Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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90.4%
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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
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#1,123
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
2,670
Liked:
2,415
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
10.26%
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Photo of evlu1441
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a delicious looking beer. It is a very very dark amber colour (almost black) with a nice creamy head on top.

The aroma is very toasty with some coffee notes and maybe a couple hints of chocolate.

The flavour is a bit less intense than I was expecting, but very balanced. It starts out with some slight roasty bitterness, that makes way for some sweet almost molasses-like flavours. The body is a little light for my liking, but this would make a delicious session ale.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Almost completely black; very dark brown if held through light. Some bubbles are to be seen on the sides of the glass. Medium light brown head with decent retention and a lot of lacing

S- Coffee is what firts comes to mind, though there is a very nice malty aroma (with a roasted hint to it) to bring some balancing sweetness. What is most surprising in a porter is that the aroma feels quite fresh: if i'm not wrong there's a detectable hint of herbal freshness from the hops

T- Mostly a malty flavour: chocolate and coffee, overall quite sweet for the style (caramel maybe?). A hint of smokiness brings complexity. The beer feels decently fresh on the taste too, i still think i can recognize a hint of fresh herbal hops. A delicate bitter feel builds up on the palate in the aftertaste

M- Medium body. Very smooth and quite creamy. Little carbonated but this is adequate for the style

O- Not an amazing range of flavours nor a particularly rich mouthfeel. Everything is perfectly mixed though and drinkability is very good. A classy beer

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a few years since I've had this beer. I forgot how great this beer is!

Poured a very dark brown with a faint coppery rootbeer color around the edges. It has a short tan head with no lacing.

Very nice dark rich smell with notes of dark malt, prunes and chocolate.

Full bodied flavor transitions smooth from dark maltiness to a rich dark chocolate, finishing with espresso. The aftertaste is such a smooth pleasant espresso aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. With a light creamy carbonation.

Overall I love this beer. This is the ideal benchmark for what I think a porter should be. Beautiful full bodied flavor with wonderful chocolate and coffee notes. I recommend this to all. I gotta try to keep this on deck at all times.

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Photo of mi6234
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours three fingers with no lacing to speak of. Almost opaque. When held to the light it's dark brown to amber at the edges.

Smell is strong chocolate and roasted malt. Some coffee notes and mustiness. Faint smell of spicy hops.

Taste is very chocolaty. A little char and some hop bitterness and spice on the finish.

Super smooth mouth feel but not as think as I like. I will say I generally prefer stout due to the chewier mouth feel. Great for the style though.

Overall a very good beer. One of the better porters I've had though I don't love the style.

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Photo of paxkey
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark dark beer with some ruby tones. thin mocha head.

smells sour and rich. like a cappucino yogurt.

tastes bitter and smooth. finishes creamy and leaves bitterness of roast malt.

nice body and flavor overall. i want to try this one on tap.

a robust offering

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Photo of SisuPride
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On my first drink I really noticed a coffee flavor that made itself known. By half way in the beer I didn't really notice it. To me that is the perfect amount of flavor - let's you know its there without over powering the beer. Incredible mouthfeel - perfeact level of creaminess. The Brits make some of the best beers in my opinion and this is up their with some of the best. Plus the packaging and name make you feel like royalty as you drink it.

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Photo of metter98
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down but left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of dark roasted malts and coffee in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is slightly more complex with additional notes of chocolate and hints of toffee. There are some notes of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it is well balanced, although I would prefer to sip this and savor its interesting flavors.

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

Dark chocolate in a can! Defiantly has that taste as well with a sweet woody tart aftertaste. Also has a whiskey taste off the start. Overall a good Porter, the real bang is in the aftertaste. I find it tasted more like a stout. Id have to rate this just slightly lower than young's double chocolate stout which is one of my faves.

Definatley a good beer though! Goes well with a CAO mx2 cigar.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger head from a nitro can, decent retention - rich chocolate colour - off colour caramel head - smell of coffee and malt - taste of bitter choclate and some coffee with a refreshing bitter after taste - perfect mouthfeel - a little bitter, nice carbonation and a silky smooth finish - overall - outstanding porter and one of my top ten

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

Best by Feb 13 2012.

A: After an extremely hard pour, I summoned up a gargantuan 3-4 finger beigenhead... and I had to wait and eternity for it to die down. There brew itself was black as night, with a very sharp transition from the liquid to the foam.

S: Soft coffee notes, but a heck of a lot of vanilla. I friggin love vanilla! Also, a little bit of burnt wood and chocolate.

T: Smooth, silky, and rather flavorful considering the ABV. Still, I got a good bit of vanilla, which offset the charred wood quite a bit. Chocolate and roasted malt also made an appearance.

M: The carbonation was fine, the sweetness wasn't overbearing in any way, and the lacing was absolutely ridiculous.

O: I've had this beer on many occasion and it has never disappointed me. Good stuff!

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Photo of socon67
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black with a minimal creamy foam head. Slight lacing, settles quickly.

S - Smells of roasted malt, coffee and cocoa powder.

T - A smooth porter with a chocolatey sweet flavor. Very malty taste, and a bit of coffee bitterness. Quite pleasant.

M - Not heavy at all, though the consistently is syrupy.

O - One of the the better porters out there, and very availble. Certianly a keeper.

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Photo of bryehn
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with ruby around the edges. The frothy tan head sticks around forever as a collar.

Smells like chocolate and coffee. I get a light, honey-like sweetness as well.

Tastes like dark coffee with dark chocolate in it. Solid bitterness to back it up. Dark toffee sweetness comes through as it warms.

I find this beer too thin for a porter or a chocolate-flavoured beer. Takes a syrupy character on the back of the tongue, but I expected thicker.

Very chocolatey, but almost overpowers the beer itself, which I find a bit thin. I'd like it just a bit thicker, but definitely above average.

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Photo of TitanTake
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was poured from a mug.

A - dark, thick liquid; dark chocolate with a malt colored, 1-inch head; nice lacing

S - deep aroma of malt with a hint of hops; woodsy

T - oaks and malts

M - smooth with a mild carbonation

This was one of the best porters I have had the pleasure of tasting.

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

Appearance: A lovely almost black ruby color, with a good creamy brown head that dissipates somewhat quick and leaves good lacing

Smell: Chocolatey roasted malts with caramel and dark bread

Taste: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, bread, and a hint of smoke. Some good but not overwhelming sweetness, with a little bitterness

Mouthfeel: Rich medium body with low to medium carbonation, feels just right

Overall: This is an exceptional porter, probably the best I've had. If I could find this in anything other than single bottles, I'd be buying more. A whole lot more.

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Photo of dali27
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really dark brown with a little bit of reddish tone. The tan head disapears quickly leaving a patchy, floating foam.

S: Dark chocolate and black coffee are at the forefront. Earthy and smokey scents are also present. Smells very bold and rich.

T: Rich dark chocolate taste come from the finely roasted malts. Coffee taste very apparent also. But, there is more to this than just coffee and chocolate. Caramel, but not in the overly sweet way it is most often used. A little spicy smokeyness. I am having a hard time pinpointing all flavors. Complex.

M: Thin to medium for the style. Even though it is thin, it's nicely creamy on the swallow.

O: The bottle states "Rich, Dark & Complex." I completely agree with all of these adjectives and have to add flavorful, deep, bold, highly drinkable, brillant... I could go on, but I won't. This beer is a treat. Different than the American porters that I am used to, and maybe, just maybe, what all for those strive to be.

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

A: Pours a thick, dark black, quite opaque. There is a slight ruby tinge around the edges when held up to the light. A one finger tan head formed and reduced to a ring of foam around the edges and a little bit in the center. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Some roasted malt, nice milk chocolate, and hints of coffee. There are some caramel and nutty undertones as well.

T: Very nice combination of caramel and roasted malts. Hints of dark chocolate, not as much as the aroma indicates. Very nice combination of flavors. Complex, hard to pick everything out.

M: Extremely smooth, a lot lighter than I thought it would be, but with the flavor its not really a problem. Nice carbonation.

O: Really nice, extremely drinkable, goes down easy.

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

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights, tan coloured head with little retention.

Smell: Chocolate, cigar smoke, roasted coffee, bready malts, leathery undertones.

Taste: Superb. Lots of chocolate notes, nice coffee bitterness, an earthy richness, and I love the cigar smoke finish. No off flavours as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road, not over or undercarbonated, leaves a decent coating on the tongue, perfect for the style.

Overall: An excellent porter, and my second favourite of all time, behind only Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Photo of Brunite
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark brown with deep ruby/garnet highlights. Some light passes through....barely. Nice tan head that leaves a constant cap & some lacing.

S: Wow. Lots going on here. Bittersweet chocolate...coffee grounds...peat...leather...pipe tobacco...and more.

T: As complex as the smell. Starts out with a very strong taste of cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate. As it warms....more earthy notes and twang. Love this one. Lingering tangy goodness, bitterness, and cocoa notes; like an unsweetened brownie.

M: Medium thin but creamy at the same time. Carbonation is a bit strong but dies down with a swirl or two.

O: I love this beer. As good as Founders. Different with a bit more complexity. In my top 15-20 of all beers for sure!!!

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Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. Best by December 2011.

Appearance: Dark mahogany with a decent size head at first that leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts, highlighting chocolate and molasses. Some floral & spicy English hops as well.

Taste: Light roasted flavors with an emphasis on chocolate and molasses. There is also a nice layer of creaminess, almost giving the beer a cookies 'n cream flavor. Light spicy hops at the end.

Feel: Low carbonation with a ridiculously smooth and creamy body.

Overall: This is a very understated and elegant Porter, yet executed unbelievably well. Wow, I am really impressed.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of April 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A deep brownish-maroon hue; carbonation not visible. Produces a large head of light-brown foam that lasts for a couple of minutes. Looks delicious. A subtle aroma of dark roasted malt with sweet undertones. Burnt notes, nuttiness, chocolate and caramel are all present.

The taste is a rich complex of sweet and bitter roasted malt followed by a dry finish. Notes of roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, nuts and caramel. Dry hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Hints of sherry. Mouthfeel is unctuously smooth with a fantastic body and a light tingling sensation. Distinctive aftertaste of bitter roasted malt.

Excellent balance of sweet and bitter, with a great blend of flavours. Rich, tasty and smooth - just like a good porter should be. Top notch, and well worth trying.

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can into a schooner. No obvious best before date.

A - deep black in color with some ruby around the edges. Compact tan head coats the glass.

S - hint of caramel malt on the nose; not a lot there otherwise.

T - lots of great flavor in this one - slight bitterness makes way for a bit of smoke followed by some really smooth chocolate malt. Finishes practically like a chocolate milkshake.

M - really light mouthfeel with a smooth creaminess (thanks nitro).

D - extremely drinkable; could put a bunch of these down.

Very nice easy drinking but very flavorful porter. Years of practice makes this perfect!

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a poor man's pint glass. Advice on this one - definitely let it warm up. It really comes into it's own at around 55 degrees and up.

Pours dark, brown-black, nearly opaque. Frothy, creamy light brown head. Sticky, resilient lacing.

Smells quite malty, elements of cocoa. Hints of some complexity I can't quite put my finger on. Sort of smokey, but not really.

Roasted malt, bitter cocoa. I can taste the smoke coming through now. Bitterness from the hops comes through once the beer settles on your tongue and mingles with the cocoa and roasted malts in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderately carbonated, but fairly soft mouthfeel.

A solid offering. This would be a great one to sit down with on a cruddy fall day in London.

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Photo of teromous
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Dark beer with a dark amber tint in the light. The head has larger carbonation bubbles and is off-white. It has a pretty thin head.

S: Very malty with huge notes of caramel. It has some chocolate scent as well.

T: It has a very unique taste. It's loaded with caramel flavor and quite sweet. It's very delicious. There is a light bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: It's smooth but feels a little thin. With as much sweetness as it has I expected more coating but it wasn't there.

O: Overall it tastes wonderful so that weighs very heavily with me. I would recommend this to people looking for a great porter.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dark chocolate and coffee flavours, medium bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Porter.

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Photo of gskitt
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Waiting to try this one for a while. Pours a dark brown, yet can see through the glass, head had lots of lacing. Smells of roasted malts, dried fruits in syrup, coffee. Taste is balanced, has some char on the tongue, bitter coffee as well. Like I said, balanced, really flavorful yet all tastes are shared. Overall, my new favorite Porter!

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 2,670 ratings
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