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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,230 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,230
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 173
Gots: 160 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, dark brown color, almost black with a thin amount of fluffy brown head that doesn't last long.

The scent was of chocolate, burnt coffee, some molasses notes.

The taste was of chocolate malts, coffee, sweet molasses, and some roasted grains.

Full body, pretty smooth feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a very flavorful and well balanced beer. Especially the balance of the chocolate and the coffee flavors. I would drink this again.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been in dozens of liquor stores, both in Indiana and not, and I’ve only seen Fuller’s London Porter in one of them. Suffice to say, I had to buy a six-pack when I found it.

Probably brewed a few years ago, as the best by date is just five months after the date of this tasting (“BEST BEFORE 27 NOV 12”).

A: This porter is dark as ever, pouring a dark brown with tons of shining caramel-red hues. Lots of bubbly tan cream for a head, bubbling up to two fingers of fullness. A layer of silk serves as the retention, with some short chunks of lacing coming just above the body.

S: Chocolate and coffee erupts from my glass; I literally pulled my head back with surprise as soon as I stuck my nose in it. Toffee, vanilla, and caramel are ridiculously savory, riding on a chocolaty backbone that smells too rich to be just 5.4% alcohol – how did they get that much in there?! The rest of it is all dark fruits and roasts: chocolate-covered raisin, whipped cream, fresh-ground cappuccino, and darkly-kilned grains. No denying, this is one of the best first impressions I’ve ever gotten from the nose of a beer.

T: Porter-lover or not, I can imagine this palate being a religious experience for anyone who enjoys dark beer. Robust flavors of coffee and cream meld with chocolate overtones with smooth mocha creaminess. Toasted bread and smoke make the tastes ripe with earthy bitterness, firmly grounding the palate in bitterness as it’s washed over with nutty complexity. Fig, honey, malted milk balls, wheat bread crust, sesame oil, and floral hops pan out over the remainder. Finishes with a mouthful of coffee and charred wood, but without being noticeably dry. One of the finest examples of an English porter I’ve ever had.

M: This one comes out smooth and milky, with a thinness that’s charming than unpleasant. It goes down silky while remaining drinkable the whole time.

O: The bottle shop where I bought this wouldn’t sell singles, so I got a six-pack; and man, how great that turned out to be. Knowing that I have five more of these in my fridge is a wonderful feeling – this beer hits so many marks that I know I’d be going back for more if this were my only bottle.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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

Pours a dark, dark amber with decent head and surprisingly full mouthfeel. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malts with oak tannins. The flavour is robust and well balanced, malty sweetness with a nicely dry hop finish. This is a beer I've drunk for years - an absolutely excellent "go to" pint. Well done, Fuller's!

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

Pour: Great head, looks dark and delicious
Smell: Smells caramel-like, with a hint of nuts
Taste: Very good deep flavor of nuts, caramel and a slight deep, smoky flavor.

Overall: A great porter for fans of such. The smoke taste becomes more prominent after a few. A great beer to grab at a bar, but hard to sit down to a six pack.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black n tan - one finger head. Fades quickly.

Complex aromas - roast malts, cigar box, coffee, chocolate, smoke.

Taste is medium bodied, smooth, with more chocolate, coffee. Moderate bitterness. A little watery, but.... it's a 5%-ish.... not bigger.

Carbonation low. Mouthfeel smooth

Good solid porter. Not convinced it's a good as the sky-high BA rating tho. However, due to it not having massive flavours, I suspect I could drink all night.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,230 ratings.