacing. Nose has malt, chocolate, coffee. Very smooth. Coffee and chocolate notes with a slightly bitter finish. Excellent beer! Great Porter - a sweet malt finish. (252 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter.

This brew has a creamy, off-white head two fingers thick. Pitch-black in body. 4.25

Dark roasted malt on the nose with some burnt toast, caramel and vanilla. Faint bitterness sneaks in. 4

Whoosh. This is delicious. Velvety chocolate leads to caramel before and a light, grassy hop finish. Dark chocolate lingers. 4.25

This is exceptionally creamy, smooth and full-bodied. Sweet at first, this finishes dry and a mellow bittter. 4.25

Well, respect to a classic. This is an exceptional beer. Very good in every regard. (542 characters)

Photo of kim_thayil
5/5  rDev +18.5%

delicious. to me, it's perfect. there may be better porters that i don't know about yet but this is exactly what i think a porter should be. the chocolate smell the chocolate taste, the coffee, the perfect amount of sweetness without being overwhelmed by sweetness, the drinkability. (284 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: an embossed 500mL brown bottle with a stylish Brittish label. A good package.

Appearance: pours a solid, very dark brown in colour with one-finger of creamy, tan head. The head has good retention and lacing.

Aroma: heavy roasted malts - traditional cocoa and coffee. A touch of spice. Typically demure.

Taste: fairly rich in flavour, following the nose. Strong roasted malts with some spice backing.

Aftertaste: some malt bitterness lingers through, with a touch of sweet caramels. Nice.

Mouth feel: a fairly heavy feel with lower carbonation. Pretty spot-on for an English Porter.

Overall: quite a nice English Porter - very traditional and good quality. The price is a bit over the top, as most English beers are in Australia - an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL bottles is around AU$110. Can definitely get similar for far less, but one every now and then won't hurt. (883 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

BBD 11/15/14. Clear pour that is almost as dark as a stout, but has a dark ruby cast. Slightly below average head volume and retention, but laces well. Nice nose of caramel, coffee, toffee and a slight burnt chocolate smokiness. Medium bodied with a texture that approaches creamy. Slightly below normal carbonation with just a touch of effervescence on the finish. The excellent flavor profile is complex and balanced. It begins with coffee then flows into a light caramel sweetness coupled with toffee. Hops come forward in the middle with a light flavor and bitterness over a smoky chocolate. The finish is somewhat dry and leaves you with a lingering chocolate smokiness with a mineral character. (710 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

The aroma is fantastic with lots of bitter chocolate, freshly ground coffee, toffee, a touch of woodiness. The body is dark brown with ruby highlights; the rather small, light tan head diminishes to a thin film after about a minute. The flavor, particularly at first, includes coffee, a slight twang of dried fruit; after a few sips the bolder flavors thin out and admit some licorice and creamy caramel sweetness; the pleasant coffee/peanut shell finish lingers. The carbonation is fairly low but lends a good bite; body is medium-light.

I personally enjoyed the aroma more than the flavor; and while the flavor is also quite enjoyable, I would have liked it more if it had followed the nose more closely and then persisted in that regard. Nevertheless, I did indeed enjoy this porter immensely and look forward to having it again. (835 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

A: Black and thick looking. Cream head and some lacing on the sides.

S: Chocolate and malt. The aroma is more intense than I expected.

T: Wow. This is just great. Chocolate, yeast, toast, toffee and caramel, brown sugar. The flavors all work well together and are very intense. Awesome.

M: Very smooth and creamy. Medium but heavy side.

O: Great porter. It's smooth, perfectly balanced, and has those wonderful English style flavors. (442 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can into nonic pint. reads "30 04 15" on the bottom of the can, which i'm guessing is a best before date of april 30, 2015. enjoyed immensely on august 13, 2014

a: a very deep brown with dark ruby highlights, almost cola-like. almost two fingers of foamy tan head

s: chocolate and raisins up front. coffee, caramel, maybe cherries? some tobacco and smoke notes too

t: follows the nose. "rich, dark & complex" written on the can is a very accurate description. tons of chocolate and toffee up front, coffee afterwards, then the aforementioned dark fruit notes bring a mild but really pleasant sweetness. hints of syrup too? a delicious roast-char-smoke-tobacco character comes out towards the end. finishes with cocoa tastes and a drying coffee-like bitterness

m: creamy light to medium body. mild carbonation. nice!

o: one of my favourite beers ever. it's great that it's available and affordable too. a very wonderful low abv flavour bomb (950 characters)

Photo of JLSIV
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep almost black color. Good solid head of creamy small bubbles

Aroma of chocolate

Taste of semi-dark chocolate at first, warms to mocha, then ends with slight warmth

Full and rich mouthfeel that totally hides the alcohol

An outstanding porter (255 characters)

Photo of IgnacioFeito
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best Porter I've tried, easily becoming one of my favorite beers. Too bad it's not easy to come by in Mexico.

Pours a nice dark roast with a moderate head that breaks down to a few bubbles, the smell is sweet and malty, promising a taste that does not dissappoint. Great long finish. (284 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: pitch black with a thin layer of wispy foam atop the brew. Moderate lace

S: strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate fill the nose while malts are noticeable but only slightly.

T: follows the smell exactly. This is a very full flavor beer with lots of coffee and dark chocolate.

M: this one surprised me. I expected it to be on the heavy side based in looks and smell but I would call it medium at best. I would have liked it a bit thicker maybe...

O: My first time trying this one and I was not disappointed. I'm a huge fan of porter and stout style beers and this fit right it! Buy some and see for yourself. (656 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 12/12/14.

Appearance: Black on top and nearly translucent brown near the bottom of the glass. Poured aggressively resulting in a one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin coating of foam.

Aroma: Rich cream and chocolate with a hint of charred malt. Quite aromatic and very clean.

Taste: A good amount of hop impact right out of the gate. A solid bitterness with a sort of grassy flavor, which actually builds in intensity throughout each sip. The malt character that was so present in the aroma is a little harder to find in the flavor beneath the hops. However it does lend some much needed sweetness that provides a bit of balance. As it warms and I've been able to swirl out some excess carbonation, more of the creamy, chocolatey malt flavor has developed. Lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nigh and day difference between when I started drinking and when I took the time to get rid of the excess carbonation. At first all the carbonation really stung alongside the bitterness, but once it was removed the creamier, more delicate flavors came out. I would recommend a very vigorous pour. It's about medium in body wit average drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: I think this porter would be a knock out on nitro or cask, allowing the malt to really shine. But even after my first taste of this historic beer, I completely understand why it has stood the test of time. Its just a plain great example of the style. Would I drink it again? Yes. (1,529 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours some cream colored and creamy textured head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear brown with a bit of dark brown notes. The beer smell is rich and divine. The smell has a combination of bready yeast smell with a coffee smell and a sweet and light dark chocolate smell. The beer also has a milky smell as well. The taste is a bit different than the smell. The taste is less milky than the smell and has stronger bitter hop notes. The bready yeast note is still there but not as pronounced. The coffee roast taste is also there in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very silky with very little carbonation. Overall, a very good English Porter and worth its reputation. (693 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown appearance with ruby red tinges visible at the edges where light hits it. Aroma is of sweet, milky coffee. The taste is sweet with burnt notes and an interesting leathery flavour. Mouth feel is smooth and light to medium with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a good sweet tasty porter with a distinctive flavour. Very drinkable and sessionable but with pretty big flavours for the moderate alcohol level.

My mark out of 100 would be 88. (456 characters)

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had one of those a few years ago and I remembered it as really good but I was not impressed recently with the Fuller London Pride.

Poured it in a Pit Caribou pint glass. One of Gaspesie's nicest micro brewery. A small bubbly head formed and dissipated in mere seconds. Don't drink a porter if you want a 3 inch head. As Nigel would say, 'it's like, how much more black could this be. And the answer is none'. Got a beautiful blood red hue when held up to a light.

I get a nice whiff of brown sugar candied bacon.

That beer has got a good thickness while leaving the mouth oily with hoppy goodness. Man do I like a smoked Porter and this one gives it to you. Smoked malts on the intake, oats and dark bitter chocolate follow while you are left with a gooooood espresso aftertaste that will linger on for the next minutes.

Had some Dead Man's Party from Standard Vape while drinking this beer. It completely muted the cumby taste from the juice and left me with an otherwise pretty absent citrus note and brought a more natural blueberry flavor.

Expected a lot going in and I was not dissapointed. If you like a smoked porter, there's probably none more great! (1,163 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear, translucent brown. Little, dissipating head.

S - Cereal malts, notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Slight floral hop character.

T - Light roast character, bakers chocolate. Signature English water profile character - that I can only (endearingly) describe as gravelly really accentuates the roast character and the earthy hop bitterness.

M - Light, dissipating and drinkable, as a porter should.

O - It's an archetype, what more to say? (451 characters)

Photo of slusk
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark garnet red with a scant tan head.

S: Roast Coffee, raisin and plum dominate the aroma with a touch of vanilla. No hop aroma to speak of.

T: Coffee is the feature with sweet dark fruits. A wee bit of chocolate. An ever so mild hop bitterness controls the malt sweetness, and this brew does finish semi dry with a touch of dark bread crust lingering on the palate.

M: medium to medium full body with a velvety mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

O: WOW. This is one beautiful malty treat. It's got the perfect amount of roast and coffee with just a hint of chocolate sweetness. The hop base, gives a mild bitter underpinning while still letting the malt steal the show. This is the perfect beer for those who don't like the full body of a stout but want a stout character. A definite winner. (803 characters)

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