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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

925 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 925
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 64
Gots: 19 | 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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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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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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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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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-19-2012 03:46:09 | More by acurtis
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psuscott1

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

09-09-2012 00:38:42 | More by psuscott1
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 22:27:49 | More by Goldorak
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-21-2013 00:19:44 | More by BGsWo22
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 03:11:59 | More by Rastacouere
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SageO

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

08-03-2012 07:02:12 | More by SageO
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Slats

Idaho

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
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Vylo

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-08-2012 20:02:14 | More by Vylo
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-17-2012 23:53:51 | More by jaidenjb
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NorthernSoul

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-14-2014 20:34:00 | More by NorthernSoul
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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

01-26-2013 22:31:58 | More by Mattias
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IPAIsaac

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-03-2013 04:57:44 | More by IPAIsaac
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ChicagoBeerMan12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

07-08-2014 03:03:37 | More by ChicagoBeerMan12
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seanote

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

06-17-2012 22:17:26 | More by seanote
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

09-15-2012 22:18:02 | More by rolltide8425
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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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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

12-24-2011 12:24:46 | More by jophish17
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

03-26-2012 17:29:22 | More by djrn2
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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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carlitosbronson1

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

06-06-2013 18:37:03 | More by carlitosbronson1
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

11-18-2012 01:12:28 | More by GreyGhost4
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 925 ratings.