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
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

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1,224
Ratings:
2,625
Avg:
4.2
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10.24%
 
 
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Photo of euskera
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this baby for years (whenever I can find it). It is the standard against which all porters should be measured. More like a stout than a porter to me, from a taste perspective.

Pours out a deep brown, almost black, with a nice tan head. The smell is enticing, but not overpowering, with a smoky hint of coffee and chocolate malt. Taste is superb, creamy hints with the malt and chocolate hint coming through nicely. Mouthfeel is on the velvety side, though not as smooth as it could be. Overall a fantastic brew that's in my top 20 easily..

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

Served from a 500 ml bottle into a US pint glass.

Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights, and about one finger of tan head with good retention and lacing.

The smell is coffee and chocolate, sweet, with a hint of maltiness.

The taste... in a word, excellent. A sweet, but not overbearing flavor of chocolate is the most notable flavor, with subtle roasted malts, followed by a smooth, slightly bitter espresso finish. Very nice flavor, everything comes together perfectly.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and drinkability is high. This is a very drinkable beer that will appeal to lots of different people.

Overall, this is an absolutely outstanding beer, easily the best porter there is. Not just extremely tasty, but also easy to drink, and with a mild abv. If you are a fan of the style, you will flat out love this brew.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is that of coffee and chocolate. Malt also fills the nose. First taste is bitter chocolate and coffee finish. This beer really shows well when a little warmer, allowing many complex flavors to show trough. Overall very nice porter, great dark brown/red color. Recommend at least giving this one a shot, definitely well put together.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 500ml can poured into nonic pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown color. Sort of cola coloured when held up to the light. 1/1.5 fingers of off white, creamy coloured fluffy head crown the beer. The head shows no signs of going away. Quite pretty.

Smell - Strong smell of chocolate right away, followed by some caramel notes. Some light coffee and roasted malts. Another reviewer pointed out mollasses which is present as well.

Taste - Very chocolatey, more so that i expected. There are also some coffee and roasted malts that were in the aroma as well. There is also a light taste of nut towards the middle. Yumm

Mouthfeel - Very low carbonation. Heavy body makes this one a sipper. A truly world class beer (almost) ruined by nitro. Bleh (spit).

Overall - 3.75/5

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Photo of xXTequila
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time i had this was with a slice of birthday cake and they actually went great together. I woudlnt say this is my favourite porter but it's close.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a decent head that laces the glass as it recedes. The head is dense but settles quickly. The aroma is of rich chocolate - not the type in most candy bars - and coffee grounds. The taste is great, more chocolate than coffee and a very smooth mouthfeel with a creamy finish. Highly drinkable too. I haven't had a porter before and this sat in my fridge for two weeks because I didn't think I'd like it but this is an awesome brew.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body pours cola-like black, possibly a bit darker. The head is small and fizzy and ends up at nothing quick.

The smell is subtle with hints of coffee, cocoa, and nuts. Not quite as robust as I was expecting.

The taste, however, has a bit more power. The coffee really comes out, a nice dark black coffee. There is a cocoa hint but way more coffee. Still a good taste.

There is a nice balanced carbonation in this beer considering the total lack of head in the pour. Feels pretty smooth going down, really very good.

I find this very drinkable and could easily have a few of these, although I hope future ones will have a bit more head to look better.

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

I had previously tried Fuller's London Porter a couple of times, but not recently. This review was from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Gary's Wine & Marketplace in Madison, NJ. Best before date of Feb. 19 '07 on rear label.

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown. Foam dissipates quickly, but leaves a nice amount of lacing.

Smell - Roasty espresso dominates. Coffee grounds. A hint of milk/lactose, maybe. Roasty, Roasty, Roasty.

Taste - Strong coffee and dark chocolate. Roasty (yes, there's that word again) though not unpleasant bitterness in finish.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, thick. Covers the tongue like melting butter. Smooth.

Drinkability - Rich and filling. Easy to drink, but not a great session beer.

Fuller's London Porter is perfect after a hard day at work, a wonderful stress-reliever. An excellent example of the style, and a very good beer, period.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at fridge temp. A beautiful tan head forms on an aggressive pour and stays. The beer is very dark ruby, not entirely opaque; very pretty in the glass. The aromatics are roasted malt, cocoa, and dark caramel.That comes through in the flavor too, as does a velvety smoothness. The finish is nicely grainy. The body is light to moderate. This is a fantastic porter with a terrific balance and great drinkability.

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint mug.
A - Dark brown, nearly black, with tinges of red when held up to light. 1 finger creamy,lacy head that diminishes rather quickly leaving nice lacing down the glass.
S - Aromas of dark malt, milk, chocolate, dark dried fruits and coffee.
T - Delicious! Tastes of dark and chocolate malts,milk chocolate and a hint of coffee.
M - Full mouthfeel. Light on the carbonation. Slow on the finish.
D - This is what I've always perceived a true English should be. Very rich and flavorful. Cheers!

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Photo of Roke87
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL can, slightly chilled and poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a dark brown colour with a big two and a half fingers of fluffy tan head that does reside a little but never really goes away, leaving almost a pinky finger of tan head right till the finish, leaving good spotty lacing throughout the glass.

Smell- Lots of sweet chocolate aromas coming from this one right away mixed with nice roasted malt smells as well, I am also getting a nice sweet caramel/toffee aroma coming from this as well the more it warms up.

Taste- Just like the smells although the roasted malt plays a much bigger role on the palate as opposed to the nose, with a slight bitter coffee flavour in there as well. That same sweet chocolate smell is present in the taste and the caramel/toffee makes a comeback in the taste as well, although I find it is a little more predominant on the nose.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but a little bit on the lighter side of the porter scale for my liking, average carbonation although porters are known to not have much carbonation anyways. It does go down smooth and silky though.

Overall- To be honest I was rather surprised by this one, I wasn’t expecting much from this one to be honest being in the form of a can, although Fuller does make some quality brews that I have recently really enjoyed. It is nothing over the top, like this is more of a classic porter taste as opposed to an off the wall different tasting porter that you can find a lot on the American market, but don’t get me wrong this is a quality porter and runs circles around your macro Guiness, Kilkenny, etc. This would be a go to for me when I am looking for a good porter to drink a couple of them for cheap in a night, although I did enjoy the double chocolate stout from young’s a lot more.

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Photo of LeoPanna
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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...

first thing i smell is chocolate.... grapes, breads, roasted espresso beans, bailey's irish creme... i love the aroma. i can smell this forever.

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.

Like I said, it's smooth, it's creamy...aftertaste is like you just took a shot of turkish espresso after eating a small pastry.

I've been drinking real beer for only a couple years and I know I'm not on the level of some of you. But this is one of the best porters I've ever had.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a black brown with a quarter inch mostly white slightly tan head which leaves little lacing
S-strong choclate presence with a hint of coffee maybe a liqourice in the background to bring balance to the choclate flavor
T-very rich taste huge chocolate and a nice bitterness from the chocolate notes and a bit of hops very rich for a porter with a perfect balance one of my favorite beers for the style
M-medium/light body with a generous carbonation though it seems a bit watery to me which is the only downside to this beer IMO
D-pretty drinkable very strong taste not too heavy definately sessionable and while it seems a bit light in the mouth it is as the bottle says rich, complex, and dark and not over the top

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Photo of halfP1NT
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is close to opaqe brown, like cola. Ruby highlights when held up to the light. Light tan head is huge and rocky, and eventually settled into a nice foamy cap.

Smell is toasted bread, moist chocolate cake, slightly woody and bitter chocolate.

Tastes like biting into a slice of chocolate cake. Robust, sweet, a little smoky, but the maltiness never gets cloying. This is a delicious, well rounded porter. The flavor is warmer, smoother, not as roasty as most American Porters.

Carbonation is abundant but not overdone. The bubbles are small and prickly, and together with the sweet malty flavor, they make for a soft, velvety mouthfeel. A very drinkable beer, a little different, great take on a great beer style.

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Photo of TMB0424
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany body with amber tints around the edges. Has a pillowy, creamy large off-white head that settles into a nice cap. Good retention with stubborn lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted coffee and milk. Hints of chocolate, but not much. Roasted, smoked barley with a blast of sweet caramel.

Tastes of rich malts - touches of chocolate and caramel. Roasty goodness with nutty undertones. Finishes with a great dash of hop bitterness - not citrus, just a dab of bitter. Extremely well-balanced. The flavors are so delicate and blend together very well.

Mouthfeel is about as rich as a beer can get. One of the more creamy brews I've had the pleasure to try. Has a pillowy, fluffy feel in the mouth - if that makes any sense. Easy to drink and I would have no problem downing a few of these during dinner or just relaxing before bed. Outstanding brew - simply a must try.

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Photo of itcomesnpints
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep obsidian with minimal head and lacing. Enticing aroma and similar taste of roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but overall not a problem. A fine English porter that I will come back to without question.

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

a - nice looking dark tan head sits on top of an almost opaque beer. A little brown comes through when held up to the light. Not much head retention or lacing. Style points for a great looking bottle though.

s - sweet malty chocolate and coffee notes.

t - sweet molasses and nutty flavor start off and are followed by a pretty intense smokiness. A little burnt flavor relieves the smokiness and leaves behind a semi dry finish. I've had quite a few beers but this one just has something about it I can't figure out. Pretty distinct even for a porter.

m - right down the middle in all categories... smoothness, carbonation, weight

d - It might have been because it has been a week since I have had a beer, but when I took the first sip of this it was freaking amazing. The uniqueness seemed to subside a little as I continued to drink. Not sure if my taste buds were just adapting or what. Definitely a great porter. I will have to try this one again.

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Photo of airforbes1
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark brown (with some red creeping in at the bottom) with a creamy head that lingers. I get a lot of roasted malt and coffee on the nose, and, without surprise, I taste a lot of coffee when I first started drinking it. My initial reaction was that it tasted TOO much like coffee, but the other flavors started to creep in as the beer warmed. I started to detect a minute amount of bitter chocolate, with the coffee taste mellowing somewhat as the beer warmed. Roasty, yet smooth. A pleasant offering, although I admit I will probably won't give this beer its due because I'm not a coffee drinker.

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

A: Pours an opaque brown so dark it's practically black, with a dense, creamy-looking tan head. Retention is strong, dissipating to a still-creamy cap of foam and leaving a touch of lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose with undertones of nuts (particularly hazelnut notes) and caffe latte. Toffee, tobacco (think English Cavendish), and charcoal notes. Has a buttery character to it.

T: Chocolate and brown malts, rich and slightly sweet, followed by bready malts, caramel, and strong roasted malts imparting a black coffee bitterness on one level while combining with buttery and chocolatey overtones to give a milder caffe mocha taste. Faint hint of smoke in the finish.

M: On the lighter end of medium-bodied with slight chewiness and very low, silken carbonation. The bittersweet finish is remarkably clean and balances the flavour profile nicely.

D: A delicious, chocolatey porter worthy of sipping or sessioning; excellent example of the style.

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

A - Pours very dark red-brown into a tulip pint glass. Probably a shade darker than your average cola. It also has a ane finger head which diminishes slightly but is present throughout drinking.

S - I'm getting the malts, with a very pronounced melted chocolate and brown sugar smell, add a snifter of liquorice.

T - Coffee with sugar, rich dark chocolate, fig, rye bread. Very rich indeed.

MF - Medium that is more on the thin side with little carbonation.

O - A very well crafted porter and one and dark beer lover will appreciate!

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Photo of gatorbreath
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle served up..

Appearance is dark, foamy, looks inviting...

Smell is reminiscent of roasting, nutty, hints of chocolate, lots of creaminiess, maybe this is the anticipation building..

Taste is delightful, warm, roasty, malty, only hints of chocolate...things taste very nice..

Mouthfeel is not heavily carbonated but a stable offering finishing without any distaste.

Overall, grab one, can't go wrong! I am just getting started with the international offerings.!

Roots

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Photo of Trappissed
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times and am finally reviewing it. Definitely shows a great example of a superior English Porter. A little less burnt and roasty than the American style I am used to. Sweeter as well. A lactic presence. Chocolate outweighs the coffee, but there is some bitter coffee towards the end and in the aftertaste. Maybe even a small amount of dark fruit mixed in there. Don't hesitate on this one.

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

Poured a deep brown color, borderline black. Smooth, light tan, elegant looking head, nice retention, some lacings sticking to the glass. Toasted malts and cookie dough on the nose. Rich and creamy, some toasted malts, mocha, Milky Way Bar, with a subtle hint of hops. Nice complex rendition of a Porter. This is probably, if not the best Porter out there.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass. I tried this one at a British Beer Company in Plymouth, Mass.

Very dark and inviting, thin creamy head that does not stay around too long. Seemed to dissipate after a short while. Some roasty, burnt flavors in the nose with a hint chocolate. The taste was full of roasted malt and coffee, with a little bit of sugar and chocolate. It was more smoky than I expected, but still very good. The mouth-feel was surprisingly thin judging by it’s appearance, but not too thin. This was a decent pint and will tag it as a safe-bet porter whenever I see it on tap anywhere.

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

Recently had this beer at my favorite watering hole, The Nook Tavern in Huntsville, AL.

I could tell this would be a good porter by the deep dark color topped with about a finger of tan lace. Both the taste and smell provided a rich sense of cocoa and coffee balanced with roasted malt and a hint of hops.

I picked this porter to go with my German meal and it complemented it perfectly with both the food and drink being hearty but not heavy.

This is a good full-bodied beer that can stand on it's own merits or complement any meal.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,625 ratings.
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