Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
2,643 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
Ratings:
2,643
Reviews:
1,230
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
407
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Photo of GreenWBush
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Clydesdale
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of rfgetz
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with mahagony highlights. Fluffy khaki colored head that diminished quickly and leaves thin lacing towards the top of the glass.

S - medium roasted coffee and semi-sweet chocolate... potential hints of brown sugar

T - follows the scent... medium roasted coffee and semi sweet chocolate. Hints of carmel and molasses. somewhat earthy. No overpowering flavors here.

M - medium bodied which puts it on the lighter scale for a porter, still semi-creamy... decent carbonation, no coating or aftertaste

D - Very good porter and another very good beer from Fullers.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Dark cola colored body. A tan head dissipates to a wifey film as light lines of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Loads of sweet cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts.

Taste: Sweet chocolate malts, roasted grains and barley, faint coffee, with a tangy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, smooth.

Overall: Really impressed with the coffee and chocolately flavors.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark brown to just shy of black in color with some dark red highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer with a single thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are strong aromas of coffee and dark roasted malts. Quite pleasant with a nice amount of complexity.

T: The taste is even more complex than the aroma and is very delicious. There are elements of coffee, dark roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. There is a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very tasty with excellent complexity in the smell and taste. I really enjoyed this beer and would like to have it again. The beer is very easy to drink and could be sessionable.

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Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, good tasting porter. Pours a dark clear mahogany color with reddish highlights at the edges. Medium size tan head. Fairly good retention and spotty lacing. Good nose of toasted malts

Really good taste. Malty, coffee tastes with a hint of bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is better than average. The variety of flavors and crisp mouthfeel combined with @ 5.5 abv make this an ideal session / sipping beer.

Would love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep brown color with a thin off-white head that leaves some lace.

S- Roasted charred malt and loads of toffee. A slight whiff of coffee in there as well.

T- Very similar to the nose with a roasted black coffee flavor and creamy rich bittersweet chocolate coming through as it warms. The alcohol is well hidden and the sweetness in the finish is balanced out by the bitterness of the coffee flavors.

M- Medium bodied with medium/low carbonation. Smooth feel.

O- Overall a very delicious English Porter. I don't think it would be a stretch to call it one of the best of it's style.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful taste experience. It pours a perfectly dark black chocolately coffee appearance that exceeds even Guinness. Smell is that of roasted coffee, exceptional. Taste is pretty good, bitter, with pronounced hints of mocha. It has a very thick consistency, somewhat heavy but still really good. Overall this is pretty drinkable, very nice change from ordinary beer that is for sure.

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Photo of brokenlaunchpad
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ranger7
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

A - Black. Finger-width thick light brown head. Looks very inviting.

S - Smells like roasted chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee, but mostly chocolate. Smells rich.

T - This stuff is delicious. It is rich, but not overwhelming. Very flavorful with the obvious chocolate and coffee.

M - Smooth. A small amount of carbonation. Leaves the mouth fairly clean, a little bit of a toasty, almost smoky flavor. The downside is that it is a little watery, but acceptable.

Summary - I should be careful with this brew, I'm sure I could drink a few if I let myself. At the time of this review I have had this beer three separate times over the span of a year. In that time, my opinion of this beer has dropped a bit. The first time would have been all 5's, but it's still an awesome porter.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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 jonnypopgun
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Perfect pour into pint glass, with a creamy, fairly quickly dwindling head, leaving very little around the edges within three or four minutes. Cola appearance, with some ruby red passing through.

Aroma is chocolatey, malty, not overpowering, but enticing.

Flavour delivers what the aroma suggests with smoothness, almost creaminess. This is a very satisying porter.

Very drinkable, and can see why this is rated so highly. Detected some alcohol around halfway through. This was really nice with a piece of chocolate torte, but this would be great on it's own.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a very dark, but clear, brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Roasted malt, caramel and mocha

Taste: Rich and perky roasted, chocolate and caramel flavors spread across the tongue and, as time passes, the mocha flavors assert themselves ever more aggressively; in the middle, the hops are also discernable and add a nice balancing effect to the sweeter flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation; rather creamy

Drinkability: One fine porter that really blossoms as the beer warms

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, it was so dark brown that it could pass for black and the foam being brown with a beautiful lace all the way down the glass until the last drop. The smell and taste was of coffee, chocolate and to me just a slight hint of a smoke. The sweetness and bitterness was well balanced and very pleasant on the palate. This has to be one of the better Porter's I've tasted so far! It will be worth purchasing this porter again!

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Photo of Kendo
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Got it on tap at the Olde English Pub, where they serve it in a large (20 oz) dimpled mug. . . . Body is black with a tannish/light-brown head. Leaves behind some splotchy lace.

S: Nice - first impression is of overall roastiness. There's also some dark fruit (raisins, plums) and chocolate malt.

T: Roasted barley malt, chocolatey malt and a touch of charcoal bitterness lingering at the finish. Real nice balance between the roasted barley, sweet chocolate malt and bitter finish.

M: Medium heft, carbonation is mild, doesn't get in the way at all.

O: Excellent. A world-class Porter.

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Photo of therica
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A grand porter against which to judge others.

A= deep mahogany chocolate red-brown, with a light layer of head.

S= very inviting; burnt chocolate, some coffee, and hints of spices & hops.

T= dry coffee residue on the tongue which seems to add to the light bitterness of the hops; burnt chocolate; occasional flashes of prune.

M- light dry coffee residue, lingering burnt chocolate bitterness mixed with mild sweetness depending on which part of the tongue and tastebuds are reporting.

D= very drinkable if you like dark stuff, and even if you don't then you'll probably find new enlightenment from this beer.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. 16/AUG/10 indicated on the back label. Perfect pour - entire bottle into the glass with the head neatly falling between the blue lines and the lip of the glass. Body was the color and clarity of cola with a rocky, tan-colored head that sizzled and popped as it slowly receded into a sudsy skim, leaving tiny spots of lacing in its wake. Big roasty, chocolatey, malty nose from the bottle, with a slightly metallic quality coming out in the glass. Taste consistent with nose, with a some lactose and a bit of char in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. What a delicious porter - some qualities seem to slightly mirror a milk stout (i.e. the creaminess, lactose, chocolatey goodness), but the charred character brings it all back, resulting in a highly drinkable and flavorful porter.

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Photo of Reed415
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark red brown color with a thick tan head

S - Roasty coffee, Nutty, Crisp, semi bitter

T - Roasted nuts, coffee, pretty malty, not too much hops present, no alcohol warmth on this

M - Light - Medium body, wish it had some thickness to it, moderate carbonation

D - Pretty good, goes done smooth because of its light body

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Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a best before date of May 17, 2010. Poured into a pint glass.

Brown in color with ruby highlights and a small, loose, tan head that diminishes to a ring around the edges of the glass.

Aroma has overtones of dark cocoa and cream backed by a dry toastiness. English yeast esters also stand out a bit.

Taste has a big helping of milk chocolate with background notes of coffee, caramel, and toasted bread. Hop bitterness balances it all well and an earthy hop flavor plays well with the dark malts.

One of my all-time favorite Porters and still my personal benchmark for English Porters. The overt chocolate character just can't be beat.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz dark brown bottle. Freshness date on back label.
Pours a roofing tar/brown-tinged black with a tan fast-fading head.
The aroma of fresh-brewed coffee billows out. Smells of toasted brown bread and dark roasted malt are lasting.
Flavors of deep roasted barley malt, rich coffee and dark chocolate flow together in the full creamy body.
The ample hop bitterness has a tea-like, and light citrus bitterness.
A nice, easy to drink Porter, that tastes more potent than it's listed 5.4%abv. Decadent!

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, almost black, brown color with some ruby hues. A pretty nice head after a hard pour. On my first bottle, I poured a pretty standard pour and got a very small head. Aroma is of sweet caramel, burnt sugar, mixed nuts, and as weird as it may sound, pretzels, also a bit of ash.

This beer has a pretty nutty flavor, along with some notes of charcoal, chocolate, roasted malt, and cold coffee. Not much in the form of a hop pressence, but it works. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is great. A very good porter.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, with a minimal tan head. A very lifeless head. Aroma is of coffee, some chocolate, and pipe tobacco. Taste is very winey, yet coffee-like. A little on the bitter side. Finishes dry with charcoal notes. Creamy, yet prickly mouthfeel. This is a nice porter. Not in my top five, but still quite good all around.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,643 ratings.
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