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94
outstanding

1,161 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,161
Hads: 2,374
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 205
Gots: 256 | FT: 0
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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 mickeymac
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the classic "1 pt. 2.6 fl. oz." brown Fuller's bottle with the gold griffin on the label. Appears quite dark brown sitting on the tabel but shows substantial amber when held to the light. The head foamed up nicely and stuck around the edges in a fairly thick formation. Coffee, chocolate, and bits of fruit with a trace of hops make a delightfully complex smell. The taste is equally enjoyable, with everything melding together impecably. The mouthfeel is just slight thinner than some other favorite porters. Drinkability? I was amazed to look down and find the glass empty already. A classic for good reason. (615 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark mahogany with a modest sized light tan head. Head fell fast and this laced up pretty well but no big deal.

Nice rich and malty nose! Smells big and robust. Smells smoky and dry with chocolate malts and sweet toffee. Fantastic nose on this one!

This is one BIG porter! Rich and full bodied! Seems to be lacking a bit of complexity up front on the palate but makes up for it on the mid-palate and the finish. Cocoa, chocolate, coffee, toffee and light fruits. This is really tasty! (504 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Came packaged in a Fuller's gift set, sadly, from a year ago. I was angered to find out that the local package store would even sell this, let alone at $20 for 8 12 oz. beers and a pint glass. A great gift, though its too bad I couldn't have sampled these beers at the peak of freshness.

This beer pours out a beautiful middle-of-the-night ruby. It had a beautiful frothy tan head that Arthur Guinness would have sold his soul for. There were only a few leaves of lacing throughout the beer.

The nose of this beer was quite enticing and impressive, smelling both sweet, slightly hoppy, and sour. The first taste revealed a delightful blend of coffee, toffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Majorly drinkable. While in London, I was too busy wolfing down of pints of their London Pride to pay attention to this beer and i'm kicking myself for it.

All I could think the whole time while drinking it was, "Wow, this is where Sierra Nevada's Stout inspiration came from!" Some BA's noted that this beer would be a bit better with a higher ABV, but I love it just the way it is. (1,082 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I quickly picked this up at the LCBO, seeing the word "porter" and knowing it was a beer I've yet to have. Little did I know this quick snatch off a shelf was such a beautiful gemstone. Pours a light black colour. Yes, light black. It was a little transluscent. Not much change when held to the light. Just different shades of black. A big, beautiful 2 finger head that slowly dissipates with each sip. Ooooh, what a smell. Roasted malts, bread, sugar, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, blackberries, raisins are smelled. Great taste. Starts out sweet, with the malt kicking, leaves burnt and bitter, with the dark chocolate and slight hint of hops exiting the mouth. Something is out of place, however. Is that licorice, or another dark fruit? I couldn't place my tongue on it. Whatever it be, it's pleasant. A little odd, but pleasant. Silky, creamy, smoooth mouthfeel. It coats the throat in sinful pleasure. Drinkable? Damn straight. One could drink a dozen in a row and still enjoy the last as if it were the first. And with the low ABV, it doesn't surprise the weak when they try to stand. A terrific brew. I'm still excited I picked it up. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Ardon
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark black, purple hues.
Smell: Raisin, malt.
Taste: Raisin, bitter dark chocolate, dry coffee bean finish.
Mouthfeel: Soft carbonation, syrupy.
Drinkability: Would get a bit bored after a couple.

Notes: Not a bad drink, but doesn't compare to the Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. (295 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with som maroon tints. Deep tan head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is dominated by roast coffee and dark chocolate with a little bit of alcohol smell. As the beer warms some sour notes come out in the aroma. Flavors of roast barley and coffee are predominant with a faint hint of chocolate. The finish is a mild to medium bitter that turns more sour as the beer warms.
To me this beer defines the porter and all others should be compared to this beer. Absolutly perfect to style and my only improvement would be make it a bit more alcoholic. (568 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark opaque brown with a nice head and the head leaves a nice lace. Sweet coffee, malt and chocolate nose. taste is smokey, chocolate, malt and coffee. This is a nice strong beer but not overbearing. I did not chill this much.

A fine offering (264 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My score is based on the cask version in December 2007 which makes it an ideal cask, with just the required bitterness and stouty roast coffee. In bottle, Looks, smells and tastes like a chocolate liquor, a bit bitter, with some coffee and coffee roast. Rich and smooth in taste, aroma and colour. Drying finish. Had Feb 2005 again on tap and it just does it again.Fuller's and maybe all of the UK's best. (405 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown / near black with mahogany highlights. Tan head that shrunk to a thin brown ring. Aroma consists of coffee and chocolate, with a frosting-like sweetness to it. Nose turns a bit vinous as the porter warms. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Initial flavor of roasted coffee and vanilla beans. Middle reveals a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Finish is somewhat vinous with a mild bitterness and ends slightly dry. Very nice. (435 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured with a golden brown color.

The head was a light brown coarse bubble layer. The head dissipated rather quickly, but that could have been prompted by my tasting glass.

Immediate definite coffee nose comingled with toasted malt. In fact to me, the coffee aroma so strong I could have had a cold and still noted it!

Flavor has definite coffee and toasted malt profile that seems to cover any other underlying characteristics, perhaps hops? The flavor dissipated quickly leaving a clean quick slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was cordial and invited me to take another sip.

Drinkability was inviting-- I could consume pint after pint if it wasn't for the alcohol, although the alcohol seemed lower than many other beers I've tasted and very much enjoyed. Perhaps this is just right for a Porter.

A satisfying brew. (842 characters)

Photo of winomark
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a sticky, light tan head that hangs around.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and light coffee tones. Nice and malty through and through.

Taste: Slightly burnt toast flavors, with chocolate and coffee lending character. Nicely balanced and quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful and somewhat coating, but carbonation lends to a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: A great porter. Could use a bit more hop flavor, but overall, great. I could see myself drinking this one quite often. (503 characters)

Photo of oelergud
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby body and a light brown head, sparse carbonation. Smells interesting, spiced alcohol and something pleasant I cant put my finger on..., taste pretty good, very sweet and close to no bitterness, the smell and taste somehow reminds me of christmas even though I never had this beer before. The head doesn't say long unless agitated frequently, feels pretty good going down.
Maybe my expectations were too high but it's not all that great as I thought it would be, it's a good beer yes but #18, nawhh. Seems like a beefed up guinness.

-Oelergud (554 characters)

Photo of tar
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown to black with reddish tones when held in the light. Capped by a thinnish light tan head consisting of many very small bubbles. Wonderfully complex aroma includes roasted coffee and chocolate scents. As expected from the aroma, coffee and chocolate flavors primarily dominate the taste. Smooth and medium to full bodied, I found this to be a highly drinkable beer. This is a very good beer in all respects and one which I will definitely have again. (472 characters)

Photo of edchicma
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional black color with a long lasting, creamy head. Rich dark roasted malt aroma suggesting a full-bodied taste to follow. Roasted malt taste with hints of smoke. Flavors linger nicely into the aftertaste, which remains as a slight bitterness which is refreshing. Very smooth an ddrinkable. I put this one in my top tier of porters. Highly recommended. (358 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As I pour this beer fruit notes escape from the glass. As I stick my nose further in I get roasted notes of coffee and more of the fruitiness. A thick light brown head tops this fairly clear beer, which is dark brown in color with ruby notes as it is held up to the light. This beer has an incredible creamy mouthfeel to it. It is lightly sweet with a roast character in the finish. There is a very good balance between the roast character and the fruit notes. This is a wonderfully balanced beer, certainly one of the best Porters out there. The smooth creamy body of this beer is amazing. (590 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz slender, custom bottle. Best before date on the back.

Deep, rich looking dark brown with ruby hues. Near black. Head was disappointing. It fizzed and snapped to a lifeless patchy, nearly non-existent translucent lace. Rousing the beer did nothing to help.

Sweet pipe tobacco in the aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Raw flavours of earth notes, soft charcoal, caramel and blackstrap molasses sweetness. Mild bitterness. More tobacco. Nice underlying sweetness with flavours of day old coffee, chocolate and burnt sugar. Dry in the finish with notes grain husk and a very distinct lingering smoke character.

Probably not the best tasting of this beer that I've had, carbonation-wise, but still a wonderfully delicious and complex beer. This would pair nicely with raw oysters or as a base in meat stews. (825 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane and poured at cellar temperature. Poured what looked to be jet black until held up to light, when it took on a rubyish hue. Big tan head that huung around for a bit. Stayed foamy on the surface throughout. The smell was an intoxicating mix of dark chocolate, roasted coffeeish malts, with just a hint of what smelled like berries of some sort. The taste, I'm happy to say, is just as it smelled. This one never even went into the fridge, and I'm glad, as the flavor was truly something to savor. The mouthfeel was downright creamy. Made me wonder what beer fudge might taste like. I had to grade down a little in drinkability, as repeated doses of this in one session would make the drinker incapable of self-propulsion. This is the first time I've seen this here, and definitely not the last time I buy it. (852 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled (several times) at a stout/porter/brown ale tasting at The Corkscrew Wine Emporium in Urbana, Ill. It was the first in an impressive lineup that included Entire Butt English Porter, several Rogues (Morimoto Hazelnut, Imperial Stout, Crustacean, Mocha Porter), Xingu, and many others. This was the one I had to keep coming back to. With a medium dark malty nose, it tastes of rich cocoa supported by sweet subtle esters. Not overpowering in any one direction with enough of a gentle hop bittering to make this a chocolate stout, Fuller's London Porter is the spokesman for its style.

Relax, relax.
ng (611 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby brown almost purple when held up to light if not held to the light just appears deep prune, with a full bubbly highly carbonated tan head leaves lacing in thick chunks very nice. Aroma: Chocolate deep roasted layers of aromatic bliss this one has fruit thrown in ther some deep fig brandy like nuances very well done coffe esque roasts in the finish wow. Taste: Where do we start at the chocolate covered simmered fruit or the coffee tones great creaminess these guys are the orginators. Mouthfeel: Chewy crisp chocloate very rich robust sensation on the palate fuller bodied beer meant to be sipped on and enjoyed accordingly. Drinkability: Wow, simply easy effortless drinkability yet complex and soothing toward the beer lover's sould in me. (766 characters)

Photo of shippos
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

almost black in color with a slight ruby hue at the bottom of the glass and an excellent tannish head with small bubbles. roasty, coffee, creamy (flaked barley?) aroma. very smooth and balanced flavors, slight roasty hoppy aftertaste. excellent creamy mouthfeel, I love this beer - very drinkable. (297 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown with almost no head and no lacing. Smells nutty with wisps of chocolate and dark malt.

Tastes nutty with bitter chocolate undertones. Roasted malt falvors as well. Bitter finish. Smooth and tasty. Medium bodied beer but rich tasting and complex. Very, very good porter. (302 characters)

Photo of Mustard
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 18.6oz. brown bottle; 16/OCT/03 "best before" warning printed dot-matrix style at the bottom of the rear label's central periphery; purchased on sale for $2.39 from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington.

Appearance: Nearly opque; ruddy hints emerge if held directly to a light; fat, thick, mocha-hued head; c-cup's worth of lace; excellent head retention.

Aroma: Robustly of chocolate and a pleasing, roasty bitterness.

Taste: Decidedly like its nose; lightly sweet with hints of dark fruit, smoke and grain; ever so subtle sour twang in the finish; medium bodied with a smooth yet chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: A truly stellar brew; brilliant flavor profile for 5.4% ABV. (706 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1pint 2.6 fl.oz. bottle.

Oh yea it is porter time. A sweet rich porter. I will buy more of this for the holidays. This one feels like it should be consumed during the winter months. Forget the seasonal winter brews. Drink this porter.

An amazing dark brown with a deep beighe head. Nice lacing. The scents are fresh cut wood. Some figs (figgy pudding?) and a buttery malt.

A nice mild espresso. The fruit is sweet figs and plums. There is some unsweetend chocolate and a bit of cream finding its way through. Some hops but mostly a buttery and mild sugar finish. A mild but nice charcoal aftertaste for the ultimate end of the flavors.

A nice creamy mouthfeel. It is oh so smooth. The charcoal leaves a bite on the palate and then the butter sweeps it away. Excellent. What a great mouthfeel this porter has. (821 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presented as pictured with a "best before" date of 01-13-04 on it. Sitting on my kitchen counter, Fullers LP looks black with some dark brown edges and has a creamy 1½" mocha colored head which thinned out to a smallish cap and reformed briefly when aggitated.
LP has a powerful, lush aroma of roasted malt, fresh coffee and hints of pipe tobacco and licorice. A very enticing blend of scents.
LP's taste is even better than the smell. Roasted malt and strong coffee dominate with some mild dark fruits adding a splash of sweetness. Moderate bitterness and a faint smokiness finish up a satisfying taste experience. LP gets better as it nears room temp.
Feel is of velvet creamy smoothness.
Man, this is a great beer! I'm really coming around to enjoying porters and stouts and IMO this is a clear leader in the porter style. Fullers has been brewing since 1845, according to the bottle, and they've certainly hit the bullseye with this beer. (948 characters)

Photo of PZuke
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown to even black in dark light out of an 18.6oz bottle. It has a small tan head. The smell is very chocolaty and very strong with roasted malts. The taste is of roasted malts with a touch of chocolate and coffee. It has a very smooth feeling while still a little watery. It is bitter and has some earth tones. While this is not my favorite style of beer I would still have to say for its style it is a good beer and worth the time invested in it. (472 characters)

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