Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.58/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-28-2003 18:22:44 | More by GreatPondBrewer
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
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!
05-28-2013 19:45:58 | More by Neorebel
4.3/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
12-14-2013 05:06:32 | More by mooseo
4.15/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
05-21-2013 03:10:36 | More by gr0g
4.43/5 rDev +5.5%
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown/garnet color. A light tan head starts thick and sticks like a champ with lovely lace down the side of my imperial pint.
Smell: Chocolate and coffee...coffee and chocolate. Mmmmmmmmm.......
Taste: Has a wonderful mixture of roasted coffee and chocolate with a bitter hop note that tags along for the ride from start to finish. There's also a slight butterscotch/toffee note that shows up later on my palate. Perhaps a touch of licorice as well. Finishes with an incredible roasted flavor that begs for another mouthful...
Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the style, but with this kind of flavor, who cares?!
Drinkability: Damn high! This is one kick-a*s porter! Like their ESB, I could drink this all night. I'm going to have to get another pint of this from the handpump, like I had two months ago. Amazing stuff!
12-23-2002 22:01:52 | More by MJR
4/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
04-05-2005 11:02:09 | More by Sycodrummer
4/5 rDev -4.8%
A deep brown/mohagany pour with a nice tan head. Clear and very settled. The nose is nicely highlighted with soft chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is nicely malty with dry, unsweetened chocolate notes and a mild coffee-ish flavour. Very nice staying power. The semi-bitter finish lingers nicely. A very smooth mouthfeel with a dry, coffee-bean-bitter finish. A great example of the style.
03-23-2004 16:12:57 | More by Popsinc
4.55/5 rDev +8.3%
Fuller's London Porter
English pint bottle
Best before 02/07, filled up on 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint.
Poured a clear deep dark mahogony brown with a large frothy somewhat lasting light brown head with fair lacing.
Smelt strongly of molasses, coffee, roast, mild chocolate.
Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet dark chocolate with molasses and coffee tones followed by a strong burnt malt bitterness that turns into a clean crisp long bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, oily, lively carbonated, with moderate astringency.
Overall, a classic. Drinkable, plenty of taste, well balanced. Just straightforward excellent porter taste. One of the easiest porters to enjoy out there.
11-07-2006 05:15:25 | More by xav33
4.1/5 rDev -2.4%
pours a redish black with a small off white head without much lacing to speak of
Smell is some bitter cocoa, coffee, and molasses
Taste is coffee, raisins, molasses
This is a great example of the style, rich yet refreshing and oh so easy to drink
09-03-2009 22:14:55 | More by benclimbs
4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
Slightly opaque dark brown/black. Lacy brown head settles to a whispy 1/4" collar that remains throughout the pint, leaving nice lace down the glass.
Nose is primarily licorice, with a strong roasty malt undertone. Some spicy notes come out - nutmeg? - but they are minor.
Palate is intensely malty, with a strong licorice element. A bit of bitterness is apparent, but its unclear to me whether its from hops or dark malts. Well balanced and long, with a nice streak of acidity keeping the maltiness in check. A lovely pint of traditional porter.
[edited 4/18/05 to reflect fact that this is not cask-conditioned, but keg served through handpump]
11-06-2002 07:34:30 | More by Realale
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
bouteille brune de 500ml.
très beau porter de belle couleur brune opaque, mousse brune durable, avec un nez de chocolat, de café en grain, en bouche ce porter a une belle rondeur avec un goût de malt chocolat (torréfié), bonne amertume. très bonne bière
12-24-2007 17:43:29 | More by rodenbach99
4.78/5 rDev +13.8%
A: Pours a dark brown with deep ruby/garnet highlights. Some light passes through....barely. Nice tan head that leaves a constant cap & some lacing.
S: Wow. Lots going on here. Bittersweet chocolate...coffee grounds...peat...leather...pipe tobacco...and more.
T: As complex as the smell. Starts out with a very strong taste of cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. As it warms....more earthy notes and twang. Love this one. Lingering tangy goodness, bitterness, and cocoa notes; like an unsweetened brownie.
M: Medium thin but creamy at the same time. Carbonation is a bit strong but dies down with a swirl or two.
O: I love this beer. As good as Founders. Different with a bit more complexity. In my top 15-20 of all beers for sure!!!
04-28-2011 01:02:33 | More by Brunite
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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