Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

2,657 Ratings
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 jjboesen
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown with almost no head and no lacing. Smells nutty with wisps of chocolate and dark malt.

Tastes nutty with bitter chocolate undertones. Roasted malt falvors as well. Bitter finish. Smooth and tasty. Medium bodied beer but rich tasting and complex. Very, very good porter.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 04/13/2011. 330 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours black but not quite opaque with a finger of tan head that recedes quickly to the edges and doesn't lace well.

S: Coffee, chocolate, biscuit, and caramel. It isn't very dynamic but, then again, not many English Porters are.

T: Bitter chocolate, dark-roast coffee, some sour fruitiness, and the taste of dry toast on the back end.

M: It has a medium-light body with a rich and creamy feel and the flavors sticking to the palate.

D: This is tasty, has a nice feel, and is quite quaffable: all you can ask for from the style.

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Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is the same except not as strong as the smell, still chocolaty with some malts and coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- a nice dark soda colored pour. A minimal head but it is a caramel colored head. Somewhat opaque but allows some light through.

S- lots of chocolate in the nose here. It smells like creamy chocolate. Coffe rounds it out beautifully on the back end.

T-a dark roasted coffee with hints of malt. Very unque and tasty. Chocolate does come out but not as much as in the smell.

M-coffee coffe and more coffee. It is like drinking an iced coffee. smooth but not creamy. Carbonated as well.

D- i like the flavor and i could pound a few of these back especially during the winter. A very heavy beer though.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark espresso colored with subdued brown highlights, this bear absorbs most light well. The caramel head pours rather thin and settles quickly, but leaves brilliant lacing all the way down.

Aroma: Rich and full-bodied toasted malt you could smell from three pints away. Sweet, with notes of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, coffee, and the smokiness you get from very dark malts. Just what you expect from this style. Despite the mild alcohol content,you get nice alcohol notes in the nose.

Taste: It's much the same in the taste, but with a brilliant mild and nutty bitterness added into the mix. Much richer than the aroma, this is a beer that commands your attention. Like the nose, there are occasional boozy notes that manifest themselves despite the the ABV weighing in at under six percent. The aftertaste lasts well into your next sip and really showcases the coffee and smokiness. This aftertaste alone is better than many of the beers I've reviewed here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied with decent carbonation. It leaves a velvety coating on your tongue that drives the aforementioned aftertaste.

Drinkability: Porters are certainly more appropriate for sipping than chugging, but with the medium body and middling alcohol content, this is surprisingly quaffable.

Verdict: An above average Porter, this is something I'd surely recommend for someone looking for a good, easily available example of the style. Rich, but well-balanced, this beer is a complex treat and worthy of its reputation.

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Photo of witster18
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This is the closest any porter has come to toppling my favorite(great lakes ed fitz).

It's not quite at that level, but this is a great porter.

Nose is choco, slight hop, and fig.

Taste is incredible. Lots of coffee choco notes up front but there's a slight bitterness in the middle. At the end is when the sour ale characteristic comes in and blows you away. Clean palate with only the sour aged hints remaining - which leaves me yearning for another gulp. Missing a bit of earthiness or bread qualities... not as complex as some are making out, but still tasty.

You figure an english style porter and an old english brewery would get this one right - AND THEY DID!!!

I will make this a staple considering I can only get the great lakes when I'm up in Ohio. This stuff is scrumptious!

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick light toast colour head that has great retention and lacing as well. A deep dark brown colour that is reddish at the bottom of the glass.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and what I find to be almonds.

The taste is rather similar to the nose. Dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and the hops round up everything neatly. I will certainly make room in my fridge for this one.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown, opaque, with red around the edges. Off-white 1/4 inch head recedes quickly, minimal lacing.

S - Mainly chocolate and caramel, with smoke and sourness hiding in the background. Hints of dark fruit blend with the caramel.

T - Dry, roasted malt followed by a quick burst of caramel. Begins drying out late palate with wood and smoke, before giving way to a slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

M - Sparingly carbonated and medium to full bodied.

D - I prefer Sam Smith's over this, but if I night of dark beer was at hand I wouldn't pass up one of these. Not the best, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of baklo
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickBridges
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Winston3737
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPA35
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown, cola colour. Off white head. Looks well carbonated.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, British hops and a tad of smoke.
Smells as if it is quite sweet. Smells good, it reminds me a bit of Mikkeller BGB.

A sweet malty beer, some coffee/milk chocolate in here, slight roast and the hops are definitley there even though it does not have an overly bitter finish.

Medium body with good carbonation.

Overal a pleaseant session beer. Drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at M'Coul's in Greensboro, NC, this one shows a deep dark brown mohogany color with a goodly light oatmeal colored head and good lacing. The aroma is of roasted nuts and molasses malt, deep and delightful. The flavor offers thick charcoal nuttiness and malt sweetness with clear grassy hop bitterness. This is decidedly mid-plus bodied, smooth with modest carbonation. Very drinkable and definitely worth a try, a very solid porter.

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Photo of beckerboots
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid after dinner porter. Perhaps a little light for my liking but certainly worth the adventure. Pours deep red/brown with little head and even less lacing. The real gem of this porter is the aroma. Wafting sents of coffee bean and dark chocolate are very apparent but not too overwhelming. Lacks the richness of taste and robustness for a post dinner sipping drink but is still very palate friendly. Little to no aftertaste to speak of and the lack of hardiness helps you almost crave another (Or at least another smell)

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Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy, dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Thin, tan head forms then recedes quickly leaving slippery lacing.

Smell is highly roasted and chocolately, a bit earthy with a touch of bread grains.

Nice smooth roasted character of rich chocolate. Hops are faint but add a mild bite. Touch of smokey character. Very rich and sweet.

Medium-bodied and incredibly smooth in texture. Mild carbonation gives it some life.

Overall, a very solid porter. Flavors are perfectly balanced and rich but not over-the-top. A must have for porter lovers.

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Photo of mjw06
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark opague almost black with a hint of red, however very unimpressive head size and retention.

roasty, chocolaty smell, hoppiness is apparent in the smell as well

rich taste of barley and other roasty malts with a hint of toffee. a hoppy finish that seemed just right to me.

very impressive full bodied, soft mouthfeel.

a very drinkable brew, went well with my pancakes and home fries. a porter that i will be sure to remember and keep high on my list.

on-tap at the diner in adams morgan, dc

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Photo of doktorhops
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good porter, a GOOD porter, and this one is up there with the titans of porter - along with Irish dry stout one of the first styles of beer I actually got in to (Guinness being my first beer love). When I finally noticed a bottle of this at my not-so-local-but-on-the-way-to-work I had to immediately get it and review it. And so I did dammit. After 8hrs of work that is.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Dark chocolate (a word I suspect I will be using frequently in this review) body with a firm 0.5cm tan head. Looks like a grand old porter to me.

S: Dark chocolate (yep!) gives way to some roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and a hint of lingering smoke. Suitably impressed with all the hallmark porter characters together at last ready to act out some supreme theatre on my taste buds.

T: Velvety smooth flavours of the above: dark chocolate, roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and smoke. This is one classic porter feast for the tongue. One criticism though, and it is very true to style so it's not a problem of this ale, but it's a bit too smooth and the flavours are less pronounced than I would like them to be. Again this is more an underlying personal view on porters as a whole due to my changing tastes than a direct criticism of this fine ale.

M: Heavy like a good porter/stout with a creamy texture and light carbonation.

D: As previously mentioned my tastes have changed over the years - I used to hate mushrooms and eggplant (I would have made a terrible Italian) but now I love them. I used to love porters and stouts but now I find them a bit boring. And that is the case with this ale, ten years ago we would have been best of friends but now I'm hanging out with Belgian tripels and IPA's and you know what those Belgians are like, bunch of troublemakers! I wont however let this diminish my rating of this fine example of a porter though.

Food match: I'm gonna have to stew on this one [literally].

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Photo of Minkybut
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The bber was a black ebony delight with a very tan head. The smell was of nice roasted malts and nuts. The taste was smooth coffee with toasted goodies that were just wonderful to savor. I can only imagine hoe fine this beer would be on tap and reallly fresh. I will certainly buy again.

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Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.15.

A: Deep mocha brown with 1-2 finger tan head with good retention and spare lacing.

S: A wide range of great aromas including vanilla, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark malt, and leafy and floral hops.

T: A bit too burnt for my personal taste but still well-crafter porter with smooth blending of coffee, chocolate, nut, and hard-toasted dark malts with prominent and bitter leafy hops. Moderately acrid finish.

M: Smooth and easy to drink with low carbonation and dlightly burned dark malt aftertaste.

D: A very good porter with a well-rounded nutty, cocoa flavor. One of the standard-bearers for the style, although others are a lot more adventurous.

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Photo of Greasy
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of pentathlete
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, small amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong, coffee, molasses, a little licorice. Taste is smooth and smoky, more coffee, with licorice toward the end. Mouthfeel was full, flavors keep things in place for a long finish. Nothing overpowering, balanced between the malts and bitterness. I could see drinking two or three of these after dinner with a good book in the cigar chair.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a very dark red body with a one-finger, mocha colored head that features decent retention and lacing.

S: Some roast, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and toffee. This smells amazing, to be honest.

T: Very roasty up front, featuring caramel and coffee sneaking up on the back end. I will say, the coffee finish is a little disagreeable with me, but otherwise, it's great tasting.

M: Nicely creamy, medium bodied, yet it features high carbonation, as well. Good combination. The finish isn't that dry, which helps keep the bitter aftertaste in check.

O: Though I can't justify buying this stuff everyday at $13 a six pack, this is still a great session porter overall. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into Nonic pint glass. Best before 14/Oct/07 date printed on rear label.

Appearance: dark cola-colored brown body with soft beige colored 1" head after vigorous pour. Head recedes slowly to leave sticky layered lacing around outside of glass. Carbonation bubbles march up the sides of my glass.

Smell: you don't have to work hard to notice dark, rich chocolate
and hints of coffee with a nuttiness in the background. Sweet pitted fruits like prunes or plums.

Taste: dark coffee with it's bitter qualities and semi-sweet chocolate, along with sweet roasted grains. In the background, I taste raisins and the noticeable mineral taste of England's water.

Mouthfeel: dry up front and has slightly bitter astringency. Carbonation is soft and pleasing. A bit buttery slickness on the tongue with a medium body.

Drinkability: easy drinking mild taste and alcohol make for a desirable session beer. Real nice porter.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
One in. tan head-cola colored
SCent of coffee and cocoa
Taste-light coffee and chocolate, smooth and creamy, a faint bitterness in the finish-
-warmed to a more roasted coffee and more cocoa flavor
Overall, very pleasant and drinkable--a good session beer at 5.4 abv. Perfect to have on a cold wet January day(or any other day)

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,657 ratings.
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