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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 1,023
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 89
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.67/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/3/2006 (16.9oz bottle):

Pours an amber/light brown colored body, with a huge head that is lasting, with good lacing and small bubbles. Has an aroma of molasses, maltiness, musty. A bitter molasses taste, and malts. Has a good session beer taste.

Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from the LCBO. This years batch, I still have a couple from last year.

Pours a clear coppery red, some orange highlighting, thick light tan head forms, drops a ton of lacing and settles down to a medium layer, looks nice. Smell is nice, very malty, lots of caramel and toast, light graininess, raisins, some dried fruit, nuts, light floral, very crisp toasty malt. Taste is similar, very malty, fruit and nuts, toasty, bread, caramel, corn syrup (in a good way), very rich and malty, raisins in the finish, very well balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Just a great easy drinking and malty ale, all the right elements. Nice stuff!

Photo of CanuckRover
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely bright amber, tilting towards ruby. Seafoam head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving a thin ring and some very visible carbonation. Spotty lacings.

Loves me some of the Fuller's marmalade. Boozy oranges with a yeasty streak aroma.

Big burst of fruit right up front. Candied fruit, oranges and maraschino cherries. Bittering, classic English, hops take over quickly. By the end the fruity malt and yeast have been replaced with some firm toasted grain flavours. Long satisfying finish with a hint of alcohol.

A star in the Fuller's line up.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - reddish brown slightly hazy color with a very creamy tan head. excellent retention and lacing. head hangs on like a champ.

s - nice sweet caramel malt flavor with a slight hint of fruits and hops

t - sweet caramel, dark ripe fruits, spices mix with a perfect hop balance with just enough alcohol to let you know it's there. can we say balance?

m - medium weight with great carbonation, light enough to be easy drinking yet heavy enough to not feel watered down.

d - wow, fullers impresses yet again. What a great balance. This ale in complex and easy going at the same time. I can't really think of too much to take off points for here.

Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful clear amber color with nice head and lacing, bottle conditioning helps this beer stay fresher.

It has a soft but distinct barleywine flavor, very smooth but not overpowering. As for a "strong" ale, this is on the weak side for the abv but perfect as a winter sipper. And the Pint size bottle makes it a nice one beer finish. Nice balanced finish, overall a valuable re-addition from this 19th century recipe.

Photo of roadhouse
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a mostly clear orange-reddish copper color. One and a half inch off-white head that rises above the rim of the glass and sinks down to a centimeter and holds up well throughout leaving nearly perfect lacing.

Aroma is caramel forward with lots of fruitiness reminiscent of figs and plums. A slight amount of nuttiness and a trace of chocolate.

Taste is initially kind of caramelly but not very long as the figs and plums from the aroma quickly take over. Midway through there is a fairly substantial spicy hop profile that enters the mix and combines with a slight chocolaty roastiness.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, medium carbonation, and quite smooth drinking.

Never really had anything from the English Strong Ale style before but this is some good stuff. Very complex flavors that I didn't expect. If you like English ales give this one a go.

Photo of popery
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wonderful English bitter with a well-balanced toasted malt flavor. The liquid is a slightly glowy brown, like old mahogany that hasn't been shined in awhile. The head stays nice and sudsy throughout a glass. The beer definitely gets better as it warms up. I really should have let it warm more before uncapping it, but I just bought it from the grocery store where it was chilled and I'm saving the ESB for tomorrow or the next day. I'll sip it slowly. The smell is sweet caramel malt with hops that are very close to just how I picture English hops, refined and bitter. The flavor really brings out a delicious balance of flavors. It's a strong bitter, almost like a weak Old Ale. Lots of big malt notes dominate the palate but the whole package is well-balanced. After so many recent West Coast beers, this beer is like a breath of fresh air or, rather, malt. The feel is sudsy and just a tad watery as I feel are many of the larger production English bitters, although that's all I've really had not that I wouldn't mind a microbrewed cask conditioned bitter if someone is offering to fly me overseas.

Photo of magictrokini
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper with a bubbly white head. Deep aroma of malt, cookie dough, sherry, leather, and spice. Velvet mouthfeel. Toffee and molasses up front with the caramel malt colese behind. Coffee and crystal malt in the middle, with a nice bitter finish.

Photo of midnite2sixman
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours copper red with a thumb of foamy head. Tons of lacing!

The first smell is fruitiness with cherries, figs and raisins dominant.

Taste is bold fruitiness with apricot and a touch of bitter.

Mouthfeel is very much like an ale, goes down smooth with a dried fruit aftertaste. Coppery?

Definitely dig this one.

Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving style: bottle.

Pours a very dark amber/ hazelnut/ chestnut brown color with a thick, frothy head that settles down into a nice lacing. Aroma of fruit and hops. Sweet maltiness up front with hints of sour fruit and a nice bitter/dry hoppy finish. Quite good.

Photo of Taverner420
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an clear amber with some white frothy head. No floaties, despite being bottle conditioned. Flavor is English malt, with notes of leather, mesquite, hickory and tannins. The nose is less hoppy and more dry malty. It finishes on a dry, biscuity notes.

Photo of chrisafari
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

updated rating:

*after checking the BJCP Style Guide, I decided to re-rate this beer.*

aroma: rich carmel malt and nice thick molasses. not much hops, if any in the nose. A hint of alcohol

Pours rich amber brown, slightly opaque with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Should have more of a head, mine didn't have any head and couldn't make one with a quick swirl.

Flavor: begins smooth and sweet molasses and carmel, similar to the nose. Their is slight tinge of alcohol burn, but really subtle. The finish is sharp and bites the back of the throat, rather dry and slightly hoppy. The dry finish also leaves a semi salty flavor on the pallet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: medium to low. Not a gulper, like others, but more a sipper.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. Right on style for a "Strong Ale." The molasses and carmel notes, make this a nice autumn beer. Something to sip by a fire on a blustery night or with a nice warm pipe! A nice strong ale that isn't overly pungent like other "american" strong ales. Definitely worth a try.

If you are looking for an English style "Strong Ale" this has to be at the top of the list! Really well executed!

Photo of EatsTacos
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber red with great head retention and beautiful lacing.
The nose is strongly fruity with a good dose of caramel malt. The hops are in the background and are pretty floral and herbal.
The taste is strongly fruity upfront. Apples and raisins mostly. The malt is caramel and sweet and very nicely balanced with the bitter hops. The finish is very dry and bitter.
Medium bodied and a very soft carbonation. This beer is bottle conditioned and the mouthfeel shows it totally.

Fantastic beer, a lot of character, similar flavours to a stout than most english strong ales. Fuller's never lets me down.

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

This poured a clear dark mahogany with white head. It smelled like a blend of sweet yeast, caramel and earthy barley malt, and citrus hops. It tasted like caramel malt and a blend of light citrus, copper, and pine hops, with sweet yeast and vanilla. It was somewhat thick with no carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had very nice flavor and good body. It was very clean and easy to drink. This was refreshing to drink, and is definitely my favorite of the Fuller's ales (not counting the Vintage Ale).

Photo of beerthulhu
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium garnet red with a frothy 1 finger beige colored head that was moderatly lasting with a non-existent lacing. Visible carbonation was light with a slight presence of yeasty turbidity upon closer inspection.

S: dry toasted munich malting with some dried fruitiness (apple skins). There was a dry spicines as well coming through. The initial flavor had a nice fruitiness of dried apples and a freshly toasted munich malting. The palate was dry with a nice breadiness accompanied by a moderate flowery hopping. The finish was dry with a warm spiciness or caramel and ripe raisins with a touch of alcohol presence.

M: a soft carbonation, smooth in texture. A nice dry residual munich malting coats the tongue with a dry floral hopping.

D: Decent drinkability all around, drinks much like a red.

Photo of Ardubya
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as good a real ale as one could expect. if availability wasn't an issue i´d have for me breakfast. sweet and round to start with roasted cocoa up high. finishes dry. at least that's how i remember it. lovely! in my town of ashland, or- this is about as good as it gets for this category. really, i want this beer as a staple in diet

Photo of Jangles
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a handsome bottle with a vintage label into an Imperial pint glass (again, what else, really?).

A: Deep amber, almost coppery. Impressive three-finger head that that I wanted to bury my face in. It remained for days.

S: Wonderfully balanced and complex, with notes like a Puccini opera.

T: I'm an ale and stout drinker, and love selections from the British Isles, but this one crosses all geographic boundaries. If Christ returns, he will undoubtedly pour himself one of these.

M: Majestic, through and through.

D: Quite drinkable, but not sessionable. I savor these, maybe after enjoying a London Pride or an ESB.

The pleasure I derive from one of these gems is an excellent example of the holistic attitude I take when enjoying a beer. All of my senses come into play, right down to the heft of a quality bottle whilst I pour. Cheers!

Photo of Atlas1
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this back in September. Wrote a review down on some paper that got filed away until now. Kinda cool to come across an old beer review just sitting in a drawer.

Appearance was a pretty ruby/brown color - almost mahogany - with an eggshell head that faded fast and left behind a thick ring around the rim of the glass. The nose was lightly sweetened caramel malt. Some toffee, malted fruits, and soft spices. Almost fruit-cakey. Faint hops were noticeable in the taste. An easy palate with well-balanced malt and hop distribution. Very easy to drink, with a distant bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was soft, lightly creamy, with a dry finish.

A totally drinkable English strong ale. A sessionable strong ale, if ever there was such a thing. Very smooth, with faint spices and some light pepper. Very well balanced. I plan to return to this down the road.

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber, with a big frothy off-white head of seafoam. A big 2 finger+ that recedes in a big bursting of bubbles

S: Some dark fruit scents that are a little reminiscent of Belgian ales. Some toffee, rich malts, and a soft, ripe fruitiness.

T: I find some similarities to their ESB, strangely - the melon like taste, at least, but a stronger flavour all around. Some toffee and some dark fruit flavours followed by a little bitter bite of hops. Nice.

M + D: A nice, well-rounded, medium body. A little prickle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue followed by a smooth, soft mouthfeel. A nice brew... good for a couple in a mellow evening.

Photo of Ljunkan
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh... one of my absolute favourites from Fuller's.

Pours an amber color with a nice white head. Smell has notes of tropical fruits, sweet malt and hops. Taste is very balanced by the malty sweetness, caramel, sweet berries and flowery hops. It ends with very good bitterness which remains in the mouth for a long time. Definitely a very nice mouthfeel. You can feel how this wonderful brew spreads around your whole mouth with a plesant "bite" in the bitterness.

Photo of Ralphus
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fullers 1845 is named for the year the brewing company was founded and is Britain's top selling cask conditioned ale. Like London's pride, it has good reason to sell so well. My bottle has a best before date a few years from now and I suspect it might be even better then.

This beer looks good. A beautiful rich amber color with an offwhite head. The head recedes quickly but have a sniff before it does. Lots of fruity smell up front, cherries and melon mostly but it's really well done. As you get the liquid into your mouth the taste starts off fruity sweet but then transitions wonderfully to a nice toffee and biscuit tone. You would be happy with just that but right when you think there's nothing more - bang, in come a round of bitter hops to round it out.

Mouthfeel is right on the money and made even more enjoyable by the complexities found within. This is a great sipping beer but it's even better taken in large gulps. The only problem being it's so damn tasty you'll have finished it in no time.

Photo of Spidey13
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fuller's 1845 pours a deep amber, iced tea color with a nice off-white head that leaves loads of lacing behind. The nose has lots of toatiness and dark fruit/raisins. There are hints of sweet caramel and toffee and a bit of hop spiciness. Very nice and complex aromas.

The taste is also complex though, in my opinion, not quite as pleasant as the nose. There are some bready flavors from the malt and a bit of spiciness on the sides of the tongue. There is a light bitterness that lingers for a bit. You get a bit of alcohol fumes coming up about a minute post-swallow.

The mouthfeel on this thing is very thick and creamy with low carbonation.

Overall, this is a very complex beer, though the very thick mouthfeel makes it a fairly slow drinker.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer with alot of character

A- Hazy caramel orange-brown with a nice filmy beige head. Bottle-conditioned. yum

S- Smells like fruits, bready malt and yeast.

T- Tastes like it smells but hops help to balance

M- Great velvety body and excellent silky carbonation

D- Drinks very well and compliments many dishes

Photo of ajmoody76
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. clear and brown. redish tint? thin light brown head. some lace. looks good.

dark malts. caramel and roasty chocolate. hint of fruity hops.

good sweet malt flavor. can taste some chocolate and caramel. alcohol is there.

good carbonation. mid to full body. tastes good. had this at a beer fest in town and went out and bought one.

Photo of champ103
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful hazy dark amber/brown color. A two finger head forms and sticks around. Sticky lace is left in rings down my pint glass.
S: Sweet malty and candy like fruit aromas: Apples, peaches, pairs. Fairly complex.
T: Malty, but plenty of hop bitterness as well. Sweet candy flavors that is almost cloying. Lots of dark fruits. Figs, peaches and apples. Really complex.
M/D: Dry fruits. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. The bitterness combined with the sweetness take away from the drinkability. One is plenty.

I think the first bottle I had of this was a bit old. Much more complex fruity malt flavors the second time around. Fuller's makes some great beers, and this is one of them.

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