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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Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 8/6/2013. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, cream, roasted malt, coffee, toast, light dark fruit, and light herbal hops. Fantastic aromas with great balance and strength. Taste of milk chocolate, caramel, toffee, coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, citrus, toast, and herbal. Good amount of citrus and roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, toast, cocoa, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and robustness; zero cloying flavors on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol presence is invisible, with zero warming noticed on the finish. Overall this is a fantastic English porter! Great flavor robustness and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. Simply outstanding. I can’t believe I haven’t had this before.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark molasses with a moderate tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

S: Dark, roasted malts with some chocolate. A hint of dark molasses. No discernible hop bitterness. Bits of toffee.

T: Much like the smell, with the sweeter toffee and chocolate elements coming to the front.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D: Not nearly the best porter I've ever had. Definitely prefer the ESB and the 1845 to this. Overall, a good English brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of chinchill
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle served in a snifter. Distinctive dark bottle is dated "best before" 28 August 2012.

Appearance: Sparkling clear; mahogany brown in color; multi-density tan head that fairly soon reduces to a ring and an island. Decent lacing.

Smell: nice roasted malts with toffee, and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Hints of brandy after warming.

Taste:A load of dark, choco-coffee malt here, yet no off- or burnt-notes. Mildly earthy, bitter and spicy -- partly from the Fuggles hops. Some coffee in the aftertaste with dark roasted malts, a touch of dark fruit, and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Excellent medium body; lightly crisp from start to the semi-dry finish. Creamy smooth.

O: "Rich, dark & complex", as advertised. Easy drinking (or sipping), flavorful porter that leans towards a dry UK stout.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with some nice ruby highlights a lighter head that leaves some nice lacing,aroma is sweet and roasted with some light cofee aromas lingering.Nice and complex beer somewhat sweet with nice earthy tones, a rich marshmellow-like finish.A nice rich and sustaining porter very well made for sure.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fuller Smith & Turner "London Porter"
330 ml brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 22 OCT 17 ..." and sampled on 13 July 2017
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Another beer that I've enoyed before BeerAdvocate ever came into being. Why I haven't had it in years I don't know, it used to be a standard for me around 1998. It pours a very deep mahogany that borders on appearing black but never quite gets there. It's clear, and the highlight at the base of the glass glows with orange. The frothy head of tan settles fairly quickly into a creamy cap. In the nose it's chocolatey and caramelish with just a light touch of yeastiness and leafy, earthy, and grassy hops. The flavor is all about chocolate but it's not overdone. It's medium bodied, and it's not about a large quantity of malt, but the quality and richness of the malt. There's an edge of roastiness with some hints of coffee beans and molasses, but there's also a bit of golden caramel. Some light apple-like fruitiness (with just a touch of late summer red berries to it) and roasted nuttiness rounds it out, and a very firm bitterness anchors it. It finishes mainly dry as the chocolatey malt fades and the roastiness and toasty nuttiness rises. It's a brilliant example of how sometimes less can be more, and an excellent session ale. There's such a nice balance to it, AND rich malt flavors, that it's completely satisfying... and yet you'll still want another! And it won't build on your palate when you do have it. For fans of the style it's really hard to beat as it's definitely one of the classics, and perhaps my favorite, even over its greatest rival, Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter. Well worth seeking out.

4/4.25/4.5/4.25/4.5 = 4.39

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a nitro tap @ BBC in Walpole.

A: Pours with rich thick creamy head of a finger, pitch black color letting no light permeate its walls.

N: creamy nitrous like aromas with touches of roasted malt and chocolate. Pretty smooth aroma.

T: Starts with more of the creamy nitrous and moves to roasted and chocolate malts. More chocolate milk runs over the tongue. A slight coffee taste hits you. Pretty rich and creamy but maintains a light feel.

M: Very rich and creamy, sticks to the sides of the mouth, and as thick as a bull's ass.

F: Finishes not too long but the creamy chocolate hangs around at any part of the mouth it can hide. Stays light on abv and bitterness, but has a nice stouty taste. Light but rich and easy drinking.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap 2/7/09 at British Beer Company in Walpole, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and slightly smoky up front with flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. The smokiness is done with just the right amount and the beer is well-balanced overall. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very good dark beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque dark brown to just shy of black in color with some dark red highlights when held up to the light. The beer has a finger tall beige head that reduces to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer with a single thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: There are strong aromas of coffee and dark roasted malts. Quite pleasant with a nice amount of complexity.

T: The taste is even more complex than the aroma and is very delicious. There are elements of coffee, dark roasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. There is a light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with light dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very tasty with excellent complexity in the smell and taste. I really enjoyed this beer and would like to have it again. The beer is very easy to drink and could be sessionable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose roasted malt, molasses, caramel, slight ash. Taste sweet roasted malt, faint coffee & chocolate, slight hops. Nice Porter!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark ruby tint with a 1/4" off-white head which lingers and leaves spotty lace. Aroma of roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate with nuts. Taste follows the nose with a smooth, creamy finish. A classic.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of billab914
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. It poured a dark brown color wit ha thick off-white foam pillow filling the top inch and a half of the glass. The head settled a bit but a frothy thin layer remained and left some nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a very smooth chocolate and roasty malt characteristic to it. Very nice aroma and classic for the style.

The taste has a big milk chocolaty presence to it with some bitter and slightly burnt malts coming in towards the finish. It has a bit of a bready and nutty flavor to it as well. It has a nice balance between sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and the balance really helps it too. A very easy drinking, smooth and flavorful beer overall. A classic example of the style.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

London Porter is almost black in color with a tall, creamy head. Head's color is a dark tan. Aroma is of roasted malt alongside a sweet caramel. A sip starts with a blast of roasted malt with notes of coffee and charcoal. An underlying caramel sweetness is noticed towards the middle of a sip and only increases towards the finish. This porter has the most roasted malt flavor that I've tasted in a long time which makes the overall mouthfeel very dry. A strong, steady malt flavor make this beer a winner.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, translucent dark brown color with a frothy khaki-colored head that deflated rather abruptly leaving a ring of fine bubbles around the glass.

Smell: A fine, hearty scent of dark toffee, bittersweet chocolate, and rum raisin ice cream.

Taste: The taste is not nearly as profound as the aroma. Some chocolate, vaguely coffee-like flavors within. A delectable roasted sweetness permeates every sip. A hint of licorice and vanilla as well, no questions there. Finishes with a very mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with just the right amount of carbonation. Notably smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. I give Fuller's London Porter a hearty "fine & dandy"!

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Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poors with a bubbly tan head, the settles down to abouts 1/4" head rather quickly, minimal lace. Mahagony body with superb clarity is a main selling point.

Smell: Choclate, toastyness& raisins, with wiffs of alcohol. a party for the nose

Taste: toastyness, more choclate, and raisins and nuts.

MF: Lots of malt (Slightlty chewy), dryness, and some hop presence on the edge of the tounge & throat. Carbination is good, not great .

I really like this, this is not an "in your face" sort of beer, I could see this as a stable in the cooler months.

BBD of 06-27-05, but I don't really think this suffered too much for it's age. The shop I bought it at takes good care of their high-end ales.

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Photo of smcolw
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark, dark brown--only a touch of light shines through (and it appears ruby in color). Dense, one-finger beige head. Great, thick ring lace on the glass.

Delicious nose of cocoa and cream. There's another element that I've yet to identify, but it is attractive and drawing. It's almost like burnt toast or a mild smokiness.

Now that I've identified, I really notice the smoke, although it is subtle (not like a rauchbier). Some burnt biscuit with a dollop of whipped cream. The swallow features bitter chocolate and touch of cherry. Wonderfully complex. If there is a moderation of the excellence, it would be in the body--modest with an above average level of carbonation. The aftertaste is more cocoa.

Simply a wonderfully complex beer--exceptional!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick, dark black, quite opaque. There is a slight ruby tinge around the edges when held up to the light. A one finger tan head formed and reduced to a ring of foam around the edges and a little bit in the center. Nice lacing down the sides.

S: Some roasted malt, nice milk chocolate, and hints of coffee. There are some caramel and nutty undertones as well.

T: Very nice combination of caramel and roasted malts. Hints of dark chocolate, not as much as the aroma indicates. Very nice combination of flavors. Complex, hard to pick everything out.

M: Extremely smooth, a lot lighter than I thought it would be, but with the flavor its not really a problem. Nice carbonation.

O: Really nice, extremely drinkable, goes down easy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany brown tinged with ruby. London Porter isn't as dark as some porters; less than bright light travels through it fairly easily. The head is pale toffee in color and has a pitting surface. It deflates to a thin film and leaves better than average lace.

The nose features roasted malt with a great deal of black coffee and a modest amount of chocolate. Flavor mirrors aroma, but isn't very deep or rich. Things start out well enough, then fall just a little flat thanks to a thinner than expected mouthfeel that still manages a little light creaminess.

Fuller's London Porter is a solid English porter. Sure, it's much better than average, but it doesn't quite live up to the hype as far as I'm concerned. If you can manage it, get your hands on Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. Now *that* is an amazing brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's London Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.2 out of 5 based on 2,651 ratings.
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