Fuller's London Porter | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

2,653 Ratings
Fuller's London PorterFuller's London Porter

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great reviews spurred me to buy a bottle of this. Hopefully it lives up to my high expectations as Fuller's typically puts out quality beers.

The 11.2 oz. bottle pours a dark brown similar in color to a Coke with a tan brown creamy head. The finger high head leaves nice sticky lacing down the walls of my glass.

Smells of toffee and chocolate with a bittering hop background that balances things out nicely.

Tastes of coffee, caramel and chocolate. Finishes with a hop flavoring that slowly develops from the malty tones rather than jumping out and biting your taste buds and imparts a roasted aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, creamy and enjoyable. I could drink this porter all night long, although it may not be the perfect session ale.

A quintessential porter. Every other porter dreams of growing up to be like this.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, really dark ruby-brown with a head and sufficient lacing.

Smells a bit like roasted cedar with some mild chocolate and coffee.

The taste is rich and roasty, definitely has the dried fruit taste you'd expect in a porter, slightly smoky, with some malt sweetness and just a tinge of bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

It's a pretty solid example of a porter. The writing on the can says it's "rich, dark & complex". Well, one out of three ain't bad. Because it's dark. But it's too thin bodied to be rich, even if it does have a creamy, smooth mouthfeel. And it hits all the marks of the style but in a pretty straightforward and non-complex way.

That said, it's a great beer and I guess sometimes not having much to say about a beer is a good thing.

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4.28/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.55/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of waughbrew
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(11.2 oz. ?) Brown bottle with a bulbous neck...date code greatly appreciated, this one is good til may 2006.

Deep chestnut nearly black. Fizzy head goes down to 1/4", pauses for a bit, then turns to gray wisps. The aroma of this beer is amazingly strong for a 5% non-hoppy brew! Stong and appetizing, it screams coffee and red wine to me. One of the few malt-centered beers that I could whiff all day long. Flavor is wonderful too. Charcoal and molasses, coffee and red wine. All I could ask for in a porter. Thin body and low carbonation is pulled off with help from the dryness and acidity. Very easy drinking, this one has a ton of flavor but is not as filling as most stouts or other malt-centric beers. A classic for all time!

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4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RuudJH
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Porter style... bottle 0.5 l. best before feb 2011, tough beer.

Dark brown, with light brown head, good lacing. Only slightly transparant.

Smell of coffee and dark chocolate, roasted nuts and malts.
Taste is bitterness from the malts. Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, some ash even. Some sweetness from caramel. Raisins and prunes in the background?

Very solid body. Refreshing and lingering in the mouth.
Alcohol is easy. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth but still bitter in aftertaste.

Easily a recommended brew in this style.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled from bottle on 22 June 2002. dark brown w/ the aroma & flavor of coffee & chocolate. It finishes very smoothly. This beer is nicely balanced between roasty and malty. This is a world class beer that is readily available in a lot of areas. Enjoy it!

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark blackish brown with a large, creamy lid of light tan.

Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted, charred, black malts, and hints of coffee.

Lightly sweet milky-chocolate flavors with light charred, dark roasted, and coffee flavors. Fairly lightish body by porter standards, but with good amount of light and creamy carb.

Definitely a good beer, but not as good as I had hoped.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coca-cola brown out of the can but ends up almost black with ruby red highlights. One finger of light tan head tops the beer with excellent retention bu minimal lacing.

Smell of cocoa, roasted malts, coffee grain and some sweet brown sugar.

Sweet dark chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar and a bit of caramel followed by a dry, bitter coffee like finish. Good balance but the emphasis definately seems to be on the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich, smooth and semi-creamy; I think I almost quoted the can. Not too heavy, making this highly quaffable.

Overall, a solid offering from Fuller's. As stated on the can, this is an excellent after-dinner drink. Nothing is too overpowering, making this a pleasant porter to drink.

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3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 04/13/2011. 330 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours black but not quite opaque with a finger of tan head that recedes quickly to the edges and doesn't lace well.

S: Coffee, chocolate, biscuit, and caramel. It isn't very dynamic but, then again, not many English Porters are.

T: Bitter chocolate, dark-roast coffee, some sour fruitiness, and the taste of dry toast on the back end.

M: It has a medium-light body with a rich and creamy feel and the flavors sticking to the palate.

D: This is tasty, has a nice feel, and is quite quaffable: all you can ask for from the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,653 ratings.
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