London Porter

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England, United Kingdom
English Porter
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Ranked #3,423
4.18 | pDev: 10.29%
May 25, 2023
Jun 20, 2001
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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Reviewed by KleinSchwein

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 500ml bottle.
Poured a deep red , almost black with a tight bubbled chocolate head . The smell is coffee and then chocolate and the tastes follows exactly, with bitter notes and a slight sweetness.
The mouthfeel is good, coats the tongue, fizzy , spot on really. Overall a really good beer , deep, rich and satisfying as they come .
May 25, 2023
Rated: 4.4 by rpmello81 from California

Mar 18, 2023
Rated: 3.82 by MrJones07 from Spain

Dec 15, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 3 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Nov 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep, dark mahogany coloration with a ruby sheen when held up the light and a medium, creamy head. Smells of bready, roasted malt and chocolate, with just a hint of herbal hops as well. Taste is a great balance of roasted, slightly caramelly malt, milk chocolate, much lighter dark/red fruit, with notes of raisin and cranberry and just a hint of coffee, licorice and earthy, herbal hops. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some roasted malt, chocolate and licorice lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This makes for a very nice English Porter with distinct notes of roasted malt and chocolate and a great balance of sweet, roasted and bitter notes, with the roasted and bitter notes clearly dominating, just like I like it. Hints of drak/red fruit, coffee and licorice add a certain depth while earthy, herbal hops provide that certain bitterness to this. It's just a very well-balanced, easy drinking yet flavorfull example of the style with a good body and mouthfeel for the style as well.
Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 4.89 by Greg_Eans from Kentucky

Jul 26, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Quite simply the best porter ever made. Still the G.O.A.T. After all these years.
Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by James94 from England

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4 by brpendergast85 from District of Columbia

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by trevormajor from Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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
Rated: 4.5 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Oct 26, 2021
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Reviewed by 40ontarget from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.39 by AWA from California

Oct 18, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 18, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by beerrat from Virginia

Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by edthehead from Maryland

Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
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
Rated: 3.75 by qrazvan from Romania

May 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
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
Rated: 4 by blackcloud from Alaska

Apr 24, 2021
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +1%
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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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Rated: 4 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Mar 21, 2021
Rated: 4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Mar 18, 2021
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Mar 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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
Rated: 3 by trocketsauced from New York

Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by gefinley from California

Mar 05, 2021
Rated: 4 by hockeypuck from Maine

Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 4.59 by evanwoertz from California

Feb 09, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Feb 02, 2021
Rated: 2.79 by Branlott42 from Missouri

Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by msscott1973 from North Carolina

Jan 29, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by jacobk1997 from Georgia

Jan 16, 2021
London Porter from Fuller's
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 2842 ratings