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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

991 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 991
Reviews: 678
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 76
Gots: 40 | 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 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.

Brent, Oct 18, 2003
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.

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 11, 2003
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.

RonfromJersey, Aug 31, 2003
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

beerguy101, Aug 16, 2003
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.

elmocoso, Aug 16, 2003
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.

SheepNutz, Aug 14, 2003
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.

Indybeer, Aug 12, 2003
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.

Rumrunner, Aug 10, 2003
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!

beerluvr, Jul 25, 2003
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.

granger10, Jul 20, 2003
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!

hotstuff, Jul 19, 2003
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.

RenoZymurgist, Jul 11, 2003
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

TheDM, Jul 11, 2003
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.

DerKaiser, Jun 24, 2003
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

Reidrover, Jun 20, 2003
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.

cokes, Jun 06, 2003
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.

frank4sail, May 22, 2003
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.

tavernjef, May 16, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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, Apr 01, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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