Fuller's Damson Porter
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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English Porter
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3.4 | pDev: 0%
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
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3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEG Oliver Square. Another strange one-off from this venerable London brewery.

This beer appears a clear, dark orange-brick brown colour, with one svelte finger of wispy, loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly beige head, which leaves a few instances of streaky lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, some faint wet ashiness, an indistinct red berry fruitiness, earthy yeast, ethereal bittersweet cocoa powder, and very subtle leafy, herbal, and floral noble hops. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, some bruised plum and cherry fruity esters, old-school brewer's yeast, ephemeral chocolate, and more well understated earthy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite laid-back in its barely-there frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a weird clamminess that arises shortly after take-off here. It finishes well off-dry, the wan malt and lingering generic fruit notes presiding.

Overall - yeah, this is an all-right version of the style, with whatever fruit that was added (if it was at all) kind of dialing it in, for the most part. Glad that I got to try it, but I don't believe that I would ever wish for another.

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3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The almost black liquid is clear; the finger thick beige head sinks slowly down leaving some fine lacing.

Charcoal in the quite light smell as well as harsh chocolate and caramel.

The taste is dry with notes of dark malts, smooth fruit-flavoured candy and some red berries. Light to medium body. The roasted aftertaste got notes conserved fruits, cocktail berries and cooked beef. The long finish is smooth, dry and a bit light with some perfume, prunes and cough drops.

The carbonation got small long-lived bubbles; the liquid is light.

Lighter and drier than I had hoped for. I had expected more of a porter from Fuller’s.

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Fuller's Damson Porter from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 2 ratings