Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

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.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby body with a faint touch of tan head. The scent is unite strong, and brings a bouquet of coffee, caramel, chocolate, raisins, and some alcohol. The taste continues with great coffee bitterness and an awesome mouthfeel, really blowing many competing porters I've had out of the water. Overall a great porter, would buy again any time.

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Photo of OlaB
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: dark mahogny color, gives of a a very small top of head that disolves quickly

S: Coffee,roasted malts, caramel , some dark chocolate , some small hints of fruits in there like apples and citrus

T&F: creamy and malty taste in the first sip, coofee and caramel in the aftertaste with some hints of spices in the bitterness. medium carbonation ,medium bodied, Very easy drinkable and very good balanced in the flavours

O: I never get disapointed when it comes to try different beers from fullers, and this one sure did not disappoint either. A delicious porter , very enjoyable. I liked this a lot

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Photo of Beginner2
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Classics, typically, deserve what they get. So it is with Fullers London Porter.

Reviewed in the "1001 Beers", it deserves to be there.
I like that Fuller does not rest on its laurels and introduces new beers as it did with this Porter in 1996.
But that is only fitting as porters are a London tradition... and ones their counterparts across the Pond have improved upon... perhaps without the consistent balance of London Porter.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that sticks around for a while

S: Roasted malts, caramel, chocolate malts, and coffee all come through nicely up front, along with some brown bread and light fruitiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roast and chocolate malts, followed by caramel, coffee, and brown bread. Light fruitiness holds everything up with some light-moderate sweetness. Finishes with lingering roast and maltiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nearing chewy

O: An excellent and exemplary English porter. Nice and easy to drink while providing plenty of flavor in each sip. Definitely worth checking out

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Photo of James954
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I'm going to be plagarizing Ravyn X since it's a perfect description...but I drank it from draught at an English pub in Fort Lauderdale.

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brow, thin tan head that clings to the edge of the glass. (great head from draught)

Smell: Toasty malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Slightly nutty with cocoa and coffee aromas.

Feel: Smooth, minimal carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: Really enjoyable.

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Photo of gautch726
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep mahogany with a generous, frothy, tan head. You want to dive in to this beer. The malts dominate the aroma with sweet fruit and chocolate hinted. Surprisingly (in a pleasant way), this beer tastes just like it smells. Wonderful and not very bitter. There is a sweetness that finishes it that is something like vanilla and raisin. Mouthfeel is healthy and smooth. Overall, excellent porter.

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Photo of Timothy_Scott_Goeft
2.96/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

AromaMalty small biscuit with little chocolate.
Appearanceslightly tan head that lasts. Little darker than the style
Flavour is roasted malts and they have a bready taste with an end thats slightly remenicent of dark chocolate bitterness.
Mouthfeel. Med carbonation.milky slightly dry end.
Overall. It goes great as a dark beer. Not as strong in abv as others but this is as strong as the style permits at 5.4% i like it but feel it will stay at the mid score for me.

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Photo of laketang
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this porter pours out dark rootbeer and has a tan head, doesn't last tho.
smells deliciously roasty, and has that smooth chocolaty taste.
a bit thin, creamy smooth. I recommend it.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a shaker pint glass. Best before September 18, 2016.

L- Deep brown with a bit of light coming through, one finger light brown head.

S- Dark chocolate, little bit of raisin, some fruitiness perhaps from the English yeast.

T- Similar to aroma, dark chocolate, little bit of dark fruits, light roast.

F- Medium to light.

O- Nice English beer with good dark chocolate notes, if you're looking for something dark while still pretty sessionable that's not Guinness, give this one a try.

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

A very so,I'd example of the style, textbook even, but for me it's not quit up there with the best English ones in the game, and as such might be a tad infkated on the ratings. It is awesome beer though, real dark deep brown, minimal light comin in, and a lathery tan head that hangs on the whole drink. Big chocolate notes in the nose and front end of the flavor, while English ale yeast, slate mineraliry, toasted pumpkin seed, and even red wine flavors round it out. Type one tannins happening, seemingly making it a little thin, great English hop bitterness to finish it, and quite a bit of the yeast in there as well. Sessionable as the style goes, but still a robust beer, good in all seasons and with an absolute ton of different food options. A little surprised to see it so highly regarded, as it was I. More of that high B+ range for me, not flawless, but I did not see a bottle date, and had it in Puerto Rico, whatever that means. Overall though another English classic from a brewery that makes a whole lot of them. A must try if you haven't had it or don't know what makes a porter English.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A truly world-class beer. I could happily drink this one any day.

Amazing aroma and taste.

Too bad it's difficult to find here, otherwise it would have a permanent place in my fridge :)

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Photo of RavynX
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brow, thin tan head that clings to the edge of the glass.

Smell: Toasty malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Slightly nutty with cocoa and coffee aromas.

Feel: Smooth, minimal carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Foyle
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" tan head that falls moderately with mild lacing. Nearly opaque reddish brown color.

Aroma: definite roasty malt is prominent just some mild hop notes. Overall the aroma is fairly mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and frothy with a fairly dry finish.

Flavor: Chocolate and coffee notes, raisin, bread dough, with some lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

Overall: another excellent beer from Fuller's. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great in bottle and even better on tap a few months later. All about chococolate, caramel malts. Very balance beer. The light carbonation makes it very drinkable. A delight

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Photo of TheStoutLord
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Very dark brown with a thin smooth head. Few bubbles in the head, perhaps because of a less than ideal pour in a tumbler pint glass.

S: Toasted and malty, but not overly so. The smell doesn't give much away in terms of taste, but definitely builds into the taste after the first sip, enhancing the flavor.

T: The first flavor that comes out is the toasted malt that the smell hints at, but the rich variety of hops and malts quickly overwhelms the initial taste. The complex flavor is accompanied by faint hints of chocolate throughout, giving the beer an underlying character.

F: Smooth at the front of the tongue and explodes in flavor. Great feel of minor carbonation and the traditional mild bitterness that comes with porter, which is somewhere between a flavor and a feeling in my opinion.

O: Great beer. The gold standard for English Porters. It manages to be truly outstanding without giving way to gimmicks or overly strong foreign elements.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has been a while on my want list - did not disappoint
L - black with a tan head and lacking mg that hangs around a bit
A/T - charcoal/smokiness, toffee, chocolate and coffee
F - can't believe this beer is only 5.4% ABV - nice medium body and creamy mouthfeel - could drink this all day and be happy - I usually stay away from lower ABV beers because they're too thin, but not here. Nice and dry too.

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Photo of Tomais
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9 months before sell-by date.
Poured in a classic pint glass (no 'shoulder')

Off-white head, tan I suppose; black beer with red highlights -- it's a beautiful transparent deep red against the light. Head kept almost till the end, with some lacing.

Aroma of coffee, caramel, tannins.

Taste sweetish initially, dryness coming through strongly in the carbonation, a nice little warming alcohol (surprised to see it only 5.4%). A thick fuggy warm mouthfeel. Warm alcohol sweet in the swallow, somehow dry afterwards. ['Sweet' might sound disparaging -- it's not: I'm not used to drinking anything much apart from pils with the odd weizen thrown in, so have to cultivate those tastebuds, or more-so whatever brain part that can tease out the different 'sweet' tastes.]

Very nicely balanced, this beer.

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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
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle.

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

S: Lots of chocolate and coffee. Lots! Smoky.

Chocolate first. Then coffee. Malt sweetness, then hop bitterness.

Medium bodied. Satin smooth. Some tingle from the carbonation. Dry finish.

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. Chilled or cellar temperature, both are good.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee, Mold (that's sounds bad, but it's a good smell) Dark black appearance. Small head.Chocolate, toasted malt. Smooth.A bit dry. A really nice beer. A classic. Bold enough to be tasty and interesting; light enough to drink easy. Wins the side by side comparison against Sam Smith Taddy Porter.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,625 ratings.
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