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Reviews: 1,168
Hads: 2,416
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 221
Gots: 283 | FT: 0
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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 euskera
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this baby for years (whenever I can find it). It is the standard against which all porters should be measured. More like a stout than a porter to me, from a taste perspective.

Pours out a deep brown, almost black, with a nice tan head. The smell is enticing, but not overpowering, with a smoky hint of coffee and chocolate malt. Taste is superb, creamy hints with the malt and chocolate hint coming through nicely. Mouthfeel is on the velvety side, though not as smooth as it could be. Overall a fantastic brew that's in my top 20 easily..

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Photo of Reidrover
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok at last i found this baby in Salem..I like my local Roth's grocer store they seem to have a good beer manager.
Comes in the rather handsome brown bottle with the great but simple Fullers label.
WEll what can one say this is the perfect porter to look at..a dark gartnet coloured beer with a massive coffee and creme head but it doesnt hang around to long and is replaced by exquisite laceing.
The aroma is perfection too very robust roasted malts good quality dark roast coffee comes to mind, Perugia dark unsweetened chocolate..lovelly could smell this all night.
Wonderful tasteing beer all of the above with a certain luxurious creaminess ..mmm delicious.
Wonderfully smooth on the tongue ( not in a bland way) yet still adventurous,
At only just above 5% this is a great drinking porter.
My first "5" and im happy I eventually gave it out : )

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a thick deep reddish black with only one half a finger of light tan head, which dies down right after poured. There is almost no lacing left on the glass. The smell is fabulously strong with coffee and caramel notes. The taste is very smooth for a porter. Bits of coffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate with a snap of hops at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong. At 5.4%, this is a very drinkable porter as well.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Porters to begin with and for me, Fuller's London defines the style. It epitomizes robust. Poured a deep black with a cafe au lait head that was not too think but very creamy, especially for a bottle. The smell was deep, damp and earthy with aromas of sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste was rich and dark with serious notes of coffee dominating the taste and a well placed bitter hop finish hidden deep within rolling waves of toasted malts. The mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy and thick for a porter, but it was not at all obtrusive. If you are attempting to introduce a friend to Porters use this as an archetype.

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Photo of BierReise
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Porter-brown with a light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with an alcohol presence. Very smooth and creamy. One of the creamiest porters I've had recently. Crisp and only slightly bitter. This is one of the finest Porters I've had the pleasure of knowing. I'm not real high on English bottles but this is an outstanding example. Flavor is rich and nearly perfect for it's style. Chocolate stands out with hops complimenting roasted malt. Thanks for the recommendation John!

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Photo of jcalabre
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled from bottle on 22 June 2002. dark brown w/ the aroma & flavor of coffee & chocolate. It finishes very smoothly. This beer is nicely balanced between roasty and malty. This is a world class beer that is readily available in a lot of areas. Enjoy it!

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Photo of Scooter77
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice porter; very enjoyable. Pours a deep mahogany color topped off but a thick, creamy tan head that retained itself quite nicely. There is a punch of dark chocolate and roasted malts noted upon initial smell, followed by mild aromas of coffee and butterscotch. The taste has just as many different aspects as the aroma. Coffee and roasted cocoa are definitely the dominating flavors here, finished off with a slight bitterness of hops. This is a very well balanced, full-bodied beer. It’s a little heavier than most porters that I’ve had, but it was very enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had four great beers tonight, but I decided on this for my 100th review. Fuller's is my favorite porter, and no beer in the world tastes any better (IMO). Not overly impressive in appearance, but this beer is perfectly balanced. Wonderful chocolate notes, smooth (but with enough bitterness to balance it just right). I really can't find any fault in this beer (and it's outdated - 8/02!). Can't imagine how good a fresh one would taste! (I did end up finding a new 6, and it was even better. Great beer!).

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Photo of aaronh
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany liquid pours witha creamy tan head. Very good staying power creates an attractive lacing. The aroma is coffee, raisin, chocolate and roasted malts with a hint of spice. The taste is huge on coffee, with some bitter cocoa and a touch of fruity sweetness in the middle. Very nice bittering on the finish gives way to a long, roasted coffee aftertaste that is sprinkled with cocoa. Mouthfeel is good, with a lighter body and perfect carbonation. Drinkability is also good, but the powerful flavors keep you from pounding this one. It is one to be savored and enjoyed, not guzzled. A very good beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a bubbly dark brown with a very thick head, evaporating rather quickly, but some fine lacing throughout. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee beans, enough complexity to keep sniffing! Very smooth and crisp, a wonderful blend of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark roasted coffee mixed well. A creamy body, yet stays smooth throughout, a smokey and coffee beans feel left on the palate, leaves you yearning for more. Should be enjoyed by most, try one ASAP.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well, well, well. What do we have here. A damn fine drink i do believe. A nice light brown head that sticks all over the place, floating atop a nice almost-black body. Smells delicious. Yep, the taste confirms that. We got some fine mixing of chocolate, coffee and probably some caramel. Probably be better in the winter, but im trying to say this shit is good.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a mahogany brown color with a thick dark-tan head, a hard pour produced a two-finger layer that slowly collapsed on itself leaving lace behind

Aroma: like rich expensive chocolate with some coffee notes, slight twinge of caramel and a bit of fruitiness, dark brown sugar

Flavor: robust dark roastiness with a subtle malt sweetness behind it, minerally overtones, a "hard" taste (does that make sense?), some bitterness, dry finish

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, medium-bodied and lots of mineral astringency

If you're looking for a good example of a Robust Porter, this is the one you should try. It embodies the style perfectly. Many others I have tried are too close to the line between porters and stouts. This one is perfect.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: a somewhat clear russet brown, head: 1/2" of toasted tan. Nose is on the burnt side, very roasty and sharp, bitter, hot, with flavors of pepper and espresso.
Mouthfeel is warm, texture is smooth, hops are hard to notice. Malt stands up proudly, though, in all it's lushly roastedness.
This is quite a consumable porter, a very flavorful session ale, to say the least. Finish is sweet and nutty, and lasts just long enough.
A darn good porter.

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Photo of elmocoso
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks black, but when held up to the light, the light shines through a deep black cherry. Very attractive, the head is decent and tan. There is a little clingy lace and a nice ring around the glass, like a glimps of cuff poking out the sleeve of a nice black suite.

There seems to be a deep roasted smell here, malty and a slight smell of alcohol.

The taste of burnt malt dominates this porter. kind of nutty? i dont know. A nice well-rounded tongue presence. not much hops.

This beer taste's hearty, bread in a bottle. I think i like it.

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Photo of Dantes
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 12 oz. tall, narrow brown bottle. “Best before 19/Sep/03.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s lists it as 5.4% in bottles.

Cost: $7.49 per 6-pack at Total Wines.

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: Almost stout-like at first glance, one realizes that this is not opaque, but deeply translucent brown-burgundy. Formed a moderately dense, sticky, head, with a medium bead, which resolved to a very thin layer that lasted half-way through the glass. May have been affected by having been poured into a “used” glass, recently vacated by a Fuller’s London Pride.

Smell: The malts dominate here issuing aromas of burnt sugar, smoke, and toasted grain. As is typical with Fuller’s, the nose is restrained but complex, improving as it warms.

Taste: A veritable Greek Chorus of malts awaits the lucky person holding the glass. Brown, Crystal, and Chocolate malts produce a rich variety of flavors: dark fruits, wood-smoke, vanilla, dark toast, nuts, unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and the classically British diacetyl. The Fuggles issue a plaintive, but noticeable cry against the Full-Nelson applied by the malts. Has a long, lingering, creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation; noticeable but not intrusive. Allows the malts and rich body to achieve a lovely creaminess. The buttery elements coat the tongue, prolonging the beer’s lovely flavors. Smooth and silky.

Drinkability: Another great-drinking beer from Fullers. This is a medium-bodied porter that drinks like a mild ale. Don’t let its dark color scare you away. This is a wonderfully balanced brew.

Another stunner from Fullers. The orchestration of malts is deftly done, providing a wonderfully satisfying porter. An archetype of the style, which is even better on draught. I regard Fuller’s as an old friend, who always has the right encouraging words. A standard inhabitant at the top of my beer rotation along with the ESB and 1845.

Bottom Line: The perfect porter for quaffing.

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Photo of optikon44
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Creamy, espresso-brown head that stays a while. Pours dark reddish/brown with lots of small carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Earthy smell with strong coffee notes and a kind of sour malt. The scent is not too strong, but pleasant. Big creamy beer that tastes like coffee with slight hoppy overtones. Finishes with more coffee bitterness and then slightly sweet malt. Well-balanced and smooth. This is a filling porter.

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep, shadowy ruby with a quick-to-fade tan head. Sticks as an edging.
Smoky, roasted aroma. Not a nostril powerhouse, but pleasant.
Taste, on the otherhand, is a dynamo. Begins with a sense of burning embers of oak, fading to straight roasted malts. Burnt dark fruit is the slogan here. Plums mostly. Loads of bittersweet chocolate. Vanilla bean essence couples with a caramel sweetness. Herbal, subdued hopping. Some coffee grounds post-swallow.
A hallmark of porters. Smooth, with trace carbonation. As downable as any.

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Photo of jreitman
3.41/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful black with that oh so beautiful nitro head. Smell was rather subdued. Overall I found the beer pretty bland. Their was a rather odd, "fruity but not in a good way" taste that I couldn't quite pin. Will have to try this one at another bar and see if it is any better. General overall impressions was not positive.

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Photo of TheDM
3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over all a very nice beer. Almost no carbonation in the bottle I pored. Very little head. It was ver dark in color to the point of being unable to see through it. It goes down very smoothly with little afterbite. The taste lingers for a while then fades. And the GF gave it a so-so rating over all. Hmm and I thought I was beginning to teach her something.

Im Himmel gibt es kein bier darum truinken vir es heir!
In Heaven there is no beer that is why we drink it here!

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Photo of zerk
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with ruby highlights. Has a thin, and quickly fading tan head. Aroma is malty, with notes of coffee, chocolate and smoke. Flavor is a combination of chocolate, bitter coffee, some grassy notes, and a bit of caramel. As the beer sits for a while, the alcohol becomes a bit more pronounced. Medium to full bodied, and very smooth., this is a very drinkable porter that really hits the spot!

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Photo of jeffboo
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle conditioned porter from a great British Brewer. this one poured a beautiful dark reddish brown with a creamy tan head.
Aromas of sweet malt,chocolate and a hint of roast coffee way in the back. It starts malty sweet, caramel? with a long finish that is roaty-toasty as it warms. It has a medium body that asks for more drinking, the texture is creamy and chewy.It's a beer that goes well with comfort food.I really liked this one- very easy to want a few pints in a sitting.

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Photo of SamuraiJack
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a super nice porter - a really good example of the style.
First pour shows a beer that is the rich dark brown desirable of the type, but with a very very light head - sticky but almost non-existent. This is one of the only weaknesses of the beer. The other is the aroma. While it is nice (toasty caramel, espresso/chocolate and even some nice smoky malt) it is very very light.
Initial taste is crisp and yet smooth, with light carbonation and a nice medium body. Very balanced and complex flavours, mostly made up of bitter chocolate, coffee and even a very light butterscotch all built on a little tiny touch of esthers and alcohol. The hop flavour is slight, but adds the balance to the roasted malt needed to create the foundation for the complex flavours. There is almost no aftertaste, just a fading smoky taste and bitter coffee/chocolate.
A really drinkable beer - great for cold evenings.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is cast and mold for a traditional style porter. It pours dark, rich brown with ruby highlights showing up around the edges. The head is a dense light beige, yet disappears quickly. Malt, caramel, chocolate, and coffee dominate the aroma. The taste is again, very malty; rich chocolate, coffee, and a bit of treacle come through. Unlike a lot of American interpretations, there is a definite absence of roasted barley and a decision, instead, to focus on the black, chocolate and crystal malts. A lot of domestic porters have a stout-like taste profile due to the use of roasted barley (though usually in smaller quantities than in stouts). Very good, indeed. Taste this alongside Anchor Porter (also an outstanding porter, imho) and you'll see what I mean about the roasted barley.

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Photo of Bruiser81
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured a black color but there was a very deep ruby hue towards the bottom of the glass. Their was a creamy tan head cresting at three fingers and eventually settling down to about a quarter of an inch, with good lacing. The aroma was of dark chocolate, carmel, and roasted malts. The taste was similiar to the nose. It started off with the dark chocolate and malts and finished with a creamy buttery taste. There was a strong coffee aftertaste and the mouthfeel was very smooth. This is the kind of brew I could drink all night, so delicious. This is definitely one of the best porters I've had so far.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), three days in my fridge, poured 40F, reviewed 45F-60F.

It was in the back of my fridge, dammit. I waited a little but couldn't wait much. The head is foamy and cream-colored. Tons of thick lacing stick to the glass. The beer is ruby-edged black.

The aroma is roasted and nutty, with some chocolate. Toffee appears as it warms. The front is roasted grains and toffee, but not a cloying sweet toffee. Bitterness in the middle. The finish is dry. Mouthfeel is velvet. This is an excellent, dry porter that hits the spot perfectly when I'm not in the mood for the sweeter blacks.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.