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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

958 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 69
Gots: 30 | 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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Photo of phishgator
2.2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well SWFL got on the ball, sort of this year. I found a bottle of this at Total Wine in Ft. Myers. The best by date was 10/26/2010, so a litte past it's prime. The appearance is solid white head and a lot of lacing. The color is a deep copper and completely hazed. The hops are definitely of the European varities. The taste was metallic and liken to prunes. The body was full and too much. I have had this brew in the past, but I don't remember it like this.

phishgator, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of GruntsterNJ
2.25/5  rDev -45.3%

GruntsterNJ, May 25, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.42/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fuller's 1845

Appearance- dark mahogany brown with a very thick head. Slow dissappation. Nice looking Ale.
Smell- slight floral hops and malt, cheery an raisins. stinging alcohol fumes.
Taste- Too much alcohol present. dry floral hop and malt overpowered by alcohol!
Mouthfeel- initially smooth but the alcohol makes me practically wretch.

Overall- I'm a HUGE Fuller's fan, London pride is my favorite beer, but 1845 is a big disappointment. Just too much alcohol. It ruins the beer.

NJpadreFan, May 24, 2005
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

beerhunter13, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of markbatonrouge
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Did I have a bad batch? Past its prime? Not aged enough? I don't know, but, unlike many of the reviews here, this beer not only did not impress, but I really didn't like it very much at all....

It poured dark golden, minimum head, no lacing.

The aroma was disappointing, basically non-existent at first, with a tiny sour background that almost made it interesting. As it warmed a bit, some maltiness came out -- I would not say it ever got to a carmel aroma -- and really even the slight maltiness wasn't enough to make it appealing.

The taste is what really disappointed me. The alcohol his first, then the bitterness. And, that was about all there was to the flavor of this beer. Their use of bittering hops is good, but then this isn't supposed to be a west-coast IPA. And bitterness without good maltiness or carmels or flavoring hops to balance it out, well, it's just bitter. As it warmed, a touch of maltiness came out, but really very little. Overall, the flavor was marked almost exclusively by alcohol and bitterness. I was glad to finish it and move onto something else.

markbatonrouge, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

beernads, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of geexploitation
2.53/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't impressed with this beer, even though I'm a fan of Fuller's ESB and London Pride.

The color is the best part of this beer -- it's rich, deep caramel. Very inviting. But the nose is too, too grainy. When I first nosed this beer, the thing that came to mind was dog kibble, and NOT in a good way. Flavorwise, the mix of brown ale and bitter ale flavors in the Fuller's 1845 just don't work for me. The grainy flavor, carrying over from the nose, ruins the bitter hop flavor, and the hop flavor doesn't work with the grain. Either way I look at this, it seems an unwise mix of flavors. Not recommended.

geexploitation, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/3/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours an amber/light brown colored body, with a huge head that is lasting, with good lacing and small bubbles. Has an aroma of molasses, maltiness, musty. A bitter molasses taste, and malts. Has a good session beer taste.

jujubeast6000, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of dankster
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like the fullers ESB and London pride alot but this one is almost too big for me.

A- dark red with tan head about one finger

S- Big malts and dark fruit coming to me

T- Again very Maltly. some hops but dark fruit like current and plum are very strong. dark roasty malts also

M- thick and smooth but heavy in the mouth. just ok

O- Just ok but not something i will buy again. sorry fuller's this one is a miss for me.

dankster, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into tankard-esque English style mug in London, England. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Nontransparent brown-amber colour.

Sm: Cream, nuts, and slight caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy cream on the open, nice nuts and amber hops, caramel, and light chestnut. Quite nice for its simplicity. Well balanced, but built only average.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Doesn't complement the flavours of the body.

Dr: Slightly above average ABV, decent drinkability, and pretty good quality.

kojevergas, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-copper color that's generally clear. Airy, foamy off-white head seems to retain well.

Smell: Somewhat fruity & floral aroma together with some more bitter hoppy smells.

Taste: Strong malty roasted start, with some florals, followed by an intense bitter hop flavor. Aftertaste consists of bitterness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth medium-bodied beer with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Simply put, the taste of alcohol shouldn't be present in a beer of this ABV.

Though nice in some respects, this beer has much too strong a flavor of alcohol in the taste. The bitterness seems unbalanced and excessive as well. I'll pass next time around.

mithrascruor, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of innominat
3/5  rDev -27%

innominat, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -27%

Noelito76, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -27%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of gshak
3/5  rDev -27%

gshak, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of jk3
3/5  rDev -27%

jk3, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber, copper colored; light tan head, medium, long lasting

Aroma: Malty; dried fruit; sweet, warming alcohol; caramel notes; light hops

Taste: Juicy, malty start with lots of underlying roasted grain bitterness; dry, nutty aftertaste

Remarks: A little bitter for my tastes; surprising, too, since the aroma is so sweet

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27%

OldTime, Mar 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27%

redrommy, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich dried fruits? Where? Purchased a fresh bottle at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Poured a deep brown with a nice head. Smell has a little bit of the afore mentioned fruits, but the taste is dry, bitter, and finishes like charcoal mixed with water. I'm a huge fan of the Fullers Vintage Ales and I've heard that those are based upon the 1845. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this beer was utterly undrinkable to me. The bitter dryness at the end made me yearn for something to clense my pallete. People seem to love this stuff though so take this with a grain of salt.

ChrisBowers, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.06/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slight haze, very light brown in color, good lace and retention. Doesn't exactly look appetizing, looks like someone let a turd float in the bowl for a day. You know, that color. Didn't pick up aroma.

Can't figure out from the taste what makes this a strong ale. Tastes like a brown ale (and looks). All malt forward, smooth, bitterness subdued, tea, wood and caramel flavors, lacking hop mouthfeel or alcohol. I don't taste the fruit aspect that some mention.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of WhiteOak
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bright amber/copper. Expansive beige foam.

S- I was not impressed by the faint notes of minerals, wet grains, and damp earth. With great coaxing, muted smells of dark fruits, raisin, fig. Too much filtration stripping the life out of the aromas here?

T- Straightforward malt upfront, finishes with dry, astringent hop bitterness.

M, D- A passable ale with a touch of good simple flavor, but lacking structure and complexity.

WhiteOak, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Yesac
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours deep amber/copper. Nice foamy, bubbly head.

S - dry hops and sour yeast , earthy undertones

T - dry hops and slight malts. warming alcohol taste. Slightly watery.

M - pretty carbonated and heavy feel. Tart. Hops have a nice finish.

D - not the highest drinkability due to it's heaviness and carbonation.

Thanks to slimchill for trading me this brew to try

Yesac, Jul 04, 2008
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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.