Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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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
Reviews:
1,218
Ratings:
2,605
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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Photo of proc
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One fine brew. Pours out to a dark as night color in the glass with a minimal head. Smell is that of roasted fruit and malt. Taste is that of roasted malt, hops and as someone else said, licorice. I detected a plum-like taste as well. The finish is smooth and begs for another sip.

One word: Delicious.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pub Italia in Ottawa, ON. Dark black with ruby edges and a ruddy brown head that lasts and leaves nice lacing as well. Aromas are all deep roastd malts, chocolate, espresso, green herbal hops, and biscuity breads. The taste is a wonderful blend of espresso flavors, green herbal hops, biscuity malts and lovely roasted flavors. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and nice, but noticeably inferior to the cask version of this beauty. The drinkability, as always, is excellent. Quite a good pint on tap, but simply sublime in it's cask conditioned form.

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Photo of Wonka
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 0.9 fl.oz.
Alc. 5.4% Vol.
BEST BEFORE 14/JAN/06

Beautiful traditional bottle design

Appearance – black-cored/purple-edged body; 3-finger thick, frothy tan head to open with reasonable life throughout; moderate spackle of lace

Smell – out of the gates at cap pop, there was an intense burst at the nose; there’s no holding back; roasted malt; coffee; some chocolate

Taste – dark fruit; light smoke; bitter chocolate; bit of a hoppy zip in the close but from front to back, malts run the show and they are kings of management; one heck of a back half even with the narrowing feel

Mouthfeel – moderate (almost buttery smooth) and slightly descending throughout; light carbonation is porter perfect; a bit dry to close

Drinkability – the sliding feel makes a return easy; taste and its passage into the aftertaste are 'so choice' in the words of Ferris

On this beer’s birth certificate the name reads Elegance E. Porter. Incredible. The entire package is complimentary. Home run.

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Photo of alphawolf
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this fella on tap at Dressel's in St. Louis.

A- Dark and lovely. Lacking head has the only criticism I had.

S- Roasty, like a porter should be. Smell was representative of the taste I was about to experience.

T- Excellent. I'm not very good at picking out specific tastes (like vanilla, etc), so I can't say any of that -- just that this was one of the best porters I have ever had. Delicious!

M- I tend to drink a lot of double-IPA's, so this actually seemed to have moderate body in comparison to what I'm used to. However, it was sufficiently "there", with moderate carbonation.

D- I could drink this all day, which I think is notable in a dark beer. Had a certain refreshing quality which was reminiscent of a summer barbeque.

Overall, right tasty brew. Will definitely be looking for more of this!

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Photo of calinative68
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer in Idaho as I wanted to expand my English beer knowledge. Deep and dark color as a porter should be. Superior malt scent. Espresso/chocolate taste that is remarkable. Low alcohol and very good drinkability. To me this is a porter that should be drank when it's cold outside, in the evening, by the fire. Sit back, relax and enjoy ths wonderful porter!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at british beer company in framingham, ma. pretty sure it was nitro tap.

not too different from the (non-nitro) canned version, it seems. maybe less pronounced chocolate and coffee notes, and overall sweeter, but still just as good. perhaps the nitro also helps with smoothness, but not so much that it really ups the score any bit further.

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Photo of beernbbq
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the wonderful Imperial Pint bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Lightly roasted espresson smell. Fantastic espresso flavors with a clean dry finish. Nothing heavy or cloying about this beer. Made to be drank for an evenings pleasure of socializing. Great stuff and a world classic.

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Photo of inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the toffee-like aroma to the charcoal finish. Fat, sticky head that tops a walnut edged pitch liquid wonderment. Roast and toast and hop and malt and balance, balance, balance. A superb Porter that compels you to drink it down. Simple and elegant.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, wow, and wow. This porter is an amazing brew. A fantastic elixir out of the bottle, this brew had fabulous notes of coffee and chocolate, not to mention roasted malt in the background. The flavour was smooth, with little after taste, although the great flavor lingered, if that makes any sense. Again, great roasted maltiness and chocolate in the flavour. A great brew, truth be told.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of biggmike
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very, very, dark brown attractive pour with off-white head that lingered for a while. Aroma is of coffee. Taste is also of coffee, but this beer is not too bitter. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is nice as carbonation level is just just right. A nice sessionable porter.

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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, very black. This is beyond opaque. Champagne lines here and there--lines of bubbles shooting intently upward like ants into a flame.

Very deep and intense odor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Nothing original here, but everything good. If I were to rubber stamp a Good Porter Smell, this would be the template. Excellent.

Smoke and roasted malt upfront, alcohol and chocolate in the middle, coffee and more roasted malt in the back. Leaves a nice, dry aftertaste.

Very full body. Very full flavor. Goes down quite smooth. One hell of a beer.

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Photo of SFNC
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle dated 9/19/2013,

The color is dark brown, nearly black, but with ruby highlights when struck by light. A short tan head quickly disolves with minimal lacing.

This smells rich, with char, coffee and dark chocolate tempered with a sweet toffee scent. The taste is even better. The heavy roasted malts and coffee flavor is upfront and strong, but without any harshness. After the intial taste, it mellows with a bittersett toffee flavor that lingers at the finish. This beer has great balance!

It's very creamy, maybe a little thinner than expected, but has the just right carbonation to leave you wanting to take another sip.

This was a treat that I will not hestiate to go back to when in the mood for a lower ABV dark beer or Porter. Fuller's London Porter has earned it's world class reputation in my book. Well done, indeed!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisit: 16 Sep 15
330ml Bottle
Best Before: 28 Sep 15

Been A Long Long Time Between!

Pours a very nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, quick fizzy light tan head, some sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is very nice, malty, with some nice roastyness, chocolate, and toffee notes. The tasty is very nice, malty, very nice chocolate/toffee notes, slight vanilla. Medium body, with a nice dry/slight bitter finish. Overall, still one of the best for ABV. Highly Recommended!

Best by 30 Jul 06

A - Pours a clear dark brown/black in color, some carbonation, tiny head though, not much lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of slightly roasted malts, toffee, and caramel.

T - The taste is awesome sweet malty with some toffer/caramel overtones. Also and nice slightly dry finish.

M - Medium body.

D - Very drinkable. A very tasty brew. I've had a few Fuller's brew's and there all great. Highly recommended.

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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 Immortale25
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a teku pint. Back label says Best Before: 04 APR 17

A- Pours a mostly opaque dark brown color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Lovely nose of chocolaty dark roast malts and an overall biscuity sweetness. Also some notes of caramel and coffee. Hint of raisin.

T- Flavor follows suit with the line between roasty bitter and biscuity sweet being ridden near perfectly making it so incredibly drinkable. Mild hop bitterness is there to round things out. More chocolate, coffee and caramel notes.

M- Standard porter feel with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is easily the best English Porter I've ever had. So tasty and balanced, it's obvious why this is a benchmark that all other porters aspire toward.

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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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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,605 ratings.
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