Fullers & Friends Peat Souper | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with collaboration with Hardknott.

Named after the thick fogs that bedevilled industrial London, this delicious dark beer takes inspiration from the capital’s 18th-century Porters. Smoky peat, rich malt and a trio of classic English hops make it one to savour.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 16
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L- Inky black, no light seems to come through the glass at all, not even by holding a light or torch right at the rear of the glass. Pours with a c10Cm pillowy tan head [be prepared/pour v-v-v slowly] that is slowly receding. Smokey hints wafting over from 20Cm+ away...
S- Heavy smoke, and very deeply roasted strong espresso coffee.
T. Oh heavens! This is like a German rauch-bier on steroids. It is extremely smokey. The coffee carries through and liquorice is now showing itself.
F- Rich, it feels every bit of it's 7.0%
O- Well, it'll be intriguing to stout/porter fans who haven't tried a beer with dominant smoke elements to it. I think it's a thing that might divide, either it works or is too idiosycratic. I'm not a big stout/porter fan and for me this is interesting but just a bit too much of a swerve-ball.
Bought as part of a 6-pack box of 'Fullers & Friends' beers that are a shop/breweries tie-ups. This one is Fullers & Hardknott. Sold exclusively by Waitrose supermarket. BB: 31/12/19, my, over 2 years.

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Photo of drmeto
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.5

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a big,foamy,khaki head
-light smoke,bacon,coffee,licorice,wood,warm caramel,cinnamon,brown sugar
-very bitter,espresso,spicy,nutty,caramel,salt
-finishes dry
-high carbonation
-medium body
Very raw Porter with a big ,roasty Blast.
Minus points due to the booziness and aggressive carbonation.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2019. Purchased a while back from Waitrose as part of a box-set; this is the last one. A collaboration between Fuller's and Hardknott, the label describes it as a smoked porter that includes rye among the ingredients.

A: Poured into a tulip. Bottle conditioned and very lively. A dark reddish-brown hue that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields an enormous head of creamy light brown foam that lasts for a while before slowly reducing to a persistent surface layer.

S: Aroma of rich, smoky malt with hints of peat, phenolics, roasted grain, subtle molasses, ale yeast and a vague leafiness. A twinge of sourness in the background. Complex and unusual - excellent.

T: Tastes of dark smoked malt with notes of peat, phenolics, roasted grain, mild molasses, a hint of sausage/ham, ale yeast, earthiness and faint stewed hops. A touch of sweetness, followed by a substantial malty bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and decent body. Pretty astringent; dries the palate. Aftertaste of smoky malt, roasted grain, bitterness, mild molasses, ale yeast, leafiness and a hint of bacon.

O: A stand-out effort from this series of collaborative brews. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are intense, rich and smoky. Decent body; could be a shade thicker given the strength. A complex porter with a peaty, medicinal character - more charisma than the average beer. I don't think this is available anymore, but if you happen to have one it's well worth cracking open.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 2. Plenty smoky,but adjusted to the point of providing nice taste without becoming tiresome. However, it hides pretty much of any other flavors

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black colour, off white big head with long retention, creamy lace. Smokey aroma, chocolate, dried fruits, coffee. Medium to full body, creamy texture, exceptional carbonation. Dry finish. Taste is smokey too, chocolate, coffee, dried fruits and nuts. A bit plain.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

pours a jet black body withokay tan head
big smokey aroma, bbq sausage and bonfire toffee
that big smoke with peat with acidic notes and charcoal

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unofficially I'd put this as the second best bottle in the Fullers collaboration 6-pack. It pours a dark burnt umber with fairly large tan head that leaves spotty lace. Nose is more smoke than peat to me, but is medium and not overpowering. I get a bit of coffee creamer as well, oddly, but it is fairly one-dimensional. Taste is rather smooth, with light smoke and some chocolate milk flavor. Overall, it is a solid but not amazing beer.

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Photo of vinicole
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle conditioned. Almost black. Tan head. Thick and frothy.
Heavy aroma of peat and coal tar. It actually reminds me of the pea soupers which I experienced as a London lad over 50 years ago!
The smoke continues into the flavour and is rescued by the hops. A sweetness is discerned after several sips.
Medium bodied.
A bold porter.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, Moor Brewery Tap - Pours jet black with a huge tanned foamy head. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Smoke, ash, tobacco notes, roasted malt notes. Taste - Strong smoky notes at the front, roasted malty middle, long dry bitter finish. Nice high abv smoked porter. One only though would suffice.

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Photo of Spike
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 330ml bottle.
L: Glossy black but missing a head.
S: Intense, smoky peat. Like an Islay whisky. Very good. Nose persists to the last drop.
T: Peat character is less intense but still nicely smoky. Not so much bbq as some smoked beers, which is good. Chocolate, spice and wood come through as the glass warms.
F: Light body with some chew. Alcohol is warming.
O: The smoky peat works really well in this nicely rounded high-ABV porter. Excellent winter warmer. The collaborating brewery is Hardknott. I will be checking them out. Meanwhile, Fuller’s need to add this to their regular line-up. Best beer in the ‘Fullers & Friends’ box.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an orange tinged black. Lovely tan head.

Peat, medicinal, earthy aroma. It's good, if you like that.

Taste adds some dark chocolate, hint of coffee.

med body, med carb, drying finish.

I like this

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Fullers & Friends Peat Souper from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 16 ratings