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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,657
Reviews:
1,235
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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268
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414
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Photo of MaryW
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of erica
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this, because I had a coupon for a $10 rebate, so, when I receive my $10 in the mail like 80 years from now, It's the same price as Smuttynose IPA, which was the other beer I was thinking of getting. It's freakin hot here, end of July, and here I am sitting in a non-air conditioned 2nd floor room, drinking a sticky Porter. What's wrong with me, you may ask? Nothing, I just had enough of IPAs for a while.

So. The appearance of our Lovely London Porter is nice enough, nothing to rave about; a dark brown that looks reddish when held up to the light, not a thick black like you might imagine. About an inch of a creamy, light tan head that settles into a ring around the glass with a few straggling micro-bubbles. The kind where you can play 'what shape is that?' like with clouds. Right now it looks like there's either a fat hockey stick about to hit a puck or ball, or a booted lower leg that just kicked a snail. A bit of lacing as well.

Smells... a bit too sweet for my tastes. Very syrupy, molasses, maple, even like a super-sweet chocolate fudge. Not bad but I'm not drinking this one with my nose stuck in the glass the whole time. Tastes better than it smells- sweet coffee candy in the very beginning, almost like a coffee flavoring, maybe even a syrup over pancakes, followed by chocolate, dark chocolate brownies I'd say, then more roasted coffee, like maybe the brownies were frosted with a coffee or espresso, just slightly sweetened frosting. And just the faintest hint of a bitterness in the finish, and a very slighty larger hint of alcohol. That may be my imagination though, since it's apparently only 5.4%. The prominent flavor in this one is Roasty. Yes, I am using Roasty as a noun rather than the conventional use as an adjective. I should've thought of that earlier and used it in previous reviews. Next time.. hahaha.

Ahem.. Yes, moving on, mouthfeel is good, it's got a light carbonation that cuts through the sweet/syrupy taste so that it doesn't become like actual syrup. A nice refreshing tingle on the tongue, and not too thin either. Just right. Drinkability, well I'd say it's quite good, even on this hot hot night, though I would say it'd be better suited for a winter evening or something like that. Anyway, it is easy drinking, smooth and never boring. Something I do not regret buying a whole case of, which is a good thing, considering that is the most likely way I'd be able to get this one around my area. A good one!

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Photo of SaltyLime
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I would like to give positive recommendations on this one right out front. Wonderful beer.

Appearance - Dark brown with amber edges, tan thick foamy head.

Smell - fresh ground coffee beans, hint of sweet lactose

Taste - definite coffee, soft to the palate, slight chocolate finish

Mouthfeel - light to medium body, comfy carbonation, extremely smooth

Drinkability - Good. Coffee lover's enjoy!

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of mmars010
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of Hopzilla_MN
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Savaseri
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Dark brown in color with a head that dissiaptes a bit too quickly.

Aromas of raosted malt and dry cocoa, taste delivers the same. A bit undercarbonated perhaps, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel appropriate for the style. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Trizzle
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near opaque black with ruby highlights. Small head fades to a thin sparse layer of bubbles. Tidy lacing.

Intense toffee and charcoal in the nose. Background Xmas fruits.

Big toasted malts dominate initially, some whole grain cereal and a touch of sweet. Lingering dryness of hops and charcoal.

Gorgeous medium full body mostly from malt with minor carbonation.

Thoroughly enjoy contemplating a couple of pints of this bad boy over a few hours.

Currently my favourite English dark ale. Hope it comes in cask somewhere nearby.

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Photo of Phishagonia
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Heff19
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Chemister
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extremely smooth porter. Sessionable, but, almost wish it had a little more bite to it. That said, I wouldn't hesitate to buy again.

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Photo of Lipa
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThreePistols
4.76/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fuller's London Porter in the bottle. Ruby black in color. Sweet malty aroma with a lot of dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Strong hops with dark roast coffee and dark chocolate taste. A very good bitter mocha aftertaste. This is my first porter and in my opinion it is an excellent beer. I hope to find this one on tap one day.

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

Fuller's London Porter
Rich & Dark is what the label says. I'd say that best describes the appearance, which is also clean and fresh. Head settles within a couple minutes.

Calm mellow taste, makes for a smooth drink. Light on the tongue, not very filling. Incredible aroma.
Well crafted, and very fresh beer.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice and dark pour results in a light tan head of dense, tight bubbles with some variegation in the size. The head dies away with some spottiness, not really returning even with a swirl of the glass. The beer's color is dark, very dark brown; when held to light, fairly glows with a ruby-brown translucence. A lazy streamer glides upwards... Aroma is dusky and rich, deeply toffeeish. Toasting caramel sugars, brown sugar on white buttered toast (cinnamon might be stretching it a bit), enormous molasses; chocolate shavings and a nuttiness; and yet to all this sweetness there is a dryish "snap," a "pucker," if you will... and a plush, mallowy nosefeel. Quite nice. Flavor is wow big molasses with a gingery snap across the tongue. Chocolate brownies, liquid Oreo cookie sweetnesses in the forepalate resolve into coffee-with-sugar-and-cream bitterness at the back; the hops never outstanding but rounding this off well. Perhaps a bit of hazelnut syrup in that coffee? Mouthfeel is almost fluffy, not heavy in the least, and perfectly coating without being viscous; a softly dry finish. Mouthwatering. I cannot keep the glass away from my lips. Trying not to gush. Just. Great.

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Photo of Kuhnzie8637
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of FritzSteinhoff
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of matias-
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

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

Almost black in color with tannish colored lace. Great taste and full bodied. Another great brew from a great brewery.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, on draught. Had this at Elephant and Castle in DC.

LOOKS: Deep mahogany-black. Full bodied, for a porter. Narrow white head caps beer poured into pint glass.

AROMA: Have to admit wasn't blown away, but the roasted notes carried through. Make sweetness and floral good. I think it was me, not the beer.

TASTE: Decadent. Lots of toasted malts, some very tame but necessary sweetness. Finishes with a roasted bite. I detect only chocolate malt, not roasted barley or Patent. It's not that fierce. actually, this beer has a lot if composure. This soft brown sugar, crackers, and some espresso. Eaters come through enough to add something unique... man I love Fuller's yeast strain.

MOUF FEEL: Here's what makes it! Not as chewy or frothy as Guinness, but very creamy. Really thick for the style and ABV, though remaining refreshing in this 90* heat.

Overall: It's a session beer for sure...just with character and kick! If you pike malts beers with dry finish and balanced flavors seek out this one!

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Photo of Darkhnum
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of pzymali
3/5  rDev -28.7%

Photo of MEP
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.21 out of 5 based on 2,657 ratings.
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