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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

956 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 68
Gots: 29 | 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 hotstuff
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%

When this beer was poured, it produced an extremely foamy head. The hue was amber and there was excellent lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose was fruity and the mouthfeel was very smooth. I definitely would drink this beer again and again and again!

hotstuff, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%

Dark and clear color with a tan head that leaves behind lace on my glass. Aroma is of chocolate malt and a strong estery fruitiness. Flavor is deep dark and complex, with a salty english character and sweet and dark malt flavors rounded with noble english hops. Heavy body contributes a nice smoothness to the finish. A fine english beer that is very enjoyable.

RenoZymurgist, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%

Highly envigorated light brown head of fine bubbles that left behind a nice lacing on the pour. It has a transparent dark amber brown body. Malty aroma mixed with hops. It has a fizzy taste of hops and nutmeg flavor. Very rambunctious! Went down smoothly

TheDM, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of DerKaiser
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

The 1845 pours and looks very much like Fuller's ESB. But that's about where the similarities end. The aroma is much more thick with caramels and ripe fruits, especially apples.

The taste follows the aroma very closely: pungent ripe fruits, apple peel, and a bit of burnt caramel. The alcohol comes through with a nice warming effect, but is not overwhelming. There's a husky, yeasty aftertaste that finishes a little too bitter for my taste. But this is certainly a quality brew that is well deserving of its great reviews. Fuller's really is one of the world's better breweries.

DerKaiser, Jun 24, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%

OK Im becomeing a Fuller's fanatic..so this is next in line.
Comes in the great chunky Fuller's brown bottle..as always a simple but great label.
This is a wonderful beer to look at,dark chestnut brown , when first poured a large slightly off-white head..that shrinks but always leaves a nice lace covering.
LOvelly fresh chocolaty roasted malts..I detect some pleasant alcohol too..its pretty nice..some yeast.
An exeptional tasteing brew .. the malts appear first but are not too sweet..smooth and dark chocolaty..later theres a buttery buiscuity taste then some nice alcohol warmth in the throat, to go with the surfacing hops!
Very comfortable in the mouth not over bearing.
A very very drinkable ale..nice stuff.
I have become a real fan of bottle conditioned beers and Fuller's does them best

Reidrover, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Glistening bronze capped with a towering pale yellow film.
Sweet and roasty nose. Charred hazelnuts dipped in toffee, accompanied with a mild-roast coffee.
Starts of with notes of toffee and rumcake. Fruitness lurks below, with hues of burnt dates and dark raisins coated in a rising buttery diacetyl. Toastedness grows gradually. Beginning with a Nutella-on-wheat-bread notion, then roasted walnuts, before turning to bitter chocolate and finally, a full roast coffee blend. Hop counterpoint is spot-on. Pleasing amount of bitterness by way of the floral, metallic EKGs. Ends hoppy with lingering toasty caramel and a minor insurgence of brandy-like alcohol.
A firm, yet pliable medium body.
Soft and hard.
Delicious.

cokes, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Caramel malt smell with a touch of roast malt (nuts) as well. Hazy brown look with a significant light beige head. Sweet caramel malt chewy taste with hints of roasted hazelnuts and burnt popcorn. The finish is bold with a noticible ABV and a dry and bitter touch to the tongue. There is also a nice hop presence on the back end. Cheers to budgood for the sample.

frank4sail, May 22, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottle conditioned 1pint 2.6 ounce brown bottle, back label says "best before Sept 02" had sitting since early Aug. 02
Color is a nice hazy dark brown with a deep dark orangy glow. Finger high head of creamy foam, tannish in hue, big bubbles and lumpy from a vigorous pour, has some spotty lacing.
Smell is all caramel; sweet and candied toffee aroma and loads of caramel with notes of slight dark fruit and fresh bread. Hint of alcohol late and deep.
Taste is super smooth caramel malt, subdued in its subtle sweetness, balanced in with the perfect amount of earthy hop twinged bite and bitterness, and slightly drying. The hops start to make a bigger appearance and gets more noticeable as you go.
Feel is solid medium bodied, slightly buttery and chewy, all soothingly smooth with a nice calming earthy dryness in the finish. Lending this barleywine to be incredibly delicious and drinkable, very enjoyable and head swimmingly soothing.
Made for a great night cap.... now I know I'll get some sleep.
Finishing the big bottle goes right to your head. Wow.

tavernjef, May 16, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours crystal clear reddish brown with a sea foam consistency head. Thick, clingy lace.
Malty aroma with a sugary sweet quality. A honey soaked biscuit comes to mind.
The taste is malty, smooth and dry. The sweetness in the nose is not there in the taste. The hop bitterness grows stronger towards the end of the glass.
A pretty easy drinker, but not one that I'll search for too quickly.

cretemixer, May 13, 2003
Photo of GreenCard
3.7/5  rDev -10%

Appearance: a brilliantly clear whiskey-brown, a creamy khaki-colored rocky head, lots of lace, small amount of granular yeast on the last pour

Aroma: caramel, malt, a big hit of Grand Marnier of all things!, alcohol, slight English hoppiness

Flavor: toasty/biscuity malt up front, subtle sweetness balanced by a mild hop flavor and a hoppy/tannic bitterness that makes itself potently known, bitterness builds with every swallow, dry finish, pretty phenolic tasting ("Band-Aid like")

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of medium bodied, slight warmth, crisp and tight carbonation

Drinkability: goes down easy, but it's not something I would drink very often.

GreenCard, May 02, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured a dark amber with a thick creamy head. Yeast/clove smell is most evident to me (though, I'm not the best at sense of smell).

The taste is quite malty with a good hit of hops to round it out. Info says this is a 6.3% ale, but you wouldn't know it by drinking it. Not my favorite Fuller's brew, but tasty nonetheless.

jlervine, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%

1 pt. 2.6 fl.oz. Bottle; Best Before 05/OCT/03.
Aroma: A rich dark malt smell but the hops and a touch of spice (clove?) comes through as well.
Appearance: Brownish red, clear and not very dark. Light but persistent head that leaves a lace of tiny bubbles.
Flavor: The dark sweet malt initial taste is rapidly overrun by a horde of hops that camp for the night. The balance is definitely on the hops side. I experienced some buttery esters as well.
Mouthfeel: Touch heavy on the carbonation and not the warmth I got from other Barley Wines. The hops are so strong that I got a bit of astringency as well.
Overall impression: I know this ranks high in the overall for the site but I found this to be enjoyable, but not quite a celebration. Heavy on the hops for my taste given the style. An ESB on steroids? Drinkability also didn't really ramp me up. I'll enjoy this bottle, but won't crave another.

HardTarget, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

A fine clear amber pour with a massive head of off-white to tan foam on top. The aroma is filled with grassy hops and a mass of sweet smells.

There are a whole lot of hops in this brew. It is nice and floral with a great deal of spice to add to the vast complexity of the beer. It always seems to add a little extra after each gulp. The aftertaste is extremely spicy with a touch of alcohol in there. It is a very crisp beer that is a wonderful drinker. The array of flavors, and the awakening carbonation combine for a deliteful brew.

ElGuapo, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

"1 pt 2.6 fl oz" (22.6 oz), brown glass, capped, Best Before 05/OCT/03.

This ale poured a nice, clear, amber (reddish) color, with towering slightly tan foam that left lace and patches of foam down the glass. The foam settled to 0.5-1.0 cm head. The smell was malty, biscuity, with some hint of citrus (lemon and orange). The taste was first and foremost hoppy (bitter and floral), but there was malt shining through, and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was dry and crisp, with low carbonation feel. There was a sharp hop character (somewhat astringent), with a long lasting hop flavor (and I mean LONG lasting, though not overpowering). The drinkability was very good. This was a very nice, hoppy ale.

UncleJimbo, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of yen157
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

Beautiful clear, reddish copper beer with a cream colored head that remained on the glass as a thick lace. Simply gorgeous. Rich malt and honey aroma with a tiny bit of yeast and graininess in there, too. Oh, and did I mention honey in the nose? Bold yet supple toasted malt up front with a hops that come off as woody from the toastiness and a very light fruitiness throughout. Nearly perfect, creamy mouth feel.

Overall, this was an excellent beer. The bitterness may have been a bit too harsh for the malt. I would really like to taste this aged and/or cask.

yen157, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

A 6.3% ABV English Ale produced by Fuller, Smith & Turner in London’s Oldest Brewery – what better way to forget the rain lashing against my Apartment window on a cold damp windy day in Long Beach.

Appearance – A clear deep copper color with some dark red-orange hints. Head is vanilla colored, that is smooth at first but finishes a thin collar covering. Some lacing is present on the edges of the glass, but not much.

Smell – I could smell this beer as soon as I opened the bottle. Rich, wholesome and very fruity with an alcohol soaked ESB type punch. Malt and alcohol mix smoothly & easily, as well as adding to q very Barleywine type nose.

Taste – The first mouthfeel says it all. Supreme Strong English Ale. Smooth, yet strong. Powerful, but never domineering. Complex but Balanced. Malt dominates the start and like others, I get a yeasty character in the middle and end that reminds of fresh bread.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, silky and fulfilling. A beer that has a signature memory in the mouth, you know you have just drunk a great beer, and there is something left behind to remind you of this fact for some time.

Drinkability – This will never be a session beer, but I find it very drinkable in a relaxed manner. I could easily drink several bottles of this beer throughout the day whilst sat at my PC writing or surfing the net. Great Company.

I am astonished that this is only 6.3%; it tastes and drinks as though it is much stronger.

A superb robust English Ale that lets me forget the cloudy cold & rainy miserable day outside.

Excellent.

TheLongBeachBum, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%

What a wonderful beer to enjoy. This is a definite favorite barleywine of mine. It's a dark amber color, and an enormous fluffy head that looks like steamed milk forms and stays. An awesome aroma, spicy, hoppy, and sweet. As goes the flavors, also awesome...spicy hops, sweet maltiness, perfect balance. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. This is a brew I shall go back to many times. Make sure you try this one.

AudioGilz, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%

Has a great deep mahogony color and a nice thick creamy head. It's smell is of candied fruits, dates and sweet raison. The taste was a sweet spicy mix. It had many complex flavors of spiced rum cake and prunes. It has a nice hop presence that comes out in the finish. This beer has a tremendous body and mouthfeel that really lives up to a strong ale. I didn't know by the taste this was a strong ale cause the alchohol is warming but not that detectable due to the overall complexity and richness of this beer. A very good ale, and one of the best strong ales of the handfull that I have had.

OatmattStout, Feb 27, 2003
Photo of scottum
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours out a nice copper amber with a decent head. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm....... liquid bread for sure. Tastes a bit bread like actually. Maybe it's the live yeast. This is a very good beer. Smooth and subtile. All the flavors work together to create a nice little package. Just enough hop to make it real good. Gotta love what a bottle can do to a brew.

scottum, Feb 18, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Darkish brown hue, coppery-bronze highlights, semi-translucent, a finger of creamy tan head, decent retention but sheets of lace. Lovely nose, caramel with hints of butterscotch & toffee, a suggestion of fig with fruitiness throughout. As for the palate; caramel malts upfront with chocolate malts that complement, a royal combination. Sort of an earthy consistency as well… then, just too add complexity, delicate hops bitterness balances a faint sweetness. The mouthfeel has tremendous texture (which only adds to the enjoyment), slightly bitter finish with an organic yet caramely aftertaste. For the style the body is lightish (not thin). This only adds to the drinkability. This is an excellent brew and I highly recommend it.

bditty187, Feb 18, 2003
Photo of zerk
3.7/5  rDev -10%

Pours a translucent amber with a pillowy white head that leaves behind rings of lace. Herbal aroma that has notes of caramel, butterscotch and bread dough. Flavor begins malty... caramel and bread dough, then becomes a little spicy and bitter, finishing with notes of oak and butter. Moutfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. A good beer, but doesn't quite live up to the hype.

zerk, Feb 17, 2003
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

Clear coppery body with no apparent CO2. However, it pours to the big, fat head so wonderfully typical of an English bottle-conditioned ale. Very malty aroma with some spicy and herbal hops. Malty flavor - bittersweet caramel - with a fairly strong presence of herbal/earthy hops, along with a bit of spicy hop flavor. Rich creamy body with an oily finish. Certainly a good beer, but I've other choices for a top barleywine.

Viking, Feb 17, 2003
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%

Best before date of 10/16/00.

Pours a deep murky mahogany. Big, big rocky head settles to an uneven, and still rocky cap of relatively large bubbles.

Nose is very sweet - loads of crystal malt, with a bready, confectionary raspberry note that reminds me of Panda raspberry licorice. A bit much for me.

Huge rich malt attack on the palate. Wow. Slight chocolate elements, with a load of crystal or carmelization notes. Just goes on and on, with some hop bitterness and mineral notes carrying the long, lingering finish. The carbonation is beautiful bottle-conditioning, but perhaps its losing it a bit at this age - younger examples definitely have a higher carbonation level which further helps to balance the beer.

Quite a ride, but my least favorite of the regulars in the outstanding Fuller's line-up - which still means I'd rather drink it than 80% of the beers out there.

Realale, Feb 06, 2003
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3.55/5  rDev -13.6%

A bottle conditioned real ale from Fullers. A staight-forward strong bitter? The color is a brilliant dark copper with nice tan head that lasts the whole glass. Fruity aroma, earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. The taste is of caramel malt with nice bitterness to offset. The hop flavors are earthy with a little spice, the body is medium,maybe not full enough for the alcohol, which appears as the beer warms. A decent drink.

jeffboo, Jan 31, 2003
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%

i recently found four bottles of this, two of which still had their back labels with the "best by" dates, which were now a year and a half past. i decided to keep the two with labels for trade bait, and tonite i'm drinking the other two....

1845 pours out a dark, thick, extremely cloudy and hazy unfiltered chestnut color. a thick and luxurious head forms and does not dissipate. there is lots of heavy, festive lace to adorn the glass. a very musty aroma of sour apples...quite barley wine like. tastes are hard to describe...malt, english hops....tart fruits...such as cherry, and apples....ginger and fig notes too...hints of caramel and chocolate...all under a cloak of leathery, perceptible mustiness. a very dry finish...with odd hints of mint and wintergreen. hops play hide and seek with my tastebuds. this strong ale is very complex and maybe even beyond my full appreciation. another Fuller's with a strong and sturdy body to create a full but smooth mouthfeel. all alcohol is masked and sufficiently blended into the flavor profile. this is a special brew...tonite i consider myself more lucky than worthy.

budgood1, Jan 25, 2003
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.