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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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991 Ratings

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Ratings: 991
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 76
Gots: 40 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

LuckyJohn, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep chestnut tone. A sticky yet creamy beige head retains very well and laces in sheets. Sweet candy like aroma. Carmalized sugar. Malty sweetness. Very nice. My palate recognizes a big toffee presence first and foremost. Then I notice some sweet undertones like cotton candy, plum and sweet malt. Spice tones accent nicely. I don't think they spice this beer, but there seems to be a cinamon presence to me. Some slight lingering bitterness remains on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Body is about medium-full. Easy drinking. If ever there was a good "session" strong ale, this would be it.

Fuller's impresses again.

Bighuge, Dec 12, 2002
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Thunderballroom, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Noodleboyg, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a chalice

A: Beautiful bottle art. Nice and imposing Fuller's style. Also beautiful amber color with a beige head formed when poured. Small retention but many lacings left

S: Sweet and fruity smell. Caramel and malts are evident. Notes of brown bread and grapes. A bit of citrus hops in the end

T: Very malty and Brit but also fruity. Bit sweet upfront followed by quite citrus hoppy end. Absolutely easy to drink. Impossible to imagine its medium ABV

M: Medium body. A bit molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Delicious bitterness

O: Great Beer

eduardolinhalis, Aug 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

osofresh, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of HochFliegen
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive read some great reviews about 1845 and was quite excited to try it.
Poured my bottle into my favorite pint glass. I first noticed the the deep dark reddish color followed by the frothy white head. The head dissipated to a thin whispy covering on the top.
The scent of malt hit me right after I open the bottle. Very powerfull and full. Smell was of malt; sweet and carmel like. Also some butterscotch like scents mixed in with the floral and somewhat herbal like smells from the hops. So much to smell. Taste much like the scent very powerfull. Sweet and malty hints of carmel and floral like in the aftertaste. Nice bittering to offset the initial sweetness. A very well balanced beer IMO. I really enjoyed this one. Mouthfeel was perfect not to much carbonation and not to smooth just right. Awesome beer!

HochFliegen, Apr 20, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

FreshZ, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of EatsTacos
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber red with great head retention and beautiful lacing.
The nose is strongly fruity with a good dose of caramel malt. The hops are in the background and are pretty floral and herbal.
The taste is strongly fruity upfront. Apples and raisins mostly. The malt is caramel and sweet and very nicely balanced with the bitter hops. The finish is very dry and bitter.
Medium bodied and a very soft carbonation. This beer is bottle conditioned and the mouthfeel shows it totally.

Fantastic beer, a lot of character, similar flavours to a stout than most english strong ales. Fuller's never lets me down.

EatsTacos, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of Morris729
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper mahogany color with a creamy tan head that leaves spider webs of lace across the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nose is sweet caramel malts and a bit of sugar. Medium to full in body with a very smooth and creamy texture. Taste begins with sweet toffee and plumy fruit followed by notes of freshly baked bread. Mildly spicy and earthy hops come across towards the end with just a hint of raisiny alcohol. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Morris729, Oct 25, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

makasi, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

wc94wc, May 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

KStark, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Sarunas7, Jan 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium/dark amber color. Very clear for bottle conditioned. Head is full, frothy, fairly large bubbles. Nice lacing

Aroma reminds me of molasses with a hint of honey. This beer is all about the malt.

The taste follows the aroma, molasses, honey, and malt. Sweet up front and in the middle. Finishes fairly dry with a nice hop bite.

Mouthfeel is solid. Viscous but not cloying. The carbonation provides a crispness at the end.

Overall, if you like English malt, this is a must try. Excellent flavor and well balanced.

gc4hokies, Jan 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
A firm pour yeilds two fingers of creamy beige coloured head over a clear, tawney red coloured body.

Smell - 4.0
A delicious, fruit cake aroma, cake-like with butter and dried fruit. With warmth comes a softer, ripe melon smell.

Taste - 4.5
Strong, balanced and very good. Roasted, chocolate and crystal malts combine to provide toasty, caramel and cocoa flavours, which are balanced by a moderate level of bitterness from the leafy, somewhat metallic tasting hops. There is a fruity sweetness (baked pear?) that lingers.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
The high alcoholic gravity means this beer does not go down as effortlessly as other Fuller's brews, carbonation is low to moderate, slightly syrupy feel.

Drinkability - 4.0
Not a sessionable beer, but then it was never intended to be anyway. I would never decline a 1845, and it was so easy to finish.

A beer that improves greatly with warmth, while London Pride is quite enjoyable straight out of the fridge, this is not, so don't. A great beer.

LittleCreature, Apr 25, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

schnarr84, Mar 29, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into pub glass
(best before Feb. 14, 2014)

L: brown; shows amber when held up to light; solid, thick head of 1/3- 1/2-inch of tan foam that holds up, sticks and is more or less perfect; doesn't lace a ton on the way down, but it does keep a very nice collar; clear

S: nutty, caramel, bready, sweet ... a perfect mix of the good lighter malt bomb notes; it's buttery, too

T: split -- the first pint of this stuff tasted like the sweetest, most toasty good brown ale with lots of caramel and sweet biscuits; the second pint a few days later tasted much more old ale-like -- hints of raisins, a bit darker, still sweet and still with some of the nutty brown ale notes but just a hint darker. both are good, but man, i will be chasing the dragon on that first pint because it bordered on perfect.

F: good carbonation and weight, almost silky -- nothing overly special

O: an awfully good brew, even if it is tasting quite different on a second pint a couple days separated from the first. BOTH have English brown ale notes and both are good malt bombs ... even if my palette is accepting it more as a darker, more old-ale-like brew than the bit lighter brown ale, fine -- I WILL be drinking this beer again and again.

Premo88, Aug 22, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely deep caramel brown with a light n tight head. A fair amount of lacing clung to the glass. The nose was faint, with (again) hints of caramel/molasses and bread crust.

I thought it had a well-balanced consistency...not too thick or thin. The taste was wonderful; however I wouldn't call it a refreshing warm-weather beer...I could see myself enjoying it on a crisp autumn evening. I tend to equate beer styles with the seasons, and this is a full-bodied and full-flavored brew best enjoyed in cooler weather. I noted a boozy but clean finish. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable ale that I look forward to enjoying in the future.

Knuckles_Nuclear, May 31, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a reddish amber with a massive, lively carboantion, 1" deep, slightly off-white crown that's bubbly and active. Very well retanied and sticky lacing.

The aroma is nice, maple butter spread is detected in the malt, glazed nuts, soft, fruity dark berries with freshly baked bread. Very nice.

Molasses, baked brown bread in this very sweet flavored malt with just the right amount of balance of mixed nuts and tangy and dark fruits with this herbal, wheatie dry finish. slightly woody and semi bitter aftertaste, slightly sour. Nice complexity.

A very full feel, creamy, chewy, sticky, fuzzy....satisfying as hell.

high quality.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 03, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a great deep mahogony color and a nice thick creamy head. It's smell is of candied fruits, dates and sweet raison. The taste was a sweet spicy mix. It had many complex flavors of spiced rum cake and prunes. It has a nice hop presence that comes out in the finish. This beer has a tremendous body and mouthfeel that really lives up to a strong ale. I didn't know by the taste this was a strong ale cause the alchohol is warming but not that detectable due to the overall complexity and richness of this beer. A very good ale, and one of the best strong ales of the handfull that I have had.

OatmattStout, Feb 27, 2003
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This has a beautiful reddish-coppery hue throughout, and is clear. There appears to be a mild carbonation factor, as few bubbles rise to the top of the glass. The head is off white in color, starts about a finger thick, and is dense. It retains decently well, and leaves behind plenty of thick sticky lacing!

S- I pick up a wonderful overall aroma, and everything is just so subtle, as another reviewer put it. There is a nice blend of yeasty bread, fruity esters of perhaps apple, bananas, and hints of berries. There is also a well rounded bitterness on the finish....this all must come from the 100 days of maturation! Very nice indeed!

T- This is a fantastically well rounded tasting brew...typical of this brewer! Sweet, but not overdone caramel and/or toffee malt goodness are right upfront, with some biscuit like character mixed in to add to the richness. I don't find the fruitiness carries through very well on the palate, but what I do find is an added unsweetened cocoa flavor that pairs up with the bitter leafy hop notes on the finish...upon further review, this has a noticeable cocoa quality in the aftertaste that lingers on the palate....it's actually nice!

M- This isn't as filling as I thought it would be, but still, this is a solid medium bodied brew. The carbonation, while fine, is slightly zesty on the palate, and more than the appearance lets on. Overall the mouthfeel is different from what I was expecting but I don't mind it...it's actually refreshing and crisp, which is different for this style!

O- Another very high quality product from Fullers! A few have mentioned the alcohol, but the duel cocoa/hop bitterness keeps this in check in my opinion. The drinkability is very high, and I'd love to enjoy this on tap at a pub any time! Another delightful Ale from the UK, and I highly recommend this one!

ChrisCage, May 07, 2012
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.