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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

903 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%


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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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fuller’s 1845 has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a murky, red-brown appearance, with noticeable tan, tiny and not-so-tiny, yeast chunks suspended from top to bottom. There isn’t too much lacing, though. The aroma is strong- cellar mold, cream, coffee, nougat, old fruit, funky yeast, sweetness, and malt. Taste is of sweet, heavy bread crust, chocolate, nougat, cream, milk, yeast, straight-forward hops, bitterness, medium-roast coffee, and sugar. The mouthfeel is high medium and slick, and Fuller’s 1845 finishes sweet and rich. Overall, this is delicious, and I score it high.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 22:11:39 | More by RonaldTheriot
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured a deep reddish-brown, nice sudsy head that left good lace all the way through.
smell was a bit sweet and a bit fruity.
taste was fruity, and nutty, smooth and a bit dry toward the end, well balanced.
mouthfeel was fairly creamy, with a bit of chewiness, that finished smooth.
As my English mates would say, "This stuff is fukin BRILLIANT!" lol, great stuff! highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 19:58:53 | More by steinlifter
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HeroJH

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very nice example of a good British traditional ale. It says on the bottle that it is a recipe from 1845 and it certainly feels that way to me. You can really picture yourself in a pub 150 years ago as you drink this. I am partial to English style beers and this is one I'd be happy to share with anyone to show them what I love.

A - Beautiful rich amber red (clear mohogany) with a fantastic foamy soft head and nice mild carbonation.

S - Rich malt. Slightly tin metallic notes. Good musty yeast. Hints of ripe fruit.

T - Full and upfront flavor coats the mouth like a wave. Good hop bitter, slightly metallic on the finish. Subtle even caramel throughout. Good yeast flavor, touch of bread and toast.

M - Nice soft carbonation full coating both sweet linger and dry bitter at the front.

D - This reminds me of being in England. I just wish I could be sitting on the coast there eating some fish and chips with this beer. This is very easy to drink in big gulps. I regret I only bought one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 19:59:56 | More by HeroJH
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putnam

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise to discover I've never rated this beer. it's one of my favorites in a bottle from the UK.
Deep plummy brown color and coiling, creamy foam formations on top. The aromas are of brandy, fruits and liqueur. It is very much like a plump, jammy red wine, only toss in more mocha and toffee -- more than an oak barrel could account for. That must be from the toasted grain. Bitter, bitter and exotically nuanced with Asian incense, buttered, charred pastries, fruit preserves and shoe leather. Quite tannic and boozy, the save comes from the generously gassy, beaten cream texture. It lifts away on the finish lightly, leaving a deep scar of ash, mushroom and forest flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 21:09:41 | More by putnam
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beauty to look at! Pours amber to copper (top to bottom) with a creamy thick tan head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

Aromatic, the smell is of orange, caramel, hints of other fruits (plum?) and slight nutty/bread aroma. Slight alcohol notes. Inviting...

The taste is of sweet malty orange liqueur. Caramel with a fruity breadiness. Nuts and dark fruit. A late crisp bitterness balances out the sweetness. Complex, rich and creamy with a long, dry finish. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but restrained and acts as a warming, spicy support in the background. Nice use of abv level.

A wonderful "sip and savor" brew (that tempts you to more than sip. Very tasty. A world class brew from a world class brewery!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 01:44:17 | More by jwc215
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Brad007

Vermont

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color: Pours a darkish copper color with ruby hue. One-finger head.

Aroma: Malty and rich. Some bitterness in the nose.

Taste: Very malty upfront with decent hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes dry. A second sip confirms the bitterness which I really like. A tad biscuity. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter with some biscuit flavor. Full-flavored, which I enjoy very much.

Verdict: Certainly my favorite out of the three Fullers' beers I've had. I'll probably buy another bottle to age because it's bottle conditioned. Very drinkable. I would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 00:50:22 | More by Brad007
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fullers 1845 is named for the year the brewing company was founded and is Britain's top selling cask conditioned ale. Like London's pride, it has good reason to sell so well. My bottle has a best before date a few years from now and I suspect it might be even better then.

This beer looks good. A beautiful rich amber color with an offwhite head. The head recedes quickly but have a sniff before it does. Lots of fruity smell up front, cherries and melon mostly but it's really well done. As you get the liquid into your mouth the taste starts off fruity sweet but then transitions wonderfully to a nice toffee and biscuit tone. You would be happy with just that but right when you think there's nothing more - bang, in come a round of bitter hops to round it out.

Mouthfeel is right on the money and made even more enjoyable by the complexities found within. This is a great sipping beer but it's even better taken in large gulps. The only problem being it's so damn tasty you'll have finished it in no time.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 01:47:17 | More by Ralphus
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received during CanBIF6 from BBrianBoogie.

Amber color, very dark, clear. Nice dense head. Creamy looking head. Caramel notes in the nose. Slightly burnt. Average intensity and very good. Taste is caramel malts, some burnt caramel with a dry finish with a little bitterness. Very good in the mouth. I expected this one to be very good, however it is excellent.

Meidum body. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 00:26:54 | More by ZorPrime
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into an english pint.

Pours a dark copper/ruby with a 2 finger off-white head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smells of caramel and dried fruit, possibly some wood.

Taste is much like the smell. Slightly stronger woodsy notes with a caramel and toffee. A slightly drying finish along with a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to full but does not impede drinkability

Overall a wonderful beer and an excellent example of the style. The perfect choice for a cool fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:18:38 | More by rangerred
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proc

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding. A flavor explosion. This beer pours to a beautiful dark amber color with a ton of lace. The smell is that of fruit and malt and is incredible. The balance of malt to hops is perfect (are all of Fuller's beers balanced or what?) I've tried this and the ESB and have been big time impressed with both. I can't wait to try their other brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2002 14:24:45 | More by proc
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StevieW

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 05:16:22 | More by StevieW
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 11:45:18 | More by AudioGilz
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presented in a 1 pint .9 oz bottle. Bottle conditioned.

Pours a deep amber color with a gigantic off white head!! Rocky and sticks all over the glass.

Smells sweet and malty with a nice hops spice! Taste like plums, floral hops, butterscotch, and soft toasted grains!

A semi dry hoppy finish.

Oh my god heaven in a bottle! I could drink it all day if I had the money!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2005 04:23:31 | More by Luigi
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robnews

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Stella chalice.

Great dark red orange color with nice initial foam head quickly receding to thin lace.

Amazing fruity molasses smell.

Taste is very rich malt and good carbonation. Caramel flavor throughout. Bittery aftertaste but quite drinkable. Higher alcohol is barely noticable.

Definitely one of my favorite Fullers.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 00:08:06 | More by robnews
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This thing is just gorgeous. The body is dark brown with some nice orange highlights and the huge, tanned head just wouldn’t go away. It left some awesome Belgian lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – Yes, the rank nose typical of the style is there. I can pick up those sharp malts along with a very sticky sweetness. The sugars are caramel, toffee, and rich. There’s a toastiness to these malts that play well, too.

Taste – Oh, this is good. Arrogant Bastard meets huge jar of table sugar. This beer is very sweet yet still has a wonderfully mature malt backbone and some nice balance with the hops. The cane and molasses are especially prominent.

Mouthfeel – A bit bigger than medium-bodied and very sharp. This is a heavy-hitter for sure. It is also one of the smoothest “big beers” that I’ve ever had. It handles it size very well.

Drinkability – You can sip this or chug this just the same. This is an incredible, unbelievable ale.

Update – I reviewed this in 2004 and drink it periodically, so thought I’d set down with a 2006 vintage and give it another go with paper and pen.

To me this is the standard of the ESA style. It’s a thing of beauty to see, smells like an amped up English Bitter, adds some complex fruiting and alcohol to the taste, big in the mouth but not heavy, and goes down smooth as silk. A winner in all categories!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2004 02:46:08 | More by RoyalT
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dgallina

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle a slightly clouded reddish-orange with big and foamy off-white head. Leaves plenty of lace along the glass throughout the drink. Smells yeasty and biscuit-like,with significant caramel malt and a fruity kick of english hops. Exhibits a superb balance of flavors. Carmel malts and earthy biscuits are balanced by leafy, bitter hops and both are shot through with a touch of creamy orange marmalade. Very lightly carbonated and quite smooth in the mouth. Approaches the consistency of a draft strong bitter.

A truly exceptional and subtle strong bitter. The best of the regular Fuller's lineup in my opinion (though the London Porter is a personal favorite as well).

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2005 23:10:34 | More by dgallina
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hseritt

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a regular lager-style glass from the approximately 20oz. bottle. I noticed the head was slightly lacking but honestly that is usually one of the least things I look for. I got close to a 1/2" of a very tan head. The lacing though remained perfect throughout the drink. The color could be described best as a hearty and rich amber. Not too dark but definitely not a lighter color.

The smell was outstanding! Could smell chocolate/coffee and dark roasted malts -- the smell was pleasant but not overwhelming. Smells were as good as a fine grind could be!

The taste was every bit as good as the smell. It reminds you of a very good medium stout but with very little bitterness. The alcohol content is the 6% range but never overpowers and seems to add to the flavor actually.

The feel of 1845 has a medium thickness and very wonderful to swish around.

I would gladly recommend this to any ale enthusiast without reservation. If I come across this in a pub, you can bet I will buy at least 2 pints -- if not, then for a full night of drinking! Though some may find this to be slightly heavy, I have no doubt it would make for a very good session.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 23:40:37 | More by hseritt
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danieelol

Australia

4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

large wine glass.

A: a very nice warming colour reminiscent of Christmas pudding- amber/copper. Nice head and lacing. 4.5

S: Definite rum and port notes (at times almost coconutty). Candied and sugared almonds. Toffee, caramel, chocolate and some definite roast coming through. Some oxidation notes. 4.5

T: Caramel/toffee and roast. Very full flavoured. Despite the dessert profile in the nose and taste there is little actual sweetness on the taste buds. Instead there is a substantial and lingering hop bitterness and the beer finishes surprisingly dry. This only makes it more drinkable, as you want another sip to further taste the complexities, rather than being overwhelmed by sweetness. 4.5

M: Thick, creamy and highly carbonated. 4.5

D: For me this beer has all the sophistication of a quad (and in many ways it reminds me of quads), but packs it into a lower alcohol, more drinkable beer. Incredibly subtle and sophisticated. Probably the finest English ale I have had yet. 5

My most recent bottle paired very well with Christmas cake.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 00:04:14 | More by danieelol
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oberon

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a light orange hint,awesome aromas of brown sugar and orange big and expressive for sure.Taste is rich and complex even more so as it warms more towards room temp great malt tilted beer I get big brown sugar and nutty flavors and a long fruity finish with a yeasty note.A great beer to savor,man Fullers make some truley great ales!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 18:03:07 | More by oberon
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PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tons of head. It fills the glass and then cascades up something akin to a Guinness, but not as creamy (or dark). Foamy, spongy head remains a long time, and leaves lacing down the sides of the glass. Deep amber colour.

Smell is good, but not captivating. Earthy.

What flavour! Sweet malty caramel/roast flavour, but not too sweet. Nice earthy balance with scotch/wood notes. Is that vanilla I taste? Maybe even some dried dates or apricot?

Mouthfeel is just about perfect, I think. A great balance of how it feels on all areas of the tongue. Just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is great, but I wouldn't have too many at once... maybe a couple.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 18:16:20 | More by PEIBeerGuy
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 21:54:31 | More by tavernjef
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granger10

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 20:27:21 | More by granger10
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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

500ml bottle

Poured into a pint glass, it has a deep red hue, brown and amber hints, beautiful

Smell, dry and musky, hoppy aromas cut through, very strong and fragrant, sweet brown sugar and a hint of protein whey

Taste is amazing. Hoppy flavour with a smokey dry aftertaste and musky hint. Maltly also, very nice, slight hint of ginger on the finish, nice residual hop bitterness on the finish. Thick english hopped with a bitter body, then some thick malt.

Fantastic ale, something to savour, a real classic. One of my favourite ales. This is what i think of when i think english ale. Its outstanding

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 17:19:38 | More by cypressbob
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theopholis

California

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

Appearance- Buh-utiful, rich amber. Just a tad opague, but it doesn't look hazy either. Pretty good light-tan head. It's kind of loose, but has some staying power, and leaves a nice lace behind.

Aroma- Wow. The smell is one of the best I've ever smelled. Perfect blend of malt sweetness and that bready yeast with bittering hops. Lots of rich caramel to. Neither over-whelming not under-stated. Getting something else in there to. Maybe some plum or raisen. Whatever it is, it smells great.

Taste- Doesn't live up to the smell, but that's not surprising. It smelled like it was brewed by the English beer gods themselves. The taste is very good however. Very good blending of malt sweetness, bittering and flavoring hops The taste is not as tantalizing, nor as complex as the aroma, but a very worthy effort.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a nice level of carboantion. Clings to the mouth very nicely.

Drinkability- For drinkability, it's probably the best strang ale around. It's neither as complex, nor as heavy as most of the better ones, which is a 2-edged sword. For someone just getting into Stong Ale, this is probably the one I would stear them towards.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 21:12:57 | More by theopholis
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jdmorgan

Virginia

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

This superb beer poured a deep and rich brown with a touch of amber red and had a small head. The volume was a full English pint and was served in a pint glass.

The smell had a soft aroma of hops and malt with a touch of fruit. The taste was incredibly balanced and consistent, with a creamy malt flavor upfront and throughout that seems very infused with the hop flavor and bitterness. The body is full, like a good ale should be. Balance is the word of the day with this ale, and the flavors seemed to have been merged very well. Bottle conditioning no doubt helped this. There is a subtle fruit flavor present and the higher ABV produces a slightly dry taste as well. None of the aforementioned flavors tend to stick out or override the others, but instead seem very blended and mellow. The carbonation is medium/low with a medium/thick consistency. The aftertaste has a subtle biscuit malt flavor, but is hardly noticeable. Outstanding taste, all around.

The Fuller's name continues to impress me with this ale, and I found the drinkability to be very much to my liking. Highly recommended to all, especially lovers of English ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 06:50:23 | More by jdmorgan
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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