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:
1,222
Ratings:
2,615
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, burnished brown, with tints of red amber at the edges. Head is fine, although it retains only as a filmy remainder on the top, but it leaves some impressive English lace. Looks very decent indeed.

Nose is nicely mixed between deep chocolate and roasted grain notes, and a sweet almost vanilla sweetness. There's almost a hint of something spicy and peppery coming through as well, but it just gives tiny staccato accents to the other very mellow characters. Quite mild but extremely delectable. There's a wonderful complexity to it.

Taste is also extremely good, and exceptionally well balanced. Throughout there are nuanced flavours peeking and then receding. Hints of chocolate, heather, liquorice, vanilla, roasted grain, and a light astringency on the back to clear it out. Ah, it's a lovely nuanced and complex palate. Feel is smooth but slick and relatively clean.

What a cracking beer, a lovely example of what the English can do so well. A smooth and mild beer, with nuanced and subtle complexity that makes the experience worthwhile.

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Photo of corby112
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Teresa's Next Door in Wayne, PA.

Pours a pitch black with a foamy beige head. Aroma of rosted malts dark chocolate and coffee. Taste very similar to aroma with malty dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Creamy and smooth up front with a dry bitter finish.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black with a light tan head. The slightly buttery aroma features dark roasted malts, coffee and just a touch of chocolate. The taste is roasted malts and coffee with a nice dry and bitter finish. Overall, this is an outstanding porter that is certainly among my favorites within the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wl0307
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB date 17/04/06.
A: in a goblet it pours a very very dark brown, next to black, colour, coming with a beige head disappearing slowly. Nice flow of bubbles in the glass is detectable.
S: deeply dark-chocolatey note mixed well with a juicy dark malty flavour overwhelms the nose; lots of rawness of crushed dark malts like calcium-pills at present too, along with dried dark-fruits (raisins and longan-fruit) and a tinge of tobaco sustaining well in the background--overall very dark-malty as well as fruity.
T: a flow of chocolatey flavour of chocolate and crystal malts (?) pours in my mouth, accompanied by a rounded but mild flavour of coffee beans, tiny bit of tart dark fruits, lightly diacetyl flavour, and a touch of divine intervention of smokiness... against such rich flavour of dark malts, quite mild hoppyness cuts its way through. Overall a very complex and balanced taste, not having the chocolatey theme overpowering everything else. The aftertaste is smoothly bitter, turning dryish and lingerings well down the throat.
M: very refreshing on the tongue as provided by mildly fizzy body, while rounded mouthfeel of malts is balanced quite well with a nice tinge of fruitiness, resulting in an overall smooth palate, not overly sweet and overly rich.
D: What more can I say about this beer... simply gorgeous~~ with such a glass of full-flavoured porter retaining a refreshing body and dryish aftertaste, it doesn't take a great Porter fan to fully appreciate its fullness and complexity--look what's happened to me!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.68/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Hits the earthy brown color notes, off white head, smallish 1/4". More of that Burton earthy tea and toffee malt vibe.

Tasted like a little smokey, little rauch, chocolate and brown malt. Got way too much alcohol heat out of it. Some anise. Malt not thick. Expensive stuff, I just don't think the English porter style is sitting well with me.

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep black opaque body with a nice thick creamy light tan head that last and last. The few bubbles that rise up on the glass edges are tiny and fast.

S- The smell of fresh roasted malt with some notes of fresh coffee are strong. Hints of dark chocolate and pipe tobacco are faint but and a nice layer.

T- This beer has a nice dark malt and roasted barley taste with a note of sourness to it. A hint of graham cracker is in the background with a finish that is very soft on the hops bitterness but it is there. The dark malt has a nice nutty taste and it is very fresh tasting, like chewing on the malt right out of the bag. The finish has a slight coffee hint with more of a dark chocolate bitterness that offers more flavor than the hops. The finish has a very nice faint sweetness to it.

M- This beer has a medium body with a slight slippery texture. The carbonation is not real high but it is present.

D- This is an amazing porter. The flavors of fresh grain add up to make a wonderful smooth complexity. The slight sweetness is just perfect to bring out the softer flavors with out tasting syrupy.

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Photo of akorsak
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 330 mL bottle of London Porter served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool.

A: The porter has a 3 finger head and deep brown color. When held to light, ruby red highlights emerge.

S: The porter has a wonderfully strong coffee and chocolate nose, resembling a java estate blend.

T: The flavor is a slightly sour chocolate taste, very vibrant and tangy. There is a stale beer undertone that adds just a hint of extra flavor.

M: Great mouthfeel, by far the best tasting English Porter available.

D: Excellent representative of an english porter, I wish I had a second bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep dark brown with ruby highlights when held up o the light. 1” light brown head, reduces to a thick film, leaves delicate lacing that clings to the glass from top to bottom.
S: moderate dark dried fruits, dark malts, dark sugars – molasses or treacle, restrained roast malt, grainy lighter malts, touch of chocolate, mild roastiness, no hops, no diacetyl.
T: Starts with malty sweetness that quickly gives way to a touch of coffee and dark dried fruit. There is a touch of chocolate behind the coffee. Starts slightly sweet and evolves to a lingering. Pleasantly dry finish. The hops and the roasty bitterness mingle together and make it hard to determine which is which.
F: medium body and medium carbonation with very fine bubbles that give a very full and luscious mouthfeel.
O: drinkable substantial porter with a nice touch of restrained roast malt.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec20 2009

A deep cola in color with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S some sweet malt and a little coffee

T a little smokey with some chocolate much stronger then the smell and pretty tasty

M a little chewy with low carbonation

D good beer for this cold winter day and easy drinking

no reason not to drink this beer try it if you have a chance

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Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku pint. Back label says Best Before: 04 APR 17

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Lovely nose of chocolaty dark roast malts and an overall biscuity sweetness. Also some notes of caramel and coffee. Hint of raisin.

T- Flavor follows suit with the line between roasty bitter and biscuity sweet being ridden near perfectly making it so incredibly drinkable. Mild hop bitterness is there to round things out. More chocolate, coffee and caramel notes.

M- Standard porter feel with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is easily the best English Porter I've ever had. So tasty and balanced, it's obvious why this is a benchmark that all other porters aspire toward.

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

Dark brown to black with mahogany shades to a light source and a decent tan head. Very nice presentation. Roasty and sweet malt aromas with a touch of caramel on the nose. Tastes much like it smells with just a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Medium-light bodied with a dry roasty coffee bean finish.

An excellent English Porter ! Need to try side by side with Samual Smith's...

Best Before: 08/29/05
Tasted: 12/16/05

(16.9 oz. bottle emb with lots of brewery info)

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

Pours an almost opaque deep brown with ruby highlights and a frothy half inch khaki head that dissipates moderately, leaving sheets of lacing.

Chocolate and toasted malt are evident as soon as the bottle is opened. Rich roasted malt is not at all charred, giving a coffee-like impression. Caramel nuttiness and hints of dark fruit add complexity.

Chocolate and a hint of roast open the flavor profile, initially dominating the slightly buttery, toasted, nutty caramel malt backbone. The finish is slightly dry. Malt character is very rich, with hints of dark cherries and coffee complementing the slightly sweet malt body.

Body is a touch full, with moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer. Not at all acrid, plenty of chocolate, not overly sweet. Very well balanced.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass the beer pours dark brown, with a small sized tan head. It smells very sweet, like coffee, molasses, brown sugar and chocolate. It tastes the same way, except I can also taste some caramel and that it has a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth. It's also very drinkable, it goes down pretty easy. Overall this is a very good beer, I think it could become a great session beer for me.

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Photo of tigg924
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with a small head

Smell: roasted coffee, and come caramel, small chocolate

Taste: coffee, sweet cream, vanilla, and some chocolate--very complex

Mouthfeel: light and smooth, but filling

Drinkability: Another great porter that is very complex...I could easily have a six.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a blackish color and a somewhat thick consistency. Not a lot of head. Decent lacing.

S: Subtle aroma - typical of most British beers -with a mild malty quality.

T: Had a blend of malt, chocolate and a toasty aspect. A nicely done, underplayed taste.

M: A solid amount of carbonation and a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a good example of a porter. It's a well made beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at British Beer Company, Hyannis location.

Presentation is an imperial pint glass, with an excellent 3/4" super-dense nitro head over the medium brown brew. Laced excellently with foam coated the glass sides from top to bottom at the end of the drinking experience. Aroma is medium and dark malts, even apparent through the nitro head. Taste was of the malt, then softened with an almost perfect complementary amount of hops. This brew impressed me by being able to blast its flavor through the normally deadening nitro presentation. This ability combined with the nitro-smoothing effect made the mouthfeel and drinkability tops in my book.

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

A - Dark brown with mahagony highlights. Fluffy khaki colored head that diminished quickly and leaves thin lacing towards the top of the glass.

S - medium roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate... potential hints of brown sugar

T - follows the scent... medium roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Hints of carmel and molasses. somewhat earthy. No overpowering flavors here.

M - medium bodied which puts it on the lighter scale for a porter, still semi-creamy... decent carbonation, no coating or aftertaste

D - Very good porter and another very good beer from Fullers.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This is the definition of a creamy head, leaving tons of thick lacing down the glass. Nice one and a half finger, soft, lovely, mocha colour. Pours a really deep ruby colour, not quite opaque and you can only see through anything if you hold it up to the light or look at the corners. Otherwise black with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Great roasted malts grab you first. Backed up by bitter coffee and a complimentary dose of semi sweet chocolate. Nice.

T - Great roasty malts that aren't too roasted complimented by bitter coffee and an equal amount of that semi sweet chocolate. Lovely stuff. Not too sweet, nothing off.

M - Medium body with mild-medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

D - I could drink alot of this on a cold night. Lovely balance, not too sweet and a complexity complimenting its abv. Fuller's never disapoints. I've had so many porters I hated because they are so hit or miss for me, so I really appreciate a well crafted one.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance- Poured a deep, deep brown with some tan/garnet highlights. Head was one finger after pour and left a thick foam throughout the entire beer.

Smell- Nutty, creamy, milky, half and half-ey, slight hints of mocha and toffee.

Taste- Starts out with depply roasted malts. The malt flavors are molasses thick. The nuts and cream come into play in the middle of the tasting. The finish brings together all the malts, nuts, and cream flavors into a nice semi-sweet chocolatey melange.

Mouthfeel- Pretty medium bodied for a pretty dark and creamy looking brew. There were lots of dark tasting flavors to back up the look and smell of this Brew. The palate of this brew is would go very nice with some Hershey's chocolate.

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

12oz

A: Dark brown with deep ruby highlights with a thin tan head.

S: Tons of roast with hints of coffee and chocolate. Very appealing. There's just a hint of cream that comes through in the end.

T: Tons of burnt and roasted flavors right up front followed by chocolate and a bitter coffee finish. This is delicious stuff.

M:There's enough carbonation on this and the mouthfeel is neither too heavy nor too dry. Excellent.

D: Easy drinking and a classic. I will revisit this for sure

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Photo of bark
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is black with a brown edge; the three finger head is pale brown, very compact and firm. It leaves lots of fine lacing on the glass.

The rather mild smell is sour-sweet with notes of chocolate, bitter hops, roasted malts and hints of red berries and porridge.

The taste is roasted and a bit dry. I found notes of bitter chocolate, mild coffee and a touch of roasted nuts. There is a fine malt-sourness in the background that grows in the aftertaste that also brings a very elegant sweetness; cocoa and chocolate, cream and a hint of vanilla.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is also very smooth; it feels almost like drinking a nitro-beer.

A grand English porter that brings just the right amount of flavours to give it a high drinkability. World class!

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle, best before 05 April 11.

poured into pint glass an opaque dark deep brown, with garnet highlights when held up to light. white frothy head.
big chocolate and coffee flavors in the aroma. taste is roaty malts, bittersweet chocolate, espresso. not as sweet as the aroma.
mouthfeel is thinner to medium body. about average for a porter.

great drinkability, classic example of the style.

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

Dark brown with deep ruby highlights. Generous light brown head disappeared rather quickly leaving a thin lace on top of the beer and on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very reminiscent of coffee, with strong roasted barley, dark malts and slight graininess. The roasted and dark malts shine through in the flavour, but are nicely balanced by bitterness. Hints of chocolate and molasses. Full bodied with a velvety smooth texture. The finish is dry and has the flavour of roasted malt grains, but without the astringency that often accompanies it. Definitely a world class porter.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Dark brown with a nice frothy brown head.

Aroma: Thick and malty with a hint of coffee and caramel notes in the nose. There's even a hint of cocoa.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy with a nice mocha taste upfront. Roasted notes and caramel are also detectable. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Roasted coffee/caramel notes. Smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable porter in a can. Good example of the style. Easy to drink and easier to enjoy. I like it and might buy again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark ruby with a nice thin beige head that retains nicely. One of the best smelling porters I've come across. Nutty, roasty and chocolatey. Very, very nice. Wow. What a creamy mouthfeel. This is really an outstanding porter. I've had this before but never had this type of experience. (They were probably old beers in past.) Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body. What a treat. Great way to cap the night.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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