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
Ratings:
2,634
Reviews:
1,226
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
259
Gots:
402
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Herky21
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alkemy
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy/brown with little to no head, though my pour was pretty weak. The smell reminded me a lot of Kahlua. It's a mixture of sweet coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The sweetened coffee is the most prominent taste followed by slightly bitter chocolate and touches of vanilla. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor of this. I'd really like this to be thicker, but that's a common theme for me. This is something I could sit down and drink in multiples.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my nonic a ruby tinted brown with a thick tan head.

Aroma is somewhat Baltic like in that it has a heck of a lot of prune in it. Otherwise one finds a mountain of roasty/toasty malt and a touch of coffee.

Tastes strong and firm of roasty malt and chocolate with a surprising amount of boozy fruit flavor. Very odd considering the ABV. Minute amounts of charcoal and some hop bitterness add to the character. Buttery and smooth. Well rounded and balanced.

Straight forward, plain and simpleĀ…and just great. I could drink it all day long.

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Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by 10/11/09

pours dark amber brown with a 1/2 finger head that left no lacing

smells like an english pale with coffee

taste is rich with pale malts coffee buttery toffee

mouthfeel is light and smooth

drinkability - great - i would rather drink this beer then some light pales on a hot summer day

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA for a great recommendation. Picked this up at Perfect Pour (Columbia) and couldn't wait to try it. Porters are a favorite style and this was no exception. Deep, rich brown/black in the glass, with a thin head. Rich smoky malt in the nose and in the initial taste. A subtle, pleasing sweetness follows with a nice, bitter finish that adds to the drinkability. Well worth finding and trying this one.

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Photo of dd43
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured into my glass to a finger of mocha head. It is brown in color. I can see the lettering on my glass through the beer. The smell is a pleasing chocolate roasted malt. The taste follows with the addition of a roasted aftertaste. It is silky smooth. The mouthfeel is almost perfect. This is a beer that I have had on my list to try for some time, and I am not disappointed.

Cheers!

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (best by 03/26/10) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown (Mahogany - some red shades when held up the light). Poured a 1/4" tan head, but this died down to a thin foam across the top and at the edge of the glass within a few minutes. Some lacing noted.

Smell: Roasted malts, toffee, and mild chocolate. There is a tiny hint of molasses in there as well.

Taste: Roasted malts strong up front, then some coffee-like bitterness and flavor. Some toffee-like flavors noted, just a hint buttery with that toffee. Nice coffee/roasted malt finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy; the right balance of thickness and smoothness. Just a hint of carbonation on the tongue. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I finished this one fast, but I do wonder if everything above would be a hair higher in intensity/goodness if I had gotten one of these fresh. I easily would have had another if it was available. Drinkable by itself or with a meal - but a meat and potatoes sort of meal.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SebD
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice black colour to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts with some nice chocolate, caramel and slight coffee notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice roasty/coffee malt feel to it with a bit of chocolate and caramel and a slight earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice rich balance of malts.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys as part of a brewery tour 4 pack...

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost completely black colour... Big mocha tan head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong toasted bread malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, light fruits (blackcurrents, apples, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes... good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts...

Feel - Fairly smooth and creamy... medium bodied... at only 5.4% this is a very drinkable brew...

Overall - A supremely well balanced stout... another world class brew from Fullers...

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Photo of NODAK
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has an aroma that is somewhat muted for style, but shows roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of licorice perhaps.

Pours perfectly black, with a very fleeting head.

Taste is also a little reserved for style, but still quite good. Body has a good chocolate character to it that straddles the border between being a little sweet and roasted. Mild, but again, tasty. There is a hint of espresso in there as well that shows up near the backend. Really not much of anything in the hops department except a twinge at the finish. A note of licorice pops up after the swallow.

One of the most approachable and drinkable porters that is out there today. Not bold, but just delicious. You cannot go wrong here.

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Photo of cipherbreak
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark black. No special effects.
S - Dark chocolate of the kind that snaps loudly when you brake it.
T - Smoky tobacco wrapped in chocolate paper.
F - Well rounded.

O - A classic English porter. It doesn't get more traditional than this. It won't revolutionize your life but it sure will redefine your expectations. Set's the standard for what other porters wish to grow up to be. Some may. Most won't.

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Photo of jockstrappy
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, deep brown color....like coffee from a french press. Head is tan in color, nearly 2 fingers, and fades to a nice cream cap that lasts for the duration. Aroma is a mixture of roasted malts, coffee, and fruity apple-like notes as well. Taste begins with the coffee up front, but quickly gives way to hints of dark chocolate, and toasty caramel, with an ever-so-slight hop note....also a touch of fruitiness in there too, which seems to be a signature of English styles. This brew is easy on the palate with it's medium body, and finishes with a lingering chocolate-coffee effect. I could enjoy this one as a desert, or in the pub all damn day. Good beer, worth a try for sure!

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Photo of darkmartin
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a dark, murky, brown with a small light-brown head. Sticky layer of lacing.
Smell: Smells primarily of chocolate malts with slight hops.
Taste: Esspresso, chocolate, and fig up front, followed by a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied, and sticky.
Drinkability: The rich, chocolate-espresso taste is nicely balanced by the bite on the finish. The result is a complex flavor that can only truly be experienced slowly.

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Photo of thoglund
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RavynX
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brow, thin tan head that clings to the edge of the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Slightly nutty with cocoa and coffee aromas.

Feel: Smooth, minimal carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: Really enjoyable.

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Photo of kwjd
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a nice head. Good head retention with lacing down the glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The taste starts with coffee and the roasted malt and I can notice the chocolate a bit more in the aftertaste. There is also some sweetness of almost a caramel flavour too. This feels almost as smooth as a glass of milk. I frequently go back to this as it is the porter to which I judge all others.

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Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMCPhD
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a pitch black with a foamy beige head. Aroma of rosted malts dark chocolate and coffee. Taste very similar to aroma with malty dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Creamy and smooth up front with a dry bitter finish.

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Photo of jfreeze
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black and forms a thin off white / brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Bubbles are medium and small.

Aroma is mild, sweet with malt and some coffee roast. Nice.

Beer is medium body, mildly sweet. Minimal coffee in the back of the mouth with decent bitterness. Beer is quite sessionable but there is an unfortunate aftertaste of ashiness that I do not find that desirable. Its a minor problem but it does detract from the mouthfeel of the beer.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass, and paired with a big bowl of my mothers home made stew and dumplings (heaven!)

Pours a dark black with a decent brown-ish tinged head that sticks around for a bit.

Smells dark and burnt. Really getting those malts.

Tastes damned, tasty really. Dark malts with a hoppy kick, all the while very drinkable smooth.

Overall a lovely example of the style. Immense ale.

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Photo of meltroha
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown, a finger tan head, thin lacing sticks around throughout

S: roast malt, rich dark chocolate, slight coffee and hops

T: aroma comes through in taste. Roast malt bittersweet chocolate and black coffee, hops come through mid mouth and linger with the coffee. No alcohol presence.

M: nice carbonation, medium mouthfeel, not as thick as I would like, but certainly not thin.

O: one of the best porters out there, I compare it to Founders Porter.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,634 ratings.
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