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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-20-2001

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Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark ruby with a nice thin beige head that retains nicely. One of the best smelling porters I've come across. Nutty, roasty and chocolatey. Very, very nice. Wow. What a creamy mouthfeel. This is really an outstanding porter. I've had this before but never had this type of experience. (They were probably old beers in past.) Great coffee taste and roasted tones. Vanilla bean and bittersweet chocolate make their presence known. Full body. What a treat. Great way to cap the night.

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

Almost black in color with tannish colored lace. Great taste and full bodied. Another great brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of ADR
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby brown, almost opaque...nice pillowy head, absorbs drips like a sponge. Pronounced sweet mocha smell, one of the nicest smelling brews I've ever had. Deep, deep roasted to burnt chocolate flavors right off the bat, with a very smooth and consistent fade. Some sense of anise complexity as well. Satisfying richness in the back of the throat. Minimal hops, but they do add in concert with the coffee flavors in mid mouth. Medium body combines with lack of over-carbonation to give a nice mouthfeel without an overbearing impact. Nice Porter to be sure...

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WHEW! If I'm ever gonna be slapped in the face by anything other than a female, this is the one. It's a slap you can smile about. Roasted coffee with a taste that lingers. Maybe a bit of chocolate tasted after your first breath. Only my second Porter to try...very different than my first, but I like it. Small head that leaves a lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Thumbs up!

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Photo of marc77
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head with good retention. Deep garnet hue when held up to a bright light. It's quite clear. But who really cares?Complex aroma of chocolate, toffee, and slight British yeast esters. A tad of fruitiness as well-- perhaps Challenger hops?
Medium to full bodied with a wonderful balance all around. This porter is among the very best as far as I'm concerned-- perfect carbonation, chocolate malt flavor, black patent bitterness and exactly the right amount of bittering and flavoring hops. Just great stuff.

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Photo of rastaman
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good, but perhaps a bit too thick, not really elegant, but a good porter, very complex, and bitter, goodstuff.

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Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz old style Euro brown bottle with a best before date on the back label.

Appearance: Deep dark brown, nearly black, with a floating light tan lace that leaves a trail of sticky patches of lace down the glass.

Smell: Caramelized sugar, creamy in the nose with chocolate, hints of coffee and a ghost like charcoal smokiness.

Taste: Stable medium body, crisp up front with a wave of smoothness after the moderate carbonation goes by. Richly layered with hints of charcoal, dark unsweetened chocolate and highly roasted coffee ... a ghost like smoke and buttery diacetyl coat the tongue yet vanishes in the end. Slight warmth and light ester stay out of the way. Hops add to the foundation of bitterness from the roasted malts and keep things in balance. Finishes somewhat clean with a fading charcoal flavour.

Notes: A more than decent porter ... a great brew during the wet raw days of late fall / early winter. Goes great with imported chocolates also.

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Photo of Mark
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark and full bodied, a stronger taste of licorice? and coffee tones than other Porters. My porter of choice, and as in most English brews very smooth. Best in winter. I'm having second thoughts on this being my Porter of choice. The last two times I had this I wasn't sure I liked the very strong finishing taste. I think I might prefer the more mellow tones of the Anchor and Anderson Valley porters. Still this is a great beer!

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Photo of John
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptional, classic London porter. With it's simple complexity you know exactly what you're getting and won't be dissappointed. A treat on tap.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuller's London Porter in the bottle. Ruby black in color. Sweet malty aroma with a lot of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Strong hops with dark roast coffee and dark chocolate taste. A very good bitter mocha aftertaste. This is my first porter and in my opinion it is an excellent beer. I hope to find this one on tap one day.

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Photo of BKotch
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A typically fine product from Fullers. Pours with a big tan head that leaves a nice lace on the side of the glass as you drink. Very smooth, with hints of coffee and chocolate. A creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel that leads to a fairly dry finish.

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Photo of xXTequila
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time i had this was with a slice of birthday cake and they actually went great together. I woudlnt say this is my favourite porter but it's close.

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Photo of Brent
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great porter. Lots of depth of flavor, with dark coffee and a hint of dark chocolate. If it were any more substantial, it would be a stout.

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