Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
BA SCORE
4.19/5
2,676 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,132
Reviews:
1,240
Ratings:
2,676
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
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272
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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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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcalabre
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled from bottle on 22 June 2002. dark brown w/ the aroma & flavor of coffee & chocolate. It finishes very smoothly. This beer is nicely balanced between roasty and malty. This is a world class beer that is readily available in a lot of areas. Enjoy it!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown appearance with ruby red tinges visible at the edges where light hits it. Aroma is of sweet, milky coffee. The taste is sweet with burnt notes and an interesting leathery flavour. Mouth feel is smooth and light to medium with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a good sweet tasty porter with a distinctive flavour. Very drinkable and sessionable but with pretty big flavours for the moderate alcohol level.

My mark out of 100 would be 88.

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Photo of CStang67
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby color with thin off white head that disappears quickly spite medium carbonation. Aroma is complex with an even chocolate, coffee, roasty, and spice character. Flavor is rich with a mild bitterness that is quite buried under a thick layer of malty, chocolate, coffeeness. Flavor is lingering but smooth clinging to the malty, chocolate, coffeeness. Excellent beer and top example of a tradition English Porter.

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

The beer is a little light for a porter. It is a deep, transparent red, not black or brown. The nose is quite nice though. Big roasted, nutty goodness floating out of the glass. The flavor is nicely balanced between smooth, malty goodness and rough, roasted sharpness. Hops are detectable, but in balance. The finish is a little strange, quite dry. Mouthfeel is wanting, not as creamy as I'd like. Overall, a quite drinkable beer.

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Photo of Mancer
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black, but had a very quick dissipating head and remained non-existent for the life of the beer. Additionally, there was very little to no lacing on the glass. The smell is that of roasted chocolate, a hint of espresso and malts. The initial taste of the beer is that of burnt/roasted chocolate, paving the way for the coffee, espresso, and roasted/burnt caramel malt. The carbonation in this brew seems weak and barely any bubbles are seen half way through drinking this beer. This is without a doubt a beer I will purchase again.

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Photo of T-34-85
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaketaz
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elniko
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Dark, opaque looking. Very little tan head that quickly dissipated. I am new to drinking porters so I'm not sure if a frothy head is to be expected.

S: Smells as I would suspect, chocolate and tones strong on the nose.

T & M: Taste definitely has some bitterness, strong chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste which I quite liked. Has a toasty quality as well. I'm impressed by this beer. I'm pretty excited too because I used to hate porters but as my beer journey has progressed my tastes have definitely expanded.

D: Definitely drinkable, not too much on the coffee or chocolate notes in the taste. I can definitely see myself having this brew again.

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Photo of wattersmike90
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Had it fresh at Fuller’s. Dark brown color with a beige and thin head.
Nice aroma of toasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Likewise, though relatively less intense, it has a taste of toasted malts with coffee notes. Hops come at a second stage. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
Medium body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Very pleasant beer, excellent drinkability and still flavorful. My recommendation, never buy just one bottle.

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Photo of Herky21
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alkemy
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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%
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 simple…and just great. I could drink it all day long.

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Photo of jsh420
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,676 ratings
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