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Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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93
outstanding

2,305 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,305
Reviews: 1,168
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.5%
Wants: 194
Gots: 207 | 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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Ratings: 2,305 | Reviews: 1,168
Photo of goschool
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter pours a lovely dark amber with a tan head and lacing that snaps, crackles and pops. Chocolate and toffee aromas dominate and foreshadow its flavor. At first, the carbonation dances inside your mouth, that gives way to a chewy, yet smooth texture. This porter is roasted, toasty, chocolatey goodness that's more than quaffable. Spot on.

Photo of jmryan8
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of mcrawford
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BeanBone
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark espresso colored with subdued brown highlights, this bear absorbs most light well. The caramel head pours rather thin and settles quickly, but leaves brilliant lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Rich and full-bodied toasted malt you could smell from three pints away. Sweet, with notes of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, coffee, and the smokiness you get from very dark malts. Just what you expect from this style. Despite the mild alcohol content,you get nice alcohol notes in the nose.

Taste: It's much the same in the taste, but with a brilliant mild and nutty bitterness added into the mix. Much richer than the aroma, this is a beer that commands your attention. Like the nose, there are occasional boozy notes that manifest themselves despite the the ABV weighing in at under six percent. The aftertaste lasts well into your next sip and really showcases the coffee and smokiness. This aftertaste alone is better than many of the beers I've reviewed here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with decent carbonation. It leaves a velvety coating on your tongue that drives the aforementioned aftertaste.

Drinkability: Porters are certainly more appropriate for sipping than chugging, but with the medium body and middling alcohol content, this is surprisingly quaffable.

Verdict: An above average Porter, this is something I'd surely recommend for someone looking for a good, easily available example of the style. Rich, but well-balanced, this beer is a complex treat and worthy of its reputation.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured very thick into my pint glass. The finger thick crealy head dissolved nicely into a fine layer continually rising bubbles layerying on the top and forming a nice ring around the glass. The beer is almost opaque black.

The smell was a wonderful mix of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, both sweet and bitter.

The taste is almost exactly like the smell indicates. The beautifully roasted malts bring out roasted coffee bitterness and the subtle sweetness fo a hint of dark chocolate. This definately a beer to be savored.

The feeling in the mouth is good. Time was definately taken to ensure the beer wasn't too thick yet still nice and creamy.

This beer is exemplary in questioning the notion of drinkability. Would you drink more than one in a sitting? Like any porter, probably not. Would I want to? Yes. Will I buy more? Hell yes. I am excited to try this beer again and sample more from the Fuller stable.

Photo of JohnG190
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - almost black with ruby highlights. Tan head dissipates quickly.

Aroma - chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt.

Taste - chocolate at the front of the tongue gives way to a nice chicory-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel - silky with low carbonation.

Overall - an outstanding porter!

Photo of mintjellie
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour leaves me with a thin layer of tan head over a black body. The body shows ruby highlights when held to the light. It has a deep roasted malt aroma of chocolate and coffee. It tastes of dark chocolate, black coffee, and blackstrap molasses. Bittersweet. Finishes long, with a lingering aftertaste of dark roast coffee. Medium bodied with almost flat carbonation - very smooth and creamy. It's substantial, but not overly heavy. I could drink a few of this delicious English porter, and would be more than happy doing so.

Photo of MystikCelt
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jreitman
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful black with that oh so beautiful nitro head. Smell was rather subdued. Overall I found the beer pretty bland. Their was a rather odd, "fruity but not in a good way" taste that I couldn't quite pin. Will have to try this one at another bar and see if it is any better. General overall impressions was not positive.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If there was a textbook pour for a Porter, there'd be a picture of this beer in said book. Black body that is dark ruby around the edges. Head is one inch of nappy brown foam. Nose is espresso, chocolate and a hint of molasses. Taste is pretty much the same with the chocolate reminding me of chocolate syrup. I also get just the barest suggestion of smoke. Mouth is thick with sparse carbonation. If you enjoy porters, this one is a beer that you'd surely be able to drink all night long.

Photo of biglite351
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark with nice foam.

S - I really liked the smell of this one . It made me want to drink the brew. I can not say that about any other beer to this point.

T - starts pit very well. Rich and full. The flavor relatively vanishes after a few seconds though. While a lack of bad after taste is a good thing, no after taste at all is very odd.

M - no tingled.

D - this is a beer that you don't mind having another of.

Photo of dlello2
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Neorebel
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Photo of dannymo24
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Duvel
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Sipchue
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A lovely almost black ruby color, with a good creamy brown head that dissipates somewhat quick and leaves good lacing

Smell: Chocolatey roasted malts with caramel and dark bread

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, bread, and a hint of smoke. Some good but not overwhelming sweetness, with a little bitterness

Mouthfeel: Rich medium body with low to medium carbonation, feels just right

Overall: This is an exceptional porter, probably the best I've had. If I could find this in anything other than single bottles, I'd be buying more. A whole lot more.

Photo of amstokesdb9
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of plfahey
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with ruby highlights and great clarity. Light brownish, moderate head has decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Awesome malt profile-bready, bread crusts, toast, chocolate, light roast, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Runs an enormous spectrum of malt characteristics. Some earthy green hops, with low esters and a light orange marmalade character to it.

Flavor-Chocolate and bread crusts up front with light sweetness. The mid-palate is very chocolatey with fruity esters and light orange marmalade. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, some earthy hop flavors, and roasty chocolate/roasted malt. Aftertaste lingers with chocolate malt and leathery tobacco. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and silky. Medium body with a soft, moderately low carbonation. Awesome.

This is the definitive brown/english porter in my opinion. Fantastic, delicious, and abounding with subtle complexities. I love this beer.

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a nice creamy tan head that leave spotty lacing.

Smells nutty, coffee-like, some caramel toffee and chocolate, not bad.

Nutty, burnt coffee malt flavour, not too sweet, perfectly balanced my some bitterness and nuttiness.

Very creamy mouthfeel, almost like Guinness but this is cheaper and much better.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, almost black, brown color with some ruby hues. A pretty nice head after a hard pour. On my first bottle, I poured a pretty standard pour and got a very small head. Aroma is of sweet caramel, burnt sugar, mixed nuts, and as weird as it may sound, pretzels, also a bit of ash.

This beer has a pretty nutty flavor, along with some notes of charcoal, chocolate, roasted malt, and cold coffee. Not much in the form of a hop pressence, but it works. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is great. A very good porter.

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

Molasses or rasiny color with a very moderate and short lived head. Fizzles away rather quickly, leaving a nice amount of lacing. Aroma is roasted and a tad bit sour. Lots of dark malts in there. Flavor is also well roasted, slightly sour, almost in a dark chocolate way. Stands well on its own or would certainly go well with any red meat. Lasting aftertaste and lighter body than one would imagine.

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

pours a very deep dark color not quite black, but when you hold it up to the light it has some ruby hues, the head is thick and tan made up of small and large bubbles. the head has retention survived the duration of consumption.
the aroma is dark, malty and rich with hints of cocoa.
the flavor is rich and malty with cocoa and a pleasent hop spice.
this is a great porter, fullers is one of the best.

Photo of mooseo
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.73/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black and slightly syrupy with a very thin light brown foamy head when poured into a pint glass.

S: Wonderful abundance of chocolate and coffee

T: Powerful chocolate malt is balanced well with bittering hops that leave a mostly dry finish lingering slightly of coffee.

M: Full bodied and heavy with very light carbonation.

D: Smooth as silk texture lets this go down slow and easy

This is without a doubt the best porter I have had to date. There seems to be an enormous complexity that comes off as simple and enjoyable. Very much recommended.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
93 out of 100 based on 2,305 ratings.