Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 683
Hads: 1,050
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 94
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of BeerAngel
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Superb!!! Pours a clear deep amber/caramel color with a modest tan head. The smell of roasted caramel, buttered bread, and malt smells delicious. The taste is that of burnt caramel with a biscuity and nutty flavor with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is out of this world! The balance of hops in this brew is a perfect match. Fuller's ESB was one of my favorites and this one I like even better! This beer suits me perfect! Cheers! (439 characters)

Photo of Offa
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, beer just can't get better than this.

It's a clear, deep red-amber with a thick, dense light tan, permanent head that leaves thick lacing in layers down the glass.

The aroma is strong and thickly aromatic, toffee, fruity and with citrusy hops.

The taste, on the sweet side but nicely balanced with a hoppy bite, has elements of caramel, fruit, very floral hops with a bite, light citrus, and a hint of cinnamon and spice that lingers faintly in the aftertaste. It is wonderfully rich and complex while being incredibly balanced, drinkable, and smooth. (564 characters)

Photo of tronester
4.95/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a big tan head. Somewhat cloudy due to being unfiltered. Smells earthy. You first taste a bit of sweet malt, then a tiny bit of diacytal. Then, a toasty flavor, with a nice bitterness to match. Carbonation is a little high for the style, but if you let it sit out for awhile it gets to authentic British levels. It's a shame that Fullers doesn't bottle condition all their beers like this, as the yeast adds a great flavor. Simply fantastic. One of my favorite beers of all time. (503 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found a random bottle at a local liquor store that had an expiration date of April '01. That makes it about 4 years old, but I had a feeling this stuff would age well, and I was 100% correct. Paid $.99 for a 500 ml bottle.

Poured out a mahogany brown color with a huge white head. Flavor was very mellow and smooth. Raisins, coffee, chocolate, dates, nuts were all present in this amazing sample. Alcohol gave it a satisfying warming feeling. Still had some hops finish to it, but it was evident that it was somewhat diminished. I wish I had another bottle of this delicious stuff, but I have a feeling I would have to wait 3 years for it to taste this good again. (668 characters)

Photo of mikeborglum
4.92/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured 500ml bottle in pint glass - small beige and thick head, maybe one finger, very little carbonation with nice lacing; nice rich mahogany color with slight haziness; roasted malt and sweet aroma with hint of figs or dates; medium body creamy texture; excellent balance with touch of bitterness against a wonderful toffee flavor and slight hint of smoke; smooth lasting finish to dry and hoppy; fabulous beer! (413 characters)

Photo of patto1ro
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is packed with biscuity malt flavours, so typical of English ales. Yet these never totally overpower the hop presence, which lurks around on the palate before jumping out in the finish. The two main themes are bulked out with a multitude of dark fruit flavours.

It scores well on every criterium: complex, balanced, authentic.

Note that this beer is NOT a Strong Ale. It's a classic 19th century Pale Ale. I don't know why everyone gets so confused. The brewery clearly said that they were trying to recreate a Pale Ale from 1845. I think they did a wonderful job. (581 characters)

Photo of latercol
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites:)

Looks - deep amber nice fluffy off white head. Some lace.

Smell - caramel, freshly baked bread, dark fruits...Nice

Taste - This is such a delightful beer I almost feel giddy while sipping it. So balanced. Outstanding strong flavor of caramel and dark fruits. Nice malt backbone. Love it. 5 on taste. I dont do that often.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied good carbonation. Good feel, finishes clean.

Very drinkable. Overall a great tasting balanced brew. (474 characters)

Photo of Dantes
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 1 pint, 2.6 oz. (550ml) brown bottle, with nice bas-relief. “Best before 15/Mar/03.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s website lists it as 6.3%.

Cost: $1.99-$2.49 per bottle.

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º. Tiny amount of lees at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Toffee-copper-auburn color. Pours clear. Head forms nicely, but does not linger very long, leaving a thin, lacey film on surface. I would give it a 5, but for the slightly disappointing head. Superfine bubble-threads stream up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nose is spectacular. Almost as satisfying as some other beers taste. A balanced panoply of yeast, dark fruits (prune, figs, currants), candied peel, complex esters, malt, fresh bread, and a hop edge.

Taste: Even better than the aroma. Very well-rounded. This is a Christmas pudding of a beer with spices, nutmeg, banana, caramel, nuts, butterscotch, and toffee vying with the hops and citrusy esters to achieve a wonderful standoff. Warmly satisfying. Dry finish complements the fullness of the flavors. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is extremely fine, lasting throughout the glass. Alcohol is not oppressive, but makes its presence known. Warming. Silky, smooth, and creamy; while crisp at the same time.

Drinkability: All too drinkable. I don’t find 6.3% ABV objectionable. I always have a few bottles of this around, as I find it perfect in almost every circumstance.

I can’t really see how anyone, regardless of style preferences, would not enjoy this. It slots in nicely between the bolder ESB and the super-rich Vintage. This reeks of craftsmanship, like the interior of a Bentley Continental. It is like an old friend, whom I’m always happy to see, regardless of my mood. This transports me to a classic bar at the Lanesborough Hotel in London; sumptuous leather chairs, cigars, and fine whisky; where I can see drinking this in place of the whisky without regret or embarrassment. Jeeves, please bring me another!

Backwash: The Cary Grant of beer; charming, urbane, assertive, entertaining, and perfectly turned out.

NB: Bottles do vary with respect to age, storage, and handling. (2,246 characters)

Photo of Higravity
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the highest score I have given a beer yet. This was like tasting history. I kept thinking about the brewers of centuries past pouring beer out of casks and this beer swept me along in that dream.
A ruby body beer with a nice creamy wheat head that leaves a lot of hard lacing. The smell is of sweet creamy goodness, lots of malt and long boil sugars topped delicately with pure noble hops. The English water of metalic salts is present but only to a slight degree adding bit to the beer but not overly so as with some other English ales. I tried to savor the entire beer in my Imperial glass but this was such a delight to drink I quickly found myself out.

Cheers to Ding. (685 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Real eye candy. Nice dark ruby red amber color with a substantial frothy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing all the way down the glass. Smell and taste are going crazy. Intensly complex. Up front fruityness, apples and ripe dark cherries, but also with a nice dusty mustyness and creamy English tea element. Soft mellow malts and herbal floral hops. This beer really has so many subtle complexities to it that I'm going to have to start drinking it all the time to really take it all in. And I have no problems with that. It's excellent. Balance, flavor, texture. It's all there. Bottle conditioned goodness. A near perfect ale. (634 characters)

Photo of jessecarr
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big Fullers fan. I had a hand pumped ESB while in London a few years back, and I've always had some nearby since then.

This 1845 is my favorite of the Fullers beers in the US. It is better, even, than the Vintage Ale.

Upon cracking the 1.9l bottle, I poured into a pint class and enjoyed the crisp citrus and hop aroma. The first sip immediately revealed the classic English Ale done perfectly--a hint of bitter hops at the end, preceded by a lovely and rich malty, spice-infused palate.

I loved the aftertaste as well. The impact lingers on the tongue for quite some time. You can enjoy this bottle for a decent amount of time, and the bottle can't be big enough--I want more right now even as I type.

The beer keeps some lacing and has a deep amber color with a bit of cloudiness. I'm a big fan of this style of ale, and I think Fullers pulls it off better than most. (883 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When this beer was poured, it produced an extremely foamy head. The hue was amber and there was excellent lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose was fruity and the mouthfeel was very smooth. I definitely would drink this beer again and again and again! (255 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller’s 1845: Clear, deep copper Strong Ale. Rich aroma that you can smell two feet from the glass/bottle, strong earthy, yeast aroma. Excellent, deep rich taste, great body. Long, lingering espresso/chocolate taste, with a hint of warm, rich black bread. Very complex tastes, with a somewhat bitter (O.K. bitter) aftertaste. Excellent, excellent beer. A great after dinner closer. (395 characters)

Photo of ernie
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The best bottle-conditioned English ale I ever had. Hazy, with unusual and very pleasant aroma, extremely well-balanced, leaving a delcate aftertaste and a solid reason for another bottle or two. Fruits, nuts and malts (lots of them all) still leave a place for hoppy accent which is most welcome. Another great beer from a great brewery. A must for all ale-lovers! (365 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- Dark reddish amber in color. Pours a one finger foamy white colored head that fizzles away quickly.

Aroma- Described as fruitcake on the back of the bottle and I guess I agree? Definitely some fruity esters, sweet caramel, and some sweet, almost toasty, bread malt.

Taste- Sweet caramel malts are big upfront along with some of those mild fruity esters. This sweetness is balanced as it transitions into a lightly toasted malt and a very mild amount of spice hops that linger into finish that leaves a mild lingering bitterness.

Feel- Medium bodied, light to medium carbonation, and an overall smooth rich malt that is incredibly pleasant to drink.

Overall- This beer has a lot going on with a great interplay of flavors ranging from the spicy hop finish to the toasted malt, and fruity esters from the yeast. Hands down a great, even amazing, beer in my books and one I will be seeking out again. (922 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant copper amber pour generates a 1” light tan foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big malt and nutty aromas blended with dark sugars with hints of fruit cake. A rich complex malt character comes forward in the nose seasoned with earthy hops that suggest fresh cut wood.
T: a slightly sweet palate developes a full malt character with nuts, light toast and biscuit drying out on the finish with a big bitter hop emphasis. Has a long dry earthy malty aftertaste.
F: Full creamy palateis very soft in the mouth with a little crispness on the finish.
O: In this beer Fuller’s gives a lesson in how to develop rich malt character. (655 characters)

Photo of timus1119
4.74/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into westmalle trappist glass,this bottle conditioned english strong ale astounded me,dark roasted malts,dark fruits,nice hop finish,excellent beer in every way,i thoroughly enjoyed this beer,reminded me of a trappist brew,well done fullers,CHEERS!!! (257 characters)

Photo of hippityhops85
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an epic beer if I have ever come across one. The flavor profiles dance in perfect harmony with one another and range from prominent to extremely subtle. A wonder of a beer.

Presentation is 500 ml bottle with some really classy fonts.

Pours a stunning mahogany/maple brown with big flashy ruby highlights at the edges of my dimpled mug, along with a brilliant head that sticks around for the entire ride.

The flavor and aroma work together beautifully: dark, dried fruits, bready malts, subtle hoppy bitterness and a refreshingly dry finish. You have to watch out for the abv on this one as you'll be left wanting much more. Beautiful.

I wish more breweries in the USA brewed beers like this. The amazing subtly achieved is phenomenal. (748 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze-ish amber with a nice light brown head and decent carbonation from bottle conditioning. Nice balanced malt and English hop aroma; spicy in both regards. Spicy malt flavors dominate. Medium bodied with a warming spicy malt finish.

A bit smoother than the standard ESB but this is nothing compared to the Bottle Conditioned Special Edition ESB !

Per Label: Bottle Conditioned

Best By: 03/20/06
Tasted: 11/07/05

($3.99 / 16.9 oz. bottle embossed with lots of brewery stuff) (490 characters)

Photo of NClifestyle
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

what an amazing beer. if this is what beer tasted like in 1845, i'm a bit late. 1pt. .9fl.oz. bottle, and it says bottle conditioned, although there is a best before date of 20 mar, 06. dark amber color with a medium tan head that stayed with the beer. lots of sweet malt smell, with hints of fruit, somewhat sharp citrus, behind that. amazing taste, strong, full, what an ale should taste like. tons of malt, with just a little hop in the back. not much carbonation, if at all. i really enjoyed this beer and was sad when it was gone. thanks, diego. cheers... (560 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK Im becomeing a Fuller's fanatic..so this is next in line.
Comes in the great chunky Fuller's brown bottle..as always a simple but great label.
This is a wonderful beer to look at,dark chestnut brown , when first poured a large slightly off-white head..that shrinks but always leaves a nice lace covering.
LOvelly fresh chocolaty roasted malts..I detect some pleasant alcohol too..its pretty nice..some yeast.
An exeptional tasteing brew .. the malts appear first but are not too sweet..smooth and dark chocolaty..later theres a buttery buiscuity taste then some nice alcohol warmth in the throat, to go with the surfacing hops!
Very comfortable in the mouth not over bearing.
A very very drinkable ale..nice stuff.
I have become a real fan of bottle conditioned beers and Fuller's does them best (805 characters)

Photo of horndecker
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint plus 2.6 oz bottle. Best before 10 Nov 05.

Deep dark tobacco and copper look to it. Big head, big bubbles. Sticky lace.

Smell of oranges, toffee, a little yeasty funk, lime candies and fizzies.
The taste is fabulous. Roasted malts, biscuits, buttered sourdough bread and an incredibly smooth and balanced bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is silky and full bodied. Delicious indeed. And oh so easy to drink. Be careful. (436 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, baby, where have you been all my life? This is a beautiful copper color with a thick, creamy off-white head that lingers all the way to the bottom of the glass. The smell is malty sweetness with undecurrents of toffee/caramel. Fortunately, the taste manages to exceed the high expectations the smell creates. In addition to the toffee flavor, a bit of toasted biscuit flavor is present. It all works together perfectly. The mouthfeel is absolutely superb: creamy and fulfilling but somehow eminently drinkable at the same time. Why did I buy just one? (555 characters)

Photo of MikeThompson
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic beer. If you see it you should buy it immediately. I got this from the Willows in Menlo Park.

Poured a dark amber, beautiful appearance in my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Smell was malty and sweet, with a slightly alcoholic note. Fruits dominate much of the flavor.

Taste was amazing. Malty with a great raisin finish. The hops are strong enough to finish cleanly but still leave a great fruitiness. This beer is very complex, with a strong and sweet entrance, followed by a perfectly bitter exit.

Mouthfeel was supple and bottle-conditioned.

I can't recommend this beer enough. (600 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fuller’s 1845 has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a murky, red-brown appearance, with noticeable tan, tiny and not-so-tiny, yeast chunks suspended from top to bottom. There isn’t too much lacing, though. The aroma is strong- cellar mold, cream, coffee, nougat, old fruit, funky yeast, sweetness, and malt. Taste is of sweet, heavy bread crust, chocolate, nougat, cream, milk, yeast, straight-forward hops, bitterness, medium-roast coffee, and sugar. The mouthfeel is high medium and slick, and Fuller’s 1845 finishes sweet and rich. Overall, this is delicious, and I score it high.

RJT (606 characters)

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