Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding
1,212 Reviews
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:
1,212
Ratings:
2,592
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
15%
 
 
Wants:
249
Gots:
382
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,212 | Ratings: 2,592
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz old style Euro brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, nearly black, with a floating light tan lace that leaves a trail of sticky patches of lace down the glass.

Smell: Caramelized sugar, creamy in the nose with chocolate, hints of coffee and a ghost like charcoal smokiness.

Taste: Stable medium body, crisp up front with a wave of smoothness after the moderate carbonation goes by. Richly layered with hints of charcoal, dark unsweetened chocolate and highly roasted coffee ... a ghost like smoke and buttery diacetyl coat the tongue yet vanishes in the end. Slight warmth and light ester stay out of the way. Hops add to the foundation of bitterness from the roasted malts and keep things in balance. Finishes somewhat clean with a fading charcoal flavour.

Notes: A more than decent porter ... a great brew during the wet raw days of late fall / early winter. Goes great with imported chocolates also.

 981 characters

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

Dark, dark brown--only a touch of light shines through (and it appears ruby in color). Dense, one-finger beige head. Great, thick ring lace on the glass.

Delicious nose of cocoa and cream. There's another element that I've yet to identify, but it is attractive and drawing. It's almost like burnt toast or a mild smokiness.

Now that I've identified, I really notice the smoke, although it is subtle (not like a rauchbier). Some burnt biscuit with a dollop of whipped cream. The swallow features bitter chocolate and touch of cherry. Wonderfully complex. If there is a moderation of the excellence, it would be in the body--modest with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is more cocoa.

Simply a wonderfully complex beer--exceptional!

 754 characters

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

A: Pours a thick, dark black, quite opaque. There is a slight ruby tinge around the edges when held up to the light. A one finger tan head formed and reduced to a ring of foam around the edges and a little bit in the center. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Some roasted malt, nice milk chocolate, and hints of coffee. There are some caramel and nutty undertones as well.

T: Very nice combination of caramel and roasted malts. Hints of dark chocolate, not as much as the aroma indicates. Very nice combination of flavors. Complex, hard to pick everything out.

M: Extremely smooth, a lot lighter than I thought it would be, but with the flavor its not really a problem. Nice carbonation.

O: Really nice, extremely drinkable, goes down easy.

 744 characters

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a dark brown color wit ha thick off-white foam pillow filling the top inch and a half of the glass. The head settled a bit but a frothy thin layer remained and left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very smooth chocolate and roasty malt characteristic to it. Very nice aroma and classic for the style.

The taste has a big milk chocolaty presence to it with some bitter and slightly burnt malts coming in towards the finish. It has a bit of a bready and nutty flavor to it as well. It has a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and the balance really helps it too. A very easy drinking, smooth and flavorful beer overall. A classic example of the style.

 883 characters

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/29/11 notes. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Best by Feb 24 2012 on the bottle.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two inches of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, and light caramel malts. Really nice nose.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, cream/vanilla, dark fruits. Again, pretty nice, with slight bitterness from the coffee.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice English porter. I really liked the nose and this is a great example of the style. easy to drink and available all over, I'd certainly pick this up again.

 724 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is a deep, dark brown with crimson / ruby highlights that emerge when held to the light. The color is deep, but the beer is not opaque. After a vigorous pour, the head stands in at nearly two inches thick, rising to the crest of the tulip glass. It gradually fades over a few minutes, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma grows stronger as the beer warms, but overall, it's the weakest aspect of the beer, in my opinion. Nice notes of chocolate and subtle roast aromas are the most prominent scents.

T: The beer tastes quite good. The beer leads off with a heavy chocolate flavor, followed by subtle coffee notes. The roast character is subtle, with extremely little hop presence in the finish. Overall, the flavor could be a bit more aggressive, or bolder. However, the beer is balanced very well and it's quite easy to drink and enjoy.

M: Carbonation level is great. The beer is light to medium bodied with alcohol presence virtually non-existent.

D: A solid example of the style. It's not my favorite porter, but I definitely recommend it.

 1,069 characters

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

Appearance: Deep ruby brown almost purple when held up to light if not held to the light just appears deep prune, with a full bubbly highly carbonated tan head leaves lacing in thick chunks very nice. Aroma: Chocolate deep roasted layers of aromatic bliss this one has fruit thrown in ther some deep fig brandy like nuances very well done coffe esque roasts in the finish wow. Taste: Where do we start at the chocolate covered simmered fruit or the coffee tones great creaminess these guys are the orginators. Mouthfeel: Chewy crisp chocloate very rich robust sensation on the palate fuller bodied beer meant to be sipped on and enjoyed accordingly. Drinkability: Wow, simply easy effortless drinkability yet complex and soothing toward the beer lover's sould in me.

 766 characters

Photo of stakem
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic, thanks to pmsaywer for sharing this with me so I could scratch down some notes. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a rich tan cap. Spotty lace work sticks to the glass all over. A swirl revives a finger of fluffy head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is primarily anise initially smell of black licorice and dark roasted grain that borders on being smoked. A sweet milky chocolate inclusion through the body before the onset of some fruity indications of raisins and light molasses. There is a bit of a char quality to the nose from the deep roast of the malt and some light fruity hops round out the nose with a touch of citrus as well once the brew warms up.

The taste is bitter and roasty with notes of chocolate and a bit of a nutty grain taste. Raisins and molasses hints are evident through the body of this brew. There is a light fruited quality somewhat like raisins. This brew finishes with a chocolate grain taste and a lingering flavor of charred grain lasts inside the mouth mildly reminiscent of smoke. Overall not bad.

This is a medium bodied offering with a modest level of carbonation. This is quite a smooth and creamy offering to the feel. Quite easy drinking with seemingly no indication of alcohol outside of the estery alcohol flavors. Quite a solid example that tastes strangely similar to another popular famous english porter. A must try.

 1,413 characters

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

London Porter is almost black in color with a tall, creamy head. Head's color is a dark tan. Aroma is of roasted malt alongside a sweet caramel. A sip starts with a blast of roasted malt with notes of coffee and charcoal. An underlying caramel sweetness is noticed towards the middle of a sip and only increases towards the finish. This porter has the most roasted malt flavor that I've tasted in a long time which makes the overall mouthfeel very dry. A strong, steady malt flavor make this beer a winner.

 506 characters

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

On tap at the British beer company.
It comes to the table in a proper English pint a solid dark brown color with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Creamy tan/brown head shows great retention and covers most of the glass on the way down. Smells heavy on the chocolate, but also has generous helpings of caramel, brown sugar, earthy, and mineral aromas. The flavor leans to the malty side with chocolate and caramel dominating the flavor. There's an earthy and mineral flavor that does nicely to cut through the malt and provide some balance. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy sweet mouthfeel. This is a really nice porter with a great expression of chocolate malt. I might have to drink more of these.

 750 characters

Photo of tdm168
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark brownish black with a thick, brownish head that fades to a thin lacing rather quickly

S - caramel, maybe some toffee, some faint roasted malts, maybe even some faint coffee

T - roasted malts, caramel, faint toffee, burnt sugar

M - chewy, sugary, medium to full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really solid, balanced, and complex beer. There are layers of caramel interspersed with roasted malts and faint toffee-like notes. There is also some sugar present which isn't cloying, but in fact add depth and balance.

This is one of the better imports I have had in a good while. This is definitely a porter that is worth checking out.

 647 characters

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ruby/dark brown - almost black with ruby highlights around the bottom edges - with a 1" bubbly tan head.
The smell was a complex, sweet aroma of chocolate and caramel.
The taste was also complex. Sweet chocolate, rich dark chocolate and caramel all swirled together. It had a smoky, full-bodied taste. It started sweet but was balanced by a bitter/pale ale type of blend in the background.
It was like eating a very rich chocolate cake. It was silky and smooth, but the richness made it akin to eating a heavy chocolate cake. No matter how much you love the taste, you can only eat so much. This is a beer to treat yourself and indulge as a dessert or a nightcap!

 670 characters

Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Best before Feb 2012 so plenty of time to crush this one!

A nice simple creamy head of two fingers that seems to have some foamy character. Bubbles in the head are uneven, but also seem to slowly subside. Body is a nice brown walnut almost getting into black but not really.

Mild chocolate and cigarette nose of tobacco for this bouquet. Something else though is kind of a sour and funky grain smell. Sort of a mish mash of real nice and an off putting blast. I actually get a small sense of summer sausage on this (meaty).

Taste is weak bodied and virtually just a wet bodied roast character of malt. Papery... thin... giving to cheap tobacco notes and wet bodied malts. Borderline cola milk stout without even the sweetness on the finish.

Wow this is one of the top English Porters? Forget it, this makes me want more Olde Engine Oil.... Pass.

 898 characters

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

Color: a somewhat clear russet brown, head: 1/2" of toasted tan. Nose is on the burnt side, very roasty and sharp, bitter, hot, with flavors of pepper and espresso.
Mouthfeel is warm, texture is smooth, hops are hard to notice. Malt stands up proudly, though, in all it's lushly roastedness.
This is quite a consumable porter, a very flavorful session ale, to say the least. Finish is sweet and nutty, and lasts just long enough.
A darn good porter.

 453 characters

Photo of MasterSki
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the LCBO in the London, Ontario - served in a pint glass. Best before April 18th, 2010.

A - Two fingers of tan foam that quickly dissipates to a half-inch cap with minimal lace. Dark transparent cherry-wood-finish brown color that's quite attractive. Lots of visible carbonation.

S - Lots of roastiness, coffee, cocoa, and maybe some Christmas-y cookie spice in there too. Really intense smell that jumps out of the glass.

T - Flavor is largely baker's chocolate, without anywhere near as much depth as the smell. The roastiness really only makes an appearance in the aftertaste, and it's pretty mild even then. Solid, but very straightforward.

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied, with active carbonation that isn't overdone. Pretty creamy other than the slight carbonation tingle. There's lots of residual stickiness in the finish. Could use a little more viscosity, even though it's a lower ABV porter.

D - Drinking a 500ml can is no problem - the roastiness never gets out of hand and the ABV is pretty forgiving. This is one of the best options that is always available at the LCBO.

 1,115 characters

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried a bottle of Fuller's London Porter at the Conrad Dubai. It poured a nearly opaque dark with off white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had some slight roast and earth. The taste was evenly balanced and very easy to drink. There was some sweetness and touch of earth. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this was a solid sessionnable porter.

 395 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a dark, nutty brown color with a healthy, inch thick, mocha colored head. There is a nose of coffee, a little choco-toffee, and a littly earthy-nutty. The beer has a very smooth body, with coffee flavors right off the bat, bringing a decent amount of bitter to the beer. Other flavors are sweet to balance, including a slightly dark molasses taste. The beer is surprisingly light and smooth in mouth, and it leaves a great lacing on the glass as you drink it. Very light coffee aftertaste with chocolate highlights that diminishes very quickly. Great finish, nice and smooth, and this is a very tasty beer to drink that remains light and easy to consume.

 706 characters

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

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours darkest of browns. Rich chocolaty nose. Minimal off white head, some light lacing. Medium body and light carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel, lots going on here. Lots of chocolate, expresso and mocho flavors. Classic of the style, wonderful tasty brew. Great with BBQ.

 310 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black and forms a thin off white / brown head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Bubbles are medium and small.

Aroma is mild, sweet with malt and some coffee roast. Nice.

Beer is medium body, mildly sweet. Minimal coffee in the back of the mouth with decent bitterness. Beer is quite sessionable but there is an unfortunate aftertaste of ashiness that I do not find that desirable. Its a minor problem but it does detract from the mouthfeel of the beer.

 466 characters

Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/22/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 18.6oz bottle with a best before April code marked on the back label. Poured into a standard nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a lucid garnet or dark cherry coloring. Reasonable dirty white creamy head and fair lacing.

Smell- Scents of Chocolate, coffee and maybe charcoal (deep deep burnt malts)

Taste- I first noticed the heavy roasted malts, almost a bit smoky in nature. Then the hop bitterness came through and lastly the nice portion of dark chocolate and the smallest detectable amount of coffee. Pretty good mixture.

Mouthfeel- This one was a pretty carbonated porter for me. Even after I let it calm for a good 30 minutes before drinking. This dude was pretty fizzy.

Drinkability- Good flavors and scent, the carbonation kind threw me for a loop though. Otherwise a very decent porter.

 888 characters

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and very drinkable. The aroma and flavor are heavy on the mocha with a touch of cream. There's a decent dry bitterness, but nothing astringent or unpleasant, and long-lasting coffee aftertaste. To me the mark of a great beer is in the aftertaste, and while this isn't the most complex porter, it's a fantastic porter. A beer worth sitting down and analyzing, or just enjoying. Quite yummy, give it a try.

 416 characters

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

Can to pint glass.

A - Dark brown with one finger of thick light brown head with good retention.

S - Big roasted malt and milk chocolate aromas up front. A touch of bitter coffee and a mild sweetness that is reminiscent of oatmeal.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar. A nice overall sweetness with just enough bittering to balance it out.

M - Medium body, creamy. Smooth and silky. Light to moderate carbonation.

 425 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.
Drank at around 40 degrees F. Nice orange/brown color. Head appeared light but was richer than expected.
Smell of pear, roasted malt, caramel.
Taste had slow bite of hops encircled by caramel with a roasting malt aftertaste. Went down smooth and dragged the next sip down with it.
Excellent beer

 326 characters

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color with a thick two finger head. Nice lacing develops.

Smell: nice roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of coffee.

Taste: a well balanced combination of roasted malts, dark chocolate, mild bitterness, hint of licorice, and a bit of molasses sweetness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Short aftertaste of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: this has always been the enjoyable porter in my book, as I find this easy drinking and nicely flavorful. Solid brew.

 542 characters

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

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a creamy light tan head. The aroma is great. The scent of roasted barley, black patent, and crystal malts comes across well, but not too bold. The taste is sweet and rich; dark malts all the way. There is a strong taste of chocolate malt surrounded by the before mentioned patent, crystal, and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a heavy bodied ale that isn't a gusler, but is certainly one to enjoy.

 455 characters

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,592 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe