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
Reviews:
1,219
Ratings:
2,605
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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Photo of sinistermadman
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle: best before 11-05-05. Pours a deep brown with crimson highlights. Foam quickly subsides to a very thin cap.

Smell: sweet caramel, chocolate, and a hint of coffee bean.

Taste is quite satisfying. This brew has a medium body with a chewy base that coats the palate nicely. Chocolate notes are evident as is a slight tinge of coffee. Hops warm up the middle but soon vanish as the brew takes on a smooth smoky-chocolate finish. A solid porter no doubt.

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

Best before Valentine's 2005, so this isn't the freshest of samples.
Smokey, almost meaty. Smoked meat... maybe beef jerky. Smokey, meaty jerky is what the taste brings to mind.
Reminds me of many stouts I've had in the overall experience; I might think this a stout if not told ahead of time what this is.
Sweet, roasted malts, some hops to dry things out.
Solid stuff... perhaps better when fresher...
I intend to find out.

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Photo of bashiba
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown with slight ruby highlights, just a touch of head that was gone in a minute.

Smelled heavily of roasted malts and slight coffee.

Taste is good with a nice heavy roasted malt flavor with a bitter coffee taste and a great earthy bitterness to it. Very Malty without being at all sweet, very nice.

Mouthfeel is great, an almost perfect blend of creaminess with a very nice dry finish.

Drinkabality is great on this porter!

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

This porter pours out a dark brown, mahogany color with some red tint. There is a nice 1/2" creamy tan head that settles to a ring and left little lacing.
The aroma of Fuller's London Porter is earthy, roasted malt with kind of an iced coffee smell. Smells perfect to me!
The taste is out of this world and is something for any brewery making a porter to try and attain. Along with the roasted, burnt flavor, a little chocolate comes across before the coffee flavor hits. Wonderful long finish. Very balanced flavor, and always consistent.
The beer is smooth, creamy and rich in the mouth with just a little carbonation.
This is a highly drinkable porter which always has and always will stay in my regular rotation of beers. Highly recommended to any beer lover.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark red/brown, big creamy head and leaves some generous lace. Smell is rich coffee roast, bitter chocolate, very tasty. Taste is really full deep chocolate up front, with a bitter coffee finish. My only complaint with this beer is that the mouthfeel is a little thin for the porters I like, but its still smooth and satisfying.

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Photo of Franchise
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rich brown, has a malty chocolate smell something that you could just sniff all day. I let this one warm up a bit which did wonders for the smell and taste on the tongue. Once it hit the palate it tasted of rich dark coffee, chocolate, and slight tabacco...a beer that would pair very well with english candies such as (Picnic, Twirl, or Flake)

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep dark brownish beer with tints of ruby in it, a nice beige head appeared who was greatly generous then slowly let herself go away.

smell of malt, roasted coffee with a light smell of shy hops in the background.

Her taste is magnificient sorry but im falling in love with this beer, either it is the bottle of wine(yup I did drink wine, yes yes I will burn in beer hell for eternity). First thing you notice when you open your mouth to enjoy this beer is the aromas of roasted coffee, then caramel, some maltish flavours are present but everything is end up with a roasted coffee taste and a finish of butterscotch. Some notes of dark chocolate are also present but a bit too shy to my desire!

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

Poured from a slender 11.2 oz. longneck bottle - best before Mar.1 '06. Color is dark mahogany nearly black hue with dark ruby highlights. Bright cream colored head that descends to an 1/8th inch with spotty globs.

Powerful and fresh scents of fudge brownies, roasted walnuts, malted milk balls and dark fruits. Another swirl awakens the fruit component even more...figs, (chocolate covered) cherries and concord grapes.

Flavors of well balanced roasted malts intertwined with calm fruity elements. The flavors come-off very subtle compared to the previous onslaught of glorious scents (above). A soft tobacco and leather flavor lingers in the background of the finish.

Mouthfeel is very soft and silky. Carbonation is present but very tame. Medium body with a modest oily feel. Creamy smooth finish.

Drinkability is high - very quaffable. Enough flavor & body to satisfy without any heaviness to bloat.

Overall an outstanding porter. I believe the reason I love this so much is that it's not trying to encroach into 'stout' territory. It seems the porters today are harder to discern from a stout. Very elegant and stylistic, but still an ale for the common man/woman. A porter of utmost class and distinction.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent brown/black with ruby hints and a tall dense head.

It has a formidable layered aroma. Roasted malt comes on first. Floral hops come on next, then prunes, the dark caramel, then a touch of cellar-like aromas. Coffee and chocolate are always present, though. Man...I just love smelling this beer!

Flavor is full of coffee and chocolate, backed by the fruit, nuts and caramel. Bitterness is at a perfect level. The finish is long and satisfying. My only nit is that the mouthfeel could be a touch more full.

You just can't ask for much more from a porter. A real classic!

Bottle dated 25/JUN/05

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz dark brown bottle. Freshness date on back label.
Pours a roofing tar/brown-tinged black with a tan fast-fading head.
The aroma of fresh-brewed coffee billows out. Smells of toasted brown bread and dark roasted malt are lasting.
Flavors of deep roasted barley malt, rich coffee and dark chocolate flow together in the full creamy body.
The ample hop bitterness has a tea-like, and light citrus bitterness.
A nice, easy to drink Porter, that tastes more potent than it's listed 5.4%abv. Decadent!

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Photo of goschool
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's London Porter pours a lovely dark amber with a tan head and lacing that snaps, crackles and pops. Chocolate and toffee aromas dominate and foreshadow its flavor. At first, the carbonation dances inside your mouth, that gives way to a chewy, yet smooth texture. This porter is roasted, toasty, chocolatey goodness that's more than quaffable. Spot on.

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Photo of Vancer
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, baby! From the great deep, clear, mahogany brown pour with tan head that laced, to the intense chocolate malt aroma, this one’s a winner. Sips tasted malty with powdery burnt toast/charcoal, and finished hoppy. Rich, full bodied – thinning as it warms. Defiantly a smooth porter to quaff and judge others.

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Photo of tjthresh
3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best Before 29/AUG/05
Served in a Nonik

Poured with a thick frothy tan head, but faded to just some whisping. Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty light carbonation. Dark chocolate, mild roasted coffee, maybe some prunish notes in the nose. No hops. I get the chocolate and coffee flavor also, but in the end it has this undesireable something that I find in most Fullers brews. Its pretty think in the mouth, and the finish stick with you for a bit.

Not a bad beer, but I won’t search it out again. Wouldn’t turn it away either.

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Photo of sitbooboosit
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown with hiints of burgundy when the light is right or the glass half full (empty?)
head is tight and dense, the colour of hagen-daas vanilla ice cream, not bad lacing
aroma is of rich chocolate and coffee-like, a slight sweetness, english hops
wow, tastes of roasted malt, dark dark chocolate (the good stuff), cocoa, sweet black coffee, finishes with a bite and a nice rounding out
mouth feel is is like a foi gras sandwich to begin with, but thins out a bit at the end.
great beer, sorry i hadn't had it until now. probably better with food. on it's on a 500ml bottle is a bit much at once. something to keep the palate clean would allow the flavour to stay fresh. by the end of the bottle it's a bit sour.

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Photo of Naerhu
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbeer for bringing this to Japan.

Pure black body with tight, light colored head.
Light aroma of malt and tobacco.
Was this beer brewed at a cigar rolling facility? Rich coffee, dark toffee, spicyness, lite pepper. Mild bitterness and little to no sweetness.
Nice smooth MF, medium body, silky.
This was a great little treat, nice and complex.

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Photo of dgallina
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent dark mahogany with slight head, but a solid layer of foam and light lace. Smells of deeply roasted coffee and caramel malts with a touch of fruity bitterness. Flavors start with sweet caramel malts and build into quite strong toasted coffee. Becomes fruity and slightly bitter in the finish with a very good lingering powdered chocolate after-taste. Smooth and lightly carbonated in the mouth, though perhaps slightly thin in body.

A really enjoyable porter with absolutely superlative flavor!

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Photo of tweeder263
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out dark brew with light showing through ruby coloring.Nice 1-2 finger head that hangs around for a little bit.My smell is off today but coffee definitely coming through. Taste is dry with dominant coffee that lingers. I could drink a few of these.Mouthfeel is just ok a little thin. Definitely one of the best porters ive had,i drank the whole thing before i finished typing this review.

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Photo of Sycodrummer
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Sunset Cantina in Boston, Mass. A 12oz serving in a toulip glass that produced about two fingers of light brown head and ample lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell was faint toffee and caramel and strong dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee.

Taste yeilded to its smell. Rich and creamy and strong coffee flavors with undertones of chocolate, malt, caramel, and an ever so slight bitterness but overall very smooth and well balanced finish in which all flavors are present but not over powering.

Moderate to heavy on the palate with virtually no carbonation to speak of.

Very easy to drink and great to enjoy as I did here, as a dessert in and of itself. Not an outstanding porter, but certainly an all-around solid one that I will soon revisit.

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Photo of elricorico
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After popping the cap from a beer, I tend to smell it in the bottle before pouring it. This one smells like hot chocolate powder. Pouring it reveals that it is near opaque, with some hints of auburn around the edges. It started with a thick creamy tan head, which has sunk down to a finger of sticky foam. Makes my mouth water.

The beer smells of coffee and chocolate, the chocolate is sweeter than most that I smell in beers. Smells nice.

My mouth is full of a roasted malty flavour, coffee and chocolate, with a long smooth finish of bitter chocolate. I immediately want to take another large mouthfull.

Follow-up swigs are very nice, with the finish becoming a bit drier as I go along. The mouthfeel is creamy, almost milky thick, with a light carbonation.

I'd put this among the most pleasant beers I've had. Not a beer to be missed.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/22/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 18.6oz bottle with a best before April code marked on the back label. Poured into a standard nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a lucid garnet or dark cherry coloring. Reasonable dirty white creamy head and fair lacing.

Smell- Scents of Chocolate, coffee and maybe charcoal (deep deep burnt malts)

Taste- I first noticed the heavy roasted malts, almost a bit smoky in nature. Then the hop bitterness came through and lastly the nice portion of dark chocolate and the smallest detectable amount of coffee. Pretty good mixture.

Mouthfeel- This one was a pretty carbonated porter for me. Even after I let it calm for a good 30 minutes before drinking. This dude was pretty fizzy.

Drinkability- Good flavors and scent, the carbonation kind threw me for a loop though. Otherwise a very decent porter.

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Photo of baiser
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much better mouthfeel and body on tap than from the bottle. Luscious chocolate, licorice, coffee aromas, matched by the taste. Appears almost opaque, with deep ruby highlights, tan head. Roasty, caramel flavours. Palatable, easy drinking, well balanced. Easily my favourite porter. Nothing beats fuller's london porter for me.

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Photo of twelvsies
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm really impressed with Fuller's. I've only recently been trying their beers but they really are a fantastic brewery producing unique beers. This porter isn't as dark as others I've seen, a bit of red showing through the edges of the glass. Smell is strong bitter coffe, roasted malts, and something that oddly reminds me of those little bacon bits things. Odd, because I've been a vegetarian since 8th grade. But strangely interesting. Taste is nice and bitter, unusual for a porter. It's got a nice hoppy backbone, which I usually don't notice in English beers, which I've just recently gotten into. Of course all the roasty toasty qualities of a typical porter are there too, and in full effect. Nice dark bitter malts and creamy undertones. A medium bodied porter like this goes down effortlessly. Another great brew from a classic English brewery. Between their ESB, 1845, and Porter, which I've all just recently tried, I'll be supporting Fuller's a lot in the near future.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ British Beer Company in Plymouth, MA.

Pours out very dark, pretty much black with a small head. Nutty aroma and taste that reminded me of Guinness in a way. Very smooth beer, easy on the palate, and extremely drinkable. Went great with an American Pasty. Not too complex, but definitely drinkable. Very dark, even for a porter. Would like to try again, possibly from a bottle next time.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, small amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong, coffee, molasses, a little licorice. Taste is smooth and smoky, more coffee, with licorice toward the end. Mouthfeel was full, flavors keep things in place for a long finish. Nothing overpowering, balanced between the malts and bitterness. I could see drinking two or three of these after dinner with a good book in the cigar chair.

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Photo of avylover
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very nice looking brew. Not straight black, rather a deep,deep mahogony that one can see through and a creamy white head. The aroma is subtle, but very good. mostly coffee bean notes along with a few fruity esters. The taste...wow. This is by far one of the tastiest beers i've had in awhile. Strong coffee,malted milk, some lactose type sweetness, and a very slight butterscotch kick in the finish....just all around yummy. And the finish is good and dry. Great slick mouthfeel with tiny bubbles, making this one drinkable brew, regardless of style....awesome!

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,605 ratings.
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