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Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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Photo of Mario61Aler
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Let me start by saying that a good porter is always welcome in my fridge, saying that this should have a case setting there waiting to be consumed! WOW! world class is a good place to begin.

A- Poured a very dark brown/Mahogony with a light carmel colored head that leeft some lacing behind.

S- smelled of chocolate, fresh bread, earthy, and carmelish

T- Damn just like it smelled only more intense. Was very well balanced between the malts and slightly hop-ish(is that a word).

M- Smooth, smooth did I say SMOOTH? med to light carbonation, mild chewiness, was very hard to just sip this one, I wanted to chug it then refill it and sip the second one (alas I only had the one that was a gift from Chewystheman - THANKS)

O- World class in taste, mouthfeel and so very well balanced!

I want more!

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 7 March 2012

A: Dark reddish brown without much head.

S: Roast with a little smoke and the fainest hint of soy sauce.

T: Pretty rich roasty taste. Creamy caramel and chocolate with a touch of char. A slight earthiness. No soy sauce, but I get an off-putting Guinness-like sour note every now and again.

M: Solid but perhaps a little thinner than ideal.

O: A solid, drinkable porter.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost black with a red tint capped by two fingers of super creamy pale tan head with exceptional retention. Lace curtains all around.

S - Roast coffee and cream, bitter dark chocolate, a slight smokiness.

T - Follows the nose with precision. Coffee, dark chocolate and brown sugar.

M - The full creaminess and low carbonation.

O - A really top British beer. Rich, full flavoured and supremely tasty.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly.
Smell is rich and malty with molasses, cardboard, soy and a kind of weird Sharpie marker note. Balance is alright.
Taste is molasses, wheat, toasted, almost burnt chocolate malt, soy and a hint of cardboard. Good balance.
Rich, full-bodied, medium effervescence. Aftertaste gets a bit ashy but otherwise its a really good Porter.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Elephant and Castle in Washington, DC. Poured into a Nonic glass.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown and opaque. A small whitish head leaves some lacing. Impressive.

Smell: Semisweet chocolate and caramel predominate, with a bit of herbal hops on the back end.

Taste: "Rich, Dark, and Complex" is right. Very robust roasty flavor that stops just short of being burnt, with some accompanying coffee flavor and a little bit of lighter malt character. Light herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: A bit prickly with the carb. Fairly slick.

Overall: Very flavorful and something I'd definitely get again where offered.

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Photo of plfahey
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with ruby highlights and great clarity. Light brownish, moderate head has decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Awesome malt profile-bready, bread crusts, toast, chocolate, light roast, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Runs an enormous spectrum of malt characteristics. Some earthy green hops, with low esters and a light orange marmalade character to it.

Flavor-Chocolate and bread crusts up front with light sweetness. The mid-palate is very chocolatey with fruity esters and light orange marmalade. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, some earthy hop flavors, and roasty chocolate/roasted malt. Aftertaste lingers with chocolate malt and leathery tobacco. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and silky. Medium body with a soft, moderately low carbonation. Awesome.

This is the definitive brown/english porter in my opinion. Fantastic, delicious, and abounding with subtle complexities. I love this beer.

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

Fuller's London Porter is a very nice and pretty dry porter. Not that complex but really tasty.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Strong roasty malt. Very bready. 4.5

T: Dry blackened malt flavour with a hint of bitterness in the finish. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

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Photo of harrymel
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by: 3MAR11

A: pours a dark brown ale with under a finger of tan foam which falls rather quickly to a sheet (broken) of the same. No lace, and overly excellent clarity for the style.

S: barley, toast, brown sugar, some nice smoky tones here as well. Smells nice.

T: Nice and roasty beer. plenty of roasty malts, some dry coffee tones. Some interesting raisin notes as well. Some nutty flavors as well.

M: Medium on thin body for the style with moderate carb. dry finish.

O: quality porter for sure, not really stacking up with the greats for me.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is nearly black. Poured with a nice foamy head that quickly went down to a solid patch of lacing.

A bit of hops in the aroma. There are a lot of coffee and chocolate in the aroma as well.

This beer is a favorite. It's so chocolately and with a nice bit of coffee to keep it from being too sweet.

It's got a pretty thick mouthfeel, with just a bit of carbonation.

This beer is a classic and I would love to keep it in steady rotation in my fridge but it's a bit too pricey for me.

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Photo of soju6
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with a good tan head that fades slowly and ample lacing.

S: Rich aroma of roasted malts with chocolate and caramel. Trace of coffee. Smell is inviting.

T: Roasted malt flavor with a mixture of chocolate and coffee. Nice trace of bittersweet chocolate and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, very smooth and creamy. Excellent balance, very rich and delicious.

O: Excellent Porter with lots of character. A good choice to compare other porters to.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a solid brown. Well, I turned on the lamp and now it looks a bit red. Head is one finger, tan, and holds well. A slight bit of lacing.
S- Smell is quite strong of coffee with a bit of lingering molasses aroma as well.
T- The taste is a bit stronger of molasses than I perceived on the nose. At first it comes off a bit too sweet and not roasted enough, but the finish brings through a really well done coffee flavor.
M- Medium body, medium-light carbonation. just a touch astringent at times in the finish, with a dry finish.
O- A good porter, but I'm not sure the price point merits me buying it. Good, not great, but I'd drink again.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottle says best by Dec 11 2011.

Appearance: Dark brown with amber red color when held to light. Lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of light tan head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Full and lively aroma of dark roasted malts with a strong presence of chocolate. Lots of caramel and toffee. Good hints of dark and bitter coffee with some light hints of earthy hops, dark fruits, and vanilla. Smells very rich.

Taste: Burnt and roasted dark malts with notes of dark chocolate, caramel, and toffee. Hints of lightly bitter coffee that linger through the finish. Also some hints of vanilla and dark fruit. Hop presence is very subtle. Taste is more mild than the smell leads on, but the flavors are still full and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

Overall: A very good English Porter. Full flavored and tasty while still being light and smooth enough to be a session beer.

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Photo of SebD
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice black colour to it. It has a nice tan head that dies down slowly and has nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of roasted malts with some nice chocolate, caramel and slight coffee notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice roasty/coffee malt feel to it with a bit of chocolate and caramel and a slight earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice rich balance of malts.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas.

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Photo of tone77
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with chocolate, roasted malts, a touch of coffee. Taste is the same except not as strong as the smell, still chocolaty with some malts and coffee. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

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Photo of
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark brown with ruby tinted edges and a long-lasting tan head.

Smell - deep and roasty without being overpoweringly malty. Rich and complex with aromas of chocolate, brown bread, dark malts, earthy hops and mineal.

Taste - Chocolate, bread, and molasses, but only moderately sweet with a subtle spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy.

Extremely smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of dbaker61
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL can. Brew Date: May 9, 2011. Best by May 9, 2012. 5.4% ABV, 11.4 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Very dark brown with just a hint of red when held to a light. Low carbonation, giving less than half a finger of dense tan foam. Head retention was good, and left tons of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, cocoa, slight roast aroma. As expected, no hops aroma.

Taste: Mostly roast malt, with notes of chocolate and coffee. Bittersweet, all due to grain profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation allows the beer to comfortably coat the mouth. Velvety. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Moderately dry finish.

Overall: Very refreshing and drinkable. I would highly recommend this porter. Don't get too many great porters here in China, so I appreciate this one.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black body, light brn finger head, solid lacing

S: light chocolate, hint of roasted malt.

T: sweet vanilla, roasted malt, light cocoa,
mild bitter finish

M: med/light body, smooth mouth

O: Nice sessionable English porter.
Would get it again and recommend it
to others.


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Photo of Jimmys
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle that i was pumped to see with the fuller's lineup at my local booze store.

A: black body with a gentle, solid very light brown head. retention is decent and lacing is good.

S: a mild chocolate aroma is worked in with some solid roast. good aroma, not overwhelming with roast or chocolate, but more of a middle ground balance.

T: the body on this thing is light but refreshingly roasty. vanilla and ice-cream-like in the soft sweetness. soft flavors but very tasty.

M: moderately soft carbonation on a light/medium body.

D: very tasty english porter. soft, elegant flavors make a rich and fulfilling drink. i love an intense stout/porter, but this is perfect for the the drinkability/light body that backs it.

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

poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: i should have served this warmer than it was. extremely dark brown in color yet not completely jet black (light is visible through the body). fairly thin tan head simmers into a thin lacing. as i said, if i had poured it warmer i would have had better results.

s: nice roasted malt aroma with no hop aroma (duh). you can definitely tell it's going to be nice and rich without even drinking it.

t: roasted malt flavor is there but not too strong at all. strong chocolate and mocha (coffee) flavor and minimal hop bitterness. a little on the sweet side yet drinkable.

m: smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

this is a fantastic english porter. recommended.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another Beer of the Month selection I recieved that is making me more and more a Porter man!

Great tasting body,wonderful creamy foam head.
Not too strong in alchohol and not bitter at all!

If they didn't export it to America it would be worth flying to England to try!!

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

Recently had this beer at my favorite watering hole, The Nook Tavern in Huntsville, AL.

I could tell this would be a good porter by the deep dark color topped with about a finger of tan lace. Both the taste and smell provided a rich sense of cocoa and coffee balanced with roasted malt and a hint of hops.

I picked this porter to go with my German meal and it complemented it perfectly with both the food and drink being hearty but not heavy.

This is a good full-bodied beer that can stand on it's own merits or complement any meal.

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Photo of Converge
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a 20oz nonic.

A - Pours with just under two fingers of thick, mocha-tan head. There are some slight amber-ruby highlights when held up to the light, but for the most part this one is totally jet black. The aforementioned mocha head quickly settles down to a soapy tan cap and leaves a trail of lacing down the glass.

S - Dark chocolate sweetness and bitter, roasted malt make up most of the aroma. Distinct coffee aroma comes through nicely as well, with some very earthy brown sugar and caramel like sweetness in there as well.

T - Simple roasted malt bitterness upfront eventually opens up to a barrage of rich, dark flavors. Strong espresso aftertaste with mild bitterness. The roasted malt doesn't really yield a very harsh bitterness throughout, which might chase away a more discriminating palate, but I feel it allows the smooth dark chocolate flavors to really come through. It certainly has a rich sweetness to it, but remains exceptionally smooth. I feel like this beer still lacks a little something, however. While the slight lack in roasted malt bitterness gives the sweet chocolatey flavors an opportunity to shine, they never really come to fruition fully. Still, just as the bottle says, this porter is rich, dark, and complex.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel for sure. The carbonation is low, giving the beer a smooth texture that feels great. The body is on the thicker, heavier side; no surprise.

D - Extremely drinkable and goes down really easy. Although the the sweet chocolate flavor isn't exactly at the forefront here, it was still easily detectable and thoroughly enjoyable. I especially like that the roasted malt and coffee-like bitterness didn't bury the smooth chocolatey side of this carefully crafted flavor profile. Well done.

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Photo of ranger7
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A - Black. Finger-width thick light brown head. Looks very inviting.

S - Smells like roasted chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee, but mostly chocolate. Smells rich.

T - This stuff is delicious. It is rich, but not overwhelming. Very flavorful with the obvious chocolate and coffee.

M - Smooth. A small amount of carbonation. Leaves the mouth fairly clean, a little bit of a toasty, almost smoky flavor. The downside is that it is a little watery, but acceptable.

Summary - I should be careful with this brew, I'm sure I could drink a few if I let myself. At the time of this review I have had this beer three separate times over the span of a year. In that time, my opinion of this beer has dropped a bit. The first time would have been all 5's, but it's still an awesome porter.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body pours into my pint glass. Light mocha head forms to a nice hefty size and has a good frothy texture.Good retention and spotty lace all around the glass.

S- A nice roasty dark cocoa powder and coffee presence. A bit of caramel, fruit, vanilla and toasted nuts. Not the strongest of aromas.

T- Roast malt, cocoa, coffee and caramel make up a big malty beer flavor. Also some vanilla, dark fruit, earthy hops, english mineral water and toasted nuts.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a nice smooth carbonation. Some roast bitterness finishes it out.

Not as rich or thick as the American porters of today but still a refreshing and flavorful beer. Drinks very well and has a nice English feel to it.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a super dark brown that's with deep red hues when held to light. A pretty rough pour only produces a thin finger of tan lace that fades to a thin ring around the glass.

S- Roasted malts with chocolate and coffee, lots of smoke, a hint of hops.

T- Heavily roasted, charred coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of brown sugar sweetness. Bitterness comes from hops and a bit of coffee acidity.

M- Medium bodied, initial carbonation gives way to a lush, creamy finish.

O- A delicious and tasty porter, loses some points for the total absence of head, but is still a great beer.

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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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