Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter
BA SCORE
90.4%
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4.19 w/ 2,670 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
Ranking:
#1,122
Reviews:
1,236
Ratings:
2,670
Liked:
2,415
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
10.26%
Alströms:
4.27
 
 
Wants:
272
Gots:
421
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Ratings: 2,670 |  Reviews: 1,236
Photo of silver0rlead
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alpar
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of LittleCreature
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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 wander4
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of watermelonman
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Walleybeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mark
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +6.2%
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 IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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 kniles38
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%

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 JMad
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +1.4%

Photo of Dithyramb
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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 Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sfprint
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: very dark and thick, no visible rising carbonation, 2 finger soft fluffy foam head.
S: malt coffee with a hair of cocoa. not sweet or bitter. very coffee like.
T/M: metalic, almost black coffee. Above average I suppose. A bit bitter and slightly astringent. Above average but not outstanding. Fairly plain.
O: Ok. A bit disappointing considering the great reviews it has, but I'm not a porter person.

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

Appearance: Deep brown colored brew with a frothy tan head.

Smell: Roast malt, brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Good roast malt profile, extremely smooth. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium/Heavy body. Good density for the style.

Drinkablity: Very tasty. A sessionable porter is good to find.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich opaque black body with a moderately sized creamy tan head.

Rich notes of chocolate and fruits rise out out of the glass alongside a bit of a roasted coffee character. Just a hint of biscuity grain in the background.

Roasted malts provide the taste with wonderful notes of milk chocolate and fresh coffee. Sweetness has a bit of a fruity character as well. Outside the roasted malts you are left with a bit of a malty grain note and a finish the touches a bit on the hops with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but a bit thinner than expected. Overall, Fuller's London Porter might just be the archetype of the English Porter and certainly a must try for any beer lover.

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Photo of JasonTaverner
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 2,670 ratings
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