Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,232 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 1,144
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 174
Gots: 162 | 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 fostachild
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of McBraniel
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Best by date months away and clearly marked on label, I love how Fuller's puts quality first by displaying this so clearly.

Pour appears black in low light but shows a deep smoked scarlet crystal clear body when held up to light. Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. Looks creamy.

The nose is a nearly perfect balancing act of smokiness, English hops, and roasted malt. This smells like an English porter should smell I think. A little swirl brings up more of the same with the addition of chocolate notes.

A very tasty flavor of roasted malt pervades the taste of this beer, and it is high quality in that the acrid bitterness that is often associated is totally absent. Instead the bitterness comes from subtle hops that bolster the malts with poise. Other flavors present and appreciated are subtle vanilla, milk chocolate, a touch of cream and finally peaty smokiness. This beer isn't sweet but isn't very bitter, and instead presents an almost dry flavor, which I think holds to the original style well.

The mouthfeel is the only aspect of this beer that I feel could be better. If somehow it was creamier and fuller I think that this beer would benefit, but then again were the original porters even supposed to be creamy? Either way I am drinking it poured from a bottle, so how can I complain about creaminess when I know this beer is creamier on tap.

Conclusion: Another outstanding beer from Fuller's. I have yet to taste anything from this excellent brewery that isn't outstanding.

Photo of goalie33
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 16oz pint glass. Best before 4/5/11.
A) Very dark beer, but not completely opaque. Redish hues when held up to the light. One finger of tan head. Fine bubbles slowly rise to the surface. Leave nice lacing in the glass.
S) Bitter chocolate laced with espresso, roasted malts, slight hints of dark fruit.
T) Dry, cocoa powder in the beginning gives way to a coffee bitterness on the finish.
M/D) Dry, chalky mouthfeel. Medium body, not much carbonation in the palate. Flavors are good and abv is fairly low, but the chalky mouthfeel hurts the drinkablility of this beer.

Photo of rredshift
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of HoustonTX
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter -

Pours a very dark brown. Mocha colored decent sized head. Good amount of sticky lacing, and retention is on par. Next to the smell. Wow, the smell really makes the drink. Lovely, and strongly intoxicating. Fruity chocolate and orange peels in strong amounts, mmm. Malted milkballs to top it all off. Best smelling Porter thus far. Now on to the taste. Tangy and sweet upfront, with heavy chocolate/toffee malts. Which soon fades to a hoppy bitter coffee aftertaste. Fuller's did a really nice job on the hops for this Porter. Perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is creamy and coating, fading to semi-dry. Drinkability is average as this is one incredible sipper.

A very nice English Porter, and one of my favorite Porters overall.

Photo of DannyDan
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out to a black body with a tan head that has good retention and solid tan lacing clinging to the sides of the beer mug. The smell is strong in chocolate with hints of coffee, roasted malts and a smoked flavor. The taste at first is chocolate followed by some coffee, some bitter hops, and roasted malts. The finishing taste is of smoked hickory and leaves a chocolaty aftertaste.This beer is also well balanced so it is not too bitter, but not to sweet either. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy that clings to the mouth, tongue, and cheeks. This is a really nice medium to full bodied beer with decent carbonation that would go good with dark chocolates, or as a good after dinner beer. Just be careful because once you have one I'm very sure you will want another.

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had four great beers tonight, but I decided on this for my 100th review. Fuller's is my favorite porter, and no beer in the world tastes any better (IMO). Not overly impressive in appearance, but this beer is perfectly balanced. Wonderful chocolate notes, smooth (but with enough bitterness to balance it just right). I really can't find any fault in this beer (and it's outdated - 8/02!). Can't imagine how good a fresh one would taste! (I did end up finding a new 6, and it was even better. Great beer!).

Photo of zerk
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost black, with ruby highlights. Has a thin, and quickly fading tan head. Aroma is malty, with notes of coffee, chocolate and smoke. Flavor is a combination of chocolate, bitter coffee, some grassy notes, and a bit of caramel. As the beer sits for a while, the alcohol becomes a bit more pronounced. Medium to full bodied, and very smooth., this is a very drinkable porter that really hits the spot!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of goschool
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter pours a lovely dark amber with a tan head and lacing that snaps, crackles and pops. Chocolate and toffee aromas dominate and foreshadow its flavor. At first, the carbonation dances inside your mouth, that gives way to a chewy, yet smooth texture. This porter is roasted, toasty, chocolatey goodness that's more than quaffable. Spot on.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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.

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.

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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.

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.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.