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:
1,219
Ratings:
2,605
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,219 | Ratings: 2,605
Photo of IronDjinn
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, it's always a pleasure for me to do business with Fuller's. This London Porter pours out nearly black in hue, a deep mahogany when held up to the light. Creamy off-white head that soon fades to a thin mottled cap upon the ale. Earthy aroma at first, faint coffee and chocolate, and a dry woody smokiness. Earthy coffee flavour, tapering off to a smoky aftertaste, like pipe tobacco. Full but very dry mouthfeel, with a lingering roasted husk aftertaste. I'm not a smoker myself, but I could see this accompanying a pipe quite nicely, or any very smoked meat dishes. A very nice change from some of the very cloyingly sweet porters that I have sampled in the past. I must salute northyorksammy for enabling me to finally sample this after itching for it for so long.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep brown with a slight burgundy color when held to light, one-inch off-white head with retention around the edges, little lacing

s - not a very strong aroma, mostly roasted malt with slight hints of chocolate

t - slightly sweet up front with roasted malt dominating the body of taste, coffee and chocolate in there as well, slight bitterness on the finish, but mostly chocolate

m - a little more light-bodied than I'd like, mild carbonation, pretty dry finish

d - fairly drinkable, especially with it's mild abv, though dryness of finish might wear out the palate after a few

Solid porter no doubt. Not really anything amazing to me, but a good representative of the style.

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Beautiful dark brown to almost black. 1/2 inch head that quickly disappears. Very little carbonation.

Smell is quite good. Reminds me of a camping trip in northern Minnesota. Bonfire, frinds, drinking beer, sitting around just taking life in.

Taste - Smokey. Charcoal. London in the winter. Smoke stacks. Heavy snow. A man's beer. Not for the wimp!!! Beware cowards.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Light. Exceptional. Hello...can I have another?

Drinkability - Since there are so many Stouts and Porters and so little time, drinkability is aveage since I need to find that next great beer.

I am still looking for my first 5. Where can it be? Surly Darkness maybe? We will have to wait and see.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark look to it. Not pitch black but close. Solid one finger off white head with some staying power. Smells like molasses. Tastes a good deal like molasses as well. Am I spelling molasses right? Anywho, heavy maltiness. Fairly full body. Creamy, good carbonation. Very drinkable if you like that sort of flavor, but since it's so flavorful it might be a turn-off otherwise.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is that of coffee and chocolate. Malt also fills the nose. First taste is bitter chocolate and coffee finish. This beer really shows well when a little warmer, allowing many complex flavors to show trough. Overall very nice porter, great dark brown/red color. Recommend at least giving this one a shot, definitely well put together.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish color and a somewhat thick consistency. Not a lot of head. Decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma - typical of most British beers -with a mild malty quality.

T: Had a blend of malt, chocolate and a toasty aspect. A nicely done, underplayed taste.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a good example of a porter. It's a well made beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with about a finger of light brown head that quickly faded into a thin bubbly film. Collar leaves some soapy lacing down the glass.
S: Mmmmm...chocolate covered hazelnuts fill my nostrils. I get big notes of milk chocolate and toasted nuts like almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts. There are subtle notes of sweet caramel and toffee in there as well.
T: All the nuts and chocolate from the nose translate to the mouth, but this beer is a lot sweeter than it smelled. I taste way more caramel and sweet brown sugar than the scent let on. Finish is sweet with hints of molasses, and the aftertaste is lightly bitter with a touch of smoke to it.
M: Medium body with soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and slick but the finish is fairly dry.
D: This one had a really good flavor to it. I'm excited to hear this will be out in nitro-cans because the moutfeel and carbonation could use a little work. Overall pretty solid though.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Best before September 18, 2016.

L- Deep brown with a bit of light coming through, one finger light brown head.

S- Dark chocolate, little bit of raisin, some fruitiness perhaps from the English yeast.

T- Similar to aroma, dark chocolate, little bit of dark fruits, light roast.

F- Medium to light.

O- Nice English beer with good dark chocolate notes, if you're looking for something dark while still pretty sessionable that's not Guinness, give this one a try.

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Photo of tlema1
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: jet black, with a thin tan head
S: it has the typical British ale smell, that I can't define
T: nice, creamy, a little sweet, some chocolate and coffee
F: good body and mouthfeel, perfect for the style
O: would definitely recommend

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Photo of keithmurray
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - dark mahogany colour with tan head

Smell - cocoa powder, toffee, molasses

Taste - cocoa powder, toffee, molasses, hint of coffee, hint of tobacco

mouthfeel - medium bodied, low/faint carbonation, slightly sweet upfront and slight bitterness to balance it out

overall - this is a decent porter that I'm glad to have tried

Price Point - $9.99/6pk 11.2oz bottles

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, really dark ruby-brown with a head and sufficient lacing.

Smells a bit like roasted cedar with some mild chocolate and coffee.

The taste is rich and roasty, definitely has the dried fruit taste you'd expect in a porter, slightly smoky, with some malt sweetness and just a tinge of bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

It's a pretty solid example of a porter. The writing on the can says it's "rich, dark & complex". Well, one out of three ain't bad. Because it's dark. But it's too thin bodied to be rich, even if it does have a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. And it hits all the marks of the style but in a pretty straightforward and non-complex way.

That said, it's a great beer and I guess sometimes not having much to say about a beer is a good thing.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black/brown with a nice foamy tan head. Not much going on in the smell department but I did pick up hints of malt and carmel. The taste is where this beer really shines. I like the balance of roasted malts, coffee, and a little sweetness. The carbonation adds a nice balance to all the flavoring and makes it easy drinking. I had to be careful because this was so smooth and went down so easy. I really enjoyed this beer. This is a great example of a porter and I would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/7/11

A: red/orange hues shine through this black colored beer, with a 1½ finger head, leaves spotty lacing down the glass

S: not much to note, just caramel and malts

T: roasted barley, toffee/caramel

M: mild carbonation, smooth, but thin, and very dry on the end

D: it goes down easy, just nothing extraordinary as far as taste profile goes, it seems almost more of a brown ale than a porter

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice-looking 500ml bottle, as pictured.

Poured an ample tan head that became chunky and rocky and tight before fading to a thing ring that left slight lacing. Cola-brown body.

Smell of caramel malt, dark malt, crystal malt. Really nice aroma. Hops? Not there.

Taste is a bit disappointing after the smell, but is clearly to style: a sour-stale bitterness, crackers, rye bread, dark malt but not much of it. Not malty enough to match the smell.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Very drinkable. This would make a good session beer.

Overall, after reading other reviews, I'm a bit non-plussed. Good, but nothing great to me. I was expecting a bit maltier and chewier brew.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: an embossed 500mL brown bottle with a stylish Brittish label. A good package.

Appearance: pours a solid, very dark brown in colour with one-finger of creamy, tan head. The head has good retention and lacing.

Aroma: heavy roasted malts - traditional cocoa and coffee. A touch of spice. Typically demure.

Taste: fairly rich in flavour, following the nose. Strong roasted malts with some spice backing.

Aftertaste: some malt bitterness lingers through, with a touch of sweet caramels. Nice.

Mouth feel: a fairly heavy feel with lower carbonation. Pretty spot-on for an English Porter.

Overall: quite a nice English Porter - very traditional and good quality. The price is a bit over the top, as most English beers are in Australia - an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL bottles is around AU$110. Can definitely get similar for far less, but one every now and then won't hurt.

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Photo of karait95
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice looking, a dark reddish color almost brown with glint against the light that let see the red inside, an interesting 4 finger head that lets se a dark beige color with a creamy body.

S: Toasted aroma you can sense the hops, the malt and some sweetness.

T: Hops and toasted grain, some alcohol can be feel also very bitter end with a good balance beginning.

M: Enjoyable creamy body with a lasting ending, a little too bitter.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. The beer is an extremely dark brown that is clear when held to light. Head grew to about 2 fingers thick and was a nice shade of tan, but had pretty poor retention.

Smell: Aroma is of milk chocolate and coffee with an earthy undertone. I really had to stick my nose in the glass to get any sort of discernable aroma. Mildly disappointing smell.

Taste: Thick and creamy with a dominant cafe de leche taste. Smooth through the midpalate with a chocolate note and a lighter roasted malt note. Finishes as black coffee. Very satisfying.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. This one pours black with the consistency of a cola. Full 1 inch head that's nicely tan in appearance with a creamy and bubbly head. Looks gorgeous, if it's any consolation. Deep, rich, woodsy smell with mahogony and chocolate. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Roasted malt reminds me more of a dark coffee (think Sumatra if you've ever had it) than anything else. Nice clean bitterness in the finish. Hop character lends a nice amount of earthy notes to the whole affair. Overall a very enjoyable porter and a nice night cap to my Labor Day.

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Photo of bryehn
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with ruby around the edges. The frothy tan head sticks around forever as a collar.

Smells like chocolate and coffee. I get a light, honey-like sweetness as well.

Tastes like dark coffee with dark chocolate in it. Solid bitterness to back it up. Dark toffee sweetness comes through as it warms.

I find this beer too thin for a porter or a chocolate-flavoured beer. Takes a syrupy character on the back of the tongue, but I expected thicker.

Very chocolatey, but almost overpowers the beer itself, which I find a bit thin. I'd like it just a bit thicker, but definitely above average.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a solid brown. Well, I turned on the lamp and now it looks a bit red. Head is one finger, tan, and holds well. A slight bit of lacing.
S- Smell is quite strong of coffee with a bit of lingering molasses aroma as well.
T- The taste is a bit stronger of molasses than I perceived on the nose. At first it comes off a bit too sweet and not roasted enough, but the finish brings through a really well done coffee flavor.
M- Medium body, medium-light carbonation. just a touch astringent at times in the finish, with a dry finish.
O- A good porter, but I'm not sure the price point merits me buying it. Good, not great, but I'd drink again.

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(best by June 20, 2015)

L: dark brown-amber and clear up to light ... beautiful color and clarity; weak, soapy head barely 1/4-inch tall that disappears quickly; keeps a wimpy collar, no skin; no stick and very little lacing

S: grapes; dark dried fruits ... plums, too ... kind of sweet; roasted wood (not burnt) ... very subtle roasting throughout, roasted malt is nice; coffee ... kind of acidic coffee

T: sweet roasted malt and fruity ... almost like a toasted English pale ale, for the malt is thorough with just a hint of earthy bitterness; slight coffee; semi-sweet chocolate ... not as sweet as the nose; at times almost has a rye-like twang, like the Irish dry stout -- but it's so weak it's hard to say for sure if that's rye or something else

F: lightweight but solid, good carbonation (much more than there appears to be in the weak pour)

O: great brew and the brewmaster's deft hand at handling roasted (not burnt) malt here is excellent; it's almost too easy to drink; never too bitter nor too sweet

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/29/11 notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best by Feb 24 2012 on the bottle.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, and light caramel malts. Really nice nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, cream/vanilla, dark fruits. Again, pretty nice, with slight bitterness from the coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice English porter. I really liked the nose and this is a great example of the style. easy to drink and available all over, I'd certainly pick this up again.

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Photo of AMo
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fullers London Porter pours a medium dense dark ebony with a short lasting fizzy head. The smell is good, but only moderately strong. Taste has similar characteristics; its a fair tasting porter, but there isn't any boldness to the taste. Notable charactieristics include a smooth malt flavor with a slight smokeyness. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and a bit on the thin side. Overall drinkability was good, but I though this could have been a lot bolder in just about every aspect. If this was a reasonably priced six pack I'd say its worth picking up, but for what they are charging the quality is not worth the price.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany with a light brown and bubbly head that eventually settles to a small head a couple of millimetres tall after about two minutes. Retention is good.

Strong, rich malts to begin with and some nice chocolate notes. Light sugar with some figs and a touch of coffee. Light alcohol towards the end but overall this is pretty well balanced.

Dark chocolate and figs kick things off here along with the faintest bit of coffee and alcohol. There is some rich malts and some burnt sugar.

Medium bodied and quite smooth, it is mildly carbonated but a little lighter than I was expecting although not thin at all. The taste is a rich some and with a moderately bitter finish.

Very rich with strong chocolate and roasted malts making up the majority of the taste. It was a well balanced and complex porter that I fairly enjoy and would most likely have again. For a porter it was surprisingly refreshing and went down well.

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Photo of Salpta
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A ruby black up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing from the 1/2" tan head on the glass though it faded quickly. The smell is caramelly sweet, with almost no hoppyness. My first impressions are of roasted nuts, kind of a roasted peanut flavor. Only bitterness i can tell is during the long lingering aftertaste. No really this one has a very LONG lasting aftertaste, which the roasty flavor is predominate. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this porter delicious as an after-dinner or dessert beer.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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