Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

BA SCORE
93
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2,632 Ratings
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
Ratings:
2,632
Reviews:
1,225
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
259
Gots:
402
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,632 |  Reviews: 1,225
Photo of QuakeAttack
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gatorlove
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lzepplin01
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of diablo14
3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of silver0rlead
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black with slight ruby highlights and a thick tan head. Incredible aroma of chocolate, roasted coffee, spicy fuggles hops and toffee. Taste is complex melding of roaste and sweet flavors, roasted and bitter coffee beans and sweet chocolate and blackstrap molasses. Also hints of burnt toffee and that signature english fuggles hops flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body and light carbonation. The drinkability is quite good, an excellent porter.

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Photo of fortyfield
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deac83
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Alpar
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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

Appearance - 4.0
Just about solid black in colour, with a finger and a half of beige head that steadily reduced to a thin layer.

Smell - 4.0
A very complex aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, tobacco, charcoal and leafy hops.

Taste - 4.0
Not as sweet as the smell, flavours of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee and charcoal are quite balanced against each other. A rather savoury brew this one, but very smooth.

Mouthfeel - 5.0
Simply luxurious. The low, fine carbonation, coupled with a thick, heavy feel over the tongue makes this beer silky smooth.

Drinkability - 3.5
Would be higher for some, but for me the burnt character detracts from drinkability.

OVERALL - 4.05
Cleary a very good porter, although I personally found Colonial Porter to be a more enjoyable drink. I am still yet to find a Fuller's Beer that disappoints, what a great brewery. This would be a great match for a rich, meaty stew.

Re-Review:
When I first reviewed this beer I was still acquiring a palate for burnt tasting beers. Now that I have found it, beers such as this are far more enjoyable. Hence the higher score.
A - 4.0, S - 4.0, T - 4.5, M - 5.0, D - 4.0. OVERALL - 4.3

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Photo of jmryan8
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of watermelonman
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice dark brown with slight ruby tones. The head faded away but there's still some pretty good lace being left behind.

Roasted malts dominate the smell and the front of the taste. Slight chocolate and coffee bean flavors set in, then hops take the finish. It's balanced and very well done. The taste really gets good after it warms a bit.

This is a great beer.

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Photo of burnstar
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown with a medium light tan head. Aroma is dark roasted malt with coffee notes and some floral hops. Nice malty taste. Notes of dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Nice background sweetness. A few herbal hops. Just a bit of bitterness from the dark malt. Quite balanced, nuanced, and delicious. Mouthfeel is medium and just about right for this beer. Very drinkable and a great porter overall.

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Photo of Mark
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark and full bodied, a stronger taste of licorice? and coffee tones than other Porters. My porter of choice, and as in most English brews very smooth. Best in winter. I'm having second thoughts on this being my Porter of choice. The last two times I had this I wasn't sure I liked the very strong finishing taste. I think I might prefer the more mellow tones of the Anchor and Anderson Valley porters. Still this is a great beer!

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Photo of acrawf6
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark brown clear amber, little light gets through. Nice tan head. good lacing.

Smell. very roasty with the malts and sweet. good notes of some coffee.

Taste. First i get the coffee flavors, but as it rolls in my mouth i get the heavy roasted malts. has a nice hop bitterness to really balance the taste out. aftertaste is dry with a good smokiness to it.

Mouthfeel is ok. body is medium to full, good for the style. carbonation is on the lower side. i think this part of the beer is the least best.

Overall a very tasty beer. excellent malt flavors. very good

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Photo of JavierGC
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Boo-urns
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark brown with a hint of red... I poured this one pretty hard, so I had 2 fingers worth of head... It did disappear quickly, very little lacing.

S: Mocha coffee, chocolate and a hint of malt creamyness. Very nice.

T: Follows the smell mocha coffee.... More on the coffee side...This increases the warmer the beer gets. Little bitter on the aftertaste, very well balanced.

M: Thin at first but creamy at the back of the of the mouth... very little carbonation... Very Porter like.

D: Not the most complex I've had... but overall very drinkable... It goes down very easy. Not as filling as some Porters which makes it a little more drinkable.

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Photo of JMad
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug...

The beer was dark brown with red highlights, the khaki colored head was thin and bubbly. Smells amazing, you get a lot of roasted coffee and chocolate along with a hint of molasses. When you take a sip you first notice some bitter coffee flavors, then some toasty, smokey notes and hints of bitter dark chocolate. The beer is light but full bodied, it has low but sharp carbonation and it leaves the mouth very dry. I'm glad the guy at Central Market recommended this one, it is truly a great porter.

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Photo of Michaeldmanley
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Dithyramb
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap yesterday for "lunch" at Max's. Got confused with so many choices, but all the ABV were high and I had an afternoon meeting. I got nervous, realized porters are good for chilly weather, and went with an excellent choice.

Damn beautiful brew. Black/dark brown with only red highlights available when put up to the light. Thick, middle finger width frothy creamy tan head on top. Staying power? The head had retention all the way to the bottom of the glass. Should've taken a picture of the empty pint to explain lacing.

Sweet aromas. Mostly carmalized malts. Very little choco/cocoa/coffee wiffs. No metalic or sour smells attall

Roasty, nutty, creamy choco/coffee goodness. The mouthfeel was what set this one apart from runof the other porters I've had lately. Just the perfect combination of thick and thin. I'd call it chewy, but it went down smooth as hell.

Overall, rock solid and recommended. Regrettably, my last time in the UK, they only had Pride on cask. This would be even more enjoyable in that manner

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Photo of gr0g
4.16/5  rDev -1%
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 Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had in a shaker pint. Best before July 25, 2014 bottle date.

An opaque dark brown body with crimson highlights greets the drinker. The creamy mocha-colored foam swells to two -fingers of bubbly stuff before receding, leaving behind a modest wall of almost sheet lace.

The nose reminds strongly of chocolate covered raisins, also some brown sugar. This porter has an incredibly decadent bouquet. Also a bit of wheat bread scent comes through when the glass is agitated, really, incredibly rich.

Flavors of coffee roast and dark breads are much larger on the palate than were noticed in the aromas. Mid-palate is where the bittersweet dark chocolate resides, fig also follows into the heavily roasted finish. There is a flash of chocolate covered raisin, but dissipates quickly. A light nuttiness blends with the roasted qualities and helps smooth out the finish. Very well balanced, and more bittersweet than the nose.

Appropriate for the style, this porter has a watery edge to it, slick over the tongue. The heft is on the lighter side of medium with a subtle creaminess, more dry than crisp.

Fuller's London Porter was a blast to drink, and so quaff-able. I could make an evening of just drinking this beer. The wonderfully sweet nose blends well with the complex palate of bittersweet, roasty, and bready flavors.

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Photo of joeroma5
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; 2 finger, light brown head; excellent lacing

Aroma: Malty; roasted grain; coffee;

Taste: Juicy malt on start, quickly followed by bitter roast; bitter mid and finish; seems to be hoppier than a normal Porter, but not bad overall

Remarks: Very good British Ale

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,632 ratings.
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