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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

991 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 Cyberkedi
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and malty with a smoky, almost stout-like undertone. Color is a clear brown, somewhere between mahogany and dark caramel; head is thin but fine-bubbled. Rich flavor has strong hoppy overtone and strong smoky and nutty hints. Texture is pleasantly smooth. This is one ale for sipping and savoring rather than just gulping.

Cyberkedi, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bountiful 2-finger head that's dule de leche in color. Body is deep dark copper brown with moderate carbonation - more than expected. Head dissipates from first pour with moderate lacing.

First whiff is almost a smoky, roasted impression of malt. Faint alcohol is present - perhaps slight tinniness. Some piney hop kick and a little cinnamon sugar bite.

Hearty dose of dark malt with a mild, slightly sweet alcohol burn. Very soothing mellow hop kick of grass and a little earth. Plays right to expectations of style.

Coats the palate with a milky feel - this is well-balanced between malt fortitude and mild hop bitterness (Fuggles?) Finish is short and tight but solid.

This is a weighty brew but is quite sessionable and a fine example for the style.

IBUnit63, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of nickynick
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.

nickynick, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BB 19/09/09. Served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a translucent, dark chestnut brown with blood-ruby glows, coming with a rocky and creamy foam with superb retention, on top of rather moderate carbonation. Elegant.
S: hop-resinous and fragrant fruity upfront, a proper swirl brings out more fruity hops and esters, with a rich combination of over-ripe pears and white grapes, orangey citrusness, and ripe, fat, perfumy black plums as well as light fruit-candy, on top of lightly chocolatey maltiness that imparts a gristy note of roughly crushed malts along with chunky pieces of very dark chocolates. Overall, the aroma is very fruity and estery, unlike the predominantly malty theme from my previous bottle some months ago, and the aroma has a pronounced sour edge to it... all this due to the yeast-sediments?
T: an impressive wave of deeply bitter-sweet amber and chocolatey malts leads towards complex fruit esters and preserved dark-fruits as in a fruit-cake with a sour-fruity kick as of black-cherry skins and grapes, gradually giving way to an intensifying wave of burned-malt bitterness and spicy+root-herbal hop bitterness that overwhelms the whole palate by stealth. The superbly-lingering and chewy bitter aftertaste also gets a lightly nutty-bitter edge along with a tannic texture imparted by the hops (slightly like the faint, sour-sweet tannic touch from white-grape skins).
M&D: the mouthfeel is refreshing, full of soul-lifting microscopic fizziness, and the full-bodied flavour has a great depth and very good complexity. While my numerous encounters with this beer in the past showed a more pronounced malty theme, this bottle seems to suggest a slight change of recipe? For, the fruitiness from hops and yeastiness seems to come heavier vis-à-vis the maltiness, and renders a really lively fruity aroma and palate, more like Fuller's robust brews like Golden Pride and Vintage Ale. It's actually more like the cask-version that I tried in 2004 at a Fuller's pub on Fleet St., London, "The Old Bank of England", that had a more pronounced fruity presence and soul-lifting body. Whether the recipe has been changed or not, I thoroughly enjoy this great brew!

* Tasting Date: 14/12/05

BB 04/01/07. Served cool in a goblet.
4 A: reddish chestnut brown colour, coming with a thick, creamy and foamy head slowly settling with nice, sponge-textured lacing around the walls of the glass; very low carbonation.
4.5 S: profoundly malty and smoothly fruity... a proper swirl brings out a clearly-structured nose, with a refreshing flow of semi-sweet dark furits, like ripe plums' perfumy sweetness and faintly fruit-candy, on top of toffeeish maltiness which imparts some chewy calcium-pill's smell along with chunky pieces of the darkest chocolates. A closer sniff even reveals some woody note and a touch of tobacco?! Overall, the malty base is solid and thick even by its smell, while the alcoholic touch is hidden well beneath.
4.5 T: upfront on the palate comes immediately a flow of bitter-sweet maltiness combined with a slightly preserved fruity flavour, with a residual fruit-cake aftertaste in the background, gradually followed by intensifying, chewy, big, earthy bitterness occupying the whole palate with a lightly sour-fruity kick of something like black cherries' skin. The aftertaste sees superbly-lingering earthy and lightly nutty bitterness with a tannic texture imparted by hops, at the expense of hop flavour. Only a bit of alcohol warmth is detected deep down the throat, making this a delightfully bitter strong ale to sip~~
5 M&4.5 D: a big ale treading lightly on the palate but leaving deep foot-prints... it really has a good depth that is the strongest point for enjoyment, IMO. Not like other Fuller's stronger brews which all have stronger fruity and hoppy presence, this one is predominantly a malty brew but still full of complexities when appreciated quietly. The cask-version which I tried a year ago at a Fuller's pub on Fleet St., London, "The Old Bank of England", told a different story--with more fruit presence and more soul-lifting in terms of body. Can't explain why but I like them equally.

wl0307, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with a tint of red. Good head that lasted while sitting. Lacing was superb down the entire glass.

S - Malty smell, little hop aroma at first but after tasting it came on in the nose also. Slight fruity smell although hard to place exactly what (bottle says it has a fruit cake aroma).

T - Hops are definately more prevalent than in the nose. Strong alcohol taste, although not unpleasant, develops throughout. Malts are dominant at first with a sweet but dry finish.

M - Medium bodied beer.

D - Fairly good, I rated this according to style. For the style it is a great drink. Alcohol level is a little high for a session beer. That said I could have a couple more!

Baileyuk, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 500ml bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a dishwater brown color with a surprisingly large beige head that leaves ample lacing down the entirety of the glass. The aroma is far more citrus then I would have expected. While I have had this beer before this is the first time I remember getting this much lemon out of the nose. Toffee, chocolate and roasted malts also come through. The taste is bready off the bat with hints of chocolate and dark fruits. The tail of the beer is a bit astringent (reminds me of the smell of lemon sent Pine-Sol) which throws off the balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation. If it weren't for the astringency in the tail of the beer, this beer would have received high marks.

hwwty4, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: russet brown with a firm head and some lace

Smell: brown sugar, dry sherry, chocolate and cream

Taste/Mouthfeel: dry and bitter, celery(I really don't make this stuff up, it is subjective you know), sweet finish with little hop bite, mellow and smooth

I enjoy English ales more when they sit out for about 30 min. I think the warmth brings out more of the nuances the brewer imparted to the beer.

ClavisAurea, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of KaiMiller
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alluring dark red with a beautiful tan head. Tootsie rolls in the aroma; caramel, toast, some alcohol. Dry; toast, dried fruit, and mild grassy notes in the flavour. Ends with dark caramel sweetness, balanced by firm English hops. Fantastic, incredibly complex, balanced English strong ale.

KaiMiller, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 0.5L glass mug. Ultra clear ruby color, 2 finger large-bubbled head that fades at a fast clip. Leaves a nice film throughout tasting.

Sweet roasty malts dominate the nose, reminds me of a nice dark dunkel. Hints of chocolate and earth.

Wow...flavor explosion! The roastiness is most definitely there with nearly a burnt coffee character. The hops (Challenger, perhaps?) are much more prevalent than the nose indicates. I also taste minerals, honey, toffee and toasted almonds. Mouthfeel is quite full.

This is a really nice beer...me likey! It is unique, highly drinkable and is sold at a fair price.

Highly recommend trying this one. I will be buying some more of this and since it is bottle conditioned, see what aging it for a while does. Fuller's has yet to disappoint!

twiggamortis420, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep clear copper. Two inch frothy light caramel-colored head that slowly receded to one inch then held. Medium lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, caramel/roasted malts. Slight bitter hop aroma.

T: Sweet malts, dark fruits and nuts up front. Hop bitterness accentuates full flavor to a bit of a dry alcohol finish.

M: Full-bodied; I thought it was a pretty big beer. Good balance with carbonation made it really pleasing.

D: Very drinkable English ale and at the same time delightfully flavorful.

Haybeerman, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer poured a nice amber color with a descent off white.

Smell - Interesing aroma here. Nice smells of fruits and some breadiness.

Taste - Very interesting with a nice breadiness or biscuit like taste to it. The fruit really is present in the taste.

Mouthfeel - A very full and thick body with medium carbonation.

Overall - Good beer that I wish we could get here in LA.

Beerbuddha, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the bottle a deep amber copper color with a light tan cap of foam. Bananas, other generic fruit, malt, and a little mustiness in the nose. Medium bodied on the palate. Spicy and earthy, with a bitterness that coats the mouth until a big wallop of malt knocks it out of the park. Dry with a twang at the end.

Complex and enjoyable. A great British beer.

BeardedBoffin, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of WillClark
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass a magnificent red-brown with a nice cafe au lait colored head that released hints of spicy, citrusy hop and sweet malt notes. Mouthfeel is incredibly round with fantastic balance between the nice almost molasses sweetness at the beginning and the clean bitterness at the end.

An mischievously easy to drink beer considering the complexity to it. I'll never tire of this wonderful ale.

WillClark, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours deep amber/copper. Nice foamy, bubbly head.

S - dry hops and sour yeast , earthy undertones

T - dry hops and slight malts. warming alcohol taste. Slightly watery.

M - pretty carbonated and heavy feel. Tart. Hops have a nice finish.

D - not the highest drinkability due to it's heaviness and carbonation.

Thanks to slimchill for trading me this brew to try

Yesac, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of AltBock
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.

AltBock, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-brown color with a terrific initial foamy tan head. The foam jumped up over a finger even though I was pouring into a small (8 oz. I believe) English nonic. The head had larger bubbles, although these recede into a tighter packed, velvety cap rather quickly. Mostly clear, although mildly chill hazed initially.

Aromas of dark sweet fruits, estery yeast presence is strong, and a light graininess bring up the rear with a hint of mineral water.

The flavor is quintessential British, with the biscuity, slightly dark malts leading the way, just a hint of grassy hop, and somehow a very expressive flavor profile. Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, not as creamy as some, but it makes up for it with tons of flavor.

Lots of fruits on the palate, slight woody character with heating alcohol esters and diacetyl. For an ESB, there's a really strong hop component, with lots of spice and earthy character.

Great strong ale, very well done. I haven't had one in a year or so, with a visit to Great Britain in between. This one is a fine, fine example of a common British ale.

BretSikkink, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper, clear, with a foamy off-white, almost tan head.
Strong hop smells come billowing out from the head, with malts asserting themselves in subsequent sniffs. Grainy, sweet caramel and bitter spiciness.
Taste is a creamy, smooth, slightly chocolate malt backbone with grains and citrus, with a bitter, drying finish. Alcohol warms the taste.
Medium bodied, nice crisp carbonation provides a balance to the creamy texture.
Complex, tasty brew. Will definitely be having more.

nighthawk, Jun 22, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a reddish amber with a massive, lively carboantion, 1" deep, slightly off-white crown that's bubbly and active. Very well retanied and sticky lacing.

The aroma is nice, maple butter spread is detected in the malt, glazed nuts, soft, fruity dark berries with freshly baked bread. Very nice.

Molasses, baked brown bread in this very sweet flavored malt with just the right amount of balance of mixed nuts and tangy and dark fruits with this herbal, wheatie dry finish. slightly woody and semi bitter aftertaste, slightly sour. Nice complexity.

A very full feel, creamy, chewy, sticky, fuzzy....satisfying as hell.

high quality.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of botham
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into a nonic pint. pours a brilliant, rich amber color with five fingers of light orange head that remains for a few minutes. no lacings.

aroma is rich with malts, mainly caramel and pale malts, along with dark fruits and a hint of alcohol. nicely proportioned.

taste is malty, with caramel and a hint of chocolate malt, along with the same dark fruit from the aroma. fruit notes include a bit of apple, grape, and apricot.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture. finishes semi-dry with residual grassy hops and caramel.

drinkability is good. this is a full flavored ale with good concentration and a solid profile. another great brew from Fuller's. cheers!

botham, May 19, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuller's 1845 pours a hazy dark copper color with a creamy off white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the beer, leaving behind a good amount of netted lace.

The aroma is malty with strong notes of caramel, nuts, and dark fruit (raisin, plum). Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a soft carbonated feel on the palate. The flavor is malty with notes of toasted grain and caramel. In the middle a mild medicine flavor and hints of cherry moves in. It finishes dry with a hoppiness that's floral and slightly bitter. Once gone some toasted malt and floral hop flavors linger on the palate.

This is a very tasty well balanced beer. I had some on cask at NERAX and soon picked up a bottle for myself.

WanderingFool, May 17, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle
6.3% ABV

I tried this beer on November 2, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. The beer poured a translucent reddish brown colour with a generous tan coloured head which dissipated into little foam islands on the top of the beer. The aroma is malty with some hints of fruit tones and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a little carbonation, and some bitterness. The flavour is mainly malty, a little licorice, and a little bitterness.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
Photo of daythree16
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my new mug. The beer is a copper/brown color that still lets a good amount of light through. It has a 1.5 in. head that leaves a really good lace as it fades.

Smells of roasted malt and has a powerful floral hop aroma. The taste is of toasted nuts, maybe a little fruit and caramel, and just the perfect amount of hop bitterness on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste.

The beer is little heavy, but feels magnificent and tastes delicious. I wouldn't call it a meal in a bottle, but I doubt I would have more than a couple at a time.

daythree16, May 05, 2008
Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy light brown/copper colour with an inch or so of thick beige head that slowly falls away. Nice rings of lacing down the glass.
S - Dark fruity esters & sweet caramel notes. Some great floral hoppy aromas as well. A very slight alcohol hint.
T - Quite a sweet taste but the hops quickly come into play providing a slight bitterness. A bit of a herbal touch at the end.
M - Medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation.
D - A nice well rounded Ale. Not something to drink everyday but every now and then would be good.

brendan13, May 04, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-dark brown with a slightly rocky head that fades to a thin, wispy cap.
Smells of toasted malts, toffee, dried fruit and very slight hop aroma.
First taste gets some caramel/toffee, dried fruits, the hops come in late, but are definitely welcome and add a nice balance. A pleasantly spicy, not hot, cinnamon aftertaste.
Creamy mouthfeel. Not over carbonated, typical for a bottle-conditioned beer.
Pretty drinkable at only a smidge over 6%. It's not so strong as to destroy the palate.
I'm always pleased with Fuller's offerings and this is no different. Definitely recommended.

gabeerfan, May 01, 2008
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5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To me, beer just can't get better than this.

It's a clear, deep red-amber with a thick, dense light tan, permanent head that leaves thick lacing in layers down the glass.

The aroma is strong and thickly aromatic, toffee, fruity and with citrusy hops.

The taste, on the sweet side but nicely balanced with a hoppy bite, has elements of caramel, fruit, very floral hops with a bite, light citrus, and a hint of cinnamon and spice that lingers faintly in the aftertaste. It is wonderfully rich and complex while being incredibly balanced, drinkable, and smooth.

Offa, Apr 16, 2008
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 991 ratings.