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

500ml bottle

Pours with a very dark ruby body, without much light it looks almost jet black, tan head with fair retention and some lacing

Smell, malt, some hint of smoke, charcoal, dark chocolate

Taste, thick dry coffee flavour, strong espresso coming through, strong hint of smoke again

A fantastic example of an english porter, everything you could ever want from a porter. I had this with profiteroles and it complemented them beyond belief, fantastic

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Photo of TheHammer
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Came in a brown can, nothing special. Poured with half a finger of creamy head that sustained but did not lace. The beer itself is a red tinged black. Some signs of carbonation though, despite the dark color. Not a fan of the quality of the lace.

Smell - Dark roasted burnt malt scent with a bit of coffee undertone. A slight touch of vanilla is also present. It's nice, but it took a bit of warming for it to come out.

Taste - This is quite nice, starts with a mild chocolate flavor and then turns to a pleasant bitter and malty flavor although seems a bit too burnt for my liking. It then melds with a slight trace of fruity hops.

Mouthfeel - The burnt taste lingers for some time, but thankfully it isn't that strong or build as you drink it. The carbonation I also find to be a bit lacking. That being said, it is incredibly smooth. That and the head while it lasted was quite creamy and good.

Drinkability - I could put more then a couple of these back, for sure. It's refreshing, light on the gut, doesn't cause any bloating and if it swapped a bit of the burn flavor for a bit more sweetness, it'd be exceptional. I did not expect this from a porter.

Final Thoughts - Got this one from ludachris, all in all, quite good. I wouldn't call it truly exceptional, but for the most part a solid offering. I can see why my brother swears by this stuff. I'd like to see instead of Guinness on tap, without a doubt.

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Photo of CarolinaKev
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of QuakeAttack
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

11.2-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark red, can be seen through clearly with light behind it, but is almost impenetrable otherwise. Forms medium tan head that has good retention but by the time it has settled nothing remains except a few bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S & T = Smells of coffee, caramel and milk chocolate. Some tart and sour flavors of dark chocolate, butter, long finish.

M = Medium, medium-light body, some stinging on the tongue.

D = This is a very drinkable beer which is interesting since it has pretty strong flavors.

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Photo of KalanM
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of stewart124
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure why I haven't reviewed this one yet.

Pours a deep dark brown with ruby edges. Tan head that leaves just a bit of lace.

Nose is amazing! This has plenty of dark candied fruits and a great roasted malt aroma with toffee to top it off.

Rich chocolate goodness and a medium body. There is a bit of tobacco and molasses to round this out plus some bitterness from noble hops.

Truly delicious and a treat throughout. Almost desert in a bottle. There is enough dark bready character, roasted malts and melanoidins to really push this above and beyond.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Pours black with dense off-white head that forms lacing reminding of icicles. Aroma is light roasted, slight burnt flavours.

Taste is similar to aroma, complex roasty malts, chocolate and bittery finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean light-medium with moderate carbonation.

Drinkable as hell, certainly one of favourite my beers.

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Photo of heytomcat
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Dark ruby body and a light brown head, sparse carbonation. Smells interesting, spiced alcohol and something pleasant I cant put my finger on..., taste pretty good, very sweet and close to no bitterness, the smell and taste somehow reminds me of christmas even though I never had this beer before. The head doesn't say long unless agitated frequently, feels pretty good going down.
Maybe my expectations were too high but it's not all that great as I thought it would be, it's a good beer yes but #18, nawhh. Seems like a beefed up guinness.


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Photo of PatandDavid
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this one is a classic, not sure why I have taken so long to write some notes on this one. On tap at 'bones. Very black, low head. Aroma is low and roasty. Medium body, this one is all about the malt. There's some pleasant roasty flavors, followed by a low hop finish. The beer does exactly what's expected with having any over the top notes or sore thumbs sticking out.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of StoutBoi
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewinski1
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The color is amberish black. There is a nice fluffy tan head.

The aroma is mild with malted coffee.

The taste starts out with coffee and chocolate. The bread crust malt flavor also shines here; creating a great balance.

This is light and drinkable. I prefer my porters American and hoppy, but one can't help but appreciate the balance between roasted malts and breaded malts. This is a top notch example of a porter.

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Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of MiScusi
3.11/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- pours a dark brown but almost clear enough to see through with the proper lighting. A medium bodied head forms but dwindles very fast. Great lacing left behind.

S- smells like fresh ground roasted coffee beans

T- at first it starts roastey, coffee, smokey, and the late finish is a bit of chocolate malt. roasted coffee lingers. This really is a unique taste for a porter compared to all the american porters I've tried. The lingering roastey coffee taste is a little much for me. I wouldn't want that taste hanging around all the time or building up over the span of a couple pints.

M/D- good. Not too heavy, not too light. Carbonation is lively enough. With the taste being a bit different than other american porters I've had, I must say I prefer the american style, with a little less roastiness and a little more sweetness.

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Photo of RyanAU
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mrmanning
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Opaque dark brown/blackish body sporting a think and foamy mocha head. Tight bubbles, leaving scads of stout like lacing.

Aroma- Dark chocolate and coffee beans dominate milder roasty malt aromas. A slight hop presence is also notable.

Taste- Roasty bitter sweet coffee, is accompanied by dark chocolate. They paid up nicely with the subtle hops bite.

Palate- Smooth and dangerously drinkable. A coffee bitterness lingers.

Overall- Fuller's London Porter is pretty much what a porter should be. This one is close to a sweet or coffee stout, but it's damn good.

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Photo of mweso2000
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of rale
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of fdig23
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle.

Appearance: Quintessential porter. Deep dark black. Perfectly fluffy tan head.

Nose: Chocolate and smoke. Burnt toast. Creamy vanilla.

Taste: Restrained doses of chocolate and charcoal. Super balanced and drinkable. There's a wisp of smoke over everything and an earthiness keeping it from being overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light but creamy. Endlessly drinkable.

Overall: The shining example of a quaffable porter. Packed full of earthy flavors with just enough sweetness to keep you coming back for more.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,704 ratings