Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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.

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Reviews: 1,219 | Ratings: 2,605
Photo of Mtn
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks like a porter, Taste follows nose, but with a lot more bang. Sweet Toffee, coffee, chocolate, raisins, prunes, toasty and roasty. Low carbonation, just on the thin side of medium body, really exceptional beer.

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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 FriedSlug
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark and opaque beer with a light tan head that leaves specks of lacing all over the glass. The head stays as a thin film atop the beer throughout the consumption. The nose is sweet, roasted malt with raisins and prunes. The taste is a big roasted malt flavor with chocolate, raisins and prunes with a perfect sweetness and only a tiny bit of bitterness at the end. This is a really great porter.

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Photo of SammyBoy
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Like a porter. Not quite black. Light head that dissolved pretty quickly.

S: I've been drinking too many IPAs. Not hugely distinctive to me.

T & F: This is where it gets good. Well balanced caramel flavour, full but restrained enough to keep some subtlety. It's creamy in the mouth. Occasional metallic hints, though.

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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 GrumpiusMaximus
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this from a local supermarket on a whim after a long day at work, as I've always been a fan of Porter styles.

Upon opening the bottle, I could smell the malty and dark flavours and upon tasting, I was not disappointed. In general, I have been disappointed with Fuller's beer (even London Pride, which I have consumed in great quantity on one particular occasion...).

It is a quintessential porter, with a dark and rich flavour that does not disappoint. The taste lingers in the mouth but pleasurably, with the impression of its richness retained on the palette. Initially, it has a slightly light 'top' with richer undertones and it is those undertones that stay in the mouth. The swallow is smooth and consistent and it has a distinctive depth of flavour that is worth keeping on the tongue. The only improvement would be a slightly deeper 'top' to the flavour but at this stage this is only a very minor point.

I am surprised that it has taken me this long to try London Porter. Simply superb and perhaps a new favourite. It might even challenge my favoured Hobgoblin as my preferred ale-based poison!

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Photo of dcscientist
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a classic London porter, and I couldn't spend ten days in the city without having tried one. I'm a porter enthusiast, so this was a must-try for me, and it delivered. Just what the description says it is, chocolate/coffee flavor, so smooth, so drinkable. Very well done.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Dark red-amber brown: Nicely developed head; Lacing apparent.

Smell: Something sweet (Chocolate-vanilla) upon initial pour, but transitions to
more of a soy sauce note once it has sat.

Taste: Initially, I'm getting some sweetness / chocolate; Also something metallic
near the finish; rather thin mouthfeel. Everything seems to change mid-pour
however, perhaps influenced by the meal: (Barbequed chicken, rice, coleslaw). At
this point, I'm getting far more roast/smoke and bitterness + any initial sweetness
(choco, vanilla) has disappeared. Mouthfeel has improved somewhat and the
metallic/mineral note is gone.

Feel: See above

Overall: This may have been a bad food pairing, which has ruined some beers for
me in the past: (Tomato-based sauces/flavors seem to tank dark beers for me.)
I probably wouldn't drink this again, based on how this pour concluded, but should
probably give it another go.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - This beer pours jet black with an oddly light off white head of 1 and a half fingers which fades fairly quickly. Not a bad thing for a stout or porter so thats fine.

Aroma - Rich coffee beens and delicate dark chocolate hit the nose first, this is followed by some roasted malts, nutty malts and earthy hops. The way they mix together creates a beautiful roasty aroma fit for a world class beer!

Taste - Roasted grains and nuts dominate the flavor profile. this is followed by a strong bitter coffee and 100% dark chcololate. The finish is bitter too. slight caramel sweetness in the aftertaste balances this slightly creating a mouthwatering dark beer!

Feel - Lighter side of medium bodied and creamy carbonation. Bitter finish goes great with the rest of the beer!

Overall - I can't tell you how much I like this beer, its that much, from the look all the way down to the feel everything meshed so well together, you could call it a netcar of the dark beer gods, yum!

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Photo of zonker17
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown draft pour with no head. Malty, grainy nose with hints pf chocolate. Taste chocolate, bread, burnt malts. Feel is heavy medium with medium carbonation.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 OlaB
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: dark mahogny color, gives of a a very small top of head that disolves quickly

S: Coffee,roasted malts, caramel , some dark chocolate , some small hints of fruits in there like apples and citrus

T&F: creamy and malty taste in the first sip, coofee and caramel in the aftertaste with some hints of spices in the bitterness. medium carbonation ,medium bodied, Very easy drinkable and very good balanced in the flavours

O: I never get disapointed when it comes to try different beers from fullers, and this one sure did not disappoint either. A delicious porter , very enjoyable. I liked this a lot

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Photo of Beginner2
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classics, typically, deserve what they get. So it is with Fullers London Porter.

Reviewed in the "1001 Beers", it deserves to be there.
I like that Fuller does not rest on its laurels and introduces new beers as it did with Porter in 1996.
But that is only fitting as porters are a London tradition... and ones their counterparts across the Pond have only improved upon.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a while

S: Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate malts, and coffee all come through nicely up front, along with some brown bread and light fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roast and chocolate malts, followed by caramel, coffee, and brown bread. Light fruitiness holds everything up with some light-moderate sweetness. Finishes with lingering roast and maltiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing chewy

O: An excellent and exemplary English porter. Nice and easy to drink while providing plenty of flavor in each sip. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of James954
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I'm going to be plagarizing Ravyn X since it's a perfect description...but I drank it from draught at an English pub in Fort Lauderdale.

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brow, thin tan head that clings to the edge of the glass. (great head from draught)

Smell: Toasty malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Slightly nutty with cocoa and coffee aromas.

Feel: Smooth, minimal carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: Really enjoyable.

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Photo of gautch726
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany with a generous, frothy, tan head. You want to dive in to this beer. The malts dominate the aroma with sweet fruit and chocolate hinted. Surprisingly (in a pleasant way), this beer tastes just like it smells. Wonderful and not very bitter. There is a sweetness that finishes it that is something like vanilla and raisin. Mouthfeel is healthy and smooth. Overall, excellent porter.

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Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

AromaMalty small biscuit with little chocolate.
Appearanceslightly tan head that lasts. Little darker than the style
Flavour is roasted malts and they have a bready taste with an end thats slightly remenicent of dark chocolate bitterness.
Mouthfeel. Med carbonation.milky slightly dry end.
Overall. It goes great as a dark beer. Not as strong in abv as others but this is as strong as the style permits at 5.4% i like it but feel it will stay at the mid score for me.

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Photo of laketang
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this porter pours out dark rootbeer and has a tan head, doesn't last tho.
smells deliciously roasty, and has that smooth chocolaty taste.
a bit thin, creamy smooth. I recommend it.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Best before September 18, 2016.

L- Deep brown with a bit of light coming through, one finger light brown head.

S- Dark chocolate, little bit of raisin, some fruitiness perhaps from the English yeast.

T- Similar to aroma, dark chocolate, little bit of dark fruits, light roast.

F- Medium to light.

O- Nice English beer with good dark chocolate notes, if you're looking for something dark while still pretty sessionable that's not Guinness, give this one a try.

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

A very so,I'd example of the style, textbook even, but for me it's not quit up there with the best English ones in the game, and as such might be a tad infkated on the ratings. It is awesome beer though, real dark deep brown, minimal light comin in, and a lathery tan head that hangs on the whole drink. Big chocolate notes in the nose and front end of the flavor, while English ale yeast, slate mineraliry, toasted pumpkin seed, and even red wine flavors round it out. Type one tannins happening, seemingly making it a little thin, great English hop bitterness to finish it, and quite a bit of the yeast in there as well. Sessionable as the style goes, but still a robust beer, good in all seasons and with an absolute ton of different food options. A little surprised to see it so highly regarded, as it was I. More of that high B+ range for me, not flawless, but I did not see a bottle date, and had it in Puerto Rico, whatever that means. Overall though another English classic from a brewery that makes a whole lot of them. A must try if you haven't had it or don't know what makes a porter English.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A truly world-class beer. I could happily drink this one any day.

Amazing aroma and taste.

Too bad it's difficult to find here, otherwise it would have a permanent place in my fridge :)

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Photo of RavynX
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brow, thin tan head that clings to the edge of the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Slightly nutty with cocoa and coffee aromas.

Feel: Smooth, minimal carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Foyle
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" tan head that falls moderately with mild lacing. Nearly opaque reddish brown color.

Aroma: definite roasty malt is prominent just some mild hop notes. Overall the aroma is fairly mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and frothy with a fairly dry finish.

Flavor: Chocolate and coffee notes, raisin, bread dough, with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall: another excellent beer from Fuller's. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great in bottle and even better on tap a few months later. All about chococolate, caramel malts. Very balance beer. The light carbonation makes it very drinkable. A delight

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Very dark brown with a thin smooth head. Few bubbles in the head, perhaps because of a less than ideal pour in a tumbler pint glass.

S: Toasted and malty, but not overly so. The smell doesn't give much away in terms of taste, but definitely builds into the taste after the first sip, enhancing the flavor.

T: The first flavor that comes out is the toasted malt that the smell hints at, but the rich variety of hops and malts quickly overwhelms the initial taste. The complex flavor is accompanied by faint hints of chocolate throughout, giving the beer an underlying character.

F: Smooth at the front of the tongue and explodes in flavor. Great feel of minor carbonation and the traditional mild bitterness that comes with porter, which is somewhere between a flavor and a feeling in my opinion.

O: Great beer. The gold standard for English Porters. It manages to be truly outstanding without giving way to gimmicks or overly strong foreign elements.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,605 ratings.
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