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:
2,657
Reviews:
1,235
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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413
For Trade:
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Photo of Vomit_Comit
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Atg1095
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jbehlar
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of runmn
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White-tan head that dissipates quickly. Black color with rich chocolate scent. So deliciously aromatic. Flavor is pretty close to its scent, strong chocolate malty flavor with almost no bitterness, maybe only coming from hops. Mouthfeel is really solid and nice for a 5.4% beer. Fullers straight kills it.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, dark brown with reddish highlights. Tan, creamy and 3 fingers tall head. Not persisting but leaving a good lacing. Dark chocolate, medium-high level aroma upfront. Some moderate dried fruits aroma. Flavor is mostly moderate-high malty sweetness. Rounded, rich. Bready notes. Chocolate flavor. Medium bitterness breaking sweetness. It comes from a roasted malt, rather than hops. However, some earthy hops are present. Very oily, medium bodied. Soft carbonation. Nice, long lasting dry finish.

Decent porter.

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Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petrusek23
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fuller Smith & Turner "London Porter"
330 ml brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 22 OCT 17 ..." and sampled on 13 July 2017
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Another beer that I've enoyed before BeerAdvocate ever came into being. Why I haven't had it in years I don't know, it used to be a standard for me around 1998. It pours a very deep mahogany that borders on appearing black but never quite gets there. It's clear, and the highlight at the base of the glass glows with orange. The frothy head of tan settles fairly quickly into a creamy cap. In the nose it's chocolatey and caramelish with just a light touch of yeastiness and leafy, earthy, and grassy hops. The flavor is all about chocolate but it's not overdone. It's medium bodied, and it's not about a large quantity of malt, but the quality and richness of the malt. There's an edge of roastiness with some hints of coffee beans and molasses, but there's also a bit of golden caramel. Some light apple-like fruitiness (with just a touch of late summer red berries to it) and roasted nuttiness rounds it out, and a very firm bitterness anchors it. It finishes mainly dry as the chocolatey malt fades and the roastiness and toasty nuttiness rises. It's a brilliant example of how sometimes less can be more, and an excellent session ale. There's such a nice balance to it, AND rich malt flavors, that it's completely satisfying... and yet you'll still want another! And it won't build on your palate when you do have it. For fans of the style it's really hard to beat as it's definitely one of the classics, and perhaps my favorite, even over its greatest rival, Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. Well worth seeking out.

4/4.25/4.5/4.25/4.5 = 4.39

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Photo of Jcbroome
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black color,light carbonation. Strong smell of roasted malt dominated . This reminded me of a straight up classic porter,really enjoyable to drink. It got better as it warmed up and tasted less sweet and the butter roasted malt came through more. An excellent porter that any fan of the style should try.

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Photo of StormAles
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DarthVorador
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Coltron23
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a really nice looking foamy clingy lacing sticking around the glass. The smell had a nice sweet to roasty to earthy chocolate maltiness combining wonderfully in a light bitter under current of coffee. Continuing on as it warms, there’s a nice light vanilla arising to complement the rest of the flavors. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined them pretty well. There’s no aftertaste but it has a decent dry sweet chocolate finish. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a slight sessionability about it. Overall, I say this was a wonderful English porter to have again.

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Photo of agrinnell
3.67/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chianti
3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VoxRationis
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint; best before 15 Aug 17.
A: Mahogany color with quarter inch tan head with solid retention.
S: Roasted malts with molasses, caramel, and whisky notes. Maybe a little cocoa or vanilla at points.
T: Roasted malts with flavors similar to nose. Bitterness nicely offsets sweetness and gives nice little bite at the end.
M: Medium bodied with limited effervescence.
O: A quality London porter.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.72/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice pot, half liter bottle, beer to a day hard work; Scented to coffee and chocolate and the same color, taste the full and creamy taste of coffee and chocolate muesl and earth shades of the hops all of them cool

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Photo of Lucaskowalik
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half litre bottle into a snifter
L- Thick dark cola color with a slight cherry tinge. Looks quite thick and sports a thin tan head atop.
S- Malty, dark fruit, cherry, brandy, cocoa, vanilla, espresso. Smells exactly how it should.
T- Similar to smell with an amazing roasted, smoky finish that keeps me coming back for more sips. Incredibly smooth.
F- Medium bodied with good mouthfeel.
O- This is the archetypal London porter. it's so simple while still complex. Also the smokiness alone makes this beer fantastic.

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

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of gtjwilding
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of -steve-
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Very interesting dark brown yet translucent beer. I was expecting it to be dark and opaque. Generous off white head that retains 1/2 inch for quite a while.
Smell: Dark molasses, chocolate, roasted malts. I'm just enjoying bringing it up to my nose to inhale the excellent aromas.
Taste: That is a delicious beer! With sweet molasses up front blending into a chocolaty wash across the tongue. Fading into the roasted malts.
Feel: Creamy feel giving way to sweet and then dry. Invites another sip. Well balanced so that with each sip you can concentrate on a different aspect of flavour in this brew.
Overall: Gotta control yourself not to chug this handsome brew and miss all the subtle and complex interplay of flavours. Gorgeous.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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