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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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956 Ratings

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 69
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of throwitallaway
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured from 16.9oz. bottle into a pint glass. Darkish brown/red color. Fat head that could be my bad pouring skills, but I don't think so. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is very similar with a bit of roasted flavor added in. Aftertaste has some bitterness and fruit (perhaps prunes). Medium thick mouthfeel. Seems pretty drinkable and somewhat complex. But I prefer other Fuller's beers.

throwitallaway, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%

A: A beautiful dark amber color with a thick head that settles down to about a quarter inch.

S: Fruity / yeasty smells, as expected from a bottle conditioned ale. Smells a little sweet.

T: Solid, but not spectacular

M: Substantial body

D: Not a bad beer, but I prefer their ESB and London Pride.

I later noticed the "best if consumed by July 19 2005" on the label. Needless to say, I am not going back to the place that sold me this three-year-old beer. It would be interesting to edit this review with a fresher beer.

MerkinMan, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%

19oz from the Boise Coop for about $4.75... poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Nice 2" head.. The brew is crystal clear reddish amber.. beautiful when held to a light. Good lacing... leopard spots.

Aroma is toasted and biscuit malt.. slight caramel ... Malty with quite a bit of fruitiness... Light brown sugar and light but expected English character as it warms... low caramel... Astringent but in a good way.

Bigger bitter backbone than most English brews... Pale and toasted malts come through as the big player. Unexpected but appreciated dark malt notes. Floral and grassy hops come to play throughout. Cold black tea comes to mind on the finish.. Dry but with good hints of caramel and very light chocolate. Good body and carbonation... strikes me as English for sure.. Like an English take on a North Coast Old Ale.

Very tasty and I've only enjoyed this brew 3-4 times before.... I will certainly pick up again.. very nice.

JohnGalt1, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%

1 Pint, 0.9 fl oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Bernardsville for $3.99...
Heard a lot of good things about this beer, so I was eager to give it a try...
A very aggressive pour yieled a mahogany-brown, light caramel color with a decent-sized foamy head that left a fair amount of lacing around the top of the glass...
Bittersweet, malty aroma with slight caramel and vanilla notes...
Taste complemented the smell, with barley, grain, vanilla, semi-sweet essences with a nice balance of hops and malts and slight sugars...
Nice, slick, oily mouthfeel heavy on flavor and taste but not overbearing or cloying...
Easy drinkability without any interfering factors - this one went down as smooth as water without any hint of alcohol on the tongue...
Overall, a good sample, but certainly not above and beyond in my opinion... Worth a try if you are a particular fan of English brews...

dsa7783, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

A - Pours Rich Copper and a slighlt yellowish-off-white head that is 2 fingers strong.

S - Swirling aromas of dark storng malts and alive bitter hops, has a smokey scent reminds me of burnt carmels and roasted nuts.

T - For what it is this is an exellent example of a English Strong Ale, you can distintly taste the malts and stronger hops that leave a bitter almost spicey finish.

M - Sharp and alive with character, suprises the taste buds with the bite and plentiful carbonation.

D - Very nice and drinkable.

trackstar1043, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of iceball585
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

A- Deep golden brown color, semi-transparent, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered slowly

S- Fruity, yeast, dark malts, fairly grainy, hint of floral hops

T- Malty, dark fruits (raisens and prunes), spices, wood, bready, faint bitter hops

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight burn of alcohol

D- Worth buying again

This is an interesting tasting strong ale. Full rich flavors but not too overpowering. I would recommend that you try this if you get the chance. I would consider this one of the better strong ales that I've had, but still not my favorite.

iceball585, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of stcules
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%

Cherry wood color, slightly hazy. A lot of ofam, for an english beer.
Very english smell, with a full maltiness, and hops, with earthy and musky notes.
Good bitterness in the taste, with a good hopping. And a beautiful smoothness, with touches of vanilla.
After some while, the hop notes becomes more herbal.
Full body, with a long, bitter aftertaste, again on earthy notes.
Good. For sure not a session beer, but very good and interesting.

stcules, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Best By Date July 2009; Sampled February 2008
Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a light, layered lace pattern as it slowly recedes. The beer is a dark amber color, but shows a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber color when held up to the light. Slightly earthy hop notes, ample marmalade aromatics, with a deep, rich, yet secondary to the hop, malt character. The hop notes get a touch metallic towards the end, but if you dig around a bit a substantial malt character kicks in that contributes aromas of fresh baked soda crackers, hearty bread notes and toasty grain aromatics. Running throughout is a sweet, caramelized malt backbone that provides aroma of toffee and some berry notes. The last being accented by the hop notes as well. This has a really nice mix of malt and hop character, while it is initially hop dominated, the malt character is substantial and at times even overtakes the hop character in its depth.

Sweet and then frothy, the beer is a bit too carbonated, but this is a much better thing than being under carbonated as a quick swirl releases the excess. Equal matched notes of mixed berries and marmalade provide a fruity start and middle to this beer that is offset by sharp, lightly herbal hop notes, a touch of sweet spice and a mild, though contributing, balance-necessary, bitterness. The finish has both this hop character as well as a dry, toasty grain note and a fresh baked, yet well fermented bread flavor. Wow, as this warms up a bit, it starts to pick up some significantly darkened grain notes, certainly not roasted, but it is significantly toasted in its flavor. The amber malt, really distinctly adds to the finish of this beer; it dries the finish out and provides an amped up, well browned, bread crust flavor to this brew.

This has a really nice hop character to it; this seems to be an evolution of the Fuller's ESB. I like that the hop character is a mix of marmalade and fruit notes coupled with a nice green, herbal note, all the while accented by sweet grain and ultimately offset by hop bitterness and interesting, substantial toasted malt notes in the finish. While not as strong as I was thinking it would be, this is certainly quite drinkable, which more than makes up for that.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruit, honey, caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet and malty with flavors of dark fruit, caramel, honey and a touch of spice. There's strong hops presence that provides a very nice balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, nice kick, good representation of style, I was sure what to expect from this beer but I was pleasantly surprised. This is a very good beer to stick with for an entire evening.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Brad007
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%

Color: Pours a darkish copper color with ruby hue. One-finger head.

Aroma: Malty and rich. Some bitterness in the nose.

Taste: Very malty upfront with decent hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes dry. A second sip confirms the bitterness which I really like. A tad biscuity. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and bitter with some biscuit flavor. Full-flavored, which I enjoy very much.

Verdict: Certainly my favorite out of the three Fullers' beers I've had. I'll probably buy another bottle to age because it's bottle conditioned. Very drinkable. I would buy it again.

Brad007, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of cerveza5150
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured cold from a 'Victorian' style bottle.

Pours a smooth dark amber with tight bubbles of carbonation present, probably from the bottle conditioning. The head looks creamier than the standard, soap bubble head found on most commercial macro brews.

The smell is awesome! I was expecting some metallic, earthy, peaty malt scents, but got treated to a wonderful bouquet of candied fruit, specifically plum, grape, and raisin. The hops aren't really present that much in the nose, but do round out the sweetness of the malts.

Whoa!!! What a taste! I guess I was expecting something far different than this, but am glad I was surprised! The malt sweetness hits the palate with the intensity of a freight train, and then is reduced to rubble by the slow bite of the hops. A fine ale indeed for those Brits!!!!

cerveza5150, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: Cinnamon amber-brown with bright blood orange highlights and a fair, coffee-stained ivory head. Itty bitty bubbles throughout. Sub-par retention.

Smell: Cola, bing cherries, baked sunflower seeds, herbal-woody-fruity hops, burnt coffee, toasted multigrain bread, honey, figs, umeshu... and that's about it.

Taste: Deliciously robust and well-balanced. Mighty toasty, too, with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup-like chocolate nuttiness. Or maybe more like dark chocolate-covered Nutter Butters, because the chocolate notes are quite biter and the malts are quite biscuity. There's also a bit of resiny wood, some juicy fruit notes, and a sharp, full-flavored orange-rind/curaçao flavor from the hops, which combine with burnt chocolate malts for a very satisfying bitter edge. Alcohol is detectable as well, with a slightly warming Scotch whisky character. Somehow reminiscent of Bailey's. Finish is lush with bitter cocoa and nutty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Rollingly smooth, satiny and textured from the very fine bubbles. Clean in the finish. A real palate-pleaser.

Drinkability: This is a very classy, well-made beer, strong yet balanced and contained. A unequivocal pleasure to drink.

soulgrowl, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

Very deep russett. Unfiltered dirty water look. Head is full and pillowy with a good amount of retention. Thick lace left behind. And it's tan colored.

Huge assertive toffee malt hammers the ole factor. Earthy tones with pruney fruits dominating. So rich with sweet malt galore.

This is delicious. Again enormous thick chewy resilient malt. Burnt caramel flavors with bigger toffee backing. A very minute hop bitterness on the finish. Mollasses almost turning to brown sugar. Gooey date and prune with some black figs thrown in. Big mouthfeel with a long long finish. A easy drinking delicous English brew.

mcallister, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of biggmike
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured a dark amber color with nice off-white head that dissipated into a thin film atop the beer. Aroma was nice; maltiness that implied fruit, caramel, and spices. Flavor is pretty much the same. Has a nice dry, fruity finish. Very smooth and drinkability is extremely high. Left nice lacing around glass. This is a very nice ale.

biggmike, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

I've been sitting on this bottle as long as I could (which is not as long as I should). Cracked open to savour while blowing heads off zombies on the wii. Ahh...she's a beaut. A russet coloured body with a thinnish white head. The smell is delectable, and packed full of all manner of dark, sensuous fruits. And there it is, in the flavour. Figs, dates, raisins abound against a malty backbone, cut through with a medium hoppy bitterness. This is an excellent quality beer, but the zombies keep coming.

bobsy, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Freshie
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%

Cloudy brown color. Slight head.

Aroma is mildly sweet. Grainy.

The taste is woody. Sweet malt blends nicely with those nice dry English hops. Crisp carbonation lends well to the flavor. I bit of grapefruit in the after taste.

A very well balanced, thirst quenching ale.

Fuller's always manages to please. This one is no exception.

Freshie, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -2.7%

dark amber/brown with a tan head that held well and left pretty nice lace. nose is caramelly, burnt toffee, some pale malt, a little dried fruit and orangy marmaladish hop scent. taste was pretty much what the nose suggested with a touch of a bite at the finish. medium full and mighty pleasurable.

timtim, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%

one pint .09 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Best before October 08 laser etched into the label.

A: One inch loosely bubbled whitish light sandy head, good ruby amber with a bit of carbonation bubbling up lazily alongside the walls of the glass. Bits of lacing here and there on the glass after the head bubbles down to a rather thin cap in about two or three minutes.

S: Sweet and well balanced malt thats smells uncanilly like fresh raisin bread, cinnimon and all. Little bit of green apple in there as well for good measure.

T/MF: Hop presence is felt right as the beer hits the tongue and prickles the tongue in an inviting way, not overpowering so as to strip the tongue but adds a nice saticy drying sensation all over the tongue. Getting sensations of bitter apple (I almost want to say cranberry as well) and sweet bread in the beginning and middle and a buttery and nutty finish finish that makes the inital drying sensation gently subside.

D: Quite complex as I'm sure I'm missing out on the finer points of this beer but the mellow aspect of this beer is a nice change of pace from beers that focus on one aspect of taste. This a very drinkable and at the same time a beer that demands your full attention as you drink it.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%

Chestnut color with a tan head. Aromas of caramel, treacle toffee, and earthy hops. The flavors are similar with a juicy "chewy" caramel malt ridden by the noticeable bittering hops. I detect a slight metallic flavor that is not unwelcome. As it warms there is more nutty/ toffee flavors and some livestock farm smells. Almost a washed-rind cheese aroma. Maybe that would be a good match?

dedrinker, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%

1 pt, 0.9-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Clear dark amber with reddish undertones, small white head, good lacing.

S = Good blend of sweet malt and bitter hops.

T = Nice bitter taste in the front of the mouth followed by a creamy malt flavor mid-palate closing with a long bitter finish. Very nice with good balance.

M = Medium bodied, creamy, good mouth coating, light carbonation.

D = I wish its ABV was 4% as this would be an excellent beer for sessions it goes down so smoothly. This has long been one of my favorite Fuller's beers and I will continue drinking it from time to time.

Added April 7, 2008: I did not want to delete this and review again, but I did want to add, that I have determined I like this beer more when it is served at about 60 degrees in a snifter than out of the fridge in a pint glass. It is not quite as flavorful as Fuller's Vintage Ale, but it is an excellent Old Ale. Creamy, nutty, milk chocolate, good bitter balance. One of my new stand by beers so I do not go through ones I really want to age.

Traquairlover, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%

16.9 oz., 500 mL English bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber colour, with a medium, white head, good retention, and lacing.

S: Smells of caramel, toffee, some apple, and sulfur.

T: Heavily of toffee and strong English malt at first taste, a lot like a beefed up version of their ESB. Grassy English hops and molasses come in as the beer finishes.

M: Nice full mouthfeel, hard water, smooth, slightly acidic.

D: Another good beer from Fuller's, not as drinkable and tasty as their regular ESB in my opinion, but a good beer nonetheless. A nice slightly strong beer for all occasions.

Halcyondays, Dec 25, 2007
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours clear, dark coppor color with unusually thick white head. Bubbles are very fine and lace is good.

Nose has a fruitcake aroma. Miscellaneous baked desserts with something sweet, but hard to identify.

Palate is caramel sweet at first, moderate hops to balance, and carries through with an overcooked biscuit taste.

Finish is dry and long, hoppy.

yemenmocha, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of DaveUK
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance - deep reddish brown, a medium head with lacing common.

Aroma - sticky fruit cake and treacle along with dried fruits in the nose.

Taste - Fruit cake and dried fruits, alcohol and piny bitterness, hint of sourness, finish is long and malty with notes of more alcohol and dried orange.

Mouthfeel - excellent carbonation from the bottle conditioning, medium mouthfeel with a slight sweet stickiness on the lips.

Overall - a tasty and deep ale. Almost like a honed and more drinkable version of the golden pride, designed for session rather than one off.

DaveUK, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of adowney523
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured from a 1 pt. 0.9 oz. brown bottle into an imperial pint glass. Color is deep amber with an abundant off-white head from an aggressive pour. Little carbonation.

Smell hints at toffee with soft earthy hops in the background.

Tastes of sweet dried dark fruit- dates and figs. Toffee and soft caramel notes balance well with earthy bitterness in the finish.

Drinks like a cask beer- let this one warm to cellar temperature.

adowney523, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%

One of my favorite beers from England. A thick off white head thanks to a strong pour. A good amount of lacing is left behind once the foam drops a top the clear reddish brown brew.

The nose is dominated by malt and fruits and I like it. Notes of caramel, toffee, spices, nuts and hops.

Tastes of toasted bread, a bit of sweet malt, spices, wood, fruits and a hoppy zing. I can only imagine what a joy it would be to have this ale on cask.

irishkyle21, Dec 02, 2007
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.