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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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1,171 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,171
Hads: 2,432
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 14.76%
Wants: 232
Gots: 301 | 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 buzzworthy
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter is dark brown on the pour with a satisfying tan head. Sweet malt dominates the nose. Tasty chocolate is up front on the taste, with some roasted flavor and slight hopiness at the finish. The taste and body is a little on the thin side or this porter would be even more appealing. In any event, justifiably a favorite.

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Photo of julian1117
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Visual Appeal: burnt amber, but not as charcoal as a Guiness

Smell: wonderful hint of compote/cooked fruit with syrup

Flavor: dark and fruity, layer of bitterness, entirely smokey

Mouthfeel: not as creamy as I would want, slight effervescence

Drinkability: average ABV makes this relatively high

Recommended to me by men online. Very pleasing, but certainly not my favorite beer or style of beer. VERY smokey.

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Photo of rockdick
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Porter to try. Poured a beautiful dark brown with a small head that disipated quickly. Taste was of roasted malt, also a tiny hint of spice. Went down smooth. It was so good I think I drank it too fast. Definitely one of my new favorite full-bodied beers.

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Photo of iceviper22
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle with best before 08/08 on it. Pours a real deep dark reddish brown with some light shining through it. The aromas are very welcoming with hints of chocolate, coffee, caramels, nuts, and some sweet fruity notes. It has a nice smooth mouthfeel and texture to it with a slight carbonation to it. Tastes of dark chocolate and expresso take control with subtle fruity and sweet tastes round it out for a very solid drinkable porter. I'll definitly keep and eye out for some more of this if I see it in the future. Great stuff.

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Photo of glamphetamine
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an almost fully opaque black with just a touch of brown. Generates a nice, foamy tan head that dissipates to a film across the surface of the beer.

S - Prunes and raisins come to the forefront, mixed nicely with coffee and a hint of chocolate.

T - Warm and malty. The chocolate really dominates here, with just the slightest trace of alcohol piggybacking the flavor near the end. There's also a hint of coffee and raisins in the flavor. The taste is very mild and simple at first, but the flavors open up just before the finish.

M - Finishes very smoothly. There is NOTHING unpleasant about the mouthfeel on this one. It's smooth, washes down clean, and leaves a mild and pleasant aftertaste. The carbonation is very mild.

D - Very drinkable. Flavorful enough to be interesting, but not overpowering or cloying. I think this would be a good intro beer for people who've never had a porter or a really dark beer, but it's still good enough to satisfy an experienced beer geek. I might pick myself up a six-pack if I ever spot one.

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Photo of steven9000
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Dark with some red coming through in the sunlight. Mocha colored head. Very nice.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts with some overtones of coffee and chocolate.

taste: Is the same as the smell but with a hint of a caramel taste. Also a bit of a nutty finish

mouthfeel: Medium

drinkability: I think its very drinkable. I think its a good beer to get if your just getting into stouts or porters. But still enjoyable for all the porter and stout fans.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a Sam Smith's pint glass, served at room temp, as that is best for me for lower ABV porters
B: Black as night, with ruby red that gleams on the edges of the glass. Thick head that settles down, but never fades. No real lacing
S: Very creamy smell. Also nice touches of chocolate. Very similar to a nice chocolate milkshake. Sweet and very inviting.
T: Creamy, chocolately, with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Seriously delicious
F: Very smooth, goes back easier than water. Creamy, silky, and smooth, with a touch of astringency on the finish.
O: An incredibly inviting drink, so smooth, so balanced, and very delicious.
My only complaint is that this beer didn't really challenge me. It was just incredibly straight forward, and despite the flavor was great, but sort of a little underwhelming in some aspects. Excellent beer, a well-crafted classic, but not one that absolutely blows you away.

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

pours a very dark brown with hiints of burgundy when the light is right or the glass half full (empty?)
head is tight and dense, the colour of hagen-daas vanilla ice cream, not bad lacing
aroma is of rich chocolate and coffee-like, a slight sweetness, english hops
wow, tastes of roasted malt, dark dark chocolate (the good stuff), cocoa, sweet black coffee, finishes with a bite and a nice rounding out
mouth feel is is like a foi gras sandwich to begin with, but thins out a bit at the end.
great beer, sorry i hadn't had it until now. probably better with food. on it's on a 500ml bottle is a bit much at once. something to keep the palate clean would allow the flavour to stay fresh. by the end of the bottle it's a bit sour.

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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was surprise with how damn good this brew taste, it was all I expected and more. Like the label on the bottle states, Dark, Rich And Complex...and I couldn't agree more.

Pours a dark brownish brew with a thick creamy beige crown. Nice and inviting coffe and cocoa aromas, no alchol scent. Coffe beans hit strong at first sip, then it mellows down to a dark sweet chocolate medley with a taste very near the aroma. Nice round body with a pleasant mouthfull of coffe beans and chocolate ones. Great drinkability. This is one smooth english porter.

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Photo of sejorules
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had it from a 50cl can from Systembolaget. Strange that a beer like this comes in a can. Anyway, here we go.

A: Opaque black, with a very small, creamy, dirty snow color head on top, that disappears quite soon. Observing it through light, you can see dark red and brown reflexes, kind of close to the way Coke is.

S: The smell is not very powerful. Smoke, tobacco, a hint of chocolate. I was honestly expecting a stronger smell, so I could say this Porter let me down in this aspect.

T: In the beginning, the taste is clearly dark chocolate: It´s like drinking a glass of 99% chocolate. Then, it changes to a very strong tobacco smoke, which fades into roasted malt. Finally, you can taste some bitterness, and coffee candy. The transitions are very clear, very powerful and very enjoyable.

F: The feeling in mouth is creamy and nice, probably a good beer for the winter. Almost no carbonation at all.

O: I enjoyed this one a lot. Drink it and let the taste change all the time. Awesome!

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Photo of noclue
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 550ml bottle served in a 20oz 'nonic' glass.

Appearance: Rich, dark brown. Almost black with hints of ruby. Medium sized tan creamy head that died slowly but completely. Little to no lace. Streaming carbonation.

Smell: Smokey and roasted. Coffee and caramel.

Taste: Rich and earthy. Dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. Spicy hops in the finish. Smooth as could be.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied. Watery texture.

Drinkability/Overall: Smooth, complex, and easy to drink. Very good!.

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Photo of Geert
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, relatively large head but quickly dissipates to a small ring.
S: Chocolate, dark breadcrust.
T: Full toffee, dark chocolate. Quite bitter.
M: Very smooth, full-bodied. Slight (acidic) astringency in the finish.
O: very nice beer, interesting complex flavours but very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of TitanTake
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a mug.

A - dark, thick liquid; dark chocolate with a malt colored, 1-inch head; nice lacing

S - deep aroma of malt with a hint of hops; woodsy

T - oaks and malts

M - smooth with a mild carbonation

This was one of the best porters I have had the pleasure of tasting.

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Photo of Orangevango
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: It is a nice dark brown (bordering on black) with a thin, cream colored head that sticks around a while.

S: My first impression is GRAPE SODA, but it morphs into coffee and chocolate, maybe toffee?

T: very mild, not too roasty, nor too bitter. Light roast notes accentuate a slight sweetness. Very round and balanced. The only flavor fault in my book is a slight metalic aftertaste.

M: Very low carbonation, silky. Almost oily.

D: This is a session beer, I could sit down to several pints of this easily. Tasty and downright quaffable.

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Photo of Stew4106
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

I feel that the beer has the same appearance, smell, and taste as previouse reviews. I am writing this to note that the roasted hops come on strong and one would expect a powerful taste, but this beer is suprisingly light an complex given its rich and dark smell and appearance.

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Photo of yael6666
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: it pours a very dark brown beer, with a good head and medium lasting lace.
S:Roasted malts,coffee, toffee, caramel and nuts... very complex.
T:Very dark roasted malts, choco-coffee and Roasted malts aftertaste, with some coffee
M:Good carbonation and a very silky mouthfeel
D:It goes down very easily because of its fine quality.

Maybe one of the best roasted malts youll ever find... very classy beer and very well balanced

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Photo of PaterMorse
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I sit in the loft of a favorite London pub, I swear the setting has nothing to do with the fact that I've happened upon one of my favorite beers. OK, very little to do with it....

Either way, this beer is simply a winner all around.

A quick review follows (pecked out on PDA, to commemorate a new friend):

A: Raisin colored, translucent. Think Pepsi after ice starts to melt. Quarter-inch head remains for a good little while, giving way to some nice lacing.

S: Very pleasant, mild. Choco-coffee, but yet earthy/grassy. Hints of red berries.

T: Very easy, very drinkable (dangerously drinkable, in fact!). Coffee aftertaste (coffee ice cream, to be precise).

M: Excellent balance. Perhaps I'm just off here, but it seemed wet on the tongue but dry on the finish. Near perfect. A bit higher carbonation than I'd expect and not "Guinness velvety smooth" -- which isn't a knock, but a point of comparison (and a note that the taste and aroma are silkier than mouthfeel).

O: A great new staple. Recognizing that the following is relative to taste preferences, the universe of beers you've tried, and how one defines a "macro-brew," this is [by far] the best macro-brew dark beer / porter / stout that I've had to date -- with the exception of Samuel Smith's very fine pours. Very enjoyable, great drinkability. For whatever it's worth, it also kicks more than 5.4% would suggest.

Repeat? Absolutely. It will rival Sam Smith, nudge Guinness to the back of the 'fridge, and all but extinguish future purchase of Murphy's when stocking good macro-brew stouts/porters for gatherings. {Two disclaimers: I'm not seeking to provoke debate by suggesting porters and stouts are interchangeable; I'm only confessing that porters & stouts are my favorite beers and the only types of beer regularly stocked in my refrigerator. I'm also not suggesting London Porter is as fun or complex or even as tasty as some other craft stouts/porters I've enjoyed/reviewed; but for the beers brewed by a seemingly large scale brewer (and, heck, for ANY brewer anywhere), this is VERY tough to beat!!}.

Where Best Enjoyed? I suspect anywhere, anytime. That said, I can guarantee it will be wildly enjoyed if any / all of the following are true: (a) you're in a pub on the fringe of Covent Garden with friends and family; (b) you're just digging in to a piping hot Sunday roast; and/or (c) it's one of those piercingly cold English days outside and yet you're sitting near a fireplace with no place to be anytime soon.

Two Words: London Perfect

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Photo of andebrice
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark black color, white creme colored, small head that dissipates quickly. Lacing does stick around the glass though. Smells really sweet, fruity, and malty. Taste great. Dark chocolate start, bitter coffee finish, A lingering coffee with a slightly hoppy aftertaste that makes the mouth tingle. Just the right amount of carbonation to make the bitter finish stick around for a while, but doesn't allow it to overstay its welcome, inviting the drinker in for another taste. Overall a very rich complex brew that is worth drinking.

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Photo of TMinton22
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured a dark brown color that produced a tan head that retained and left a nice lacing

S - Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate

T - Roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and cream

M - A creamy, medium body, and light carbonation

D - A great porter, something that all that enjoy the dark beers should try

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Photo of jhall00
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown to black beer with medium carbonation and a good sized golden sandy head.

S- Roasted coffee and chocolate with malty tones

T- Tastes similar to its aroma...malty with a deep roasted coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. The roasted coffee/chocolate taste lingers

M- Smooth and medium to heavy.

D- A good drinkable beer.

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful bottle, and I love the Griffin Brewery logo. Below says "Rich & Dark" Info on the back about the the Brewery.

Poured into pint glass creating a 1 inch velvet tan head that sticks around for a little bit then climbs down to a nice sticky ring. Dark coffee colour with brown edges up to the light.

Wow! Outstanding Porter nose!! Loads of caramel toffee coffee that really stands out with very little chocalate. Smells like dessert to me.

Flowing over the palate is a heavy dose of roasted, toasty expresso coffee beans mixed with caramel, and molasses. With the dry hop bitterness this is in PERFECT balance!! Amazing!
I love that the aroma is unlike the taste. Goes from heavy sweet caramel nose to burnt expresso bean taste.

Wonderful creamy med-heavy mouthfeel with perfect carbonation, and the most incredible thing about this Porter is that at the very end, just when you think its over a burst of oily coffee bean flavor hits your palate, and then you feel this sorta cocoa butter taste on your lips.

Fun Beer to drink, Oh so drinkable!!! Great English Porter!!

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

Poured into my tulip glass.

Appearance - very, very dark brown, but not quite black, a little lighter around the edges. The one finger of head is white and recedes after a minute or two.

Smell - roasted malt, caramel, and a little coffee come through first, followed by something rather like pecan pie. Interesting!

Taste - again, the roast takes center stage. Chocolate and molasses also appear, and the finish is a dark coffee and some malty sweetness, both of which linger for a while after you swallow.

Mouthfeel - there isn't a whole lot of carbonation, and it really coats the mouth on the way down. I wouldn't say it's heavy, but it is full-bodied and rich.

Drinkability - I could definitely drink more than one, but I'm concerned that the sweeter finish would make this a less than optimal session beer for me.

The label says it's "rich, dark, and complex," and the beer certainly lives up to that. This is an outstanding beer, one of the best porters I've tasted.

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Photo of Rowlaw
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever tasted. I love porters and Fuller's London Porter is the Porter all other Porter's want to live up to.

I know. You never want to say one beer is the best. You want to keep searching for the perfect beer. The fun is in the hunt. I'll say this is the Pest beer I've tasted so far. But just as I'm getting sick of the coffee and chocolate added flavoring, this one blends the tastes right without tasting like their just adding fake flavorings. Yes, you've got the tastes of chocolate and coffee and maybe a little dark honey or whatever, but what I really taste is a great heavy (as in rich), complex Porter without the heaving overpowering flavors added.

This Porter just blends the flavors together so they just flow over the palette to make a smooth, velvet flow of deliciousness.

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Photo of Salpta
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ruby black up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing from the 1/2" tan head on the glass though it faded quickly. The smell is caramelly sweet, with almost no hoppyness. My first impressions are of roasted nuts, kind of a roasted peanut flavor. Only bitterness i can tell is during the long lingering aftertaste. No really this one has a very LONG lasting aftertaste, which the roasty flavor is predominate. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this porter delicious as an after-dinner or dessert beer.

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Photo of skineg
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark mahogany, with only a slight (1/8) head that dissipates but leaves a nice ring.

S: Subtle aroma of caramel, chocolate and nuts. Definately a little bit of a smokey smell with a hint of rye bread. Sexy is an understatement. While the smell is complex, it isn't that strong.

T: This is what the gods drink. Strong, yet clean taste of caramel, nuts and chocolate. Very complex taste. Aftertaste fades quick but still reminds you that you're drinking a beer.

M: Beer tastes almost chewy, but very smooth. Fizzes a bit on the tongue, but taste just soaks in.

D: A bit filling, but a beer everyone should have at least once. I could have a couple of these on taste alone.

Comments: One heck of a beer. Would be great with a Turkey on rye or a baked potato. Having a few Riesens wouldn't be bad either. It's one of those beers you have to say "wow" out loud after the first taste.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.