1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Not Rated.
Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,100 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,100
Reviews: 1,137
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.24%
Wants: 157
Gots: 114 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fuller's London Porter Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,100 | Reviews: 1,137 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sycodrummer
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
Photo of beertardis
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

beertardis, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
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
Photo of bulldogg915
4/5  rDev -4.8%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of MJR
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

MJR, Dec 23, 2002
Photo of benclimbs
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

benclimbs, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of caverog
4/5  rDev -4.8%

caverog, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Popsinc, Mar 23, 2004
Photo of xav33
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

xav33, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of seanwhite
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

seanwhite, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Brunite
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!!!

Brunite, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of brokentee
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

brokentee, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Realale
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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]

Realale, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of vma
4.24/5  rDev +1%

vma, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of bushbeer75
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle

Fullers London Porter filled my mug with a very dark brown almost black color that formed a bubbly 1-finger tan head. The head shrunk rather fast leaving a ring of fine bubbles. The aroma is dominated by roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. The taste matches the aroma with the addition of light coffee. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a light-medium body and just the right amount of carbonation
.
Fullers London Porter is a tasty, easy drinking and flavorful English Porter.

bushbeer75, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of rodenbach99
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

rodenbach99, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Milkysunshine
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Milkysunshine, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Bjlps
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Bjlps, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of n2pux
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

n2pux, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of deac83
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

deac83, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Oboogie
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Oboogie, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of bigbeerfan
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

bigbeerfan, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of MADPolo
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

MADPolo, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, non translucent shade of amber with one finger of thin, light brown head. Retention is below average, especially given the low ABV.

S - Roasted barley, smoke, milk chocolate, cream, and yeast. There's nothing unique, and it's a bit mild, though it's highly inviting.

T - All of the notes present on the nose make their way to the tongue, though it's actually more complex. The yeast lends some tart fruit notes and the chocolate adds layers. The roast of the barley lends a welcome smoky note. For a porter, it's wonderfully complex.

M - Medium to full bodied, a bit coarse and dry on the finish. Nearly ideal.

D - This is a winner, and has further roused my interest in the brewery. I've yet to have anything bad.

blakelive784, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of WckdVbz
4/5  rDev -4.8%

WckdVbz, Aug 12, 2014
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,100 ratings.