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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 1,023
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 89
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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Wayne's Liquor, on to the beer:

Dark red to brown in color with a good head. A very enjoyable beer that leans towards the malty side. Bready, toffee, and chocolate , and slight toast are hinted in the beer. But where's the alcohol? It's a strong ale, right? Anyway, a touch of hop bitterness linger on the tongue in the aftertaste. Drinks pretty easy.

This is Fullers' flagship ale, though I'm sure some advocates will make a case for their ESB or London Porter. Go ahead and try them all and judge for yourself!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a light orange hint,awesome aromas of brown sugar and orange big and expressive for sure.Taste is rich and complex even more so as it warms more towards room temp great malt tilted beer I get big brown sugar and nutty flavors and a long fruity finish with a yeasty note.A great beer to savor,man Fullers make some truley great ales!

Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This thing is just gorgeous. The body is dark brown with some nice orange highlights and the huge, tanned head just wouldn’t go away. It left some awesome Belgian lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Yes, the rank nose typical of the style is there. I can pick up those sharp malts along with a very sticky sweetness. The sugars are caramel, toffee, and rich. There’s a toastiness to these malts that play well, too.

Taste – Oh, this is good. Arrogant Bastard meets huge jar of table sugar. This beer is very sweet yet still has a wonderfully mature malt backbone and some nice balance with the hops. The cane and molasses are especially prominent.

Mouthfeel – A bit bigger than medium-bodied and very sharp. This is a heavy-hitter for sure. It is also one of the smoothest “big beers” that I’ve ever had. It handles it size very well.

Drinkability – You can sip this or chug this just the same. This is an incredible, unbelievable ale.

Update – I reviewed this in 2004 and drink it periodically, so thought I’d set down with a 2006 vintage and give it another go with paper and pen.

To me this is the standard of the ESA style. It’s a thing of beauty to see, smells like an amped up English Bitter, adds some complex fruiting and alcohol to the taste, big in the mouth but not heavy, and goes down smooth as silk. A winner in all categories!

Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of SuqMadique
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kaimcm
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle- best before June 20, 2006

A: Deep ruby body, off white head with a few color variations. big bubbles scattered throughout an otherwise fine (tiny) bubble head.

S: rich malt, some ripe fruit qualities, husk, light hops

T/M: just as the nose predicts, big malt up front, a little sugar, not too carmelized. a rustic hop bitter pulls through on the back of the tongue and continues to grow. some of the ripe fruit comes through, with a little bit of bubble gum. finishes dry and leafy. creamy mouthfeel, great carbo level, well done.

D: awesome. tasty brew, well balanced, very affordable. a great and versatile brew to just have hanging in the fridge.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fuller's 1845 award winning ale. "bottle conditioned"

A- This is an exceptional ale pours a dark red amber with fluffy white head with a wonderful lace retention. Very strong appearance for an ale.

S- Smells of coffee, carmel malts, earthy hops and yeast. There is definitly a bottle conditioning smell of lingering ingredents.

T- An almost stout flavor with every dark taste you can imagine. Wonderous carmel malt with a heavy kick of coffee and earthy hops.

M-D- Very dry at first making it easy to swallow, with a lingering effect on the palate in a good way. I could have one on the special occation or get hammered in a English bar very univeral taste. Excellent!

Photo of Shakerman
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pt 2.6fl oz English style brown bottle. Best before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Deep hazy copper with a frothy white lace, that stays.

Smell: Fruity, very yeasty with bold malt sweetness.

Taste: Smooth, full-bodied with malty mouthfeel that's backed by a heathly dose of fruity esters. Then earthy, biscuit flavours appear with a restained bitterness. A faint creamy chocolate note carries though from start to finish.

Notes: This ale has been bottled conditioned since 1995 in celebration of Fuller's 150th anniversary ale. A well made, balanced ale, especially for putting it though so much travel.

Photo of carlbrew
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Beaver13
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 1845 poured a copper-red with a thick, creamy, light-tan head that retained well with decent lacing. It has a yeasty, biscuit aroma with some fruitiness and some sherry-like alcohol notes. It's taste was initially toasted malt and caramel with some fruitiness, and then a late crisp, slighty bitter finish. It was pretty full-bodied and went down really smooth. Overall, the 1845 is a good beer, but I was expecting more.

Photo of R_Kole
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of shapudding
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Frothy eggshell head- nice and bubblebathy, amber colored with beading. No retention though. Stuck to the sides of the glass mainly, with a slight covering on the top. Very light arona, not much coming out at you. Slight scents of yeast. Nice smooth feeling. Medium bodied, maybe a tad more... Makes me think of a porter with it's body and flavors. Coffee and a bit of chocolate, hops, bit of red wine. Just good. Decent drinkability. Not much intensity of flavor or too heavy, good stuff.

Photo of Jason
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foamy with a light beige lace that sticks to the glass quite well. Mild chill haze goes away as soon as the ale comes to cellar temperature. This sample was cellar for a year or so and seems to have held up very well.

Fruity, ester and musty yeast aroma. A touch of grain and hops in the back of the nose.

Medium to full in body with a lush mouth feel that is just as crisp as it is smooth. Bursting malt and juicy fruit, hop bitterness is solid and flexes with a sharpness and woody flavour. Malt is pretty thick with hints of bread crust and toasted grain. Lots of fruitiness with a think yeasty back. Esters are apparent with a warming alcohol in tow. Hint of buttery diacetyl. Finishes with a big lingering yeast, hop and ester bite.

My oh my, this is a lively ale to be had. A killer brew with expressive and complex flavours flailing everywhere. A brew I go back to more than others.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, brown bottle with "best before 19/July/05" stamped on the label. Sampled on 24/October/04.
Pours into a Fuller's pint glass a clear, copper body with a one finger beige head that retains well before fading into generous patches and rings of lace.
Aroma has butterscotch and toffee, with an assertive and unusual hoppiness that seems herbal, spicy, floral and earthy. I've never enountered this type of hoppiness before, but it balances the strong malt backbone very well.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and well carbonated.
Taste features a toffee and butterscotch malt backbone that is reined in by the profound, hops bitterness. Buttery diacetyl notes are picked up, as well. The finish is even, with a bitter aftertaste that seems herbally hoppy, almost as if hemp is an ingredient.
This is an excellent, strong English ale, and the alcohol is hidden in the malt/hop complexity. I was surprised by the assertive hops in this one, but it comes off well balanced. An excellent pairing for Stilton blue cheese.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a bubbly white head. Deep aroma of malt, cookie dough, sherry, leather, and spice. Velvet mouthfeel. Toffee and molasses up front with the caramel malt colese behind. Coffee and crystal malt in the middle, with a nice bitter finish.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass.It had about a 1 inch thick off white,towards the tan side.It was a medeium coppery color,very cloudy.It had a silghtly woody smell,fruity,sweet smell.It had a medium mouthfeel,fruity.slight wine-like taste,dry tart finish.Reminded my of Samuel Smith,somewhat.The head lasted to the end,on the filling side couldn't drink a lot of these, but very enjoyable.

Photo of fionn13
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of stephenlee
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of rawknrall
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of boatshoes
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this over the weekend at a Memorial Day cookout.

Appearance- Pours a slightly murky burnished copper out of the bottle with about a half finger of slightly orange tinged head sitting on top. Some beading carbonation in the body but the head dies back almost immediately to a ring around the edges and a little patch in the center.

Smell- Very sweet smelling with lots of creamy caramel and toffee coming off of this one. Smells kind of like Turkish Delight. Perhaps just a touch of candied fruits as well, along the lines of dates.

Taste- Lots of sweet caramel and toffee right off the bat as the nose indicated. Candied fruit flavors are a little more prominent on the palate and really remind me of candied dates. Finishes with just a touch of warming alcohol despite the fairly low ABV. If you're into rich, sweet flavors, this is for you. Reminded very much of an English barleywine.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is slick and substantial, appropriately carbonated. Drinkability is solid for the style, but one glass was enough for me given the sweetness.

Overall, very solid example of an English strong ale. I enjoyed it, though having a sweet tooth definitely helps.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013, so literally just out of date. Picked up from a supermarket ages ago and stored in my garage. I'm hoping its strength will have allowed it to mellow out nicely. Originally brewed to celebrate the founding of Fullers - hence the name.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich reddish-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, yeast esters and faint stewed hops. A twinge of cardboard in the background, along with a warming whiff of booze.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a lingering dry finish. Notes of raisins, apples, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, faint grain and stewed hops. A background hint of harsh cardboard. Warm, solventy alcohol and a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with lightly tingly carbonation and a velvety body that glides over the palate. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of fruity malt, stewed leaves and cardboard.

Very nice - a sterling effort from Fullers and a modern classic. It looks lovely, with a creamy head that lingers. The aroma and flavour are well balanced, with fruity malt dominating the proceedings and a satisfying touch of alcohol. Great body - smooth and mildly viscous. Not one to down in a hurry, but a pleasant sipper that suits the autumn weather. Definitely worth your time if you come across it.

Photo of Ardubya
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as good a real ale as one could expect. if availability wasn't an issue i´d have for me breakfast. sweet and round to start with roasted cocoa up high. finishes dry. at least that's how i remember it. lovely! in my town of ashland, or- this is about as good as it gets for this category. really, i want this beer as a staple in diet

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 1,023 ratings.