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:
2,644
Reviews:
1,230
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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Photo of eweneek83
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance deep, dark, opaque black with dense chocolate milk colored head that doesn't go away. There lots of nicely spaced out patches of lace that are tan in color.
The aroma is a deep dark roasted espresso bean that is nearly burnt, awesome. There are also faint malt and caramel whiffs here. When I drank this, there was again espresso, but with chocolate and hints of malt. Nice slight bitterness in the finish that was perfect with a great crisp after taste. Nice thick mouthfeel that's chewy and refreshing. A great example of a great porter.... yummy!

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mentaltraveller
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thought I would try this beer, my brother swears by it. Presented in a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black. Rich smell of coffee and alcohol. Surprisingly carbonated mouthfeel, with a finish of coffee, slight taste of alcohol and dark chocolate. If there is any drawback to this beer, it is the carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty good. Recommended for those seeking a tasty porter that is not too intense; it is highly drinkable. Pairs quite well with Led Zeppelin.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint; best before 15 Aug 17.
A: Mahogany color with quarter inch tan head with little retention.
S: Roasted malts with molasses, caramel, and whisky notes. Maybe a little cocoa or vanilla at points.
T: Roasted malts with flavors similar to nose. Bitterness nicely offsets sweetness and gives nice little bite at the end.
M: Medium bodied with limited effervescence.
O: A quality London porter.

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Photo of Samp01
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark black opal with a nice brown head. Aroma of toasted caramel malt and roasted espresso and cacao. Tastes is toasted malts and espresso with some dark fruits and licorice notes. Palate is rich full body and smooth creamy mouth feel, with moderate carbonation. Finish is toasted caramel malt, dark plums, espresso ending with some lingering licorice and cacao. Overall a very nicely balanced and tasty porter.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml can poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark cherry brown with three fingers of thick creamy tan head that leaves spires and towers of lace as it recedes.

Smells of hot chocolate powder, toasted brown bread, soft caramel, creamed coffee and faint sugared raisin.

More semisweet cocoa powder and creamy coffee, toasted caramel malt, honeyed biscuit and more soft sultana raisin.

Feels soft and velvety. Light side of medium bodied with silky carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of mooseo
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pitch black with a small bubbly tan head.

S - Roasted malt, milk chocolate, a bit earthy but very pleasant.

T - Tasty blend of dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted malt. Just the right amount of sweetness. Finishes earthy with light coffee notes.

M - Smooth as silk. Medium bodied, creamy, low carbonation.

O - A porter that fully lives up to it's reputation. Delicious and easy to drink with a wide range of flavors.

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Photo of andreshp
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Luk13
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Nice black pour with a light tan head. Aroma is very roasted, some chocolate and malts. I really like the burn toast aroma. Awesome bready flavors and chocolate malts again. The flavors might not be as intense as what we are used to in America, but it very well integrated.
The palate is smooth and chewy but could be creamier. Drinks amazingly.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger creamy tan head. Mild cocoa like aroma.Very dark almost opaque as I had to hold it up to a light bulb to see a deep ruby like color. Mild bitterness. Soft chocolate and coffee taste. I sense a chalk like feel to the chocolate which may be the coffee side kicking it, Has a rich soft feel.

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Photo of mchengcit
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twilight
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks almost black, but up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing on the glass and though the head is gone, a pretty soap bubble ring lines the edges of the glass. The smell is caramelly, and even though I've not had much experiences with porters, I really can't resist the smell of caramel in a brew. My first impressions are of coffee, that roasty quality, but with the bitter acid astringency most found in java. I'm not dissing it, though. I can't drink coffee because it upset my stomach, so this is definitely a wonderful welcome. I do want to try other porters, so I'll come back to this style.

The beer is so good, it's like drinking a good strong version of coffee. Not for the faint of heart in terms of the roast, but something that would definitely go down easily. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this a quick quaffer. Beautiful.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the British beer company.
It comes to the table in a proper English pint a solid dark brown color with beautiful ruby highlights when held to light. Creamy tan/brown head shows great retention and covers most of the glass on the way down. Smells heavy on the chocolate, but also has generous helpings of caramel, brown sugar, earthy, and mineral aromas. The flavor leans to the malty side with chocolate and caramel dominating the flavor. There's an earthy and mineral flavor that does nicely to cut through the malt and provide some balance. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a creamy sweet mouthfeel. This is a really nice porter with a great expression of chocolate malt. I might have to drink more of these.

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Photo of frlrv1020
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of thatsachaguy
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IronLover
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown in color with amber hues on the edge of the glass. Poured with a short, dense, creamy, light beige foam with medium low retention. Medium dark chocolate and mellow, light roasted malt aroma with toffee and nutty notes. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and velvety, creamy smooth feel. Medium dark malt and chocolate flavors up front followed by biscuity malt lightly roasted coffee flavors before medium earthy hop flavor and medium hop bitterness through the middle. Lightly roasted and bready malt flavors from the middle to the end. Finished dryly with light roasted malt and coffee flavors and mild earthy bitterness. Incredibly complex flavors and aromas throughout with an fabulously smooth feel. Very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of phisig137
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium black color, with burgundy highlights, letting a bit of light through around the edges. Creamy three finger head has great retention, and slowly falls, leaving behind a creamy blanket on top of the glass, and tremendous intricate lacing. Looks beautiful in my Chouffe tulip.

Aroma is a bit unexpected. nice toasted grain aromas, with hints of fresh biscuits, and crystal malts. The huge presence though is chocolate covered raisins. Smells great.

Flavor is almost dominated by fig and raisin flavors, backed by toasted grains and fresh bread. Slightly sweet up front with malt caramel flavors, but a dry finish of lightly roasted grains. Quite complex, and very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and relatively highly carbonated. Drinkability is good.

I'm really blown away by this one. Typically, I find most "everyday" British beers to be a bit ho-hum.... This one is fantastic. Some British beers stand out, like J.W. Lee's Harvest, Fuller's Vintage, etc.... this one stand in the same category as far as quality. I could drink this all night long during the fall/winter. Highly recommended for any porter lover, and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting a long time to try this beer.

So...

It pours (into my Duvel tulip) a beautiful looking dark, dark molasses colour with a nicely formed, thick, tan, tiny bubble head with great retention. Nice, thick lacing.

Smell is of rich, roasty chocolate and coffee malt with some definite dark fruit in there too. A bit of chili spice thrown in there as well.

Taste is rich and really roasty with some gorgeous chocolate and dark fruit notes mid-sip with an irresistible bready, nutty, coffee cream flavour on the finish. JUst a slight hint of bitterness from the hops on the linger. Simply delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and very creamy with a touch of spice and a nice level of carbonation (not too high) that accentuates the creaminess of this brew. Finish is mouth-coating and tingly but surprisingly clean.

Can't complain about the drinkability factor either. Goes down real smooth. I would certainly have another, or two, or three? Maybe a bit heavy for a session, but, hey, I'd rather sip and enjoy this one slow anyways. Man this stuff is tasty. I was excited about trying this beer and it really lived up to the hype.

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Photo of PaterMorse
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I sit in the loft of a favorite London pub, I swear the setting has nothing to do with the fact that I've happened upon one of my favorite beers. OK, very little to do with it....

Either way, this beer is simply a winner all around.

A quick review follows (pecked out on PDA, to commemorate a new friend):

A: Raisin colored, translucent. Think Pepsi after ice starts to melt. Quarter-inch head remains for a good little while, giving way to some nice lacing.

S: Very pleasant, mild. Choco-coffee, but yet earthy/grassy. Hints of red berries.

T: Very easy, very drinkable (dangerously drinkable, in fact!). Coffee aftertaste (coffee ice cream, to be precise).

M: Excellent balance. Perhaps I'm just off here, but it seemed wet on the tongue but dry on the finish. Near perfect. A bit higher carbonation than I'd expect and not "Guinness velvety smooth" -- which isn't a knock, but a point of comparison (and a note that the taste and aroma are silkier than mouthfeel).

O: A great new staple. Recognizing that the following is relative to taste preferences, the universe of beers you've tried, and how one defines a "macro-brew," this is [by far] the best macro-brew dark beer / porter / stout that I've had to date -- with the exception of Samuel Smith's very fine pours. Very enjoyable, great drinkability. For whatever it's worth, it also kicks more than 5.4% would suggest.

Repeat? Absolutely. It will rival Sam Smith, nudge Guinness to the back of the 'fridge, and all but extinguish future purchase of Murphy's when stocking good macro-brew stouts/porters for gatherings. {Two disclaimers: I'm not seeking to provoke debate by suggesting porters and stouts are interchangeable; I'm only confessing that porters & stouts are my favorite beers and the only types of beer regularly stocked in my refrigerator. I'm also not suggesting London Porter is as fun or complex or even as tasty as some other craft stouts/porters I've enjoyed/reviewed; but for the beers brewed by a seemingly large scale brewer (and, heck, for ANY brewer anywhere), this is VERY tough to beat!!}.

Where Best Enjoyed? I suspect anywhere, anytime. That said, I can guarantee it will be wildly enjoyed if any / all of the following are true: (a) you're in a pub on the fringe of Covent Garden with friends and family; (b) you're just digging in to a piping hot Sunday roast; and/or (c) it's one of those piercingly cold English days outside and yet you're sitting near a fireplace with no place to be anytime soon.

Two Words: London Perfect

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle.

Appearance- Poured a deep, deep brown with some tan/garnet highlights. Head was one finger after pour and left a thick foam throughout the entire beer.

Smell- Nutty, creamy, milky, half and half-ey, slight hints of mocha and toffee.

Taste- Starts out with depply roasted malts. The malt flavors are molasses thick. The nuts and cream come into play in the middle of the tasting. The finish brings together all the malts, nuts, and cream flavors into a nice semi-sweet chocolatey melange.

Mouthfeel- Pretty medium bodied for a pretty dark and creamy looking brew. There were lots of dark tasting flavors to back up the look and smell of this Brew. The palate of this brew is would go very nice with some Hershey's chocolate.

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Photo of Higravity
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well this was spot on for a porter. Dark and brown-black with a tanish head giving up lacing. Nice smell of toffee malty goodness meshed with some nice noble hops. Good from the first sip, tastes of dark roasted malt with a tinge of sweetness to round it out and a nice little bit of hops that leave there own floral taste. Well-rounded and very nice a good beer anytime.

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Photo of BierReise
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Porter-brown with a light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate with an alcohol presence. Very smooth and creamy. One of the creamiest porters I've had recently. Crisp and only slightly bitter. This is one of the finest Porters I've had the pleasure of knowing. I'm not real high on English bottles but this is an outstanding example. Flavor is rich and nearly perfect for it's style. Chocolate stands out with hops complimenting roasted malt. Thanks for the recommendation John!

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml can
5.4% ABV

I tried this beer on October 7, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured into the glass a beautiful, dark, murky brown colour with a large tan coloured head. The aroma was a combination of malt and yeast with some sweet hints. The mouthfeel was thick and full with some mild carbonation, almost creamy. The taste was malty with some hints of caramel (the possible sweetness in the aroma). This was a very good beer.

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Photo of mattreitz49
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dizzy
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Aroma is chocolate, carmel and coffee. Taste is carmel and roasted malt, finish is pleasant roasted flavor without too much bitterness. Medium body and with a fair amount of carbonation. This beer is too expensive to session, but this is a quality beer.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,644 ratings.
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