Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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90.4%
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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:
#1,124
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
2,670
Liked:
2,415
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
10.26%
Alströms:
4.27
 
 
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272
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MrDanno96
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured straight from the hand pump at Tap and Mallet.

A: Pours an opaque chestnut color with a thin ring of off-white head. Foamy lace coats the sides of the glass.

S: Fresh roasted coffee mixed with cream and sweetener dominate the aroma. Vanilla and mixed dark malts add to a great smelling beer.

T: Not quite as good as I was hoping after the great nose; but still nice nonetheless. Espresso and roasted malt are really the only flavors I can pick out of this one. It's good, but pretty one dimensional.

M: The epitome of smooth! If you could turn silk into a drink, this is what it would feel like.

D: Not the best tasting porter I've ever had, but the smoothness of the cask version is, simply put, amazing. Give this one a try regardless, but especially if you have a chance to taste the cask version.

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Photo of GMB
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London porter pours a gorgeous black body that shows glimpses of deep red when held against a strong light source. A standard pour yields a thick cappuccino head with a bit of staying power that leaves bands of lace on the glass as it slowly falls.

The nose is clean and inviting. Deep, roasted malts suggest coffee and warm chocolate without losing their grainy identity.

The taste follows the nose closely, with the important addition of a beautiful bitter hang. The bitterness sustains the illusion of dark chocolate and dark, roasted coffee without concealing the sweetness of the malt. The beer's relatively low alcohol content also allows the toasted malts to suggest nutty flavors. I pick up a bit of toasted almond. The beer's overall balance yields a delicious porter that is clean, markedly drinkable, and refreshing.

The beer's body is full, but could be a bit thicker and more viscid.

A recent wave of American porters in which adjuncts or specialized malts are used to foreground the flavors that classical porters like this one suggest Here, I am thinking of the dozens of nutty (e.g., pecan) porters, chocolate porters, coffee porters, etc., that I have tried in recent years. Fuller's London Porter achieves similar effects while maintaining a lightness and drinkability. Outstanding.

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Photo of TwoForty
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of DJoe
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with an off-white head that subsides quickly. The aroma is of sweet malt balanced by a dry, burnt black malt aroma with no hops to be detected. The taste is very flavorful as the dark malts are no the only thing to be tasted in this beer. Porter was a blend of stale/old ale and new pale ale and brown ale, if this is to be a single sytle that incorporates all three then i will say that i believe iot could be true. The dark malts give us the brown aleish character as well as the dry, sharp stale ale flavor while possesing more hops than a stout so we can attribute these flavors to the pale aleness. With a rich malt profile the dark malts dont; overpower this brew due to a sweet maltiness that is hard to percieve as it blends into the whole malt flavor. A bit of hop flavor in the mix keeps thing interesting so that it is clear this is not a stout. Light carbonation lends a smooth mouthfeel to this beer and it is a nice porter that would make a pretty good session beer as well.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark Amber/Brown with ruby highlights, two finger tan head with great lacing.

S: Caramel, malts, smoke, and metallic hops.

T: Same as the nose but with a more smoky/roasted flavor and some vanillaand cream.

M: Thinner than expected but plenty enough bodywith nice carbination and a great long roasted finish.

D: Very easy to drink all night. This will become a regular for me.

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a chance to pick up a pint of this on cask at the Old Toad the other night. Really great stuff. Smooth and creamy off the cask with a decent head. Brown, thick, and real beer. Makes me thirsty.

Taste is really out of this world. Rich with chocolate and real ale taste but not fruity like a lot of other American porters which keeps it a little more quaffable and unique. Not overly bitter at any point during the beer from either hops or roasted malt. Just amazing balance.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby body with a faint touch of tan head. The scent is unite strong, and brings a bouquet of coffee, caramel, chocolate, raisins, and some alcohol. The taste continues with great coffee bitterness and an awesome mouthfeel, really blowing many competing porters I've had out of the water. Overall a great porter, would buy again any time.

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Photo of PorterThwarter
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of eagles22
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a great porter

Appearance: black with a nice tannnish white head

Smell: chocolate, toffee and roasted malts and some hops

Taste: is superb taste like a nice chocolate toffee chewy candy...with great caramel taste

Mouthfeel: is great very moist and aftertaste is awesome one of my favorite porters

Drinkability: is wonderful too ..you can put down a handful of these

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Photo of Polasiuss
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Sailracer
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of JakeScully
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of franksnbeans
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a couple fingers of quickly fading head. Smells very roasty, some chocolate and a hint of coffee grounds. Tastes of sweet roast, a little coffee grounds show as it warms along bakers chocolate and a minor bite in the finish. Light in the mouth with good carbonation. Easy going session beer with a little oomph.

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Photo of snakeayes11
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of sammyt728
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of petluo
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jaketaz
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance: Dark brown with a sticky, light tan head that hangs around.

Aroma: Dark chocolate and light coffee tones. Nice and malty through and through.

Taste: Slightly burnt toast flavors, with chocolate and coffee lending character. Nicely balanced and quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Flavorful and somewhat coating, but carbonation lends to a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: A great porter. Could use a bit more hop flavor, but overall, great. I could see myself drinking this one quite often.

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Photo of techdiver
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with modest head that dissipates leaving a layer of foam and rings of lacing.

Caramel, chocolate and coffee to the nose.

Very rich, wonderful taste. Coffee and chocolate predominant, a most amazing porter.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full, but doesn't feel full.

Great drinkability, this one goes on my list of favorites.

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Photo of haz77
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with barely any light passing through it when held up to the light. Two fingers of dark tan head sit atop the body and retain well.

S - Chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, some sweet spice

T - Starts off with the caramel/molasses flavour before transitioning into the roasted malts. Dark chocolate and sweetness with a bitter tang come through toward the end.

M - Medium body, low carbonation and slightly slick.

D - An good beer overall. Worth trying.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Porter pours to a thin, off-white head on a dark brown body; the head quickly disperses to a ring that leaves sporadic bits of symbol-like lacing. The nose is moderate-intensity dark malt: a nice blend of sweet chocolate and molasses with a hint of bitter coffee. On the palate, it is a medley of subdued roasted notes, chocolatey and a bit sweet. The finish is clean, leaving behind only a bit of bitter coffee and a hint of dark toffee-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the medium body would lead one to expect; the carbonation makes itself felt here as well. Very easy-drinking. (11.2 oz bottle, 44 days before best-by date)

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Photo of Joestradamus91
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 2,670 ratings
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