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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 1,023
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 89
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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

from a bomber (uk?) this beer pours a clear amber color with actively rising bubbles and a dense head of heavy foam. patchy, thin lacing left behind from fluffy dissolve. aroma here is smoky malt, some coffee and maple notes rounded out with a slight hoppy smell. taste is bitingly bitter with banana and coffee paying a visit to my mouth cavern. chocolate malt and cherry notes in the background. a bit too bitter for the sweet tastes going on here. a quality beer but confusing overall and somewhat unwelcomely overpowering.

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich dried fruits? Where? Purchased a fresh bottle at Whole Foods in Arlington, VA. Poured a deep brown with a nice head. Smell has a little bit of the afore mentioned fruits, but the taste is dry, bitter, and finishes like charcoal mixed with water. I'm a huge fan of the Fullers Vintage Ales and I've heard that those are based upon the 1845. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this beer was utterly undrinkable to me. The bitter dryness at the end made me yearn for something to clense my pallete. People seem to love this stuff though so take this with a grain of salt.

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

Pours a reddish coppery color with a generous white head that lingers for quite some time. Smells of nutty caramel malt, slight bready yeast and a very slight astringency. Tastes of smooth malty goodness, kind of like Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, along with biscuit-like yeast flavors, rounded out by a nice smooth hop bitterness at the end. Finish is dry and clean. A quality english ale from Fuller's.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 2.6 oz. brown bottle with best before date of 19/oct/05.

Lightly hazed dark copper/deep garnet in color. Rowdy light tan colored froth. Lace work doesn't even come close to describing the way the head stuck to the glass. Amazing.

Light fruits and caramel come out first in the nose. Underlying spices reminded me of cinnamon, plus a bit of a metallic thing.

Caramel and light fruits are also in the taste, along with the trace metallic vibe. Woody oak characters come out as it warms. A bit thin on the palate until the finish, where nice hops let themselves be known.

This beer got better and better as it warmed, but was not my pint of beer at the start. I think I just need a little more time away from beer from Jolly Old to rest my taste buds and purge a bad memory of a crappy English beer. Cheerio!

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1pt. 9oz. bottle this beer comes out as a clear brownish garnet color. The head goes down slowly leaving light lacing. A very small head remained throughout my sampling of this beer. The smell was hoppy with hints of fruit and possibly, caramel. The taste was excellent and was wonderfully bitter, but not overpowering. Bready hops and fruity notes were also found. Mouthfeel is not light, but leaves a good feeling on the tongue. A great beer. One I'd come back to again.

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

Poured from a 18.6 oz bottle with a BB date of 7/19/05 marked on the back label.

Deep copper with a light beige head that has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of yeasty bread, malt and alcohol. There's some hop in the mix as well. Smells like an English Barley Wine that has been cellared for a bit.

The malt really comes through on the taste, but its backed up by some alcohol and a nice hop finish. A good combination that is well balanced and very delicious.

The mouthfeel is a tad bit more than medium, anything thicker would throw this one off. Quite drinkable, I wish it came in bigger bottles.

Photo of Pooba001
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 18.6 fluid ounce bottle into a pint glass. Slightly dark amber color with a touch of red, kept a decent head throughout. Smell is glorious, all English style ales should smell like this. Seriously, the beer's gone and I keep sniffing the glass and the empty bottle, its that good. Hints of bread dough and alcohol, among others. Taste is a very good balance between malt, hops, and yeast. In a way its a great example what Fuller's does best, i.e. find a tasty balance of all these things, but if you want a particular characteristic of the beer to jump out at you (a certain type of hops, malt sweetness, yeast character, etc.) you're not going to get it here. Mouthfeel is ok, pretty standard, not outstanding. From the scent of the beer I know I want another, but it doesn't quite have the drinkability to be had in high volumes.
This seems to be the baseline of the English Strong Ale category, all others should be classified as either better or worse than Fuller's 1845, and from where I stand most will fall short.

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

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.

Photo of horndecker
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of mgdeth
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of studentofbeer
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Photo of kmo1030
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of steinlifter
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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..

Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of dauss
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of pootz
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 1,023 ratings.