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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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Photo of tedho21
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.26 oz brown bottle with raised lettering and a best by date (which I’m about 4 months late for)
Aroma: Smokey malt nose with hints of chocolate and some floral hops.
Appearance: Black with nice clarity and some blood red coming through with serious backlighting. Quick tan head that quickly faded into a light covering that laced the top of the glass, but didn’t last long into the beer.
Flavor: Classic porter taste. I’m not a fan of the porter style, but this was a clean taste. The roasted malts were balanced with a biscuit base, leading to a bitter/sweet combo that went down well.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, on the edge of a chew.
Overall Impression: One of the more enjoyable porters I’ve found. A well made beer with great drinkability. If you’ve had to move a lot of heavy things today, and need to reward your efforts, this is a good choice.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, almost black in colour. The head is a shade darker than tan, and quite heavy. Medium carbonation

Aroma: Dark malts, liquorish, and honey. There is also an astringent iron-like metallic aroma.

Taste: Quite bitter from the start, with espresso coffee, dark chocolate, and I also get a taste a bit like burnt toast. The aftertaste is woody and smoked, and dominated by roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, and a touch oily in the texture, which gives it a clingy quality. The carbonation is light.

Drinkability: An understandable classic. The taste and the feel of this porter are world class, and the potency and fullness of the flavours at just 5.4% ABV are phenomenal. The easy in which it goes down is a worry, like most good beers are.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle arrived at our table like a bolt of lightning after a few days of watery beer & good ESBs. An honest to goodness porter! My mouth started watering as soon as my mate put the bottle down on the table.

Poured black as sin, although it could have been brown, given the nighttime hour & darkness of the pub. Smelled divine, all roasted goodness.

Fuller's London Porter made me & another table-mate smile, while everyone else sampled & pulled a long, horrified face (including our two British friends...). A heavy, smoky porter with prominent notes of chocolate & coffee amidst the blackly charred malts. Thick, creamy, satisfying as a medium-well steak to a starving man. I split a second bottle with my comrade in arms.

Excellent porter, one of the best I've had in quite a spell. I'll be on the hunt for another bottle here in the States to see if this is really as good as I recall or if the ESB & soccer had clouded my good judgment.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a redish black with a small off white head without much lacing to speak of

Smell is some bitter cocoa, coffee, and molasses

Taste is coffee, raisins, molasses

This is a great example of the style, rich yet refreshing and oh so easy to drink

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Burkbom23
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with some light red traces, 1/2 head that didnt last long. Nice lacing

Smell - Smokey robust smell, dark molasses, sugars, malts, barley, chocolate.

Taste - Very nutty porter. Lots of dark sugar taste, along with smokey chocolate and coffee. The hops are noticeable. Very smooth and mild. Barley is present, as is the malts

Mouthfeel - Its bold yet mellow on the tounge. Its not strong, so flavor is over quick. The beer is bitter enough but nothing overpowering.

Drinkabilty - I can see why its so highly rated. Its so easy to drink, and has alot of flavors going on. I prefer my porters to be sweeter, or baltic though, but none the less, this is good stuff

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Photo of rulisekmartin
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a really nice looking foamy clingy lacing sticking around the glass. The smell had a nice sweet to roasty to earthy chocolate maltiness combining wonderfully in a light bitter under current of coffee. Continuing on as it warms, there’s a nice light vanilla arising to complement the rest of the flavors. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined them pretty well. There’s no aftertaste but it has a decent dry sweet chocolate finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a slight sessionability about it. Overall, I say this was a wonderful English porter to have again.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with extra old English cheddar and some crackers. Just after eating a steak. Good night. This one's been in my cellar for a while, I've had it before but never reviewed it. Canned, unfortunately. At cellar temp. 5.40% abv, 500mL. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Pours brownish black, with ruby-red accents. Not completely opaque. Big fizzy tan head that descends to a thin coating.

Nose of espresso, dark, dark chocolate, a little roastedness. I am getting a bit of sourness but nothing too bad. Cherries and alcohol - like those chocolate cherries in brandy. Yum.

Mouthfeel is light, med-low carbonation but you can feel it if you slosh is around. I suppose this is appropriate for the style. A little woody sweet on the palate, with strong bitterness, cup of coffee/dark chocolate malt bitterness. Subtly fruity. Finishes on a big malt note, old coffee with sugar or two stands out for me, drying with some sourness. Some smoke in there too, finish is super long and bitter. Not really all that complex. Goes down easy though.

Mmm, with the cheese this is divine. A solid porter.

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Photo of johnrobe
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is cast and mold for a traditional style porter. It pours dark, rich brown with ruby highlights showing up around the edges. The head is a dense light beige, yet disappears quickly. Malt, caramel, chocolate, and coffee dominate the aroma. The taste is again, very malty; rich chocolate, coffee, and a bit of treacle come through. Unlike a lot of American interpretations, there is a definite absence of roasted barley and a decision, instead, to focus on the black, chocolate and crystal malts. A lot of domestic porters have a stout-like taste profile due to the use of roasted barley (though usually in smaller quantities than in stouts). Very good, indeed. Taste this alongside Anchor Porter (also an outstanding porter, imho) and you'll see what I mean about the roasted barley.

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Photo of Shanex
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LampertLand
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fuller's 'London Porter' @ 5.4% , served from a 4pack of 440 ml cans purchased for $14

A-the pour is a dark brown from the can to to near black in the glass with some ruby red peeking thru a big tan head which is leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S-baker's chocolate

T-so smooth & creamy , slight bitter chocolate finish , so easy drinking

MF-good carbonation , weak meadium body

Ov-good beer , excellent English porter , seek and enjoy

prost LampertLand

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. The “BEST BEFORE” date is “ 04 JUN 12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black but not opaque; light passed through when I held it to a window that receives no direct sunlight. Two fingers of dense, tan head dissipated to leave a cappuccino-like lacing with creamy bubbles, a ring around the edge, and a lacing on the glass.

Smell: More toasty than roasty. Dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, toasted caramel, molasses, black licorice, and brown sugar. A hint of coffee gives it a little bitterness, and there is also dark fruit cherry and perhaps black raspberry.

Taste: The taste has a much stronger roasted character than the smell led me to believe. Lots of coffee and roasted malts. As the taste buds adjust, flavors of dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, and molasses emerge. The roasted character continues to be the backbone, though. As it warms, flavors of dark fruit (cherry, plum, black raspberry) emerge as well.

Drinkability: The flavor and aroma are well crafted and true to style. Though I expect a much thicker body, I think it does the job.

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Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic, thanks to pmsaywer for sharing this with me so I could scratch down some notes. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a rich tan cap. Spotty lace work sticks to the glass all over. A swirl revives a finger of fluffy head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is primarily anise initially smell of black licorice and dark roasted grain that borders on being smoked. A sweet milky chocolate inclusion through the body before the onset of some fruity indications of raisins and light molasses. There is a bit of a char quality to the nose from the deep roast of the malt and some light fruity hops round out the nose with a touch of citrus as well once the brew warms up.

The taste is bitter and roasty with notes of chocolate and a bit of a nutty grain taste. Raisins and molasses hints are evident through the body of this brew. There is a light fruited quality somewhat like raisins. This brew finishes with a chocolate grain taste and a lingering flavor of charred grain lasts inside the mouth mildly reminiscent of smoke. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. This is quite a smooth and creamy offering to the feel. Quite easy drinking with seemingly no indication of alcohol outside of the estery alcohol flavors. Quite a solid example that tastes strangely similar to another popular famous english porter. A must try.

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Photo of beerserk
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MMansfield
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to reviewing my second favourite porter. Got single bottle at NSLC.

Appearance: Poured a deep clear dark brown, very close to black. Big tan cap with lots of lace and great retention.

Aroma: Roasted coffee, blackstrap molasses, cocoa beans, rich earthy tones and bread.

Taste: Chocolatey sweetness and a lingering mocha bitterness dominate this one. A bit of wood and a bready bite and a sour Guinness like flavour in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft, not very carbonated, slick as oil.

Final Statement: A very fine porter. Try it.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

London Porter sits comfortably in the British pint glass, giving out dark ebony and super-dark red hues, looking thick and syrupy. The head is a copious, creamy, thick and viscous light-brown foam. The lacing sticks very well, leaving a screen of fine bubbles, and scarcely moving at all. The appearance is excellent by any standard, but, at the same time, I have seen many porters that look just as impressive. Rich is the word to describe the aroma: yes, rich, robust, heavy, full, nutritious, earthy, and very sustaining. A warm creamy smell greeted my nose first, next vanilla, strong dark licorice, then the chocolate/coffee malt. The aroma definitely exudes a literal warmness; small wonder this is a perfect brew for the colder season. Raisins, milk/cream, vanilla, mollasses, definite butter, with deep grain and malt. The taste is also full and robust. Sweet chocolate, coffee beans, mollasses, slight milky tartness, and on the finish chalky, grainy feelings; dusty, with a fitting hop dryness. The alcohol shows up in the finish as well, warming the stomach nicely. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and buttery, almost oil-like slickness. This creaminess makes it easy to drink, though the dryness in the finish might become excessive after too many, not to mention the fullness it leaves in the stomach(which is a good thing). Well, I tried this out of season, in the hellish heat of July; perhaps this winter I will visit London Porter again. Right now, however, it rates high for me, but not as high as others I have tried. I cannot help but point to Samuel Smith, though I hate comparing. Something in the beers of SM, the water perhaps, make them far more complex than any other brewer of good darks in Britain right now. Still, Fuller's has not disappointed me in the in least with this, though I prefer their ESB and London Pride.

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Photo of Brewxer
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First impression: This is an exceptionally light porter.
Second thought: Beer latte.

Pours a very dark amber color, but is somewhat translucent. Not very carbonated and not very heady, little or no lacing. Definitely not what I've come to expect from porters.

Smells mostly of coffee, a little of toffee, a little nutty.

Tastes light and chocolatey with a strong coffee aftertaste. Slight hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel is very light and surprisingly pleasant. Quite drinkable -- maybe refreshing.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Had this a few times on tap around town, time to see what it's like in this more portable format, methinks.

This beer pours a clear, deep, very dark ruddy brown hue, with strong hints of more reddish highlights at the lower edges, with a puffy thicket of densely foamy beige head, which leaves some randomly splattered swaths of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells rather strongly of roasted chocolate malt, bitter cold coffee, a bit of sticky molasses, and musty leafy, somewhat floral hops. The taste is more toasted caramel malt, medium baker's chocolate, somewhat dry, and faintly sour cafe-au-lait, a smooth oily nuttiness, with those subtle noble English hops rounding things out nicely.

The carbonation is pretty tame, and understated in its workings, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, dead smooth, and a bit creamy on top of it all. It finishes well off-dry, the rich, nutty chocolate maltiness really having the run of the house.

This is a paragon for the style - a slick, smooth as silk operator, and deftly commendable as a cold-weather sipper, though worthy of a go anytime you might come across it, I would put forth.

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Photo of tweeder263
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark brew with light showing through ruby coloring.Nice 1-2 finger head that hangs around for a little bit.My smell is off today but coffee definitely coming through. Taste is dry with dominant coffee that lingers. I could drink a few of these.Mouthfeel is just ok a little thin. Definitely one of the best porters ive had,i drank the whole thing before i finished typing this review.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,681 ratings
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