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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,030 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 93
Gots: 53 | 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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Ratings: 1,030 | Reviews: 685
Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an outstanding English ale that is from one of my favorite brewers

Photo of Bunman3
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of CTbrew32
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of leroybrown10
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of TeddyBrewsky
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really liked this beer.

Photo of Brewndruid
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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?

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Carpathia
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.44/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Photo of gtermi
4.11/5  rDev 0%

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.

Photo of Sinfull
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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.

Photo of ILuvBeer
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Awesome!

Photo of Wobbly
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%

A classic from one of the all time great breweries. Hard to find, so make sure to pick one up if you see it.

Photo of eskilgh
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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!

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with a thick beige head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice malty aroma with notes of English hops, cinnamon, dry fruits and caramels.
Bold flavor with notes of charred oak, caramel, raisins, multiple spices, lots of earthy hops, light tangy citrus, molasses, cocoa, tea leaves, their trademark yeast and crust bread. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with weak carbonation.
This is a very fine Ale, very well crafted and bold on flavors with good complexity. Above my initial expectations. A must for malt lovers.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Its a Fullers kind of evening and this one finally emerges from my cellar. Poured into an old school English pint glass, this venerable and potent ale is a reddish amber hue with a nice solid tan head that reminds one of lighter-colored sponge toffee. My wife wondered "what was wrong with it". Haha! Aroma is expectedly rich and malty, with some spicy esters and tangy Goldings hops combining to evoke rich fruitcake and dried apricots. Palate is correspondingly rich and complex, with a gorgeous honeyed malt flavor and a rather light body. Does coat the mouth and the earthy, woody finish lingers for quite a while. Some shortbread, sponge toffee, treacle, and tree nuts (pecans?) provide the sweet, dark backdrop but there is also a bright, almost sour fruitiness like cranberries and even a whiff of smoke. The alcohol is well-concealed but it does peek through to add yet another layer of complexity. Certainly reminds one of its big brother Fuller's Vintage, albeit brighter, fruitier, and maybe less multifactorial ... Still, why compare? This one stands on its own considerable merits.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(bottle best by Sept 1st 2011 - has presumably been refrigerated for quite awhile at my place of work - in other words, I work at a Belgian beer bar and this beer rarely gets sold, hence my presumptuousness... poured in a fat snifter-tulip)

A: wonderfully sea-foamy creme-colored head billows up from early in the pour, slowly deflating to a rather pleasant healthy smatter of spongy bubbles atop the liquid and climbing up the sides of the glass to the rim, with some scattered lace... deep-murky tawny hue that clears a bit warmer.... the liquid appears to flow fairly clear from the bottle until the last 3/4" - beware of yeast nuggets...

S: dependably typical of strong British imports of the like - redolent of stewed ripe apples and cinnamon, a touch of caramel-kissed wafer cookie, and no discernible hops.... nicely potent overall fruitiness.... no boozy notes until it warms and then it's only as you open your mouth and go in to sip

T: dense, moderately caramel-rich malt foundation with an immediately apparent nuance of an enhanced browned-crust toastiness (probably the amber malt),... definitely a sipper, but very much moreish.... as it warms, the flavors balance out well with some alcohol, hop bitterness, and mineral flavors combining to subdue the initial malt dominance.... esters preside in the background start-to-finish

M: light-medium bodied, smooth, and clean.... minimal residual malty stickiness on the palate... a mild numbing sting on the tip of the tongue, perhaps from a tiny portion of mutant buds

O: flavors I've come to expect from Fullers, though this one has a bit more intriguing complexity compared to some of their Vintage ales I've tried.... their aged beers/bottles can be a bit of a crap shoot with quality and stability but, when they're on, they're often some of the finest ales around, and certainly some of my favorites of those UK brews more readily available over here

Photo of T100Mark
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 ml bottle poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass (an absolute thing of beauty).

Appearance - A rusty color. Hazy. Big head that never completely disappears. Good but not great stickage.

Smell - Initially, I detected a bready note but this is quickly followed up by a floral aroma.

Taste - Like the nose, the initial flavor is toasted malt followed, quickly, by the presence of mildly bitter hops. This balance between the two is perfect!

Mouth - The above mentioned flavors, along with a fine yet noticeable carbonation, make for an ale with a top-notch mouthfeel.

Overall - Despite the growth of cask conditioned ales available here in the colonies, very few (I can count them on one hand) duplicate the smell, body, and flavor of the great real ales of England. This beer allows those of you who have not made the trip to England to better understand what the rest of us are talking about. 1845 is not an exact duplicate of those hand-pumped ales (it doesn't possess the silky smooth carbonation of a real ale) but the flavors are all there. What a treat!!!

Photo of TheBullsHorn
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel and toffee notes, followed by a mix of cooked fruits, jam, and raisin take a hold of your nose, and invite you to take a sip of this exemplary version of an English strong ale. All of the notes present in the aroma, are revisited in the flavor. The caramel and toffee flavors are only enhanced by the fantastic -almost cream-like mouth feel. The light toffee and dried fruits/ esters linger into the after palate, followed by the mild bitterness of the English hops used.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.