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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

905 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%


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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Riggo

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle-conditioned ale from Fuller's pours a deep reddish amber color with a creamy tan head. Hints of orange, caramel, molasses, raisin and roasty malt in the nose.

On palate entry, a clean hop bitterness followed by rich caramel maltiness, earthy, woody, toasted grain, raisin and a buttery mouthfeel. The relatively strong 6.3 abv is evident on palate.

A malty yet bitter strong ale, full of character and richness and another solid offering from Fuller's.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 16:44:39 | More by Riggo
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find the color of the 1845 to be absolutely gorgeous! It is a deep amber-chestnut hue which cries out to me "Take me!" Too bad the head was so thin and lifeless, though there was a slight bit of lacing. Upon taking my first whiff I got a sweet aroma, almost barleywine-like. Further whiffs tended to be more of a toffee-like character. Body was real nice, and a bit chewy! Creamy smooth on the tongue too, giving 1845 a very good overall mouthfeel! The maltiness is quite pronounced here, and the toffee character evident in the nose has transferred well into the flavor profile. Some floral qualities make a late cameo, and a long-lingering aftertaste is very savory. This is a very flavorful bier! Though I have only reviewed about 20 UK biers, this is in my personal UK top 5! Cheers!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 11:18:45 | More by Bierman9
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StevieW

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big 1 pt .9oz bottle. Best before 12/02/02. Ten days past due, it's been in my fridge since late July and who knows where before then. It held up fine.
Roasted chestut to carmel color.Opaque. Nice beige, fluffy full head. Dense. Rich toffee, sweet carmel malt nose. Touch harsh at the end, but doesn't detract from the great aromas. Taste is super smooth combination of malty carmel sweetness, and sublte bitter bite to the middle. Toffe sweetness is soothing and very good. Lots of carmel malt taste as well. Meduim bodied, steady carbonation. One of my new favorites. I could drink this beer with dinner all the time. It went well with a roasted chicken dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 05:16:22 | More by StevieW
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 19:51:01 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep garnet in color on the pour, the head is creamy in texture, majestic in size, the lace a latticework of fine bubbles that cling mightily to the glass. Nose is malt, caramel, slightly sweet, somewhat earthy. The front is ambrosial, the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is "Hop heaven", meaningfully acidic, droughty aftertaste,”Most Excellent" strong English Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 06:07:14 | More by Gusler
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mickeymac

California

4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 18:39:21 | More by mickeymac
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BeerManDan

California

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark caramel color. The aroma is of sweet caramel and malts. The greatness of this beer is that the aroma is what you get in the taste. The sweetness and bitterness is in tune with each other. There's a bit of burnt caramel with a hint of chocolate and malt in the finish. I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 16:06:50 | More by BeerManDan
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This "Celebration" English Ale pours a darker shade of amber with a small head that stays. The smell is malty and strong. The taste is smooth and clean. All around a top notch English Ale that has put in its time in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2002 15:36:46 | More by CharlesRiver
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BeerAngel

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Superb!!! Pours a clear deep amber/caramel color with a modest tan head. The smell of roasted caramel, buttered bread, and malt smells delicious. The taste is that of burnt caramel with a biscuity and nutty flavor with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is out of this world! The balance of hops in this brew is a perfect match. Fuller's ESB was one of my favorites and this one I like even better! This beer suits me perfect! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 12:30:29 | More by BeerAngel
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Mark

California

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I likened this to a Scottish ale with more hops than usual. It has a very dark copper hue with a nice head and leaves great lace. It kind of reminded me of cask conditioned ale. Very malty at first and then hops start to come out a bit more. Nice solid mouthfeel and drinkability is good. Goes well with a hearty meal. Nice offering from Fullers

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2002 20:17:17 | More by Mark
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy, rich reddish mahogany in color with a foamy tan head that holds quite well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is rich with dark fruits (raisin, prune, plum, cherry), sweet malt and earthy/mineral hops (Fuggles?). The body is medium with a very fine, moderate carbonation. Surprisingly crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts with a lightly tart and somewhat sweet, dark fruitiness; then reveals more caramel malt character and hop flavor as it crosses the palate. There's some light licorice and "wood" in there as well. The bitterness is solid, but not overpowering - well balanced to match the firm, fruity malt. The alcohol is also very well masked. It finishes lightly sweet at first - then drying - with a long-lasting fruity maltiness becoming increasingly bitter as the moments pass. Very nice! A complex, rewarding ale.

I was not impressed w/ this beer the 1st time I had it several years ago. I found it out of balance with a harsh bitterness. This bottle has been aged - I'm not sure for how long, but it's well over a year - and the perceived bitterness is greatly reduced and the flavor is much rounder. Really nice. Rich, but also quite drinkable, due in great part to it's lightly tart fruitiness. I'd definitely recommend aging this beer for at least 6 month prior to tasting.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2002 19:01:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clearish copper color, nice mix of bubbles in the slushy 1/4 inch head. Great aroma, malty with a lemon candy tinge. Respectable medium-bodied mouthfeel, taste of dark caramel with an early and decided floral hop, similar to the scent of peonies with nutmeg added. Sense of nut and astringency at the close, but an overall sweetness to the aftertaste. Big Ale here, tasty and with excellent balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 12:37:10 | More by ADR
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foamy with a light beige lace that sticks to the glass quite well. Mild chill haze goes away as soon as the ale comes to cellar temperature. This sample was cellar for a year or so and seems to have held up very well.

Fruity, ester and musty yeast aroma. A touch of grain and hops in the back of the nose.

Medium to full in body with a lush mouth feel that is just as crisp as it is smooth. Bursting malt and juicy fruit, hop bitterness is solid and flexes with a sharpness and woody flavour. Malt is pretty thick with hints of bread crust and toasted grain. Lots of fruitiness with a think yeasty back. Esters are apparent with a warming alcohol in tow. Hint of buttery diacetyl. Finishes with a big lingering yeast, hop and ester bite.

My oh my, this is a lively ale to be had. A killer brew with expressive and complex flavours flailing everywhere. A brew I go back to more than others.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2002 14:08:13 | More by Jason
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marc77

California

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby in hue w/ a light haze, topped by a moderate light tan head that leaves lace. The enticing aroma consists of figgy fruity esters, dark caramel sweetness and mellow butterscotch diacetyl, with a hint of burnt biscuit. Earthy Fuggles hop nose. Toasty malt notes and hop bitterness is perceived initially, and is followed by buttery malt, dark fruit. and rich, toffee sweetness. Subtle chocolate malt flavors are discernible as well. The woody and earthy hop flavor complements the fruitiness well. Moderately bodied, w/ smooth mouthfeel conducive to high drinkability. Caramel and biscuit malt become more pronounced as the beer breathes and warms. Finishes w/ bittersweet fruit and hop bitterness pleasantly lingering. Fuller's 1845 possesses many of the characteristics of stronger Old Ales and/or Barleywines, yet is relatively "light" in gravity and is thus highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 17:28:33 | More by marc77
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy thick head. Tart, syrupy taste similar to Arrogant Bastard but with less bite. Fruity and malty finish. Very well balanced. Sweet aroma. Very good!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2002 15:44:37 | More by Dogbrick
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, deep copper color, with a nice frothy cardboard colored head, that lasts long. On the nose there are fruity aromas, as well as nice caramel malt among other things. On the palate you can detect, the complex fruitiness, malts, caramel, toasted bread, and a nice slight sweetness. Emmmm, so good! Overall this is another great beer from Fuller’s…

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2002 09:44:03 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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aracauna

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. More subtle, I think, than the ESB. Where the ESB hits you with it's full chewy maltiness, the maltiness in this beer is more subdued and you're actually slammed by the bitterness the first couple of sips. As you get used to the bitterness, you'll start to notice the sweet maltiness (although this is still more subdued than in the ESB) A little later especially after the beer warms up, you'll start to notice some toffee notes starting to mix with the maltiness and slightly citric bitterness. I even noticed the occasional slight hint of banana, but I'm not sure if I wasn't just tasting things.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2002 19:14:48 | More by aracauna
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jackndan

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller’s 1845: Clear, deep copper Strong Ale. Rich aroma that you can smell two feet from the glass/bottle, strong earthy, yeast aroma. Excellent, deep rich taste, great body. Long, lingering espresso/chocolate taste, with a hint of warm, rich black bread. Very complex tastes, with a somewhat bitter (O.K. bitter) aftertaste. Excellent, excellent beer. A great after dinner closer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2002 19:34:34 | More by jackndan
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Wildman

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be a very drinkable beer. It poured a copper gold color and formed a small bubby white head that left trace lace as it subsided. The aroma was of malt and hops. The flavor was of malt and hops and the finish was a touch astrigent, yet bitter. I hope to find other of Fuller's products that hold up as well or better.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2002 16:11:38 | More by Wildman
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proc

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2002 14:24:45 | More by proc
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now were talking, the best from Fullers for me (better than there vintage ale), lots of flavour, and perhaps a bu=it to easy to drink for the amount of flavour there is.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2002 05:58:28 | More by rastaman
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BKotch

Texas

5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As another Fullers product, this ale demands comparison to my all-time favorite ESB. Not quite as full in flavor -- a little less fruity, a little less carbonated, a little more yeasty (the bottle conditioning?) and a little more alcoholic warming. A great malt/hops balance and an overall excellent brew and style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2001 17:45:24 | More by BKotch
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John

New York

4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full body, syrupy alcoholic mouthfeel, gentle malt sweetness, perfect hop balance. An instant classic strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2001 10:15:51 | More by John
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pt 2.6fl oz English style brown bottle. Best before date clearly marked.

Appearance: Deep hazy copper with a frothy white lace, that stays.

Smell: Fruity, very yeasty with bold malt sweetness.

Taste: Smooth, full-bodied with malty mouthfeel that's backed by a heathly dose of fruity esters. Then earthy, biscuit flavours appear with a restained bitterness. A faint creamy chocolate note carries though from start to finish.

Notes: This ale has been bottled conditioned since 1995 in celebration of Fuller's 150th anniversary ale. A well made, balanced ale, especially for putting it though so much travel.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2000 00:00:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.