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
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, decent head, surprised I haven't reviewed this before. Maybe I've never had it? Aroma was malty, decent. Flavor was malty with slight bits of cocoa and coffee as promised by the label. Overall, a decent porter and something I might pick up if the price happened to be right.

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.57/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber appearance with not too much head. Roasted chestnut aroma. The flavor kind of falls flat for us. The roasted nutty malted flavor and creaminess are apparent and taste great but without much depth or many nuances. It seems to not go the distance. Good beer but there are others that are more complete. Drinkability is also great as well as the finish. It finished a bit sweeter and it's flavor stayed strong.

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

Appearance - dark mahogany colour with tan head

Smell - cocoa powder, toffee, molasses

Taste - cocoa powder, toffee, molasses, hint of coffee, hint of tobacco

mouthfeel - medium bodied, low/faint carbonation, slightly sweet upfront and slight bitterness to balance it out

overall - this is a decent porter that I'm glad to have tried

Price Point - $9.99/6pk 11.2oz bottles

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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.

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Photo of Bashao
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with nice froth.
Toasted and caramel smell.
The taste is chocolaty with toasted taste at the end of the swallow.
Full body almost creamy, feels like lunch in a glass.
A very good porter, not too much flavors and well balanced beer.

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Photo of confer
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, with a small layer of tan froth.
Smell is lightly toasted caramel.
The taste is so smooth. Just a hint of roastiness in the finish but starting with a not to sweet caramel candy flavor.
Feel is a little on thick thick side.
Overall a wonderful porter. Definitely worth getting again.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Before I had ever experienced the craft beer culture, Fullers was my go to Ale. It excites me to review this Porter.

Very dark in color you can catch a touch of the Porters notorious ruby hue at the edges. Darker than most the head does present itself with the telltale khaki color.
The head it stiff and bubbly and laced at the edge.

The scent is varied with a sweet malt and bready mix. Hints of chocolate and toffee are present ; I get a mousse like scent that is simply incredible.

The taste is quite frankly, awesome! Complexities abound with breads, burnt malt, coffee, cocoa, sweetness, bitterness, brownie and even prune. There's a malty dryness as well. A must try ale

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Photo of Giggy
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beginning to really enjoy Fuller's brews. I have been pleasantly surprised with every one I have tried. This is a great Porter. Very simple but full of character.

A: dark chocolate brown with a fluffy brown to tan head as you would expect.

S: roasted malts and coffee. The aroma gets the saliva flowing.

T: chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts with a slight bitterness to it.

M: creamy and smooth. Light in body in comparison to the smell and flavor.

O: very easy to drink

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Photo of RichD
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured this British bad boy into my pint glass.

A: Pours a deep deep brown, almost black color. Small tannish head quickly dissipates into a rim of nothingness. Not too shabby.

S: Caramel is the overpowering aroma with some toffee and chocolate backing it. Smells so good I accidentally put my nose in it.

T: Oh man, is this good. Caramel and toffee start with some chocolate swiftly arriving. Some delicious roasted coffee beans come in for the finish. Some breadiness is also picked up as I continue sipping on this beaut.

M: This is a medium bodied brew with not much carbonation. Kinda leaves a creamy like feel which is ok, but I'd prefer this in a beer that has a higher ABV than 5.4%. Just ok.

Overall. This is a great brew. There's a reason why this is in the top 100. It's definitely one of the best English Porters I've ever had and it's a fantastic representation of the style. The drinkability is nice and this is a beer that I'll definitely revisit. I could picture myself drinking this in the rainy climate of London. Nice.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best before October 04, 2013.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a dense 1.5 finger light khaki head. Dissipates down to a thin covering where it sits. Dark ruby brown when held up to the light which penetrates only an inch or so. Spots of lacing on the glass.

S: Very roasty and robust aroma on this brew. Can get a solid coffee as well as sweet milky chocolate. A bit of smokiness as well as some dark fruits. Focus is on the roasted malts and the chocolate.

T: First sip I get a decent amount of coffee with a heft of roastiness. A semi sweet chocolate backing comes through mid sip. Hints of breadiness, smokiness, dark fruits and toffee. Lingers with a delicious roasted malt.

M: Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, not as watery feeling as most porters. Just enough carbonation. Pretty clean finish isnt too sticky or anything.

Overall happy to finally get a fresh enough bottle to review and am very impressed. Can easily see why this is the #1 English Porter. A must try.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle

A: Very nice looking dark appearance typical of this style of beer. Nice brownish one finger head.

S: Smells very appealing. Burnt/roasted scents with touches of coffee. Maybe a slight bit of tobacco, in a good way.

T: Burnt coffee flavors. Fairly bold tasting and quite complex. Some hop flavor but not extreme. Medium to medium-high bitterness levels. Some of that slight tobacco flavor mentioned into the smell. Good and very flavorful tasting.

M: Fairly thin for what I was expecting. Not to thick or creamy and went down easily. Had a different mouth feel to it.

O: It was a good beer. 50/50 chance I would buy this again. Bold and strong with an interesting mouth feel.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black, with a ruddy tinge in the light. Small tan head, not much lacing or retention.

S: Dark fruits and licorice, some mild sweet maltiness, hints of caramel and toffee. Mild and pleasant.

T/M: Sweet and malty up front, with some caramel and sugar. Some hop bitterness and burnt flavors in the middle. Slightly bitter and odd aftertaste.

O: Pretty good English style porter, not perfect and it could benefit from a bit more punch in terms of flavor. Easily drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of FLima
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it fresh at Fuller’s. Dark brown color with a beige and thin head.
Nice aroma of toasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Likewise, though relatively less intense, it has a taste of toasted malts with coffee notes. Hops come at a second stage. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
Medium body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Very pleasant beer, excellent drinkability and still flavorful. My recommendation, never buy just one bottle.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle

Fullers London Porter filled my mug with a very dark brown almost black color that formed a bubbly 1-finger tan head. The head shrunk rather fast leaving a ring of fine bubbles. The aroma is dominated by roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. The taste matches the aroma with the addition of light coffee. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a light-medium body and just the right amount of carbonation
Fullers London Porter is a tasty, easy drinking and flavorful English Porter.

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

Pours dark brown with a creamy, fully lasting, brown head. Aromas are roasted, toasted malts, with some coffee and dark chocolate hints. The taste is again characterized by roasted malts, mild coffee, caramel. Leaves a well balanced flavor, between bitter, sweet, and dry, with a pleasant watery texture. Great example of an English porter.

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Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage for $1.85 a few weeks ago into a clean, clear glass. "Best Before 27 Nov 12 300" printed on bottom of back label. I should be alright. That was last week.

A Nice medium brown one inch head lingers for 2 minutes over a dark mahogany body that only shows its color in front of direct light. Otherwise it looks dark, dark brown. Good look with good lacing on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Nice medium roast molasses smell with a sense of dark chocolate as well. Good, robust smell. 4.0

T Nice medium to dark roast malt with molasses and sense of chocolate flows right into the taste. Nice, classic porter. 4.0

M There is a sense of molasses thickness but this is actually a somewhat of a thin porter compared to some. Nothing like the excellent feel of Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. 3.0

D/O Drinkability is good. ABV is manageable. Overall this is a classic porter. That is not a surprise. 4.0

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

11.2oz bottle from Will (thanks man!) poured into a Firestone Walker taster...

A: Dark brown and transparent with red edges...creamy off-white head and some lacing...

S: Aromas of sweeter roasted malts and and bakers chocolate, roasted malt sweetness seems interwoven with notes of caramel, moderate suggestions of freshly brewed coffee, hints of burnt malt and dark coffee beans.

T: Taste follows the nose with the same notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee...full range of malty notes from sweeter chocolate to suggestions of acrid, burnt malt with faint whiffs of a smoky edge. Fairly balanced with plenty of flavor.

MF: Creamy mouthfeel, lighter medium body, lower carbonation levels...

O: Pleasant drinker, fairly unremarkable but still enjoyable.

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

Beer pours black with a good-sized tan head. Good retention and lacing. A very nice-looking beer.

Smell contains roast malt, a bit of dark fruit and some chocolate. I get a bit of a marmite scent, oddly.

Roast malt is the focus of the taste as well, along with chocolate and a bit of a creamy flavour. Some dark fruit (prune). Bitter finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Moderately carbonated.

Overall, very good indeed.

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

LIving in Korea it's not everyday you come accross one of these. It was on my 'to drink' list when I went back to England for summer but I never saw it in any shops. So, I was surprised... no, gobsmacked to find a fresh bottle in Seoul at the weekend.

A: Not black, more of a dark copper. Looks like it's been pulled from the pump. Doesn't have that creamy porter look. Has a head of large irregular iridescent bubbles, which isn't massive but I don't care.

S: Lovely. Upfront brown sugar and smokey malts.

T: Very nicely balanced mixture of sensual brown sugar (I'm not even joking), floral hops, roasted malt and coffee. Much less engine oily than most other English porters. You could even say it leans towards being a hoppy dark ale, save for the obvious roasted maltiness. Less tart than a lot of English porters too.

M: Very silky and soft in the mouth.

O: Very nice beer. I love Fullers.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Extremely dark brown, almost black, with some red highlights. 1-2 fingers of light brown head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Dark roast coffee, chocolate and caramel.

Follows the nose pretty much exactly. Dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted barley and caramel. Light notes of earthy char and touches of earthy hops.

Medium bodied, balanced and crisp.

Dark, roasty and sweet. Tons of coffee and chocolate. This is just right.

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

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 8/6/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light dark fruit, and light herbal hops. Fantastic aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, citrus, toast, and herbal. Good amount of citrus and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, toast, cocoa, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and robustness; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol presence is invisible, with zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic English porter! Great flavor robustness and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. Simply outstanding. I can’t believe I haven’t had this before.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a one finger cream head. The head has a decent level of retention, eventually fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet chocolate and caramel, dark fruits of cherry, a bit of coffe and a good roasted brown bread smell. It is sweet and dark in aroma. Very nice.

Taste – The flavor begins of more brown bread with some notes of caramel sweetness. The caramel sweetness is enhanced as the flavor moves on and is meet by some mild chocolate flavors. These flavors create a rather sweet and bready flavor. The flavor then begins to dry out ever so slightly in the end with some bitter sweet chocolate and coffee flavors coming to the tongue. The mix of all the flavors combined together well and leave a very pleasant cocoa espresso flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For an only 5.4 % abv beer the body of the beer is on the smoother and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The feel is wonderful for all the dark and bittersweet flavors of the brew accentuating them and allowing them all to properly mellow on the tongue.

Overall – This is a fantastic brown ale. It has a great flavor with fantastic transitions. It has a great feel and a wonderful smell to boot A very good one to try if you have the chance. Delicious.

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

Dark brown-mahogany pour with caramel colored two finger head with good retention and decent lacing. Rich and roasty nose with hints of cocoa, dark fruit, coffee, molasses, toffee, and just a touch of metal. The taste follows suit with lots of fresh roasted coffee, dark chocolate, figs, nuts, toffee, tobacco, wood, and some mineral notes as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth as silk with a great dry, subtly bitter finish. Hugely drinkable and not heavy at all. Truly a world class Porter!

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Photo of Gregfalone
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre California. Standard pint glass

This beer pours beautifully. As it pours int the cup from the tap it turns to a light brown froth that billows from the bottom up, slowly turning from a dense foam into a brownish black liquid with a 1/2 inch head that last until empty, leaving the most perfect lacing ive ever seen, all the way to the bottom of the glass. even on the bottom of the glass... Very beautiful to watch. This only seems to happen on tap, I haven't been able to pour this effect with a bottle.

The smell is dark chocolate with coffee, some toasty malt, and a light sweetness. Nothing that particularly stands out.

The taste is fantastic and matches the nose only with the sweetness less prominent.

Mouthfeel is medium body, and silky smooth, among the smoothest, if not THE smoothest beer I've ever had the pleasure to drink.

Overall I think this is one of my favorite beers of all time. Enlih porter is my favorite style, and I'm not sure if I prefer this or taddy porter. In bottle form I'd choose the taddy, but the London porter on tap takes the cake... Until I can find taddy on tap, I can't say which is my top beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.97/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuller’s London Porter has a thin-to-medium beige head and a dark brown or almost black appearance (ruby under direct sunlight). There is not much lacing associated with this. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted malt, chocolate, dark coffee, and sweetness. Taste is the same, with chocolate powder and some burnt aspects. Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Fuller’s London Porter finishes refreshing, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this really is a world-class beer!


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