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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
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 skineg
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark mahogany, with only a slight (1/8) head that dissipates but leaves a nice ring.

S: Subtle aroma of caramel, chocolate and nuts. Definately a little bit of a smokey smell with a hint of rye bread. Sexy is an understatement. While the smell is complex, it isn't that strong.

T: This is what the gods drink. Strong, yet clean taste of caramel, nuts and chocolate. Very complex taste. Aftertaste fades quick but still reminds you that you're drinking a beer.

M: Beer tastes almost chewy, but very smooth. Fizzes a bit on the tongue, but taste just soaks in.

D: A bit filling, but a beer everyone should have at least once. I could have a couple of these on taste alone.

Comments: One heck of a beer. Would be great with a Turkey on rye or a baked potato. Having a few Riesens wouldn't be bad either. It's one of those beers you have to say "wow" out loud after the first taste.

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Photo of plfahey
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Mahogany brown with ruby highlights and great clarity. Light brownish, moderate head has decent retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Awesome malt profile-bready, bread crusts, toast, chocolate, light roast, and a hint of caramel sweetness. Runs an enormous spectrum of malt characteristics. Some earthy green hops, with low esters and a light orange marmalade character to it.

Flavor-Chocolate and bread crusts up front with light sweetness. The mid-palate is very chocolatey with fruity esters and light orange marmalade. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, some earthy hop flavors, and roasty chocolate/roasted malt. Aftertaste lingers with chocolate malt and leathery tobacco. Delicious.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and silky. Medium body with a soft, moderately low carbonation. Awesome.

This is the definitive brown/english porter in my opinion. Fantastic, delicious, and abounding with subtle complexities. I love this beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 330 mL bottle of London Porter served in a Chimay goblet. The ale is cool.

A: The porter has a 3 finger head and deep brown color. When held to light, ruby red highlights emerge.

S: The porter has a wonderfully strong coffee and chocolate nose, resembling a java estate blend.

T: The flavor is a slightly sour chocolate taste, very vibrant and tangy. There is a stale beer undertone that adds just a hint of extra flavor.

M: Great mouthfeel, by far the best tasting English Porter available.

D: Excellent representative of an english porter, I wish I had a second bottle.

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Photo of BeelzeBrew
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: When poured, this dark brown beer shows off some moderate red highlights when held up to a bright light, very attractive. The head is also moderate, at around one finger, but it sticks around for a while in the form of a soft, creamy lacing.

S: Chocolate complexities, roasted malts. Possibly some dark fruits in there as well with coffee and a unique sweet nuttiness. NOt much on the hops.

T: Everything detected by the nose is very well accounted for in the taste. Smooth, creamy and delicious, almost like drinking iced coffee with chocolate truffle creamer and just the right amount of sweetness. Exquisite Porter roast combines well with the specialty malts, I fell in love after the first sip.

M&D: Creamy and smooth, very very sessionable and drinkable.

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Photo of fx20736
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark, reddish brown that reveals this color only when backlit, otherwise it looks black as tar with a thin khaki head and minimum lacing.

Roasted malt, bittersweet cocoa, old coffee and a touch of smoke.

Mouthfeel: silky smooth

Taste: like the aroma; bittersweet chocolate, coffee and smoke what a toe curling smorgasbord!

Notes: This is fantastic beer with a rich deep flavor. So drinkable, so pleasurable.

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Photo of mikemcnick
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer looks great.

Smells like a combo of coffee and chocolate, a little bit of molasses in there too.

Taste is wonderful. Very creamy.

Mouthfeel is effortless.

This is one of my favorite porters of all time. These guys really got it right.

Hightly recommended, even for non-porter fans.

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Photo of Foxman
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It pours a deep, rich mahogany, passable only to small flashes of ruby light. A full finger of creamy light brown head pops away to a frothy terrain. Skirts of lacing dress the inside of the glass.

The aroma brings a thick malty bouguet of dark roasted coffee, decadent dark chocolate, and a backdraft of dry sherry. A very slight tickle of earthy mint tunes in, then right out.

Upon sipping, a quick stab of roasted malt semi-sweetness is promptly outdone by a deeper espresso bitterness, along with a dry, dusky yeast overtone. Cocoa and raisins glide through the middle along with a feather of anise. The finish is dominated by a fine, lingering hops bitterness, but not without a nod to the residual malt. It's a splendid classic that inspires true respect for it's traditional greatness.

Rather north of light bodied, it slides across the palate and leaves a dark coffee feel.

Simply, it's an impressive blend of history and tradition, mixed with wonderful flavor and presence. It's a joy to drink one, and as much a joy to drink another, and in fact, the anticipation is almost a force unto itself. Not many beers can boast of being a style's blueprint, but this one is just that, and more.

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Photo of JosiahS
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into an Irish pint glass. Gave off a 1 1/2 finger eggshell head. Color of the body is a very dark brown and shows a ruby red when held to light. The head, surprisingly, dulled to a ring after only a minute.

The aroma is really nice. Lots of dark, dark malt. There is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, gram-cracker, honey, lickerish, a little toffy/caramel and when swirled, the slightest of citric and floral, dry hops.

Taste is awesome, it has it all. There is a hopiness upfront that peaks and falls until the end. All the while, rich chocolate, coffee and a smokiness come soon after that seem to overwhelm the hops. Soft, dark bread and toffy notes come through in the middle. Finishes slightly hoppy and with a punch of chocolate leaving the pallete fairly quickly with little to no lingering bitterness.

A very well balanced porter! I like it a lot. at 5.4% ABV, this is a highly drinkable beer. I would not mind buying this again.

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Photo of mjurney
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Ruby brown color, see through. Fairly nice head, almost creamy.

Aroma:
Roasted malts, nutty, touch of milk chocolate.

Taste:
Roasted malts up front, nutty, milk chocolate and coffee. Slight hint of dried dark fruit, prunes and raisin. Mild bitterness at the end. Body is very silky.

Finish:
Finish off very smooth, nice roasted aftertaste that lingers very well.

Overall:
World class porter. The slogan says it all "Rich, Dark and Complex".

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This porter pours out a dark brown, mahogany color with some red tint. There is a nice 1/2" creamy tan head that settles to a ring and left little lacing.
The aroma of Fuller's London Porter is earthy, roasted malt with kind of an iced coffee smell. Smells perfect to me!
The taste is out of this world and is something for any brewery making a porter to try and attain. Along with the roasted, burnt flavor, a little chocolate comes across before the coffee flavor hits. Wonderful long finish. Very balanced flavor, and always consistent.
The beer is smooth, creamy and rich in the mouth with just a little carbonation.
This is a highly drinkable porter which always has and always will stay in my regular rotation of beers. Highly recommended to any beer lover.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark brown/black with a thin tan head. Nose is rum, molasses and rich malts with just a hint of dark chocolate. Head fades to just around the edges but what remains is retained all the way to the bottom.

First taste is deeply malted and dry. Roasted whole bean coffee with the slightest hint of merlot. Unsweeted dutch cocoa and sorghum again but not very sweet at all. Bitter yet smooth, medium on the palate with a pleasant, lingering aftertaste.

I would expect something like this to be overwhelming: too sweet, too bitter, too thick. But this one strikes that perfect balance.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a dark chestnut brown with a fluffy tan head that provided very balanced lacing patterns.

S - Molasses, toasted caramel and chocolate malt, sticky dates, smokey overtones,

T - Creamy caramel, roasted malts, light smoke, hints of sour licorice, tangy yeast, cocoa, roasted nuts, raisins, has a roasted bitter finish.

M - Full body, soft carbonation, extremely creamy and velvety feel.

Superb! One of, if not the best porters I've ever had.

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Photo of xav33
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter
English pint bottle
Best before 02/07, filled up on 11/06
Medium pour in an English pint.

Poured a clear deep dark mahogony brown with a large frothy somewhat lasting light brown head with fair lacing.

Smelt strongly of molasses, coffee, roast, mild chocolate.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet dark chocolate with molasses and coffee tones followed by a strong burnt malt bitterness that turns into a clean crisp long bitter coffee finish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, oily, lively carbonated, with moderate astringency.

Overall, a classic. Drinkable, plenty of taste, well balanced. Just straightforward excellent porter taste. One of the easiest porters to enjoy out there.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with an initially stiff toffee/caramel colored head that sticks around for a while before settling to a creamy layer over the top. Some lacing, but nothing too impressive.

S: Sweet dark toffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Very smooth and inviting. The second I stuck my nose towards the glass I could tell this one was gonna be good.

T&M: Initially sweet chocolate flavor that yields to some dark roasted barley flavors. There's a spiciness from the hops near the end, and the finish is long and filled with coffee and roasted malt. Complex and bold. The body is medium, but light for a porter. Carbonation is light and restrained, just right.

D: In my book, porters should have the malty flavors of a stout with the drinkability of a pale ale. Fuller's London Porter has both, and drinks easier than your average pale ale. This is a highly drinkable, flavorful beer that I will definitely be seeking out again.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown color with a thin khaki head. Bittersweet chocolate hits the nose with a bit of roast. Starts off with sweet malt, very full mouthfeel and finishes full of bittersweet chocolate. This has more chocolate and less coffee than most porters, but I don't see anything wrong with that! An outstanding beer that I will be looking out for.

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Photo of edchicma
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional black color with a long lasting, creamy head. Rich dark roasted malt aroma suggesting a full-bodied taste to follow. Roasted malt taste with hints of smoke. Flavors linger nicely into the aftertaste, which remains as a slight bitterness which is refreshing. Very smooth an ddrinkable. I put this one in my top tier of porters. Highly recommended.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Porters to begin with and for me, Fuller's London defines the style. It epitomizes robust. Poured a deep black with a cafe au lait head that was not too think but very creamy, especially for a bottle. The smell was deep, damp and earthy with aromas of sweet chocolate and toffee. The taste was rich and dark with serious notes of coffee dominating the taste and a well placed bitter hop finish hidden deep within rolling waves of toasted malts. The mouthfeel was exceptionally creamy and thick for a porter, but it was not at all obtrusive. If you are attempting to introduce a friend to Porters use this as an archetype.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at British Beer Company, Hyannis location.

Presentation is an imperial pint glass, with an excellent 3/4" super-dense nitro head over the medium brown brew. Laced excellently with foam coated the glass sides from top to bottom at the end of the drinking experience. Aroma is medium and dark malts, even apparent through the nitro head. Taste was of the malt, then softened with an almost perfect complementary amount of hops. This brew impressed me by being able to blast its flavor through the normally deadening nitro presentation. This ability combined with the nitro-smoothing effect made the mouthfeel and drinkability tops in my book.

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Photo of euskera
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking this baby for years (whenever I can find it). It is the standard against which all porters should be measured. More like a stout than a porter to me, from a taste perspective.

Pours out a deep brown, almost black, with a nice tan head. The smell is enticing, but not overpowering, with a smoky hint of coffee and chocolate malt. Taste is superb, creamy hints with the malt and chocolate hint coming through nicely. Mouthfeel is on the velvety side, though not as smooth as it could be. Overall a fantastic brew that's in my top 20 easily..

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Photo of Welsman
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted this beer for the first time at the
International beer fest in Philadelphia.
I am a huge fan of Porters and this has probably replaced Sam Smiths as my favorite.
Huge taste and thick texture, highly drinkable,All the good traits of a porter, chocolate/coffee, smells great. my wife is not the biggest porter fan and she loved it.

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Photo of pootz
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With my favored Baltic porter off the shelves, I decided to try some of the British offerings so I got six of Fullers (big bucks here in Kanada). I can't say I like it as much as the sweeter, fuller bodied stronger Baltic porters but this is a very good example of the traditional British porter and a superbly produced beer with excellent quality. I'm quite satisfied with this as an interim substitute.

This porter came in an impressive embossed brown bottle with a Brit style understated labeling...had a freshness date and write up on the beer's traditional roots and awards. Poured a luxurious rich clear dark mahogany looks almost cola- ruby when glass held against a strong light. Large cascading puffy brown head that stayed for a while then dissipated to a beige lace that stayed to the end of the drink. It has a moderate amount of carbonation.

Smells of chocolate and Carmel with hints of carbonation.

Starts with a very sharp taste punctuated by the hops and carbonation then settles into a creamy medium-full bodied feel punctuated with a balance of musty chocolate semi sweetness and semi bitter hops...finishes rather light an thin with a pleasant hop after taste that is not as tinny as dry stouts. All in all a very good drink and a fine porter.

This is just a bit thin and not warming enough for my tastes in porter. I like this for now but continue my search for a replacement for my Okocim Porter.

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Photo of stealth
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite sessionable porters. Looks great with a two-finger tan head. Dark brown brew with solid lacing as you drink. Lots of roast, malt, dark chocolate, and toffee in the aroma. Nice balanced, basic porter taste that goes down real smooth. Overall flavor profile is pretty subdued, nothing really jumps out, but what you do get is wonderful. Really something I could drink all night without thinking twice. Nice roast finish on the palate.

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Photo of klewis
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 6/5/05 (but I bought it anyway)

A: Nearly pitch black with a big frothy head and lots of lace left behind on the glass.

S: I didn't get much except for a really nice sweet chocalate aroma.

T: Great chocolate flavors with a blast of strong cappachino coming well after the swallow. Excellent.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation that may be a litle much for my taste, but it certanly does not detract from the taste.

D: This is the best porter that I've had, and it comes at a great price. I will be drinking copius amounts of this in the future.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Skep.. Can't remember seeing this on draught anywhere else before. Maybe I never looked..

Dark brown with a beige head creaming my tremens snifter. I shake at the possibilities.
Big chocolatey nose, some roast in there, and a secret something, slightly fruity, esters buried?
Fantastic smooth chocolate bite that finishes very dry, roast and coffee in excellent complement.
First sip and I was hooked, even slightly too cold. Dry and smashing the entirety of my mouth. Brilliant malt bill. Extremely drinkable, didn't realize I was going to be such a fan.

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Photo of jmalex
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perhaps the beer that turned me onto porters in the first place. Ironic it was an English one when now I buy pretty much all American porters. That wasn't going to stop me from grabbing a six pack of the original.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my new Sam Adams glass a deep brown that is only the slightest bit translucent when held to light. With illumination, ruddy red highlights are apparent. The head is small and lowers to just a small bubbly patch - no doubt aided by the etchings at the bottom of the glass. As I drink further, no sign of a head can be seen.

SMELL: Roasty, ROASTY! Big and heavy on coffee aromas. Bitter black malts come through as does a soft chocolatiness. And if you try real hard, the faintest bit of diacetyl comes through.

TASTE: Starts just a tad empty but the roasty flavors kick in fast. It's a bit bitter as it crosses the palate, and the finish is where most of the flavor lies. Just a bit buttery with another huge kick of roasted and black grains. Not too complex but incredibly executed.

MOUTHFEEL: Now this is what I'm talking about! A medium full body with just the faintest hint of chewiness. Carbonation level is medium and perfect for accentuating the flavors.

DRINKABILITY: An amazing drinker that is sessionable to boot. Give me more!

This is the beer that makes me reconsider my preference for the more hoppy American style porters. I love them both, but Fuller's is downright near perfect.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,201 ratings.
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