Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 687
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 93
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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

A: Pours a clear medium dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a dense quarter finger that evenly covers the entire surface of the beer. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness including caramel and toasted malts

T: This beer is quite malty with notes of toasted and caramel malt sweetness as well as some nutty flavors. Light notes of fruity yeasts near the finish and just a touch of earthiness. Very light bitterness that fades quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Extremely smooth.

O: Extremely easy to drink and very enjoyable - just shy of sessionable but that is because of the higher ABV. Nice complexity to the flavor.

Photo of GClarkage
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

02/26/09- Purchased at Draeger's in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. Poured into my 20oz Pizza Port glass.

Appearance- Deep golden colored pour, headed towards a light brown. Some sediment floating around. Full frothy one inch head on the pour in which a light rim remains for the duration of consumption. Leaves some very nice lines and spotting of sticky lace behind.

Smell- Normal scent of a good lager. Also has some bready notes and maybe even some chocolate. Has a tiny metallic note though.

Taste- No metal in the flavor. Quite more sweet than I imagined. Very carmamely, some toffee notes as well. Extremely bready as well. Some minor date and plum flavor. Even what seems like a hint of coffee too. Lots of mingling flavors going on.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation level. Not a long lasting aftertaste, in fact pretty clean.

Drinkability- Very good beer with lots and lots of flavor. Would recommend for sure.

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

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

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The appears a beautiful shade of mahogany. Bubbles slowly ascend from the base of the glass. The head is nearly two inches thick, resembling sea foam, coating the glass with sticky lacing.

The aroma is of malt, toasted bread, earth, and a hint of fruit. The scent is enticing and inviting.

Fabulous flavor. I am instantly a big fan of Fuller's 1845, and will make it a point to have this beer in my fridge on a regular basis. Delicious toasted malt and bread with a hint of earth and fruit.

The feel is creamy and silky smooth, with spot on carbonation. Expertly done.

Overall, a superb beer, and deserving of it's #1 English Strong Ale ranking.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Brown 500ml bottle, best before 18th May 2011, drank 17th Jan 2010. Poured into a vase shaped pint glass.

Good thick tan/off white/cream coloured head, which produced some heavy lacing as the beer sank down the glass. The body was clear and a copper/brown colour, very beery looking!

Malts and molasses win the aroma battle, a sort of rich 'malt-loaf' with butter lashed on smell.

The taste is also malt dominated, a little sweet at first mouthtouch, then it begin to dry out in the finish with a hop bitterness arriving in the aftertaste.

The alcohol is easy to find and sits well within the malty richness of the brew.

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

Daggum, this is a bright, amber, clean looking beer. Nice head, but not too big. Looks darn tasty.

Quite a nice biscuity sweet aroma. Light toast and caramel. Malty. Powerful but not overwhelming.

Yup, caramel, toast, biscuit, soft malt and dough in the taste. Center is the malt and caramel, sweet up front, a bit dry in the end. Not crisp, but enough to control the malt from lingering too long. This is good. Drinks very nicely.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.54/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Wayne's Liquor, on to the beer:

Dark red to brown in color with a good head. A very enjoyable beer that leans towards the malty side. Bready, toffee, and chocolate , and slight toast are hinted in the beer. But where's the alcohol? It's a strong ale, right? Anyway, a touch of hop bitterness linger on the tongue in the aftertaste. Drinks pretty easy.

This is Fullers' flagship ale, though I'm sure some advocates will make a case for their ESB or London Porter. Go ahead and try them all and judge for yourself!

Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A bit of a muddy and dark reddish brown body, with some faint cola like bubbles, giving a large bubbled head of about three fingers with some good retention. Head does fall slowly, with faint scattered lacing.

Nose is real fruity. Interesting mix of dark raisins, and spritzy sensations. Figgy. Citrus zest and spray everywhere. Great biscuit malt quality and fig newton angle all over. Real wonderful bitter like action going on.

Wonderful light texture of malt on the palate, with a thick rich density that isn't cloying. Fruit angle carries on the nose into the mid palate, with figs and raisins. Finishes clean surprisingly, with a mild toffee crisp waffer action.

Looking over my bottle this is way past best before date by 5 months and it's still dang impressive. Even still this beer is delivering, will be trying this again for sure.

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

Pours a deep garnet with a decent head that sticks around awhile and leaves some respectable lacing. A beautiful looking beer, especially in the light. The smell is a nice balance between malt and gentle, earthy hops. The taste is also somewhat gentle, as well as being bready with a nice subtle hop bitterness at the end. Nicely integrated and much more subtle than an American strong, but beautifully executed for what it is. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, nice integrated flavors, and a reasonable abv make this quite drinkable.

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 Alieniloquium
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance - Deep brown with some reddish flecks. Nice off-white head. Settles to a medium collar.

Smell - Kinda generically malty. Lightly fruity. Very light hop aroma.

Taste - Toasty and caramel malt. Bitterness comes and goes. Finishes with a dry woody bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - As with many of these beers, it's greater than the sum of its parts. A very pleasant beer.

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

Whoa, this is a very nice looking beer - a deep red mahogany colour with a fully and robust head of ochre coloured, crunchy foam. Lacing is sudsy, but thick as expected of an English ale, carbonation is very visible through the clear body, but it only forms in tiny bubbles, and has a ways to work through the thick body. Looks pretty damn fantastic.

Nose is blasted with rich raisin and dried fruit sweetness, muted by a slightly buttery and dry yeast character. Very sweet and full though, and fragrant with spicy characters like Christmas cake. All put together it smells like a thick-cut piece of raisin toast, smothered in fresh butter. It's a lovely aroma.

Taste is full and lightly roasted, with enough of the residual sweetness to smooth over the other characters. Slight twang of metallic bitterness on the back, giving a coppery clean finish, with a touch of boozy phenols and a crisply roast bite. The bite on the back is sharp, and cleans it out nicely, but I could also see this going the route of overwhelming and impressive sweetness, giving big soaked fruit characters to the brew. I'm not sure which I'd prefer.

Feel is smooth on the front, but gets stunted by the sharpness on the back, which really cuts it back.

A lovely beer, and a great example of the English putting a more robust and flavourful beer together. Lovely characters, and a good package all up. Something I could drink with abandon (and some amount of boozy haze) throughout the night.

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

Pours a good-looking dark brown.

Smells a malty and hoppy, almost buttery. There is a bit of grass and hay smells present too. There is also a pleasant Tea aroma.

Taste is very dry and a bit bitter. Lots of woody taste to this. The bitterness is solid but not over the top.

Mouthfeel is good, very dry.

Drinkable if you like an astringent, dry ale.

Photo of wl0307
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BB 19/09/09. Served cool in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a translucent, dark chestnut brown with blood-ruby glows, coming with a rocky and creamy foam with superb retention, on top of rather moderate carbonation. Elegant.
S: hop-resinous and fragrant fruity upfront, a proper swirl brings out more fruity hops and esters, with a rich combination of over-ripe pears and white grapes, orangey citrusness, and ripe, fat, perfumy black plums as well as light fruit-candy, on top of lightly chocolatey maltiness that imparts a gristy note of roughly crushed malts along with chunky pieces of very dark chocolates. Overall, the aroma is very fruity and estery, unlike the predominantly malty theme from my previous bottle some months ago, and the aroma has a pronounced sour edge to it... all this due to the yeast-sediments?
T: an impressive wave of deeply bitter-sweet amber and chocolatey malts leads towards complex fruit esters and preserved dark-fruits as in a fruit-cake with a sour-fruity kick as of black-cherry skins and grapes, gradually giving way to an intensifying wave of burned-malt bitterness and spicy+root-herbal hop bitterness that overwhelms the whole palate by stealth. The superbly-lingering and chewy bitter aftertaste also gets a lightly nutty-bitter edge along with a tannic texture imparted by the hops (slightly like the faint, sour-sweet tannic touch from white-grape skins).
M&D: the mouthfeel is refreshing, full of soul-lifting microscopic fizziness, and the full-bodied flavour has a great depth and very good complexity. While my numerous encounters with this beer in the past showed a more pronounced malty theme, this bottle seems to suggest a slight change of recipe? For, the fruitiness from hops and yeastiness seems to come heavier vis-à-vis the maltiness, and renders a really lively fruity aroma and palate, more like Fuller's robust brews like Golden Pride and Vintage Ale. It's actually more like the cask-version that I tried in 2004 at a Fuller's pub on Fleet St., London, "The Old Bank of England", that had a more pronounced fruity presence and soul-lifting body. Whether the recipe has been changed or not, I thoroughly enjoy this great brew!

* Tasting Date: 14/12/05

BB 04/01/07. Served cool in a goblet.
4 A: reddish chestnut brown colour, coming with a thick, creamy and foamy head slowly settling with nice, sponge-textured lacing around the walls of the glass; very low carbonation.
4.5 S: profoundly malty and smoothly fruity... a proper swirl brings out a clearly-structured nose, with a refreshing flow of semi-sweet dark furits, like ripe plums' perfumy sweetness and faintly fruit-candy, on top of toffeeish maltiness which imparts some chewy calcium-pill's smell along with chunky pieces of the darkest chocolates. A closer sniff even reveals some woody note and a touch of tobacco?! Overall, the malty base is solid and thick even by its smell, while the alcoholic touch is hidden well beneath.
4.5 T: upfront on the palate comes immediately a flow of bitter-sweet maltiness combined with a slightly preserved fruity flavour, with a residual fruit-cake aftertaste in the background, gradually followed by intensifying, chewy, big, earthy bitterness occupying the whole palate with a lightly sour-fruity kick of something like black cherries' skin. The aftertaste sees superbly-lingering earthy and lightly nutty bitterness with a tannic texture imparted by hops, at the expense of hop flavour. Only a bit of alcohol warmth is detected deep down the throat, making this a delightfully bitter strong ale to sip~~
5 M&4.5 D: a big ale treading lightly on the palate but leaving deep foot-prints... it really has a good depth that is the strongest point for enjoyment, IMO. Not like other Fuller's stronger brews which all have stronger fruity and hoppy presence, this one is predominantly a malty brew but still full of complexities when appreciated quietly. The cask-version which I tried a year ago at a Fuller's pub on Fleet St., London, "The Old Bank of England", told a different story--with more fruit presence and more soul-lifting in terms of body. Can't explain why but I like them equally.

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

(Served in an imperial pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep coppery-brown body that is very clear and a nice big gassy off-white head sits on top. This beer has a strong carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of fresh honeycomb and pale malt are balanced with a faint hop bitterness.

T- The taste of toasted malt with some caramel notes has good depth and tastes of fresh grain and biscuit malt. The finish has a hop bitterness and a bitterness from grain aswell. It’s almost like an astringent taste but more pleasant and it supports the hops. The finish is pretty dry and that lets the hops bitterness hang in the mouth.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol warmth and the fizz is very soft.

D- This beer has a lot of complex malt layers but they are all on the lighter side of the toasting scale. The hops balance well but the harshness of the grain is over-powering. This is a nice complex beer that is not that heavy.

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

This is a 500 mL bottle served in a seidel.

A: The ale has a thick head that laces extensively. Color is deep amber color that borders on ruby red. Orange-brown colors come through when held to light.

S: The nose is nutty-sweet malt flavor with hints of fruit.

T: The ale has coffee/toffee flavors, of which the coffee finshes very long. The alcohol is poorly hidden. Malts are not as sweet as a barleywine. Hops are very earthy but not dominating.

M: The ale's alcohol is somewhat astringent but not too overwhelming. The malty sweetness is good.

D: This is not one to pound, rather savor one bottle over the course of a night.

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

The expiration date is 26/10/05 - October 26th, 2005. Wow, that is the night I met her. I remember that night so vividly. I will never forget, the most beautiful face I've ever seen.

Tan head, thick and clumpy, leaving dense rings of lacing. A shining amber to the light, some ruby hue, definite highlights to soften murky, clouded body. The aroma is musty, with notes of grapes, plumes, prunes, raisins, and a toasted, long boiled malt bill. The flavour is malt dominated, again with twisted, over ripe fruit notes. A chocolaty afterthought and a very English black tea like character. An awesome version of the English Strong Ale, certainly rivals their Vintage Ale. This particular bottle was aged well past what is recommended by the brewers but it held up magnificently.

Neat stuff happened. Wow. Period.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 6 Jan 06. Pours a copper/brown color, nice carbonation, real nice head which dissipates quickly, very nice lacing throughout the drink. Scents of malts and caramel. Nice sweet caramel/malt taste with a kinda dry aftertaste. Medium/Full body. Very drinkable brew, my first Strong English Ale to date. I enjoyed this very much, quite different in alot of respects. Highly recommend.

Photo of liamt07
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before June 13, 2013.

Pours mahogany, with a somewhat soapy offwhite head. Sticky lacing and good retention. Malt forward in the nose, some light caramels blend with some just as subtle fruity notes. A hint of spice and maybe some earth and breads. Taste has just the same, great maltiness with lots of caramelized fruits from the darker end of the spectrum, a touch of alcohol and some spice. Darker breadiness as well, with a note of grain in the finish. Body is medium with some definite thickness to it, and is fairly smooth in texture; low carbonation aids this mouthfeel substantially. Definitely drinkable and certainly a nice English strong ale.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium translucent copper/amber colour with one finger of cream coloured head that quickly receded.

S - Toffee, dark fruit, caramel, raisins.

T - Toffee, Dark Caramel, raisins, a good hop bitterness and some floral notes. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation.

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 tobelerone
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tremendous looking beer, with a crystal clear dark gold color with reddish highlights, a big fluffy off-white head that has excellent retention and lots of sudsy lace coating the glass from top to bottom.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with a pleasant booziness coming after some dried candied fruits; lightly metallic on the back end.

The taste is more bitter and hopped and in a traditional British way than the nose lets on. Fruitiness is very subtle and there's minimal sweetness despite the aroma. Nice interplay between bitterness, chewy maltiness, and underlying booziness. Dry, wine-like finish with lingering alcohol heat and bitterness.

Prickly carbonation with a medium-full body, a touch of stickiness, very rounded and smooth. Really excels in this department. An extremely well-made beer that has an understated alchol punch; deceptively strong.

Photo of Derek
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby-amber, light tan head, great retention, wonderful lace.

S: Dark fruity malt, pleasant fruity esters from the yeast, toffee, brown sugar, light spicing.

T: Dark fruit, bready malt, orange, fig, burnt toffee, brown sugar, light spicing, good (slightly assertive) bitterness, alcohol well hidden.

M: Well-attenuated, though the body is on the heavier side of moderate. Moderate carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for its weight.

Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.