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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#1,167
Reviews:
1,243
Ratings:
2,692
pDev:
10.26%
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4.27
 
 
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Photo of Tomais
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

9 months before sell-by date.
Poured in a classic pint glass (no 'shoulder')

Off-white head, tan I suppose; black beer with red highlights -- it's a beautiful transparent deep red against the light. Head kept almost till the end, with some lacing.

Aroma of coffee, caramel, tannins.

Taste sweetish initially, dryness coming through strongly in the carbonation, a nice little warming alcohol (surprised to see it only 5.4%). A thick fuggy warm mouthfeel. Warm alcohol sweet in the swallow, somehow dry afterwards. ['Sweet' might sound disparaging -- it's not: I'm not used to drinking anything much apart from pils with the odd weizen thrown in, so have to cultivate those tastebuds, or more-so whatever brain part that can tease out the different 'sweet' tastes.]

Very nicely balanced, this beer.

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Photo of twilight
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks almost black, but up to the light appears a reddish brown. There is definite lacing on the glass and though the head is gone, a pretty soap bubble ring lines the edges of the glass. The smell is caramelly, and even though I've not had much experiences with porters, I really can't resist the smell of caramel in a brew. My first impressions are of coffee, that roasty quality, but with the bitter acid astringency most found in java. I'm not dissing it, though. I can't drink coffee because it upset my stomach, so this is definitely a wonderful welcome. I do want to try other porters, so I'll come back to this style.

The beer is so good, it's like drinking a good strong version of coffee. Not for the faint of heart in terms of the roast, but something that would definitely go down easily. Carbonation is light and nonintrusive, making this a quick quaffer. Beautiful.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My birthday today!!! and ironically I was in the mood for something bitter. So I bought this...

Dark look, pours nicely with a big off-white head that's short lived. Nice but not exactly "sexy".

Even from far away I could smell a complexity of malts in the beer, with a bit of hops and smoke in there.

Mild chocolate malt taste in the beginning, to be followed by the bitter kick of the dark malts, coffee and hops. Charcoaly aftertaste. Wonderful balance though.

Medium body, and carbonation almost right, maybe just a bit too much of it. Still, very enjoyable.

It's only 5.4 ABV, but it feels stronger. The flavor mix is very robust, this beer really has character!! I highly recommend to drink it slowly, otherwise it's kind of heavy on you. Also, you might want to pair it with some bitter chocolate!!

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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

Very pleasant smooth dark beer.

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Photo of Hopzilla_MN
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Recondopf
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Songminx2
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doerickson
4.77/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a garnet hue; clingy tan head. Toffee, caramel and coffee in the nose--supremely inviting. Low carbonation and an extra-creamy mouthfeel. Sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and caramel are dominant. Tops on my list of porters--a must-have, particularly on draft.

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Photo of prg1976
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, almost totally black. Thin, beige head dissipates quickly.

Smell is smokey, caramel and dark chocolate.

Taste is a little like slightly burnt bread, with some bittersweet chocolate and light caramel.

Very smooth, easy to drink. Great classic example of the English porter style.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
3.57/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber appearance with not too much head. Roasted chestnut aroma. The flavor kind of falls flat for us. The roasted nutty malted flavor and creaminess are apparent and taste great but without much depth or many nuances. It seems to not go the distance. Good beer but there are others that are more complete. Drinkability is also great as well as the finish. It finished a bit sweeter and it's flavor stayed strong.

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Photo of Sexmortus
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of hopmashian
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Phishagonia
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of jnjander
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of zduerr
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mmars010
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of JamesGWittel
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Travis1221
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of EricVonStein
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks black in the glass, only the light around the edges reveal a dark red amber colour. One finger or thick tan head that fades to a foamy covering.

rich roasted malts on the nose, black liquorice, salty leather, pumpernickel bread. Big nose is very inviting but lets you know to get ready for something serious.

Rich sweet malts, roasted oats, the suggestion of warm tobacco smoke. Earthy coffee is slightly there as is a dark drown sugar sweetness in the back. Hops are detectable in that they cut through the residual sweetness on the finish. Great mouthfeel, Id say med-full bodied and creamy.

Overall a great drink with equally nice aroma and taste. Lots to chew on here literally and figuratively. Nice complexity and fullness of flavours that are aromatic and old world feeling - a great one to have by the hearth in your leather reading chair in the oak panelled library.

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Photo of madjr80
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of best beers i have ever had in my whole life. There is so much flavor in this beer. So rich in flavor that you should drink very slowly to make sure you get the full effect. Alot of effort was put into this beer, so I really can't describe it to a T. Just go try it for yourself. It is worth the few extra bucks.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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