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:
2,643
Reviews:
1,230
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
263
Gots:
407
For Trade:
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Photo of JMS1512
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ilacquin
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, almost black with a slight tan head. Head fades quickly with very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is definitely of coffee and a hint of chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavor is awesome, and nearly overpowering. Big punch of coffee, just a little taste of malt and chocolate, and almost no bitterness. Tends to linger on the palate for a while.

Damn fine beer, but the heavy coffee flavor would prevent enjoying more than one or two. Would go great with any chocolate or coffee dessert.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black that shows garnet in light, with tan lumpy craggy head. Nose is malted milk balls and touch of roast. Mocha, coffee grounds, a bit of ash and prune as it warms for malts, a sweetness in the middle, and woody (Fuggles?) hops to end. An acidic bite from the roasted barley and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, round and medium.

This is held up as a paragon of the style. For the most part, that's correct.

*from notes

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Photo of steven9000
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Dark with some red coming through in the sunlight. Mocha colored head. Very nice.

Smell: Lots of roasted malts with some overtones of coffee and chocolate.

taste: Is the same as the smell but with a hint of a caramel taste. Also a bit of a nutty finish

mouthfeel: Medium

drinkability: I think its very drinkable. I think its a good beer to get if your just getting into stouts or porters. But still enjoyable for all the porter and stout fans.

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Photo of Shadman
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller brews good beer so I feel fairly safe reviewing this. Wow! I had to wait 5 minutes before the head settled down enough to even have a hope of getting a decent aroma. Lacing coats more of the glass than it leaves blank. Color of dark, rich roast coffee.

Lot's of dark roast coffee and chocolate, with hints of black forest cake.

Certainly more dark roast coffee than chocolate in flavour. Slight smokiness, definite mineral water presence. Hop adds a nice element of bitterness. End with a smoky/coffee/tea-like dry bitterness.

Smooth, but could use just a bit more ooomph in the fullness dept. to put it over the top.

Oh to be able to have this one on tap in the wintertime. Very, very drinkable dark beer.

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Photo of Treefig33
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before 12/15/06.

Wow! That's a midnight black pour! No light rays have a prayer escaping this one! Not even when held up to the light.

Aroma is a delicate roasted malt with a touch of sugar. Some baker's chocolate in the nose also.

First swigs: Rich cocoa flavors front the taste. A bit of vanilla bean suggestion with a linger of chocolate milk. Could be some black strap molasses?

Medium to full bodied, some chewiness, and soflty carbonated.

Last swigs: A pleasure to try the model version. Surprised that it took me this long to try it.

Beer is good. Happy world renowned eering.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a deep, dark chestnut color with about an inch of creamy ecru foam that lingers for a bit, leaving behind minimal lacing. A great looking pour(sorry, I drink with my eyes first and foremost). Smells and tastes of milk chocolate, bittersweet cocoa, frsh, rich coffee beans, and caramelized malts. Nice! A notch or two above medium in both body and carbonation. Every lover of porters needs to check this one out.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

London Porter is almost black in color with a tall, creamy head. Head's color is a dark tan. Aroma is of roasted malt alongside a sweet caramel. A sip starts with a blast of roasted malt with notes of coffee and charcoal. An underlying caramel sweetness is noticed towards the middle of a sip and only increases towards the finish. This porter has the most roasted malt flavor that I've tasted in a long time which makes the overall mouthfeel very dry. A strong, steady malt flavor make this beer a winner.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a reddish tint. Nice sticky tan head…holds pretty well. On the nose there are aromas of caramel and malt and touch of toffee and coffee…same on the palate caramel, chocolate notes, and toffee all becomes more flavorful as it warms a bit. At first it tastes lighter then I’d like, but by finish time, a nice sweetness pulls through. Very enjoyable brew!

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Photo of pioppo
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of julian1117
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Visual Appeal: burnt amber, but not as charcoal as a Guiness

Smell: wonderful hint of compote/cooked fruit with syrup

Flavor: dark and fruity, layer of bitterness, entirely smokey

Mouthfeel: not as creamy as I would want, slight effervescence

Drinkability: average ABV makes this relatively high

Recommended to me by men online. Very pleasing, but certainly not my favorite beer or style of beer. VERY smokey.

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Photo of ofYYC
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, rich ruby-amber that is almost black, with a minimal tan-brown head. Smells like soy sauce. Tastes like perfectly black toast (not yet fully burnt, but not brown anymore, either), with a hint of umami and a touch of coffee. Overall: a finely roasted beer, burly, yet drinkable, and a true classic.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcalabre
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled from bottle on 22 June 2002. dark brown w/ the aroma & flavor of coffee & chocolate. It finishes very smoothly. This beer is nicely balanced between roasty and malty. This is a world class beer that is readily available in a lot of areas. Enjoy it!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown appearance with ruby red tinges visible at the edges where light hits it. Aroma is of sweet, milky coffee. The taste is sweet with burnt notes and an interesting leathery flavour. Mouth feel is smooth and light to medium with mild carbonation.

Overall this is a good sweet tasty porter with a distinctive flavour. Very drinkable and sessionable but with pretty big flavours for the moderate alcohol level.

My mark out of 100 would be 88.

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Photo of CStang67
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby color with thin off white head that disappears quickly spite medium carbonation. Aroma is complex with an even chocolate, coffee, roasty, and spice character. Flavor is rich with a mild bitterness that is quite buried under a thick layer of malty, chocolate, coffeeness. Flavor is lingering but smooth clinging to the malty, chocolate, coffeeness. Excellent beer and top example of a tradition English Porter.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a little light for a porter. It is a deep, transparent red, not black or brown. The nose is quite nice though. Big roasted, nutty goodness floating out of the glass. The flavor is nicely balanced between smooth, malty goodness and rough, roasted sharpness. Hops are detectable, but in balance. The finish is a little strange, quite dry. Mouthfeel is wanting, not as creamy as I'd like. Overall, a quite drinkable beer.

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Photo of Mancer
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black, but had a very quick dissipating head and remained non-existent for the life of the beer. Additionally, there was very little to no lacing on the glass. The smell is that of roasted chocolate, a hint of espresso and malts. The initial taste of the beer is that of burnt/roasted chocolate, paving the way for the coffee, espresso, and roasted/burnt caramel malt. The carbonation in this brew seems weak and barely any bubbles are seen half way through drinking this beer. This is without a doubt a beer I will purchase again.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,643 ratings.
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