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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,093 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 158
Gots: 111 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

TubaManJack, Dec 28, 2012
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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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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5/5  rDev +19%

Arborescence, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

PaulUH, Jan 25, 2014
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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
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Mister_Joshy, May 30, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with just under two fingers of thick, mocha-tan head. There are some slight amber-ruby highlights when held up to the light, but for the most part this one is totally jet black. The aforementioned mocha head quickly settles down to a soapy tan cap and leaves a trail of lacing down the glass.

S - Dark chocolate sweetness and bitter, roasted malt make up most of the aroma. Distinct coffee aroma comes through nicely as well, with some very earthy brown sugar and caramel like sweetness in there as well.

T - Simple roasted malt bitterness upfront eventually opens up to a barrage of rich, dark flavors. Strong espresso aftertaste with mild bitterness. The roasted malt doesn't really yield a very harsh bitterness throughout, which might chase away a more discriminating palate, but I feel it allows the smooth dark chocolate flavors to really come through. It certainly has a rich sweetness to it, but remains exceptionally smooth. I feel like this beer still lacks a little something, however. While the slight lack in roasted malt bitterness gives the sweet chocolatey flavors an opportunity to shine, they never really come to fruition fully. Still, just as the bottle says, this porter is rich, dark, and complex.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel for sure. The carbonation is low, giving the beer a smooth texture that feels great. The body is on the thicker, heavier side; no surprise.

D - Extremely drinkable and goes down really easy. Although the the sweet chocolate flavor isn't exactly at the forefront here, it was still easily detectable and thoroughly enjoyable. I especially like that the roasted malt and coffee-like bitterness didn't bury the smooth chocolatey side of this carefully crafted flavor profile. Well done.

Converge, Aug 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

RichardMNixon, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

GRUUMSH, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

JLeet, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Neorebel
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This classic Porter has a dark drown earthy color, near black, with a tall head of soft foam. This beer has minimal carbonation, and gains some points for excellent head retention and lacing. The pleasant aroma I've drawn in is mostly dark fruit esters and molasses. After a tasting, more complexity is noted, bringing to mind mocha, toffee, and graham cracker crust. The mouth feel is very creamy and smooth, and the finish even has a light touch of hop bitterness. This could be my favorite overall low ABV beer!

Neorebel, May 28, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - opaque black. moussy tan head, eventually drops to a splotchy cap. Leaves some decent lace.

S - wonderful aroma of mocha, like a lucious truffle. Mild sweetness, with a hint of fruit.

T - figgy dark malt upfront, smooth burnt finish. Flavours develop as it warms.

M - medium-thin body, smooth, low carbonation.

D - A fine porter to be sure, but to be honest, I've had better.

I haven't had a bottle of this in a long time, so I decided to give it another go. It's not quite as good as I remembered, or maybe I've just drank lots of great beer in between! It's a little one dimensional and I wish it had more body. I had a pint of Bushwakker Palliser Porter last night, and it was better than this.

markaberrant, Jan 03, 2008
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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
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

2neardead, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Mass. A 12oz serving in a toulip glass that produced about two fingers of light brown head and ample lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell was faint toffee and caramel and strong dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

Taste yeilded to its smell. Rich and creamy and strong coffee flavors with undertones of chocolate, malt, caramel, and an ever so slight bitterness but overall very smooth and well balanced finish in which all flavors are present but not over powering.

Moderate to heavy on the palate with virtually no carbonation to speak of.

Very easy to drink and great to enjoy as I did here, as a dessert in and of itself. Not an outstanding porter, but certainly an all-around solid one that I will soon revisit.

Sycodrummer, Apr 05, 2005
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

beertardis, Mar 14, 2013
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4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Porters to begin with and for me, Fuller's London defines the style. It epitomizes robust. Poured a deep black with a cafe au lait head that was not too think but very creamy, especially for a bottle. The smell was deep, damp and earthy with aromas of sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste was rich and dark with serious notes of coffee dominating the taste and a well placed bitter hop finish hidden deep within rolling waves of toasted malts. The mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy and thick for a porter, but it was not at all obtrusive. If you are attempting to introduce a friend to Porters use this as an archetype.

GreatPondBrewer, May 28, 2003
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.