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
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,252
Reviews:
1,249
Ratings:
2,714
pDev:
10.26%
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4.27
 
 
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4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

I had this beer in a 12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a thick deep reddish black with only one half a finger of light tan head, which dies down right after poured. There is almost no lacing left on the glass. The smell is fabulously strong with coffee and caramel notes. The taste is very smooth for a porter. Bits of coffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate with a snap of hops at the finish. The mouthfeel is nice and strong. At 5.4%, this is a very drinkable porter as well.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted February 13th, 2009.

Appearance is good. Nothing out of the usual. However, this is black so it does look black but not pitch black. Hard to be out of the ordinary with black. Uh!

Smell some chocolate and coffee. Not overwhelming just enough to make me salivate. I like very much. Nice taste.

Pours with a good head that collapse really quickly. Half a finger remain.

Taste:Some dark malt at the beginning which transform with coffee and chocolate taste at the end and in the aftertaste. This is very well balanced. I like it. Second sip, still very good. Taste a little more chocolate than coffee now.

The head is completely gone now. :(

Mouthfeel is thin and clear. Could drink more than one pint of this beer in an evening. Definitely a good beer but not exceptional by my standards.

Cheers!

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Photo of mrchrisray
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Diomede
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been a few years since I've had this beer. I forgot how great this beer is!

Poured a very dark brown with a faint coppery rootbeer color around the edges. It has a short tan head with no lacing.

Very nice dark rich smell with notes of dark malt, prunes and chocolate.

Full bodied flavor transitions smooth from dark maltiness to a rich dark chocolate, finishing with espresso. The aftertaste is such a smooth pleasant espresso aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. With a light creamy carbonation.

Overall I love this beer. This is the ideal benchmark for what I think a porter should be. Beautiful full bodied flavor with wonderful chocolate and coffee notes. I recommend this to all. I gotta try to keep this on deck at all times.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Spike
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle.

L: Almost black. Beautiful red fringe when held up to the light. One finger, cappuccino head that recedes to a cap. Some lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and coffee. Lots! Smoky.

Chocolate first. Then coffee. Malt sweetness, then hop bitterness.

Medium bodied. Satin smooth. Some tingle from the carbonation. Dry finish.

Excellent. This is a lovely example of the style. The sweetness might overwhelm if drunk in quantity, but perfect for a couple of pints at any time of the year. Chilled or cellar temperature, both are good.

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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.

-Oelergud

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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 Walleybeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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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%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,714 ratings