Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

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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3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown but almost clear enough to see through with the proper lighting. A medium bodied head forms but dwindles very fast. Great lacing left behind.

S- smells like fresh ground roasted coffee beans

T- at first it starts roastey, coffee, smokey, and the late finish is a bit of chocolate malt. roasted coffee lingers. This really is a unique taste for a porter compared to all the american porters I've tried. The lingering roastey coffee taste is a little much for me. I wouldn't want that taste hanging around all the time or building up over the span of a couple pints.

M/D- good. Not too heavy, not too light. Carbonation is lively enough. With the taste being a bit different than other american porters I've had, I must say I prefer the american style, with a little less roastiness and a little more sweetness.

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3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.13/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Dark red-amber brown: Nicely developed head; Lacing apparent.

Smell: Something sweet (Chocolate-vanilla) upon initial pour, but transitions to
more of a soy sauce note once it has sat.

Taste: Initially, I'm getting some sweetness / chocolate; Also something metallic
near the finish; rather thin mouthfeel. Everything seems to change mid-pour
however, perhaps influenced by the meal: (Barbequed chicken, rice, coleslaw). At
this point, I'm getting far more roast/smoke and bitterness + any initial sweetness
(choco, vanilla) has disappeared. Mouthfeel has improved somewhat and the
metallic/mineral note is gone.

Feel: See above

Overall: This may have been a bad food pairing, which has ruined some beers for
me in the past: (Tomato-based sauces/flavors seem to tank dark beers for me.)
I probably wouldn't drink this again, based on how this pour concluded, but should
probably give it another go.

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3.18/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 8/21/09. 16 oz. can. Pours black with a thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate malts. Flavor of the same chocolate malts, sweet crystal malts, a touch of hops. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Kind of bland overall, just a boring porter.

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3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a moderately dark brown with a minimal light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing. Not the most attractive beer I've ever seen, but it's not bad.

Smells of toffee, caramels, some chocolates, malts, and a layer of heavy minerals that's somewhat odd, but also kind of refreshing.

The main body of the taste is heavy, watery caramels--not too complex, but still relatively pleasing. There's a follow up of the mineraly flavors and a good deal of sweetened coffee. It's very standard and very light, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Very light mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation and a sort of fluffy consistency that goes down extremely (read: dangerously) easily.

It's extremely drinkable and mild, and though that's not what I come to in a porter usually, it's refreshing, and ultimately a successful beer that serves as somewhat of a standard benchmark to judge others in the style against, for better and for worse.

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3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Brownish coloration, ruby hints, nice thick head of off white froth, decent retention, spotted lacing.

S - Odd aroma of chewy chocolate fudge, malts, and chocolate candy.

T - Very dry and bitter profile with a slight hint of coffee. Not overly complex, but not too bad either.

M - Medium dry body, low carbonation level, mildly bitter aftertaste.

D - Not sure I could do more than one of these in a sitting, the candy like flavor gets to be a bit too much after a while. Not bad overall and certainly worth a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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

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

Middle of the pack porter. Perfect example of this style. Nothing to rave about. Solid.

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