Fuller's London Porter - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

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2,355 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,355
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 203
Gots: 244 | 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 Salpta
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of skineg
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of brucepepper
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer from a can and was not disappointed.

A - opaque with hints of ruby.

S - coffee and that beloved tar smell.

T - Full, rich roasted flavour with hint of buttery.

M - Creamy

D - Very easy. I've never drank more than one but I'm sure I could put a few back.

Great beer. I enjoy it more each time I have it.

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

Fullers london porter is a fine beer indeed, porters and stouts aren't my prefered type of beers but i found this one an excellent beer. It's apperence is almost black and smell is sweet and coffee like,and tasted liked it smelt with the beers body nice and smooth. Another great beer from the almighty Fullers.

Photo of ReluctantScooper
3.73/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on cask but prefer it on keg, usually in the Old Joint Stock (Birmingham) or Churchill Arms (London).

It may be served a tad too cold. It may have just a tad too much gas. It may take too long to open out. But there's something splendid about this very very very very very very very dark red beer. Vanilla sweetness, mild blend roasts, slight vineous hop edge at the end. One of those beers that I pass the hours away with when in a Fuller's pub.

Photo of Bashao
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with nice froth.
Toasted and caramel smell.
The taste is chocolaty with toasted taste at the end of the swallow.
Full body almost creamy, feels like lunch in a glass.
A very good porter, not too much flavors and well balanced beer.

Photo of IgnacioFeito
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best Porter I've tried, easily becoming one of my favorite beers. Too bad it's not easy to come by in Mexico.

Pours a nice dark roast with a moderate head that breaks down to a few bubbles, the smell is sweet and malty, promising a taste that does not dissappoint. Great long finish.

Photo of Ilacquin
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a slight tan head. Head fades quickly with very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is definitely of coffee and a hint of chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavor is awesome, and nearly overpowering. Big punch of coffee, just a little taste of malt and chocolate, and almost no bitterness. Tends to linger on the palate for a while.

Damn fine beer, but the heavy coffee flavor would prevent enjoying more than one or two. Would go great with any chocolate or coffee dessert.

Photo of lagomswedish
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank this from a keg at the Bishops Arms in Umeå in northern Sweden just as the long winter is rolling in - the perfect moment for a porter!
Appearence - dark brown, almost ink black, with a creamy tan head that followed me all the way down to the bottom of the pint glass.
Smell - Wow!!! Huge nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, treacle and butter.
Taste - Masses of raisins, dark fruits overlaid with chocolate, butter and expresso coffee. A slight ash/burnt aftertaste, dry and crisp, with a residual burnt sugar taste.
Mouthfeel - luxurious and sensual (steady on). Creamy and smooth with low carbonation.
Drinkability - If this is really what they drank in London in the early nineteenth century then I was born a hundred years too late!

Photo of Rowlaw
4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of CStang67
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby color with thin off white head that disappears quickly spite medium carbonation. Aroma is complex with an even chocolate, coffee, roasty, and spice character. Flavor is rich with a mild bitterness that is quite buried under a thick layer of malty, chocolate, coffeeness. Flavor is lingering but smooth clinging to the malty, chocolate, coffeeness. Excellent beer and top example of a tradition English Porter.

Photo of HansBlix
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This beer was poured from the tap into a pint glass. I tried to take notice of the initial pour. The head at the first pour was at first 3 fingers and then quickly dissipated with the second pour leaving 1 finger at most . There was some lacing but nothing to impressive. Color was dark brown and carbonation was minimal.

Smell - Roasted Malt was the most prominent smell with a roasted coffee finish.

Taste - Somewhat mild. Roasted malt or coffee was the backbone of this brew with minimal undertones of other flavors.

Mouth Feel - Very light carbonation. Somewhat medium body. Very Smooth.

Drinkability - This beer seems to be kind of a fall back Porter. Its good, I would drink it again, just nothing spectacular.

I miss my beer drinking friend a great deal. Its just not the same.

Photo of hellsing3
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realy enjoyed drinking this porter from start to finish.

A: This import has a dark brown to light black color that reminds me of coke when you pour it into a glass. It pours a tan colored head but not much of one.

S: This brew has a great smell of chocolate, coffee grounds, and i might be crazy but i think it smells like maybe bourbon.

T: When i taste this beer, i feel like i can taste the strong chocolate and coffee flavors mixed with the right amount of bitter and malty flavors.This brew has a great balance from beging to end and a very smooth finish.

M:This is a smooth soft feeling brew as it flows through my mouth, not a lot of carbination but thats fine.

D: I think this is a very easy beer to drink and i could drink alot more of these if put in front of me.

I think this is great beer to try if you have not. The most important thing is i would i purchase another six pack? The answer is yes.

Photo of kim_thayil
5/5  rDev +19.3%

delicious. to me, it's perfect. there may be better porters that i don't know about yet but this is exactly what i think a porter should be. the chocolate smell the chocolate taste, the coffee, the perfect amount of sweetness without being overwhelmed by sweetness, the drinkability.

Photo of jglazer75
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I hadn't had one of these in a while, and my general preference isn't for darker beers. But, I'd had a nice run of porters lately, so I thought I give this one a shot again. End result: I'm glad this is starting show back up in bars again.

appearance: huge cream-brown head, strong lacing

smell: big nose, robust and toasted malt, smells of coffee

taste: sweet bread and coffee upfront and chocolate going down

mouthfeel: reminds me a lot of coffee; smooth and slightly sticky with subtle carbonation;

drinkability: a little heavy for everyday use, but supremely pleasant nonetheless.

Photo of Welsman
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this beer for the first time at the
International beer fest in Philadelphia.
I am a huge fan of Porters and this has probably replaced Sam Smiths as my favorite.
Huge taste and thick texture, highly drinkable,All the good traits of a porter, chocolate/coffee, smells great. my wife is not the biggest porter fan and she loved it.

Photo of ManWithHat
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark nearly black/red with a thin beige lace of head.

S - A subtle mix of roasted coffee and and an almost fruity sweetness.

T - Starts with a smooth sweetness that fades into burnt/earthy chocolate flavours. Finishes with a delicate dry bitterness. Lots of balanced complex flavours.

M - Smooth, if somewhat watery with a significant amount of carbonation.

D - A highly drinkable and well rounded beer with a great mix of flavours.

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

A: When poured, this dark brown beer shows off some moderate red highlights when held up to a bright light, very attractive. The head is also moderate, at around one finger, but it sticks around for a while in the form of a soft, creamy lacing.

S: Chocolate complexities, roasted malts. Possibly some dark fruits in there as well with coffee and a unique sweet nuttiness. NOt much on the hops.

T: Everything detected by the nose is very well accounted for in the taste. Smooth, creamy and delicious, almost like drinking iced coffee with chocolate truffle creamer and just the right amount of sweetness. Exquisite Porter roast combines well with the specialty malts, I fell in love after the first sip.

M&D: Creamy and smooth, very very sessionable and drinkable.

Photo of Tackledorange
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very nice black with ruby highlights along the edges of the glass and about a 3 finger mocha coloured head that dies down to a thin layer leaving little lacing. It smells awesomel lots of coffee and some dark chocolate sweetness. the taste is very similar to the smell lots of coffee and lots of dark chocolate and a very faint hint of hops in there as well. it has nice carbonation and a fairly heavy and sticky mouthfeel that coats the mouth with every taste. overall i think this is an amazing beer that i could enjoy anytime of day.

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

I was delighted to discover this elusive Fuller's beer on tap at the Barrow Boy and Banker in London Bridge. Served in a Honeydew tulip glass, the deep colour and bitter chocolaty smell came across well. The taste is full of rich dark chocolate and coffee, the richness balanced however by a powerful bitterness making this a remarkably rounded beer for the strength of flavour. The richness again comes through satisfyingly in the mouthfeel.

This beer may be black as night, but the bitterness makes it surprisingly refreshing. Very drinkable.

Photo of HoposaurusRex
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with deep ruby trim, khaki head that dissapates quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - dark ripe fruits, toffee, hint of chocolate and espresso

T- sweet toffee, milk chocolate, fruity esters. Very mild roast character with slight hint of espresso.

M- silky with low carbonation. One of those beers you want to swish around in your mouth.

O- lovin' it! Excellent example of an English brown porter. Lower hop and roast bitterness than many American examples. Easy drinking and superbly balanced.

Photo of skee1080
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown. The beer is relatively clear with a small off-white head. Little noticeable head retention.

S - Intense chocolate is the first thing that hits my nose, and then some roasty coffee aromas. No apparent hop aroma.

T - Roastiness is well balanced with dark chocolate and a slight, slight fruitiness (esters from the English yeast probably). Mild bitterness and no hop flavor.

M - Creamy and full-bodied with mild carbonation.

D - I could easily down a few pints of this in one night! An easy drinking, sessionable beer with the perfect balance of malty sweetness, roasted grains, and hop bitterness. An excellent beer!

Photo of TimeBandit
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Excellent example of a porter. Nice chocolate/coffee flavors smoothly balanced with just a hint of bitter at the finish.

Photo of Zonthark
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came out of a nitro can, It looks really good the head looks like coffee flavoured ice cream and it smells like a good esspresso. It is near pitch black in colour almost like a coffee. It tastes like dark chocolate and coffee. I taste hints of wine, a very bitter beer. A real robust body, that stays with you.

A must taste for any serious beer drinker.

Photo of wisnerd
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark with a red hue, but still translucent under the right light. A well rounded creamy head appears on entry but reduces to a lace around the edge of the glass within a minute. Has the distinct aroma of a porter, coffee-like and smokey but this one smells slightly sweet. This is confirmed by the taste but it is not overpowering- the beer still retains a strong malty flavour. Goes down smooth and not too thick, just the right amount of carbonation, with an aftertaste that lingers nicely and encourages me not to let my glass sit idly.

I love this beer and will readily chose it when I'm in the mood for a tasty and hearty beer, however its cost does influence me at times. I like to enjoy this with spicy foods like wings or chili, it's a good contrast and cuts the heat if I need it. Highly recommended for all occasions though.

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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