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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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998 Ratings

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 79
Gots: 43 | 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 botham
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a brilliant, rich amber color with five fingers of light orange head that remains for a few minutes. no lacings.

aroma is rich with malts, mainly caramel and pale malts, along with dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. nicely proportioned.

taste is malty, with caramel and a hint of chocolate malt, along with the same dark fruit from the aroma. fruit notes include a bit of apple, grape, and apricot.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture. finishes semi-dry with residual grassy hops and caramel.

drinkability is good. this is a full flavored ale with good concentration and a solid profile. another great brew from Fuller's. cheers!

Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's 1845 pours a hazy dark copper color with a creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the beer, leaving behind a good amount of netted lace.

The aroma is malty with strong notes of caramel, nuts, and dark fruit (raisin, plum). Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a soft carbonated feel on the palate. The flavor is malty with notes of toasted grain and caramel. In the middle a mild medicine flavor and hints of cherry moves in. It finishes dry with a hoppiness that's floral and slightly bitter. Once gone some toasted malt and floral hop flavors linger on the palate.

This is a very tasty well balanced beer. I had some on cask at NERAX and soon picked up a bottle for myself.

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

500ml bottle
6.3% ABV

I tried this beer on November 2, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent reddish brown colour with a generous tan coloured head which dissipated into little foam islands on the top of the beer. The aroma is malty with some hints of fruit tones and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a little carbonation, and some bitterness. The flavour is mainly malty, a little licorice, and a little bitterness.

Photo of daythree16
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new mug. The beer is a copper/brown color that still lets a good amount of light through. It has a 1.5 in. head that leaves a really good lace as it fades.

Smells of roasted malt and has a powerful floral hop aroma. The taste is of toasted nuts, maybe a little fruit and caramel, and just the perfect amount of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste.

The beer is little heavy, but feels magnificent and tastes delicious. I wouldn't call it a meal in a bottle, but I doubt I would have more than a couple at a time.

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy light brown/copper colour with an inch or so of thick beige head that slowly falls away. Nice rings of lacing down the glass.
S - Dark fruity esters & sweet caramel notes. Some great floral hoppy aromas as well. A very slight alcohol hint.
T - Quite a sweet taste but the hops quickly come into play providing a slight bitterness. A bit of a herbal touch at the end.
M - Medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation.
D - A nice well rounded Ale. Not something to drink everyday but every now and then would be good.

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

Pours a medium-dark brown with a slightly rocky head that fades to a thin, wispy cap.
Smells of toasted malts, toffee, dried fruit and very slight hop aroma.
First taste gets some caramel/toffee, dried fruits, the hops come in late, but are definitely welcome and add a nice balance. A pleasantly spicy, not hot, cinnamon aftertaste.
Creamy mouthfeel. Not over carbonated, typical for a bottle-conditioned beer.
Pretty drinkable at only a smidge over 6%. It's not so strong as to destroy the palate.
I'm always pleased with Fuller's offerings and this is no different. Definitely recommended.

Photo of Offa
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, beer just can't get better than this.

It's a clear, deep red-amber with a thick, dense light tan, permanent head that leaves thick lacing in layers down the glass.

The aroma is strong and thickly aromatic, toffee, fruity and with citrusy hops.

The taste, on the sweet side but nicely balanced with a hoppy bite, has elements of caramel, fruit, very floral hops with a bite, light citrus, and a hint of cinnamon and spice that lingers faintly in the aftertaste. It is wonderfully rich and complex while being incredibly balanced, drinkable, and smooth.

Photo of nasty15108
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt. 8oz bomber into a Fuller's Imperial pint glass.

A - Dark caramel with slight orange hues. Reminded me of iced tea a little. The pour produced a thick and foamy head of slightly off white foam. Excellent lacing throughout.

S - Malty aroma. Hints of burnt toast and butterscotch.

T - Malty up front with tastes of fruits and butterscotch. Finishes dry and bitter with hints of alcohol.

MF&D - Creamy and delicious. This is a exceptional ale. Highly recommended.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice reddish-brown with decent fluffy off-white head that has moderate retention and leaves a bit of sticky lace

s: caramel malts; some spices; hints of alcohol; frankly not amazingly fragrant

t: buttery malts and raw grain; nice nuttiness; some yeasty flavors; maybe some medicinal herbs; a bit of hoppiness near the end of the sip; and a little but of very well disguised alchy

m: smooth w/ light carb

d: a solid english strong ale but i feel like for me this is consistent with a fuller's beer (and many other's from england), i.e. it is solid but fails to wow the drinker

Photo of CHADMC3
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful Ale pouring a nice deep walnut brown with a substantial cream-colored head, which lingers throughout the beer leaving just a faint lacing.

Very aromatic with dried fruits but also some caramel as the beer warms and perhaps some nutty or wheat hints as well.

Not what I expected in the taste, but delightful nonetheless. Prominent chocolate flavor with fainter dark fruits, again some nutty hints and some woody hops flavors at the finish and aftertaste.

Nice and mellow, well balanced with carbonation, thickness, and overall palate enjoyment.

Defiantly one I will be seeking again, if I had another, I'd drink it right now!

Photo of kmacphail
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured a copper-bronze colour with a light tan coloured head, the beer was nicely transparent despite it's dark appearance.

A variety of roasted rich fragrences exumed from the pint. A lovely burst of malts with a hint of roasted nuts and caramel along with a lingering scent of spices set my taste buds alight for the oncoming treat.

The taste did not disapoint: an array of roasted malts, nuts and a wide range of spices and fruit (roasted figs and berries mainly) made this one of the nicest beers my palate has sampled in a long time.

The mouthfeel was as a beer should be, nicely bodied: you knew this was a beer, no chemically infused golden water.

The only downside came when I attempted a second: this beer is a meal in a glass. It was rich and full bodied and beatiful while it lasted, similar to a steak dinner. However I found the second one very hard going and I had to move onto desert. A lovely beer, but not one that you will stay on all night.

Photo of lowbrau
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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

Pours maroon and clear with a medium sized lasting beige head. Smell is biscuity, slightly tart malt. Taste is surprisingly hoppy compared to the nose with dark bready and caramel malt flavor to accompany the hops. Slightly full bodied and crisp yet soft carbonation. Pretty balanced and drinkable with a nice mild hop character. Pleasantly surprised.

Photo of ommegoose
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Evanston First Liquors. Expiration of May 8, 2008.

Poured into a goblet. Red grape/raisin color. Leaving a good amount of lacing all the way around and a full sheet on top. A few islands of large bubbles. Lacing tracks all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Looks high quality.

Smells like candied dark fruits mostly. Very sweet. Good level of potency. As fragrant as many Belgian strong dark ales. Smells much bigger than the actual alcohol content. Plum, prune, and maybe some fig are present. A touch one-dimensional though.

Yum. I like this. Backs up all the fruit notes from the aroma, and has a bock-like malt character. The hops are less prominent than the sweetness, but leave a simple bitter finish, which actually comes across like bittersweet chocolate. Like a doppelbock in some ways, but a toned down in malt character. Actually tastes like at least 6.3% abv. It's a very sweet beer. I have a high tolerance for this, so it doesn't bother me. Towards the end I'm getting the tiniest hint of oxidation in the form of some sherry flavor. This is near the end of the shelf life, which would explain why I'm observing less hops than some other reviewers. It did not resemble the ESB much in my mind.

Very soft. Imperceptible carbonation almost. It's hard to imagine anything better.

This beer acts bigger than it really is. I'd love to drink it all night. I've had to restrain myself from drinking at the pace I wanted to in order to finish my review. As you can see by the scores, I think this is great stuff, and I'll certainly buy again. Rather limited availability is a bit of a downer though. Definitely worth seeking out for those who haven't tried it yet.

Photo of jessecarr
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big Fullers fan. I had a hand pumped ESB while in London a few years back, and I've always had some nearby since then.

This 1845 is my favorite of the Fullers beers in the US. It is better, even, than the Vintage Ale.

Upon cracking the 1.9l bottle, I poured into a pint class and enjoyed the crisp citrus and hop aroma. The first sip immediately revealed the classic English Ale done perfectly--a hint of bitter hops at the end, preceded by a lovely and rich malty, spice-infused palate.

I loved the aftertaste as well. The impact lingers on the tongue for quite some time. You can enjoy this bottle for a decent amount of time, and the bottle can't be big enough--I want more right now even as I type.

The beer keeps some lacing and has a deep amber color with a bit of cloudiness. I'm a big fan of this style of ale, and I think Fullers pulls it off better than most.

Photo of enfield249
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark copper red, with a 4 finger head of white frothy foam that lingers and then fades to a 1 finger head.

S - Malty smelling, slight hop aroma.

T - First thing I get is some malty sweetness, followed up buy some hop bitterness, and then some minor alcohol flavors. Finish is a little dirty feeling, but not in a bad way.

M - Medium, really hangs around for a while. Medium low carbonation.

D - A very interesting and not common style. I could drink this regularly.

Photo of illidurit
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Nice mahogany color with just a little haziness. Beige two finger head settles to a partial ring and leaves some thin lacing.

Toasty cookie-ish malt aroma with some dark fruits and spice. Kind of faint overall.

For a beer billed as a strong ale, there's really not that much strength in the flavor either. Fresh baked bread and a bit of toffee with a very herbal, tannic hop bitterness, reminiscent of English black tea.

Carbonation is a little high, body is medium. Finish is dry and encourages the next sip. Drinkable but kinda bland.

Photo of throwitallaway
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pint glass. Darkish brown/red color. Fat head that could be my bad pouring skills, but I don't think so. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is very similar with a bit of roasted flavor added in. Aftertaste has some bitterness and fruit (perhaps prunes). Medium thick mouthfeel. Seems pretty drinkable and somewhat complex. But I prefer other Fuller's beers.

Photo of MerkinMan
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A beautiful dark amber color with a thick head that settles down to about a quarter inch.

S: Fruity / yeasty smells, as expected from a bottle conditioned ale. Smells a little sweet.

T: Solid, but not spectacular

M: Substantial body

D: Not a bad beer, but I prefer their ESB and London Pride.

I later noticed the "best if consumed by July 19 2005" on the label. Needless to say, I am not going back to the place that sold me this three-year-old beer. It would be interesting to edit this review with a fresher beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

19oz from the Boise Coop for about $4.75... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Nice 2" head.. The brew is crystal clear reddish amber.. beautiful when held to a light. Good lacing... leopard spots.

Aroma is toasted and biscuit malt.. slight caramel ... Malty with quite a bit of fruitiness... Light brown sugar and light but expected English character as it warms... low caramel... Astringent but in a good way.

Bigger bitter backbone than most English brews... Pale and toasted malts come through as the big player. Unexpected but appreciated dark malt notes. Floral and grassy hops come to play throughout. Cold black tea comes to mind on the finish.. Dry but with good hints of caramel and very light chocolate. Good body and carbonation... strikes me as English for sure.. Like an English take on a North Coast Old Ale.

Very tasty and I've only enjoyed this brew 3-4 times before.... I will certainly pick up again.. very nice.

Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Bernardsville for $3.99...
Heard a lot of good things about this beer, so I was eager to give it a try...
A very aggressive pour yieled a mahogany-brown, light caramel color with a decent-sized foamy head that left a fair amount of lacing around the top of the glass...
Bittersweet, malty aroma with slight caramel and vanilla notes...
Taste complemented the smell, with barley, grain, vanilla, semi-sweet essences with a nice balance of hops and malts and slight sugars...
Nice, slick, oily mouthfeel heavy on flavor and taste but not overbearing or cloying...
Easy drinkability without any interfering factors - this one went down as smooth as water without any hint of alcohol on the tongue...
Overall, a good sample, but certainly not above and beyond in my opinion... Worth a try if you are a particular fan of English brews...

Photo of trackstar1043
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours Rich Copper and a slighlt yellowish-off-white head that is 2 fingers strong.

S - Swirling aromas of dark storng malts and alive bitter hops, has a smokey scent reminds me of burnt carmels and roasted nuts.

T - For what it is this is an exellent example of a English Strong Ale, you can distintly taste the malts and stronger hops that leave a bitter almost spicey finish.

M - Sharp and alive with character, suprises the taste buds with the bite and plentiful carbonation.

D - Very nice and drinkable.

Photo of iceball585
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered slowly

S- Fruity, yeast, dark malts, fairly grainy, hint of floral hops

T- Malty, dark fruits (raisens and prunes), spices, wood, bready, faint bitter hops

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight burn of alcohol

D- Worth buying again

This is an interesting tasting strong ale. Full rich flavors but not too overpowering. I would recommend that you try this if you get the chance. I would consider this one of the better strong ales that I've had, but still not my favorite.

Photo of stcules
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry wood color, slightly hazy. A lot of ofam, for an english beer.
Very english smell, with a full maltiness, and hops, with earthy and musky notes.
Good bitterness in the taste, with a good hopping. And a beautiful smoothness, with touches of vanilla.
After some while, the hop notes becomes more herbal.
Full body, with a long, bitter aftertaste, again on earthy notes.
Good. For sure not a session beer, but very good and interesting.

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

Best By Date July 2009; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a light, layered lace pattern as it slowly recedes. The beer is a dark amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber color when held up to the light. Slightly earthy hop notes, ample marmalade aromatics, with a deep, rich, yet secondary to the hop, malt character. The hop notes get a touch metallic towards the end, but if you dig around a bit a substantial malt character kicks in that contributes aromas of fresh baked soda crackers, hearty bread notes and toasty grain aromatics. Running throughout is a sweet, caramelized malt backbone that provides aroma of toffee and some berry notes. The last being accented by the hop notes as well. This has a really nice mix of malt and hop character, while it is initially hop dominated, the malt character is substantial and at times even overtakes the hop character in its depth.

Sweet and then frothy, the beer is a bit too carbonated, but this is a much better thing than being under carbonated as a quick swirl releases the excess. Equal matched notes of mixed berries and marmalade provide a fruity start and middle to this beer that is offset by sharp, lightly herbal hop notes, a touch of sweet spice and a mild, though contributing, balance-necessary, bitterness. The finish has both this hop character as well as a dry, toasty grain note and a fresh baked, yet well fermented bread flavor. Wow, as this warms up a bit, it starts to pick up some significantly darkened grain notes, certainly not roasted, but it is significantly toasted in its flavor. The amber malt, really distinctly adds to the finish of this beer; it dries the finish out and provides an amped up, well browned, bread crust flavor to this brew.

This has a really nice hop character to it; this seems to be an evolution of the Fuller's ESB. I like that the hop character is a mix of marmalade and fruit notes coupled with a nice green, herbal note, all the while accented by sweet grain and ultimately offset by hop bitterness and interesting, substantial toasted malt notes in the finish. While not as strong as I was thinking it would be, this is certainly quite drinkable, which more than makes up for that.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.