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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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2,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 1,132
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 148
Gots: 98 | 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:
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

11-14-2011 21:52:53 | More by Adamostella
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-14-2011 18:46:36 | More by nanobrew
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5/5  rDev +19%

11-14-2011 17:39:38 | More by dnh2
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New York

4.54/5  rDev +8.1%

deep, dark, reddish brown that reveals this color only when backlit, otherwise it looks black as tar with a thin khaki head and minimum lacing.

Roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, old coffee and a touch of smoke.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth

Taste: like the aroma; bittersweet chocolate, coffee and smoke what a toe curling smorgasbord!

Notes: This is fantastic beer with a rich deep flavor. So drinkable, so pleasurable.

11-12-2011 01:56:42 | More by fx20736
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Ontario (Canada)

4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Came out of a nitro can, It looks really good the head looks like coffee flavoured ice cream and it smells like a good esspresso. It is near pitch black in colour almost like a coffee. It tastes like dark chocolate and coffee. I taste hints of wine, a very bitter beer. A real robust body, that stays with you.

A must taste for any serious beer drinker.

11-11-2011 06:15:29 | More by Zonthark
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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours a rich opaque black body with a moderately sized creamy tan head.

Rich notes of chocolate and fruits rise out out of the glass alongside a bit of a roasted coffee character. Just a hint of biscuity grain in the background.

Roasted malts provide the taste with wonderful notes of milk chocolate and fresh coffee. Sweetness has a bit of a fruity character as well. Outside the roasted malts you are left with a bit of a malty grain note and a finish the touches a bit on the hops with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but a bit thinner than expected. Overall, Fuller's London Porter might just be the archetype of the English Porter and certainly a must try for any beer lover.

11-09-2011 22:30:46 | More by Kinsman
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a pint glass. The color is amberish black. There is a nice fluffy tan head.

The aroma is mild with malted coffee.

The taste starts out with coffee and chocolate. The bread crust malt flavor also shines here; creating a great balance.

This is light and drinkable. I prefer my porters American and hoppy, but one can't help but appreciate the balance between roasted malts and breaded malts. This is a top notch example of a porter.

11-05-2011 04:04:26 | More by andrewinski1
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -10%

From 10/29/11 notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best by Feb 24 2012 on the bottle.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, and light caramel malts. Really nice nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, cream/vanilla, dark fruits. Again, pretty nice, with slight bitterness from the coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice English porter. I really liked the nose and this is a great example of the style. easy to drink and available all over, I'd certainly pick this up again.

11-02-2011 22:10:23 | More by mdfb79
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Fullers London Porter

I swear I’ve had this one, but wow I can’t recall.

Pours a typical porter dark but not deep black, far from, thick but not watery, and pours a brown head that’s nice, but dies with marginal lacing. This looks like many of the English porters I’ve seen so nothing special.

Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee ,roasted malt…really enjoyable notes. A touch on the sweet vs roasted side but enjoyable.

This has some light hints of roasted coffee, chocolate malt, and finishing with some English hops….why do the English even have hops?

5.4% so I suppose it should be a bit weak, but man this is weak and watery. It could use the magic of a cask treatment or nitro tapping to up the body. Still has some carbonation and a bit of body so it doesn’t embarrass the style.

11-01-2011 00:19:16 | More by bobhits
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance is dark brown to nearly black, with a long-lasting dark tan head. A generous amount of lacing adds to the visual experience. Cocoa and molasses scents were pleasant but a bit weak. This is a very chocolate-tasting beer; more so than any other I've had. Slight roasty and bready flavors are noticed as well. Quite rich and tasty.

10-28-2011 03:02:01 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before April 2012. Tried this stuff years ago and I recall being rather fond of it... so why not give it another go?

Pours a virtually opaque black colour, with only a few deep red highlights under the light. Topped with a finger of creamy, foamy tan-coloured head that holds up until well into the session. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides. Very malty aroma, lots of roasted dark malts, chocolate and molasses sweetness, with a bit of coffee and cream. Some earthy notes but mostly just sweet malts.

Very tasty porter, with most of the same notes above being present on the palate as well. Toasted bread, molasses and caramel sweetness dominate along with nutty malts and bittersweet chocolate. Coffee and vanilla notes as well, with plenty of roasted malt throughout. Earthy, herbal hops are more noticeable toward the finish. Roasted malts provide a bit of earthy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice balance between the chocolate and coffee flavours; neither are especially dominant but they're both loud and clear - this is a very rich-tasting beer. Full-bodied, maybe leaning toward medium body, with low carbonation for a silky smooth, creamy mouthfeel going down.

This is a world-class porter that I can't really find much to complain about. Superb, rich malt flavours, good body, and a very satisfying brew all around, this porter is definitely worth a try and is basically the gold standard of the style to me. Not much of a session ale, this is a quick sipper for during or after dinner.

10-27-2011 03:27:50 | More by thehyperduck
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%

The bottle itself looks very interesting, and is what caught my eye. It reminds me of a bottle of Kahlua.

A: When it's first poured it is a very dark red, almost brown color. A small head appeared at first, but quickly dissipated.

S: It has a very lovely smell to it that is a mix of brown sugar and coffee. When smelled for longer periods of time you can pick up the chocolate smell that is advertised.

T: The coffee is definitely the first thing that crops up on the taste bud. The aftertaste has a very nice dark chocolate flavor to it that is bitter and lingers for a while.

M: Low carbonation, and a very smooth feel to the beer. It's not as thick as I would have expected it to be though.

O: I highly enjoyed this, and would probably get it again. I recommend that everyone at least try it.

10-26-2011 20:49:28 | More by Craibcr
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4.2/5  rDev 0%

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a thin cap. Nice foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee, and nice chocolate aromas. There is also a slight milk-like aroma I am getting from this one.Taste is of dark roasted malt, brewed coffee, and some cocoa powder. A mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good English porter that is very easy to drink. With a lower ABV it is also something you could drink all night without getting too sloshed.

10-25-2011 02:46:40 | More by UCLABrewN84
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4%

11.2oz bottle from Total Wine - been looking around for this one lately, after hearing the review on Craft Beer Radio - served in a Fuller’s imperial pint glass...

A: Pours a dark brown, with a nice inch of khaki foam; deep garnet when held to light; some specky lace gets left on the glass.

S: Toffee malt aroma; some dark chocolate and caramel, too; roasted grains aren’t too bitter / charred = pretty smooth coffee.

T: Roasted malt / coffee comes out a little more than in the aroma; rich, toasted grains; some bitter chocolate and tobacco / leafy hops on the end.

M: Full bodied; lower carbonation; very smooth and silky.

D/O: A satisfying porter for sure; ample drinkability and smooth; traditional and tasty.

10-25-2011 02:08:37 | More by jpro
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4.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Let me start by saying that a good porter is always welcome in my fridge, saying that this should have a case setting there waiting to be consumed! WOW! world class is a good place to begin.

A- Poured a very dark brown/Mahogony with a light carmel colored head that leeft some lacing behind.

S- smelled of chocolate, fresh bread, earthy, and carmelish

T- Damn just like it smelled only more intense. Was very well balanced between the malts and slightly hop-ish(is that a word).

M- Smooth, smooth did I say SMOOTH? med to light carbonation, mild chewiness, was very hard to just sip this one, I wanted to chug it then refill it and sip the second one (alas I only had the one that was a gift from Chewystheman - THANKS)

O- World class in taste, mouthfeel and so very well balanced!

I want more!

10-23-2011 19:06:37 | More by Mario61Aler
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -7.1%

Best before 7 March 2012

A: Dark reddish brown without much head.

S: Roast with a little smoke and the fainest hint of soy sauce.

T: Pretty rich roasty taste. Creamy caramel and chocolate with a touch of char. A slight earthiness. No soy sauce, but I get an off-putting Guinness-like sour note every now and again.

M: Solid but perhaps a little thinner than ideal.

O: A solid, drinkable porter.

10-17-2011 00:43:06 | More by greybeardloon
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

A - Almost black with a red tint capped by two fingers of super creamy pale tan head with exceptional retention. Lace curtains all around.

S - Roast coffee and cream, bitter dark chocolate, a slight smokiness.

T - Follows the nose with precision. Coffee, dark chocolate and brown sugar.

M - The full creaminess and low carbonation.

O - A really top British beer. Rich, full flavoured and supremely tasty.

10-08-2011 12:51:38 | More by dansmcd
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4.43/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours nearly black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is rich and malty with molasses, cardboard, soy and a kind of weird Sharpie marker note. Balance is alright.
Taste is molasses, wheat, toasted, almost burnt chocolate malt, soy and a hint of cardboard. Good balance.
Rich, full-bodied, medium effervescence. Aftertaste gets a bit ashy but otherwise its a really good Porter.

10-06-2011 01:44:30 | More by PorterLambic
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District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev 0%

Purchased at Elephant and Castle in Washington, DC. Poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown and opaque. A small whitish head leaves some lacing. Impressive.

Smell: Semisweet chocolate and caramel predominate, with a bit of herbal hops on the back end.

Taste: "Rich, Dark, and Complex" is right. Very robust roasty flavor that stops just short of being burnt, with some accompanying coffee flavor and a little bit of lighter malt character. Light herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: A bit prickly with the carb. Fairly slick.

Overall: Very flavorful and something I'd definitely get again where offered.

10-05-2011 02:10:24 | More by fountainofyouth
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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with ruby highlights and great clarity. Light brownish, moderate head has decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Awesome malt profile-bready, bread crusts, toast, chocolate, light roast, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Runs an enormous spectrum of malt characteristics. Some earthy green hops, with low esters and a light orange marmalade character to it.

Flavor-Chocolate and bread crusts up front with light sweetness. The mid-palate is very chocolatey with fruity esters and light orange marmalade. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, some earthy hop flavors, and roasty chocolate/roasted malt. Aftertaste lingers with chocolate malt and leathery tobacco. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and silky. Medium body with a soft, moderately low carbonation. Awesome.

This is the definitive brown/english porter in my opinion. Fantastic, delicious, and abounding with subtle complexities. I love this beer.

10-03-2011 06:00:12 | More by plfahey
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4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Fuller's London Porter is a very nice and pretty dry porter. Not that complex but really tasty.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Strong roasty malt. Very bready. 4.5

T: Dry blackened malt flavour with a hint of bitterness in the finish. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

09-30-2011 00:43:37 | More by vandemonian
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3.45/5  rDev -17.9%

Best by: 3MAR11

A: pours a dark brown ale with under a finger of tan foam which falls rather quickly to a sheet (broken) of the same. No lace, and overly excellent clarity for the style.

S: barley, toast, brown sugar, some nice smoky tones here as well. Smells nice.

T: Nice and roasty beer. plenty of roasty malts, some dry coffee tones. Some interesting raisin notes as well. Some nutty flavors as well.

M: Medium on thin body for the style with moderate carb. dry finish.

O: quality porter for sure, not really stacking up with the greats for me.

09-25-2011 09:19:36 | More by harrymel
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4.38/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is nearly black. Poured with a nice foamy head that quickly went down to a solid patch of lacing.

A bit of hops in the aroma. There are a lot of coffee and chocolate in the aroma as well.

This beer is a favorite. It's so chocolately and with a nice bit of coffee to keep it from being too sweet.

It's got a pretty thick mouthfeel, with just a bit of carbonation.

This beer is a classic and I would love to keep it in steady rotation in my fridge but it's a bit too pricey for me.

09-24-2011 23:16:09 | More by TippySelenoid
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4.22/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours a dark brown color with a good tan head that fades slowly and ample lacing.

S: Rich aroma of roasted malts with chocolate and caramel. Trace of coffee. Smell is inviting.

T: Roasted malt flavor with a mixture of chocolate and coffee. Nice trace of bittersweet chocolate and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, very smooth and creamy. Excellent balance, very rich and delicious.

O: Excellent Porter with lots of character. A good choice to compare other porters to.

09-19-2011 01:21:50 | More by soju6
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3.78/5  rDev -10%

A- pours a solid brown. Well, I turned on the lamp and now it looks a bit red. Head is one finger, tan, and holds well. A slight bit of lacing.
S- Smell is quite strong of coffee with a bit of lingering molasses aroma as well.
T- The taste is a bit stronger of molasses than I perceived on the nose. At first it comes off a bit too sweet and not roasted enough, but the finish brings through a really well done coffee flavor.
M- Medium body, medium-light carbonation. just a touch astringent at times in the finish, with a dry finish.
O- A good porter, but I'm not sure the price point merits me buying it. Good, not great, but I'd drink again.

09-18-2011 02:11:44 | More by jsprain1
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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