Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,355 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 203
Gots: 244 | 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 Gear54
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: pitch black with a thin layer of wispy foam atop the brew. Moderate lace

S: strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate fill the nose while malts are noticeable but only slightly.

T: follows the smell exactly. This is a very full flavor beer with lots of coffee and dark chocolate.

M: this one surprised me. I expected it to be on the heavy side based in looks and smell but I would call it medium at best. I would have liked it a bit thicker maybe...

O: My first time trying this one and I was not disappointed. I'm a huge fan of porter and stout style beers and this fit right it! Buy some and see for yourself.

Photo of JamesMN
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 12/12/14.

Appearance: Black on top and nearly translucent brown near the bottom of the glass. Poured aggressively resulting in a one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin coating of foam.

Aroma: Rich cream and chocolate with a hint of charred malt. Quite aromatic and very clean.

Taste: A good amount of hop impact right out of the gate. A solid bitterness with a sort of grassy flavor, which actually builds in intensity throughout each sip. The malt character that was so present in the aroma is a little harder to find in the flavor beneath the hops. However it does lend some much needed sweetness that provides a bit of balance. As it warms and I've been able to swirl out some excess carbonation, more of the creamy, chocolatey malt flavor has developed. Lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nigh and day difference between when I started drinking and when I took the time to get rid of the excess carbonation. At first all the carbonation really stung alongside the bitterness, but once it was removed the creamier, more delicate flavors came out. I would recommend a very vigorous pour. It's about medium in body wit average drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: I think this porter would be a knock out on nitro or cask, allowing the malt to really shine. But even after my first taste of this historic beer, I completely understand why it has stood the test of time. Its just a plain great example of the style. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours some cream colored and creamy textured head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear brown with a bit of dark brown notes. The beer smell is rich and divine. The smell has a combination of bready yeast smell with a coffee smell and a sweet and light dark chocolate smell. The beer also has a milky smell as well. The taste is a bit different than the smell. The taste is less milky than the smell and has stronger bitter hop notes. The bready yeast note is still there but not as pronounced. The coffee roast taste is also there in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very silky with very little carbonation. Overall, a very good English Porter and worth its reputation.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown appearance with ruby red tinges visible at the edges where light hits it. Aroma is of sweet, milky coffee. The taste is sweet with burnt notes and an interesting leathery flavour. Mouth feel is smooth and light to medium with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a good sweet tasty porter with a distinctive flavour. Very drinkable and sessionable but with pretty big flavours for the moderate alcohol level.

My mark out of 100 would be 88.

Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had one of those a few years ago and I remembered it as really good but I was not impressed recently with the Fuller London Pride.

Poured it in a Pit Caribou pint glass. One of Gaspesie's nicest micro brewery. A small bubbly head formed and dissipated in mere seconds. Don't drink a porter if you want a 3 inch head. As Nigel would say, 'it's like, how much more black could this be. And the answer is none'. Got a beautiful blood red hue when held up to a light.

I get a nice whiff of brown sugar candied bacon.

That beer has got a good thickness while leaving the mouth oily with hoppy goodness. Man do I like a smoked Porter and this one gives it to you. Smoked malts on the intake, oats and dark bitter chocolate follow while you are left with a gooooood espresso aftertaste that will linger on for the next minutes.

Had some Dead Man's Party from Standard Vape while drinking this beer. It completely muted the cumby taste from the juice and left me with an otherwise pretty absent citrus note and brought a more natural blueberry flavor.

Expected a lot going in and I was not dissapointed. If you like a smoked porter, there's probably none more great!

Photo of Zach136
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear, translucent brown. Little, dissipating head.

S - Cereal malts, notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Slight floral hop character.

T - Light roast character, bakers chocolate. Signature English water profile character - that I can only (endearingly) describe as gravelly really accentuates the roast character and the earthy hop bitterness.

M - Light, dissipating and drinkable, as a porter should.

O - It's an archetype, what more to say?

Photo of slusk
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark garnet red with a scant tan head.

S: Roast Coffee, raisin and plum dominate the aroma with a touch of vanilla. No hop aroma to speak of.

T: Coffee is the feature with sweet dark fruits. A wee bit of chocolate. An ever so mild hop bitterness controls the malt sweetness, and this brew does finish semi dry with a touch of dark bread crust lingering on the palate.

M: medium to medium full body with a velvety mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

O: WOW. This is one beautiful malty treat. It's got the perfect amount of roast and coffee with just a hint of chocolate sweetness. The hop base, gives a mild bitter underpinning while still letting the malt steal the show. This is the perfect beer for those who don't like the full body of a stout but want a stout character. A definite winner.

Photo of EGreen
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very nice $1.79 spent... coco, coffee, malty nose. dark toasted oats, roasted nuts dominate the flavor with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Nice malts coming through and a wonderful coffee finish. couldn't really notice any significant hops presence, as the coffee rules the finish. A nice porter and very nice for the price.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok folks, note the suggested serving temperature. If you drink this cold, it is a mess. Enjoy the beer slightly below room temp to catch all the nuances.

Appearance - The beer was a brownish-black color with a slight white head.

Smell - The aroma was largely that of malts and burnt sugar. When I had this one cold, I did not really notice anything interesting about the aroma.

Taste - The initial taste demonstrated the malts, burnt sugar, and a little hint of dark chocolate. Some drinkers may note the presence of dark fruits and bread. Toward the back, the aftertaste runs dry. The burnt sugar leans more toward the tart side, almost like drying the tongue with a wet paper towel.

Mouthfeel - This is a very smooth and creamy porter, almost as though it is on Nitro right from the bottle.

Overall -This is an excellent example of the style. I tend to think of English Porters as being slightly sour. This beer lacks that element. Other than this flaw, it is very enjoyable.

Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl oz. bottle marked 12 DEC 14-316-13:56. Sampled on May 25, 2014.

The pour is dark brown with ruby red hues and a short-lived off-white head. Decent lacing.

The aroma has a nice dark malt, smoky, and clean, crisp hop note. It smells the way a traditional English Porter should smell.

The body is light to medium.

The taste does highlight some of the toasty malty characters and biscuit. Mild finish. I mean, it is one of the Porters that others strive to emulate.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark cola colored body. A tan head dissipates to a wifey film as light lines of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Loads of sweet cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts.

Taste: Sweet chocolate malts, roasted grains and barley, faint coffee, with a tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, smooth.

Overall: Really impressed with the coffee and chocolately flavors.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep, dark brown. Sloshes around in the glass nicely with a solid head.

S - Burned sugar, char, peat and roasted malt. Could be fuller.

T - Char, mildly toasted malt. Roastiness and burned caramel. Unfortunately I can't help finding regular porters taste watered down compared to their Imperial brethren.

M - Smooth, and appropriately carbonated. A little thin and watery.

O - An easy-drinking and very sessionable porter which I'd gladly opt for if having a few pints with friends at a pub.

Photo of Bone53
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance: Brown with a mahogany tent when put up to the light. Two to threw finger beige head

Smell: Sweet caramel and toffee malts

Taste: Caramel and toffee upfront which transitions into burnt said notes on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body; slight bitterness and goes down smooth

Overall: I havent explored too deeply in to English porters, but this is the best one iv tried. I much prefer American style porters (Founders, Smuttynose, Eddy Fitz). I prefer more of a chocolate/roasted malt/smoke presence rather than burnt caramel/toffee

Photo of scotorum
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Clear dark ruby with a two inch tall tan head which receded slowly to thick even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Caramel malt and black coffee.

t: Similar to the nose, a nice combination of sweet caramel malt, black coffee and dark chocolate. At first bitterness lingers at the sides of the tongue, but this smooths out later. Slight black coffee and dark chocolate aftertaste.

m: Light to medium with good body, although there are some hints of wateriness.

o: A tasty and refined porter. Very easy drinking and sippable. I'll have to revisit Founders' Breakfast Stout to recall what that has that this one apparently does not besides higher ABV and "fuller" body, based on the differences in the BA ratings of the two.

Photo of SFNC
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 9/19/2013,

The color is dark brown, nearly black, but with ruby highlights when struck by light. A short tan head quickly disolves with minimal lacing.

This smells rich, with char, coffee and dark chocolate tempered with a sweet toffee scent. The taste is even better. The heavy roasted malts and coffee flavor is upfront and strong, but without any harshness. After the intial taste, it mellows with a bittersett toffee flavor that lingers at the finish. This beer has great balance!

It's very creamy, maybe a little thinner than expected, but has the just right carbonation to leave you wanting to take another sip.

This was a treat that I will not hestiate to go back to when in the mood for a lower ABV dark beer or Porter. Fuller's London Porter has earned it's world class reputation in my book. Well done, indeed!

Photo of Rowlaw
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever tasted. I love porters and Fuller's London Porter is the Porter all other Porter's want to live up to.

I know. You never want to say one beer is the best. You want to keep searching for the perfect beer. The fun is in the hunt. I'll say this is the Pest beer I've tasted so far. But just as I'm getting sick of the coffee and chocolate added flavoring, this one blends the tastes right without tasting like their just adding fake flavorings. Yes, you've got the tastes of chocolate and coffee and maybe a little dark honey or whatever, but what I really taste is a great heavy (as in rich), complex Porter without the heaving overpowering flavors added.

This Porter just blends the flavors together so they just flow over the palette to make a smooth, velvet flow of deliciousness.

Photo of doktorhops
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good porter, a GOOD porter, and this one is up there with the titans of porter - along with Irish dry stout one of the first styles of beer I actually got in to (Guinness being my first beer love). When I finally noticed a bottle of this at my not-so-local-but-on-the-way-to-work I had to immediately get it and review it. And so I did dammit. After 8hrs of work that is.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Dark chocolate (a word I suspect I will be using frequently in this review) body with a firm 0.5cm tan head. Looks like a grand old porter to me.

S: Dark chocolate (yep!) gives way to some roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and a hint of lingering smoke. Suitably impressed with all the hallmark porter characters together at last ready to act out some supreme theatre on my taste buds.

T: Velvety smooth flavours of the above: dark chocolate, roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and smoke. This is one classic porter feast for the tongue. One criticism though, and it is very true to style so it's not a problem of this ale, but it's a bit too smooth and the flavours are less pronounced than I would like them to be. Again this is more an underlying personal view on porters as a whole due to my changing tastes than a direct criticism of this fine ale.

M: Heavy like a good porter/stout with a creamy texture and light carbonation.

D: As previously mentioned my tastes have changed over the years - I used to hate mushrooms and eggplant (I would have made a terrible Italian) but now I love them. I used to love porters and stouts but now I find them a bit boring. And that is the case with this ale, ten years ago we would have been best of friends but now I'm hanging out with Belgian tripels and IPA's and you know what those Belgians are like, bunch of troublemakers! I wont however let this diminish my rating of this fine example of a porter though.

Food match: I'm gonna have to stew on this one [literally].

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown/black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Robust, milk chocolate, bready malts, smoke, toffee, raisins, and caramel.

Taste: A nice blend of above aromas. Tasty and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied, a little chewy, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the best porters you could have. Another please.

Photo of fourstringer
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderately aggressive hand. Label reads: Best before 25 Jul 14.

A: Very dark, essentially black, ruby-brown. 3 fingers of cream-colored head with good retention. Light lacing.

S: Roasted malt with nice toffee, chocolate and lesser coffee notes. Great nuttiness. Faint raisin. English hops.

T: Rich, chocolately malt initially. Blends with a fine English hopping. Semi-dry finish with roasted malty goodness residing in the aftertaste. No alcohol to speak of.

M: Moderate-to-low carbonation with a moderate-to-light body. Smooth & silky, although I could use a touch more fullness.

O: Solid porter with great chocolate notes and pleasant nuttiness. Great balance. Really drinks itself. Classic tastes. Highly sessionable.

Cheers!

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had in a shaker pint. Best before July 25, 2014 bottle date.

An opaque dark brown body with crimson highlights greets the drinker. The creamy mocha-colored foam swells to two -fingers of bubbly stuff before receding, leaving behind a modest wall of almost sheet lace.

The nose reminds strongly of chocolate covered raisins, also some brown sugar. This porter has an incredibly decadent bouquet. Also a bit of wheat bread scent comes through when the glass is agitated, really, incredibly rich.

Flavors of coffee roast and dark breads are much larger on the palate than were noticed in the aromas. Mid-palate is where the bittersweet dark chocolate resides, fig also follows into the heavily roasted finish. There is a flash of chocolate covered raisin, but dissipates quickly. A light nuttiness blends with the roasted qualities and helps smooth out the finish. Very well balanced, and more bittersweet than the nose.

Appropriate for the style, this porter has a watery edge to it, slick over the tongue. The heft is on the lighter side of medium with a subtle creaminess, more dry than crisp.

Fuller's London Porter was a blast to drink, and so quaff-able. I could make an evening of just drinking this beer. The wonderfully sweet nose blends well with the complex palate of bittersweet, roasty, and bready flavors.

Photo of papat444
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, best before 27 OCT 14.

Pours a molasses-colored body, good head at first but doesn't stay long and not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is coffee grains, dark chocolate with roasted malt in the back. Medium strength coffee as main flavor, bit of bitter chocolate but the depth of the taste is not great. Slight metallic finish. Not full-bodied at all, middling. Average on most accounts.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AROMA - caramel, nut, goldings hops, creamy mocha-like character, - all medium-high in intensity, soft bready-nougat basemalt character manages to shine through amazingly...big plum and red apple notes, blackberry comes out eventually, no diacetyl, - really lovely.

APP- deep molasses with ruby highlights, low off-white head fades fast, medium low carbonation,

FLAVOR- medium-high sweetness balanced by coacoa flavor and roasty astringency, with medium-low burnt character in a long finish. low woody dimension and medium-high herbal hop flavor. medium coffee and blackberry is back again, as is the red apple...not much hop bitterness, no diacetyl, toasted nut on mid palate,

MF- full bodied, velvety, lightly and pleasantly astringent, medium-low carbonation,

OVERALL - complexity and depth of flavor are excellent, balance is sweet and then wiped off the palate by gentle but creeping roasted qualities, hoppiness comes through, I revisited this old favorite because BJCP has it listed as an example of "Brown Porter"...brown porter my ass, this is as robust as they come.

Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: All right looking, out of a killer old fashioned bottle, ruby highlights, tan head, not much retention or lace. 3.5

S: Smoke, old wood, roasted malts, coffee, caramel. (very inviting - just right) 4

T: Powerful! Follows the smell. Wood fire, smoke, outdoors in fall leaves, coffee, toffee, caramel, roasted malts. Plenty complex, and arcs toward a smokey, dry, bitter finish. Nice ending. 4.25

M: Great weight and feel. Could session another. Finishes dry, bitter. Makes you immediately go for cheese, walnuts, grapes. (which I did) 4.25

O: Easy drinking, complex, balanced, urges you to sip it with some air coming in as you do to enhance the lovely smokey bouquet. Almost tobacco- smoke like, a sweet unfiltered Churchman's cigarette. 4.25

Photo of bskrtz
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint draft served very cold; served from bar tap

A) Dark brown/black root beer float. Light barely penetrates but cola clear.

S) Burnt baked goods, mild esters, licorice, fruity. Inviting.

T) Toasted malt, hints of espresso & dark bitter chocolate. I really enjoyed this beer. Very complex, I sipped it slowly.... Stout like in both taste and texture.

M) Ample carbonation, smooth, mild alcohol, slightly bitter

O) I really enjoyed this beer and would characterize it as a prime example of the Porter category.

Photo of LampertLand
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fuller's 'London Porter' @ 5.4% , served from a 4pack of 440 ml cans purchased for $14

A-the pour is a dark brown from the can to to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru a big tan head which is leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-baker's chocolate

T-so smooth & creamy , slight bitter chocolate finish , so easy drinking

MF-good carbonation , weak meadium body

Ov-good beer , excellent English porter , seek and enjoy

prost LampertLand

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,355 ratings.