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:
2,657
Reviews:
1,235
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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268
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Photo of therica
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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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Photo of proppopo
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rkuhnel
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. How did I miss this one? From a small deli in the middle of Union Square in San Francisco this poured very dark, almost black. Big fat tan head, and good chunks of lacing. Nose of chocolate coffee and a nice smooth mouthfeel. Flavors again of chocolate and coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Very nice slightly bitter finish. A simply outstanding porter.

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Photo of mayday1986
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Having surveyed some reviews on this site before after giving beers a try myself, I've never before felt the need to actually add my own review. Until now.

Straight out of the can and warm this beer kills it. How many brews have you had that you would crave at room temperature?

Silky smooth in the mouth with deep sweet chocolate flavors this beer delivers. This is the liquid equivalent of a fresh-baked hearty dessert. Think of a nutty banana bread that is light on the fruit and heavy on whole grains.

I didn't pour it in a glass, but frankly I didn't need to. There is not much head, so the creamy texture is inherent and not lost with time. Admittedly I love the appearance and feeling of the head provided by Guinness, but this is a heartier brew that is ready right out of the can.

Future reviews: Coopers Brewery Best Extra Stout, St Peter's Cream Stout, D. Carnegie & Co. Klass III Porter

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Photo of Scoats
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dang... what a perfect porter (sorry Bert Grants). Whether just having one or as a session beer this beer is perfect. Everything is just right with this beer. It's a wonderful balance of malty and hoppy and chocolatey. I have a new beer to put on my list of favorites.

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Photo of rodenbach99
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bouteille brune de 500ml.

très beau porter de belle couleur brune opaque, mousse brune durable, avec un nez de chocolat, de café en grain, en bouche ce porter a une belle rondeur avec un goût de malt chocolat (torréfié), bonne amertume. très bonne bière

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark black with an average rocky light brown head that lasted most of the brew with good lacing. Aroma was heavy roasted malt with a chocolate tone. Flavor was complex with the same roasted moderated sweet but moderate average bitter finish. Medium to full body with creamy texture.

Very good brew.

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Photo of miishka3
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Has a nice brown color with hints of red along the edges. Smells of a rich coffee with notes of molasses. Tastes of coffee with a hint of tobacco as it finishes. Has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable throughout and a nice way to introduce oneself to porters.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - nice looking dark tan head sits on top of an almost opaque beer. A little brown comes through when held up to the light. Not much head retention or lacing. Style points for a great looking bottle though.

s - sweet malty chocolate and coffee notes.

t - sweet molasses and nutty flavor start off and are followed by a pretty intense smokiness. A little burnt flavor relieves the smokiness and leaves behind a semi dry finish. I've had quite a few beers but this one just has something about it I can't figure out. Pretty distinct even for a porter.

m - right down the middle in all categories... smoothness, carbonation, weight

d - It might have been because it has been a week since I have had a beer, but when I took the first sip of this it was freaking amazing. The uniqueness seemed to subside a little as I continued to drink. Not sure if my taste buds were just adapting or what. Definitely a great porter. I will have to try this one again.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown with an off-white head that subsides quickly. The aroma is of sweet malt balanced by a dry, burnt black malt aroma with no hops to be detected. The taste is very flavorful as the dark malts are no the only thing to be tasted in this beer. Porter was a blend of stale/old ale and new pale ale and brown ale, if this is to be a single sytle that incorporates all three then i will say that i believe iot could be true. The dark malts give us the brown aleish character as well as the dry, sharp stale ale flavor while possesing more hops than a stout so we can attribute these flavors to the pale aleness. With a rich malt profile the dark malts dont; overpower this brew due to a sweet maltiness that is hard to percieve as it blends into the whole malt flavor. A bit of hop flavor in the mix keeps thing interesting so that it is clear this is not a stout. Light carbonation lends a smooth mouthfeel to this beer and it is a nice porter that would make a pretty good session beer as well.

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Photo of franciscoianzer
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AmitC
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They say do not judge a book by its cover. Well, if you look at the label you get the feel that you are going to drink something exceptional.

Not at all disappoints.

London is where porter style was developed and this one has a fitting name.

Pours very dark opaque dark brown in color. Just like the color of espresso. Thin tan head which is a delight and looks like the one on a coffee.

Smell it and you think that you are going to drink a mixture of coffee and chocolate. Good tinge of coffee aroma and roasted malts, which grows on you. Very typical of stouts and porters, but a little distinct in that it is a bit more complex than that.

Taste is where this can't be beaten. Awesome coffee and toffee taste, which i think actually comes from roasting of malts. Very natural.

For a porter it has good mouth feel. Light to medium bodied. Not very heavy.

Overall excellent stuff from London.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque brown so dark it's practically black, with a dense, creamy-looking tan head. Retention is strong, dissipating to a still-creamy cap of foam and leaving a touch of lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malts dominate the nose with undertones of nuts (particularly hazelnut notes) and caffe latte. Toffee, tobacco (think English Cavendish), and charcoal notes. Has a buttery character to it.

T: Chocolate and brown malts, rich and slightly sweet, followed by bready malts, caramel, and strong roasted malts imparting a black coffee bitterness on one level while combining with buttery and chocolatey overtones to give a milder caffe mocha taste. Faint hint of smoke in the finish.

M: On the lighter end of medium-bodied with slight chewiness and very low, silken carbonation. The bittersweet finish is remarkably clean and balances the flavour profile nicely.

D: A delicious, chocolatey porter worthy of sipping or sessioning; excellent example of the style.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.0
Just about solid black in colour, with a finger and a half of beige head that steadily reduced to a thin layer.

Smell - 4.0
A very complex aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, tobacco, charcoal and leafy hops.

Taste - 4.0
Not as sweet as the smell, flavours of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and charcoal are quite balanced against each other. A rather savoury brew this one, but very smooth.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Simply luxurious. The low, fine carbonation, coupled with a thick, heavy feel over the tongue makes this beer silky smooth.

Drinkability - 3.5
Would be higher for some, but for me the burnt character detracts from drinkability.

OVERALL - 4.05
Cleary a very good porter, although I personally found Colonial Porter to be a more enjoyable drink. I am still yet to find a Fuller's Beer that disappoints, what a great brewery. This would be a great match for a rich, meaty stew.

Re-Review:
When I first reviewed this beer I was still acquiring a palate for burnt tasting beers. Now that I have found it, beers such as this are far more enjoyable. Hence the higher score.
A - 4.0, S - 4.0, T - 4.5, M - 5.0, D - 4.0. OVERALL - 4.3

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Photo of Cyhops
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StormAles
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of duckdown
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can from the LCBO.

Pours a solid black with a nice cream colored tight head that stays. Smells strongly of chocolate, roasted notes, faint hops. Some lacing on the glass as its drank. Mouthfeel is medium thickness, mild carbonation, and creamy. Tastes of chocolate and burnt coffee working very well together, the hops aren't coming through too much for me other than adding the crispness at the end, but that isn't a complaint. Amazing flavor. Very happy I picked this can up on a whim without reading about it, what a great find.

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Photo of DaveR514
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,657 ratings.
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