Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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Photo of Mitchster
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany amber in color with a frothy, light tan and thin head atop medium-sized bubbles. Poor retention with moderate lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. Aroma is of "Whoppers" malt balls, milk chocolate, carob, caramel, vanilla, black walnut, butterscotch, incense, oak, dates and moist pipe tobacco. The nose is very unique and wonderful. Mouthfeel is biting from the dark grains with a light, refreshing body (Similar body to Grants Perfect Porter, though Grant's is certainly spritzier in mouthfeel). This is much drier than I would expect based upon aroma. This is a dry porter with a little residual malt sugar, and some astringent roasted malts with a semisweet, very English, mild bittering hop finish. Has a bright coffee-like acidity. Alcohol is noticeable, but is very clean and not unpleasant. No perceptible off flavors or aromas.

This is a nicely balanced version of the English porter, and is certainly very drinkable, but I wish it had a smoother mouthfeel and a touch more body and malt sweetness. Some maltodextrin and lactose would really make this an amazing beer. As it stands, this is very good.

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

Very dark ruby pour, medium tan, creamy head, slowly diminishing to leave good lacing. Aroma is strong, with dark choocolate, roasted cofee, and caramel taking the lead. Flavor follows, with the coffee taking the initial lead, followed by hints of caramel, and finishing with a long lasting dark chocolate taste. Very solid mouthfeel, light carbonation on the tongue, and that long lasting flavor keeps you remembering what you just drank for a while afterwards.

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Photo of Morris729
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, almost black color with a thick and creamy tan colored head that dissipates into a heavy and sticky lace. Nose is smoky charcoal, sweet roasted malts and bitter coffee. The smoky charcoal also comes through in the taste along with some bitter dark chocolate and a touch of buttery dark toffee. As it warms, some notes of dark fruits and raisins start to express themselves. A very nice porter and a treat during the rare bitter-cold Texas days.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very dark brown, hardly any head at all, just a lace.
I love the smell of this beer. Strong hints of caramel, chocolate creaminess, and some coffee as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and very pleasant.
I taste a chocolate that resembles unsweetened chunks used for baking, very very enjoyable. Such a smooth tasting porter, hints of coffee among the chocolate as well. I could drink this all night.
This was well worth $9 for a six-pack of 12 ounce bottles, definitely my favorite porter so far.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown with ruby highlights body. Foamy beige head. Nice lacing. Incredible chocolate aroma. I've died and went to Hershey's. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate roll across the tongue. Hint of hops in aftertaste. Mouthfeel could be just a little less fizzy and a little fuller (no pun intended), but neither condition is a deal breaker. This porter is in for the long haul.

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Photo of budgood1
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a very dark but clear brownish colour, transluscent ruby and garnet around the edges. thin but tight head settles down and gives way to a bit of fine lace. a decadent aroma of slightly burnt sugar, candied fruit, big whiffs of semi sweet chocolate, and discernible dark roasted malts. ever so slight floral hops peek out too. full bodied and unbelievably smooth in the mouthfeel. big malty flavors of layered chocolate cake, and hints of bitter espresso and other subtle coffee flavors. any malt bitterness is quickly countered by the superb balancing sweetness of residual sugars. finishes smooth, with a slight bite of hop crispness that just completes the beer beautifully. i could drink this porter everyday. the perfect brew for a cold winter's night! outstanding!

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, it was so dark brown that it could pass for black and the foam being brown with a beautiful lace all the way down the glass until the last drop. The smell and taste was of coffee, chocolate and to me just a slight hint of a smoke. The sweetness and bitterness was well balanced and very pleasant on the palate. This has to be one of the better Porter's I've tasted so far! It will be worth purchasing this porter again!

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown in color with a thin head. Aroma is a nice roasted maltiness which mellows into a caramely sweetness as the beer warms. Taste starts off sharply with some hop flavor and coffee-like malt. The malt becomes more caramely mid-palate, and ends with a roasty, bitter, dry finish. Medium-full body. Quite a nice porter.

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Photo of MJR
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark brown/garnet color. A light tan head starts thick and sticks like a champ with lovely lace down the side of my imperial pint.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee...coffee and chocolate. Mmmmmmmmm.......

Taste: Has a wonderful mixture of roasted coffee and chocolate with a bitter hop note that tags along for the ride from start to finish. There's also a slight butterscotch/toffee note that shows up later on my palate. Perhaps a touch of licorice as well. Finishes with an incredible roasted flavor that begs for another mouthful...

Mouthfeel: A bit thin for the style, but with this kind of flavor, who cares?!

Drinkability: Damn high! This is one kick-a*s porter! Like their ESB, I could drink this all night. I'm going to have to get another pint of this from the handpump, like I had two months ago. Amazing stuff!

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dark brown melted chocolate color with a great tan head atop this brew. smells strongly of chocolates with some coffee roastiness and maybe a little caramel in there to add to the sweetness.

it is full bodied, rich and silky smooth. carbonation is light, but tingly. sweet chocolate flavor dominates the start with the dark malts. i got a definite hint of caramel that made the beginning of this beer very creamy and sweet. it then starts to dry out leaving an excellent roasty coffe flavor in the end.

full flavored with enough complexity to keep me interested, this is just a winner. this is a balls out top notch porter. it is in your face with great flavor all the way through. looks like i will be making another 2 hour plus road trip to get more if i can't find it locally.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown in color, with a tan head that has fair retention. Leaves a bit of lace-work down the glass. There is a good level of deep roasted malt aroma, with a bit of hop aroma in the back. The roasted malt is in the forefront on this one, but there is hints of coffee and chocolate as well. The roastness is so much forefront that there is a bit of a "bite" from the roasted malt. The hop bitterness is at a good level, but kept in check by the roast malt flavors. It is medium-bodied, lightly carbonated, and overall a tasty Robust Porter. I am a big fan of Porters, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of maxpower
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby-black color, nice thick head that clings to my glass. Fresh roasted aroma, chocolate-caremel and roasty coffee flavors. Medium body, nice soft creamy mouthfeel, one of the best porters around.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful site sitting in my glass this very deep garnet colored beer with a masterful head, the texture creamy with oodles of fine clinging lace to smother the glass. Impressive toasted grains dominate the nose, caramel, light earthy sweetness that I find quite appealing. Chocolate sweet start, the top middling, the finish has delectable hop spiciness, delightfully carbonated, droughty malt aftertaste that lingers lovingly on your satisfied palate. As you can see I think a lot of Fuller’s beers, and with Samuel Smith, make up my top two English Breweries. Personally quite a treat for us "Dark Lovers", when the "World" is turning to the "Light", I steadfastly clutch the “Darkness”.

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Photo of putnam
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fullers, Tadcaster. Tadcaster, Fullers...Thanks for the choice.
This is a killer beer. After drinking Domecq Venerable, 1999 Clerico Arte, 1992 Corison Cab, 1999 Leonetti Cab etc., this wonderous achievement rides in to the rescue.
Can't see it cause I'm writing in the dark. But the nose is absolutely solid, bitter, Valrhona "Caraibe" chocolate. Drinking it out of a 30 oz. glass, tapered. Cured, Molinari salami. Dried herbs.
Not sweet, ever. Just voluptuously thick and chewy with perfectly dry, cocoa laden, creosote and vanillin-steeped beach towels...they're there...

Why endeavor such perfection?

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep Brown in color with grain aroma (also light flavor of coffee) Very nice body and and head. A very good beer that you'll definetely remember and look for again...



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Photo of rockdick
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Porter to try. Poured a beautiful dark brown with a small head that disipated quickly. Taste was of roasted malt, also a tiny hint of spice. Went down smooth. It was so good I think I drank it too fast. Definitely one of my new favorite full-bodied beers.

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Photo of proc
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One fine brew. Pours out to a dark as night color in the glass with a minimal head. Smell is that of roasted fruit and malt. Taste is that of roasted malt, hops and as someone else said, licorice. I detected a plum-like taste as well. The finish is smooth and begs for another sip.

One word: Delicious.

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Photo of Realale
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly opaque dark brown/black. Lacy brown head settles to a whispy 1/4" collar that remains throughout the pint, leaving nice lace down the glass.

Nose is primarily licorice, with a strong roasty malt undertone. Some spicy notes come out - nutmeg? - but they are minor.

Palate is intensely malty, with a strong licorice element. A bit of bitterness is apparent, but its unclear to me whether its from hops or dark malts. Well balanced and long, with a nice streak of acidity keeping the maltiness in check. A lovely pint of traditional porter.

[edited 4/18/05 to reflect fact that this is not cask-conditioned, but keg served through handpump]

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Photo of jdhilt
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer with beef and just like their site points out - a deep, dark, coffee-colored ale. Good head and carbonation. Some roasty maltiness and slightly hoppy finish. The ABV is 5.2%.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every bit as good as I hoped it would be. I hit the jackpot when Andy's North Campus here in Columbus sent an e-mail that they had cases of this for $11.99. Excellent roasted aroma with hints of chocolate. Rich, dark color with a thin head. Hearty coffee/chocolate flavor that neither dissipated nor overpowered. One of the best beers I have tried.

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Photo of doerickson
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a garnet hue; clingy tan head. Toffee, caramel and coffee in the nose--supremely inviting. Low carbonation and an extra-creamy mouthfeel. Sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel are dominant. Tops on my list of porters--a must-have, particularly on draft.

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Photo of inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the toffee-like aroma to the charcoal finish. Fat, sticky head that tops a walnut edged pitch liquid wonderment. Roast and toast and hop and malt and balance, balance, balance. A superb Porter that compels you to drink it down. Simple and elegant.

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Photo of bditty187
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller’s London Porter is wonderful. It pours dark, almost black, but brownish-auburn hints are detectable. Brownish head, smallish, some lace. The nose is a blend of chocolate, toasted sugar, cameral, licorice, and malt. The aroma is very comforting. The flavors are a relaxing, yet sturdy, with an array of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, graininess, and hints of toffee. Very well balanced. The aftertaste is a tad clingy, yet, still highly drinkable.

This has to be one of the best Porters on Earth…. so damn tasty! Jump on the bandwagon if you haven’t already!

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Photo of MTMugs
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mmmm, I love a good porter and this is one of them. Smooth is the word - malt, coffee and chocolate to die for. Yet there was my favorite taste in there to - some hops to keep me happy. Another brew that kept giving different flavor bursts from start to finish.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking alot of porters lately and this one is not too bad. It is a deep amber color with moderate white head. It had a malty aroma. It was less roasty, but more chocolate than the Sam Smith Taddy Porter. I liked it a little better than the Sam Smith too, not quite as stout.

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