Fuller's 1845 | Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

1,117 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

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Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500ml bottle at BevMo for $3.99 in late August. Best before Feb 05, 2009.

Beer poured a copper color with a nice two finger white head that sustains well. Nose is a wonderful blend of malts, fruits, and hops. First taste was slight alcohol warming. A malty treat with hints of apple balanced nicely by a dry woody hop. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth on the palate. Overall drinkability is good. This is a very nice beer from a very impressive brewery!

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Photo of Natural510
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, BBD June 7 2012.

Pours a bright amber color with healthy swath of dense foam and creamy lacing which kicks around for the duration of the drink.
Deep malts with a toasted edge to the nose. Very sweet, with spicy notes of cinnamon and toffee.
Fruity, spicy notes complement a sweet, toasted malt-bath flavor. Hops creep in toward the finish for a bittering balance. Yeast lends a mildly tart, astringent finish.
Hearty body, smooth & creamy mouthfeel.

This is a heavy hitter, and some may be put off by the sweetness, roasted malt and heavy bitter combination. I'm not one of them. This one is ballsy, original and a truly delicious "strong" ale.

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Photo of ajmoody76
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. clear and brown. redish tint? thin light brown head. some lace. looks good.

dark malts. caramel and roasty chocolate. hint of fruity hops.

good sweet malt flavor. can taste some chocolate and caramel. alcohol is there.

good carbonation. mid to full body. tastes good. had this at a beer fest in town and went out and bought one.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn you, English ale kick! I partake of the bottle and the beverage's rich amber hue. A thick creamy head settles its withering legs into a streaking ring. Rich malt, some caramel, a little date and prune. A surprisingly sharp bitterness assaults me, cuts the malt down to size. The warming of this beer has left a peculiar feeling in me of desire. There is a bit of earth and spice in the hops there, the sweet malt begins to backseat. An impressive beverage. The nose had me convinced I was in for something very different. A very pleasant and bitter beverage. A few more of these and I could be convinced..

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Photo of AlexRea
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of beertastegood
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish coppery color with a generous white head that lingers for quite some time. Smells of nutty caramel malt, slight bready yeast and a very slight astringency. Tastes of smooth malty goodness, kind of like Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale, along with biscuit-like yeast flavors, rounded out by a nice smooth hop bitterness at the end. Finish is dry and clean. A quality english ale from Fuller's.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (attractive one, by the way) poured into a Duvel tulip; best by 5-Oct-11, so this one was getting close - had to give it a run. Deep brown, red-hued body, with a thick, two-finger tan head. Good retention and plenty of lacing.

A sweet caramel malt aroma that is accompanied by dark fruit. Some of the sweet aroma may be from the fruit notes, like raisin and date. Just a hint of spiciness in the background.

Very good flavor mix of the malt and slightly spicy hops. In fact, there is much more of hop flavor than I would have expected from the aroma. Still, enough dark fruit, fig, raisin, etc., to make for a very good blend.

Medium consistency in the mouthfeel with nearly no notice of the alcohol. An excellent brew, and even though this bottle was close to it's "best by" date, no noticeable degradation in flavor or aroma.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before June 16, 2010. Served around 50 degrees F.

Poured into an imperial pint glass with a good inch of white head. The beer is a perfect copper red color with great clarity. Head has very good retention and leaves a thick curtain of lace on the glass as it goes down.

Aroma is that of sweet red apples and English ale yeast.

Flavor is sweet at first but with great bitterness from the hops coming up in the end of each sip. Carmel, raisins, and figs come through but never overwhelm with sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and low carbonation. Drinkability is very good and I could see drinking cask pulled pints of this beer all night at an English pub. I fact, I have long ago.

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Photo of JMad
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a mug...

The beer pours a dark orange/ amber color with a lofty foamy looking head that was off white and left a lot of lacing. I could smell some raisin and apricot, there is a surprising aroma of ketchup as well, it's not bad though. The dominant smell is sweet malt. Tastes slightly bitter on the back of the tongue with herbal hops, lots of sweet, slightly fruity malt flavors emerge, there are hints of plum and alcohol with a bitter finish. The beer is medium bodied and silky smooth with low carbonation and a pleasant dry finish. Excellent brew overall nothing bad to say about this one, try it if you haven't.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of elmocoso
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Conditioned. A beautiful bottle.
Lacing - good. Clingy with a tan hue.
The liquid is a red-deep amber
Particles in willing suspension - celestial.
Nice drowsy sweetness in the nose. doughy
like chocolate chip cookies.
A good mouth sweetness and carbonation
a good balancing bitterness in the end.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish-orange with a very thick light brown orval-style head that lasts forever. Tons of lacing, one of the nicest looking beers ever.

Smells of rich malts, sweet dark fruits, some subtle spices, cinnamon and apples, and the yeast is noticeable.

Tastes of metallic yeast upfront, rich caramel malts with some citrusy fruits, apples, cherries, spices, kind of medicinal and finishes with a nice burnt and somewhat hoppy aftertaste. A delicious hardy beer indeed.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, this head just doesn't want to leave the poor beer alone, my god! Considering how thick and rich this beer is, it's still drinkable, although having more than one in a sitting would cause a few problems. The perfect representation of any English style beer IMO.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lovely, classy 16.9 oz/500ml bottle poured to a nonic pint glass. Best Before: 29/AUG/08 - purchased at Cost Plus World Market.

A: Nearly clear amber-brown crowned with a pillowy light-tan head, about 2-fingers worth. Great attentuation, holding for several minutes before receding to a denser cream. Loads of lace, sticking in clumpy bits.

S: Sweeter maltiness, has lightly spicy notes around toasted nuts and a crusty bread graininess. Mildly fruity and a little tart.

T: Big bready malt, lightly toasted and quite dry. Yeasty, a little dirty/peaty tasting, too. Lemony and herbally sharp hoppiness backs up that malt and balances superbly.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Great balance, clean, dry finish.

D: My first taste of this fine ale, definitely not the last.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-copper body, topped by a huge billowing, rocky, big-bubbly, moon-surface-like head which rose above the glass. Excellent lacing. Sweet, caramel aroma. Taste features a nice sturdy malt foundation, less sweet than the nose indicated. This is followed by a delightfully surprising hop explosion, unexpected by me in an English strong ale. Not citrus, but floral, herbal, and wonderfully bitter, which lingers well. This is, like all Fuller products I've tried, an exceptional beer.

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Photo of rwathree
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz bottle, poured into tulip:

A: dark caramel brown color that lets in just enough light to show off the beer's clarity. Thick off-white head, about an inch high, that goes down slowly. Nice.

S: vine fruit, alcohol, traces of caramel. Not that complex, but very appealing.

T: but damn if the taste isn't complex. The alcohol is turned down, the tart fruit flavors hit up front and then fade into toasted malts, tobacco, a touch of brown sugar, and hop bitterness. I'd maybe like the alcohol to be more prominent, but it's to be expected that it wouldn't be.

M: starts off creamy, but I'm pretty quickly struck by how watery this is. The carbonation is decent, but I find this surprisingly thin.

O: Body aside, this is pretty nice. The person who sold it to me described this as "Barleywine light," and I think that's a solid read. This is a nice nightcap beer for people with responsibilities the next morning.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a tremendously finely bubbled rocky head, ivory in hue that settled slowly over clear deep ruby liquid. The nose is a treat for the senses: treacle, caramel, spice, with a muted hop tone set amongst a firm malty base. The taste was firstly straight up hops! Followed by bittersweet/salty toasty malt flavors mixing with a nice low-key alcohol note. Finishes long and bitter and very complex. Superb!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a dark copper with an impressive head that slowly dissipated to a thin sheet of white over the drink. Smells of very sweet fruits. The taste is, like the nose, full of fruit. I pick up apple, plum and dried fruit. Very nice toasty bitterness in the end. Very rich mouthfeel and a lingering aftertaste of honey.

My first from Fuller's and I will definately be trying more.

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Photo of audiojon
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time trying this, and I'm very impressed. Appearance is lovely, head and lacing are beautiful, as a bottle conditioned brew should be. Scent is nutty, malty, and slightly hoppy. Tastes very appropriate for the smell, nutty, malty, and slightly hoppy! Delicious brew, a nearly perfect example of the style. Could be a touch more complex, but it goes down so easily that I really can't complain. This was not what I expected at all, and was a very pleasant surprise. I need to take another look at a few other offerings from Fuller's, to date I've only had this and their ESB. Both were very good, and I imagine they have much more to offer as well.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice english strong ale. Decent head and retention and a strong malty smell. Taste is very balanced between caramel and chocolate malts with a mild biterness and slight alcohol backbone. Mouthfeel is thick, but not crisp and doesn't leave enough of an aftertaste. However, this is one strongale that is very easy to drink. It is definetly worth a try.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured an almost muddy tan to start with but then cleared a little and was more of a caramel. Nice fluffy head that dissipated slowly and then left a very nice lacing that stuck around as I drank the beer. Outstanding looking beer, I dare say beautiful. The smell is not overly strong, there appears to be some caramel with the malt smell, and there seems to be some dark fruit of some sort. Taste is outstanding but not overly complex. An easy and very smooth drinking strong ale but lacks wow. More of a lighter version of strong ales. The feel is also kinda light, not real creamy or thick, it also leaves you kinda dry which is weird. Overall an extremely enjoyable beer that I would have anytime. Don't remember the cost as to whether it was a good value.

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Photo of shippos
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

courtesy of roew

poured witha cream head and small bubbles on a clear deep amber body. rich toffeeish malty aroma with hints of chocolate and nutty biscuity flavors. smooth well balanced witha excellent mouthfeel, sweet malt with some toasted malt and a good solid hop character in the taste...definetly worth getting.

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Photo of scottoale
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes in a classic 500ml. embossed brown bottle with a Best Before: 08/AUG/07 fresness date on the back label. With a fairly aggressive pour comes a dark hazelnut/mahogany brown ale with a very creamy, just off-white head of a finger...a very handsome brew in my tulip glass with tons of lace.

The smell is very roasty and malty, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Has a bit of a burnt aroma to it, a very pleasant toasty and earthy smell. A slight hint of a wavering bourbon like, alcoholic note in the very end. Nice.

A very mild sweetness to a very big malt intro...ultra roasted (almost burnt) big flavor that's a bit fruity and quite nutty. Full flavored and full of rich body that eventually winds down to a pleasant bitter hop and an alcoholic appeal to the finish. A very hearty, earthy tasting ale with some kick.

Fairly potent, yet highly drinkable...a remarkably crafted English brew. Great flavor and well balanced, a strong ale (from England) doesn't get much better than this...I highly recommend and look forward to having another one soon. Cheers!

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Photo of jtingue
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated best before 08 mar 2012. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Deep hazy red in color. Poured steadily to give a nice 3 fingers of tan head which dissipates, leaving a nice thick lacing down the side of the glass.

Smell. Strong dark fruit and berry smells, with a discernible oak and mustiness.

Taste. Starts out with a bitter fruit reminiscent of cherries and berries. This is followed by a dryness, and slight bitterness. The bitterness is then accompanied by the oak and mustiness picked up in the nose. Ripe fruits end the dryness with flavors of ripe cherry and fig. This slowly transitions to a quick bitter and dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied but very creamy. Moderate to low amount of carbonation.

The perfect beer for a fall day.

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Photo of hiku7
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 1 pint 0.9 oz bottle to a nonic pint glass. Pours clear caramel to brown color with a thick tan head.

Smell is sweet caramel and toffee and a bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet caramel and toffee malt, some warming alcohol, and mild hops in the background.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Slightly fizzy carbonated finish. The booziness is surprising considering the 6.3% abv, but it is warming and not hot or sharp.

Overall, I enjoyed this ale (and everything else by Fullers) and would drink it again.

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Photo of grub
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before 09/07/09.

pours a beautiful clear deep orange colour, nearly red. a big tan head rises up and slowly falls to a 1/4" ring around the glass. spotty lace.

aroma is great. tons of bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. nice light fruity character. hints of raisin and dark fruit. bit of citrus.

taste is great. lots of biscuit. lightly toasted multigrain bread. bit of alcohol. medium bitterness level. hints of dark chocolate and raisin. grapefruit hops. light earthy hops too.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. medium body. touch of astringency and drying finish from the hops.

drinkability is good. well balanced, interesting, and very enjoyable. i will definitely have to grab a few more bottles of this one before it's gone.

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Fuller's 1845 from Fuller Smith & Turner PLC
4.1 out of 5 based on 1,117 ratings.
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