Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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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

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4.2
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Photo of Thiestru
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown, or maybe black. Can't quite tell. When I hold it up to the light, I can't see much cloudiness. There's a creamy brown head with, unfortunately, rather poor retention, and very little lacing - the only reasons this beer doesn't get a '5' here.

Smell: Big roasted malts and coffee.

Taste: Roasted malts are the first to come through, bearing a kind of coffee-like flavor. Dark chocolate also makes its presence known. Then, after letting the beer sit for a little while on the tongue, I can really taste some excellent hops. It's not really bitter, it just has that unmistakable hop taste we all know and love. This really hits the spot.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, just like it should be. It could perhaps use a little more carbonation, but eh.

Drinkability: This beer never gets tiresome to me. Every time I drink one, my only regret is that I don't have five more waiting for me. (I buy singles of this at Wine World in North Augusta, SC.)

This has become one of my absolute favorite beers, and is a classic example of a fine porter.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thought I would try this beer, my brother swears by it. Presented in a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. Pours out a very dark brown, nearly black. Rich smell of coffee and alcohol. Surprisingly carbonated mouthfeel, with a finish of coffee, slight taste of alcohol and dark chocolate. If there is any drawback to this beer, it is the carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty good. Recommended for those seeking a tasty porter that is not too intense; it is highly drinkable. Pairs quite well with Led Zeppelin.

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Photo of MoohMooh
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost opaque, dark brown/black. Head is thin, very soon recedes to a thin ring and leaves no lacing. Smell is sweet caramel, coffee, toasty/roasty (almost smokey), dried plum, butter. Kinda spicy too. Tastes follows with cocoa, coffee, and dark fruit. Hops comes through as it warms and help round things off. The slight bitterness perfectly balances the sweeter side. There's also a faint alcohol presence, and it has a very subdued medicinal thingy going on. It's a pretty smooth brew; body is light to medium and carbonation is really faint. It's almost bordering on watery actually, but not so much that it doesn't feel like beer anymore. It also makes it extremely drinkable, which is always appreciated.

Extremely rich and well-balanced. This is a really, really nice beer -- certainly much better their London Pride.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, deep brown/black color, with foamy. mocha colored head. Very strong coffee crounds aroma. Same scent as if you were to take a wiff of used coffee grounds. Very thick feel, almost creamy. Strong coffee and roasted malt flavor in both the front taste and the finish. Hardly no carbonation, which fits well. Missing the chocolate taste to round it out, but it has it in the feel.

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Photo of bassboneman
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What a great porter this is!
It is right up there with Founders and Anchor Steam!
Very full bodied porter with hints of chocolate.
I will certainly get this again!

Sam

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

I've been trying to get this one for a while, and I'm not disappointed.
The appearance deep, dark, opaque black with dense chocolate milk colored head that doesn't go away. There lots of nicely spaced out patches of lace that are tan in color.
The aroma is a deep dark roasted espresso bean that is nearly burnt, awesome. There are also faint malt and caramel whiffs here. When I drank this, there was again espresso, but with chocolate and hints of malt. Nice slight bitterness in the finish that was perfect with a great crisp after taste. Nice thick mouthfeel that's chewy and refreshing. Great drinkability, no matter what time of the day. As a testament to that last statement, I had this for breakfast the other day and the coffee flavors complimented the time of day perfectly. Note: review not written from the morning session...but it was just as good

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a poor man's pint glass. Advice on this one - definitely let it warm up. It really comes into it's own at around 55 degrees and up.

Pours dark, brown-black, nearly opaque. Frothy, creamy light brown head. Sticky, resilient lacing.

Smells quite malty, elements of cocoa. Hints of some complexity I can't quite put my finger on. Sort of smokey, but not really.

Roasted malt, bitter cocoa. I can taste the smoke coming through now. Bitterness from the hops comes through once the beer settles on your tongue and mingles with the cocoa and roasted malts in the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderately carbonated, but fairly soft mouthfeel.

A solid offering. This would be a great one to sit down with on a cruddy fall day in London.

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Photo of James954
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I'm going to be plagarizing Ravyn X since it's a perfect description...but I drank it from draught at an English pub in Fort Lauderdale.
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Cold, poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Look: Dark brow, thin tan head that clings to the edge of the glass. (great head from draught)

Smell: Toasty malt and dark chocolate.

Taste: Slightly nutty with cocoa and coffee aromas.

Feel: Smooth, minimal carbonation. Medium body.

Overall: Really enjoyable.

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Photo of fretlessman71
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Griffin is London’s Oldest Brewery, according to the bottle. I’ve heard and read such great things about this porter, and I’ve enjoyed a few bottles of the 1845 as well. Lot of folks I know say this is their favorite of the porters. The griffin on the label reminds me of the Griffin Wheel Company, which I believe still operates somewhere near Chicago. Used to have a set of highball glasses from them. Hope this bottle isn’t THAT old…

APPEARANCE: Gorgeous translucent ruby/mahogany with a very dense tan head. If I had an ice cream scoop I could make porter head sundaes! Leaving some pretty good lacing as head withdraws.

AROMA: Dark fruit and milk chocolate. Maybe they use Ovaltine! Getting a little bit of metallic/pencil shaving as well, probably due to their yeast – I’m vaguely reminded of a bottle of 1845 I had a while back.

FLAVOR: So many flavors are coming through here – chocolate, roasted peanuts, caramel, coffee (light and tasty, not black and burnt like I usually drink mine!), just a touch of hops, enough to balance the sweetness of the malt and no more. Dark fruit from the aroma is more apparent on the swallow. Somewhat dry finish; maybe clean is a better word for it. Gets even better as the beer warms.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium light weight, carbonation not a huge factor – the large head doesn’t seem to translate into a fizzy feel. Very smooth.

DRINKABILITY: Very good at 5.4% - almost in the realm of a session brew. The complexity means that I won’t get bored of it after the first pint (or pint-and-13/80 - what an odd size bottle at 1 pt., 2.6 oz.).

OVERALL COMMENTS: I don’t think that Fuller’s can make a bad beer – this is further proof of that. Distinctive, recognizable flavors, smoothness, that yearning for malted chocolate milk – can’t think of a more wonderful way to spend an evening.

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Photo of Bestuurder
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Full bodied from a standard 50cl can. Nice can actually, very appropriate for the liquid GOLD that lies within!

Poured a very dark red, almost, and I say 'almost' black. With a beautiful head that nice and thick, with a creamy feel to the palate. The lacing was extraordinary; with simple lacing throughout the entire glass upon drinking.

One of the best tasting brews I have ever had. Complex with chocolate and coffee flavours. Deep and delicious! Unbelievably easy to drink with a full flavour and aggressive, yet not overly.

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Photo of ablaze
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foamy tan head on a cola-like, solid black brew with minimal brown on the edges. Light lacing.

Bittersweet chocolate, earthy, coffee notes, and a nice clean roast scent that doesn't shy away.

Medium body, slick, with average carbonation. Crisp and dry. Earthy coffee beans, dry pumpernickel bread, light chocolate notes with a very good offering of fresh Fuggles hops. Sugary, light caramel drizzled over burnt toast.

Standard, well-rounded porter. Delicious and madly drinkable, but doesn't leave you entirely satisfied.

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Photo of SteveS1
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle to a glass-
Looks: Pours a most impressive dark brown, nearly opaque but for a bit of red where light can shine through. Average sized head, dark brown and foamy.

Smell: Very sweet, rich flavors... coffee, caramel.

Taste: On the tongue it has a complex smoky bitterness, and finishes with a strong sweet coffee flavor. The aftertaste is the ever-present coffee.

Feel: A bit heavy, but not so much carbonation.

Drink: If you want flavor, specifically smoky, rich flavors, this is one excellent porter. I can definitely see drinking a few of these at the pub.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger creamy tan head. Mild cocoa like aroma.Very dark almost opaque as I had to hold it up to a light bulb to see a deep ruby like color. Mild bitterness. Soft chocolate and coffee taste. I sense a chalk like feel to the chocolate which may be the coffee side kicking it, Has a rich soft feel.

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Photo of Onceeven
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bomber of this out by a nice campfire on a cool night, what a treat.

Poured almost black, but transparent with a rich amber when held up to the light. Not much of a head, the tiny one that did show up only lasted a few seconds and was gone. Lacing was spotty, kind of disappointing. This beer smelled great, with a mixture of caramel sweetness, and an earthiness that reminded me of wet leaves. Caramel flavor came through big mixed with a hint of roastiness, and chocolate. I've had a few porters that tasted more like stouts to me, but this one had no identity issues. I did get a little tired of the caramel flavors towards the end of the glass, but this beer still remains a great porter.

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

Poured this beer into a pint glass, with a best before date of 14/Aug/06.
Appearance- Has a dark tan head that leaves lacing on the glass when the head receades. Pitch black with brown ruby highlights.

Smell- Very strong coffee smell with malt, toffee, and chocolate.

Taste- Def. the best part of the brew. Espresso and chocolate taste first and a pretty strong hint of hops and malts. Very evenly balanced. One of the best porters I have had.

One of the best beers I have had. Will be buying this a lot more but to bad I have to drive about 25 mins to get some.

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Photo of Greenfloyd
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This just so happens to be one of my favorite beers of all time...

Let's just start with the looks of the bottle itself. This bad boy is a 16.9oz James Bond villain with a beer cap. Pours into a pint glass with a down to business black coffee color, a dark tan, fairly lingering head followed. This beer had fantastic smells of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and light traces of toffee. The taste...oh what a taste it is....again, dark chocolate, with a heavy backing of rich black coffee that gave a subtle bitterness to the beer, following the English Porter style wonderfully. The mouth feel was substantial, but light enough for multiple pints of this beer to be enjoyed in one sitting. I could, and have, consumed this beer on a very regular basis. Pairs phenomenally with raw oysters on the half shell, along with a hearty shepard's pie...Enjoy

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Photo of californiakulak
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the now closed Public House is Fresno.

A. Very dark brown color with a nice off white head. Head vanishes quickly and lacing is almost nonexistent.

S. Nice roasted scents. Malty, sweet aromas as well. Some coffee and chocolate.

T. Very good beer. Toffee, sweet malt, and a little chocolate.

M. Kind of thin for the style. Slight bitterness and low carbonation.

D. Good, easy drinking beer. I could, and did, have multiple pints at one sitting.

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Photo of chunkylover53
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is blacker than the blackest recesses of my withered little heart. It's got a beautiful, off-white head that dissipates quickly but laces really nicely.

Smell is nutty and full of roasty goodness.

The taste is quite complex. Chocolate with hints of banana and caramel. The caramel gets stronger as the beer warms.

Overall an excellent beer.

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Photo of cyrock1
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby brown to deep brown with a 1 inch creamy, beige colored head.

Smell: Toffee and caramel, almost a rootbeer style aroma wafts out.

Taste: Some bitter-sweet chocolate with a light dose of toffee. Coffee flavors linger on the tongue after a bit.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation initially hits you up front but quickly fades to a creamy texture with a small ammount of hop bitterness on the end.

Drinkability: There is something really malty, like a cream soda that keeps me sipping it over and over again. Great classic porter.

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Photo of BarryNL
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep brown, bright with ruby hints.

S: Roasted coffee and caramel.

T: A very nice combination of malty flavours - dominated by the chocolate and brown malts. A slight touch of burnt flavours which are mild enough to enhance the taste.

M: Probably the weak point, a bit dominated by carbonation - but this is a porter rather than a stout so perhaps the slightly lighter body is appropriate.

D: Mmm, mine's another one of these, please. At 5.2% maybe a little strong to drink all night, but the taste is certainly unlikely to get boring.

All in all, a definite winner - more flavour than Guinness despite the lack of any roast barley.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.73/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best porter I've ever had. As someone who often prefers the American versions of European classics, I must give highest praises for this beauty of a porter. Purchased by chance because I haven't had an English porter recently. So I figured I owed it to my good friends across the pond to give one a try. Color, head, aroma - that doesn't matter. Those are all good. But the overwhelming strength of this beer is in the luscious flavor. Rich, toasty, caramelized malted barley deliciousness! In one of my first few sips I swear the flavor changed dramatically as it washed over my tongue. It progressed through waves of creamy, chocolatey, toasty, and bitter flavors. Quite the complex malt character this porter has!

If you ever find it, try it.

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Photo of Scrylol
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fine 1 finger head, lots of lacing. Dark color with some ruby tones.

The aroma consists of roasted malt, some toffee, some coffee, and some raisins.

The taste contains lots of roasted malt backed by some toffee and coffee flavours, leaves some bitterness behind, dry finish. I also get some hints of vanilla, not a lot though. Quite complex and rich.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, medium bodied, decent carbonation with each sip, and quite creamy, feels great on the palate.

Drinkability is great. Overall this drink is one fine, rich, complex brew, and I recommend it to try it out. It's delicious and gets better as it warms up.

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Photo of metallistout
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

THis one pours a dark roasted brown dark coffee color, with a tan foamy head that laces and traces in the glass until the last drop.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate malts.

Taste so robust and smokey. Hop spice to the mix and high chocolate malt strength. I can taste the warming alcohol, as I usually do with Fuller's brews. This is a very damn good drink

I just got a good deal on a 12 pack of imperial pints for only $10.99, only because the sell by date was a few months old. I don't care that's damn cheap. And I might just pick up about 5 more of those cases after drinking this bad boy.

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

The only dissapointing aspect of this particular Ale was the head. Other than that it was spectacular. The smell was very complex with chocolate, roasted coffee along with slight sweetness of berry. The flavor was right in line with the smell and the mouthfeel was an appropriate carbonation. I could drink far too many of these in one sitting. Yikes. Better keep me away from Jack Quinn's.

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

Eyes: dark colour, with a small beige head that dissapear quickly

Nouse: A good aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood, and hops.

Mouth:stron body, good caracter teh flavours of dark chocolate, and coffee are gentile balanced. The aftertaste is a little bitter... good carbonation.
A very gOoOoOood porter Bravo to a Fuller's

Serving type: bottle 500

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,623 ratings.
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