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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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94
outstanding

1,165 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,165
Hads: 2,394
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 212
Gots: 265 | 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:
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 RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Dark brown in color and a bit hazy with a nice head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is mild yet very complex. It is dark, with burnt coffee and some hints of baker’s chocolate leading the way. Prune is about the only fruit I can get, but I really enjoy the classic roasted malts. They are done particularly well.

Taste – Ah, yes, done in the classic English style. The roasted malts, which are the highlight for me, come out beautifully. The coffee especially is very sophisticated. It has a tinge of Turkish coffee flavor to it. The chocolate is soft and barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is the Porter’s strong point, IMO. This is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. It is almost medium-bodied. The varying sensations in the mouth are nearly seamless.

Drinkability – Could this be more drinkable than it already is? No, I think not. (887 characters)

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

Pours a deep, dark brown, with a minimal tan head. A very lifeless head. Aroma is of coffee, some chocolate, and pipe tobacco. Taste is very winey, yet coffee-like. A little on the bitter side. Finishes dry with charcoal notes. Creamy, yet prickly mouthfeel. This is a nice porter. Not in my top five, but still quite good all around. (334 characters)

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

Brown bottle, 18.6 oz size. Best by date clearly printed on back label.

Lovely shade of deep brown. Topped by a beige coloured head that bubbles quite vigorously.

Burnt grain aromas - almost smokey - leap right of the glass. Dark raisins & prunes lurk in the background, along with hints of dark chocolate.

Full roast character. Bitter espresso, with fruity accents swirling around. A decent chocolate note, and a short dry finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. (477 characters)

Photo of noclue
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 550ml bottle served in a 20oz 'nonic' glass.

Appearance: Rich, dark brown. Almost black with hints of ruby. Medium sized tan creamy head that died slowly but completely. Little to no lace. Streaming carbonation.

Smell: Smokey and roasted. Coffee and caramel.

Taste: Rich and earthy. Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Spicy hops in the finish. Smooth as could be.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. Watery texture.

Drinkability/Overall: Smooth, complex, and easy to drink. Very good!. (525 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

London Porter sits comfortably in the British pint glass, giving out dark ebony and super-dark red hues, looking thick and syrupy. The head is a copious, creamy, thick and viscous light-brown foam. The lacing sticks very well, leaving a screen of fine bubbles, and scarcely moving at all. The appearance is excellent by any standard, but, at the same time, I have seen many porters that look just as impressive. Rich is the word to describe the aroma: yes, rich, robust, heavy, full, nutritious, earthy, and very sustaining. A warm creamy smell greeted my nose first, next vanilla, strong dark licorice, then the chocolate/coffee malt. The aroma definitely exudes a literal warmness; small wonder this is a perfect brew for the colder season. Raisins, milk/cream, vanilla, mollasses, definite butter, with deep grain and malt. The taste is also full and robust. Sweet chocolate, coffee beans, mollasses, slight milky tartness, and on the finish chalky, grainy feelings; dusty, with a fitting hop dryness. The alcohol shows up in the finish as well, warming the stomach nicely. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and buttery, almost oil-like slickness. This creaminess makes it easy to drink, though the dryness in the finish might become excessive after too many, not to mention the fullness it leaves in the stomach(which is a good thing). Well, I tried this out of season, in the hellish heat of July; perhaps this winter I will visit London Porter again. Right now, however, it rates high for me, but not as high as others I have tried. I cannot help but point to Samuel Smith, though I hate comparing. Something in the beers of SM, the water perhaps, make them far more complex than any other brewer of good darks in Britain right now. Still, Fuller's has not disappointed me in the in least with this, though I prefer their ESB and London Pride. (1,849 characters)

Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, deep brown/black color, with foamy. mocha colored head. Very strong coffee crounds aroma. Same scent as if you were to take a wiff of used coffee grounds. Very thick feel, almost creamy. Strong coffee and roasted malt flavor in both the front taste and the finish. Hardly no carbonation, which fits well. Missing the chocolate taste to round it out, but it has it in the feel. (382 characters)

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

Lovely dark chestnut black beer, with a creamy tan head on top that leaves beautiful lace on my glass. I can't believe I've let it sit long enough to leave lace..

The nose is toasty sweet, with chocolate, molasses, black licorice, and so many other things. The flavour is rich chocolate and malt, toffee, coffee, rich fruitiness underneath a slightly smoky burny layer. A maltish bitterness finishes the whole thing off and nips the flavour off in the swallow.

I think I understand porter a whole lot better now. (519 characters)

Photo of malthead
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best Before 2/16/05
Beautiful dark color, although I would prefer a bigger head and slightly more carbonation. Huge aromas, dark chocolate, cocoa, mocha. So many flavors, and yet all work so well together - sweet, dark chocolate to start, then coffee, then a long, bitter finish with a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is good, my only request would be for slightly more carbonation, although this still fits the style well. Great drinkability, I still can't believe this bottle is almost gone, 12 oz. is far too few for me.
A wonderful brew, from a great brewery. This is a classic session porter and one of my favorite beers. Very Highly Recommended.

On a rereview of a fresh .5 L bottle, I got a very nice, big head with lots of carbonation, so maybe the other bottle was old or something... I've bumped up Appearance half a point. Very nice beer. (847 characters)

Photo of andyo
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (339 characters)

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

Dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Generous light brown head disappeared rather quickly leaving a thin lace on top of the beer and on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very reminiscent of coffee, with strong roasted barley, dark malts and slight graininess. The roasted and dark malts shine through in the flavour, but are nicely balanced by bitterness. Hints of chocolate and molasses. Full bodied with a velvety smooth texture. The finish is dry and has the flavour of roasted malt grains, but without the astringency that often accompanies it. Definitely a world class porter. (585 characters)

Photo of beertaster13
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours a deep dark black abyss that has a beautiful tan head that is amazing to see. Smell is of brown sugar and molasses, dark chocolate and mocha/coffee smells linger that will melt your heart. Taste is very sweet, brown sugar and molasses/caramel forefront, with roasted malt/coffee aftertones. Beer is light enough where you can drink it in the heat but thick enough to feel you up after a nice meal. Full bodied but smooth and slick as butter, goes down very nicely. Probably the best porter I've had to date, when you are done you will wish you had more. (564 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black/brown with a nice foamy tan head. Not much going on in the smell department but I did pick up hints of malt and carmel. The taste is where this beer really shines. I like the balance of roasted malts, coffee, and a little sweetness. The carbonation adds a nice balance to all the flavoring and makes it easy drinking. I had to be careful because this was so smooth and went down so easy. I really enjoyed this beer. This is a great example of a porter and I would definitely recommend it. (502 characters)

Photo of beckerboots
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid after dinner porter. Perhaps a little light for my liking but certainly worth the adventure. Pours deep red/brown with little head and even less lacing. The real gem of this porter is the aroma. Wafting sents of coffee bean and dark chocolate are very apparent but not too overwhelming. Lacks the richness of taste and robustness for a post dinner sipping drink but is still very palate friendly. Little to no aftertaste to speak of and the lack of hardiness helps you almost crave another (Or at least another smell) (525 characters)

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

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights as the light shows through. A light tan head sits atop this beer and leaves a nice layer of foam on top. The lacing is pretty.

Smell: The smell is slight caramel and hints of chocolate. Some roasted character shows up in the nose. A very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Smoky and sweet upfront. I taste some raisins and a cafe mocha type taste. The closing is roasted goodness. It leaves a wonderful aftertaste to close the beer. Very good.

Mouthfeel: This is wonderful. It is very creamy with a medium body. The carbonation is there but subdued with many small bubbles.

Overall a great beer. Even though it is fairly rich it makes a good session beer. (699 characters)

Photo of Onceeven
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this out by a nice campfire on a cool night, what a treat.

Poured almost black, but transparent with a rich amber when held up to the light. Not much of a head, the tiny one that did show up only lasted a few seconds and was gone. Lacing was spotty, kind of disappointing. This beer smelled great, with a mixture of caramel sweetness, and an earthiness that reminded me of wet leaves. Caramel flavor came through big mixed with a hint of roastiness, and chocolate. I've had a few porters that tasted more like stouts to me, but this one had no identity issues. I did get a little tired of the caramel flavors towards the end of the glass, but this beer still remains a great porter. (702 characters)

Photo of HochFliegen
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very thick creamy chocolate milk colored head topped the dark red-brown beer in the glass.

The smell was awesome. A huge coffee and carmel smell.

The taste starts off with a huge rush of coffee flavors that coat the mouth. It turns slightly sweet, taste of carmel much as the smell, and finishs quite dry with a bit of smokieness at the very end. (355 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been trying to get this one for a while, and I'm not disappointed.
The appearance deep, dark, opaque black with dense chocolate milk colored head that doesn't go away. There lots of nicely spaced out patches of lace that are tan in color.
The aroma is a deep dark roasted espresso bean that is nearly burnt, awesome. There are also faint malt and caramel whiffs here. When I drank this, there was again espresso, but with chocolate and hints of malt. Nice slight bitterness in the finish that was perfect with a great crisp after taste. Nice thick mouthfeel that's chewy and refreshing. Great drinkability, no matter what time of the day. As a testament to that last statement, I had this for breakfast the other day and the coffee flavors complimented the time of day perfectly. Note: review not written from the morning session...but it was just as good (862 characters)

Photo of DPMomutant
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body pours cola-like black, possibly a bit darker. The head is small and fizzy and ends up at nothing quick.

The smell is subtle with hints of coffee, cocoa, and nuts. Not quite as robust as I was expecting.

The taste, however, has a bit more power. The coffee really comes out, a nice dark black coffee. There is a cocoa hint but way more coffee. Still a good taste.

There is a nice balanced carbonation in this beer considering the total lack of head in the pour. Feels pretty smooth going down, really very good.

I find this very drinkable and could easily have a few of these, although I hope future ones will have a bit more head to look better. (666 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. One good beer.
Anyways....
Dark mahogany color, almost non-translucent. Tan head that fades into a solid layer on the top of the beer. Raisins, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, a lot going on in the nose. Taste is wonderfully rich. Chocolate and coffee tones dominate. Hop sare not an afterthought in this beer, however. Thick mouthfeel. Excellent beer, and a very good random selection at the liquor store. (409 characters)

Photo of Ilacquin
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a slight tan head. Head fades quickly with very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is definitely of coffee and a hint of chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavor is awesome, and nearly overpowering. Big punch of coffee, just a little taste of malt and chocolate, and almost no bitterness. Tends to linger on the palate for a while.

Damn fine beer, but the heavy coffee flavor would prevent enjoying more than one or two. Would go great with any chocolate or coffee dessert. (518 characters)

Photo of Salpta
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ruby black up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing from the 1/2" tan head on the glass though it faded quickly. The smell is caramelly sweet, with almost no hoppyness. My first impressions are of roasted nuts, kind of a roasted peanut flavor. Only bitterness i can tell is during the long lingering aftertaste. No really this one has a very LONG lasting aftertaste, which the roasty flavor is predominate. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this porter delicious as an after-dinner or dessert beer. (537 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at British Beer Company, Hyannis location.

Presentation is an imperial pint glass, with an excellent 3/4" super-dense nitro head over the medium brown brew. Laced excellently with foam coated the glass sides from top to bottom at the end of the drinking experience. Aroma is medium and dark malts, even apparent through the nitro head. Taste was of the malt, then softened with an almost perfect complementary amount of hops. This brew impressed me by being able to blast its flavor through the normally deadening nitro presentation. This ability combined with the nitro-smoothing effect made the mouthfeel and drinkability tops in my book. (651 characters)

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

Wow, wow, and wow. This porter is an amazing brew. A fantastic elixir out of the bottle, this brew had fabulous notes of coffee and chocolate, not to mention roasted malt in the background. The flavour was smooth, with little after taste, although the great flavor lingered, if that makes any sense. Again, great roasted maltiness and chocolate in the flavour. A great brew, truth be told.

Zum wohl! (402 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the gold standard of Porters, the one by which all others should be judged. Its ruby black with a big tan head. Roasty malt, earthy, chocolatey, coffeeish, delicately hoppy, aromas. The taste is very smooth and rich but not overly rich. There is good malt sweetness in the front with a complex array of other flavors (coffee, chocolate, licorice) in the end there is subtle hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is on the watery side of creamy (whatever that means) and is very excellent. strongly reccommended. (511 characters)

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

This one poured a deep and dark reddish brown. At first the beer seems opaque, but when held up to the light, the beer reveals its clarity. Thin creamy head topped the beer off. The aroma is dark and rich with roasted coffee and sweet toffee notes and dark fruits. The taste yields sweet chewy caramel and syrupy molasses. Sort of reminds me of cough syrup. There’s some bittersweet chocolates in there, too. Strong bodied that finishes with a dark and chocolate bitterness and a pleasant sweetness. A fine porter that has a lot to offer. (539 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,165 ratings.