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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 CarbonBased
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first review so bare with me.

I recieved this as an early Christmas present and it turned out to be a wonderful surprise. During my short beer odyssey (I started about six months ago), I have strayed away from most beers from the UK. This was my first foray into an English Strong Ale and I have to say I am quite smitten now.

The bottle was a little over a pint in volume. My glassware selection is a little limited, so I went with my standard bar glass. I served it at approximately 50 deg F. The beer is bottle conditioned and this was quite evident as I poured it. Very sediment laden dark brown body (but not as dark as a stout) and a decent sized medium brown head. The head lasted a little longer than other beers.

The beer had a malty smell (I don't know how to identify types yet) with a bit of ester.

As far as taste and mouthfeel go, I was really impressed. There is a really rich malt flavor from start to finish, but it isn't overly sweet. The malt reminds me of a milder barley wine. There is some hops towards the end, but not very much. Still the taste feels balanced.

This was a beer you could really enjoy moving around your mouth; the mouthfeel to it was really the highlight of this beer.

As far as drinkability goes, I certainly was left wanting another, although it was definitely something to be sipped on given the higher alcohol content. Besides, it is so fun to savor and roll around on your tongue that you wouldn't want to rush through it.

Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 6 Jan 06. Pours a copper/brown color, nice carbonation, real nice head which dissipates quickly, very nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of malts and caramel. Nice sweet caramel/malt taste with a kinda dry aftertaste. Medium/Full body. Very drinkable brew, my first Strong English Ale to date. I enjoyed this very much, quite different in alot of respects. Highly recommend.

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

Pours a creamy off-white head over a deep copper colored body. Beautiful sheets of lace, and moderate head retention. Aromas of crisp caramel malt and a touch of yeast. Sweet caramel malt flavor up front with traces of minerals and a toffee finish. A light hop bitterness adds balance, but doesn’t call attention to itself. Smooth mouthfeel from start to finish. Slightly drying.

A tasty, well-crafted English ale. It has a great malt character that shines without totally taking over due to the judicious hop additions.

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep coppery-brown body that is very clear and a nice big gassy off-white head sits on top. This beer has a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of fresh honeycomb and pale malt are balanced with a faint hop bitterness.

T- The taste of toasted malt with some caramel notes has good depth and tastes of fresh grain and biscuit malt. The finish has a hop bitterness and a bitterness from grain aswell. It’s almost like an astringent taste but more pleasant and it supports the hops. The finish is pretty dry and that lets the hops bitterness hang in the mouth.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol warmth and the fizz is very soft.

D- This beer has a lot of complex malt layers but they are all on the lighter side of the toasting scale. The hops balance well but the harshness of the grain is over-powering. This is a nice complex beer that is not that heavy.

Photo of goochpunch
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark copper with an impressive head that slowly dissipated to a thin sheet of white over the drink. Smells of very sweet fruits. The taste is, like the nose, full of fruit. I pick up apple, plum and dried fruit. Very nice toasty bitterness in the end. Very rich mouthfeel and a lingering aftertaste of honey.

My first from Fuller's and I will definately be trying more.

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

The pour is a bright reddish-brown. The head is thick and creamy- great retention. Tons of sweet, yet spicy fruity malt aroma fills the nose. The taste is sweet, with molasses and mild fruit, and sharp from the malts as well as the hops. This could be an imperial ESB. It's quite complex, but still quaffable.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown color with a quarter inch of off white bubbles at first pour. Though the head wasn’t huge, it stuck around for a while. There are only a few bubbles rising to maintain the head. There is quite a bit of lacing on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Toasty British malts and a sweet plum-like aroma are the first things I notice as the beer is really cold (~38F). There are some floral hops and a caramel sweetness coming out as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: Really sweet and resiny flavor with a substantial amount of bittering hops to give it balance. The flavoring hops are definitely there, but the assertive malts start to take over in the middle of the profile. Near the end, there is bittering hops that makes itself known, but the finish is only slightly tipped toward the sweet. There is an ever so faint sense of alcoholic warming long after the beer gets through with you.

Opinion: This is without a doubt, one of my favorite British style beers (Except the porters and stouts). I normally don’t care for the bitters as the water is too minerally, so you are left with a metallic and harsh aftertaste. This beer finishes very well balanced and is a pleasure to drink.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1845 is a hazy brown color with a large, thick light brown head. The retention is excellent and leaves thick lacing. The aroma is faint, a combination of English malt and hops is noted. The flavor is very malty, toasty English malts are first noted and are followed by a strong fruitiness (plum-like) and notes of chocolate. Dry English hop flavors come in towards the finish. The alcohol flavor seems very strong for something that is only 6.3%. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, if it weren't for a weak aroma, 1845 would have fared better.

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

Pours a deep copper color, thick white head, fades a bit but enough remains to cover the surface, the rest stuck firmly to the side of the glass.

Aroma is slightly malty, a hint of like sweet date or raisin, and doughey yeast.

Ahh, tasty. Nice bit of hop on the finish was a bit unexpected, but quite welcome. Slightly creamy mouthfeel, but not too slick, and it's finished off nicely by a mild hop bite. A very good English ale that I will seek out again.

Photo of xoqx
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've read so many positive reviews of this, I have to give it another chance or two. I stand by my average scoring on this tasting:

Appearance - This beer pours copper colored with an offwhite, one finger head exhibiting moderate retention and moderate lacing.

Smell – The smells are focused on the malts it seems with spicy, honey, and caramelly scents.

Taste – This is a balanced ESB with plenty to savor. Tastes of caramel and hints of coffee mingle with the fruity hops. Some medicinal tones come out during the average-length, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is chewy and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – The beer is fine, but nothing about it compels me to continue after one.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a dark amber color. The head is creamy and white. The aroma is malty with piney hops in the background. The taste is quite balanced with the malt being a little more pleasant. The aftertaste is nice and bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a really good brew.

Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze-ish amber with a nice light brown head and decent carbonation from bottle conditioning. Nice balanced malt and English hop aroma; spicy in both regards. Spicy malt flavors dominate. Medium bodied with a warming spicy malt finish.

A bit smoother than the standard ESB but this is nothing compared to the Bottle Conditioned Special Edition ESB !

Per Label: Bottle Conditioned

Best By: 03/20/06
Tasted: 11/07/05

($3.99 / 16.9 oz. bottle embossed with lots of brewery stuff)

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

Served from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: A pleasing amber with a head that is creamy white 2 inches high. Very foamy lace making a pattern down the glass.

Smell: Wonderful bakery smell heavy on malty goodness.

Taste: This has a sweet maltyness that stands up to a nice hoppy profile. Well balanced with alcohol content.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: Man this is good stuff. The beer is sweetly malty with a good hop profile. Very drinkable full bodied chewy ale.

Best by date clearly marked on the bottle.

Photo of texashammer
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red/orange/brown with smallish tan head. Very fine lace. Very attractive. Smells of marmalade, fresh bread, toffee. Yum. Rich sweet malt. Creamy and soft on the palate. Metallic twinge toward the end. Taste is smaller than the smell, so that is slightly disappointing.

Photo of Morris729
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper mahogany color with a creamy tan head that leaves spider webs of lace across the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nose is sweet caramel malts and a bit of sugar. Medium to full in body with a very smooth and creamy texture. Taste begins with sweet toffee and plumy fruit followed by notes of freshly baked bread. Mildly spicy and earthy hops come across towards the end with just a hint of raisiny alcohol. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of 3Vandoo
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice amber beer with some golden hues striking in the glass. At first a great white foamy head emerged but then slowly went away and left a nice white lace reminding me of some rich and deep clothing.

She smells very caramel at first followed by a maltish armour with a presence of alcohol esters that comes end my experience. The smell of alcohol and caramel really take the global flavours smelling experience.

Taste is very alcoholic at first, not in any hard ways but quite a smooth and enjoyable alcohol taste. Followed by caramel and butterscotch flavours. Malt hit you first then followed by a fruity touch and some yeast then the hops come tickle you a bit and ends up with a bust of caramel flavours with malt.

Photo of whynot44
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium bodied, copper colored with a nice creamy tan head that produces a good crop of lace on it's way down.

The aroma is sweet fruity malt with a bit of herbal hops.

The taste is sweetish, fruity, almost molasses malt overlaid with a definite hop flavor and bitterness. Aftertaste is primarily hops bitterness, but with persistant malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Photo of patto1ro
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is packed with biscuity malt flavours, so typical of English ales. Yet these never totally overpower the hop presence, which lurks around on the palate before jumping out in the finish. The two main themes are bulked out with a multitude of dark fruit flavours.

It scores well on every criterium: complex, balanced, authentic.

Note that this beer is NOT a Strong Ale. It's a classic 19th century Pale Ale. I don't know why everyone gets so confused. The brewery clearly said that they were trying to recreate a Pale Ale from 1845. I think they did a wonderful job.

Photo of LordChesterfield
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle over flowed when I opened it! Oh well. What's more is it poured with a weak head that quickly disipated. This is a really special ale I think. It's crazy. So many tastes, sweet malt and heavy hops with wood and bread! I don't really understand how those chemicals like phenols and diacytal and ester taste, but I think these are probably in here, because there are a lot of flavors that I can acount for, that show up in just about every English Ale I taste. The color is almost like some one took ale and poured either blood or transmition fluid in it. Definitely complex, as with most english ales I've tasted, it gets smoother as it warms up. I wouldn't really drink alot of these the way I would other beers, oh wait, yes I would. I can imagine most people drinking this to inebreation. That's not to say it isn't drinkable, but when compared with drinkable beers, it's definitely not as drinkable. Really, pay attention to the recommended 50 degree serving temperature.

Photo of scooter231
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark color, slightly coppery, with a decent amount of head and lacing. Smells fruity and earthy, and yeasty. Inviting.

Tastes lovely- coffee, chocolate, and very biscuity- which adds more lovely to the mouthfeel which is bubbley and chewy. A good amount of maltyness in there, and some bitter hops near the end. A slight amount of dark fruityness hidden, kind of the backbone to the beer. I really liked it- lots going on. And fairly easy to drink, too- a sipper for sure, but I enjoyed taking my time with this one. I'd do it again.

Photo of DogFood11
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this 16.9oz bottle into a pounder glass. An awesome chunky tan head that coats all the way down with every pull. fine carbonation, some chill haze that clears.

Smell's zippy. ester, yeast with a huge sweet maltness. Oh what a fine brew this is. The taste is near perfection. Bold malty body that finishes with a slight sizzle of citrus but just barely balances out the big malt/alcohol middle and as a bonus there is a nice woody aftertaste. The best I can describe the mouthfeel is "zippy"...it lays back in the beginning creamy, earthy, and kicks in at the end which helps the citrus singe its way into the buds. Not too dry its pretty much down the middle.

This is a must have in the stable. No boredom here as each drink is a blast of flavor.

Photo of Higravity
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the highest score I have given a beer yet. This was like tasting history. I kept thinking about the brewers of centuries past pouring beer out of casks and this beer swept me along in that dream.
A ruby body beer with a nice creamy wheat head that leaves a lot of hard lacing. The smell is of sweet creamy goodness, lots of malt and long boil sugars topped delicately with pure noble hops. The English water of metalic salts is present but only to a slight degree adding bit to the beer but not overly so as with some other English ales. I tried to savor the entire beer in my Imperial glass but this was such a delight to drink I quickly found myself out.

Cheers to Ding.

Photo of NClifestyle
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

what an amazing beer. if this is what beer tasted like in 1845, i'm a bit late. 1pt. .9fl.oz. bottle, and it says bottle conditioned, although there is a best before date of 20 mar, 06. dark amber color with a medium tan head that stayed with the beer. lots of sweet malt smell, with hints of fruit, somewhat sharp citrus, behind that. amazing taste, strong, full, what an ale should taste like. tons of malt, with just a little hop in the back. not much carbonation, if at all. i really enjoyed this beer and was sad when it was gone. thanks, diego. cheers...

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

Best by 19/Oct/05 on the back label of the pint + tall bottle conditioned English Strong Ale. I add yet another style to my growing list of beers. I can see how this would attract a cult following with its bold hops and rich complex toasty malt flavor. True to style description the alcohol was very prominate for a mear 6.3 abv.

Pours a copper-auburn (tea) with a picturesque head that varries from tall-rocky with a rough pour to a creamy thick that leaves lace that comes alive and creaps up the sides of my Gindstone pint glass. Served at ideal 55°F.
Aromas of fruity esters, dark caramel, butterscotch (diacetyl) and Fuggles hops suggest a great beer to follow. Hope that sounds as inviting as it smells.

Flavors evolve with warming but @ 55° toasted malt and hop bitterness vie for the front with buttery malt, figs and dates and toffee sweetness. The woody and earthy Fuggle hop flavors mingle with fruity flavors to provide a great lingering finish. As always, the diacetyl comes on with warmth. Smooth medium liquorlike body and medium mouthfeel. Excellent balance.

Last pour was slightly murky (unfiltered & bottle conditioned) with yeast and changed the taste bring an acidity to the tip of the tongue and more bitter finish.

A classic English Strong Ale.

Photo of fisherman34
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber colour with a slightly off white head. A combination of earthy hops aroma, baked apples, nutmeg and cinnemon. Full bodied, with lots of different flavors ranging from sweet malt, to red grape, to butter, and perhaps just the slightest hint of coffee. All of the richness of this beer is well balanced by some nice bittering hops.

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