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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,896 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1896
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, best before 27 OCT 14.

Pours a molasses-colored body, good head at first but doesn't stay long and not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is coffee grains, dark chocolate with roasted malt in the back. Medium strength coffee as main flavor, bit of bitter chocolate but the depth of the taste is not great. Slight metallic finish. Not full-bodied at all, middling. Average on most accounts.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 16:13:39 | More by papat444
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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a dark brown with a bit of white head. Light malty aroma. First taste is nice, with a solid roasted malt and chocolate flavours. Nice roasty aftertaste. The canned version recently fared poorly at a blind porter and stout tasting at C'est What - but its competition was against mainly draught offerings.

Serving type: can

06-25-2008 03:04:18 | More by sstackho
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mi6234

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours three fingers with no lacing to speak of. Almost opaque. When held to the light it's dark brown to amber at the edges.

Smell is strong chocolate and roasted malt. Some coffee notes and mustiness. Faint smell of spicy hops.

Taste is very chocolaty. A little char and some hop bitterness and spice on the finish.

Super smooth mouth feel but not as think as I like. I will say I generally prefer stout due to the chewier mouth feel. Great for the style though.

Overall a very good beer. One of the better porters I've had though I don't love the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 00:25:12 | More by mi6234
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO, best before date of Nov. 2010, lots of time there.

Pours a dark brown with little bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, a half creamy, half big bubbly head forms and recedes to a few splotches of head. Leaves an odd patch of lacing or two on the glass.

Nose is... mysteriously absent? No, it's just light. Folgers coffee, a biscuity yeast smell (reminds me of an English brown) and a hint of brown sugar.

Taste is a little more bold but that's not saying much. Light coffee notes are most prominent, a hint of roast, a light sweetness that plays in and out, a pleasant bitterness in the finish that is absent elsewhere, bit of creaminess in there. Thin, watery body is not exactly what I would choose for a porter but as I drink it I do imagine myself chugging litres of this all day in some English pub and it does seem to fit then... still, I would pick something with a more prominent roast.

Certainly drinkable (not bad, not good) and if I ever find myself in an English pub and this was on cask, I would probably order a pint to see. Otherwise, not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: can

01-14-2010 02:13:24 | More by ritzkiss
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 21 Jul 10

G: Chalice

A: Dark chestnut body and thick creamy tanned head. Head retains throughout the drink and leaves good lacing. Nitro does wonders for appearance.

S: Very mellow & mild aromas all around. Bitter milk chocolate and light coffee beans come through. Could be stronger - still pleasant.

T: Bitter chocolates, light coffee beans, some hops in the background. Taste is very mild and well mixed.

M: Medium-light bodied and very low carbonation. Thin, smooth and creamy in the mouth and leaves a distinct coffee after taste.

D: Not bad, I prefer the non nitro version to this. This is good, but just not that great. Tasty none the less.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-23-2010 03:12:13 | More by Long813
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wcudwight

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a moderate but perseverant khaki tan head. Lot's a sticky lacing.
Smells of bakers chocolate and day old coffee.
Well balanced between roasted grain, chocolate, and mild coffee. Smooth mouthfeel that could use a bit more umph. Easy to drink, easy to session. Nice all around beer but it lacks the "wow" factor.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 00:22:46 | More by wcudwight
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harrymel

Washington

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 3MAR11

A: pours a dark brown ale with under a finger of tan foam which falls rather quickly to a sheet (broken) of the same. No lace, and overly excellent clarity for the style.

S: barley, toast, brown sugar, some nice smoky tones here as well. Smells nice.

T: Nice and roasty beer. plenty of roasty malts, some dry coffee tones. Some interesting raisin notes as well. Some nutty flavors as well.

M: Medium on thin body for the style with moderate carb. dry finish.

O: quality porter for sure, not really stacking up with the greats for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 09:19:36 | More by harrymel
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sevenarts

New York

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a ruddy tinge in the light. Small tan head, not much lacing or retention.

S: Dark fruits and licorice, some mild sweet maltiness, hints of caramel and toffee. Mild and pleasant.

T/M: Sweet and malty up front, with some caramel and sugar. Some hop bitterness and burnt flavors in the middle. Slightly bitter and odd aftertaste.

O: Pretty good English style porter, not perfect and it could benefit from a bit more punch in terms of flavor. Easily drinkable and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:17:15 | More by sevenarts
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david131

California

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very clear dark brown/ amber liquid. A nice off white head forms and settles to a sparse thin covering.

S- Some chocolate and a little coffee. A little bit of "buttery" aroma as well.

T- Tootsie Roll like chocolate flavor and some coffee backing. Again with the butter. A good roasty aftertaste. Slightly bitter. No noticeable alcohol.

M- Even with the good amount of carbonation that helps this beer float around in your mouth, it still feels smooth.

D- Pretty enjoyable, a good departure from your average American porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 01:33:00 | More by david131
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500ml bottle, best before April 2008, drank May 2007.

Poured into a pint sleeve glass, it is dark, very dark mahogany, and a hint of red, with a fast shrinking coffee coloured head. I like the head to stay on my beers, this turned very quickly into no more than a wisp and collar around the glass.

Aroma of rich coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and some plum pudding.

The taste is very similar to the smell, lots of chocolate, coffee and caramel flavours in there.

Dry and a little watery for such a dark looking beer, strangely the chocolate, coffee and caramel tones do not stay for long in the mouth. It does however sweeten up as the flavours die.

Too overpowering in the coffee stakes for me, the chocolate and caramel I can handle OK, but just a little too much decaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 17:28:27 | More by BlackHaddock
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punkrkr27

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Near black pour with just faint hint of mahogany highlights and a big, frothy, tan head. The aroma smells like malted chocolate milk with a fair amount of roast and a hint of coffee. The malted chocolate milk flavor really continues through from the aroma with a few notes of coffee, brown sugar and dark fruit. The body is a bit on the thin side but has a nice creaminess to it and soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 16:58:49 | More by punkrkr27
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before Feb 2012 so plenty of time to crush this one!

A nice simple creamy head of two fingers that seems to have some foamy character. Bubbles in the head are uneven, but also seem to slowly subside. Body is a nice brown walnut almost getting into black but not really.

Mild chocolate and cigarette nose of tobacco for this bouquet. Something else though is kind of a sour and funky grain smell. Sort of a mish mash of real nice and an off putting blast. I actually get a small sense of summer sausage on this (meaty).

Taste is weak bodied and virtually just a wet bodied roast character of malt. Papery... thin... giving to cheap tobacco notes and wet bodied malts. Borderline cola milk stout without even the sweetness on the finish.

Wow this is one of the top English Porters? Forget it, this makes me want more Olde Engine Oil.... Pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 04:19:16 | More by smakawhat
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Poured a deep black brew with a nice head but lack some retention. Carbonation is average with a medium body (I was expecting a richer and ''fuller'' body). Aroma of chocolate is very subtle. Taste is a mix of roastiness, chocolate, and coffee with just enough bitterness at the end. Overall, this is a good beer but I still believe it might be a bit overrated.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 17:04:00 | More by Phyl21ca
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black. Small head, and lacing.

S: A burnt chocolate and malty smell.

T: Upfront is bitter-sweet chocolate. Somewhat rich.

M: Smooth, but much more carbonated than expected. Also much thinner than expected, after reading other reviews.

D: It's tasty, but I don't find this to be all that special.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 16:32:01 | More by mostpoetsdo
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Mjoepp

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black liquid, gorgeous large creamy light brown head which.

S: Black malt, roasted, coffee, little spiciness. Some "deep" ( mixed with the roasted tones) dried fruits.

T&M: Coffee, roasted. Some peppery notes for the aftertaste. Quite watery as the most English Porters. Carbonation is between light and medium.

Serving type: can

11-09-2010 19:06:26 | More by Mjoepp
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, subtle coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, subtle coffee, earth, and earth hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really enjoyed the cream aspect I got on this one as it really did a nice job of balancing out the subtle coffee bitterness I got on this one. The aroma on this one pretty much let you know what you were in for on the flavor. Decent example of the style that I would suggest to a new Porter drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 18:28:01 | More by thagr81us
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andyo

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark ruby red. Not much head to speak of. Smell was very minimal though there was a faint roastiness and cocoa aroma that came through.

Tastes of molasses and coffee. A creamy beer, yet seemed somewhat rough around the edges for me.

A really good porter, though I am not sure I will visit this one again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 16:03:34 | More by andyo
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fuller's London Porter

Appearance- dark reddish brown close to black with a moderate head.
Smell- creamy cocoa with a light roasted coffee bean hop aroma.
Taste- very smooth burnt coffee. Very faint flavor.
Mouthfeel- Very smooth, maybe too watered down.

Overall- A decent porter that needs a little more flavor. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 12:47:55 | More by NJpadreFan
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JamesS

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice dark black/brown color with a nice initial, very foamy head, that goes away quickly, with some good lacing. Nice scent, but not very strong, a little bit of chocolate, coffee, and burnt grains, but not a lot of any of them. Nice taste, smooth and well balanced, a little hop, a little malt, and a little burnt grains, just nothing that pops out. It goes down fine, a little rough, but good.

(On tap at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA)

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2008 02:50:38 | More by JamesS
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Bone53

Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Brown with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. Small off white head

Smell: Sweet caramel malt and toffee

Taste: Identical to the smell

Mouthfeel: Medium body; slight bitterness and goes down smooth

Overall: I shouldve known what I was getting into after trying Anchor Porter the other week. This was just too sweet with not enough coffee notes. I prefer American style porters all the way (Founders, Smuttynose, Eddy Fitz)

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 08:58:39 | More by Bone53
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark, near opaque liquid. Burnt caramel perhaps.
S: Comes at you with a roasty, malty smell. Definitley some coffee and bitter chocolate as well.
T: The bitter chocolate comes into play here, as well as the coffee and malt. A little bitter, but sweetens just a bit when the chocolate comes to play.
M: Very smooth, but not creamy. Goes down quite easy. Very little hang.
D: One could drink this a session beer, but I don't believe I would. Good for a cold night.

I had high hopes for this brew and while it wasn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, it didn't measure up to what I was expecting.

Serving type: can

02-28-2009 15:10:52 | More by Infamous7100
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mikeal1917

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this at Horrock's Market in Lansing, MI. Being a huge fan of Fuller's London Pride, No reason not to give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours dark brown with a tan/beige medium to small head, that dissipates quickly, leaving a wisp around the glass.

Smell: strong, noticeable chocolate smell, with hints of nut. I found it to be a little overpowering, and definitely through my expectations for a loop. After smelling, I immediately thought of Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock(see my review).

Taste: Chocolate overtones, which I didn't love extremely. The English Bitter is definitely still there though, which I was pleased with. No strong after taste like you would expect in an IPA.

Mouthfeel: though dark, the beer wasn't thick and went down smooth.

Drinkability: The first beer was somewhat rough, as I'm not a huge fan of the chocolate, but the beer definitely improved as I worked on the 2nd and 3rd. A good 6-pack beer for the night if your looking for something with a little more love put into it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 03:01:03 | More by mikeal1917
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown pop top, nice raised glass, classy, simple label. I've said it before and I'll say it again...THANK YOU Fullers, for putting dates on your beers that are imported to the States. This one's best by date is 2-13-12. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark cola-colored beer with bright clarity and beautiful garnet highlights when held up to the light. Nice light tan cap with pretty good retention.

Smell: Mild roast, lots of brown malt, and a hint of dark fruit esters and minerality. Not much if anything in the way of hops. Simple, but pleasant.

Taste: Dry, mildly bitter roast, along with a lot of brown malt character. This is a fairly bitter beer, a bit more than I was expecting, but it goes nicely with the roasted character.

Mouthfeel: Firmly on the light side of medium-bodied, HIGHLY drinkable.

Overall: Really nice English-style porter with a nice balance of brown malt charater, roasted malt, and mild dark fruit esters. Quite drinkable. It runs about $12.00 a sixer. At that price point, it's certainly not something I'd buy regularly. Nice counterpoint to many American Robust Porters, but a bit 2-dimensional and lacking just a bit of depth. I'd give this a mid-high B: something I'd purchase every once in awhile for a change of pace.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:32:33 | More by BedetheVenerable
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tjthresh

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 29/AUG/05
Served in a Nonik

Poured with a thick frothy tan head, but faded to just some whisping. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty light carbonation. Dark chocolate, mild roasted coffee, maybe some prunish notes in the nose. No hops. I get the chocolate and coffee flavor also, but in the end it has this undesireable something that I find in most Fullers brews. Its pretty think in the mouth, and the finish stick with you for a bit.

Not a bad beer, but I won’t search it out again. Wouldn’t turn it away either.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 22:40:17 | More by tjthresh
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BadBadger

New York

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice dark color out of the bottle, approaching black but not there. The smell is faintly of malts. The head is nice and foamy but very short lived. The taste is malty, in a dissapointingly singular way. A nice example of a porter to give a try but not worthy of searching out.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2006 23:23:22 | More by BadBadger
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,896 ratings.