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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
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.4% ABV, Best Before 04 JUN 12

A - Brief cascading results in a tall but short-lived tan head which drapes sheets of lace on the pint above the incredibly dark mahogany brown colored beer.

S - Fuller's London Porter has a rich chocolaty aroma to it that suggests a dark chocolate bar dusted with cocoa and perhaps, some coffee grounds. It's earthy and "old", London Porter has a subtle woody, musty-like aroma which really helps it out, keeping some balance going on.

T - Rich and dark, the flavor is a complex explosion that coats the tongue, requiring many more sips to fully grasp. Bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the initial flavors, while earthy wood-like flavors follow closely with a nuttiness in tow. Sweeping in towards the end is a light but balancing caramel flavor which tops it off nicely.

M - Full-bodied and creamy, the moderate carbonation is almost ignored as this smooth beer glides over the tongue and down the throat with a lingering hard dryness and acrid bitterness from the roasted malt.

O - Roasted and robust, Fuller's London Porter is a chocolate and coffee-like flavored treat which all comes from the malt complexity, no added ingredients! It's full-bodied but at no point does it become thick or undrinkable and it's so bold in flavor, it's impressive the beer remains around 5% alcohol. Fuller's London Porter is a stellar beer for any occasion.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been trying to get this one for a while, and I'm not disappointed.
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. Great drinkability, no matter what time of the day. As a testament to that last statement, I had this for breakfast the other day and the coffee flavors complimented the time of day perfectly. Note: review not written from the morning session...but it was just as good

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Photo of MrHolland
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass, with a best before date of 14/Aug/06.
Appearance- Has a dark tan head that leaves lacing on the glass when the head receades. Pitch black with brown ruby highlights.

Smell- Very strong coffee smell with malt, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste- Def. the best part of the brew. Espresso and chocolate taste first and a pretty strong hint of hops and malts. Very evenly balanced. One of the best porters I have had.

One of the best beers I have had. Will be buying this a lot more but to bad I have to drive about 25 mins to get some.

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that a good porter is always welcome in my fridge, saying that this should have a case setting there waiting to be consumed! WOW! world class is a good place to begin.

A- Poured a very dark brown/Mahogony with a light carmel colored head that leeft some lacing behind.

S- smelled of chocolate, fresh bread, earthy, and carmelish

T- Damn just like it smelled only more intense. Was very well balanced between the malts and slightly hop-ish(is that a word).

M- Smooth, smooth did I say SMOOTH? med to light carbonation, mild chewiness, was very hard to just sip this one, I wanted to chug it then refill it and sip the second one (alas I only had the one that was a gift from Chewystheman - THANKS)

O- World class in taste, mouthfeel and so very well balanced!

I want more!

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Photo of Zonthark
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Came out of a nitro can, It looks really good the head looks like coffee flavoured ice cream and it smells like a good esspresso. It is near pitch black in colour almost like a coffee. It tastes like dark chocolate and coffee. I taste hints of wine, a very bitter beer. A real robust body, that stays with you.

A must taste for any serious beer drinker.

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Photo of Crossmc1423
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best porter ive had so far

A- Very dark, pours almost black with a brownish head

S- TOASTY!

T- Coffee and Chocolate aroma fills the palate, but the aftertaste is what makes this beer exceptional...just the right amount of bitterness that blends perfectly with the sweetness of the chocolate flavors

M- the only word that comes to mind is velvety

D- rolls off the tongue

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Photo of waughbrew
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(11.2 oz. ?) Brown bottle with a bulbous neck...date code greatly appreciated, this one is good til may 2006.

Deep chestnut nearly black. Fizzy head goes down to 1/4", pauses for a bit, then turns to gray wisps. The aroma of this beer is amazingly strong for a 5% non-hoppy brew! Stong and appetizing, it screams coffee and red wine to me. One of the few malt-centered beers that I could whiff all day long. Flavor is wonderful too. Charcoal and molasses, coffee and red wine. All I could ask for in a porter. Thin body and low carbonation is pulled off with help from the dryness and acidity. Very easy drinking, this one has a ton of flavor but is not as filling as most stouts or other malt-centric beers. A classic for all time!

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Photo of sjtmbg
4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If kept cold it will pour to a large, mocha-colored head, but it should be left to warm to cellar temperature to fully enjoy the flavors.

Appearance is the rich deep-brown coffee color that portends the flavor of this classic of the porter style. I don't know of a mass-produced bottled beer that's better than this one. Coffee notes are accompanied by the roasted malt that one would expect of a great porter.

Fortunately this beer is a regular on the shelves of Waitrose and many other places with good selections of bottled beer.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark brown. Almost black. The head is a frothy milk chocolate color, but does not have much of a presence. The first thing noticed as I smell this is fruit. A big, sweet punch of dark fruit. This is shortly followed by a smooth chocolate and coffee mix. I get a lot of dried fruit, nuttiness, honey, and chocolate in the first wave of flavor, which mutes slightly to allow the roasted malt character to shine through. Delicate, lingering bitterness from the malt reminds me of chocolate-covered espresso beans. This is magnificent. The best way to describe what I'm experiencing is to imagine a piece of baklava, drizzled generously with a dark chocolate ganache, dusted with finely ground espresso beans, and served with a side of dates and preserved figs. Mouthfeel is of moderate body, lightly carbonated, with a slight slickness. Really, the mouthfeel here is perfect and is essential in bringing all of these flavors home. Highly drinkable.

At a measly 5.4%, this beer has more character and charm than a lot of the bigger beers people lose their shit over. A nearly flawless porter, and I've yet to find another that even comes close to this.

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Photo of techdiver
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam and rings of lacing.

Caramel, chocolate and coffee to the nose.

Very rich, wonderful taste. Coffee and chocolate predominant, a most amazing porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, but doesn't feel full.

Great drinkability, this one goes on my list of favorites.

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Photo of djeffbee
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a good one any time of year....

A = Dark, thick and sexy

S = Dark chocolate, mocha, roasted malts.

T = Super smooth, roasty nice chocolate malt start with appropriate bitterness.

M = Very, very smooth, creamy.

D = This is an easy one to pound a sixer at a sitting. Great drinkability

Love this beer - I get all giddy when I see this at a friends house...

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Photo of BDTyre
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter is by far my favourite style. This was the first porter I ever had, and I bought purely to give a genuine English beer a try. I fell in love with it instantly.

Sadly, porter is not widely available here in Vancouver, so I have sampled but a few. Fuller's is one I keep returning too and buying in quantity.

It pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head. The head disipates quickly, but leaves a nice lace. It smells vaguely of chocolates with a definite malt scent. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malts. Smoky and strong, fit for drinking with a meal or as a meal. Thick mouthfeel, as a porter should be, but not so thick as to be undrinkable.

I could definitely drink three or four of these, but it can be overwhelming to some. Like a true porter, almost a meal in itself.

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Photo of scotlandsp
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful brune dark appearance with whiteish head. Smell-chocolate and coffee-very nice combination. I taste beers the same way I do wines. Exceptional taste rom the first to last sip. Rich and full mouthfeel-as afte a very strong turkish coffee. One or two pints satisfy completely.

I had it bottled.

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Photo of bigpoppacueball
4.82/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is WOW. One of my all time favs. Hard to find in my area.
S: Smells of Coffee, Chocolate with a hint of roasted nuts.
T: Its like drinking a cup a great coffee and eating chocolate cake. A very flavorful beer but do not let the chocolate fool you, this is not a super sweet beer. It has a pleasant and robust aftertaste but it dissipates quickly leaving the palate clean.
A: Dark with a white head. Leaves a heavy lace on the glass with a very noticeable notch where the beer has rested.
It is much better in the bottle then it is from the can.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one comes packaged in a very attractive black and red bottle. Pours black with brown edges and a very minimal head that is milky and tan. Nice tan laces are left on the glass.

Smells of rich cappucino and mocha latte (heaven for this coffee lover and Starbucks addict). Strong whiffs of vanilla and caramel. Hints of peanut butter. This is simply beautiful to smell. I don't even want to drink it yet! I'm not done enjoying the scent!

Tates of good bitter coffee, dark chocolate, sweet caramel candy. I'm getting earthy, peaty, and smokey flavors too. This is GOOD! Wow!

This brew is near perfect for this porter fan, but the mouthfeel could be thicker and a bigger head would be nice. Other tham those two small gripes, this beer really has my respect. It's just friggin' awesome!

This one rivals my all time favorite, Okocim, which I hold in almost religious esteem. That this one even approaches my hallowed beer among beers is really saying something.

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Photo of Thiestru
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown, or maybe black. Can't quite tell. When I hold it up to the light, I can't see much cloudiness. There's a creamy brown head with, unfortunately, rather poor retention, and very little lacing - the only reasons this beer doesn't get a '5' here.

Smell: Big roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts are the first to come through, bearing a kind of coffee-like flavor. Dark chocolate also makes its presence known. Then, after letting the beer sit for a little while on the tongue, I can really taste some excellent hops. It's not really bitter, it just has that unmistakable hop taste we all know and love. This really hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, just like it should be. It could perhaps use a little more carbonation, but eh.

Drinkability: This beer never gets tiresome to me. Every time I drink one, my only regret is that I don't have five more waiting for me. (I buy singles of this at Wine World in North Augusta, SC.)

This has become one of my absolute favorite beers, and is a classic example of a fine porter.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A truly world-class beer. I could happily drink this one any day.

Amazing aroma and taste.

Too bad it's difficult to find here, otherwise it would have a permanent place in my fridge :)

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Photo of brdc
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excited to find a can of my favorite porter, let's see if it measures up to the bottle version. Poured into a snifter.

Black beer, with a slight reddish hue, creamy light brown head, good retention, nice lacing.
An impressive aroma, roasted malts, rich chocolate, blackberries and coffee; there is a slight metallic aroma, very faint, but it does not belong.
Nearly full-bodied, very creamy with a nice, sweetish malty taste that includes caramel, coffee, and layers of chocolate, mostly bittersweet.
Easy to drink for such a tasty beer, one of the greatest porters out there. Slightly "worse" (or better explained, not as great) than the bottle, a great can alternative.

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Photo of Zekezilla
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer twice now and have been mightily impressed each time. I've only had a porter one other time and did not care for it (can't remember the name). I hope to explore other porters and this will be a good one to judge them by. I welcome suggestions for other good porters.

What I liked a/b this one: smooth, virtually carbonation, slightly sweet, highly drinkable.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured dark brown with garnet hues in the light. 1" tan head with some nice lacing in a tulip.

S - roasted malts, carob, strong coffee, some roasted nuts as well. Absolutely divine.

T - follows the smell but in a much more pronounced fashion. Very rich and flavorful.

M - medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

D - quite drinkable. In fact, the most drinkable porter I have ever had.

Overall - This is the paradigm porter. Simply one of the best porters I have ever had. Rich, tasty, roasty, and lightly nutty. Everything a good English porter needs and everything a good English porter has. If there was a standard of porter brewing, this would be it. Cheers!

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Photo of TongoRad
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent brown/black with ruby hints and a tall dense head.

It has a formidable layered aroma. Roasted malt comes on first. Floral hops come on next, then prunes, the dark caramel, then a touch of cellar-like aromas. Coffee and chocolate are always present, though. Man...I just love smelling this beer!

Flavor is full of coffee and chocolate, backed by the fruit, nuts and caramel. Bitterness is at a perfect level. The finish is long and satisfying. My only nit is that the mouthfeel could be a touch more full.

You just can't ask for much more from a porter. A real classic!

Bottle dated 25/JUN/05

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Photo of JoLight
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: khaki head that retains a finger width, and is frothy. There are a great deal of bubbles on the glass. The body has dark brown hues, but is black from head on. Great lacing!

Aroma: sweet; toasted malt; smells much like a stout; slightly creamy. Slightly fruity hops in the end of the smell.

Taste: very dark roasted malt. Milky. The end of the taste is metallic, but not a turn-off.

Mouthfeel has the viscosity of a watered-down milkshake.

Finish: milky.

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Photo of yael6666
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: it pours a very dark brown beer, with a good head and medium lasting lace.
S:Roasted malts,coffee, toffee, caramel and nuts... very complex.
T:Very dark roasted malts, choco-coffee and Roasted malts aftertaste, with some coffee
M:Good carbonation and a very silky mouthfeel
D:It goes down very easily because of its fine quality.

Maybe one of the best roasted malts youll ever find... very classy beer and very well balanced

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Photo of nicnut45
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours jet black. Upon closer inspection it is just a really dark brown though, like coffee. There is not much head left after pouring and what is left after setteling is a creamy ring around the sides. Thin and whispy on the inside and a nice dollop in the center.

S-What a great scent. Freshly ground coffee. raw meat, dark chocolate. Smells clean and there is no funky scents going on. I cant do it justice and describe it right, but its awesome.

T-I cant get over how fresh it tastes. The flavors are really pronounced and its so smooth too. I have a hard time describing it becaus everything blends so nicely. The coffee roasted bitterness at the end is very pleasent. As it warms up the beer seems to take on more flavors.

M.F.-Creamy upfront followed by subtle carbonation. Full throughout.

D-Superb.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma bottle into a pint glass

A-Dark dark brown nearly black except against direct light, pours with a small yet good retaning creamy head.

S-Rich bold dark rosted coffee scent, as well as the rich malt, notes of nuttyness as well as simi-sweet chocolate

T&M-Rosted coffee very strong, espresso, in the front as well as the back, bittersweet chocolate. Very smooth med. body.

D-This is an excellent porter and may very well be the best one i've ever had, something even at 12.50 a six i'd be willing to pay.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.
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