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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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93
outstanding

2,285 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,285
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 179
Gots: 189 | 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 beerthulhu
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark,near opaque nature (deep chestnut brown with dark plum highlights around the edges when held up to the light). A one finger frothy dark khaki colored head sits atop with moderately lasting results before leveling to a thin sudsy covering leaving only a slight thin lacing around the glass edges.

S: a dark roasted coffee bean aroma with dried cherries, dark fruit and some bitter chocolate.

T: smooth with a well polished, but deep roasted coffee bean flavor with a dried creamer sweetness sneaking through. The coffee bitterness and earthy minerality (soil) truly highlight the rich nature of this drink. Some dried grapeskins, raisins and a faint dried creamer/chalkiness is found on the finish.

M: nice providing a light-medium viscosity, oily texture while leaving a dry earthy and roasted bitterness behind. The carbonation is soft while there was slight traces of dried coffee creamer/chalkiness left behind.

D: Really good drinkability, rich and dark with a fresh roasted coffee flavor that is sure to put this on the top of your list per style.

Photo of MonkeymooTJ
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Dark Chocolate with amber undertones when held up to the light. Decent head retention and very little carbonation

Smell:

Slightly roasted coffee scent and a bit of grassy hoppiness

Taste:

Roasted coffee dominance followed by a nutty and slight dark chocolate essence. Mild hop bitterness the is very well balanced

Mouthfeel:

Smooth clean feeling on the palate. Leaves a pleasant lingering coffee taste on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability:

This beer went down extremely easy. The mixture of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with the hops makes for a smooth satisfying porter with a great lingering aftertaste. I'm looking forward to my next

Photo of Rudgers73
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours exactly as a porter should. Deep brown with a thick tan head that settles very slowly. Heavy caramel/molasses aroma with a hint of bittering hops in the front. The taste is very well balanced. Thick and creamy with dark roasted malts, molasses, nutty chocolate, and mildly bitter ending. Not too strong (alcohol-wise) keeping the taste mild for such a heavy beer. One of the most drinkable porters I've ever had simply because of the mouthfeel and rich character. Very close in competition with Sam Smith.

Photo of scorched
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a deep, dark brown. Very little head, but that may have been because I poured the beer very slowly at an extreme angle.

I may be getting a cold, but I really can't smell it all that well. Once again, probably due to the way that I poured it. Very little head, so very little initial aroma. HOWEVER; what aroma existed was amazing. Hints of chocolate and malt.

The taste was extraordinarily smooth with a nice hop balance. Not too bitter, not too malty. Smooth as hell. A hint of a smoky and charcoal taste. Definitely black patent malt. Tastes like I've smokes a fine cigar.

Mouthfeel, once again, smooth. It swims around on the palate and invigorates the taste buds. Smooth as a cuba... errr... Nicaraguan Cigar...

Drinkability: Very drinkable and very tasty. If you've never had a porter, try this one.

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a pint glass at the British Beer Company in Walpole, MA.

The beer poured into a dark coffee color with a small head.

The effervescent mouthfeel leads to the highlight of the porter:
a light lemon finish, with hints of coffee.

Overall, an excellent classic English porter. Will try again and highly recommended especially on tap.

Photo of TripelJ
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Fuller's London Porter

Rounding out a Fuller's tripel play this evening, I dig into a London Porter. This beer appears to be very dark and almost black, but reveals itself to be the deepest crimson when held up to a light. The head is tan and fluffy and the lacing is consistently present all the way down the glass. Aromas are of roasted malts and some light smokiness. Taste a sweet creamy milk chocolate with a slight burnt bitterness at the end. There is a light smokey feel to the taste as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but still refreshing as a porter should be. Overall this is a very unique porter and I really enjoyed the light smokey feel of it.

Photo of GMB
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London porter pours a gorgeous black body that shows glimpses of deep red when held against a strong light source. A standard pour yields a thick cappuccino head with a bit of staying power that leaves bands of lace on the glass as it slowly falls.

The nose is clean and inviting. Deep, roasted malts suggest coffee and warm chocolate without losing their grainy identity.

The taste follows the nose closely, with the important addition of a beautiful bitter hang. The bitterness sustains the illusion of dark chocolate and dark, roasted coffee without concealing the sweetness of the malt. The beer's relatively low alcohol content also allows the toasted malts to suggest nutty flavors. I pick up a bit of toasted almond. The beer's overall balance yields a delicious porter that is clean, markedly drinkable, and refreshing.

The beer's body is full, but could be a bit thicker and more viscid.

A recent wave of American porters in which adjuncts or specialized malts are used to foreground the flavors that classical porters like this one suggest Here, I am thinking of the dozens of nutty (e.g., pecan) porters, chocolate porters, coffee porters, etc., that I have tried in recent years. Fuller's London Porter achieves similar effects while maintaining a lightness and drinkability. Outstanding.

Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500 ml bottle for $2.49 from Magnum's back at the beginning of August.

Beer poured a deep brack with a hint of red when held up to light. Nose is somewhat malty and a hint of chocolate and coffee. Taste is very good, of chocolate malts roasted producing a coffee flavor balanced with a nice hop finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very nice! Drinkabilty is extremely good, This is a beer that all porter fans must try!

Photo of ipogios
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Brown in color with grain aroma (also light flavor of coffee) Very nice body and and head. A very good beer that you'll definetely remember and look for again...

Cheers

ipogios

Photo of sjones5045
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass and immediately thought it looks a little light for a porter but it has a nice white head and lace. Or at least a little lighter than most porters. The smell has that burnt malt smell you'd expect but is also has a sweetness to it that you usually don't smell in a porter. At this point I'm not really expecting much out of this beer. The first sip changed my thinking quick. Very creamy and bold. It might be a little light but not to extreme to discount this as a porter. I very much enjoyed the consistency and drinkability. I think you can have a few of these in one session. Overall, I really liked this and will definitely have more of these is the fall and winter with some chilli.

Photo of Thur123
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a very dark brown that just barely lets the light through. There is very little head to be found. The smell is so nice. Very full with each aspect getting room to come through, chocolate a bit of toffee and a slight a dry roasted malt edge.

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The flavor is smoky, dry malt, choclat. The flavor is robust but at the same time tame. Very concise and the after taste is drier with all the sweet parts still present. Maybe even a bit of dark fruits beneath the whole profile. Overall a very drinkable and tasty porter.

Photo of TRiGS
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DackinaBox
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first Fuller's beer ever. I'm more of an American IPA/DIPA guy, so I don't get into the English beers too much. Gift from my boss poured into a Guinness pint glass

A - Very dark chestnut brown, but not completely opaque with about a half finger of light tan head. Head quickly dissipates but the lacing is very persistent and sticky.

S - Coffee dominates overall, with dark chocolate and roasted molasses following.

T - Whoa! More chocolate in the taste than anything else. There is also a fair amount of roasted coffee. You can definitely taste a slightly metallic tinge in the finish, but the flavor and aroma hide it pretty well. A little bit bitter and earthy in the finish, maybe a hint of smokiness. Superbly well balanced.

M - Leaves the lips sticky. Creamy and smooth yet surprisingly light bodied for all the flavor here. Low carbonation.

O - A fantastic sipping, English style porter that is perfect for the colder months of the year. A must try if you like darker beers.

Photo of biglite351
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark with nice foam.

S - I really liked the smell of this one . It made me want to drink the brew. I can not say that about any other beer to this point.

T - starts pit very well. Rich and full. The flavor relatively vanishes after a few seconds though. While a lack of bad after taste is a good thing, no after taste at all is very odd.

M - no tingled.

D - this is a beer that you don't mind having another of.

Photo of Dunga1313
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown/black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Robust, milk chocolate, bready malts, smoke, toffee, raisins, and caramel.

Taste: A nice blend of above aromas. Tasty and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the best porters you could have. Another please.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,285 ratings.