Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by airheadmtrcycle:
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a bottle into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. Exactly one month beyond its "Best By" date. A glorious pour with a finger of orange-ish-brown, creamy head that left a fair amount of lacing. The ale is a deep copper color and as alluring as a beautiful young woman, well almost anyway.
The aroma is hard for me to describe. There's a nicely roasted malt and hop aroma. Not American hops, but something gentler and inoffensive to almost anyone. I am a hop head and I'm loving the flavor of this ale. Much more than the aroma suggests. Big flavors with a bitter finish which surprised me. However not too bitter to drive anyone away I wouldn't think.
I'm crazy about this beer. I was looking for something different and I adore Fuller's ESB, but I was in the mood for something a tad stronger in flavor and maybe even a little more warming to my belly. I asked this very nice young man working at Hop City in Atlanta for a suggestion. He never hesitated and showed me the Fuller's 1845 not 5 feet from the Fuller's ESB and their Pale Ale. I never knew it existed till then. At $3.99 for a little over a pint at a pretty expensive store I couldn't be happier. I see a lot of these in my future.
The mouthfeel is medium, never watery with ample carbonation. A very drinkable ale that I think almost any BA would enjoy at some level. There's just no fault to find in this excellent ale.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2010 00:54:41 | More by airheadmtrcycle
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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
4.24/5 rDev +3.2%
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
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 07:35:56 | More by Bouleboubier
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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