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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

958 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 672
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 69
Gots: 30 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

leitmotif, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

jdtrani, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Braseltonage, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

curewhatalesu, Dec 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27%

redrommy, Dec 21, 2013
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4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(bottle best by Sept 1st 2011 - has presumably been refrigerated for quite awhile at my place of work - in other words, I work at a Belgian beer bar and this beer rarely gets sold, hence my presumptuousness... poured in a fat snifter-tulip)

A: wonderfully sea-foamy creme-colored head billows up from early in the pour, slowly deflating to a rather pleasant healthy smatter of spongy bubbles atop the liquid and climbing up the sides of the glass to the rim, with some scattered lace... deep-murky tawny hue that clears a bit warmer.... the liquid appears to flow fairly clear from the bottle until the last 3/4" - beware of yeast nuggets...

S: dependably typical of strong British imports of the like - redolent of stewed ripe apples and cinnamon, a touch of caramel-kissed wafer cookie, and no discernible hops.... nicely potent overall fruitiness.... no boozy notes until it warms and then it's only as you open your mouth and go in to sip

T: dense, moderately caramel-rich malt foundation with an immediately apparent nuance of an enhanced browned-crust toastiness (probably the amber malt),... definitely a sipper, but very much moreish.... as it warms, the flavors balance out well with some alcohol, hop bitterness, and mineral flavors combining to subdue the initial malt dominance.... esters preside in the background start-to-finish

M: light-medium bodied, smooth, and clean.... minimal residual malty stickiness on the palate... a mild numbing sting on the tip of the tongue, perhaps from a tiny portion of mutant buds

O: flavors I've come to expect from Fullers, though this one has a bit more intriguing complexity compared to some of their Vintage ales I've tried.... their aged beers/bottles can be a bit of a crap shoot with quality and stability but, when they're on, they're often some of the finest ales around, and certainly some of my favorites of those UK brews more readily available over here

Bouleboubier, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

mattsander, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of T100Mark
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 500 ml bottle poured into a Nonic Imperial pint glass (an absolute thing of beauty).

Appearance - A rusty color. Hazy. Big head that never completely disappears. Good but not great stickage.

Smell - Initially, I detected a bready note but this is quickly followed up by a floral aroma.

Taste - Like the nose, the initial flavor is toasted malt followed, quickly, by the presence of mildly bitter hops. This balance between the two is perfect!

Mouth - The above mentioned flavors, along with a fine yet noticeable carbonation, make for an ale with a top-notch mouthfeel.

Overall - Despite the growth of cask conditioned ales available here in the colonies, very few (I can count them on one hand) duplicate the smell, body, and flavor of the great real ales of England. This beer allows those of you who have not made the trip to England to better understand what the rest of us are talking about. 1845 is not an exact duplicate of those hand-pumped ales (it doesn't possess the silky smooth carbonation of a real ale) but the flavors are all there. What a treat!!!

T100Mark, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Benesi88, Nov 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +21.7%

BILF, Nov 22, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Caramel and toffee notes, followed by a mix of cooked fruits, jam, and raisin take a hold of your nose, and invite you to take a sip of this exemplary version of an English strong ale. All of the notes present in the aroma, are revisited in the flavor. The caramel and toffee flavors are only enhanced by the fantastic -almost cream-like mouth feel. The light toffee and dried fruits/ esters linger into the after palate, followed by the mild bitterness of the English hops used.

TheBullsHorn, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

MLH90, Nov 15, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark, clear amber with a big foamy white head with good retention. No carbonation.

S-Deep malt, sweet caramel and dark fruit

T-the smell echoes strongly in the taste. There's a pleasing, indescribable aspect to it.

M- rich and full on the palette

O- an excellent strong ale. Everything you want for this style.

delta490, Nov 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

lehueve, Nov 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

dcmchew, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

crhea89, Oct 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

hansavijaticar, Oct 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Anze, Oct 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Reswald, Oct 04, 2013
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3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013, so literally just out of date. Picked up from a supermarket ages ago and stored in my garage. I'm hoping its strength will have allowed it to mellow out nicely. Originally brewed to celebrate the founding of Fullers - hence the name.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A rich reddish-amber hue with medium carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam with good retention; this slowly reduces to a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, yeast esters and faint stewed hops. A twinge of cardboard in the background, along with a warming whiff of booze.

Tastes of rich, fruity malt with a lingering dry finish. Notes of raisins, apples, dried fruit, caramel, brown sugar, fruity yeast esters, faint grain and stewed hops. A background hint of harsh cardboard. Warm, solventy alcohol and a subtle bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is very smooth, with lightly tingly carbonation and a velvety body that glides over the palate. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of fruity malt, stewed leaves and cardboard.

Very nice - a sterling effort from Fullers and a modern classic. It looks lovely, with a creamy head that lingers. The aroma and flavour are well balanced, with fruity malt dominating the proceedings and a satisfying touch of alcohol. Great body - smooth and mildly viscous. Not one to down in a hurry, but a pleasant sipper that suits the autumn weather. Definitely worth your time if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Oct 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

AdamPenna, Sep 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

bbadger, Sep 27, 2013
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.