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94
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Reviews: 1,162
Hads: 2,377
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 Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. 16/AUG/10 indicated on the back label. Perfect pour - entire bottle into the glass with the head neatly falling between the blue lines and the lip of the glass. Body was the color and clarity of cola with a rocky, tan-colored head that sizzled and popped as it slowly receded into a sudsy skim, leaving tiny spots of lacing in its wake. Big roasty, chocolatey, malty nose from the bottle, with a slightly metallic quality coming out in the glass. Taste consistent with nose, with a some lactose and a bit of char in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. What a delicious porter - some qualities seem to slightly mirror a milk stout (i.e. the creaminess, lactose, chocolatey goodness), but the charred character brings it all back, resulting in a highly drinkable and flavorful porter. (881 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with mahagony highlights. Fluffy khaki colored head that diminished quickly and leaves thin lacing towards the top of the glass.

S - medium roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate... potential hints of brown sugar

T - follows the scent... medium roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Hints of carmel and molasses. somewhat earthy. No overpowering flavors here.

M - medium bodied which puts it on the lighter scale for a porter, still semi-creamy... decent carbonation, no coating or aftertaste

D - Very good porter and another very good beer from Fullers. (578 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, subtle coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, subtle coffee, earth, and earth hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really enjoyed the cream aspect I got on this one as it really did a nice job of balancing out the subtle coffee bitterness I got on this one. The aroma on this one pretty much let you know what you were in for on the flavor. Decent example of the style that I would suggest to a new Porter drinker. (688 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dark brown in color with some clarity seeping through the edges and shining through a medium brown in the light. A small tan head forms and doesn't take particularly long to dissipate, though a strong foam remains behind and leaves moderate amounts of lacing.
First off the nose is chocolate with a hint of caramel, then some barley gives way to a touch of charcoal. There's a bit of earthiness to the aroma, and the main standout is the dark semi-sweet chocolate.
There's some nice complexity to the flavor, as a strongly malty backbone offers, as in the nose, mainly semi-sweet chocolate, followed by a light smoky charcoal note, a touch of coffee, and a touch of nutiness. A bit of astringency can be found at the back of the throat that leads an otherwise delicious flavor to finish with a bit of sourness at the end.
The mouthfeel is just full enough and well to style, with light carbonation. Each sip is crisp with a touch of smoothness.
This is a very nice porter and certainly an extremely accessible go-to well worth stocking. (1,049 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every bit as good as I hoped it would be. I hit the jackpot when Andy's North Campus here in Columbus sent an e-mail that they had cases of this for $11.99. Excellent roasted aroma with hints of chocolate. Rich, dark color with a thin head. Hearty coffee/chocolate flavor that neither dissipated nor overpowered. One of the best beers I have tried. (348 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber to black color, with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty and a sweet oatmeal malt. In the taste, roasty malt, sweet, and a small oatmeal presence. A smooth medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasty oatmeal aftertaste. Almost like a oatmeal stout minus the hops, mellow and nice. (310 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got-damn near faultless! This is the stuff, wow! So fragrant. Really malty, grainy, a bit grassy and some molasses. Big very creamy clingy head with lotsa lace. Roasty chocolate malt flavor. Tan head wth lots of lace. This is fantastic! Not sure if a session beer; so rich. I want more! This was from a sample at Bodega. (320 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of popery
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet with a lot of good caramel and chocolate flavor. This beer packs a good amount of flavor for its size. There's caramel, chocolate, roast and light fruitier malt touches in the aroma. The flavor is dominated by caramel and chocolate. There's a bit of herbal hopping in there, maybe. It's just a bit too sweet, ultimately. The flavors verge on candy bar, which is meant less negatively than it reads. I think my scores would go up with a stronger mouthfeel. It seems a little thin, and a full creamy feel would go a long way with this beer. I would definitely enjoy trying it from a cask. Appearance-wise, it's dark brownish-ruby with a relatively thin and dissipating beige cap. (683 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown, thin tannish head that evaporated far to fast but leaves impressive sticky, spotty ink-blot lacing. Smell is deeply roasty/toasty malts with a slight burntness with notes of hazelnut, dark toffee, and coffee. Taste is a fair amount of roasted malts, burnt-like toast and coffee, a bit acidy in the middle into the end where a tiny little fruityness slips in, finishing with a hoppy mellow dryness that balances well. Feel is medium to thin in abundance, no real richness or heftyness to be found for my idea of a robust porter. Its a solid porter by many means and quite a good drinker, I was hoping for more though. (637 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown to black with mahogany shades to a light source and a decent tan head. Very nice presentation. Roasty and sweet malt aromas with a touch of caramel on the nose. Tastes much like it smells with just a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty coffee bean finish.

An excellent English Porter ! Need to try side by side with Samual Smith's...

Best Before: 08/29/05
Tasted: 12/16/05

(16.9 oz. bottle emb with lots of brewery info) (479 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a one finger cream head. The head has a decent level of retention, eventually fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet chocolate and caramel, dark fruits of cherry, a bit of coffe and a good roasted brown bread smell. It is sweet and dark in aroma. Very nice.

Taste – The flavor begins of more brown bread with some notes of caramel sweetness. The caramel sweetness is enhanced as the flavor moves on and is meet by some mild chocolate flavors. These flavors create a rather sweet and bready flavor. The flavor then begins to dry out ever so slightly in the end with some bitter sweet chocolate and coffee flavors coming to the tongue. The mix of all the flavors combined together well and leave a very pleasant cocoa espresso flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For an only 5.4 % abv beer the body of the beer is on the smoother and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The feel is wonderful for all the dark and bittersweet flavors of the brew accentuating them and allowing them all to properly mellow on the tongue.

Overall – This is a fantastic brown ale. It has a great flavor with fantastic transitions. It has a great feel and a wonderful smell to boot A very good one to try if you have the chance. Delicious. (1,397 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost opaque deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy half inch khaki head that dissipates moderately, leaving sheets of lacing.

Chocolate and toasted malt are evident as soon as the bottle is opened. Rich roasted malt is not at all charred, giving a coffee-like impression. Caramel nuttiness and hints of dark fruit add complexity.

Chocolate and a hint of roast open the flavor profile, initially dominating the slightly buttery, toasted, nutty caramel malt backbone. The finish is slightly dry. Malt character is very rich, with hints of dark cherries and coffee complementing the slightly sweet malt body.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer. Not at all acrid, plenty of chocolate, not overly sweet. Very well balanced. (768 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -9%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle arrived at our table like a bolt of lightning after a few days of watery beer & good ESBs. An honest to goodness porter! My mouth started watering as soon as my mate put the bottle down on the table.

Poured black as sin, although it could have been brown, given the nighttime hour & darkness of the pub. Smelled divine, all roasted goodness.

Fuller's London Porter made me & another table-mate smile, while everyone else sampled & pulled a long, horrified face (including our two British friends...). A heavy, smoky porter with prominent notes of chocolate & coffee amidst the blackly charred malts. Thick, creamy, satisfying as a medium-well steak to a starving man. I split a second bottle with my comrade in arms.

Excellent porter, one of the best I've had in quite a spell. I'll be on the hunt for another bottle here in the States to see if this is really as good as I recall or if the ESB & soccer had clouded my good judgment. (950 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Dark brown in color and a bit hazy with a nice head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is mild yet very complex. It is dark, with burnt coffee and some hints of baker’s chocolate leading the way. Prune is about the only fruit I can get, but I really enjoy the classic roasted malts. They are done particularly well.

Taste – Ah, yes, done in the classic English style. The roasted malts, which are the highlight for me, come out beautifully. The coffee especially is very sophisticated. It has a tinge of Turkish coffee flavor to it. The chocolate is soft and barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is the Porter’s strong point, IMO. This is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. It is almost medium-bodied. The varying sensations in the mouth are nearly seamless.

Drinkability – Could this be more drinkable than it already is? No, I think not. (887 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body pours into my pint glass. Light mocha head forms to a nice hefty size and has a good frothy texture.Good retention and spotty lace all around the glass.

S- A nice roasty dark cocoa powder and coffee presence. A bit of caramel, fruit, vanilla and toasted nuts. Not the strongest of aromas.

T- Roast malt, cocoa, coffee and caramel make up a big malty beer flavor. Also some vanilla, dark fruit, earthy hops, english mineral water and toasted nuts.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a nice smooth carbonation. Some roast bitterness finishes it out.

Not as rich or thick as the American porters of today but still a refreshing and flavorful beer. Drinks very well and has a nice English feel to it. (716 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,046 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Rogue pint glass. Nearly black body, completely opaque with ruby hues around the edges. 2 finger coffee-colored head, dense and sticky.

S: Smells just like chocolate milk tastes. Caramel, coffee, toast.

T: Roasted malt flavor floods over the tongue, followed by a faint hop prod. Notes of burnt toast, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, cocoa powder, smoke.

M: Surprising amount of carbonation, maybe too much for the style, makes quaffing a bit rocky. The dark richness is very enjoyable though.

D: At 5.4% abv, this is supremely drinkable. (570 characters)

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

On tap at Pub Italia in Ottawa, ON. Dark black with ruby edges and a ruddy brown head that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. Aromas are all deep roastd malts, chocolate, espresso, green herbal hops, and biscuity breads. The taste is a wonderful blend of espresso flavors, green herbal hops, biscuity malts and lovely roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and nice, but noticeably inferior to the cask version of this beauty. The drinkability, as always, is excellent. Quite a good pint on tap, but simply sublime in it's cask conditioned form. (558 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle, best before 05 April 11.

poured into pint glass an opaque dark deep brown, with garnet highlights when held up to light. white frothy head.
big chocolate and coffee flavors in the aroma. taste is roaty malts, bittersweet chocolate, espresso. not as sweet as the aroma.
mouthfeel is thinner to medium body. about average for a porter.

great drinkability, classic example of the style. (411 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Best by 8/30/11. Consumed 1/7/11.

A - Pours very dark brown with three fingers of tan head. Head is pretty persistant and leaves nice lacing.

S - Earthy roasted malt with some chocolate in the aroma as well. Also getting a slightly unpleasant aroma as well, but can't quite place what it is.

T- Again dominated by earthy roasted malt. A slight funkiness as well. Bits of coffee come through. Has a drying character as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not as creamy as I expected. Finishes quite dry.

O - Drinkability is fine, but not something I would go for that often. Was expecting more and came away disappointed. (629 characters)

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

Presentation: Excellent, better turned out than the Queens Guard. A Victorian style, dark brown thick heavy glass bottle that has a distinctive shape; a tall wide body with a short thin neck contains a mighty 1 Pint 2.6 fl.oz. The oval black label with the red Fuller’s logo has the words London Porter in gold edged white letters above the words ‘Rich & Dark’. Above and below the obverse paper label the bottle has the words “Independent – Family Brewers” embossed on the bottle. The small black & gold edged paper neck label has the Fuller’s Griffin looking proud next to the words ‘Imported from England” just above similar embossed symbols on the bottles shoulder. Best before 13-Jan-04. Even the crown cap is color coordinated. Extremely High Quality presentation.

Appearance: Lovely deep brown, clear dark roasted chestnut body that looks black when not backlit. Huge brown head forms when poured. Average carbonation, swirled it quickly rebuilds the fading the head, that although it collapses, it always has a ¼” collar-like presence.

Nose: Roasted malts break the surface, some light coffee hints and a dry odor, no sweetness at all.

Taste: More, hydrophobic, ‘dry’ bitter roasted malts intermingled with some fresh coffee flavors, more astringent bitterness from the hops and a smooth lingering burnt finish that encapsulates all of the aforementioned characteristics. Another classic beer from Fuller’s - I love this beer!

Mouthfeel: Solid creamy entrance, smooth and comforting. Velvet like matt coating of the tongue, silky coffee bitterness and more malts; these are the gorgeous residue that is left in the mouth after swallowing. Sheer, wanton, luxurious and very “moor-ish”.

Drinkability: Oh yes, I would most probably pass out before I reach saturation point drinking this porter. Highly quaffable.

Overall: Another high quality offering from Fuller’s – would you expect anything less of this classic Independent London Family Brewer that always puts quality first? I think not. I simply cannot believe that this is not available in Cask format, maybe one day.
Highly Recommended. (2,139 characters)

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