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Fuller's 1845 - Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Ratings: 1,023
Reviews: 684
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 89
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 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 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 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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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 rab53
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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 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 KAF
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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 rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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 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 PEIhop
5/5  rDev +21.7%

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 Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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

Very clear coppery red colour topped by a dense, tan, long-lasting head that left a substantial lace on the sides of the glass. Rich malty aroma, a bit biscuity, with a grassy hop character. Alcohol is just barely evident. Sweet, malty flavour with a rich, almost vinous, fruitiness balanced nicely by a base hop bitterness that shows up towards the finish. Very light alcohol warming. Medium/full body with an extremely creamy texture, assisted by the fine carbonation from the bottle conditioning. This is a very fine beer that I'll definitely be buying more of.

Brown 500 mL bottle, best before date on rear label, bottle conditioned.

Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, roasted malt, sweet malt, and very slight yeast aroma. Fits the style of an English Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, sweet malt, and slight alcohol. There's also a hint of raisin or fruit. Overall, a great blend of flavors! This brew is definitely worth a try.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
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