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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,199 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,199
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 169
Gots: 147 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001)
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Photo of cichief
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille and Cantina, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours nice ad dark, nearly black with a thinnish tan head.

S- Smells of roasted barley and coffee, little hops in the nose.

T- Tastes of coffee and chocolate with a dryish finish, not too syrupy like many American porters.

M- Smooth, medium to thick in body, well carbonated.

D- Very drinkable, even in warm weather, a great example of the style. Fullers seldom disappoints, and this is one of their better beers.

cichief, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of BeanBone
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark espresso colored with subdued brown highlights, this bear absorbs most light well. The caramel head pours rather thin and settles quickly, but leaves brilliant lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Rich and full-bodied toasted malt you could smell from three pints away. Sweet, with notes of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, coffee, and the smokiness you get from very dark malts. Just what you expect from this style. Despite the mild alcohol content,you get nice alcohol notes in the nose.

Taste: It's much the same in the taste, but with a brilliant mild and nutty bitterness added into the mix. Much richer than the aroma, this is a beer that commands your attention. Like the nose, there are occasional boozy notes that manifest themselves despite the the ABV weighing in at under six percent. The aftertaste lasts well into your next sip and really showcases the coffee and smokiness. This aftertaste alone is better than many of the beers I've reviewed here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with decent carbonation. It leaves a velvety coating on your tongue that drives the aforementioned aftertaste.

Drinkability: Porters are certainly more appropriate for sipping than chugging, but with the medium body and middling alcohol content, this is surprisingly quaffable.

Verdict: An above average Porter, this is something I'd surely recommend for someone looking for a good, easily available example of the style. Rich, but well-balanced, this beer is a complex treat and worthy of its reputation.

BeanBone, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured very thick into my pint glass. The finger thick crealy head dissolved nicely into a fine layer continually rising bubbles layerying on the top and forming a nice ring around the glass. The beer is almost opaque black.

The smell was a wonderful mix of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, both sweet and bitter.

The taste is almost exactly like the smell indicates. The beautifully roasted malts bring out roasted coffee bitterness and the subtle sweetness fo a hint of dark chocolate. This definately a beer to be savored.

The feeling in the mouth is good. Time was definately taken to ensure the beer wasn't too thick yet still nice and creamy.

This beer is exemplary in questioning the notion of drinkability. Would you drink more than one in a sitting? Like any porter, probably not. Would I want to? Yes. Will I buy more? Hell yes. I am excited to try this beer again and sample more from the Fuller stable.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4/5  rDev -4.8%

SammyJaxxxx, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of rredshift
4/5  rDev -4.8%

rredshift, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of jreitman
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful black with that oh so beautiful nitro head. Smell was rather subdued. Overall I found the beer pretty bland. Their was a rather odd, "fruity but not in a good way" taste that I couldn't quite pin. Will have to try this one at another bar and see if it is any better. General overall impressions was not positive.

jreitman, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of biglite351
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark with nice foam.

S - I really liked the smell of this one . It made me want to drink the brew. I can not say that about any other beer to this point.

T - starts pit very well. Rich and full. The flavor relatively vanishes after a few seconds though. While a lack of bad after taste is a good thing, no after taste at all is very odd.

M - no tingled.

D - this is a beer that you don't mind having another of.

biglite351, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BuckeyeSlim, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of vma
4.24/5  rDev +1%

vma, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of NW2285
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

NW2285, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of mintjellie
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour leaves me with a thin layer of tan head over a black body. The body shows ruby highlights when held to the light. It has a deep roasted malt aroma of chocolate and coffee. It tastes of dark chocolate, black coffee, and blackstrap molasses. Bittersweet. Finishes long, with a lingering aftertaste of dark roast coffee. Medium bodied with almost flat carbonation - very smooth and creamy. It's substantial, but not overly heavy. I could drink a few of this delicious English porter, and would be more than happy doing so.

mintjellie, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of MNMike
4/5  rDev -4.8%

MNMike, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

dlello2, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Steve_Oldrati
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Steve_Oldrati, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of Duvel
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of dbarny76
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dbarny76, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of plfahey
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with ruby highlights and great clarity. Light brownish, moderate head has decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Awesome malt profile-bready, bread crusts, toast, chocolate, light roast, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Runs an enormous spectrum of malt characteristics. Some earthy green hops, with low esters and a light orange marmalade character to it.

Flavor-Chocolate and bread crusts up front with light sweetness. The mid-palate is very chocolatey with fruity esters and light orange marmalade. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, some earthy hop flavors, and roasty chocolate/roasted malt. Aftertaste lingers with chocolate malt and leathery tobacco. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and silky. Medium body with a soft, moderately low carbonation. Awesome.

This is the definitive brown/english porter in my opinion. Fantastic, delicious, and abounding with subtle complexities. I love this beer.

plfahey, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of MisledTitan
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

MisledTitan, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of MystikCelt
4/5  rDev -4.8%

MystikCelt, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of McBraniel
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

McBraniel, May 02, 2013
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, almost black, brown color with some ruby hues. A pretty nice head after a hard pour. On my first bottle, I poured a pretty standard pour and got a very small head. Aroma is of sweet caramel, burnt sugar, mixed nuts, and as weird as it may sound, pretzels, also a bit of ash.

This beer has a pretty nutty flavor, along with some notes of charcoal, chocolate, roasted malt, and cold coffee. Not much in the form of a hop pressence, but it works. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is great. A very good porter.

hckyfn9999, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of allboutbierge
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molasses or rasiny color with a very moderate and short lived head. Fizzles away rather quickly, leaving a nice amount of lacing. Aroma is roasted and a tad bit sour. Lots of dark malts in there. Flavor is also well roasted, slightly sour, almost in a dark chocolate way. Stands well on its own or would certainly go well with any red meat. Lasting aftertaste and lighter body than one would imagine.

allboutbierge, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very deep dark color not quite black, but when you hold it up to the light it has some ruby hues, the head is thick and tan made up of small and large bubbles. the head has retention survived the duration of consumption.
the aroma is dark, malty and rich with hints of cocoa.
the flavor is rich and malty with cocoa and a pleasent hop spice.
this is a great porter, fullers is one of the best.

plaztikjezuz, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of fx20736
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark, reddish brown that reveals this color only when backlit, otherwise it looks black as tar with a thin khaki head and minimum lacing.

Roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, old coffee and a touch of smoke.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth

Taste: like the aroma; bittersweet chocolate, coffee and smoke what a toe curling smorgasbord!

Notes: This is fantastic beer with a rich deep flavor. So drinkable, so pleasurable.

fx20736, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice creamy tan head that leave spotty lacing.

Smells nutty, coffee-like, some caramel toffee and chocolate, not bad.

Nutty, burnt coffee malt flavour, not too sweet, perfectly balanced my some bitterness and nuttiness.

Very creamy mouthfeel, almost like Guinness but this is cheaper and much better.

GodOfBeer, Mar 08, 2009
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,199 ratings.