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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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932 Ratings

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 67
Gots: 23 | 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.

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Photo of CharlieMopps


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with decorative label claiming best before 08/AUG/07

A: Yielded roughly two fingers of fluffy, off-white head that sat upon a sea of slightly murky, deep brownish-ruby. Some lacing.

S: A hoppy aroma blends with caramel, almost butterscotch notes and an evident malty side.

T: Begins with a bready malt flavor that is overtaken by a bitter hop twang during the middle carrying it into a semi-dry and smooth finish. Gentle hop flavors linger in the aftertaste.

M: Decent carbonation with drying characteristics and medium body. Interesting hop textures.

D: Overall, this beer was enjoyable, but I wasn't really sure of what to expect. Not bad, but not overly impressive either. Still, a solid option provided by Fuller's, (and I think this would suit certain occasions better than others).

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 19:35:16 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of DoubleJ


4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Wayne's Liquor, on to the beer:

Dark red to brown in color with a good head. A very enjoyable beer that leans towards the malty side. Bready, toffee, and chocolate , and slight toast are hinted in the beer. But where's the alcohol? It's a strong ale, right? Anyway, a touch of hop bitterness linger on the tongue in the aftertaste. Drinks pretty easy.

This is Fullers' flagship ale, though I'm sure some advocates will make a case for their ESB or London Porter. Go ahead and try them all and judge for yourself!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 21:50:36 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Grundle20


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is amber brown in color with a mild amount of haze. A substantial nut brown head caps off the beer and there is basically a wash of lacing from top to bottom.

The scent is very rich with notes of raisins, figs, and a touch of chicory. At the back of my nose there's a presence of coco mix and banana nut bread. A very complex and almost ever building nose.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Once again this thing is a malt showcase. There's strong flavors of raisins and figs which lend a mild sweetness and chewy mouthfeel to the beer. It drinks smooth leaving a coat of rich roasted flavors on the tongue mid drink. There really isn't much of a hop note here with the exception of a little pip of hop bitterness right in the finish. Overall the beer drinks smooth with full roasted flavors, delicious.

A tad too foody for all intensive drinking purposes but it really is a tasty beer. If you're in to stouts, porters, and old ales then this beer will be prime for you.

Bottom Line:
I can't recall if I've ever had an "English Strong Ale" but if this beer sets the bar for them then I will be inclined to pick up some others. Fullers does it again with another nicely balanced and full flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 22:08:34 | More by Grundle20
Photo of Slats


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 01:20:45 | More by Slats
Photo of 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
Photo of Fugazme


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber... sienna with a smallish, off-white head that fades quickly, but settles to a great cap with a great swirl and even some legs trickle about the glass...

Caramel aroma... nice toasty notes with a sweet rasin-fig thing going on... a touch of alcohol.

Bit of a bitter beginning, but smooth on the palate. Tiny alcohol burn with a coffee-like dry finish. Nice caramel aftertaste. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 15:39:27 | More by Fugazme
Photo of BWH3


4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fuller's 1845 from 16oz bottle at 45 F from Pint Glass

A: Gorgeous clear copper beer topped with fluffy white head. Superb head retention means you will enjoy a nip of foam with each sip.

S: Malt sweetness, toffee, almost molasses like. Fruit notes present but not as dark as a dubbel or doppelbock. Sherry notes present showing the beer is appropriately aged.

T: Opens with the creamy head followed by the wonderful malt complexity of the underlying beer. Toffe and molasses plus sherry like palate. Good prominent hops bitterness to make the beer refreshing and avoid being sticky sweet. Alcohol does not significantly add to flavor.

M: Moderate body, soft fluffy head offsets the richness of the beer nicely. Moderate carbonation.

D: Divine example of an Old Ale. Bottle conditioning means this one's alive and experiences may vary but this one certainly should be revisited with frequency.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 02:20:44 | More by BWH3
Photo of joedon


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large (18.6 oz.) brown bottle. Beautiful clear dark brown with a thick, creamy, off-white head. Sticky lace.

Aroma of sherry, dark malts and alcohol followed by vanilla and brown sugar.

Flavor not really big but still asseritve. Nice sharp hoppiness balancing big malt background. More sherry flavors and brown sugar. A bit of bitter aftertaste and very dry finish.

Good body but just slightly on the thin side. Very drinkable, especially for a 6.3% beer.

I'd like more of this but it's pretty expensive and hard to find in my area.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 01:51:29 | More by joedon
Photo of mithrascruor


2.88/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-copper color that's generally clear. Airy, foamy off-white head seems to retain well.

Smell: Somewhat fruity & floral aroma together with some more bitter hoppy smells.

Taste: Strong malty roasted start, with some florals, followed by an intense bitter hop flavor. Aftertaste consists of bitterness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth medium-bodied beer with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Simply put, the taste of alcohol shouldn't be present in a beer of this ABV.

Though nice in some respects, this beer has much too strong a flavor of alcohol in the taste. The bitterness seems unbalanced and excessive as well. I'll pass next time around.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 00:24:39 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of pinotboy007


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single to try it out and knew quickly I'd be purchasing more. Poured it slowly into a standard pint glass and I had it on its own while watching a nasty winter storm pelt my house with ice and snow - a perfect setting.

My notes reveal that by the third sip it reminded me of an exceptional cask conditioned ale; superb aroma of caramel, nice head retention and sticky lacing. (Another reviewer said fish 'n chips would work well with it and I agree.)

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 16:47:31 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of BigJTrucker


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany color. Decent head that settles fairly quickly. Smells perhaps of apricots and caramel. Taste hints of toasted rye malt, peat, grapefruit. Alcohol is not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is very full bodied, not overly carbonated, as it is a bottle conditioned ale. This is quite good. Makes me want some fish and chips.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 06:43:31 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of brdc


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew. Bright, brownish color with a foamy tan head that shows good retention.
Good nose with some fruitiness, sweet malt and mild hoppiness.
Medium body, with mild carbonation.
The interesting flavor starts with a somewhat sweet fruitiness, malty sweetness and then perhaps even some tartness. It all finishes with a dry hoppiness that is not overpowering, making for a pleasant and easy to drink ale.
I would like to have one more to settle a few issues, but all in all, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 23:16:26 | More by brdc
Photo of helloloser12345

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Generic style Fullers brown bottle. White red and gold coloured label. Bottle conditioned :)

Appearance: Dark hazy caramel. Deep red hues. Foamy off white head which subsides but lasts. Fair lacing.

Smell: Sugar and caramel sweet notes, orangey, slight cinnamon hints. Yeasty.

Flavour: Initially the big malty body is almost overwhelming, it has an almost syrup like texture, very rich. Raisins, caramel, demara sugar. Warming alcohol on the finish followed by a nice hop bite which lingers. Great yeast character throughout.

Overall: Great strong English ale, well balanced and very drinkable. Yet again Fullers impress

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 21:07:59 | More by helloloser12345
Photo of alexskovan

New York

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep copper-amber with a big sturdy head. Huge aroma, burnt toast, toffee, chocolate, very appetizing.Taste is a nice big smack of sweet caramel, bitter chocolate, and a sour fruityness in the background. Feels chewy and full in the mouth.

What do you want when you aren't in the mood for a stout, but aren't in the mood for light crisp beer either?

You want this stuff. Very fine ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 21:21:01 | More by alexskovan
Photo of BeerSox


4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9floz bottle into pint glass.

Rich red hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin bubbly cap, paired with a bubbly rim. Rows of spotty and stringy lacing.

Light malty scent allowing for a light molasses aroma to come through.

Delicate cramel flavors start out the brew. Toasty cracker like malts are the showcase, containing a complexity of their own as they fade in and out along with hint of cinnimon is detected. Very little hop bitterness comes in a the end. As the beer gets a little warmer, chocolate notes come out. Full bodied with lower carbonation giving is a smooth feel. The finish is packed full of grainy malts.

This is a great beer that does not dissapoint. Complex and tasty, this one is definitely for the malt lovers. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 06:08:06 | More by BeerSox
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large 1 pt. 0.9 fl oz. bottle, slightly chilled. Best before 20/Jun/06. Let's see... Ridiculous foaming effect on the first pour, with the nonic 60% full of a dense, clingy ecru foam. The beer itself is a just hazy copper red with minimal carbonation...my god, the head on this thing is out of control; I've been pouring a bit here and there over the past few minutes, but the head just continues to grow. I've now got what looks from afar like a scoop of ice cream floating on top of a red beer! I don't know if this is good or bad, but it looks pretty cool! Aromas are very subtle, with honeydew, kiwi, pressed cider, and a clover honey note. Floral. Not what I expected for this style, but nice all the same. Fruit-inflected bready malt flavors throughout the front, with a slight fusel alcohol presence just after the middle. Closed out by a lemon pepper spiciness. Honeyed summer fruits and a pervasive but unobtrusive mineral twang. Feels slightly heavy on the palate, but is more than anything medium-bodied. Dull zinginess, juicy pucker, and a dry finish. Some caramel flavors int he aftertaste. Quite a complex yet understated beer! Nothing I'd crave very regularly, but a wholly unique experience nonetheless. Recommended at least once.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2007 01:06:40 | More by orfeu
Photo of theopholis


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
Photo of mpyle


3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful rich amber color. Modest whitish head, fairly tightly bubbled. Decent retention for a stronger beer.

Sweety fruity (plum) aroma. Generally malty, but with an aged character.

A malty sweetness enhanced with the plum fruit from the aroma. Hop bitterness is alongside almost the entire way, and an earthy English hops flavor comes through as well. A slight lingering bitterness.

Medium body and medium-high carbonation. A touch of harshness either from the hops or from a touch of oxidation. Carbonation also inhibits the smoothness a bit. Really no alcohol warming - the alcohol is well hidden.

A flavorful bigger English ale, but tastes slightly oxidized (although 6 months prior to best before date). Some nice Old Ale type complexity. Might do better to let it warm more completely, degas a bit, and sip it slowly.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 01:12:47 | More by mpyle
Photo of hseritt


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


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1 1/2" khaki head. Brown - brick red against the light. Good retention, nice lacing.

S - Dried fruit. Tobacco. Chocolate. Spices. Rich aroma.

T - Layers of rich, dried fruit on top of nice full, bittering hops in the finish. Chalky malt. Some clove or spice flavor late. Complex.

M - Medium to full bodied. Medium levels of carbonation. Dry finish.

D - Excellent drinkability. I really like this one alot!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 03:47:50 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of AChamberlain


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle bought at Key Food in Park Slope. Best before 5/08/08.

A: Thin light brown head. Rusted red color. Very inviting.

S: Fruity, toasty, herbs, malts. Smell is stupendous, I can’t quite pin it down though.

T: Malty and fruity. Jummy.

MF: Wet mouthfeel with nice carbonation, perfect.

D: Extremely drinkable. Give me anutha!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2007 21:47:48 | More by AChamberlain
Photo of zeff80


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a deep brown color with a thick, foamy, two-finger head. Leaves lacing.

S - Smells highly malty and of dried fruits.

T - Malty and bittersweet with a good dose of dried fruit flavor.

M - Crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. The first I've had of the style, so I have no other beer to compare it to, but it has a great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2007 21:38:29 | More by zeff80
Photo of tcfishler


3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is a soft, medium brown, almost clear. Tall, light tan head, which falls slowly and unevenly, creating an attractive effect.

Aromas are fairly high-toned and very clean, featuring toast and almonds.

Medium-heavy body, with moderately low carbonation. Sweetness is just hinted at. Flavors are a restrained combination of fruit and both roasted and unroasted malt. The malt here is malty, not sweet - nice! Chewing emphasizes the fruit component. Finishes long and slightly bitter, just enough to cleanse the palate and beckon another sip. However, there's also a suggestion of alcoholic heat and heaviness that hampers the drinkability.

I love how this beer can manage to be fruity and malty without being sweet; even more remarkably, it manages this feat without showing any overt hoppiness! But I'm dissappointed in the alcohol showing...after all, the ABV is only 6.3%. I won't be keeping this in my rotation due to that flaw.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 07:47:08 | More by tcfishler
Photo of Dizzy


3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper colored/brown, with lots of tan head with huge bubbles. Aroma is faint, but malts and fruit are detectable. Taste is roasted malts, fruit and bitterness. Medium to full bodied mouthfeel, carbonation seems light. Drinkability is ok, but this beer is nothing special. I was expecting more I guess.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 04:47:07 | More by Dizzy
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with a thick meaty solid-looking tan head. There were some fruity esters in the aroma, but mostly I smelled burnt malt. The flavor was a little more bitter than fruity but was good. Easy to drink but it tastes like a big beer.

Paired with a hamburger at the Old Bag of Nails in Worthington OH. Nice combo.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 12:24:45 | More by TurdFurgison
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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