VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This porter has a rich enjoyable flavor with taste of the chocolate malt coming through and a lingering smokey aftertaste. I look forward to enjoying this beer on a regular basis.
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely dark, definitely smooth. One to finish the night. Puts hairs on your chest.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark red brown body topped by a thick off-white head that leaves tons of lace on the glass. Lacking in color for a porter. Roasted, slightly smoked malt aroma with a slight fruitiness. Roasted malt flavor with coffee accents and a good strong roasted coffee finish. Full bodied and relatively smooth.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have my serious reservations that there is a better overall porter out there than the Fullers London Porter. Its pours a generally black color into the glass with an occassional ruby spot here and there in the light with a small, not long lasting dark tan head. The aroma is chocolate malts, roasts and molasses. The taste is very silky in its chocolate malt approach. Nothing of an overbearing chocolate attack, but more like a coating...thin, yet fullfilling and round. Very little carbonation, just roasted malt, and a whole bunch of care and a great recipe. Some hopppiness evident right at the finish, good countersweet finish...very nice.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
wonderful toasty, roasty aroma. Crisp, clean and slightly chocolaty. A top notch porter.
Billyaustin (28) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I LOVE THIS PORTER! it's every thing I love about a porter. Rish rosted choclate taste, full body ,not too bitter, great color. Smells great when you're pouring it into the glass. My favorite part is about half way down. that's when the most of it's flavor shines....I am a porter man!
3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - FEB 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Flavors are of smoked chocolate, and very very rich. Palate is left tingling, and caked with a sweet chocolate taste. Not as smooth as my favorite porters, but still has a magnificant fullness.
DOdubble (92) - UVA, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark color. Very roasty, and coffee-like flavor, with slight chocolatey sweetness. Not too thin, but still goes down easy.
TheTsunami (162) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tink this may well become the standard that I measure porter's by. Deep reddish brown with a nice full head. Choclaty nose. Strong roasted malt flavor in front with slight bitterness in the finish. Surprisingly light mouthfeel for something this dark.
GreatSatanUSA (107) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2003 (Bottled) Deep brown color, medium head. Roasted, chickory/coffee flavor, some barkiness, with a noticeable hops presence. Make sure you have a clean palate before drinking - taste suffered significantly when I didn't.