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Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
BA SCORE
4.19/5
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2,688 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,160
Reviews:
1,242
Ratings:
2,688
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. The “BEST BEFORE” date is “ 04 JUN 12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black but not opaque; light passed through when I held it to a window that receives no direct sunlight. Two fingers of dense, tan head dissipated to leave a cappuccino-like lacing with creamy bubbles, a ring around the edge, and a lacing on the glass.

Smell: More toasty than roasty. Dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, toasted caramel, molasses, black licorice, and brown sugar. A hint of coffee gives it a little bitterness, and there is also dark fruit cherry and perhaps black raspberry.

Taste: The taste has a much stronger roasted character than the smell led me to believe. Lots of coffee and roasted malts. As the taste buds adjust, flavors of dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, and molasses emerge. The roasted character continues to be the backbone, though. As it warms, flavors of dark fruit (cherry, plum, black raspberry) emerge as well.

Drinkability: The flavor and aroma are well crafted and true to style. Though I expect a much thicker body, I think it does the job.

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

Deep burnt brown pour capped with a caramel single finger of head. The froth shrinks away quickly leaving behind a slight but even lace.

Great aromas of malt, coffee, and cocoa. All of the reasons I drink porter.

Perfect consistency neither thick nor thin, but to silky to be described as simply "medium". There's is an unctiousness to it that few porters possess.

Great drink! While the flavor is nice, it is this porter's complimentary qualities that bring it to the top of my list of best porters.

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint.

This brew pours a brown color with two fingers of head that quickly drops down to a tiny cap. Aroma is full roast and chocolate with a touch of dark fruits. The taste is very good, it's a nice bitter brew driven by the roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. The dark fruits are also present on the taste rounding out the flavor spectrum. The mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch less carbonated than I'd like. The drinkability is very good. Overall, a great porter.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown but not quite opaque. Thick fluffy one finger head with decent lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate and coffee along with a little bit of dark fruit. Wonderful roasted aroma.

The taste is very chocolaty up front followed by the coffee. Dark fruit is present as well all though it is restrained. Plenty of roast with this one which leads to a pretty crisp finish. Mouthfeel is maybe a tad bit thin but still acceptable.

This beer is really the benchmark for the style and one that I will go back to again and again.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by March 3, 2012. Served at around 50F.

Pours dark brown with a one finger light brown head that leaves a few clumps of lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is roasted malts, nuts, dark breads, some hints of chocolate and coffee, a bit of dark fruit and toffee. Good strength.

Flavor mirrors the aroma with roasted malts, bread, nuts, some chocolate and coffee, dark fruit notes, some caramel and toffee, virtually no alcohol, some astringent tang on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, good carbonation.

Good Porter, although I’m generally more partial to robust American versions than classic English Porters, but this definitely fits its style category very well.

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

This beer poured out as a pretty nice looking brown color with a creamy tan head on top. The smell of the beer had some wood like aromas blended with some roasted malts and other earthy aromas. The taste of beer is bold and bitter with some roasted chocolaty flavors. The mouthfeel was thin and dry with just a enought carbonation to keep this one alive. Overall this beer was pretty good. I'd drink it again.

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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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poured into a tulip. best before date Valentine's Day 2010. pitch black, glimmer of demonic red only when held right to the light... minimal head, cappuccino froth color...

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Chocolate and coffee, incredibly smooth, incredibly creamy. a bit of fresh pepper, guava paste and cinnamon, all tying in with an overall roasted character. This is amazing.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,688 ratings
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