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Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
4.19/5
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2,688 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,157
Reviews:
1,242
Ratings:
2,688
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
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279
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
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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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FriedSlug
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
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 -4.8%
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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4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Epitome of London beer, delicious tapped from a cask in the winter months when it warms the soul

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2.68/5  rDev -36%
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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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.67/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A little too sweet and watery for me.

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4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
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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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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2.5/5  rDev -40.3%
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4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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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3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,688 ratings
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