Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Its a Fullers kind of evening and this one finally emerges from my cellar. Poured into an old school English pint glass, this venerable and potent ale is a reddish amber hue with a nice solid tan head that reminds one of lighter-colored sponge toffee. My wife wondered "what was wrong with it". Haha! Aroma is expectedly rich and malty, with some spicy esters and tangy Goldings hops combining to evoke rich fruitcake and dried apricots. Palate is correspondingly rich and complex, with a gorgeous honeyed malt flavor and a rather light body. Does coat the mouth and the earthy, woody finish lingers for quite a while. Some shortbread, sponge toffee, treacle, and tree nuts (pecans?) provide the sweet, dark backdrop but there is also a bright, almost sour fruitiness like cranberries and even a whiff of smoke. The alcohol is well-concealed but it does peek through to add yet another layer of complexity. Certainly reminds one of its big brother Fuller's Vintage, albeit brighter, fruitier, and maybe less multifactorial ... Still, why compare? This one stands on its own considerable merits.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2014 03:38:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 07:35:56 | More by Bouleboubier
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.