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:
2,644
Reviews:
1,230
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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265
Gots:
407
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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
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 -2.1%
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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Photo of RAFH
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of StoutBoi
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of illini4x4
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Samp01
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark black opal with a nice brown head. Aroma of toasted caramel malt and roasted espresso and cacao. Tastes is toasted malts and espresso with some dark fruits and licorice notes. Palate is rich full body and smooth creamy mouth feel, with moderate carbonation. Finish is toasted caramel malt, dark plums, espresso ending with some lingering licorice and cacao. Overall a very nicely balanced and tasty porter.

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Photo of atr2605
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-pours black with a creamy tan head with nice retention
S-toffee, chocolate, grain
T-Bittersweet chocolate, with a slight roasted toasty flavor that leads to a toffee and sweet chocolate flavor
M-medium bodied with a bit of smoothness and fair amount of carbonation
O-First english style porter I have had and its delicious. Well balanced with great flavors that transition nicely.

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Photo of jjheinrichs
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of bigox420
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of heytomcat
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of parintele
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

from the bottle best before 10/17/04. pured a deep mahogany, with a nice tan head. aroma bitter sweet chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, plums and prunes, hard time taking my nose away from this one. flavor, toffee, chocolate, raisins, honey, malts, cherries. mouthfeel was a nice and smooth and just enough bitterness

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Photo of mishi_d
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fscottkey
4.2/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Jeffreysan
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, almost opaque black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malt with notes of freshly baked dark bread, caramel, some notes of chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Taste: Great! Roasty up front, imparting notes of coffee with a hint of smoke. Malty with notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread. Some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness as well. The beer finishes with just a hint of dark chocolate-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. Pretty smooth as there is practically no carbonation at all. With an ABV of 5.4%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a great porter, one of the best actually! Traditional flavors of roasted malt and coffee beans, balanced perfectly with some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness. A perfect porter and a perfect session beer!

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Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 21 Jul 10

G: Chalice

A: Dark chestnut body and thick creamy tanned head. Head retains throughout the drink and leaves good lacing. Nitro does wonders for appearance.

S: Very mellow & mild aromas all around. Bitter milk chocolate and light coffee beans come through. Could be stronger - still pleasant.

T: Bitter chocolates, light coffee beans, some hops in the background. Taste is very mild and well mixed.

M: Medium-light bodied and very low carbonation. Thin, smooth and creamy in the mouth and leaves a distinct coffee after taste.

D: Not bad, I prefer the non nitro version to this. This is good, but just not that great. Tasty none the less.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Pours a clear dark red with tan head that has good retention. Aroma of chocolate and toffee with inviting fruity esters. Taste follows aroma. Well balanced medium bodied brew that is absolutely without any flaws. Finish has the perfect bitterness for this outstanding porter.

Thanks to Fred for sharing this beauty!

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

11.2oz bottle from Total Wine - been looking around for this one lately, after hearing the review on Craft Beer Radio - served in a Fuller’s imperial pint glass...

A: Pours a dark brown, with a nice inch of khaki foam; deep garnet when held to light; some specky lace gets left on the glass.

S: Toffee malt aroma; some dark chocolate and caramel, too; roasted grains aren’t too bitter / charred = pretty smooth coffee.

T: Roasted malt / coffee comes out a little more than in the aroma; rich, toasted grains; some bitter chocolate and tobacco / leafy hops on the end.

M: Full bodied; lower carbonation; very smooth and silky.

D/O: A satisfying porter for sure; ample drinkability and smooth; traditional and tasty.

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Photo of carln26
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark brown almost black with a thick tan head. The head receded quickly and there was no lace. Light aroma with roast malt a bit of chocolate and hard candy. The flavor has roast malt coffee sweet candy and a mild smoke finish. Smooth slick mouth feel. Decent drinkability. This was the most “stout-like” porter I’ve ever had (I’m not a huge stout fan), yet, I found this to be uninspiring.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Came in a brown can, nothing special. Poured with half a finger of creamy head that sustained but did not lace. The beer itself is a red tinged black. Some signs of carbonation though, despite the dark color. Not a fan of the quality of the lace.

Smell - Dark roasted burnt malt scent with a bit of coffee undertone. A slight touch of vanilla is also present. It's nice, but it took a bit of warming for it to come out.

Taste - This is quite nice, starts with a mild chocolate flavor and then turns to a pleasant bitter and malty flavor although seems a bit too burnt for my liking. It then melds with a slight trace of fruity hops.

Mouthfeel - The burnt taste lingers for some time, but thankfully it isn't that strong or build as you drink it. The carbonation I also find to be a bit lacking. That being said, it is incredibly smooth. That and the head while it lasted was quite creamy and good.

Drinkability - I could put more then a couple of these back, for sure. It's refreshing, light on the gut, doesn't cause any bloating and if it swapped a bit of the burn flavor for a bit more sweetness, it'd be exceptional. I did not expect this from a porter.

Final Thoughts - Got this one from ludachris, all in all, quite good. I wouldn't call it truly exceptional, but for the most part a solid offering. I can see why my brother swears by this stuff. I'd like to see instead of Guinness on tap, without a doubt.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,644 ratings.
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