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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,653
Reviews:
1,234
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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266
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411
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dark, crimson red when held to light. Attractive creamy head.
Aroma is forest floor with light smoky finish. Touches of burnt malt.
Taste is oaty, smoky, rich black forest gateaux.
Mouthfeel nice and creamy with a dry finish.
Overall a nice example of an English porter.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml can poured into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO. Served just out of the fridge.

Appearance - thick looking dark brown nearly black liquid spills into the glass. Leaves about a finger of bubbly tan head that stays awhile. Hues of red in the beer when looking a direct light. Good looking so far.

Smell - Coffee, bitter dark chocolate and rich malts dominate. Some nuttiness in there too, I'm thinking walnuts. Really pleasant and fragrant, much more than anticipated.

Taste - Chocolaty, especially on any aftertaste. Lots of coffee mixed in there for good measure. All flavors linger here for a while, but remain pleasant and not terribly intense, just a friendly reminder of whats waiting in your next sip. Bit of spiciness in the back of the throat after a couple gulps.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation, rich and creamy and full tasting without being as heavy as the appearance. Makes me keep wanting to go back for more.

Overall - Was hoping this would be a good beer (hadn't viewed any ratings here, to know what the expectations were) and expectations were shattered. Brilliant beer, one that keeps you looking for the next sip constantly. A great sipper that i hope to enjoy soon by allowing it to warm a bit first for added effect.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Pours a mostly clear ruby-brown, with a one-finger off-white head which dissipated very quickly. Minimal head retention.

S - Healthy aroma of cocoa, roasted grain, and molasses. Smells inviting.

T - Taste matches the nose, with sweet chocolate and caramel forward. Hints of molasses and black coffee. Hops are extremely subdued, but what is there adds an earthly bitterness that blends wonderfully with the sweeter elements. I could never call a beer this sweet truly "balanced", but it sure is tasty!

M - Medium bodied, with low carbonation. What excels here is that this beer has an amazing creamy, velvety texture. It all comes together perfectly.

O - A damn near perfect English porter. Simple. Classic. Elegant. It's east to see why Fuller's has been around so long; by cranking out quality products like this for the last 150 odd years. I'm thrilled that this is now available in my area, and will be buying it often.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL can into a conical pint glass.

Extremely dark. One-finger head that settles in about a minute and a half.

Smells great. Nose is sweet, chocolately, with notes of dark berries. Very inviting.

Taste is like dark chocolate with coffee flavours. Fantastic. First few sips gave a metallic / iron aftertaste, but that soon disappeared as I continued to enjoy the beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the thicker side. Little carbonation (which is fine).

This is just an awesome beer all around. Definitely a buy-again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy brown-white head. Rising effervescence and pockets of carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass are pervasive. Slight spiderweb lacing.

S: Coffee, plenty of oak, and bittersweet dark chocolate.

T: Coffee beans, tea leaf, wood chips, peat, black licorice, and unsweetened bitter dark chocolate.

M: Hearty and very roasty. Lightly bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is excellent. Dark hue, nice head, lots of carbonation, and some fair lacing. Nose is great combination of coffee, wood, and bitter dark chocolate. Complex combination of coffee and tea, wood and peat, bitter chocolate and licorice. Has a very roasted character to it. Overall, this is a great quaff.

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4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. bottle, pours a dark, almost black colour, with an off white head that leaves a big lace. Smell is earthy, coffee, dark fruits, chocolate. It goes caressing your tongue with a coffee palate, then comes a chocolate, cherries and dark fruits. Coffee liquor like Kahlua or Tia Maria comes to mind. More complex than what I really said, it's a great beer.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL can

I should mention that this is not my first can of Fullers London Pride. That being said, my thoughts and opinions on this wonderful porter have not changed.

A - Pours black and is crowned by a beautiful tan head about 2 fingers tall. Looks like your average stout/porter until you shine a light on it; with the assistance of a flashlight, this beer sports an extremely sexy ruby, almost crimson colour.

S- Fairly common porter smell of very dark, burnt malts; a little bit of dark coffee. A little bit of sweetness comes through that really adds to the maltiness.

T- What a flavour bomb this is! Quite creamy and nutty! Lots of roasty malts and just the right amount of hop flavour.

M- Medium body with medium carbination; silky smooth!

O- I would highly recommend this to anyone who is into porters/stouts and isn't looking for an over abundance of bitterness. Fullers London Porter is packed with malty goodness that will not disappoint.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,653 ratings.
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