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

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4.2
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Photo of grayburn
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer sets the standard for porters in my opinion.

She pours a ruddy brown with a smallish head that has good retention and lacing.

The smell is very roasty and nutty, with a bit of bitter chocolate in there as well. A wee bit of alcohol is floating around.

The taste is the quintissential porter. Roasty, some dried fruit, toffee, chocolate, caramel...this beer is just loaded with tons and tons of flavor. Very complex and delicious, I cannot imagine a better tasting porter.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Medium body with decent carbonation.

I could drink this beer all night, delicious and highly drinkable. Stellar beer.

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Photo of bcollar
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance --> Deep rich brown colour allowing only a twinkling of ruby coloured light through. Head has a slightly brown hue to it with marginal lacing.

Smell --> Chocolate and caramel are predominant but coffee makes an appearance in the background.

Taste --> Chocolate characters hit you up front with caramel notes lingering closely behind. A subtle coffee flavour finds itself teasing its way through the middle and a nice soothing bitter finishes things off. Great progression!

Mouthfeel --> Smooth but not quite silky texture gently coats the tongue. The slight carbonation of the beer is just right and doesn't detract from the texture.

Drinkability --> This was an exceptional beer and matches wonderfully with chocolate dessert! It's exactly what I would expect from a great Porter. This is a definite must try!

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Photo of burnstar
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with coffee notes and some floral hops. Nice malty taste. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Nice background sweetness. A few herbal hops. Just a bit of bitterness from the dark malt. Quite balanced, nuanced, and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium and just about right for this beer. Very drinkable and a great porter overall.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every bit as good as I hoped it would be. I hit the jackpot when Andy's North Campus here in Columbus sent an e-mail that they had cases of this for $11.99. Excellent roasted aroma with hints of chocolate. Rich, dark color with a thin head. Hearty coffee/chocolate flavor that neither dissipated nor overpowered. One of the best beers I have tried.

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Photo of bobsy
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Volo and also from cans and bottles. The beer arrives with a wonderful dark body and a nice foamy tan head. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate, and is extremely enticing! Very smooth - like drinking an espresso chocolate cake covered in cream. I find this to be far better on cask than the bottled and canned versions.

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Photo of Gear54
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass.

A: pitch black with a thin layer of wispy foam atop the brew. Moderate lace

S: strong notes of coffee and dark chocolate fill the nose while malts are noticeable but only slightly.

T: follows the smell exactly. This is a very full flavor beer with lots of coffee and dark chocolate.

M: this one surprised me. I expected it to be on the heavy side based in looks and smell but I would call it medium at best. I would have liked it a bit thicker maybe...

O: My first time trying this one and I was not disappointed. I'm a huge fan of porter and stout style beers and this fit right it! Buy some and see for yourself.

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Photo of vinicole
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Almost ebony in colour. Thick tan head.
Rich chocolate malt aroma. Liquorice and ripe stoned fruit. Toasted brown bread.
The taste complements the smell. Light bitterness after some initial sweetness.
Soft body - not bottle conditioned but seems that way.
A highly drinkable porter.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with molasses highights. Big, vulgar bubbles form the head and quickly fade to just a ring. The aroma is a huge improvement on the appearance; big malty chocolate aromas (think malted chocolate milk) jump right out, along with crispy roasted malts and just a hint of fruity sweetness (raspberry?). Beautifully balanced mouthfeel, with some roughness from roasted malts and some hops coexisting perfectly with a slickness not far from an oatmeal stout's. Tasty chocolate notes, along with dry roasted malt notes, form the backbone of this beer, but there are also earthy hops and a bit of smoke in the palate. This is truly a wonderful porter, one of the best English examples of the style that I have ever tasted.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've just made a cola float lol

this pint makes my mouth water that lovely looking tan head

ow wow that big coffee hit in the aroma along with full on roasts and chocolate notes.

The bottle says Rich Dark and complex well the first two are more than true real velvety and a big chocolate kiss with and a real expresso body.

Slightly thin on the mouthfeel though this makes this an easy drinker other than that spot on all round.

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Photo of samie85
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orignally reviewed 4/26.

A-Pours a cola color with a what looks like quite a bit of carbonation and a one finger white head.

S-Coffee, vanilla, chocolate and a hint of cinnamon.

T-Rich chocolate and coffee notes; also vanilla. Finishes with a dry roasty subdued bitternes.

M-Rich and luxuriously thick. The over-carbonated appearance is not present here.

D-Really, really easy drinking, delcious and complex porter. I'll be sure to revisit this one.

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Photo of Dantes
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 12 oz. tall, narrow brown bottle. “Best before 19/Sep/03.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s lists it as 5.4% in bottles.

Cost: $7.49 per 6-pack at Total Wines.

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º

Appearance: Almost stout-like at first glance, one realizes that this is not opaque, but deeply translucent brown-burgundy. Formed a moderately dense, sticky, head, with a medium bead, which resolved to a very thin layer that lasted half-way through the glass. May have been affected by having been poured into a “used” glass, recently vacated by a Fuller’s London Pride.

Smell: The malts dominate here issuing aromas of burnt sugar, smoke, and toasted grain. As is typical with Fuller’s, the nose is restrained but complex, improving as it warms.

Taste: A veritable Greek Chorus of malts awaits the lucky person holding the glass. Brown, Crystal, and Chocolate malts produce a rich variety of flavors: dark fruits, wood-smoke, vanilla, dark toast, nuts, unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and the classically British diacetyl. The Fuggles issue a plaintive, but noticeable cry against the Full-Nelson applied by the malts. Has a long, lingering, creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation; noticeable but not intrusive. Allows the malts and rich body to achieve a lovely creaminess. The buttery elements coat the tongue, prolonging the beer’s lovely flavors. Smooth and silky.

Drinkability: Another great-drinking beer from Fullers. This is a medium-bodied porter that drinks like a mild ale. Don’t let its dark color scare you away. This is a wonderfully balanced brew.

Another stunner from Fullers. The orchestration of malts is deftly done, providing a wonderfully satisfying porter. An archetype of the style, which is even better on draught. I regard Fuller’s as an old friend, who always has the right encouraging words. A standard inhabitant at the top of my beer rotation along with the ESB and 1845.

Bottom Line: The perfect porter for quaffing.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown in color with a thin head. Aroma is a nice roasted maltiness which mellows into a caramely sweetness as the beer warms. Taste starts off sharply with some hop flavor and coffee-like malt. The malt becomes more caramely mid-palate, and ends with a roasty, bitter, dry finish. Medium-full body. Quite a nice porter.

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Photo of horshack7
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle it pours a very dark brown with amber hues. The head is lacey and foamy about an inch worths.

Aromas: Tremendous chocolate malt notes along with hints of coffee. Slight burnt hop notes.

Taste: A slightly crisp mouthfeel. Big chocolate malt notes with slight caramel notes. Very full bodied with robust coffee flavors. Burnt hops dance around the pallate with a smooth finish.

Notes: This is a remarkable English porter. This one could me through the coldest of winter nights.Cheers

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer.

Poured a chocolate brown color with a small creamy tan head.

The smell was very enticing, coffee grounds and chocolate. My mouth was watering in anticipation.

My mouth was not disappointed. The chocolate and coffee blended beautifully on my tongue. Holy crap, it's like my tongue just had an orgasm.

It had a nice full mouth feel, as I'd expect from a porter, but the carbonation level seemed a bit high to me - jabbing at my tongue with sharp little bubbles.

Great beer. Wait, did I say that already? Well it's true. Definately something I'll be drinking again and again.

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Photo of jj21
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan head with good lacing covers a dark brown beer. Aromas of Caramel, chocolate and malt on the nose. Well rounded balance in this beer. The Chocolate and Caramel sweetness works well with the hint of hops. Goes down so smooth. No heavy alcohol presence makes this easy to drink.

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Photo of Vancer
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, baby! From the great deep, clear, mahogany brown pour with tan head that laced, to the intense chocolate malt aroma, this one’s a winner. Sips tasted malty with powdery burnt toast/charcoal, and finished hoppy. Rich, full bodied – thinning as it warms. Defiantly a smooth porter to quaff and judge others.

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Photo of wl0307
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BB date 17/04/06.
A: in a goblet it pours a very very dark brown, next to black, colour, coming with a beige head disappearing slowly. Nice flow of bubbles in the glass is detectable.
S: deeply dark-chocolatey note mixed well with a juicy dark malty flavour overwhelms the nose; lots of rawness of crushed dark malts like calcium-pills at present too, along with dried dark-fruits (raisins and longan-fruit) and a tinge of tobaco sustaining well in the background--overall very dark-malty as well as fruity.
T: a flow of chocolatey flavour of chocolate and crystal malts (?) pours in my mouth, accompanied by a rounded but mild flavour of coffee beans, tiny bit of tart dark fruits, lightly diacetyl flavour, and a touch of divine intervention of smokiness... against such rich flavour of dark malts, quite mild hoppyness cuts its way through. Overall a very complex and balanced taste, not having the chocolatey theme overpowering everything else. The aftertaste is smoothly bitter, turning dryish and lingerings well down the throat.
M: very refreshing on the tongue as provided by mildly fizzy body, while rounded mouthfeel of malts is balanced quite well with a nice tinge of fruitiness, resulting in an overall smooth palate, not overly sweet and overly rich.
D: What more can I say about this beer... simply gorgeous~~ with such a glass of full-flavoured porter retaining a refreshing body and dryish aftertaste, it doesn't take a great Porter fan to fully appreciate its fullness and complexity--look what's happened to me!

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Photo of BitteBier
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown color with dark amber highlights and a nice cap of fine, dense tan head that laces quite well. Aromas of toasted malts and caramel highlight the rich, soft nose. Unexpected light crispeness at the start of the taste quickly yields to roasted flavors than then share the stage with nicely incorporated bitterness. While the smell and taste are quite full, the mouthfeel is pleasantly balanced, which goes a long way in making this an exceedingly drinkable porter.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very dark brown that looks nearly opaque. It formed a moderate sized head that was a dark tan and dissipated gradually. The smell was of coffee, chocolate and caramel, with some slight fruitiness. The taste was excellent, with coffee and chocolate being the dominant flavours, and the fruitiness coming through in the finish. Feels substantial in the mouth, but not so thick as to be difficult to drink. Great drinkability, just a wonderful porter all around.

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Photo of Optimat0r
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance - comes in a very nice 500ml bottle. almost zero foam upon pouring, this is good. deep red in color, very dark.

taste - wow very good! extremely coffee-like taste. a nice dry flavor... theres enough here to hold your interest for a while. one of the better beers ive tried, no hops at all, like i said its almost like an alcoholic coffee drink. easily the best britain/ireland beer ive had.

drinkbility - the best! its complex enough to drink tons of while staying interesting and good yet a low enough abv to drink alot of without getting trashed. very good beer, i like it.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.58/5  rDev +9%

The aroma is fantastic with lots of bitter chocolate, freshly ground coffee, toffee, a touch of woodiness. The body is dark brown with ruby highlights; the rather small, light tan head diminishes to a thin film after about a minute. The flavor, particularly at first, includes coffee, a slight twang of dried fruit; after a few sips the bolder flavors thin out and admit some licorice and creamy caramel sweetness; the pleasant coffee/peanut shell finish lingers. The carbonation is fairly low but lends a good bite; body is medium-light.

I personally enjoyed the aroma more than the flavor; and while the flavor is also quite enjoyable, I would have liked it more if it had followed the nose more closely and then persisted in that regard. Nevertheless, I did indeed enjoy this porter immensely and look forward to having it again.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip at fridge temp. A beautiful tan head forms on an aggressive pour and stays. The beer is very dark ruby, not entirely opaque; very pretty in the glass. The aromatics are roasted malt, cocoa, and dark caramel.That comes through in the flavor too, as does a velvety smoothness. The finish is nicely grainy. The body is light to moderate. This is a fantastic porter with a terrific balance and great drinkability.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely deep, almost opaque garnet red, bordering on black. The head is nearly non-existent, and what little there is dissipates rapidly, leaving only the faintest of rings around the edge of the beer.

The aroma is mainly of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. It's vaguely reminiscent of Kahlua, but more prickly, and with the earthy hop overtones barely making their presence felt. And I do mean barely. The nose is almost all malt, with the roasted grains nearly overwhelming the hops.

The flavor is, remarkably, just like the aroma: Mostly coffee with a tiny amount of chocolate. Again, think carbonated Kahlua, but with less sticky body, far less sweetness, and just enough hop bitterness to balance everything out. Ever so slight licorice or black currant flavors seem to peek out near the end, but duck back into their hiding place before you can pinpoint them, like the beer is playing with your tongue. Simply phenomenal.

As the taste matches the aroma, so the mouthfeel matches the taste. This beer isn't thick, it isn't watery... it's just what you'd expect from a beer that tastes as it does. Just a tad oily, but in a way that enhances the experience of drinking this brew, not detracts from it.

This beer almost perfectly matches what you see with what you taste. What you expect with what you experience. It is quite possible the perfect porter. Amazing.

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Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown--only a touch of light shines through (and it appears ruby in color). Dense, one-finger beige head. Great, thick ring lace on the glass.

Delicious nose of cocoa and cream. There's another element that I've yet to identify, but it is attractive and drawing. It's almost like burnt toast or a mild smokiness.

Now that I've identified, I really notice the smoke, although it is subtle (not like a rauchbier). Some burnt biscuit with a dollop of whipped cream. The swallow features bitter chocolate and touch of cherry. Wonderfully complex. If there is a moderation of the excellence, it would be in the body--modest with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is more cocoa.

Simply a wonderfully complex beer--exceptional!

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Photo of kevinlater
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can into nonic pint. reads "30 04 15" on the bottom of the can, which i'm guessing is a best before date of april 30, 2015. enjoyed immensely on august 13, 2014

a: a very deep brown with dark ruby highlights, almost cola-like. almost two fingers of foamy tan head

s: chocolate and raisins up front. coffee, caramel, maybe cherries? some tobacco and smoke notes too

t: follows the nose. "rich, dark & complex" written on the can is a very accurate description. tons of chocolate and toffee up front, coffee afterwards, then the aforementioned dark fruit notes bring a mild but really pleasant sweetness. hints of syrup too? a delicious roast-char-smoke-tobacco character comes out towards the end. finishes with cocoa tastes and a drying coffee-like bitterness

m: creamy light to medium body. mild carbonation. nice!

o: one of my favourite beers ever. it's great that it's available and affordable too. a very wonderful low abv flavour bomb

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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