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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

932 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 68
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000)
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Shakerman

Florida

5/5  rDev +21.7%

02-15-2012 23:54:55 | More by Shakerman
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rawknrall

Uruguay

5/5  rDev +21.7%

08-03-2013 14:38:23 | More by rawknrall
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BKotch

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As another Fullers product, this ale demands comparison to my all-time favorite ESB. Not quite as full in flavor -- a little less fruity, a little less carbonated, a little more yeasty (the bottle conditioning?) and a little more alcoholic warming. A great malt/hops balance and an overall excellent brew and style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2001 17:45:24 | More by BKotch
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-21-2011 02:10:46 | More by RedAleMan
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

5/5  rDev +21.7%

06-08-2012 00:37:03 | More by Sachsenfreude
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leagr

Missouri

5/5  rDev +21.7%

08-09-2012 02:56:53 | More by leagr
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Nightrain87

California

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-20-2011 01:16:58 | More by Nightrain87
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galluch

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +21.7%

01-17-2012 16:14:18 | More by galluch
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Anew

Washington

5/5  rDev +21.7%

12-06-2011 21:46:30 | More by Anew
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bladman

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +21.7%

03-03-2012 01:10:26 | More by bladman
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prisdefer

New York

5/5  rDev +21.7%

01-14-2012 18:56:31 | More by prisdefer
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-20-2011 03:10:05 | More by PEIhop
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +21.7%

12-26-2011 01:14:39 | More by Wally1912
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BeerAngel

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 12:30:29 | More by BeerAngel
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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-28-2011 07:56:20 | More by bigox420
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-28-2011 17:17:37 | More by Rochefort10nh
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BILF

Israel

5/5  rDev +21.7%

11-22-2013 07:37:42 | More by BILF
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +21.7%

08-05-2012 02:51:04 | More by mattparsons
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Offa

California

5/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 23:32:51 | More by Offa
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MaddDogg84

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%

05-31-2013 02:02:06 | More by MaddDogg84
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 22:53:22 | More by tronester
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2004 23:55:53 | More by TastyTaste
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mikeborglum

Missouri

4.93/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 00:56:31 | More by mikeborglum
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patto1ro

Netherlands

4.85/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 10:47:06 | More by patto1ro
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Dantes

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 12:01:31 | More by Dantes
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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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