Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Reviews: 683
Hads: 1,050
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 94
Gots: 65 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pint glass. Darkish brown/red color. Fat head that could be my bad pouring skills, but I don't think so. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is very similar with a bit of roasted flavor added in. Aftertaste has some bitterness and fruit (perhaps prunes). Medium thick mouthfeel. Seems pretty drinkable and somewhat complex. But I prefer other Fuller's beers. (388 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pretty red with different shades in different lights, good, retentive white head. Really nice pour, actually.

Smells like deep caramel and raisins. Smells like a good beer that's slightly spoiled, but the label says it's good for another month...

Very strong, very sweet. Heavy duty alcohol, raisins, caramel, solid sweet malt, and a good dry hop background.

These English strong ales are an odd sort. As hard to drink as 11.00 ABV beers, only half as strong. (468 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting brew from Fullers at the 5th annual Twickenham beer festival in England. This was a nut coloured brew with a nice white head. The aromas were very nutty, and almost alcoholic. The taste was very nutty as well and quite sweet. The mouthfeel was a bit thick, but not cloying and the drinkability was top notch! (332 characters)

Photo of BierReise
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

550ml bottle. Poured a clear amber with a thick foamy head. Some English hops in the nose as well as some bready malt. Palate is a bit thin for my liking yet smooth. Flavor seemed fairly simple and nothing that I was hoping for. I really think the ESB is better than this one. Overall a decent English Ale, however nothing deserving of an exceptional rating. (358 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle; tulip snifter.

Pours copper, with a big foamy, soapy looking off white head.

Toffee and caramel, with some light mineral-yeast notes and dried dark fruit.

The mineral notes are less pronounced and the toffee/caramel and dried dark fruit are more balanced.

Medium body, with soft carbonation that makes the body feel a bit lighter.

An enjoyable beer, though it did seem subdued at times. (406 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving style: bottle.

Pours a very dark amber/ hazelnut/ chestnut brown color with a thick, frothy head that settles down into a nice lacing. Aroma of fruit and hops. Sweet maltiness up front with hints of sour fruit and a nice bitter/dry hoppy finish. Quite good. (266 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle conditioned real ale from Fullers. A staight-forward strong bitter? The color is a brilliant dark copper with nice tan head that lasts the whole glass. Fruity aroma, earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. The taste is of caramel malt with nice bitterness to offset. The hop flavors are earthy with a little spice, the body is medium,maybe not full enough for the alcohol, which appears as the beer warms. A decent drink. (426 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big ole 1 pnt 2.6 fl oz. attractive embossed dual label bottle with "Best by July 2005" and "6.3 ABV Bottle Conditioned" declared.

Crystal clear copper pour with a foamy cake like khaki head. Tiny carbonation. Good looking pour with tons of lace.

Ginger snaps cookie aroma. Overall light vanilla & nutmeg (maybe ginger?) and yeasty aromas. Detection of brandy hints.

First swigs: Ginger snap cookie and dry finish. Malty base. Dry biscuit and plain Buisquik pancake like tastes. Some sugary syrup hints.

Crisp carbonation and slighly buttery. Briak spicey robust style but a bit foamy.

Last swigs: A balanced but malty spice ale like a liquid gingerbread. Much anticipation preceded this FULLER'S but slightly over-hyped. Thanks to BA Shapudding for offering this at a tasting.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (825 characters)

Photo of melagnus
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Finger thick smoky looking head forms quickly and settles latently. Bubbles spew to the top, which helps support the head and gives the appearance of a beer with high carbonation. After 30+ seconds the head fizzles out to a film across the top of the clear ruby red liquid. Swirling the beer in the snifter rouses the beer's head back to an almost finger-thick consistency, though it's quicker to fizzle out and not as thick. Legs do form after swirling, though the consistency is thinner in body than say a West-coast IPA would be.

S - Sweet malt rises to the nose, one that contains raisin and a slight toastiness to it. The toastiness balances the sweetness from the raisin, and also allows a near-earthiness to come through. With that said, this doesn't come by way of yeast, but through the malts used.

T/M/D - Sweet caramel and raisin wash across the palate with medium body. The sweetness comes across the palate and finishes somewhat syrupy, though the sweetness is nicely balanced with toasted malts. Alcohol (6.3% ABV) seems to also be prevalent, though nothing out of style. The bottle conditioning definitely helped to elevate the carbonation and the bubbles prickle along the center of the palate and this, mixed with the mild bitterness from the hops, really makes for a nice beer. Drinkability seems to be nice, though the combination of malts & hops do provide for some palate fatigue and due to the level of alcohol, this is by no means a Session Beer. Nonetheless, on a colder night next to a warm crackling fireplace I would consider having another :)

C - The temperatures were warm today (84˚F), yet this beer still comes across as having a wonderful taste that caries with it a refreshing quality. I ended up utilizing it to make a marinade with brown sugar, dill, cranberry honey mustard and then put it over Wild Alaskan King Salmon with caramelized yellow onion and garlic; to say the least, it was yummy! This wasn't a beer that wowed me, though also not a beer that disappointed.

Prost!

P.S.: I don't believe my palate to be developed enough to fully appreciate this beer and haven't drunk enough beers in this style to fully understand what I am looking for. Therefore, please do not be turned off by my B rating, as by rights this beer should probably be a lot higher, but I am trying to rate it by what I experienced in this moment. (2,379 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium translucent copper/amber colour with one finger of cream coloured head that quickly receded.

S - Toffee, dark fruit, caramel, raisins.

T - Toffee, Dark Caramel, raisins, a good hop bitterness and some floral notes. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. (324 characters)

Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 2.6 oz. brown bottle with best before date of 19/oct/05.

Lightly hazed dark copper/deep garnet in color. Rowdy light tan colored froth. Lace work doesn't even come close to describing the way the head stuck to the glass. Amazing.

Light fruits and caramel come out first in the nose. Underlying spices reminded me of cinnamon, plus a bit of a metallic thing.

Caramel and light fruits are also in the taste, along with the trace metallic vibe. Woody oak characters come out as it warms. A bit thin on the palate until the finish, where nice hops let themselves be known.

This beer got better and better as it warmed, but was not my pint of beer at the start. I think I just need a little more time away from beer from Jolly Old to rest my taste buds and purge a bad memory of a crappy English beer. Cheerio! (824 characters)

Photo of Slats
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks: Dark coppery color. Nice sticky lace. Clean and clear when held up to the light.

Smell: Sweet malty smell with a fruity prune like background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet malts are right there but balanced with some bitter. Alcohol warms to reveal the prune flavor (I grabed a box of prunes to make sure I wasn't crazy). Hop bite throughout. I love the flavors but the bitterness is a bit taxing in this brew.

Drinkability: Not bad but I wouldn't be able to do more than one in a sitting.

Overall decent but I wouldn't seek it out. (545 characters)

Photo of Chadbrew
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - I like the appearance of this beer, it's hearty looking with decent but not over-the-top carbonation and head.
Aroma - Lots of malt in the aroma of this with a fair amount of caramel too. Hint of alcohol.
Taste, mouthfeel - Very rich and creamy and then almost immediately there is a big hit of bitterness on the back of the tongue that borders on astringency. Fortunately there is also some sweetness and a light tartness that is pleasant. There are some hot alcohol flavors that come through too.
Drinkability - A tad heavy to be something I'd call highly drinkable, one bottle will be about enough for the evening. (634 characters)

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml. bottle. Leaves a tan colored one finger head with good retention and good lacing. Body is a hazy garnet.

Smell - much diacetyl, malt bread, figs, and plums.

Taste - like the smell. Much diacetyl, malt bread. Also, rye crackers ( although there is no rye in here, as far I know ). Figs and plums.

Mouthfeel - full, dry.

Drinkability - this is good and sessionable. (396 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish amber, low carbonation provides almost no head. Very malty aroma totally dominates the old hops hints. Fruity (plums, grapes), toasted bread and roasted nuts maltiness. Notes of cake, oak, cloves, nutmeg... Surprisingly has a moderate acid bite that hurts a bit the roundness and development of the deep malt flavors. Slight smoke in the finish. Medium to full bodied, low carbonation. This is not as well elaborated as the vintages in terms of flavor balance and appears a bit disappointing to me. (507 characters)

Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.52/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint, 0.9 oz. bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: A clear mahogany with a thin, bubbly head, like a soda.

Smell: A sweet, plum aroma, almost like a brandy. Similar to their Vintage Ale, actually.

Taste and mouthfeel: Alcohol is right up front, harsh, almost completely overwhelming the sweetness underneath. Softens a bit as the beer warms. Mildly creamy back that becomes more noticeable in the finish. Medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

Drinkability: Hard to see drinking more than one in a sitting.

Notes: There was just something a little unbalanced with this one; definitely let this warm up significantly. Maybe I'll give it another try sometime. (696 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
3.51/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle, best before 20 june 06 printed on the label.

pours burnt orange, with a thick, long lasting, two finger head. Sticky rings of lace are left behind.

aromas of raisins, caramel, coffee and toast. Some yeastiness also.

Dark fruit flavors, raisin, prune with some orange and spice in the finish. (319 characters)

Photo of Goldorak
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this fine brew with fellow BAs 3Vandoo and Beersignal, and I can't remember who brought this one so I'll just thank them both!

Appearance: Burnished copper with a clingy salt and pepper head.

Smell: Alcoholic vapors rushed up my nose, they felt peaty at first but mellowed to show a side of oily golding hops.

Taste: Boozy and round, with pale malt character and a crisp bitterness that was short, but the hooch stayed on a while in the aftermath. (464 characters)

Photo of Sinfull
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Nice dark red/brown color with good off-white head. Aroma of caramel and hops. Taste is bitter with sweetness in finish. Long bitter aftertaste. Good beer. (155 characters)

Photo of AltBock
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tall 500ml bottle with a classic white with gold border label that has the Fuller's crest at the top, "1845" in big black letters, and one phrase that every craft beer drinker loves to see on the label, "Bottle Conditioned." Big rectangle back label that has a brief sentence about the beer and another sentence that talks about the brewery. At the bottom of the back label is a best before date of 21/May/09.

Appearance: When poured into a Brooklyn Imperial pint glass, "1845" is a murky brownish color with a small tint of cranberry red. Sitting on top of this beer was a 1 1/2 inch head of fizzy white foam. This head of foam quickly fizzled away, but did mange to leave behind a small white film, foamy rings along the edge, and a fair amount of spots of white lace around the glass.

The aroma to this English Strong Ale was nice and toasted with biscuit malts, dried juicy fruits, dried floral hops, and ended with a subtle hint of English toffee. Although there weren't that many aromas in the beer, the overall toasted aspect of this beer was good enough for me.

This dry English Ale starts right off the bat by being hoppy with crispy floral hops, a hint of yeast, and a subtle touch of tart grapefruit. After the grapefruit was through, the taste then gets lightly malty with toasted biscuit malts, dried juicy fruits, and a tiny splash of English toffee. Even though it was a tad bit more hoppy than malty, it was still a well balanced English Ale.

It was a light bodied beer with a decent sized aftertaste of yeast, dried juicy fruits, toasted biscuit malts, and a few cripsy floral hops here and there. The yeast and dried fruits were the only ones who stuck around for a minute or two.

I'm usually not too keen on true English beers, but I enjoyed this one. It wasn't too dry, hoppy, or malty. It had all the right levels for each and every one of them. I would probably go back to this one again if I was ever in the mood for an English Strong Ale. (1,967 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a good deep mahogany brown with a lovely head. Large bubbels in head, creamy coloured.

Aromas of toffee, caramel, toast.

Taste is a let-down hoppy and dry, not o my preferance of style.

Mouthfeel solid enough.

Overall just too hoppy and dry pour moi for an English Strong Ale. Bring on the malts! (306 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1845 pours a medium ruby color with mahogany highlights. About 1.5 fingers of off-white head forms. Retention and lacing are decent.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, a bit of fruity presence, and slight biscuity malts. Maybe just a hint of floral hops as well.

Taste: Biscuity and caramel malts, toffee, mild dark fruits, and slight floral hops on the back end. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is pretty light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation, but it's pretty fine carbonation and drinks pretty smoothly. Overall, this is a fairly solid beer that holds it's own. (592 characters)

Photo of LordChesterfield
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle over flowed when I opened it! Oh well. What's more is it poured with a weak head that quickly disipated. This is a really special ale I think. It's crazy. So many tastes, sweet malt and heavy hops with wood and bread! I don't really understand how those chemicals like phenols and diacytal and ester taste, but I think these are probably in here, because there are a lot of flavors that I can acount for, that show up in just about every English Ale I taste. The color is almost like some one took ale and poured either blood or transmition fluid in it. Definitely complex, as with most english ales I've tasted, it gets smoother as it warms up. I wouldn't really drink alot of these the way I would other beers, oh wait, yes I would. I can imagine most people drinking this to inebreation. That's not to say it isn't drinkable, but when compared with drinkable beers, it's definitely not as drinkable. Really, pay attention to the recommended 50 degree serving temperature. (985 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from notes

A - crisp red bubbly body, white head constituted of large bubbles

S - sweet and dry malts, relatively bland

T - a syrupy sweetness, and fairly dry.

M - thin, and the carbonation is a bit harsh.

D - easy enough to drink, not very interesting or good-tasting (273 characters)

Photo of nickynick
3.44/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fuller's 1845 Ale poured an excellent ruby amber with an very nice fluffy head. Smell was of light yeast. The taste I found very complex, but at times it was unpleasant. Caramel, dark fruit, some chocolate. Some crisp hops in the finish. But at times it seemed harsh. Mouthfeel was ok as well as the drinkability. I really wanted to like this beer, because at times it was excellent, challenging and flavorful, but something in the flavor at times that didn't hit me right. I will give this another try because of the notes that I liked in it. This beer left me with more questions than answers. (595 characters)

Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
91 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.