Brewed by Fuller’s
Style: Porter
London, England


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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Cask: Seasonal - Winter and Spring.
Smooth and satisfying, this example of an historic style of beer derives its rich, chocolatey character from a blend of Brown and Chocolate malts in the brew. Its notable coffee notes and creamy finish make it a wonderful accompaniment to many sweet foods – especially chocolate pudding. 5.4% ABV.

NOTE: Most Fuller’s beer in the US is served by handpump kegs and not a cask. Ask your server.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2008
On draught at The Lavender, theatre pub in Islington. Peaty blackness with a ruby tinge, small tan head. Loads of spice and burnt pine-cone flavours. A dash of chocolate orange. Coffee grounds in the finish. Perfect winter warmer. Ages since I had the bottled version, This is equally as good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobinlondon (1257) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2008
Handpulled cask at the Malt Shovel, Northampton. Black with a healthy beige head, served in the peak of condition. Powerful roasted flavours perfectly balanced with generous hopping. This wonderful porter restores my faith in Fullers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivnizub (9012) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2008
On tap (@Churchill Arms, Kensington): Very deep ruby-amber coloured, smaller, persistent off-white foam; quite deep roastmalty nose and some raisins in the background; almost full bodied, smooth; solid dry (malty-)bitter flavour; roasted malt, chocolate, almost with a touch of smoke, in the dry bitter-sweet and fruity finish. Maybe not the ’’worlds finest’’, but still gorgeous.......... (BEER #4000!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2008
DAMN! Tried this several times while in England, and rating the bottled version reminded me I should dig out my notes on the cask version. It’s just such an incredible beer, warming, fruity, rich, not at all sweet. Reminds me of chocolate milk in its texture and bits of the flavour. I wish we could get this on cask in NZ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Wombler (27) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
Available every November/December time in Fullers pubs as a seasonal. This was based on 2007 cask. Dark witha thickish creamy brown head. Chocolate and coffee are both there. Lovely mouthfeel and very moreish. A lovely drop.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrAleman (111) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 Not available on tap much, but did find it on one occasion and believe it or not tasted just as good. Sadly I try to avoid chocolate/coffee flavoured stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2008
Cask at the Derby Beer Festival. I’d been eagerly looking forward to trying this dark brown beer with its appealing bubbly head. It was smooth on the palate with a rich, warming flavour of chocolate and toasty malts. More sweet than bitter, it had a slight smokiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Furseth (1985) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2008
Cask at Bishops Arms, Järntorget Göteborg: Clear dark red colour,flat brown head. Aroma of lots of sweet maltynes,caramel,coffee,dark chocolate,with a bit citric finish..Flavor is almost the same,thin to medium body, medium coffee/Caramely fnish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2009 Cask conditioned - gravity dispense - Coventry BF. First time I’ve seen this beer since joining RB. Had it many years ago and loved it. It’s still excellent but falls a few points short of my marking of the bottled version. I should revisit that beer to see what I’d score it now, but my comments suggest I did enjoy that more than this. Having said that this is still lovely. It’s almost black with fruits roasted malts and smokiness on the aroma. The taste has all those attributes also together with some fish oil and caramel. A long complex finish. Very tasty and proof that Fullers can produce good stuff if they try hard enough.Score 4.0
Subsequent rating scored 3.8. Average becomes 3.9

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7316) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 12, 2008 Top of the bill, Cov ’08. Onto the big guns now...salty, creamy cocoa-heavy Baltic-like complexity, brine, powdery chocolate and roast. Aroma red vinous and chocolatey. Lovely balance of creamy/charred notes, and BOVRIL. The character of a Baltic porter/imperial stout several % stronger (Pardubický Porter?) Big, serious, dangerous beer.

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