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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
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

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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4.2
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Photo of Bung
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite English porter. Nice opaque black pour, one finger tan head. Scent of coffee, slight mocha. Flavor is matching with roasted malts, creamy mouthfeel. Doesn't stay with you, finish clean. Great drinkability. Smooth full flavor, more than usual for a porter.

Bottle and nitro-tap.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle, best before 05 April 11.

poured into pint glass an opaque dark deep brown, with garnet highlights when held up to light. white frothy head.
big chocolate and coffee flavors in the aroma. taste is roaty malts, bittersweet chocolate, espresso. not as sweet as the aroma.
mouthfeel is thinner to medium body. about average for a porter.

great drinkability, classic example of the style.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. 16/AUG/10 indicated on the back label. Perfect pour - entire bottle into the glass with the head neatly falling between the blue lines and the lip of the glass. Body was the color and clarity of cola with a rocky, tan-colored head that sizzled and popped as it slowly receded into a sudsy skim, leaving tiny spots of lacing in its wake. Big roasty, chocolatey, malty nose from the bottle, with a slightly metallic quality coming out in the glass. Taste consistent with nose, with a some lactose and a bit of char in the mix. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a lively carbonation and a somewhat creamy texture. What a delicious porter - some qualities seem to slightly mirror a milk stout (i.e. the creaminess, lactose, chocolatey goodness), but the charred character brings it all back, resulting in a highly drinkable and flavorful porter.

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Photo of cbutova
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body pours into my pint glass. Light mocha head forms to a nice hefty size and has a good frothy texture.Good retention and spotty lace all around the glass.

S- A nice roasty dark cocoa powder and coffee presence. A bit of caramel, fruit, vanilla and toasted nuts. Not the strongest of aromas.

T- Roast malt, cocoa, coffee and caramel make up a big malty beer flavor. Also some vanilla, dark fruit, earthy hops, english mineral water and toasted nuts.

MF- Silky moderately thick body with a nice smooth carbonation. Some roast bitterness finishes it out.

Not as rich or thick as the American porters of today but still a refreshing and flavorful beer. Drinks very well and has a nice English feel to it.

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Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got-damn near faultless! This is the stuff, wow! So fragrant. Really malty, grainy, a bit grassy and some molasses. Big very creamy clingy head with lotsa lace. Roasty chocolate malt flavor. Tan head wth lots of lace. This is fantastic! Not sure if a session beer; so rich. I want more! This was from a sample at Bodega.

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Photo of claspada
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of roasted malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and toasted nuts. As it warms you can detect a little more caramel malt and a little more complex mocha/toffee.

The taste follows the nose to a tee with substantial bready and caramel maltiness with equal amounts of roasted malts that follow. Hints of dark chocolate and mocha set up for a nice dry English finish.

The mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy. It had a very light feel despite the robust flavors and aromas. The perfect mouthfeel and crisp finish make this extremely drinkable, almost gulpable. Carbonation is perfect for the style; it really allows the flavors pop as it went down.

Overall this is a great, if not perfect, example of an English porter. I really enjoyed the robust flavors and and the full mouthfeel/finish. I can only imagine this being better on cask or tap... especially in England. Nothing earth-shattering or flavor explosion, just very very good.

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

Poured from a 1pt 0.9oz bottle into hotel glasses. Dark reddish brown color, actually sort of clear when you put a light behind it. The smell was chocolaty and a little bready. The taste was mostly chocolate with a faint coffee flavor. Pretty mild carbonation which gave it a creamy kind of texture.

I don't like porters all that much, so I'm not a fair judge of this beer. I'd say it was all right, actually in pretty good shape considering it was 10 months past its "best by" date. I'd like to try it fresh and on tap in London for a re-review.

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Photo of maximum12
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle arrived at our table like a bolt of lightning after a few days of watery beer & good ESBs. An honest to goodness porter! My mouth started watering as soon as my mate put the bottle down on the table.

Poured black as sin, although it could have been brown, given the nighttime hour & darkness of the pub. Smelled divine, all roasted goodness.

Fuller's London Porter made me & another table-mate smile, while everyone else sampled & pulled a long, horrified face (including our two British friends...). A heavy, smoky porter with prominent notes of chocolate & coffee amidst the blackly charred malts. Thick, creamy, satisfying as a medium-well steak to a starving man. I split a second bottle with my comrade in arms.

Excellent porter, one of the best I've had in quite a spell. I'll be on the hunt for another bottle here in the States to see if this is really as good as I recall or if the ESB & soccer had clouded my good judgment.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a one finger cream head. The head has a decent level of retention, eventually fading to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a wonderful blend of sweet chocolate and caramel, dark fruits of cherry, a bit of coffe and a good roasted brown bread smell. It is sweet and dark in aroma. Very nice.

Taste – The flavor begins of more brown bread with some notes of caramel sweetness. The caramel sweetness is enhanced as the flavor moves on and is meet by some mild chocolate flavors. These flavors create a rather sweet and bready flavor. The flavor then begins to dry out ever so slightly in the end with some bitter sweet chocolate and coffee flavors coming to the tongue. The mix of all the flavors combined together well and leave a very pleasant cocoa espresso flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – For an only 5.4 % abv beer the body of the beer is on the smoother and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The feel is wonderful for all the dark and bittersweet flavors of the brew accentuating them and allowing them all to properly mellow on the tongue.

Overall – This is a fantastic brown ale. It has a great flavor with fantastic transitions. It has a great feel and a wonderful smell to boot A very good one to try if you have the chance. Delicious.

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black-Brown-Redish color with a one finger tan head that fades to almost nothing. Light lace is left as the foam recedes
S: A wonderful aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Very complex.
T: Similar to the smell. Roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate, and a ton of toffee flavors. The toffee flavor seems to coat the mouth. Though it never becomes cloying. A great malt character and a slit taste of hops.
M/D: A medium to full body. At first a snap of carbonation, but it becomes very creamy as the beer warms. Very smooth and easy to drink. This is more than a winter warmer, and can be enjoyed during all season's.

Not much more to say. This is a great beer, and like the ESB this is the standard for the style IMO. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gusler
4.45/5  rDev +6%
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 Suds
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick and dark (reddish-brown that nearly borders on black) with a frothy tan head. This beer has an intense chocolate aroma. There’s considerable malt, with a lightly roasted (again, chocolaty) smell. At times there’s a little distracting smell that seems slightly like burnt grain. All in all, the aroma is amazing. Little hops, and very little fruitiness in the smell. The first sip reveals that this beer is full and satiating. Very creamy (at times, with the big chocolate aroma, it seems almost like a thick chocolate milk). The brew dries out by the finish, which is just bitter enough to offer some balance. The finish opens up and thins out a little, making the beer very drinkable. This is extraordinarily good stuff.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color, decent head, surprised I haven't reviewed this before. Maybe I've never had it? Aroma was malty, decent. Flavor was malty with slight bits of cocoa and coffee as promised by the label. Overall, a decent porter and something I might pick up if the price happened to be right.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 2/7/11

A: red/orange hues shine through this black colored beer, with a 1½ finger head, leaves spotty lacing down the glass

S: not much to note, just caramel and malts

T: roasted barley, toffee/caramel

M: mild carbonation, smooth, but thin, and very dry on the end

D: it goes down easy, just nothing extraordinary as far as taste profile goes, it seems almost more of a brown ale than a porter

Cheers!
The CPJ

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.85/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
5.4% ABV, Best Before 04 JUN 12

A - Brief cascading results in a tall but short-lived tan head which drapes sheets of lace on the pint above the incredibly dark mahogany brown colored beer.

S - Fuller's London Porter has a rich chocolaty aroma to it that suggests a dark chocolate bar dusted with cocoa and perhaps, some coffee grounds. It's earthy and "old", London Porter has a subtle woody, musty-like aroma which really helps it out, keeping some balance going on.

T - Rich and dark, the flavor is a complex explosion that coats the tongue, requiring many more sips to fully grasp. Bitter coffee and bittersweet chocolate are the initial flavors, while earthy wood-like flavors follow closely with a nuttiness in tow. Sweeping in towards the end is a light but balancing caramel flavor which tops it off nicely.

M - Full-bodied and creamy, the moderate carbonation is almost ignored as this smooth beer glides over the tongue and down the throat with a lingering hard dryness and acrid bitterness from the roasted malt.

O - Roasted and robust, Fuller's London Porter is a chocolate and coffee-like flavored treat which all comes from the malt complexity, no added ingredients! It's full-bodied but at no point does it become thick or undrinkable and it's so bold in flavor, it's impressive the beer remains around 5% alcohol. Fuller's London Porter is a stellar beer for any occasion.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black that shows garnet in light, with tan lumpy craggy head. Nose is malted milk balls and touch of roast. Mocha, coffee grounds, a bit of ash and prune as it warms for malts, a sweetness in the middle, and woody (Fuggles?) hops to end. An acidic bite from the roasted barley and dry finish. Creamy, smooth, round and medium.

This is held up as a paragon of the style. For the most part, that's correct.

*from notes

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Photo of papat444
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, best before 27 OCT 14.

Pours a molasses-colored body, good head at first but doesn't stay long and not much lacing to speak of. Aroma is coffee grains, dark chocolate with roasted malt in the back. Medium strength coffee as main flavor, bit of bitter chocolate but the depth of the taste is not great. Slight metallic finish. Not full-bodied at all, middling. Average on most accounts.

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Photo of mynie
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, very black. This is beyond opaque. Champagne lines here and there--lines of bubbles shooting intently upward like ants into a flame.

Very deep and intense odor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Nothing original here, but everything good. If I were to rubber stamp a Good Porter Smell, this would be the template. Excellent.

Smoke and roasted malt upfront, alcohol and chocolate in the middle, coffee and more roasted malt in the back. Leaves a nice, dry aftertaste.

Very full body. Very full flavor. Goes down quite smooth. One hell of a beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a very dark red body with a one-finger, mocha colored head that features decent retention and lacing.

S: Some roast, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate, and toffee. This smells amazing, to be honest.

T: Very roasty up front, featuring caramel and coffee sneaking up on the back end. I will say, the coffee finish is a little disagreeable with me, but otherwise, it's great tasting.

M: Nicely creamy, medium bodied, yet it features high carbonation, as well. Good combination. The finish isn't that dry, which helps keep the bitter aftertaste in check.

O: Though I can't justify buying this stuff everyday at $13 a six pack, this is still a great session porter overall. Thumbs up.

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Photo of FLima
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it fresh at Fuller’s. Dark brown color with a beige and thin head.
Nice aroma of toasted malts with hints of chocolate and coffee.
Likewise, though relatively less intense, it has a taste of toasted malts with coffee notes. Hops come at a second stage. Bitter and dry aftertaste.
Medium body with light carbonation and small bubbles.
Very pleasant beer, excellent drinkability and still flavorful. My recommendation, never buy just one bottle.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky aroma is a joy to invite into the nose with its quality coffee, licorice and molasses notes and hints of charred wood, yeast and - anchovies? Pours a rich, cool sable that is just a kitten’s whisker above midnight black with a thick and fine-bubbled, it not too persistent, buff head. Flavor does not disappoint - smoked wood, roast coffee and licorice dominate the flavor but let through hints of treacle and herbs. Full body has plenty of fizz and leaves a nice smoky, slightly hoppy, slightly sweet finish. I can see - er, make that taste - why this is a top rated Porter! Mud in your eyes!

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at M'Coul's in Greensboro, NC, this one shows a deep dark brown mohogany color with a goodly light oatmeal colored head and good lacing. The aroma is of roasted nuts and molasses malt, deep and delightful. The flavor offers thick charcoal nuttiness and malt sweetness with clear grassy hop bitterness. This is decidedly mid-plus bodied, smooth with modest carbonation. Very drinkable and definitely worth a try, a very solid porter.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, almost opaque, with a ruby red colour noticeable in the light. Thumb of light mocha coloured head which settles to mounds of cocoa mush, solid retention, and some fine bubbled lacing.

S - Scent is dark chocolate with a bitter metallic finish. Mild espresso and some faint cherry is also noticeable.

T - I was hoping the chocolate would shine, but it was overpowered by a metallic flavour. Some sour lemon is also lingering with a bit of spicy cinnamon as well.

M - This one is smooth, light, and bubbly. No complaints in this department.

D - A tasty porter, but I've had better. It was flavourful, but a little too metallic for my liking. I'm inclined to think that this bottle may have been too aged and was on the verge of turning sour. I will have to try it again to see if it was just the bottle. Worthy to any porter fan, but don't expect to be blown away!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with what appears to be some decent clarity near the edges of the glass. Head is dark beige in color and has slightly below average retention and some lacing.

Nose is excellently porter-ish, with nutty and roasty malts leading the way with hints of toffee and coffee. Pretty big for a fairly low ABV and English style. Fuggles hops are mild and barely noticeable in the smell.

This porter is easy to drink and somewhat light-ish bodied, but still has a velvety, creamy, full-flavored texture. Great balance of sweet, roasty malts and toasty and hop bitterness. Just a touch of dark fruitiness enters the palate as the beer warms. Makes a great party sixer as it never gets boring and can easily be sipped (or gulped) all night. Fantastic, well balanced beer.

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Photo of warnerry
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Best by 8/30/11. Consumed 1/7/11.

A - Pours very dark brown with three fingers of tan head. Head is pretty persistant and leaves nice lacing.

S - Earthy roasted malt with some chocolate in the aroma as well. Also getting a slightly unpleasant aroma as well, but can't quite place what it is.

T- Again dominated by earthy roasted malt. A slight funkiness as well. Bits of coffee come through. Has a drying character as well.

M - Medium mouthfeel, not as creamy as I expected. Finishes quite dry.

O - Drinkability is fine, but not something I would go for that often. Was expecting more and came away disappointed.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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