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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
Reviews:
1,212
Ratings:
2,591
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
15%
 
 
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Photo of MattyV
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cola that gives way to nice amber highlights when held up to the light. A very creamy half finger beige head quickly recedes to a nice cap

S: Pretty subdued, pick up some nice toasted malts along with a bit of coffee and chocolate

T: all of the different flavours picked up in the aroma are present in the taste, along with a slight burnt bitterness that blends everything together

M: nice and creamy, easy on the carbonation but a tad thin

D: a great session beer for the cooler months. Very tasty and not heavy feeling at all, could definitely handle a few of these in succession

One of the few solid choices available at my hometown rural northern Ontario LCBO. Will likely be picking up a few more of these over the next few weeks of Christmas holidays

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Photo of californiakulak
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the now closed Public House is Fresno.

A. Very dark brown color with a nice off white head. Head vanishes quickly and lacing is almost nonexistent.

S. Nice roasted scents. Malty, sweet aromas as well. Some coffee and chocolate.

T. Very good beer. Toffee, sweet malt, and a little chocolate.

M. Kind of thin for the style. Slight bitterness and low carbonation.

D. Good, easy drinking beer. I could, and did, have multiple pints at one sitting.

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Photo of Jredner
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic Porter smell and look with a deep black body supporting a firm, two finger thick, mocha head. Roasted chocalate overtones and great malty, toasty and roasty mouthfeel. Well rounded and balanced with ample chocolate and coffee notes. Worthy of its praise.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours upa very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights and a tan head that dissipates to a thin cap of foam on top. Gorgeous.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malt, almost coffee like.

T - Starts with a hint of sweet malt, quickly replaced with roast malt/coffee flavor, and finishing with a cream-like sweetness.

M - Slightly thin. Probably appropriate for the style in the UK, but I'm an American dammit, and I want a thicker porter. Just kidding.

D - Fortunately, the roast malt finish is fleeting otherwise this would be an oppressive beer. As it is, there is no lingering bitterness, making this an extremely drinkable beer.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 500-ml can into an English stein.

Appearance - dark, cola black appearance with light brown foam head.

Smell - licorice and chocolate aromas.

Taste - unbelievable, complex flavors layered upon each other. Alternates between malty and dessert ingredient unsweetened chocolate, with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - rich tasting and delicate, filled with character.

Drinkability - one only. This is a treat. I wouldn't have another until next Sunday.

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Photo of haz77
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with barely any light passing through it when held up to the light. Two fingers of dark tan head sit atop the body and retain well.

S - Chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, some sweet spice

T - Starts off with the caramel/molasses flavour before transitioning into the roasted malts. Dark chocolate and sweetness with a bitter tang come through toward the end.

M - Medium body, low carbonation and slightly slick.

D - An good beer overall. Worth trying.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/22/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 18.6oz bottle with a best before April code marked on the back label. Poured into a standard nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a lucid garnet or dark cherry coloring. Reasonable dirty white creamy head and fair lacing.

Smell- Scents of Chocolate, coffee and maybe charcoal (deep deep burnt malts)

Taste- I first noticed the heavy roasted malts, almost a bit smoky in nature. Then the hop bitterness came through and lastly the nice portion of dark chocolate and the smallest detectable amount of coffee. Pretty good mixture.

Mouthfeel- This one was a pretty carbonated porter for me. Even after I let it calm for a good 30 minutes before drinking. This dude was pretty fizzy.

Drinkability- Good flavors and scent, the carbonation kind threw me for a loop though. Otherwise a very decent porter.

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Photo of orfeu
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt., .9 fl. oz. bottle, a week past its "best before" date (26 February 2006). Deep translucent red -- almost purple -- leaning towards brown: like cherry cola with a frothy beige foam cap. Nose of sweetish roasty malts, caramel and vinous fruit aromas. Thin to medium bodied, the roasted malts flavor in this porter are much more subdued than anticipated. There is primarily a vinous cherry flavor (bordering on sour), with a smoky-charred character towards the end. Mineral finish. Earthy hop flavors and roastiness emerge as the beer warms. Very easy to drink, but I think it's probably better closer to room temperature. I wonder if this is ever served on cask...probably (?)...never been to London. Anyway, classy beer. Recommend.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mahogany brown in the glass, good head and lacing.

Smell: Molasses and brown sugar in the nose. I had a bad experience with an awful molasses-y beer recently, but the brown sugar is alluring.

Taste: Good bit of molasses flavor, with a distinct mocha finish. Very little in the way of hops character.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Mouthfeel is a little on the rich side. Drinkability is limited for the same reason. I liked it, but I have to call it overrated.

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Photo of cracgor
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown...almost black. A creamy rocky tan head.

Smell: First impression is sweet, roasted malt. Fruity, a mellon like smell. Also a little sour smelling, but in an appealing way. As much retention and sticking as I would expect

Taste: Not overly roasted malt. Not something i'd describe as chocolate or coffee, just a delicious burnt flavor that sticks with me.It also seems to be a little weaker than I prefer in overall taste. It also has a bit of a sweet flavor that is just bitter enough from the hops. And a bit of a nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body. a little sour. just a good feel.

Drinkability: A good beer to just sit around and drink. Interesting, just a little out of balance in my taste.

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Photo of spointon
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This one poured the color of dark cola with a nice 1.5 inch tan head. The head dropped quickly to a skim but the carbonation release was significant throughout. Minimal lacing down the glass.

S= This porter smelled of burnt caramel, roasted coffee, treacle, and hints of chocolate. Call me crazy but it also seemed to hint at a smoky essense too.

T= This ale tasted of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and the same smokey hints that were in the nose. The finish was sort of bitter from the roasty (burnt) malt flavors.

MF= Body was medium-heavy, but lightened considerably by the higher than expected carbonation.

D= Definitely a good porter, but with a few minor shortcomings. I would have preferred a bit less carbonation, however I was totally intrigued by the mild smokiness of this beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown, thin tannish head that evaporated far to fast but leaves impressive sticky, spotty ink-blot lacing. Smell is deeply roasty/toasty malts with a slight burntness with notes of hazelnut, dark toffee, and coffee. Taste is a fair amount of roasted malts, burnt-like toast and coffee, a bit acidy in the middle into the end where a tiny little fruityness slips in, finishing with a hoppy mellow dryness that balances well. Feel is medium to thin in abundance, no real richness or heftyness to be found for my idea of a robust porter. Its a solid porter by many means and quite a good drinker, I was hoping for more though.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown with a foamy light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing.

Light coffee, burnt sugar, and charred aromas. Pleasant, but not in your face.

Smooth combination of sweet, charred, and bitter. French roast coffee, some light molasses bite, bitter chocolate, and some brown bread. Light hop bitterness, Light lingering coffee finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, but enough prickly carbonation to keep this from being overly cloying or even mouth coating. Drinks lighter than it is, and is very easy to put down. Nothing overdone or out of balance on this one, and no off flavors at all. Another one of those beers that makes you wonder why you don't drink this more often (too much choice out there I guess). A good reminder that this beer needs to get revisited often.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black n tan - one finger head. Fades quickly.

Complex aromas - roast malts, cigar box, coffee, chocolate, smoke.

Taste is medium bodied, smooth, with more chocolate, coffee. Moderate bitterness. A little watery, but.... it's a 5%-ish.... not bigger.

Carbonation low. Mouthfeel smooth

Good solid porter. Not convinced it's a good as the sky-high BA rating tho. However, due to it not having massive flavours, I suspect I could drink all night.

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Photo of HoposaurusRex
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with deep ruby trim, khaki head that dissapates quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - dark ripe fruits, toffee, hint of chocolate and espresso

T- sweet toffee, milk chocolate, fruity esters. Very mild roast character with slight hint of espresso.

M- silky with low carbonation. One of those beers you want to swish around in your mouth.

O- lovin' it! Excellent example of an English brown porter. Lower hop and roast bitterness than many American examples. Easy drinking and superbly balanced.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.Dark brown, nearly black with some slight ruby highlights. Very thin wispy head. No retention. Not much lace on the glass. Slight chocolate and roast smell. Also notes of charcoal. Nice rich roast flavor with a hint of coffee. Slight hop bitterness to help balance out the beer. Medium body, low carbonation. Overall a good beer. Nice example of the English style. Good drinkability.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. special branded bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Most of the beer in my glass has a mahogany or ebony color, but a good amount of the edge has a cranberry tint to it. A rocky beige head forms on top before fading to some scattered patches. No real lace to speak of, and it took a decently aggressive pour just to create any real head.

Smell: Deep bitter chocolate, burnt roasted malts, a bit of smoke, vanilla, some oak, and a touch of charred molasses give this complex aroma.

Taste: There is a touch of molasses sweetness up front, but this beer is fairly bitter all the way through. A bitter dark and charred malt brings a bit of tobacco and smoke with it, setting the tone for a bitter dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee bitterness that persists for the rest of each sip. The finish remains bitter.

Mouthfeel: The burnt nature of the malt imparts a slightly acrid feel, and the residue left around the inside of my lips is bitter and oily. It is dry with a noticeable acidity to it as well. The carbonation is on the light side and neither is overly creamy or crisp. A medium body compared to other porters I have had.

Overall: This is not a bad beer by any stretch, but I would not choose it over any handful of solid American porters.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this one pours about as black as a stout with a nice tan head that fades kinda of slowly to a thin frothy head that almost reminds me of a nitrogen conditioned beer. when held up to the light it shows a dark dark brown color, almost ruby. the nose almost reminds me of a guiness only way more complex. lots of coffee aparent, some chocolate, and some really nice roasted malt aromas. a lot of the coffee and chocolate come through in the taste with a little roastiness, finishing with a nice semi bitter chocolate finish that leaves you longing for more. its medium bodied and not too much carbonation, just perfect. this has some great drinkability both cause great taste and average ABV. this is the first one from fuller's that ive had and i really enjoyed, ill definately be picking up some of their other brews. i highly suggest seeking this one out, i only wish that my porter turned out have as good.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a just a bit of light coming through. Excellent lacing and good foam. Surprisingly light in appearance despite the color.

Smell: Tobacco is the main thing here. Some molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate. A hint of coffee. I love the smell, but would like it to be a bit stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Roasted tobacco and some maple syrup. A bit too subtle for my liking, but it is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is definitely too thin, but not flat.

Overall Drinkability: This strikes me as an excellent example of an English Porter. Not my favorite style of porter, but this one is worth it.

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Photo of gtermi
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head that quickly fades.

S: The beer has a lot of roasted scents with a good bit of black liquorice. Also sort of smells like bread.

T: Has a nice bit of roastedness and some chocolate. I am also picking up on a little coffe after taste.

M: The beer is very smooth and easy to drink. It does have a little crispness on the back of the throat, but it sort of ads to the enjoyment of the beer.

O: This is a very tasty beer. I bought it expecting to be delicious and man it didnt let me down. I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a rich and sweet taste as well as being dark and malty. Almost like chocolate. Definatly an interesting mixture of taste. It was almost closer to a specialty coffee then a beer.

I was very impressed by this beer and would recommend it. Strong but goes down smooth. Appearance wise it has the properties of a traditional ale and has a sweet aroma.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black-brown-red color, slight head, off white.

Nice mocha smell - coffee, bittersweet cocoa, licorice, mild.

Mild taste, again coffee and cocoa, clean, not hoppy, mild.

Mouthfeel could be richer. Too much carbonation. Not off putting, just not as good as the rest of the beer.

Mild finish, slightly bitter licorice, well integrated.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very so,I'd example of the style, textbook even, but for me it's not quit up there with the best English ones in the game, and as such might be a tad infkated on the ratings. It is awesome beer though, real dark deep brown, minimal light comin in, and a lathery tan head that hangs on the whole drink. Big chocolate notes in the nose and front end of the flavor, while English ale yeast, slate mineraliry, toasted pumpkin seed, and even red wine flavors round it out. Type one tannins happening, seemingly making it a little thin, great English hop bitterness to finish it, and quite a bit of the yeast in there as well. Sessionable as the style goes, but still a robust beer, good in all seasons and with an absolute ton of different food options. A little surprised to see it so highly regarded, as it was I. More of that high B+ range for me, not flawless, but I did not see a bottle date, and had it in Puerto Rico, whatever that means. Overall though another English classic from a brewery that makes a whole lot of them. A must try if you haven't had it or don't know what makes a porter English.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Elephant & Castle in Boston. Served in an Imperial pint glass. Dark, rich brown color. Thin white head. Roasted dark chocolate malt smell. Taste nailed what I think a porter should be. Roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, hint of vanilla, and just a bit of smoke all rolled onto the palate. I loved the mouthfeel of this beer. Smooth and creamy, yet hearty at the same time. But, very drinkable and a moderate abv % level. This should be considered a classic example of a British porter.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : Brown and hazy with a creamy head that was lost quickly

S : Chocolate, prune and roasted malt right there. Not dominating but mild, yet quite recognizable

T : Soft taste of chocolate and coffee. Roasted coffee beans if you know that

M : Smooth and medium bodied. Highish levels of carbonation for its style

D : Yes, very much

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,591 ratings.
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