Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.8/5 rDev +16.8%
Real eye candy. Nice dark ruby red amber color with a substantial frothy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing all the way down the glass. Smell and taste are going crazy. Intensly complex. Up front fruityness, apples and ripe dark cherries, but also with a nice dusty mustyness and creamy English tea element. Soft mellow malts and herbal floral hops. This beer really has so many subtle complexities to it that I'm going to have to start drinking it all the time to really take it all in. And I have no problems with that. It's excellent. Balance, flavor, texture. It's all there. Bottle conditioned goodness. A near perfect ale.
03-01-2005 04:12:26 | More by twelvsies
4.72/5 rDev +14.8%
A pint plus 2.6 oz bottle. Best before 10 Nov 05.
Deep dark tobacco and copper look to it. Big head, big bubbles. Sticky lace.
Smell of oranges, toffee, a little yeasty funk, lime candies and fizzies.
The taste is fabulous. Roasted malts, biscuits, buttered sourdough bread and an incredibly smooth and balanced bitter hop finish.
The mouthfeel is silky and full bodied. Delicious indeed. And oh so easy to drink. Be careful.
02-20-2005 21:15:15 | More by horndecker
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured out a deep amber color with a nice foamy head that settled down eventually.
Smell consisted of a lot of dark fruits at first. Hops show their strength as well, along with some toasted malts.
Taste starts out quite sweet, but it's not cloying in any way. Then that gives away to a solid malt backbone which hops ride along with it. Molasses shows up in the middle and lasts into the aftertaste. Tastes quite good.
Mouthfeel was medium with a good check on carbonation. Felt quite smooth and creamy. Went down too quick.
This is good stuff. I only see this beer once in a while in stores. Too bad I don't see it more often.
02-11-2005 21:51:40 | More by necoadam
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
Appearance - This beer is a reddish copper color, and it has a nice thick off-white head.
Smell - I detect a slightly musty (but not unpleasant) aroma which blends nicely with hops and malt. There beer also has a fruity aroma to it, which is like a junior version of the aroma of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. All aromas are well balanced.
Taste - Overall, the taste is pretty strong. Fruity esters are fairly bold. The hops are more aggressive in the aftertaste. The beer has a few other subtle flavors going on, but they are difficult to describe.
Mouthfeel - This is a pretty full-bodied, and yet it is quite smooth. The initial feel of the beer is heavy, but mid-mouth it just sort of melts.
Drinkability - Quite drinkable, and far from boring. This beer's 6.3% alcohol is bound up in it's flavors, so it sort of feels like drinking a smaller beer.
Comments - This beer is very enjoyable, and is a masterful mix of subtlety and brashness.
02-10-2005 04:05:07 | More by mgdeth
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
pours a pretty orangey red, on the darker side, with a very nice coffee ice cream-colored head. Head falls relatively quickly but keeps a nice ring all the way down.
Smells of dark fruits, some caramel, nutmeg and yeasty breadiness. Very pleasant, slightly sweet aroma.
Taste-- strong cocoa bitterness, clay, minerals, with a bready middle and slight plum and prune fruit flavor. Bready sugar becomes aparant as the beer warms, as does an alcohol bite that lingers with the hops and cocoa-like astringency. Nice flavor, but definitely a bit bitter/astringent. maybe some age would meld the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium-- not too carbonated, and very smooth. Drinkability is good, but the strong alcohol (both % and flavor that comes through) limit it just a bit.
Overall a nice brew that I'd pare with something like a beef stew or shephards pie. strong and on the bitter side, reminds me a lot of Anchor OSA, just not so spiced.
02-05-2005 22:45:35 | More by studentofbeer
3.38/5 rDev -17.8%
The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weak malty scent that boasts of pale and some crystal malts. It seems dry and a bit breadlike with little hops. The taste is average. It has a very dry and bitter flavor that is bland and stale. It goes down slow and reveals it's elevated abv. in the finish. It has a decent malt palate that consists of pale and crystal malts. There is also English hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent brew, but nothing special. I don't care for the grain bill or the hop selection. It's one and done for me.
02-05-2005 00:37:59 | More by WesWes
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
This beer I just got this morning at the local grocery in a 1 pint 2.6 oz brown bottle. Bottle is impressed with "Independent Family Brewery" around the paper label.
Pours with a thick, foamy, pancake batter like head that leaves a little bit of lace to stick to the glass. If the head were a pancake it would be just about time to turn it over as it dissipates.
Nose is pure malt with licorice? in the background, might be cloves but its a bit more candy-like to me.
What a blast to the tongue! Malt is abundant, enough hop bitterness to balance and that same licorice I detected on the nose. Finishes with a alcohol-astringent flavor and then back to a subtle malt and clove for the finale.
Mouthfeel is good, a creamy consistency that slightly coats the tongue and lets that malt hang around for a while.
I'll tell you that I don't think my tastebuds are quite developed enough to truly appreciate the subleties of this one. I may come back in a couple of years to see if it has changed (have to remember to buy another tommorrow).
01-20-2005 17:06:34 | More by wheatyweiss
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
nice dark copper brown with a creamy tan head. real nice looking. malty nutty and mild roasted coffee qualities to the smell, with a bit of fruitiness. nutty caramel maltiness at the beginning of the taste, the is a pear like fruitiness mid range followed by more hops than expected lending some balance and herbal flavor. a little sweet alcohol at the finish. one thing i notice is that this beer is very well balanced, which definitely adds to it's drinkability. fuller side of medium bodied.
01-19-2005 23:33:41 | More by kmo1030
4.68/5 rDev +13.9%
This poured a deep reddish-brown, nice sudsy head that left good lace all the way through.
smell was a bit sweet and a bit fruity.
taste was fruity, and nutty, smooth and a bit dry toward the end, well balanced.
mouthfeel was fairly creamy, with a bit of chewiness, that finished smooth.
As my English mates would say, "This stuff is fukin BRILLIANT!" lol, great stuff! highly recommended!
01-17-2005 19:58:53 | More by steinlifter
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
pours surprisingly clear for being bottle conditioned. has an almost syrupy look to it while flowing from the bottle, with a dark amber color and a dense off white head. very little carbonation.
really appetising aroma. sweet and malty with the characteristic goldings hop as well.
flavor leaning towards the sweet side (maybe a good desert beer), with just a bit of hop bitterness for balance. the significant abv is well hidden by the amount of flavor present.
this stuff is like medicine. not the kind of stuff you had to be force-fed as a kid. but the kind you just feel better after drinking. if "food for the soul" had a beverage, this would be it.
01-11-2005 23:00:21 | More by joecast
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
18.6 oz. bottle. While some Fuller's beers are available here in Wichita, this one is not (dammit). I can't remember where I picked this up at; it was either Dallas or KC.
Appearance: This beer was slightly hazy with a deep caramel color. There were hints of crimson when the glass was held up to the light. An off-white head rose up perfectly to two fingers and settled down very slowly. As it did so, it became dense and pillowy. A decent amount of lacing was left behind on the side of the glass.
Smell: Strong, pungent, black cherries dominated the smell right after the pour. As the beer settled, the aroma transformed and really balanced out. It was dominated by malts, mainly roasted but also slightly sweet. A fruitiness did remain, but it was more indistinct in nature. Floral hops rounded out the aroma beautifully. Hints of vanilla and warm spices nipped at the nose and added a nice complexity.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth upfront, becoming velvety as the beer moved back in the mouth. It was medium bodied, with just a bit of chewiness to it.
Taste: This one started out with a combination of sweet and tart fruits that reminded me mainly of cherries. The middle really started to dry out and that was when the roasted malt kicked in. It continued to build through the finish, where it developed into a nice, roasted cracker flavor. This was also when the herbal hops arose to balance everything out. Underlying flavors for this beer were light caramel and ginger.
It had been years since I last tried this beer and it was just as great as I remembered it. When I think of a classic English ale, this is the beer that immediately jumps into my mind.
01-03-2005 23:49:49 | More by Quaffer
4.45/5 rDev +8.3%
Oh man how I love the Fuller's family of beers.
This bottle-conditioned baby pours a nice orange-copper color with an amber hue. The head is big, creamy, and tan, and so we're off to a great start.
I take a whiff and revel in the wonderful malty aroma that starts out sweet and ends on a toasty note.
The initial taste is sweet and malty, followed swiftly by subtle citrus tones. The flavor finishes toasted with a little bitterness.
After a couple sips the pleasant citrus aspects migrate into the smell while the toasted malt flavors move up in turn.
Mouthfeel may be the weak link in this brew (though that's not to say it's unpleasant), but whatever obtrusiveness might be found in initial carbonation does seem to dissipate with time.
Man, I could drink this stuff all day.
12-23-2004 23:17:48 | More by VoodooBrew
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a deep coppery red amber color with a beautiful full head that laces the glass nicely and takes some decent time to recede.. Aromas are quite malty giving off some plummy dark fruit tones, along with some caramel and biscuity malts. Initial flavors start off decently sweet with some dark fruity notes giving off flavors of plums, figs, and slight grape. The body of this brew is quite full, and very malty. There are additional tones of of a slight roasty chocolate flavor, but they are quickly consumed by more fruity tones and just a hint of sweetness. The finish is just slightly hoppy and balances the flavor of this brew nicely. Overall a great beer full of flavors that just balance out nicely. A must try..
12-19-2004 05:20:01 | More by bigbeerdrinka
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
Pint bottle, in a nonik glass.
Appearance: Walnut-brown with good head and fine lacing.
Aroma: Very fruity ale aroma (reminds me of fruit loops, oddly enough). Grassy hop scent.
Flavor: Solid malt flavor, even maltier than the excellent ESB, but backed by plenty of bitterness. Hop flavor tends to the earthy, and there is plenty of it. Fruity yeast characteristics if you look beyond the malt and hops.
Body: Medium body, fairly creamy mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
Very good extra strong bitter. Deceptively strong, in fact.
12-15-2004 04:58:46 | More by allengarvin
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle-conditioned. Best before 05/OCT/03. I sure hope that YMD.
Despite a careful pour, it foams up absurdly and takes forever to die down. Leaves lots of lace and pillowy lumps as you drink it down.
At least two inches of light caramel foam over ruby-tinted amber. Sweet malty and port scent. Tangy piney resin up front and lots of caramel malt. Suggestion of alcohol. Fairly strong carbonation in moderate body. Bit of resin in the finish.
It's nice, but somehow I was expecting more from this.
12-14-2004 01:49:03 | More by gentlebubbles
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours a clear, reddish beer. Its lightly carbonated and has a lightly brown pretty thick foam.
Smell is clearly frutiy. There are traces of smoke, malt and alcohol in there as well.
Taste is firstly light and frutiy. Then comes a large bitter taste with a sweetness of candy or syrup. The aftertaste is bready with hints of alcohol.
This is a good beer, with a lot of taste.
12-01-2004 14:41:04 | More by stjarnflikka
4.53/5 rDev +10.2%
My dad brought back this bottle from England for me. The label has changed, it now has a gold rim and says Fuller's is celebrating 150 years of brewing excellence. Best before 11/11/05.
Pours a clear orangy amber. The fine carbonation explodes and the bubbles make a short lived reverse cascade action, much like a beer on nitro-tap. A off white head builds up quickly with good retention, large amount of lacing on the glass. Nose is full of malts. Tons of caramel and toffee, slightly fruity, and alcohol is noticable.
Exceptionally smooth. Sweet malts are upfront, with a gentle hop bitterness throughout. Just a little tart at the end. Alcohol well hidden in the taste, but gives a obvious warming feeling.
Very tasty ale, very drinkable.
11-25-2004 02:21:28 | More by dauss
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
Bottle conditioned makes the opening a skill so the bottle does not froth over...pours a light copper color with a pebbley light tan cap. Medium-light effervescence.
Aroma is unique...very understated but is predominated by a spicey, treacle, smoked oak-fruity aroma. Front is very smooth with a good caramel malt presence and a good malt mix punctuated by smokey-oak, coffee, nutty sweetness balanced with the piney hops that become more prominent in the finish as the malts drop away and the piney hops become slightly bitter....long lingering metallic after taste. This is a very well put together ale...nicely balanced complexity and warming...care and effort have been taken in the production and ingredients....and it shows. Fully recommended!
11-13-2004 23:28:29 | More by pootz
4.35/5 rDev +5.8%
This beer is worth every hard earned penny that it cost. It pours a nice reddish brown color and has a very creamy tan head that leaves a lot of lace in my glass. It smells very yeasty/fruity and malty and there is a touch of hops in there too. It has a very smooth complex taste that shows the brewer's skills. The hoppiness is balanced well with the spicy/malty flavors I have yet to be disappointed by a Fuller's brew and this is the best I have tried so far. I will be revisiting this beer often.
11-12-2004 07:56:37 | More by RushLimbmalt
3.68/5 rDev -10.5%
Pours with a dark copper body with a medium head. The head goes a bit quicker than expected but laces very well.
The smell is subtle, mostly of fruit (grapes?) with a hint of bourbon. Warming brings out a bit of a yeasty smell as well.
The taste starts fruity like the smell, is somewhat alcoholic in the middle, while the hop bitterness surprises you at the end. Not what I would call a great taste, but is very good and balanced.
The carbonation is light but is there. The consistency is a bit on the watery side but the finish is smooth.
A very drinkable ale. It's a Strong Ale but doesn't kick very hard. I'd probably switch to something a bit more adventurous before the night is over though.
11-09-2004 06:37:05 | More by DPMomutant
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
Muddy, rusty tan body with a pillowy, khaki head. Nice lacing!
Nose is made up of brandy, tangy ripe fruits, sweet-bread, yeast, and earthy minerals. I really like the earthy/mineral aspectit sets it apart from other examples Ive had in this style.
Tastes of soft, fruit (grape)-infused bread malts. Notes of oak, minerals, earth, and sweetish brandy come out in the middle. Near the finish, herbal hops provide a bitter, floral taste. Good balance here. Finish is bitter with a side of brandyish malt and hints of yeast, flint, and alcohol. Yum. Soft, minerally, yet creamy feel to this modestly big-bodied ale. Highly recommended.
11-07-2004 00:04:50 | More by alexgash
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
This beer is a rich, dark red colour with a decent but quickly-dissipating head. A surprising amount of lacing considering the size of the head.
Fruity aroma with a good mouthfeel and hoppy taste.
Overall: Quite good. Definitely recommended, but not exceptional.
11-02-2004 03:58:17 | More by chunkylover53
3.4/5 rDev -17.3%
A rich copper color with a nice tan head thats creamy and long lasting with nice lacing makes this look like a great English Ale. The smell is sweet butterscotch, with a creamy tangy sweet taste mainly of caramel and malts. The mouthfeel is spicy & tangy - maybe a little too much and while this is a nice beer, its not one of my favorites because others in the style I enjoy are much more drinkable.
10-30-2004 19:02:59 | More by SaunaKing
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
This poured to a dark combination of brown and ruby. The head is fairly small, but did a good job of lasting. The lace being left behind is nice, too.
The taste is of layered malts up front with hops taking over in the finish. Caramel comes out as well. Some of that raison flavor is in there as well. A minor amount of alcohol comes out to provide a little bit of warming.
This is subtle yet bold, a very balanced and enjoyable beer.
10-28-2004 07:23:53 | More by watermelonman
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Big, brown bottle with "best before 19/July/05" stamped on the label. Sampled on 24/October/04.
Pours into a Fuller's pint glass a clear, copper body with a one finger beige head that retains well before fading into generous patches and rings of lace.
Aroma has butterscotch and toffee, with an assertive and unusual hoppiness that seems herbal, spicy, floral and earthy. I've never enountered this type of hoppiness before, but it balances the strong malt backbone very well.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and well carbonated.
Taste features a toffee and butterscotch malt backbone that is reined in by the profound, hops bitterness. Buttery diacetyl notes are picked up, as well. The finish is even, with a bitter aftertaste that seems herbally hoppy, almost as if hemp is an ingredient.
This is an excellent, strong English ale, and the alcohol is hidden in the malt/hop complexity. I was surprised by the assertive hops in this one, but it comes off well balanced. An excellent pairing for Stilton blue cheese.
10-25-2004 11:30:14 | More by merlin48
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 941 ratings.