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Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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4.19/5
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2,681 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
Ranking:
#1,151
Reviews:
1,242
Ratings:
2,681
pDev:
10.26%
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4.27
 
 
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Photo of Helvectis
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from sturdy 11.2 fl oz bottle.

[A]:
Dark brown with tan head and ruby hint.

[S]:
Toasty, Chocolate, Mocha, Coffee.

[T]:
Taste follows, bready malt, chocolate and coffee, rich and delicious, so well balanced.

[M]:
Silky creamy smooth, low to medium carbination.

[O]:
This has to be one of my all time favorites. I personally cannot fault this brew, just great overall, exactly what you want from an English Porter.

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Photo of DerbyDave35
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter in Australia now , and the perfect time to settle down to a couple of these beauties.
Hadn't had one since enjoying a Pint in England late last year
No surprises , as good as ever , heaven , just superb

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuller’s London Porter has a thin-to-medium beige head and a dark brown or almost black appearance (ruby under direct sunlight). There is not much lacing associated with this. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted malt, chocolate, dark coffee, and sweetness. Taste is the same, with chocolate powder and some burnt aspects. Bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Fuller’s London Porter finishes refreshing, mellow, and highly drinkable. Overall, this really is a world-class beer!

RJT

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4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark black color with a creamy light tan head that recedes quickly. The aroma is perfect. Creamy chocolate with undertones of roased malt and coffee. The taste lives up to the expectations the aroma inspired. Chocolate and roasted malt engulf my whole mouth with each sip. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, medium bodied, and with ample carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer. Perhaps, even the perfect session beer.

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4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Very, very dark brown brew with ruby highlights. Half inch off-white head after a vigorous pour. Slowly dissipated, leaving only slight lacing on the glass. This was about the only thing I could find not perfect about this beer.

Smelled of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, some coffee and cream, maybe even some cinnamon toast. Very complex and layered, and it keeps improving as the beer warms. Boy, does this aroma ever make me want to drink this beer!

The taste was fabulous. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, molasses, and just enough hop bitterness to cleanse the palate. The flavors are layered and keep evolving as this beer warms. It is quite possibly the best tasting beer I've ever had!

Smooth, creamy, just thick enough to provide great body without being sticky or cloying. Enough carbonation to keep it light without being fizzy. A slight lingering flavor of coffee and dark chocolate that leaves you wanting more and more.

Extremely drinkable. Moderate ABV and awesome flavor makes for a great drinking experience. I wish I had a few more bottles of this available. It is fantastic.

This ranks as one of the finest beers I've ever had! I was expecting a good beer, and was pleasantly surprised to find a great beer. I've recently tried Stone RIS, and I rate the Fuller's London Porter much higher.

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4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fullers, Tadcaster. Tadcaster, Fullers...Thanks for the choice.
This is a killer beer. After drinking Domecq Venerable, 1999 Clerico Arte, 1992 Corison Cab, 1999 Leonetti Cab etc., this wonderous achievement rides in to the rescue.
Can't see it cause I'm writing in the dark. But the nose is absolutely solid, bitter, Valrhona "Caraibe" chocolate. Drinking it out of a 30 oz. glass, tapered. Cured, Molinari salami. Dried herbs.
Not sweet, ever. Just voluptuously thick and chewy with perfectly dry, cocoa laden, creosote and vanillin-steeped beach towels...they're there...

Why endeavor such perfection?

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4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dark brown melted chocolate color with a great tan head atop this brew. smells strongly of chocolates with some coffee roastiness and maybe a little caramel in there to add to the sweetness.

it is full bodied, rich and silky smooth. carbonation is light, but tingly. sweet chocolate flavor dominates the start with the dark malts. i got a definite hint of caramel that made the beginning of this beer very creamy and sweet. it then starts to dry out leaving an excellent roasty coffe flavor in the end.

full flavored with enough complexity to keep me interested, this is just a winner. this is a balls out top notch porter. it is in your face with great flavor all the way through. looks like i will be making another 2 hour plus road trip to get more if i can't find it locally.

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4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep brown almost black with a brown foam head, good retention. Aroma is of dark fruits, roasted malts and caramel, almost no hops. Taste is complex, and caramel notes are dominant, very drinkable. Medium body with low carbonation., Great Beer.

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4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Epitome of London beer, delicious tapped from a cask in the winter months when it warms the soul

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4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I've ever tasted. I love porters and Fuller's London Porter is the Porter all other Porter's want to live up to.

I know. You never want to say one beer is the best. You want to keep searching for the perfect beer. The fun is in the hunt. I'll say this is the Pest beer I've tasted so far. But just as I'm getting sick of the coffee and chocolate added flavoring, this one blends the tastes right without tasting like their just adding fake flavorings. Yes, you've got the tastes of chocolate and coffee and maybe a little dark honey or whatever, but what I really taste is a great heavy (as in rich), complex Porter without the heaving overpowering flavors added.

This Porter just blends the flavors together so they just flow over the palette to make a smooth, velvet flow of deliciousness.

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4.94/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a tulip. best before date Valentine's Day 2010. pitch black, glimmer of demonic red only when held right to the light... minimal head, cappuccino froth color...

first thing i smell is chocolate.... grapes, breads, roasted espresso beans, bailey's irish creme... i love the aroma. i can smell this forever.

Chocolate and coffee, incredibly smooth, incredibly creamy. a bit of fresh pepper, guava paste and cinnamon, all tying in with an overall roasted character. This is amazing.

Like I said, it's smooth, it's creamy...aftertaste is like you just took a shot of turkish espresso after eating a small pastry.

I've been drinking real beer for only a couple years and I know I'm not on the level of some of you. But this is one of the best porters I've ever had.

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4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best Porter I've tried, easily becoming one of my favorite beers. Too bad it's not easy to come by in Mexico.

Pours a nice dark roast with a moderate head that breaks down to a few bubbles, the smell is sweet and malty, promising a taste that does not dissappoint. Great long finish.

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4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When you decant the beer it appears brown, but in the glass it looks pitch black and has fine carbonation. The head is tan and chunky and is sticking around for most of the pint and it leaves rings of sticky lace around my glass.

The aromas of chocolate and tobacco make this beer irresistible. I have never experienced a beer that smells like this. I am very impressed by this porter. The flavor is soft and balanced and bitter dark chocolate dominates, with just enough hops to dry up the finish. This is a very well balanced porter and I will be revisiting this beer often.

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4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wanted to give this brew all 5's, because it is my my favorite, but in the interest of unbiased fairness, I couldn't.

Pours (from a really neat bottle) really dark brown, ruby against the lights, with a darker-than-most tan two finger head that leaves a sticky lace all the way down the glass, It looks really good, but not what I could call exceptional. :(

Smells of dark malt, mollasses, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is my favorite part. Very robust, strong black coffee with just a hint of chocolate. A strong hops finish that balances perfectly with the strong coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, but not thick enough to merit exceptional. :(

I could drink these all day! IMHO, the ruler by which all porters should be measured by. I absolutely LOVE this beer. It's a little hard to find around here, and a little pricey, but well worth it.

Oh, did I mention the "best by" date on the label? Pay close attention to that :)

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,681 ratings
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