Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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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
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#1,124
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
2,670
Liked:
2,415
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
10.26%
Alströms:
4.27
 
 
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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at ChipShop in Brooklyn, Atlantic Ave. location. Served in an imperial tulip pint.

A--Deep deep ruby red that looks black in muted lighting. Toward the bottom the garnet and ruby notes come out. Body's gorgeous, but the head's wimpy on this pour--ultrathin fingernail of white dense cream. Could use some more here for aromatics.

S--I know how this beer is supposed to smell, and I swished it some with my finger, otherwise you'd think the nose was unremarkable. In fact it's got wet coffee grounds' sharp aroma tempered but the smoothest, most expensive milk chocolate you'll ever buy. Somehow it's sweet and silky without losing the bitter edge chocolate should have. Speaking of chocolate, the straight nearly burnt roasted notes of the malt come through in the middle of the nose.

T--Very similar to the nose, and powerful without being overpowerful. More and more of that first-rate Swiss milk chocolate sliding down without being milky or simple, cut by those deep roasty coffee notes. This is pretty much a Platonic porter. Can't say enough about it--highwires the line of being big but not a stout beautifully. Very, very suggestive--one of those perfect profiles that nudges you toward so many flavors and lets your imagination round them out in this weird consummation that I call zen beer moments but you will call fruity beer reviewer syndrome, no doubt.

M&D--Mouthfeel's ultra smooth and creamy, medium-bodied. The flavor's are big so the drinkability gets cut down a bit, but a couple pints of this are like nothing. Try it with dessert, as I did--you won't be disappointed!

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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with nice froth.
Toasted and caramel smell.
The taste is chocolaty with toasted taste at the end of the swallow.
Full body almost creamy, feels like lunch in a glass.
A very good porter, not too much flavors and well balanced beer.

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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown thick viscous liquid with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, malt and dark fruit. Taste is rich, with chocolate and malt with a full finish and a dry mouthfeel. Quite the porter, I really enjoyed this. Although Fuller's rarely does anything wrong!

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Photo of Mojo
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

As a major fan of porters, this one is about as good as they get. The pour is a beautiful mahogany brown, almost ebony with a luscious full two finger head which eventually fades to a small retention ring. Lacing is impressive too. All the great porter notes are present, coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, licorice, roasted nuts. The taste, easy drinking, follows the nose almost perfectly. What is really impressive is that flavors are very subtle and move seamlessly from one to the other culminating in a delightful roasted bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full, but not thick, and satisfying. This one is a must for fans of porters.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Clear, translucent brown. Little, dissipating head.

S - Cereal malts, notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Slight floral hop character.

T - Light roast character, bakers chocolate. Signature English water profile character - that I can only (endearingly) describe as gravelly really accentuates the roast character and the earthy hop bitterness.

M - Light, dissipating and drinkable, as a porter should.

O - It's an archetype, what more to say?

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This is the definition of a creamy head, leaving tons of thick lacing down the glass. Nice one and a half finger, soft, lovely, mocha colour. Pours a really deep ruby colour, not quite opaque and you can only see through anything if you hold it up to the light or look at the corners. Otherwise black with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Great roasted malts grab you first. Backed up by bitter coffee and a complimentary dose of semi sweet chocolate. Nice.

T - Great roasty malts that aren't too roasted complimented by bitter coffee and an equal amount of that semi sweet chocolate. Lovely stuff. Not too sweet, nothing off.

M - Medium body with mild-medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

D - I could drink alot of this on a cold night. Lovely balance, not too sweet and a complexity complimenting its abv. Fuller's never disapoints. I've had so many porters I hated because they are so hit or miss for me, so I really appreciate a well crafted one.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost black with a red tint capped by two fingers of super creamy pale tan head with exceptional retention. Lace curtains all around.

S - Roast coffee and cream, bitter dark chocolate, a slight smokiness.

T - Follows the nose with precision. Coffee, dark chocolate and brown sugar.

M - The full creaminess and low carbonation.

O - A really top British beer. Rich, full flavoured and supremely tasty.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark with a red hue, but still translucent under the right light. A well rounded creamy head appears on entry but reduces to a lace around the edge of the glass within a minute. Has the distinct aroma of a porter, coffee-like and smokey but this one smells slightly sweet. This is confirmed by the taste but it is not overpowering- the beer still retains a strong malty flavour. Goes down smooth and not too thick, just the right amount of carbonation, with an aftertaste that lingers nicely and encourages me not to let my glass sit idly.

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, carmel and coffee. Taste is carmel and roasted malt, finish is pleasant roasted flavor without too much bitterness. Medium body and with a fair amount of carbonation. This beer is too expensive to session, but this is a quality beer.

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter. Distinctive dark bottle is dated "best before" 28 August 2012.

Appearance: Sparkling clear; mahogany brown in color; multi-density tan head that fairly soon reduces to a ring and an island. Decent lacing.

Smell: nice roasted malts with toffee, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Hints of brandy after warming.

Taste:A load of dark, choco-coffee malt here, yet no off- or burnt-notes. Mildly earthy, bitter and spicy -- partly from the Fuggles hops. Some coffee in the aftertaste with dark roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Excellent medium body; lightly crisp from start to the semi-dry finish. Creamy smooth.

O: "Rich, dark & complex", as advertised. Easy drinking (or sipping), flavorful porter that leans towards a dry UK stout.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big & heavy bottle to i pint glass the liquid is dark with low carbonation. An agresive pour does not yield much head, The 1 finger head fades fast to a tan ring but leaves good lace.

The smell is fruity at first sniff but turns quite coffee and some dark chocolate, more so as it warms.

The taste follows. Pungent dark fruit at first, but the real deal as it warms, an explosion of coffee and great dark chocolate notes all around, Excellent

The mouthfeel is good. not great but very good. The body is better then medium, fuller then most porters. However the carbonation on this on seems low.

The drinkability is very good. At first I thought, OK a good porter but I won't be hunting it down, but that later tastes after it warms are just great and yes I will be buying more. Prosit MK

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very, very deep rusty brown. It is very close to being opaque, but falls just a little short of it. Puffy tannish head forums beautifully and immediatly begins to leave sticky clumps of lacing

S: Rich and full, but nothing incredibly explosive. Rather, the aromas of roasted malts, lighter coffee and soft chocolate blend together subtly and modest... even noting some scents like nut oils. Quite nice.

T + M: Nice roasted flavours, and a nice hoppy note that doesn't often get noticed - at least not as much - in others. A nice, chocolatey creaminess adds a pleasant touch. The body is very similar in that it is not too heavy or creamy... modest, but certainly not bashful! :P

D: A very nice porter, and one I'd be happy to have again. I've come to find that Fuller's tends to have a knack for making very nice beers, and this is no exception. Well worth it.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with a light brownish growing head at the pour up. It leaves a nice little lacing on top which lasts for long. Big distinct smells of coffee and hints of dark chocolate. The taste is very coffee intense ended with a huge bitterness that grabs hold of your palate.

This is a very nice porter, quite expensive though but it really deserves it's position up top. :)

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a one-finger tan head that reduces to a film rather quickly. Red shards visible when the glass is held up to the light. Presents an inviting bouquet of bittersweet chocolate and dark-roast coffee, with some toffee sweetness. The taste is similar -- a nice intense dark mocha with some real malty sweetness and a creamy, buttery underpinning. Balanced out by a mildly bitter finish -- like a great cup of black coffee. Mouthfeel is a little thinner and waterier than I would have liked, but this is an eminently drinkable beer and would go with breakfast as well as any breakfast stout.

A top-notch English porter -- a lot more smooth and creamy than American porters I've sampled.

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has been a while on my want list - did not disappoint
L - black with a tan head and lacking mg that hangs around a bit
A/T - charcoal/smokiness, toffee, chocolate and coffee
F - can't believe this beer is only 5.4% ABV - nice medium body and creamy mouthfeel - could drink this all day and be happy - I usually stay away from lower ABV beers because they're too thin, but not here. Nice and dry too.

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Best by date months away and clearly marked on label, I love how Fuller's puts quality first by displaying this so clearly.

Pour appears black in low light but shows a deep smoked scarlet crystal clear body when held up to light. Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. Looks creamy.

The nose is a nearly perfect balancing act of smokiness, English hops, and roasted malt. This smells like an English porter should smell I think. A little swirl brings up more of the same with the addition of chocolate notes.

A very tasty flavor of roasted malt pervades the taste of this beer, and it is high quality in that the acrid bitterness that is often associated is totally absent. Instead the bitterness comes from subtle hops that bolster the malts with poise. Other flavors present and appreciated are subtle vanilla, milk chocolate, a touch of cream and finally peaty smokiness. This beer isn't sweet but isn't very bitter, and instead presents an almost dry flavor, which I think holds to the original style well.

The mouthfeel is the only aspect of this beer that I feel could be better. If somehow it was creamier and fuller I think that this beer would benefit, but then again were the original porters even supposed to be creamy? Either way I am drinking it poured from a bottle, so how can I complain about creaminess when I know this beer is creamier on tap.

Conclusion: Another outstanding beer from Fuller's. I have yet to taste anything from this excellent brewery that isn't outstanding.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark red/brown, big creamy head and leaves some generous lace. Smell is rich coffee roast, bitter chocolate, very tasty. Taste is really full deep chocolate up front, with a bitter coffee finish. My only complaint with this beer is that the mouthfeel is a little thin for the porters I like, but its still smooth and satisfying.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 2,670 ratings
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