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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,138 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,138
Reviews: 1,140
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 162
Gots: 123 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

dlello2, Jan 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

GreatPumpkin, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter.

A: Dark red-brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Rich roasted coffee and chocolate.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Rich roasted coffee flavor to match the nose. Long lasting finish. More bitter than I was expecting.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

O: Both porters are excellent. I enjoyed this one just a bit more than the Samuel Smith's due to its more roasted, coffee-like flavor.

SolipsismalCat, Jan 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

prisdefer, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of stealth
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite sessionable porters. Looks great with a two-finger tan head. Dark brown brew with solid lacing as you drink. Lots of roast, malt, dark chocolate, and toffee in the aroma. Nice balanced, basic porter taste that goes down real smooth. Overall flavor profile is pretty subdued, nothing really jumps out, but what you do get is wonderful. Really something I could drink all night without thinking twice. Nice roast finish on the palate.

stealth, Jan 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

hippityhophead24, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

dhabersetzer, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

rbthuffman, Jan 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

erlenmeyer, Jan 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bschinelli, Jan 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

chcfan, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

NeutroMan, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Faune, Jan 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

phamnett, Jan 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of antique
3.2/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a moderately dark brown with a minimal light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing. Not the most attractive beer I've ever seen, but it's not bad.

Smells of toffee, caramels, some chocolates, malts, and a layer of heavy minerals that's somewhat odd, but also kind of refreshing.

The main body of the taste is heavy, watery caramels--not too complex, but still relatively pleasing. There's a follow up of the mineraly flavors and a good deal of sweetened coffee. It's very standard and very light, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Very light mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation and a sort of fluffy consistency that goes down extremely (read: dangerously) easily.

It's extremely drinkable and mild, and though that's not what I come to in a porter usually, it's refreshing, and ultimately a successful beer that serves as somewhat of a standard benchmark to judge others in the style against, for better and for worse.

antique, Jan 06, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A very dark ruby, almost black with a two finger creamy tan head. The head sticks around to the end. Moderate lacing.

Smokey sweet tasted malt smells. Molasses and caramel as it warms. Roasted malt in the taste. Dark chocolate. Very complex. There is much more going on here. A mild dry hop finish.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Lighter than expected. A pretty good porter. Smooth and well balanced. Interesting flavour profile.

scott451, Jan 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

bmoney, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Stoffel, Jan 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +19%

EdLenin, Jan 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

animal69, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Scout11, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.55/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 02, 2012
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,138 ratings.