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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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956 Ratings

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 68
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000)
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Photo of NClifestyle
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

what an amazing beer. if this is what beer tasted like in 1845, i'm a bit late. 1pt. .9fl.oz. bottle, and it says bottle conditioned, although there is a best before date of 20 mar, 06. dark amber color with a medium tan head that stayed with the beer. lots of sweet malt smell, with hints of fruit, somewhat sharp citrus, behind that. amazing taste, strong, full, what an ale should taste like. tons of malt, with just a little hop in the back. not much carbonation, if at all. i really enjoyed this beer and was sad when it was gone. thanks, diego. cheers...

NClifestyle, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of Davideo
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Davideo, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of zenithberwyn
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

zenithberwyn, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of timus1119
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

poured into westmalle trappist glass,this bottle conditioned english strong ale astounded me,dark roasted malts,dark fruits,nice hop finish,excellent beer in every way,i thoroughly enjoyed this beer,reminded me of a trappist brew,well done fullers,CHEERS!!!

timus1119, May 29, 2011
Photo of hansavijaticar
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

hansavijaticar, Oct 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

mfigueroa713, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of profondo
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

profondo, Nov 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

pirmannt1, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%

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 horndecker
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%

A pint plus 2.6 oz bottle. Best before 10 Nov 05.

Deep dark tobacco and copper look to it. Big head, big bubbles. Sticky lace.

Smell of oranges, toffee, a little yeasty funk, lime candies and fizzies.
The taste is fabulous. Roasted malts, biscuits, buttered sourdough bread and an incredibly smooth and balanced bitter hop finish.

The mouthfeel is silky and full bodied. Delicious indeed. And oh so easy to drink. Be careful.

horndecker, Feb 20, 2005
Photo of mickeymac
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%

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 MikeThompson
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%

This is a fantastic beer. If you see it you should buy it immediately. I got this from the Willows in Menlo Park.

Poured a dark amber, beautiful appearance in my Samuel Smith pint glass.

Smell was malty and sweet, with a slightly alcoholic note. Fruits dominate much of the flavor.

Taste was amazing. Malty with a great raisin finish. The hops are strong enough to finish cleanly but still leave a great fruitiness. This beer is very complex, with a strong and sweet entrance, followed by a perfectly bitter exit.

Mouthfeel was supple and bottle-conditioned.

I can't recommend this beer enough.

MikeThompson, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Ardubya
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%

as good a real ale as one could expect. if availability wasn't an issue i´d have for me breakfast. sweet and round to start with roasted cocoa up high. finishes dry. at least that's how i remember it. lovely! in my town of ashland, or- this is about as good as it gets for this category. really, i want this beer as a staple in diet

Ardubya, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%

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.


RonaldTheriot, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of HeroJH
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

HeroJH, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of steinlifter
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%

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!

steinlifter, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of ZorPrime
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

ZorPrime, May 31, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

jwc215, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of putnam
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

putnam, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

Brad007, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of Ralphus
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

Ralphus, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of rangerred
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

rangerred, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of robnews
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

robnews, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of StevieW
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%

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 AudioGilz
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

AudioGilz, Mar 07, 2003
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.