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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,896 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1896
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.98%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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bark

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is black with a brown edge; the three finger head is pale brown, very compact and firm. It leaves lots of fine lacing on the glass.

The rather mild smell is sour-sweet with notes of chocolate, bitter hops, roasted malts and hints of red berries and porridge.

The taste is roasted and a bit dry. I found notes of bitter chocolate, mild coffee and a touch of roasted nuts. There is a fine malt-sourness in the background that grows in the aftertaste that also brings a very elegant sweetness; cocoa and chocolate, cream and a hint of vanilla.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is also very smooth; it feels almost like drinking a nitro-beer.

A grand English porter that brings just the right amount of flavours to give it a high drinkability. World class!

Serving type: can

11-13-2010 22:01:20 | More by bark
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Mjoepp

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black liquid, gorgeous large creamy light brown head which.

S: Black malt, roasted, coffee, little spiciness. Some "deep" ( mixed with the roasted tones) dried fruits.

T&M: Coffee, roasted. Some peppery notes for the aftertaste. Quite watery as the most English Porters. Carbonation is between light and medium.

Serving type: can

11-09-2010 19:06:26 | More by Mjoepp
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black, a lot of tan head

S-dark roasted malts and a lot of sweet creamy chocolate, there's hint of caramel as well

T-hits with a very light hint of roasted malts and chocolate but they come in quite strong within the after-taste. the chocolate is very creamy

M-almost no carbonation. very creamy. very expected of an english ale

D-its a pretty sessionable brew. its very easy to drink and the taste stays fairly well.

Serving type: can

11-07-2010 22:15:57 | More by AdamBear
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rarbring

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer is dark brown with hints of red, an off-white bubbly head that leaves lacing.

The smell is burnt bread crust, sweet brown bread, milk chocolate and nuts.

Upfront a brown sugar sweetness, then mostly burnt malt, bitter dark chocolate.

Medium carbonation, slightly oily and soft, a coarse dry finish.

By all means a very well-balanced porter.

Serving type: can

10-25-2010 16:32:06 | More by rarbring
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JamesSchutz

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable, lighter porter.

A: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Nearly opaque with a hint of red / mahogany when held to the light. Thin creamy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Rich molasses, moderate smokiness, coffee, dark chocolate, spice.

T: Sweet molasses, baker's chocolate, lingering smokey finish.

M: Medium bodied, syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Easy drinking porter. Tastes like another, which is a bit rare for me with porters.

Serving type: can

10-02-2010 01:58:41 | More by JamesSchutz
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL can into Weizen glass. Best Before Date 5/28/2011

A- Dark opaque black pour. Finger width khaki head, ruby red when held to light. Lacing is very attractive!

S- Rich chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses and bitter toasted malts.

T- Rich bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cane sugar, vanilla, bitter black coffee aftertaste.

M- Creamy and silky, velvety and rich.

D- Absolute classic! Much more than an after dinner beer! I could enjoy this all day!

Serving type: can

09-28-2010 15:00:36 | More by korguy123
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

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

A- Extremely dark brown. One shade darker, and I may have said it was black. Pretty decent head, and the carbonation you hope to see in beers.

S- Very much a dark malt aroma. Drops some slight hints of cocoa, and coffee.

T- Quite impressive. Gives you an excellent mix of cocoa and coffee flavor, while accenting it with roasted malt. When reviewing this beer the Appearance and Smell were hard to judge, as I kept wanting to sip it while rating them.

This beer is extremely balanced, and incredibly smooth. It has a very rich cocoa flavor that stacks up as you drink it. I could only imagine how it would get if I had a couple. The aftertaste is heavenly too. I would love to try a version of this with that extra bit of punch though. It seemed a little soft for me.

M- Very creamy and easy on your mouth. Was too thin, but that's not such a bad price to pay.

D- Extremely drinkable. Tastes like a dessert drink, but for the price of it, and the availability, I'd love to have a few, rather than summon the willpower to make one last. It's hard to have this beside you and not drink it fast.

I love everything about this beer, except that I wish it was thicker.

Serving type: can

09-22-2010 22:00:30 | More by BBP
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown almost black colour with a decent size frothy off white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing. There is some great thick lacing and the head lasts for a while.

Smell - lots of stuff going on here, hops, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toasted nuts, and malts.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a fantastic mouth feel. The carbonation is perfectly suited for the style of beer. It is rich, and creamy and smooth. The beer also has the perfect amount of bitterness and leaves a wonderful coffee and toasted nut after taste.

Drink - An outstanding beer that I will buy again and again.

Serving type: can

09-06-2010 00:22:55 | More by spinrsx
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PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a little underwhelmed (if that's a word, I know it's not 'cause I looked it up... that's one of those skills that I learned in my school) by this one. I've really liked the Fuller's that I have already tried, so I figured this one would be really full and robust. Everything about it is "OK" or "good", but just that. I didn't think anything was exceptional.

It's nice and dark, & has very little head that doesn't last.

The smell is good. Chocolate and maybe a bit of coffee. Def. changes as it warms up to room temp... sweeter.

The taste is chocolate, but not overdone. Bits of coffee, and I think I can sometimes taste black licorice in there. S'good.

In the mouth, it's pretty smooth. A little more watery than I thought it would be.

Overall, quite drinkable. Not an overpowering dark beer.

Serving type: can

07-23-2010 02:24:28 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Porter one of my favorite styles, picked up this one in a 500 ml can, let's give it a whirl. Following the instructions on the can, I'm having this one after dinner. Popping the top this brew smells like chocolate and black licorice. Pours to a jet black with a thin tan head. On the taste there is lots of well roasted malt, some dark chocolate and a smooth bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and thick almost chewy but not syrupy. Finish is a bit metallic with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Not as tasty as an American porter in my book but for an English porter it hits the mark. Very drinkable.

Serving type: can

04-23-2010 02:53:59 | More by mooseisloose
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer.

So...

It pours (into my Duvel tulip) a beautiful looking dark, dark molasses colour with a nicely formed, thick, tan, tiny bubble head with great retention. Nice, thick lacing.

Smell is of rich, roasty chocolate and coffee malt with some definite dark fruit in there too. A bit of chili spice thrown in there as well.

Taste is rich and really roasty with some gorgeous chocolate and dark fruit notes mid-sip with an irresistible bready, nutty, coffee cream flavour on the finish. JUst a slight hint of bitterness from the hops on the linger. Simply delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and very creamy with a touch of spice and a nice level of carbonation (not too high) that accentuates the creaminess of this brew. Finish is mouth-coating and tingly but surprisingly clean.

Can't complain about the drinkability factor either. Goes down real smooth. I would certainly have another, or two, or three? Maybe a bit heavy for a session, but, hey, I'd rather sip and enjoy this one slow anyways. Man this stuff is tasty. I was excited about trying this beer and it really lived up to the hype.

Serving type: can

04-08-2010 18:59:32 | More by Graham5161986
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notdan

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark ruby-brown with medium light-coloured head. Nice colour, but the head died fast and not much lacing to speak of.

Smells of earthy roasted coffee, some malty sweetness. Taste is full of molasses and coffee, bit of chocolate and a nice light British hopping. A little sweet but very pleasant.

Carbonation is perfect, with a smooth, if slightly thin body. Drinks very easily, would be happy to spend an evening with this one.

Serving type: can

03-31-2010 01:04:04 | More by notdan
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a dark brown with a nice head. Good head retention with lacing down the glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The taste starts with coffee and the roasted malt and I can notice the chocolate a bit more in the aftertaste. There is also some sweetness of almost a caramel flavour too. This feels almost as smooth as a glass of milk. I frequently go back to this as it is the porter to which I judge all others.

Serving type: can

03-21-2010 18:21:34 | More by kwjd
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sdj5

New York

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black. Two-finger head that goes down to one-finger head.

S: Roasted malt, scotch

T: Roasted malt, scotch, black coffee, dark chocolate, caramel

M: Medium-body, creamy, not a ton of carbonation

D: I could drink this for quite a while.

An excellent beer.

Serving type: can

03-14-2010 22:51:11 | More by sdj5
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For a beer geek in Ontario, Fuller's London Porter is a reliable and immensely drinkable fallback brew, something you can grab with confidence when nothing else sparks your interest. 500ml can from the LCBO poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Blackish brown in colour with sharp ruby hues, a finger of tan head, and dots of lacing. Smell and taste are dark chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, toffee, cream, and a mild hop bitterness that resembles an English pale. Burnt grains and ash in the finish, very subtle. After a few sips, I get some nuts and molasses on the nose. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and chocolaty, on the full side of medium-bodied. This has much less dryness and roast than your typical porter, but that's not a bad thing. A tasty drinker from a brewer that never disappoints.

Serving type: can

02-25-2010 18:37:16 | More by cratez
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baos

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is the second Fuller's that i have had in so many days. All that i can say is: Fuller's don't fuck around.

A: Stout opaque black with ruby outlines. Uno finger tan head that sticks around pretty well with some bits of lacing here and there.

S: Wow! Und yummy! Smokey molasses. Hints of burning sage. Unique and enjoyable.

T: Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but very nice. Chocolate, roasted, and Brown malts out the wazoo. This is malt city. Perhaps the slightest wee bit of Fuggles hops in there. i get just a smattering of hop flavor but all of the bitter and dryness. A good brew. I also detect some serious Old ale notes in here as well. Bitter and maybe a wee bit off putting compared to how wunderbar the initial flavors go.

M: Very light bodies, but hey like I said before this brew doesn't fuck around. This doesn't deter the overall-ness of it all.

D: Very drinkable, but it gets kind of gluey and metallic in the late stages of aftertaste.

Serving type: can

02-24-2010 01:09:57 | More by baos
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erz316

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

better head than the bottle. good dark brown colour. abundant dark roasted malts with a strong dark chocolate backbone, a little coffee behind the chocolate with even less caramel notes in the far back. the taste is a close version of the nose. initial notes are coffee and some maltiness; there is also some caramilzed sweetness in the elusive midground.

Serving type: can

01-31-2010 01:20:11 | More by erz316
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very dark mahogany brown with a 1cm creamy head.

S - Mostly a mixture of toasts, chocolate & coffee at first. Another whiff and I pick up yeasty aromas.

T - Dark chocolate and toasts with a hint of coffee and some hops in the finish.

M - Very creamy and satisfying.

D - Not my favourite style of beer but I still found it pretty drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-24-2010 14:20:16 | More by decimator
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danielharper

Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coming from the can the liquid is a muddy brown, but it settles into a nice dark roasted color in the glass, opaque but with a somewhat "thin" look. A thick foam settles on top and sticks around. About as nice a presentation as one could ask for.

S: Aroma is sweet, chocolatey, lots of black patent malt. Hints of dryness, slightly oaty, maybe even a touch of astringency. Approachable.

T: Flavor is similar, lots of roasted malts with a significant astringency on the backend. Slightly sweet in the aftertaste, lots of licorice.

M: Mouthfeel is moderate-to-thick, with a mild carbonation that tickles the tongue.

D: Overall this is a very nice, even a world-class English Porter. Not that I'm saying anything new about the beer. I'd love to be able to get this on cask one day.

Serving type: can

01-23-2010 01:57:37 | More by danielharper
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flagmantho

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich dark brown color with hints of ruby when held up to the light. Head is one finger of compact tan foam; quite attractive.

Smell: very nice, smooth chocolate/coffee aroma. True, they are the standard aromas of a good porter, but in this case they are melded very well. To me this beer smells like a mocha truffle -- a good thing indeed.

Taste: flavor is very good; a nice realization of the aroma. The aftertaste is just like the aroma: a delicious mocha truffle. Up front we get a little more chocolate and even some nice floral hops. Bitterness is not too high, and complements the flavor very well. Despite its candylike flavor, this beer is not too sweet. I love it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good creaminess despite the relatively low carbonation. The folks at Fuller's have done well.

Drinkability: this is one smooth, delicious porter. I will have to find a regular source for this, as it is simply wonderful.

Serving type: can

01-20-2010 02:07:13 | More by flagmantho
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO, best before date of Nov. 2010, lots of time there.

Pours a dark brown with little bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, a half creamy, half big bubbly head forms and recedes to a few splotches of head. Leaves an odd patch of lacing or two on the glass.

Nose is... mysteriously absent? No, it's just light. Folgers coffee, a biscuity yeast smell (reminds me of an English brown) and a hint of brown sugar.

Taste is a little more bold but that's not saying much. Light coffee notes are most prominent, a hint of roast, a light sweetness that plays in and out, a pleasant bitterness in the finish that is absent elsewhere, bit of creaminess in there. Thin, watery body is not exactly what I would choose for a porter but as I drink it I do imagine myself chugging litres of this all day in some English pub and it does seem to fit then... still, I would pick something with a more prominent roast.

Certainly drinkable (not bad, not good) and if I ever find myself in an English pub and this was on cask, I would probably order a pint to see. Otherwise, not really my cup of tea.

Serving type: can

01-14-2010 02:13:24 | More by ritzkiss
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jhall00

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown to black beer with medium carbonation and a good sized golden sandy head.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate with malty tones

T- Tastes similar to its aroma...malty with a deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. The roasted coffee/chocolate taste lingers

M- Smooth and medium to heavy.

D- A good drinkable beer.

Serving type: can

01-10-2010 20:45:19 | More by jhall00
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 ounce can into a metric pint glass.

A: Poured a deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights which makes it appear almost black when no light is shown at it. The one finger head of creamy tan foam leaves a few trails of sticky lace.

S: Smells sweet and roasty, like bittersweet baking chocolate, molasses and charcoal. A faint herbal hop aroma is picked up among the roasted malt blend.

T: A big, sweet combo of roasted caramel and chocolate malts, charcoal and smoky tobacco flavors combine with a mellow, grassy hop flavor to produce a smooth, creamy English porter. The finish is sticky smooth and slightly bitter, with lingering flavors of cocoa, coal and cigar.

M: Mouthfeel is robust, creamy and slightly bitter towards the finish.

D: This would go great with a whiskey marinaded beef dish, a chocolate tort or plate of bittersweet chocolates and is very serviceable on its own. A very rich and malty brew, and at 5.4%, this classic English porter is just what the doctor ordered for a winter brew sit-in. Quite nice indeed.

Serving type: can

12-28-2009 04:21:20 | More by Gambrinus1184
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emerge077

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Date on can: 22 Feb 2009
This has been better in bottles, but I spotted a rare can and took notes.

Pours dark brown/black, ruby glint in the light. Good retention with sticky tan foam. Smells a little oxidized, papery, weak coffee roast. Flavor is a little too much on the sweet side, roasty malt notes dominate. In the finish there's a distinct raisin/prune note. The coffee element is like weak instant maxwell house. Feel is smooth and slick, the sweetness borders on unpleasant though. Didn't really want to finish this. Will amend review with a fresher sample when I find one.

Serving type: can

12-27-2009 18:53:44 | More by emerge077
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cola that gives way to nice amber highlights when held up to the light. A very creamy half finger beige head quickly recedes to a nice cap

S: Pretty subdued, pick up some nice toasted malts along with a bit of coffee and chocolate

T: all of the different flavours picked up in the aroma are present in the taste, along with a slight burnt bitterness that blends everything together

M: nice and creamy, easy on the carbonation but a tad thin

D: a great session beer for the cooler months. Very tasty and not heavy feeling at all, could definitely handle a few of these in succession

One of the few solid choices available at my hometown rural northern Ontario LCBO. Will likely be picking up a few more of these over the next few weeks of Christmas holidays

Serving type: can

12-23-2009 05:20:29 | More by MattyV
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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