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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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688 Reviews

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Reviews: 688
Hads: 1,071
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 105
Gots: 71 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Three finger light brown head which seems to last forever, light brown caramel color body.

Smell: Toffee, raisen, honeycomb, baked apple, pear, butterscotch pudding.

Taste: Light fruits (apple, pear), raisen, waxy honey, and big roasted peanuts at the end.

Feel: Medium high carbonation, briefly sweet upfront, medium dryness and slightly bitter at the end.

Overall: Extremely good, but I wish the flavor was a bit stronger.

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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.

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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!!!

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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.

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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)

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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...

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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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.


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Photo of kitschiguy
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 500ml bottle into an English pint glass.

Poured a lovely deep ruby brown with a tight, fluffy head that disappeared fairly quickly but left quite a bit of lacing.

Intense nose with lots of dried fruit, fruitcake, malty bready notes and some hop coming through. Complex.

Palate is full and rich. Complex and malty with an assertive bitterness hitting the back of the tongue and sides of the mouth. A very long, drying finish. Beautiful.

Mouth feel is great. Very full and well-rounded with low natural carbonation.

Overall a remarkably good beer. Very complex, strong, good mouth, nose and palate. The finish is too hoppy for my personal taste. Not sessionable as it's pretty strong.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Ardubya
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as good a real ale as one could expect. if availability wasn't an issue i´d have for me breakfast. sweet and round to start with roasted cocoa up high. finishes dry. at least that's how i remember it. lovely! in my town of ashland, or- this is about as good as it gets for this category. really, i want this beer as a staple in diet

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Photo of putnam
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise to discover I've never rated this beer. it's one of my favorites in a bottle from the UK.
Deep plummy brown color and coiling, creamy foam formations on top. The aromas are of brandy, fruits and liqueur. It is very much like a plump, jammy red wine, only toss in more mocha and toffee -- more than an oak barrel could account for. That must be from the toasted grain. Bitter, bitter and exotically nuanced with Asian incense, buttered, charred pastries, fruit preserves and shoe leather. Quite tannic and boozy, the save comes from the generously gassy, beaten cream texture. It lifts away on the finish lightly, leaving a deep scar of ash, mushroom and forest flavor.

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Photo of rangerred
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into an english pint.

Pours a dark copper/ruby with a 2 finger off-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smells of caramel and dried fruit, possibly some wood.

Taste is much like the smell. Slightly stronger woodsy notes with a caramel and toffee. A slightly drying finish along with a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full but does not impede drinkability

Overall a wonderful beer and an excellent example of the style. The perfect choice for a cool fall evening.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.67/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | 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.

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Photo of robnews
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stella chalice.

Great dark red orange color with nice initial foam head quickly receding to thin lace.

Amazing fruity molasses smell.

Taste is very rich malt and good carbonation. Caramel flavor throughout. Bittery aftertaste but quite drinkable. Higher alcohol is barely noticable.

Definitely one of my favorite Fullers.

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Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a darkish copper color with ruby hue. One-finger head.

Aroma: Malty and rich. Some bitterness in the nose.

Taste: Very malty upfront with decent hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes dry. A second sip confirms the bitterness which I really like. A tad biscuity. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter with some biscuit flavor. Full-flavored, which I enjoy very much.

Verdict: Certainly my favorite out of the three Fullers' beers I've had. I'll probably buy another bottle to age because it's bottle conditioned. Very drinkable. I would buy it again.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer to enjoy. This is a definite favorite barleywine of mine. It's a dark amber color, and an enormous fluffy head that looks like steamed milk forms and stays. An awesome aroma, spicy, hoppy, and sweet. As goes the flavors, also awesome...spicy hops, sweet maltiness, perfect balance. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. This is a brew I shall go back to many times. Make sure you try this one.

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Photo of proc
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. A flavor explosion. This beer pours to a beautiful dark amber color with a ton of lace. The smell is that of fruit and malt and is incredible. The balance of malt to hops is perfect (are all of Fuller's beers balanced or what?) I've tried this and the ESB and have been big time impressed with both. I can't wait to try their other brews.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very nice example of a good British traditional ale. It says on the bottle that it is a recipe from 1845 and it certainly feels that way to me. You can really picture yourself in a pub 150 years ago as you drink this. I am partial to English style beers and this is one I'd be happy to share with anyone to show them what I love.

A - Beautiful rich amber red (clear mohogany) with a fantastic foamy soft head and nice mild carbonation.

S - Rich malt. Slightly tin metallic notes. Good musty yeast. Hints of ripe fruit.

T - Full and upfront flavor coats the mouth like a wave. Good hop bitter, slightly metallic on the finish. Subtle even caramel throughout. Good yeast flavor, touch of bread and toast.

M - Nice soft carbonation full coating both sweet linger and dry bitter at the front.

D - This reminds me of being in England. I just wish I could be sitting on the coast there eating some fish and chips with this beer. This is very easy to drink in big gulps. I regret I only bought one bottle.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.