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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

970 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle is a good idea. good color. Well hopped. Very drinkable roasted without overt coffee. Some smoke in aftertaste. An example of great bottle conditioning. Nice lace and graininess. Bit of harsh bitterness but still very balanced. Some spicy malt, barelywine notes. A must try.

Sammy, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -2.7%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper orange with a 2 inch light beige head that fades to a foamy cap. Nice tight thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of sweet malt and dried fruits like apples. Taste is of sweet malt, dried fruits, and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a slightly astringent quality in the taste of this beer. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. Good carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and my first of the style and also from Fuller. Different than what I expected.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

djrn2, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -2.7%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark copper amber with a nice two-finger off-white head. Quite a few rings of lacing as it goes down.

S: Strong whiff of caramel malts alongside some initially-unidentifiable spices, almost reminding me of Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome. Somewhat earthy. Hints of orange marmalade.

T: A nice, brisk hop presence; slightly herbal and earthy. Very nice caramel malt in the background, with a mild amount of spice. Slightly sweet. Still having trouble identifying the specific spicing--perhaps the orange marmalade I detected in the nose.. Mild hints of tobacco and a very slight green apple skin presence.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate, brisk carbonation. No detectable alcohol presence. Chewy and biscuity.

D: Although certainly not within the English definition of sessionable, this is one incredibly drinkable brew. Nice balance between earthy hops, fruity esters, and caramel malt.

Thorpe429, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

acurtis, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured dark amber with a creamy white head. A medium level of carbonation is visible and there is a good amount of head retention.
S: There are faint aromas of malt in the nose with some hints of caramel.
T: There is a slight bit of sweetness in the overall taste, which is very well balanced with the underlying malts and has lots of toasted malt flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very drinkable and can be considered as being sessionable.

metter98, May 03, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange color with a formidable tan head; dribbles lacing all around the pint glass

Smell: Caramel and vanilla with a touch of earthy fruit

Taste: Lovely burnt caramel malt flavors offset by a good bit of angostura bitterness that arrives by mid-palate; in the finish, the alcoholic content makes its presence felt, like a muscat

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a nice bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A complex, well-balanced ale with a big malt flavor that is best sipped for full enjoyment

brentk56, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt orange with a significant infusion of cranberry red; a gorgeous hue, especially when backlit. I think the head has it beat though. Up top is a fabulous looking, regal crown of pastel orange foam that could only have come from a world-class brewery. Abundant lace is the capper on a great look. I love Fuller's heavy-duty bottles and tasteful, classic labels. I usually love the way the beer looks as well.

With a little more power and definition, the nose would be right up there with the appearance. It's incredibly toasted malty as only good English ales can be (Maris Otter?) and is dark fruity and a wee bit spicy. It smells like it'll be great beer, but it doesn't quite smell like great beer... if that makes any sense at all. Here's hoping that warming brings out the complexity that I just know is in there somewhere.

Oh yeah, this is beautiful beer all right. I never know what I'm going to get with an English strong ale, but I always hope it'll be something like this. 1845 tastes like an ESB on steroids, with more of everything that I love about that style. I'm already impressed. When it gains a few degrees, if I can wait that long, it should be even more of a humdinger.

The most surprising, and arguably the best thing, about 1845 is its withering bitterness. Too many English ales are underhopped for my American hophead palate, but the same can't be said for this beauty. Well toasted, brown bready malt starts things off and is quickly overtaken by fruity, spicy, earthy hops and bitter English Breakfast tea leaves. East Kent Golding is a pretty safe guess.

Underlying all the glorious bitterness is a sweetness reminiscent of ripe figs and sticky dates. It does taste sort of fruitcake-like, although not as much as most good winter warmers. The mid-range ABV strikes me as perfect in terms of drinkability. I'd welcome the opportunity to session a few of these on a cold winter night, basking in the warmth of a roaring fire.

The body/mouthfeel is impressing me more and more as I get deeper into the bottle. At this point (entering the bottom third), I'm just about as impressed as it's possible to be. This is a perfectly carbonated, creamy, silky treat. Any deviation in any direction, with the possible exception of more full, wouldn't work nearly as well. I can't imagine what it must feel like on cask.

Fuller's 1845 is the best beer from this brewery that I've had yet (Vintage Ale is still to come) and is easily the best version of the English strong ale style that I've ever had. From top to bottom and from side to side, it simply oozes quality. I don't see it often, but when I do, I'll be sure to stock up. Highly recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's quite fine, though timid for a Strong Ale. Yea, it's very malty. Yea, its very bold and firm. Yea, it's very complex and varying. But, it just lacks strength, power, and maturity. Looks a very deep amber / copper color with a (fresh) carbonation that is over compensated for it's style. Taste, however, is boldly malty, balanced with earthy hops, and heavy on the bredy / yeastiness. Age should bring a melded maltiness, smooothness, rich, and heavy characters that are now masked with youth. Will improve with a year of cellering, but now, a bit too young.

BEERchitect, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown ale with minimum head. Aroma is very malty with some roastiness also noticeable. Taste is what I’m always looking in a bitter (even though this isn’t one per say) but can rarely find. i.e. sharp bitterness mixed with some roasted malts. The alcohol, even thought not noticeable at first, gives it a great feeling. Probably one of the best Fullers apart from the vintage series.

Phyl21ca, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

GRG1313, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.7%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice looking amber color with a pretty big strong looking white head on top. The smell was pretty mellow, some sweet earthy malts on the nose really a good smelling beer. The taste of the beer is slightly sweet upfront that fades into a really nice bitter finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth and highly drinkable. Overall this is one of my favorite from Fuller's.

Knapp85, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's sure to be a busy weekend, as my company gave me Friday off for "March Madness"! I don't even watch basketball.

Label read: Best Before 20/JUN/06

Appearance: Pours out a lovely amber hue with a creamy ivory-colored head.

Smell: Ahh. The scent is sharp and lively. Sweet caramel malts AND fruity alcohol esters??! The aroma lineup just improved significantly!

Taste: Here's my take on 1845 (the beer): Initially sweetish, with hints of caramel and butterscotch. Also, it's got some notable biscuit flavors. Plus, it's got some fruitiness (cherries, for me)! Doubleplus, there's some spicy, bitter hops in the finish. All in all, there's alot going for this beer and alot going on IN this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. The mouthfeel is both sparkling and creamy.

Drinkability: Pretty decent. All this and more in....a bottle of Fuller's 1845!!!

ChainGangGuy, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a light orange hint,awesome aromas of brown sugar and orange big and expressive for sure.Taste is rich and complex even more so as it warms more towards room temp great malt tilted beer I get big brown sugar and nutty flavors and a long fruity finish with a yeasty note.A great beer to savor,man Fullers make some truley great ales!

oberon, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BBD: 25/SEPT/08

A puffy soufflé head builds and rises above the rim. Creamy textured surface, it has a soft tan color. The body is a tawny red. Head retention is excellent. Wispy lace coats the inside of the glass. Looks really nice. Spiced apple aroma, a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Apple sweetness, toffee richness, mild touches of spice, and deeply malty. Some earthy hops lingering underneath, providing a bitter counterpoint in the finish. Alcohol has a mild presence in the flavor. Full bodied, yet it's a dream to sip. Never weighty, a balanced level of carbonation keeps it smooth and easy drinking. One of the finest English Ales i've tried.

emerge077, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a deep brown color with a thick, foamy, two-finger head. Leaves lacing.

S - Smells highly malty and of dried fruits.

T - Malty and bittersweet with a good dose of dried fruit flavor.

M - Crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. The first I've had of the style, so I have no other beer to compare it to, but it has a great flavor.

zeff80, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, conditioned therein for 100 days.

This beer pours a clear, medium ruby copper hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and creamy pale beige head, which exhibits decent retention, eventually rendering a high cloud pattern of lace around the glass in its lackadaisical wake. Dead sexy-looking brew, IMHO.

It smells of bittersweet dark orchard fruit, warm caramel and toffee malt, Tootsie Rolls, a hint of booze warming, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, an oily nuttiness, some faint raisin and otherwise bitter tannic fruitiness, dry field honey, a bit of wet ash, a mild metallic alcohol edge, and earthy, somewhat woodsy hops.

The carbonation is present, perfunctory, but quite sedate, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and yet delicately smooth, with a suggestion of creaminess. It finishes with a definite trending to the dry side - the Cadbury-esque sweetness starts to fall off, leaving a warm, boozy, and leafy hoppiness to close up shop.

A decent enough strong English ale, the tactile and visual essences really bang-on, and quite lovely overall. The flavour sort of swings about, here and there, but it's okay, a little dancing on the not always so subtle alcohol heat just adds a whisper of danger to the whole upper-crust affair.

biboergosum, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 26, 2002
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Sep 01, 2002
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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.