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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 69
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000)
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Photo of budgood1
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

This is an all around solid beer and is quite enjoyable to drink more than just one. Its a beautiful chestnut color with a creamy tannish head.Aromas of bready malt and citrusy hops. I love the mouthfeel of this one, its very smooth from moderate carbonation and a thickness from the malt. The flavor is also outstanding with breadiness, nutiness, sweet caramel and fruity goodness all melding together in perfect harmony. So far my favorite from Fuller's.

Longstaff, Jan 22, 2003
Photo of sinistersteve
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Considering I'm not a huge fan of English Imported beer I found this one to be an excellent surprise. But then again, Fuller's seems to posess a quality that is quite different from other English brewers I've tated. Fuller's 1845 doesn't seem to have much head when poured into my glass. It has an almost roasty carmel color to it. The aroma is that of English ales, but the tast tends to be unique compared to that of other English ales. I great one in my opinion.

sinistersteve, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC is one of my favorite brewers on the planet. This is and has been one of my old staple beers for a long time. The color is very good and the nose is definitely malted hops. The hops in this one are very strong and should pleasing to any serious hop head. If you don't like bitters or hops then avoid this one. It is a bitter beer and can be rough on the palate depending on what you have before it. I recommend avoiding sweet stuff before this one. (I had a Mackeson's XXX prior and the sudden change shocked the palate)

AtrumAnimus, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, almost ruby in color. Medium sized tan head, slowly diminishing to a strong lacing. Very light, tiny-bubbled carbonation. Aroma is strongly sweet and doughy - almost like a cookie dough. Lighter aroma from fruits (raisin, grape, apple), and caramel. Flavor is malty sweet, some of the same cookie dough from the aroma, and light caramel tones in the back. Thick and chewy on the tongue.

goz, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of Dantes
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 1 pint, 2.6 oz. (550ml) brown bottle, with nice bas-relief. “Best before 15/Mar/03.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s website lists it as 6.3%.

Cost: $1.99-$2.49 per bottle.

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º. Tiny amount of lees at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Toffee-copper-auburn color. Pours clear. Head forms nicely, but does not linger very long, leaving a thin, lacey film on surface. I would give it a 5, but for the slightly disappointing head. Superfine bubble-threads stream up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nose is spectacular. Almost as satisfying as some other beers taste. A balanced panoply of yeast, dark fruits (prune, figs, currants), candied peel, complex esters, malt, fresh bread, and a hop edge.

Taste: Even better than the aroma. Very well-rounded. This is a Christmas pudding of a beer with spices, nutmeg, banana, caramel, nuts, butterscotch, and toffee vying with the hops and citrusy esters to achieve a wonderful standoff. Warmly satisfying. Dry finish complements the fullness of the flavors. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is extremely fine, lasting throughout the glass. Alcohol is not oppressive, but makes its presence known. Warming. Silky, smooth, and creamy; while crisp at the same time.

Drinkability: All too drinkable. I don’t find 6.3% ABV objectionable. I always have a few bottles of this around, as I find it perfect in almost every circumstance.

I can’t really see how anyone, regardless of style preferences, would not enjoy this. It slots in nicely between the bolder ESB and the super-rich Vintage. This reeks of craftsmanship, like the interior of a Bentley Continental. It is like an old friend, whom I’m always happy to see, regardless of my mood. This transports me to a classic bar at the Lanesborough Hotel in London; sumptuous leather chairs, cigars, and fine whisky; where I can see drinking this in place of the whisky without regret or embarrassment. Jeeves, please bring me another!

Backwash: The Cary Grant of beer; charming, urbane, assertive, entertaining, and perfectly turned out.

NB: Bottles do vary with respect to age, storage, and handling.

Dantes, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orangish-amber in color with a tan head that settles out quickly. The aroma is sweet, somewhat fruity, toffee-like and biscuity. The flavors are complex, with a sweetness, and toastiness that is perfectly balanced by the hop bitterness. In the finish, which is dry, I detected just a slight hint of chocolate. The beer is medium-full bodied, with a smooth, oily-creaminess. Overall, another excellent brew by Fuller’s.

BeerBuilder, Jan 08, 2003
Photo of MJR
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: On top of a clear, ruby/garnet body, sits a foamy, tan head that looks like soap subs. Big 'ole bubbles! Good head retention and lacing. Strong carbonation keeps a steady stream of tiny bubbles racing to the top. The bottle claims to be bottle-conditioned, but I see no yeast at the bottom...

Smell: Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, bread, a touch of toffee/caramel, hops, and very faint plum. Good aroma...

Taste: A wildly complex mixture of slighty burnt fruit, toffee, bread/toasted flavor, hops, and alcohol. Starts with an alcohol bite, and slowly fades into that wonderful mix of flavors, all of which fight for dominance. Ends with a burnt note that is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slighty oily mouthfeel that finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Fairly good. The higher alcohol level and burnt flavor at the end would make it difficult for me to drink more than a few of these in a row. Now...where's my bottle of Fuller's ESB?

Simply put, I expected a lot from this brew, and was a bit disappointed. A very good beer, but it has some flaws.

MJR, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of Riggo
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle-conditioned ale from Fuller's pours a deep reddish amber color with a creamy tan head. Hints of orange, caramel, molasses, raisin and roasty malt in the nose.

On palate entry, a clean hop bitterness followed by rich caramel maltiness, earthy, woody, toasted grain, raisin and a buttery mouthfeel. The relatively strong 6.3 abv is evident on palate.

A malty yet bitter strong ale, full of character and richness and another solid offering from Fuller's.

Riggo, Jan 04, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find the color of the 1845 to be absolutely gorgeous! It is a deep amber-chestnut hue which cries out to me "Take me!" Too bad the head was so thin and lifeless, though there was a slight bit of lacing. Upon taking my first whiff I got a sweet aroma, almost barleywine-like. Further whiffs tended to be more of a toffee-like character. Body was real nice, and a bit chewy! Creamy smooth on the tongue too, giving 1845 a very good overall mouthfeel! The maltiness is quite pronounced here, and the toffee character evident in the nose has transferred well into the flavor profile. Some floral qualities make a late cameo, and a long-lingering aftertaste is very savory. This is a very flavorful bier! Though I have only reviewed about 20 UK biers, this is in my personal UK top 5! Cheers!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Bierman9, Dec 22, 2002
Photo of StevieW
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big 1 pt .9oz bottle. Best before 12/02/02. Ten days past due, it's been in my fridge since late July and who knows where before then. It held up fine.
Roasted chestut to carmel color.Opaque. Nice beige, fluffy full head. Dense. Rich toffee, sweet carmel malt nose. Touch harsh at the end, but doesn't detract from the great aromas. Taste is super smooth combination of malty carmel sweetness, and sublte bitter bite to the middle. Toffe sweetness is soothing and very good. Lots of carmel malt taste as well. Meduim bodied, steady carbonation. One of my new favorites. I could drink this beer with dinner all the time. It went well with a roasted chicken dinner.

StevieW, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep chestnut tone. A sticky yet creamy beige head retains very well and laces in sheets. Sweet candy like aroma. Carmalized sugar. Malty sweetness. Very nice. My palate recognizes a big toffee presence first and foremost. Then I notice some sweet undertones like cotton candy, plum and sweet malt. Spice tones accent nicely. I don't think they spice this beer, but there seems to be a cinamon presence to me. Some slight lingering bitterness remains on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Body is about medium-full. Easy drinking. If ever there was a good "session" strong ale, this would be it.

Fuller's impresses again.

Bighuge, Dec 12, 2002
Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep garnet in color on the pour, the head is creamy in texture, majestic in size, the lace a latticework of fine bubbles that cling mightily to the glass. Nose is malt, caramel, slightly sweet, somewhat earthy. The front is ambrosial, the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is "Hop heaven", meaningfully acidic, droughty aftertaste,”Most Excellent" strong English Ale.

Gusler, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of mickeymac
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, baby, where have you been all my life? This is a beautiful copper color with a thick, creamy off-white head that lingers all the way to the bottom of the glass. The smell is malty sweetness with undecurrents of toffee/caramel. Fortunately, the taste manages to exceed the high expectations the smell creates. In addition to the toffee flavor, a bit of toasted biscuit flavor is present. It all works together perfectly. The mouthfeel is absolutely superb: creamy and fulfilling but somehow eminently drinkable at the same time. Why did I buy just one?

mickeymac, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark caramel color. The aroma is of sweet caramel and malts. The greatness of this beer is that the aroma is what you get in the taste. The sweetness and bitterness is in tune with each other. There's a bit of burnt caramel with a hint of chocolate and malt in the finish. I like this beer.

BeerManDan, Oct 14, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This "Celebration" English Ale pours a darker shade of amber with a small head that stays. The smell is malty and strong. The taste is smooth and clean. All around a top notch English Ale that has put in its time in the bottle.

CharlesRiver, Oct 08, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Superb!!! Pours a clear deep amber/caramel color with a modest tan head. The smell of roasted caramel, buttered bread, and malt smells delicious. The taste is that of burnt caramel with a biscuity and nutty flavor with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is out of this world! The balance of hops in this brew is a perfect match. Fuller's ESB was one of my favorites and this one I like even better! This beer suits me perfect! Cheers!

BeerAngel, Oct 05, 2002
Photo of Mark
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I likened this to a Scottish ale with more hops than usual. It has a very dark copper hue with a nice head and leaves great lace. It kind of reminded me of cask conditioned ale. Very malty at first and then hops start to come out a bit more. Nice solid mouthfeel and drinkability is good. Goes well with a hearty meal. Nice offering from Fullers

Mark, Sep 26, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy, rich reddish mahogany in color with a foamy tan head that holds quite well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is rich with dark fruits (raisin, prune, plum, cherry), sweet malt and earthy/mineral hops (Fuggles?). The body is medium with a very fine, moderate carbonation. Surprisingly crisp and smooth in the mouth. The flavor starts with a lightly tart and somewhat sweet, dark fruitiness; then reveals more caramel malt character and hop flavor as it crosses the palate. There's some light licorice and "wood" in there as well. The bitterness is solid, but not overpowering - well balanced to match the firm, fruity malt. The alcohol is also very well masked. It finishes lightly sweet at first - then drying - with a long-lasting fruity maltiness becoming increasingly bitter as the moments pass. Very nice! A complex, rewarding ale.

I was not impressed w/ this beer the 1st time I had it several years ago. I found it out of balance with a harsh bitterness. This bottle has been aged - I'm not sure for how long, but it's well over a year - and the perceived bitterness is greatly reduced and the flavor is much rounder. Really nice. Rich, but also quite drinkable, due in great part to it's lightly tart fruitiness. I'd definitely recommend aging this beer for at least 6 month prior to tasting.

NeroFiddled, Sep 26, 2002
Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clearish copper color, nice mix of bubbles in the slushy 1/4 inch head. Great aroma, malty with a lemon candy tinge. Respectable medium-bodied mouthfeel, taste of dark caramel with an early and decided floral hop, similar to the scent of peonies with nutmeg added. Sense of nut and astringency at the close, but an overall sweetness to the aftertaste. Big Ale here, tasty and with excellent balance.

ADR, Sep 15, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foamy with a light beige lace that sticks to the glass quite well. Mild chill haze goes away as soon as the ale comes to cellar temperature. This sample was cellar for a year or so and seems to have held up very well.

Fruity, ester and musty yeast aroma. A touch of grain and hops in the back of the nose.

Medium to full in body with a lush mouth feel that is just as crisp as it is smooth. Bursting malt and juicy fruit, hop bitterness is solid and flexes with a sharpness and woody flavour. Malt is pretty thick with hints of bread crust and toasted grain. Lots of fruitiness with a think yeasty back. Esters are apparent with a warming alcohol in tow. Hint of buttery diacetyl. Finishes with a big lingering yeast, hop and ester bite.

My oh my, this is a lively ale to be had. A killer brew with expressive and complex flavours flailing everywhere. A brew I go back to more than others.

Jason, Sep 01, 2002
Photo of marc77
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby in hue w/ a light haze, topped by a moderate light tan head that leaves lace. The enticing aroma consists of figgy fruity esters, dark caramel sweetness and mellow butterscotch diacetyl, with a hint of burnt biscuit. Earthy Fuggles hop nose. Toasty malt notes and hop bitterness is perceived initially, and is followed by buttery malt, dark fruit. and rich, toffee sweetness. Subtle chocolate malt flavors are discernible as well. The woody and earthy hop flavor complements the fruitiness well. Moderately bodied, w/ smooth mouthfeel conducive to high drinkability. Caramel and biscuit malt become more pronounced as the beer breathes and warms. Finishes w/ bittersweet fruit and hop bitterness pleasantly lingering. Fuller's 1845 possesses many of the characteristics of stronger Old Ales and/or Barleywines, yet is relatively "light" in gravity and is thus highly drinkable.

marc77, Aug 22, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy thick head. Tart, syrupy taste similar to Arrogant Bastard but with less bite. Fruity and malty finish. Very well balanced. Sweet aroma. Very good!

Dogbrick, Jul 19, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, deep copper color, with a nice frothy cardboard colored head, that lasts long. On the nose there are fruity aromas, as well as nice caramel malt among other things. On the palate you can detect, the complex fruitiness, malts, caramel, toasted bread, and a nice slight sweetness. Emmmm, so good! Overall this is another great beer from Fuller’s…

WilliamPhilaPa, Jun 27, 2002
Photo of aracauna
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. More subtle, I think, than the ESB. Where the ESB hits you with it's full chewy maltiness, the maltiness in this beer is more subdued and you're actually slammed by the bitterness the first couple of sips. As you get used to the bitterness, you'll start to notice the sweet maltiness (although this is still more subdued than in the ESB) A little later especially after the beer warms up, you'll start to notice some toffee notes starting to mix with the maltiness and slightly citric bitterness. I even noticed the occasional slight hint of banana, but I'm not sure if I wasn't just tasting things.

aracauna, May 19, 2002
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.