Fuller's London Porter
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #1
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,523
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
1,277
Ratings:
2,797
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Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
 
England, United Kingdom
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Year-round
Wants
  294
Gots
  469
SCORE
94
Outstanding
Fuller's London PorterFuller's London 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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vernardico from Mexico

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

Porter ir stouts arnt muy favorita style of beer. However I can ser why this is ranked as the best Porter beer.

Beautiful color. Dark, but against the light you Will see redish tomes. Small beige head. Probably this is the only thing i would like ti better.

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 pretty favor to me. Highly recomended.

Sunday at 01:55 AM
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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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Linee

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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kojevergas from Louisiana

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
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gvickery from Texas

3.35/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

To be honest, I’m not a huge dark beer fan. I do enjoy “one” every once in a while. At first this appears completely black but when held up to a light you can see that it’s a clear deep brownish red. Fairly dense head is dark tan. Smell is pretty much roasted everything. Coffee, burnt chocolate, molasses, burnt toast. Taste is similar, bitterness is on the harsh side, like strong unsweetened coffee and dark chocolate. Burnt sugar and bread. While the flavors are very complex and the appearance is quite beautiful I didn’t like the flavors. Just too much intense flavors and nothing to balance it.

Mar 23, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours out cola brown but looks black in the glass. Topped by an off white head. Good retention. Streaky and spotty lacing.
Smells like prune, raisin, dried sweet cherry, dark chocolate, black licorice/star anise, burnt toast, a hint of coffee.
Tastes like toast, toffee, milk chocolate, cherry, canned plum, fig, and raisin.
Thin mouthfeel, medium-light to light, but well carbonated and very drinkable. Crisp, lightly dry, and clean.
A solid English porter.

Feb 02, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

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

Poured a deep ruby brown with a one finger tan fizzy head that quickly dissipated. No lacing was present. Nose was slight dark chocolate and dark fruits. Taste of roasted malt and dark chocolate with a slight sourness on the tail. Smooth, with a light-moderate body and light carbonation. Very nice.

Jan 05, 2019
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davidperez from Mexico

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Hefeweizen glass, it pours a very dark brown, mildly translucent, with a two-finger head with low retention.

The bouquet is full of caramel, sweet malts, dark fruits, a hint of vanilla, and predominantly coffee and lots of chocolate. Very nice bouquet.

Scrumptious beer, a very intense flavor with great length.
Initially the lively carbonation is felt, and it dissipates giving space to the array of notes, which follows the nose. Malty sweetness, vanilla, roasted malts along with their bitterness, dark fruits, a slight hint of molasses, coffee and chocolate. The finish is long with lots of chocolate and dark fruits.
Very smooth texture, complex beer, mid body.

Excellent porter, it has the light feeling of an english porter with a great depth and intensity of flavor. Masterful craft.

Jan 01, 2019
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eberesford from Canada

4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown almost black with a parchment coloured head. Aroma: chocolate . Flavour: chocolate, dark fruit - still reasonably light as you’d expect with a UK porter.

Nov 22, 2018
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Nass from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mild notes of sweet chocolate & a good hit of dark fruit on the finish. The body is a bit on the thin side. I know porters are supposed to be like a lighter version of a stout but this is a little too light. I probably would not seek this porter out again but it's decent for the style. Don't think American Porter when you pick this up think English Porter & it won't be so dull. I agree that this is a great example of an English Porter. Cheers! B

Oct 10, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

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

Clean & concise, no frills old-world style porter - notes of dark, chocolate malt, and a little coffee, but nothing over-the-top, keeps it flavorful but smooth, body is maybe just a tad light but you still get a creamy texture

Sep 18, 2018
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Schlitz74 from Illinois

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

This beer pours a very dark reddish brown not quite black color, There is about a finger of tan head. There was little lacing left on the glass. This beer to me was very smooth and creamy. This was a very enjoyable beer for sipping on, definitely worth a try.

Aug 28, 2018
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