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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#1,168
Reviews:
1,243
Ratings:
2,692
pDev:
10.26%
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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 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 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 Spike
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle.

L: Almost black. Beautiful red fringe when held up to the light. One finger, cappuccino head that recedes to a cap. Some lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate and coffee. Lots! Smoky.

Chocolate first. Then coffee. Malt sweetness, then hop bitterness.

Medium bodied. Satin smooth. Some tingle from the carbonation. Dry finish.

Excellent. This is a lovely example of the style. The sweetness might overwhelm if drunk in quantity, but perfect for a couple of pints at any time of the year. Chilled or cellar temperature, both are good.

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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 ludachris
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of Grackos
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 akopczyk
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Woodman's West here in Madison. Had been looking for it for a while.

Pours black with ruby highlights under a finger or two of dark khaki foam that lasts to the final drop. Nose is sweet and toasty with notes of toffee and cocoa powder. Taste starts off with the milky-sweet toffee/caramel and transitions nicely into roasted malt, toasted biscuit and a nice coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, gliding through the mouth. Probably the best English porter I've had to date as I have found them to be characterized by thin body and metallic aftertaste, neither of which were found here. Glad to finally find this classic gem.

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

Very dark brown in color with a thin head. Aroma is a nice roasted maltiness which mellows into a caramely sweetness as the beer warms. Taste starts off sharply with some hop flavor and coffee-like malt. The malt becomes more caramely mid-palate, and ends with a roasty, bitter, dry finish. Medium-full body. Quite a nice porter.

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep amber verging on brown, decently clear, pours with a two finger head that is very creamy and medium tan, lingers quite nicely, dissipates and leaves a ton of thin sticky lacing on the glass
S: really great toasted malt character, nice chocolate and coffee notes, quite warm and comfortable, cereal grains kinda like cheerios are present as well
T: nice malt backbone really gives the depth and character to the brew, chcolate malts are the most pronounced, a nice sweetness comes through right on the tail end and lingers nicely across the palate, leaves a nice malt presence on the mouth as well, more of those cereal grains mentioned above
M: smooth creamy mouthfeel, thick, very very gentle carbonation tingle, slight astringency on the palate after the finish
O: a really well rounded porter from beginning to end, nice complexity and depth,

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Greggy
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a 1.5 finger creamy tan head over a dark brown body. Great retention on the head.

S- Chocolate, cream, some sourness (not off flavor), apple notes, suggestions of coffee.

T- Starts out with a creamy subtle coffee and chocolate note with very slight roastiness. The finish is where it comes alive with dark roasted chocolate, suggestions of cofffee and cream. The finish lasts quite a while and reminds me of a nice french silk pie.

M- Low carbonation and very low mouthfeel.

D- Quite a tasty porter and not heavy at all. Definitely one you could session.

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Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 2,692 ratings
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