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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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689 Reviews

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Reviews: 689
Hads: 1,072
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 106
Gots: 73 | 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 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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Photo of jwc215
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beauty to look at! Pours amber to copper (top to bottom) with a creamy thick tan head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

Aromatic, the smell is of orange, caramel, hints of other fruits (plum?) and slight nutty/bread aroma. Slight alcohol notes. Inviting...

The taste is of sweet malty orange liqueur. Caramel with a fruity breadiness. Nuts and dark fruit. A late crisp bitterness balances out the sweetness. Complex, rich and creamy with a long, dry finish. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but restrained and acts as a warming, spicy support in the background. Nice use of abv level.

A wonderful "sip and savor" brew (that tempts you to more than sip. Very tasty. A world class brew from a world class brewery!

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

This poured a deep reddish-brown, nice sudsy head that left good lace all the way through.
smell was a bit sweet and a bit fruity.
taste was fruity, and nutty, smooth and a bit dry toward the end, well balanced.
mouthfeel was fairly creamy, with a bit of chewiness, that finished smooth.
As my English mates would say, "This stuff is fukin BRILLIANT!" lol, great stuff! highly recommended!

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

Presented in a 1 pint .9 oz bottle. Bottle conditioned.

Pours a deep amber color with a gigantic off white head!! Rocky and sticks all over the glass.

Smells sweet and malty with a nice hops spice! Taste like plums, floral hops, butterscotch, and soft toasted grains!

A semi dry hoppy finish.

Oh my god heaven in a bottle! I could drink it all day if I had the money!

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received during CanBIF6 from BBrianBoogie.

Amber color, very dark, clear. Nice dense head. Creamy looking head. Caramel notes in the nose. Slightly burnt. Average intensity and very good. Taste is caramel malts, some burnt caramel with a dry finish with a little bitterness. Very good in the mouth. I expected this one to be very good, however it is excellent.

Meidum body. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fullers 1845 is named for the year the brewing company was founded and is Britain's top selling cask conditioned ale. Like London's pride, it has good reason to sell so well. My bottle has a best before date a few years from now and I suspect it might be even better then.

This beer looks good. A beautiful rich amber color with an offwhite head. The head recedes quickly but have a sniff before it does. Lots of fruity smell up front, cherries and melon mostly but it's really well done. As you get the liquid into your mouth the taste starts off fruity sweet but then transitions wonderfully to a nice toffee and biscuit tone. You would be happy with just that but right when you think there's nothing more - bang, in come a round of bitter hops to round it out.

Mouthfeel is right on the money and made even more enjoyable by the complexities found within. This is a great sipping beer but it's even better taken in large gulps. The only problem being it's so damn tasty you'll have finished it in no time.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This thing is just gorgeous. The body is dark brown with some nice orange highlights and the huge, tanned head just wouldn’t go away. It left some awesome Belgian lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Yes, the rank nose typical of the style is there. I can pick up those sharp malts along with a very sticky sweetness. The sugars are caramel, toffee, and rich. There’s a toastiness to these malts that play well, too.

Taste – Oh, this is good. Arrogant Bastard meets huge jar of table sugar. This beer is very sweet yet still has a wonderfully mature malt backbone and some nice balance with the hops. The cane and molasses are especially prominent.

Mouthfeel – A bit bigger than medium-bodied and very sharp. This is a heavy-hitter for sure. It is also one of the smoothest “big beers” that I’ve ever had. It handles it size very well.

Drinkability – You can sip this or chug this just the same. This is an incredible, unbelievable ale.

Update – I reviewed this in 2004 and drink it periodically, so thought I’d set down with a 2006 vintage and give it another go with paper and pen.

To me this is the standard of the ESA style. It’s a thing of beauty to see, smells like an amped up English Bitter, adds some complex fruiting and alcohol to the taste, big in the mouth but not heavy, and goes down smooth as silk. A winner in all categories!

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Photo of dgallina
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle a slightly clouded reddish-orange with big and foamy off-white head. Leaves plenty of lace along the glass throughout the drink. Smells yeasty and biscuit-like,with significant caramel malt and a fruity kick of english hops. Exhibits a superb balance of flavors. Carmel malts and earthy biscuits are balanced by leafy, bitter hops and both are shot through with a touch of creamy orange marmalade. Very lightly carbonated and quite smooth in the mouth. Approaches the consistency of a draft strong bitter.

A truly exceptional and subtle strong bitter. The best of the regular Fuller's lineup in my opinion (though the London Porter is a personal favorite as well).

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Photo of hseritt
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a regular lager-style glass from the approximately 20oz. bottle. I noticed the head was slightly lacking but honestly that is usually one of the least things I look for. I got close to a 1/2" of a very tan head. The lacing though remained perfect throughout the drink. The color could be described best as a hearty and rich amber. Not too dark but definitely not a lighter color.

The smell was outstanding! Could smell chocolate/coffee and dark roasted malts -- the smell was pleasant but not overwhelming. Smells were as good as a fine grind could be!

The taste was every bit as good as the smell. It reminds you of a very good medium stout but with very little bitterness. The alcohol content is the 6% range but never overpowers and seems to add to the flavor actually.

The feel of 1845 has a medium thickness and very wonderful to swish around.

I would gladly recommend this to any ale enthusiast without reservation. If I come across this in a pub, you can bet I will buy at least 2 pints -- if not, then for a full night of drinking! Though some may find this to be slightly heavy, I have no doubt it would make for a very good session.

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Photo of danieelol
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

large wine glass.

A: a very nice warming colour reminiscent of Christmas pudding- amber/copper. Nice head and lacing. 4.5

S: Definite rum and port notes (at times almost coconutty). Candied and sugared almonds. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and some definite roast coming through. Some oxidation notes. 4.5

T: Caramel/toffee and roast. Very full flavoured. Despite the dessert profile in the nose and taste there is little actual sweetness on the taste buds. Instead there is a substantial and lingering hop bitterness and the beer finishes surprisingly dry. This only makes it more drinkable, as you want another sip to further taste the complexities, rather than being overwhelmed by sweetness. 4.5

M: Thick, creamy and highly carbonated. 4.5

D: For me this beer has all the sophistication of a quad (and in many ways it reminds me of quads), but packs it into a lower alcohol, more drinkable beer. Incredibly subtle and sophisticated. Probably the finest English ale I have had yet. 5

My most recent bottle paired very well with Christmas cake.

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Photo of oberon
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a light orange hint,awesome aromas of brown sugar and orange big and expressive for sure.Taste is rich and complex even more so as it warms more towards room temp great malt tilted beer I get big brown sugar and nutty flavors and a long fruity finish with a yeasty note.A great beer to savor,man Fullers make some truley great ales!

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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