Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

1,121 Ratings
Fuller's 1845Fuller's 1845

Brewed by:
Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 09-16-2000

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Photo of jadpsu
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pt. 09 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head that has superior retention and along with some solid side lacing.
Aroma is of chocolate and breads with some distant floral hops.
Taste has that the same characteristics with roasted malts and some hop bitterness. Nice!

Mouth feel is creamy and smooth with a dry finish.
Excellent session beer and worth the price.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before June 21, 2013.

Beer is a dark ruby-red with a substantial off-white head. Sticky lacing left on the glass immediately. Head subsides slowly.

Smell is quite malty- bread, with some mellow dark fruit notes. Red grape is noticeable, maybe a bit of cherry.

The malt aspects of the beer are upfront in the taste as well. Caramel, bread, the same fruit flavours as were in the nose, also mellow. For all of that, it is not an overly sweet beer, and the finish is quite dry, with some mild hop bitterness. A bit of alcohol at the end as well.

Full bodied- although not incredibly strong, it still comes off as a very big beer. Moderate to high carbonation, but works fairly well.

Certainly a good beer. I will probably have to grab a few more of these. I am interested to see what it would be like with a bit of time.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My local store just got this in, and at $3.49 for 16.9oz bottle of a fresh English Strong Ale, I couldn't pass on it. Best by 16 June 2010

A: A careful pour results in an absolutely spectacular garnet beer with exceptional clarity, plenty of gorgeous carbonation and a finger-thick off-white head. Retention is good, and there's plenty of lacework as well.

S: Earthy and herbal hops, mildly grassy. Behind the hops, there's a solid malt base with toffee, nougat, caramel and honey. Great balance, with a mild nuttiness. I love the British expression of the Maris Otter malts.

T: Opens up hoppy with with a very earthy bitterness before a moderate malt flavor kicks in. Malt is quite complex, with toffee and nougat being dominant. Dries up on the finish, leaving a mildly bitter finish with a hint of sweetness

M: Medium in body with a soft and gently carbonation, this beer is quite remarkably smooth on the palate. The finish is pretty darned good too.

D: This is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. It should serve as a very appropriate nightcap

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Photo of Zimbo
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Topside this has an easy good loose magnolia head which sends up subtle waves of toffee. Orange copper brown appearance. In the mouth and to taste there is an unfolding complexity of some castrol sugary sweetness back and forth ending firmly with a dry dark gentle bitterness. A bit raw but juicy too and firm and that roastiness doesn't quite lead into anything too stern. Doesn't at all appeal to my emotions but I can appreciate it for what it is.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at City Super in Shatian. Appearance is rich and red in color, huge amount of carbonation and bubbles that exhibit exceptionanl retention and leave lace. Aroma is shockingly vinuous at first, slightly boozy. Dark fruits, earthy hops and sweet malts take over as it warms. Same can be said for the flavor - vinuous and boozy at first, but improving as it warms to a quite nice strong ale. Bitterness is well-balanced. Mouthfeel is medium body, well-carbonated. Drinkability is aided by the just-right alcohol content.

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Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky amber... sienna with a smallish, off-white head that fades quickly, but settles to a great cap with a great swirl and even some legs trickle about the glass...

Caramel aroma... nice toasty notes with a sweet rasin-fig thing going on... a touch of alcohol.

Bit of a bitter beginning, but smooth on the palate. Tiny alcohol burn with a coffee-like dry finish. Nice caramel aftertaste. Quite nice.

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Photo of FLima
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with a thick beige head with medium retention and leaving laces.
Nice malty aroma with notes of English hops, cinnamon, dry fruits and caramels.
Bold flavor with notes of charred oak, caramel, raisins, multiple spices, lots of earthy hops, light tangy citrus, molasses, cocoa, tea leaves, their trademark yeast and crust bread. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with weak carbonation.
This is a very fine Ale, very well crafted and bold on flavors with good complexity. Above my initial expectations. A must for malt lovers.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep clear copper. Two inch frothy light caramel-colored head that slowly receded to one inch then held. Medium lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

S: Dark fruits, caramel/roasted malts. Slight bitter hop aroma.

T: Sweet malts, dark fruits and nuts up front. Hop bitterness accentuates full flavor to a bit of a dry alcohol finish.

M: Full-bodied; I thought it was a pretty big beer. Good balance with carbonation made it really pleasing.

D: Very drinkable English ale and at the same time delightfully flavorful.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper color with a thick meaty solid-looking tan head. There were some fruity esters in the aroma, but mostly I smelled burnt malt. The flavor was a little more bitter than fruity but was good. Easy to drink but it tastes like a big beer.

Paired with a hamburger at the Old Bag of Nails in Worthington OH. Nice combo.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured into an imperial nonic pint glass from the 500mL bottle.

The beer pours a deep amber with a frothy off white head. The head erupts to two fingers plus, holds amazingly well and leaves a decent amount of lace.

The aroma of the beer is strawberries, cherries, caramel and a faint aroma of floral hops.

The taste is up front with caramel malts along with berry fruitiness. The beer displays a slight bitterness and a bit of floral hops. An ever so slight touch of alcohol also rears its head.

The body is over medium with a nice subtle carbonation. The beer also finishes a bit dry as well.

Overall, this beer gets a lot better as it warms. It'd be a nice beer paired with creamy cheeses or as a post meal sipper. By itself though, its not exactly my first choice to kick back and drink. Still a nice beer

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Photo of nomad
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep red-amber color with an off-white head of stiff foam, thick foamy lace, and lots of strips of stain. A handsome grill.

Smelled of smooth alcohol fusels, diacetyl (butterscotch), wonderful oak, and scents of shucked walnuts. Showed some fruity esters but the body was mainly malt, strongly present but highly tweaked by the brewing. Tasted of toasty malt flavor toned by strong wood flavors, and rooty liqueur-like flavors of alcohol. Did have strong bitters of astringent hops of a green and almost oily flavor. Some buttery notes occasionally washed over. Smooth thin-to-moderate mouthfeel.

Fairly complex, fairly tough, this is a rustic and classic strong ale, and a warmer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear brown with a mammoth cream colored head. The yeast does a good job of staying in the bottle. Head is solid as a rock and sticks to the glass like a spiderweb.

S - Hugely fruity with figs and dark fruit. Sweet smelling, with floral and grassy hops come through as it warms.

A - Big complex flavours in this. Not for the faint of tastebud. Toastiness and fruity esters are in abundance, but not burnt in any way. Hops are very strong with a floral presence and an assertive bitterness in the aftertaste. A touch on the sweet side as well. Alcohol is noticed but not overpowering.

M - Somewhat creamy I'd say. Carbonation is fine and on the low side, giving a slight tingling on the tongue. Body is heavy, to go along with the flavours. A beer for cooler weather.

D - This is a big big beer. Not in any was sessionable, but massive assault on the tastebuds.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours copper in color with a large orange-tinted head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind spotty lace.

Smell: Smells strongly of caramel malt and hints of plum, with an alcoholic backbone. Similar in aroma to a doppelbock.

Taste: Caramel and molasses flavors throughout, finishing with bittersweet alcohol and a mild hop flavor. Again, much like a doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Heavier in body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A sipper in that it definitely drinks as though the ABV is much higher. A good beer, and, as I said, much like a doppelbock. Since I like doppelbocks, I like this beer.

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Photo of Oleg85
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Catalin90
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pcbnumber1
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pioppo
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber. A fine and quite persistent clear beige foam.

S - Chocolate over all.. Toasted malt with coffee and expecially caramel. The aromas are very fine and intense i was very impressed!!

T - I expected a more sweet beer but in mouth it reflects the standard of bitterness of an English Ale: a good level of bitter that stay over the malty. Also come out a good level of alchool.

M - So not a very armonic beer, also unbalanced to the bitterness. But the dry finish after a full body make this beer an interesting drinking.

D - Taste it on the sofa while it's raining and you'll like it so much!!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep ruby red, tall tan head dissipated to a one finger retention, leaving loads of lacing all around
S - rich molasses and burnt sugars, leafy, with a mix of musty and strong sweetness lingering
T - rich raisin fruitiness and dark sweet molasses malt dominate, mild leafy hops slowly permeate, with a yeasty and syrupy taste lingering on the finish
M - full body, creamy smoothness that gives way to an acidic fruitiness and mild bitter
O - at first the sweetness seemed a little excessive, but with a few sips the mix of hops bite and rich fruity yeast flavours filled this brew out, a complex brew that slowly warms from the belly out

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bountiful 2-finger head that's dule de leche in color. Body is deep dark copper brown with moderate carbonation - more than expected. Head dissipates from first pour with moderate lacing.

First whiff is almost a smoky, roasted impression of malt. Faint alcohol is present - perhaps slight tinniness. Some piney hop kick and a little cinnamon sugar bite.

Hearty dose of dark malt with a mild, slightly sweet alcohol burn. Very soothing mellow hop kick of grass and a little earth. Plays right to expectations of style.

Coats the palate with a milky feel - this is well-balanced between malt fortitude and mild hop bitterness (Fuggles?) Finish is short and tight but solid.

This is a weighty brew but is quite sessionable and a fine example for the style.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice dark copper brown with a creamy tan head. real nice looking. malty nutty and mild roasted coffee qualities to the smell, with a bit of fruitiness. nutty caramel maltiness at the beginning of the taste, the is a pear like fruitiness mid range followed by more hops than expected lending some balance and herbal flavor. a little sweet alcohol at the finish. one thing i notice is that this beer is very well balanced, which definitely adds to it's drinkability. fuller side of medium bodied.

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Photo of KitoUY
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,121 ratings.
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