zsb19 (168) - Cincinnati, Kentucky, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Nice dark color with thin tan head that lingers for just a bit. Excellent aroma of coffee and chocolate. Bittersweet chocolate and coffee with a rich, full-bodied taste. Slightly sweet aftertaste that doesnít last long. Tastes like a thicker stout with a thinner mouthfeel that goes down very smooth. Best porter Iíve had so far. wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2006 Rich dark colour similar to a stout, but not as thick. Strong taste with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Nice finish with no real lingering aftertaste.
A decent porter. talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2006
A very dark brown color with a ruby tinge. Somewhat small, off-white head that diminishes rather quickly. Nose is raosted malt with chocolate backing it up. Flavor is a burnt chocolate and a roasted coffee flavor with a slight inappropriate acetic/vinegar taste. Hop bitterness really only a faint flavor in the profile. Palate is lively and mostly smooth with a slight watery texture. Finally it finishes with a short and bitter-sweetness. I really donít see the reall attractiion to this beer; it is a decent beer, but not overly interesting and not overly drinkable. The acetic flavor may be from oxidation from the long travel, but even without, Iíve had numerous porters that I prefer to this one. cperry8483 (41) - Platteville, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2006
Fullerís London Porter has a well deserved spot atop the competitive Porter category. Very bold malt balanced with hops and dark as sin, and the smoothness! Oh, the smoothness. An excellent porter, towards the top of my list, but the Sinebrichoff and Rogue Mocha are just a wee bit better. However, you can find Fullerís everywhere, and the other two are harder to get. paco (576) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Chocolate, malt, and coffee aromas. Very nice flavors. Lots of coffee and oatmeal overtones. A little nutty i found too. Finishes warm and smooth. Very good beer.
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2006
Excellent porter. Caramely malts with a very faint hint of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel was a bit watery though. henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 16, 2006
Black body, fast away creamy head leaving laces; Huge nose with character and depth: milk chocolate, smoked malt, dark roasted coffee beans and walnuts; A very full body again with loads of bitterness, great amount of carbonation; Very bitter finish with great length, loads of bitterness that grows with the length of the finish: Coffee, burnt chocolate, licorice, burnt nuts. Strange balance between nose and body. oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 16, 2006
Bottled. Dark ruby red colour, mediumsized brown head. Soapy, roasted caramellish malts in aroma, with dark chocolate and toffee in it also. Flavour is roasted malts, dark chocolate, while the aftertaste is like espresso coffee with hints of chocolate and caramel. WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
Had this at a beer tasting in Philadelphia and at least some of the tasters liked this best ... better than the 1845 or the 2005 Vintage. Big chocolate and coffee nose, dark almost black with a firm head that vanishes, leaving good lacing. Big taste for a porter ... chocolate, coffee, dark malt, and enough hops to provide a good bitter balance and a good bitter finish. Good mouth feel as well. Porter by far not my favorite style of British ale, but this one works very well. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 10, 2006
10-Apr-06 (18.6 oz bottle: $2.89 at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Best before 03-Apr-05. Having just sampled an aged Arcadia London Porter, I just had to put it up against a similarly-aged Fullerís London Porter, even if it isnít bottle conditioned. Itís still sweet and wonderfully malty, but I noted a significant amount of chocolate when I tried this previously, and while still quite chocolaty, this is more raisiny and more earthy here, a plus in my book. Roast isnít dominating and bitterness is fairly mild actually, so this just really allows other flavors to shine. I really love that the smokiness emerges in the finish rather than just staying consistent right from the sip; adds complexity and more intrigue to the flavor this way. Sweet, fruity, malty, chocolaty, smoky aroma is excellent. Medium-full bodied and gently carbonated for an incredibly smooth and luxurious mouthfeel. Medium ruddy-brown with some transparency through the center of the glass. A full inch of creamy, light-tan head shows solid retention, taking several minutes to settle to a filmy layer. Considerable patchy and ringed lacing decorates the glass. This has to be one of the best porters available in the USA, and pasteurized or not, itís permanently in my top ten for the style.
06-Oct-04 (18.6 oz bottle) Very hearty and robust porter that boasts a strong chocolate flavor, lightly sweet, moderately roasted with a fair amount of bitterness and some smokiness in the finish. Big, chocolate nose makes for a grand introduction for this beer. Full bodied, with a creamy and smooth palate. Dark ruddy brown in color. Light tan head has good size after the pour and demonstrates excellent head retention with some modest lacing. (8, 4, 8, 5, 16 = 4.1)