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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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1,987 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,987
Reviews: 1,126
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 141
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
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:
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Photo of socon67

New York

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

A - Pours black with a minimal creamy foam head. Slight lacing, settles quickly.

S - Smells of roasted malt, coffee and cocoa powder.

T - A smooth porter with a chocolatey sweet flavor. Very malty taste, and a bit of coffee bitterness. Quite pleasant.

M - Not heavy at all, though the consistently is syrupy.

O - One of the the better porters out there, and very availble. Certianly a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:12:44 | More by socon67
Photo of bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with ruby around the edges. The frothy tan head sticks around forever as a collar.

Smells like chocolate and coffee. I get a light, honey-like sweetness as well.

Tastes like dark coffee with dark chocolate in it. Solid bitterness to back it up. Dark toffee sweetness comes through as it warms.

I find this beer too thin for a porter or a chocolate-flavoured beer. Takes a syrupy character on the back of the tongue, but I expected thicker.

Very chocolatey, but almost overpowers the beer itself, which I find a bit thin. I'd like it just a bit thicker, but definitely above average.

Serving type: can

05-03-2011 02:38:42 | More by bryehn
Photo of TitanTake


4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a mug.

A - dark, thick liquid; dark chocolate with a malt colored, 1-inch head; nice lacing

S - deep aroma of malt with a hint of hops; woodsy

T - oaks and malts

M - smooth with a mild carbonation

This was one of the best porters I have had the pleasure of tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 03:16:44 | More by TitanTake
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A lovely almost black ruby color, with a good creamy brown head that dissipates somewhat quick and leaves good lacing

Smell: Chocolatey roasted malts with caramel and dark bread

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, bread, and a hint of smoke. Some good but not overwhelming sweetness, with a little bitterness

Mouthfeel: Rich medium body with low to medium carbonation, feels just right

Overall: This is an exceptional porter, probably the best I've had. If I could find this in anything other than single bottles, I'd be buying more. A whole lot more.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 23:19:03 | More by MadCat
Photo of dali27


4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really dark brown with a little bit of reddish tone. The tan head disapears quickly leaving a patchy, floating foam.

S: Dark chocolate and black coffee are at the forefront. Earthy and smokey scents are also present. Smells very bold and rich.

T: Rich dark chocolate taste come from the finely roasted malts. Coffee taste very apparent also. But, there is more to this than just coffee and chocolate. Caramel, but not in the overly sweet way it is most often used. A little spicy smokeyness. I am having a hard time pinpointing all flavors. Complex.

M: Thin to medium for the style. Even though it is thin, it's nicely creamy on the swallow.

O: The bottle states "Rich, Dark & Complex." I completely agree with all of these adjectives and have to add flavorful, deep, bold, highly drinkable, brillant... I could go on, but I won't. This beer is a treat. Different than the American porters that I am used to, and maybe, just maybe, what all for those strive to be.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 05:00:02 | More by dali27
Photo of mdaschaf


4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick, dark black, quite opaque. There is a slight ruby tinge around the edges when held up to the light. A one finger tan head formed and reduced to a ring of foam around the edges and a little bit in the center. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Some roasted malt, nice milk chocolate, and hints of coffee. There are some caramel and nutty undertones as well.

T: Very nice combination of caramel and roasted malts. Hints of dark chocolate, not as much as the aroma indicates. Very nice combination of flavors. Complex, hard to pick everything out.

M: Extremely smooth, a lot lighter than I thought it would be, but with the flavor its not really a problem. Nice carbonation.

O: Really nice, extremely drinkable, goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 02:06:29 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of dragonofblood

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights, tan coloured head with little retention.

Smell: Chocolate, cigar smoke, roasted coffee, bready malts, leathery undertones.

Taste: Superb. Lots of chocolate notes, nice coffee bitterness, an earthy richness, and I love the cigar smoke finish. No off flavours as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road, not over or undercarbonated, leaves a decent coating on the tongue, perfect for the style.

Overall: An excellent porter, and my second favourite of all time, behind only Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 06:31:22 | More by dragonofblood
Photo of Brunite


4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown with deep ruby/garnet highlights. Some light passes through....barely. Nice tan head that leaves a constant cap & some lacing.

S: Wow. Lots going on here. Bittersweet chocolate...coffee grounds...peat...leather...pipe tobacco...and more.

T: As complex as the smell. Starts out with a very strong taste of cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. As it warms....more earthy notes and twang. Love this one. Lingering tangy goodness, bitterness, and cocoa notes; like an unsweetened brownie.

M: Medium thin but creamy at the same time. Carbonation is a bit strong but dies down with a swirl or two.

O: I love this beer. As good as Founders. Different with a bit more complexity. In my top 15-20 of all beers for sure!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:02:33 | More by Brunite
Photo of bsp77


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by December 2011.

Appearance: Dark mahogany with a decent size head at first that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, highlighting chocolate and molasses. Some floral & spicy English hops as well.

Taste: Light roasted flavors with an emphasis on chocolate and molasses. There is also a nice layer of creaminess, almost giving the beer a cookies 'n cream flavor. Light spicy hops at the end.

Feel: Low carbonation with a ridiculously smooth and creamy body.

Overall: This is a very understated and elegant Porter, yet executed unbelievably well. Wow, I am really impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:05:48 | More by bsp77
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep brownish-maroon hue; carbonation not visible. Produces a large head of light-brown foam that lasts for a couple of minutes. Looks delicious. A subtle aroma of dark roasted malt with sweet undertones. Burnt notes, nuttiness, chocolate and caramel are all present.

The taste is a rich complex of sweet and bitter roasted malt followed by a dry finish. Notes of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, nuts and caramel. Dry hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Hints of sherry. Mouthfeel is unctuously smooth with a fantastic body and a light tingling sensation. Distinctive aftertaste of bitter roasted malt.

Excellent balance of sweet and bitter, with a great blend of flavours. Rich, tasty and smooth - just like a good porter should be. Top notch, and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 23:29:41 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - deep black in color with some ruby around the edges. Compact tan head coats the glass.

S - hint of caramel malt on the nose; not a lot there otherwise.

T - lots of great flavor in this one - slight bitterness makes way for a bit of smoke followed by some really smooth chocolate malt. Finishes practically like a chocolate milkshake.

M - really light mouthfeel with a smooth creaminess (thanks nitro).

D - extremely drinkable; could put a bunch of these down.

Very nice easy drinking but very flavorful porter. Years of practice makes this perfect!

Serving type: nitro-can

04-24-2011 01:23:39 | More by DoktorZee
Photo of ghetto90007


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

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a poor man's pint glass. Advice on this one - definitely let it warm up. It really comes into it's own at around 55 degrees and up.

Pours dark, brown-black, nearly opaque. Frothy, creamy light brown head. Sticky, resilient lacing.

Smells quite malty, elements of cocoa. Hints of some complexity I can't quite put my finger on. Sort of smokey, but not really.

Roasted malt, bitter cocoa. I can taste the smoke coming through now. Bitterness from the hops comes through once the beer settles on your tongue and mingles with the cocoa and roasted malts in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderately carbonated, but fairly soft mouthfeel.

A solid offering. This would be a great one to sit down with on a cruddy fall day in London.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 01:32:30 | More by ghetto90007
Photo of teromous


4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Dark beer with a dark amber tint in the light. The head has larger carbonation bubbles and is off-white. It has a pretty thin head.

S: Very malty with huge notes of caramel. It has some chocolate scent as well.

T: It has a very unique taste. It's loaded with caramel flavor and quite sweet. It's very delicious. There is a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: It's smooth but feels a little thin. With as much sweetness as it has I expected more coating but it wasn't there.

O: Overall it tastes wonderful so that weighs very heavily with me. I would recommend this to people looking for a great porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 20:34:12 | More by teromous
Photo of thierrynantes


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dark chocolate and coffee flavours, medium bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 19:34:59 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of gskitt

New York

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Waiting to try this one for a while. Pours a dark brown, yet can see through the glass, head had lots of lacing. Smells of roasted malts, dried fruits in syrup, coffee. Taste is balanced, has some char on the tongue, bitter coffee as well. Like I said, balanced, really flavorful yet all tastes are shared. Overall, my new favorite Porter!

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 16:08:46 | More by gskitt
Photo of atis


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with dense off-white head that forms lacing reminding of icicles. Aroma is light roasted, slight burnt flavours.

Taste is similar to aroma, complex roasty malts, chocolate and bittery finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean light-medium with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable as hell, certainly one of favourite my beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 19:53:12 | More by atis
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

The color is a dark black with some maroon highlights, Some brownish head on top with some slight lacing.

The smell is of toffee and some slight tobacco aroma. A definitely malty nose that is roasty and a little burnt.

The taste is roasty, some toffee flavor slights around at the beginning and makes itself welcome. Some slight coffee grind flavor comes in the middle with a slight touch of bitterness at the end round all the bases.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and seems to be just the right size beer for this style. Never throwing you a curveball this beer is smooth and creamy

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2011 12:57:00 | More by Duhast500
Photo of garymuchow


4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 11 DEC 11. Ample time to buy and enjoy.
Poured into imperial pint glass with much head space to enjoy this really nice aroma. Coffee and chocolate abound with subtle fruit and hops mixed in. Really nice.
Black on table, with deep red when held in light. Creamy looking tan head on the smallish side but attractive and prolonged. Soft lacing.
Flavor is just as complex as aroma finishing with a hoppy flavored bitterness holding a malty dryness. Yummy. Flavors very similar to aroma. Coffee, chocolate with less fruit and more hops.
So creamy for a lighter bodied ale. Carbonated perfectly.
For drinkability it's right up there and as it should be for a classic British ale. So many flavors but none knock the drinker over the head.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 19:36:51 | More by garymuchow
Photo of mattgreger


4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured deep ruby red/brown color, which you can see right through if you hold up to light. It had a very nice, frothy brown head that was very creamy looking. It had pretty good retention that faded to some nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma on the brew begins with a nice rush of roasted malts. After the brew sits for a bit, the nose begins to detect doughy, nutty aroma, that feeds into a touch of chocolate. It smells delicious.

The flavors are bold in this brew. In the front is the roasted malts, which as in the aroma feed into a bready, nutty flavor. There are also some great flavors of milk chocolate and roasted coffee. Its also got a nice touch of dark fruit that give the brew a great bitterness to finish off the brew.

The mouthful on this brew is super silky. It finishes off super smouth and has a great lingering flavor that holds on even after you have finished the brew.

This is a great brew...its super dark and complex. Its also got such a rich mix of flavors that make it a great porter. I would certianly reach for it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 03:02:59 | More by mattgreger
Photo of Tackledorange

Alberta (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very nice black with ruby highlights along the edges of the glass and about a 3 finger mocha coloured head that dies down to a thin layer leaving little lacing. It smells awesomel lots of coffee and some dark chocolate sweetness. the taste is very similar to the smell lots of coffee and lots of dark chocolate and a very faint hint of hops in there as well. it has nice carbonation and a fairly heavy and sticky mouthfeel that coats the mouth with every taste. overall i think this is an amazing beer that i could enjoy anytime of day.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:19:24 | More by Tackledorange
Photo of ReluctantScooper

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on cask but prefer it on keg, usually in the Old Joint Stock (Birmingham) or Churchill Arms (London).

It may be served a tad too cold. It may have just a tad too much gas. It may take too long to open out. But there's something splendid about this very very very very very very very dark red beer. Vanilla sweetness, mild blend roasts, slight vineous hop edge at the end. One of those beers that I pass the hours away with when in a Fuller's pub.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 14:57:45 | More by ReluctantScooper
Photo of MonkeymooTJ


4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Dark Chocolate with amber undertones when held up to the light. Decent head retention and very little carbonation


Slightly roasted coffee scent and a bit of grassy hoppiness


Roasted coffee dominance followed by a nutty and slight dark chocolate essence. Mild hop bitterness the is very well balanced


Smooth clean feeling on the palate. Leaves a pleasant lingering coffee taste on the back of the tongue.


This beer went down extremely easy. The mixture of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with the hops makes for a smooth satisfying porter with a great lingering aftertaste. I'm looking forward to my next

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-20-2011 13:27:13 | More by MonkeymooTJ
Photo of mjurney


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

Ruby brown color, see through. Fairly nice head, almost creamy.

Roasted malts, nutty, touch of milk chocolate.

Roasted malts up front, nutty, milk chocolate and coffee. Slight hint of dried dark fruit, prunes and raisin. Mild bitterness at the end. Body is very silky.

Finish off very smooth, nice roasted aftertaste that lingers very well.

World class porter. The slogan says it all "Rich, Dark and Complex".

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 21:24:53 | More by mjurney
Photo of dbmernin83


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Stout in Hollywood.
A-black with a perfect inch-tall khaki head.
S-chocolate. and a little more chocolate.
T-huge chocolate bursting through the nitro smoothness. light roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate finish.
M-creamy nitro milkshake deliciousness.
D-A great English porter that shines on nitrogen. An adult chocolate milkshake. I'll be back for another.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-17-2011 09:43:33 | More by dbmernin83
Photo of JMad


4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was dark brown with red highlights, the khaki colored head was thin and bubbly. Smells amazing, you get a lot of roasted coffee and chocolate along with a hint of molasses. When you take a sip you first notice some bitter coffee flavors, then some toasty, smokey notes and hints of bitter dark chocolate. The beer is light but full bodied, it has low but sharp carbonation and it leaves the mouth very dry. I'm glad the guy at Central Market recommended this one, it is truly a great porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 00:10:37 | More by JMad
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,987 ratings.