Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,653
Reviews:
1,234
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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266
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Photo of Kilroy55
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of trep
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try this for ages now and finally saw it on the shelf at Kenny Road Market in Columbus so I thought i'd give it a try.

Poured into over-sized wine glass. Dark black, but not completely opaque. Creamy vanilla ice-cream head slowly fades and leaves a nice barrier around the glass, leaving some lacing.

Oh my. Nose is astonishingly complex. Vanilla, coffee, caramel, chocolate malt ice-cream. Very creamy smelling, I hope it tastes as good as it smells.

Super rich initially then slides down a river of vanilla, toffee, oak, and milk chocolate. Finishes kind of dry and ashey, like charred wood, with the most subtle mocha aftertaste. I feel like Augustus Gloupe in Wonka's Chocolate Factory must have felt like. Absolutely delicious, balanced and smooth as can be, truely an outstanding beer.

Creamy as can be. Chocolate milky smooth, and appropriate carbonation. Medium body. Incredibly easy drinking and likely the world's best session beer at a mere 5.4%.

I could go on and on about this beer. If you haven't tried it yet, seek out a bottle and you won't be disappointed. World Class stuff from Fuller's.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to say that this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Because it was hand-pumped, I know this review is slightly inflated; but I don't care. Tremendous beer, beautiful dark color with tan head- you could see the richness ebbing from the top. Carmel sweetness, but a rich, dark chocolate flavor, with some bitterness pulls you in and never lets you out. So fresh, nothing to distract from the taste. Creamy, but not in a nitro way- just and abundace of flavor. Wonderful.

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Photo of BlueShepard19
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TastyTaste
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. One good beer.
Anyways....
Dark mahogany color, almost non-translucent. Tan head that fades into a solid layer on the top of the beer. Raisins, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, a lot going on in the nose. Taste is wonderfully rich. Chocolate and coffee tones dominate. Hop sare not an afterthought in this beer, however. Thick mouthfeel. Excellent beer, and a very good random selection at the liquor store.

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Photo of Olegophren
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Illtryit
4.87/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me at Llewellyns in Webster, MO

Smell is sweet chocolate and toffee.

Black. Tan head, Creamy as if nitro tap (although it wasnt)

Taste, chocolate, toffee, coffee.

Had this both on tap and by the bottle. Taste are identical. Very good beer. Definitely makes my rotation.

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

Pours a bubbly dark brown with a very thick head, evaporating rather quickly, but some fine lacing throughout. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee beans, enough complexity to keep sniffing! Very smooth and crisp, a wonderful blend of roasted malt, chocolate, and dark roasted coffee mixed well. A creamy body, yet stays smooth throughout, a smokey and coffee beans feel left on the palate, leaves you yearning for more. Should be enjoyed by most, try one ASAP.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.4% ABV, Best Before 04 JUN 12

A - Brief cascading results in a tall but short-lived tan head which drapes sheets of lace on the pint above the incredibly dark mahogany brown colored beer.

S - Fuller's London Porter has a rich chocolaty aroma to it that suggests a dark chocolate bar dusted with cocoa and perhaps, some coffee grounds. It's earthy and "old", London Porter has a subtle woody, musty-like aroma which really helps it out, keeping some balance going on.

T - Rich and dark, the flavor is a complex explosion that coats the tongue, requiring many more sips to fully grasp. Bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the initial flavors, while earthy wood-like flavors follow closely with a nuttiness in tow. Sweeping in towards the end is a light but balancing caramel flavor which tops it off nicely.

M - Full-bodied and creamy, the moderate carbonation is almost ignored as this smooth beer glides over the tongue and down the throat with a lingering hard dryness and acrid bitterness from the roasted malt.

O - Roasted and robust, Fuller's London Porter is a chocolate and coffee-like flavored treat which all comes from the malt complexity, no added ingredients! It's full-bodied but at no point does it become thick or undrinkable and it's so bold in flavor, it's impressive the beer remains around 5% alcohol. Fuller's London Porter is a stellar beer for any occasion.

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

I've been trying to get this one for a while, and I'm not disappointed.
The appearance deep, dark, opaque black with dense chocolate milk colored head that doesn't go away. There lots of nicely spaced out patches of lace that are tan in color.
The aroma is a deep dark roasted espresso bean that is nearly burnt, awesome. There are also faint malt and caramel whiffs here. When I drank this, there was again espresso, but with chocolate and hints of malt. Nice slight bitterness in the finish that was perfect with a great crisp after taste. Nice thick mouthfeel that's chewy and refreshing. Great drinkability, no matter what time of the day. As a testament to that last statement, I had this for breakfast the other day and the coffee flavors complimented the time of day perfectly. Note: review not written from the morning session...but it was just as good

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Photo of MrHolland
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.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that a good porter is always welcome in my fridge, saying that this should have a case setting there waiting to be consumed! WOW! world class is a good place to begin.

A- Poured a very dark brown/Mahogony with a light carmel colored head that leeft some lacing behind.

S- smelled of chocolate, fresh bread, earthy, and carmelish

T- Damn just like it smelled only more intense. Was very well balanced between the malts and slightly hop-ish(is that a word).

M- Smooth, smooth did I say SMOOTH? med to light carbonation, mild chewiness, was very hard to just sip this one, I wanted to chug it then refill it and sip the second one (alas I only had the one that was a gift from Chewystheman - THANKS)

O- World class in taste, mouthfeel and so very well balanced!

I want more!

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Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Came out of a nitro can, It looks really good the head looks like coffee flavoured ice cream and it smells like a good esspresso. It is near pitch black in colour almost like a coffee. It tastes like dark chocolate and coffee. I taste hints of wine, a very bitter beer. A real robust body, that stays with you.

A must taste for any serious beer drinker.

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Photo of Crossmc1423
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best porter ive had so far

A- Very dark, pours almost black with a brownish head

S- TOASTY!

T- Coffee and Chocolate aroma fills the palate, but the aftertaste is what makes this beer exceptional...just the right amount of bitterness that blends perfectly with the sweetness of the chocolate flavors

M- the only word that comes to mind is velvety

D- rolls off the tongue

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Photo of waughbrew
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(11.2 oz. ?) Brown bottle with a bulbous neck...date code greatly appreciated, this one is good til may 2006.

Deep chestnut nearly black. Fizzy head goes down to 1/4", pauses for a bit, then turns to gray wisps. The aroma of this beer is amazingly strong for a 5% non-hoppy brew! Stong and appetizing, it screams coffee and red wine to me. One of the few malt-centered beers that I could whiff all day long. Flavor is wonderful too. Charcoal and molasses, coffee and red wine. All I could ask for in a porter. Thin body and low carbonation is pulled off with help from the dryness and acidity. Very easy drinking, this one has a ton of flavor but is not as filling as most stouts or other malt-centric beers. A classic for all time!

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Photo of sjtmbg
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If kept cold it will pour to a large, mocha-colored head, but it should be left to warm to cellar temperature to fully enjoy the flavors.

Appearance is the rich deep-brown coffee color that portends the flavor of this classic of the porter style. I don't know of a mass-produced bottled beer that's better than this one. Coffee notes are accompanied by the roasted malt that one would expect of a great porter.

Fortunately this beer is a regular on the shelves of Waitrose and many other places with good selections of bottled beer.

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Photo of Ale_Dog
4.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of goochpunch
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark brown. Almost black. The head is a frothy milk chocolate color, but does not have much of a presence. The first thing noticed as I smell this is fruit. A big, sweet punch of dark fruit. This is shortly followed by a smooth chocolate and coffee mix. I get a lot of dried fruit, nuttiness, honey, and chocolate in the first wave of flavor, which mutes slightly to allow the roasted malt character to shine through. Delicate, lingering bitterness from the malt reminds me of chocolate-covered espresso beans. This is magnificent. The best way to describe what I'm experiencing is to imagine a piece of baklava, drizzled generously with a dark chocolate ganache, dusted with finely ground espresso beans, and served with a side of dates and preserved figs. Mouthfeel is of moderate body, lightly carbonated, with a slight slickness. Really, the mouthfeel here is perfect and is essential in bringing all of these flavors home. Highly drinkable.

At a measly 5.4%, this beer has more character and charm than a lot of the bigger beers people lose their shit over. A nearly flawless porter, and I've yet to find another that even comes close to this.

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Photo of techdiver
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam and rings of lacing.

Caramel, chocolate and coffee to the nose.

Very rich, wonderful taste. Coffee and chocolate predominant, a most amazing porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, but doesn't feel full.

Great drinkability, this one goes on my list of favorites.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a good one any time of year....

A = Dark, thick and sexy

S = Dark chocolate, mocha, roasted malts.

T = Super smooth, roasty nice chocolate malt start with appropriate bitterness.

M = Very, very smooth, creamy.

D = This is an easy one to pound a sixer at a sitting. Great drinkability

Love this beer - I get all giddy when I see this at a friends house...

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Photo of BDTyre
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter is by far my favourite style. This was the first porter I ever had, and I bought purely to give a genuine English beer a try. I fell in love with it instantly.

Sadly, porter is not widely available here in Vancouver, so I have sampled but a few. Fuller's is one I keep returning too and buying in quantity.

It pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head. The head disipates quickly, but leaves a nice lace. It smells vaguely of chocolates with a definite malt scent. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts. Smoky and strong, fit for drinking with a meal or as a meal. Thick mouthfeel, as a porter should be, but not so thick as to be undrinkable.

I could definitely drink three or four of these, but it can be overwhelming to some. Like a true porter, almost a meal in itself.

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of scotlandsp
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful brune dark appearance with whiteish head. Smell-chocolate and coffee-very nice combination. I taste beers the same way I do wines. Exceptional taste rom the first to last sip. Rich and full mouthfeel-as afte a very strong turkish coffee. One or two pints satisfy completely.

I had it bottled.

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Photo of bigpoppacueball
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is WOW. One of my all time favs. Hard to find in my area.
S: Smells of Coffee, Chocolate with a hint of roasted nuts.
T: Its like drinking a cup a great coffee and eating chocolate cake. A very flavorful beer but do not let the chocolate fool you, this is not a super sweet beer. It has a pleasant and robust aftertaste but it dissipates quickly leaving the palate clean.
A: Dark with a white head. Leaves a heavy lace on the glass with a very noticeable notch where the beer has rested.
It is much better in the bottle then it is from the can.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,653 ratings.
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