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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

943 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 943
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 69
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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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%

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!

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%

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.

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%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +20%

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.

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

Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +20%

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!

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

Netherlands

4.85/5  rDev +18%

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.

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

Missouri

4.84/5  rDev +17.8%

A classic from one of the all time great breweries. Hard to find, so make sure to pick one up if you see it.

08-15-2014 23:48:32 | More by Wobbly
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Dantes

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

01-11-2003 12:01:31 | More by Dantes
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latercol

California

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

02-22-2009 03:02:22 | More by latercol
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hotstuff

Indiana

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%

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!

07-19-2003 18:23:33 | More by hotstuff
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twelvsies

Maine

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

03-01-2005 04:12:26 | More by twelvsies
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jessecarr

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

04-01-2008 03:21:21 | More by jessecarr
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John

New York

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%

Full body, syrupy alcoholic mouthfeel, gentle malt sweetness, perfect hop balance. An instant classic strong ale.

10-08-2001 10:15:51 | More by John
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jackndan

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

05-12-2002 19:34:34 | More by jackndan
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ernie

Russian Federation

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%

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!

06-06-2006 12:20:02 | More by ernie
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Higravity

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

08-15-2005 13:27:45 | More by Higravity
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carlbrew

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

11-20-2012 02:01:58 | More by carlbrew
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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