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:
2,631
Reviews:
1,225
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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259
Gots:
402
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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Fullers London Porter

I swear I’ve had this one, but wow I can’t recall.

Pours a typical porter dark but not deep black, far from, thick but not watery, and pours a brown head that’s nice, but dies with marginal lacing. This looks like many of the English porters I’ve seen so nothing special.

Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee ,roasted malt…really enjoyable notes. A touch on the sweet vs roasted side but enjoyable.

This has some light hints of roasted coffee, chocolate malt, and finishing with some English hops….why do the English even have hops?

5.4% so I suppose it should be a bit weak, but man this is weak and watery. It could use the magic of a cask treatment or nitro tapping to up the body. Still has some carbonation and a bit of body so it doesn’t embarrass the style.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.28/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dammit, I hate getting screwed out of 0.8 ounces of beer with these British bottles. Best by date of April 2011.

Dark dark brown in the pint glass with hints of red velvet when held up to the light. Head? None to speak of here. Some coffee in the nose but more chocolate, toffee and other sugars. Taste follows suit but the roasted coffee comes through more strongly here, and there's a detectable char in the finish. You'd think with low carbonation it would be much more creamy, but it ain't. I can immediately think of a handful of more accessible and superior porters.

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3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown/black color. Completely opaque. Tons of burnt coffee aroma eminating from the glass. Little to no head, no lacing present. Very little carbonation to speak of but I suppose thats to style. This beer as a pretty decent body and goes down smooth. Of all the porters I've tried, this is about middle ground. Very drinkable due to low ABV and I could probably drink a few of these happily.

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Photo of riversider76
3.31/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown,with a ruby red highlight in the light. Aroma is of roasted malts,and dark chocolate. Body is on the thin side,with a bit of carbionation. Taste is of bitter dark chocolate,and carmel,with a hint of butterscotch in the finish. Good,but not out standing in my opinion.

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3.32/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 11.2 oz bottle, poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Dark, showing ruby when held to the light. A thin white head stits atop the beer before quickly dissipating to thin patches atop the beer.

S: Delightful, sweet roasted malts. Mild notes of sweet chocolate, with hints of vanilla as well.

T: Lightly bitter, burnt malt. The flavor profile here is fairly light—some light chocolate notes also. Sweetness actually comes out as the beer approaches room temperature. I prefer it at this temperature to cold.

M: Thin, light body, with medium-high carbonation.

O: Thoroughly meh. The nose is quite pleasant, but the body and flavor profile are too light to back it up. If I ever wanted a super light, sessionable dark beer, perhaps I’d look to this, but it’s doubtful.

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3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Best by 8/30/11. Consumed 1/7/11.

A - Pours very dark brown with three fingers of tan head. Head is pretty persistant and leaves nice lacing.

S - Earthy roasted malt with some chocolate in the aroma as well. Also getting a slightly unpleasant aroma as well, but can't quite place what it is.

T- Again dominated by earthy roasted malt. A slight funkiness as well. Bits of coffee come through. Has a drying character as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not as creamy as I expected. Finishes quite dry.

O - Drinkability is fine, but not something I would go for that often. Was expecting more and came away disappointed.

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3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Taco Mac just added this to the wall when I had it.

It came in a dimpled mug, black with some redish on edges absolutely no head, well maybe a bubble or two.

It had an oak and smokey roasted malt aroma not too heavy, the taste paralleled the aroma with the addition of molasses at the finish.

It felt thin and light on the tongue with a bitter aftertaste. Good, not all that noteworthy, just a plain old porter.

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3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the soccer match this afternoon, England v Sweden, I gotta go with this black dark beer. My trial beer was really lacking a good head. Whatever, it has a nice aroma, but the taste is where this porter rules! Nice smooth porter. I wish it had a bit more ooomph in flavor, but nevertheless, this is quality and very drinkable.

Fullers is a *lovely* beer as my ex-lady would say. The porter is simple enough. Rich smooth well-balanced flavor with hints of sweetness that lay nicely across the tongue. It is not over powering. It's friendly. I rather drink other porters, but this would do fine for the soccer match this afternoon, and I think lot of beer lovers would prefer Fullers.

I recommend you drink this beer while listening to the English pianists Howard Riley and Tippett either in their solo or duet setting together.

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3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown moderate opacity. Small creamy tan head looks inviting. Aroma is mostly coffee with some roasty malts and cocoa. Taste is primarily coffee with bitersweet cocoa and roasty malts. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Relatively drinkable, not my favorite style.

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3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very dark and thick, no visible rising carbonation, 2 finger soft fluffy foam head.
S: malt coffee with a hair of cocoa. not sweet or bitter. very coffee like.
T/M: metalic, almost black coffee. Above average I suppose. A bit bitter and slightly astringent. Above average but not outstanding. Fairly plain.
O: Ok. A bit disappointing considering the great reviews it has, but I'm not a porter person.

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3.4/5  rDev -19%

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3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.4/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL can purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a dark brown with a bit of white head. Light malty aroma. First taste is nice, with a solid roasted malt and chocolate flavours. Nice roasty aftertaste. The canned version recently fared poorly at a blind porter and stout tasting at C'est What - but its competition was against mainly draught offerings.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,631 ratings.
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