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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,286 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,286
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 179
Gots: 190 | 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:
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 Dougwillhike
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of vma
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Bierleichen
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Quaffer
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a deep, deep, ruby colored beer. A huge tan head rose up that slowly diminished into a thin layer that persisted for the entire drink. A decent amount of lace was left.

Smell: The aroma of this brew was very complex. There was almost too much going on in my nose to pick out individual smells. When sniffed from the bottle, I was overwhelmed by chocolate and smoke. From the glass, I could pick out those two components, plus coffee, that good old English sweetness, toffee, butterscotch, and a little bit of hops bitterness. This was all rolled together and smelled great!

Mouthfeel: There was a nice creamy feel to this beer in the front of the mouth, but it was rough going down the throat.

Taste: The complexity of the flavor of this brew almost matched that of the aroma. To keep this short, let's just say that everything that I listed in the "Smell" catagory also came out in the flavor. It was all pretty subtle until the finish, which was a strong hops and smoke flavor.

Overall, this was a very delicious beer. It has a different flavor profile than most porters that I have had. Not a beer to pound all night long, but a beer to be cherished on certain occasions.

Photo of pentathlete
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, small amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong, coffee, molasses, a little licorice. Taste is smooth and smoky, more coffee, with licorice toward the end. Mouthfeel was full, flavors keep things in place for a long finish. Nothing overpowering, balanced between the malts and bitterness. I could see drinking two or three of these after dinner with a good book in the cigar chair.

Photo of BeerAngel
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WHEW! If I'm ever gonna be slapped in the face by anything other than a female, this is the one. It's a slap you can smile about. Roasted coffee with a taste that lingers. Maybe a bit of chocolate tasted after your first breath. Only my second Porter to try...very different than my first, but I like it. Small head that leaves a lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Thumbs up!

Photo of McBraniel
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Pillowburn
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of simont1
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Franchise
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown, has a malty chocolate smell something that you could just sniff all day. I let this one warm up a bit which did wonders for the smell and taste on the tongue. Once it hit the palate it tasted of rich dark coffee, chocolate, and slight tabacco...a beer that would pair very well with english candies such as (Picnic, Twirl, or Flake)

Photo of beertaster13
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beer pours a deep dark black abyss that has a beautiful tan head that is amazing to see. Smell is of brown sugar and molasses, dark chocolate and mocha/coffee smells linger that will melt your heart. Taste is very sweet, brown sugar and molasses/caramel forefront, with roasted malt/coffee aftertones. Beer is light enough where you can drink it in the heat but thick enough to feel you up after a nice meal. Full bodied but smooth and slick as butter, goes down very nicely. Probably the best porter I've had to date, when you are done you will wish you had more.

Photo of malty
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a slender 11.2 oz. longneck bottle - best before Mar.1 '06. Color is dark mahogany nearly black hue with dark ruby highlights. Bright cream colored head that descends to an 1/8th inch with spotty globs.

Powerful and fresh scents of fudge brownies, roasted walnuts, malted milk balls and dark fruits. Another swirl awakens the fruit component even more...figs, (chocolate covered) cherries and concord grapes.

Flavors of well balanced roasted malts intertwined with calm fruity elements. The flavors come-off very subtle compared to the previous onslaught of glorious scents (above). A soft tobacco and leather flavor lingers in the background of the finish.

Mouthfeel is very soft and silky. Carbonation is present but very tame. Medium body with a modest oily feel. Creamy smooth finish.

Drinkability is high - very quaffable. Enough flavor & body to satisfy without any heaviness to bloat.

Overall an outstanding porter. I believe the reason I love this so much is that it's not trying to encroach into 'stout' territory. It seems the porters today are harder to discern from a stout. Very elegant and stylistic, but still an ale for the common man/woman. A porter of utmost class and distinction.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This porter pours out a dark brown, mahogany color with some red tint. There is a nice 1/2" creamy tan head that settles to a ring and left little lacing.
The aroma of Fuller's London Porter is earthy, roasted malt with kind of an iced coffee smell. Smells perfect to me!
The taste is out of this world and is something for any brewery making a porter to try and attain. Along with the roasted, burnt flavor, a little chocolate comes across before the coffee flavor hits. Wonderful long finish. Very balanced flavor, and always consistent.
The beer is smooth, creamy and rich in the mouth with just a little carbonation.
This is a highly drinkable porter which always has and always will stay in my regular rotation of beers. Highly recommended to any beer lover.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is smooth, dark, rich, and oh sooo good!! The head wasn't big after some time after the pour, but the lacing was there. The smell is rich in coffee, but without bitterness. The taste is unbelievable, even better than the smell. The mouthfeel is very smooth, I love it. Overall, I really hope to get more of this fine brew. It's awsome!!

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jkrich
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle with freshness date on back label. Poured dark brown to black with ruby highlights when held to light. There was a short-lived, creamy, silky tan head.

Complex wine-like aroma with a faint brown sugar odor. The aroma is almost like a liqueur.

Semi-sweet chocolate and hints of coffee greet the palate. There is a slight smoky flavor as well as hints of licorice. Everything is in balance. Each sip is refreshing.

Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. There is a very silky, chocolate consistency in the mouthfeel, though never cloying.

Along with Sierra Nevada's porter, this ranks as one of my favorites. Immensely quaffable and interesting, this is ideal for any season.

Photo of orfeu
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt., .9 fl. oz. bottle, a week past its "best before" date (26 February 2006). Deep translucent red -- almost purple -- leaning towards brown: like cherry cola with a frothy beige foam cap. Nose of sweetish roasty malts, caramel and vinous fruit aromas. Thin to medium bodied, the roasted malts flavor in this porter are much more subdued than anticipated. There is primarily a vinous cherry flavor (bordering on sour), with a smoky-charred character towards the end. Mineral finish. Earthy hop flavors and roastiness emerge as the beer warms. Very easy to drink, but I think it's probably better closer to room temperature. I wonder if this is ever served on cask...probably (?)...never been to London. Anyway, classy beer. Recommend.

Photo of n2pux
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of NW2285
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of oakbluff
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Fisherman34. Pours out a cola redish hue, with surprising clarity. Excellent head retention, followed by a nice string of lacing. Nose is of a mild mocha coffee. Taste is medium roast and nuts. Slightly bitter finish from the roasted barley and some herbal hops. Not at all sweet and has a nice body to it. Great example of a sessionable porter.

Photo of atr2605
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a creamy tan head with nice retention
S-toffee, chocolate, grain
T-Bittersweet chocolate, with a slight roasted toasty flavor that leads to a toffee and sweet chocolate flavor
M-medium bodied with a bit of smoothness and fair amount of carbonation
O-First english style porter I have had and its delicious. Well balanced with great flavors that transition nicely.

Photo of davesway10
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ngandhi
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled (several times) at a stout/porter/brown ale tasting at The Corkscrew Wine Emporium in Urbana, Ill. It was the first in an impressive lineup that included Entire Butt English Porter, several Rogues (Morimoto Hazelnut, Imperial Stout, Crustacean, Mocha Porter), Xingu, and many others. This was the one I had to keep coming back to. With a medium dark malty nose, it tastes of rich cocoa supported by sweet subtle esters. Not overpowering in any one direction with enough of a gentle hop bittering to make this a chocolate stout, Fuller's London Porter is the spokesman for its style.

Relax, relax.
ng

Photo of rousee
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of what I expected of this. Nice beer though. Pours a ruby tinted dark chocolate color. Very little head and some wispy foam on top. Leaves no lace. Some dark roasted malt and vinous character too. Pretty good on a winter night. Tastes like a basic porter should. Similar to the nose--dark roasted malt, chocolate caramel coffee profile not nearly as bitter as some porters. Mouthfeel is nothing noteable but good still. This thing excels in drinkability--very smooth not too high on the ABV--a pretty nice example of this style.

Photo of factoide
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,286 ratings.