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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 686
Hads: 1,067
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 107
Gots: 70 | 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 T100Mark
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 ml bottle poured into a Nonic/Imperial pint glass (an absolute thing of beauty).

Appearance - A rusty color. Hazy. Big head that never completely disappears. Good but not great stickage.

Smell - Initially, I detected a bready note but this is quickly followed up by a floral aroma.

Taste - Like the nose, the initial flavor is toasted malt followed, quickly, by the presence of mildly bitter hops. This balance between the two is perfect!

Mouth - The above mentioned flavors, along with a fine yet noticeable carbonation, make for an ale with a top-notch mouthfeel.

Overall - Despite the growth of cask conditioned ales available here in the colonies, very few (I can count them on one hand) duplicate the smell, body, and flavor of the great real ales of England. This beer allows those of you who have not made the trip to England to better understand what the rest of us are talking about. 1845 is not an exact duplicate of those hand-pumped ales (it doesn't possess the silky smooth carbonation of a real ale) but the flavors are all there. What a treat!!!

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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.

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Photo of delta490
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark, clear amber with a big foamy white head with good retention. No carbonation.

S-Deep malt, sweet caramel and dark fruit

T-the smell echoes strongly in the taste. There's a pleasing, indescribable aspect to it.

M- rich and full on the palette

O- an excellent strong ale. Everything you want for this style.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013, so literally just out of date. Picked up from a supermarket ages ago and stored in my garage. I'm hoping its strength will have allowed it to mellow out nicely. Originally brewed to celebrate the founding of Fullers - hence the name.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich reddish-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, yeast esters and faint stewed hops. A twinge of cardboard in the background, along with a warming whiff of booze.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a lingering dry finish. Notes of raisins, apples, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, faint grain and stewed hops. A background hint of harsh cardboard. Warm, solventy alcohol and a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with lightly tingly carbonation and a velvety body that glides over the palate. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of fruity malt, stewed leaves and cardboard.

Very nice - a sterling effort from Fullers and a modern classic. It looks lovely, with a creamy head that lingers. The aroma and flavour are well balanced, with fruity malt dominating the proceedings and a satisfying touch of alcohol. Great body - smooth and mildly viscous. Not one to down in a hurry, but a pleasant sipper that suits the autumn weather. Definitely worth your time if you come across it.

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Photo of watchnerd
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let it warm up a bit to get the most from this beer. Isn't at its best straight from the fridge at fridge temperature.

Without this warm up period, tastes a lot like a standard (but good) British ESB, such as London Pride (which is obviously a close relative).

Only with a bit of warmth and air does the special magic of the bottle conditioning reveal itself fully: earthy musty notes of damp East End umami paired with a strong English bitters note.

Pairs exceptionally well with lentil soup and crusty whole grain bread.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fuller’s 1845 has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a murky, red-brown appearance, with noticeable tan, tiny and not-so-tiny, yeast chunks suspended from top to bottom. There isn’t too much lacing, though. The aroma is strong- cellar mold, cream, coffee, nougat, old fruit, funky yeast, sweetness, and malt. Taste is of sweet, heavy bread crust, chocolate, nougat, cream, milk, yeast, straight-forward hops, bitterness, medium-roast coffee, and sugar. The mouthfeel is high medium and slick, and Fuller’s 1845 finishes sweet and rich. Overall, this is delicious, and I score it high.


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Photo of Premo88
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3/5  rDev -26.8%
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

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Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of soju6
4.2/5  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.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.14/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of tonton
3.84/5  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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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.

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Photo of tylerzander
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
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

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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

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

Milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, toffee.

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

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Photo of Zimbo
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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