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Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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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#1,160
Reviews:
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Ratings:
2,688
pDev:
10.26%
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Ratings: 2,688 |  Reviews: 1,242
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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Photo of californiakulak
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the now closed Public House is Fresno.

A. Very dark brown color with a nice off white head. Head vanishes quickly and lacing is almost nonexistent.

S. Nice roasted scents. Malty, sweet aromas as well. Some coffee and chocolate.

T. Very good beer. Toffee, sweet malt, and a little chocolate.

M. Kind of thin for the style. Slight bitterness and low carbonation.

D. Good, easy drinking beer. I could, and did, have multiple pints at one sitting.

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Photo of jonb5
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at the Barrowboy and Banker, London Bridge, half pint, dark mahogany colour, almost opaque, small fading tanned head, kept some lacing. Aroma was roasted coffee. Could taste raisins after an initial burst of coffee and toffee. Smooth, soft carbonation, body on the heavy side. Decent depth, beer for colder weather.

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Photo of beveritt
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Picked this up in NY recently while on a trip for work. Surprisingly, I don't recall having seen it around my neck of the woods. Poured from an 11.2 oz brown embossed bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label in simple, displaying the name, the breweries crest, and s mall man at the bottom carrying a tray of drinks on his head. Best before 05 APR 11.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of light tan head. This settles to a series of islands of foam not quite covering the surface of the beer. The beer itself is a clear mahogany with a distinct ruby tone. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Wow! An amazingly rich and creamy nose with strong aromas of toffee, cream, and roasted marshmallows.

Taste: Mellow semi-sweet malt upfront with a follow through of caramel toffee and coffee. Finishes with a lingering mix of roasted barley and mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation, as is appropriate for this style. Body is very good.

Drinkability: Whatever hesitancy I had after seeing how it looked following the pour were overcome by the amazing aroma. A solid, flavorful drink that I would kill to try on cask.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A pleasing beer to look at. Color is deep brown with rubby high lights. Has a tan or beige head that's about average, nothing special.
The aroma is of rich raosted malts some coffee and chocolate.
A very good tasting beer that is complex as stated on the label.
Starts bitter roasted malt taste, then a nice belt of maybe smokey coffee and some sweet cocoa. Finishes smooth and dry in flavor, maybe even a bit of biscuit at very end. Sweet.
You would think that this beer should be thick and chewy but it's surprizing light in body. Not watery.
There really is not alot to dislike about this beer.
I think the flavor and it's complexity are the best part of this beer.
A little bit more foam for presentation wouldn't hurt either too.
Drink well my friends

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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was surprise with how damn good this brew taste, it was all I expected and more. Like the label on the bottle states, Dark, Rich And Complex...and I couldn't agree more.

Pours a dark brownish brew with a thick creamy beige crown. Nice and inviting coffe and cocoa aromas, no alchol scent. Coffe beans hit strong at first sip, then it mellows down to a dark sweet chocolate medley with a taste very near the aroma. Nice round body with a pleasant mouthfull of coffe beans and chocolate ones. Great drinkability. This is one smooth english porter.

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Photo of Thur123
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a very dark brown that just barely lets the light through. There is very little head to be found. The smell is so nice. Very full with each aspect getting room to come through, chocolate a bit of toffee and a slight a dry roasted malt edge.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is smoky, dry malt, choclat. The flavor is robust but at the same time tame. Very concise and the after taste is drier with all the sweet parts still present. Maybe even a bit of dark fruits beneath the whole profile. Overall a very drinkable and tasty porter.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a ruby hue. 2 inch off-white head sits atop the beer only briefly before disappearing and leaves behind little lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit.

T: Darkfruit strikes the palate quickly with a tart, sour edge. Mildly astringent. This transitions to tastes of caramel, toffee, and rich sugary molasses. Dark chocolate comes out in the end and joins bold flavors of espresso and a nice robust roasted malt taste in the dry finish. Roasted malts and a pleasant smokey taste linger on the tongue for quite some time.

M: Light to medium in body, smooth and creamy. Carbonation is moderate. Texture is great, but the mouthfeel is somewhat lighter than I expected.

D: Awesome. Very easy to drink owing to the light body, creamy texture, and rich, sweet taste.

Notes: Easy to drink, rich, tasty, and complex. Flavors open up more as it warms. This would be great as a dessert beer, but can certainly stand on its own as well. This is the quintessential English Porter, and a real treat to drink.

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Photo of JamesSchutz
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable, lighter porter.

A: Dark, dark brown, almost black. Nearly opaque with a hint of red / mahogany when held to the light. Thin creamy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Rich molasses, moderate smokiness, coffee, dark chocolate, spice.

T: Sweet molasses, baker's chocolate, lingering smokey finish.

M: Medium bodied, syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Easy drinking porter. Tastes like another, which is a bit rare for me with porters.

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

very light for a porter (even an english one) as its a brown with mahogany tints that light easily penetrates. a light tan head rises, yet quickly recedes, leaving some decent lacing along the way.

aroma is very nutty, with a touch of chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, and other malty aromas.

flavor is exceedingly better than the aroma, introducing more roast. nuttiness is still there, but chocolate, coffee, and toffee are more pronounced. the "rich, dark & complex" advertisement on the bottle is not too far off, as the flavor is rich, dark, and complex. definitely an english-styled porter, so if that's your thing, this is a good option flavor-wise.

sticky medium body with just enough carbonation to be present, but not overtake the subtle flavors.

drinks well. not robust, but there is some flavor there. won't be a regular, but I would drink again.

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Photo of korguy123
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL can into Weizen glass. Best Before Date 5/28/2011

A- Dark opaque black pour. Finger width khaki head, ruby red when held to light. Lacing is very attractive!

S- Rich chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, molasses and bitter toasted malts.

T- Rich bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, cane sugar, vanilla, bitter black coffee aftertaste.

M- Creamy and silky, velvety and rich.

D- Absolute classic! Much more than an after dinner beer! I could enjoy this all day!

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Photo of brendan13
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Very dark brown with a 2cm dense tan coloured head that persists. Plenty of lacing.
S - Light notes of bitter chocolate as well as dark fruit, undoubtedly from dark crystal malts. Sublte hint of roasted barley.
T - Smooth blend of cocoa, stewed dark fruit & roastiness.
M - Medium to full bodied with a low, smooth carbonation. Ever so slight bitterness to balance.
D - A classic example of the style. Something I'd drink lots of. Was so happy to find it here.

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Photo of Soonami
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Local 44.

Fuller's London Porter is a deep dark brown with a thin tan khaki head. Aroma was a minimal with a little roasted malt, but not too much, although this is certainly due to the very low carbonation. The flavor is dominated by bittersweet chocolate, caramel, a touch of coffee with a clean dry finish. The beer was smooth and carbed appropriately low.

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

A- Extremely dark brown. One shade darker, and I may have said it was black. Pretty decent head, and the carbonation you hope to see in beers.

S- Very much a dark malt aroma. Drops some slight hints of cocoa, and coffee.

T- Quite impressive. Gives you an excellent mix of cocoa and coffee flavor, while accenting it with roasted malt. When reviewing this beer the Appearance and Smell were hard to judge, as I kept wanting to sip it while rating them.

This beer is extremely balanced, and incredibly smooth. It has a very rich cocoa flavor that stacks up as you drink it. I could only imagine how it would get if I had a couple. The aftertaste is heavenly too. I would love to try a version of this with that extra bit of punch though. It seemed a little soft for me.

M- Very creamy and easy on your mouth. Was too thin, but that's not such a bad price to pay.

D- Extremely drinkable. Tastes like a dessert drink, but for the price of it, and the availability, I'd love to have a few, rather than summon the willpower to make one last. It's hard to have this beside you and not drink it fast.

I love everything about this beer, except that I wish it was thicker.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,688 ratings
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