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

2,232 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 174
Gots: 162 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a somewhat small head and okay lacing. Looks like a porter should. The smell is of lightly toasted grain and some dry caramel malt. The taste is similar. Rounded, with dry malt characteristics, licorice, and slightly nutty. A semi sweet chocolate aftertaste. The mouthfeel is dry and somewhat creamy. Very drinkable, and an excellent example of the style.

Photo of Fugazme
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep amber. Almost black, not quite. Nice head that stays for quite a bit. Mellows into nice lacing with great stickage.

Aroma is good, but overly chocolatey. It smells nice, but chocolate is very dominate. There is a touch of alcohol in the whiff, however.
Some fig and maple as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth... not harsh by any means.

Taste is excellent. Chocolatey and roasted goodness. Some hop bitterness. Pretty well balanced. Delicious.

Photo of UberWasser
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle poured into a mug.

Pours a dark black color with a thin tan head that needs to be coaxed out with a medium hard pour and that doesn't stick around for long. It does lace the glass nicely, though, and a small halo stays around the edges for quite a while.

Smells of molasses and some brown sugar, mostly, with some faint smokey aromas just hinted at.

The molasses is still there in the taste but a sweet creamy taste pulls ahead just a little bit. A smokey roasted coffee bean taste settles on the back of the tongue just before and following the swallow. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin but has a nice lively carbonation that tickles the middle of the tongue in an enjoyable way.

This is a really pleasent porter that would be easy to sit back and sip all night long. Tastes good at cellar temp, tastes good at room temp, and has plenty going for it. Definitely something I'd drink again.

Photo of halfP1NT
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is close to opaqe brown, like cola. Ruby highlights when held up to the light. Light tan head is huge and rocky, and eventually settled into a nice foamy cap.

Smell is toasted bread, moist chocolate cake, slightly woody and bitter chocolate.

Tastes like biting into a slice of chocolate cake. Robust, sweet, a little smoky, but the maltiness never gets cloying. This is a delicious, well rounded porter. The flavor is warmer, smoother, not as roasty as most American Porters.

Carbonation is abundant but not overdone. The bubbles are small and prickly, and together with the sweet malty flavor, they make for a soft, velvety mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer, a little different, great take on a great beer style.

Photo of rye726
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured at 45F into a goblet.

Very dark, shades of brown with light. Nice creamy light tan head. The nose was strong of dark chocolate and fresh coffee. Aromas of the delicious English hops are present. Again, the taste is well balance with coffee, chocolate and the English fuggle hops. This is a very smooth and drinkable classic porter. I would recommend it with a good burger or fish and chips.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly opaque dark-chocolate brown. Head is pretty thin even with a strong pour; not much in the way of lacing. Loses points there.
Strong, roasty aroma of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, and a little pipe tobacco. Very nice.
Flavor is of rich roasted malts, with strong black coffee being the most dominant; hint of mocha and a touch of bittersweet molasses. Just a trace of hops keeps things nicely balanced. A faint smokiness in the finish.
Feel is heavy and full. Carbonation is a tad biting, but the beer still maintains a smoothness.
Overall a pretty delicious tasting porter. Deep and flavorful. Recommended.

Photo of grittybrews
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich black into a pint glass with around a finger of thick, creamy white head.

Mild aroma of roasty chocolate malts. Mild carbonation and a nice thick and creamy mouthfeel with prominent chocolate, biscuit, and coffee notes. A bit of caramel sweetness on the finish makes this one very pleasant and easy-drinking -- tasty to the end!

Photo of SaunaKing
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent head that laces the glass as it recedes. The head is dense but settles quickly. The aroma is of rich chocolate - not the type in most candy bars - and coffee grounds. The taste is great, more chocolate than coffee and a very smooth mouthfeel with a creamy finish. Highly drinkable too. I haven't had a porter before and this sat in my fridge for two weeks because I didn't think I'd like it but this is an awesome brew.

Photo of Scrylol
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fine 1 finger head, lots of lacing. Dark color with some ruby tones.

The aroma consists of roasted malt, some toffee, some coffee, and some raisins.

The taste contains lots of roasted malt backed by some toffee and coffee flavours, leaves some bitterness behind, dry finish. I also get some hints of vanilla, not a lot though. Quite complex and rich.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, medium bodied, decent carbonation with each sip, and quite creamy, feels great on the palate.

Drinkability is great. Overall this drink is one fine, rich, complex brew, and I recommend it to try it out. It's delicious and gets better as it warms up.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black body, light brn finger head, solid lacing

S: light chocolate, hint of roasted malt.

T: sweet vanilla, roasted malt, light cocoa,
mild bitter finish

M: med/light body, smooth mouth

O: Nice sessionable English porter.
Would get it again and recommend it
to others.

VERY NICE, GIVE IT A GO!

Photo of everetends
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a nice dark brown, almost black. Had a nice brown head that created some nice sticky lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, malt, cream and a bit of cherries.

T: Dark chocolate, cream, malt, rich coffee and some dark fruit including cherries. Very good.

M: Very creamy and gave the mouth a good coat. After taste of slightly bitter coffee and cream.

D: I can't wait to get more. This was amazing and it was a fluke I picked it up. Very nice and will drink again.

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a finger-thick light tan and creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly settling at a thin layer of head. It leaves full sticky lacing as you drink. The color is dark ruby and quite clear.

Smell - Notes of dates and fig up front, with moderate scents of sweet milk chocolate and mild coffee. Toasted malt abounds on the nose as per the style. Rich sweet buttery caramel is also present throughout with a hint of cream soda. Slightly sour/bitter hops are barely traceable. Little alcohol is present. This stuff smells delicious!

Taste - Coffee, cream, milk chocolate, buttery caramel, slight fig-like fruitiness and other notes of dark ripe fruits, though subtle. Oily and slick hops that are only mildly bitter and a bit sour. A rich toasted malt character in the background ties it all up for the finish. The aftertaste has a remaining presence of the oily hops and a bitter coffee flavor as well. Little alcohol is present in any of the taste.

Mouthfeel - Darn smooth with a medium body. Good carbonation with a slight bite up front, but it drastically dies down immediately afterward, leaving a slight tingling effect for the remainder of the taste. Has a generally slick and wet mouthfeel as well.

Drinkability - Full flavors and a generally thick and rich character. Two of these and that would be my dessert for the night.

A great English porter. I love the creaminess in the smell and taste, along with the buttery caramel sweetness. A great medley of flavors. This is a perfect pairing to any rich and chocolatey dessert. Highly recommended and a must have for porter lovers.

Photo of pershan
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured an impenetrable black with no head into a pint glass. Not much aroma, just a hint of malt sweetness. The taste was the classic porter combination of flavors - roasted barley with undertones of chocolate and toasted malt - excellent. Very low carbonation (no lacing down the glass), and served close to cellar temperature. Fullers is, in my opinion, the benchmark for the English Porter style.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is amberish black. There is a nice fluffy tan head.

The aroma is mild with malted coffee.

The taste starts out with coffee and chocolate. The bread crust malt flavor also shines here; creating a great balance.

This is light and drinkable. I prefer my porters American and hoppy, but one can't help but appreciate the balance between roasted malts and breaded malts. This is a top notch example of a porter.

Photo of allboutbierge
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molasses or rasiny color with a very moderate and short lived head. Fizzles away rather quickly, leaving a nice amount of lacing. Aroma is roasted and a tad bit sour. Lots of dark malts in there. Flavor is also well roasted, slightly sour, almost in a dark chocolate way. Stands well on its own or would certainly go well with any red meat. Lasting aftertaste and lighter body than one would imagine.

Photo of coalcracker
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly opaque with tan head. Retention of head is moderate and sticks around for a bit.
Smell: Evident but subtle notes of roasted malts and chocolate, with a touch of bready yeast.
Taste: Quick build-up with chocolate/roasted malts rising hand-in-hand with an assertive bitterness. Chocolate, coffee, buttered bread quite present in taste. The aforementioned bitterness persists and outlasts the malty goodness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slick behind that hop bite.

Overall: As frequently mentioned, a pretty complex brew that is an interesting and definitive example of the porter style.

Photo of SargeC
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep brown colored brew with a frothy tan head.

Smell: Roast malt, brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Good roast malt profile, extremely smooth. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium/Heavy body. Good density for the style.

Drinkablity: Very tasty. A sessionable porter is good to find.

Photo of whynot44
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very dark garnet color with a tan head that doesn't last.

Aroma is coffee, caramel, toffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt.

Taste starts with strong coffee, then caramel, dark chocolate, and finishes with a hops bite and more coffee in the aftertaste.

Very smooth and creamy. If you like Porter's, this one definitely hit's the mark.

Photo of yesyouam
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter is a dark brown ale with a cappucino colored head that leaves foam all over the glass. It has an aroma like toffee-- but not too sweet. It smells roasty, like chocolate, coffee and baked goods. here's an earthy twang to it that's unambiguously English. It's medium-light bodied and quite smooth. he finish is ever-so-slightly chalky. It's not that sweet on the tongue, really. It's chocolatey and slightly bitter. It's perfectly balanced. It's a bit grassy and almost umami. Very classic; very drinkable.

Photo of Richardberg
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12oz into a snifter. Dark with a cherry glow, not quite opaque. Creamy head is small but sits atop what looks like a lot more carbonation.

S: roasted malts with mild chocolate overtones

T: nicely fills out the elements I smelled. Nothing too extravagant, just a nice malty goodness. Slight mocha-like bitterness on the tongue, but the finish smoothly returns to form. No appreciable hops or other elements (maybe a bit of yeast).

M: pleasantly creamy. Doesn't have the ultra chewy feel of a stout, but well above average for its style.

D: highly enjoyable porter that doesn't try to do too much. Picks a classic style and executes to perfection. Simple flavors and low ABV make it easy to order another.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark brown color, almost black with a thin amount of fluffy brown head that doesn't last long.

The scent was of chocolate, burnt coffee, some molasses notes.

The taste was of chocolate malts, coffee, sweet molasses, and some roasted grains.

Full body, pretty smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a very flavorful and well balanced beer. Especially the balance of the chocolate and the coffee flavors. I would drink this again.

Photo of Intrinsic
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FLP is a surprisingly good beer. I didn't expect to get such a treat when I bought this one. It pours a near-opaque dark brown with a light brown head that disappears rather quickly but leaves nice lacing. The smell is overloaded with malts but very good, with just a touch of coffee. More of the same in the taste and very well-balanced. Very dry finish. I'll be buying this again for sure.

Photo of JNForsyth
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soot covered chestnut, the beer is largely black although bright spots of iron oxide are easy for the eye to spot. Despite the polish, it remains opaque even when held up against the light. A fast-paced pour could invigorate no cream but rather a tiny comb over and a collection of airy bubbles (is it just me or do all these UK cans produce flat beers?) This looks as though it were drawn from hand pump.

The aroma brings to mind a few things. First thing to pop in my head was ashes, something like the scent of charred wood. Second, and I believe this now to be more obvious than the first, is the smell of chocolate brownies that are maybe a little crusty on top and perhaps a little burnt on the bottom. Lastly, really stale and flat black coffee makes a minor contribution. Altogether it smells dark and roasty, just like it should!

You know how I know this mouthfeel has been massacred by the can? Because I've tried it from bottle and from tap and can tell you for a fact that this beer is capable of being far more roasty, chocolaty, gratifyingly bitter and pronounced in other serving types. I'm not necessarily one to say that bottles are better than cans, but I do certainly feel that way about most British offerings. This is one of them.

All that said, the beer remains wonderfully tasty and enjoyable nonetheless. Notes of sweetened milk chocolate, bitter coffee grinds and a handful of toasted almonds make for a delicious porter no matter how it's served. The roast is vivid (nearly burnt) and conjures thoughts of rich, dark cocoa solids bubbling over the stove top. A flavour profile like this could pair up with just about any barbecued meat, heavy cheese or chocolaty dessert.

I'm sure if you ask around a lot of people might tell you that Fuller's London Porter is what turned them onto dark beer; it certainly isn't hard to acquire a taste for gratifying, bittersweet flavours like these. Nor is it hard to acknowledge the fullness and satisfaction you have come an empty glass. Fuller's calls their London Porter "the world's finest" which may be an exaggeration, but not by much...

Photo of peensteen
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown, nearly two fingers of off white/tan head, lots of lace. Smell is roasty and malty, chocolate and coffee, rich and decadent, some yeasty notes as well. Taste is roasted, chewy malts, coffee, milk chocolates, flavours layer very nicely and are all easily decipherable, lightly bitter but in more of a bittersweet type of way. Light carbonation, smooth and creamy, light-medium body. Outstanding stuff, this is the benchmark for the style in my opinion, would love the opportunity to try the cask version of this, this will see regular rotation in my fridge thats for sure.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.