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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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689 Reviews

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Reviews: 689
Hads: 1,072
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 106
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first English Strong Ale--that's an unexpected fact. And apparently I chose a good one. This seems to be a standard-bearer for the style. I can't confirm or deny that, but I will say that it doesn't strike me as either tremendously different from or tremendously better than other Fuller's offerings: has the same kind of green, vegetal hop presence, some crystal malt, light carbonation.

The difference here is a bigger malt presence, suggestive of coffee or bitter chocolate, and a sense that both the malt and hop component have been amped up just a tad. Finishes a touch sweet, with that green vegetal hop finish. Pours a slightly hazy amber/red, capped by a fast-receding head of large-bubbled foam (typical of bottle conditioned offerings). Good sudsy lacing. It's a nice, drinkable ale, presenting more complexity as it warms, and I have a distinct sense the ABV could sneak up on you. Good brew, but not quite the holy grail.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Three finger light brown head which seems to last forever, light brown caramel color body.

Smell: Toffee, raisen, honeycomb, baked apple, pear, butterscotch pudding.

Taste: Light fruits (apple, pear), raisen, waxy honey, and big roasted peanuts at the end.

Feel: Medium high carbonation, briefly sweet upfront, medium dryness and slightly bitter at the end.

Overall: Extremely good, but I wish the flavor was a bit stronger.

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Photo of Myotus
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle (best by date 21Oct15) into a Mikasa ale glass.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 1 minute. Copper in color with a subtle cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and very subtle. There are very small particles floating throughout the brew. Lacing is moderate and both thick and thin in varying areas of the lacing.
SMELL: Strong aromas of figs, prunes, and molasses, and caramel entangle with mild aromas of tree nuts and bready malts, subtle aromas of smoked goodness, and hints of floral hops.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild caramel, figs, prunes, and molasses flavors. Mild bready malt and tree nut flavors follow right after. About 3 seconds pass from the initial taste as mild smoked goodness flavors and subtle floral and earthy hop (where did they come from, though?) flavors enter as all previous flavors begin to fade.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes with a strong dryness.
NOTE: The first for me of its style. I thought it was great and I loved how it shared some qualities with the Scotch Ale style. The smoked goodness at the end was a tad too strong for me since it wasn't balanced out by the other flavors.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours copper with lasting off white creamy head, with nice lacing. Caramel, toast, butterscotch, raisin, dark fruit, cherry, bread Slight spice notes. Full body with light carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint.
Pours hazy copper with nice beige head, good retention and laces.
Smell - dried fruits, grassy hops, caramel.
Taste - rich malty, dark fruits, somewhat bready, excellent bitter palate.
Medium body and soft carbonation. Demonically excellent beer.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 500ml bottle into an English pint glass.

Poured a lovely deep ruby brown with a tight, fluffy head that disappeared fairly quickly but left quite a bit of lacing.

Intense nose with lots of dried fruit, fruitcake, malty bready notes and some hop coming through. Complex.

Palate is full and rich. Complex and malty with an assertive bitterness hitting the back of the tongue and sides of the mouth. A very long, drying finish. Beautiful.

Mouth feel is great. Very full and well-rounded with low natural carbonation.

Overall a remarkably good beer. Very complex, strong, good mouth, nose and palate. The finish is too hoppy for my personal taste. Not sessionable as it's pretty strong.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper with sticky cream head. Nose is very sweet, brown bread, candied fruit. Taste is very malty. Initial sweetness fading to bitter on back of tongue. Creamy mouthfeel. Very good, but falls short of loving it.

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Photo of drmeto
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours a clear copper with a big,frothy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
caramel,orange & grapefruit peel,toffee,grassy,strawberry,slightly bready
-Follows the nose plus a dark fruit (Raisins,Plums,Figs) character
-medium carbonation,medium-full body
Fantastic English strong ale

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Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant copper amber pour generates a 1” light tan foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big malt and nutty aromas blended with dark sugars with hints of fruit cake. A rich complex malt character comes forward in the nose seasoned with earthy hops that suggest fresh cut wood.
T: a slightly sweet palate developes a full malt character with nuts, light toast and biscuit drying out on the finish with a big bitter hop emphasis. Has a long dry earthy malty aftertaste.
F: Full creamy palateis very soft in the mouth with a little crispness on the finish.
O: In this beer Fuller’s gives a lesson in how to develop rich malt character.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has its act together. Beautiful colour, substantial lingering head, sweet aroma of dark fruit and hard candy. This really is like fruitcake in a glass. Caramel malt, dark bread, cherry and plum are all prominent in the flavour profile. I love the overall packaging and complexity of this beer. Once again, Fuller's shows exactly how to craft a multi layered, substantial ale.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Dark reddish amber in color. Pours a one finger foamy white colored head that fizzles away quickly.

Aroma- Described as fruitcake on the back of the bottle and I guess I agree? Definitely some fruity esters, sweet caramel, and some sweet, almost toasty, bread malt.

Taste- Sweet caramel malts are big upfront along with some of those mild fruity esters. This sweetness is balanced as it transitions into a lightly toasted malt and a very mild amount of spice hops that linger into finish that leaves a mild lingering bitterness.

Feel- Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, and an overall smooth rich malt that is incredibly pleasant to drink.

Overall- This beer has a lot going on with a great interplay of flavors ranging from the spicy hop finish to the toasted malt, and fruity esters from the yeast. Hands down a great, even amazing, beer in my books and one I will be seeking out again.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich caramel brown. Some reddish hues when held up to the light. Initial pour seems a bit hazy but clears quickly. Nice one finger thick, cream colored head. Leaves thick, sticky lacing behind.

Aroma of caramel and molasses. Brown sugar, raisins, figs and dates.

Rich caramel is the first flavor. Sweet brown sugary malt and fresh bread. Some earthiness with spice notes as well. Anise, wormwood and ginger.

Medium-heavy mouth feel. Medium carbonation provides a crisp feeling on the tongue. Some bitterness on the aftertaste.

Very good beer which has a few notes that are a bit off. The earthy tastes don't blend well. Would prefer a sweeter aftertaste more like the more prominent flavors rather than the bitterness I pickup. A bit less carbonation would be nice as well.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark red brown with an off-white head that mostly dissipates and leaves a little lacing.

Nose is subtle. Toffee/caramel and some earthy notes predominate. A little spice.

Taste is very smooth. Some chocolate and caramel and toffee with a little spice which finishes with an earthy bitterness. I was quite surprised at how dry this beer finished. Very dry.

Good beer

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured an almost muddy tan to start with but then cleared a little and was more of a caramel. Nice fluffy head that dissipated slowly and then left a very nice lacing that stuck around as I drank the beer. Outstanding looking beer, I dare say beautiful. The smell is not overly strong, there appears to be some caramel with the malt smell, and there seems to be some dark fruit of some sort. Taste is outstanding but not overly complex. An easy and very smooth drinking strong ale but lacks wow. More of a lighter version of strong ales. The feel is also kinda light, not real creamy or thick, it also leaves you kinda dry which is weird. Overall an extremely enjoyable beer that I would have anytime. Don't remember the cost as to whether it was a good value.

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Photo of Brewndruid
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I will buy this again. I think maybe I had it too cold. Finishing the last bits warm gave me more of the flavor everyone raves about.
I know this is a uality ale, if Fuller's can't do it, whocan?

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had this in my beer inbox for quite a while.. poured a brown caramel colour with a light brown small head. Aromas of caramel. Tastes of caramel, roasted nut & slight spice. There is lacings left on the edge of the glass the more you drink, which is fairly quickly because I'm really enjoying this!

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice tannish and creamy head that dissipates moderately. The beer itself is a clear orangish brown. The beer smell has strong bread notes and nice toasted malt notes as well as a light and bitter hop note that is concealed under the other notes. The beer taste is phenomenal. The bitter hop notes are stronger than in the smell and works very well to balance out the same toasted notes present in the smell. However, the malted notes are a bit weaker and not as diverse. The malt notes have a slight caramel note and a lightly toasted bread taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a very light carbonation despite the vigorous head. Overall, a fantastic beer and nice to sit down with after a tough day at work.

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Photo of Carpathia
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful looking beer with a nice, malty smell and taste. Smooth all the way down. This one's a keeper. The beer is unusually clear for a bottle conditioning.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rich, garnet color with a restrained off-white head, borderline creamy in nature. Retention isn't strong but it dissipates evenly and leaves no real lacing behind.
Smell is malty with notes of oak and dark fruits, light spices and a whiff of hops. Phenomenal balance.
Taste is more of the same, malt, fruits, wood, light spice and hops and a wee bit of chocolate hanging in the background. Again, the balance is amazing, just world class.
Medium bodied with an assertive effervescence up front. Dry finish, warming, and quite a bit smoother than I would have guessed. A really great beer.
Oddly, it says on the label it's bottle conditioned but there is no evidence of yeast in the bottle or the glass.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color. The head is three fingers high, with a khaki shade. Retention is excellent, and the texture has a craggy thickness to it. Lots of lacing is left on the glass, as well.

Smell: This has some of the best caramel notes I've ever encountered in an amber ale - it's richly sweet, subtly chocolaty, and even slightly fruity. The back of the bottle suggests the aroma is like fruitcake, and they're honestly not lying. Dark fruits appear, as well as some earthy hop tones. Seriously one of the most enrapturing aromas I've encountered in a long while - made better by the fact that is ISN'T some 20% triple-barrel aged imperial coconut stout. (4.5)

Taste: A bit disappointing following the nose. It starts off with all those wonderful caramel-laden fruits, but it also finishes fairly bitter from notes of earth, tobacco, and woodsy hoppiness. There's also a strong mineral note on the back end. After a few sips, I learn to re-align my expectations, and start to realize how wonderfully balanced this one is. Still not as amazing as the nose, but very tasty regardless. (3.75)

Mouthfeel: Wow, this beer is dry. Dry to the point of being astringent, even. Still, it does an excellent job of combining an easygoing nature with a rich, full body. Carbonation is slightly low, befitting of an English ale. (3.75)

Overall: This had a seriously incredible aroma; the flavor profile, while still impressive, couldn't stack up. It's still a great representation of the English strong ale (a style I'm not exactly keen on, mind you), one that uses caramel malts better than many other beers out there. (4)

3.98/5: I could - and would - drink this one all night in a pub

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Photo of gtermi
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%

This is a very nice beer that pours a dark brown body. There is a sweet malt characteristic in the taste and flavor. This beer also has a tingle on the back of the throat and the jaw as it goes down.

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Photo of Sinfull
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Nice dark red/brown color with good off-white head. Aroma of caramel and hops. Taste is bitter with sweetness in finish. Long bitter aftertaste. Good beer.

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Photo of eskilgh
4/5  rDev -2.4%

From 500 ml bottle bought in Norway.

Brass-copper color with a thin lacing of head.

The hops give a soft spicy aroma - reminiscent of smoked paprika. Toasted malts are also present, a long with some dark fruity aromas.

Drinking it the first i taste are the hops which is followed by malt and ester flavours similar to what the aroma was like. Finishes with a pleasant medium-low mild bitterness. Kind of hard to differentiate the different tastes since they meld together so well.

Overall a really well balanced beer with solid malt profile that finishes dry enough that you can several pints of it. Really good!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red colour. Great head and excellent lacing sticking to the inside of the glass. Varied bubble sizes.

Smell is of nougat, malt, herbal spiciness. A bit of booze.

Taste is similar to aroma. Fruitcake, nougat, raisins. Malty sweetness well balanced with not inconsiderable bitterness..

Mouthfeel is perfect. Some carbonation..Bottle conditioning has helped the texture of this beer.

Overall a fantastic English strong ale. Some will say it would be better on cask but I have not yet tasted a better beer than this on cask in any English pub. Complex, deeply flavoured but well balanced and ultimately satisfying. A great advert for the refined craftsmanship of the Fuller's brewery.

My mark out of one hundred would be 92.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Nice off-white head. Settles to a medium collar.

Smell - Kinda generically malty. Lightly fruity. Very light hop aroma.

Taste - Toasty and caramel malt. Bitterness comes and goes. Finishes with a dry woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - As with many of these beers, it's greater than the sum of its parts. A very pleasant beer.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 689 ratings.