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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,187 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,187
Reviews: 1,142
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 167
Gots: 144 | 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.

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Photo of VaterRoss
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into wine glass.

Pours a dark brown with a small brown head, almost opaque. Loses points for tiny head. SMell is a lightly roasted malt with light coffee notes. Taste is smooth with a pleasant chocolatey malt with light smoky notes, maybe some vanilla as well. Finishes with light spicy hops. Body is medium weight and medium carb, just a hint of dryness.

An excellent porter with awesome chocolate notes that aren't in your face. Very well balanced with a decent amount of hops and an interesting faint dryness. One of the best porters I've had. Not much going on in the coffee department.

VaterRoss, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Luigi
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown almost black color with some faint highlights. Has a creamy light brown head with good retention and sticky lacing around the glass.

The flavor is dominated with bitter chocolate and coffee hints. Some fruity esters from the hops pull through, as well has the crisp taste of the mineral water used to brew this porter. A bit of smokiness and buttery diacetyl can be tasted as well.

Has a medium body and with a bitter smokey finish.

A very tasty English porter. Some of the best money can buy!

Luigi, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark brown to just shy of black in color with some dark red highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer with a single thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are strong aromas of coffee and dark roasted malts. Quite pleasant with a nice amount of complexity.

T: The taste is even more complex than the aroma and is very delicious. There are elements of coffee, dark roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. There is a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very tasty with excellent complexity in the smell and taste. I really enjoyed this beer and would like to have it again. The beer is very easy to drink and could be sessionable.

dbrauneis, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

funkel81, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of max9371
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

max9371, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Sbrouill
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Sbrouill, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of petluo
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

petluo, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Soxfanmcgee
5/5  rDev +19%

Soxfanmcgee, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of vbiliyar
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

vbiliyar, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of tony223366
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer is as black as night... no light is getting through. Nice tan frothy headed beer. Nice lacing. Looks pretty much identical to the offering from Samuel Smith's.

S: Interesting, this beer has all the same notes as the Samuel Smith's with an added Hazelnut? It's actually really nice. Besides that there's your standard chocolate and some roasted coffee. A really nice aroma.

T: It's interesting how much different these two brews are. Samuel Smith's is much more chocolatey and less roasted. There is some nuttiness that I still perceive and the finish is still a bit smokey. I love how chocolaty this beer is. I also think that the little hops that are used are more apparent in this beer than in Samuel Smith's.

M: Smooth and creamy. It's perfectly sessionable.

O: Just edges out Samuel Smith's with a slightly more complex aroma. Both are amazing English Porter's though. They are a little pricey, but definitely worth it.

tony223366, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of mscudder
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sweetwater pint.

A - Deep dark brown with a nice inch thick tan head. Pretty good lacing left behind, although I have seen far superior.

S - Mostly chocolate and coffee on the nose. Some dark malts tie everything together. Strong aroma overall, does a few things very well.

T - Sweet coffee with a nice hoppy finish for a porter. Remains highly drinkable (expected at such low ABV) but the subtle complexities of the malts and sugars keep the very interesting.

M - Smooth, rich and silky. A creamy consistency compliments the coffee in a superb fashion.

O - Overall this is a fine porter that should be sought after. Not overly robust in any category, yet does nothing poorly and deserves a fine recommendation.

mscudder, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of ferrari29
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

ferrari29, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany with a light brown and bubbly head that eventually settles to a small head a couple of millimetres tall after about two minutes. Retention is good.

Strong, rich malts to begin with and some nice chocolate notes. Light sugar with some figs and a touch of coffee. Light alcohol towards the end but overall this is pretty well balanced.

Dark chocolate and figs kick things off here along with the faintest bit of coffee and alcohol. There is some rich malts and some burnt sugar.

Medium bodied and quite smooth, it is mildly carbonated but a little lighter than I was expecting although not thin at all. The taste is a rich some and with a moderately bitter finish.

Very rich with strong chocolate and roasted malts making up the majority of the taste. It was a well balanced and complex porter that I fairly enjoy and would most likely have again. For a porter it was surprisingly refreshing and went down well.

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flyingpig, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

thagr81us, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of smi
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

smi, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -4.8%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of traumaqueen
3/5  rDev -28.6%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of bh123
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bh123, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

mikepcarney, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of fostachild
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

fostachild, Apr 02, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

C63AMG, Apr 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

JRaburn, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter. Distinctive dark bottle is dated "best before" 28 August 2012.

Appearance: Sparkling clear; mahogany brown in color; multi-density tan head that fairly soon reduces to a ring and an island. Decent lacing.

Smell: nice roasted malts with toffee, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Hints of brandy after warming.

Taste:A load of dark, choco-coffee malt here, yet no off- or burnt-notes. Mildly earthy, bitter and spicy -- partly from the Fuggles hops. Some coffee in the aftertaste with dark roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Excellent medium body; lightly crisp from start to the semi-dry finish. Creamy smooth.

O: "Rich, dark & complex", as advertised. Easy drinking (or sipping), flavorful porter that leans towards a dry UK stout.

chinchill, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of BellsFan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

BellsFan, Mar 31, 2012
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,187 ratings.