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
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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Avg:
4.2
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Photo of WayneEsten
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The 11.2 oz. bottle had an "Best before" date of 22 FEB 16 and came from a 4 pack.

Into a Riedel Ouverture beer glass it poured very dark brown/black. The head was tan and a bit over an inch. It makes a very attractive porter.

The smell was chocolate with bit of coffee.

Interestingly, the taste was the reverse of the smell, i.e., coffee with a bit of chocolate and some roasted malt. No bitterness in the finish that I could detect. It all comes together rather well making it what I would call a well-balanced porter. From beginning to finish the beer is very smooth with mild carbonation.

Overall this porter is very, very good. If you like the coffee more than I do you might say excellent. I'm going to get another 4 pack and have it on hand when I'm in the mood for something dark and substantial. I recommend this porter.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black-brown-red color, slight head, off white.

Nice mocha smell - coffee, bittersweet cocoa, licorice, mild.

Mild taste, again coffee and cocoa, clean, not hoppy, mild.

Mouthfeel could be richer. Too much carbonation. Not off putting, just not as good as the rest of the beer.

Mild finish, slightly bitter licorice, well integrated.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep brown almost black with a brown foam head, good retention. Aroma is of dark fruits, roasted malts and caramel, almost no hops. Taste is complex, and caramel notes are dominant, very drinkable. Medium body with low carbonation., Great Beer.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Taste of toasty malt, almost smokey, dark chocolate.
Dark brown and mostly opaque. Deep roasted coffee bean and malt aroma.
Full body with Large dark tan head with good lace.

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Photo of cipherbreak
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - Dark black. No special effects.
S - Dark chocolate of the kind that snaps loudly when you brake it.
T - Smoky tobacco wrapped in chocolate paper.
F - Well rounded.

O - A classic English porter. It doesn't get more traditional than this. It won't revolutionize your life but it sure will redefine your expectations. Set's the standard for what other porters wish to grow up to be. Some may. Most won't.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark in colour. Not a lot of head, but some decent lacing on the glass. Big flavours of yeast, dark chocolate, coffee. Slight herbal, green hop character. Faint licorice. Malty, crackery. Slightly peppery. Fairly dry throughout. Somewhat lightly carbonated. Nougat, maybe a hint of caramel. A really enjoyable porter, though not necessarily one that absolutely stands out heads-and-shoulders above all others.

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Photo of Spike
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost black. Beautiful red fringe when held up to the light. One finger, cappuccino head that recedes to a cap. Some lacing.

Lots of chocolate and coffee. Lots! Smoky.

Chocolate. Coffee. Malt sweetness, then hop bitterness. Some astringency.

Medium bodied. Very smooth. Some tingle from the carbonation. Sweetness is evident.

Excellent. This is a lovely example of the style. The sweetness might overwhelm if drunk in quantity, but perfect for a couple of pints at any time of the year. Readily available in UK supermarkets. Wish it was more readily available in pubs outside London.

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Photo of johnny2hats
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Stouts and porter's are not my usual but thought I'd try this since I'm trying to broaden my palate and I know this is meant to be an excellent example of the style. Appearance was brown/black with a ruby tint when held up to the light. A light, airy tan head that flared up and then disappeared leaving very little lacing. The nose was one of my favourite parts of this beer: wholemeal bread and treacle with a little some earthier hop elements underneath. Taste underwhelmed me a little at first, but grew on me after a while. The roasted malts are in full effect, and I think it's fair to describe the taste as uncomplicated. It's definitely very bready with a certain sweetness but I'm not getting the chocolate described by other reviewers. The finish, however, is very pleasant. The sweetness dissipates leaving a long mildly bitter aftertaste.

Would buy again if I was in the mood for something darker. Imagine this beer is a grower.

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Photo of Helvectis
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from sturdy 11.2 fl oz bottle.

[A]:
Dark brown with tan head and ruby hint.

[S]:
Toasty, Chocolate, Mocha, Coffee.

[T]:
Taste follows, bready malt, chocolate and coffee, rich and delicious, so well balanced.

[M]:
Silky creamy smooth, low to medium carbination.

[O]:
This has to be one of my all time favorites. I personally cannot fault this brew, just great overall, exactly what you want from an English Porter.

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Photo of sejorules
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had it from a 50cl can from Systembolaget. Strange that a beer like this comes in a can. Anyway, here we go.

A: Opaque black, with a very small, creamy, dirty snow color head on top, that disappears quite soon. Observing it through light, you can see dark red and brown reflexes, kind of close to the way Coke is.

S: The smell is not very powerful. Smoke, tobacco, a hint of chocolate. I was honestly expecting a stronger smell, so I could say this Porter let me down in this aspect.

T: In the beginning, the taste is clearly dark chocolate: It´s like drinking a glass of 99% chocolate. Then, it changes to a very strong tobacco smoke, which fades into roasted malt. Finally, you can taste some bitterness, and coffee candy. The transitions are very clear, very powerful and very enjoyable.

F: The feeling in mouth is creamy and nice, probably a good beer for the winter. Almost no carbonation at all.

O: I enjoyed this one a lot. Drink it and let the taste change all the time. Awesome!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown, nearly black, in color. Not much head retention to note of.

The aroma is nutty and rich with notes of tobacco, raisins, and molasses. As the beer warms a bit I'd say it oddly smells like a wet dog, but I'm not counting that against them here.

The flavor has a high level of malt sweetness, molasses, and carmelized sugar. Toasty finish. This is rich and almost decadent for an English Porter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, probably even a touch above that.

Very nice, very enjoyable.

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Photo of tlema1
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: jet black, with a thin tan head
S: it has the typical British ale smell, that I can't define
T: nice, creamy, a little sweet, some chocolate and coffee
F: good body and mouthfeel, perfect for the style
O: would definitely recommend

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a Sam Smith's pint glass, served at room temp, as that is best for me for lower ABV porters
B: Black as night, with ruby red that gleams on the edges of the glass. Thick head that settles down, but never fades. No real lacing
S: Very creamy smell. Also nice touches of chocolate. Very similar to a nice chocolate milkshake. Sweet and very inviting.
T: Creamy, chocolately, with a touch of bitterness on the finish. Seriously delicious
F: Very smooth, goes back easier than water. Creamy, silky, and smooth, with a touch of astringency on the finish.
O: An incredibly inviting drink, so smooth, so balanced, and very delicious.
My only complaint is that this beer didn't really challenge me. It was just incredibly straight forward, and despite the flavor was great, but sort of a little underwhelming in some aspects. Excellent beer, a well-crafted classic, but not one that absolutely blows you away.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks black in the glass, only the light around the edges reveal a dark red amber colour. One finger or thick tan head that fades to a foamy covering.

rich roasted malts on the nose, black liquorice, salty leather, pumpernickel bread. Big nose is very inviting but lets you know to get ready for something serious.

Rich sweet malts, roasted oats, the suggestion of warm tobacco smoke. Earthy coffee is slightly there as is a dark drown sugar sweetness in the back. Hops are detectable in that they cut through the residual sweetness on the finish. Great mouthfeel, Id say med-full bodied and creamy.

Overall a great drink with equally nice aroma and taste. Lots to chew on here literally and figuratively. Nice complexity and fullness of flavours that are aromatic and old world feeling - a great one to have by the hearth in your leather reading chair in the oak panelled library.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this out of a bottle last night up at the Cloverleaf. It was the first beer on their fall PhD. list and also an offering that I never had before. This was really smooth and went down easily without having so much of the burnt and roasted notes that I've come to expect from an English Porter. It was nearly impossible to detect the alcohol as well and felt more like a light chocolate Stout than anything else, even though I knew that wasn't the case!

Good pour to this as the beer was thin (for a Porter), dark brown, smooth, and had a moderate head. Not a lot of lacing as any bubbles leftover slid down the side of my tulip glass after each sip. Roasted chocolate and coffee in the nose with even more in the taste, but nothing too bitter, boozy, or burnt. Nice rich taste with a good amount of cream and milk here and only a slight burn in the aftertaste along the lines of s'mores. Lots of malt and the Fuggles hops ensured that the taste wouldn't be thin even though the consistency was and this was turned out to be one of the easiest Porters that I've ever had the chance to savor.

While not a true session beer, it would be a piece of cake to down a few in a sitting. This didn't taste anything like the ESB that I love from Fuller's, which was a testament to their ability to brew something different that wasn't a variation on a theme. Good enough for anyone to enjoy and great enough to win me over to the style - this might be my go-to Porter when things turn a bit cooler outside. Lovely stuff!

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light porter in many ways compared the modern style. But true to the English porter style. Roasted malt. Clean finish with not really any bitterness. Blackish color.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby tint with a 1/4" off-white head which lingers and leaves spotty lace. Aroma of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate with nuts. Taste follows the nose with a smooth, creamy finish. A classic.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with very good foam. Aroma roasted, coffee, chocolate, brandy. Taste velvet, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dry finish. Very good.worth a try.

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Photo of DerbyDave35
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter in Australia now , and the perfect time to settle down to a couple of these beauties.
Hadn't had one since enjoying a Pint in England late last year
No surprises , as good as ever , heaven , just superb

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Porter pours to a thin, off-white head on a dark brown body; the head quickly disperses to a ring that leaves sporadic bits of symbol-like lacing. The nose is moderate-intensity dark malt: a nice blend of sweet chocolate and molasses with a hint of bitter coffee. On the palate, it is a medley of subdued roasted notes, chocolatey and a bit sweet. The finish is clean, leaving behind only a bit of bitter coffee and a hint of dark toffee-like sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than the medium body would lead one to expect; the carbonation makes itself felt here as well. Very easy-drinking. (11.2 oz bottle, 44 days before best-by date)

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with tan head that dissipates.
Aroma and taste feature roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and even some tea like flavors in the finish. Mild hops. Smooth, medium bodied and easy to drink. Overall a mild and pleasant drink.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, not great. Probably won't bother with it again when I can get something like Belhaven Black or Murphy's. It's an okay stout, but I wouldn't classify it as outstanding.

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Photo of JoLight
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: khaki head that retains a finger width, and is frothy. There are a great deal of bubbles on the glass. The body has dark brown hues, but is black from head on. Great lacing!

Aroma: sweet; toasted malt; smells much like a stout; slightly creamy. Slightly fruity hops in the end of the smell.

Taste: very dark roasted malt. Milky. The end of the taste is metallic, but not a turn-off.

Mouthfeel has the viscosity of a watered-down milkshake.

Finish: milky.

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Photo of JDTHREE
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best of the variety. Fuller's London Porter is the quintessential English Porter. All other English Porters should be judged by this standard.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark with ruby/copper highlights and think tan head. Nose is all brown bread. That image comes to mind so strongly that it is hard to place anything else. Taste has nice balance of roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, and just a touch of residual sweetness. Some lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue through the finish. Improves somewhat as it gets a bit warmer. A very nice porter, and not too overpowering that it would prevent you from having a second.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
94 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.
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