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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

906 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 906
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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Premo88

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 05:23:27 | More by Premo88
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:34:23 | More by superspak
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 21:50:57 | More by chinchill
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:22:26 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Knuckles_Nuclear

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 22:02:40 | More by Knuckles_Nuclear
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soju6

Missouri

4.21/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 03:32:49 | More by soju6
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hopsputin

California

4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 21:35:37 | More by hopsputin
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tonton

Hong Kong

3.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 08:41:45 | More by tonton
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beergoot

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 21:39:07 | More by beergoot
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cavedave

New York

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 18:59:24 | More by cavedave
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tylerzander

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:36:37 | More by tylerzander
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a proper Fuller's pint glass. The pour is fairly dark amber in color with a slight haze and a perfect 2 fingers of frothy head. This beer has a wonderful nose. Lots of toffee, treacle, molasses, fruit cake, and a slight, smoky, woody note.

Full body and luscious, sweet, malty flavor. Dark fruit, fresh bread, toffee, and molasses engage the palate all over. There is a slight spicy hop note at mid-palate that carries through the finish. The finish itself is smooth and satisfying with just a touch of alcohol warmth. A wonderful sipping beer light on the hops and full of great malt complexity.

I am definitely buying this again. It's like a cross between an English Bitter and an English Barleywine. Lots of malt flavor with really good balance. If you must have lots of hops in your beer, then avoid this. If you like malty beers like bocks and English Barleywines and Old Ales, then by all means pick this one up. It is delightful.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 02:03:04 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Greywulfken

New York

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: into a pint, deep red-amber brown beer with a very subtle vague haze, thick fat tan head that left scattered bits of lace

S: fruits and spice

T: biscuits and subtle fruit jams - maybe orange marmalade notes - hints of anise and sherry

M: smooth, bitter, slightly tacky, slightly coating

O: Fuller Smith & Turner are not going to make mistakes - these people have been brewing on site for over 300 years. This is a classy beer - makes me think, "working man's beer" - as in, something you quaff in a pub after a day of labor that brings as much toughness and heart to the brew as you do to the work day. Quality craftsmanship.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 17:03:00 | More by Greywulfken
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a syrup reddish brown with a finger of head. Smell is sweet malty with some fruity esters. Taste is sweet malty but very tart and somewhat fruity. Its tasty...dry and slightly sour? Its a solid beer but its a slight miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 02:28:11 | More by DrinkSlurm
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pkalix

California

4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

definitely dark amber, tight, thick and rich head. nice looking beer.... beautiful, in fact....
smell is sweet and carmel-ly. typical british, although i have never had this one before. is it possible to smell a higher abv??
taste is... bitter up front. chewy in the middle, sweet on the way down... interesting...
medium feel beer, some carbonation, but smooth.
overall, i like this one. all of fullers' are very good, just not so high in the abv. this one is a tad higher at 6.3%, which is a blast more than the flagship fullers' at 4.9% or whatever it is... this is a really good beer. good for a few in a row and not too gaggingly sweet. but it is sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 02:32:04 | More by pkalix
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mjurney

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark amber-brown color, hazy. Lots of carbonation rising up. Thick frothy head, looks very creamy. Leaves a very nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, toffee.

Taste:
Creamy malts up front, caramel, toffee, ripe prune, smoked wood, bitter walnut, sweet finish. Creamy body, semi-dry aftertaste, smooth, soft carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 03:50:17 | More by mjurney
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Topside this has an easy good loose magnolia head which sends up subtle waves of toffee. Orange copper brown appearance. In the mouth and to taste there is an unfolding complexity of some castrol sugary sweetness back and forth ending firmly with a dry dark gentle bitterness. A bit raw but juicy too and firm and that roastiness doesn't quite lead into anything too stern. Doesn't at all appeal to my emotions but I can appreciate it for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 08:19:42 | More by Zimbo
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a dense quarter finger that evenly covers the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness including caramel and toasted malts

T: This beer is quite malty with notes of toasted and caramel malt sweetness as well as some nutty flavors. Light notes of fruity yeasts near the finish and just a touch of earthiness. Very light bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth.

O: Extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable - just shy of sessionable but that is because of the higher ABV. Nice complexity to the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 21:56:05 | More by dbrauneis
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Really dark amber with a slight brown tint to it, head slightly off-white measuring to a finger's length off the body.

Smell: Malty smell that really grabs your attention, problem is that it is really light scent.

Taste: Complex, this beer is really a monster when it comes to taste. Strong malty feel not really bitter but you feel a slight sweetness to it courtesy of fruits in this brew. It is unique and I would like to rate it higher but there is slight room for improvement.

Mouth: Medium and sticky, and smooth for everyone.

Overall: Great beer I will buy this again without blinking. You get everything you could ask for great taste. I can't see you drinking this one without smiling, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 04:14:58 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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keithmurray

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a mug

Appearance - dark ruby red colour with khaki colored head

Smell - Toffee, caramel, honey

Taste - Caramel, honey, toffee, malts, whole grains, slight presence from hops

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, highly carbonated, slightly sweet upfront, enough bitterness in the finish to let you know the hops are there, fairly smooth going down, slight mineral quality in this as well

Overall - This is a solid, well crafted, reasonably priced beer that I would happily drink again

Price Point - $3.99/16.9oz bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 22:12:36 | More by keithmurray
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draheim

Washington

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

500mL into an imperial pint. Pours a clear amber w/ a thick beige head, lively carb.

Aroma is fruity, caramelly, rich and bready.

Taste is fruity, bready, with a minerally water quality. Clean and pure presentation of barley malt and water.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy, luxurious.

Overall this might be my new favorite English ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 06:08:06 | More by draheim
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red pour with four finger off white head.

Smells of dark fruit and hop

Malty taste, with mellowed bite at finish

Mouthfeel is perfect, this is what a beer should feel like!

Overall, I would have this again. I am going to explore more of the brewery's portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 13:27:33 | More by BierStein711
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dansmcd

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red under a creamy head and short sheets of lacing.

S - Dark fruit and malt. Some honey, wildflowers and wood.

T - Smoky roasted malts, raspberry esters and brown sugar. Nice combination but a touch mild.

M - Light medium body and low to medium carbonation. A touch flat.

O - A well rounded English pub ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 09:03:05 | More by dansmcd
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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a deep, dark, reddish-brown with a MASSIVE four-finger head of foam the consistency of whipped cream that lasted what seemed an eternity. The head is so thick it doesnt really leave lacing because it barely breaks apart.

S - Big, powerful aroma of toffee, lightly toasted malt, and earthy hops. Smells inviting.

T - Toffee bomb! (and I mean that in the best possible way) Besides the aforementioned toffee, esters of sweetbreads and walnuts forward. Some fruitiness present in the mid-palate with hints fig and date. Sweet but balanced, with some residual bitterness from the malt as well. Hops which carry the finish are extremely musty and earthy, which works really well with the malt bill presented. Buttery diacetyl lurks underneath but never really becomes distracting. Delicious.

M - An interesting mix between buttery slick and creamy. Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Not as chewy a body as the flavor profile would seem to suggest it might carry.

O - A truly stellar English Ale. Between the taste and the name it's definitely not hard to imagine sipping some of this in a pub at room temperature in some bygone age. Currently my favorite English beer. I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 01:01:34 | More by TempeBeerMan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A bit of a muddy and dark reddish brown body, with some faint cola like bubbles, giving a large bubbled head of about three fingers with some good retention. Head does fall slowly, with faint scattered lacing.

Nose is real fruity. Interesting mix of dark raisins, and spritzy sensations. Figgy. Citrus zest and spray everywhere. Great biscuit malt quality and fig newton angle all over. Real wonderful bitter like action going on.

Wonderful light texture of malt on the palate, with a thick rich density that isn't cloying. Fruit angle carries on the nose into the mid palate, with figs and raisins. Finishes clean surprisingly, with a mild toffee crisp waffer action.

Looking over my bottle this is way past best before date by 5 months and it's still dang impressive. Even still this beer is delivering, will be trying this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 23:18:45 | More by smakawhat
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.