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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 688
Hads: 1,071
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 105
Gots: 71 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle conditioned 1pint 2.6 ounce brown bottle, back label says "best before Sept 02" had sitting since early Aug. 02
Color is a nice hazy dark brown with a deep dark orangy glow. Finger high head of creamy foam, tannish in hue, big bubbles and lumpy from a vigorous pour, has some spotty lacing.
Smell is all caramel; sweet and candied toffee aroma and loads of caramel with notes of slight dark fruit and fresh bread. Hint of alcohol late and deep.
Taste is super smooth caramel malt, subdued in its subtle sweetness, balanced in with the perfect amount of earthy hop twinged bite and bitterness, and slightly drying. The hops start to make a bigger appearance and gets more noticeable as you go.
Feel is solid medium bodied, slightly buttery and chewy, all soothingly smooth with a nice calming earthy dryness in the finish. Lending this barleywine to be incredibly delicious and drinkable, very enjoyable and head swimmingly soothing.
Made for a great night cap.... now I know I'll get some sleep.
Finishing the big bottle goes right to your head. Wow.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear reddish brown with a sea foam consistency head. Thick, clingy lace.
Malty aroma with a sugary sweet quality. A honey soaked biscuit comes to mind.
The taste is malty, smooth and dry. The sweetness in the nose is not there in the taste. The hop bitterness grows stronger towards the end of the glass.
A pretty easy drinker, but not one that I'll search for too quickly.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a brilliantly clear whiskey-brown, a creamy khaki-colored rocky head, lots of lace, small amount of granular yeast on the last pour

Aroma: caramel, malt, a big hit of Grand Marnier of all things!, alcohol, slight English hoppiness

Flavor: toasty/biscuity malt up front, subtle sweetness balanced by a mild hop flavor and a hoppy/tannic bitterness that makes itself potently known, bitterness builds with every swallow, dry finish, pretty phenolic tasting ("Band-Aid like")

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of medium bodied, slight warmth, crisp and tight carbonation

Drinkability: goes down easy, but it's not something I would drink very often.

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Photo of jlervine
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber with a thick creamy head. Yeast/clove smell is most evident to me (though, I'm not the best at sense of smell).

The taste is quite malty with a good hit of hops to round it out. Info says this is a 6.3% ale, but you wouldn't know it by drinking it. Not my favorite Fuller's brew, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pt. 2.6 fl.oz. Bottle; Best Before 05/OCT/03.
Aroma: A rich dark malt smell but the hops and a touch of spice (clove?) comes through as well.
Appearance: Brownish red, clear and not very dark. Light but persistent head that leaves a lace of tiny bubbles.
Flavor: The dark sweet malt initial taste is rapidly overrun by a horde of hops that camp for the night. The balance is definitely on the hops side. I experienced some buttery esters as well.
Mouthfeel: Touch heavy on the carbonation and not the warmth I got from other Barley Wines. The hops are so strong that I got a bit of astringency as well.
Overall impression: I know this ranks high in the overall for the site but I found this to be enjoyable, but not quite a celebration. Heavy on the hops for my taste given the style. An ESB on steroids? Drinkability also didn't really ramp me up. I'll enjoy this bottle, but won't crave another.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fine clear amber pour with a massive head of off-white to tan foam on top. The aroma is filled with grassy hops and a mass of sweet smells.

There are a whole lot of hops in this brew. It is nice and floral with a great deal of spice to add to the vast complexity of the beer. It always seems to add a little extra after each gulp. The aftertaste is extremely spicy with a touch of alcohol in there. It is a very crisp beer that is a wonderful drinker. The array of flavors, and the awakening carbonation combine for a deliteful brew.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"1 pt 2.6 fl oz" (22.6 oz), brown glass, capped, Best Before 05/OCT/03.

This ale poured a nice, clear, amber (reddish) color, with towering slightly tan foam that left lace and patches of foam down the glass. The foam settled to 0.5-1.0 cm head. The smell was malty, biscuity, with some hint of citrus (lemon and orange). The taste was first and foremost hoppy (bitter and floral), but there was malt shining through, and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp, with low carbonation feel. There was a sharp hop character (somewhat astringent), with a long lasting hop flavor (and I mean LONG lasting, though not overpowering). The drinkability was very good. This was a very nice, hoppy ale.

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Photo of yen157
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear, reddish copper beer with a cream colored head that remained on the glass as a thick lace. Simply gorgeous. Rich malt and honey aroma with a tiny bit of yeast and graininess in there, too. Oh, and did I mention honey in the nose? Bold yet supple toasted malt up front with a hops that come off as woody from the toastiness and a very light fruitiness throughout. Nearly perfect, creamy mouth feel.

Overall, this was an excellent beer. The bitterness may have been a bit too harsh for the malt. I would really like to taste this aged and/or cask.

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

A 6.3% ABV English Ale produced by Fuller, Smith & Turner in London’s Oldest Brewery – what better way to forget the rain lashing against my Apartment window on a cold damp windy day in Long Beach.

Appearance – A clear deep copper color with some dark red-orange hints. Head is vanilla colored, that is smooth at first but finishes a thin collar covering. Some lacing is present on the edges of the glass, but not much.

Smell – I could smell this beer as soon as I opened the bottle. Rich, wholesome and very fruity with an alcohol soaked ESB type punch. Malt and alcohol mix smoothly & easily, as well as adding to q very Barleywine type nose.

Taste – The first mouthfeel says it all. Supreme Strong English Ale. Smooth, yet strong. Powerful, but never domineering. Complex but Balanced. Malt dominates the start and like others, I get a yeasty character in the middle and end that reminds of fresh bread.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, silky and fulfilling. A beer that has a signature memory in the mouth, you know you have just drunk a great beer, and there is something left behind to remind you of this fact for some time.

Drinkability – This will never be a session beer, but I find it very drinkable in a relaxed manner. I could easily drink several bottles of this beer throughout the day whilst sat at my PC writing or surfing the net. Great Company.

I am astonished that this is only 6.3%; it tastes and drinks as though it is much stronger.

A superb robust English Ale that lets me forget the cloudy cold & rainy miserable day outside.


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Photo of AudioGilz
4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a wonderful beer to enjoy. This is a definite favorite barleywine of mine. It's a dark amber color, and an enormous fluffy head that looks like steamed milk forms and stays. An awesome aroma, spicy, hoppy, and sweet. As goes the flavors, also awesome...spicy hops, sweet maltiness, perfect balance. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. This is a brew I shall go back to many times. Make sure you try this one.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.27/5  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.

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Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice copper amber with a decent head. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm....... liquid bread for sure. Tastes a bit bread like actually. Maybe it's the live yeast. This is a very good beer. Smooth and subtile. All the flavors work together to create a nice little package. Just enough hop to make it real good. Gotta love what a bottle can do to a brew.

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Photo of bditty187
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkish brown hue, coppery-bronze highlights, semi-translucent, a finger of creamy tan head, decent retention but sheets of lace. Lovely nose, caramel with hints of butterscotch & toffee, a suggestion of fig with fruitiness throughout. As for the palate; caramel malts upfront with chocolate malts that complement, a royal combination. Sort of an earthy consistency as well… then, just too add complexity, delicate hops bitterness balances a faint sweetness. The mouthfeel has tremendous texture (which only adds to the enjoyment), slightly bitter finish with an organic yet caramely aftertaste. For the style the body is lightish (not thin). This only adds to the drinkability. This is an excellent brew and I highly recommend it.

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Photo of zerk
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber with a pillowy white head that leaves behind rings of lace. Herbal aroma that has notes of caramel, butterscotch and bread dough. Flavor begins malty... caramel and bread dough, then becomes a little spicy and bitter, finishing with notes of oak and butter. Moutfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. A good beer, but doesn't quite live up to the hype.

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Photo of Viking
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery body with no apparent CO2. However, it pours to the big, fat head so wonderfully typical of an English bottle-conditioned ale. Very malty aroma with some spicy and herbal hops. Malty flavor - bittersweet caramel - with a fairly strong presence of herbal/earthy hops, along with a bit of spicy hop flavor. Rich creamy body with an oily finish. Certainly a good beer, but I've other choices for a top barleywine.

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Photo of Realale
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of 10/16/00.

Pours a deep murky mahogany. Big, big rocky head settles to an uneven, and still rocky cap of relatively large bubbles.

Nose is very sweet - loads of crystal malt, with a bready, confectionary raspberry note that reminds me of Panda raspberry licorice. A bit much for me.

Huge rich malt attack on the palate. Wow. Slight chocolate elements, with a load of crystal or carmelization notes. Just goes on and on, with some hop bitterness and mineral notes carrying the long, lingering finish. The carbonation is beautiful bottle-conditioning, but perhaps its losing it a bit at this age - younger examples definitely have a higher carbonation level which further helps to balance the beer.

Quite a ride, but my least favorite of the regulars in the outstanding Fuller's line-up - which still means I'd rather drink it than 80% of the beers out there.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle conditioned real ale from Fullers. A staight-forward strong bitter? The color is a brilliant dark copper with nice tan head that lasts the whole glass. Fruity aroma, earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. The taste is of caramel malt with nice bitterness to offset. The hop flavors are earthy with a little spice, the body is medium,maybe not full enough for the alcohol, which appears as the beer warms. A decent drink.

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Photo of budgood1
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i recently found four bottles of this, two of which still had their back labels with the "best by" dates, which were now a year and a half past. i decided to keep the two with labels for trade bait, and tonite i'm drinking the other two....

1845 pours out a dark, thick, extremely cloudy and hazy unfiltered chestnut color. a thick and luxurious head forms and does not dissipate. there is lots of heavy, festive lace to adorn the glass. a very musty aroma of sour apples...quite barley wine like. tastes are hard to describe...malt, english hops....tart fruits...such as cherry, and apples....ginger and fig notes too...hints of caramel and chocolate...all under a cloak of leathery, perceptible mustiness. a very dry finish...with odd hints of mint and wintergreen. hops play hide and seek with my tastebuds. this strong ale is very complex and maybe even beyond my full appreciation. another Fuller's with a strong and sturdy body to create a full but smooth mouthfeel. all alcohol is masked and sufficiently blended into the flavor profile. this is a special brew...tonite i consider myself more lucky than worthy.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an all around solid beer and is quite enjoyable to drink more than just one. Its a beautiful chestnut color with a creamy tannish head.Aromas of bready malt and citrusy hops. I love the mouthfeel of this one, its very smooth from moderate carbonation and a thickness from the malt. The flavor is also outstanding with breadiness, nutiness, sweet caramel and fruity goodness all melding together in perfect harmony. So far my favorite from Fuller's.

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Photo of sinistersteve
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Considering I'm not a huge fan of English Imported beer I found this one to be an excellent surprise. But then again, Fuller's seems to posess a quality that is quite different from other English brewers I've tated. Fuller's 1845 doesn't seem to have much head when poured into my glass. It has an almost roasty carmel color to it. The aroma is that of English ales, but the tast tends to be unique compared to that of other English ales. I great one in my opinion.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC is one of my favorite brewers on the planet. This is and has been one of my old staple beers for a long time. The color is very good and the nose is definitely malted hops. The hops in this one are very strong and should pleasing to any serious hop head. If you don't like bitters or hops then avoid this one. It is a bitter beer and can be rough on the palate depending on what you have before it. I recommend avoiding sweet stuff before this one. (I had a Mackeson's XXX prior and the sudden change shocked the palate)

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Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, almost ruby in color. Medium sized tan head, slowly diminishing to a strong lacing. Very light, tiny-bubbled carbonation. Aroma is strongly sweet and doughy - almost like a cookie dough. Lighter aroma from fruits (raisin, grape, apple), and caramel. Flavor is malty sweet, some of the same cookie dough from the aroma, and light caramel tones in the back. Thick and chewy on the tongue.

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Photo of Dantes
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 1 pint, 2.6 oz. (550ml) brown bottle, with nice bas-relief. “Best before 15/Mar/03.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s website lists it as 6.3%.

Cost: $1.99-$2.49 per bottle.

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º. Tiny amount of lees at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Toffee-copper-auburn color. Pours clear. Head forms nicely, but does not linger very long, leaving a thin, lacey film on surface. I would give it a 5, but for the slightly disappointing head. Superfine bubble-threads stream up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nose is spectacular. Almost as satisfying as some other beers taste. A balanced panoply of yeast, dark fruits (prune, figs, currants), candied peel, complex esters, malt, fresh bread, and a hop edge.

Taste: Even better than the aroma. Very well-rounded. This is a Christmas pudding of a beer with spices, nutmeg, banana, caramel, nuts, butterscotch, and toffee vying with the hops and citrusy esters to achieve a wonderful standoff. Warmly satisfying. Dry finish complements the fullness of the flavors. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is extremely fine, lasting throughout the glass. Alcohol is not oppressive, but makes its presence known. Warming. Silky, smooth, and creamy; while crisp at the same time.

Drinkability: All too drinkable. I don’t find 6.3% ABV objectionable. I always have a few bottles of this around, as I find it perfect in almost every circumstance.

I can’t really see how anyone, regardless of style preferences, would not enjoy this. It slots in nicely between the bolder ESB and the super-rich Vintage. This reeks of craftsmanship, like the interior of a Bentley Continental. It is like an old friend, whom I’m always happy to see, regardless of my mood. This transports me to a classic bar at the Lanesborough Hotel in London; sumptuous leather chairs, cigars, and fine whisky; where I can see drinking this in place of the whisky without regret or embarrassment. Jeeves, please bring me another!

Backwash: The Cary Grant of beer; charming, urbane, assertive, entertaining, and perfectly turned out.

NB: Bottles do vary with respect to age, storage, and handling.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish-amber in color with a tan head that settles out quickly. The aroma is sweet, somewhat fruity, toffee-like and biscuity. The flavors are complex, with a sweetness, and toastiness that is perfectly balanced by the hop bitterness. In the finish, which is dry, I detected just a slight hint of chocolate. The beer is medium-full bodied, with a smooth, oily-creaminess. Overall, another excellent brew by Fuller’s.

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Photo of MJR
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: On top of a clear, ruby/garnet body, sits a foamy, tan head that looks like soap subs. Big 'ole bubbles! Good head retention and lacing. Strong carbonation keeps a steady stream of tiny bubbles racing to the top. The bottle claims to be bottle-conditioned, but I see no yeast at the bottom...

Smell: Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, bread, a touch of toffee/caramel, hops, and very faint plum. Good aroma...

Taste: A wildly complex mixture of slighty burnt fruit, toffee, bread/toasted flavor, hops, and alcohol. Starts with an alcohol bite, and slowly fades into that wonderful mix of flavors, all of which fight for dominance. Ends with a burnt note that is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slighty oily mouthfeel that finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Fairly good. The higher alcohol level and burnt flavor at the end would make it difficult for me to drink more than a few of these in a row. Now...where's my bottle of Fuller's ESB?

Simply put, I expected a lot from this brew, and was a bit disappointed. A very good beer, but it has some flaws.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.