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

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2,615
Avg:
4.2
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10.24%
 
 
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Photo of darkmartin
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a dark, murky, brown with a small light-brown head. Sticky layer of lacing.
Smell: Smells primarily of chocolate malts with slight hops.
Taste: Esspresso, chocolate, and fig up front, followed by a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied, and sticky.
Drinkability: The rich, chocolate-espresso taste is nicely balanced by the bite on the finish. The result is a complex flavor that can only truly be experienced slowly.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle on this beer is great. Not only is it an attractive label, but homebrewers can reuse it to showcase their beers as well.

It pours a very dark brown/black that is almost opaque, but does allow light through highlighting some deep reds. It's not hazy but clear as you can tell by the bottom of the pint glass in my picture. The head is minimal and stays as a tan/brown ring around the glass mostly and has a decent dispersed polka-dot pattern that is pretty minimal.

I served this beer to myself too cold, which means that I am going to have to drink it slower that I desire so I can experience more of the aromas. I was first struck with roasted coffee and chocolate. I feel like dipping it in my fish tank water to heat it up. There are some notes of vanilla, caramel sweetness and some bread along for the ride. As I drink it and it warms up, I will make note of any other aromas if they occur.

The flavour is pretty much the same as the aroma. Creamy sweet maltiness starts off on the tip of the tongue and works its way back. By time it reaches midway it is in full force and the bittering hops become palpable while tastes like coffee, chocolate and, most importantly, vanilla start to show through to the end making it truly very smooth and creamy. Hints of bread also dabble in the mix.

The mouthfeel is sensational. Smooth and creamy dominate the drink with a nice moderately full body. The bittering hops take you through to the end leaving a medium dry, wanting feeling on your palate begging for another sip. The carbonation, mildly moderate to really help with the creamy soothing feel of the beer.

Overall, I would have to say that this is TOTALLY world class! I'm going to have to give this high 4's in most of the categories and ultimately the same for the overall score.

To H.E. double hockeysticks with the big boy beers! Get out there and taste what really makes a beer like this a craft. It was crafted long ago and perfected over the years. There is ages of experience in this beer and you have to give it a try. If you hate dark beers, this is by no means a mild dark beer, but it is one of the best and you owe it to yourself to try it. I guarantee that in the least you will appreciate this beer as a quality beer. You may not like it, in which case I would deem you insane, BUT you will know what a good beer truly is. Life is too short to waste on watered down experiences, go full throttle! *enter rebel yell here*

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving - From a pint-plus can, into a wide-mouthed glass. This comes in a big can - the glass can hold a canned Guinness or Beamish, but I need to drink about a inch's worth before I can empty this can into it.

Appearance - It sure looks like a porter. Almost black, but in the light you can see a little bit of very dark ruby red around the edges. Bubbles form down the sides of the glass and dissipate upwards towards about 3/4" of foam that forms on top and stays there.

Smell - Out of the can, a strong smell of very dark chocolate. Out of the glass, the same smell but much fainter.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability - That dark chocolate from the smell is definitely there in the taste as well. It's got a little bit of hop bitterness that I don't really think belongs there. Also some notable fizziness on the tongue that keeps it from being silky smooth like a lot of my favorite porters. The flavor lingers for a long time in the back of the mouth.

Overall - In dark beers, I'll go for a brown ale for something malty and nutty, a stout for something rich and smooth, and a porter for something sweeter and warming. This is clearly a quality beer, but it doesn't really hit any of those marks - it's sort of a porter crossed with a red ale. Probably won't be buying it again, although I'll be quite happy to finish up the 4-pack.

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

APPEARANCE: This draft had about a 1/4" creamy light tan head by the time it got to my table. The head dissipated almost immediately with fair lacing. Body was a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and moderate carbonation.

AROMA: Big coffee and chocolate aroma with overtones of caramel, toffee, roasted malts and a bit of nuttiness combined with a light fruitiness. Smelled great.

TASTE: A greater than expected element of coffee was present along with semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted barley with a slight note of hop bitterness. All in all, pleasant and enjoyable.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium palate with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. The initial flavor was a moderate sweetness with the finish lightly bitter with moderate dryness in a medium finish length. Fair body lacing that dissipated somewhat quickly.

DRINKABILITY: A solid, easy drinking, flavorful drink that I'd definitely buy again. Flavor could be enhanced by a slight increase in hops flavor.

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Photo of antique
3.22/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a moderately dark brown with a minimal light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind minimal lacing. Not the most attractive beer I've ever seen, but it's not bad.

Smells of toffee, caramels, some chocolates, malts, and a layer of heavy minerals that's somewhat odd, but also kind of refreshing.

The main body of the taste is heavy, watery caramels--not too complex, but still relatively pleasing. There's a follow up of the mineraly flavors and a good deal of sweetened coffee. It's very standard and very light, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Very light mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation and a sort of fluffy consistency that goes down extremely (read: dangerously) easily.

It's extremely drinkable and mild, and though that's not what I come to in a porter usually, it's refreshing, and ultimately a successful beer that serves as somewhat of a standard benchmark to judge others in the style against, for better and for worse.

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Photo of malthead
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best Before 2/16/05
Beautiful dark color, although I would prefer a bigger head and slightly more carbonation. Huge aromas, dark chocolate, cocoa, mocha. So many flavors, and yet all work so well together - sweet, dark chocolate to start, then coffee, then a long, bitter finish with a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is good, my only request would be for slightly more carbonation, although this still fits the style well. Great drinkability, I still can't believe this bottle is almost gone, 12 oz. is far too few for me.
A wonderful brew, from a great brewery. This is a classic session porter and one of my favorite beers. Very Highly Recommended.

On a rereview of a fresh .5 L bottle, I got a very nice, big head with lots of carbonation, so maybe the other bottle was old or something... I've bumped up Appearance half a point. Very nice beer.

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Photo of jj21
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan head with good lacing covers a dark brown beer. Aromas of Caramel, chocolate and malt on the nose. Well rounded balance in this beer. The Chocolate and Caramel sweetness works well with the hint of hops. Goes down so smooth. No heavy alcohol presence makes this easy to drink.

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Photo of nicnut45
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Pours jet black. Upon closer inspection it is just a really dark brown though, like coffee. There is not much head left after pouring and what is left after setteling is a creamy ring around the sides. Thin and whispy on the inside and a nice dollop in the center.

S-What a great scent. Freshly ground coffee. raw meat, dark chocolate. Smells clean and there is no funky scents going on. I cant do it justice and describe it right, but its awesome.

T-I cant get over how fresh it tastes. The flavors are really pronounced and its so smooth too. I have a hard time describing it becaus everything blends so nicely. The coffee roasted bitterness at the end is very pleasent. As it warms up the beer seems to take on more flavors.

M.F.-Creamy upfront followed by subtle carbonation. Full throughout.

D-Superb.

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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 itÂ’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 sdj5
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black. Two-finger head that goes down to one-finger head.

S: Roasted malt, scotch

T: Roasted malt, scotch, black coffee, dark chocolate, caramel

M: Medium-body, creamy, not a ton of carbonation

D: I could drink this for quite a while.

An excellent beer.

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

Dang... what a perfect porter (sorry Bert Grants). Whether just having one or as a session beer this beer is perfect. Everything is just right with this beer. It's a wonderful balance of malty and hoppy and chocolatey. I have a new beer to put on my list of favorites.

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

From the wonderful Imperial Pint bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Lightly roasted espresson smell. Fantastic espresso flavors with a clean dry finish. Nothing heavy or cloying about this beer. Made to be drank for an evenings pleasure of socializing. Great stuff and a world classic.

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Photo of jockstrappy
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, deep brown color....like coffee from a french press. Head is tan in color, nearly 2 fingers, and fades to a nice cream cap that lasts for the duration. Aroma is a mixture of roasted malts, coffee, and fruity apple-like notes as well. Taste begins with the coffee up front, but quickly gives way to hints of dark chocolate, and toasty caramel, with an ever-so-slight hop note....also a touch of fruitiness in there too, which seems to be a signature of English styles. This brew is easy on the palate with it's medium body, and finishes with a lingering chocolate-coffee effect. I could enjoy this one as a desert, or in the pub all damn day. Good beer, worth a try for sure!

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Photo of cbleary
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at MCouls Public House in Greensboro, NC.

The beer arrived with a translucent black body and a thin white head. The beer tasted of a pleasant mix of dark and pale malts with a bit of British hops. Well-balanced and very filling, but I feel that there are better options out there.

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Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours exceptionally dark with a red hue. Nice burned, dark foamy head.

Smell - Creamy malted aroma with a hint of toffee.

Taste - This beer is heavy with coffee and chocolate overtones. The carmel finish makes it easy going down. The beer is rich in flavor and great for a cold winter night.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and heavy, just like a great English porter should be.

Drinkability - This beer is a meal in and of itself. It's smooth and easy to drink, but don't plan on spending a whole night with this beer. It's still a treat for the night you're wanting something dark!

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

11.2 oz bottle

A: Pours with an almost black but when held up to the light has a beautiful very dark amber color. There is a 1 finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Chocolaty, malty smell. Very balanced in nose appeal. Some slight coffee notes are present as well.

T: The taste of coffee is present right away on the tongue. Half-way through the tongue the chocolate starts to make an appearance. The end is full-blown chocolate. Nice bitter chocolate finish.

Overall this is a great beer. I love chocolate and this pairs exceptionally well with dark chocolate. One of the better porters I've had recently. Very full in flavor but smooth and balanced. Great Beer Fuller Smith & Turner PLC!!!!

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Photo of Pooba001
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour from 16.9 oz. bottle yeilds a perfect light tan head on a dark but not quite black beer with light ruby edges when held to light. Head dissipates and leaves a little lacing. Aroma includes chocolate, light coffee, roasty, and slightly sweet flavors.

Big roasty character for a porter, hint of a burnt note in the aftertaste. Coffee and chocolate are again present. A big, beautiful, British porter.

Mouthfeel is good, slightly on the dry side, and drinkability is excellent, even for an English Porter. Downright sessionable. Another style defining beer from Fuller's.

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Photo of jaz58
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark brown clear colour in the glass. A very thin head when first poured yet it came together shortly after to create a thin creamy top.

Honey, caramel and dark roast coffee taste. Not alot in the nose, slight hint of coffee. Hardly any legs on the glass

A gentle bitter finish at the end.

All in all a decent porter.

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Photo of FirstMan
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shapely bottle and tasteful label lend credibility. A nice change from the basic bottle.

Pours out dark, almost black with ruby hues along the edges. These stand out beautifully against the light. The head isn't foamy like some porters, but rather made up of tiny bubbles. It quickly dissipates into a thin layer that never quite breaks to reveal the beer beneith and sends little arms up the side of the glass.

The smell is complex and my favorite part of this beer. Strong notes of dark chocolate and a light smoky presence. A good strong inhale brings out the complexities and sweetness of the malt.

A somewhat tart start on the tip of the tongue almost immediately dissipates into a mellow, warm, smoky flavor filling the mouth. Strong chocolate flavors are balanced by a slight hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but with enough carbination to keep it interesting.

Overall just a really wonderful English Porter. If you get a chance to have it on tap, don't pass it up. It's good in the bottle, but the draft is just splendid.

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

Brown bottle poured into a mug.

Pours a dark black color with a thin tan head that needs to be coaxed out with a medium hard pour and that doesn't stick around for long. It does lace the glass nicely, though, and a small halo stays around the edges for quite a while.

Smells of molasses and some brown sugar, mostly, with some faint smokey aromas just hinted at.

The molasses is still there in the taste but a sweet creamy taste pulls ahead just a little bit. A smokey roasted coffee bean taste settles on the back of the tongue just before and following the swallow. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin but has a nice lively carbonation that tickles the middle of the tongue in an enjoyable way.

This is a really pleasent porter that would be easy to sit back and sip all night long. Tastes good at cellar temp, tastes good at room temp, and has plenty going for it. Definitely something I'd drink again.

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Photo of lionking
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a nice two finger head with some nice lacing on the glass as I drank the beer down.

Black color in the glass a nice dark ruby red hue. Sugary sweet smell along with a nice roasted grain smell.

Sugary chocolate taste as well burnt malt. Mouthfeel is thick but smoothe. An excellent porter. This one is my favorite porter at the present time.

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

A: Dark beer with a thick head that lingered for a while

S: Roasted malt, alcohol, lemon and spices

T: Very nice cream soda flavor along with the roasted malt

M: Full body with good carbonation

Overall this is one of my favorite porters. Very enjoyable and not overly difficult to find.

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

Pours:a deep mahogany like brown-black with a 2 fingered tanish head with distinct lacing.
Scent: mmmm...Pretty good ammount of chocolate and toffee mixed in with the malt and some nice hops, a slight floral scent to note as well.
Taste:. Veery good first sip. was both hoppy and sweet with delicous malty goodness for full flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and not as thick as I figured it would be.
Drinkability: Verry High....I can't wait to recomend to some of my buds.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown, or maybe black. Can't quite tell. When I hold it up to the light, I can't see much cloudiness. There's a creamy brown head with, unfortunately, rather poor retention, and very little lacing - the only reasons this beer doesn't get a '5' here.

Smell: Big roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts are the first to come through, bearing a kind of coffee-like flavor. Dark chocolate also makes its presence known. Then, after letting the beer sit for a little while on the tongue, I can really taste some excellent hops. It's not really bitter, it just has that unmistakable hop taste we all know and love. This really hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, just like it should be. It could perhaps use a little more carbonation, but eh.

Drinkability: This beer never gets tiresome to me. Every time I drink one, my only regret is that I don't have five more waiting for me. (I buy singles of this at Wine World in North Augusta, SC.)

This has become one of my absolute favorite beers, and is a classic example of a fine porter.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thought I would try this beer, my brother swears by it. Presented in a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black. Rich smell of coffee and alcohol. Surprisingly carbonated mouthfeel, with a finish of coffee, slight taste of alcohol and dark chocolate. If there is any drawback to this beer, it is the carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty good. Recommended for those seeking a tasty porter that is not too intense; it is highly drinkable. Pairs quite well with Led Zeppelin.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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