London Porter
Fuller's

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Style:
Porter - English
Ranked #1
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,563
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
1,276
Ratings:
2,799
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England, United Kingdom
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SCORE
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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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jnjander from Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Jul 13, 2012
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Sep 10, 2010
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GrumpiusMaximus from England

4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Jul 09, 2016
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Jan 07, 2014
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Sep 17, 2017
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Aug 10, 2004
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jmasher85 from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't dispute a classic. This beer won't wow you or stand up against those great new flavor-crazy porters that your favorite brewery just invented, but it's the template for all the undeniably enjoyable porters that are made simple, drinkable, and basically enjoyable. Mildly sweet cocoa, chicory grain, and malt flavors, hints of coffee and toasty bitterness, bready undercurrent. Super smooth, light, and it's not hard to reach for a second bottle immediately upon finishing the first.

Mar 04, 2017
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JDTHREE from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Jun 10, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fuller Smith & Turner "London Porter"
330 ml brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 22 OCT 17 ..." and sampled on 13 July 2017
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Another beer that I've enoyed before BeerAdvocate ever came into being. Why I haven't had it in years I don't know, it used to be a standard for me around 1998. It pours a very deep mahogany that borders on appearing black but never quite gets there. It's clear, and the highlight at the base of the glass glows with orange. The frothy head of tan settles fairly quickly into a creamy cap. In the nose it's chocolatey and caramelish with just a light touch of yeastiness and leafy, earthy, and grassy hops. The flavor is all about chocolate but it's not overdone. It's medium bodied, and it's not about a large quantity of malt, but the quality and richness of the malt. There's an edge of roastiness with some hints of coffee beans and molasses, but there's also a bit of golden caramel. Some light apple-like fruitiness (with just a touch of late summer red berries to it) and roasted nuttiness rounds it out, and a very firm bitterness anchors it. It finishes mainly dry as the chocolatey malt fades and the roastiness and toasty nuttiness rises. It's a brilliant example of how sometimes less can be more, and an excellent session ale. There's such a nice balance to it, AND rich malt flavors, that it's completely satisfying... and yet you'll still want another! And it won't build on your palate when you do have it. For fans of the style it's really hard to beat as it's definitely one of the classics, and perhaps my favorite, even over its greatest rival, Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. Well worth seeking out.

4/4.25/4.5/4.25/4.5 = 4.39

Jul 13, 2017
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RavynX from Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Jan 27, 2016
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Naerhu from Japan

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

Thanks to Robbeer for bringing this to Japan.

Pure black body with tight, light colored head.
Light aroma of malt and tobacco.
Was this beer brewed at a cigar rolling facility? Rich coffee, dark toffee, spicyness, lite pepper. Mild bitterness and little to no sweetness.
Nice smooth MF, medium body, silky.
This was a great little treat, nice and complex.

Apr 28, 2005
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MrHolland from South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass, with a best before date of 14/Aug/06.
Appearance- Has a dark tan head that leaves lacing on the glass when the head receades. Pitch black with brown ruby highlights.

Smell- Very strong coffee smell with malt, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste- Def. the best part of the brew. Espresso and chocolate taste first and a pretty strong hint of hops and malts. Very evenly balanced. One of the best porters I have had.

One of the best beers I have had. Will be buying this a lot more but to bad I have to drive about 25 mins to get some.

Jul 23, 2006
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Top to bottom, this is an utterly fabulous porter. Light barely gets through this one. Coffee-brown/black with a huge head on the pour and spectacular drapes of lacing. Coffee roast in the aroma, but in a mocha icing or coffee-cream-filled box chocolate type of way. As it warms, chocolate notes do come through more in the smell as well. A light-moderate hoppy bitterness seems to poke through and some really faint fruitiness. And this is all in the aroma! Soft roasty tones show strongest of all the flavors, with a mild lingering bitterness and bite. Mocha in the middle, coffee and light molasses come late. It's not an intense taste - and it drops off somewhat early (little aftertaste) - but it's balanced expertly.

This just drinks so elegantly - bloody creamy and smooth, not heavy, but with enough weight that it sits a bit. Fairly dry finish, which begs frequent sips and multiple pints.

Dec 13, 2010
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Sage from England

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

I was delighted to discover this elusive Fuller's beer on tap at the Barrow Boy and Banker in London Bridge. Served in a Honeydew tulip glass, the deep colour and bitter chocolaty smell came across well. The taste is full of rich dark chocolate and coffee, the richness balanced however by a powerful bitterness making this a remarkably rounded beer for the strength of flavour. The richness again comes through satisfyingly in the mouthfeel.

This beer may be black as night, but the bitterness makes it surprisingly refreshing. Very drinkable.

Sep 11, 2008
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MeMyselfNAles7 from Puerto Rico

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

Was surprise with how damn good this brew taste, it was all I expected and more. Like the label on the bottle states, Dark, Rich And Complex...and I couldn't agree more.

Pours a dark brownish brew with a thick creamy beige crown. Nice and inviting coffe and cocoa aromas, no alchol scent. Coffe beans hit strong at first sip, then it mellows down to a dark sweet chocolate medley with a taste very near the aroma. Nice round body with a pleasant mouthfull of coffe beans and chocolate ones. Great drinkability. This is one smooth english porter.

Oct 11, 2010
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Aug 31, 2013
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jakea from Wisconsin

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

Mar 15, 2016
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AdrianMendez from Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Nov 14, 2012
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HipHopsHooray from California

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

Oct 17, 2015
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JScoot from Louisiana

3/5  rDev -28.7%

Nov 25, 2014
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jaketaz from Florida

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Apr 25, 2016
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SaunaKing from Canada

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent head that laces the glass as it recedes. The head is dense but settles quickly. The aroma is of rich chocolate - not the type in most candy bars - and coffee grounds. The taste is great, more chocolate than coffee and a very smooth mouthfeel with a creamy finish. Highly drinkable too. I haven't had a porter before and this sat in my fridge for two weeks because I didn't think I'd like it but this is an awesome brew.

Oct 02, 2004
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pershan from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured an impenetrable black with no head into a pint glass. Not much aroma, just a hint of malt sweetness. The taste was the classic porter combination of flavors - roasted barley with undertones of chocolate and toasted malt - excellent. Very low carbonation (no lacing down the glass), and served close to cellar temperature. Fullers is, in my opinion, the benchmark for the English Porter style.

Jan 03, 2008
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MasterSki from Canada

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

Picked this up at the LCBO in the London, Ontario - served in a pint glass. Best before April 18th, 2010.

A - Two fingers of tan foam that quickly dissipates to a half-inch cap with minimal lace. Dark transparent cherry-wood-finish brown color that's quite attractive. Lots of visible carbonation.

S - Lots of roastiness, coffee, cocoa, and maybe some Christmas-y cookie spice in there too. Really intense smell that jumps out of the glass.

T - Flavor is largely baker's chocolate, without anywhere near as much depth as the smell. The roastiness really only makes an appearance in the aftertaste, and it's pretty mild even then. Solid, but very straightforward.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with active carbonation that isn't overdone. Pretty creamy other than the slight carbonation tingle. There's lots of residual stickiness in the finish. Could use a little more viscosity, even though it's a lower ABV porter.

D - Drinking a 500ml can is no problem - the roastiness never gets out of hand and the ABV is pretty forgiving. This is one of the best options that is always available at the LCBO.

Jun 19, 2009
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Beerasaurus from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Nov 16, 2014
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