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

This is a great porter! The head is dark in color which gives you the idea that it is an oatmeal stout, but upon tasting it, you realize you have stepped into a realm that is not matched. The chocolate flavor is great but at times a little overwhelming. The malt is very present towards the middle and can be complemented with a nice shot of irish whiskey. It finishes very smooth and definitely makes you want to come back for more. Definitely my favorite foreign Porter.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to say that this is one of the best beers I have ever had. Because it was hand-pumped, I know this review is slightly inflated; but I don't care. Tremendous beer, beautiful dark color with tan head- you could see the richness ebbing from the top. Carmel sweetness, but a rich, dark chocolate flavor, with some bitterness pulls you in and never lets you out. So fresh, nothing to distract from the taste. Creamy, but not in a nitro way- just and abundace of flavor. Wonderful.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a reddish tint. Nice sticky tan head…holds pretty well. On the nose there are aromas of caramel and malt and touch of toffee and coffee…same on the palate caramel, chocolate notes, and toffee all becomes more flavorful as it warms a bit. At first it tastes lighter then I’d like, but by finish time, a nice sweetness pulls through. Very enjoyable brew!

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

Okay, this is my first try at Fuller's attempt at a porter, having already sampled their 1845 and ESB. It had a wonderful very dark ruby red color. It created a wonderful dark tan head, but it failed to hold, but that may have been due to the temperature I had it chilled at. The taste is good, with elements of chocolate, coffee and perhaps toffee. The finish is good, it a little lighter than I like for this style. Also applys to the body of it, while good, really not as heavy as I like porters to be.

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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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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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