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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 patto1ro
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is packed with biscuity malt flavours, so typical of English ales. Yet these never totally overpower the hop presence, which lurks around on the palate before jumping out in the finish. The two main themes are bulked out with a multitude of dark fruit flavours.

It scores well on every criterium: complex, balanced, authentic.

Note that this beer is NOT a Strong Ale. It's a classic 19th century Pale Ale. I don't know why everyone gets so confused. The brewery clearly said that they were trying to recreate a Pale Ale from 1845. I think they did a wonderful job.

patto1ro, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Wobbly
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%

A classic from one of the all time great breweries. Hard to find, so make sure to pick one up if you see it.

Wobbly, Aug 16, 2014
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 latercol
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites:)

Looks - deep amber nice fluffy off white head. Some lace.

Smell - caramel, freshly baked bread, dark fruits...Nice

Taste - This is such a delightful beer I almost feel giddy while sipping it. So balanced. Outstanding strong flavor of caramel and dark fruits. Nice malt backbone. Love it. 5 on taste. I dont do that often.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied good carbonation. Good feel, finishes clean.

Very drinkable. Overall a great tasting balanced brew.

latercol, Feb 22, 2009
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 twelvsies
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

twelvsies, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of jessecarr
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am a big Fullers fan. I had a hand pumped ESB while in London a few years back, and I've always had some nearby since then.

This 1845 is my favorite of the Fullers beers in the US. It is better, even, than the Vintage Ale.

Upon cracking the 1.9l bottle, I poured into a pint class and enjoyed the crisp citrus and hop aroma. The first sip immediately revealed the classic English Ale done perfectly--a hint of bitter hops at the end, preceded by a lovely and rich malty, spice-infused palate.

I loved the aftertaste as well. The impact lingers on the tongue for quite some time. You can enjoy this bottle for a decent amount of time, and the bottle can't be big enough--I want more right now even as I type.

The beer keeps some lacing and has a deep amber color with a bit of cloudiness. I'm a big fan of this style of ale, and I think Fullers pulls it off better than most.

jessecarr, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of John
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Full body, syrupy alcoholic mouthfeel, gentle malt sweetness, perfect hop balance. An instant classic strong ale.

John, Oct 08, 2001
Photo of jackndan
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fuller’s 1845: Clear, deep copper Strong Ale. Rich aroma that you can smell two feet from the glass/bottle, strong earthy, yeast aroma. Excellent, deep rich taste, great body. Long, lingering espresso/chocolate taste, with a hint of warm, rich black bread. Very complex tastes, with a somewhat bitter (O.K. bitter) aftertaste. Excellent, excellent beer. A great after dinner closer.

jackndan, May 12, 2002
Photo of ernie
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The best bottle-conditioned English ale I ever had. Hazy, with unusual and very pleasant aroma, extremely well-balanced, leaving a delcate aftertaste and a solid reason for another bottle or two. Fruits, nuts and malts (lots of them all) still leave a place for hoppy accent which is most welcome. Another great beer from a great brewery. A must for all ale-lovers!

ernie, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of Higravity
4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the highest score I have given a beer yet. This was like tasting history. I kept thinking about the brewers of centuries past pouring beer out of casks and this beer swept me along in that dream.
A ruby body beer with a nice creamy wheat head that leaves a lot of hard lacing. The smell is of sweet creamy goodness, lots of malt and long boil sugars topped delicately with pure noble hops. The English water of metalic salts is present but only to a slight degree adding bit to the beer but not overly so as with some other English ales. I tried to savor the entire beer in my Imperial glass but this was such a delight to drink I quickly found myself out.

Cheers to Ding.

Higravity, Aug 15, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

carlbrew, Nov 20, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

stephenlee, Nov 18, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

AleToTheKing, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of hippityhops85
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an epic beer if I have ever come across one. The flavor profiles dance in perfect harmony with one another and range from prominent to extremely subtle. A wonder of a beer.

Presentation is 500 ml bottle with some really classy fonts.

Pours a stunning mahogany/maple brown with big flashy ruby highlights at the edges of my dimpled mug, along with a brilliant head that sticks around for the entire ride.

The flavor and aroma work together beautifully: dark, dried fruits, bready malts, subtle hoppy bitterness and a refreshingly dry finish. You have to watch out for the abv on this one as you'll be left wanting much more. Beautiful.

I wish more breweries in the USA brewed beers like this. The amazing subtly achieved is phenomenal.

hippityhops85, Jan 08, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

db12, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Reswald
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Reswald, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of SPO5459
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

SPO5459, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of lillieja
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

lillieja, Nov 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

bryc9194, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bronze-ish amber with a nice light brown head and decent carbonation from bottle conditioning. Nice balanced malt and English hop aroma; spicy in both regards. Spicy malt flavors dominate. Medium bodied with a warming spicy malt finish.

A bit smoother than the standard ESB but this is nothing compared to the Bottle Conditioned Special Edition ESB !

Per Label: Bottle Conditioned

Best By: 03/20/06
Tasted: 11/07/05

($3.99 / 16.9 oz. bottle embossed with lots of brewery stuff)

RBorsato, Nov 08, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

bigbeerfan, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of gleemonger
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of steveh
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

steveh, Feb 04, 2013
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.