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 drmeto
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L:
-pours a very dark brown with ruby tinges and a small,frothy,khaki head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-Coffee,bready,mocha,chocolate
T:
-Plums,raisins,slightly bready,huge coffee finish
F:
-low-medium carbonation,medium body
O:
An absolute classic,if you're looking to drink your first Porter,drink this and let this be the baseline all other Porters will be judged at.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown cola color. Thin light tan head. Low carbonation apparent. Some lacing.

Rich cocoa and some dark fruit. Molasses, brown sugar, toast, and some spices. Bakers chocolate as well. Sweet and rich aroma. A hint of licorice and perhaps some clove. Little hop aroma. Perhaps some herbal English hops.

Chocolate and dark fruit initially giving way to rich biscuity malt. Toffee as well. Caramel and coffee. Lots of nutty bready malts complimenting the dark fruit and cocoa. Spicy hops at a low level with some lingering bitterness.

Medium-light body with fairly low carbonation. Coffee lingers on the palate. Sweetness upfront finishing quite dry.

Excellent. What sets this apart from other porters I've had is the amount of bready nutty malts balanced with the roasted malts.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Deep dark brown with ruby highlights when held up o the light. 1” light brown head, reduces to a thick film, leaves delicate lacing that clings to the glass from top to bottom.
S: moderate dark dried fruits, dark malts, dark sugars – molasses or treacle, restrained roast malt, grainy lighter malts, touch of chocolate, mild roastiness, no hops, no diacetyl.
T: Starts with malty sweetness that quickly gives way to a touch of coffee and dark dried fruit. There is a touch of chocolate behind the coffee. Starts slightly sweet and evolves to a lingering. Pleasantly dry finish. The hops and the roasty bitterness mingle together and make it hard to determine which is which.
F: medium body and medium carbonation with very fine bubbles that give a very full and luscious mouthfeel.
O: drinkable substantial porter with a nice touch of restrained roast malt.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-looks more like a stout with the darkness and head but looks great
-smells is mellow cocoa and coffee
-very distinct cocoa flavor with
-a crazy powder feeling maybe from the thickness but not bad nor sout after in my opinion
- not the biggest fan of chocolate flavors but this was pleasant!

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

What a great porter this is!
It is right up there with Founders and Anchor Steam!
Very full bodied porter with hints of chocolate.
I will certainly get this again!

Sam

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

I picked up a bottle of Fuller's London Porter a couple weeks ago for $2.39 at The Lager Mill. I've been meaning to try this beer and I thought now was as good as time as any, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a clean and classic look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a darker brown color that took on more of a crimson color when held to the light with a a little under a fingers worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer and it looks true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the roasted malts being the first to show up and they some impart some nice chocolate aromas that stick out the most and there's some sweet malts, roasted malt, and light coffee also showing up. Up next comes the yeast which imparts a typical English ale yeast aroma to it with a slight bit of earthy hops at the end. This beer has a good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show and this time the chocolate isn't as strong and the roasted malt flavors seem to show up the most. Up next comes the English Ale yeast which sticks out a little more than it did in the aroma. On the finish there's a light amount of coffee like bitterness with a nice roasty aftertaste. This is a good tasting beer and it's just what I would expect from the style.

M- Smooth. clean, crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel and it's what I would expect from the style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, this beer had every aspect that separates a English Porter from an American Porter and while i do prefer American Porters I can still appreciate this beer and know that it's a good example of the style. What I like the most about this beer was just how true to style it is, it's just what I expect from an English Porter. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, It didn't have any off aspects or anything that shouldn't be there. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend this to anyone who likes English Porters. All in all I was happy with this beer, I had heard this was good and it lived up to it. This beer made for a good first impression of this brewery and I would be interested to try more of their beers. As far as I can tell this is the best English Porter I've had. Good job guys this, this was a good beer, keep it up.

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Photo of beer488
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Color - dark reddish brown, thick head

Nose - roasted malt, hints of coffee and chocolate, dry nose. After about 10 minutes in the glass, sweet malty aroma comes forth.

Taste - needs to be chilled well, smooth velvety mouth feel, light to medium bodied, very enjoyable

Finish - very mildly bitter, pleasant finish

Would I buy this again? Yes

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

Pours out brown filling the glass with a body that is almost black letting in brown and ruby in the light. Head is a light brown.

Aroma is roasty and sweet with some herbal and charcoal.

Flavor follows nicely on those roast and sweet flavors of coffee, chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Has a earthy edge to it.
Body is light and creamy.

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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 rjplumer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger creamy tan head. Mild cocoa like aroma.Very dark almost opaque as I had to hold it up to a light bulb to see a deep ruby like color. Mild bitterness. Soft chocolate and coffee taste. I sense a chalk like feel to the chocolate which may be the coffee side kicking it, Has a rich soft feel.

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Photo of loubar
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle from BevMo. Pours opaque black with a small, caramel colored head. Nose of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Taste of roasted malt, caramel, black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Little carbonation. Rich and tasty. Not light by any means. More of a sipping beer. Nicely balanced. A classic porter.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice porter of a dark color - but not completely opaque - and an ok yellowish foam that vanishes leaving a lace that reminds of cola.
The reason why this beer is exemplar in porter style is because it has a nice smooth taste and aroma of roasted malts. There are some nice tones of coffe and chocolate, but the malty tones are definately the highlights.
Feel is smoth, I prefer porters with higher body and carbonation.

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Photo of fscottkey
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: [5.00] Dark brown - cola color. Very clear beer in the glass. Forms a nice tan 1 finger head. The head has dense bubbles on the side - and larger bubbles on the surface. The head recedes very slowly and evenly. Swirling the glass leaves fantastic lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the ABV at 5.4%. There is a best by date of Aug 4, '15.

S: [3.75] I immediately get caramel and hints of molasses. There are also undertones of charred malts - like your clothes smell after sitting near a camp fire.

T: [4.25] Really nice roasted malt flavor all the way across the palate. The taste lingers for forever. Strong tastes like bitter coffee go along with the malts. As it warms the flavor moves into a much sweeter range.

M: [4.50] Smooth, velvety texture. The lingering roasted malts stays on the tongue.

O: [4.25] This is a world class porter. Weighing in with only 5.4% ABV it is really packing flavor into that small space. It looks great in the glass, it hs an inviting smell and tastes delicious.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark brown color with a copper hue. Nice light brown head but weak retention.

Perfectly balanced aromas and flavors of toasty coffee and chocolate with a fruity sensation, like apples. A really fresh and tender taste with notes of toffee.

Rich and creamy, super smoky and almost chalky. Dense body with slight carbonation. The only drawback: the finish is too short...I want more!

Overall this is a wonderful beer, super flavorful with great balance in all aspects.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, almost opaque black color with an eighth of a finger of caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Roasted malt with notes of freshly baked dark bread, caramel, some notes of chocolate and a hint of smoke.

Taste: Great! Roasty up front, imparting notes of coffee with a hint of smoke. Malty with notes of freshly baked pumpernickel bread. Some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness as well. The beer finishes with just a hint of dark chocolate-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to slightly chewy. Pretty smooth as there is practically no carbonation at all. With an ABV of 5.4%, there’s no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a great porter, one of the best actually! Traditional flavors of roasted malt and coffee beans, balanced perfectly with some caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness. A perfect porter and a perfect session beer!

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Photo of Premo88
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(best by June 20, 2015)

L: dark brown-amber and clear up to light ... beautiful color and clarity; weak, soapy head barely 1/4-inch tall that disappears quickly; keeps a wimpy collar, no skin; no stick and very little lacing

S: grapes; dark dried fruits ... plums, too ... kind of sweet; roasted wood (not burnt) ... very subtle roasting throughout, roasted malt is nice; coffee ... kind of acidic coffee

T: sweet roasted malt and fruity ... almost like a toasted English pale ale, for the malt is thorough with just a hint of earthy bitterness; slight coffee; semi-sweet chocolate ... not as sweet as the nose; at times almost has a rye-like twang, like the Irish dry stout -- but it's so weak it's hard to say for sure if that's rye or something else

F: lightweight but solid, good carbonation (much more than there appears to be in the weak pour)

O: great brew and the brewmaster's deft hand at handling roasted (not burnt) malt here is excellent; it's almost too easy to drink; never too bitter nor too sweet

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Photo of dacrza1
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: January 17, 2015... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint ... OCCASION: Silver Linings Playbook watching requires a comparable libation.. APPEARANCE: ruby black body; brown, fizzing, simmering head; holds to a quarter-inch that sits throughout; attractive... AROMA: robust chocolate, coffee, and that peat scent that is undeniably porter; light and alluring... PALATE: milky, silky smooth; an unbelievably agreeable beer to sip--I found half the glass drained before I even began the palate/taste analysis...TASTE: as lactic and chocolaty as a porter could be; the hops balance this extraordinarily; sugary and sweet--a dessert in a bottle...OVERALL: God, what a joy it is to revisit the greats; a beer this fluid should not be this flavorful and enjoyable...

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Photo of iJul1609
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Rich, dark and complex" says the bottle, and that about summarizes it. A very strong flavor a bit like a roasted stout, but softer. Good for social events or personal degustations, a bit overkill for sports or outside events.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

January 11, 2015

550 ml bottle, English dimpled pint

A – Dark brown but very clear. Very small amount of off-white bubbles on top, with low retention.

S – Cold pressed coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, lightly toasted bread. Very earthy, somewhat herbal hop aroma. Some very bitter aroma in the background. A very slight fruity, estery note.

T – A lot of chocolate malt and some roasty, but not bitter, coffee. Earthy, slightly medicinal hops, and a pleasant level of hop bitterness.

M – Moderate-low carbonation, just enough to cleanse the palate, the hop bitterness complementing the mildly sweet malts. Somewhat dry on the finish but not overly so.

O – An interpretation of porter that blurs the line with English stout, basically lighter in color and in bitterness but with the coffee-ish notes. Enjoyed this very much.

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Photo of maedhros09
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but it definitely won me over. It poured very dark but not opaque brown with light dissipating head. Delicious dark chocolate coffee dark fruit nose. Palate follows suit with ideal balance between bready sweetness, fruity acidity and chocolate bitterness. Gentle but noticeable lingering hops finish. Looking forward to trying more from Fuller's!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Pours a deep, dark brown, hints of red when held to a light, very fine effervescence and off white lace

S: Super malty, chocolate, freshly baked bread and earthy, autumn aromas

T: Malty and chocolaty up from, woodsy, mineral and sweet molasses, hint of leather and just enough hop to cleanse the palate and balance the malty sweetness

M: Very light, very carbonated, sweet without being syrupy, smooth with a good mouthfeel (2percent milk)

O: An excellent example of the style (perhaps the archetype given its longevity). Complex flavor profile, great autumn beer and easily quaffable .

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Photo of Mlkluther
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

500 ml bottle poured into English pint glass. very dark. 3 finger head that leaves some lacing. Nose has malt, chocolate, coffee. Very smooth. Coffee and chocolate notes with a slightly bitter finish. Excellent beer! Great Porter - a sweet malt finish.

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

Served in a snifter.

This brew has a creamy, off-white head two fingers thick. Pitch-black in body. 4.25

Dark roasted malt on the nose with some burnt toast, caramel and vanilla. Faint bitterness sneaks in. 4

Whoosh. This is delicious. Velvety chocolate leads to caramel before and a light, grassy hop finish. Dark chocolate lingers. 4.25

This is exceptionally creamy, smooth and full-bodied. Sweet at first, this finishes dry and a mellow bittter. 4.25

Well, respect to a classic. This is an exceptional beer. Very good in every regard.

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Photo of kim_thayil
5/5  rDev +19%

delicious. to me, it's perfect. there may be better porters that i don't know about yet but this is exactly what i think a porter should be. the chocolate smell the chocolate taste, the coffee, the perfect amount of sweetness without being overwhelmed by sweetness, the drinkability.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: an embossed 500mL brown bottle with a stylish Brittish label. A good package.

Appearance: pours a solid, very dark brown in colour with one-finger of creamy, tan head. The head has good retention and lacing.

Aroma: heavy roasted malts - traditional cocoa and coffee. A touch of spice. Typically demure.

Taste: fairly rich in flavour, following the nose. Strong roasted malts with some spice backing.

Aftertaste: some malt bitterness lingers through, with a touch of sweet caramels. Nice.

Mouth feel: a fairly heavy feel with lower carbonation. Pretty spot-on for an English Porter.

Overall: quite a nice English Porter - very traditional and good quality. The price is a bit over the top, as most English beers are in Australia - an equivalent case of 24 x 330mL bottles is around AU$110. Can definitely get similar for far less, but one every now and then won't hurt.

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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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