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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,376
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 207
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 baos
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is the second Fuller's that i have had in so many days. All that i can say is: Fuller's don't fuck around.

A: Stout opaque black with ruby outlines. Uno finger tan head that sticks around pretty well with some bits of lacing here and there.

S: Wow! Und yummy! Smokey molasses. Hints of burning sage. Unique and enjoyable.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but very nice. Chocolate, roasted, and Brown malts out the wazoo. This is malt city. Perhaps the slightest wee bit of Fuggles hops in there. i get just a smattering of hop flavor but all of the bitter and dryness. A good brew. I also detect some serious Old ale notes in here as well. Bitter and maybe a wee bit off putting compared to how wunderbar the initial flavors go.

M: Very light bodies, but hey like I said before this brew doesn't fuck around. This doesn't deter the overall-ness of it all.

D: Very drinkable, but it gets kind of gluey and metallic in the late stages of aftertaste. (968 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out brown filling the glass with a body that is almost black letting in brown and ruby in the light. Head is a light brown.

Aroma is roasty and sweet with some herbal and charcoal.

Flavor follows nicely on those roast and sweet flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Has a earthy edge to it.
Body is light and creamy. (341 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with very good foam. Aroma roasted, coffee, chocolate, brandy. Taste velvet, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dry finish. Very good.worth a try. (156 characters)

Photo of paxkey
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark dark beer with some ruby tones. thin mocha head.

smells sour and rich. like a cappucino yogurt.

tastes bitter and smooth. finishes creamy and leaves bitterness of roast malt.

nice body and flavor overall. i want to try this one on tap.

a robust offering (262 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm about done with Fuller's. This porter was fine. It just wan't special. The pour was a dark brown almost ruby with a good sized head and huge lacing all the way down the pint. It smelled mostly of roasted, smoky malt. It was okay but not very complex. The taste was the same, but I have had some porters that had a lot more complex smell and flavors. It does have a coffee-like taste that is nice. It was strong in the mouth, but one and done is the order of the day for this porter. I have to mention that in our area this retails for over $9.00. I can get a really good Heavyweight porter for a lot less than that. Brewpubs in the Philly area produce much better porters. (684 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-3-07
Best before 11-6-07

Pours a deep blood-red, with a smallish tan head and ring lacing.

Smell is smooth English malt, very sweet.

Taste is much like the smell, roasty with a little bit of dark fruit. Finishes with a little smokiness, a little hop bitterness and coffee.

Mouthfeel is great, thick and creamy with. A little too much carbonation, though.

Drinkability is very good, super smooth and well balanced. (442 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into nonic pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown color. Sort of cola coloured when held up to the light. 1/1.5 fingers of off white, creamy coloured fluffy head crown the beer. The head shows no signs of going away. Quite pretty.

Smell - Strong smell of chocolate right away, followed by some caramel notes. Some light coffee and roasted malts. Another reviewer pointed out mollasses which is present as well.

Taste - Very chocolatey, more so that i expected. There are also some coffee and roasted malts that were in the aroma as well. There is also a light taste of nut towards the middle. Yumm

Mouthfeel - Very low carbonation. Heavy body makes this one a sipper. A truly world class beer (almost) ruined by nitro. Bleh (spit).

Overall - 3.75/5 (794 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a rich dark black slightly tainted by the thin brownish head

S - Rich dark chocolate, coffee, nuts a bit faint

T - Tastes the way it smells but not quite as complex as others and little fruit

M - Nice and creamy but a bit flat due to low carbonation - try a dark doppelbock from bavaria and you know what a dark chocolatey beer should feel and taste like

D - Good! (372 characters)

Photo of airforbes1
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown (with some red creeping in at the bottom) with a creamy head that lingers. I get a lot of roasted malt and coffee on the nose, and, without surprise, I taste a lot of coffee when I first started drinking it. My initial reaction was that it tasted TOO much like coffee, but the other flavors started to creep in as the beer warmed. I started to detect a minute amount of bitter chocolate, with the coffee taste mellowing somewhat as the beer warmed. Roasty, yet smooth. A pleasant offering, although I admit I will probably won't give this beer its due because I'm not a coffee drinker. (610 characters)

Photo of HansBlix
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer was poured from the tap into a pint glass. I tried to take notice of the initial pour. The head at the first pour was at first 3 fingers and then quickly dissipated with the second pour leaving 1 finger at most . There was some lacing but nothing to impressive. Color was dark brown and carbonation was minimal.

Smell - Roasted Malt was the most prominent smell with a roasted coffee finish.

Taste - Somewhat mild. Roasted malt or coffee was the backbone of this brew with minimal undertones of other flavors.

Mouth Feel - Very light carbonation. Somewhat medium body. Very Smooth.

Drinkability - This beer seems to be kind of a fall back Porter. Its good, I would drink it again, just nothing spectacular.

I miss my beer drinking friend a great deal. Its just not the same. (803 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep, dark brown. Sloshes around in the glass nicely with a solid head.

S - Burned sugar, char, peat and roasted malt. Could be fuller.

T - Char, mildly toasted malt. Roastiness and burned caramel. Unfortunately I can't help finding regular porters taste watered down compared to their Imperial brethren.

M - Smooth, and appropriately carbonated. A little thin and watery.

O - An easy-drinking and very sessionable porter which I'd gladly opt for if having a few pints with friends at a pub. (499 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Moderate pour creates a semi-coarse 1.5 finger light coffee head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque amber. Lacing is stringy and spotty but with little cling.

S: Coffee, caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, honey, cream and lactose. Very sweet and enticing nose that makes my mouth water!

T: Sweet coffee and toffee opening. Toasted dark malts mixed with chocolate. Slightly sour lactose towards the middle. Bit of booziness as malts fade. Sudden finish that's very clean and leaves a waxy, bitter chocolate coating on the tongue.

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, and smooth and silky. Slight liveliness on the tongue before finishing very clean with a slight aftertaste.

D: This beer smells much better than it actually is. Nice feel and good complexity but the nose builds up the character so much that I feel like when I actually get to the beer, its a bit of a let down. Still, worth trying as it is a solid porter with a sweet twist that one seldom comes across. (1,051 characters)

Photo of cbleary
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at MCouls Public House in Greensboro, NC.

The beer arrived with a translucent black body and a thin white head. The beer tasted of a pleasant mix of dark and pale malts with a bit of British hops. Well-balanced and very filling, but I feel that there are better options out there. (289 characters)

Photo of JOaikido
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle. Best before 21/06/09

A- Dark brown with amber highlights. Small beige head that dissappears quickly.

S- Chocolte with faint mocha coffee. Touch of prunes. Nice overall.

T- Nice coffee/chocolate flavours. Sweet background. Decent mildly bitter aftertaste. Some complexity but a little mild for my tastes.

MF- A bit thin and watery, but not too bad. A pop like fizz that matches the weak head.

D- Acceptable evening sipping beer. Goes down easily but is a little to mild in character. (508 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Note: Drank this one directly after St. Peter's Old Style Porter. Fuller's won.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pout yields a 1+ finger, medium-thick looking, fluffy, light beige head with good retention. Dark brown in color, clear, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings all around the glass. A good wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Nice, but way too muted, unfortunately. Some dark malts, earthy hops and hints of leather. Touches of chocolate, but still way too muted. What's there is fine, but just not enough of it.

TASTE: Much more impressive than the nose. Huge improvement. Dark malts, roasted touches, toffee, and some bolder earthy hops. Moves into a good does of cocoa powder and some roasted notes into the finish. Aftertaste is pretty bold and lingering with lots of cocoa and mildly bitter, earthy hop notes. Flavorful, especially after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Pretty solid here.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. If it weren't for the overly unimpressive nose, this would be one worth writing home about. Lots of nice flavor, and it looked great for the style. One of my favorite English beers. Recommended. (1,407 characters)

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

11.2 ounce bottle. This one pours black with the consistency of a cola. Full 1 inch head that's nicely tan in appearance with a creamy and bubbly head. Looks gorgeous, if it's any consolation. Deep, rich, woodsy smell with mahogony and chocolate. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Roasted malt reminds me more of a dark coffee (think Sumatra if you've ever had it) than anything else. Nice clean bitterness in the finish. Hop character lends a nice amount of earthy notes to the whole affair. Overall a very enjoyable porter and a nice night cap to my Labor Day. (555 characters)

Photo of bryehn
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with ruby around the edges. The frothy tan head sticks around forever as a collar.

Smells like chocolate and coffee. I get a light, honey-like sweetness as well.

Tastes like dark coffee with dark chocolate in it. Solid bitterness to back it up. Dark toffee sweetness comes through as it warms.

I find this beer too thin for a porter or a chocolate-flavoured beer. Takes a syrupy character on the back of the tongue, but I expected thicker.

Very chocolatey, but almost overpowers the beer itself, which I find a bit thin. I'd like it just a bit thicker, but definitely above average. (602 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a solid brown. Well, I turned on the lamp and now it looks a bit red. Head is one finger, tan, and holds well. A slight bit of lacing.
S- Smell is quite strong of coffee with a bit of lingering molasses aroma as well.
T- The taste is a bit stronger of molasses than I perceived on the nose. At first it comes off a bit too sweet and not roasted enough, but the finish brings through a really well done coffee flavor.
M- Medium body, medium-light carbonation. just a touch astringent at times in the finish, with a dry finish.
O- A good porter, but I'm not sure the price point merits me buying it. Good, not great, but I'd drink again. (644 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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/29/11 notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best by Feb 24 2012 on the bottle.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, and light caramel malts. Really nice nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, cream/vanilla, dark fruits. Again, pretty nice, with slight bitterness from the coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice English porter. I really liked the nose and this is a great example of the style. easy to drink and available all over, I'd certainly pick this up again. (724 characters)

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

Fullers London Porter pours a medium dense dark ebony with a short lasting fizzy head. The smell is good, but only moderately strong. Taste has similar characteristics; its a fair tasting porter, but there isn't any boldness to the taste. Notable charactieristics include a smooth malt flavor with a slight smokeyness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and a bit on the thin side. Overall drinkability was good, but I though this could have been a lot bolder in just about every aspect. If this was a reasonably priced six pack I'd say its worth picking up, but for what they are charging the quality is not worth the price. (616 characters)

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

Mahogany with a light brown and bubbly head that eventually settles to a small head a couple of millimetres tall after about two minutes. Retention is good.

Strong, rich malts to begin with and some nice chocolate notes. Light sugar with some figs and a touch of coffee. Light alcohol towards the end but overall this is pretty well balanced.

Dark chocolate and figs kick things off here along with the faintest bit of coffee and alcohol. There is some rich malts and some burnt sugar.

Medium bodied and quite smooth, it is mildly carbonated but a little lighter than I was expecting although not thin at all. The taste is a rich some and with a moderately bitter finish.

Very rich with strong chocolate and roasted malts making up the majority of the taste. It was a well balanced and complex porter that I fairly enjoy and would most likely have again. For a porter it was surprisingly refreshing and went down well.

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Photo of Salpta
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ruby black up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing from the 1/2" tan head on the glass though it faded quickly. The smell is caramelly sweet, with almost no hoppyness. My first impressions are of roasted nuts, kind of a roasted peanut flavor. Only bitterness i can tell is during the long lingering aftertaste. No really this one has a very LONG lasting aftertaste, which the roasty flavor is predominate. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this porter delicious as an after-dinner or dessert beer. (537 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice looking, a dark reddish color almost brown with glint against the light that let see the red inside, an interesting 4 finger head that lets se a dark beige color with a creamy body.

S: Toasted aroma you can sense the hops, the malt and some sweetness.

T: Hops and toasted grain, some alcohol can be feel also very bitter end with a good balance beginning.

M: Enjoyable creamy body with a lasting ending, a little too bitter. (440 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is an extremely dark brown that is clear when held to light. Head grew to about 2 fingers thick and was a nice shade of tan, but had pretty poor retention.

Smell: Aroma is of milk chocolate and coffee with an earthy undertone. I really had to stick my nose in the glass to get any sort of discernable aroma. Mildly disappointing smell.

Taste: Thick and creamy with a dominant cafe de leche taste. Smooth through the midpalate with a chocolate note and a lighter roasted malt note. Finishes as black coffee. Very satisfying. (603 characters)

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