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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

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905 Ratings

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Ratings: 905
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000)
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Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

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

Hazy amber brown appearance with lots of bubbly head that slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of maple, chocolate, caramel, malt and dark fruit; good combination.

Taste is very malty, along with most of the features above. Picked up chocolate, maple, various dark fruit and yeast. Also has a lingering booze taste with a hint of hops and nuts. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter and malty.

Overall this beer is strong, but creamy and smooth as well. Has some excellent features and well balanced. The strength and booziness makes this seem similar to a port. Look forward to drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:31:08 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of mikeyv35

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 01/17/12
Type: 16.9oz. Bottle
Vintage: Best By 11/2/12
Glass: Ommegang Chalice

A classic I have not had for a long time and have never reviewed.

Pours a mahoghany brown in color w/ a 1/2 finger tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Aromas of biscuit, light fruits, and slight mustiness. Nose was the most disappointing aspect of this brew for me, kind of bland. The taste started off w/ biscuit, caramel, and toffee, which lead into mild dark fruits, and finished w/ just a touch of hop bitterness. Medium bodied and lush w/ adequate carbonation. Very sessionable and easy to drink.

Overall, a classic that I finally took the time to review, and one that I would visit again anytime. I don't think it is the best English Strong Ale in the world(despite being rated so), but definately top 5.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 04:03:48 | More by mikeyv35
Photo of Pintofbrown


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

I had this Fuller's offering in a shaker pint.

Appearance- The head is thin and very fizzy, a slight khaki color. The beer is a dark auburn and ruby. It is not fully transparent, a little hazy in nature.

Smell- It is equal doses of honey, a cherry-like note, and a slight floral hop.

Taste- This strong ale is very malty. It is a biscuit-like malt that builds all the way through the drink. The honey hits mid-drink and sweetens the ale even more. There is very little hop bitterness anywhere in the drink.

The hops are a little earthy and estery. It is more raisin like than cherry, but that is probably due to the honey like sweetness that is present.

Even some roasted malt starts to show after the palate adjusts. This ale has great flavor and is very complex.

Mouth feel- This has a solid medium body. The carbonation is done well, creamy and easy to drink. There is a slightly caustic aspect to it.

Overall- This strong ale is anything but. This has wonderful flavors and is easy to drink. Do yourself a favor and have this ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 16:40:20 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cream-eggshell head. Head retention is a little less than average, but it coats the glass beautifully. Color is a dark copper to mahogany.

S: milk chocolate, caramel, buttery pancakes.

T: Smooth maltiness up front, with hits of chocolate and plum. yeasty, and a little dry and hoppy off the back. mmm

M: Crisp carbonation, but full bodied. Very smooth. Chewy. I can roll it around in my mouth before the carbation turns evervescent and sizzles on my tongue.

O: I love this beer. The balance of flavors is great, leaning a little bit towards the sweeter side.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 21:46:56 | More by jkanavel
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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber brown color with a moderate cast of haze from the bottle conditioning. Creamy beige-tan colored head has decent retention.

Aroma-Figgy dried fruit with background plums and raisins. Yeasty sourdough bread with brown, toasty bread crusts and burnt caramel. A hint of woody oak, though I'm not sure if it's aged in wood. Slight, green hop character. A slightly stale, oxidized nutty character gives a pleasant, sherry-like complexity.

Flavor-Nutty, toasty malt flavor with slight stale oxidation flavors. Toast and nutty malt character obscures most of the caramel and fruit character, but there are still traces of christmas fruitcake, with the suggestion of figs. Some orangey, earthy yeast character, and moderately low hop bitterness show in the finish, with woody green hop notes emerging to complement the malt which lingers long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Smooth, medium body with moderately light, soft carbonation. Pleasant and mellow.

Fantastic-complex and awesome English Ale from Fuller's, though I would expect no less. Incredible malt and yeast profile, simply splendid.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 05:24:05 | More by plfahey
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1" tan coloured head over deep amber liquid.

S: Oak, maple, yeast and rich malt.

T: Deep rich toffee malt with oak and the slight presence of bitter pine and citrus hops.

M: Medium to thin viscosity with medium carbonation. Very smooth.

O: A lot of flavour in this smooth English Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 04:10:51 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of tobelerone


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tremendous looking beer, with a crystal clear dark gold color with reddish highlights, a big fluffy off-white head that has excellent retention and lots of sudsy lace coating the glass from top to bottom.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with a pleasant booziness coming after some dried candied fruits; lightly metallic on the back end.

The taste is more bitter and hopped and in a traditional British way than the nose lets on. Fruitiness is very subtle and there's minimal sweetness despite the aroma. Nice interplay between bitterness, chewy maltiness, and underlying booziness. Dry, wine-like finish with lingering alcohol heat and bitterness.

Prickly carbonation with a medium-full body, a touch of stickiness, very rounded and smooth. Really excels in this department. An extremely well-made beer that has an understated alchol punch; deceptively strong.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 15:28:51 | More by tobelerone
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruddy brown colour with a large and tightly formed beige head. Head is retentive, and leaves ringlets of lace on the walls of the glass. Slight haze. Big toasted bread aroma with top notes of dried fruit, nuts, and the slightest suggestion of chocolate. Big malty flavour, sweet with a balancing bitter finish. Leads with well-toasted bread before transitioning into toasted nuts and citrus. A big raisin note lasts well into it's long finish, complimented by cocoa powder. Lingering bitterness. Lovely.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and rich. A substantial (but not heavy!) beer with great depth, complexity, and integration.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 06:36:19 | More by mintjellie
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like the fullers ESB and London pride alot but this one is almost too big for me.

A- dark red with tan head about one finger

S- Big malts and dark fruit coming to me

T- Again very Maltly. some hops but dark fruit like current and plum are very strong. dark roasty malts also

M- thick and smooth but heavy in the mouth. just ok

O- Just ok but not something i will buy again. sorry fuller's this one is a miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 20:07:48 | More by dankster
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Nonic, served at Cellar Temp.

Rich, gorgeous Mahogany imbued amber supports a billowy khaki head that leaves lovely swaths of lacing.

Aroma of toasted caramel, plums, hazelnuts and a whiff of cocoa.

mouthfeel: superbly structured.

Taste plum jam on toast with a dusting of cocoa powder with just a kiss of hops for balance and depth.

Notes: this may not be as complex or as winey as Yorkshire Stingo but it is so toe curlingly yummy. This is a wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 19:26:05 | More by fx20736
Photo of rwathree


4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 06:09:08 | More by rwathree
Photo of leokbelo


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly/hazy dark grape colored on a pint glass. 1 inch foamy head, dissipates to a nice lacing till the end.
Sweet on the nose, caramel, raising and bread.
Sweet flavor, malty, yeasty, refreshing, with some hops in the back. Very smooth, extremely drinkable.
What a great beer, a meal in a bottle for sure!
The 6.5% abv creeps up at the end, a very drinkable ale.
A Celebration alright!
Cheers and here's to another 150 years of great Fuller's Ales!!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 19:22:58 | More by leokbelo
Photo of Jimmys


4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle into tulip. best before Feb 01 2013.

A: a pretty clear caramel hued body. a real slight haze on an otherwise pretty clear brew. a slightly reddish off-white head is very busty. great retention and lacing. good looking brew indeed.

S: a little bit of heat, but rather slight. a toffee aroma as well. an almost sour fruitiness. green apples? pear for sure. im not getting any hop bitterness on this malty/fruity aroma.

T: a very interesting flavor, nothing like i can identify with another brew. a tawny sort of rye spicyness. drinks more like a port. definitely a nuttiness with a roasted component that gives it the slightest touch of smoke. sweetness lingers into the finish.

M: a lower carbonation on a full body.

D: a very interesting brew. the sort of aged, port-like qualities are very evident, which makes this a great evening sipper. good brew to have on a cold night where the wind is blowing, which is exactly what is happening right now.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:09:24 | More by Jimmys
Photo of airforbes1

New York

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After thoroughly enjoying London Pride, I was eager to try Fuller's 1845. And now is the moment of truth!

I could smell this beer even before I completely had the cap off. Impressive! The aroma is perfume-y with overtones of tart fruit. Green apples, perhaps? The head poured three fingers thick before it subsided. The color is comparable to dark mahogany. This seems promising.

Wow, there's a lot going on with the taste. If I had to venture a guess, I'd say I taste grape, apple, and butterscotch, with some slight woody bitterness on the finish. It toes the line of being too sweet, but doesn't cross it. The flavors are well synchronized. The mouthfeel is great...each sip seems to leave a coating on my tongue.

As much as I liked London Pride, this blows it away. Fuller's packs a lot of flavor into this 6.3% ale. This is one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:17:33 | More by airforbes1
Photo of zander4dawin


3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rock solid creamy, toasty, somewhat sweet beer. It is amber in color and leaves behind a creamy, soapy head. A truly very crafted beer that can stand the test of time and a must try for all beer lovers. Definitely malt forward but some bitterness present to balance the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 15:07:25 | More by zander4dawin
Photo of Nerudamann


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – strong dark amber color with about two or two-and-a-half fingers’ worth of frothy khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – sweet and malty, with hints of caramel and maybe some brown sugar.

Taste – it tastes like it smell, but with a lot more bitter bite than I would have ever expected. I can’t really taste the hops, but their bitter qualities are definitely there. The hints of caramel and sugar that were in the aroma aren’t in the taste.

Mouthfeel – definitely more on the creamier side.

Overall – very interesting brew! Good-tasting and fun to think about.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:26:03 | More by Nerudamann
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3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, deep amber to dark reddish-brown with light tan head that is rather thin but hold very well and leaves some lacing.
The nose is malty-sweet with prominent honeyish character and caramel, plummy, raisiny esters while aging has introduced some sherry/port note to the aroma with mineral- earthy hop undertones.
Surprisingly dry on the palate, the beer is well hopped and not nearly as malty as suggested by the aroma. There is some raisin-like fruitiness but that's quickly overwhelmed by minerally hops with somewhat harsh bitterness that increases towards the finish with lingering woodsy aftertaste.
Medium bodied and somewhat airy seems lighter on the tongue than actually is.

In short: an Old Ale with aroma that significantly differs from the flavor which is too dry and overly hopped.

(Best before 04-05-2013, 500 ml into tulip.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:19:31 | More by crnipeter
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4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - luminescent dark copper with a perfect foamy tan head.

Smell - Dark fruits, yeast, earthy hops, wood.

Taste - Flavours of toasted grain, buttered toast, dried figs, and oak with a moderately bitter, mineral and butterscotch finish. Extremely smooth and well-integrated.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 20:17:43 | More by
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3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep murky copper with loads of creamy head. thick lacing on parts of the glass.

light caramel and sweet alcohol, a bit weak on the nose

lots of caramel with a bittering citrus hop. light sweetness with sweet malt. lots of citrus aftertaste lingering.

very full bodied, moderate carbonation.

good, not my favorite from fuller but pretty a solid ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:03:08 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium translucent copper/amber colour with one finger of cream coloured head that quickly receded.

S - Toffee, dark fruit, caramel, raisins.

T - Toffee, Dark Caramel, raisins, a good hop bitterness and some floral notes. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:45:51 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of heygeebee


3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good deep mahogany brown with a lovely head. Large bubbels in head, creamy coloured.

Aromas of toffee, caramel, toast.

Taste is a let-down hoppy and dry, not o my preferance of style.

Mouthfeel solid enough.

Overall just too hoppy and dry pour moi for an English Strong Ale. Bring on the malts!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 10:46:11 | More by heygeebee
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up from my local liquor store... kinda like picking up a good book from a library (in the dusty weird section no ones been in years)

Appearance - A black beauty. A wonderful dark brown to almost black quality that makes it like the moody action hero this is only the good guy because the bad guys are worse.

Smell - A great hoppy, earthy smell. Not to say it smells like worm dirt but like wood after a heavy rain and it starts to dry out.

Taste - When trying this beer, take a sip and hold it in your mouth. A sweet carmel comes out and then mellows out to a nice mild bitterness with little aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Liquid bread in its purest sense. Filling and smooth.

Overall - This is a top choice beer. The flavors are different and complex with sweet and bitter. I wouldn't have this with dinner, but maybe as a meal replacement! I will definitely buy this one again after long days at work.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 01:32:32 | More by TownDunkel
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before June 13, 2013.

Pours mahogany, with a somewhat soapy offwhite head. Sticky lacing and good retention. Malt forward in the nose, some light caramels blend with some just as subtle fruity notes. A hint of spice and maybe some earth and breads. Taste has just the same, great maltiness with lots of caramelized fruits from the darker end of the spectrum, a touch of alcohol and some spice. Darker breadiness as well, with a note of grain in the finish. Body is medium with some definite thickness to it, and is fairly smooth in texture; low carbonation aids this mouthfeel substantially. Definitely drinkable and certainly a nice English strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 03:14:36 | More by liamt07
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Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep ruby red, tall tan head dissipated to a one finger retention, leaving loads of lacing all around
S - rich molasses and burnt sugars, leafy, with a mix of musty and strong sweetness lingering
T - rich raisin fruitiness and dark sweet molasses malt dominate, mild leafy hops slowly permeate, with a yeasty and syrupy taste lingering on the finish
M - full body, creamy smoothness that gives way to an acidic fruitiness and mild bitter
O - at first the sweetness seemed a little excessive, but with a few sips the mix of hops bite and rich fruity yeast flavours filled this brew out, a complex brew that slowly warms from the belly out

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 03:27:57 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into an english pint.

Pours a dark copper/ruby with a 2 finger off-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smells of caramel and dried fruit, possibly some wood.

Taste is much like the smell. Slightly stronger woodsy notes with a caramel and toffee. A slightly drying finish along with a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full but does not impede drinkability

Overall a wonderful beer and an excellent example of the style. The perfect choice for a cool fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:18:38 | More by rangerred
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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