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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 689
Hads: 1,072
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 105
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of gtermi
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%

This is a very nice beer that pours a dark brown body. There is a sweet malt characteristic in the taste and flavor. This beer also has a tingle on the back of the throat and the jaw as it goes down.

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Photo of Sinfull
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Nice dark red/brown color with good off-white head. Aroma of caramel and hops. Taste is bitter with sweetness in finish. Long bitter aftertaste. Good beer.

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Photo of eskilgh
4/5  rDev -2.4%

From 500 ml bottle bought in Norway.

Brass-copper color with a thin lacing of head.

The hops give a soft spicy aroma - reminiscent of smoked paprika. Toasted malts are also present, a long with some dark fruity aromas.

Drinking it the first i taste are the hops which is followed by malt and ester flavours similar to what the aroma was like. Finishes with a pleasant medium-low mild bitterness. Kind of hard to differentiate the different tastes since they meld together so well.

Overall a really well balanced beer with solid malt profile that finishes dry enough that you can several pints of it. Really good!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red colour. Great head and excellent lacing sticking to the inside of the glass. Varied bubble sizes.

Smell is of nougat, malt, herbal spiciness. A bit of booze.

Taste is similar to aroma. Fruitcake, nougat, raisins. Malty sweetness well balanced with not inconsiderable bitterness..

Mouthfeel is perfect. Some carbonation..Bottle conditioning has helped the texture of this beer.

Overall a fantastic English strong ale. Some will say it would be better on cask but I have not yet tasted a better beer than this on cask in any English pub. Complex, deeply flavoured but well balanced and ultimately satisfying. A great advert for the refined craftsmanship of the Fuller's brewery.

My mark out of one hundred would be 92.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Nice off-white head. Settles to a medium collar.

Smell - Kinda generically malty. Lightly fruity. Very light hop aroma.

Taste - Toasty and caramel malt. Bitterness comes and goes. Finishes with a dry woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - As with many of these beers, it's greater than the sum of its parts. A very pleasant beer.

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with a thick beige head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice malty aroma with notes of English hops, cinnamon, dry fruits and caramels.
Bold flavor with notes of charred oak, caramel, raisins, multiple spices, lots of earthy hops, light tangy citrus, molasses, cocoa, tea leaves, their trademark yeast and crust bread. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with weak carbonation.
This is a very fine Ale, very well crafted and bold on flavors with good complexity. Above my initial expectations. A must for malt lovers.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Its a Fullers kind of evening and this one finally emerges from my cellar. Poured into an old school English pint glass, this venerable and potent ale is a reddish amber hue with a nice solid tan head that reminds one of lighter-colored sponge toffee. My wife wondered "what was wrong with it". Haha! Aroma is expectedly rich and malty, with some spicy esters and tangy Goldings hops combining to evoke rich fruitcake and dried apricots. Palate is correspondingly rich and complex, with a gorgeous honeyed malt flavor and a rather light body. Does coat the mouth and the earthy, woody finish lingers for quite a while. Some shortbread, sponge toffee, treacle, and tree nuts (pecans?) provide the sweet, dark backdrop but there is also a bright, almost sour fruitiness like cranberries and even a whiff of smoke. The alcohol is well-concealed but it does peek through to add yet another layer of complexity. Certainly reminds one of its big brother Fuller's Vintage, albeit brighter, fruitier, and maybe less multifactorial ... Still, why compare? This one stands on its own considerable merits.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(bottle best by Sept 1st 2011 - has presumably been refrigerated for quite awhile at my place of work - in other words, I work at a Belgian beer bar and this beer rarely gets sold, hence my presumptuousness... poured in a fat snifter-tulip)

A: wonderfully sea-foamy creme-colored head billows up from early in the pour, slowly deflating to a rather pleasant healthy smatter of spongy bubbles atop the liquid and climbing up the sides of the glass to the rim, with some scattered lace... deep-murky tawny hue that clears a bit warmer.... the liquid appears to flow fairly clear from the bottle until the last 3/4" - beware of yeast nuggets...

S: dependably typical of strong British imports of the like - redolent of stewed ripe apples and cinnamon, a touch of caramel-kissed wafer cookie, and no discernible hops.... nicely potent overall fruitiness.... no boozy notes until it warms and then it's only as you open your mouth and go in to sip

T: dense, moderately caramel-rich malt foundation with an immediately apparent nuance of an enhanced browned-crust toastiness (probably the amber malt),... definitely a sipper, but very much moreish.... as it warms, the flavors balance out well with some alcohol, hop bitterness, and mineral flavors combining to subdue the initial malt dominance.... esters preside in the background start-to-finish

M: light-medium bodied, smooth, and clean.... minimal residual malty stickiness on the palate... a mild numbing sting on the tip of the tongue, perhaps from a tiny portion of mutant buds

O: flavors I've come to expect from Fullers, though this one has a bit more intriguing complexity compared to some of their Vintage ales I've tried.... their aged beers/bottles can be a bit of a crap shoot with quality and stability but, when they're on, they're often some of the finest ales around, and certainly some of my favorites of those UK brews more readily available over here

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Photo of T100Mark
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 ml bottle poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass (an absolute thing of beauty).

Appearance - A rusty color. Hazy. Big head that never completely disappears. Good but not great stickage.

Smell - Initially, I detected a bready note but this is quickly followed up by a floral aroma.

Taste - Like the nose, the initial flavor is toasted malt followed, quickly, by the presence of mildly bitter hops. This balance between the two is perfect!

Mouth - The above mentioned flavors, along with a fine yet noticeable carbonation, make for an ale with a top-notch mouthfeel.

Overall - Despite the growth of cask conditioned ales available here in the colonies, very few (I can count them on one hand) duplicate the smell, body, and flavor of the great real ales of England. This beer allows those of you who have not made the trip to England to better understand what the rest of us are talking about. 1845 is not an exact duplicate of those hand-pumped ales (it doesn't possess the silky smooth carbonation of a real ale) but the flavors are all there. What a treat!!!

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Photo of TheBullsHorn
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel and toffee notes, followed by a mix of cooked fruits, jam, and raisin take a hold of your nose, and invite you to take a sip of this exemplary version of an English strong ale. All of the notes present in the aroma, are revisited in the flavor. The caramel and toffee flavors are only enhanced by the fantastic -almost cream-like mouth feel. The light toffee and dried fruits/ esters linger into the after palate, followed by the mild bitterness of the English hops used.

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Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark, clear amber with a big foamy white head with good retention. No carbonation.

S-Deep malt, sweet caramel and dark fruit

T-the smell echoes strongly in the taste. There's a pleasing, indescribable aspect to it.

M- rich and full on the palette

O- an excellent strong ale. Everything you want for this style.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013, so literally just out of date. Picked up from a supermarket ages ago and stored in my garage. I'm hoping its strength will have allowed it to mellow out nicely. Originally brewed to celebrate the founding of Fullers - hence the name.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich reddish-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, yeast esters and faint stewed hops. A twinge of cardboard in the background, along with a warming whiff of booze.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a lingering dry finish. Notes of raisins, apples, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, faint grain and stewed hops. A background hint of harsh cardboard. Warm, solventy alcohol and a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with lightly tingly carbonation and a velvety body that glides over the palate. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of fruity malt, stewed leaves and cardboard.

Very nice - a sterling effort from Fullers and a modern classic. It looks lovely, with a creamy head that lingers. The aroma and flavour are well balanced, with fruity malt dominating the proceedings and a satisfying touch of alcohol. Great body - smooth and mildly viscous. Not one to down in a hurry, but a pleasant sipper that suits the autumn weather. Definitely worth your time if you come across it.

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Photo of watchnerd
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let it warm up a bit to get the most from this beer. Isn't at its best straight from the fridge at fridge temperature.

Without this warm up period, tastes a lot like a standard (but good) British ESB, such as London Pride (which is obviously a close relative).

Only with a bit of warmth and air does the special magic of the bottle conditioning reveal itself fully: earthy musty notes of damp East End umami paired with a strong English bitters note.

Pairs exceptionally well with lentil soup and crusty whole grain bread.

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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 Premo88
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 2/14/2014. Pours lightly clody reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal spiciness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity and malt flavors; with big robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent English strong ale! Big complexity and balance of robust malt and fruity flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle date stamped "best by 7 Feb 2014" served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours a medium brown-amber color, clear with a sudsy khaki head that soon reduces to a partial coat and ring.

The aroma suggests sweet baked fruit bread. The flavor also suggests bread and has hints of toffee but is dominated by pale and medium malts. Some spicy/earthy hops too, as is quite obvious in the finish and moderately bitter aftertaste.

Medium+ body with light carbonation.

O: Slightly improves with warming despite the emergence of clear alcohol tones in the aroma.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -26.8%
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

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of soju6
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a good sized head that slowly fades to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, burnt coffee, dark fruits and spice.

T: Taste is a mixture of roasted malt, some dark chocolate, dark fruits and some spice. Nice bitterness and a dry finish.

F: A solid medium body, smooth with a creamy texture and an excellent balance. As it warms the flavor and character is enhanced.

O: Great beer to start the new year with.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: poured into an english pint glass. 2-3 finger rocky, uneven beige head. dark amber with some red light showing through

s: sweet caramel and berries upfront. nice bready backbone pushing the rest of the aroma through

t: right up front you're greeted with some generic dark berry flavors followed by a touch of hop bitterness and a very faint...tea leaf/something floral. all of this is backed by a very pleasant caramel/toffee sweet malt backbone. there is a hint of spice, maybe clove. just a touch of alcohol which plays well off the sweetness

m: mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a nice amount of carbonation that helps the flavor in the mouth

o: nothing complex, but absolutely nothing offensive about this beer - a good example of a british, and definitely worth your time.

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Photo of tonton
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Absolutely beautiful label on the gorgeous brown glass 50cl bottle. one of the nicest bottle presentations around. totally classy.

Pours a dark clear reddish caramel into a nonic pint. Fluffy warm grey head.

Tastes just like you would expect a perfect dark ale or old ale to taste. Typical caramel malts and mild English hops. Nothing unpleasant, which is its strength, but again, nothing outstanding or distinguishing, which is its weakness.

Mouthfeel is pleasant but then again not outstanding.

A perfect example of style, however, not worth a premium price over the standard English import.

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Photo of beergoot
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Live review

Pours a clear light brown with red cast, two fingers of dark beige head, finally a thick cap framed in crazy lace on the nonic.

Bready malt, herbal hop, a bit of that English yeasty tart, lighter floral hop and caramel notes.

Wonderful flavors in perfect balance, the stock in trade at Fuller's. Front of sip is full of bready grain and herbal hop, and picks up caramel and floral, rounded yeast, some spicy alcohol, and ends with the sweet and drying herbal flavors cleanly remaining on palate.

Med./high carb. but not carbonic to a fault, lots of viscosity but not cloying, and a finish that leaves the palate craving next sip.

Wonderful beer, highly recommended. Hope to try this one fresher, but even after a trip cross pond this beer fucking rocks.

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Photo of tylerzander
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - pours a pretty ruby/garnet color with decent clarity and a bit of haze; one finger small-bubbled pillowy head with excellent retention - I think the head actually increases in volume as it sits in the glass

S - distinctive, delicious aromas present as soon as the bottle is opened: raisin and licorice and caramelized sugar with a little ethanol sweetness; a little twist of vegetal/mushroomy hops at the end that may be more flatteringly be described as earthy

T - a slight roastiness and that earthy hop bitterness up front with a smooth finish of sweet plums and caramel

M - a little prickly and a little more carbonated than I anticipated for a real ale in a bottle, but taking a sip through the dense foam head to reach the liquid below is a smooth operation from beginning to end and not a heavy feel despite the maltiness

D - drinkable to the extreme, I wish I knew a bar closeby that had this on draft, as I would be a frequent repeat customer there

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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