1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Not Rated.
Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

958 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 958
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 69
Gots: 30 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fuller's 1845 Alström Bros
Ratings: 958 | Reviews: 672 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of adowney523
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 0.9 oz. brown bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is deep amber with an abundant off-white head from an aggressive pour. Little carbonation.

Smell hints at toffee with soft earthy hops in the background.

Tastes of sweet dried dark fruit- dates and figs. Toffee and soft caramel notes balance well with earthy bitterness in the finish.

Drinks like a cask beer- let this one warm to cellar temperature.

adowney523, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers from England. A thick off white head thanks to a strong pour. A good amount of lacing is left behind once the foam drops a top the clear reddish brown brew.

The nose is dominated by malt and fruits and I like it. Notes of caramel, toffee, spices, nuts and hops.

Tastes of toasted bread, a bit of sweet malt, spices, wood, fruits and a hoppy zing. I can only imagine what a joy it would be to have this ale on cask.

irishkyle21, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of jdmorgan
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This superb beer poured a deep and rich brown with a touch of amber red and had a small head. The volume was a full English pint and was served in a pint glass.

The smell had a soft aroma of hops and malt with a touch of fruit. The taste was incredibly balanced and consistent, with a creamy malt flavor upfront and throughout that seems very infused with the hop flavor and bitterness. The body is full, like a good ale should be. Balance is the word of the day with this ale, and the flavors seemed to have been merged very well. Bottle conditioning no doubt helped this. There is a subtle fruit flavor present and the higher ABV produces a slightly dry taste as well. None of the aforementioned flavors tend to stick out or override the others, but instead seem very blended and mellow. The carbonation is medium/low with a medium/thick consistency. The aftertaste has a subtle biscuit malt flavor, but is hardly noticeable. Outstanding taste, all around.

The Fuller's name continues to impress me with this ale, and I found the drinkability to be very much to my liking. Highly recommended to all, especially lovers of English ales.

jdmorgan, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet with a decent head that sticks around awhile and leaves some respectable lacing. A beautiful looking beer, especially in the light. The smell is a nice balance between malt and gentle, earthy hops. The taste is also somewhat gentle, as well as being bready with a nice subtle hop bitterness at the end. Nicely integrated and much more subtle than an American strong, but beautifully executed for what it is. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, nice integrated flavors, and a reasonable abv make this quite drinkable.

Georgiabeer, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500ml bottle at BevMo for $3.99 in late August. Best before Feb 05, 2009.

Beer poured a copper color with a nice two finger white head that sustains well. Nose is a wonderful blend of malts, fruits, and hops. First taste was slight alcohol warming. A malty treat with hints of apple balanced nicely by a dry woody hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth on the palate. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very nice beer from a very impressive brewery!

arizcards, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of shamus
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a lovely rich dark amber body. The head was foamy and tan and had some staying power A very smooth ale with lots of malty goodness and strong hop after-taste. I liked this more than i expected to having had some so so brews from Fuller's before. I would definitely recommend this one.

shamus, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This poured very beautifuly a deep red with a huge tan head and tons of lacing. This stuff smells like other English Strong Ales I've had, smell is like that of a cellar, a little musty, some sourness in there too, not unpleasant, but unique. The flavor of this brew is a bit tart, with an assertive hop profile. finish is exceptionally smooth, drinkability is unparalleled. This is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had.

A wonderful brew that certainly deserves it's rating. Strongly recommended.

funkengruven, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of DrainBamage
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear red color with moderate carbonation and a nice half inch head. Smell is mild, but is sweet and estery. Taste is sweet, slightly fruity and a little estery too; somewhat complex. It goes down very smoothly being very malty, but has a extremely bitter aftertaste. This is wonderfully beer, but some might miss the complex taste being distracted by the high amount of hops in this one.

DrainBamage, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of crwills
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased two bottles of this at the LCBO; this was the first.

This beer pours a very attractive dark brown with orange and red highlights and a two-finger bubbly white head. Great fall colours, matching up with the leaves outside. Restrained aroma includes lots of bready malts, a bit of spiciness, and some mild fruit flavours (currents). Flavour is full of those same malts, with the moderate carbonation adding some additional perceived spiciness and a slight rye-like twang. Aftertaste is sweet but nowhere near cloying, and the finish is short. Full mouthfeel without being unecessarily oily.

Extremely drinkable beer that would be great on cask.

crwills, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: chocolatey & malty sweet. Pine, herbal, grassy, lemon hop aromas.

Looks: Copper/red. Good sized head. Off-white coloured head. Good head retention. Good lace.

Taste: Lemon like hops. Does not taste as sweet as it smells, the hops balance this Beer out nicely. Cherries & chocolate. Dried apricots. Orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Lots of little bubbles. Fine carbonation.

Overall, I love it! It's a very complex and well balanced Beer. Fuller's never fails.

BrewSomerville, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice strong, British bitter. It pours a deep mahogany with plenty of head, lacing, and retention. The smell is muted, but what you do get is fruity esters, candy like aroma, toasted malts, and a barley wine style syrupy sweetness. The smell is more subtle than pronounced, and I believe it creeps out more as the beer settles and warms. The taste is quite dry and bitter, with hints of chocolate, bready malts, tart dates/raisins, and lots of background hops. The tartness and bitterness is not your typical burnt caramel variety, and for that, I am very pleased. This is more your medium bodied, slightly carbonated, dry, creamy, dark chocolate variety of bitterness and it is very pleasant. The aftertaste is quite noticeable and the alcohol is masked very well. The beer does not have even that warming alcohol note to it because it doesn't have to. I was surprised at the 6.3 ABV, thinking it was quite a bit lower. This is a very good British strong ale if you are in the mood for such and have an appreciation for the style. L'Chaim.

albern, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of tronester
4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a big tan head. Somewhat cloudy due to being unfiltered. Smells earthy. You first taste a bit of sweet malt, then a tiny bit of diacytal. Then, a toasty flavor, with a nice bitterness to match. Carbonation is a little high for the style, but if you let it sit out for awhile it gets to authentic British levels. It's a shame that Fullers doesn't bottle condition all their beers like this, as the yeast adds a great flavor. Simply fantastic. One of my favorite beers of all time.

tronester, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before 09/07/09.

pours a beautiful clear deep orange colour, nearly red. a big tan head rises up and slowly falls to a 1/4" ring around the glass. spotty lace.

aroma is great. tons of bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. nice light fruity character. hints of raisin and dark fruit. bit of citrus.

taste is great. lots of biscuit. lightly toasted multigrain bread. bit of alcohol. medium bitterness level. hints of dark chocolate and raisin. grapefruit hops. light earthy hops too.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body. touch of astringency and drying finish from the hops.

drinkability is good. well balanced, interesting, and very enjoyable. i will definitely have to grab a few more bottles of this one before it's gone.

grub, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby-amber, light tan head, great retention, wonderful lace.

S: Dark fruity malt, pleasant fruity esters from the yeast, toffee, brown sugar, light spicing.

T: Dark fruit, bready malt, orange, fig, burnt toffee, brown sugar, light spicing, good (slightly assertive) bitterness, alcohol well hidden.

M: Well-attenuated, though the body is on the heavier side of moderate. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for its weight.

Derek, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of TerryW
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking chesnut hued beer. Starts with a large head that settles to a heavy film.

Nose is fruity and malty, quite appetizing.

Flavor dominated by malts, sweet carmel, some toast or burned notes alongside fruitiness. Balanced off by grassy, haylike hops. Finishes with a nice lingering and gentle bitterness.

Nicely balanced, an enjoyable beer.

TerryW, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely, classy 16.9 oz/500ml bottle poured to a nonic pint glass. Best Before: 29/AUG/08 - purchased at Cost Plus World Market.

A: Nearly clear amber-brown crowned with a pillowy light-tan head, about 2-fingers worth. Great attentuation, holding for several minutes before receding to a denser cream. Loads of lace, sticking in clumpy bits.

S: Sweeter maltiness, has lightly spicy notes around toasted nuts and a crusty bread graininess. Mildly fruity and a little tart.

T: Big bready malt, lightly toasted and quite dry. Yeasty, a little dirty/peaty tasting, too. Lemony and herbally sharp hoppiness backs up that malt and balances superbly.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Great balance, clean, dry finish.

D: My first taste of this fine ale, definitely not the last.

msubulldog25, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expiry date 09/07/09. Poured clear, gold-brown but lots of ruby red. A flat tan head covers the whole glass, with lots of sizzling centres just oozing with small bubbles, almost in a spoke-like distribution ... very encouraging! The last time I saw this sort of generous carbonation was when reviewing a Westvleteren.

Smells of yeast, hops, fresh fruit bowl. It sure tastes like a strong ale, the alcohol really weighs in. Well hopped; taste of yeast, hops, pomegranite, orange peel, a bit harsh on all counts. Hoppy mouthfeel that was quite smooth at first, almost satin, then a touch sour on the finish. Dry aftertaste, the finish is crab apple, again over the top, and not in a great way. Intriguing, rewarding ... but rough around the edges. The bottom of the bottle has a huge cake of yeast, still quite solid.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. At the same time, I found the alcohol backdrop interfered and where I expected bitterness at the finish, I got a bit of sour tartness. I can't help but think that a bit of aging and maturation are all that's needed to turn all my scores to 4.5 This was just released at the LCBO and I'm going to pick up and cellar a few to open in consecutive years. I see this improving with age and scoring much higher, although having one right now is quite alright too. More than recommended - essential.

ThatWineGuy, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear brown with a mammoth cream colored head. The yeast does a good job of staying in the bottle. Head is solid as a rock and sticks to the glass like a spiderweb.

S - Hugely fruity with figs and dark fruit. Sweet smelling, with floral and grassy hops come through as it warms.

A - Big complex flavours in this. Not for the faint of tastebud. Toastiness and fruity esters are in abundance, but not burnt in any way. Hops are very strong with a floral presence and an assertive bitterness in the aftertaste. A touch on the sweet side as well. Alcohol is noticed but not overpowering.

M - Somewhat creamy I'd say. Carbonation is fine and on the low side, giving a slight tingling on the tongue. Body is heavy, to go along with the flavours. A beer for cooler weather.

D - This is a big big beer. Not in any was sessionable, but massive assault on the tastebuds.

allergictomacros, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good all around solid strong ale. I've had some that a more assertive taste, but if Fuller's 1845 lacks at all in flavor it makes up for it in drinkability. The nice orangy brown body is topped with a lovely but not too long lasting foamy head. The scent is minimal and probably its weakest point. Good mix of hops bittering and flavorful maltiness. The flavor bounces from a sweet honey taste to a burnt smokiness. The aftertaste is a little pasty on the tongue leaving a cotton mouth. But other than that it goes down just fine.

JayTheFinn, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber brown color with a nice dense tan head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass. The smell is of figs/plums, burnt toast/charcoal, woody. The taste is of fig, a hint of dark cherry, carob, roasted malt with slight espresso notes. The feel is well bodied, has a creamy texture to it, finishes quite bitter, which lingers a bit too long. Good flavor range and aroma, a very nicely built beer. A bit too bitter for my liking but that won't stop me from trying again.

Gmann, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Super in Shatian. Appearance is rich and red in color, huge amount of carbonation and bubbles that exhibit exceptionanl retention and leave lace. Aroma is shockingly vinuous at first, slightly boozy. Dark fruits, earthy hops and sweet malts take over as it warms. Same can be said for the flavor - vinuous and boozy at first, but improving as it warms to a quite nice strong ale. Bitterness is well-balanced. Mouthfeel is medium body, well-carbonated. Drinkability is aided by the just-right alcohol content.

hunteraw, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of skizziks
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml into an imperial nonic. A gentle
pour raises a 2" light tan head of bubbles
in varying size. Rings of lace stick to
the glass as the head slowly recedes. The
beer itself is a clear deep copper
blending to mahogony.
Aroma is light with crystal malt and
floral hops over a faint sweet honey.
Honey hits the tongue first with a quickly
expanding array of orange, cinnamon, tree
bark (not in a bad way!). All of this is
rising off of a rich malt base with
delicate floral hops soaring over it.
The body is medium full with moderate
carbonation giving a nice creamy
sensation. The creaminess makes this very
easy to drink for such a rich and complex
beer and very satisfying to the palate and
soul. I dig it.

skizziks, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep, clear red amber with a creamy tan head. Lacing was heavy to the last drop.

Aroma of strong malt, dried dark fruits and caramel.

Like the aroma, the taste is very much malt dominated with the dark fruits, caramel and chocolate. Finishes with a strong, bitter bite. Reminds me a bit of SN Bigfoot.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, rich and smooth. Carbonation is on the lighter side.

A very nice English Strong Ale with a lot of character. Enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The expiration date is 26/10/05 - October 26th, 2005. Wow, that is the night I met her. I remember that night so vividly. I will never forget, the most beautiful face I've ever seen.

Tan head, thick and clumpy, leaving dense rings of lacing. A shining amber to the light, some ruby hue, definite highlights to soften murky, clouded body. The aroma is musty, with notes of grapes, plumes, prunes, raisins, and a toasted, long boiled malt bill. The flavour is malt dominated, again with twisted, over ripe fruit notes. A chocolaty afterthought and a very English black tea like character. An awesome version of the English Strong Ale, certainly rivals their Vintage Ale. This particular bottle was aged well past what is recommended by the brewers but it held up magnificently.

Neat stuff happened. Wow. Period.

biegaman, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice english strong ale. Decent head and retention and a strong malty smell. Taste is very balanced between caramel and chocolate malts with a mild biterness and slight alcohol backbone. Mouthfeel is thick, but not crisp and doesn't leave enough of an aftertaste. However, this is one strongale that is very easy to drink. It is definetly worth a try.

jasonjlewis, Jun 22, 2007
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.