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Reviews: 683
Hads: 1,051
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 95
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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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 chrisafari
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

updated rating:

*after checking the BJCP Style Guide, I decided to re-rate this beer.*

aroma: rich carmel malt and nice thick molasses. not much hops, if any in the nose. A hint of alcohol

Pours rich amber brown, slightly opaque with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Should have more of a head, mine didn't have any head and couldn't make one with a quick swirl.

Flavor: begins smooth and sweet molasses and carmel, similar to the nose. Their is slight tinge of alcohol burn, but really subtle. The finish is sharp and bites the back of the throat, rather dry and slightly hoppy. The dry finish also leaves a semi salty flavor on the pallet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: medium to low. Not a gulper, like others, but more a sipper.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Right on style for a "Strong Ale." The molasses and carmel notes, make this a nice autumn beer. Something to sip by a fire on a blustery night or with a nice warm pipe! A nice strong ale that isn't overly pungent like other "american" strong ales. Definitely worth a try.

If you are looking for an English style "Strong Ale" this has to be at the top of the list! Really well executed! (1,182 characters)

Photo of eweneek83
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a thick dark copper brown, with an overflowing light cream coloured head, about 3 inches....

Smell - smells much like a Belgian ale with a breadcrust and celery-like smell. Robust hops are here, tells me the nose. mouthwatering

Taste - a semi-bitter taste, a strong malt and hoppy taste too. Tastes much like their ESB, but remarkably smoother. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Warm, smooth, and tingly like ginger beer. very smooth for it's abv.

Drinkability - really good, this one is not overpowering and is carbonated really good. An overall good beer. (571 characters)

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

1 pt .09 oz bottle poured into a pub-style imperial pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy deep brown with red highlights, topped with a frothy yellow-cream head of tiny bubbles.

S: Lots of licorice, with raisin, dates, and other dried fruits, and a touch of dark molasses.

T: Molasses and sweet licorice hit me first. There is a brilliant malt presence that is complex and not overly sweet. Bits of raisin and bitter dark chocolate thrown in.

M: Mouthfeel is mild and pleasant, with soft carbonation. It is not thick or oily--in fact, it is a bit thin, which I liked because it lets the complex flavors stand out even more. I detected very little alcohol heat.

D: Easy to drink, smooth, and tasty. The alcohol level and sweetness make this a great after-dinner beer for when I want something flavorful without the heaviness and boozy kick of an imperial stout.

I've had real ales like this before, but this may be the one that tips me over into becoming a fan of the style. (973 characters)

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! (616 characters)

Photo of DerKaiser
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 1845 pours and looks very much like Fuller's ESB. But that's about where the similarities end. The aroma is much more thick with caramels and ripe fruits, especially apples.

The taste follows the aroma very closely: pungent ripe fruits, apple peel, and a bit of burnt caramel. The alcohol comes through with a nice warming effect, but is not overwhelming. There's a husky, yeasty aftertaste that finishes a little too bitter for my taste. But this is certainly a quality brew that is well deserving of its great reviews. Fuller's really is one of the world's better breweries. (583 characters)

Photo of Brewndruid
4/5  rDev -2.4%

I will buy this again. I think maybe I had it too cold. Finishing the last bits warm gave me more of the flavor everyone raves about.
I know this is a uality ale, if Fuller's can't do it, whocan? (196 characters)

Photo of kylesobrien
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This Fuller's offering comes in the familiar bottle used for their ESB and London Pride brews, but bottle conditioning and the yeasty sediment which accompanies it set this ale apart. Of course, I've yet to see much yeast in the bottles of 1845 I've opened, but pouring in the contents -- yeast and all -- certainly does little to harm the flavor.

1845 is a deep copper brown ale, which pours with a nice frothy ivory head. The head dissipates quite a bit a few minutes after pouring, although a ring of fine bubbles persists. The aroma of this one really does smell a bit like fruitcake, with dark brown sugar and spice overtones. There's a bit of alcohol in the scent, but it's not overpowering at all. I think I smell some earthiness from the hops, but my weak nose finds it barely detectable.

There is a bit of body, but not quite as much as I had expected. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Carbonation is light, but that's pretty typical for plenty of British beers, especially old ales. Flavor is dry but malty, with a reasonable but restrained crisp, gingery bitterness. Taste is slightly fruity, with fig, caramel and roasted malt overtones. Aftertaste is crisp and hoppy with some residual maltiness. This ale is well-balanced and delicious.

This is easily one of my favorite ales from the UK. This is definitely a pint I'd enjoy on a rainy autumn evening...preferably in front of a warm fire. (1,398 characters)

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint, 0.9 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: A clear mahogany with a thin, bubbly head, like a soda.

Smell: A sweet, plum aroma, almost like a brandy. Similar to their Vintage Ale, actually.

Taste and mouthfeel: Alcohol is right up front, harsh, almost completely overwhelming the sweetness underneath. Softens a bit as the beer warms. Mildly creamy back that becomes more noticeable in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Hard to see drinking more than one in a sitting.

Notes: There was just something a little unbalanced with this one; definitely let this warm up significantly. Maybe I'll give it another try sometime. (696 characters)

Photo of rwathree
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, poured into tulip:

A: dark caramel brown color that lets in just enough light to show off the beer's clarity. Thick off-white head, about an inch high, that goes down slowly. Nice.

S: vine fruit, alcohol, traces of caramel. Not that complex, but very appealing.

T: but damn if the taste isn't complex. The alcohol is turned down, the tart fruit flavors hit up front and then fade into toasted malts, tobacco, a touch of brown sugar, and hop bitterness. I'd maybe like the alcohol to be more prominent, but it's to be expected that it wouldn't be.

M: starts off creamy, but I'm pretty quickly struck by how watery this is. The carbonation is decent, but I find this surprisingly thin.

O: Body aside, this is pretty nice. The person who sold it to me described this as "Barleywine light," and I think that's a solid read. This is a nice nightcap beer for people with responsibilities the next morning. (919 characters)

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. (479 characters)

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

A - Dark amber color with 1/2" tan head & little lacing

S - Dark fruits, cinnamon & bread

T - Taste of cinnamon & dark fruits on the first sip, with a dry hoppy finish

M - Creamy & smooth with dry finish. Medium carbonation

D - Good drinkable beer at a reasonable price (273 characters)

Photo of dolzan
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, copper coloured with a very firm and creamy head.

Wonderfully complex taste, strong presence of hop, giving a dry and slightly bitter finish, perhaps even with a slight hint of smokiness. A highly drinkable beer, which is quite frightening for it's high ABV contents. (278 characters)

Photo of pioppo
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber. A fine and quite persistent clear beige foam.

S - Chocolate over all.. Toasted malt with coffee and expecially caramel. The aromas are very fine and intense i was very impressed!!

T - I expected a more sweet beer but in mouth it reflects the standard of bitterness of an English Ale: a good level of bitter that stay over the malty. Also come out a good level of alchool.

M - So not a very armonic beer, also unbalanced to the bitterness. But the dry finish after a full body make this beer an interesting drinking.

D - Taste it on the sofa while it's raining and you'll like it so much!! (608 characters)

Photo of WillClark
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass a magnificent red-brown with a nice cafe au lait colored head that released hints of spicy, citrusy hop and sweet malt notes. Mouthfeel is incredibly round with fantastic balance between the nice almost molasses sweetness at the beginning and the clean bitterness at the end.

An mischievously easy to drink beer considering the complexity to it. I'll never tire of this wonderful ale. (446 characters)

Photo of KaiMiller
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alluring dark red with a beautiful tan head. Tootsie rolls in the aroma; caramel, toast, some alcohol. Dry; toast, dried fruit, and mild grassy notes in the flavour. Ends with dark caramel sweetness, balanced by firm English hops. Fantastic, incredibly complex, balanced English strong ale. (290 characters)

Photo of helloloser12345
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Generic style Fullers brown bottle. White red and gold coloured label. Bottle conditioned :)

Appearance: Dark hazy caramel. Deep red hues. Foamy off white head which subsides but lasts. Fair lacing.

Smell: Sugar and caramel sweet notes, orangey, slight cinnamon hints. Yeasty.

Flavour: Initially the big malty body is almost overwhelming, it has an almost syrup like texture, very rich. Raisins, caramel, demara sugar. Warming alcohol on the finish followed by a nice hop bite which lingers. Great yeast character throughout.

Overall: Great strong English ale, well balanced and very drinkable. Yet again Fullers impress (646 characters)

Photo of latercol
4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites:)

Looks - deep amber nice fluffy off white head. Some lace.

Smell - caramel, freshly baked bread, dark fruits...Nice

Taste - This is such a delightful beer I almost feel giddy while sipping it. So balanced. Outstanding strong flavor of caramel and dark fruits. Nice malt backbone. Love it. 5 on taste. I dont do that often.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied good carbonation. Good feel, finishes clean.

Very drinkable. Overall a great tasting balanced brew. (474 characters)

Photo of Cunningham26
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Great bronze color, lacey white head that left very complex cobweb lacing on the glass
S- Fruity
T- very complex, especially when coming to temperature. dried fruits are dominant, but also a great maltiness and some tobacco
M- great carbonation, maybe even a little too carbonated for an english style that's selling point is that it's like real ale (cask) in a bottle. but not bad.
D- terrific

Another great brew from fullers, it's sort of like an imperial version of pride. if it was on tap or cask somewhere local i'd be there every night. (546 characters)

Photo of lowbrau
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dense, light amber head with large, doughy bubbles. Rich, copper body with moderate carbonation.

Smell: Bittersweet and wine-like, with many fruit overtones. The hops gave a mild floral aroma.

Taste: Sweet, but still very clean. It became mellower as it warmed. The light carbonation and the creamy head gave it a very smooth mouthfeel. (355 characters)

Photo of SBPCGuru
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full half-inch of head which did not last the tasting. Poured a medium amber based color. Nutty aromas. Taste is slow at first, but then when it goes down, the full flavor appears. It tastes like nuts and malt and a hint of raisin with many nice lovely green hops adding to that bitter bite, which I love. This beer goes down smooth. Definitely on my once-a-month list. (369 characters)

Photo of Jangles
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a handsome bottle with a vintage label into an Imperial pint glass (again, what else, really?).

A: Deep amber, almost coppery. Impressive three-finger head that that I wanted to bury my face in. It remained for days.

S: Wonderfully balanced and complex, with notes like a Puccini opera.

T: I'm an ale and stout drinker, and love selections from the British Isles, but this one crosses all geographic boundaries. If Christ returns, he will undoubtedly pour himself one of these.

M: Majestic, through and through.

D: Quite drinkable, but not sessionable. I savor these, maybe after enjoying a London Pride or an ESB.

The pleasure I derive from one of these gems is an excellent example of the holistic attitude I take when enjoying a beer. All of my senses come into play, right down to the heft of a quality bottle whilst I pour. Cheers! (855 characters)

Photo of patto1ro
4.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is packed with biscuity malt flavours, so typical of English ales. Yet these never totally overpower the hop presence, which lurks around on the palate before jumping out in the finish. The two main themes are bulked out with a multitude of dark fruit flavours.

It scores well on every criterium: complex, balanced, authentic.

Note that this beer is NOT a Strong Ale. It's a classic 19th century Pale Ale. I don't know why everyone gets so confused. The brewery clearly said that they were trying to recreate a Pale Ale from 1845. I think they did a wonderful job. (581 characters)

Photo of krantul
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I want to second the motion in an earlier review: this is probably the best bottle-conditioned beer I've had... at least in recent memory.

Appearance: An amber bottle (yay!) prevents this beer from being lightstruck. Deep brown and fairly clear, poured a remarkably persistent head two inches thick, almost like Coca-Cola foam (okay, not an entirely appealing comparison, but it's what first sprung to mind).

Smell: Not too much nose, a bit sweet-smelling, a little whiff of yeast, nothing overwhelming.

Taste: Liquid awesome. Balance is the strength of this beer. It has all of the lovely characteristics of a good Fuller's English ale, enhanced by bottle conditioning. The flavors (sweet, malty, a little butterscotch) seriously benefit from the moderate zest of yeastiness, resulting in a tasty, interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Natural carbonation lends a pretty distinct mouthfeel. A bit more fizz than a cask-conditioned beer would probably have, but still feels pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable. Personally, I consider a smooth English bitter to be the benchmark of drinkability, and Fuller's knows something about that. Although it's a "strong" ale, the balance is considerable; there's no unpleasant flavors, no excessive yeastiness, and no overcarbonation to create any of the unpleasant tanginess that can creep in bottle-confditioned beers. The higher alcohol content had no impact on this beer's drinkability. (1,455 characters)

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

Poured into my Stella chalice.

Great dark red orange color with nice initial foam head quickly receding to thin lace.

Amazing fruity molasses smell.

Taste is very rich malt and good carbonation. Caramel flavor throughout. Bittery aftertaste but quite drinkable. Higher alcohol is barely noticable.

Definitely one of my favorite Fullers. (340 characters)

Photo of Slats
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks: Dark coppery color. Nice sticky lace. Clean and clear when held up to the light.

Smell: Sweet malty smell with a fruity prune like background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet malts are right there but balanced with some bitter. Alcohol warms to reveal the prune flavor (I grabed a box of prunes to make sure I wasn't crazy). Hop bite throughout. I love the flavors but the bitterness is a bit taxing in this brew.

Drinkability: Not bad but I wouldn't be able to do more than one in a sitting.

Overall decent but I wouldn't seek it out. (545 characters)

Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.