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
Reviews:
1,217
Ratings:
2,604
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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Photo of Arno
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: almost black dark brown beer with a brown head. Not much foam unless you give it a good poor. Loses the foam quite quickly.

smell: caramel / licorice sweetness and coffee scented malts.

taste: Caramel and dark chocolate sweetness, tart like. Followed by a licorice and coffee, slightly bitter and dry, finish.

mouthfeel: It's thinner then a Guiness. Doesn't have that creaminess to it, but makes it more refreshing and easy to drink. Medium carbonation.

overall: I like this stout. It's thinner then most, but is packed with flavor. It's not hiding in subtleties, but just delivers the coffee, chocolate, licorice and caramel flavors with a nice balance of sweetness and a light bitter. If i had to criticize it, i'd say it's lacking a bit of depth. It's not something i'd drink all night, because it starts to bore a little after one. Although to me, this is quite common for a stout. It may be a little too sweet and straight forward for me to enjoy even more. But it's one of the better stouts out there, so i'd say: recommended!

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Photo of Nytemare
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a very dark red with a tan head. Head disappeared pretty quick, just leaving a thin white ring around the rim. Only a little carbonation.

Smell: Rich, ripe fruit, molassis, and roasted malt. Slight hint of alcohol.

Taste: I think I served this too cold. It started out tasting heavily of ripe fruit, grapes, maybe plums, with a nice roasted malt backbone, but as it warmed, the fruit flavor became less overpowering. At that point some molassis came through with a nice creamy roasted malt coffee flavor as an aftertaste. As it started to warm, it started to really shine. It was good cold, but it was better closer to room temp.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy. Fairly full bodied. Left a nice oily film in the mouth with a nice aftertaste that lasted for several minutes.

Drinkability: I could be happy drinking this every night. It's one of the best porters I've had at this point.

The freshness date on this bottle was 2/3/2003 so it was 7 months past it's prime. I don't know if this had any adverse effects upon it because even at 7 months past, it's quite good. I would really like to have this fresh sometime, but in Oklahoma that'll probably be fairly difficult, and at 9 bucks a 6 pack, it won't be something I'll buy a lot of, but all in all, very tasty.

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Photo of Reed415
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark red brown color with a thick tan head

S - Roasty coffee, Nutty, Crisp, semi bitter

T - Roasted nuts, coffee, pretty malty, not too much hops present, no alcohol warmth on this

M - Light - Medium body, wish it had some thickness to it, moderate carbonation

D - Pretty good, goes done smooth because of its light body

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Photo of mydeadguy
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beauty pours a rich black color, giving way to a deep red in indirect light from the window. a caramel/brownish head with a scent that is hard to beat. roasted malts, sweet fruits, etc.
the taste is both smooth and slick, both sweet and bitter, with faint alcohol overtone. quite complex really. absolutely drinkable..i could have a few and smile the whole time. another quality brew from Fuller's.

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Photo of dali27
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really dark brown with a little bit of reddish tone. The tan head disapears quickly leaving a patchy, floating foam.

S: Dark chocolate and black coffee are at the forefront. Earthy and smokey scents are also present. Smells very bold and rich.

T: Rich dark chocolate taste come from the finely roasted malts. Coffee taste very apparent also. But, there is more to this than just coffee and chocolate. Caramel, but not in the overly sweet way it is most often used. A little spicy smokeyness. I am having a hard time pinpointing all flavors. Complex.

M: Thin to medium for the style. Even though it is thin, it's nicely creamy on the swallow.

O: The bottle states "Rich, Dark & Complex." I completely agree with all of these adjectives and have to add flavorful, deep, bold, highly drinkable, brillant... I could go on, but I won't. This beer is a treat. Different than the American porters that I am used to, and maybe, just maybe, what all for those strive to be.

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Photo of linnet
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy beige head, deep brown colour, lacing. Aroma is heavily roasted, dark chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. Flavour is roasted sweet and plenty of coffee and chocolate. The flavour is very well balanced and yet intriguing. Mouthfeel is very very smooth with small bubbles and it is almost a bit oily.This is a great porter, met my expectations and then some!

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that a good porter is always welcome in my fridge, saying that this should have a case setting there waiting to be consumed! WOW! world class is a good place to begin.

A- Poured a very dark brown/Mahogony with a light carmel colored head that leeft some lacing behind.

S- smelled of chocolate, fresh bread, earthy, and carmelish

T- Damn just like it smelled only more intense. Was very well balanced between the malts and slightly hop-ish(is that a word).

M- Smooth, smooth did I say SMOOTH? med to light carbonation, mild chewiness, was very hard to just sip this one, I wanted to chug it then refill it and sip the second one (alas I only had the one that was a gift from Chewystheman - THANKS)

O- World class in taste, mouthfeel and so very well balanced!

I want more!

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

This beer pours nicely, and smells wonderful. The head is a bit disappointing, it starts strong, but dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing. Taste is chocolatey, coffee-like, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. This Porter is very smooth and drinkable, and is not at all bitter or heavy. It's like a cup of really really smooth cappucino. I really liked this beer.

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Photo of jayc333
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a two finger head. The head, (like most English beers) ended up turning quite minimal. Very good lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel, chocolate, and coffee. The smell was by-far the most satisfying and my personal favourite aspect of the beer.

Taste was somewhat disapointing. Don't get me wrong, it was still very nice, and i really enjoyed it, but I was just expecting so much more because of its sweet aroma. The coffee flavour simply overpowers everything.

I'm on the same boat with mouthfeel as I was with taste. Just a little disapointing. The main factor again is that there was just way too much of the coffee flavour.

Overall, not bad. I don't think that I will be buying this again, but that shouldn't stop you.

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Photo of Rocko
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black color with a light brownish growing head at the pour up. It leaves a nice little lacing on top which lasts for long. Big distinct smells of coffee and hints of dark chocolate. The taste is very coffee intense ended with a huge bitterness that grabs hold of your palate.

This is a very nice porter, quite expensive though but it really deserves it's position up top. :)

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Photo of notdan
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark ruby-brown with medium light-coloured head. Nice colour, but the head died fast and not much lacing to speak of.

Smells of earthy roasted coffee, some malty sweetness. Taste is full of molasses and coffee, bit of chocolate and a nice light British hopping. A little sweet but very pleasant.

Carbonation is perfect, with a smooth, if slightly thin body. Drinks very easily, would be happy to spend an evening with this one.

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Photo of Mjoepp
3.56/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black liquid, gorgeous large creamy light brown head which.

S: Black malt, roasted, coffee, little spiciness. Some "deep" ( mixed with the roasted tones) dried fruits.

T&M: Coffee, roasted. Some peppery notes for the aftertaste. Quite watery as the most English Porters. Carbonation is between light and medium.

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Photo of Illtryit
4.87/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me at Llewellyns in Webster, MO

Smell is sweet chocolate and toffee.

Black. Tan head, Creamy as if nitro tap (although it wasnt)

Taste, chocolate, toffee, coffee.

Had this both on tap and by the bottle. Taste are identical. Very good beer. Definitely makes my rotation.

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Photo of Maakun
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very, very dark. Almost completely blacl. Nice beige head that disappears quick.

Smell: burned sugar, hops, grass, coffeebeans, liquorice, christmas cake.

Taste: Roasted malts at first. Then a big hit of liquorice, which fades into a nice espresso bitterness. Later more fruits, over-ripe cherry, and blackcurrant. Aftertaste has tobacco, burned sugar, and a touch of sweetness.

Mouth: medium, but quite full for the ABV. Creamy. Not much carbonation which makes it slightly flat after a while. Slightly syruppy on the lips too.

Overall: very complex beer. It's not my favority profile, but really interesting and well made. But love the complexity and balance, will definately drink this again.

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Very dark brown with a thin smooth head. Few bubbles in the head, perhaps because of a less than ideal pour in a tumbler pint glass.

S: Toasted and malty, but not overly so. The smell doesn't give much away in terms of taste, but definitely builds into the taste after the first sip, enhancing the flavor.

T: The first flavor that comes out is the toasted malt that the smell hints at, but the rich variety of hops and malts quickly overwhelms the initial taste. The complex flavor is accompanied by faint hints of chocolate throughout, giving the beer an underlying character.

F: Smooth at the front of the tongue and explodes in flavor. Great feel of minor carbonation and the traditional mild bitterness that comes with porter, which is somewhere between a flavor and a feeling in my opinion.

O: Great beer. The gold standard for English Porters. It manages to be truly outstanding without giving way to gimmicks or overly strong foreign elements.

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Photo of The-Jolly-Imbiber
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL can into a conical pint glass.

Extremely dark. One-finger head that settles in about a minute and a half.

Smells great. Nose is sweet, chocolately, with notes of dark berries. Very inviting.

Taste is like dark chocolate with coffee flavours. Fantastic. First few sips gave a metallic / iron aftertaste, but that soon disappeared as I continued to enjoy the beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thicker side. Little carbonation (which is fine).

This is just an awesome beer all around. Definitely a buy-again.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - comes in a very nice 500ml bottle. almost zero foam upon pouring, this is good. deep red in color, very dark.

taste - wow very good! extremely coffee-like taste. a nice dry flavor... theres enough here to hold your interest for a while. one of the better beers ive tried, no hops at all, like i said its almost like an alcoholic coffee drink. easily the best britain/ireland beer ive had.

drinkbility - the best! its complex enough to drink tons of while staying interesting and good yet a low enough abv to drink alot of without getting trashed. very good beer, i like it.

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Photo of gautch726
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany with a generous, frothy, tan head. You want to dive in to this beer. The malts dominate the aroma with sweet fruit and chocolate hinted. Surprisingly (in a pleasant way), this beer tastes just like it smells. Wonderful and not very bitter. There is a sweetness that finishes it that is something like vanilla and raisin. Mouthfeel is healthy and smooth. Overall, excellent porter.

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

This a fine English porter it is full of chocolate,syrup and coffee flavor. Its dark brown.Low carbonation and has a disappearing head. Very easy to drink.I like the design of the bottle. Reminds me another english beer(Old Nick). Yes I'd definitely buy more. Happy Drinking Thanks

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Photo of surfadelic23
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap and Barleyhoppers in Riverview. This is a blackish dark brown color that is easy to get lost in. Pours a nice tan head on top that hung around to the bottom leaving a cocoa colored lacing. Nice. This is a sweet malty smelling brew that sets my mouth watering. This had a nice roasty coffee flavor. It made me regret not drinking more porters as I often bypass them as being rather heavy. This was not. It had a nice mouthfeel and was very drinkable.

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

I was quite pleased to find this stuff in (non-nitro) 16.9 oz cans. This is why I bought that Guinness pint glass!

Appearance was good, typical of a porter - dark but not opaque, I could see some light through the red-brown body. Nice tight 3/4" head, it looked almost like a nitro pour. Smell was roasty, bordering on stout.

What struck me about the taste is how much this reminded me of the Irish stouts. I gather that way way back when, Guinness draught was their version of porter, so that makes sense. Both brews have that astringent roasty flavor, but where Guinness tends toward a sour finish, Fuller's goes to astringent bitterness, something I associate with black malt. All in all a decent brew, but not as rich or sweet as I would like.

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Photo of dude
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and opaque. Aromas of charcoal smoke and black olives. Taste is initially of chocolate, followed by coffee and finishes with a lingering bitter and smoky aftertaste. There's a metallic aftertaste that goes away after a couple of sips. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Good drinkability although I have had better porters.

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Photo of eweneek83
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance deep, dark, opaque black with dense chocolate milk colored head that doesn't go away. There lots of nicely spaced out patches of lace that are tan in color.
The aroma is a deep dark roasted espresso bean that is nearly burnt, awesome. There are also faint malt and caramel whiffs here. When I drank this, there was again espresso, but with chocolate and hints of malt. Nice slight bitterness in the finish that was perfect with a great crisp after taste. Nice thick mouthfeel that's chewy and refreshing. A great example of a great porter.... yummy!

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Photo of flexinwext
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown/black color. Completely opaque. Tons of burnt coffee aroma eminating from the glass. Little to no head, no lacing present. Very little carbonation to speak of but I suppose thats to style. This beer as a pretty decent body and goes down smooth. Of all the porters I've tried, this is about middle ground. Very drinkable due to low ABV and I could probably drink a few of these happily.

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

The beer is a deep brownish black color. It initially formed a smallish khaki head that has died away to a bubbly film. Fine webs of lace are forming on the glass as I drink.

The beer smells deliciousĀ—lots of dark chocolate.

The taste of this beer is a rich mixture of bittersweet dark chocolate and black coffee. Very nice.

The beer has a medium body with relatively low level of carbonation. As expected for the style.

This beer is very drinkableĀ—so tasty, and light enough in body to make it a sheer pleasure to quaff.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,604 ratings.
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