London Porter

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England, United Kingdom
Porter - English
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4.18 | pDev: 10.29%
Mar 06, 2022
Jun 20, 2001
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Notes: 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 NCSapiens
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by NCSapiens from Indiana

Quite simply the best porter ever made. Still the G.O.A.T. After all these years.

Mar 06, 2022
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 05, 2022
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4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Pours a dark brown, slight darker than cola, with some ruby highlights. Thin tan head falls quickly to some whisps of foam. Smell is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of hops. Taste starts with coffee and chocolate up front, then a bit of bitterness and roasted malt. Finishes with a bit of earthiness and a long, coffee/chocolate aftertaste. Feel is smooth and easy drinking. Medium-light mouthful with nice carbonation that remains present yet soft. Overall, I am enjoying this beer a lot. Easy to drink, flavorful, manageable ABV when having more than one or two. Will buy again especially if I can find it relatively fresh for an English import.

Jan 30, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by James94 from England

L: Very dark chestnut colour, good head and lacing
S: Chocolate, toffee, roastiness,
T: Toast, chocolate, dark fruit
S: Quite well-bodied, balanced carbonation

O: 4.25

Jan 26, 2022
4 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia on Jan 10, 2022
Photo of trevormajor
4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by trevormajor from Ohio

12 oz bottle that states best before 6/1/21, poured into a tulip glass at approx 55 degrees F:
L - dark as coal with a caramel head that quickly disappeared
S - roasted malt, coffee, toffee
T - roasted malt flavor, toffee, coffee and a bit of nuttiness
F - silky smooth with minimal carbonation
O - very very robust flavor, this is a classic porter

Dec 06, 2021
4.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand on Oct 26, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by 40ontarget from Colorado

Cola colored with a hint of red and an 1/8 of an inch of tan head that disappears quickly. Very subdued nose that has roasted malts, some cocoa, and coffee. The taste follows the nose but expansive. More of the roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee with a bitter coffee finish. It's a little thin but fine. This beer is easy to drink and enjoyable.

Oct 21, 2021
4.39 by AWA from California on Oct 18, 2021
4.12 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 18, 2021
4.5 by beerrat from Virginia on Aug 10, 2021
4.13 by edthehead from New York on Jun 14, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Fuller’s London Porter from Griffith. On room temperature shelf at Total Wine, Selma, TX. $2.70 (Including tax)/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.241/oz). Stored at home at 42 degrees. Reviewed 12/6/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottle stamped “01 OCT 21 2162 13:06” on back label. Served at 52.8 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 56.3 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Deep Amber (SRM 15), clear.
Body – Black (SRM 40), opaque. When rear-lite, translucent ruby.
Head – Large (Maximum four cm, aggressive center pour), almond, high density with rocks, average retention, diminishing to a four to seven mm crown, and a rocky complete cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 3.5 – Mild dark fruit and weak roasted malt and weak chocolate, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins mildly sweet with a generic dark fruitiness, no hops, no yeast, and no ethanol (5.4 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. None of the chocolate from the nose appears nor does the advertised coffee, until the aftertaste. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Seems a bit drier than the typical porter.
Palate – 4 – Medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 Very nice English porter, mildly chocolatey and dry.

Jun 12, 2021
3.75 by qrazvan from Romania on May 30, 2021
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

Drinking this at home.
Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Drink by date 01 OCT 21
Today 5-14-21
Looks dark brown with a tannish foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin cap and moderate lacing.
Smells malty, sweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of pepper.
Taste follows the nose nicely with enough spiciness to keep my interest.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with a nice creamy finish.
Overall a nice Porter that I would definitely drink again.

May 15, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by zac16125 from South Carolina

bottle into a pint glass

Pours a cola brown in the glass, ruby when held to light, crystal clear, small light tan head with good retention and a small bit of lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, some sweet chocolate, subtle roast and a bit herbaceous. Taste is roasty, very herbaceous, subtle black coffee which is mostly bitterness. Earthy hops rounds it out. Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium bodied, average drinkability. Overall, a good beer and certainly one of the standards of the style, but not something I’d likely to revisit often.


May 01, 2021
4 by blackcloud from Alaska on Apr 24, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

Pours a clear brown with reddish tint. Thick creamy tan head that falls away leaving spotty lacing. Aroma is mild, roasted malts, hints of chocolate and smoke. Flavor follows the nose. Feel is medium bodied and creamy. Overall a fine beer.

Mar 23, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Impenetrable brown color. Soapy, white head that faded quickly to a ring and left good lacing.

S---Roasted malts, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee.

T---Flavorful. Follows the nose. Toasty malts. bitter chocolate and very light coffee.

F---Medium bodied.

O---A top-flight example of the style. And they get all of those notes without two tons of adjuncts. World Class.

Mar 21, 2021
4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Mar 21, 2021
4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin on Mar 18, 2021
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Mar 16, 2021
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3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

Best by 10/1/21

Well, I've only had one English Porter up until now, and it was the second highest rated of the style, Taddy Porter. Now, I'm moving up to the highest rated! I thoroughly enjoyed Taddy, so I'm guessing I'll like this too. Let's jump right in

Pours a clear dark drown with ruby highlights and 2 fingers of creamy tan head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

The nose here is quite soft, but by no means is it dull or boring. I'm picking up on aromas of milk chocolate, sweet toffee, creamy vanilla, toast, raisin, and a hint of earthy hops

Unfortunately, the flavor is mostly dull in comparison to the aroma, just not very exciting but still solid. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting red grape, charred toast, and floral hops. The swallow brings notes of chocolate malt, sweet toffee, earthy hops, and light toast

A medium body pairs with gentle (almost nonexistent) carbonation, resulting in a smooth yet light beer. Finishes mostly dry with a lingering bitterness and roast

While this wasn't a bad beer by any means, it's far from exciting, even for a classic style. I enjoyed Taddy Porter far better

Mar 15, 2021
3 by trocketsauced from New York on Mar 06, 2021
4.08 by gefinley from California on Mar 05, 2021
4 by hockeypuck from Maine on Feb 14, 2021
4.59 by evanwoertz from California on Feb 09, 2021
4.5 by shigg85 from Japan on Feb 02, 2021
2.79 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Jan 30, 2021
4.18 by msscott1973 from North Carolina on Jan 29, 2021
4.03 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Jan 16, 2021
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4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From an 11.2oz bottle dated best before 1 APR 21 into a pint glass.

Pours an opaque very dark brown with about one finger of tan head. Decent retention and a little bit of lacing lingers as I drink the beer.

The first thing on the nose is dark chocolate. There some coffee and smoke in the background.

Taste follows although the smoke flavor is a little more up front and coffee more muted than on the nose. Dark chocolate is noticeable.

Thin but rich, easy drinking mouthfeel. Bitter chocolate aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall, this is a fine porter. Would definitely revisit.

Dec 09, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

Smells like bitter coffee & chocolate. Tastes like coffee & chocolate. Smooth & balanced. My favorite English porter so far. Good job Fuller’s!

Dec 01, 2020
4.62 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Nov 12, 2020
4.24 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Nov 07, 2020
4.49 by DarrellK from Florida on Oct 12, 2020
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4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by BEER-NICK from Pennsylvania

Love it!!!!

Oct 03, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Malacant from Louisiana

Amazing porter.

Aug 02, 2020
3.06 by Argail from Louisiana on Jul 13, 2020
London Porter from Fuller's
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