Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 1,162
Hads: 2,380
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 207
Gots: 257 | FT: 0
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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 twilight
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks almost black, but up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing on the glass and though the head is gone, a pretty soap bubble ring lines the edges of the glass. The smell is caramelly, and even though I've not had much experiences with porters, I really can't resist the smell of caramel in a brew. My first impressions are of coffee, that roasty quality, but with the bitter acid astringency most found in java. I'm not dissing it, though. I can't drink coffee because it upset my stomach, so this is definitely a wonderful welcome. I do want to try other porters, so I'll come back to this style.

The beer is so good, it's like drinking a good strong version of coffee. Not for the faint of heart in terms of the roast, but something that would definitely go down easily. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this a quick quaffer. Beautiful. (885 characters)

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

This beer pours nicely, and smells wonderful. The head is a bit disappointing, it starts strong, but dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing. Taste is chocolatey, coffee-like, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. This Porter is very smooth and drinkable, and is not at all bitter or heavy. It's like a cup of really really smooth cappucino. I really liked this beer. (361 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 2.6oz bottle, this beer was a dark brown with ruby hues. Held to the light it was a glorious garnet liquid with a milk chocolate brown head. The retention was fair, although it left little lace on my pint glass. Its aroma was of chocolate and little else, but out was strong and inviting. The chocolate flavors were much more subdued than I had expected from the aroma. There is little hopping, but some burnt malts provide a balance to the sweetness. It's a decidedly British beer, light in the mouth and a little creamy. It would make a fine session brew. (575 characters)

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

Ah, it's always a pleasure for me to do business with Fuller's. This London Porter pours out nearly black in hue, a deep mahogany when held up to the light. Creamy off-white head that soon fades to a thin mottled cap upon the ale. Earthy aroma at first, faint coffee and chocolate, and a dry woody smokiness. Earthy coffee flavour, tapering off to a smoky aftertaste, like pipe tobacco. Full but very dry mouthfeel, with a lingering roasted husk aftertaste. I'm not a smoker myself, but I could see this accompanying a pipe quite nicely, or any very smoked meat dishes. A very nice change from some of the very cloyingly sweet porters that I have sampled in the past. I must salute northyorksammy for enabling me to finally sample this after itching for it for so long. (769 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours rather thin. It has a mostly brown, somewhat tinted red color and a wimpy little tan head that vanishes like a magic trick.
It smells good enough. It has a strange nose. Roasted malt like a stout sticks out first with some small hop bitterness. Smoke and damp leaves, like earth (dirt) in the long afterbreath. Nice.
Taste is nutty and full. Smell follows through in taste, with more chocolate and especially nut flavor. Still very damp and musky. It's nice. It's what I imagine an old English beer ought to taste like.
Mouthfeel is thin. I guess that's not exactly bad. I could drink a bunch of these, and think I had just taken some coffee and crumpets. Boy, as you move on through the beer, the coffee really shows itself. I'm not sure that's a good thing.
All in all, this is a really good porter and one of the originals that our pals in UK have drank for centuries. It's good enough to have as many as you can grab. (945 characters)

Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a little light for a porter. It is a deep, transparent red, not black or brown. The nose is quite nice though. Big roasted, nutty goodness floating out of the glass. The flavor is nicely balanced between smooth, malty goodness and rough, roasted sharpness. Hops are detectable, but in balance. The finish is a little strange, quite dry. Mouthfeel is wanting, not as creamy as I'd like. Overall, a quite drinkable beer. (430 characters)

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

A deep brown/mohagany pour with a nice tan head. Clear and very settled. The nose is nicely highlighted with soft chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is nicely malty with dry, unsweetened chocolate notes and a mild coffee-ish flavour. Very nice staying power. The semi-bitter finish lingers nicely. A very smooth mouthfeel with a dry, coffee-bean-bitter finish. A great example of the style. (399 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a 20oz nonic pint glass. Pours with virtually no head. Smell is rich with hints of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Taste is much of the same, with a smooth, not too sweet finish. Its not as heavy/filling as I expected. Quite a satisfying beer, and I usually do not even like Porters. What this one has going for it is the fact that it does not go overboard on the sweetness, instead keeping everything in balance. I do wish it had a bit more carbonation, however. (490 characters)

Photo of Gump
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter
Rich & Dark is what the label says. I'd say that best describes the appearance, which is also clean and fresh. Head settles within a couple minutes.

Calm mellow taste, makes for a smooth drink. Light on the tongue, not very filling. Incredible aroma.
Well crafted, and very fresh beer. (314 characters)

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

Tried this at the Feb. Goose Island "Beer Academy."

Pours a dark, dark brown color (not quite, but almost black) with a thinnish head. The very strong scent reminds me of coffee and chocolate.

The taste? Is this liquid toffee? Or beer? Or some chocolate concoction? I can't tell! All three of those fantastic flavors blend nicely together and lead into a light hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is super thick, syrupy and and rich. Just delicious. (451 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Poured a deep black brew with a nice head but lack some retention. Carbonation is average with a medium body (I was expecting a richer and ''fuller'' body). Aroma of chocolate is very subtle. Taste is a mix of roastiness, chocolate, and coffee with just enough bitterness at the end. Overall, this is a good beer but I still believe it might be a bit overrated. (370 characters)

Photo of Stimack
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a nice brew. Have had it before but it was a long time ago, before I actually learned to love Porters and Stouts.

This brew poured to a very dark brown color, almost black with a nice large medium brown head that dissipated very slowly and left thick lacing through out the brew.

The aromas where heavy on the sweet side, with a strong hint of chocolate and lesser hints of coffee, smoky essence and alcohol. With the scents from this brew I am quite surprised by the 5.4% ABV, I thought it would be a tad higher!

The taste is excellent! You can loose yourself in the flavors of rich chocolate, roasted coffee and malt along with the nice carbonation. Also notice some smoky flavors going on that just add to the overall experience. The brew seems to finish dry?

Over all a very good brew, must say that I am very impressed. Think that this is a brew that fantastic during the cooler and colder days of fall and winter. Seems to have the ability to warm ya right up. A brew that I will definitely have again, would like to try it on tap next! (1,065 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark pour, almost black, with a fizzy tan head that won't hang around. Some moderate lace from the film that's left.

Big solid nose full of chocolate, coffee, molasses and alcohol. Smells like some serious drinkin'.

Solid malt and coffee flavors with a roasted character. Powdery dry chocolate cocoa finish. (313 characters)

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

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a two finger khaki head. Leaves sticky rings of lace behind.
Robustly flavored, roasted malt, coffee and anise. Caramel note with some woodyness. Chocolate appears in the back and with the feel I get a chocolate ice cream like impression. Restrained bitterness/acidity from the black patent.
Full feel, this is a drink all the time stranded on a desert island with one beer beer. (414 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Nose is rum, molasses and rich malts with just a hint of dark chocolate. Head fades to just around the edges but what remains is retained all the way to the bottom.

First taste is deeply malted and dry. Roasted whole bean coffee with the slightest hint of merlot. Unsweeted dutch cocoa and sorghum again but not very sweet at all. Bitter yet smooth, medium on the palate with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste.

I would expect something like this to be overwhelming: too sweet, too bitter, too thick. But this one strikes that perfect balance. (599 characters)

Photo of budsboy
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle given to me as a sample at my local brew store (another good reason to support the local guys). Bottle embossed with "independent family brewers." I like the sound of that. Best before date 11/04.

Poured a deep brown with touch of blood red, full straw-colored head with a bit of lacing.

Smell is coffee, strong and dark. Some malt there and more coffee in the back of the throat. This would be an excellent brew to get a coffee drinker started on the micros.

Taste is strong coffee just like grandpa used to make. Bitter finish, some chocolate in there as well. Pretty much what you'd expect after getting a whif of the stuff. It gets better as it warms. Last of the stuff was more bitter chocolate and espresso that coffee.

Full- to medium-bodied. Very reminiscent of Guinness Extra Stout in mouthfeel and drinkability.

Fairly lightweight porter, but an elegant, restrained beer. A great nightcap. I'll get some more of this stuff -- I'll even pay for it this time. (996 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is brown/black, with a nice bubbly tan head. The smell is a very nice roasty, dry flavor. The taste is a nice dry chocolate with a good hop bitterness to it, with a bittersweetness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. As for drinkability, could definitely have quite a few of these.

This could well be my 2nd favorite non-robust porter after the Edmund Fitzgerald. A very rich and delicious porter, and absolutely one that I'd have again! (509 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely brackish black/brown with a creamy puffy light tan head. Lots of retention and solid lacing.

Smells weakly of cofee and toasted almond.

Tastes like a good porter should. Doesn't try to overwhelm you. Lots of subtle coffee and light chocolate notes. Lightly hopped, finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is moderate with the carbonation being in the back where it belongs.

Very very drinkable. Goes down like liquid silk. (443 characters)

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

With my favored Baltic porter off the shelves, I decided to try some of the British offerings so I got six of Fullers (big bucks here in Kanada). I can't say I like it as much as the sweeter, fuller bodied stronger Baltic porters but this is a very good example of the traditional British porter and a superbly produced beer with excellent quality. I'm quite satisfied with this as an interim substitute.

This porter came in an impressive embossed brown bottle with a Brit style understated labeling...had a freshness date and write up on the beer's traditional roots and awards. Poured a luxurious rich clear dark mahogany looks almost cola- ruby when glass held against a strong light. Large cascading puffy brown head that stayed for a while then dissipated to a beige lace that stayed to the end of the drink. It has a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smells of chocolate and Carmel with hints of carbonation.

Starts with a very sharp taste punctuated by the hops and carbonation then settles into a creamy medium-full bodied feel punctuated with a balance of musty chocolate semi sweetness and semi bitter hops...finishes rather light an thin with a pleasant hop after taste that is not as tinny as dry stouts. All in all a very good drink and a fine porter.

This is just a bit thin and not warming enough for my tastes in porter. I like this for now but continue my search for a replacement for my Okocim Porter. (1,430 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm about done with Fuller's. This porter was fine. It just wan't special. The pour was a dark brown almost ruby with a good sized head and huge lacing all the way down the pint. It smelled mostly of roasted, smoky malt. It was okay but not very complex. The taste was the same, but I have had some porters that had a lot more complex smell and flavors. It does have a coffee-like taste that is nice. It was strong in the mouth, but one and done is the order of the day for this porter. I have to mention that in our area this retails for over $9.00. I can get a really good Heavyweight porter for a lot less than that. Brewpubs in the Philly area produce much better porters. (684 characters)

Photo of rkhaze
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Medium sized bubbly tan head. Good lacing. Big smells of roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of caramel.
Earthy roasted malt flavor. Dark chocolate, espresso and hints of raisins and molasses. Finishes bittersweet with an almost charred character and a mild, spicy hop presence.
Lighter bodied than expected with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. Great drinkability. (439 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany brown tinged with ruby. London Porter isn't as dark as some porters; less than bright light travels through it fairly easily. The head is pale toffee in color and has a pitting surface. It deflates to a thin film and leaves better than average lace.

The nose features roasted malt with a great deal of black coffee and a modest amount of chocolate. Flavor mirrors aroma, but isn't very deep or rich. Things start out well enough, then fall just a little flat thanks to a thinner than expected mouthfeel that still manages a little light creaminess.

Fuller's London Porter is a solid English porter. Sure, it's much better than average, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype as far as I'm concerned. If you can manage it, get your hands on Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Now *that* is an amazing brew. (827 characters)

Photo of Shiloh
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very long way from my favourite style of beer, but damn, this is good.
Blackish/brown brew with redish hilites, limited crown with minor lace, ring & cling.
Full bodied.
Nose had a light sweetness to it.
Taste had a mixture of dark chocolate & coffee beans with a minor fruit mash. Toffee finish. (310 characters)

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice and dark pour results in a light tan head of dense, tight bubbles with some variegation in the size. The head dies away with some spottiness, not really returning even with a swirl of the glass. The beer's color is dark, very dark brown; when held to light, fairly glows with a ruby-brown translucence. A lazy streamer glides upwards... Aroma is dusky and rich, deeply toffeeish. Toasting caramel sugars, brown sugar on white buttered toast (cinnamon might be stretching it a bit), enormous molasses; chocolate shavings and a nuttiness; and yet to all this sweetness there is a dryish "snap," a "pucker," if you will... and a plush, mallowy nosefeel. Quite nice. Flavor is wow big molasses with a gingery snap across the tongue. Chocolate brownies, liquid Oreo cookie sweetnesses in the forepalate resolve into coffee-with-sugar-and-cream bitterness at the back; the hops never outstanding but rounding this off well. Perhaps a bit of hazelnut syrup in that coffee? Mouthfeel is almost fluffy, not heavy in the least, and perfectly coating without being viscous; a softly dry finish. Mouthwatering. I cannot keep the glass away from my lips. Trying not to gush. Just. Great. (1,181 characters)

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

From the wonderful Imperial Pint bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Lightly roasted espresson smell. Fantastic espresso flavors with a clean dry finish. Nothing heavy or cloying about this beer. Made to be drank for an evenings pleasure of socializing. Great stuff and a world classic. (298 characters)

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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