London Porter

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Porter - English
Ranked #1
Ranked #1,675
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
England, United Kingdom
London PorterLondon Porter
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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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Right from the start every aspect of the bottle, labeling included makes me interested in the beer. All the medals around the neck and the description of the several malt blends alongside Fuggle hops. The pour is delightfully mocha brown in color alongside some transparency, though it is very tea-colored. The smell is of chocolate and hops.

First impressions are a rush of chocolate and hops, alongside a bit of a chewy mouthfeel. Crystal malts really come in the rear of the tasting notes as the chocolate malt surges throughout the entire flavor. The pale malt is noticeable throughout and the sweetness comes from the brown malts. A bit of a high of sweetness in the rears that lingers between each sip. This is highly drinkable, medium-heavy body. Mild carbonation. Excellent.

Oct 31, 2020
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vernardico from Mexico

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Porter or stouts arent my favorite style of beer. However I can see why this is ranked as the best english porter.

Beautiful color. Dark, but against the light you will see redish tones. Small beige head.

Great smell. Kind of sweet, with coffee and cocoa notes present.

The taste in two words: great balance. Nice sweetnees, kind of plum like, but nothing strong. Just enjoyable sweetnees. Coffee and cocoa also very present. And a very pleasant roasty bitterness.

The body is creamy, with a surprisingly medium carbonation.

This is the best porter I ever had so far. 95 ranking looks correct to me. Highly recomended.

Jul 12, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle -clear very dark brown with thin khaki head leaving virtually no lacing. Nose is all roasty malt on the sweet side. Taste follows more or less. Finish is smooth and rather creamy on the dry side.

Jun 29, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle into a 20 oz nonic.

Dark black-brown with lighter brown edges through the light. 1/2 inch light tan head after a gentle to begin, vigorous after half way when I saw the head was slow to develop, pour. Medium carbonation bubbles are almost visible through the darkness. The head retention is decent, but not overly long-lasting. Spotty lacing.

Roasted malts are first in the aroma, but there is also an earthiness and light chocolate and coffee. But, the roastiness dominates.

Taste has the roasted malts first, as with the aroma. The other flavors are present, but kind of mingle together below the roastiness. There is chocolate along with other less discernible flavors. Don't get me wrong, the flavor is very nice, it is just that I am unable to parse out the components that underlie the roasted malts and chocolate. The middle and finish are smooth, somewhat earthy, and mild. A controlled bittering presents only in the aftertaste.

The feel is moderate-to-thin, with the earthiness and bittering giving it a dry finish.

Overall, a very good English Porter. It is milder (i.e. less bitter) than I was anticipating. Whether that is good or not depends on what you are looking for. For me, it was good.

My sample was no doubt suffering from age... it was past its BB date by a couple of months. Since I ordered it for curb-side, I was unable to check the date before getting it home. My opinion of the well-regarded craft beer store where I bought it just took a hit.

May 18, 2020
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle, with best by date of 1 March 21, into the test glass
A - Dark mahagony color, Light can beat its way through, excellent clarity. Steady carbonation feeds a nice tight frothy cap.
S - Cocoa powder, dark toast, Earthy hops. slight hint of cola, and the faintist coffee touch
T - More of the cocoa on the palatte, also more of a roast touch on the palatte, Right down the middle of the strike zone. Superbly balanced flavors.
M - Light in body, delicate even, the start is semi sweet and quickly balanced out with some bittering, Finish is quick deliberate and leaves a fine cocoa powder tease.
O - A very good porter, easy on the senses, while presenting a full slate of aromatics and flavors. I understand why this is so well regarded. This will be in the fridge more often now.

May 17, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this Porter. It was very full bodied without being overwhelming coffee flavored. Very refreshing for this style, I will definitely buy it again. Recommended!

May 12, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Beige head. Splatted lace. Dark caramel brown color.

Smokey, roasty, and chocolatey. Cocoa powder, caramel, grassy hops. Touch of sweetness. Medium bodied. A classic beer.

May 09, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Very dark brown, but with some clarity when held up to a light. About 1.5 fingers of thick, foamy, light tan head with excellent retention.

Smell: Roast coffee and milk chocolate, like a mocha.

Taste: Strong roast coffee and sweet chocolate flavor, with no hop bitterness and a very limited earthy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, with mild carbonation.

Overall: An extremely fine example of a proper porter, as good out of a bottle as it would be off a tap.

Apr 29, 2020
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jackitg from Israel

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent balance between sweetness and bitterness. The head is less than medium, recedes quickly, reddish dark brown colour, almost opaque. Chocolatey roasted malt taste, very dominant, nor too complex, neither plain. Spotted it at local store, saw that it has favourable rating and grabbed to sample, wasn't disappointed at all. Very drinkable, made an enjoyable end of an evening meal for me and my wife.

Feb 27, 2020
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle into a tulip.

L: Clear ruby-black body under an inch of fine off-white head that settles into a ring. Not much lacing, but I love the color and clarity.

S: Pure, lovely chocolatey malt. No complexity, no nuance, just 100% roasted malt and I love it.

T: Opens with the same malt character promised by the nose, but then opens up into a bit of caramel and Whopper-like sweetness before drifting gently into a bittersweet finish that features a crisp dash of herbal hoppiness along with a hint of smoke. Medium-length aftertaste of chocolate and char. Eminently drinkable and thoroughly delicious.

F: On the light side of medium-bodied and full of soft, lively effervescence. Great.

O: One of the best English Porters I've ever had, hands down. This bottle is only two months old, and it's a real treat to get to drink a classic British beer at this level of freshness. I only wish it were on cask!

Beers of Fame tick 189/250. Cheers!

Jan 03, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I love the head-not too much, not too little! Absolutely love the taste-slight "pretend" licorice for a slight second, then to coffee/chocolate. Wonderful

Dec 24, 2019
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EJPA_0425 from California

4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I would give this a 6 for look if I could. Clear brown color with absolutely no head. Aroma is nutty with a hint of chocolate. However, taste is rather average for a porter, nutty and a fair dose of malts. Super smooth feel just like how it looks. Is it my favorite? No. Would I recommend it? Absolutely!

Nov 05, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper. No head. Little carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of nuts, chocolate, coffee, fuggle hops.

Taste of strong coffee and chocolate. Excellent hop bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Thick bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

An outstanding porter. Could use a little more carbonation.

Oct 06, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

I get this beer for all good ratings out there and i dont disappointed in the end.. Definitely is great beer to drink.. All around this beer is very good.. The aroma is great and also the taste.. Also i love it more because has coffe taste inside and that is great for me.. The weaker spot here is perhaps has little less carbon and remind you more water than one strong beer but nothing too big..
Overall a decent choice for everyone..

Sep 14, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I know I've reviewed this already, but apparently I haven't typed up my handwritten notes.

Served on-draught at the Crown & Anchor in New Orleans, LA. $6 for a 20oz pint.

APPEARANCE: Iconic in a dimpled mug, with a classic opaque black body topped by a khaki head.

AROMA: Cream, brewers' chocolate, chicory, roast, a faint impression of coffee, dark malt sweetness.

Suggests a balanced Porter with a mild taste.

TASTE: Just about perfectly balanced if a bit simplistic by contemporary standards, evening out its basic blend of subdued roast, mellow dark malt sweetness, specialty chocolate malt, earthy hops, and brown malt.

Depth of flavour is moderate. It's a beer that emphasizes drinkability over boldness of flavour...refined but not aggressive.

TEXTURE: Has a nice push-pull between dryness/wetness & coarseness/smoothness, walking the line wonderfully. Carbonation is perfect. Medium-bodied but approachable; not too filling it heavy. Still unrefreshing (to style).

Not oily, boozy, astringent, or otherwise problematic.

Some may find it a bit thin in comparison to more robust porters.

OVERALL: A ludicrously drinkable Porter with a mild approachable taste, excellent balance, and admirable restraint. An iconic Porter for a reason, and a beer I have to wonder why I don't drink more often every time I get a pint. I can imagine a more complex and subtle English Porter, but it'd be tough to find one just as drinkable.

The premiere session English porter.

High B / GOOD

Sep 11, 2019
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spectru from Florida

3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, opaque, tan head recedes to a film; rich aroma, hints of chocolate; mouthfeel is smooth, lightly carbonated; Mild flavor, typical of porters; Good tasting, but I'd like a bit more sparkle.

Aug 25, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- So deep red - held to a light - it's otherwise black. Pours with thin pale tan head.
S- Toasty grains.
T- Toasty dark grains with hints of smoke.
F- I'm not a born drinker of black beer, but this shows me how it can be done with some quality. The flavour is quite roasty/smokey/pungent though so I'd likely look at this style in winter rather than warmer months when refreshment comes before great depth.
O- I wonder what took me so long to come across this beer, this week is the first time I've seen it. Perhaps it's more of a pub beer than sold in supermarkets.
£2/500ml from Waitrose, London. BB 01/06/2020

Jul 28, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Best by 9/18/16"; drank 2/20/16 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice khaki head; frothy lace.

Banana, caramel, fresh earth &faint smoke notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Banana & burnt caramel flavors up front; dark chocolate & creamy oat notes on the finish.

English porter perfection; flavor forward but crushable. Excellent!

Mar 25, 2019
London Porter from Fuller's
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 2824 ratings