I picked this up as part of the 5 for €10 deal in Tesco at the moment, and it's one I've been thinking about for a while, considering my good experiences in the past with Fuller's London Pride and Black Cab Stout. The label on this one promises a rich, dark and complex beer, so let's have it.
London Porter pours pretty much black with a tan head, although you do get to see the ruby red hues when held to the light. The aroma is gorgeous, right off the bat. Herbal notes hit first, and they unwrap to reveal the sweet brown sugar, smoked woody malts and toffee notes. Coffee is in there too, and just the right amount. The taste is virtually the same as the aroma, but offers more dark fruits to compliment the dark roasted malt backbone of the beer. Hops can be found if you're looking for them, but rather like Trouble's Dark Arts, this is something of a malt bomb, and I'm all for that.
Fantastic beer and a new favourite, strongly recommended.