Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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4.19/5
2,676 Ratings
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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#1,134
Reviews:
1,240
Ratings:
2,676
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
4.27
 
 
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Photo of dragonWhale
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Skep.. Can't remember seeing this on draught anywhere else before. Maybe I never looked..

Dark brown with a beige head creaming my tremens snifter. I shake at the possibilities.
Big chocolatey nose, some roast in there, and a secret something, slightly fruity, esters buried?
Fantastic smooth chocolate bite that finishes very dry, roast and coffee in excellent complement.
First sip and I was hooked, even slightly too cold. Dry and smashing the entirety of my mouth. Brilliant malt bill. Extremely drinkable, didn't realize I was going to be such a fan.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Local 44, despite not liking it last year. Must have had a bad one then, loved it this time around. Poured a dark, thick black with some red when the light htis, frothy cream head, great retention and lacing. Smell super roasty of malts and chocolate, coffee too, very sweet. Taste incredibly chewing, almost like biting into a steak, clings to the mouth with sweet mellow and roasty. Incredible beer.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.29/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dammit, I hate getting screwed out of 0.8 ounces of beer with these British bottles. Best by date of April 2011.

Dark dark brown in the pint glass with hints of red velvet when held up to the light. Head? None to speak of here. Some coffee in the nose but more chocolate, toffee and other sugars. Taste follows suit but the roasted coffee comes through more strongly here, and there's a detectable char in the finish. You'd think with low carbonation it would be much more creamy, but it ain't. I can immediately think of a handful of more accessible and superior porters.

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

Top to bottom, this is an utterly fabulous porter. Light barely gets through this one. Coffee-brown/black with a huge head on the pour and spectacular drapes of lacing. Coffee roast in the aroma, but in a mocha icing or coffee-cream-filled box chocolate type of way. As it warms, chocolate notes do come through more in the smell as well. A light-moderate hoppy bitterness seems to poke through and some really faint fruitiness. And this is all in the aroma! Soft roasty tones show strongest of all the flavors, with a mild lingering bitterness and bite. Mocha in the middle, coffee and light molasses come late. It's not an intense taste - and it drops off somewhat early (little aftertaste) - but it's balanced expertly.

This just drinks so elegantly - bloody creamy and smooth, not heavy, but with enough weight that it sits a bit. Fairly dry finish, which begs frequent sips and multiple pints.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thought I would try this beer, my brother swears by it. Presented in a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black. Rich smell of coffee and alcohol. Surprisingly carbonated mouthfeel, with a finish of coffee, slight taste of alcohol and dark chocolate. If there is any drawback to this beer, it is the carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty good. Recommended for those seeking a tasty porter that is not too intense; it is highly drinkable. Pairs quite well with Led Zeppelin.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is a deep, dark brown with crimson / ruby highlights that emerge when held to the light. The color is deep, but the beer is not opaque. After a vigorous pour, the head stands in at nearly two inches thick, rising to the crest of the tulip glass. It gradually fades over a few minutes, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma grows stronger as the beer warms, but overall, it's the weakest aspect of the beer, in my opinion. Nice notes of chocolate and subtle roast aromas are the most prominent scents.

T: The beer tastes quite good. The beer leads off with a heavy chocolate flavor, followed by subtle coffee notes. The roast character is subtle, with extremely little hop presence in the finish. Overall, the flavor could be a bit more aggressive, or bolder. However, the beer is balanced very well and it's quite easy to drink and enjoy.

M: Carbonation level is great. The beer is light to medium bodied with alcohol presence virtually non-existent.

D: A solid example of the style. It's not my favorite porter, but I definitely recommend it.

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

Pours a fine 1 finger head, lots of lacing. Dark color with some ruby tones.

The aroma consists of roasted malt, some toffee, some coffee, and some raisins.

The taste contains lots of roasted malt backed by some toffee and coffee flavours, leaves some bitterness behind, dry finish. I also get some hints of vanilla, not a lot though. Quite complex and rich.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, medium bodied, decent carbonation with each sip, and quite creamy, feels great on the palate.

Drinkability is great. Overall this drink is one fine, rich, complex brew, and I recommend it to try it out. It's delicious and gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of anakar
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Beer, It's got a very specific flavor that would really make you say either 'Yum!' or 'Ikkk'. I didn't like the flavor, too yeasty. Dar and rich just like they say but the flavor is just no good to my taste. Kinda like Marmite, if you know it.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle, with the "best-by" date and ABV on the label. Nice dark brown color with a reddish hue against light and an almost disappearing head which somehow doesn't want to disappear. Aroma is predominantly coffee, cocoa, chocolate, with a hint of caramel. Taste is again a beautiful blend of roasted coffee, malt and caramel with a nice touch of chocolate after-taste. Mouthfeel is excellent, silky smooth porter with very good lacing. Drinkability is exceptional, I can have it any time, any place. Highly recommended for all porter lovers. A must have !!!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with some light red traces, 1/2 head that didnt last long. Nice lacing

Smell - Smokey robust smell, dark molasses, sugars, malts, barley, chocolate.

Taste - Very nutty porter. Lots of dark sugar taste, along with smokey chocolate and coffee. The hops are noticeable. Very smooth and mild. Barley is present, as is the malts

Mouthfeel - Its bold yet mellow on the tounge. Its not strong, so flavor is over quick. The beer is bitter enough but nothing overpowering.

Drinkabilty - I can see why its so highly rated. Its so easy to drink, and has alot of flavors going on. I prefer my porters to be sweeter, or baltic though, but none the less, this is good stuff

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

Poured into snifter

A - Pours a deep, rich black with a thick, creamy tan head that persists for quite some time I must say!

S - Smell is of cocoa, brownies, caramel, and a hint of coffee.

T - A supremely smooth blend of chocolate and caramel malt flavors, with hints of espresso, and a slight acidity, likely from he hop varieties used.

M - Medium-full bodied, creamy, and extremely smooth, near-zero carbonation.

D - I don't think it gets any more drinkable than this for the style!

Overall - An excellent Porter! Probably the smoothest I've had in the style. This one pairs perfectly with some smoked sausage. If you see this, it's definitely worth buying.

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Photo of JimLetson
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my tulip glass.

Appearance - very, very dark brown, but not quite black, a little lighter around the edges. The one finger of head is white and recedes after a minute or two.

Smell - roasted malt, caramel, and a little coffee come through first, followed by something rather like pecan pie. Interesting!

Taste - again, the roast takes center stage. Chocolate and molasses also appear, and the finish is a dark coffee and some malty sweetness, both of which linger for a while after you swallow.

Mouthfeel - there isn't a whole lot of carbonation, and it really coats the mouth on the way down. I wouldn't say it's heavy, but it is full-bodied and rich.

Drinkability - I could definitely drink more than one, but I'm concerned that the sweeter finish would make this a less than optimal session beer for me.

The label says it's "rich, dark, and complex," and the beer certainly lives up to that. This is an outstanding beer, one of the best porters I've tasted.

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Photo of bark
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The colour is black with a brown edge; the three finger head is pale brown, very compact and firm. It leaves lots of fine lacing on the glass.

The rather mild smell is sour-sweet with notes of chocolate, bitter hops, roasted malts and hints of red berries and porridge.

The taste is roasted and a bit dry. I found notes of bitter chocolate, mild coffee and a touch of roasted nuts. There is a fine malt-sourness in the background that grows in the aftertaste that also brings a very elegant sweetness; cocoa and chocolate, cream and a hint of vanilla.

The carbonation is medium strong, the small bubbles are smooth. The liquid is also very smooth; it feels almost like drinking a nitro-beer.

A grand English porter that brings just the right amount of flavours to give it a high drinkability. World class!

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Photo of Mjoepp
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Black liquid, gorgeous large creamy light brown head which.

S: Black malt, roasted, coffee, little spiciness. Some "deep" ( mixed with the roasted tones) dried fruits.

T&M: Coffee, roasted. Some peppery notes for the aftertaste. Quite watery as the most English Porters. Carbonation is between light and medium.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-black, a lot of tan head

S-dark roasted malts and a lot of sweet creamy chocolate, there's hint of caramel as well

T-hits with a very light hint of roasted malts and chocolate but they come in quite strong within the after-taste. the chocolate is very creamy

M-almost no carbonation. very creamy. very expected of an english ale

D-its a pretty sessionable brew. its very easy to drink and the taste stays fairly well.

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Photo of Radome
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at Llywelyn's Pub in St Charles, MO. [Note-Llewelyn's has hand pumps that imply these Fuller's beers are casked, but I'm told they are actually standard kegs with phony hand pumps.]

A-Very dark brown but with ruby highlights. Clear. Head was thick initially but faded, good lace lasted throughout.

S - Caramel, rum, plums, nutty grains. The aroma is incredible.

T - Similar to the smell. I also get raisins, melted butter and a hint of alcohol. This draft version is softer and more complex than the bottled version I reviewed on another occasion.

M - Moderate body, no carbonation noticeable in the mouth. The feel is silky smooth and very soft, much more memorable than the bottled version.

D - Delicious and oh so complex. The bottled version is a good porter, but this draft is an incredible and world-class beer.

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

This a fine English porter it is full of chocolate,syrup and coffee flavor. Its dark brown.Low carbonation and has a disappearing head. Very easy to drink.I like the design of the bottle. Reminds me another english beer(Old Nick). Yes I'd definitely buy more. Happy Drinking Thanks

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

A: Pitch black body. Large bubbly khaki head that vanished in an instant. Only the slightest traces of lace.

S: Milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a hint of smoke.

T: Very much like the nose. Milk chocolate, and perhaps some bittersweet chocolate. Coffee and some smoky, burnt coffee.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Lingering bitterness in the finish.

D: All around decent beer. Not exactly "impressive" despite being the gold standard of porters.

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

Pour is rootbeer colour, turning black once settled, foamy tan thick head. The nose is roasted malt, toasty dark chocolate & coffee. A thick and creamy mouthfeel, which is easy on the palatte and quite drinkable. Smooth coffee and cocolate taste, veyr well rounded. The beer seems well carbonated yet there is a subtle "flatness" to it which is unsettling and throwing me off a little. Picked it up because it was a top 100 but at this point I could pick a dozen more beers to me that would be more worthy, still, good enough.

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Photo of duckdown
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO.

Pours a solid black with a nice cream colored tight head that stays. Smells strongly of chocolate, roasted notes, faint hops. Some lacing on the glass as its drank. Mouthfeel is medium thickness, mild carbonation, and creamy. Tastes of chocolate and burnt coffee working very well together, the hops aren't coming through too much for me other than adding the crispness at the end, but that isn't a complaint. Amazing flavor. Very happy I picked this can up on a whim without reading about it, what a great find.

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Photo of TJBAIHWL
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Soda-black body with beautiful mahogany highlights when held up to light. Only a 1-finger thick tan head after a very vigorous pour, the head dissolved almost immediately.

S - Delicious! Milk chocolate/cappuccino smells. Really inviting, the aroma does its job making you crave that first sip.

T - Wow. That's pretty incredible. I have to say, I was a little biased going into this, being unimpressed with every Fullers offering I've tried. Regardless, I'm enjoying this thoroughly. More coffee flavor than in the nose. The sweet chocolate is still very much present, more dark chocolate than milk chocolate in the taste vs. the nose. If you ask me, this makes a great dessert beer. There is, however, a small weird seltzer-y aftertaste that I get from a lot of English beers (maybe it's the water over there?). Still, outstanding. A very good representation of a non-extreme porter.

M - Unremarkable really. A little thin, I guess?

D - Good, but I feel like the drinkability could be improved by a little more hoppiness to eliminate that weird aftertaste.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black that shows garnet in light, with tan lumpy craggy head. Nose is malted milk balls and touch of roast. Mocha, coffee grounds, a bit of ash and prune as it warms for malts, a sweetness in the middle, and woody (Fuggles?) hops to end. An acidic bite from the roasted barley and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, round and medium.

This is held up as a paragon of the style. For the most part, that's correct.

*from notes

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle, best before 05 April 11.

poured into pint glass an opaque dark deep brown, with garnet highlights when held up to light. white frothy head.
big chocolate and coffee flavors in the aroma. taste is roaty malts, bittersweet chocolate, espresso. not as sweet as the aroma.
mouthfeel is thinner to medium body. about average for a porter.

great drinkability, classic example of the style.

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Photo of mbusster88
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is that of coffee and chocolate. Malt also fills the nose. First taste is bitter chocolate and coffee finish. This beer really shows well when a little warmer, allowing many complex flavors to show trough. Overall very nice porter, great dark brown/red color. Recommend at least giving this one a shot, definitely well put together.

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Photo of rarbring
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer is dark brown with hints of red, an off-white bubbly head that leaves lacing.

The smell is burnt bread crust, sweet brown bread, milk chocolate and nuts.

Upfront a brown sugar sweetness, then mostly burnt malt, bitter dark chocolate.

Medium carbonation, slightly oily and soft, a coarse dry finish.

By all means a very well-balanced porter.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,676 ratings
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