Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

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.

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Photo of StonyB
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had previously tried Fuller's London Porter a couple of times, but not recently. This review was from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Gary's Wine & Marketplace in Madison, NJ. Best before date of Feb. 19 '07 on rear label.

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown. Foam dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smell - Roasty espresso dominates. Coffee grounds. A hint of milk/lactose, maybe. Roasty, Roasty, Roasty.

Taste - Strong coffee and dark chocolate. Roasty (yes, there's that word again) though not unpleasant bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, thick. Covers the tongue like melting butter. Smooth.

Drinkability - Rich and filling. Easy to drink, but not a great session beer.

Fuller's London Porter is perfect after a hard day at work, a wonderful stress-reliever. An excellent example of the style, and a very good beer, period.

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Photo of DavidST
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass, best before date of 11 Dec 11.

Pours a dark brown (coke like color) with a large mocha color head with decent retention. The smells are subtle I get some chocolate, some dark roasted malts, and a little nuttiness. Feel is medium to light. The taste is far better than expected with the weak smells, I get a little chocolate, a smoked flavor and some roasted malts with a light bitter after flavor, good stuff, a very nice porter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a milestone of a beer. Much like a strong stout without the roasted grain bitterness, but with sweet dark fruits. Pours black with a soft tan head (like whipped cream for the beer lover). Smells solidly of dark grains, chocolate, and coffee. A mild tartness comes through, much like raspberries. Tastes sweetly of chocolate, dark grain, toast, coffee, and a little cream like. Add in slight raspberry and plumb flavors. A mild sourness runs through, maybe lactic acid; albeit light. Body is silky smooth, yet bold. Finishes sweet and lingering. A must-drink for porter lovers.

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Photo of Goliath
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, with some ruby hues. A large inch and a half light tan head forms on the pour and lingers with excellent retention.

The aroma is really nice. A little roasty with some big chocolate tones and a hint of coffee.

The taste is very nice with a big smack of roasted grain giving some bitter dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee. It's really quite good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a rather flat and watery feel.

Drinkability is high. The ABV is easily managed making for a more sessionable beer. The flavor profile is quite nice as well making it easy to sit back and enjoy this British pint. Can't believe I let this sit on the store shelf so long before taking one of my own home.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WHEW! If I'm ever gonna be slapped in the face by anything other than a female, this is the one. It's a slap you can smile about. Roasted coffee with a taste that lingers. Maybe a bit of chocolate tasted after your first breath. Only my second Porter to try...very different than my first, but I like it. Small head that leaves a lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Thumbs up!

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Photo of Hibernator
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle served in an imperial pint glass. Nice looking bottle with a best before date that reads March 11, 2005. Plenty of shelf life left on this beer.

Dark brown, almost black appearance with a good 1" head. Off white lacings that stick and stay on the sides of the glass.

Attractive and full aromas of chocolate, toffee, and espresso.

This is a complex tasting porter that blends chocolate, molasses, caramel, coffee, and smokey malt flavors together. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of mverity
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Deep clear brown with a finger of tan head. Fair lacing with good head retention. Tons of caramel in the aroma with some noticeable toasted malt. Taste is still lots of caramel and dreads, with some deep maltiness. Great mouthfeel! Good carbonation, medium to full body. Perfect for the style!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black with a light tan head. The slightly buttery aroma features dark roasted malts, coffee and just a touch of chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and coffee with a nice dry and bitter finish. Overall, this is an outstanding porter that is certainly among my favorites within the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of philbe311
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly more than a finger's worth of slightly creamy active effervescent light brown colored froth... Slight retention gives way to a mostly full veil of lacing in slight collar... The color is murky and borders between a dark menacing brown and light flat black... A bit of light seems to leak in around the edges of the glass... Mostly still with only a couple of small carbonation bubbles rising towards the top as they cling to the sides of the glass...

S - Very nice balance and complexity... Milk chocolate... Cream... Light roasted malts notes... Light coffee notes... Some dark fruit and raisins as well... Simple and spot on for the style, but extremely well executed...

T - The palate is a mirror image of the aroma... Everything in equal proportions...

M -Medium bodied... Sleek... Light carbonation with a bit of a bite... Starts with an touch of lushness and finished a touch on the dry side... Even and consistent... Maybe a bit thin..

D - Completely satisfying... Textbook English Porter that everyone should experience... I can't say a bad thing about this beer... Lots of character and charm for a 5.4% ABV offering... I could enjoy quite a few of these in a sitting... I would gladly indulge in this again and highly recommend...

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Photo of emincems
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is said to be “dark as midnight”… and I like that. When I am going to drink a dark beer, I want to drink a DARK beer. I found a bunch of Fuller’s at Jungle Jim’s a few weeks ago, and they were cheap. So I grabbed all I could. This one is in the fridge, it’s cold, and I am thirsty. So tonight we are drinking one of these!

Oh, and I will tell you I grabbed a can of CHAKA from Sun King. The beer is $18 for 4 cans… but my good buddy John hooked me up. Anyway, let’s dig into this porter.

In the Glass: The beer does pour black as midnight. There is a nice frothy head that makes way for a thick and polished looking lace. This beer is promising to be good. Friend and fellow beer drinker Scott Shrewsberry said, “One of the better porters out there regardless of being one of the most popular.” I hope he’s right!

Nose: I could smell this before it was even in the glass. I was punched in the face with notes of caramel and chocolate. When I stick my nose in the glass, I am reminded of those caramel notes I experienced while pouring and some dark burnt chocolate that is coming through. This beer also smells sweet, but dry.

Flavor: The flavor starts before I can even finish the first swallow. The typical porter flavors circle the tongue, and then you are hit with the sweetness that I could smell all along the way. Then it gets sour. Not sure where the sour is coming from, but I like it. It then quickly settles into that dark dryness that you expect out of a good English style porter. I can see myself sitting alone in a pub drinking these as I clock watch until the sun comes up.

Mouthfeel: There isn’t much going on… well, besides flavor. There is little carbonation, and the drink is smooth and to the point. The beer would be easy to chug, especially on draft. I wonder if you can get this on cask anywhere. I am sure if you could, the nose would be much more intense.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is what I wish more porters tasted like. It is sweet, dark, and dry. It’s like drinking a really good gin. You want… you demand that dry finish. The aftertaste sticks around for a little bit too, and leaves you with some notes of chocolate.

This is a GOOD beer. Scott was right, I can see why this beer would be so popular. I am not sure why they serve it in a 11.2 ounce bottle… but I am sure that has something to do with the way they measure beer across the pond. If you can get your hands on this, do. Bottoms up, people!

Fuller’s London Porter - The bottle says: “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 malts.

“The Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, London, has been brewing fine ales since 1654.

“The Fuller, Smith and Turner partnership, dating back to 1845, brews an excellent range of award-winning ales, many of which are available in the YSA, including London Pride pale ale and the world’s original ESB. I hope you will enjoy trying all our fine ales.”

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle

A: Very nice looking dark appearance typical of this style of beer. Nice brownish one finger head.

S: Smells very appealing. Burnt/roasted scents with touches of coffee. Maybe a slight bit of tobacco, in a good way.

T: Burnt coffee flavors. Fairly bold tasting and quite complex. Some hop flavor but not extreme. Medium to medium-high bitterness levels. Some of that slight tobacco flavor mentioned into the smell. Good and very flavorful tasting.

M: Fairly thin for what I was expecting. Not to thick or creamy and went down easily. Had a different mouth feel to it.

O: It was a good beer. 50/50 chance I would buy this again. Bold and strong with an interesting mouth feel.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like Newcastle's evil twin, or maybe the bastard son of a Newcastle and a Guinness. Very dark, with brownish auburn tones, similar to Worcestershire sauce. Thin, ash-colored head reminds me of toasted marshmallows

Smell: Smoky and sweet. The most interesting thing I noticed about the smell is that there is a distinctly Scotch ale side to it, with a peaty caramel odor. You can smell it most strongly right as you sip it, which adds a lot to the overall flavor.

Taste: Highly mocha-esque, with lots of caramel coming through. That's not to say it's like a Frappucino or something, because there's nothing sugary about this beer. It's bitter through and through, with notes of roasted nuts. It has a clean, sweet finish, and the aftertaste is all espresso, but unfortunately it doesn't last long.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light and creamy, which is rare in a beer with this much flavor.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, but I think this might come at the expense of the taste, which deserves to be a little denser and richer than it is. Overall, though, my senses were satisfied without being overwhelmed. Very nice!

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Photo of cyrock1
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby brown to deep brown with a 1 inch creamy, beige colored head.

Smell: Toffee and caramel, almost a rootbeer style aroma wafts out.

Taste: Some bitter-sweet chocolate with a light dose of toffee. Coffee flavors linger on the tongue after a bit.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation initially hits you up front but quickly fades to a creamy texture with a small ammount of hop bitterness on the end.

Drinkability: There is something really malty, like a cream soda that keeps me sipping it over and over again. Great classic porter.

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Photo of anakar
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Beer, It's got a very specific flavor that would really make you say either 'Yum!' or 'Ikkk'. I didn't like the flavor, too yeasty. Dar and rich just like they say but the flavor is just no good to my taste. Kinda like Marmite, if you know it.

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Photo of Soonami
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Local 44.

Fuller's London Porter is a deep dark brown with a thin tan khaki head. Aroma was a minimal with a little roasted malt, but not too much, although this is certainly due to the very low carbonation. The flavor is dominated by bittersweet chocolate, caramel, a touch of coffee with a clean dry finish. The beer was smooth and carbed appropriately low.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich opaque black body with a moderately sized creamy tan head.

Rich notes of chocolate and fruits rise out out of the glass alongside a bit of a roasted coffee character. Just a hint of biscuity grain in the background.

Roasted malts provide the taste with wonderful notes of milk chocolate and fresh coffee. Sweetness has a bit of a fruity character as well. Outside the roasted malts you are left with a bit of a malty grain note and a finish the touches a bit on the hops with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but a bit thinner than expected. Overall, Fuller's London Porter might just be the archetype of the English Porter and certainly a must try for any beer lover.

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Photo of Mark
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark and full bodied, a stronger taste of licorice? and coffee tones than other Porters. My porter of choice, and as in most English brews very smooth. Best in winter. I'm having second thoughts on this being my Porter of choice. The last two times I had this I wasn't sure I liked the very strong finishing taste. I think I might prefer the more mellow tones of the Anchor and Anderson Valley porters. Still this is a great beer!

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Photo of JamesMN
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 12/12/14.

Appearance: Black on top and nearly translucent brown near the bottom of the glass. Poured aggressively resulting in a one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin coating of foam.

Aroma: Rich cream and chocolate with a hint of charred malt. Quite aromatic and very clean.

Taste: A good amount of hop impact right out of the gate. A solid bitterness with a sort of grassy flavor, which actually builds in intensity throughout each sip. The malt character that was so present in the aroma is a little harder to find in the flavor beneath the hops. However it does lend some much needed sweetness that provides a bit of balance. As it warms and I've been able to swirl out some excess carbonation, more of the creamy, chocolatey malt flavor has developed. Lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nigh and day difference between when I started drinking and when I took the time to get rid of the excess carbonation. At first all the carbonation really stung alongside the bitterness, but once it was removed the creamier, more delicate flavors came out. I would recommend a very vigorous pour. It's about medium in body wit average drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: I think this porter would be a knock out on nitro or cask, allowing the malt to really shine. But even after my first taste of this historic beer, I completely understand why it has stood the test of time. Its just a plain great example of the style. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a nitro tap @ BBC in Walpole.

A: Pours with rich thick creamy head of a finger, pitch black color letting no light permeate its walls.

N: creamy nitrous like aromas with touches of roasted malt and chocolate. Pretty smooth aroma.

T: Starts with more of the creamy nitrous and moves to roasted and chocolate malts. More chocolate milk runs over the tongue. A slight coffee taste hits you. Pretty rich and creamy but maintains a light feel.

M: Very rich and creamy, sticks to the sides of the mouth, and as thick as a bull's ass.

F: Finishes not too long but the creamy chocolate hangs around at any part of the mouth it can hide. Stays light on abv and bitterness, but has a nice stouty taste. Light but rich and easy drinking.

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Photo of xXTequila
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time i had this was with a slice of birthday cake and they actually went great together. I woudlnt say this is my favourite porter but it's close.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrookW
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-looks more like a stout with the darkness and head but looks great
-smells is mellow cocoa and coffee
-very distinct cocoa flavor with
-a crazy powder feeling maybe from the thickness but not bad nor sout after in my opinion
- not the biggest fan of chocolate flavors but this was pleasant!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at the Sunset.

This porter poured a black color with brown near the edges. The foam was creamy and light brown, and it settled but coated the glass and left lace. The smell was malty, with notes of roated malt and light chocolate malt. The taste was malty with very light roastiness and light chocolate with a hint of licorice and a very light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with medium-full body and low carbonation feel. The finish and aftertaste were dry and malty. This was a very nice pint and was very drinkable.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,644 ratings.
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