Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by Patrick999:
4.55/5 rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle conditioned for that real ale feel, eh? I hope so. Poured into an imperial pint. Short creamy-looking foam that nevertheless shows good retention. I did get some of the sediment in the pour, so I'm looking at a pretty hazy, opaque amber.
Big aroma of candied dark fruits, rum and caramel out front. Smells dessert-like.
Taste - nice, this is like a baby barleywine. It has many of the same intense raisin/toffee/caramel notes, with what seems to be a fairly decent dose of British hops keeping this from being *that* sweet. But yes, malt bomb for sure. No diacetyl noted, which pleasantly surprises me. Does not *perfectly* capture a creamy, cask-like feel, but the bottle-conditioning does work here, it's still pretty damned good.
Like English barleywines but don't feel like drinking big alcohol? This is your beer. Lot of style and substance here, with an alcohol content that won't put you on your ass. I would not hesitate in the slightest to recommend this to malt-heads. I'm not always up for a malt bomb, but right now this beer is tasting very, very good. Yeah, this is pretty damned good. An exceedingly pleasant surprise, I'd never had this before. Now I need to go out and grab a couple more.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2011 22:40:57 | More by Patrick999
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4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 03:38:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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