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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4.2
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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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Photo of wac9
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

what can i say about this beer , i didnt like it at the the frist mouthfull for me it better in the middle and the end great last taste, nice bottle i think i will try the english porters again really this is the only english porter around here they had many new beers at wegmans today , a great taste great color great pour in the glass

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fullers : London Porter

LOOK: Pours a dark brown with amber hues.

SMELL: Roasted malt and toffee. Caramel.

TASTE: Nice caramelized malt flavor, a touch of peat like smoke. Dry English style noble hopping. Tea like hopping and toasty malts. Faint cocoa. Even balance.

FEEL: Medium bodied, good medium level of carbonation, lasting malty flavor with a suggestion of hop.

OVERALL: A classic beer. Maybe has lost a touch over the years, or it could be modern extreme beers stealing the spotlight, but there still is something to be said for simple, full flavored, modest ABV beers. I'd always be willing to include a few of these in a session.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is a deep, dark brown with crimson / ruby highlights that emerge when held to the light. The color is deep, but the beer is not opaque. After a vigorous pour, the head stands in at nearly two inches thick, rising to the crest of the tulip glass. It gradually fades over a few minutes, leaving ample lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma grows stronger as the beer warms, but overall, it's the weakest aspect of the beer, in my opinion. Nice notes of chocolate and subtle roast aromas are the most prominent scents.

T: The beer tastes quite good. The beer leads off with a heavy chocolate flavor, followed by subtle coffee notes. The roast character is subtle, with extremely little hop presence in the finish. Overall, the flavor could be a bit more aggressive, or bolder. However, the beer is balanced very well and it's quite easy to drink and enjoy.

M: Carbonation level is great. The beer is light to medium bodied with alcohol presence virtually non-existent.

D: A solid example of the style. It's not my favorite porter, but I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to nearly black, with a long-lasting dark tan head. A generous amount of lacing adds to the visual experience. Cocoa and molasses scents were pleasant but a bit weak. This is a very chocolate-tasting beer; more so than any other I've had. Slight roasty and bready flavors are noticed as well. Quite rich and tasty.

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Photo of Jon
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ruby-brown with a thin tan head. Decent retention with some lace remaining on the glass. Smell is an inviting combination of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and caramel. Taste is essentially more of the same with a minor Goldings hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, but a touch watery and thin. Easily drinkable, just not as full and palate-coating as I prefer in this style. Nonetheless, a very good English porter from a world-class brewery.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass. Back label had a best by date. It was deep black with mahogany highlights against a strong light. It had a smaller than expected tan head that also faded quicker than expected. Good carb fountain in center of glass. Little lacing.

The aroma was strong. It was coffee and chocolate malts with a little sweet mixed in there. The taste was really good as well. You can definitely taste the coffee as the dominant flavor. It has a dry finish as well. Mouthfeel was good but I found the dry end a bit too much for my liking. Left me thirsty for a splash of water to cleanse the palate.

Overall a really good beer that I'm glad is finally available in Texas again. I really like porters in the cooler months and could see this one being part of that rotation.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark in colour. Not a lot of head, but some decent lacing on the glass. Big flavours of yeast, dark chocolate, coffee. Slight herbal, green hop character. Faint licorice. Malty, crackery. Slightly peppery. Fairly dry throughout. Somewhat lightly carbonated. Nougat, maybe a hint of caramel. A really enjoyable porter, though not necessarily one that absolutely stands out heads-and-shoulders above all others.

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Photo of PaulElk
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this 3 months after the best before date and it's still delicious. Creamy, malty and fresh. Not going to age the rest of the four pack but will drink in a hurry

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a super dark black, with a one finger cocoa head on it. Decent lacing on the side of my snifter. The nose is molasses, toffee, coffee, and chocolate. Really well done. The taste follows suit, with a slight bitter aftertaste. Medium in feel, with a bitter coffee aftertaste on it. I'd like a little more malt. Overall, a good porter.... I'd have this again. Cheers.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ British Beer Company in Plymouth, MA.

Pours out very dark, pretty much black with a small head. Nutty aroma and taste that reminded me of Guinness in a way. Very smooth beer, easy on the palate, and extremely drinkable. Went great with an American Pasty. Not too complex, but definitely drinkable. Very dark, even for a porter. Would like to try again, possibly from a bottle next time.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out really black but it has quite a bit of carbonation. The head on the beer has a decent size to it, but it's lacks in retention, which doesn't surprise me given that it's a Fullers beer.

The smell of the beer is of molasses and dark roasted malts. The roasted malts are more in the tone of coffee than anything else. The beer has a sweet undertone to the dark roasted coffee. It almost tastes like a coffee that has been on the burner for a bit, but has yet to burn. The beer has quite a lot of flavours which are hard to place, but it makes the beer quite unique. There is almost no hop flavour in this beer; I don't think that's an issue, but it's worth noting. The beer isn't too drinkable for me, but it is a great beer to star the evening with.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,622 ratings.
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