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:
2,643
Reviews:
1,230
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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263
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Photo of proppopo
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rkuhnel
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. How did I miss this one? From a small deli in the middle of Union Square in San Francisco this poured very dark, almost black. Big fat tan head, and good chunks of lacing. Nose of chocolate coffee and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Flavors again of chocolate and coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Very nice slightly bitter finish. A simply outstanding porter.

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Photo of mayday1986
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Having surveyed some reviews on this site before after giving beers a try myself, I've never before felt the need to actually add my own review. Until now.

Straight out of the can and warm this beer kills it. How many brews have you had that you would crave at room temperature?

Silky smooth in the mouth with deep sweet chocolate flavors this beer delivers. This is the liquid equivalent of a fresh-baked hearty dessert. Think of a nutty banana bread that is light on the fruit and heavy on whole grains.

I didn't pour it in a glass, but frankly I didn't need to. There is not much head, so the creamy texture is inherent and not lost with time. Admittedly I love the appearance and feeling of the head provided by Guinness, but this is a heartier brew that is ready right out of the can.

Future reviews: Coopers Brewery Best Extra Stout, St Peter's Cream Stout, D. Carnegie & Co. Klass III Porter

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Photo of Scoats
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dang... what a perfect porter (sorry Bert Grants). Whether just having one or as a session beer this beer is perfect. Everything is just right with this beer. It's a wonderful balance of malty and hoppy and chocolatey. I have a new beer to put on my list of favorites.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bouteille brune de 500ml.

très beau porter de belle couleur brune opaque, mousse brune durable, avec un nez de chocolat, de café en grain, en bouche ce porter a une belle rondeur avec un goût de malt chocolat (torréfié), bonne amertume. très bonne bière

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black with an average rocky light brown head that lasted most of the brew with good lacing. Aroma was heavy roasted malt with a chocolate tone. Flavor was complex with the same roasted moderated sweet but moderate average bitter finish. Medium to full body with creamy texture.

Very good brew.

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Photo of miishka3
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Has a nice brown color with hints of red along the edges. Smells of a rich coffee with notes of molasses. Tastes of coffee with a hint of tobacco as it finishes. Has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable throughout and a nice way to introduce oneself to porters.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - nice looking dark tan head sits on top of an almost opaque beer. A little brown comes through when held up to the light. Not much head retention or lacing. Style points for a great looking bottle though.

s - sweet malty chocolate and coffee notes.

t - sweet molasses and nutty flavor start off and are followed by a pretty intense smokiness. A little burnt flavor relieves the smokiness and leaves behind a semi dry finish. I've had quite a few beers but this one just has something about it I can't figure out. Pretty distinct even for a porter.

m - right down the middle in all categories... smoothness, carbonation, weight

d - It might have been because it has been a week since I have had a beer, but when I took the first sip of this it was freaking amazing. The uniqueness seemed to subside a little as I continued to drink. Not sure if my taste buds were just adapting or what. Definitely a great porter. I will have to try this one again.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with an off-white head that subsides quickly. The aroma is of sweet malt balanced by a dry, burnt black malt aroma with no hops to be detected. The taste is very flavorful as the dark malts are no the only thing to be tasted in this beer. Porter was a blend of stale/old ale and new pale ale and brown ale, if this is to be a single sytle that incorporates all three then i will say that i believe iot could be true. The dark malts give us the brown aleish character as well as the dry, sharp stale ale flavor while possesing more hops than a stout so we can attribute these flavors to the pale aleness. With a rich malt profile the dark malts dont; overpower this brew due to a sweet maltiness that is hard to percieve as it blends into the whole malt flavor. A bit of hop flavor in the mix keeps thing interesting so that it is clear this is not a stout. Light carbonation lends a smooth mouthfeel to this beer and it is a nice porter that would make a pretty good session beer as well.

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Photo of franciscoianzer
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmitC
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They say do not judge a book by its cover. Well, if you look at the label you get the feel that you are going to drink something exceptional.

Not at all disappoints.

London is where porter style was developed and this one has a fitting name.

Pours very dark opaque dark brown in color. Just like the color of espresso. Thin tan head which is a delight and looks like the one on a coffee.

Smell it and you think that you are going to drink a mixture of coffee and chocolate. Good tinge of coffee aroma and roasted malts, which grows on you. Very typical of stouts and porters, but a little distinct in that it is a bit more complex than that.

Taste is where this can't be beaten. Awesome coffee and toffee taste, which i think actually comes from roasting of malts. Very natural.

For a porter it has good mouth feel. Light to medium bodied. Not very heavy.

Overall excellent stuff from London.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque brown so dark it's practically black, with a dense, creamy-looking tan head. Retention is strong, dissipating to a still-creamy cap of foam and leaving a touch of lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose with undertones of nuts (particularly hazelnut notes) and caffe latte. Toffee, tobacco (think English Cavendish), and charcoal notes. Has a buttery character to it.

T: Chocolate and brown malts, rich and slightly sweet, followed by bready malts, caramel, and strong roasted malts imparting a black coffee bitterness on one level while combining with buttery and chocolatey overtones to give a milder caffe mocha taste. Faint hint of smoke in the finish.

M: On the lighter end of medium-bodied with slight chewiness and very low, silken carbonation. The bittersweet finish is remarkably clean and balances the flavour profile nicely.

D: A delicious, chocolatey porter worthy of sipping or sessioning; excellent example of the style.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Just about solid black in colour, with a finger and a half of beige head that steadily reduced to a thin layer.

Smell - 4.0
A very complex aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, tobacco, charcoal and leafy hops.

Taste - 4.0
Not as sweet as the smell, flavours of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and charcoal are quite balanced against each other. A rather savoury brew this one, but very smooth.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Simply luxurious. The low, fine carbonation, coupled with a thick, heavy feel over the tongue makes this beer silky smooth.

Drinkability - 3.5
Would be higher for some, but for me the burnt character detracts from drinkability.

OVERALL - 4.05
Cleary a very good porter, although I personally found Colonial Porter to be a more enjoyable drink. I am still yet to find a Fuller's Beer that disappoints, what a great brewery. This would be a great match for a rich, meaty stew.

Re-Review:
When I first reviewed this beer I was still acquiring a palate for burnt tasting beers. Now that I have found it, beers such as this are far more enjoyable. Hence the higher score.
A - 4.0, S - 4.0, T - 4.5, M - 5.0, D - 4.0. OVERALL - 4.3

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Photo of Cyhops
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duckdown
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO.

Pours a solid black with a nice cream colored tight head that stays. Smells strongly of chocolate, roasted notes, faint hops. Some lacing on the glass as its drank. Mouthfeel is medium thickness, mild carbonation, and creamy. Tastes of chocolate and burnt coffee working very well together, the hops aren't coming through too much for me other than adding the crispness at the end, but that isn't a complaint. Amazing flavor. Very happy I picked this can up on a whim without reading about it, what a great find.

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Photo of DaveR514
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atone315
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle, best before 05 April 11.

poured into pint glass an opaque dark deep brown, with garnet highlights when held up to light. white frothy head.
big chocolate and coffee flavors in the aroma. taste is roaty malts, bittersweet chocolate, espresso. not as sweet as the aroma.
mouthfeel is thinner to medium body. about average for a porter.

great drinkability, classic example of the style.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of matty
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pich black colored beer with a slowly fading rich creamy head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is cocoa,coffee and sweet cream.Incredibly smooth and easy drinking.This is one of the top beers I've had in the past couple of years.Highly recommended and I can't wait to get my next one!!

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Photo of Crosling
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark mahogany with a modest sized light tan head. Head fell fast and this laced up pretty well but no big deal.

Nice rich and malty nose! Smells big and robust. Smells smoky and dry with chocolate malts and sweet toffee. Fantastic nose on this one!

This is one BIG porter! Rich and full bodied! Seems to be lacking a bit of complexity up front on the palate but makes up for it on the mid-palate and the finish. Cocoa, chocolate, coffee, toffee and light fruits. This is really tasty!

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Photo of paulginva
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This draft had about a 1/4" creamy light tan head by the time it got to my table. The head dissipated almost immediately with fair lacing. Body was a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and moderate carbonation.

AROMA: Big coffee and chocolate aroma with overtones of caramel, toffee, roasted malts and a bit of nuttiness combined with a light fruitiness. Smelled great.

TASTE: A greater than expected element of coffee was present along with semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted barley with a slight note of hop bitterness. All in all, pleasant and enjoyable.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium palate with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. The initial flavor was a moderate sweetness with the finish lightly bitter with moderate dryness in a medium finish length. Fair body lacing that dissipated somewhat quickly.

DRINKABILITY: A solid, easy drinking, flavorful drink that I'd definitely buy again. Flavor could be enhanced by a slight increase in hops flavor.

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Photo of hopley
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown. There is very little head on it dispite my hard pour (felt little bit of a let down). I do remember this having a bigger head on draft so maybe it was something in the bottle or perhaps I poured it shitty. Smells like coffee and a lot of roasted malt. Tastes very strongly of roasted flavors, coffee like bitterness, and very dark chocolate. These mix with a very strong metallic/earthy hop flavor to make a very interesting porter. This is definitely something to have again. Went very well on a rainy day.

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Photo of eweneek83
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. A great example of a great porter.... yummy!

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,643 ratings.
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