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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

902 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 902
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000)
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AltBock

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 21:27:19 | More by AltBock
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zhanson88

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 01:54:15 | More by zhanson88
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bklynbeerbaron

New York

3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 04:29:22 | More by bklynbeerbaron
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nickynick

Illinois

3.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 13:51:25 | More by nickynick
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 16:10:06 | More by ColdPoncho
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Wildman

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this to be a very drinkable beer. It poured a copper gold color and formed a small bubby white head that left trace lace as it subsided. The aroma was of malt and hops. The flavor was of malt and hops and the finish was a touch astrigent, yet bitter. I hope to find other of Fuller's products that hold up as well or better.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2002 16:11:38 | More by Wildman
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bark

Sweden

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The large head is made of fine, yellowish foam that disappears slowly, building a fine, hard crater. The Colour is deep copper red; the liquid is a little hazy.

The smell of this ale is mild, pleasing and a little bit on the sweet side. There are some yeast and lots of malts. There are hints of that special, sour smell that bottle conditioning creates.

The first part of the taste is alcohol, but just for a short moment. Then, a fresh mix of sweet malts and mild hops appears, slowly increasing the bitterness into a dry, long and balanced aftertaste.

The carbon dioxide is conservative with small bubbles.

The taste is complex, yet I found it somewhat avoiding and hard to put my finger on its special character. I have to compare it with Fuller’s ESB, one of my favourite ales. And my conclusion is that 1845 is common ale with some extra alcohol, while ESB is ale with extra everything: More alcohol, more malt, more hops and more grit.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 11:19:53 | More by bark
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JDV

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours maroon and clear with a medium sized lasting beige head. Smell is biscuity, slightly tart malt. Taste is surprisingly hoppy compared to the nose with dark bready and caramel malt flavor to accompany the hops. Slightly full bodied and crisp yet soft carbonation. Pretty balanced and drinkable with a nice mild hop character. Pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:09:00 | More by JDV
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heygeebee

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 10:46:11 | More by heygeebee
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SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rich copper color with a nice tan head thats creamy and long lasting with nice lacing makes this look like a great English Ale. The smell is sweet butterscotch, with a creamy tangy sweet taste mainly of caramel and malts. The mouthfeel is spicy & tangy - maybe a little too much and while this is a nice beer, its not one of my favorites because others in the style I enjoy are much more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2004 19:02:59 | More by SaunaKing
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WesWes

New York

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weak malty scent that boasts of pale and some crystal malts. It seems dry and a bit breadlike with little hops. The taste is average. It has a very dry and bitter flavor that is bland and stale. It goes down slow and reveals it's elevated abv. in the finish. It has a decent malt palate that consists of pale and crystal malts. There is also English hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent brew, but nothing special. I don't care for the grain bill or the hop selection. It's one and done for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 00:37:59 | More by WesWes
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NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber reddish hue. Limited off white head with little lacing.

Pretty much tastes as it smells. This beer has a very sweet malty Chocolaty character (sugar Daddy). Slight bitterness with strong alcohol character. Too much considering it has 6% ABV. Aside from bitterness, almost no hoppiness. Average mouthfeel.

I cant say I'm overly impressed with this beer. I give it a 3.5 for taste because the style describes it as such.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 23:40:17 | More by NiceGuyMike
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TheBungyo

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This poured into my nonic from the bottle with a whopper of a head. The Mount Ranier of heads ...
My curious sniffing picked up mostly the smell of fruity hops. Not what I expected out of an English ale by a longshot. Pronlonged sniffage reveals mellow carmel malts ... they for some reason remind me of Fat Tire Amber Ale by New Belgium, and the Abbey Ale New Belgium makes as well. There's a strange aftertaste I get with those beers that reminds me of must, mildew or a wet dog. I'm picking that up now as well.

The taste is ever so slightly bitter, followed by caramel, and then that unpleasant musty taste which I dread. A shame because this has more lace to offer than Victoria Secret.
One is certaintly enough for me. I have no desire for another.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 05:50:44 | More by TheBungyo
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle after a buddy of mine had told me this was an easy drinking English Strong Ale. He was not wrong.

A- Brown/orange mixture. Burnt sinna color. Decent sized head. Not much lacing. Carbonaion bubbles looking like fire.

S- Fruits, english tea leaves, tobacco, grains, beer.

T- Carmel and malty sweetness, some hop, yeast/

M- Pleasant and tingly. Overall quite smooth and refreshing.

D- Easy drinking brew. This is smooth as hell and a pleasure to sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 01:52:14 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After a string of bad beers and realizing I need some space in my fridge to fit my most recent purchases from the LCBO, I decided that Fuller's usually has good stuff that will be able to break me out of this rut. Got this one from Ludachris, and it has a best before is 28/7/2010

Appearance: Clearly a bottle conditioned beer, as there is a large amount of yeasty sediment. Produced only a finger of had that did lace and retain somewhat. The beer itself is a dark red copper color.

Smell: A very nice dried fruit smell, specifically noticing apricots. Has a good background of malts and a bit of a dry hop smell. Didn't take any warming to come out either.

Taste: Starts with a very rich malt texture that gets quite a bit milder as you drink it that ends with a light dusting of dry hops. It's nice, but not quite as fruity or diverse as I expected it to be.

Mouthfeel: Well the carbonation is quite good and it transitions fairly well but it does leave a little bit too much of a dry sensation for my liking. The aftertaste is alright, but it does linger for a bit too long.

Drinkability: The dry texture really stops me from putting this down and it's not all that refreshing. I mean no gas or bloating issues but it just doesn't seem to do that much for me. It's alright, but it just seems to be missing the mark.

Final Thoughts: All in all, a good beer but I wouldn't say it's exceptional. I certainly appreciated the Fullers ESB a lot more then this. It's worth one try, but I wouldn't go past that.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 01:17:57 | More by TheHammer
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HardTarget

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2003 19:10:26 | More by HardTarget
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Freshie

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy brown color. Slight head.

Aroma is mildly sweet. Grainy.

The taste is woody. Sweet malt blends nicely with those nice dry English hops. Crisp carbonation lends well to the flavor. I bit of grapefruit in the after taste.

A very well balanced, thirst quenching ale.

Fuller's always manages to please. This one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 03:55:49 | More by Freshie
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illidurit

California

3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic. Nice mahogany color with just a little haziness. Beige two finger head settles to a partial ring and leaves some thin lacing.

Toasty cookie-ish malt aroma with some dark fruits and spice. Kind of faint overall.

For a beer billed as a strong ale, there's really not that much strength in the flavor either. Fresh baked bread and a bit of toffee with a very herbal, tannic hop bitterness, reminiscent of English black tea.

Carbonation is a little high, body is medium. Finish is dry and encourages the next sip. Drinkable but kinda bland.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 07:53:54 | More by illidurit
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STEG

New York

3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured slightly chilled into a delirium tulip deep reddish copper colored

Smell is great, lots of vanilla, oak, cherry, and phenols.

Taste is somewhat bland some bittersweet chocolate/cocoa poweder and wood up front, not much in between, and a nice bitterness at the end, present but not overly powerful.

Mouthfeel is interesting, lively, almost prickly slightly oily texture to it.

I would drink another one of these just to make sure, I wonder if this was a bad bottle or stored improperly or something, I'm not getting an A- average beer here. I would much rather have a sam smith's stingo over this.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 00:43:11 | More by STEG
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle with "best before" date of 04/aug/10. tasted in early april, 2009. poured into tulip.

clear, dark amber. lots of light tan head, fading to a thin layer. decent but splotchy rings of lace.

aroma: what seems like earthy and leafy hop character comes upfront, with just a trace of citrus. mild apple fruitiness moves into buiscuity center with toffee and caramel, and faint note of roast and also a metallic, flinty whiff.

taste: gentle maltiness, with caramel notes and light apple fruitiness, but all a bit watered down compared to the leafy hops with relatively bold bitterness (for an english beer), accentuated by the phenol/fusel note, plust more metallic notes. just doesn't seem to meld well altogether.

medium body, but phenols crash in again to overemphasize an astringent finish, meanwhile the otherwise mild carbonation becomes overly prickly, almost fizzy.

wha...?

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 00:22:03 | More by tai4ji2x
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from a bomber (uk?) this beer pours a clear amber color with actively rising bubbles and a dense head of heavy foam. patchy, thin lacing left behind from fluffy dissolve. aroma here is smoky malt, some coffee and maple notes rounded out with a slight hoppy smell. taste is bitingly bitter with banana and coffee paying a visit to my mouth cavern. chocolate malt and cherry notes in the background. a bit too bitter for the sweet tastes going on here. a quality beer but confusing overall and somewhat unwelcomely overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 03:15:41 | More by goodbyeohio
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fsimcox

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, ruby amber. Somewhat transparent. Big fluffy off-white head holds for some time. Some nice lacing.

Smells of sweet malts and biscuit. Some faint hints fig, fruit, and just a hint of citrus. Some sweet tea as well.

Taste is sweet malt, candied fruit, some hops, and a bit of alcohol. A malty, sweet tea aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, full bodied. Not much carbonation. A little too much alcohol for my taste.

I'm a little disappointed with this one. I'd probably like it more on tap.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 19:21:32 | More by fsimcox
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DerBayer

Germany

3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The colour is reminiscent of a barley wine with a medium slightly cloudy amber and v=bright whhite head that dissipates quickly

The smell is very much like barley wine with sweet honey and herb barley notes dominating

The taste is a lot more bitter tahn anticipated with strongfloral hop character

Mouthfeel is medium body with lowish carbonation

Wont buy this one again unless there is nothing better around AND I m craving a beer - UNLIKELY

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 01:10:35 | More by DerBayer
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xoqx

Washington

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've read so many positive reviews of this, I have to give it another chance or two. I stand by my average scoring on this tasting:

Appearance - This beer pours copper colored with an offwhite, one finger head exhibiting moderate retention and moderate lacing.

Smell – The smells are focused on the malts it seems with spicy, honey, and caramelly scents.

Taste – This is a balanced ESB with plenty to savor. Tastes of caramel and hints of coffee mingle with the fruity hops. Some medicinal tones come out during the average-length, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is chewy and medium-bodied.

Drinkability – The beer is fine, but nothing about it compels me to continue after one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 05:40:19 | More by xoqx
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bum732

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark orangish-red, nice creamy head with fantastic lacing. Smells of bold bready malt, some caramel and toffee, spicy hops. Tastes of slightly sweet bready malt, not very malty, nice bitterness at the end. Finishes mildly sweet with spicy hops. Creamy but slightly thin body, low carbonation.

An interesting beer, not sure why its considered a strong ale at 6.3%. That and i thought the taste was very underwhelming, i was expecting a much maltier beer. If i didn't know better, i would think this is just a normal bitter english ale. That said, its incredibly smooth and has good drinkability. Overall, a let down.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:54:55 | More by bum732
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 902 ratings.