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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,264 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,264
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 174
Gots: 181 | 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 JSBILK
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Luigi
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown almost black color with some faint highlights. Has a creamy light brown head with good retention and sticky lacing around the glass.

The flavor is dominated with bitter chocolate and coffee hints. Some fruity esters from the hops pull through, as well has the crisp taste of the mineral water used to brew this porter. A bit of smokiness and buttery diacetyl can be tasted as well.

Has a medium body and with a bitter smokey finish.

A very tasty English porter. Some of the best money can buy!

Photo of djcira
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of cjac
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of n2pux
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jmalex
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the beer that turned me onto porters in the first place. Ironic it was an English one when now I buy pretty much all American porters. That wasn't going to stop me from grabbing a six pack of the original.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my new Sam Adams glass a deep brown that is only the slightest bit translucent when held to light. With illumination, ruddy red highlights are apparent. The head is small and lowers to just a small bubbly patch - no doubt aided by the etchings at the bottom of the glass. As I drink further, no sign of a head can be seen.

SMELL: Roasty, ROASTY! Big and heavy on coffee aromas. Bitter black malts come through as does a soft chocolatiness. And if you try real hard, the faintest bit of diacetyl comes through.

TASTE: Starts just a tad empty but the roasty flavors kick in fast. It's a bit bitter as it crosses the palate, and the finish is where most of the flavor lies. Just a bit buttery with another huge kick of roasted and black grains. Not too complex but incredibly executed.

MOUTHFEEL: Now this is what I'm talking about! A medium full body with just the faintest hint of chewiness. Carbonation level is medium and perfect for accentuating the flavors.

DRINKABILITY: An amazing drinker that is sessionable to boot. Give me more!

This is the beer that makes me reconsider my preference for the more hoppy American style porters. I love them both, but Fuller's is downright near perfect.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml can
5.4% ABV

I tried this beer on October 7, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured into the glass a beautiful, dark, murky brown colour with a large tan coloured head. The aroma was a combination of malt and yeast with some sweet hints. The mouthfeel was thick and full with some mild carbonation, almost creamy. The taste was malty with some hints of caramel (the possible sweetness in the aroma). This was a very good beer.

Photo of teromous
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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 SammyJaxxxx
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of donteatpoop
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer.

Poured a chocolate brown color with a small creamy tan head.

The smell was very enticing, coffee grounds and chocolate. My mouth was watering in anticipation.

My mouth was not disappointed. The chocolate and coffee blended beautifully on my tongue. Holy crap, it's like my tongue just had an orgasm.

It had a nice full mouth feel, as I'd expect from a porter, but the carbonation level seemed a bit high to me - jabbing at my tongue with sharp little bubbles.

Great beer. Wait, did I say that already? Well it's true. Definately something I'll be drinking again and again.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.27/5  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 rredshift
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of TheDM
3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over all a very nice beer. Almost no carbonation in the bottle I pored. Very little head. It was ver dark in color to the point of being unable to see through it. It goes down very smoothly with little afterbite. The taste lingers for a while then fades. And the GF gave it a so-so rating over all. Hmm and I thought I was beginning to teach her something.

Im Himmel gibt es kein bier darum truinken vir es heir!
In Heaven there is no beer that is why we drink it here!

Photo of PintOHops
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Pint

A - Dark brown with plenty of ruby red tinge when held to light. It produced a 1-2 finger head but dissipated to a ring rather fast. The creamy looking ring stuck around for the consumption of the beer but didn't leave any lacing.

S - Very dry with robust smokey malts, dark chocolate that's mild to moderately sweet smelling. I get a bit of licorice as well, coffee, intense toffee aroma. It's got a bit of everything really. Very nice aroma.

T - Smoky & charcoal notes flood the palate upfront, licorice follows with some dark bakers chocolate towards the finish. Mildly sweet with coffee in there somewhere as well, it finishes with roasted & charcoal notes with lingering bitterness. Chocolate covered charcoal bomb!

M - A bit slick and chewy, not oily though. Soft Co2 bite, would of liked just a bit more. Lite-medium bodied.

D - Wow! This has gotta be one of my favorite Porters, I absolutely love the intense smokey flavor & aroma, it's what Ive been seeking for a long time. This beer is so damn good! I could easily drink 4 pints of this fantastic brew, I highly recommend this one and can't wait to have it again. Cheers!

Photo of fostachild
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of goalie33
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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 TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a clearish, cola black with a half-inch tan head that quickly settles to a film. Okay retention; good, stringy lacing.

S:
Rich and earthy. Nuts, malt, licorice, coffee.

T:
Tastes rich and slightly creamy. Nutty and almost burnt with some dirty notes and rich, mouth-coating roasted malt flavors. Really nice!

M:
Medium body. Good crisp carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Nice.

O:
A damn fine porter! It seems very "Porter-esque" to me. That is, it has all that I like in porters and nothing of what I don't. Rich and hearty. Warming and dank.
Would have again.
Worth trying.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Seaba
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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!

Photo of core42
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cichief
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,264 ratings.