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
United Kingdom (England) | website

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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2,569
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
15%
 
 
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Photo of haz77
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very dark brown with barely any light passing through it when held up to the light. Two fingers of dark tan head sit atop the body and retain well.

S - Chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, some sweet spice

T - Starts off with the caramel/molasses flavour before transitioning into the roasted malts. Dark chocolate and sweetness with a bitter tang come through toward the end.

M - Medium body, low carbonation and slightly slick.

D - An good beer overall. Worth trying.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/22/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Colma, CA

Presentation- 18.6oz bottle with a best before April code marked on the back label. Poured into a standard nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Black with a lucid garnet or dark cherry coloring. Reasonable dirty white creamy head and fair lacing.

Smell- Scents of Chocolate, coffee and maybe charcoal (deep deep burnt malts)

Taste- I first noticed the heavy roasted malts, almost a bit smoky in nature. Then the hop bitterness came through and lastly the nice portion of dark chocolate and the smallest detectable amount of coffee. Pretty good mixture.

Mouthfeel- This one was a pretty carbonated porter for me. Even after I let it calm for a good 30 minutes before drinking. This dude was pretty fizzy.

Drinkability- Good flavors and scent, the carbonation kind threw me for a loop though. Otherwise a very decent porter.

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Photo of orfeu
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pt., .9 fl. oz. bottle, a week past its "best before" date (26 February 2006). Deep translucent red -- almost purple -- leaning towards brown: like cherry cola with a frothy beige foam cap. Nose of sweetish roasty malts, caramel and vinous fruit aromas. Thin to medium bodied, the roasted malts flavor in this porter are much more subdued than anticipated. There is primarily a vinous cherry flavor (bordering on sour), with a smoky-charred character towards the end. Mineral finish. Earthy hop flavors and roastiness emerge as the beer warms. Very easy to drink, but I think it's probably better closer to room temperature. I wonder if this is ever served on cask...probably (?)...never been to London. Anyway, classy beer. Recommend.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mahogany brown in the glass, good head and lacing.

Smell: Molasses and brown sugar in the nose. I had a bad experience with an awful molasses-y beer recently, but the brown sugar is alluring.

Taste: Good bit of molasses flavor, with a distinct mocha finish. Very little in the way of hops character.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Mouthfeel is a little on the rich side. Drinkability is limited for the same reason. I liked it, but I have to call it overrated.

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Photo of cracgor
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown...almost black. A creamy rocky tan head.

Smell: First impression is sweet, roasted malt. Fruity, a mellon like smell. Also a little sour smelling, but in an appealing way. As much retention and sticking as I would expect

Taste: Not overly roasted malt. Not something i'd describe as chocolate or coffee, just a delicious burnt flavor that sticks with me.It also seems to be a little weaker than I prefer in overall taste. It also has a bit of a sweet flavor that is just bitter enough from the hops. And a bit of a nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: medium to full body. a little sour. just a good feel.

Drinkability: A good beer to just sit around and drink. Interesting, just a little out of balance in my taste.

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Photo of spointon
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This one poured the color of dark cola with a nice 1.5 inch tan head. The head dropped quickly to a skim but the carbonation release was significant throughout. Minimal lacing down the glass.

S= This porter smelled of burnt caramel, roasted coffee, treacle, and hints of chocolate. Call me crazy but it also seemed to hint at a smoky essense too.

T= This ale tasted of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and the same smokey hints that were in the nose. The finish was sort of bitter from the roasty (burnt) malt flavors.

MF= Body was medium-heavy, but lightened considerably by the higher than expected carbonation.

D= Definitely a good porter, but with a few minor shortcomings. I would have preferred a bit less carbonation, however I was totally intrigued by the mild smokiness of this beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany brown, thin tannish head that evaporated far to fast but leaves impressive sticky, spotty ink-blot lacing. Smell is deeply roasty/toasty malts with a slight burntness with notes of hazelnut, dark toffee, and coffee. Taste is a fair amount of roasted malts, burnt-like toast and coffee, a bit acidy in the middle into the end where a tiny little fruityness slips in, finishing with a hoppy mellow dryness that balances well. Feel is medium to thin in abundance, no real richness or heftyness to be found for my idea of a robust porter. Its a solid porter by many means and quite a good drinker, I was hoping for more though.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich dark brown with a foamy light tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing.

Light coffee, burnt sugar, and charred aromas. Pleasant, but not in your face.

Smooth combination of sweet, charred, and bitter. French roast coffee, some light molasses bite, bitter chocolate, and some brown bread. Light hop bitterness, Light lingering coffee finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, but enough prickly carbonation to keep this from being overly cloying or even mouth coating. Drinks lighter than it is, and is very easy to put down. Nothing overdone or out of balance on this one, and no off flavors at all. Another one of those beers that makes you wonder why you don't drink this more often (too much choice out there I guess). A good reminder that this beer needs to get revisited often.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black n tan - one finger head. Fades quickly.

Complex aromas - roast malts, cigar box, coffee, chocolate, smoke.

Taste is medium bodied, smooth, with more chocolate, coffee. Moderate bitterness. A little watery, but.... it's a 5%-ish.... not bigger.

Carbonation low. Mouthfeel smooth

Good solid porter. Not convinced it's a good as the sky-high BA rating tho. However, due to it not having massive flavours, I suspect I could drink all night.

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Photo of HoposaurusRex
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - dark brown with deep ruby trim, khaki head that dissapates quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - dark ripe fruits, toffee, hint of chocolate and espresso

T- sweet toffee, milk chocolate, fruity esters. Very mild roast character with slight hint of espresso.

M- silky with low carbonation. One of those beers you want to swish around in your mouth.

O- lovin' it! Excellent example of an English brown porter. Lower hop and roast bitterness than many American examples. Easy drinking and superbly balanced.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.Dark brown, nearly black with some slight ruby highlights. Very thin wispy head. No retention. Not much lace on the glass. Slight chocolate and roast smell. Also notes of charcoal. Nice rich roast flavor with a hint of coffee. Slight hop bitterness to help balance out the beer. Medium body, low carbonation. Overall a good beer. Nice example of the English style. Good drinkability.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. special branded bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Most of the beer in my glass has a mahogany or ebony color, but a good amount of the edge has a cranberry tint to it. A rocky beige head forms on top before fading to some scattered patches. No real lace to speak of, and it took a decently aggressive pour just to create any real head.

Smell: Deep bitter chocolate, burnt roasted malts, a bit of smoke, vanilla, some oak, and a touch of charred molasses give this complex aroma.

Taste: There is a touch of molasses sweetness up front, but this beer is fairly bitter all the way through. A bitter dark and charred malt brings a bit of tobacco and smoke with it, setting the tone for a bitter dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee bitterness that persists for the rest of each sip. The finish remains bitter.

Mouthfeel: The burnt nature of the malt imparts a slightly acrid feel, and the residue left around the inside of my lips is bitter and oily. It is dry with a noticeable acidity to it as well. The carbonation is on the light side and neither is overly creamy or crisp. A medium body compared to other porters I have had.

Overall: This is not a bad beer by any stretch, but I would not choose it over any handful of solid American porters.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this one pours about as black as a stout with a nice tan head that fades kinda of slowly to a thin frothy head that almost reminds me of a nitrogen conditioned beer. when held up to the light it shows a dark dark brown color, almost ruby. the nose almost reminds me of a guiness only way more complex. lots of coffee aparent, some chocolate, and some really nice roasted malt aromas. a lot of the coffee and chocolate come through in the taste with a little roastiness, finishing with a nice semi bitter chocolate finish that leaves you longing for more. its medium bodied and not too much carbonation, just perfect. this has some great drinkability both cause great taste and average ABV. this is the first one from fuller's that ive had and i really enjoyed, ill definately be picking up some of their other brews. i highly suggest seeking this one out, i only wish that my porter turned out have as good.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown with a just a bit of light coming through. Excellent lacing and good foam. Surprisingly light in appearance despite the color.

Smell: Tobacco is the main thing here. Some molasses, brown sugar, and chocolate. A hint of coffee. I love the smell, but would like it to be a bit stronger.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Roasted tobacco and some maple syrup. A bit too subtle for my liking, but it is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is definitely too thin, but not flat.

Overall Drinkability: This strikes me as an excellent example of an English Porter. Not my favorite style of porter, but this one is worth it.

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Photo of gtermi
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a very dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head that quickly fades.

S: The beer has a lot of roasted scents with a good bit of black liquorice. Also sort of smells like bread.

T: Has a nice bit of roastedness and some chocolate. I am also picking up on a little coffe after taste.

M: The beer is very smooth and easy to drink. It does have a little crispness on the back of the throat, but it sort of ads to the enjoyment of the beer.

O: This is a very tasty beer. I bought it expecting to be delicious and man it didnt let me down. I can't wait to have another.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a rich and sweet taste as well as being dark and malty. Almost like chocolate. Definatly an interesting mixture of taste. It was almost closer to a specialty coffee then a beer.

I was very impressed by this beer and would recommend it. Strong but goes down smooth. Appearance wise it has the properties of a traditional ale and has a sweet aroma.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black-brown-red color, slight head, off white.

Nice mocha smell - coffee, bittersweet cocoa, licorice, mild.

Mild taste, again coffee and cocoa, clean, not hoppy, mild.

Mouthfeel could be richer. Too much carbonation. Not off putting, just not as good as the rest of the beer.

Mild finish, slightly bitter licorice, well integrated.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very so,I'd example of the style, textbook even, but for me it's not quit up there with the best English ones in the game, and as such might be a tad infkated on the ratings. It is awesome beer though, real dark deep brown, minimal light comin in, and a lathery tan head that hangs on the whole drink. Big chocolate notes in the nose and front end of the flavor, while English ale yeast, slate mineraliry, toasted pumpkin seed, and even red wine flavors round it out. Type one tannins happening, seemingly making it a little thin, great English hop bitterness to finish it, and quite a bit of the yeast in there as well. Sessionable as the style goes, but still a robust beer, good in all seasons and with an absolute ton of different food options. A little surprised to see it so highly regarded, as it was I. More of that high B+ range for me, not flawless, but I did not see a bottle date, and had it in Puerto Rico, whatever that means. Overall though another English classic from a brewery that makes a whole lot of them. A must try if you haven't had it or don't know what makes a porter English.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Elephant & Castle in Boston. Served in an Imperial pint glass. Dark, rich brown color. Thin white head. Roasted dark chocolate malt smell. Taste nailed what I think a porter should be. Roasted malt, cocoa, licorice, hint of vanilla, and just a bit of smoke all rolled onto the palate. I loved the mouthfeel of this beer. Smooth and creamy, yet hearty at the same time. But, very drinkable and a moderate abv % level. This should be considered a classic example of a British porter.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A : Brown and hazy with a creamy head that was lost quickly

S : Chocolate, prune and roasted malt right there. Not dominating but mild, yet quite recognizable

T : Soft taste of chocolate and coffee. Roasted coffee beans if you know that

M : Smooth and medium bodied. Highish levels of carbonation for its style

D : Yes, very much

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Photo of hellsing3
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realy enjoyed drinking this porter from start to finish.

A: This import has a dark brown to light black color that reminds me of coke when you pour it into a glass. It pours a tan colored head but not much of one.

S: This brew has a great smell of chocolate, coffee grounds, and i might be crazy but i think it smells like maybe bourbon.

T: When i taste this beer, i feel like i can taste the strong chocolate and coffee flavors mixed with the right amount of bitter and malty flavors.This brew has a great balance from beging to end and a very smooth finish.

M:This is a smooth soft feeling brew as it flows through my mouth, not a lot of carbination but thats fine.

D: I think this is a very easy beer to drink and i could drink alot more of these if put in front of me.

I think this is great beer to try if you have not. The most important thing is i would i purchase another six pack? The answer is yes.

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Photo of mitchfor3
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the Fuller's bottle - so robust looking, so elegant, and so inviting.

Unfortunately, this particular bottle is a month past its best before date, so I will re-review when I get another sample.

Impressive pour, just what I expected - deep, opaque brown with a light tan head that left good lacing.

Smell has hints of caramel, coffee, but not as much chocolate as I expected.

This is a fine tasting porter, a real classic, but in my opinion it just doesn't hold a candle to Sam Smith's Taddy Porter. The biggest difference was the presence of some slightly "off" flavors late in the sip in the Fullers. Very nice beer for cold winter nights - warming and delicious. Definitely worth a try, recommended, but I do think there are better English porters out there.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Came in a brown can, nothing special. Poured with half a finger of creamy head that sustained but did not lace. The beer itself is a red tinged black. Some signs of carbonation though, despite the dark color. Not a fan of the quality of the lace.

Smell - Dark roasted burnt malt scent with a bit of coffee undertone. A slight touch of vanilla is also present. It's nice, but it took a bit of warming for it to come out.

Taste - This is quite nice, starts with a mild chocolate flavor and then turns to a pleasant bitter and malty flavor although seems a bit too burnt for my liking. It then melds with a slight trace of fruity hops.

Mouthfeel - The burnt taste lingers for some time, but thankfully it isn't that strong or build as you drink it. The carbonation I also find to be a bit lacking. That being said, it is incredibly smooth. That and the head while it lasted was quite creamy and good.

Drinkability - I could put more then a couple of these back, for sure. It's refreshing, light on the gut, doesn't cause any bloating and if it swapped a bit of the burn flavor for a bit more sweetness, it'd be exceptional. I did not expect this from a porter.

Final Thoughts - Got this one from ludachris, all in all, quite good. I wouldn't call it truly exceptional, but for the most part a solid offering. I can see why my brother swears by this stuff. I'd like to see instead of Guinness on tap, without a doubt.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : roasted malts aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : dark chocolate and coffee flavours, medium bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style English Porter.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany brown tinged with ruby. London Porter isn't as dark as some porters; less than bright light travels through it fairly easily. The head is pale toffee in color and has a pitting surface. It deflates to a thin film and leaves better than average lace.

The nose features roasted malt with a great deal of black coffee and a modest amount of chocolate. Flavor mirrors aroma, but isn't very deep or rich. Things start out well enough, then fall just a little flat thanks to a thinner than expected mouthfeel that still manages a little light creaminess.

Fuller's London Porter is a solid English porter. Sure, it's much better than average, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype as far as I'm concerned. If you can manage it, get your hands on Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Now *that* is an amazing brew.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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