Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fuller's London Porter

This beer has a strong coffee and chocolate taste. It is lightly carbonated so is velvety smooth on the palette. This is a heavy beer and one was enough for me. It is so dark in a pint glass that even when held up to a light it is practically opaque.

Fuller's London Porter recommends itself as a "after-dinner drink" and I would have to say it's a good idea to follow that recommendation. With food, its taste and texture borders on syrupy and didn't leave me feeling all that well. I drank about half before eating a sandwich (melted cheddar and turkey flavoured soy meat on whole wheat bread) and I enjoyed the first half a lot better than the second half.

As usual I purchased it at the local NBLC for $3.99 and it came half litre bottle. At 5.4% alcohol this beer could pass well as a night-cap. In fact I feel, because the flavour is as heavy as it is, this ale would be ideally suited for sharing one bottle after a meal between each pair of dinner guests.

I'm not a big fan of black beers to begin with but despite the disagreement between food and this beer I must say it is well balanced (as seems to characterize each of the Fuller beers I have tried so far) and tasty. It aims to be desert beer and of that it does a good job. If you like black beers heavily flavoured with dark chocolate and coffee then this is one you should not miss.

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