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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
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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#1,160
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Ratings:
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pDev:
10.26%
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Photo of Winston3737
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPA35
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown, cola colour. Off white head. Looks well carbonated.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, British hops and a tad of smoke.
Smells as if it is quite sweet. Smells good, it reminds me a bit of Mikkeller BGB.

A sweet malty beer, some coffee/milk chocolate in here, slight roast and the hops are definitley there even though it does not have an overly bitter finish.

Medium body with good carbonation.

Overal a pleaseant session beer. Drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at M'Coul's in Greensboro, NC, this one shows a deep dark brown mohogany color with a goodly light oatmeal colored head and good lacing. The aroma is of roasted nuts and molasses malt, deep and delightful. The flavor offers thick charcoal nuttiness and malt sweetness with clear grassy hop bitterness. This is decidedly mid-plus bodied, smooth with modest carbonation. Very drinkable and definitely worth a try, a very solid porter.

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Photo of beckerboots
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid after dinner porter. Perhaps a little light for my liking but certainly worth the adventure. Pours deep red/brown with little head and even less lacing. The real gem of this porter is the aroma. Wafting sents of coffee bean and dark chocolate are very apparent but not too overwhelming. Lacks the richness of taste and robustness for a post dinner sipping drink but is still very palate friendly. Little to no aftertaste to speak of and the lack of hardiness helps you almost crave another (Or at least another smell)

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Photo of bnes09
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heavy, dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Thin, tan head forms then recedes quickly leaving slippery lacing.

Smell is highly roasted and chocolately, a bit earthy with a touch of bread grains.

Nice smooth roasted character of rich chocolate. Hops are faint but add a mild bite. Touch of smokey character. Very rich and sweet.

Medium-bodied and incredibly smooth in texture. Mild carbonation gives it some life.

Overall, a very solid porter. Flavors are perfectly balanced and rich but not over-the-top. A must have for porter lovers.

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Photo of mjw06
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark opague almost black with a hint of red, however very unimpressive head size and retention.

roasty, chocolaty smell, hoppiness is apparent in the smell as well

rich taste of barley and other roasty malts with a hint of toffee. a hoppy finish that seemed just right to me.

very impressive full bodied, soft mouthfeel.

a very drinkable brew, went well with my pancakes and home fries. a porter that i will be sure to remember and keep high on my list.

on-tap at the diner in adams morgan, dc

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Photo of doktorhops
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love a good porter, a GOOD porter, and this one is up there with the titans of porter - along with Irish dry stout one of the first styles of beer I actually got in to (Guinness being my first beer love). When I finally noticed a bottle of this at my not-so-local-but-on-the-way-to-work I had to immediately get it and review it. And so I did dammit. After 8hrs of work that is.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Dark chocolate (a word I suspect I will be using frequently in this review) body with a firm 0.5cm tan head. Looks like a grand old porter to me.

S: Dark chocolate (yep!) gives way to some roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and a hint of lingering smoke. Suitably impressed with all the hallmark porter characters together at last ready to act out some supreme theatre on my taste buds.

T: Velvety smooth flavours of the above: dark chocolate, roasted chicory, vanilla, cigar tobacco and smoke. This is one classic porter feast for the tongue. One criticism though, and it is very true to style so it's not a problem of this ale, but it's a bit too smooth and the flavours are less pronounced than I would like them to be. Again this is more an underlying personal view on porters as a whole due to my changing tastes than a direct criticism of this fine ale.

M: Heavy like a good porter/stout with a creamy texture and light carbonation.

D: As previously mentioned my tastes have changed over the years - I used to hate mushrooms and eggplant (I would have made a terrible Italian) but now I love them. I used to love porters and stouts but now I find them a bit boring. And that is the case with this ale, ten years ago we would have been best of friends but now I'm hanging out with Belgian tripels and IPA's and you know what those Belgians are like, bunch of troublemakers! I wont however let this diminish my rating of this fine example of a porter though.

Food match: I'm gonna have to stew on this one [literally].

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Photo of Minkybut
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The bber was a black ebony delight with a very tan head. The smell was of nice roasted malts and nuts. The taste was smooth coffee with toasted goodies that were just wonderful to savor. I can only imagine hoe fine this beer would be on tap and reallly fresh. I will certainly buy again.

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Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.15.

A: Deep mocha brown with 1-2 finger tan head with good retention and spare lacing.

S: A wide range of great aromas including vanilla, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark malt, and leafy and floral hops.

T: A bit too burnt for my personal taste but still well-crafter porter with smooth blending of coffee, chocolate, nut, and hard-toasted dark malts with prominent and bitter leafy hops. Moderately acrid finish.

M: Smooth and easy to drink with low carbonation and dlightly burned dark malt aftertaste.

D: A very good porter with a well-rounded nutty, cocoa flavor. One of the standard-bearers for the style, although others are a lot more adventurous.

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Photo of Greasy
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of pentathlete
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown, small amount of carbonation. The aroma is strong, coffee, molasses, a little licorice. Taste is smooth and smoky, more coffee, with licorice toward the end. Mouthfeel was full, flavors keep things in place for a long finish. Nothing overpowering, balanced between the malts and bitterness. I could see drinking two or three of these after dinner with a good book in the cigar chair.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a very dark red body with a one-finger, mocha colored head that features decent retention and lacing.

S: Some roast, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and toffee. This smells amazing, to be honest.

T: Very roasty up front, featuring caramel and coffee sneaking up on the back end. I will say, the coffee finish is a little disagreeable with me, but otherwise, it's great tasting.

M: Nicely creamy, medium bodied, yet it features high carbonation, as well. Good combination. The finish isn't that dry, which helps keep the bitter aftertaste in check.

O: Though I can't justify buying this stuff everyday at $13 a six pack, this is still a great session porter overall. Thumbs up.

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Photo of Procrastinator
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. brown bottle poured into Nonic pint glass. Best before 14/Oct/07 date printed on rear label.

Appearance: dark cola-colored brown body with soft beige colored 1" head after vigorous pour. Head recedes slowly to leave sticky layered lacing around outside of glass. Carbonation bubbles march up the sides of my glass.

Smell: you don't have to work hard to notice dark, rich chocolate
and hints of coffee with a nuttiness in the background. Sweet pitted fruits like prunes or plums.

Taste: dark coffee with it's bitter qualities and semi-sweet chocolate, along with sweet roasted grains. In the background, I taste raisins and the noticeable mineral taste of England's water.

Mouthfeel: dry up front and has slightly bitter astringency. Carbonation is soft and pleasing. A bit buttery slickness on the tongue with a medium body.

Drinkability: easy drinking mild taste and alcohol make for a desirable session beer. Real nice porter.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
One in. tan head-cola colored
SCent of coffee and cocoa
Taste-light coffee and chocolate, smooth and creamy, a faint bitterness in the finish-
-warmed to a more roasted coffee and more cocoa flavor
Overall, very pleasant and drinkable--a good session beer at 5.4 abv. Perfect to have on a cold wet January day(or any other day)

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Photo of Kunsan90
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a very, very, dark ruby red that shows the red hues in the right light. A thick, dark, tan head formed that left behind nice lace work as it receded. It had a great smell of roasted, slightly burnt malts/grains, coffee, and chocolate. The taste was great. It was or roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. It felt medium to full in the mouth and had a nice malty flavor and after taste. There was a very slight, and I say slight hint of hop spiciness.

This is a great porter that I will drink again and use to judge others by.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I was a bit sad when I poured this brew and virtually no head developed. The surface had some frothiness which mostly stayed in a ring around the inside of the glass. The color is like black coffee. The smell is faint, but you can detect chocolate, coffee beans, and marshmallow aromas. Very toasty. The taste is similar, with coffee flavor that is somewhat smoky. Decent bitterness. It seems average at first but improves very much over a few sips. The mouthfeel is slightly thinner than expected, and the carbonation is fairly low, although it doesn't necessarily feel flat. The overall flavor is solid and while not one of the best I've had, it seems like a beer that I could easily have a few rounds of, especially with the moderate alcohol content.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-very rich looking dark brown,with a thick tan head,about three fingers worth before it rolled over the rim of my mug!!

S-terrific smells from this dark brew,bitter fruits,perfectly burnt malts,dark chocolates

T-carmels,light toffee flavors mix well with coffee traces,finishing with a slightly smokey aftertaste that is there until the next sip

M-great well rounded mouthfeel,medium bodied,soft carbonation that feels a lot like a frothed latte

D-rather drinkable for such a dark pour,would be hard to stop after one if there were another lying around,but for tonight this was a great beer after a long holiday filled with watery beers

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle in my pursuit of the top 100 beers of fame.

I intentionally picked up a tulip while on vacation to properly sip this beer and enjoy the experience.

The coloring was deep brown with some red tinge at the edges. On my pour I got about two fingers of head, which was a very light tan.

In the bouquet you get a lot of coffee with some light chocolate notes. In the taste there was a decent amount of coffee, just not as much as in the nose. The porter also had some maltiness and good roast.

This was an intersting cross between a porter and an ESB. The ESB came in nicely for the feel of this beer and some of the flavor.

I recommend picking up a bottle of Fuller's Porter. It has a very old world feel to it. I'm sorry to say that this was my first time with this beer, but it won't be my last.

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Photo of JMS1512
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess this may be the first time I've had Fuller's Porter in the past year, although it is relatively available in the area. Paid $3.50 for a bottle tonight, which is about the same price you can find at the grocery store for a single. Deep brown with nice chocolate, caramel, and coffee smell and tatse. I've tasted better porter's but few compare in their drinkability. Nice lacing and not too heavy.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown almost black colour with a decent size frothy off white head. There is a low to average amount of carbonation showing. There is some great thick lacing and the head lasts for a while.

Smell - lots of stuff going on here, hops, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toasted nuts, and malts.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a fantastic mouth feel. The carbonation is perfectly suited for the style of beer. It is rich, and creamy and smooth. The beer also has the perfect amount of bitterness and leaves a wonderful coffee and toasted nut after taste.

Drink - An outstanding beer that I will buy again and again.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow! 634 reviews as of this writing. Hit an irish pub in boston with some colleagues (I know, an irish pubin boston...) for lunch during the work week and noticed this gem on draft. Ordered it up, had a spirited round of beer discussion followed by my friends enjoying their own pints of this great beer. Rich, dark, malty, light bodied and 5.4% AND on tap. How can you go wrong???

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Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Ruby-black, pours a nice off-white/tan head, not much retention, but great lace.

S: Dark malt, chocolate, burnt caramel, a little spice (jaggery/treacle?), with a touch of British fruity esters.

T: Bittersweet, with the bitterness comming from the chocolate malt. Caramel, licorice, treacle, molases. Slight alcoholic warmth in the finish. A little fruitiness from the British yeast. Considerable depth of flavour.

M: Moderate body, light to moderate carbonation. Chalky after-taste.

D: Quite good, but it's a little bold for a session beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours black with a good-sized tan head. Good retention and lacing. A very nice-looking beer.

Smell contains roast malt, a bit of dark fruit and some chocolate. I get a bit of a marmite scent, oddly.

Roast malt is the focus of the taste as well, along with chocolate and a bit of a creamy flavour. Some dark fruit (prune). Bitter finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Moderately carbonated.

Overall, very good indeed.

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Photo of I3eer
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,688 ratings
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