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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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970 Ratings

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 70
Gots: 35 | 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%

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

Sarunas7, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of gc4hokies
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
Photo of SkinniePost
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

SkinniePost, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of LittleCreature
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
Photo of Premo88
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
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the beer that the Beefeaters relax with after a day of standing at attention and ignoring the gawking tourists. Big and chewy, with substantial caramel and dark fruit flavors, this ale is surpisingly smooth for the heft that it carries. A touch of sweetness balances the slight alcohol flavor in the background. A strong ale that drinks like an ESB.

Brent, Oct 18, 2003
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New bottle pour technique produces a mahogany body with thick tight white head that sticks.

Aromas of leather, shaving soap, dairy fudge and tapioca.

Rich deep taste, the 100 day bottle conditioning shines through like nobodies business, toffee, cream fight on your tongue with malts and hints of ginger.
In comes a real brewers mash tasting hop and leaves on a bitter note.

Thick, Thick chewy mouthfeel low perfect carb

gorgeous ale, real end of dinner/night drink.

Now repeat in cockney accent

Lav - a - ley!

EmperorBevis, Feb 03, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep amber color with a nice foamy head that settled down eventually.

Smell consisted of a lot of dark fruits at first. Hops show their strength as well, along with some toasted malts.

Taste starts out quite sweet, but it's not cloying in any way. Then that gives away to a solid malt backbone which hops ride along with it. Molasses shows up in the middle and lasts into the aftertaste. Tastes quite good.

Mouthfeel was medium with a good check on carbonation. Felt quite smooth and creamy. Went down too quick.

This is good stuff. I only see this beer once in a while in stores. Too bad I don't see it more often.

necoadam, Feb 11, 2005
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a brilliant, rich amber color with five fingers of light orange head that remains for a few minutes. no lacings.

aroma is rich with malts, mainly caramel and pale malts, along with dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. nicely proportioned.

taste is malty, with caramel and a hint of chocolate malt, along with the same dark fruit from the aroma. fruit notes include a bit of apple, grape, and apricot.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture. finishes semi-dry with residual grassy hops and caramel.

drinkability is good. this is a full flavored ale with good concentration and a solid profile. another great brew from Fuller's. cheers!

botham, May 19, 2008
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4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent honey and chestnut brown colored body with a thick, creamy head on top. Rich, sweet malty aroma; molasses and brown sugar with notes of figs and maraschino cherries in the background. Sweet and malt-forward flavors; hints of graham cracker, cinnamon, and toffee; mild hop bitterness builds up some steam at the end of the taste and mellows out the malt sweetness; trace of alcohol warmth. Medium bodied, smooth with a light and pleasing residual sugary feel.

A very well-done big ale. Malt character dominates throughout with hops and alcohol presence co-mingling in a well-balanced fashion. Rich, complex, warm, and inviting.

beergoot, Apr 02, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fuller's 1845 award winning ale. "bottle conditioned"

A- This is an exceptional ale pours a dark red amber with fluffy white head with a wonderful lace retention. Very strong appearance for an ale.

S- Smells of coffee, carmel malts, earthy hops and yeast. There is definitly a bottle conditioning smell of lingering ingredents.

T- An almost stout flavor with every dark taste you can imagine. Wonderous carmel malt with a heavy kick of coffee and earthy hops.

M-D- Very dry at first making it easy to swallow, with a lingering effect on the palate in a good way. I could have one on the special occation or get hammered in a English bar very univeral taste. Excellent!

wesbrownyeah, Apr 16, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely bright amber, tilting towards ruby. Seafoam head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin ring and some very visible carbonation. Spotty lacings.

Loves me some of the Fuller's marmalade. Boozy oranges with a yeasty streak aroma.

Big burst of fruit right up front. Candied fruit, oranges and maraschino cherries. Bittering, classic English, hops take over quickly. By the end the fruity malt and yeast have been replaced with some firm toasted grain flavours. Long satisfying finish with a hint of alcohol.

A star in the Fuller's line up.

CanuckRover, Dec 20, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep orange/red that's very murky in the glass with about one finger worth of head. The smell is musky sweet malt, the very same malt smell I get from the other Fullers...and a good thing indeed. The smell is like powdered sugar, hops, and caramel, with figs and a bit of cinnamon or maybe brown sugar.

Glug glug glug

The taste is a robust malt with sweet figs and bitter hops colliding in a flavor and sweetness that somewhat reminds me of grape or strawberry preserve. The mouth feel too is very thick and smooth. The first flavor is a sweet and moderate hop that's swarmed underneath by a complex and refined malt that's straightforward in presentation but complex upon further reflection. All and all a good beer. Also the head really stays piled up on this one...many sips in and it hasnt receded.

Thur123, Apr 02, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, and very slight yeast aroma. Fits the style of an English Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. There's also a hint of raisin or fruit. Overall, a great blend of flavors! This brew is definitely worth a try.

Tone, Feb 18, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a handsome bottle with a vintage label into an Imperial pint glass (again, what else, really?).

A: Deep amber, almost coppery. Impressive three-finger head that that I wanted to bury my face in. It remained for days.

S: Wonderfully balanced and complex, with notes like a Puccini opera.

T: I'm an ale and stout drinker, and love selections from the British Isles, but this one crosses all geographic boundaries. If Christ returns, he will undoubtedly pour himself one of these.

M: Majestic, through and through.

D: Quite drinkable, but not sessionable. I savor these, maybe after enjoying a London Pride or an ESB.

The pleasure I derive from one of these gems is an excellent example of the holistic attitude I take when enjoying a beer. All of my senses come into play, right down to the heft of a quality bottle whilst I pour. Cheers!

Jangles, Nov 15, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. 8oz bomber into a Fuller's Imperial pint glass.

A - Dark caramel with slight orange hues. Reminded me of iced tea a little. The pour produced a thick and foamy head of slightly off white foam. Excellent lacing throughout.

S - Malty aroma. Hints of burnt toast and butterscotch.

T - Malty up front with tastes of fruits and butterscotch. Finishes dry and bitter with hints of alcohol.

MF&D - Creamy and delicious. This is a exceptional ale. Highly recommended.

nasty15108, Apr 15, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper color with soft orange, brown, and yellow hues at the bottom of my mug. A big head developed quickly and just seemed to sit there, stable and creamy. Heavy lacing left behind as well. Aromas of alcohol, pepper, hops, and dried fruit. The taste was milder than the nose indicated with a smoked malt sweetness contrasting nicely with the hops. Fruit flavors added nice depth and blended very well with the peppery spice. Very creamy in the mouth with a smooth, crisp, and slighly bitter finish. An excellent beer and very easy to drink.

jaluria, Jun 15, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours beautiifully with a nice frothy two finger with heaps of lacing that is very present,it has pungent aromas of passionfruit,fruitcake and hard boiled candy,it has an above average mouthfeel with tastes of boiled candy,honey nectar and malty coated hops,a very nice beer that i could drink all night.

ADZA, Aug 31, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice full tan head, reddish-amber color, pretty beer. The aroma has some hints of tobacco and licorice, some very slight esters. Its interesting, but not as appealing as some others I've had. The flavor is good, big and bold, and not subtle at all. It doesn't have the delicate malt-hop blend you get out of American pale ales and IPAs (yes, I mean delicate in the sense that you get a soft maltiness under the hops; the maltiness in this one is more caramelly, burnt toffee-like, and the hops are not floral, they are more aggressive than that). But I find that appealing; this is a British pale ale after all. I think its really good and I'd like to have several of these, although its a nice strong beer.

KroMagnon, Apr 29, 2006
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.