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Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

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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Photo of DannyDan
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out to a black body with a tan head that has good retention and solid tan lacing clinging to the sides of the beer mug. The smell is strong in chocolate with hints of coffee, roasted malts and a smoked flavor. The taste at first is chocolate followed by some coffee, some bitter hops, and roasted malts. The finishing taste is of smoked hickory and leaves a chocolaty aftertaste.This beer is also well balanced so it is not too bitter, but not to sweet either. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy that clings to the mouth, tongue, and cheeks. This is a really nice medium to full bodied beer with decent carbonation that would go good with dark chocolates, or as a good after dinner beer. Just be careful because once you have one I'm very sure you will want another.

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Photo of msromberg
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent dark, chocolaty porter. Lovely, rich aroma.

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Photo of vrtx64
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eagles22
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow what a great porter

Appearance: black with a nice tannnish white head

Smell: chocolate, toffee and roasted malts and some hops

Taste: is superb taste like a nice chocolate toffee chewy candy...with great caramel taste

Mouthfeel: is great very moist and aftertaste is awesome one of my favorite porters

Drinkability: is wonderful too ..you can put down a handful of these

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Photo of simplejj81
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good beer to share. Historic brewery. Take note of bottle date before you purchase.

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

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours darkest of browns. Rich chocolaty nose. Minimal off white head, some light lacing. Medium body and light carbonation. Chewy mouthfeel, lots going on here. Lots of chocolate, expresso and mocho flavors. Classic of the style, wonderful tasty brew. Great with BBQ.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into an oversized pint glass to give it room to swirl and take in some air. Pours a deep dark brown just short of black with a thick and stable khaki colored head that persists. Smell is a bit faint but hints at dark malts, maybe some chocolate and toffee. Taste is much more pronounced, with the same characteristics but with that classic English hop presence in the back that really does something fantastic in all of Fuller's ales. Feel is medium in body, but satisfying. Overall, I liked this and would definitely get it again and recommend it, but I wasn't floored by it or anything.

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

11.2 oz bottle

A: Pours with an almost black but when held up to the light has a beautiful very dark amber color. There is a 1 finger tan head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Chocolaty, malty smell. Very balanced in nose appeal. Some slight coffee notes are present as well.

T: The taste of coffee is present right away on the tongue. Half-way through the tongue the chocolate starts to make an appearance. The end is full-blown chocolate. Nice bitter chocolate finish.

Overall this is a great beer. I love chocolate and this pairs exceptionally well with dark chocolate. One of the better porters I've had recently. Very full in flavor but smooth and balanced. Great Beer Fuller Smith & Turner PLC!!!!

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

ive overlooked this for far too long and it was time to try it. poured almost black, a deep brown with a small offwhite head. smells of coffee and roasted malt. the taste is near perfect, smokey roasted malts, coffee and cocoa. good balance of everything. the mouth feel is lighter than i expected, slightly creamy but not heavy at all. the drinkability is extremely high as this does not weigh you down or hit you like a brick with a high abv. this is going to become a common member of my fridge.

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

Dark caramel brown pour but ends up looking pitch black in the glass. Good cover of creamy beige head with some lacing.

Smells of roast malt, minerals, earthy hops, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, and caramel.

Perfectly-balanced in a way not many beers manage. Roast malt, molases, caramel, minerals, hints of cream and vanilla and finishing with earthy hops and drying cocoa. Really just expertly put together; I couldn't suggest even one thing be changed.

Fairly light body that somehow remains creamy and substantial. Light carbonation.

This is one of the most drinkable dark beers I've encountered; light and easy-drinking while not lacking in malt or complexity. It's easy to see why this is considered one of the all-time classic porters.

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Photo of 20holmbrew
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Fuller's London Porter is a very nice and pretty dry porter. Not that complex but really tasty.

A: Black colour and a 1 cm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Strong roasty malt. Very bready. 4.5

T: Dry blackened malt flavour with a hint of bitterness in the finish. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: 4.5

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

Porter style... bottle 0.5 l. best before feb 2011, tough beer.

Dark brown, with light brown head, good lacing. Only slightly transparant.

Smell of coffee and dark chocolate, roasted nuts and malts.
Taste is bitterness from the malts. Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, some ash even. Some sweetness from caramel. Raisins and prunes in the background?

Very solid body. Refreshing and lingering in the mouth.
Alcohol is easy. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth but still bitter in aftertaste.

Easily a recommended brew in this style.

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

Pours a very dark brown with a couple fingers of quickly fading head. Smells very roasty, some chocolate and a hint of coffee grounds. Tastes of sweet roast, a little coffee grounds show as it warms along bakers chocolate and a minor bite in the finish. Light in the mouth with good carbonation. Easy going session beer with a little oomph.

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

I was delighted to discover this elusive Fuller's beer on tap at the Barrow Boy and Banker in London Bridge. Served in a Honeydew tulip glass, the deep colour and bitter chocolaty smell came across well. The taste is full of rich dark chocolate and coffee, the richness balanced however by a powerful bitterness making this a remarkably rounded beer for the strength of flavour. The richness again comes through satisfyingly in the mouthfeel.

This beer may be black as night, but the bitterness makes it surprisingly refreshing. Very drinkable.

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

poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

a: i should have served this warmer than it was. extremely dark brown in color yet not completely jet black (light is visible through the body). fairly thin tan head simmers into a thin lacing. as i said, if i had poured it warmer i would have had better results.

s: nice roasted malt aroma with no hop aroma (duh). you can definitely tell it's going to be nice and rich without even drinking it.

t: roasted malt flavor is there but not too strong at all. strong chocolate and mocha (coffee) flavor and minimal hop bitterness. a little on the sweet side yet drinkable.

m: smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

this is a fantastic english porter. recommended.

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Photo of Roke87
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL can, slightly chilled and poured into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a dark brown colour with a big two and a half fingers of fluffy tan head that does reside a little but never really goes away, leaving almost a pinky finger of tan head right till the finish, leaving good spotty lacing throughout the glass.

Smell- Lots of sweet chocolate aromas coming from this one right away mixed with nice roasted malt smells as well, I am also getting a nice sweet caramel/toffee aroma coming from this as well the more it warms up.

Taste- Just like the smells although the roasted malt plays a much bigger role on the palate as opposed to the nose, with a slight bitter coffee flavour in there as well. That same sweet chocolate smell is present in the taste and the caramel/toffee makes a comeback in the taste as well, although I find it is a little more predominant on the nose.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied but a little bit on the lighter side of the porter scale for my liking, average carbonation although porters are known to not have much carbonation anyways. It does go down smooth and silky though.

Overall- To be honest I was rather surprised by this one, I wasn’t expecting much from this one to be honest being in the form of a can, although Fuller does make some quality brews that I have recently really enjoyed. It is nothing over the top, like this is more of a classic porter taste as opposed to an off the wall different tasting porter that you can find a lot on the American market, but don’t get me wrong this is a quality porter and runs circles around your macro Guiness, Kilkenny, etc. This would be a go to for me when I am looking for a good porter to drink a couple of them for cheap in a night, although I did enjoy the double chocolate stout from young’s a lot more.

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Photo of uno99
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass yeilding an overflowing billowy head. Very dark brown hint of red

S: carmalized sugar. figs. almonds.

T: Chocolate. toffee. coffee. sugar. I love english malts and this is a malt bomb. Hops are present at the end enough to make it balanced

M: medium viscosity and smooth. not clotting in the mouth or parching.

D: I dont think id mind if this were the last beer on earth. I could drink plenty of this.

I love porters and this is a good'un!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours to a dark brown, almost black with a perfect tan head that subsides to a cm. Lacks any apparant carbonation, but has a decent spotty lacing.

The nose is of sweet caramelized malts. Only slightly chocolatey, and little to no roastiness or smoke.

The taste is quite good. Carries over from the nose quite nicely, though shows off a bit more roastiness and smoke, also with a more pronounced chocolate. Has a light lingering finish of roast and sugars. A bit nutty and earthy as well. Little hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is perfect for a porter. Not too thin, but not thick or chewy either. Carbonation and a thinner body washes away most of the flavors letting only a bit of smoke linger on the palate to draw back for more. I wish I had some smoked gouda to accompany...

Quite drinkable. One of the better english porters I've had, and highly recommended.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Came packaged in a Fuller's gift set, sadly, from a year ago. I was angered to find out that the local package store would even sell this, let alone at $20 for 8 12 oz. beers and a pint glass. A great gift, though its too bad I couldn't have sampled these beers at the peak of freshness.

This beer pours out a beautiful middle-of-the-night ruby. It had a beautiful frothy tan head that Arthur Guinness would have sold his soul for. There were only a few leaves of lacing throughout the beer.

The nose of this beer was quite enticing and impressive, smelling both sweet, slightly hoppy, and sour. The first taste revealed a delightful blend of coffee, toffee, roasted malts, and chocolate. Majorly drinkable. While in London, I was too busy wolfing down of pints of their London Pride to pay attention to this beer and i'm kicking myself for it.

All I could think the whole time while drinking it was, "Wow, this is where Sierra Nevada's Stout inspiration came from!" Some BA's noted that this beer would be a bit better with a higher ABV, but I love it just the way it is.

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

500 ml embossed bottle with BB date on back label.
This is a very dark brown beer. Holding my tulip up to the light there are a few ruby red hilights around the edges. Only a half inch of thick creamy beige foam, that shrank away to a thin ring around the edge. The smell has some definite chocolate aromas, along with the roasted grains, and maybe some dried fruit. Medium to full bodied flavor with lots of chocolate and coffee. Solid dark roasted malt flavor. Rich and complex but still well balanced give it a nice mouthfeel - full and creamy, but not heavy or sticky. Dry and well balanced finish. I would definatley have this one again, but to savor as an after dinner drink, wouldn't really want more than one at a time though.
I like this one better than Sam Smith's Taddy Porter, well worth it's 'Outstanding' rating.

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Photo of Rilesmiles
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Pours a deep, dark, garnet-brown color. The light brown head is tall, dense, and frothy/creamy. Retention is very nice, with attractive trails of sudsy lacing along the glass.

S: Roasted malt up front, with significant chocolate notes. Some hints of coffee and dark fruit. A bit earthy as well. A nice caramel sweetness is also present.

T: Thick, firm roasted malt up front, with a nice undertone of dark chocolate and caramel sweetness. Notes of coffee, dark fruit, earthiness, and a faint smoky flavor. A mild hop bitterness works well with the bite of the dark chocolate flavor.

M: Somewhat full-bodied. Smooth and somewhat creamy. A bit chewy at times.

D: A delicious English porter from Fuller's. Rich roasted chocolate flavor makes for a very nice beer. Full-bodied, tasty, and almost perfectly balanced and clean for the style. Definitely worthwhile.

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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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