Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

2,643 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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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Intrinsic
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

FLP is a surprisingly good beer. I didn't expect to get such a treat when I bought this one. It pours a near-opaque dark brown with a light brown head that disappears rather quickly but leaves nice lacing. The smell is overloaded with malts but very good, with just a touch of coffee. More of the same in the taste and very well-balanced. Very dry finish. I'll be buying this again for sure.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Look: Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Black with a small brown head with some fairly large bubbles.
Smell: Roasted malts, raisins, plums, brown sugar and some smokiness fill the nose. Very rich and wonderfully complex.
Taste&Mouthfeel: A smooth, full bodied and creamy mouthfeel with fairly high carbonation accompanies the dark coffee, cocoa and charcoal flavours. Some dark fruits mingle in in the middle and the brew leaves a nice, smokey aftertaste.

Overall: This is a smooth and warming brew that is almost a meal on it's own.

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

what can i say about this beer , i didnt like it at the the frist mouthfull for me it better in the middle and the end great last taste, nice bottle i think i will try the english porters again really this is the only english porter around here they had many new beers at wegmans today , a great taste great color great pour in the glass

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown, cola colour. Off white head. Looks well carbonated.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, British hops and a tad of smoke.
Smells as if it is quite sweet. Smells good, it reminds me a bit of Mikkeller BGB.

A sweet malty beer, some coffee/milk chocolate in here, slight roast and the hops are definitley there even though it does not have an overly bitter finish.

Medium body with good carbonation.

Overal a pleaseant session beer. Drinkable and balanced.

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

11.2oz bottle into wine glass.

Pours a dark brown with a small brown head, almost opaque. Loses points for tiny head. SMell is a lightly roasted malt with light coffee notes. Taste is smooth with a pleasant chocolatey malt with light smoky notes, maybe some vanilla as well. Finishes with light spicy hops. Body is medium weight and medium carb, just a hint of dryness.

An excellent porter with awesome chocolate notes that aren't in your face. Very well balanced with a decent amount of hops and an interesting faint dryness. One of the best porters I've had. Not much going on in the coffee department.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown almost black color with some faint highlights. Has a creamy light brown head with good retention and sticky lacing around the glass.

The flavor is dominated with bitter chocolate and coffee hints. Some fruity esters from the hops pull through, as well has the crisp taste of the mineral water used to brew this porter. A bit of smokiness and buttery diacetyl can be tasted as well.

Has a medium body and with a bitter smokey finish.

A very tasty English porter. Some of the best money can buy!

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

A: Pours an opaque dark brown to just shy of black in color with some dark red highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer with a single thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are strong aromas of coffee and dark roasted malts. Quite pleasant with a nice amount of complexity.

T: The taste is even more complex than the aroma and is very delicious. There are elements of coffee, dark roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. There is a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very tasty with excellent complexity in the smell and taste. I really enjoyed this beer and would like to have it again. The beer is very easy to drink and could be sessionable.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of tony223366
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beer is as black as night... no light is getting through. Nice tan frothy headed beer. Nice lacing. Looks pretty much identical to the offering from Samuel Smith's.

S: Interesting, this beer has all the same notes as the Samuel Smith's with an added Hazelnut? It's actually really nice. Besides that there's your standard chocolate and some roasted coffee. A really nice aroma.

T: It's interesting how much different these two brews are. Samuel Smith's is much more chocolatey and less roasted. There is some nuttiness that I still perceive and the finish is still a bit smokey. I love how chocolaty this beer is. I also think that the little hops that are used are more apparent in this beer than in Samuel Smith's.

M: Smooth and creamy. It's perfectly sessionable.

O: Just edges out Samuel Smith's with a slightly more complex aroma. Both are amazing English Porter's though. They are a little pricey, but definitely worth it.

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

Poured into a Sweetwater pint.

A - Deep dark brown with a nice inch thick tan head. Pretty good lacing left behind, although I have seen far superior.

S - Mostly chocolate and coffee on the nose. Some dark malts tie everything together. Strong aroma overall, does a few things very well.

T - Sweet coffee with a nice hoppy finish for a porter. Remains highly drinkable (expected at such low ABV) but the subtle complexities of the malts and sugars keep the very interesting.

M - Smooth, rich and silky. A creamy consistency compliments the coffee in a superb fashion.

O - Overall this is a fine porter that should be sought after. Not overly robust in any category, yet does nothing poorly and deserves a fine recommendation.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

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

Mahogany with a light brown and bubbly head that eventually settles to a small head a couple of millimetres tall after about two minutes. Retention is good.

Strong, rich malts to begin with and some nice chocolate notes. Light sugar with some figs and a touch of coffee. Light alcohol towards the end but overall this is pretty well balanced.

Dark chocolate and figs kick things off here along with the faintest bit of coffee and alcohol. There is some rich malts and some burnt sugar.

Medium bodied and quite smooth, it is mildly carbonated but a little lighter than I was expecting although not thin at all. The taste is a rich some and with a moderately bitter finish.

Very rich with strong chocolate and roasted malts making up the majority of the taste. It was a well balanced and complex porter that I fairly enjoy and would most likely have again. For a porter it was surprisingly refreshing and went down well.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured dark brown with a minimal off-white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, chocolate, subtle coffee, and cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, subtle coffee, earth, and earth hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I really enjoyed the cream aspect I got on this one as it really did a nice job of balancing out the subtle coffee bitterness I got on this one. The aroma on this one pretty much let you know what you were in for on the flavor. Decent example of the style that I would suggest to a new Porter drinker.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,643 ratings.
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