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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,113 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,113
Reviews: 1,138
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 158
Gots: 118 | 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 Jon
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby-brown with a thin tan head. Decent retention with some lace remaining on the glass. Smell is an inviting combination of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Taste is essentially more of the same with a minor Goldings hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch watery and thin. Easily drinkable, just not as full and palate-coating as I prefer in this style. Nonetheless, a very good English porter from a world-class brewery.

Jon, Aug 27, 2003
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.

teromous, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of obywan59
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Whitbread half-pint mug. Best before 15 Jul 2011. Getting up there.

Dark brown with deep amber or reddish highlights. 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Light but attractive lacing.

Nicely sweet malt. Rich coffee and dark chocolate. A bit smokey.

Pretty dry for a porter, more tart than sweet. Plenty of dark chocolate, only the barest hint of coffee. Very smokey.

Pleasant mouthfeel, call it medium-bodied. Some nice warm alcohol in the finish.

I would have preferred it to be a bit sweeter like I remembered (it's probably just the age), but this is a very good beer nonetheless. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

obywan59, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of Sinewave
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black and slightly syrupy with a very thin light brown foamy head when poured into a pint glass.

S: Wonderful abundance of chocolate and coffee

T: Powerful chocolate malt is balanced well with bittering hops that leave a mostly dry finish lingering slightly of coffee.

M: Full bodied and heavy with very light carbonation.

D: Smooth as silk texture lets this go down slow and easy

This is without a doubt the best porter I have had to date. There seems to be an enormous complexity that comes off as simple and enjoyable. Very much recommended.

SIRIUS2, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Beer of the Month selection I recieved that is making me more and more a Porter man!

Great tasting body,wonderful creamy foam head.
Not too strong in alchohol and not bitter at all!

If they didn't export it to America it would be worth flying to England to try!!

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of sacfly
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz, best before 14/DEC/06
Pours an opaque black/brown color with a large head of small brown bubbles. Strong roasted barley aroma. Biscuits. Taste is perfectly roasted grain. Fresh baked bread and malt. Chewy, but not syrupy. Excellent mouthfeel and body. The burnt, coffee like dryness lingers long into the aftertaste. Awesome brew. I will buy this again and again.

sacfly, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of grayburn
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer sets the standard for porters in my opinion.

She pours a ruddy brown with a smallish head that has good retention and lacing.

The smell is very roasty and nutty, with a bit of bitter chocolate in there as well. A wee bit of alcohol is floating around.

The taste is the quintissential porter. Roasty, some dried fruit, toffee, chocolate, caramel...this beer is just loaded with tons and tons of flavor. Very complex and delicious, I cannot imagine a better tasting porter.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium body with decent carbonation.

I could drink this beer all night, delicious and highly drinkable. Stellar beer.

grayburn, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle - best by Aug/11/2011.

Poured deep brown /black with two finger head that dissipated quickly leaving behind a thin lacing ,decent carbonation.

Smell - Roasted malts ,coffee.

Taste - Bitter coffees upfront followed with hints of bitter chocolate and roasted malts.

Drinkability - Creamy porter that is very easy to drink , the flavors of the coffee and roasted malts are blended together beautifully .

InebriatedJoker, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of xgrigorix
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, 18.6 oz size. Best by date clearly printed on back label.

Lovely shade of deep brown. Topped by a beige coloured head that bubbles quite vigorously.

Burnt grain aromas - almost smokey - leap right of the glass. Dark raisins & prunes lurk in the background, along with hints of dark chocolate.

Full roast character. Bitter espresso, with fruity accents swirling around. A decent chocolate note, and a short dry finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

xgrigorix, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with an initially stiff toffee/caramel colored head that sticks around for a while before settling to a creamy layer over the top. Some lacing, but nothing too impressive.

S: Sweet dark toffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Very smooth and inviting. The second I stuck my nose towards the glass I could tell this one was gonna be good.

T&M: Initially sweet chocolate flavor that yields to some dark roasted barley flavors. There's a spiciness from the hops near the end, and the finish is long and filled with coffee and roasted malt. Complex and bold. The body is medium, but light for a porter. Carbonation is light and restrained, just right.

D: In my book, porters should have the malty flavors of a stout with the drinkability of a pale ale. Fuller's London Porter has both, and drinks easier than your average pale ale. This is a highly drinkable, flavorful beer that I will definitely be seeking out again.

BamaBeerBuff, May 28, 2009
Photo of Brian700
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours dark black with a big fluffy off-white head that leaves behind plenty of lacing.

The aroma has some roastiness and some fruit as well. The smell is like raisins.

The flavor is of dark fruit and chocolate. There seems to be a very mild penny flavor in the finish/slightly metallic.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a great beer and very drinkable. I will always go back to this one.

Brian700, May 20, 2006
Photo of Arborescence
5/5  rDev +19%

Arborescence, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With all the quiet fuss about this beer, I had a little trouble getting to it with so many local Porters available in New England. Trying not to be partial, IMO fresher = better.

Picked up this one at Ryan and Casey in Greenfield. They have a selection British beers, from what I can tell don't move very often. Considering this beer relatively low ABV I think its a bit old.

Nonetheless a tasty offering. Deep, complex chocolate and roasted malt flavor. A little flat on the nose, slight wafts of cherry. A smooth beaut on a cold evening. Goes down easy in front of a roaring fire. At $3.00 a bottle, it's good to go.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Vengeance526
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with a half finger tan head that soon dies down completely while leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smells of coffee and chocolate along with some prominent notes of roasted malt, bread and nuts.

Taste is predominantly roasted malt and bitter chocolate. There is also some coffee and caramel noticeable to a lesser degree and some lightly roasted nuts in the finish.

The mouthfeel came off a little light and felt a bit watered down. Started off creamy but the carbonation completely disappeared by about halfway through. Altogether this was a very good porter. The initial aroma was very pleasing and my only real complaint about this one was the mouthfeel being a little too light.

Vengeance526, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of gr0g
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, but not quite opaque. One finger of foam that leaves a small lace crown around the pint glass. Nutty and chocolatey aromas. Generic roasted nut aroma, but it's a freshly roasted scent that's very nice. Hazelnut and chocolate note, think Nutella. The first whiff is very pleasurable, probably this beer's best attribute.

Roasted malt flavors with a balancing bitterness throughout. Closer to a brown ale than a rich stout in terms of dark malt character. Fruity esters can still be detected. Some coffee and licorice on the finish. Soft, slick mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation would help, but this is pleasantly smooth without a trace of harshness as-is.

London Pride is a great dark ale that's more than the sum of its parts. Everything comes together to yield a porter that's tasty and easy to knock back, if not quite at sessionable ABV levels. While generally $10+ per sixer (in NJ, eastern US), it's worth the price tag.

gr0g, May 21, 2013
Photo of Lerxst
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark brown with a one finger off white head that faded quickly and left little lacing.

S-Mmmm. Roasty goodness. Dark roasted malt, coffee, a bit of chocolate and it has a nutty smell I can't quite place. Smells really, really good.

T-Roasted malt, coffee, a semi sweet toffee flavor, dark fruit, with a bite of vanilla on the back end.

M-Medium body and carbonation, a bit creamy and spicy.

D-Goes down easily. Several of these is not a problem. Good session beer.

A very solid English Porter I will buy again.

Lerxst, May 07, 2010
Photo of mooseo
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pitch black with a small bubbly tan head.

S - Roasted malt, milk chocolate, a bit earthy but very pleasant.

T - Tasty blend of dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Just the right amount of sweetness. Finishes earthy with light coffee notes.

M - Smooth as silk. Medium bodied, creamy, low carbonation.

O - A porter that fully lives up to it's reputation. Delicious and easy to drink with a wide range of flavors.

mooseo, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of bryehn
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.

bryehn, May 03, 2011
Photo of GRUUMSH
4/5  rDev -4.8%

GRUUMSH, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of PaulUH
4/5  rDev -4.8%

PaulUH, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of AudioGilz
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very dark brown, hardly any head at all, just a lace.
I love the smell of this beer. Strong hints of caramel, chocolate creaminess, and some coffee as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and very pleasant.
I taste a chocolate that resembles unsweetened chunks used for baking, very very enjoyable. Such a smooth tasting porter, hints of coffee among the chocolate as well. I could drink this all night.
This was well worth $9 for a six-pack of 12 ounce bottles, definitely my favorite porter so far.

AudioGilz, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of Mister_Joshy
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
Photo of RichardMNixon
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

RichardMNixon, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of nasty15108
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt .9oz can into t Fuller's pint glass.

A - Black with slight ruby hues around the edges. The pour produced a head of creamy tan foam. Good lacing scattered throughout.

S - Creamy aroma of chocolate and strong brewed coffee. Hints of vanilla, smoke and charcoal.

T - Creamy with lots of bitter dark chocolate sweetness. Finishes slightly smokey with a hint of bitterness. Lots of coffee in the aftertaste.

MF&D - Thin/medium bodied, but very complex and clingy. This is an absolute classic.

nasty15108, Oct 13, 2008
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,113 ratings.