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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
Ranking:
#1,153
Reviews:
1,242
Ratings:
2,681
pDev:
10.26%
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Ratings: 2,681 |  Reviews: 1,242
Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Opaque dark brown/blackish body sporting a think and foamy mocha head. Tight bubbles, leaving scads of stout like lacing.

Aroma- Dark chocolate and coffee beans dominate milder roasty malt aromas. A slight hop presence is also notable.

Taste- Roasty bitter sweet coffee, is accompanied by dark chocolate. They paid up nicely with the subtle hops bite.

Palate- Smooth and dangerously drinkable. A coffee bitterness lingers.

Overall- Fuller's London Porter is pretty much what a porter should be. This one is close to a sweet or coffee stout, but it's damn good.

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Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rale
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: Quintessential porter. Deep dark black. Perfectly fluffy tan head.

Nose: Chocolate and smoke. Burnt toast. Creamy vanilla.

Taste: Restrained doses of chocolate and charcoal. Super balanced and drinkable. There's a wisp of smoke over everything and an earthiness keeping it from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light but creamy. Endlessly drinkable.

Overall: The shining example of a quaffable porter. Packed full of earthy flavors with just enough sweetness to keep you coming back for more.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown in color, with a tan head that has fair retention. Leaves a bit of lace-work down the glass. There is a good level of deep roasted malt aroma, with a bit of hop aroma in the back. The roasted malt is in the forefront on this one, but there is hints of coffee and chocolate as well. The roastness is so much forefront that there is a bit of a "bite" from the roasted malt. The hop bitterness is at a good level, but kept in check by the roast malt flavors. It is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and overall a tasty Robust Porter. I am a big fan of Porters, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of Robyn
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of PaulyB83
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Best before September 18, 2016.

L- Deep brown with a bit of light coming through, one finger light brown head.

S- Dark chocolate, little bit of raisin, some fruitiness perhaps from the English yeast.

T- Similar to aroma, dark chocolate, little bit of dark fruits, light roast.

F- Medium to light.

O- Nice English beer with good dark chocolate notes, if you're looking for something dark while still pretty sessionable that's not Guinness, give this one a try.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptional porter. Had from the bottle and was glad to see this on-tap this evening. Medium creamy head that left great lacing and also lasted near the duration of the beer. Smell of light roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Taste was much of the same. Very clean and refreshing mix of chocolate and coffee balanced by a faint hop bite. Mouthfeel was rich and smooth. Very easy going down and unlike any other I've tried. Easy drinkability. Session is one word to describe the phenomenon. I like.

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ypsifly
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pint bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The Ink jetted best before date is smeared and not fully readable.

Dark brown to almost black with a little more than a finger of light tan. Good retention with wispy rings of lace.

The nose has a lot of sweet, roasted malts. Has some chocolate and a whiff of smoke.

Creamy mouth with the roasted flavors becoming coffee like and the chocolate seems almost powder like. Hop bitterness towards the back as it doesn't really stand out but rather adds balance. The chocolate flavors stay through the finish and after taste.

An extremely drinkable porter. My favorite from the UK.

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of killcore
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ferrari29
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of JohnQVD
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Satsuma
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kevinlater
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can into nonic pint. reads "30 04 15" on the bottom of the can, which i'm guessing is a best before date of april 30, 2015. enjoyed immensely on august 13, 2014

a: a very deep brown with dark ruby highlights, almost cola-like. almost two fingers of foamy tan head

s: chocolate and raisins up front. coffee, caramel, maybe cherries? some tobacco and smoke notes too

t: follows the nose. "rich, dark & complex" written on the can is a very accurate description. tons of chocolate and toffee up front, coffee afterwards, then the aforementioned dark fruit notes bring a mild but really pleasant sweetness. hints of syrup too? a delicious roast-char-smoke-tobacco character comes out towards the end. finishes with cocoa tastes and a drying coffee-like bitterness

m: creamy light to medium body. mild carbonation. nice!

o: one of my favourite beers ever. it's great that it's available and affordable too. a very wonderful low abv flavour bomb

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Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep chestnut color, with a big, even, and foamy tan-colored head. Had some lace but a wide network of staining.

Smell was rich, of chocolate, coffee beans, and walnuts. Taste was strongly of dark coffee, roasted malt. Almost burnt tasting, it built up an almost acidic taste toward the end. Some good hops came late but don’t try to do too much, as they added the right type and amount of balance. The finish was dry.

Had the thin body of a traditional porter; its appropriate mouthfeel was a little more than watery but not coating. I'd call this more of a session version of the beer, subtle and carefully done. Not made heavy to be something it is not (i.e. a stout), and like all Fuller’s beers it is solid.

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Photo of confer
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, with a small layer of tan froth.
Smell is lightly toasted caramel.
The taste is so smooth. Just a hint of roastiness in the finish but starting with a not to sweet caramel candy flavor.
Feel is a little on thick thick side.
Overall a wonderful porter. Definitely worth getting again.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fscottkey
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: [5.00] Dark brown - cola color. Very clear beer in the glass. Forms a nice tan 1 finger head. The head has dense bubbles on the side - and larger bubbles on the surface. The head recedes very slowly and evenly. Swirling the glass leaves fantastic lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV at 5.4%. There is a best by date of Aug 4, '15.

S: [3.75] I immediately get caramel and hints of molasses. There are also undertones of charred malts - like your clothes smell after sitting near a camp fire.

T: [4.25] Really nice roasted malt flavor all the way across the palate. The taste lingers for forever. Strong tastes like bitter coffee go along with the malts. As it warms the flavor moves into a much sweeter range.

M: [4.50] Smooth, velvety texture. The lingering roasted malts stays on the tongue.

O: [4.25] This is a world class porter. Weighing in with only 5.4% ABV it is really packing flavor into that small space. It looks great in the glass, it hs an inviting smell and tastes delicious.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,681 ratings
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