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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

971 Ratings
THE BROS
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outstanding

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 70
Gots: 36 | 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 TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Slatetank, May 23, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours caramel with a a fluffy 3" tan head that retains very well,

Smell: Fruitiness. alcohol hints and oaky smell

Taste: Caramel, fruitiness, choclate notes, pineyness, dryness, and alcohol on the finish

MF; Smooth and fairly balanced, a litlle more hops profile is in order IMHO

Good effort worthy of Fullers' tradition of excellence

russpowell, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, nigh-impenetrable amber hue, with a big, creamy head.
Aroma: potent hoppiness, toasty and nutty, simmering with fruit notes, too. An admirable amount of complexity to be found in this nose, and it just gets spicier and fruitier as we drink it in.
Taste: magnificent mouthfeel, warm, generous, almost dazzling. Doesn't feel too "strong", but it does have a touch of the "old" about it, the first sip lets you know you're tasting a legendary brew. Those flavors detected in the nose, noted above, all return and make merry in the mouth, gleefully ringing the senses with a most exceptional taste. Sweet, lively, sharp, distinct, full of tasty hops, richly resounding with a sparkling, coppery flavor. Medium-bodied, with full in the finish. There's a Hell of a lot going on in this beer, and it's quite an enjoyable libation, undoubtedly Fuller's finest!

feloniousmonk, Nov 17, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic, leave me alone. Beer is light brown and mostly clear with a thin head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low. The head is off white and monolayered, microscopic bubbles.

Aroma is malty and mildly caramely. Its quite good smelling but I wish it were stronger.

This is supposedly the quintessential English strong ale, it being the #1 beer for the style on beeradvocate. First thing, its a heavy, big bodied beer and it leads off with sweetness, some alcohol, mild overall, and some caramel. Its a lot of malt. There is a mild bitterness, probably about 30 IBUs that lingers at the back of the mouth. The finish is nice, not too dry, just dry enough for this kind of beer. There is no aftertaste. Its a decent beer overall but its kind of like a weak barleywine. I'm going to try the Yorkshire Sligo next to compare the two.

drabmuh, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a weak malty scent that boasts of pale and some crystal malts. It seems dry and a bit breadlike with little hops. The taste is average. It has a very dry and bitter flavor that is bland and stale. It goes down slow and reveals it's elevated abv. in the finish. It has a decent malt palate that consists of pale and crystal malts. There is also English hops in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent brew, but nothing special. I don't care for the grain bill or the hop selection. It's one and done for me.

WesWes, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

MarkyMOD, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of beernads
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

beernads, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beauty to look at! Pours amber to copper (top to bottom) with a creamy thick tan head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

Aromatic, the smell is of orange, caramel, hints of other fruits (plum?) and slight nutty/bread aroma. Slight alcohol notes. Inviting...

The taste is of sweet malty orange liqueur. Caramel with a fruity breadiness. Nuts and dark fruit. A late crisp bitterness balances out the sweetness. Complex, rich and creamy with a long, dry finish. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but restrained and acts as a warming, spicy support in the background. Nice use of abv level.

A wonderful "sip and savor" brew (that tempts you to more than sip. Very tasty. A world class brew from a world class brewery!

jwc215, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
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

Gueuzedude, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into tankard-esque English style mug in London, England. Reviewed live.

A: Four finger head of lovely cream lacing, great thickness, and good retention. Nontransparent brown-amber colour.

Sm: Cream, nuts, and slight caramel. A mild strength aroma.

T: Heavy cream on the open, nice nuts and amber hops, caramel, and light chestnut. Quite nice for its simplicity. Well balanced, but built only average.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Doesn't complement the flavours of the body.

Dr: Slightly above average ABV, decent drinkability, and pretty good quality.

kojevergas, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

BlackHaddock, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

GClarkage, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -2.7%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

wrightst, Jul 12, 2014
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.

dbrauneis, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Georgiabeer, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of wl0307
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

wl0307, Aug 25, 2008
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.

akorsak, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 2/14/2014. Pours lightly clody reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, light nuttiness, floral, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and fruity notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal spiciness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, toast, caramel, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity and malt flavors; with big robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent English strong ale! Big complexity and balance of robust malt and fruity flavors; and very smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -2.7%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2013
Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
92 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.