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Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England)

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Hello old friend, now in a ... can? Yes. Fuller's is about to release this classic beer in a can for the US market--not sure exactly when though. Word from the brewmaster is that they put just a touch of nitro in the can to keep things smooth--thankfully no widget.

Pours an opaque, rich dark brown--might as well call it black--with subtle ruby hues, topped with a creamy tan lace. Nose if full of malty goodness, ranging from toffee to chocolate to brown bread crust to fresh hay, with slight notes of must, earth, mineral and yeast. Super smooth, medium-bodied, and sits well rounded on the palate. Big chocolaty flavors emerge first, followed by more breadiness, chicory, a sweet dollop of caramel, cereal grains, a hint of floral pith, dry bread crusts and a lingering note of smoke and tobacco.

Delicious and so damn chocolaty, this classic stands up quite handsomely in a can and is a welcome addition to Fuller's ranks.

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Photo of Todd
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz slender, custom bottle. Best before date on the back.

Deep, rich looking dark brown with ruby hues. Near black. Head was disappointing. It fizzed and snapped to a lifeless patchy, nearly non-existent translucent lace. Rousing the beer did nothing to help.

Sweet pipe tobacco in the aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Raw flavours of earth notes, soft charcoal, caramel and blackstrap molasses sweetness. Mild bitterness. More tobacco. Nice underlying sweetness with flavours of day old coffee, chocolate and burnt sugar. Dry in the finish with notes grain husk and a very distinct lingering smoke character.

Probably not the best tasting of this beer that I've had, carbonation-wise, but still a wonderfully delicious and complex beer. This would pair nicely with raw oysters or as a base in meat stews.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz old style Euro brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, nearly black, with a floating light tan lace that leaves a trail of sticky patches of lace down the glass.

Smell: Caramelized sugar, creamy in the nose with chocolate, hints of coffee and a ghost like charcoal smokiness.

Taste: Stable medium body, crisp up front with a wave of smoothness after the moderate carbonation goes by. Richly layered with hints of charcoal, dark unsweetened chocolate and highly roasted coffee ... a ghost like smoke and buttery diacetyl coat the tongue yet vanishes in the end. Slight warmth and light ester stay out of the way. Hops add to the foundation of bitterness from the roasted malts and keep things in balance. Finishes somewhat clean with a fading charcoal flavour.

Notes: A more than decent porter ... a great brew during the wet raw days of late fall / early winter. Goes great with imported chocolates also.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

AROMA - caramel, nut, goldings hops, creamy mocha-like character, - all medium-high in intensity, soft bready-nougat basemalt character manages to shine through amazingly...big plum and red apple notes, blackberry comes out eventually, no diacetyl, - really lovely.

APP- deep molasses with ruby highlights, low off-white head fades fast, medium low carbonation,

FLAVOR- medium-high sweetness balanced by coacoa flavor and roasty astringency, with medium-low burnt character in a long finish. low woody dimension and medium-high herbal hop flavor. medium coffee and blackberry is back again, as is the red apple...not much hop bitterness, no diacetyl, toasted nut on mid palate,

MF- full bodied, velvety, lightly and pleasantly astringent, medium-low carbonation,

OVERALL - complexity and depth of flavor are excellent, balance is sweet and then wiped off the palate by gentle but creeping roasted qualities, hoppiness comes through, I revisited this old favorite because BJCP has it listed as an example of "Brown Porter"...brown porter my ass, this is as robust as they come.

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Photo of RavynX
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brow, thin tan head that clings to the edge of the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Slightly nutty with cocoa and coffee aromas.

Feel: Smooth, minimal carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: Really enjoyable.

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Photo of JDTHREE
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best of the variety. Fuller's London Porter is the quintessential English Porter. All other English Porters should be judged by this standard.

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Photo of GrumpiusMaximus
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this from a local supermarket on a whim after a long day at work, as I've always been a fan of Porter styles.

Upon opening the bottle, I could smell the malty and dark flavours and upon tasting, I was not disappointed. In general, I have been disappointed with Fuller's beer (even London Pride, which I have consumed in great quantity on one particular occasion...).

It is a quintessential porter, with a dark and rich flavour that does not disappoint. The taste lingers in the mouth but pleasurably, with the impression of its richness retained on the palette. Initially, it has a slightly light 'top' with richer undertones and it is those undertones that stay in the mouth. The swallow is smooth and consistent and it has a distinctive depth of flavour that is worth keeping on the tongue. The only improvement would be a slightly deeper 'top' to the flavour but at this stage this is only a very minor point.

I am surprised that it has taken me this long to try London Porter. Simply superb and perhaps a new favourite. It might even challenge my favoured Hobgoblin as my preferred ale-based poison!

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some nice ruby highlights a lighter head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma is sweet and roasted with some light cofee aromas lingering.Nice and complex beer somewhat sweet with nice earthy tones, a rich marshmellow-like finish.A nice rich and sustaining porter very well made for sure.

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Photo of Popsinc
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown/mohagany pour with a nice tan head. Clear and very settled. The nose is nicely highlighted with soft chocolate and light roasted malt. The taste is nicely malty with dry, unsweetened chocolate notes and a mild coffee-ish flavour. Very nice staying power. The semi-bitter finish lingers nicely. A very smooth mouthfeel with a dry, coffee-bean-bitter finish. A great example of the style.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – Dark brown in color and a bit hazy with a nice head that went down rather quickly.

Smell – This aroma is mild yet very complex. It is dark, with burnt coffee and some hints of baker’s chocolate leading the way. Prune is about the only fruit I can get, but I really enjoy the classic roasted malts. They are done particularly well.

Taste – Ah, yes, done in the classic English style. The roasted malts, which are the highlight for me, come out beautifully. The coffee especially is very sophisticated. It has a tinge of Turkish coffee flavor to it. The chocolate is soft and barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel – This is the Porter’s strong point, IMO. This is incredibly smooth and well-balanced. It is almost medium-bodied. The varying sensations in the mouth are nearly seamless.

Drinkability – Could this be more drinkable than it already is? No, I think not.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my nonic a ruby tinted brown with a thick tan head.

Aroma is somewhat Baltic like in that it has a heck of a lot of prune in it. Otherwise one finds a mountain of roasty/toasty malt and a touch of coffee.

Tastes strong and firm of roasty malt and chocolate with a surprising amount of boozy fruit flavor. Very odd considering the ABV. Minute amounts of charcoal and some hop bitterness add to the character. Buttery and smooth. Well rounded and balanced.

Straight forward, plain and simple…and just great. I could drink it all day long.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BRB1978
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep burnt brown pour capped with a caramel single finger of head. The froth shrinks away quickly leaving behind a slight but even lace.

Great aromas of malt, coffee, and cocoa. All of the reasons I drink porter.

Perfect consistency neither thick nor thin, but to silky to be described as simply "medium". There's is an unctiousness to it that few porters possess.

Great drink! While the flavor is nice, it is this porter's complimentary qualities that bring it to the top of my list of best porters.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black and slightly syrupy with a very thin light brown foamy head when poured into a pint glass.

S: Wonderful abundance of chocolate and coffee

T: Powerful chocolate malt is balanced well with bittering hops that leave a mostly dry finish lingering slightly of coffee.

M: Full bodied and heavy with very light carbonation.

D: Smooth as silk texture lets this go down slow and easy

This is without a doubt the best porter I have had to date. There seems to be an enormous complexity that comes off as simple and enjoyable. Very much recommended.

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Photo of skybluewater
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, ruby-tinted mahogany color. Smells of malted chocolate. Taste is quite good, although a bit different from other porters I've had. It has a malted chocolate flavor, with some coffee-like bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and fairly full.

Overall, this is a darn good porter. I've been meaning to try it for a while now, but this single I bought by mistake (I thought I had grabbed a London Pride). I'm glad I did. Although it's not super-special, it's definitely worth a try, more than once in a while. A nice break from those big winter brews.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.2/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DeanBB
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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