Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
United Kingdom (England) | website

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

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Photo of claspada
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and toasted nuts. As it warms you can detect a little more caramel malt and a little more complex mocha/toffee.

The taste follows the nose to a tee with substantial bready and caramel maltiness with equal amounts of roasted malts that follow. Hints of dark chocolate and mocha set up for a nice dry English finish.

The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavors and aromas. The perfect mouthfeel and crisp finish make this extremely drinkable, almost gulpable. Carbonation is perfect for the style; it really allows the flavors pop as it went down.

Overall this is a great, if not perfect, example of an English porter. I really enjoyed the robust flavors and and the full mouthfeel/finish. I can only imagine this being better on cask or tap... especially in England. Nothing earth-shattering or flavor explosion, just very very good.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle, best before 05 April 11.

poured into pint glass an opaque dark deep brown, with garnet highlights when held up to light. white frothy head.
big chocolate and coffee flavors in the aroma. taste is roaty malts, bittersweet chocolate, espresso. not as sweet as the aroma.
mouthfeel is thinner to medium body. about average for a porter.

great drinkability, classic example of the style.

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

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle into hotel glasses. Dark reddish brown color, actually sort of clear when you put a light behind it. The smell was chocolaty and a little bready. The taste was mostly chocolate with a faint coffee flavor. Pretty mild carbonation which gave it a creamy kind of texture.

I don't like porters all that much, so I'm not a fair judge of this beer. I'd say it was all right, actually in pretty good shape considering it was 10 months past its "best by" date. I'd like to try it fresh and on tap in London for a re-review.

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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 Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. 16/AUG/10 indicated on the back label. Perfect pour - entire bottle into the glass with the head neatly falling between the blue lines and the lip of the glass. Body was the color and clarity of cola with a rocky, tan-colored head that sizzled and popped as it slowly receded into a sudsy skim, leaving tiny spots of lacing in its wake. Big roasty, chocolatey, malty nose from the bottle, with a slightly metallic quality coming out in the glass. Taste consistent with nose, with a some lactose and a bit of char in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. What a delicious porter - some qualities seem to slightly mirror a milk stout (i.e. the creaminess, lactose, chocolatey goodness), but the charred character brings it all back, resulting in a highly drinkable and flavorful porter.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body pours into my pint glass. Light mocha head forms to a nice hefty size and has a good frothy texture.Good retention and spotty lace all around the glass.

S- A nice roasty dark cocoa powder and coffee presence. A bit of caramel, fruit, vanilla and toasted nuts. Not the strongest of aromas.

T- Roast malt, cocoa, coffee and caramel make up a big malty beer flavor. Also some vanilla, dark fruit, earthy hops, english mineral water and toasted nuts.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a nice smooth carbonation. Some roast bitterness finishes it out.

Not as rich or thick as the American porters of today but still a refreshing and flavorful beer. Drinks very well and has a nice English feel to it.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a one finger cream head. The head has a decent level of retention, eventually fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet chocolate and caramel, dark fruits of cherry, a bit of coffe and a good roasted brown bread smell. It is sweet and dark in aroma. Very nice.

Taste – The flavor begins of more brown bread with some notes of caramel sweetness. The caramel sweetness is enhanced as the flavor moves on and is meet by some mild chocolate flavors. These flavors create a rather sweet and bready flavor. The flavor then begins to dry out ever so slightly in the end with some bitter sweet chocolate and coffee flavors coming to the tongue. The mix of all the flavors combined together well and leave a very pleasant cocoa espresso flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For an only 5.4 % abv beer the body of the beer is on the smoother and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The feel is wonderful for all the dark and bittersweet flavors of the brew accentuating them and allowing them all to properly mellow on the tongue.

Overall – This is a fantastic brown ale. It has a great flavor with fantastic transitions. It has a great feel and a wonderful smell to boot A very good one to try if you have the chance. Delicious.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle arrived at our table like a bolt of lightning after a few days of watery beer & good ESBs. An honest to goodness porter! My mouth started watering as soon as my mate put the bottle down on the table.

Poured black as sin, although it could have been brown, given the nighttime hour & darkness of the pub. Smelled divine, all roasted goodness.

Fuller's London Porter made me & another table-mate smile, while everyone else sampled & pulled a long, horrified face (including our two British friends...). A heavy, smoky porter with prominent notes of chocolate & coffee amidst the blackly charred malts. Thick, creamy, satisfying as a medium-well steak to a starving man. I split a second bottle with my comrade in arms.

Excellent porter, one of the best I've had in quite a spell. I'll be on the hunt for another bottle here in the States to see if this is really as good as I recall or if the ESB & soccer had clouded my good judgment.

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black-Brown-Redish color with a one finger tan head that fades to almost nothing. Light lace is left as the foam recedes
S: A wonderful aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Very complex.
T: Similar to the smell. Roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and a ton of toffee flavors. The toffee flavor seems to coat the mouth. Though it never becomes cloying. A great malt character and a slit taste of hops.
M/D: A medium to full body. At first a snap of carbonation, but it becomes very creamy as the beer warms. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is more than a winter warmer, and can be enjoyed during all season's.

Not much more to say. This is a great beer, and like the ESB this is the standard for the style IMO. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful site sitting in my glass this very deep garnet colored beer with a masterful head, the texture creamy with oodles of fine clinging lace to smother the glass. Impressive toasted grains dominate the nose, caramel, light earthy sweetness that I find quite appealing. Chocolate sweet start, the top middling, the finish has delectable hop spiciness, delightfully carbonated, droughty malt aftertaste that lingers lovingly on your satisfied palate. As you can see I think a lot of Fuller’s beers, and with Samuel Smith, make up my top two English Breweries. Personally quite a treat for us "Dark Lovers", when the "World" is turning to the "Light", I steadfastly clutch the “Darkness”.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/7/11

A: red/orange hues shine through this black colored beer, with a 1½ finger head, leaves spotty lacing down the glass

S: not much to note, just caramel and malts

T: roasted barley, toffee/caramel

M: mild carbonation, smooth, but thin, and very dry on the end

D: it goes down easy, just nothing extraordinary as far as taste profile goes, it seems almost more of a brown ale than a porter

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.4% ABV, Best Before 04 JUN 12

A - Brief cascading results in a tall but short-lived tan head which drapes sheets of lace on the pint above the incredibly dark mahogany brown colored beer.

S - Fuller's London Porter has a rich chocolaty aroma to it that suggests a dark chocolate bar dusted with cocoa and perhaps, some coffee grounds. It's earthy and "old", London Porter has a subtle woody, musty-like aroma which really helps it out, keeping some balance going on.

T - Rich and dark, the flavor is a complex explosion that coats the tongue, requiring many more sips to fully grasp. Bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the initial flavors, while earthy wood-like flavors follow closely with a nuttiness in tow. Sweeping in towards the end is a light but balancing caramel flavor which tops it off nicely.

M - Full-bodied and creamy, the moderate carbonation is almost ignored as this smooth beer glides over the tongue and down the throat with a lingering hard dryness and acrid bitterness from the roasted malt.

O - Roasted and robust, Fuller's London Porter is a chocolate and coffee-like flavored treat which all comes from the malt complexity, no added ingredients! It's full-bodied but at no point does it become thick or undrinkable and it's so bold in flavor, it's impressive the beer remains around 5% alcohol. Fuller's London Porter is a stellar beer for any occasion.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, decent head, surprised I haven't reviewed this before. Maybe I've never had it? Aroma was malty, decent. Flavor was malty with slight bits of cocoa and coffee as promised by the label. Overall, a decent porter and something I might pick up if the price happened to be right.

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Photo of Suds
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick and dark (reddish-brown that nearly borders on black) with a frothy tan head. This beer has an intense chocolate aroma. There’s considerable malt, with a lightly roasted (again, chocolaty) smell. At times there’s a little distracting smell that seems slightly like burnt grain. All in all, the aroma is amazing. Little hops, and very little fruitiness in the smell. The first sip reveals that this beer is full and satiating. Very creamy (at times, with the big chocolate aroma, it seems almost like a thick chocolate milk). The brew dries out by the finish, which is just bitter enough to offer some balance. The finish opens up and thins out a little, making the beer very drinkable. This is extraordinarily good stuff.

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Photo of papat444
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, best before 27 OCT 14.

Pours a molasses-colored body, good head at first but doesn't stay long and not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is coffee grains, dark chocolate with roasted malt in the back. Medium strength coffee as main flavor, bit of bitter chocolate but the depth of the taste is not great. Slight metallic finish. Not full-bodied at all, middling. Average on most accounts.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black that shows garnet in light, with tan lumpy craggy head. Nose is malted milk balls and touch of roast. Mocha, coffee grounds, a bit of ash and prune as it warms for malts, a sweetness in the middle, and woody (Fuggles?) hops to end. An acidic bite from the roasted barley and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, round and medium.

This is held up as a paragon of the style. For the most part, that's correct.

*from notes

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky aroma is a joy to invite into the nose with its quality coffee, licorice and molasses notes and hints of charred wood, yeast and - anchovies? Pours a rich, cool sable that is just a kitten’s whisker above midnight black with a thick and fine-bubbled, it not too persistent, buff head. Flavor does not disappoint - smoked wood, roast coffee and licorice dominate the flavor but let through hints of treacle and herbs. Full body has plenty of fizz and leaves a nice smoky, slightly hoppy, slightly sweet finish. I can see - er, make that taste - why this is a top rated Porter! Mud in your eyes!

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

Found at M'Coul's in Greensboro, NC, this one shows a deep dark brown mohogany color with a goodly light oatmeal colored head and good lacing. The aroma is of roasted nuts and molasses malt, deep and delightful. The flavor offers thick charcoal nuttiness and malt sweetness with clear grassy hop bitterness. This is decidedly mid-plus bodied, smooth with modest carbonation. Very drinkable and definitely worth a try, a very solid porter.

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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, very black. This is beyond opaque. Champagne lines here and there--lines of bubbles shooting intently upward like ants into a flame.

Very deep and intense odor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Nothing original here, but everything good. If I were to rubber stamp a Good Porter Smell, this would be the template. Excellent.

Smoke and roasted malt upfront, alcohol and chocolate in the middle, coffee and more roasted malt in the back. Leaves a nice, dry aftertaste.

Very full body. Very full flavor. Goes down quite smooth. One hell of a beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it fresh at Fuller’s. Dark brown color with a beige and thin head.
Nice aroma of toasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Likewise, though relatively less intense, it has a taste of toasted malts with coffee notes. Hops come at a second stage. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
Medium body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Very pleasant beer, excellent drinkability and still flavorful. My recommendation, never buy just one bottle.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with what appears to be some decent clarity near the edges of the glass. Head is dark beige in color and has slightly below average retention and some lacing.

Nose is excellently porter-ish, with nutty and roasty malts leading the way with hints of toffee and coffee. Pretty big for a fairly low ABV and English style. Fuggles hops are mild and barely noticeable in the smell.

This porter is easy to drink and somewhat light-ish bodied, but still has a velvety, creamy, full-flavored texture. Great balance of sweet, roasty malts and toasty and hop bitterness. Just a touch of dark fruitiness enters the palate as the beer warms. Makes a great party sixer as it never gets boring and can easily be sipped (or gulped) all night. Fantastic, well balanced beer.

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

Pours black with ruby highlights, large creamy tan head and lots of lacing.
Nose shows lots of chocolate, liquorice, ground coffee, nuts and caramel. Really nice!
Very similar flavours but more roasted malt. Nice coffee, cocoa and caramel characters. Finishes with a mild roasty bitterness.
Great soft carbonation, body could be a little thicker though.

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Photo of gtermi
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head that quickly fades.

S: The beer has a lot of roasted scents with a good bit of black liquorice. Also sort of smells like bread.

T: Has a nice bit of roastedness and some chocolate. I am also picking up on a little coffe after taste.

M: The beer is very smooth and easy to drink. It does have a little crispness on the back of the throat, but it sort of ads to the enjoyment of the beer.

O: This is a very tasty beer. I bought it expecting to be delicious and man it didnt let me down. I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of Brenden
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is dark brown in color with some clarity seeping through the edges and shining through a medium brown in the light. A small tan head forms and doesn't take particularly long to dissipate, though a strong foam remains behind and leaves moderate amounts of lacing.
First off the nose is chocolate with a hint of caramel, then some barley gives way to a touch of charcoal. There's a bit of earthiness to the aroma, and the main standout is the dark semi-sweet chocolate.
There's some nice complexity to the flavor, as a strongly malty backbone offers, as in the nose, mainly semi-sweet chocolate, followed by a light smoky charcoal note, a touch of coffee, and a touch of nutiness. A bit of astringency can be found at the back of the throat that leads an otherwise delicious flavor to finish with a bit of sourness at the end.
The mouthfeel is just full enough and well to style, with light carbonation. Each sip is crisp with a touch of smoothness.
This is a very nice porter and certainly an extremely accessible go-to well worth stocking.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark black color with a creamy light tan head that recedes quickly. The aroma is perfect. Creamy chocolate with undertones of roased malt and coffee. The taste lives up to the expectations the aroma inspired. Chocolate and roasted malt engulf my whole mouth with each sip. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, medium bodied, and with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. Perhaps, even the perfect session beer.

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