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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
95
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Bashao

Israel

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with nice froth.
Toasted and caramel smell.
The taste is chocolaty with toasted taste at the end of the swallow.
Full body almost creamy, feels like lunch in a glass.
A very good porter, not too much flavors and well balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 20:30:23 | More by Bashao
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confer

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, with a small layer of tan froth.
Smell is lightly toasted caramel.
The taste is so smooth. Just a hint of roastiness in the finish but starting with a not to sweet caramel candy flavor.
Feel is a little on thick thick side.
Overall a wonderful porter. Definitely worth getting again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 23:32:33 | More by confer
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Before I had ever experienced the craft beer culture, Fullers was my go to Ale. It excites me to review this Porter.

Very dark in color you can catch a touch of the Porters notorious ruby hue at the edges. Darker than most the head does present itself with the telltale khaki color.
The head it stiff and bubbly and laced at the edge.

The scent is varied with a sweet malt and bready mix. Hints of chocolate and toffee are present ; I get a mousse like scent that is simply incredible.

The taste is quite frankly, awesome! Complexities abound with breads, burnt malt, coffee, cocoa, sweetness, bitterness, brownie and even prune. There's a malty dryness as well. A must try ale

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 23:03:36 | More by KYGunner
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Giggy

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beginning to really enjoy Fuller's brews. I have been pleasantly surprised with every one I have tried. This is a great Porter. Very simple but full of character.

A: dark chocolate brown with a fluffy brown to tan head as you would expect.

S: roasted malts and coffee. The aroma gets the saliva flowing.

T: chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts with a slight bitterness to it.

M: creamy and smooth. Light in body in comparison to the smell and flavor.

O: very easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 22:10:03 | More by Giggy
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RichD

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured this British bad boy into my pint glass.

A: Pours a deep deep brown, almost black color. Small tannish head quickly dissipates into a rim of nothingness. Not too shabby.

S: Caramel is the overpowering aroma with some toffee and chocolate backing it. Smells so good I accidentally put my nose in it.

T: Oh man, is this good. Caramel and toffee start with some chocolate swiftly arriving. Some delicious roasted coffee beans come in for the finish. Some breadiness is also picked up as I continue sipping on this beaut.

M: This is a medium bodied brew with not much carbonation. Kinda leaves a creamy like feel which is ok, but I'd prefer this in a beer that has a higher ABV than 5.4%. Just ok.

Overall. This is a great brew. There's a reason why this is in the top 100. It's definitely one of the best English Porters I've ever had and it's a fantastic representation of the style. The drinkability is nice and this is a beer that I'll definitely revisit. I could picture myself drinking this in the rainy climate of London. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 19:03:17 | More by RichD
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CloudStrife

New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before October 04, 2013.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a dense 1.5 finger light khaki head. Dissipates down to a thin covering where it sits. Dark ruby brown when held up to the light which penetrates only an inch or so. Spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Very roasty and robust aroma on this brew. Can get a solid coffee as well as sweet milky chocolate. A bit of smokiness as well as some dark fruits. Focus is on the roasted malts and the chocolate.

T: First sip I get a decent amount of coffee with a heft of roastiness. A semi sweet chocolate backing comes through mid sip. Hints of breadiness, smokiness, dark fruits and toffee. Lingers with a delicious roasted malt.

M: Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, not as watery feeling as most porters. Just enough carbonation. Pretty clean finish isnt too sticky or anything.

Overall happy to finally get a fresh enough bottle to review and am very impressed. Can easily see why this is the #1 English Porter. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 22:40:31 | More by CloudStrife
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle

A: Very nice looking dark appearance typical of this style of beer. Nice brownish one finger head.

S: Smells very appealing. Burnt/roasted scents with touches of coffee. Maybe a slight bit of tobacco, in a good way.

T: Burnt coffee flavors. Fairly bold tasting and quite complex. Some hop flavor but not extreme. Medium to medium-high bitterness levels. Some of that slight tobacco flavor mentioned into the smell. Good and very flavorful tasting.

M: Fairly thin for what I was expecting. Not to thick or creamy and went down easily. Had a different mouth feel to it.

O: It was a good beer. 50/50 chance I would buy this again. Bold and strong with an interesting mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 22:25:18 | More by Haydn-Juby
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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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FLima

Brazil

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it fresh at Fuller’s. Dark brown color with a beige and thin head.
Nice aroma of toasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Likewise, though relatively less intense, it has a taste of toasted malts with coffee notes. Hops come at a second stage. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
Medium body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Very pleasant beer, excellent drinkability and still flavorful. My recommendation, never buy just one bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2012 21:36:07 | More by FLima
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bushbeer75

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle

Fullers London Porter filled my mug with a very dark brown almost black color that formed a bubbly 1-finger tan head. The head shrunk rather fast leaving a ring of fine bubbles. The aroma is dominated by roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. The taste matches the aroma with the addition of light coffee. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a light-medium body and just the right amount of carbonation
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Fullers London Porter is a tasty, easy drinking and flavorful English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 17:58:30 | More by bushbeer75
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

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

Pours dark brown with a creamy, fully lasting, brown head. Aromas are roasted, toasted malts, with some coffee and dark chocolate hints. The taste is again characterized by roasted malts, mild coffee, caramel. Leaves a well balanced flavor, between bitter, sweet, and dry, with a pleasant watery texture. Great example of an English porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 18:16:04 | More by CuriousMonk
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adamette

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage for $1.85 a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. "Best Before 27 Nov 12 300" printed on bottom of back label. I should be alright. That was last week.

A Nice medium brown one inch head lingers for 2 minutes over a dark mahogany body that only shows its color in front of direct light. Otherwise it looks dark, dark brown. Good look with good lacing on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Nice medium roast molasses smell with a sense of dark chocolate as well. Good, robust smell. 4.0

T Nice medium to dark roast malt with molasses and sense of chocolate flows right into the taste. Nice, classic porter. 4.0

M There is a sense of molasses thickness but this is actually a somewhat of a thin porter compared to some. Nothing like the excellent feel of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is good. ABV is manageable. Overall this is a classic porter. That is not a surprise. 4.0

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 05:42:39 | More by adamette
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Scotchboy

Idaho

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

11.2oz bottle from Will (thanks man!) poured into a Firestone Walker taster...

A: Dark brown and transparent with red edges...creamy off-white head and some lacing...

S: Aromas of sweeter roasted malts and and bakers chocolate, roasted malt sweetness seems interwoven with notes of caramel, moderate suggestions of freshly brewed coffee, hints of burnt malt and dark coffee beans.

T: Taste follows the nose with the same notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee...full range of malty notes from sweeter chocolate to suggestions of acrid, burnt malt with faint whiffs of a smoky edge. Fairly balanced with plenty of flavor.

MF: Creamy mouthfeel, lighter medium body, lower carbonation levels...

O: Pleasant drinker, fairly unremarkable but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 17:01:36 | More by Scotchboy
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours black with a good-sized tan head. Good retention and lacing. A very nice-looking beer.

Smell contains roast malt, a bit of dark fruit and some chocolate. I get a bit of a marmite scent, oddly.

Roast malt is the focus of the taste as well, along with chocolate and a bit of a creamy flavour. Some dark fruit (prune). Bitter finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Moderately carbonated.

Overall, very good indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2012 01:04:32 | More by jrenihan
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Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

LIving in Korea it's not everyday you come accross one of these. It was on my 'to drink' list when I went back to England for summer but I never saw it in any shops. So, I was surprised... no, gobsmacked to find a fresh bottle in Seoul at the weekend.

A: Not black, more of a dark copper. Looks like it's been pulled from the pump. Doesn't have that creamy porter look. Has a head of large irregular iridescent bubbles, which isn't massive but I don't care.

S: Lovely. Upfront brown sugar and smokey malts.

T: Very nicely balanced mixture of sensual brown sugar (I'm not even joking), floral hops, roasted malt and coffee. Much less engine oily than most other English porters. You could even say it leans towards being a hoppy dark ale, save for the obvious roasted maltiness. Less tart than a lot of English porters too.

M: Very silky and soft in the mouth.

O: Very nice beer. I love Fullers.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 10:21:26 | More by Hoppsbabo
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance
Extremely dark brown, almost black, with some red highlights. 1-2 fingers of light brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Nose
Dark roast coffee, chocolate and caramel.

Taste
Follows the nose pretty much exactly. Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted barley and caramel. Light notes of earthy char and touches of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, balanced and crisp.

Overall
Dark, roasty and sweet. Tons of coffee and chocolate. This is just right.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 00:54:36 | More by justintcoons
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 8/6/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light dark fruit, and light herbal hops. Fantastic aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, citrus, toast, and herbal. Good amount of citrus and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, toast, cocoa, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and robustness; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol presence is invisible, with zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic English porter! Great flavor robustness and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. Simply outstanding. I can’t believe I haven’t had this before.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:01:01 | More by superspak
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a one finger cream head. The head has a decent level of retention, eventually fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet chocolate and caramel, dark fruits of cherry, a bit of coffe and a good roasted brown bread smell. It is sweet and dark in aroma. Very nice.

Taste – The flavor begins of more brown bread with some notes of caramel sweetness. The caramel sweetness is enhanced as the flavor moves on and is meet by some mild chocolate flavors. These flavors create a rather sweet and bready flavor. The flavor then begins to dry out ever so slightly in the end with some bitter sweet chocolate and coffee flavors coming to the tongue. The mix of all the flavors combined together well and leave a very pleasant cocoa espresso flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For an only 5.4 % abv beer the body of the beer is on the smoother and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The feel is wonderful for all the dark and bittersweet flavors of the brew accentuating them and allowing them all to properly mellow on the tongue.

Overall – This is a fantastic brown ale. It has a great flavor with fantastic transitions. It has a great feel and a wonderful smell to boot A very good one to try if you have the chance. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 01:41:24 | More by Darkmagus82
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beerdrifter

Germany

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-mahogany pour with caramel colored two finger head with good retention and decent lacing. Rich and roasty nose with hints of cocoa, dark fruit, coffee, molasses, toffee, and just a touch of metal. The taste follows suit with lots of fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, figs, nuts, toffee, tobacco, wood, and some mineral notes as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth as silk with a great dry, subtly bitter finish. Hugely drinkable and not heavy at all. Truly a world class Porter!

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 17:24:56 | More by beerdrifter
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Gregfalone

California

4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre California. Standard pint glass

This beer pours beautifully. As it pours int the cup from the tap it turns to a light brown froth that billows from the bottom up, slowly turning from a dense foam into a brownish black liquid with a 1/2 inch head that last until empty, leaving the most perfect lacing ive ever seen, all the way to the bottom of the glass. even on the bottom of the glass... Very beautiful to watch. This only seems to happen on tap, I haven't been able to pour this effect with a bottle.

The smell is dark chocolate with coffee, some toasty malt, and a light sweetness. Nothing that particularly stands out.

The taste is fantastic and matches the nose only with the sweetness less prominent.

Mouthfeel is medium body, and silky smooth, among the smoothest, if not THE smoothest beer I've ever had the pleasure to drink.

Overall I think this is one of my favorite beers of all time. Enlih porter is my favorite style, and I'm not sure if I prefer this or taddy porter. In bottle form I'd choose the taddy, but the London porter on tap takes the cake... Until I can find taddy on tap, I can't say which is my top beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2012 08:41:10 | More by Gregfalone
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.98/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuller’s London Porter has a thin-to-medium beige head and a dark brown or almost black appearance (ruby under direct sunlight). There is not much lacing associated with this. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted malt, chocolate, dark coffee, and sweetness. Taste is the same, with chocolate powder and some burnt aspects. Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Fuller’s London Porter finishes refreshing, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this really is a world-class beer!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 18:05:04 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.
A - pitch black with a finger of head, dissipating fairly quickly.
S - subtle roasted smell.
T- roasted coffee. Bitter, dark chocolate.
M - medium feel but pleasant.
O - very nice porter, perfect balance of flavors with alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 23:31:57 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep rich brown. Head is khaki and drops to a small cap and collar in short order. Pours nice and smooth. Minimal carbonation

Smell: Deeply roasted and chocolaty. Slight burnt edge. Milk chocolate, cocoa nibs. Sweet and roasty. Nice edge of British least and water. Adds some minerality and slight earthiness to the experience. Bread crust and caramel malt sweetness. Toasted edge.

Taste: Even more roasted than the nose indicates. Big rich chocolaty malts. Some cocoa and burnt sugar. Warm brown bread with a nice British yeast bite. Some old coffee, but it's really all about the sweet, caramelly, roasted malts. Incredibly breadth with a backing British minerality. Some grassy notes as well. Vaguely herbal.

Mouthful: Super smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation on a medium body. So easy to drink.

Overall: Yup, it's good.

Fuller's sets the bar again. Nice blend of British water and yeast with a great malt profile. Easy drinking and sweet enough to feel like liquid bread.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 19:44:27 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly more than a finger's worth of slightly creamy active effervescent light brown colored froth... Slight retention gives way to a mostly full veil of lacing in slight collar... The color is murky and borders between a dark menacing brown and light flat black... A bit of light seems to leak in around the edges of the glass... Mostly still with only a couple of small carbonation bubbles rising towards the top as they cling to the sides of the glass...

S - Very nice balance and complexity... Milk chocolate... Cream... Light roasted malts notes... Light coffee notes... Some dark fruit and raisins as well... Simple and spot on for the style, but extremely well executed...

T - The palate is a mirror image of the aroma... Everything in equal proportions...

M -Medium bodied... Sleek... Light carbonation with a bit of a bite... Starts with an touch of lushness and finished a touch on the dry side... Even and consistent... Maybe a bit thin..

D - Completely satisfying... Textbook English Porter that everyone should experience... I can't say a bad thing about this beer... Lots of character and charm for a 5.4% ABV offering... I could enjoy quite a few of these in a sitting... I would gladly indulge in this again and highly recommend...

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 02:23:54 | More by philbe311
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dtreindl

Virginia

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best porter I've ever had. As someone who often prefers the American versions of European classics, I must give highest praises for this beauty of a porter. Purchased by chance because I haven't had an English porter recently. So I figured I owed it to my good friends across the pond to give one a try. Color, head, aroma - that doesn't matter. Those are all good. But the overwhelming strength of this beer is in the luscious flavor. Rich, toasty, caramelized malted barley deliciousness! In one of my first few sips I swear the flavor changed dramatically as it washed over my tongue. It progressed through waves of creamy, chocolatey, toasty, and bitter flavors. Quite the complex malt character this porter has!

If you ever find it, try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 03:59:49 | More by dtreindl
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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