Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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.

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Reviews: 1,224 | Ratings: 2,625
Photo of ofYYC
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
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 weareallfalafel
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into an oversized pint glass to give it room to swirl and take in some air. Pours a deep dark brown just short of black with a thick and stable khaki colored head that persists. Smell is a bit faint but hints at dark malts, maybe some chocolate and toffee. Taste is much more pronounced, with the same characteristics but with that classic English hop presence in the back that really does something fantastic in all of Fuller's ales. Feel is medium in body, but satisfying. Overall, I liked this and would definitely get it again and recommend it, but I wasn't floored by it or anything.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml can

appearance: completely black, oof white head, good lacing and retention. Nice amount of carbonation.

smell: bitter chocolate, coffee, cream, a hint of dried fruits. Amazing blend.

taste: same as the aroma, the chocolate upfront in the mix and the creamy coffee backing it up, with a finish of dried fruits.

mouthfeel: amazingly refreshing and creamy at the same time. Ultra soft and velvety.

overall: a premium porter, amazing beer, a must.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice looking dark draft with a quickly receeding head. Serious scent of chocolate with some coffee in there too. Good classic flavor of chocolate and malt from this beer. Low in carbonation, very smooth and a slight bit thinner that I would have expected.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't dispute a classic. This beer won't wow you or stand up against those great new flavor-crazy porters that your favorite brewery just invented, but it's the template for all the undeniably enjoyable porters that are made simple, drinkable, and basically enjoyable. Mildly sweet cocoa, chicory grain, and malt flavors, hints of coffee and toasty bitterness, bready undercurrent. Super smooth, light, and it's not hard to reach for a second bottle immediately upon finishing the first.

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Photo of Ferb
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been trying as many porters as I can afford, and this very near the top for me. It has a beautiful dark, ruby tinged color, balanced amazing taste and nice aroma, I wish it was easier to find. This is a porter drinker's porter.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pours a very dark brown, with a tight small head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like everything you want a good porter to smell like- light creamy chocolate, roasted coffee, light smoke, and lots of roasted malt. It's a classic for a reason.

I can't believe I'm only trying this beer for the first time now- that's kind of ridiculous. It's perfectly balanced, with all the wonderful flavors- chocolate, coffee, roast, and light smoke- in perfect harmony. It's so drinkable- you could have a ton of these and it wouldn't be an issue at all.

This is medium bodied, and it drinks a bit bigger than the 5.4% ABV. It has a really nice creaminess.

A picture of this beer should be next to the entry for "English Porter" in the dictionary. A true classic.

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Photo of IronLover
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with amber hues on the edge of the glass. Poured with a short, dense, creamy, light beige foam with medium low retention. Medium dark chocolate and mellow, light roasted malt aroma with toffee and nutty notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and velvety, creamy smooth feel. Medium dark malt and chocolate flavors up front followed by biscuity malt lightly roasted coffee flavors before medium earthy hop flavor and medium hop bitterness through the middle. Lightly roasted and bready malt flavors from the middle to the end. Finished dryly with light roasted malt and coffee flavors and mild earthy bitterness. Incredibly complex flavors and aromas throughout with an fabulously smooth feel. Very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of PaulElk
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this 3 months after the best before date and it's still delicious. Creamy, malty and fresh. Not going to age the rest of the four pack but will drink in a hurry

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: dark brown/black. Little head, dissipated quickly, little lacing.
Smell: Full of chocolate and coffee smell.
Taste: Strong chocolate notes, bitterness from roasted malt. Some spiciness also, and taste of licorice at the end. No hoppiness.

An excellent porter, very complex for only 5.4% ABV. Will definitely have it again.

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Alcampo. In Ikea's pint glass. After dinner. Deliciously chocolatey, smooth and with a well adjusted bitterness, all packed in a relatively low abv for such a great taste and feel

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml can poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark cherry brown with three fingers of thick creamy tan head that leaves spires and towers of lace as it recedes.

Smells of hot chocolate powder, toasted brown bread, soft caramel, creamed coffee and faint sugared raisin.

More semisweet cocoa powder and creamy coffee, toasted caramel malt, honeyed biscuit and more soft sultana raisin.

Feels soft and velvety. Light side of medium bodied with silky carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost opaque, dark brown/black. Head is thin, very soon recedes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing. Smell is sweet caramel, coffee, toasty/roasty (almost smokey), dried plum, butter. Kinda spicy too. Tastes follows with cocoa, coffee, and dark fruit. Hops comes through as it warms and help round things off. The slight bitterness perfectly balances the sweeter side. There's also a faint alcohol presence, and it has a very subdued medicinal thingy going on. It's a pretty smooth brew; body is light to medium and carbonation is really faint. It's almost bordering on watery actually, but not so much that it doesn't feel like beer anymore. It also makes it extremely drinkable, which is always appreciated.

Extremely rich and well-balanced. This is a really, really nice beer -- certainly much better their London Pride.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this beer in London, was quite delicious with it's malty, chocolatey notes. Was already few beers deep when enjoying it, passed out half way through, woke up in middle of the night to slam what wasn't spilled on my shirt and must say what a delicious beer before heading back to sleep.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried a bottle of Fuller's London Porter at the Conrad Dubai. It poured a nearly opaque dark with off white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had some slight roast and earth. The taste was evenly balanced and very easy to drink. There was some sweetness and touch of earth. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this was a solid sessionnable porter.

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Photo of Mtn
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a porter, Taste follows nose, but with a lot more bang. Sweet Toffee, coffee, chocolate, raisins, prunes, toasty and roasty. Low carbonation, just on the thin side of medium body, really exceptional beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku pint. Back label says Best Before: 04 APR 17

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Lovely nose of chocolaty dark roast malts and an overall biscuity sweetness. Also some notes of caramel and coffee. Hint of raisin.

T- Flavor follows suit with the line between roasty bitter and biscuity sweet being ridden near perfectly making it so incredibly drinkable. Mild hop bitterness is there to round things out. More chocolate, coffee and caramel notes.

M- Standard porter feel with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is easily the best English Porter I've ever had. So tasty and balanced, it's obvious why this is a benchmark that all other porters aspire toward.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark and opaque beer with a light tan head that leaves specks of lacing all over the glass. The head stays as a thin film atop the beer throughout the consumption. The nose is sweet, roasted malt with raisins and prunes. The taste is a big roasted malt flavor with chocolate, raisins and prunes with a perfect sweetness and only a tiny bit of bitterness at the end. This is a really great porter.

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Photo of SammyBoy
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Like a porter. Not quite black. Light head that dissolved pretty quickly.

S: I've been drinking too many IPAs. Not hugely distinctive to me.

T & F: This is where it gets good. Well balanced caramel flavour, full but restrained enough to keep some subtlety. It's creamy in the mouth. Occasional metallic hints, though.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Hits the earthy brown color notes, off white head, smallish 1/4". More of that Burton earthy tea and toffee malt vibe.

Tasted like a little smokey, little rauch, chocolate and brown malt. Got way too much alcohol heat out of it. Some anise. Malt not thick. Expensive stuff, I just don't think the English porter style is sitting well with me.

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Photo of GrumpiusMaximus
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this from a local supermarket on a whim after a long day at work, as I've always been a fan of Porter styles.

Upon opening the bottle, I could smell the malty and dark flavours and upon tasting, I was not disappointed. In general, I have been disappointed with Fuller's beer (even London Pride, which I have consumed in great quantity on one particular occasion...).

It is a quintessential porter, with a dark and rich flavour that does not disappoint. The taste lingers in the mouth but pleasurably, with the impression of its richness retained on the palette. Initially, it has a slightly light 'top' with richer undertones and it is those undertones that stay in the mouth. The swallow is smooth and consistent and it has a distinctive depth of flavour that is worth keeping on the tongue. The only improvement would be a slightly deeper 'top' to the flavour but at this stage this is only a very minor point.

I am surprised that it has taken me this long to try London Porter. Simply superb and perhaps a new favourite. It might even challenge my favoured Hobgoblin as my preferred ale-based poison!

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Photo of dcscientist
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a classic London porter, and I couldn't spend ten days in the city without having tried one. I'm a porter enthusiast, so this was a must-try for me, and it delivered. Just what the description says it is, chocolate/coffee flavor, so smooth, so drinkable. Very well done.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
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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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This beer pours jet black with an oddly light off white head of 1 and a half fingers which fades fairly quickly. Not a bad thing for a stout or porter so thats fine.

Aroma - Rich coffee beens and delicate dark chocolate hit the nose first, this is followed by some roasted malts, nutty malts and earthy hops. The way they mix together creates a beautiful roasty aroma fit for a world class beer!

Taste - Roasted grains and nuts dominate the flavor profile. this is followed by a strong bitter coffee and 100% dark chcololate. The finish is bitter too. slight caramel sweetness in the aftertaste balances this slightly creating a mouthwatering dark beer!

Feel - Lighter side of medium bodied and creamy carbonation. Bitter finish goes great with the rest of the beer!

Overall - I can't tell you how much I like this beer, its that much, from the look all the way down to the feel everything meshed so well together, you could call it a netcar of the dark beer gods, yum!

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Photo of zonker17
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown draft pour with no head. Malty, grainy nose with hints pf chocolate. Taste chocolate, bread, burnt malts. Feel is heavy medium with medium carbonation.

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