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

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#1,182
Reviews:
1,244
Ratings:
2,699
pDev:
10.26%
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Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 21 Jul 10

G: Chalice

A: Dark chestnut body and thick creamy tanned head. Head retains throughout the drink and leaves good lacing. Nitro does wonders for appearance.

S: Very mellow & mild aromas all around. Bitter milk chocolate and light coffee beans come through. Could be stronger - still pleasant.

T: Bitter chocolates, light coffee beans, some hops in the background. Taste is very mild and well mixed.

M: Medium-light bodied and very low carbonation. Thin, smooth and creamy in the mouth and leaves a distinct coffee after taste.

D: Not bad, I prefer the non nitro version to this. This is good, but just not that great. Tasty none the less.

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Photo of gr0g
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, but not quite opaque. One finger of foam that leaves a small lace crown around the pint glass. Nutty and chocolatey aromas. Generic roasted nut aroma, but it's a freshly roasted scent that's very nice. Hazelnut and chocolate note, think Nutella. The first whiff is very pleasurable, probably this beer's best attribute.

Roasted malt flavors with a balancing bitterness throughout. Closer to a brown ale than a rich stout in terms of dark malt character. Fruity esters can still be detected. Some coffee and licorice on the finish. Soft, slick mouthfeel. A bit more carbonation would help, but this is pleasantly smooth without a trace of harshness as-is.

London Pride is a great dark ale that's more than the sum of its parts. Everything comes together to yield a porter that's tasty and easy to knock back, if not quite at sessionable ABV levels. While generally $10+ per sixer (in NJ, eastern US), it's worth the price tag.

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Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of karst
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark red with tan head that has good retention. Aroma of chocolate and toffee with inviting fruity esters. Taste follows aroma. Well balanced medium bodied brew that is absolutely without any flaws. Finish has the perfect bitterness for this outstanding porter.

Thanks to Fred for sharing this beauty!

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Photo of carln26
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a dark brown almost black with a thick tan head. The head receded quickly and there was no lace. Light aroma with roast malt a bit of chocolate and hard candy. The flavor has roast malt coffee sweet candy and a mild smoke finish. Smooth slick mouth feel. Decent drinkability. This was the most “stout-like” porter I’ve ever had (I’m not a huge stout fan), yet, I found this to be uninspiring.

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Photo of IanSpindler
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of 5EKF
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours black with red highlights around the edges, with a one inch tan head that fades to a swirling cap and leaves quite a lot of lace.

Smell; coffee and chocolate are the dominant aromas, along with a bit of toffee and licorice. It's sweet without being overpoweringly so.

Taste; The coffee and bittersweet chocolate come out first as with the smell, followed by the toffee and a bit of a toasted flavor, and in the finish there's a touch of black licorice. There's very little bitterness to this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit dry, and so easy to drink.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 12/12/14.

Appearance: Black on top and nearly translucent brown near the bottom of the glass. Poured aggressively resulting in a one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin coating of foam.

Aroma: Rich cream and chocolate with a hint of charred malt. Quite aromatic and very clean.

Taste: A good amount of hop impact right out of the gate. A solid bitterness with a sort of grassy flavor, which actually builds in intensity throughout each sip. The malt character that was so present in the aroma is a little harder to find in the flavor beneath the hops. However it does lend some much needed sweetness that provides a bit of balance. As it warms and I've been able to swirl out some excess carbonation, more of the creamy, chocolatey malt flavor has developed. Lingering aftertaste of dark chocolate and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nigh and day difference between when I started drinking and when I took the time to get rid of the excess carbonation. At first all the carbonation really stung alongside the bitterness, but once it was removed the creamier, more delicate flavors came out. I would recommend a very vigorous pour. It's about medium in body wit average drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: I think this porter would be a knock out on nitro or cask, allowing the malt to really shine. But even after my first taste of this historic beer, I completely understand why it has stood the test of time. Its just a plain great example of the style. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Absolutely brilliant! Pours from the bottle a very dark with ruby highlights when held up to a light, with a frothy tan head that head that lasts about 3 minutes. Aromas are predominately of sweet malts, with roasty notes taking a back seat. Strong toffee and slightly less intense chocolate aromas hit me first; I also detect notes vaguely reminiscent of hazelnut coffee. Taste-wise, the front and mid-palate are very evenly balanced between these sweet and bitter elements. Finishes long on with a tasty toffee character. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation feels smooth through and through. Intensity-wise, it's flavors are not strong enough to pair with chocolates, but, when had all its own, this is one of my very favorite beers.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer poured a very dark brown....almost black. There was a thick, retentive tan head.

S: The aroma is roasted and very chocolate like.

T: The taste is bold. It has an initial bitter roasted taste. That is followed by a sweet chocolate/malt flavor. It finishes slightly bitter.

M: The mouthfeel is full and lush.

D: This is an excellent drinking porter.

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Photo of leedorham
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of Caudalie
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of RMentair
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gelasin
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of obywan59
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into my Whitbread half-pint mug. Best before 15 Jul 2011. Getting up there.

Dark brown with deep amber or reddish highlights. 1 finger head that quickly dissipates. Light but attractive lacing.

Nicely sweet malt. Rich coffee and dark chocolate. A bit smokey.

Pretty dry for a porter, more tart than sweet. Plenty of dark chocolate, only the barest hint of coffee. Very smokey.

Pleasant mouthfeel, call it medium-bodied. Some nice warm alcohol in the finish.

I would have preferred it to be a bit sweeter like I remembered (it's probably just the age), but this is a very good beer nonetheless. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

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Photo of mverity
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Proof Bottle Shop. Deep clear brown with a finger of tan head. Fair lacing with good head retention. Tons of caramel in the aroma with some noticeable toasted malt. Taste is still lots of caramel and dreads, with some deep maltiness. Great mouthfeel! Good carbonation, medium to full body. Perfect for the style!

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Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess this may be the first time I've had Fuller's Porter in the past year, although it is relatively available in the area. Paid $3.50 for a bottle tonight, which is about the same price you can find at the grocery store for a single. Deep brown with nice chocolate, caramel, and coffee smell and tatse. I've tasted better porter's but few compare in their drinkability. Nice lacing and not too heavy.

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

Dark brown, quite clear with a good tan colored head. Roasty and fruity aroma. Tart, dark fruit taste (I am thinking prune like) with a kick of roast at the end and a lingering charred character.

Medium body, medium-high carbonation. Not stellar but very good and certainly worth revisiting. Also, better on cask if you can find it.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, all-around porter...

Every time I go to my local stops for beer, I make it a point to pick up a few local offerings, out-of-state offerings, and imports, this is one of those imports I pulled from the shelf and I'm so glad I did. Beautifully dark, practically black brew, it pours out a short lived, thin head that I strangely don't miss like in other beers. The scent is a complex mix of sweetness, malts, and chocolate, while the mouthfeel is lightly carbonated (the way I like it.) I was hoping to taste some of the chocolate character I smelled, but unfortunately, I did not, otherwise this was a very good porter and one I feel I could pound over and over.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

dark brown melted chocolate color with a great tan head atop this brew. smells strongly of chocolates with some coffee roastiness and maybe a little caramel in there to add to the sweetness.

it is full bodied, rich and silky smooth. carbonation is light, but tingly. sweet chocolate flavor dominates the start with the dark malts. i got a definite hint of caramel that made the beginning of this beer very creamy and sweet. it then starts to dry out leaving an excellent roasty coffe flavor in the end.

full flavored with enough complexity to keep me interested, this is just a winner. this is a balls out top notch porter. it is in your face with great flavor all the way through. looks like i will be making another 2 hour plus road trip to get more if i can't find it locally.

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Photo of horshack7
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Out of a twelve ounce bottle it pours a very dark brown with amber hues. The head is lacey and foamy about an inch worths.

Aromas: Tremendous chocolate malt notes along with hints of coffee. Slight burnt hop notes.

Taste: A slightly crisp mouthfeel. Big chocolate malt notes with slight caramel notes. Very full bodied with robust coffee flavors. Burnt hops dance around the pallate with a smooth finish.

Notes: This is a remarkable English porter. This one could me through the coldest of winter nights.Cheers

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Photo of DioS
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,699 ratings