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Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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4.19/5
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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
Ranking:
#1,151
Reviews:
1,242
Ratings:
2,682
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
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Photo of Star80
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown almost black color with a sticky looking head. The smell is immediately bittersweet cocoa and coffee and again the vinous smell that I get from these English ales. It is nice roasty smell of a deliciously dark rich porter. The taste is wonderfully complex and rich. I'm getting plenty of dark chocolate notes, coffee, smoke, and some sweetness like a toasted marshmallow. The hops are in the background adding a nice finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This is a superb Porter which most should be judged against.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thin off-white head that leaves some lace.

S- Roasted charred malt and loads of toffee. A slight whiff of coffee in there as well.

T- Very similar to the nose with a roasted black coffee flavor and creamy rich bittersweet chocolate coming through as it warms. The alcohol is well hidden and the sweetness in the finish is balanced out by the bitterness of the coffee flavors.

M- Medium bodied with medium/low carbonation. Smooth feel.

O- Overall a very delicious English Porter. I don't think it would be a stretch to call it one of the best of it's style.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of spdyfire83
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

76th Review
Served in pint glass

Enjoyed at Churchill Arms on Christmas Eve.

A: Deep brown. 1.5 (mocha) fingernail head.

S: Dark roasted malt, chocolate, toasty, caramelised brown sugar, vanilla, and hint of coffee. Beautiful.

T: Just like it smells...complex and well-rounded. Very nice.

M: Medium-full bodied and medium carbonation.

O: A very nice and enjoyable brew. Smooth, toasty, big, and robust. Think it should definitely be enjoyed on-draft though. Great job Fuller's!

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. special branded bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Most of the beer in my glass has a mahogany or ebony color, but a good amount of the edge has a cranberry tint to it. A rocky beige head forms on top before fading to some scattered patches. No real lace to speak of, and it took a decently aggressive pour just to create any real head.

Smell: Deep bitter chocolate, burnt roasted malts, a bit of smoke, vanilla, some oak, and a touch of charred molasses give this complex aroma.

Taste: There is a touch of molasses sweetness up front, but this beer is fairly bitter all the way through. A bitter dark and charred malt brings a bit of tobacco and smoke with it, setting the tone for a bitter dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee bitterness that persists for the rest of each sip. The finish remains bitter.

Mouthfeel: The burnt nature of the malt imparts a slightly acrid feel, and the residue left around the inside of my lips is bitter and oily. It is dry with a noticeable acidity to it as well. The carbonation is on the light side and neither is overly creamy or crisp. A medium body compared to other porters I have had.

Overall: This is not a bad beer by any stretch, but I would not choose it over any handful of solid American porters.

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ScorpyX
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The expected very dark pour with a thin, creamy, tan head. Even holding it up to the light only lets a little through. Leaves a thick lacing behind.

S: Chocolate and smoke detectable in the scent. There's a roastiness to it as well.

T: Taste starts with a strong coffee flavor and has a touch of sweetness that transitions into a bitter swallow. Lot of roasted, malty flavor in there as well. Just a touch of chocolate in that sweetness I mentioned, but mostly overwhelmed by the more bitter coffee flavoring.

M: Strong-bodied and thick, complemented by a smooth, cool swallow. Leaves an aftertaste like I just finished drinking an iced latte.

D: Quite tasty overall, which really surprised me after an underwhelming smell. A wonderful example of the English porter and certainly high on my list of beers. Love the bottle design, too.

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of FosterJM
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

980th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
11.2 oz

Best before 4/4/12
Purchased a single bottle from Total Wine, Brea, CA

App- A darker porter than Ive seen. This one has a good 1-1/2" head that fell pretty slowly. Left a good few lines of cling and lace.

Smell- Opens very roasty and deep. A good bit of rich chocolate. Black licorice, some thick malts and burnt toast

Taste- This was all over the place in terms of flavors. It opens with rich roasted malts and continues with some burnt cocoa nibs flavors. A little bit more in depth is some sweet toffee and even some fresh roasted coffee flavors and even a bit of berry notes (hard pressed to name the specific berry)

Mouth- Smooth medium bodied with a nice chocolate roast residual flavors. A medium carbonation level with a nice creamy complex feel to it.

Drink- I wanted more and I think this one maybe a bit on cask would be better with the creamy feel. Still much more above than most american tries at a classic style.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 330 ml bottle. The “BEST BEFORE” date is “ 04 JUN 12.”

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black but not opaque; light passed through when I held it to a window that receives no direct sunlight. Two fingers of dense, tan head dissipated to leave a cappuccino-like lacing with creamy bubbles, a ring around the edge, and a lacing on the glass.

Smell: More toasty than roasty. Dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, toasted caramel, molasses, black licorice, and brown sugar. A hint of coffee gives it a little bitterness, and there is also dark fruit cherry and perhaps black raspberry.

Taste: The taste has a much stronger roasted character than the smell led me to believe. Lots of coffee and roasted malts. As the taste buds adjust, flavors of dark chocolate, cocoa, toffee, and molasses emerge. The roasted character continues to be the backbone, though. As it warms, flavors of dark fruit (cherry, plum, black raspberry) emerge as well.

Drinkability: The flavor and aroma are well crafted and true to style. Though I expect a much thicker body, I think it does the job.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep burnt brown pour capped with a caramel single finger of head. The froth shrinks away quickly leaving behind a slight but even lace.

Great aromas of malt, coffee, and cocoa. All of the reasons I drink porter.

Perfect consistency neither thick nor thin, but to silky to be described as simply "medium". There's is an unctiousness to it that few porters possess.

Great drink! While the flavor is nice, it is this porter's complimentary qualities that bring it to the top of my list of best porters.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,682 ratings
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