Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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Reviews by flagmantho:
4.25/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: I need to start by mentioning the ludicrous head. The beer has been in the fridge about 2 hours and is about cellar temperature. Pouring a few ounces into an oversize pint glass (realistically about 20oz) yielded 4-5 inches to light tan compact foam. It's pretty astonishing.
Other than that, the beer is a deep tawny amber with just a little bit of haze. It's pretty appetizing. I just wish the head would subside a little so I can actually drink some.
Smell: the aroma is very nice and makes me think of a porter mixed with a barleywine. There is a little hint of chocolate here but this is surpassed by the malty aroma of raisins and figs. I quite like it.
Taste: big, big malt. The raisins and figs are back at it, combined with fresh tobacco and a dry, almost ashy finish. This is actually great -- it's like a good barleywine with the volume turned down a hair. This is a great beer.
Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a little bit of a syrupy consistency that coats the mouth for a little bit but does not wear out its welcome. Carbonation is relatively low, which is surprising considering the mammoth head. I think it works quite well.
Drinkability: this is an incredibly tasty beer, and it is disappearing far faster than I would like. Its seriously contemplative flavor profile and 6.3% ABV, however, will keep me to one at a time.
Serving type: bottle
12-31-2009 01:41:47 | More by flagmantho
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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
92 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.