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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

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905 Ratings

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%

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 OatmattStout


4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a great deep mahogony color and a nice thick creamy head. It's smell is of candied fruits, dates and sweet raison. The taste was a sweet spicy mix. It had many complex flavors of spiced rum cake and prunes. It has a nice hop presence that comes out in the finish. This beer has a tremendous body and mouthfeel that really lives up to a strong ale. I didn't know by the taste this was a strong ale cause the alchohol is warming but not that detectable due to the overall complexity and richness of this beer. A very good ale, and one of the best strong ales of the handfull that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 14:23:24 | More by OatmattStout
Photo of scottum


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice copper amber with a decent head. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm....... liquid bread for sure. Tastes a bit bread like actually. Maybe it's the live yeast. This is a very good beer. Smooth and subtile. All the flavors work together to create a nice little package. Just enough hop to make it real good. Gotta love what a bottle can do to a brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 17:13:28 | More by scottum
Photo of bditty187


4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darkish brown hue, coppery-bronze highlights, semi-translucent, a finger of creamy tan head, decent retention but sheets of lace. Lovely nose, caramel with hints of butterscotch & toffee, a suggestion of fig with fruitiness throughout. As for the palate; caramel malts upfront with chocolate malts that complement, a royal combination. Sort of an earthy consistency as well… then, just too add complexity, delicate hops bitterness balances a faint sweetness. The mouthfeel has tremendous texture (which only adds to the enjoyment), slightly bitter finish with an organic yet caramely aftertaste. For the style the body is lightish (not thin). This only adds to the drinkability. This is an excellent brew and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2003 13:06:12 | More by bditty187
Photo of zerk


3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber with a pillowy white head that leaves behind rings of lace. Herbal aroma that has notes of caramel, butterscotch and bread dough. Flavor begins malty... caramel and bread dough, then becomes a little spicy and bitter, finishing with notes of oak and butter. Moutfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. A good beer, but doesn't quite live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 18:59:34 | More by zerk
Photo of Viking


3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear coppery body with no apparent CO2. However, it pours to the big, fat head so wonderfully typical of an English bottle-conditioned ale. Very malty aroma with some spicy and herbal hops. Malty flavor - bittersweet caramel - with a fairly strong presence of herbal/earthy hops, along with a bit of spicy hop flavor. Rich creamy body with an oily finish. Certainly a good beer, but I've other choices for a top barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 08:53:59 | More by Viking
Photo of Realale


3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before date of 10/16/00.

Pours a deep murky mahogany. Big, big rocky head settles to an uneven, and still rocky cap of relatively large bubbles.

Nose is very sweet - loads of crystal malt, with a bready, confectionary raspberry note that reminds me of Panda raspberry licorice. A bit much for me.

Huge rich malt attack on the palate. Wow. Slight chocolate elements, with a load of crystal or carmelization notes. Just goes on and on, with some hop bitterness and mineral notes carrying the long, lingering finish. The carbonation is beautiful bottle-conditioning, but perhaps its losing it a bit at this age - younger examples definitely have a higher carbonation level which further helps to balance the beer.

Quite a ride, but my least favorite of the regulars in the outstanding Fuller's line-up - which still means I'd rather drink it than 80% of the beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 20:28:43 | More by Realale
Photo of jeffboo


3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle conditioned real ale from Fullers. A staight-forward strong bitter? The color is a brilliant dark copper with nice tan head that lasts the whole glass. Fruity aroma, earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. The taste is of caramel malt with nice bitterness to offset. The hop flavors are earthy with a little spice, the body is medium,maybe not full enough for the alcohol, which appears as the beer warms. A decent drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2003 13:36:24 | More by jeffboo
Photo of budgood1


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

i recently found four bottles of this, two of which still had their back labels with the "best by" dates, which were now a year and a half past. i decided to keep the two with labels for trade bait, and tonite i'm drinking the other two....

1845 pours out a dark, thick, extremely cloudy and hazy unfiltered chestnut color. a thick and luxurious head forms and does not dissipate. there is lots of heavy, festive lace to adorn the glass. a very musty aroma of sour apples...quite barley wine like. tastes are hard to describe...malt, english hops....tart fruits...such as cherry, and apples....ginger and fig notes too...hints of caramel and chocolate...all under a cloak of leathery, perceptible mustiness. a very dry finish...with odd hints of mint and wintergreen. hops play hide and seek with my tastebuds. this strong ale is very complex and maybe even beyond my full appreciation. another Fuller's with a strong and sturdy body to create a full but smooth mouthfeel. all alcohol is masked and sufficiently blended into the flavor profile. this is a special brew...tonite i consider myself more lucky than worthy.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 20:18:44 | More by budgood1
Photo of Longstaff


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

This is an all around solid beer and is quite enjoyable to drink more than just one. Its a beautiful chestnut color with a creamy tannish head.Aromas of bready malt and citrusy hops. I love the mouthfeel of this one, its very smooth from moderate carbonation and a thickness from the malt. The flavor is also outstanding with breadiness, nutiness, sweet caramel and fruity goodness all melding together in perfect harmony. So far my favorite from Fuller's.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2003 08:52:28 | More by Longstaff
Photo of sinistersteve


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Considering I'm not a huge fan of English Imported beer I found this one to be an excellent surprise. But then again, Fuller's seems to posess a quality that is quite different from other English brewers I've tated. Fuller's 1845 doesn't seem to have much head when poured into my glass. It has an almost roasty carmel color to it. The aroma is that of English ales, but the tast tends to be unique compared to that of other English ales. I great one in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 21:47:08 | More by sinistersteve
Photo of AtrumAnimus


3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC is one of my favorite brewers on the planet. This is and has been one of my old staple beers for a long time. The color is very good and the nose is definitely malted hops. The hops in this one are very strong and should pleasing to any serious hop head. If you don't like bitters or hops then avoid this one. It is a bitter beer and can be rough on the palate depending on what you have before it. I recommend avoiding sweet stuff before this one. (I had a Mackeson's XXX prior and the sudden change shocked the palate)

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2003 07:32:29 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of goz


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber, almost ruby in color. Medium sized tan head, slowly diminishing to a strong lacing. Very light, tiny-bubbled carbonation. Aroma is strongly sweet and doughy - almost like a cookie dough. Lighter aroma from fruits (raisin, grape, apple), and caramel. Flavor is malty sweet, some of the same cookie dough from the aroma, and light caramel tones in the back. Thick and chewy on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 16:28:52 | More by goz
Photo of Dantes

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Package: 1 pint, 2.6 oz. (550ml) brown bottle, with nice bas-relief. “Best before 15/Mar/03.” No indicated ABV, although Fuller’s website lists it as 6.3%.

Cost: $1.99-$2.49 per bottle.

Presentation: Poured into pint glass at ~45º. Tiny amount of lees at the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Toffee-copper-auburn color. Pours clear. Head forms nicely, but does not linger very long, leaving a thin, lacey film on surface. I would give it a 5, but for the slightly disappointing head. Superfine bubble-threads stream up the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nose is spectacular. Almost as satisfying as some other beers taste. A balanced panoply of yeast, dark fruits (prune, figs, currants), candied peel, complex esters, malt, fresh bread, and a hop edge.

Taste: Even better than the aroma. Very well-rounded. This is a Christmas pudding of a beer with spices, nutmeg, banana, caramel, nuts, butterscotch, and toffee vying with the hops and citrusy esters to achieve a wonderful standoff. Warmly satisfying. Dry finish complements the fullness of the flavors. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is extremely fine, lasting throughout the glass. Alcohol is not oppressive, but makes its presence known. Warming. Silky, smooth, and creamy; while crisp at the same time.

Drinkability: All too drinkable. I don’t find 6.3% ABV objectionable. I always have a few bottles of this around, as I find it perfect in almost every circumstance.

I can’t really see how anyone, regardless of style preferences, would not enjoy this. It slots in nicely between the bolder ESB and the super-rich Vintage. This reeks of craftsmanship, like the interior of a Bentley Continental. It is like an old friend, whom I’m always happy to see, regardless of my mood. This transports me to a classic bar at the Lanesborough Hotel in London; sumptuous leather chairs, cigars, and fine whisky; where I can see drinking this in place of the whisky without regret or embarrassment. Jeeves, please bring me another!

Backwash: The Cary Grant of beer; charming, urbane, assertive, entertaining, and perfectly turned out.

NB: Bottles do vary with respect to age, storage, and handling.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 12:01:31 | More by Dantes
Photo of BeerBuilder


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

Orangish-amber in color with a tan head that settles out quickly. The aroma is sweet, somewhat fruity, toffee-like and biscuity. The flavors are complex, with a sweetness, and toastiness that is perfectly balanced by the hop bitterness. In the finish, which is dry, I detected just a slight hint of chocolate. The beer is medium-full bodied, with a smooth, oily-creaminess. Overall, another excellent brew by Fuller’s.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 06:36:39 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of MJR


3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: On top of a clear, ruby/garnet body, sits a foamy, tan head that looks like soap subs. Big 'ole bubbles! Good head retention and lacing. Strong carbonation keeps a steady stream of tiny bubbles racing to the top. The bottle claims to be bottle-conditioned, but I see no yeast at the bottom...

Smell: Aroma of sweet malt, fruit, bread, a touch of toffee/caramel, hops, and very faint plum. Good aroma...

Taste: A wildly complex mixture of slighty burnt fruit, toffee, bread/toasted flavor, hops, and alcohol. Starts with an alcohol bite, and slowly fades into that wonderful mix of flavors, all of which fight for dominance. Ends with a burnt note that is a bit too much.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a slighty oily mouthfeel that finishes dry and crisp.

Drinkability: Fairly good. The higher alcohol level and burnt flavor at the end would make it difficult for me to drink more than a few of these in a row. Now...where's my bottle of Fuller's ESB?

Simply put, I expected a lot from this brew, and was a bit disappointed. A very good beer, but it has some flaws.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 21:59:19 | More by MJR
Photo of Riggo


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle-conditioned ale from Fuller's pours a deep reddish amber color with a creamy tan head. Hints of orange, caramel, molasses, raisin and roasty malt in the nose.

On palate entry, a clean hop bitterness followed by rich caramel maltiness, earthy, woody, toasted grain, raisin and a buttery mouthfeel. The relatively strong 6.3 abv is evident on palate.

A malty yet bitter strong ale, full of character and richness and another solid offering from Fuller's.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 16:44:39 | More by Riggo
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

I find the color of the 1845 to be absolutely gorgeous! It is a deep amber-chestnut hue which cries out to me "Take me!" Too bad the head was so thin and lifeless, though there was a slight bit of lacing. Upon taking my first whiff I got a sweet aroma, almost barleywine-like. Further whiffs tended to be more of a toffee-like character. Body was real nice, and a bit chewy! Creamy smooth on the tongue too, giving 1845 a very good overall mouthfeel! The maltiness is quite pronounced here, and the toffee character evident in the nose has transferred well into the flavor profile. Some floral qualities make a late cameo, and a long-lingering aftertaste is very savory. This is a very flavorful bier! Though I have only reviewed about 20 UK biers, this is in my personal UK top 5! Cheers!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

12-22-2002 11:18:45 | More by Bierman9
Photo of StevieW


4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big 1 pt .9oz bottle. Best before 12/02/02. Ten days past due, it's been in my fridge since late July and who knows where before then. It held up fine.
Roasted chestut to carmel color.Opaque. Nice beige, fluffy full head. Dense. Rich toffee, sweet carmel malt nose. Touch harsh at the end, but doesn't detract from the great aromas. Taste is super smooth combination of malty carmel sweetness, and sublte bitter bite to the middle. Toffe sweetness is soothing and very good. Lots of carmel malt taste as well. Meduim bodied, steady carbonation. One of my new favorites. I could drink this beer with dinner all the time. It went well with a roasted chicken dinner.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 05:16:22 | More by StevieW
Photo of Bighuge


4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep chestnut tone. A sticky yet creamy beige head retains very well and laces in sheets. Sweet candy like aroma. Carmalized sugar. Malty sweetness. Very nice. My palate recognizes a big toffee presence first and foremost. Then I notice some sweet undertones like cotton candy, plum and sweet malt. Spice tones accent nicely. I don't think they spice this beer, but there seems to be a cinamon presence to me. Some slight lingering bitterness remains on the palate. Creamy mouthfeel. Body is about medium-full. Easy drinking. If ever there was a good "session" strong ale, this would be it.

Fuller's impresses again.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 19:51:01 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Gusler


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

Deep garnet in color on the pour, the head is creamy in texture, majestic in size, the lace a latticework of fine bubbles that cling mightily to the glass. Nose is malt, caramel, slightly sweet, somewhat earthy. The front is ambrosial, the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is "Hop heaven", meaningfully acidic, droughty aftertaste,”Most Excellent" strong English Ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 06:07:14 | More by Gusler
Photo of mickeymac


4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, baby, where have you been all my life? This is a beautiful copper color with a thick, creamy off-white head that lingers all the way to the bottom of the glass. The smell is malty sweetness with undecurrents of toffee/caramel. Fortunately, the taste manages to exceed the high expectations the smell creates. In addition to the toffee flavor, a bit of toasted biscuit flavor is present. It all works together perfectly. The mouthfeel is absolutely superb: creamy and fulfilling but somehow eminently drinkable at the same time. Why did I buy just one?

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2002 18:39:21 | More by mickeymac
Photo of BeerManDan


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

Beautiful dark caramel color. The aroma is of sweet caramel and malts. The greatness of this beer is that the aroma is what you get in the taste. The sweetness and bitterness is in tune with each other. There's a bit of burnt caramel with a hint of chocolate and malt in the finish. I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 16:06:50 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of CharlesRiver


4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This "Celebration" English Ale pours a darker shade of amber with a small head that stays. The smell is malty and strong. The taste is smooth and clean. All around a top notch English Ale that has put in its time in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2002 15:36:46 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of BeerAngel


5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Superb!!! Pours a clear deep amber/caramel color with a modest tan head. The smell of roasted caramel, buttered bread, and malt smells delicious. The taste is that of burnt caramel with a biscuity and nutty flavor with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is out of this world! The balance of hops in this brew is a perfect match. Fuller's ESB was one of my favorites and this one I like even better! This beer suits me perfect! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 12:30:29 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Mark


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

I likened this to a Scottish ale with more hops than usual. It has a very dark copper hue with a nice head and leaves great lace. It kind of reminded me of cask conditioned ale. Very malty at first and then hops start to come out a bit more. Nice solid mouthfeel and drinkability is good. Goes well with a hearty meal. Nice offering from Fullers

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2002 20:17:17 | More by Mark
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.