Smell: Fascinating. This beer smells like an empty Guinness glass at first whiff, which is a great start, because many a great night begins with an empty Guinness glass! Pouring it into a glass now. This beer has nice carbonation and coming out of the bottle it has a surprisingly thick and creamy head. It stays in the glass. It has staying power. The head is thick enough to leave a foam mustache, which is nice. Got Fuller's?
Mouthfeel: I recently reviewed Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, and on the label, they used the word "viscous." Well, Fuller's London Porter has it beat in that category. Fuller's promised a beer that is "Rich, Dark and Complex," and they are as good as their word. It stays in your mouth but not as an aftertaste, more of a lingering feeling (like deja vu). Tastes more like Guinness than other Irish stouts like Beamish and Murphy's. I had the opportunity to sample O'Hara's Irish Stout on draught at Jose Pistola's in Philadelphia, and it is the closest thing to Guinness I have had. But this makes an interesting comparison, too. Sure, it's a porter and not a stout, and its British and not Irish but this tastes good, smells good, has a real "pub" feeling to it.
Scoring: This beer scores high in representation (this is a very solid porter), and accessibility is good for dark beer drinkers and pretty good for your average beer drinker as well. It is not overly roasted or smoky flavor. Like I said, its kind of like Guinness, so if you don't like Guinness you probably won't aprove of this beer, but if you like Guinness, you should try this out. Style points won't be high as this isn't bold or daring, but personal preference points will be high. A cool looking bottle never hurts either and it drank well out of the bottle and after pouring it into a pint glass.
Fuller's London Porter:
Personal Preference: .95