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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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1,894 Ratings

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Ratings: 1894
Reviews: 1117
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%

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 ArrogantB


3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, decent head, surprised I haven't reviewed this before. Maybe I've never had it? Aroma was malty, decent. Flavor was malty with slight bits of cocoa and coffee as promised by the label. Overall, a decent porter and something I might pick up if the price happened to be right.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 21:03:34 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - translucent reddish/brown color with a beige head that thins out leaving spotty lacing.
S - toffee, caramel, roasted malt.
T - delicious malty sweetness, toffee and light chocolate without being bitter or too overly sweet, very good.
F - medium bodied with a nice smooth feel.
D - this could most surely be an 'all nighter'.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 00:23:29 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of mynie


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

Pours very dark, very black. This is beyond opaque. Champagne lines here and there--lines of bubbles shooting intently upward like ants into a flame.

Very deep and intense odor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Nothing original here, but everything good. If I were to rubber stamp a Good Porter Smell, this would be the template. Excellent.

Smoke and roasted malt upfront, alcohol and chocolate in the middle, coffee and more roasted malt in the back. Leaves a nice, dry aftertaste.

Very full body. Very full flavor. Goes down quite smooth. One hell of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 04:21:53 | More by mynie
Photo of laituegonflable


4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a slightly reddish-brown colour with modest beige head, sinks to a thin film with a ring of medium-sized bubbles forming lace around the edge. Good-looking porter; more head would be nice, though.

Smells quite mild with lots of sweet, chocolatey notes. Slight sour note with a hint of cherry. Some espresso characters and a mild peat smoke note as well. Very nice, with all the right porter notes in good abundance; and yet more.

Tastes roastier. Fair wallop of toasty malt notes on the assault, with a slight chocolatey tinge and mild vanilla sweetness. Flavour dips quite a bit on the mid, but retains an underlying creaminess, then roasty/sour notes return for the finish: underplayed espresso bean and cocoa mostly. Not bad, the right flavours are there but I'm not hugely interested in the palate; actually borders on insipid at times.

Good full body though, never feels heavy, just slips through the mouth. Very decent indeed.

A superbly mild and sessionable beer. The first truly quaffable porter I think I've really encountered.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 01:18:26 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of CrazyDavros


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

Pours black with ruby highlights, large creamy tan head and lots of lacing.
Nose shows lots of chocolate, liquorice, ground coffee, nuts and caramel. Really nice!
Very similar flavours but more roasted malt. Nice coffee, cocoa and caramel characters. Finishes with a mild roasty bitterness.
Great soft carbonation, body could be a little thicker though.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 10:05:03 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Suds


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

Thick and dark (reddish-brown that nearly borders on black) with a frothy tan head. This beer has an intense chocolate aroma. There’s considerable malt, with a lightly roasted (again, chocolaty) smell. At times there’s a little distracting smell that seems slightly like burnt grain. All in all, the aroma is amazing. Little hops, and very little fruitiness in the smell. The first sip reveals that this beer is full and satiating. Very creamy (at times, with the big chocolate aroma, it seems almost like a thick chocolate milk). The brew dries out by the finish, which is just bitter enough to offer some balance. The finish opens up and thins out a little, making the beer very drinkable. This is extraordinarily good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 02:00:49 | More by Suds
Photo of clayrock81


4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A blackish body with a small tan head and minor lacings. A semi-sweet malt smell with caramel notes and hints of coffee malt. Very sweet and somewhat creamy, medium-bodied, with hints of toffee, roasted, coffee and chocolate malts all in there and balances with a dry, satisfying finish (a mix of roasted malt and hops) despite a tad syrupiness from the beer. I could relax with a pint of this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 18:11:28 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Durge


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

Found at M'Coul's in Greensboro, NC, this one shows a deep dark brown mohogany color with a goodly light oatmeal colored head and good lacing. The aroma is of roasted nuts and molasses malt, deep and delightful. The flavor offers thick charcoal nuttiness and malt sweetness with clear grassy hop bitterness. This is decidedly mid-plus bodied, smooth with modest carbonation. Very drinkable and definitely worth a try, a very solid porter.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 17:11:48 | More by Durge
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New Hampshire

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

This Porter displays one of the colors I really love in a bier: a rich, ruby brown color, with only faint glimmers of light able to penetrate through. The tan head was about 1/4" to start, yet shrank and maintained a light, fine coating atop the ruby nectar. Lacing was also present and decent. The aroma had a heavy coffee and roasty malt lean to it. Body is respectable, and it has a fairly smooth feel on the tongue. Has a very distinct roasty, chocolate, coffee malt combo, which sits nicely on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Finish is slightly dry, but not to the detriment of the bier. This is a fine bier! Cheers!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 11:21:11 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Vancer


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

Yeah, baby! From the great deep, clear, mahogany brown pour with tan head that laced, to the intense chocolate malt aroma, this one’s a winner. Sips tasted malty with powdery burnt toast/charcoal, and finished hoppy. Rich, full bodied – thinning as it warms. Defiantly a smooth porter to quaff and judge others.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 12:54:09 | More by Vancer
Photo of merlin48


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

11.2 oz bottle pours dark and opaque until backlit, which reveals a clear deep brown body with radiant ruby highlights. Small khaki head is lasting and leaves some wispy lace on the glass.

Aroma is roasty dark malts, with black coffee, dark chocolate, and inviting dark fruit esters of figs and raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfectly moderated carbonation. Smooth and rich.

Taste is rich and dark, as the label proclaims. Bittersweet and milk chocolates, Columbian coffee, and soft dark fruitiness of figs and dates. Hops lend an earthy bitterness that provide an ideal balance. Finishes with a roasty malt bitterness.

This is the benchmark of the English Porter style. Tasty, well balanced, and exceedingly well crafted. Delectable drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 10:27:41 | More by merlin48
Photo of tgbljb


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

Poured a deep brown-black color with moderate tannish head. Little retention or lacing.
Smell is intricate, blending roasted grains, coffee, chocolate and some dark fruits.
Taste follows through on the smell with a strong roasted taste and lots of fruit (plums, raisins). A nice dryness compliments the sweetness nicely.
Finishes strong in the mouth with perfect taste retention.
Superiorly drinkable. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 00:11:07 | More by tgbljb
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

What make this porter special is the huge drinkability inherent in its black veins. It has all the roasted malts and such but the smoothness is not a lack of body but rather a perfect balance of all inside. Malty and creamy the finish is dryish with real lingering flavour. The dark cousin of the ESB.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 03:16:23 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Deuane


4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, clear--for those that understand--like New Jersey Barrens creek water full of tannic acid. A thin tan head quickly fades to a thin ring of retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-Dry oak, licorice, roasted malts and toasted biscuit.

T-Full flavoured rich licorice with roasted malt and some bitter chocolate. Light toasted oak and biscuit. Quite complex.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth and flavours that last throughout.

D-Beyond drinkable--->Full of flavour yet "light"! How can this be? Super smooth and absolutely poundable. A near perfect example of the cask delivered English Porter...this is my benchmark!

Serving type: cask

07-21-2009 13:08:49 | More by Deuane
Photo of ADZA


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

This beer pours a dark brown,cherry colour with ruby highlights and average carbonation that leaves a one finger head with sporadic lacing,the aroma is roasted chocolate,coffee malts very nice,it has above average mouthfeel with a nice smooth thinnish mocha start that finishes with a little dose of hops but not bitter at all once again this is a great example of the style and so perfectly balanced out i can see why this was the drink of choice all those years ago and would recommend this beer to those who like a nice uk porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 10:33:18 | More by ADZA
Photo of Reidrover


5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok at last i found this baby in Salem..I like my local Roth's grocer store they seem to have a good beer manager.
Comes in the rather handsome brown bottle with the great but simple Fullers label.
WEll what can one say this is the perfect porter to look at..a dark gartnet coloured beer with a massive coffee and creme head but it doesnt hang around to long and is replaced by exquisite laceing.
The aroma is perfection too very robust roasted malts good quality dark roast coffee comes to mind, Perugia dark unsweetened chocolate..lovelly could smell this all night.
Wonderful tasteing beer all of the above with a certain luxurious creaminess ..mmm delicious.
Wonderfully smooth on the tongue ( not in a bland way) yet still adventurous,
At only just above 5% this is a great drinking porter.
My first "5" and im happy I eventually gave it out : )

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 22:14:43 | More by Reidrover
Photo of BARFLYB


4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the hand pump at Memphis taproom in a pint glass.

A- Fuller's London Porter came to me looking a very dark brown bordering on black. A tight off white head was on the top of the liquid while there was a nice amount of lacing.

S- Very pleasant with dark roasted malts chocolate and more roasted coffee in the forefront. Getting more into it some burnt aroma's come forth.

T- Mirrors the smell with a nice balance between the sweet chocolate and burnt coffee bean like flavor. Deep roasted malts are all around this and make up for a good amount of the taste. Some dry bitterness after a few ounces or so.

M- Smooth off the hand pump and steps above the bottled version. This one glides down the mouth with just a few rough edges here and there. a step above medium bodied with minimal carbonation and just a pleasure to sip or gulp depending on your mood.

D- In the realm of a sessionable beer with enough flavor to keep the good times rolling. I probably will never attempt to drink this from a bottle after having it this way. Smooth and silky with a stand out roasted character to itself. Would love to try this with some dark meats to go along with it. One of my favorites from the u.k.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2009 05:43:26 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can to pint glass.

A - Dark brown with one finger of thick light brown head with good retention.

S - Big roasted malt and milk chocolate aromas up front. A touch of bitter coffee and a mild sweetness that is reminiscent of oatmeal.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar. A nice overall sweetness with just enough bittering to balance it out.

M - Medium body, creamy. Smooth and silky. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: can

02-19-2012 14:22:34 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of tigg924


4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with a small head

Smell: roasted coffee, and come caramel, small chocolate

Taste: coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, and some chocolate--very complex

Mouthfeel: light and smooth, but filling

Drinkability: Another great porter that is very complex...I could easily have a six.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 19:19:17 | More by tigg924
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured black with translucent ruby highlights. The tan head fell back quickly to the edges of the surface, but laced the glass.

The aroma is chocolate, some roasted, and coffee aroma. Very slight sourness in aroma.

The flavor is chocolate and coffee. Slight complex sour flavor is also present.

The finish is dry slightly bitter coffee, much like expresso. The body is medium. I'm going all the way on drinkability.

12 ounce bottle. Best before 22/NOV/04.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 00:47:28 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of KarlHungus


4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark black color with a creamy light tan head that recedes quickly. The aroma is perfect. Creamy chocolate with undertones of roased malt and coffee. The taste lives up to the expectations the aroma inspired. Chocolate and roasted malt engulf my whole mouth with each sip. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, medium bodied, and with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. Perhaps, even the perfect session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 01:04:10 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice big black that is pretty much impenetrable, although just at the right angle light shines through and reveals a hellish dark red glow. Thin head of light toasty brown diminishes to a mere ring quickly.

Big nose of roasty chocolate notes and coffee beans, with a sweet fruity element giving it some roundness. Fruity aroma tends to take over as soon as the head dies.

Pleasant smokiness in the flavor helps bring out rich chocolate and coffee aspects, again with darker fruits giving it sweetness and a pervading nuttiness adding depth. Finish is wonderful, with a coffee bean bitterness riding out quite a long while. The mouth feels creamy and full, with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is my second Fuller's, the other being the equally good ESB. More exploration of this great brewery is in order.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 21:32:07 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of GbVDave


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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark, ruby-tinted black that you can see a little light through. Covering this is a creamy, but smallish, light brown head that leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Excellent aromas of milk chocolate, roasted malt, and sweet dark fruit.

T: Roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Also along for the ride is milk chocolate, coffee, mild dark fruit, brown sugar, and some lemony hops.

M: Smooth and creamy with a fair amount of bitter hops and roasty flavors. The finish is quite peppery and dry and is the perfect counterpart to the initial mouthfeel.

D: Extremely sessionable and very rewarding to drink. It's relatively cheap and available in most beer stores...oh yeah!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 23:17:14 | More by GbVDave
Photo of morimech


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

Dark brown color with just over one finger of head that had excellant retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Spotty lacing is left down the glass.

What a wonderful aroma. Dark malt gives nice chocolate notes. English hops add pleasant floral and herbal aromas. And the yeast adds a touch of esters.

The flavor follows the path of the aroma. Nice dark malt flavor featuring chocolate and coffee. Surprising level of English hop flavor that I just cannot get enough of. Despite the hop flavor, bitterness is low and mellow. Just hard to imagine this could be improved upon.

The body is not the fullest but for a beer with this ABV, is adequate. Pleasant level of carbonation.

The classic English porter that is one of the best porters brewed today. Just a wonderfully crafted ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 17:10:20 | More by morimech
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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

A - This is the definition of a creamy head, leaving tons of thick lacing down the glass. Nice one and a half finger, soft, lovely, mocha colour. Pours a really deep ruby colour, not quite opaque and you can only see through anything if you hold it up to the light or look at the corners. Otherwise black with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Great roasted malts grab you first. Backed up by bitter coffee and a complimentary dose of semi sweet chocolate. Nice.

T - Great roasty malts that aren't too roasted complimented by bitter coffee and an equal amount of that semi sweet chocolate. Lovely stuff. Not too sweet, nothing off.

M - Medium body with mild-medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

D - I could drink alot of this on a cold night. Lovely balance, not too sweet and a complexity complimenting its abv. Fuller's never disapoints. I've had so many porters I hated because they are so hit or miss for me, so I really appreciate a well crafted one.

Serving type: can

02-19-2011 01:38:23 | More by tbeckett
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.