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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,143 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,143
Reviews: 1,141
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 163
Gots: 126 | 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 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 BuckeyeSlim
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BuckeyeSlim, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of rkuhnel
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. How did I miss this one? From a small deli in the middle of Union Square in San Francisco this poured very dark, almost black. Big fat tan head, and good chunks of lacing. Nose of chocolate coffee and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Flavors again of chocolate and coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Very nice slightly bitter finish. A simply outstanding porter.

rkuhnel, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of Sipchue
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Sipchue, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of baiser
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much better mouthfeel and body on tap than from the bottle. Luscious chocolate, licorice, coffee aromas, matched by the taste. Appears almost opaque, with deep ruby highlights, tan head. Roasty, caramel flavours. Palatable, easy drinking, well balanced. Easily my favourite porter. Nothing beats fuller's london porter for me.

baiser, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of CrazyMike
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a rich and sweet taste as well as being dark and malty. Almost like chocolate. Definatly an interesting mixture of taste. It was almost closer to a specialty coffee then a beer.

I was very impressed by this beer and would recommend it. Strong but goes down smooth. Appearance wise it has the properties of a traditional ale and has a sweet aroma.

CrazyMike, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of alkemy
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy/brown with little to no head, though my pour was pretty weak. The smell reminded me a lot of Kahlua. It's a mixture of sweet coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The sweetened coffee is the most prominent taste followed by slightly bitter chocolate and touches of vanilla. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this. I'd really like this to be thicker, but that's a common theme for me. This is something I could sit down and drink in multiples.

alkemy, May 07, 2010
Photo of NW2285
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

NW2285, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, almost black. Small head, and lacing.

S: A burnt chocolate and malty smell.

T: Upfront is bitter-sweet chocolate. Somewhat rich.

M: Smooth, but much more carbonated than expected. Also much thinner than expected, after reading other reviews.

D: It's tasty, but I don't find this to be all that special.

mostpoetsdo, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of core42
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

core42, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of SykDoc
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass. It pours a dark brown and is practically opaque when held to the light with a deep ruby appearance. A 1/2 inch beige head forms and reduces to a very nice lacy.

The aroma is quite good with some roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate, and a pleasant earthy hops present in the background. Mild but nice nuttiness.

The taste is very good. There is a good mix of coffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. Some english hops again lurk in the middle.

The mouthfeel was a bit light for me. It was light/medium bodied with a light level of carbonation, which could have improved the beverage. Reasonably smooth and mildly creamy was to its benefit.

Overall, I did feel this beer was quite drinkable for a multitude of reasons, although there was definitely room for improvement. I would happily enjoy another and hope to have one in its homeland sometime in the near future.

SykDoc, Jul 09, 2009
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 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 Sinewave
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
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 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 vma
4.24/5  rDev +1%

vma, Aug 19, 2014
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 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 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 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 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 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
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

RichardMNixon, Jul 01, 2014
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
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,143 ratings.