Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
on a day when my sense of smell is failing me - due either to allergies or some as-yet-unidentified cold - this beer managed to punch through the congestion and provide a most flavorful drinking experience.
pours a dusty, deep amber-brown. rolls into the glass a more subdued khaki. tumbles a medium-dark amber, and finally settles to an auburn or amber body with orange-golden edges and a medium-sized head that's mostly creme-colored. that head, by the way, is going to last through most of your beer.
smell is impressive, to say the least. even with a stopped-up nose it came through robust, enticing, and rather strong. noticably more aroma than your average ale. even more scent to it than some stouts, if you can believe that. as to the exact character of the smells.... sorry, i'll have to clear up my nose and buy myself another bottle.
starts smooth but strong with a considerable hop note. settles onto the tongue with all the full-bodied character you'd expect from a true british ale. no imitations or illusions here... this is REAL QUALITY in brewing. the only downside is that Fuller's 1845 tends to be exceptionally strong. as a matter of fact, that hop flavor with the slightest cushion of malty smoothness can really overtake your mouth and your meal if you're not careful. if my sinuses were clear, i probably would have called it a sipping beer! finishes smooth but dry and is one of the few beers that actually left me salivating for more. and it's got a bit of an alcoholic punch as well!
one of the few drawbacks was the fact that the dryness stays on your tongue longer than the rest of the drinking experience. if you don't want to wind up feeling all dried up afterwards, i'd recommend you have some water, milk, or a wetter beer after this one.
Serving type: bottle
05-02-2005 01:38:48 | More by theozag
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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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