Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
2,677 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 xhuang61
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Maestro
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great porter! The head is dark in color which gives you the idea that it is an oatmeal stout, but upon tasting it, you realize you have stepped into a realm that is not matched. The chocolate flavor is great but at times a little overwhelming. The malt is very present towards the middle and can be complemented with a nice shot of irish whiskey. It finishes very smooth and definitely makes you want to come back for more. Definitely my favorite foreign Porter.

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Photo of wilsonbaron
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of couchsitta
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BadBadger
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice dark color out of the bottle, approaching black but not there. The smell is faintly of malts. The head is nice and foamy but very short lived. The taste is malty, in a dissapointingly singular way. A nice example of a porter to give a try but not worthy of searching out.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer.


It pours (into my Duvel tulip) a beautiful looking dark, dark molasses colour with a nicely formed, thick, tan, tiny bubble head with great retention. Nice, thick lacing.

Smell is of rich, roasty chocolate and coffee malt with some definite dark fruit in there too. A bit of chili spice thrown in there as well.

Taste is rich and really roasty with some gorgeous chocolate and dark fruit notes mid-sip with an irresistible bready, nutty, coffee cream flavour on the finish. JUst a slight hint of bitterness from the hops on the linger. Simply delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and very creamy with a touch of spice and a nice level of carbonation (not too high) that accentuates the creaminess of this brew. Finish is mouth-coating and tingly but surprisingly clean.

Can't complain about the drinkability factor either. Goes down real smooth. I would certainly have another, or two, or three? Maybe a bit heavy for a session, but, hey, I'd rather sip and enjoy this one slow anyways. Man this stuff is tasty. I was excited about trying this beer and it really lived up to the hype.

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Photo of TheBen5
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of budsboy
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle given to me as a sample at my local brew store (another good reason to support the local guys). Bottle embossed with "independent family brewers." I like the sound of that. Best before date 11/04.

Poured a deep brown with touch of blood red, full straw-colored head with a bit of lacing.

Smell is coffee, strong and dark. Some malt there and more coffee in the back of the throat. This would be an excellent brew to get a coffee drinker started on the micros.

Taste is strong coffee just like grandpa used to make. Bitter finish, some chocolate in there as well. Pretty much what you'd expect after getting a whif of the stuff. It gets better as it warms. Last of the stuff was more bitter chocolate and espresso that coffee.

Full- to medium-bodied. Very reminiscent of Guinness Extra Stout in mouthfeel and drinkability.

Fairly lightweight porter, but an elegant, restrained beer. A great nightcap. I'll get some more of this stuff -- I'll even pay for it this time.

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Photo of dwaz
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Reddish brown color with a head that dissipates rather quickly.
Honey is the predominant smell, with a hint of coffee and molasses.
Honey is once again the key factor to this beer. A slight roasted character is in the mix with a subtle sour taste.
Good mouthfeel. Carbonation right where I would expect it as well as viscosity, not to thick.
A reliable porter, this beer will always be a good choice.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 12oz into a snifter. Dark with a cherry glow, not quite opaque. Creamy head is small but sits atop what looks like a lot more carbonation.

S: roasted malts with mild chocolate overtones

T: nicely fills out the elements I smelled. Nothing too extravagant, just a nice malty goodness. Slight mocha-like bitterness on the tongue, but the finish smoothly returns to form. No appreciable hops or other elements (maybe a bit of yeast).

M: pleasantly creamy. Doesn't have the ultra chewy feel of a stout, but well above average for its style.

D: highly enjoyable porter that doesn't try to do too much. Picks a classic style and executes to perfection. Simple flavors and low ABV make it easy to order another.

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Photo of Shrews629
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very, very dark brown color with some ruby highlights showing through. Tremendously thick, creamy, smooth looking tan head that stayed around for a long time and had more than sufficient lacing. Looks very inviting in the glass.

Smell - Calm hints of coffee and "dark" chocolate. Smells of toffee with some roastiness. Smells sweet, almost like and Oatmeal Stout.

Taste - The taste provided subtle coffee and chocolate flavors. The coffee seems to be roasted and it stood out only a touch more than the chocolate. Didn't pick up the toffee as much in the taste, but I picked up a touch of nuttiness. Like almond or something.

Mouthfeel - Very nice medium mouthfeel. Smooth and creamy. Easy going. Covers the palate with a slight oiliness and leaves plenty of flavor. Very nice.

Drinkability - This is a super easy drinking Porter. Very good and inviting. Worth a try and a great session brew. I could see myself having this on a cold night with some friends just relaxing. Actually, having several of these on a cold night just relaxing!!!

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Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark look to it. Not pitch black but close. Solid one finger off white head with some staying power. Smells like molasses. Tastes a good deal like molasses as well. Am I spelling molasses right? Anywho, heavy maltiness. Fairly full body. Creamy, good carbonation. Very drinkable if you like that sort of flavor, but since it's so flavorful it might be a turn-off otherwise.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of hippityhophead24
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of haddon
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tried Fuller's London Pale recently and was a little disappointed. ready to see if the porter backs up its label that says "the world's finest."

pours very dark with an off-white head that dissipates quickly. nothing great from the appearance.

I like the nose... sweet molasses, brown sugar, dark cola, & malts.

tastes of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark malts, licorice.

medium body that finishes a little light. not much creaminess. the feel is what always seems to keep many porters from excellence.

as far as porters go, this is good. would definitely drink again. nice sipper this Jan. evening as I watch The Dark Knight with a dark porter.

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Photo of dbaker61
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL can. Brew Date: May 9, 2011. Best by May 9, 2012. 5.4% ABV, 11.4 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Very dark brown with just a hint of red when held to a light. Low carbonation, giving less than half a finger of dense tan foam. Head retention was good, and left tons of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, cocoa, slight roast aroma. As expected, no hops aroma.

Taste: Mostly roast malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Bittersweet, all due to grain profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation allows the beer to comfortably coat the mouth. Velvety. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Moderately dry finish.

Overall: Very refreshing and drinkable. I would highly recommend this porter. Don't get too many great porters here in China, so I appreciate this one.

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Photo of Bluecane
2.25/5  rDev -46.3%

Photo of Anze
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bram325
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Shovelbum
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy light mocha head over a black body with orange-red edges. Aromas of British cola-like minerals, coffee and faint notes of bourbon in the background. Woody coffee flavors up front with a mild supporting hop bitterness. The malt has several different textures that I have trouble picking apart: there is a wine-like vinous character as well, but it is hard to pin down. The signature British/ Fuller’s mineral characters is present in the flavor as well. Medium to lean bodied, but the minerals make it seem much fuller. Smooth in the mouth with a bit of crispness at the finish.

I bet this would be murder served from a cask. From the bottle it is still a fine ale with a great deal of depth and a complexity of flavors that I have trouble picking apart.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich black with a nicely proportioned white-tan head that leaves nice, sticky rings of lacing down the glass. It's not opaque, but gives off that distinct 'porter' black glow.

Coffee, dark, bittersweet chocolate, soft ethyl alcohols.

A bit lighter in flavor than in the nose, with a distinct 'porter' tang, a kind of orange peel zest that blends with vague bitter chocolate and finishes with English hop bitters.

Medium to heavy body for a porter, tangy carbonation.

Quite a nice porter, and certainly definitive of an English style porter.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,677 ratings
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