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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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2,094 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,094
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 bshiban
4/5  rDev -4.8%

bshiban, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of DESTRO
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ive overlooked this for far too long and it was time to try it. poured almost black, a deep brown with a small offwhite head. smells of coffee and roasted malt. the taste is near perfect, smokey roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. good balance of everything. the mouth feel is lighter than i expected, slightly creamy but not heavy at all. the drinkability is extremely high as this does not weigh you down or hit you like a brick with a high abv. this is going to become a common member of my fridge.

DESTRO, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Sachsenfreude, May 29, 2012
Photo of Loki
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a tall, thin 12oz bottle with a best before date stamped on the back.

Poured a clear mahogany with huge off-white head. Left clouds of lacing as the head retreated.

Aromas of roasted malt, toffee, and smoke with hints of grease and bacon.

Tasted of roasted malt, smoke, and mild grease. Great mouthfeel, clean, smooth, and creamy. Wonderful. I can't believe how good this was. I thought it would be just an average mass produced porter. I was wrong.

Loki, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of fullsweep
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Thick, rich-looking, lingering head of cream-coloured foam, sitting above a near-black beer.

There is a rich aroma that is not as smoky as I might've expected.

The smooth mouthfeel hits me first. It's not dry like a stout. The taste is rich and creamy, with hints of chocolate and coffee. It's complex but not overpowering. Unforunately there's a bit of metallic taste in hte finish/afteraste.

Highly drinkable porter!

fullsweep, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured with a golden brown color.

The head was a light brown coarse bubble layer. The head dissipated rather quickly, but that could have been prompted by my tasting glass.

Immediate definite coffee nose comingled with toasted malt. In fact to me, the coffee aroma so strong I could have had a cold and still noted it!

Flavor has definite coffee and toasted malt profile that seems to cover any other underlying characteristics, perhaps hops? The flavor dissipated quickly leaving a clean quick slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was cordial and invited me to take another sip.

Drinkability was inviting-- I could consume pint after pint if it wasn't for the alcohol, although the alcohol seemed lower than many other beers I've tasted and very much enjoyed. Perhaps this is just right for a Porter.

A satisfying brew.

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of TLove
3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at Elephant and Castle.

For an English porter, rather typical of the style. But not really exceptional in any way, just a solid beer.

Dark brown, a touch clear and watery on the edges. Can't really see through it, but the head dissipates quickly.

Smell is a touch smoky, nutty, and malty with a touch of dark chocolate on the end.

A creamy texture despite a relatively watery body for a porter. Low ABV of 5.4% (for an English porter) drinks well, but a little too light-bodied. Has a nice balance and a little cherry and plum on the back end, which, combined with the minimal carbonation, make the beer a touch sour, but finishes well.

TLove, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of AaronRed
4.9/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to say that this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Because it was hand-pumped, I know this review is slightly inflated; but I don't care. Tremendous beer, beautiful dark color with tan head- you could see the richness ebbing from the top. Carmel sweetness, but a rich, dark chocolate flavor, with some bitterness pulls you in and never lets you out. So fresh, nothing to distract from the taste. Creamy, but not in a nitro way- just and abundace of flavor. Wonderful.

AaronRed, Jun 21, 2002
Photo of rkhaze
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Medium sized bubbly tan head. Good lacing. Big smells of roasted/burnt malt, chocolate, coffee and a bit of caramel.
Earthy roasted malt flavor. Dark chocolate, espresso and hints of raisins and molasses. Finishes bittersweet with an almost charred character and a mild, spicy hop presence.
Lighter bodied than expected with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and minimal carbonation. Great drinkability.

rkhaze, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the most impressive appearance, with very little head and not a lot of carbonation. Nice dark brown color with a tinge of red deep beneath.

Malty, caramel, toffee and roasted malts in the aroma. A slight hint of coffee near the end. Very good.

Taste is smooth with some malt sweetness that's not overpowering, followed by fruity yeastiness, toffee and roasted malts. Somewhat buttery as mentioned in other reviews. Balanced and fairly complex. Not much in the way of hops.

Fairly light bodied and quite drinkable. I could have used a bit more carbonation, but it was fine and appropriate as is.

AaronHomoya, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of VaterRoss
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into wine glass.

Pours a dark brown with a small brown head, almost opaque. Loses points for tiny head. SMell is a lightly roasted malt with light coffee notes. Taste is smooth with a pleasant chocolatey malt with light smoky notes, maybe some vanilla as well. Finishes with light spicy hops. Body is medium weight and medium carb, just a hint of dryness.

An excellent porter with awesome chocolate notes that aren't in your face. Very well balanced with a decent amount of hops and an interesting faint dryness. One of the best porters I've had. Not much going on in the coffee department.

VaterRoss, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of bloberglawp
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Big bad dark borwn with lighter hues of red, nice head skims down to a present film on the ale. Balanced but restrained aroma of chocolate bitterness, some roasted and caramel malt flavors and hints of weak cold coffee. Flavor is a very full porter, lovely coating mouthfeel with a balanced dryness from the astringent charred malts. There is lots of caracter from the malts and a typical amount for a british ale from hops.

Exellent example of the style, knock yourself out and give it a try.

bloberglawp, Jan 11, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

HoneyLamb, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is rootbeer colour, turning black once settled, foamy tan thick head. The nose is roasted malt, toasty dark chocolate & coffee. A thick and creamy mouthfeel, which is easy on the palatte and quite drinkable. Smooth coffee and cocolate taste, veyr well rounded. The beer seems well carbonated yet there is a subtle "flatness" to it which is unsettling and throwing me off a little. Picked it up because it was a top 100 but at this point I could pick a dozen more beers to me that would be more worthy, still, good enough.

heebes, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours a mostly clear ruby-brown, with a one-finger off-white head which dissipated very quickly. Minimal head retention.

S - Healthy aroma of cocoa, roasted grain, and molasses. Smells inviting.

T - Taste matches the nose, with sweet chocolate and caramel forward. Hints of molasses and black coffee. Hops are extremely subdued, but what is there adds an earthly bitterness that blends wonderfully with the sweeter elements. I could never call a beer this sweet truly "balanced", but it sure is tasty!

M - Medium bodied, with low carbonation. What excels here is that this beer has an amazing creamy, velvety texture. It all comes together perfectly.

O - A damn near perfect English porter. Simple. Classic. Elegant. It's east to see why Fuller's has been around so long; by cranking out quality products like this for the last 150 odd years. I'm thrilled that this is now available in my area, and will be buying it often.

TempeBeerMan, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of pheelingIt
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

pheelingIt, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Jimboe
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Jimboe, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Fugazme
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep amber. Almost black, not quite. Nice head that stays for quite a bit. Mellows into nice lacing with great stickage.

Aroma is good, but overly chocolatey. It smells nice, but chocolate is very dominate. There is a touch of alcohol in the whiff, however.
Some fig and maple as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth... not harsh by any means.

Taste is excellent. Chocolatey and roasted goodness. Some hop bitterness. Pretty well balanced. Delicious.

Fugazme, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of jlisuk
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

jlisuk, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of 99bottles
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours rather thin. It has a mostly brown, somewhat tinted red color and a wimpy little tan head that vanishes like a magic trick.
It smells good enough. It has a strange nose. Roasted malt like a stout sticks out first with some small hop bitterness. Smoke and damp leaves, like earth (dirt) in the long afterbreath. Nice.
Taste is nutty and full. Smell follows through in taste, with more chocolate and especially nut flavor. Still very damp and musky. It's nice. It's what I imagine an old English beer ought to taste like.
Mouthfeel is thin. I guess that's not exactly bad. I could drink a bunch of these, and think I had just taken some coffee and crumpets. Boy, as you move on through the beer, the coffee really shows itself. I'm not sure that's a good thing.
All in all, this is a really good porter and one of the originals that our pals in UK have drank for centuries. It's good enough to have as many as you can grab.

99bottles, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of jeranbrews
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Small quickly receding sand-colored head. Pours a dark sorghum molasses color. Minimal visible continued carbonation.

S - Chocolate malts, nutmeg (eggnog), oak / rum, roasted malts, yeast and hop smells mild. Smells could be a little bit stronger.

T - Rich, devil's food cake rum raisin frosting. Chocolate sugars, a tiny tiny bit of fusil, and some raisin esters. Overall a very positive balance. The aftertaste is of roasted malt, but mild.

M - Unusually fizzy for this style. Medium body, I would prefer a bit more thickness. Just a tiny bit of fusil burn.

D - I'm having trouble finding places to mark down with this beer. This is a drinkable well balanced delightful beer.

jeranbrews, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

MadCat, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Chevelle66
5/5  rDev +19%

Chevelle66, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ACarp
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

ACarp, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of robotiks
4/5  rDev -4.8%

robotiks, Apr 23, 2014
Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 2,094 ratings.