Sunday, January 7, 2018

Fuller's London Porter (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

Best before date: 1/4/18

2015 BJCP Category: 13C English Porter

AROMA: Dark malty base with slight roasted character. Almost no confectionery notes. Low earthy/floral hops. Moderate fruity yeast esters. Faint diacetyl. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Mostly clear shade of deep ruby/mahogany (34 SRM). Moderate tan creamy head retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Malt-forward palette with a browned/roasted malt base. Palette is fairly sweet with dark fruity flavors from the yeast esters (also with a licorice taste). Chocolate is evident throughout, though subtle. Coffee emerges briefly on the finish and lingers briefly in the aftertaste. Bitterness is low with a mild floral hop character. Faint diacetyl lurks in the background, but is not distracting (acceptable for the style). 18/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; medium-low carbonation. Texture is extremely smooth. Feels like more of an overt session beer than the actual 5.4% ABV. Highly drinkable, regardless. 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is what an English Porter should be: malty, fruity, delectable and highly drinkable. 10/10


NOTE: Read my 2012 original review here:

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