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

1,161 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,376
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 207
Gots: 256 | 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 Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky aroma is a joy to invite into the nose with its quality coffee, licorice and molasses notes and hints of charred wood, yeast and - anchovies? Pours a rich, cool sable that is just a kitten’s whisker above midnight black with a thick and fine-bubbled, it not too persistent, buff head. Flavor does not disappoint - smoked wood, roast coffee and licorice dominate the flavor but let through hints of treacle and herbs. Full body has plenty of fizz and leaves a nice smoky, slightly hoppy, slightly sweet finish. I can see - er, make that taste - why this is a top rated Porter! Mud in your eyes! (601 characters)

Photo of dgallina
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent dark mahogany with slight head, but a solid layer of foam and light lace. Smells of deeply roasted coffee and caramel malts with a touch of fruity bitterness. Flavors start with sweet caramel malts and build into quite strong toasted coffee. Becomes fruity and slightly bitter in the finish with a very good lingering powdered chocolate after-taste. Smooth and lightly carbonated in the mouth, though perhaps slightly thin in body.

A really enjoyable porter with absolutely superlative flavor! (516 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head with good retention. Deep garnet hue when held up to a bright light. It's quite clear. But who really cares?Complex aroma of chocolate, toffee, and slight British yeast esters. A tad of fruitiness as well-- perhaps Challenger hops?
Medium to full bodied with a wonderful balance all around. This porter is among the very best as far as I'm concerned-- perfect carbonation, chocolate malt flavor, black patent bitterness and exactly the right amount of bittering and flavoring hops. Just great stuff. (515 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Dark brown with plenty of ruby red tinge when held to light. It produced a 1-2 finger head but dissipated to a ring rather fast. The creamy looking ring stuck around for the consumption of the beer but didn't leave any lacing.

S - Very dry with robust smokey malts, dark chocolate that's mild to moderately sweet smelling. I get a bit of licorice as well, coffee, intense toffee aroma. It's got a bit of everything really. Very nice aroma.

T - Smoky & charcoal notes flood the palate upfront, licorice follows with some dark bakers chocolate towards the finish. Mildly sweet with coffee in there somewhere as well, it finishes with roasted & charcoal notes with lingering bitterness. Chocolate covered charcoal bomb!

M - A bit slick and chewy, not oily though. Soft Co2 bite, would of liked just a bit more. Lite-medium bodied.

D - Wow! This has gotta be one of my favorite Porters, I absolutely love the intense smokey flavor & aroma, it's what Ive been seeking for a long time. This beer is so damn good! I could easily drink 4 pints of this fantastic brew, I highly recommend this one and can't wait to have it again. Cheers! (1,150 characters)

Photo of Tackledorange
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very nice black with ruby highlights along the edges of the glass and about a 3 finger mocha coloured head that dies down to a thin layer leaving little lacing. It smells awesomel lots of coffee and some dark chocolate sweetness. the taste is very similar to the smell lots of coffee and lots of dark chocolate and a very faint hint of hops in there as well. it has nice carbonation and a fairly heavy and sticky mouthfeel that coats the mouth with every taste. overall i think this is an amazing beer that i could enjoy anytime of day. (547 characters)

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

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a thin light brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving a lot of laces.

This beer has a chocolatey aroma. It has a sweet caramel aroma also. A slight coffee aroma is present, but only just a touch. Hop aroma is very low.

This beer tastes like it smells. Chocolate is the strongest flavor I get. Coffee is also noticable. This beer has a plesent roasted malt flavor to it.

This beer goes down very smooth, leaving a chocolate like aftertaste. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably make an excelent session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the flavor is quite mild. I havent hd this beer in a while, and I forgot how good it is. I will definately be having many more in the future. (745 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 dolzan
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date of tasting: 14.07.2010

A very dark with a nice head that disappears pretty quickly.

The taste is overwhelmingly rich and complex, it really reminds me of a mixture of coffee, vanilla, almonds and chocolate. Very smooth and very drinkable, with just the right balance of bitter and sweet aftertaste.

This is almost as good as it gets. It has its own very unique character and it's a beer you'll return to over and over again. I'm not sure why, but it somehow feels stronger than it really is. (500 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from the LCBO, BBD of November 17, 2011. Into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a solid 3 finger tan head. Sheets of lacing, with solid retention. Nose is equally as solid, caramel, dark and milk chocolates, light smoke (maybe some smoked meats) and some roastiness. Quite complex and mouthwatering. Starts off smooth and super silky on the palate, chocolate up front with some caramel sweetness, dark roasted coffee, a touch metallic before it warmed up a bit more. Mouthfeel was great, creamy and silky. Drinkability is awesome, an everyday porter and something that may become a staple in my fridge. (621 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown cola color. Thin light tan head. Low carbonation apparent. Some lacing.

Rich cocoa and some dark fruit. Molasses, brown sugar, toast, and some spices. Bakers chocolate as well. Sweet and rich aroma. A hint of licorice and perhaps some clove. Little hop aroma. Perhaps some herbal English hops.

Chocolate and dark fruit initially giving way to rich biscuity malt. Toffee as well. Caramel and coffee. Lots of nutty bready malts complimenting the dark fruit and cocoa. Spicy hops at a low level with some lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body with fairly low carbonation. Coffee lingers on the palate. Sweetness upfront finishing quite dry.

Excellent. What sets this apart from other porters I've had is the amount of bready nutty malts balanced with the roasted malts. (795 characters)

Photo of jminsc76
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a medium-size head of light espresso brown atop a dark body. A little tinge of red as I hold it up to the light, and a bit of lacing around the glass, but the strength is in the head.

Coffee aromas dominate the nose, with some fruity smells also exhibited, which is not unusual for many English ales, even if this is a roasty porter. Ahhhh, quite nice.

Wow! Now I know where that delicious coffee flavor found in so many porters is inspired from. This is incredible. Plenty of coffee goodness, a little cocoa, some creamer, and a slight quantity of baked breadiness. A wide flavor spectrum that comes together like the Constructicons forming Devastator.

The mouthfeel is light and tingly, with some thickness on the palate as I swish. Almost as soft as a good oatmeal stout.

Overall, I can see why this receives the top rating it does on BA. For an English ale, it's intense yet balanced without being too overpowering. I could consume at least three of these in a row and probably come back for a fourth or fifth. A highly session-able and complex beer. Cheers Fuller's! (1,085 characters)

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

Poured into a pint glass.
Drank at around 40 degrees F. Nice orange/brown color. Head appeared light but was richer than expected.
Smell of pear, roasted malt, caramel.
Taste had slow bite of hops encircled by caramel with a roasting malt aftertaste. Went down smooth and dragged the next sip down with it.
Excellent beer (326 characters)

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

Pint bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The Ink jetted best before date is smeared and not fully readable.

Dark brown to almost black with a little more than a finger of light tan. Good retention with wispy rings of lace.

The nose has a lot of sweet, roasted malts. Has some chocolate and a whiff of smoke.

Creamy mouth with the roasted flavors becoming coffee like and the chocolate seems almost powder like. Hop bitterness towards the back as it doesn't really stand out but rather adds balance. The chocolate flavors stay through the finish and after taste.

An extremely drinkable porter. My favorite from the UK. (636 characters)

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

I enjoyed a bottle of this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA. Served cool poured into a half pint.
A - Deep coffee brown w/ a caramel highlight and 1/4 inch of light tan head. A minute amount of lace is observed.

S - Rich toffee and caramel w/ subtle coffee and chocolate notes w/ subtle fruit esters.

M - Medium w/ a sweet caramel edge. Mild carbonation and roasted notes.

T - A smooth ale yeast taste at the start w/ subtle sweet caramel and toffee flavors. The coffee-like roasted barley and dark malt flavor joins and stays for the duration. Slight vinous tastes w/ a hint of vanilla bounce in and out w/ a slight burned toast taste. Nuts and light brown sugar w/ a touch of chocolate rounds out the excellent flavor.

D - A great Porter - Rich, yet easy to drink many more than 2 at a time. This ale is a fine blend of malty flavors w/ subtle roast and char notes. Excellent tasting porter from the 1st sip to the last. (941 characters)

Photo of Tavares
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fridge cold, 500ml can into a pint glass. Smooth pour, about a finger and a half of a thick, off-white head. Dissipated quickly but left a decent amount of lacing. Very dark in colour with an amber hue.

Could smell it immediately after opening the can; very toasty, and toffee was the most prominent smell, followed by caramel. Could've just sat there and wafted it in.

Mouthfeel was creamy, with the light tingle of appropriate carbonation. Tastes like chocolate and good coffee, followed by a lingering hint of a hoppy bitterness to round it out. Sweet, dried fruit started to pop up as it warmed, adding further complexity.

I was in the mood for a stout or porter, and noticed this at the local LCBO, which is shamefully devoid of those styles. For whatever god awful reason, I had it in mind that Fuller's wasn't considered to be a good brewery, but I was quickly corrected after both checking the score on BA, and trying it for myself. Top notch brew, which I found to be immensely satisfying. Glad I bought two. (1,036 characters)

Photo of hoplover82
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep dark brown color with an amber hue to it. Has a medium to small tan cremay head that has ok retention and leaves very good lacing.

S-The aroma is full of roasted barley and chocolate with some wonderful interesting fruity esthers. I was so suprized when I cracked this one open. I just might go and get a six pack.

T-The flavor is of the same. Lots of roastiness and chocolate with some fruity esthers underneath. Wonderful in every catagory!

M-It has a full creamy body with a sweet creamy finish. Such a wonderful beer indeed.

D- This is so drinkable I can't believe. I feel like I could drink a whole sixer of this. Please, If you haven't tried this one yet, go get it for real. You won't be dissapointed. (730 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this one actually intriques me, I have been hunting it down for a while and really wanted to try it for some reason. You would think this would have been available more locally to me, but I just could never find it anywhere. It just was never around. Now I finally manahed to get ahold of one in a trade, so we will see where this one takes me. I am expecting something fairly good here….

A – Poured a very thick, almost black opaque liquid with a amall tannish head. This quickly faded and was replaced by just a thin line of off whitish lace around the rim of liquid. Good side glass lace.

S – Highly roasted malts, almost overpowering. Lots of hints of coffee, chocolate, and nuts. Very robust smell. Everything was very easily picked up and noticed. It had a real thick aroma to it. Totally roasted nuts and caramel. Really one of the better smelling brews I have ever had.

T – Wow, holy london porter. Rich caramel tones mixed in with a delicous roasted maltiness that just would not quite. Hints of dark chocolate in the back gave way to a delicous dry hoppy finish, A really complex beer here. Too many flavors to even try to list, I realy loved this and it definatly lived up to my expectations!

M – Super super smooth. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavor and aroma. I almost thopught it would be somehat creamy of syrupy, but was as light as an ale. Great carbonation really let the flavors pop as it went down. Totally a smooth session porter, really creamy carbonation, great silky like feel.

D – Really great. I literally threw this one down in about 20 mins, which for me is pretty good. I could have easily made this one an all night drinker, it was just that smooth and delicous.

Overall, This was great. I really enjoyed the roasted flavor and the full on malt assault. This could have been one of my more favorite brews to date. Really a top noth offering and I would be thrilled to get some more! (1,958 characters)

Photo of maddamish
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a porter should be.

A slight caramel is present in the nose.

But what it lacks in smell it makes up for in taste. This is one of the best porters I have had and was very pleased with the offering.

Taste: Caramel, malt and chocolate notes.

Medium bodied and thoroughly enjoyable (297 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark brownish beer with tints of ruby in it, a nice beige head appeared who was greatly generous then slowly let herself go away.

smell of malt, roasted coffee with a light smell of shy hops in the background.

Her taste is magnificient sorry but im falling in love with this beer, either it is the bottle of wine(yup I did drink wine, yes yes I will burn in beer hell for eternity). First thing you notice when you open your mouth to enjoy this beer is the aromas of roasted coffee, then caramel, some maltish flavours are present but everything is end up with a roasted coffee taste and a finish of butterscotch. Some notes of dark chocolate are also present but a bit too shy to my desire! (705 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller''s Porter pours a solid black color with slivers of light at the extremeties and a thin cap of head. Nose is amazingly fresh and delicious with coffee and chocolate malt odors in droves. This has every sign of being a teriffic porter.
The taste is close to divine. The mouthfeel is very mellow and low on carbonation, perfect for the style and also smooth and creamy to the max. The coffee and malt flavors are extremely well presented and seep into the taste buds for a long while after each sip.
This is an outstanding product from Fuller's. I wish I could try it on cask across the pond some time soon, like this summer. If not, the bottle is not too shabby. (674 characters)

Photo of cervezango
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is a meal of a beer.

black reddish tint(porter colored)
smells like dark coffee beans, licorice , and dark fermented black currant ,cherry& Christmas pudding
taste. dark roasted fruits rasins and tobacco.smokey bacon,whiny , thick.

this beer urges you to gulp copious amounts down. you dont take long to finish this beer.

miles better on tap then in a bottle. (368 characters)

Photo of mithrascruor
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a rich, deep black color. Head is about 1/2 in. and rather thick and creamy, with a strong tan hue. The head doesn't linger for too long, but after a few sips becomes a thin film atop the beer, with a bit more around the edges.

Smell: A nice aroma of chocolate, malts, and coffee emerges from this beer, along with a hint of some other rich flavors that I can't quite identify. All very nicely balanced in a complex fashion.

Taste: The taste is very much like the smell, but with a stronger dose of the roasted malts. In addition, there is just the right balance of bitter hops to contrast with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: This beer feels very smooth, with a slight bit of carbonation. A bit lighter than you might expect from the looks, but still very solid.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable, goes down very nice. The ABV is somewhat higher than your typical beer, but it's not that noticable.

I'd never had more than a few sips of porter in the past, but figured I would give this one a try. Although typically I don't really enjoy the flavors of coffee and chocolate, here they come across (somewhat to my surprise) in a extremely enjoyable manner, especially with regards to the smell. I will definitely be having this again. (1,300 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 chocolatey. Very, very nice. Wow. What a creamy mouthfeel. This is really an outstanding porter. I've had this before but never had this type of experience. (They were probably old beers in past.) Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body. What a treat. Great way to cap the night. (502 characters)

Photo of tmm313
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark, dark brown with a slight reddish hue. 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates into nice ring. OK lacing.

Fruity malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet caramel and toffee, brown sugar, almost faint butterscotch.

Incredibly drinkable. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness and faint hops. Finish leaves nice chocolatey aftertaste with slight bitterness. Beautifully balanced.

Medium, creamy body with nice carbonation. Feels light on the tongue. Dry finish with slight lingering bitterness.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. I can easily picture myself drinking this as a session beer for a BBQ or steak cookout. Very well balanced, flavorful and light. I believe I've found myself a new go-to. (722 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hmmm. okay. this is pretty good. another england, another decent brew.
very dark appearance with little head, although that just may be the bottle's trait.
dark chocolate and coffee (no, more espresso) smells and tastes, although not as 'thick' as others in this class. i really like the smell of this. for the style, i gave it a 5 due to the sweet/bitter character but pleasingly refreshing darker notes.
i really enjoyed reading the other reviews. i very much like the taste of this but it's assuring to hear the way others are clamoring over it. i like the lower abv and believe it contributes to the overall taste, but it's not so low that it cancels out the reason for tasting it. i like MAYDAY's review but i cant fathom someone enjoying a brew (MORE?) warm than cooled? especially a stout? i'll have to try this someday. (has anyone ever heard of a BASS CREAM ALE? i thought i remember trying that years ago at DER BARON's in las vegas and it was tart, but creamy. this kind of reminds me of that although i cannot find any tags relating to it...).
overall... what a darn fine product. i didnt expect to see "the bros" rate it so highly, especially since i cosider it more of a 'commercial' brew, but everyone else's reviews support my feelings about this stuff. less of a stout drinker, but i appreciate a really good stout, or porter, once in awhile but more accustomed to the higher abv'ed versions. i recommend this heartily. and because it's 'commercial', it shouldnt be too difficult to find if you have a BEVMO or TOTAL WINE near you . . . . . i would definitely like to find this in a keg somewhere.... (1,617 characters)

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