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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: 157
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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Photo of TubbyDullard
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

TubbyDullard, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of BitteBier
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown color with dark amber highlights and a nice cap of fine, dense tan head that laces quite well. Aromas of toasted malts and caramel highlight the rich, soft nose. Unexpected light crispeness at the start of the taste quickly yields to roasted flavors than then share the stage with nicely incorporated bitterness. While the smell and taste are quite full, the mouthfeel is pleasantly balanced, which goes a long way in making this an exceedingly drinkable porter.

BitteBier, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of vbiliyar
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

vbiliyar, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of pinnser
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

pinnser, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Satsuma
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Satsuma, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of goz
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby pour, medium tan, creamy head, slowly diminishing to leave good lacing. Aroma is strong, with dark choocolate, roasted cofee, and caramel taking the lead. Flavor follows, with the coffee taking the initial lead, followed by hints of caramel, and finishing with a long lasting dark chocolate taste. Very solid mouthfeel, light carbonation on the tongue, and that long lasting flavor keeps you remembering what you just drank for a while afterwards.

goz, Jan 29, 2003
Photo of lehueve
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

lehueve, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Pamola
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a can of this at a local store. I hadn't seen any new Fuller's on the shelves around here, so I snagged one.

A: Poured from a non-widget can into an imperial pint glass. Pinkie finger tall tight head, with a looser, bubbly top. Dark, dark auburn, nearly opaque.

S: Sweet malt and nutty. Slightly smoky bitterness as well.

T: Nice restrained caramel with nutty and roasty elements. Little on the weak side. I expect a little more flavor and oomph from any kind of porter.

M: Little too empty for me. Smoothness I can expect in a porter, but this was just on the weak side.

D: Would certainly be a great session brew. Drinkable, tasty, with no real glaring flaws.

Pamola, Dec 22, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

gritz147, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Dools9, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of vma
4.24/5  rDev +1%

vma, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of TheDoctor
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A:
Pours a clearish, cola black with a half-inch tan head that quickly settles to a film. Okay retention; good, stringy lacing.

S:
Rich and earthy. Nuts, malt, licorice, coffee.

T:
Tastes rich and slightly creamy. Nutty and almost burnt with some dirty notes and rich, mouth-coating roasted malt flavors. Really nice!

M:
Medium body. Good crisp carbonation. Incredibly drinkable. Nice.

O:
A damn fine porter! It seems very "Porter-esque" to me. That is, it has all that I like in porters and nothing of what I don't. Rich and hearty. Warming and dank.
Would have again.
Worth trying.

TheDoctor, Aug 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19%

akinsja, Nov 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Pelicanrocks, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of hiikeeba
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours upa very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights and a tan head that dissipates to a thin cap of foam on top. Gorgeous.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malt, almost coffee like.

T - Starts with a hint of sweet malt, quickly replaced with roast malt/coffee flavor, and finishing with a cream-like sweetness.

M - Slightly thin. Probably appropriate for the style in the UK, but I'm an American dammit, and I want a thicker porter. Just kidding.

D - Fortunately, the roast malt finish is fleeting otherwise this would be an oppressive beer. As it is, there is no lingering bitterness, making this an extremely drinkable beer.

hiikeeba, Jun 27, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jhhollier, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of PartyBear
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, almost black in colour. The head is a shade darker than tan, and quite heavy. Medium carbonation

Aroma: Dark malts, liquorish, and honey. There is also an astringent iron-like metallic aroma.

Taste: Quite bitter from the start, with espresso coffee, dark chocolate, and I also get a taste a bit like burnt toast. The aftertaste is woody and smoked, and dominated by roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, and a touch oily in the texture, which gives it a clingy quality. The carbonation is light.

Drinkability: An understandable classic. The taste and the feel of this porter are world class, and the potency and fullness of the flavours at just 5.4% ABV are phenomenal. The easy in which it goes down is a worry, like most good beers are.

PartyBear, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark dark brown nearly black except against direct light, pours with a small yet good retaning creamy head.

S-Rich bold dark rosted coffee scent, as well as the rich malt, notes of nuttyness as well as simi-sweet chocolate

T&M-Rosted coffee very strong, espresso, in the front as well as the back, bittersweet chocolate. Very smooth med. body.

D-This is an excellent porter and may very well be the best one i've ever had, something even at 12.50 a six i'd be willing to pay.

SpecialK088, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring into a pint glass results in a jet black ale with a bit of head that evaporates quickly, leaving minor lacing on the glass. Smell is very slight, but contains some mocha hints. Taste starts out bitter with some medium roasted coffee flavor, but evolves into more chocolaty than coffee flavor. Slightly dry, but very drinkable overall. I would probably save it for after a meal, instead of a complement to one, like a post-dinner coffee or chocolate.

Seanstoppable, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Stocean1
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger head from a nitro can, decent retention - rich chocolate colour - off colour caramel head - smell of coffee and malt - taste of bitter choclate and some coffee with a refreshing bitter after taste - perfect mouthfeel - a little bitter, nice carbonation and a silky smooth finish - overall - outstanding porter and one of my top ten

Stocean1, May 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

MisledTitan, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

mcrawford, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

bshiban, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

WckdVbz, Aug 12, 2014
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,093 ratings.