Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

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Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom
fullers.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Matured for 100 days

First brewed in 1995 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Fuller, Smith & Turner, this bottle conditioned recipe is inspired by the original Fuller's brewing books. The Amber malt and Goldings hops combine to create a delicious fruitcake aroma. As this beer is bottle conditioned, we recommend it is stored upright and poured carefully.

Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of mwherritt
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had it a fundraiser, pleasantly surprised with the taste.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Very deep chestnut. Pours with 5mm white head that holds well. Clear as a bell. Note carefully this is bottle-conditioned, so store upright and pour carefully.
S- Toasted grains is prominent.
T- Mmmm roasty, coffee, toasty, malty richness, puddingy, lovely!
F- It feels like a 6.3% should, it has a solid presence. Actually in a blind-test I might guess this as around 8.0% it has a slight bitter tang on the tongue that might be mimicking a higher ABV%. It's superbly balanced. To me this is squarely in the realm of what a 'winter warmer' should be. Would be perfect to enjoy with an Xmas meal.
O- Absolutely superb. The Smell was rather underwhelming to me but I do have some congestion. Wow, what a gem. I have to keep re-checking the lable after a gulp to re-confirm that this IS only 6.3%. One to sup slowly and savour.
Ale fans need to do themselves a favour and try and seek this brew out. It's my 260th rating and I hope this ends up scoring in my top 10% brews ever (and that includes having lived in Germany for 3 years, and enjoying 100+ brews there...)

Unfortunately I don't recall where I bought this, as it's a real gem, and a bargain at at £1.80/500ml.

edit/ps. I bought it from Waitrose, and have since built up a stock of 50 bottles to see me through 2019, as a weekly treat. They currently have it on a special offer across the Fullers range of bottled beers at '4 for £6'; runs through end of Dec-18. I find that irresistible for a beer of this quality, so I've focused solely on buying this one. Even at full price of £1.80/500ml I'll continue to buy it if my current stock ever runs out...

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Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Darthmaul
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhart96
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Metalsnota
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sraufstok
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdaschaf
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gutbucket2
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml, bottle-conditioned. Pours copper with thick, lasting head. Aroma berries, spicy hop. Taste syrupy, alcohol, goldings hops. Aftertaste: caramel. Overall: worthy strong beer with strong flavour and alcohol warming.

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Photo of monkist
4.69/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Fullers, this is a special brew indeed. Matured for 100 days, bottle conditioned.
Hard to sum it all up in words: there is a remarkable (hop) bitterness to it along with caramellized malts that give it a round body and somehow in the end you are left with a slightly sour aftertaste. It is a little similar to the Hobgoblin but much more refined and its taste is much more pleasant and round malty.
I love Fullers and I am glad for this special brew, although I just had one of their Past Masters yesterday and that was unbeatable indeed. This is great too, but that was truly exceptional. What should I say, Fullers is the best brewery in the UK, maybe in the whole Europe. Congratulations to their 150th anniversary!

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CLSimps
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A bomber poured into a nonic pint. A hazy brown (maybe mahogany?) color with a nice thick head that yielded persistent lacing throughout. Typical malty nose with a hint of dried fruit (raisins?) and very, very drinkable. Layers and layers of malt and toffee throughout with a hint of cocoa. Wow

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Photo of scream
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dertyd
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of DerbyDave35
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of josanguapo
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Saveur Biere. In Teku glass. Really, and dangerously drinkable. Superb feel and a nice brown sugar and toffee profile in both nose and mouth, with strong bitterness at end

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Photo of MattSn
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Frankgabriel2383
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Everydayoff
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Hazy mahogany yet tawny brown in color, it tops with very thick fluffy khaki head that withstands with great retention before slowly subsiding to an everlasting foamy layer atop and leaving lots of sticky lacing patch and spot here and there.

The aroma is so well mellow. It kick offs with sweet fruitcake and dried-fruit like a raisin. Beneath those aromas, there are also the layers of malty paradise that play the symphony of caramel, toffee, sugar, honey bread, biscuit, nut, and some toasted. Hop nicely joins in with its earthy spice together with a touch of crisp fruity yeast.

The wave of malt sweeps through the palate sensation without mercy. Fruitcake, caramel, toffee, sugar, honey bread, biscuit, nut, and some toasted just like the aroma together with yeasty ester of dried-fruit and crisp raisin. Hop provides its suggestion of earthy spice and some bitterness at the end together with some bitterness too from toasted malt and sweet caramel yet some residual fruitiness.

Full body with smooth mouthfeel and mild carbonation that is enough to carry all the things well, the feeling is well-rounded with a pleasantly dry finish. Please let it warm a bit to enjoy a full range of character.

Intense and complex old-school English Ale, malt takes the lead all along with its wide varieties of fruitcake, caramel, toffee, sugar, honey bread, biscuit, nut, and toasted. Hop and yeast also play an important role bringing big earthy spice and fruity dryness.

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Photo of Macamah
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium to dark orange brown with a thin, light khaki head that dissipates to a thin cap with light lacing. Aroma of biscuit and dry caramel malt, figs, raisins and brown bread. Flavor is deep biscuit and caramel malt, brown bread, dates, toffee and a hint of rye. Finishes with some slight rye tartness and nice lingering dark, biscuity malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A great, malty English style strong ale, leaning towards an old ale, but more dark fruit notes and a little lighter body. The fresh brown bread character fits in great with the maltiness. A full bodied, malty pleasure from a great English brewery.

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Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 1,142 ratings