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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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1,986 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,986
Reviews: 1,125
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 140
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of ranger7


4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A - Black. Finger-width thick light brown head. Looks very inviting.

S - Smells like roasted chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee, but mostly chocolate. Smells rich.

T - This stuff is delicious. It is rich, but not overwhelming. Very flavorful with the obvious chocolate and coffee.

M - Smooth. A small amount of carbonation. Leaves the mouth fairly clean, a little bit of a toasty, almost smoky flavor. The downside is that it is a little watery, but acceptable.

Summary - I should be careful with this brew, I'm sure I could drink a few if I let myself. At the time of this review I have had this beer three separate times over the span of a year. In that time, my opinion of this beer has dropped a bit. The first time would have been all 5's, but it's still an awesome porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 04:20:08 | More by ranger7
Photo of cbutova


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body pours into my pint glass. Light mocha head forms to a nice hefty size and has a good frothy texture.Good retention and spotty lace all around the glass.

S- A nice roasty dark cocoa powder and coffee presence. A bit of caramel, fruit, vanilla and toasted nuts. Not the strongest of aromas.

T- Roast malt, cocoa, coffee and caramel make up a big malty beer flavor. Also some vanilla, dark fruit, earthy hops, english mineral water and toasted nuts.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a nice smooth carbonation. Some roast bitterness finishes it out.

Not as rich or thick as the American porters of today but still a refreshing and flavorful beer. Drinks very well and has a nice English feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 01:25:17 | More by cbutova
Photo of WillCarrera


4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a super dark brown that's with deep red hues when held to light. A pretty rough pour only produces a thin finger of tan lace that fades to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Roasted malts with chocolate and coffee, lots of smoke, a hint of hops.

T- Heavily roasted, charred coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Bitterness comes from hops and a bit of coffee acidity.

M- Medium bodied, initial carbonation gives way to a lush, creamy finish.

O- A delicious and tasty porter, loses some points for the total absence of head, but is still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:39:44 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of allforbetterbeer


4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Best by date months away and clearly marked on label, I love how Fuller's puts quality first by displaying this so clearly.

Pour appears black in low light but shows a deep smoked scarlet crystal clear body when held up to light. Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. Looks creamy.

The nose is a nearly perfect balancing act of smokiness, English hops, and roasted malt. This smells like an English porter should smell I think. A little swirl brings up more of the same with the addition of chocolate notes.

A very tasty flavor of roasted malt pervades the taste of this beer, and it is high quality in that the acrid bitterness that is often associated is totally absent. Instead the bitterness comes from subtle hops that bolster the malts with poise. Other flavors present and appreciated are subtle vanilla, milk chocolate, a touch of cream and finally peaty smokiness. This beer isn't sweet but isn't very bitter, and instead presents an almost dry flavor, which I think holds to the original style well.

The mouthfeel is the only aspect of this beer that I feel could be better. If somehow it was creamier and fuller I think that this beer would benefit, but then again were the original porters even supposed to be creamy? Either way I am drinking it poured from a bottle, so how can I complain about creaminess when I know this beer is creamier on tap.

Conclusion: Another outstanding beer from Fuller's. I have yet to taste anything from this excellent brewery that isn't outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 01:37:51 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of warnerry


3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Best by 8/30/11. Consumed 1/7/11.

A - Pours very dark brown with three fingers of tan head. Head is pretty persistant and leaves nice lacing.

S - Earthy roasted malt with some chocolate in the aroma as well. Also getting a slightly unpleasant aroma as well, but can't quite place what it is.

T- Again dominated by earthy roasted malt. A slight funkiness as well. Bits of coffee come through. Has a drying character as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not as creamy as I expected. Finishes quite dry.

O - Drinkability is fine, but not something I would go for that often. Was expecting more and came away disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:57:36 | More by warnerry
Photo of DavidST


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass, best before date of 11 Dec 11.

Pours a dark brown (coke like color) with a large mocha color head with decent retention. The smells are subtle I get some chocolate, some dark roasted malts, and a little nuttiness. Feel is medium to light. The taste is far better than expected with the weak smells, I get a little chocolate, a smoked flavor and some roasted malts with a light bitter after flavor, good stuff, a very nice porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:53:47 | More by DavidST
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown with a small amount of foamy, beige head, not nearly as eye catching as the nitro version, but decent.

S: Smell is subtle with chocolate, a slight nuttiness and a dark maltiness.

T/M: There is a medium amount of carbonation and a heavier consistency, not necessarily thick by a stout’s standards, but still heavy. It tastes nutty up front with some chocolate mixed in a some more nut in the finish.

It’s a very smooth beer. The nitro version is more impressive, but most nitro versions are. This is still a good, full flavored porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:30:46 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served up..

Appearance is dark, foamy, looks inviting...

Smell is reminiscent of roasting, nutty, hints of chocolate, lots of creaminiess, maybe this is the anticipation building..

Taste is delightful, warm, roasty, malty, only hints of chocolate...things taste very nice..

Mouthfeel is not heavily carbonated but a stable offering finishing without any distaste.

Overall, grab one, can't go wrong! I am just getting started with the international offerings.!


Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 13:30:32 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of stakem


4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic, thanks to pmsaywer for sharing this with me so I could scratch down some notes. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a rich tan cap. Spotty lace work sticks to the glass all over. A swirl revives a finger of fluffy head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is primarily anise initially smell of black licorice and dark roasted grain that borders on being smoked. A sweet milky chocolate inclusion through the body before the onset of some fruity indications of raisins and light molasses. There is a bit of a char quality to the nose from the deep roast of the malt and some light fruity hops round out the nose with a touch of citrus as well once the brew warms up.

The taste is bitter and roasty with notes of chocolate and a bit of a nutty grain taste. Raisins and molasses hints are evident through the body of this brew. There is a light fruited quality somewhat like raisins. This brew finishes with a chocolate grain taste and a lingering flavor of charred grain lasts inside the mouth mildly reminiscent of smoke. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. This is quite a smooth and creamy offering to the feel. Quite easy drinking with seemingly no indication of alcohol outside of the estery alcohol flavors. Quite a solid example that tastes strangely similar to another popular famous english porter. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 21:48:54 | More by stakem
Photo of smakawhat


3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before Feb 2012 so plenty of time to crush this one!

A nice simple creamy head of two fingers that seems to have some foamy character. Bubbles in the head are uneven, but also seem to slowly subside. Body is a nice brown walnut almost getting into black but not really.

Mild chocolate and cigarette nose of tobacco for this bouquet. Something else though is kind of a sour and funky grain smell. Sort of a mish mash of real nice and an off putting blast. I actually get a small sense of summer sausage on this (meaty).

Taste is weak bodied and virtually just a wet bodied roast character of malt. Papery... thin... giving to cheap tobacco notes and wet bodied malts. Borderline cola milk stout without even the sweetness on the finish.

Wow this is one of the top English Porters? Forget it, this makes me want more Olde Engine Oil.... Pass.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 04:19:16 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque brown so dark it's practically black, with a dense, creamy-looking tan head. Retention is strong, dissipating to a still-creamy cap of foam and leaving a touch of lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose with undertones of nuts (particularly hazelnut notes) and caffe latte. Toffee, tobacco (think English Cavendish), and charcoal notes. Has a buttery character to it.

T: Chocolate and brown malts, rich and slightly sweet, followed by bready malts, caramel, and strong roasted malts imparting a black coffee bitterness on one level while combining with buttery and chocolatey overtones to give a milder caffe mocha taste. Faint hint of smoke in the finish.

M: On the lighter end of medium-bodied with slight chewiness and very low, silken carbonation. The bittersweet finish is remarkably clean and balances the flavour profile nicely.

D: A delicious, chocolatey porter worthy of sipping or sessioning; excellent example of the style.

Serving type: can

07-01-2011 17:59:44 | More by Kartoffeln
Photo of airforbes1

New York

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown (with some red creeping in at the bottom) with a creamy head that lingers. I get a lot of roasted malt and coffee on the nose, and, without surprise, I taste a lot of coffee when I first started drinking it. My initial reaction was that it tasted TOO much like coffee, but the other flavors started to creep in as the beer warmed. I started to detect a minute amount of bitter chocolate, with the coffee taste mellowing somewhat as the beer warmed. Roasty, yet smooth. A pleasant offering, although I admit I will probably won't give this beer its due because I'm not a coffee drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 01:03:15 | More by airforbes1
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL can, slightly chilled and poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a dark brown colour with a big two and a half fingers of fluffy tan head that does reside a little but never really goes away, leaving almost a pinky finger of tan head right till the finish, leaving good spotty lacing throughout the glass.

Smell- Lots of sweet chocolate aromas coming from this one right away mixed with nice roasted malt smells as well, I am also getting a nice sweet caramel/toffee aroma coming from this as well the more it warms up.

Taste- Just like the smells although the roasted malt plays a much bigger role on the palate as opposed to the nose, with a slight bitter coffee flavour in there as well. That same sweet chocolate smell is present in the taste and the caramel/toffee makes a comeback in the taste as well, although I find it is a little more predominant on the nose.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but a little bit on the lighter side of the porter scale for my liking, average carbonation although porters are known to not have much carbonation anyways. It does go down smooth and silky though.

Overall- To be honest I was rather surprised by this one, I wasn’t expecting much from this one to be honest being in the form of a can, although Fuller does make some quality brews that I have recently really enjoyed. It is nothing over the top, like this is more of a classic porter taste as opposed to an off the wall different tasting porter that you can find a lot on the American market, but don’t get me wrong this is a quality porter and runs circles around your macro Guiness, Kilkenny, etc. This would be a go to for me when I am looking for a good porter to drink a couple of them for cheap in a night, although I did enjoy the double chocolate stout from young’s a lot more.

Serving type: can

06-27-2011 04:21:26 | More by Roke87
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and toasted nuts. As it warms you can detect a little more caramel malt and a little more complex mocha/toffee.

The taste follows the nose to a tee with substantial bready and caramel maltiness with equal amounts of roasted malts that follow. Hints of dark chocolate and mocha set up for a nice dry English finish.

The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavors and aromas. The perfect mouthfeel and crisp finish make this extremely drinkable, almost gulpable. Carbonation is perfect for the style; it really allows the flavors pop as it went down.

Overall this is a great, if not perfect, example of an English porter. I really enjoyed the robust flavors and and the full mouthfeel/finish. I can only imagine this being better on cask or tap... especially in England. Nothing earth-shattering or flavor explosion, just very very good.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 16:46:02 | More by claspada
Photo of MONKandTUCK


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, on draught. Had this at Elephant and Castle in DC.

LOOKS: Deep mahogany-black. Full bodied, for a porter. Narrow white head caps beer poured into pint glass.

AROMA: Have to admit wasn't blown away, but the roasted notes carried through. Make sweetness and floral good. I think it was me, not the beer.

TASTE: Decadent. Lots of toasted malts, some very tame but necessary sweetness. Finishes with a roasted bite. I detect only chocolate malt, not roasted barley or Patent. It's not that fierce. actually, this beer has a lot if composure. This soft brown sugar, crackers, and some espresso. Eaters come through enough to add something unique... man I love Fuller's yeast strain.

MOUF FEEL: Here's what makes it! Not as chewy or frothy as Guinness, but very creamy. Really thick for the style and ABV, though remaining refreshing in this 90* heat.

Overall: It's a session beer for sure...just with character and kick! If you pike malts beers with dry finish and balanced flavors seek out this one!

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2011 19:19:03 | More by MONKandTUCK
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Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a delicious looking beer. It is a very very dark amber colour (almost black) with a nice creamy head on top.

The aroma is very toasty with some coffee notes and maybe a couple hints of chocolate.

The flavour is a bit less intense than I was expecting, but very balanced. It starts out with some slight roasty bitterness, that makes way for some sweet almost molasses-like flavours. The body is a little light for my liking, but this would make a delicious session ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 04:38:38 | More by evlu1441
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3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Almost completely black; very dark brown if held through light. Some bubbles are to be seen on the sides of the glass. Medium light brown head with decent retention and a lot of lacing

S- Coffee is what firts comes to mind, though there is a very nice malty aroma (with a roasted hint to it) to bring some balancing sweetness. What is most surprising in a porter is that the aroma feels quite fresh: if i'm not wrong there's a detectable hint of herbal freshness from the hops

T- Mostly a malty flavour: chocolate and coffee, overall quite sweet for the style (caramel maybe?). A hint of smokiness brings complexity. The beer feels decently fresh on the taste too, i still think i can recognize a hint of fresh herbal hops. A delicate bitter feel builds up on the palate in the aftertaste

M- Medium body. Very smooth and quite creamy. Little carbonated but this is adequate for the style

O- Not an amazing range of flavours nor a particularly rich mouthfeel. Everything is perfectly mixed though and drinkability is very good. A classy beer

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 12:47:43 | More by Cozzatoad
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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a few years since I've had this beer. I forgot how great this beer is!

Poured a very dark brown with a faint coppery rootbeer color around the edges. It has a short tan head with no lacing.

Very nice dark rich smell with notes of dark malt, prunes and chocolate.

Full bodied flavor transitions smooth from dark maltiness to a rich dark chocolate, finishing with espresso. The aftertaste is such a smooth pleasant espresso aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. With a light creamy carbonation.

Overall I love this beer. This is the ideal benchmark for what I think a porter should be. Beautiful full bodied flavor with wonderful chocolate and coffee notes. I recommend this to all. I gotta try to keep this on deck at all times.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:10:14 | More by MrVonzipper
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District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours three fingers with no lacing to speak of. Almost opaque. When held to the light it's dark brown to amber at the edges.

Smell is strong chocolate and roasted malt. Some coffee notes and mustiness. Faint smell of spicy hops.

Taste is very chocolaty. A little char and some hop bitterness and spice on the finish.

Super smooth mouth feel but not as think as I like. I will say I generally prefer stout due to the chewier mouth feel. Great for the style though.

Overall a very good beer. One of the better porters I've had though I don't love the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 00:25:12 | More by mi6234
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark dark beer with some ruby tones. thin mocha head.

smells sour and rich. like a cappucino yogurt.

tastes bitter and smooth. finishes creamy and leaves bitterness of roast malt.

nice body and flavor overall. i want to try this one on tap.

a robust offering

Serving type: can

06-06-2011 03:02:28 | More by paxkey
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On my first drink I really noticed a coffee flavor that made itself known. By half way in the beer I didn't really notice it. To me that is the perfect amount of flavor - let's you know its there without over powering the beer. Incredible mouthfeel - perfeact level of creaminess. The Brits make some of the best beers in my opinion and this is up their with some of the best. Plus the packaging and name make you feel like royalty as you drink it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 22:57:25 | More by SisuPride
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down but left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark roasted malts and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is slightly more complex with additional notes of chocolate and hints of toffee. There are some notes of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it is well balanced, although I would prefer to sip this and savor its interesting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 02:33:45 | More by metter98
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate in a can! Defiantly has that taste as well with a sweet woody tart aftertaste. Also has a whiskey taste off the start. Overall a good Porter, the real bang is in the aftertaste. I find it tasted more like a stout. Id have to rate this just slightly lower than young's double chocolate stout which is one of my faves.

Definatley a good beer though! Goes well with a CAO mx2 cigar.

Serving type: can

05-16-2011 19:58:01 | More by Dsqrd
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger head from a nitro can, decent retention - rich chocolate colour - off colour caramel head - smell of coffee and malt - taste of bitter choclate and some coffee with a refreshing bitter after taste - perfect mouthfeel - a little bitter, nice carbonation and a silky smooth finish - overall - outstanding porter and one of my top ten

Serving type: nitro-can

05-15-2011 21:24:12 | More by Stocean1
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District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by Feb 13 2012.

A: After an extremely hard pour, I summoned up a gargantuan 3-4 finger beigenhead... and I had to wait and eternity for it to die down. There brew itself was black as night, with a very sharp transition from the liquid to the foam.

S: Soft coffee notes, but a heck of a lot of vanilla. I friggin love vanilla! Also, a little bit of burnt wood and chocolate.

T: Smooth, silky, and rather flavorful considering the ABV. Still, I got a good bit of vanilla, which offset the charred wood quite a bit. Chocolate and roasted malt also made an appearance.

M: The carbonation was fine, the sweetness wasn't overbearing in any way, and the lacing was absolutely ridiculous.

O: I've had this beer on many occasion and it has never disappointed me. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 18:01:12 | More by Chaney
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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