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
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

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#1,251
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pDev:
10.26%
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Photo of MonkeymooTJ
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Dark Chocolate with amber undertones when held up to the light. Decent head retention and very little carbonation

Smell:

Slightly roasted coffee scent and a bit of grassy hoppiness

Taste:

Roasted coffee dominance followed by a nutty and slight dark chocolate essence. Mild hop bitterness the is very well balanced

Mouthfeel:

Smooth clean feeling on the palate. Leaves a pleasant lingering coffee taste on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability:

This beer went down extremely easy. The mixture of roasted coffee and dark chocolate along with the hops makes for a smooth satisfying porter with a great lingering aftertaste. I'm looking forward to my next

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

Appearance:
Ruby brown color, see through. Fairly nice head, almost creamy.

Aroma:
Roasted malts, nutty, touch of milk chocolate.

Taste:
Roasted malts up front, nutty, milk chocolate and coffee. Slight hint of dried dark fruit, prunes and raisin. Mild bitterness at the end. Body is very silky.

Finish:
Finish off very smooth, nice roasted aftertaste that lingers very well.

Overall:
World class porter. The slogan says it all "Rich, Dark and Complex".

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Photo of dbmernin83
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Stout in Hollywood.
A-black with a perfect inch-tall khaki head.
S-chocolate. and a little more chocolate.
T-huge chocolate bursting through the nitro smoothness. light roasted coffee notes, dark chocolate finish.
M-creamy nitro milkshake deliciousness.
D-A great English porter that shines on nitrogen. An adult chocolate milkshake. I'll be back for another.

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Photo of JMad
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was dark brown with red highlights, the khaki colored head was thin and bubbly. Smells amazing, you get a lot of roasted coffee and chocolate along with a hint of molasses. When you take a sip you first notice some bitter coffee flavors, then some toasty, smokey notes and hints of bitter dark chocolate. The beer is light but full bodied, it has low but sharp carbonation and it leaves the mouth very dry. I'm glad the guy at Central Market recommended this one, it is truly a great porter.

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

Pours black with ruby highlights, large creamy tan head and lots of lacing.
Nose shows lots of chocolate, liquorice, ground coffee, nuts and caramel. Really nice!
Very similar flavours but more roasted malt. Nice coffee, cocoa and caramel characters. Finishes with a mild roasty bitterness.
Great soft carbonation, body could be a little thicker though.

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

APPEARANCE: This draft had about a 1/4" creamy light tan head by the time it got to my table. The head dissipated almost immediately with fair lacing. Body was a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and moderate carbonation.

AROMA: Big coffee and chocolate aroma with overtones of caramel, toffee, roasted malts and a bit of nuttiness combined with a light fruitiness. Smelled great.

TASTE: A greater than expected element of coffee was present along with semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, caramel and roasted barley with a slight note of hop bitterness. All in all, pleasant and enjoyable.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium palate with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation. The initial flavor was a moderate sweetness with the finish lightly bitter with moderate dryness in a medium finish length. Fair body lacing that dissipated somewhat quickly.

DRINKABILITY: A solid, easy drinking, flavorful drink that I'd definitely buy again. Flavor could be enhanced by a slight increase in hops flavor.

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Photo of jman892
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with reddish highlights. One finger head that fades quickly leaving an off white film. Moderate amount of lacing

S - Malts, cocoa powder, very faint coffee grinds

T - Taste is balanced with no one flavor standing out above all others. Molasses, chocolate, some type of nuttiness all mix together. Brown sugar sweetness emerges as it warms

M - Relatively thin mouthfeel, prickly carbonation

D - Drinkability is good on this one. Dry finish makes me keep reaching for the next sip.

Nothing extreme but a very solid porter overall.

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Photo of KajII
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a very dark murky brown, almost black with an average sized (1-2 finger) medium brown frothy head that diminished slowly and had some really nice lacing.

The aroma was of a cookie malt and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and roasted coffee.

The taste was good and roasty and extremely malty with hints of chocolate and brown sugar from the start, and then had a slight bitterness to it and a nice dose of coffee towards the end. The aftertaste was smooth and roasty with a nice creamy choco-coffee flavor and lasted quite a while, which I did not mind at all.

Mouthfeel was extremely creamy in texture and full in body with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall this was an EXCELLENT Porter with the flavors blended together so well that it created a very creamy and roasty brew that was a pleasure to drink...

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Photo of goalie33
3.77/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 16oz pint glass. Best before 4/5/11.
A) Very dark beer, but not completely opaque. Redish hues when held up to the light. One finger of tan head. Fine bubbles slowly rise to the surface. Leave nice lacing in the glass.
S) Bitter chocolate laced with espresso, roasted malts, slight hints of dark fruit.
T) Dry, cocoa powder in the beginning gives way to a coffee bitterness on the finish.
M/D) Dry, chalky mouthfeel. Medium body, not much carbonation in the palate. Flavors are good and abv is fairly low, but the chalky mouthfeel hurts the drinkablility of this beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a dark, nutty brown color with a healthy, inch thick, mocha colored head. There is a nose of coffee, a little choco-toffee, and a littly earthy-nutty. The beer has a very smooth body, with coffee flavors right off the bat, bringing a decent amount of bitter to the beer. Other flavors are sweet to balance, including a slightly dark molasses taste. The beer is surprisingly light and smooth in mouth, and it leaves a great lacing on the glass as you drink it. Very light coffee aftertaste with chocolate highlights that diminishes very quickly. Great finish, nice and smooth, and this is a very tasty beer to drink that remains light and easy to consume.

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

A - Pours what appears to be black but has a red hue when put to light. Small compact head that is stays small and creamy

S - Robust roasted malt, fresh brown bread, coffe, cocoa and a bit of a sourish tang as well that surprised me

T - Roasty flavors similar to the smell. heavy on the roasted malt bit of coffee and the finish is where the brown bread comes in

MD - Smooth adn Creamy. the carbonation tickles th etongue at first but softens quickly. A very easy drinking beer.

Great easliy found beer that Very good. When found on Cask it is AMAZING.

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

Pours beautifully into a Fuller's pint glass. Creamy head with a light roasty malt and chocolately aroma. Flavor is similar. Nitro really helps get er done. Light chocolate notes, perhaps a touch of coffee, amazingly smooth and clean finish. One of my ultimate rainy day beers.

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Photo of cyrock1
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby brown to deep brown with a 1 inch creamy, beige colored head.

Smell: Toffee and caramel, almost a rootbeer style aroma wafts out.

Taste: Some bitter-sweet chocolate with a light dose of toffee. Coffee flavors linger on the tongue after a bit.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation initially hits you up front but quickly fades to a creamy texture with a small ammount of hop bitterness on the end.

Drinkability: There is something really malty, like a cream soda that keeps me sipping it over and over again. Great classic porter.

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

A - This is the definition of a creamy head, leaving tons of thick lacing down the glass. Nice one and a half finger, soft, lovely, mocha colour. Pours a really deep ruby colour, not quite opaque and you can only see through anything if you hold it up to the light or look at the corners. Otherwise black with a small amount of visible carbonation.

S - Great roasted malts grab you first. Backed up by bitter coffee and a complimentary dose of semi sweet chocolate. Nice.

T - Great roasty malts that aren't too roasted complimented by bitter coffee and an equal amount of that semi sweet chocolate. Lovely stuff. Not too sweet, nothing off.

M - Medium body with mild-medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

D - I could drink alot of this on a cold night. Lovely balance, not too sweet and a complexity complimenting its abv. Fuller's never disapoints. I've had so many porters I hated because they are so hit or miss for me, so I really appreciate a well crafted one.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 330 ml. brown bottle and claiming to be 'Rich, Dark & Complex'. Shows a deep brown in color with some deep mahogany highlights, and supports a somewhat resilient cap of tan foam.

Offers a clean and nutty nose, with hazelnut and coffee notes prominent along with some roasted/charred malts. Good but a bit one sided to rally too much of a score.

Flavor is likewise pleasant but a bit too middle of the road. Smoked malt notes are quite notable and with just a hint of fruit piercing through. Solid feel, slightly viscous in nature and with a creamy finish. Drinkability is kept in check for me by the smoky but simple finish. Bottom line: Rich, check; Dark, check; Complex, I don't think so.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Note: Drank this one directly after St. Peter's Old Style Porter. Fuller's won.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown pout yields a 1+ finger, medium-thick looking, fluffy, light beige head with good retention. Dark brown in color, clear, with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good foam cap and clings all around the glass. A good wisp and ring remain leaving some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Nice, but way too muted, unfortunately. Some dark malts, earthy hops and hints of leather. Touches of chocolate, but still way too muted. What's there is fine, but just not enough of it.

TASTE: Much more impressive than the nose. Huge improvement. Dark malts, roasted touches, toffee, and some bolder earthy hops. Moves into a good does of cocoa powder and some roasted notes into the finish. Aftertaste is pretty bold and lingering with lots of cocoa and mildly bitter, earthy hop notes. Flavorful, especially after the swallow.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy and smooth enough on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Pretty solid here.

OVERALL: Really good stuff. If it weren't for the overly unimpressive nose, this would be one worth writing home about. Lots of nice flavor, and it looked great for the style. One of my favorite English beers. Recommended.

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

Reviewed from notes 2/7/11

A: red/orange hues shine through this black colored beer, with a 1½ finger head, leaves spotty lacing down the glass

S: not much to note, just caramel and malts

T: roasted barley, toffee/caramel

M: mild carbonation, smooth, but thin, and very dry on the end

D: it goes down easy, just nothing extraordinary as far as taste profile goes, it seems almost more of a brown ale than a porter

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of liamt07
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can from the LCBO, BBD of November 17, 2011. Into a pint glass.

Pours a dark chestnut brown, with a solid 3 finger tan head. Sheets of lacing, with solid retention. Nose is equally as solid, caramel, dark and milk chocolates, light smoke (maybe some smoked meats) and some roastiness. Quite complex and mouthwatering. Starts off smooth and super silky on the palate, chocolate up front with some caramel sweetness, dark roasted coffee, a touch metallic before it warmed up a bit more. Mouthfeel was great, creamy and silky. Drinkability is awesome, an everyday porter and something that may become a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Morey
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown in color. Deep red when it's held up to the light. When held to the light, this beer also reveals it's brilliant clarity. Tan colored head faded rather quickly into a thin lace. Minimal head retention.

Typical aroma for the style....roasted malts and ripe fruit, but it's rather tame overall.

Good mix of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a slight hop bite. Finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, yet somehow....it's still kind of creamy. Nice low level carbonation.

I could have a few in a sitting.

Morey's Bottom Line: This particular bottle had a best by date of last month, but I'm a little let down by this beer. I would take an Anchor, SN, or Taddy over this in a heartbeat. That being said, it's still pretty decent.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle - best by Aug/11/2011.

Poured deep brown /black with two finger head that dissipated quickly leaving behind a thin lacing ,decent carbonation.

Smell - Roasted malts ,coffee.

Taste - Bitter coffees upfront followed with hints of bitter chocolate and roasted malts.

Drinkability - Creamy porter that is very easy to drink , the flavors of the coffee and roasted malts are blended together beautifully .

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

A: Dark beer with a thick head that lingered for a while

S: Roasted malt, alcohol, lemon and spices

T: Very nice cream soda flavor along with the roasted malt

M: Full body with good carbonation

Overall this is one of my favorite porters. Very enjoyable and not overly difficult to find.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with a thin khaki head. Bittersweet chocolate hits the nose with a bit of roast. Starts off with sweet malt, very full mouthfeel and finishes full of bittersweet chocolate. This has more chocolate and less coffee than most porters, but I don't see anything wrong with that! An outstanding beer that I will be looking out for.

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

A- Black body can see some chocolate brown along the edges, nicely packed head with full lacing surrounding the glass.

S- Creamy lactose, milk chocolate, light coffee.

T- Nice fresh bitter chocolate bite to this with all the flavors of the nose.

M- As creamy as it gets without being nitro, full feel without being chewy.

D- Pretty sessionable with consistent taste, I can drink a few pints of this.

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Photo of cooch69
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This porter pours a very dark brown along with a beutiful two finger pancake batter thick beige head.

Aromas of light roast black coffee, roasted dark malts and bitterness, and a bit of 45% chocolate.

Chocolate comes through first in the taste. It's a very rich and fresh cocoa note. Almost like there really is chocolate in here. There is a decent amount of bitterness on the finish from both the roasted grains and a good hopping.

This beer is creamy and luxurious. A good example of a porter, even though I've had better I'm glad I got a sixer instead of singles.

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Photo of Samp01
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark black opal with a nice brown head. Aroma of toasted caramel malt and roasted espresso and cacao. Tastes is toasted malts and espresso with some dark fruits and licorice notes. Palate is rich full body and smooth creamy mouth feel, with moderate carbonation. Finish is toasted caramel malt, dark plums, espresso ending with some lingering licorice and cacao. Overall a very nicely balanced and tasty porter.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,714 ratings