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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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932 Ratings

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Ratings: 932
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 67
Gots: 23 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000)
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Photo of whynot44


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

Medium bodied, copper colored with a nice creamy tan head that produces a good crop of lace on it's way down.

The aroma is sweet fruity malt with a bit of herbal hops.

The taste is sweetish, fruity, almost molasses malt overlaid with a definite hop flavor and bitterness. Aftertaste is primarily hops bitterness, but with persistant malt sweetness and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 02:26:14 | More by whynot44
Photo of patto1ro


4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is packed with biscuity malt flavours, so typical of English ales. Yet these never totally overpower the hop presence, which lurks around on the palate before jumping out in the finish. The two main themes are bulked out with a multitude of dark fruit flavours.

It scores well on every criterium: complex, balanced, authentic.

Note that this beer is NOT a Strong Ale. It's a classic 19th century Pale Ale. I don't know why everyone gets so confused. The brewery clearly said that they were trying to recreate a Pale Ale from 1845. I think they did a wonderful job.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 10:47:06 | More by patto1ro
Photo of LordChesterfield


3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle over flowed when I opened it! Oh well. What's more is it poured with a weak head that quickly disipated. This is a really special ale I think. It's crazy. So many tastes, sweet malt and heavy hops with wood and bread! I don't really understand how those chemicals like phenols and diacytal and ester taste, but I think these are probably in here, because there are a lot of flavors that I can acount for, that show up in just about every English Ale I taste. The color is almost like some one took ale and poured either blood or transmition fluid in it. Definitely complex, as with most english ales I've tasted, it gets smoother as it warms up. I wouldn't really drink alot of these the way I would other beers, oh wait, yes I would. I can imagine most people drinking this to inebreation. That's not to say it isn't drinkable, but when compared with drinkable beers, it's definitely not as drinkable. Really, pay attention to the recommended 50 degree serving temperature.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 07:57:32 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of scooter231

New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark color, slightly coppery, with a decent amount of head and lacing. Smells fruity and earthy, and yeasty. Inviting.

Tastes lovely- coffee, chocolate, and very biscuity- which adds more lovely to the mouthfeel which is bubbley and chewy. A good amount of maltyness in there, and some bitter hops near the end. A slight amount of dark fruityness hidden, kind of the backbone to the beer. I really liked it- lots going on. And fairly easy to drink, too- a sipper for sure, but I enjoyed taking my time with this one. I'd do it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 05:29:45 | More by scooter231
Photo of DogFood11


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

Poured this 16.9oz bottle into a pounder glass. An awesome chunky tan head that coats all the way down with every pull. fine carbonation, some chill haze that clears.

Smell's zippy. ester, yeast with a huge sweet maltness. Oh what a fine brew this is. The taste is near perfection. Bold malty body that finishes with a slight sizzle of citrus but just barely balances out the big malt/alcohol middle and as a bonus there is a nice woody aftertaste. The best I can describe the mouthfeel is "zippy"...it lays back in the beginning creamy, earthy, and kicks in at the end which helps the citrus singe its way into the buds. Not too dry its pretty much down the middle.

This is a must have in the stable. No boredom here as each drink is a blast of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 23:46:19 | More by DogFood11
Photo of Higravity


4.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the highest score I have given a beer yet. This was like tasting history. I kept thinking about the brewers of centuries past pouring beer out of casks and this beer swept me along in that dream.
A ruby body beer with a nice creamy wheat head that leaves a lot of hard lacing. The smell is of sweet creamy goodness, lots of malt and long boil sugars topped delicately with pure noble hops. The English water of metalic salts is present but only to a slight degree adding bit to the beer but not overly so as with some other English ales. I tried to savor the entire beer in my Imperial glass but this was such a delight to drink I quickly found myself out.

Cheers to Ding.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 13:27:45 | More by Higravity
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

what an amazing beer. if this is what beer tasted like in 1845, i'm a bit late. 1pt. .9fl.oz. bottle, and it says bottle conditioned, although there is a best before date of 20 mar, 06. dark amber color with a medium tan head that stayed with the beer. lots of sweet malt smell, with hints of fruit, somewhat sharp citrus, behind that. amazing taste, strong, full, what an ale should taste like. tons of malt, with just a little hop in the back. not much carbonation, if at all. i really enjoyed this beer and was sad when it was gone. thanks, diego. cheers...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2005 04:44:50 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of karst


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

Best by 19/Oct/05 on the back label of the pint + tall bottle conditioned English Strong Ale. I add yet another style to my growing list of beers. I can see how this would attract a cult following with its bold hops and rich complex toasty malt flavor. True to style description the alcohol was very prominate for a mear 6.3 abv.

Pours a copper-auburn (tea) with a picturesque head that varries from tall-rocky with a rough pour to a creamy thick that leaves lace that comes alive and creaps up the sides of my Gindstone pint glass. Served at ideal 55°F.
Aromas of fruity esters, dark caramel, butterscotch (diacetyl) and Fuggles hops suggest a great beer to follow. Hope that sounds as inviting as it smells.

Flavors evolve with warming but @ 55° toasted malt and hop bitterness vie for the front with buttery malt, figs and dates and toffee sweetness. The woody and earthy Fuggle hop flavors mingle with fruity flavors to provide a great lingering finish. As always, the diacetyl comes on with warmth. Smooth medium liquorlike body and medium mouthfeel. Excellent balance.

Last pour was slightly murky (unfiltered & bottle conditioned) with yeast and changed the taste bring an acidity to the tip of the tongue and more bitter finish.

A classic English Strong Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 18:07:37 | More by karst
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

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

Nice amber colour with a slightly off white head. A combination of earthy hops aroma, baked apples, nutmeg and cinnemon. Full bodied, with lots of different flavors ranging from sweet malt, to red grape, to butter, and perhaps just the slightest hint of coffee. All of the richness of this beer is well balanced by some nice bittering hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 14:54:37 | More by fisherman34
Photo of blackie


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

Best before date of March 20, 2006 is printed on the back label.

Color is a mahogany with a large amount red of filtering through. Head is 1" and white in color.

Smells of a dark, fruity maltiness. Some nice floral hops are also present, and provide a good balance. Some fruity cherry and plum notes are present. Diluted hints of molasses. Not overly complex, but well done. Not much, if any, alcohol evident on the nose.

The beer has a medium low carbonation with somewhat of a medium body. Very smooth drinking and just slightly sticky.

Tastes of sweet malt with a strong backbone of bittering hops. First comes the sweet fruitiness, which gradually subsides until the hops are up front, and linger long into the toasty finish. Alcohol not really evident in the taste.

I am interested in cellaring one of these for a year to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 05:20:33 | More by blackie
Photo of cracgor


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

Appearance: Dark, ruby red beer. Off white frothy head stands tall and sticks well..just sheets of lace stuck to the glass in clumps.

Smell: A berry fruit smell. A little smoky but overall fruity.

Taste: A hugely rich beer. A bit coffee/roasted malt. Balanced very well by a strawberry or raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light in body--medium body. A little bitter/astringent.

Drinkability: very tasty smooth complex and well balanced even if it's not perfect. I like this style more than the barleywine or pale ale if this is representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 23:53:04 | More by cracgor
Photo of macpapi


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

I've always thought this is one of the finest British imports. Finally gotten around to reviewing it. It pours a dark amber-brownish color with a not too thick tan head. The color goes along with the substantial nature of the beer itself, making it a good representation. It smells of malt and fruit, with a slight caramel aroma to boot. Not a terribly strong smelling beer, but pleasant none the less. Tastes bold, with a deep and malty flavor, distinguished by more than hints of caramel. A slightly bitter aftertaste is completed by a chocolate-type finish. Very flavorful!! Mouthfeel is thick and sweet, with a good deal of carbonation. Overall this is a good and tasty beer. To me it is a good beer to begin the night, before moving on to hoppier session brews. One at a time is enough for me. But to each his own.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 19:00:04 | More by macpapi
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've ever reviewed a beer while it's in my hand so if I spill on the keyboard you'll know why I'm excited :-)

With a slightly vigorous pour the beer puts up a thick tan head over a nut-brown body. The head dies down to a ring soon enough but leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is somewhat aggressive for an English Ale - strong fruit notes, a robust roasted grain note and a good bit of alcohol as well. There's a distinctive English Pale Ale yeasty smell which is no real surprise from this live ale.

Taste is quite scrumptious with some very bold notes. First off you're confronted with the strong fruit flavors I associate with an amber ale - apricot, plum, raisin and a hint of apple. There's also a very strong roasted malt note similar to a brown ale - not burnt like in a stout but more like dark brown toast. Bitterness is quite high though I can't tell if it's from a bittering hop or from a roasted grain. Hops are certainly present but mostly in floral notes rather than astringent.

Mouthfeel is very nice - fine, deeply embedded live ale carbonation, a somewhat solid body with a bit of an oily finish on the tongue. The bittering is enough to dry the drink out a bit but not completely.

This is one tasty ale and now that I've found a local source I'll certainly have this in my regular rotation. I've got something of a nostalgia for English Pale Ales as Bass was one of my favorites back in college and I've got a real appreciation for that fruity, malty experience. Drinking Fuller's 1845 (or Fuller's London Pride or Young's Special London Ale) makes me realize that there are much more complex and artful expressions of the English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 02:00:14 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of Vancer


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

Holy Smoly, what a bourbon brew. Looks like an amber bourbon, foamy thick tan head. Multi-laces. Best by 10/19/05 on the white rosed label – beautiful! Malty, chocolate, hint of bourbon aroma. Whiskey taste, strong malt to start, nice hoppy finish. Whoa, full bodied, rich and tangy. Good, slow drinkin’ brew here.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 12:32:40 | More by Vancer
Photo of 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
Photo of Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle came courtesy of 3Vandoo at a tasting we had last Thursday at Goldorak's place in Vert-Brun. Thanks to the airborne Emu.

The pour was seductive as a fully deep amber brew filled the glass and rested, slightly hazy, with an initially generous head of cream coloured foam atop. The head faded rather rapidly but left blotches of mousse which created nice lacing throughout.

The aromas are malty and fruity up front. The beer gradually releases a pleasant yeastiness as a hint of hops comes through to be balanced by yet another burst of malt.

A firm malty brew hits the palate and initially releases flavours of fruit and some yeast character through the alkaline texture that highlights the bitterness from the hops. Hints of caramel mingle mid-taste but are soon overtaken by the dominating complex of malt and hops.

Very well balanced and rounded brew that develops nice complexities as it warms. A bottle conditioned gem that I wish was available in Quebec

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 15:35:06 | More by Beersignal
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


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

Appearance: Beautiful ruby, brown body with a healthy level of carbonation running throughout the glass. The head was very fluffy and uncontroled. A sticky lace was left all over my glass.

Smell: Thick maltiness was dominant in this one. A caramel hint was found behind the low aroma hops. A very full, in your face, sweet dough-like aroma is holding its own. This is a very enjoyable smelling beer that is not overpowered by hops or spice.

Taste: A sweet, candied malt is definately the welcoming taste on this one. The sweetness quickly turns to a dry bitterness from some, kick ass, bittering hops. This is very well balanced from start to finish.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness followed by a refreshing dryness. Full of body but isn't hanging in the stomach like an Impy stout.

Drinkability: Easy to guzzle this stuff and not even realize it. I can't say I would make it my session beer, but a few rounds to get the night going would be perfect.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 01:13:56 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
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New York

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

courtesy of roew

poured witha cream head and small bubbles on a clear deep amber body. rich toffeeish malty aroma with hints of chocolate and nutty biscuity flavors. smooth well balanced witha excellent mouthfeel, sweet malt with some toasted malt and a good solid hop character in the taste...definetly worth getting.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 16:31:26 | More by shippos
Photo of Brian700


3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark amber with a with head that sits pretty small. The nose is of esters, floral hops, and I know this might sound weird but it also smells of pennies. If you've ever had to put pennies in your mouth you'll know what I mean. The taste has some crispness. I pick up on the hops and some citrus and there is a slight metalicness in the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. Medium carbonation. I think this is pretty drinkable beer. It tastes like a scaled down version of a popular Christmas beer I've had. If you've ever had it I'm sure you know which one I'm talking about. Overall though its a good beer. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 05:27:43 | More by Brian700
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New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber reddish hue. Limited off white head with little lacing.

Pretty much tastes as it smells. This beer has a very sweet malty Chocolaty character (sugar Daddy). Slight bitterness with strong alcohol character. Too much considering it has 6% ABV. Aside from bitterness, almost no hoppiness. Average mouthfeel.

I cant say I'm overly impressed with this beer. I give it a 3.5 for taste because the style describes it as such.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 23:40:17 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of twilight


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

Pours a reddish brown out of the bottle and leaves nice lacing on the edges of the glass. The smell is of some fruit, some diacetyl (reminiscent of the HSA scent) and some major earthy hops. Very hopped for an English ale, but it has that non-citrusy non-piney scent to it. Flavour is big. Some caramels, and fruit with a nice roastiness that gives way to the taste of English water and the carbonation dissipating on the tongue and then the bitterness of the hops at the end that soothe the tongue instead of agressively attacking it like American hops do. Some lingering (and faint) roastiness/hoppiness leave the mouth happy at the aftertaste. I think the water used contributes to this almost metallic mouthfeel that is typical of English ale. Good drinkability, though you wouldn't want to drink eight of these during one session. Haha!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 01:21:34 | More by twilight
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

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

Pours a deep amber thats pretty clear and with a thick off-white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing, a beautiful english ale. Smell is citrusy hops, fruity esters and a lightly sweet caramel background. The taste has an agressive hop profile (for an english ale anyway) with big grapefruit flavors and a hint of lemon, there is a lightly sweet malt profile with hints of caramel, vanilla and molasses. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy and juicy wiith light carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good, overall this is a very well done english ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 03:33:49 | More by silver0rlead
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New Jersey

2.42/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fuller's 1845

Appearance- dark mahogany brown with a very thick head. Slow dissappation. Nice looking Ale.
Smell- slight floral hops and malt, cheery an raisins. stinging alcohol fumes.
Taste- Too much alcohol present. dry floral hop and malt overpowered by alcohol!
Mouthfeel- initially smooth but the alcohol makes me practically wretch.

Overall- I'm a HUGE Fuller's fan, London pride is my favorite beer, but 1845 is a big disappointment. Just too much alcohol. It ruins the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 22:55:12 | More by NJpadreFan
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty tasty ale. Pours a lovely deep copper hue with a frothy head. The head dissipates slowly but never disappears. Left a lot of lacing in the the process of entertaining my palate. Aroma is a subdued maltiness with a hint of fruit. Taste is nicely balanced with a nice maltiness followed by the bitterness of the hops and a subtle fruitiness that's almost spicy in nature. A pleasant beer to relax with on a nasty, rainy day like today.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 21:10:21 | More by LarryV
Photo of beersarang


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

Pours a dark copper with a creamy/frothy tan head that leaves waves of lace down the glass. Never quite dies away.

Freshly baked bread aroma with a touch of floral British hops, overall very nice.

Enters the palate lightly and towards mid sip the light roasty character becomes apparent. Unexpected but pleasant. The malt profile and hops are blended in so well that this beer has a rich smoothness. Light dab of alcohol on the finish with sweetness at the exhale.

Medium bodied and creamy. Light carbonation keeps it in balance. Very drinkable and now my absolute favorite English strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 04:38:10 | More by beersarang
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