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:
2,632
Reviews:
1,225
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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Photo of Everydayoff
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass by freshness date.

A:
Dark opaque brown to almost black in color with a slight ruddy tinge, thick and firm foamy tan head with good retention, it fades into a small bubble layer covering also yields several lacing patches.

S:
Big malty in kind of charcoal, smoky, roasted like, big dark bitter chocolate as well along with coffee, creamy note and some mild fruity.

T:
Dark, chocolate malt and coffee kick up first following with some fruity note in the middle. The end is wrapped up by malt sweetness that liaises with bitterness from hop also from smoky trait and roasted coffee bean.

M:
The body is moderate likely bold, smooth mouthfeel with rather low carbonation but crisp enough to carry all the things well.

O:
Truly good with rich malt and chocolate characters, a quaffable quality is quite like an evil, couldn’t stop begging for more.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a 20oz nonic pint glass. Pours with virtually no head. Smell is rich with hints of chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Taste is much of the same, with a smooth, not too sweet finish. Its not as heavy/filling as I expected. Quite a satisfying beer, and I usually do not even like Porters. What this one has going for it is the fact that it does not go overboard on the sweetness, instead keeping everything in balance. I do wish it had a bit more carbonation, however.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark amber with decent head and surprisingly full mouthfeel. Very pleasant aroma of roasted malts with oak tannins. The flavour is robust and well balanced, malty sweetness with a nicely dry hop finish. This is a beer I've drunk for years - an absolutely excellent "go to" pint. Well done, Fuller's!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown in color, with a tan head that has fair retention. Leaves a bit of lace-work down the glass. There is a good level of deep roasted malt aroma, with a bit of hop aroma in the back. The roasted malt is in the forefront on this one, but there is hints of coffee and chocolate as well. The roastness is so much forefront that there is a bit of a "bite" from the roasted malt. The hop bitterness is at a good level, but kept in check by the roast malt flavors. It is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and overall a tasty Robust Porter. I am a big fan of Porters, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of brucepepper
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this beer from a can and was not disappointed.

A - opaque with hints of ruby.

S - coffee and that beloved tar smell.

T - Full, rich roasted flavour with hint of buttery.

M - Creamy

D - Very easy. I've never drank more than one but I'm sure I could put a few back.

Great beer. I enjoy it more each time I have it.

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Photo of Drew966
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter pours an opaque, deep, dark, brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Really nice aroma, dark chocolate and coffee. Outstanding flavor, coffee. dark chocolate, even tobacco flavors. Highly recommended. I will be buying some more of this.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near opaque black with ruby highlights. Small head fades to a thin sparse layer of bubbles. Tidy lacing.

Intense toffee and charcoal in the nose. Background Xmas fruits.

Big toasted malts dominate initially, some whole grain cereal and a touch of sweet. Lingering dryness of hops and charcoal.

Gorgeous medium full body mostly from malt with minor carbonation.

Thoroughly enjoy contemplating a couple of pints of this bad boy over a few hours.

Currently my favourite English dark ale. Hope it comes in cask somewhere nearby.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown color - almost black with a half inch tan head that left adequate lacing on the lacing.

Aroma was of sweet roasted almonds, coffee, dark chocolate, and nutmeg.

Had a smooth caramel flavor with a hint of coffee and a slight hop bitterness.

Medium-full bodied with perfect carbonation. A slight lingering aftertaste begs you to sip some more.

Excellent drinkability, not too heavy on the palate and a decent abv make this brew a good choice to pound all night long.

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Photo of scott451
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A very dark ruby, almost black with a two finger creamy tan head. The head sticks around to the end. Moderate lacing.

Smokey sweet tasted malt smells. Molasses and caramel as it warms. Roasted malt in the taste. Dark chocolate. Very complex. There is much more going on here. A mild dry hop finish.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Lighter than expected. A pretty good porter. Smooth and well balanced. Interesting flavour profile.

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Photo of ablaze
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy tan head on a cola-like, solid black brew with minimal brown on the edges. Light lacing.

Bittersweet chocolate, earthy, coffee notes, and a nice clean roast scent that doesn't shy away.

Medium body, slick, with average carbonation. Crisp and dry. Earthy coffee beans, dry pumpernickel bread, light chocolate notes with a very good offering of fresh Fuggles hops. Sugary, light caramel drizzled over burnt toast.

Standard, well-rounded porter. Delicious and madly drinkable, but doesn't leave you entirely satisfied.

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Photo of Nytemare
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a very dark red with a tan head. Head disappeared pretty quick, just leaving a thin white ring around the rim. Only a little carbonation.

Smell: Rich, ripe fruit, molassis, and roasted malt. Slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: I think I served this too cold. It started out tasting heavily of ripe fruit, grapes, maybe plums, with a nice roasted malt backbone, but as it warmed, the fruit flavor became less overpowering. At that point some molassis came through with a nice creamy roasted malt coffee flavor as an aftertaste. As it started to warm, it started to really shine. It was good cold, but it was better closer to room temp.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Fairly full bodied. Left a nice oily film in the mouth with a nice aftertaste that lasted for several minutes.

Drinkability: I could be happy drinking this every night. It's one of the best porters I've had at this point.

The freshness date on this bottle was 2/3/2003 so it was 7 months past it's prime. I don't know if this had any adverse effects upon it because even at 7 months past, it's quite good. I would really like to have this fresh sometime, but in Oklahoma that'll probably be fairly difficult, and at 9 bucks a 6 pack, it won't be something I'll buy a lot of, but all in all, very tasty.

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Photo of TKempe
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with ruby edges, a beige head, fine carbonation and creamy lacing.

Smells roasted and spicy, slightly acidic and a little buttery as well, with a fair share of chocolate on the side. Sweetness is like that of toffee or butterscotch. Little hops noticeable, but enough to make for an essential contribution for sure. An ashy kind of fragrance is there too. This would serve well as a desert or evening beer.

The taste balances out perfectly the bitter and sweeter sides of the brew. Delicate hoppy notes and a touch of sourness have their say as well. A beautiful, soft finish, after which a bitter, hoppy and very roasty flavor determines the aftertaste. Simply great.

Medium body and quite a smooth mouthfeel, gently carbonated and rather dry.

A serious beer, complicated enough to sip thoughtfully.

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Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a dark brown color wit ha thick off-white foam pillow filling the top inch and a half of the glass. The head settled a bit but a frothy thin layer remained and left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very smooth chocolate and roasty malt characteristic to it. Very nice aroma and classic for the style.

The taste has a big milk chocolaty presence to it with some bitter and slightly burnt malts coming in towards the finish. It has a bit of a bready and nutty flavor to it as well. It has a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and the balance really helps it too. A very easy drinking, smooth and flavorful beer overall. A classic example of the style.

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Photo of jhp40219
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers, so you can see where this review is going to go. Poured from 11.2oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

A - Dark brown, almost black pour. Thick, two-finger caramel brown head.

S - Wonderful aroma of coffee and roasted malts with a solid hint of chocolate. I wish they made a candle with this smell, as I would love to have my home smell like this.

T - Taste is that of the smell amplified with a bit more chocolate. Great roasted chocolate aftertaste!

M - Creamy, not unlike Guinness. Medium body with a bot of carbonation. Nothing overpowering and quite easy on the pallet.

D - Very easy to drink and a perfect example of what a porter should be. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of maxpower
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby-black color, nice thick head that clings to my glass. Fresh roasted aroma, chocolate-caremel and roasty coffee flavors. Medium body, nice soft creamy mouthfeel, one of the best porters around.

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Photo of Prufrock
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner.

pours a deep brown that shines clear purple-ruby against the light. half an inch of off-white head that falls quickly and leaves rings of lace.

powdery chocolate dominates the aroma, with some coffee, raisins, caramel and plums. just a hint of piney hops.

medium-full body with a medium-high carbonation; not incredibly rich, but very smooth. chocolate and dark fruits with a clean, coffee bitter finish. nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of mig100
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Aethien
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Black with a small brown head with some fairly large bubbles.
Smell: Roasted malts, raisins, plums, brown sugar and some smokiness fill the nose. Very rich and wonderfully complex.
Taste&Mouthfeel: A smooth, full bodied and creamy mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation accompanies the dark coffee, cocoa and charcoal flavours. Some dark fruits mingle in in the middle and the brew leaves a nice, smokey aftertaste.

Overall: This is a smooth and warming brew that is almost a meal on it's own.

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Photo of asabreed
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Thick and foamy tan head that bubbles up a bit past the rim of the glass. The body is nearly opaque, but not quite there. Lots of cool lacing patterns making their way around the glass.

Smell: Dark, roasted malts, some bitterness like mocha or coffee, and maybe some hops in there too. Husky, also. Malt sweetness is evident a bit, but not overpowering.

Taste: Dark, roasted malts, with some bitter coffee, chocolate, slight malt sweetness, and finishing dry with hop bitterness on the tongue along with a slight sourness. Top notch stuff.

Mouthfeel: I wish it was a bit creamier, as the carbonation seems a bit scant maybe. Not enough? Otherwise it's good and medium-bodied.

Drinkability: This is a great example of how a porter should be done in my opinion. There are better out there I think, but I'll certainly be having this again. Quality ingredients and a quality brew.

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Photo of largadeer
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours the darkest of browns, clear where there's opacity with an opaque center. A dense two finger nitro head tops the dark body. The nose is subdued but pleasant; milk chocolate and nougat, burnt toast and light fruitiness. The taste is much bolder though still mellow, opening with a pleasant chocolate and toffee sweetness, leading into a surprisingly dry, bitter and roasty fnish. Medium-bodied, nearly flat in the usual nitro-tap fashion but quite creamy. I put down a couple pints of this in less than an hour and could've gone for another, time permitting. One of my favorite English porters, I'd love to try this on hand pump some time.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass, red orange brown with a light tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: coffee, toffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted malt, bread

T: smooth flavors of toasty malt, coffee, chocolate, toffee, caramel, bitter hops on finish

M: medium with lower carbonation

O: a fantastic malt forward porter well balanced with an English hop finish

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 mL can from the LCBO; best before April 2012. Tried this stuff years ago and I recall being rather fond of it... so why not give it another go?

Pours a virtually opaque black colour, with only a few deep red highlights under the light. Topped with a finger of creamy, foamy tan-coloured head that holds up until well into the session. Lots of sticky lacing on the sides. Very malty aroma, lots of roasted dark malts, chocolate and molasses sweetness, with a bit of coffee and cream. Some earthy notes but mostly just sweet malts.

Very tasty porter, with most of the same notes above being present on the palate as well. Toasted bread, molasses and caramel sweetness dominate along with nutty malts and bittersweet chocolate. Coffee and vanilla notes as well, with plenty of roasted malt throughout. Earthy, herbal hops are more noticeable toward the finish. Roasted malts provide a bit of earthy bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice balance between the chocolate and coffee flavours; neither are especially dominant but they're both loud and clear - this is a very rich-tasting beer. Full-bodied, maybe leaning toward medium body, with low carbonation for a silky smooth, creamy mouthfeel going down.

[Updated Aug 26 2016]

Another can, best before May 31 2017 and served slightly chilled. I love this beer, but it has never been available locally until now. Fuller's London Porter is a world-class porter, and I can't think of anything that would improve it significantly. Superb, rich malt flavours, good body, and a very satisfying brew all around, this porter is definitely worth a try and is basically the gold standard of the style to me - an absolute must-try. Not exactly a session ale, though I could still drink a few in a row without getting tired of it.

Final Grade: 4.33, an A grade.

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Photo of rockdick
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Porter to try. Poured a beautiful dark brown with a small head that disipated quickly. Taste was of roasted malt, also a tiny hint of spice. Went down smooth. It was so good I think I drank it too fast. Definitely one of my new favorite full-bodied beers.

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Photo of Mustard
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 18.6oz. brown bottle; 16/OCT/03 "best before" warning printed dot-matrix style at the bottom of the rear label's central periphery; purchased on sale for $2.39 from the West LA Whole Foods on National and Barrington.

Appearance: Nearly opque; ruddy hints emerge if held directly to a light; fat, thick, mocha-hued head; c-cup's worth of lace; excellent head retention.

Aroma: Robustly of chocolate and a pleasing, roasty bitterness.

Taste: Decidedly like its nose; lightly sweet with hints of dark fruit, smoke and grain; ever so subtle sour twang in the finish; medium bodied with a smooth yet chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: A truly stellar brew; brilliant flavor profile for 5.4% ABV.

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Photo of Realale
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly opaque dark brown/black. Lacy brown head settles to a whispy 1/4" collar that remains throughout the pint, leaving nice lace down the glass.

Nose is primarily licorice, with a strong roasty malt undertone. Some spicy notes come out - nutmeg? - but they are minor.

Palate is intensely malty, with a strong licorice element. A bit of bitterness is apparent, but its unclear to me whether its from hops or dark malts. Well balanced and long, with a nice streak of acidity keeping the maltiness in check. A lovely pint of traditional porter.

[edited 4/18/05 to reflect fact that this is not cask-conditioned, but keg served through handpump]

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,632 ratings.
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