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

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pDev:
10.26%
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Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of Kunsan90
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a very, very, dark ruby red that shows the red hues in the right light. A thick, dark, tan head formed that left behind nice lace work as it receded. It had a great smell of roasted, slightly burnt malts/grains, coffee, and chocolate. The taste was great. It was or roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. It felt medium to full in the mouth and had a nice malty flavor and after taste. There was a very slight, and I say slight hint of hop spiciness.

This is a great porter that I will drink again and use to judge others by.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I was a bit sad when I poured this brew and virtually no head developed. The surface had some frothiness which mostly stayed in a ring around the inside of the glass. The color is like black coffee. The smell is faint, but you can detect chocolate, coffee beans, and marshmallow aromas. Very toasty. The taste is similar, with coffee flavor that is somewhat smoky. Decent bitterness. It seems average at first but improves very much over a few sips. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, and the carbonation is fairly low, although it doesn't necessarily feel flat. The overall flavor is solid and while not one of the best I've had, it seems like a beer that I could easily have a few rounds of, especially with the moderate alcohol content.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very rich looking dark brown,with a thick tan head,about three fingers worth before it rolled over the rim of my mug!!

S-terrific smells from this dark brew,bitter fruits,perfectly burnt malts,dark chocolates

T-carmels,light toffee flavors mix well with coffee traces,finishing with a slightly smokey aftertaste that is there until the next sip

M-great well rounded mouthfeel,medium bodied,soft carbonation that feels a lot like a frothed latte

D-rather drinkable for such a dark pour,would be hard to stop after one if there were another lying around,but for tonight this was a great beer after a long holiday filled with watery beers

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle in my pursuit of the top 100 beers of fame.

I intentionally picked up a tulip while on vacation to properly sip this beer and enjoy the experience.

The coloring was deep brown with some red tinge at the edges. On my pour I got about two fingers of head, which was a very light tan.

In the bouquet you get a lot of coffee with some light chocolate notes. In the taste there was a decent amount of coffee, just not as much as in the nose. The porter also had some maltiness and good roast.

This was an intersting cross between a porter and an ESB. The ESB came in nicely for the feel of this beer and some of the flavor.

I recommend picking up a bottle of Fuller's Porter. It has a very old world feel to it. I'm sorry to say that this was my first time with this beer, but it won't be my last.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess this may be the first time I've had Fuller's Porter in the past year, although it is relatively available in the area. Paid $3.50 for a bottle tonight, which is about the same price you can find at the grocery store for a single. Deep brown with nice chocolate, caramel, and coffee smell and tatse. I've tasted better porter's but few compare in their drinkability. Nice lacing and not too heavy.

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Photo of sirspins
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown almost black colour with a decent size frothy off white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing. There is some great thick lacing and the head lasts for a while.

Smell - lots of stuff going on here, hops, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toasted nuts, and malts.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a fantastic mouth feel. The carbonation is perfectly suited for the style of beer. It is rich, and creamy and smooth. The beer also has the perfect amount of bitterness and leaves a wonderful coffee and toasted nut after taste.

Drink - An outstanding beer that I will buy again and again.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow! 634 reviews as of this writing. Hit an irish pub in boston with some colleagues (I know, an irish pubin boston...) for lunch during the work week and noticed this gem on draft. Ordered it up, had a spirited round of beer discussion followed by my friends enjoying their own pints of this great beer. Rich, dark, malty, light bodied and 5.4% AND on tap. How can you go wrong???

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-black, pours a nice off-white/tan head, not much retention, but great lace.

S: Dark malt, chocolate, burnt caramel, a little spice (jaggery/treacle?), with a touch of British fruity esters.

T: Bittersweet, with the bitterness comming from the chocolate malt. Caramel, licorice, treacle, molases. Slight alcoholic warmth in the finish. A little fruitiness from the British yeast. Considerable depth of flavour.

M: Moderate body, light to moderate carbonation. Chalky after-taste.

D: Quite good, but it's a little bold for a session beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours black with a good-sized tan head. Good retention and lacing. A very nice-looking beer.

Smell contains roast malt, a bit of dark fruit and some chocolate. I get a bit of a marmite scent, oddly.

Roast malt is the focus of the taste as well, along with chocolate and a bit of a creamy flavour. Some dark fruit (prune). Bitter finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Moderately carbonated.

Overall, very good indeed.

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Photo of I3eer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ilacquin
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a slight tan head. Head fades quickly with very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is definitely of coffee and a hint of chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavor is awesome, and nearly overpowering. Big punch of coffee, just a little taste of malt and chocolate, and almost no bitterness. Tends to linger on the palate for a while.

Damn fine beer, but the heavy coffee flavor would prevent enjoying more than one or two. Would go great with any chocolate or coffee dessert.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black that shows garnet in light, with tan lumpy craggy head. Nose is malted milk balls and touch of roast. Mocha, coffee grounds, a bit of ash and prune as it warms for malts, a sweetness in the middle, and woody (Fuggles?) hops to end. An acidic bite from the roasted barley and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, round and medium.

This is held up as a paragon of the style. For the most part, that's correct.

*from notes

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Photo of steven9000
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Dark with some red coming through in the sunlight. Mocha colored head. Very nice.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts with some overtones of coffee and chocolate.

taste: Is the same as the smell but with a hint of a caramel taste. Also a bit of a nutty finish

mouthfeel: Medium

drinkability: I think its very drinkable. I think its a good beer to get if your just getting into stouts or porters. But still enjoyable for all the porter and stout fans.

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Photo of Shadman
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller brews good beer so I feel fairly safe reviewing this. Wow! I had to wait 5 minutes before the head settled down enough to even have a hope of getting a decent aroma. Lacing coats more of the glass than it leaves blank. Color of dark, rich roast coffee.

Lot's of dark roast coffee and chocolate, with hints of black forest cake.

Certainly more dark roast coffee than chocolate in flavour. Slight smokiness, definite mineral water presence. Hop adds a nice element of bitterness. End with a smoky/coffee/tea-like dry bitterness.

Smooth, but could use just a bit more ooomph in the fullness dept. to put it over the top.

Oh to be able to have this one on tap in the wintertime. Very, very drinkable dark beer.

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Photo of Treefig33
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 12/15/06.

Wow! That's a midnight black pour! No light rays have a prayer escaping this one! Not even when held up to the light.

Aroma is a delicate roasted malt with a touch of sugar. Some baker's chocolate in the nose also.

First swigs: Rich cocoa flavors front the taste. A bit of vanilla bean suggestion with a linger of chocolate milk. Could be some black strap molasses?

Medium to full bodied, some chewiness, and soflty carbonated.

Last swigs: A pleasure to try the model version. Surprised that it took me this long to try it.

Beer is good. Happy world renowned eering.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a deep, dark chestnut color with about an inch of creamy ecru foam that lingers for a bit, leaving behind minimal lacing. A great looking pour(sorry, I drink with my eyes first and foremost). Smells and tastes of milk chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, frsh, rich coffee beans, and caramelized malts. Nice! A notch or two above medium in both body and carbonation. Every lover of porters needs to check this one out.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

London Porter is almost black in color with a tall, creamy head. Head's color is a dark tan. Aroma is of roasted malt alongside a sweet caramel. A sip starts with a blast of roasted malt with notes of coffee and charcoal. An underlying caramel sweetness is noticed towards the middle of a sip and only increases towards the finish. This porter has the most roasted malt flavor that I've tasted in a long time which makes the overall mouthfeel very dry. A strong, steady malt flavor make this beer a winner.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a reddish tint. Nice sticky tan head…holds pretty well. On the nose there are aromas of caramel and malt and touch of toffee and coffee…same on the palate caramel, chocolate notes, and toffee all becomes more flavorful as it warms a bit. At first it tastes lighter then I’d like, but by finish time, a nice sweetness pulls through. Very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of pioppo
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of julian1117
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Visual Appeal: burnt amber, but not as charcoal as a Guiness

Smell: wonderful hint of compote/cooked fruit with syrup

Flavor: dark and fruity, layer of bitterness, entirely smokey

Mouthfeel: not as creamy as I would want, slight effervescence

Drinkability: average ABV makes this relatively high

Recommended to me by men online. Very pleasing, but certainly not my favorite beer or style of beer. VERY smokey.

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Photo of ofYYC
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, rich ruby-amber that is almost black, with a minimal tan-brown head. Smells like soy sauce. Tastes like perfectly black toast (not yet fully burnt, but not brown anymore, either), with a hint of umami and a touch of coffee. Overall: a finely roasted beer, burly, yet drinkable, and a true classic.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,710 ratings