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:
2,653
Reviews:
1,234
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
Wants:
266
Gots:
410
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Casey_L
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Klatigue
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent taste from start to funis

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Photo of Naes
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Its appearance is black with a large tan head that laces good.

Aroma is of chocolate and malty goodness.

The flavor is roasty, with huge accents of coffee and chocolate. The hops make a slight appearance in the end.

The mouth feel is a bit light for such a porter. Although it is incredibly smooth and leaves a small film over the tongue. I will definitely have another some time.

Worth trying.

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Photo of Winter
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown / near black with mahogany highlights. Tan head that shrunk to a thin brown ring. Aroma consists of coffee and chocolate, with a frosting-like sweetness to it. Nose turns a bit vinous as the porter warms. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Initial flavor of roasted coffee and vanilla beans. Middle reveals a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Finish is somewhat vinous with a mild bitterness and ends slightly dry. Very nice.

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Photo of chrisjws
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tedho21
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1.26 oz brown bottle with raised lettering and a best by date (which I’m about 4 months late for)
Aroma: Smokey malt nose with hints of chocolate and some floral hops.
Appearance: Black with nice clarity and some blood red coming through with serious backlighting. Quick tan head that quickly faded into a light covering that laced the top of the glass, but didn’t last long into the beer.
Flavor: Classic porter taste. I’m not a fan of the porter style, but this was a clean taste. The roasted malts were balanced with a biscuit base, leading to a bitter/sweet combo that went down well.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, on the edge of a chew.
Overall Impression: One of the more enjoyable porters I’ve found. A well made beer with great drinkability. If you’ve had to move a lot of heavy things today, and need to reward your efforts, this is a good choice.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, almost black in colour. The head is a shade darker than tan, and quite heavy. Medium carbonation

Aroma: Dark malts, liquorish, and honey. There is also an astringent iron-like metallic aroma.

Taste: Quite bitter from the start, with espresso coffee, dark chocolate, and I also get a taste a bit like burnt toast. The aftertaste is woody and smoked, and dominated by roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth, and a touch oily in the texture, which gives it a clingy quality. The carbonation is light.

Drinkability: An understandable classic. The taste and the feel of this porter are world class, and the potency and fullness of the flavours at just 5.4% ABV are phenomenal. The easy in which it goes down is a worry, like most good beers are.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle arrived at our table like a bolt of lightning after a few days of watery beer & good ESBs. An honest to goodness porter! My mouth started watering as soon as my mate put the bottle down on the table.

Poured black as sin, although it could have been brown, given the nighttime hour & darkness of the pub. Smelled divine, all roasted goodness.

Fuller's London Porter made me & another table-mate smile, while everyone else sampled & pulled a long, horrified face (including our two British friends...). A heavy, smoky porter with prominent notes of chocolate & coffee amidst the blackly charred malts. Thick, creamy, satisfying as a medium-well steak to a starving man. I split a second bottle with my comrade in arms.

Excellent porter, one of the best I've had in quite a spell. I'll be on the hunt for another bottle here in the States to see if this is really as good as I recall or if the ESB & soccer had clouded my good judgment.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a redish black with a small off white head without much lacing to speak of

Smell is some bitter cocoa, coffee, and molasses

Taste is coffee, raisins, molasses

This is a great example of the style, rich yet refreshing and oh so easy to drink

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Burkbom23
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Black with some light red traces, 1/2 head that didnt last long. Nice lacing

Smell - Smokey robust smell, dark molasses, sugars, malts, barley, chocolate.

Taste - Very nutty porter. Lots of dark sugar taste, along with smokey chocolate and coffee. The hops are noticeable. Very smooth and mild. Barley is present, as is the malts

Mouthfeel - Its bold yet mellow on the tounge. Its not strong, so flavor is over quick. The beer is bitter enough but nothing overpowering.

Drinkabilty - I can see why its so highly rated. Its so easy to drink, and has alot of flavors going on. I prefer my porters to be sweeter, or baltic though, but none the less, this is good stuff

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Photo of rulisekmartin
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Todd
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz slender, custom bottle. Best before date on the back.

Deep, rich looking dark brown with ruby hues. Near black. Head was disappointing. It fizzed and snapped to a lifeless patchy, nearly non-existent translucent lace. Rousing the beer did nothing to help.

Sweet pipe tobacco in the aroma, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Raw flavours of earth notes, soft charcoal, caramel and blackstrap molasses sweetness. Mild bitterness. More tobacco. Nice underlying sweetness with flavours of day old coffee, chocolate and burnt sugar. Dry in the finish with notes grain husk and a very distinct lingering smoke character.

Probably not the best tasting of this beer that I've had, carbonation-wise, but still a wonderfully delicious and complex beer. This would pair nicely with raw oysters or as a base in meat stews.

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Photo of dali27
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Really dark brown with a little bit of reddish tone. The tan head disapears quickly leaving a patchy, floating foam.

S: Dark chocolate and black coffee are at the forefront. Earthy and smokey scents are also present. Smells very bold and rich.

T: Rich dark chocolate taste come from the finely roasted malts. Coffee taste very apparent also. But, there is more to this than just coffee and chocolate. Caramel, but not in the overly sweet way it is most often used. A little spicy smokeyness. I am having a hard time pinpointing all flavors. Complex.

M: Thin to medium for the style. Even though it is thin, it's nicely creamy on the swallow.

O: The bottle states "Rich, Dark & Complex." I completely agree with all of these adjectives and have to add flavorful, deep, bold, highly drinkable, brillant... I could go on, but I won't. This beer is a treat. Different than the American porters that I am used to, and maybe, just maybe, what all for those strive to be.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap yesterday for "lunch" at Max's. Got confused with so many choices, but all the ABV were high and I had an afternoon meeting. I got nervous, realized porters are good for chilly weather, and went with an excellent choice.

Damn beautiful brew. Black/dark brown with only red highlights available when put up to the light. Thick, middle finger width frothy creamy tan head on top. Staying power? The head had retention all the way to the bottom of the glass. Should've taken a picture of the empty pint to explain lacing.

Sweet aromas. Mostly carmalized malts. Very little choco/cocoa/coffee wiffs. No metalic or sour smells attall

Roasty, nutty, creamy choco/coffee goodness. The mouthfeel was what set this one apart from runof the other porters I've had lately. Just the perfect combination of thick and thin. I'd call it chewy, but it went down smooth as hell.

Overall, rock solid and recommended. Regrettably, my last time in the UK, they only had Pride on cask. This would be even more enjoyable in that manner

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Photo of Dave2234
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of unit555
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color in the class the is actually a deep, very dark red when held to the light. The initial head was excellent but disappeared quickly leaving lots of spiderwebs on the side of the glass.

The smell is full and makes you believe the beer will be quite hoppy but the taste is quite smooth and sweet. I think I get chocolate off the taste but it is difficult to describe.

The mouthfeel is smooth initially but has a but of a bite right after you swallow. Overall an easy drinking beer with a lot of taste.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Jet black, 3 finger tan head. Some decent lacing.

S- Roasted malts, milk chocolate and some faint coffee notes.

T- Chocolate up front followed by bitterness from the hops & coffee like flavors.

M- This is where this beer really shines in my opinion. Rich & extremly creamy. Just a great feeling on the tongue and mouth.

D- A great session beer. I could definitely drink a couple of these any given night.

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Photo of confer
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, with a small layer of tan froth.
Smell is lightly toasted caramel.
The taste is so smooth. Just a hint of roastiness in the finish but starting with a not to sweet caramel candy flavor.
Feel is a little on thick thick side.
Overall a wonderful porter. Definitely worth getting again.

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Photo of beer488
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color - dark reddish brown, thick head

Nose - roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate, dry nose. After about 10 minutes in the glass, sweet malty aroma comes forth.

Taste - needs to be chilled well, smooth velvety mouth feel, light to medium bodied, very enjoyable

Finish - very mildly bitter, pleasant finish

Would I buy this again? Yes

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Photo of jjboesen
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown with almost no head and no lacing. Smells nutty with wisps of chocolate and dark malt.

Tastes nutty with bitter chocolate undertones. Roasted malt falvors as well. Bitter finish. Smooth and tasty. Medium bodied beer but rich tasting and complex. Very, very good porter.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,653 ratings.
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