Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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.

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Reviews: 1,261 | Ratings: 2,761
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of gvickery
3.35/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of lastmango
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of davidperez
4.44/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of eberesford
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Nass
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of ajm5108
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
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

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Photo of Schlitz74
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of EMH73
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown with a thin beige head that is well retained but leaves little lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste follows the nose with rich roasted malts, fresh brewed coffee, dark chocolate, some caramel sweetness, nuts, dark fruits and a very mild earthy wood like quality. Medium bodied for the style, lightly carbonated, creamy mouth feel, very light bitterness on the finish. Very well done beer.

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Photo of ThemThangs
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is sweet in the bottle. Not a ton of carbonation on the pour. Taste is great, notes that remind me of chocolate, carmel, ash/smoke (in a good way), leather, and coffee. Quite easy drinking, especially for a porter.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to black with scant mocha head. Aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, chicory. Taste follows - roasted malts, coffee, bitter chocolate but with enough sweetness to counter. Medium body - slight lingering bitterness - English variety similar to American Black Butte Porter - excellent.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours a deep brown color with just a hint of light creeping through, one-finger creamy off-white head has good retention

S- nutty brown malts bring out aromas of chocolate and caramel, as well as brown bread & hints of coffee and fig

T- nutty caramel malt up front gives flavors of brown bread crust, followed by silky chocolate toasted nuts. Mid-palate brings out a hint of coffee and earthy tones, the finish gives just a hint of dark fruit and lingers of toasted brown malts, chocolate & caramel

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish, high drinkability

O- a classic, the standard of the style, and one that I don't drink enough, outstanding

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark cola color. Minimal beige-tan head. Malty aroma with a very subtle hint of a little something else... sort of a caramel. Kind of a nutty full flavor initially with a noticeable amount of carbonation then thins out a bit at the finish. A nice Porter overall.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black and the head disappeared quickly. The beer smells of coffee with a hint of chocolate. A very strong coffee flavor including that coffee bitterness and it then tails off to a sweetness of chocolate. The beer feels very light for a porter.

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Photo of bret717
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- dark brown, almost black liquid; bubbly off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass

Aroma- coffee grounds, dark chocolate, a little bit smoky

Taste- Intense chocolate and coffee right to start, followed by subtle smoke and bitterness

Feel- light bodied

Overall- outstanding porter, very flavorful

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Photo of Themorg826
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Deep, rich brown- lighter than American porters. Slight white lacing of head on top, low carbonation.

Smell- Very sweet and malty scent, no hop scent at all.

Taste- Malty and sweet beer, notes of toffee and slight note of semi-sweet chocolate. No hop taste. Balanced porter; little to no aftertaste.

Feel- Light and watery compared to other porters, not nearly as that 'heavy' feeling. Carbonated more than American porters; fizz on the top of mouth while swallowing. Low ABV, no alcohol taste or warmth.

Overall- Although not something I would usually drink, it was pleasant enough. Easy to drink due to low ABV, classic English style porter

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Photo of GregHansen
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this beer on sale - it was 1 1/2 years past the "sell by" date. Nonetheless, I loved it. It was a tad bitter, but that is what I am looking for in a porter.

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Photo of DragonsMilk
3.3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a porter aficionado, but I found this more worthwhile than Deschuttes Black Butte Reserve X!V to get my bearings of the original style.

Feel: Thin, way too thin for a dark beer in my opinion but It wouldnt keep me from buying it again sometime.

Taste: Nice roast, nice sweetness mild dark fruit

Smell: It would be easy to say dark fruit based on its color and taste but Im getting a subdued scent of banana/clove that comes with the German Wiezens and some Belgian Blondes, Tripels, Quads.

Look: clear brown pour, dark brown in glass

Overall: Heads above Guinness Draught, Dublin Porter, and standard Extra. I would need to try West Indies Porter again and side by side its close. Good Stuff, would like to try a version with thicker body.

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Photo of SimplySinister
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Poured standard bottle into a pint glass. Non-existent head, light to moderate carbonation. Flashlight check confirms this one isn’t opaque, though it’s close. Minimal lacing. This appears like a porter done right.

S – Nice nose on this one. Roasted malt, chocolate, slightly metallic, oats, lactose notes, and perhaps even a little bready.

T – Enjoyable. Definitely enjoyable. Memorable too. Pretty much the exact way you’d envision a great porter tasting.

M – Surprisingly crisp and clean. Some porters tend to leave that lingering aftertaste. This one doesn’t make one suffer that experience.

D – From my understanding, this porter is pretty much a go-to brew when it comes to the style. Granted, I always considered that porter to be Anchor for me but that’s not a criticism of this beer. It just comes down to my personal experiences in the world of beer admiration. This beer is very, very good and totally worthy of high praise. I would purchase this one again with no doubt. With that being said, I consider this beer to be a desert and not a session.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into seidel.

L: Nice khaki head with little retention. Deep dark ruby brown.

S: A milky sweetness, roasted malt

T: Sweet dark malt, chocolate, roast, light hop spice.

F: Pretty smooth, dry finish

Pretty typical of a classic English porter. Good stuff.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, all-around porter...

Every time I go to my local stops for beer, I make it a point to pick up a few local offerings, out-of-state offerings, and imports, this is one of those imports I pulled from the shelf and I'm so glad I did. Beautifully dark, practically black brew, it pours out a short lived, thin head that I strangely don't miss like in other beers. The scent is a complex mix of sweetness, malts, and chocolate, while the mouthfeel is lightly carbonated (the way I like it.) I was hoping to taste some of the chocolate character I smelled, but unfortunately, I did not, otherwise this was a very good porter and one I feel I could pound over and over.

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This porter is excellent, it has a nice heavy malt chocolate smell, a very nice chocolate taste that feels smooth in the mouth and smooth as it goes down. An excellent porter across the board.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The porter all other porters are measured against.

Deep brown, not black with a tan head.

Smells of cocoa, earthy, a touch of hops caramel and a hint of bread.

Flavor is divine chocolate forward but not over the top or overly sweet with a dark malt bitternes at the end.

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Photo of runmn
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White-tan head that dissipates quickly. Black color with rich chocolate scent. So deliciously aromatic. Flavor is pretty close to its scent, strong chocolate malty flavor with almost no bitterness, maybe only coming from hops. Mouthfeel is really solid and nice for a 5.4% beer. Fullers straight kills it.

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