Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

2,632 Ratings
Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

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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Photo of heffnate77
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black-brown-red color, slight head, off white.

Nice mocha smell - coffee, bittersweet cocoa, licorice, mild.

Mild taste, again coffee and cocoa, clean, not hoppy, mild.

Mouthfeel could be richer. Too much carbonation. Not off putting, just not as good as the rest of the beer.

Mild finish, slightly bitter licorice, well integrated.

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Photo of Piason
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of egajdzis
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark, reddish brown color with a medium-sized, creamy, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. ARoma of roasted and chocolate malts, vanilla, and light dark fruits in the background. Slight chocolate and roasted malt, with vanilla beans, and light caramel in the taste. Creamy and full mouthfeel.

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Photo of EdelweissDad
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Stigh
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Poured into snifter

A - Pours a deep, rich black with a thick, creamy tan head that persists for quite some time I must say!

S - Smell is of cocoa, brownies, caramel, and a hint of coffee.

T - A supremely smooth blend of chocolate and caramel malt flavors, with hints of espresso, and a slight acidity, likely from he hop varieties used.

M - Medium-full bodied, creamy, and extremely smooth, near-zero carbonation.

D - I don't think it gets any more drinkable than this for the style!

Overall - An excellent Porter! Probably the smoothest I've had in the style. This one pairs perfectly with some smoked sausage. If you see this, it's definitely worth buying.

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Photo of Josievan
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep, dark brown color. If you aren't careful when pouring, the head can get out of control on this sucker. I could swear I had one bottle of this that it took 10 minutes for the fizz to go down enough that I could start drinking!

Smell: Smells toasty. Big dark malt presence. A little coffee or dark chocolate, too.

Taste: Roasted malts are big. A tad bit of chocolate. Leads to a slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers. Complex, if somewhat indistinct flavors going on, yet doesn't weigh you down.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium-bodied. Kind of chewy. Relatively low carbonation gives it a nice smoothness.

Drinkability: Goes down easily for a porter, a few at a time would be possible.

Notes: I had a 4 oz. sample of this at a beerfest awhile back which really blew me away. It doesn't seem as amazing having a full bottle of it, but I can still see why it's a benchmark for English porters. I think my sample was from a nitro-can; I'll have to check this beer out in that format.

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

A very good example of an english porter. Maybe one of the best.

Pours a deep, rich black with a one finger thick, creamy tan head.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee, toffee.

Tastes of chocolate, coffee, toffee and a slight smokey character.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Hey Porter!

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Photo of karait95
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very nice looking, a dark reddish color almost brown with glint against the light that let see the red inside, an interesting 4 finger head that lets se a dark beige color with a creamy body.

S: Toasted aroma you can sense the hops, the malt and some sweetness.

T: Hops and toasted grain, some alcohol can be feel also very bitter end with a good balance beginning.

M: Enjoyable creamy body with a lasting ending, a little too bitter.

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Photo of MonkeyStain
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Fakexican
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of coastiebob
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

This beer poured a very dark brown that looks nearly opaque. It formed a moderate sized head that was a dark tan and dissipated gradually. The smell was of coffee, chocolate and caramel, with some slight fruitiness. The taste was excellent, with coffee and chocolate being the dominant flavours, and the fruitiness coming through in the finish. Feels substantial in the mouth, but not so thick as to be difficult to drink. Great drinkability, just a wonderful porter all around.

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Photo of witster18
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


This is the closest any porter has come to toppling my favorite(great lakes ed fitz).

It's not quite at that level, but this is a great porter.

Nose is choco, slight hop, and fig.

Taste is incredible. Lots of coffee choco notes up front but there's a slight bitterness in the middle. At the end is when the sour ale characteristic comes in and blows you away. Clean palate with only the sour aged hints remaining - which leaves me yearning for another gulp. Missing a bit of earthiness or bread qualities... not as complex as some are making out, but still tasty.

You figure an english style porter and an old english brewery would get this one right - AND THEY DID!!!

I will make this a staple considering I can only get the great lakes when I'm up in Ohio. This stuff is scrumptious!

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Photo of theDuck
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jiffymon
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Poured a deep, dark brown, nearly black color with minimal highlights. Some lively carbonation inside the glass, helping to force up a head of about a half-finger to a finger high of tan, bubbly froth. This would get a higher score if it gave a little more head, but this is still a pretty good looking beer.

The nose boasts copious amounts of dark malt and coffee laced with chocolate, with a slight earthiness behind it all. Smells good, and is pretty damn aromatic, I could smell it as soon as I popped top. Good stuff.

Once the beer hits your tongue, you can see why it is considered one of the better English Porters out there. Sweet chocolate and dark malts up front, fading into a bit of roastiness, then spiraling down a dark path strewn with bittering coffee and earthy hops. Pretty complex and wonderfully flavorful.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, and I know I say this a lot, but I would like it a bit more thick. Still, the mouthfeel doesn't sacrifice smoothness or creaminess with its medium body. The carbonation works well with the feel by showing up, but remaining in the background.

This beer is pretty drinkable, even for someone like me who'd much rather have two IPAs back to back rather than two Porters or Stouts. I could put back a few of these in a sitting. This is definitely a beer I will be returning to in the future.

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3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : Brown and hazy with a creamy head that was lost quickly

S : Chocolate, prune and roasted malt right there. Not dominating but mild, yet quite recognizable

T : Soft taste of chocolate and coffee. Roasted coffee beans if you know that

M : Smooth and medium bodied. Highish levels of carbonation for its style

D : Yes, very much

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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