Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

998 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 78
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000)
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Photo of mschofield
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper-amber with huge foamy off-white rocky head that just won't quit, that finally deflates instead of dissipating, and laces very stickily. Well carbonated.
Caramel and nutty nose, that is slightly spicy, and earthy. Fruity aroma comes out as it warms.
Tastes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, and butterscotch, becomes more bitter with warming. Medium-full feel, very smooth, and easy to drink, and a nice bonus 2.6 ounces in the bottle.

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

Tan head sits atop a very red, brownish-red colored ale. Some haze, but that's expected with the bottle conditioning.
Aroma of sweet malt, plenty of fruity tones, along with notes of alcohol and earthiness.

Taste is smooth and somewhat complex. Sweet caramel malt flavors with lightly roasty notes. Fruit tones. Finishes crisp and clean. An earthy character is there as well.

Plenty of body and some creaminess lend to a great mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good, enjoyable beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, nigh-impenetrable amber hue, with a big, creamy head.
Aroma: potent hoppiness, toasty and nutty, simmering with fruit notes, too. An admirable amount of complexity to be found in this nose, and it just gets spicier and fruitier as we drink it in.
Taste: magnificent mouthfeel, warm, generous, almost dazzling. Doesn't feel too "strong", but it does have a touch of the "old" about it, the first sip lets you know you're tasting a legendary brew. Those flavors detected in the nose, noted above, all return and make merry in the mouth, gleefully ringing the senses with a most exceptional taste. Sweet, lively, sharp, distinct, full of tasty hops, richly resounding with a sparkling, coppery flavor. Medium-bodied, with full in the finish. There's a Hell of a lot going on in this beer, and it's quite an enjoyable libation, undoubtedly Fuller's finest!

Photo of diablo14
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fullers really know how to brew top shelf beers and this is no exception. a big big beer which is robust, complex and beautifully balanced.

clear for a bottle conditioned beer, had a deep ruby red color with a full beady head. very handsome looking brew. rich toffee aroma with lovely floral hops, fruity notes and an interesting roasted element. taste is nutty, big presence of everton toffee, peel and raisins, nice roasted flavor with a little hint of chocolate and spices. quite sweet, but robust with an assertive wall of hops. finish is tangy and a little dry. very smooth beer thats firm in body. not the sort of beer you can drink a swineload of, but a thoroughly enjoyable drinking experience.

yet another ripper from fullers. with brews like this they continue to show they are at the top of their game, and that their reputation as one of englands finest is well justified.

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

Poured a deep red-amber color with an off-white head of stiff foam, thick foamy lace, and lots of strips of stain. A handsome grill.

Smelled of smooth alcohol fusels, diacetyl (butterscotch), wonderful oak, and scents of shucked walnuts. Showed some fruity esters but the body was mainly malt, strongly present but highly tweaked by the brewing. Tasted of toasty malt flavor toned by strong wood flavors, and rooty liqueur-like flavors of alcohol. Did have strong bitters of astringent hops of a green and almost oily flavor. Some buttery notes occasionally washed over. Smooth thin-to-moderate mouthfeel.

Fairly complex, fairly tough, this is a rustic and classic strong ale, and a warmer.

Photo of kbub6f
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, dark cream-colored, dense head leaves crazy, thin but sticky constructions on the glass. Beer is a clear, dark red/amber. Beauty. Nuts! in the nose. Some chocolate malt too. Sweet vanilla and chocolate and cream give way to a deep, dark, smooth, sweet, fruity, malty body. Alcohol is apparent in the nicely bitter, chocolatey finish. Delicious. Sooo creamy, sweet+bitter. Fantastic.

Photo of francisweizen
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting brew from Fullers at the 5th annual Twickenham beer festival in England. This was a nut coloured brew with a nice white head. The aromas were very nutty, and almost alcoholic. The taste was very nutty as well and quite sweet. The mouthfeel was a bit thick, but not cloying and the drinkability was top notch!

Photo of Brent
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the beer that the Beefeaters relax with after a day of standing at attention and ignoring the gawking tourists. Big and chewy, with substantial caramel and dark fruit flavors, this ale is surpisingly smooth for the heft that it carries. A touch of sweetness balances the slight alcohol flavor in the background. A strong ale that drinks like an ESB.

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

This beer is pretty complex. I'm having trouble sorting things out to be honest. Its fairly bitter, but the particular hop flavors I'm not quite able to pick out. I actually think there is something I don't like in the beer, its kind of astringent. There is a good, fruity yeast flavor, but again, this off taste isn't so nice, but after about half the bottle its definately diminished. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-copper body, topped by a huge billowing, rocky, big-bubbly, moon-surface-like head which rose above the glass. Excellent lacing. Sweet, caramel aroma. Taste features a nice sturdy malt foundation, less sweet than the nose indicated. This is followed by a delightfully surprising hop explosion, unexpected by me in an English strong ale. Not citrus, but floral, herbal, and wonderfully bitter, which lingers well. This is, like all Fuller products I've tried, an exceptional beer.

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, large white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied ale. Rich smooth malts, with a sharp biting hoppyness. Mellow flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry and clean. Aftertaste is sharp and malty, slightly bitter. Nice mild ale

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

Bottle Conditioned. A beautiful bottle.
Lacing - good. Clingy with a tan hue.
The liquid is a red-deep amber
Particles in willing suspension - celestial.
Nice drowsy sweetness in the nose. doughy
like chocolate chip cookies.
A good mouth sweetness and carbonation
a good balancing bitterness in the end.

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

18.6oz. bottle poured into a Fuller's nonick pint glass. It pours a very dark ruby red color with two fingers of head. There is a tad bit of lace left. The smell is fairly malty and sweet with caramel. There is some alcohol to the nose as well. The taste starts off very malty with some toffee and nuttiness coming through. The finish contains a small dose of hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is fairly nice and strong. The drinkability is also fairly nice. Not a bad brew from Fuller's.

Photo of Indybeer
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this as part of a vintage beer tasting.
1999 vintage! Poured a deep amber, with very little head and minimal lacing. Aroma is of malt, and very little else. Taste is slightly sweet from the malt, but with a bitter aftertaste that really lingers. Mouthfeel is still pretty smooth but with very little carbonation. Because of the bitterness, I gave it a low drinkability score.

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

18.6 oz. bottle

A deep amber with a great foamy white head. Nice lacing. The scents are sweet caramel and syrup. Mostly malts and barley. Not much else gets through.

Flavors are very heavy malt. Sweet flavors of syrup. Some caramel and even a root beer creamy flavor. The hops give this ale a crispness in the finish.

A nice chewy feel. Not a thick body but not watery. There is a lingering aftertastebut it does not hurt the ale. An enjoyable ale.

Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a tremendously finely bubbled rocky head, ivory in hue that settled slowly over clear deep ruby liquid. The nose is a treat for the senses: treacle, caramel, spice, with a muted hop tone set amongst a firm malty base. The taste was firstly straight up hops! Followed by bittersweet/salty toasty malt flavors mixing with a nice low-key alcohol note. Finishes long and bitter and very complex. Superb!

Photo of granger10
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised by how amazing the one was. Light red in color with a quality head to match. Very crisp because of the carbonation yet sweet which went together very well. Caramel is the most notable flavor but there is a woody quality to it along with some earthy flavors. Finishes long, very long and somewhat dry with a malty bitterness.

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

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!

Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheDM
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of DerKaiser
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Reidrover
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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